Category Archives: Garden State Living

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Yappy Hour

Your four-legged companion can get a taste of the #HipNJ good life, thanks to the Bernards Inn‘s fabulous Yappy Hours!

The legendary Bernardsville haunt plays host to these pet-friendly events each Monday over the summer.  It’s a fantastic way to bond with other dog lovers and their adorable canines!

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia chatted with Dave Riley, Food & Beverage Director of the Bernards Inn, about how this night came together.

“So many places in the summer are dog friendly, so we wanted to give owners around here a place where their dogs are welcome,” explained Dave.

Dave lays out the best for these cute pups; they are treated to food, water, and the freedom to make new puppy friends!

“Yappy Hour is really nice way to gather with friends and their dogs, and have a good time,”  said West Orange resident, Guy Beardslee.

For information on Yappy Hour, please visit the Bernards Inn website.

Austrian Airlines is Flying Nonstop Into EWR!

Austrian Airlines flying into Vienna out of Newark Liberty International Airport, and #HipNJ was on hand for her maiden landing! 

Before toasting the jet, #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino relaxed in the new Lufthansa Senator and Business Lounge.  Guests dined on complimentary gourmet food and enjoyed premium cocktails while waiting for their flights.  With the space’s comfortable seating, Wi-Fi access, spacious bathrooms and more, loungers almost wish for travel delays!

While in the Business Lounge, Lisa Marie gauged the excitement about this new Vienna-Newark connection from Austria’s VIPs, including Austrian Consulate General, Georg Heindl:  “Having the flight will help strengthen the ties between Austria and this part of the United States even further!” 

Once the smiling Austrian Airlines crew deemed their plane camera ready, our #HipNJ crew toured the refurbished 767.  We were very impressed; Austrian Airlines’ Business Class has totally raised the bar for the air travel industry!  Its 38 seats fully recline and come equipped with a built-in massager.  Each passenger gets their own 15-inch video screen, and an on-board chef prepares meals to their individual specifications.  Economy seating also got a shiny makeover, with new  ergonomically designed seats and large video displays.

While in the cockpit, we chatted with the jet’s pilot, Captain Helmut Haubenwaller, about why #HipNJ‘ers need to book a flight to Vienna. “Austria is one of the most beautiful countries in the world,” Captain proclaimed.  ” We have the Alps, we’ve got very nice cities, and now you can fly there in the best way possible.”

Our tour concluded with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Thomas Scharfenberger, Lufthansa’s Northeastern USA Regional Director of Sales, and Rich Heslin, Newark Airport General Manager.

Said Rich: “Austrians have a lot to gain by traveling to the Garden State.  There’s a lot of opportunity here, and so much to do!”

For more information, or to book a flight with the Austrian Airlines, please visit their website.

New York Red Bulls

The 2014 FIFA World Cup may be over, but you can still catch some competitive, high-energy “fùtbol” action right here in #HipNJ!

Red Bull Arena in Harrison is home of the New York Red Bulls, one of Major League Soccer‘s premiere franchises.  Red Bull Arena has set the standard for other MLS venues across the country, and rivals as one of best around the world.

There isn’t a bad seat among the 25,000 that’s housed in this state-of-the-art facility. Red Bull Arena is also easily accessible for #HipNJ fans, via public transportation including the PATH Trains and NJ Transit to the Harrison Station

#HipNJ caught up with Melissa Brennan, Red Bulls Senior Director of Marketing Partnerships, and she talked about how the Red Bulls team with their sponsors- many of whom are major Garden State corporations- to give spectators an entertaining game-day experience.  

One of the Red Bulls’ key sponsors is Affinity Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Basking Ridge.  VP of Marketing & eCommerce, Jean-Albert Maisonneuve, spoke to #HipNJ about Affinity’s involvement in the Red Bull Fan Zone.  Affinity’s portion includes a fun photo booth, cool giveaways and an awesome virtual soccer game.  Other experiences in “The Zone” include a street team performing tricks, music and the Coors Light Cold Zone (a beer garden) for the older fans.  All of these elements provides an amazing atmosphere for fans of all ages.

For more on Affinity and to enter to win a VIP New York Red Bulls experience, visit their Facebook page.  Hurry, their contest ends July 18th!