Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

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Sal Zurzolo on the Garden State Comic Fest

Sal Zurzolo, co-founder of the Garden State Comic Fest, joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss the convention hitting the Mennen Arena in Morristown on July 8 and 9.

Zurzolo says that his business partner David O’Hare thought it would be a great idea if New Jersey had its very own Comic-Con. So, they launched their first show in January, 2014. “It was a big success, so we built from there,” he states.

What is there to see at the Garden State Comic Fest? “Let’s start with the comic books,” Zurzolo says. “We pride ourselves in being a real comic book convention.” Vendors sell comics ranging from Golden Age to modern.

There is also a great following from the cosplay community. “It’s not just superhero costumes,” Zurzolo says. “You never know what you’re going to see.”

People from all over are coming to this New Jersey event. Click here to get tickets.

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Bruce Springsteen is Coming to Broadway

The Boss is making his way to Broadway, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

According to New York Post, Springsteen will be playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre for an eight-week run in the fall. 

Sources say that Springsteen will do a pared-down version of the set he usually performs in arenas and stadiums all over the world. 

Some insiders think that this  may be a curtain raiser to turning his best-selling memoir, “Born To Run,” into a musical. 

Dates have not yet been finalized, but Springsteen will likely open in November, performing five times a week. 

#HipNJ will be sure to keep you updated as new details emerge!

Jen Tripucka on

Jen Tripucka, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, visited Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss her inspiration for creating the site.

On New Year’s five years ago, Tripucka decided that she wanted to explore her city. “There’s no place to go where you can find out all the fun things to do in Hoboken,” she said. To remedy this problem, “[she] decided to start writing about it.”

Furthermore, what started out as a personal journey for herself became lifestyle website with 20 contributors! “Over five years, it grew a ton,” she recalled.

In addition, businesses began reaching out to be featured as the site grew! Not only this, but Tripuka’s increased success inspired her to begin work on and!

Even further, readers began to go to Tripuka for advice on ways to improve their community.  In response to this, Tripucka started Hoboken Girl Helps, a new volunteering program for Hudson County residents!

To learn more, click here.