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.

MAM Centennial Toast

The Montclair Art Museum started off the summer season in high style with their annual Wine Bar event hosting a Centennial Toast and Taste, brought to you in part by our friends at Aston Martin Summit | Short Hills!

The “Toast and Taste” was also a last-look opportunity for “Robert Smithson”, a groundbreaking show that focuses on Robert Smithson (1938-1973), a pioneer of earthworks and native son of New Jersey.

The event brought together the wonderful worlds of  art, wine, music, and friends together for the community.  Guests indulged on fine wines, liquors and beers from all over the world, including vineyards and companies right here in #HipNJ (like Jersey Beer Co.)!

Other #HipNJ businesses that participated were Elements Massage Montclair, that treated party-goers to a calming massage.  Amanti Vino mixed up their favorite cocktails and gave tips on spirit-tasting ideas. The Hunger Construction food truck was also on site, giving guests an opportunity to indulge in some late-night snacks!

#HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio talked to MAM’s movers and shakers about this phenomenal evening, and be sure to watch our segment to learn more about this Garden State institution!

Fresco Montclair Presents the Mille Miglia Anti-Bullying Car Show Rally

From Maserati to Ferrari to Lamborghini, the biggest names in the luxury car industry assembled at Fresco Italian Eatery’s First Annual Mille Miglia Anti-Bullying Car Show Rally in Montclair, New Jersey.

#HipNJ celebs such as Emmy Award winner Armand Assante and Jersey Boys Broadway star Dominic Scaglione, Jr. were among the 2,000+ spectators that were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime automobile parade of over 40 rides.  

#HipNJ’s Peter Falzo went one-on-one with some of the big players from the event, including Fresco owner Franco Porporino, Jr. about his desire to stop bullying.  Editor-in-Chief of Hudson MOD, Ty Sawyer, talked about how much of a privilege it was to be able to give back to the community in such a “hip” way.

Observers had a chance to further help the cause by purchasing a ‘Stop Hate’ design product.  The designer, Karma for a Cure, gives 10% of the proceeds for whichever cause (in this case, bullying) to the charity it supports.  Founder Margaux Minutolo filled #HipNJ in on the amazing story behind her brand.

Other #HipNJ companies that lent their support included Dieci Uomo Men’s Spa, Wide World Ferrari Maserati and Mille Miglia Italian Auto Club.

Rev up your engines and watch all the fun!

Paterson Falls Film Festival


Have you ever wanted to experience the magic of the Sundance Film Festival or Cannes?  Well, now is your chance…right here in New Jersey!

Paterson is playing host to the Paterson Falls Film Festival on June 14 and 15.  The film festival will feature over 40 films and documentaries at the Fabian 8 inside the Center City Mall and at Ivanhoe Artists Mosaic.

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia chatted with Paterson Falls Film Festival Creative Director, Tazio Ruffilo, about bringing attention to the arts of Paterson.

“There is untapped talent in New Jersey, especially here in Paterson, and I wanted to create an outlet to showcase that,” explained Taz.

One of the standout films from last year’s fest was “Jigsaw”, written and directed by recently-retired Montclair State University professor Suzanne Trauth.  “Jigsaw” is about a middle-aged women that moves to Las Vegas to discover her purpose in life, and Suzanne incorporated her love of jigsaw puzzles into the plot.  #HipNJ spoke to Suzanne about her award-nominated short.

“Seeing my film on the big screen was indescribable,” Suzanne gushed.

For this year’s event, a part of the proceeds will go to local non-profit organizations that seek to benefit the arts in Paterson.

For more information about the Paterson Falls Film Festival, please visit their website.