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.

WFAN’s Boomer and Carton with Governor Chris Christie

Summer 2014 is officially a go!

Excited sports fans lined up in front of D’Jais Bar & Grill in Belmar as early as 3 a.m. for WFAN’s 660am & 101.9FM morning show, Boomer & Carton, and their first annual “Kick-Off to Summer.”

A buzz filled the air as Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton talked the latest sports news, but not without the occasional interruption from the raucous crowd. The interaction with the hosts provided them with a once-and-a-lifetime chance to get to know their favorite morning show personalities.

Attendees were treated to a special performance from the Gin Blossoms, who performed some of their most famous hits such as “Hey Jealousy.”  But the surprise of the morning was an appearance from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Governor Christie, a diehard fan of the show, came to show his support for his long- time friends.  In between sports chit-chat, he promoted the rebuilt Jersey Shore, urging listeners to check out the new and improved Garden State beaches communities.

Numerous companies sponsored the “Kick Off to Summer” including 888 Poker, the first legal online gaming website in New Jersey.

While you are heading down the shore, don’t forget catch Boomer & Carton every morning this summer at 6 a.m. on WFAN 660am and 101.9fm New York!

Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation Gala


Pequannock, New Jersey-born Derek Jeter has been dazzling New York Yankees fans for almost 20 years, and his accomplishments off the field have been just as impressive.

Since the launch of his Turn 2 Foundation in 1996, the charity has awarded more than $19 million in grants to promote healthy lifestyles for thousands of children.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently attended Turn 2’s 18th Annual Gala Dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square in New York City, which raised over one million dollars for their various programs. Derek’s Yankee teammates (like CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner), Hollywood celebrities (Seth Meyers) and some Jersey staples (Joe Piscopo and Sampson Davis) came out to support The Captain.  Guests were also treated to a special performance by international recording artist Robin Thicke.

On the red carpet, Lisa Marie chatted with Derek, his former manager Joe Torre, and former teammate Tino Martinez.  We also spoke with Senior VP of Marketing for the New York Yankees, Deborah Tymon (who was awarded with the 2014 Turn 2 MVP award) and MLB Network‘s Harold Reynolds.

Watch our segment to learn more about the great work Turn 2 is doing in the community, his Hall-of-Fame career, and how it all started right here in #HipNJ!

Montclair Art Museum Centennial Celebration

The Montclair Art Museum has been displaying some of the most exquisite art for the past 100 years, and to celebrate have thrown some of the most exciting events this season…all in the name of charity! 

MAM Director of Development Susan Wall and her other board members are the architects of this fab commemoration for the museum.  #HipNJ highlighted some of these occasions, giving you an insiders look into these events and what is still to come.

MAM has not only been a pioneer in the art world, but the Centennial Luncheon showcased how the town of Montclair has been a leader in fashion for the past century!  #HipNJ caught up with Co-Chair Claudia Placentra, who spoke about how delightful it was to see the support for MAM’s 100th birthday.  Also present was Decades founder Cameron Silver, who took MAM supporters on a fashion trip back through time.

The MAM Centennial Ball and their Fashionably Late After Party were the epitome of glamour.  The event drew a who’s-who of celebrities, including Kristen Connolly from “House of Cards”, makeup artist and Montclair resident Bobbi Brown, and Jeh Johnson, Director of Homeland Security.  Jennifer Conti, a member of the Centennial Celebration Event Committee, told #HipNJ how amazing it is to be from a place that advocates the arts so strongly.

Sorry that you missed out?  Don’t worry, there is still time to be a part of the celebration!  The museum is holding the Centennial Toast & Taste on Friday, June 13.  It will be a lovely night to partake in some premium spirits and fine art!

For more information about this and future events or to donate, visit their website!