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Get Solar Eclipse Ready with #HipNJ!

One of nature’s great phenomenas is hitting the Garden State on Monday, August 21st: a partial (75%) solar eclipse!

Before we proceed with the celestial specifics, please heed our warning that you should NEVER stare directly at the sun during a solar eclipse. Doing so can cause significant damage to your precious eyes (just ask this guy). If you dare to look, make sure you have a pair of eclipse sunglasses on hand. 

Ok, now onto the business- when exactly is this happening, where to take your lunch break to watch, and how to capture the perfect pic for your Insta feed.

Mark Your Calendars!

NASA says that the solar eclipse “go time” for New Jersey falls between 1:20 p.m. and 1:24 p.m. Peak eclipse will be between 2:42 p.m. and 2:47 p.m., and everything will get back to normal between 3:59 p.m. and 4:04 p.m. And according to NY NJ PA Weather, high pressure will be in place Monday to ensure clear skies for primo viewing. 

Where to Watch

Excitement for the partial solar eclipse is rampant all around #HipNJ, especially at Liberty Science Center. For a place like LSC, The Great American Eclipse is their Super Bowl, and they are treating it as such! The festivities kick off at 10 AM with all the equipment you need for safe viewing. There will also be food, astronomy games, demonstrations, a live feed from the fields of totality, and even a Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon laser show!

If you can’t make it to Jersey City, many public libraries, universities and nature clubs are providing free and fun events, including:

  • Barnegat Library, Barnegat
  • Bellmawr Library, Bellmawr
  • Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater
  • Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell
  • Cranford Public Library, Cranford
  • Denville Public Library, Denville
  • Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University, Glassboro
  • Elizabeth Public Library, Elizabeth
  • Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook
  • Greenwich Township Library, Gibbstown
  • Hillsborough Library, Hillsborough
  • Island Heights Library, Island Heights
  • Kenilworth Public Library, Kenilworth
  • Keyport Pubic Library, Keyport
  • Library of the Chathams, Chatham
  • Little Egg Harbor Library, Little Egg Harbor Twp.
  • Manville Library, Manville
  • Mendham Public Library, Mendham
  • Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch, Shrewsbury
  • Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan
  • Morris Museum, Morristown
  • Mullica Hill Library, Mullica Hill
  • N.J. Astronomical Association – Voorhees State Park in High Bridge
  • North Plainfield Library, North Plainfield
  • Oakland Public Library, Oakland
  • Palmer Square, Princeton
  • Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium, Branchburg
  • Robert J. Novins Planetarium — Ocean County College, Toms River
  • Rockaway Township Public Library, Rockaway
  • Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains
  • Trailside Nature & Science Center, Mountainside
  • United Astronomy Clubs of N.J. – Jenny Jump State Forest in Warren County
  • Waterford Township Public Library, Waterford
  • Warren Township Library, Warren
  • Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury

Lights, Camera, Action! 

We know you can’t wait to Snap your extraterrestrial excitement, but just like with your eyes, you must take extra precaution with your camera or phone. 

For the professional photog, Unique Photo has tips on best practices and equipment to use to ensure the highest quality pictures.

For the iPhone connoisseur, luckily there are many styles of telephoto lenses for smartphones. The best lenses are rated as 12x and above, and come with their own smartphone mounting bracket. Make sure you are on a tripod to stop camera jitters.  Your local Best Buy still has options for sale available.

Be sure to share your eclipse memories with us on social media by tagging #HipNJ

Your Worry-Free Workout after Cosmetic Surgery

For those of us who enjoy an active Jersey lifestyle, resting can make us restless. But after a major surgical cosmetic procedure like breast augmentation, taking it easy is mandatory, and failing to heed the doctor’s orders can have serious consequences. #HipNJ has all you need to know.

What Could Go Wrong?

  1. You might disrupt the healing process. Your body thinks of surgery as a traumatic injury. You’ll experience bruising, swelling, and pain – all of which are normal with any type of injury. While these side effects are often unpleasant, they are an important part of the healing process. Doing too much too soon may not only set back your recovery, it could also cause a major complication, such as internal bleeding, hematomas, or infection.


  1. You may strain your muscles. According to a post from by Daniel Bortnick on RealSelf.com, your body interprets breast augmentation similarly to a pulled pectoral muscle. And much like you wouldn’t run on a sprained ankle, he says, you shouldn’t attempt to exercise with an injured chest. This is especially true for those who have implants placed under the muscle, rather than over.


  1. You could seriously screw up the results. Overusing your pectoral muscles after surgery can create a situation that compromises your results. This is because overusing your arm or chest muscles after surgery can lead to tears in the capsule of the breast – the pocket holding the implant in place. This can result in capsular contracture – an often painful complication that causes the breasts to distort in shape and harden.

With that said, you shouldn’t be a couch potato either. Some activity is recommended during your recovery and can actually help you heal faster. Consider these tips:

  • Choose workouts that exercise your lower body. Most surgeons recommend exercises that work your lower body, such as your legs, rather than your upper body after breast augmentation. Activities such as light walking are usually a safe bet the first few weeks following your surgery.


  • Focus on baby steps. This is probably the hardest rule to follow. But the key is to adopt a graduated approach to recovery. Small gains, rather than big goals, should drive your workout routine.


  • Avoid heavy lifting. According to the website of Dr. Sean Bidic, a breast augmentation surgeon serving South Jersey, you shouldn’t lift anything over 15 lbs. or engage in any activity that raises your heart rate above 100 beats per minute for the first 3 weeks after surgery.


  • Listen to your body. Above all, listen to your body and don’t push yourself. The idea of “no pain, no gain” does not hold true when you are recovering from surgery. Take it slow, and always follow your surgeon’s advice.

Your Worry-Free Workout Plan

Start nonphysical work and light activity in 3 – 5 days.

This might include:

  • Gentle arm stretches
  • Normal daily activities such as showering
  • Very light range of motion exercises

Return to light physical activity in 1-2 weeks.

This might include:

  • Walking
  • Driving
  • Desk or office work

Resume most full lower body activities by 4 to 6 weeks.

This might include:

  • Running
  • Leg work (weights)
  • Elliptical machines (without arms)
  • Stationary bikes
  • Lower abdominal exercises

Begin introducing upper body exercises at 8 weeks.

This might include:

  • Swimming
  • Strength training (upper and lower body)
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Weights

Remember that these tips are just suggestions. The best way to protect yourself and your results after surgery is to develop a recovery plan with your plastic surgeon.


LSC After Dark’s “Electric BBQ”

Liberty Science Center just threw the hottest BBQ of the summer, and #HipNJ was there for it all! Their latest LSC After Dark event, “Electric BBQ,” was one to remember.

LSC teamed up with Midnight Market Jersey City (MMJC), an indoor night market and foodie experience. Over 20 food vendors are curated to recreate an international market inside the venue.

The space was packed with local food vendors serving delicious $5 tapas-style plates. Favorites included guac tacos from The Guac Spot, gourmet meatballs from Hanna’s Meatballs, and grilled pineapple from Suwanna Foods.

Meatball sliders on garlic bread

Guests were also treated to a #HipNJ fave, Frosé. The beautiful summer weather paired with the NYC skyline made it a perfect night. We even got to explore Liberty Science Center’s outdoor adventures, such as Wildlife Challenge and Jack Horner’s Dino Dig.

Keeping in line with the “Electric BBQ” theme, there were some truly electrifying science experiments. They included glowing electric pickle experiments, a MakerLab activity featuring wood burning with electricity, and demonstrations by Tesla Motors. There was also a virtual reality playground experience, courtesy of the New York Code + Design Academy.

Guests packed the JDW Digital 3D Theater for the Tesla Lightning Show as twin, one-million-volt Tesla coils produced bursts of musical lightning. After, DJ Cream got the crowd dancing. We had an electrifying good time.

On the third Thursday of every month, guests 21 and over can enjoy cocktails, food, music, dancing, laser shows, and more. Don’t miss out on the fun; click here to learn more.