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Sara Reynolds on Across The Floor

#HipNJ spoke with Sara Reynolds, owner of Across the Floor School of Dance & Gymnastics, about their upcoming breakdancing competition.

Reynolds started the Woodbridge studio with her best friend Cheryl Corej. “We grew up dancing in a studio together since we were four, and now we’ve opened own dance studio together.”

Across The Floor is not your typical dance studio. Rather, they offer both traditional and specialty classes. One on-the-rise speciality class offered would be breakdancing. “We brought breakdancing to the studio a few years ago and are expanding on bringing it to the community,” Reynolds stated.

On February 4th, the studio is hosting the first-ever, youth-only breakdancing competition in Middlesex County. The event will feature three prominent people in the B-boy and B-girl community: famed Korean B-boy Ookie, nationally ranked B-girl J La-ROC and world’s top 100 B-boy Mikey.

Interested participants can sign-up the day of the event.  Prizes will be awarded to first place in multiple categories. 

For more information on Across The Floor, click here.

New Brunswick on New Year’s Eve

On December 31st, New Brunswick will be home to the region’s most vibrant New Year’s celebration as The Restaurant Guys present the 9th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza.

A collaboration among the city’s hospitality and business communities and produced by Francis Schott and Mark Pascal — a/k/a The Restaurant Guys (owners of Stage Left Steak and Catherine Lombardi restaurants) — New Brunswick New Year’s Eve showcases the city’s prowess and pride as “the capital of Central New Jersey.”

Conceived by Francis and Mark in 2009 as a way for local restaurateurs to rally business during the depths of the Great Recession, what began as a modest event has helped make New Brunswick a holiday and cultural destination, fully funded by donations and sponsorships and drawing crowds of close to 5,000.Says Francis, “Our goal has been to be the opposite of a ‘First Night’ concept — we want to drive visitors into our bars and restaurants to generate business while showing off what a fun town we live and work in. We’ve succeeded beyond our wildest dreams!”

WHAT:
Spectacular fireworks, choreographed to music by world-champion Garden State Fireworks and shot from the roof of the Heldrich Hotel. Drinks specials at downtown restaurants and bars by event sponsors Taittinger Champagne, Hendrick’s Gin, Hudson Whiskey and Monkey Shoulder Scotch. DJ music in Monument Park. Extended hours at many establishments for a post-fireworks nightcap

WHEN/WHERE:
11.30 pm ~ Monument Park, Livingston Avenue + George Street, New Brunswick, NJ Visitors are invited to explore dining and entertainment options pre- and post-fireworks — see list of participating venues at www.newbrunswicknewyearseve.com

Ring the New Year in right!

Best #HipNJ Holiday Light Displays

The holiday season is here – though it may not be December 1st yet, folks are already decorating trees, wrapping presents, and playing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Mariah forever!). All of us at Hip New Jersey want to do our part in making sure you and your loved ones are having the most festive holiday season you can this year, so we’ve compiled a list of the best and most beautiful holiday light displays in our lovely New Jersey for you to check out. 

Sit back with a cup of hot cocoa, and take note! Here are our favorites:

Cranbury Christmas Lights – 128 North Main Street, Cranbury

Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show – Galloway Township

Storybook Land’s Christmas Fantasy with Lights – Egg Harbor Township

Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Lights – 3 Bauer Avenue, Hazlet 

Kloos Family Lights – 13 Sterling Court, East Brunswick

Skylands Stadium  94 Championship Pl., Augusta

Night of Lights – Creamy Acres Farm, Mullica Hill

Holiday Lights Spectacula– Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

T&A Sprinklers Light Show – 18 Central Avenue, Old Bridge

Bayville Christmas Light Show – 279 Woodhaven Blvd. SW, Bayville

While presents, egg nog, and funky holiday sweaters are super fun and officially in season, take the time to make some incredible memories this year.

Happy Holidays!