Category Archives: Across the River

In our Across the River series, #HipNJ introduces you to the most fab neighbors on the block. Join us as we clue you in on what’s hot in New York City and Philadelphia!

PitCCh In Foundation

PitCCh In Foundation Celebrity Softball Game

New York athletes across all sports recently came together for a celebrity softball game at Yankees Stadium to support Bergen County power couple Amber and CC Sabathia‘s Pitcch In Foundation. 

This foundation enriches the lives of inner city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities. It is located in the New York Tri-state area and also Northern California.

The jam-packed rosters featured over 70 A-list names, including: Victor Cruz, Mariano Rivera, Action Bronson, Sharlee Jeter, Tiki Barber among others. Hollywood power couple Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez also popped in to say hello from the Yankees’ dugout!

Furthermore CC, a 2009 New York Yankees World Series Champion, discussed how the event was a dream come true. In fact, he said, “I always told [my wife] Amber that I’ve wanted to do a rockin’ softball game, but I never thought it would turn out like this.”

 #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke to some of the game’s participants on the pregame red carpet. This included: current Bronx Bomber Didi Gregorius; Yankees legend Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura; retired stars Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran (New York Yankees). In addition, she spoke to Willie Colon (New York Jets); Chris Canty (New York Giants); Charles Oakley and Amar’e Stoudemire (New York Knicks).  Finally, she spoke with the man of the hour himself, CC Sabathia. Mitchell Modell of Modell’s Sporting Goods and Ralph Scamardella of Tao Group were among the supporters.

Watch the video, and learn how you can support the Pitcch In Foundation by visiting Pitcch.org.

OZY FEST

Ozy Fest 2018

OZY FEST

This July, Ozy fest 2018 is coming to Central Park in NYC!  Ozy Fest features today’s hottest music, laugh out loud comedy, global business leaders, best selling authors, cultural influencers, and award winning chefs who are ahead of their time and worthy of yours.

The New York Times describes it as “part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair,” and CNBC as “New York’s answer to SXSW.” Furthermore, Townsquare says, “Join the conversation. Hear from leading politicians, best-selling authors and outspoken activists as they debate some of the most profound challenges of our time, and predict where the world is headed.”

On Saturday, July 21st, doors open at 11a.m. and the show runs until 10p.m. The lineup includes: Young the Giant, Common, Hillary Clinton, Laurene Powell Jobs, Hasan Minhaj, Martha Stewart, Marcus Samuelsson, Salman Rushdie, Alex Rodriguez, Tony Gonzalez, Roxane Gay, Tim Brown, Tom Perez, Steven Pinker, Rep. Mark Sanford, Rose McGowan, Isaac Mizrahi, Christian Siriano, Grover Norquist, Ruth Zukerman, Robert Herjavec.

On Sunday, July 22nd, doors also open at 11a.m. The show runs until 6p.m. The lineup includes: Passion Pit, Grouplove, Chelsea Handler, Michelle Wolf, Malcolm Gladwell, Laverne Cox, Jemele Hill. In addition, Roy Choi, Sanaa Lathan, Tom Steyer, Scott Rogowsky, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be in attendance.

OZY FEST is something you experience — not something you just attend,” the Ozy Fest organizer says. “Experience show stopping performances from your favorite musicians and comedians. Taste global cuisines curated by celebrity chefs.”

The event takes place on July 21 and July 22. Doors open at 11 a.m. on both days, and consist of back to back entertainment.

Click here to get your tickets and secure your spot!

NYC PRIDE

Weekend Recap: June 22-24

Too busy to attend some great events over the weekend? That’s ok because #HipNJ has the weekend recap scoop on what you missed!

NYC pride

NYC PRIDE PARADE JUNE 24

The Parade is a celebration of the lives associated with the LGBTQ+ community. This year, grand marshals included Billie Jean King, Lambda Legal, Tyler Ford, and Kenita Placide, who made this years NYC Pride Parade one to remember. The theme of this year’s Pride Parade was “Defiantly Different.” There was also a total of 80 floats and tens of thousands of marchers there supporting the community.

BRADLEY BEACH LOBSTERFEST JUNE 23-24

The Bradly Beach Lobsterfest was a free event which had six bands and an emcee as well a DJ. After dancing and singing people could  enjoy a nice cold beverage from one of the 180 craft and specialty beer vendors. A large beer and wine garden was also available. For the children’s activities, there were water slides, rides, face painters and sand art activities.

WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND

WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND JUNE 23

New Jersey‘s finest wineries were back for a weekend of elegant wine tasting! Some of the area’s best chocolatiers and dessert vendors also joined the event for the sweet tooth lovers. This year an indoor “Chocolate Lounge” and dessert area was incorporated into the event, and was expanded throughout the Grandstand  so there would be easier navigation.

ATLANTIC CITY FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

ATLANTIC CITY FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL JUNE 23 – 24

The Annual Brighton Park Food Truck Festival was at The Claridge this year, a Radisson Hotel. People could enjoy the start of the summer with food trucks, beer & bands! Guests were able to sample a range of culinary dishes from American comfort food to seafood, barbecue, desserts, and more from the area’s top food trucks!

SOMERVILLE CRAFT BEER FEST 2018

SOMERVILLE CRAFT BEER FEST 2018 JUNE 23 – 24

The Summerville Craft Beer Festival allowed guests to come from all over and try beer from N.J.’s top brewers. There was live music throughout the festival while separate activities occurred. There were sip and paint classes, dunk tank for charity and this years first giant beer pong tournament!

BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY BEER FESTIVAL

BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY BEER FESTIVAL JUNE 23

Adults were able to sample craft beers from breweries throughout the Garden State. Guests that attended the Beer Festival were able to tour the Battleship, rock to music from the Cabin Dogs and enjoy some great pub food! The General Session went from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. In addition, guests got a VIP option which allowed guests to attend at 12 p.m. VIP guests were also able to sample some special brews and meet the breweries.

32ND ANNUAL RED WHITE & BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

32ND ANNUAL RED WHITE & BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL JUNE 24

The 32nd Annual Red White & Blueberry festival featured live music, kiddie rides, a huge classic car show, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, and jugglers. The event also featured all blueberry type foods such as pie, muffins, fresh berries, lemonade and even a blueberry pie eating contest. Furthermore, the blueberry themed food seems fitting as it was held in blueberry capital of the world!