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!

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Rashad Jennings’ GIANT Night of Comedy

Some of the tri-state area’s funniest personalities came together for one GIANT laugh!

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings hosted the “Giant Night of Comedy” at the legendary Gotham Comedy Club in New York City.  The event supported the Rashad Jennings Foundation, which strives to educate, inspire and encourage youth everywhere through enlightenment, mentorship and fitness.

“I’m a big nerd and I love laughing!” Rashad joked with #HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino.  “I truly believe laughter is the best medicine and it’s a universal language.  I thought this was a creative way to raise money and awareness for what we do.”

Rashad’s lineup of comics was a “Saturday Night Live” writers- room dream.  Performers included Garden State native Artie Lange, “SNL’s” Pete Davidson, WBLS personality Earthquake, and Comedy Central‘s Godfrey.  “Stuttering John” Melendez of “The Howard Stern Show” and WNBC 4 New York‘s Bruce Beck served as co-emcees.

“Rashad didn’t have it easy growing up, yet overcame that,” supporter Dr. Mehmet Oz of “The Dr. Oz Show” said.  “To take that pain and use it as a powerful tool is a great role model for all of us.”

Rashad took advantage of the 200+ crowd- that included many of his Giants teammates, pop star Ashanti and Miss New Jersey 2016 Jessielyn Palumbo to announce another charitable endeavor, The Locker Room Project. This nationwide venture, co-founded by Rashad and high school teacher Christina Hovestadt, aims to help student athletes succeed in all levels of life.

“Rashad has been a pioneer in the locker room, challenging guys to use their celebrity to uplift and bring along others,” explained Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara.  “He’s been a walking demonstration of that tonight.”

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77 Hudson

Step in the elevator and hit 47, we’re going up…way up!

#HipNJ’s Peter Falzo is taking you on a tour of the last available penthouse in K. Hovnanian Homes’ 77 Hudson along with the luxury high-rise’s broker of record, Scott Waldman. It’s Manhattan-style living “across the river” in Jersey City!

“You have an iconic view of the city from tip to tip, from the George Washington Bridge all the way to the Verrazano Bridge,” Waldman said.

The location allows for easy transportation in and out of the Big Apple- in just seven minutes, you can access “the city that doesn’t sleep” by ferry or path.

Complete with custom fixtures, shiny new appliances, an open floor plan to entertain, and a master suite that is just dreamy, this penthouse is where we want to be!

No doubt, 77 Hudson has attracted people from all over the world, according to Waldman, and of course has its share of Manhattan and local Jersey City residents.

Looking around you may forget where you are, the amenities will have you feeling like you’re in a resort. Just imagine it, it’s life while on vacation! They’ve got pools, a fitness center, a movie theatre and even a grocery store.

77 Hudson is looking to expand its luxury living to new locations, including Weehawken and NYC.

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WFAN’s “True Blue” Celebrity Softball Game

Hip New Jersey attended WFAN’s Boomer and Carton’s True Blue charity softball game. Over 17,000 fans packed Yankee Stadium to help support the NYPD and the families of slain officers Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Lou, and Brian Moore.

With four games of three innings each, Boomer and Carton’s event was successful in raising over $100,000. The proceeds went toward the families, the Silver Shield Foundation, and the New York PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund. A roster of All-Star celebrities played the 1st, 84th, and 105th Precincts, and the Detective’s Endowment Association.

The emotional night began with the families of the slain officer’s throwing out the first pitch. Following, Jesse James Decker sung a moving National Anthem. Ten-year-old Texas native, Savannah Solis, also spoke about the importance of “thanking and loving” police officers.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino had an opportunity to talk a few of the celebrities who came out to support the important cause. In attendance was #HipNJ resident and comedian Artie Lange, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, gold medal Olympian Sarah Hughes, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, and many more.

“It’s a great cause. We are supporting the real heroes that are out there,” says Rex Ryan. 

Other celebrities and sports stars also present were New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, Giants punter Steve Weatherford, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and baseball legends Joe Torre and Bernie Williams.

Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton with the partnership of the New York Yankees organization were overwhelmed by the amount of support they received. Celebrities were lining up to participate and support the NYPD.

Esiason says of the event, “We are so moved and broken-hearted by the whole thing.  We felt like we had our own microphones, we had millions of listeners, and that maybe we can inspire a community to come out and support the NYPD.”