Category Archives: Garden State Living

Hip New Jersey spotlights the businesses and communities that are making the Garden State fabulous!


By Marisa Reinhart

Which day of the week do chickens hate the most? Fry-day! Do the chicken dance with us this #NationalFriedChickenDay and check out our list of our favorite fried chicken places in #HipNJ!

1. Chicken Galore– Woodbridge

Established in 1967, Chicken Galore serves a wide variety of chicken such as oven roasted, original southern fried, and Bar-B-Q.

2. Urban Chicken– Montclair

Reviews say that the chicken is delicious and that the batter is light and not greasy.  Stop by to celebrate #NationalChickenDay!

3. Chicken or the Egg– Beach Haven

Open 24/7 in the summer, this varied menu has legendary chicken selection, and some breakfast options too!

4. At the Table– Asbury Park

This is an authentic Southern-style restaurant. This place is known to make their food with love, and the service is great too.

5. Jameson’s Southern Cooking– Neptune

D4XP8J A plate of crispy fried chicken on a blue plaid placemat and a wood table

D4XP8J A plate of crispy fried chicken on a blue plaid placemat and a wood table

This soul food joint has been in business for 23 years. Check out their delicious chicken and biscuits.

Going Back To Work After The Holiday Weekend

By: Andrea Fasciano

You just came back from an amazingly fun weekend at the beach with family and friends. Now that the Fourth of July has passed it is time to get back into reality. Going to work after a holiday weekend can be a major challenge because your brain just refuses to leave vacation mode. #HipNJ has some useful tips to help overcome a lack of motivation following a fun holiday weekend.

1. Steer Clear From Negativity

Only think positive thoughts and don’t let negativity dominate your work day. Pessimism will just lead to harmful and needless stress. Staying optimistic will always help in the long run because it brings happiness and good health! Therefore, here are some motivational quotes to help you get through the work day:

2. Take Relaxation Breaks

Breaks are the key to surviving the work day. Sitting in the office all day gets old and boring. Your legs get stiff, your mind gets jumbled, and all you want to do is enjoy the beautiful sunshine. If possible, take a break and go for a walk outside. It will help to get a change of scenery while also refreshing your brain from all that hard work! Here are some parks around the #GardenState that are great for taking leisure breaks:

Lord Stirling Park, Basking Ridge

Thompson Park, Lincroft


Kittatinny Valley State Park, Newton

3. Workout

Working out is the perfect way to boost your work ethic and help stimulate your brain. Studies have shown that working out has a positive impact on productivity and communication in the workplace. Some awesome places to workout around the #GardenState are:

Barre3 Morristown, Morristown

Anytime Fitness of Colonia, Franklin

Surfside Fitness, Sea Isle City

Orangetheory Fitness, Bedminster

Powerhouse Gym, Linden

4. Plan Everything Out

Avoid getting overwhelmed by staying organized. Making to do lists will help you stay on top of everything that needs to get done. As you complete each task, check it or cross it off the list. It is always beneficial to have a notebook so you can write things down and not forget any of the responsibilities that you have at work.

5. Socialize

Be sure to converse with your coworkers. Socializing will help construct proper relationships and also makes time go by faster.

6. Don’t Go To Work On An Empty Stomach

Nobody wants to sit in the office with an empty stomach. If you are hungry while you are working it will be hard to concentrate on the task at hand. Eat a big breakfast prior to taking on the work day so you can avoid any distractions. Here are some Café’s around New Jersey that offer delicious breakfast meals:

Jersey Girl Café, Hamilton

Beechwood Café, Jersey City

The Buttered Biscuit, Bradley Beach

Recap: A Successful NJ Fourth of July Weekend

Perhaps the most anticipated holiday of the summer, the Fourth of July carried along with it an entire weekend and #NJ certainly did not fall short of celebration this year. What’s a better way to start off a new month than with an entire weekend of festivities? Here’s just some of what went down in the #GardenState in honor of the nation’s birthday.

Friday, July 1st

Despite some inclement weather around the state and the main holiday falling on a Monday, some neighborhoods still managed to kick off the weekend with a traditional firework show rather than finish it off with one. Booms could be heard in towns such as Lambertville and Carteret. Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial in Camden also put on a show that attendees could view straight from the USS New Jersey itself.

It’s that #time of #year again. #fireworks #holidays #photooftheday #igers #igers_philly #newhopepa #lambertvillenj

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Saturday, July 2nd

The Randolph Township Freedom Festival returned to the County College of Morris for a day filled with food trucks, live bands, attractions and more. Saturday was the final day of the three day event. The day closed with what is described as the best fireworks show in Morris County.

The PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel Township was certainly the place to be on Saturday night if you were looking to spend the holiday jamming to some live music. Rock bands Panic! at the Disco and Weezer lit up the amphitheatre as part of their summer tour. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness also made an appearance as a supporting act.

Holmdel NJ. ?- @jakechams

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Sunday, July 3rd

The Heroes & Villains Fan Fest hit Secaucus at the Meadowlands Expo Center on Sunday for the second day of the two day event. The superhero convention included appearances from cast members of several popular television shows including “Arrow” and “Gotham.”

Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor celebrated big with its July 4th Fest. Park goers enjoyed nights full of entertainment and fireworks after a day of thrill rides and water park fun. Presented by Coca-Cola, people also had the opportunity to earn an exclusive early ride time an hour before the parks opening between 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. if they brought with them a Coke can along with their ticket.

Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to Six Flags Great Adventure!

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Monday, July 4th

The annual Ridgewood Fourth of July parade returned for the 106th year. With a theme that celebrated the nation’s national parks, marching bands, flag bearers, floats, and more made their way through the village’s main roads. The parade is perhaps most characterized by the amount of chairs that many residents put out along the streets in advance. Some put chairs out up to two weeks in advance and make it a personal goal to have the same spot each year. Some even claim to have been watching the parade from the same spot for up to 31 years.

Long Branch Beach’s 26th annual Oceanfest took place Monday and attracted thousands of tourists, as is the case every year. This is what makes it both the largest July 4th celebration along the Jersey Shore and in the state. For 12 hours, non-stop entertainment was available for people of all ages and the day was capped with nothing other than a fireworks spectacular.

In the midst of all the traditional celebration along the shore, Wildwood went out on a limb and hosted a Tim McGraw concert on the town’s local beaches. Despite some questionable weather that delayed his appearance, beach goers stopped at nothing as they waited for the outdoor concert to begin on the beach for up to six hours.

Tim McGraw in #wildwoodnj

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