Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

Carlos Mencia and the Hoboken Comedy Festival

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia was recently at Pilsner Haus to celebrate the Hoboken Comedy Festival.  Gina got to hang out with one of the most popular comedians of the night (and in the country!),  Carlos Mencia of Comedy Central!

Carlos came all the way from Texas for the same reason so many others were drawn to the event- to raise money and awareness for the Liberty Humane Society.  The Society gives  homeless cats and dogs a chance to be adopted into loving homes in the Jersey City area.

Besides sharing his love of charity, Carlos gave #HipNJ some insight into his pre-show routine.  Carlos is actually very relaxed in the hours leading up to his set…but when the clock hits five minutes until show time, his nerves kick into super- high gear.  See, stars are just like us when it comes to public speaking!

Comedian, writer, and producer Dan Frigolette gave us the history of the festival.  This marked the fifth anniversary of the event in Hoboken, and the mission of the festival is to celebrate the city’s entertainment independence! Hoboken has an amazing comedy scene, and the festival gives a #hip spotlight on the Garden State‘s funny bone!

For more information, visit www.HobokenComedyFestival.com.

Bloomingdale’s Fall Fashion Show 2014

This week #HipNJ‘s Kelly Dillon goes behind the scenes at Bloomingdales of The Shops at Riverside Mall‘s recent in-store fashion show.  It was a day full of style, fashion, and fun!

Kelly was able to speak with fashion expert and stylist Dawn Del Russo, host of this event, sponsored in part by HudsonMOD Magazine.

This year’s fashion show showed off the new fall collections of many international designers. They even showed how to wear, style, and put together different pieces to create fabulous fall looks!

Dawn shared with #HipNJ that this year’s fall collection is a little different. Some pastels will be introduced in many of the lines along with the normal deeper and darker fall colors! She says not to be afraid to wear the pastels this fall.

The amazing designs featured in this segment are only available at Bloomingdale’s. There are over 1,000 pieces made by these international designers.

For more information, go to Bloomingdales.com.

Get shopping #Hippers!

#HipNJ: The Iron Shaker

R&R Marketing and New Jersey Monthly staged a #HipNJ cocktail competition for the ages!

On October 9th, the Garden State’s best mixologists faced off at Trump Taj Mahal for the Iron Shaker finale.  Participants included John Jansma of Restaurant Serenade (Chatham); Jonas Koep of Stone House (Warren); Matt Brown of Pig and Prince (Montclair); Rob Sorenson of Lefty’s Tavern (Barnegat); Lenny Schafer from The Iron Room (Atlantic City); Steve Fette from Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club (Bedminster); Shawn Warren of The Downtown (Red Bank); and Kevin Lauter from Sirena (Long Branch).

The creative libations on display included a camomile tea cocktail; Belvedere Vodka– garnished with cotton candy and Pop Rocks; and “Remember the a la Mode”, which featured Hennessy Black, homemade root beer, Averna, lemon juice and club soda,  topped with homemade cinnamon whipped cream.

Who did judges Deb Smith (Jersey Bites), Melody Kettle (Montclair Food and Wine Festival) and cocktail expert and author Warren Bobrow crown the Iron Shaker?  You have to watch the sizzle reel- produced by our production company exclusively for the event- to find out!

However, the real winner in #HipNJ’s eyes is YOU for having these great mixologists in your neighborhood!  Events like this showcase the booming cocktail and nightlife culture of our great state.

For more on the Iron Shaker, visit their Facebook page.