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.

Fresco Montclair Presents the Mille Miglia Anti-Bullying Car Show Rally

From Maserati to Ferrari to Lamborghini, the biggest names in the luxury car industry assembled at Fresco Italian Eatery’s First Annual Mille Miglia Anti-Bullying Car Show Rally in Montclair, New Jersey.

#HipNJ celebs such as Emmy Award winner Armand Assante and Jersey Boys Broadway star Dominic Scaglione, Jr. were among the 2,000+ spectators that were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime automobile parade of over 40 rides.  

#HipNJ’s Peter Falzo went one-on-one with some of the big players from the event, including Fresco owner Franco Porporino, Jr. about his desire to stop bullying.  Editor-in-Chief of Hudson MOD, Ty Sawyer, talked about how much of a privilege it was to be able to give back to the community in such a “hip” way.

Observers had a chance to further help the cause by purchasing a ‘Stop Hate’ design product.  The designer, Karma for a Cure, gives 10% of the proceeds for whichever cause (in this case, bullying) to the charity it supports.  Founder Margaux Minutolo filled #HipNJ in on the amazing story behind her brand.

Other #HipNJ companies that lent their support included Dieci Uomo Men’s Spa, Wide World Ferrari Maserati and Mille Miglia Italian Auto Club.

Rev up your engines and watch all the fun!

Paterson Falls Film Festival


Have you ever wanted to experience the magic of the Sundance Film Festival or Cannes?  Well, now is your chance…right here in New Jersey!

Paterson is playing host to the Paterson Falls Film Festival on June 14 and 15.  The film festival will feature over 40 films and documentaries at the Fabian 8 inside the Center City Mall and at Ivanhoe Artists Mosaic.

#HipNJ’s Gina Cerniglia chatted with Paterson Falls Film Festival Creative Director, Tazio Ruffilo, about bringing attention to the arts of Paterson.

“There is untapped talent in New Jersey, especially here in Paterson, and I wanted to create an outlet to showcase that,” explained Taz.

One of the standout films from last year’s fest was “Jigsaw”, written and directed by recently-retired Montclair State University professor Suzanne Trauth.  “Jigsaw” is about a middle-aged women that moves to Las Vegas to discover her purpose in life, and Suzanne incorporated her love of jigsaw puzzles into the plot.  #HipNJ spoke to Suzanne about her award-nominated short.

“Seeing my film on the big screen was indescribable,” Suzanne gushed.

For this year’s event, a part of the proceeds will go to local non-profit organizations that seek to benefit the arts in Paterson.

For more information about the Paterson Falls Film Festival, please visit their website.

WFAN’s Boomer and Carton with Governor Chris Christie

Summer 2014 is officially a go!

Excited sports fans lined up in front of D’Jais Bar & Grill in Belmar as early as 3 a.m. for WFAN’s 660am & 101.9FM morning show, Boomer & Carton, and their first annual “Kick-Off to Summer.”

A buzz filled the air as Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton talked the latest sports news, but not without the occasional interruption from the raucous crowd. The interaction with the hosts provided them with a once-and-a-lifetime chance to get to know their favorite morning show personalities.

Attendees were treated to a special performance from the Gin Blossoms, who performed some of their most famous hits such as “Hey Jealousy.”  But the surprise of the morning was an appearance from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  Governor Christie, a diehard fan of the show, came to show his support for his long- time friends.  In between sports chit-chat, he promoted the rebuilt Jersey Shore, urging listeners to check out the new and improved Garden State beaches communities.

Numerous companies sponsored the “Kick Off to Summer” including 888 Poker, the first legal online gaming website in New Jersey.

While you are heading down the shore, don’t forget catch Boomer & Carton every morning this summer at 6 a.m. on WFAN 660am and 101.9fm New York!