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Binge-Worthy Jersey: Spend National Popcorn Day Streaming a Jersey Marathon

Cold, winter weather is on the way, and Hip New Jersey sees a lot of binge watching in the forecast as well. So, in honor of National Popcorn Day, fill up a tub of popcorn and celebrate with some of the New Jersey based films and shows we found currently streaming!

Chasing Amy

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Streaming on: Netflix, Hoopla

No list about New Jersey and films could ever be complete without Kevin Smith. While several of his films are available for streaming (and some notoriously are not) our pick is Chasing Amy, filmed almost entirely in Red Bank, NJ and Asbury Park. There are many easily recognizable locations, including Jack’s Music Shoppe, which still stands and is neighbors with Smith’s own comic shop.

Plot: Holden and Banky are comic book artists and best friends. But their relationship and sanity are tested when Holden falls for Alyssa, also a comic book artist who is also a lesbian.

 

American Gangster

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Streaming on: Netflix

While many of the scenes take place in New Jersey were actually filmed in New York, the morgue scene was filmed at the NJ Army National Guard Armory in Morristown, New Jersey.

Plot: Based on the true story of Richie Roberts, an outcast New York City cop charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas.

 

Beautiful Mind

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Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Another biographical film, starring Russel Crowe – this time filming at many locations in New Jersey,  such as Princeton University, Paulus Hook (Jersey City), the Center for Molecular Medicine in BelleVille, Fairleigh Dickinson in Madison and Prudential Hall in Newark.

Plot: John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, but instead finds himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.

 

Cinderella Man

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Streaming on: Showtime

If you have a New Jersey-based biographical film, clearly Russel Crowe is the go-to leading man. While the movie itself was filmed in Ontario, Canada, boxer James Braddock has deep ties to New Jersey. His nicknames included the Bulldog of Bergen and the Pride of New Jersey. He is buried in Tenafly, New Jersey and James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park in North Bergen, New Jersey is named in his honor .

Plot: During the Great Depression, underdog James Braddock, a washed-up boxer desperate to support his family stages a comeback, becoming a symbol of hope for the nation.

 

The Wrestler

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Streaming on: Starz

Filmed almost exclusively in New Jersey, some of the more recognizable spots in this drama are the Stiletto Club in Carlstadt, Dover Ballroom in Dover, and Frenchy’s Bar & Grill in Roselle Park. Other filming locations include Asbury Park, Linden, Rahway, and Bayonne.

Plot: Retired wrestler, Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson deals with the difficulty of leaving behind his beloved wrestling career and attempts to make real connections with the world outside the arena.

 

Sopranos

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Streaming on: HBO GO, HBO NOW, and Amazon Prime

After six seasons, its hard to imagine an area of New Jersey untouched by the series. Some of the more well-known spots include Satin Dolls gentleman’s club in Lodi, Irvine-Cozzarelli Memorial Home in Belleville, Pizzaland in North Arlington and the Soprano’s home in North Caldwell.

Plot: Tony Soprano, a New Jersey-based  Italian-American mobster tries to balance his family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization.

 

Boardwalk Empire

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Streaming on: HBO GO, HBO NOW, and Amazon Prime

While the show was filmed primarily in New York and some of the locations are fictional, the titular Boardwalk is that of Atlantic City and the politics are real. This change of scenery is largely because of the modernization of Atlantic City and surrounding areas, although they were tempted to use Asbury Park for a while.

Plot: In Prohibition-era New Jersey, politicians play both sides of the law, working with mobsters and gangsters to profit from bootlegging in the area.

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Have a Winter Wonderland Wedding in #HipNJ!

Make your wedding magical this holiday season with #HipNJ’s favorite festive wedding venues!

Nanina’s in the Park

 

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All year round, Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville provides beautiful picturesque setting with top notch service and food (that sauce!) But there’s a special sort of magic when this historic venue is all dressed up for the holidays.

Clarks Landing Yacht Club

Nestled in Point Pleasant, Clarks Landing Yacht Club offers a romantic, sophisticated, seaside setting for a wedding celebration. One happy guest writes: It is the perfect spot for views of the water. Elegant atmosphere as soon as you step inside. Very classy. Service is spot on. Superb attention to details when it comes to taking care of all guests.


The venue offers a special Winter Wonderland package that makes for a magical and elegant wedding!


“Absolutely stunning. Have never experienced a happy hour as amazing as this. The whole evening was like a fairytale,” a pleased reviewer writes.


Clarks Landing Yacht Club is located at 847 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742. It is conveniently located 1 mile away from the beach and oceanfront.

The Mill Lakeside Manor

The Mill Lakeside Manor is an absolutely beautiful place for wedding couples to start their new lives together. It is located at 101 Old Mill Rd, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762.

The outside is gorgeously lit with lights. The venue has exceptional views of the natural and picturesque Old Mill Pond.

A happy couple writes: “Our guests are still raving that it was the best wedding that they have ever attended! From the beautiful ceremony, to the amazing cocktail hour, to the delicious dinner, The Mill exceeded our expectations!”

The Hamilton Manor

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The Hamilton Manor sits on 25 beautiful protected wooded acres with a landscaped gazebo, perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony and photos. Their newest addition, The Rustic Barn, is a magnificent covered and landscaped area complete with a bar with cathedral ceilings perfect for cocktail hour.

“The Hamilton Manor is rustic, yet elegant at the same time…We had our ceremony in the barn and it was absolutely beautiful. All of our guests are still raving about the ambiance of the barn and how gorgeous our ceremony was.”

Have a happy holiday wedding season, #Hippers!

The 41st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s that beautiful time of year again when the weather starts warming up and the flowers start blooming. Have you gone to see the 41st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival yet?  Don’t worry if you haven’t, #HipNJ is here to remind you.

Branch Brook Park holds events up until April 23rd. You should come see why we’re known as the Garden State. 

New Jersey has the largest collection of cherry blossoms in the country, 5,000. (Go hard or go home!) Visitors from all around head towards Newark, NJ to admire it’s beauty. Don’t miss out! Cherry blossoms aren’t in bloom for  long.  

Click here for a list of events!

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