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Best of Hoboken & Jersey City 2021


It’s that time of the year! A few #CentralAvenue businesses have been nominated for “Best of Jersey City 2021”. Vote one of the top three finalists 1x per day now through December 9th at 11:59PM. The winners will be announced in mid-December once the categories are tallied.

Central Avenue Businesses nominated:
Best Margarita: Los Tres Chillitos (456 Central)
Best EyeBrow Spot: Mystique Full Service Salon both their JC (251 Central) & Hoboken location
Best Delivery Restaurant: Saigon Bistro (514 Central)
Best Cookie: Cocoa Bakery (475 Central)
Best Breakfast Sandwich: Dulce De Leche (376 Central)
Best Bagel: Wonder Bagel (329 Central)
Best Avacado Toast: Griot Cafe (398 Central)
Best Mutz: Andrea Salumeria (247 Central)
Best Dessert Shop: The Law of Donutgineering (7 Bleecker)

Link to Vote

Central Avenue Businesses giving back

The Central Avenue businesses are always here for the community!

- Boost Mobile (283 Central) will be giving out turkeys 11/20 starting at 2pm

- Griot Cafe (398 Central) in partnership with Premiere Vibes will be giving out turkeys Tuesday, 11/23 starting at 2pm

- Homes Preferred Realty (453 Central) will be giving out Pies 🥧 Wednesday, 11/24 from 2-5pm

Also please feel free to drop off non-perishable foods at Charles Swenson Realty (289 Central) or Dahlia’s Ice Cream (290 Central) in partnership with RNA

Beyond the Plate Food Tours launches a walking tour along Central Ave in Jersey City Heights on Small Business Saturday

Beyond the Plate Food Tours, in collaboration with the Central Avenue Special Improvement District (CASID), are excited to announce a walking food tour through six culturally diverse eateries along Central Avenue. After eight years of running tours primarily in the historic downtown neighborhood of Jersey City, Alessia Aron, owner of Beyond the Plate, picked the Heights as the next neighborhood to guide curious diners through because of the close proximity of so many delicious mom-and-pop restaurants. (Read more)

Central Avenue Tote Bags are Coming Back!

The Annual Reusable Tote Bag initiative has become a key success during the holiday season. This initiative is one of the many co-op advertising programs organized by the CASID over the years. We are excited to announce the contribution from the Hudson County Improvement Authority for the Reusable tote bag distribution. The local Central Avenue businesses will be coming into the new year ready by reducing their dependence on plastic bags. (Read More)

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Halloween Window Painting Contest Winners 2021

The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation is happy to announce the return of the “Heights Halloween Window Painting Contest” on Central Avenue. The annual tradition was briefly paused in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. In partnership with the Jersey City Board of Education, seventy-four (74) students across the Heights neighborhood participated. Nearly sixty (60) Central Avenue businesses hosted the event by lending their storefront windows for students to showcase their artistic talents. (Read More)

$4 Million Central Ave Streetscape & Roadway Improvement Project

The CASID is excited to announce that the City of Jersey City has approved plans for a Central Avenue Streetscape & Roadway Improvements project is almost complete. This highly anticipated, and very necessary, $4 million rehabilitation project has replaced all sidewalks and repaved the roadway in the shopping district. In addition new site amenties inlcluding: new trash cans, benches, and bike racks have arrived on the Avenue.

How to care for the new sidewalks:

  • Businesses must sweep adjacent sidewalks, at the very minimum, upon opening & closing.
  • Restaurants Need to Remove Sidewalk Grease Stains Regularly. Contact CDS for SID discount pricing on stain removing service. Ph: (862) 234-9902
  • Report garbage illegally dumped outside of collection times or overflowing litter receptacles to the City (201) 547-4900 and CASID: (201) 656-1366. You can also report quality of life issues using the “Jersey City Connect” app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • TREES are not a place for garbage on collection nights. Please keep clear and clean

[Read More]

Communicate with project officials here.

Coronavirus/ COVID-19

Two locations on Central Avenue are offering vaccines. Jersey Drugs (286 Central) and Walgreens (337 Central). To make an appointment with Jersey Drugs please call (201) 656-4392.

To view all the Vaccine locations click here

The CASID partnered with Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services and Prestiage Health to place a Mobile Clinic on Central Avenue. The mobile clinic will allow businesses, shoppers, and residents to recieve FREE COVID-19 test 232 Central (near Stop & Shop), from 9-5pm will be offering NASAL SWAB tests. Appointments are not required. [Read More]

Other locations:

  • RWJBarnabas ( 317 Central Avenue) with regular care appointment (201) 839- 2640
  • Heights Pharmacy (424 Central)is offering COVID-19 tests Monday-Friday from 12-5pm. Call to make an appointment (201) 222-1777

Click to View Full List of Jersey City Locations

New on Central Avenue, Jersey City

  • Zoe Nail & Spa (382A Central)
  • BG Enterprises (430 Central)
  • Marty's (488 Centra)
  • Jupiter Knights (447 Central)
  • Cali Shakes (490 Central)
  • American Laundromat (389 Central)
  • The Legend (355 Central)
  • Alpit Convenience Store (362 Central)
  • Sabor a Peru (280 Central)
  • CTS Serrvices (396 Central)
  • Fly E-Bikes (364 Central)
  • Mi Bandera Heights (408 Central)
  • Irma's Cafe (274 Central)
  • Stacks Creamery (465 Central)

More New Businesses on the Avenue>

Team Effort to Address Sanitation and Maintenance Needs of the District

Central Avenue is a busy urban commercial corridor with a large amount of pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Consequently, the busy nature of our main street community produces demanding sanitation needs. It takes a team effort to keep our district clean starting with:

  1. Merchants sweeping their adjacent sidewalks regularly
  2. The City’s mechanical streetsweeper cleaning both sides of the roadway 6 days a week
  3. The City’s litter patrol program maintaining public spaces clean (i.e. tree beds, litter receptacles, sidewalks, sewer catch basins, etc.).

To further supplement these efforts, the Central Avenue SID program uses its limited resources to service other sanitation related needs of the district. CASID has hired Commercial District Services to service the district eight days (8) a month for landscaping, hand-bill removal, curb painting, cleaning public touch surfaces, and other occasional maintenance needs of the district.

Creative Placemaking on Central Avenue

Creative placemaking has become important to the experience and benefits of shopping local. Public art, in its many forms, can rejuvenate a neighborhood when done correctly. It brings new energy and vibrancy to neighborhoods. It also can make Central Avenue a fun place to visit. CASID’s art initiatives have grown out of the belief that creative placemaking contributes to the economic and cultural vitality of neighborhoods. [Read More]

Past Public Artwork in the District:

Development and Infrastructure Improvements along Central Avenue

Central Avenue Fights Food Waste

The businesses on Central Avenue are doing their part for the community by fighting food waste. Dionna from Too Good To Go is helping businesses sell surplus food so that all food produced is consumed instead of tossed. TGTO aims to make fighting food waste accessiable and easy for both consumers and business owners. It's a win - win -win for the businesses, consumers, environment, and overall a Healither JC.

Central Avenue Partners:

  • Ginos Pizzeria (380 Central)
  • Los Tres Chilitos (456 Centtral)
  • Irmas Cafe (279 Central)
  • Stacks Creamery (465 Central)
  • Taqueria Resturant (467 Central)
  • Sapori D'Italia (249 Central)
  • Oaxaca Food Mart (421 Central)
  • Fresh Central Grocery (252 Central)
  • The LoGD (7 Bleecker St)

Central Avenue SID Annual Report