Lyft to Open Driver Hub in Jersey City

As getting around cities continues to evolve, one of the countrys biggest ride-share companies is preparing to open their first driver hub facility in New Jersey later this fall.

San Francisco-based Lyft recently announced that they will be opening their first Garden State-based driver hub in Jersey City, and the location seems to be an appropriate choice. Spots there and in neighboring Hoboken were some of the companys top destinations for passengers last year, and Hudson is the states most densely populated county.

We are excited to be a business operating in New Jersey, said Ann Ferracane, general manager for Lyft New Jersey. More people want to use ride-sharing as part of their commute. We are committed to greener cities.

The hub will allow Lyft drivers to receive in-person support and connect with other drivers as a result of increased customer demand. The company will additionally provide personalized support and host community events. A specific address for the hubs location hasnt yet been announced.

Lyft currently has three service desk facilities in Paterson, Jersey City, and Woodbridge, but the closest current driver hub is in Long Island City, Queens. Lyfts planting of deeper roots in New Jersey comes just months after competitor Uber opened a driver hub in Secaucus.

Lyft also announced that the Union County town of Summit has entered into a contract with them to serve as its exclusive ride-share partner. The deal will allow residents and employees of the town to schedule and reserve a Lyft ride up to seven days in advance of their trip, part of an ongoing effort to ease parking woes in one of New Jerseys more popular towns.

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The Weingarten Group recently announced the grand opening of 380 NWK, a new seven-story condominium building in Downtown Jersey Citys Village West neighborhood. Homebuyers can now tour the completed model homes.

Presented by Weichert New Homes and exclusively marketed by Irina Barnaby and Daniel Pelosi with Weichert, Realtors, 380 NWK is the newest residential development from Jersey Citys Weingarten Group. The building is already more than 50 percent sold.

380 NWK is comprised of one, two, and three-bedroom homes with generous floor plans. One-bedroom homes are approximately 933 square feet and range up to approximately 1,417 square feet for the largest three-bedroom home.

Kearny Financial Corp. (NASDAQ GS: KRNY) (the “Company”), the holding company of Kearny Bank (the “Bank”), announced that the companys Board of Directors has declared a special cash dividend of $0.16 per share. The special $0.16 dividend will be paid to stockholders on Oct 17, 2018 with a record date of Oct 3, 2018.

Kearny Financial Corp. is the parent company of Kearny Bank which operates from its administrative headquarters in Fairfield, and a total of 54 retail branch offices located throughout northern and central New Jersey and Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. As of June 30, 2018, Kearny Financial Corp. had $6.58 billion in total assets., the Hudson County website centered on Hoboken and Jersey City, is hosting a city-wide charity event as part of Hoboken Girl Helps. The site, along with various local businesses, will be collecting feminine products and baby supplies to benefit WomenRising, a local womens and childrens shelter in Jersey City. 

The product drive began on Sept 16 and will run through Oct 16. Local businesses in the Hoboken area are accepting tampons, pads, diapers, and wipes and hope to triple the amount collected last year (which was over 1,000 items).

Products can be dropped off at the following Hoboken locations during regular business hours: European Wax Center (1135 Maxwell Lane), Massage Envy (1170 Maxwell Lane), Amazing Lash (1025 Maxwell Lane), Athleta (316 Washington St), Jojo Maman Bebe (407 Washington St), Hudson Yoga Project (44 Hudson Place), and Boutique Realty (537 Garden St). 

Women Rising is a local non-profit organization which has been a lifeline to women and families in need of financial assistance and emotional support after being victims of domestic violence.

Anthony Davids, at 953 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, celebrating its 20th anniversary on Sept 29. Anthony Pino and his wife Liz opened the restaurant in 1998. An anniversary ribbon cutting took place to mark the occasion with Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and former mayors Dawn Zimmer and David Roberts.

A portion of the proceeds from that day benefited the Hudson County CASA, a foster childrens organization and longtime beneficiary of the Pinos philanthropic efforts. 

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in New Jersey and Rockland County, New York announced that Lea Governale has been named the new branch vice president of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage real estate office in Hoboken. In this position, she will oversee approximately 90 affiliated real estate agents serving the Hudson County area.

Governale has a real estate background spanning more than 25 years. She was a sales director for Halstead Property in downtown Manhattan, developing and growing sales offices. She also served as executive vice president and sales director for Douglas Elliman Real Estate. For the past nine years she was a managing broker and team leader for Weichert Realtors in Manhattan.

Coldwell Banker also recently hosted a Quarterly Best Reception to honor 319 affiliated real estate agents for their outstanding achievements in the first six months of 2018.

Mill Creek Residential, a multifamily investor and operator specializing in apartment home communities across the U.S., recently announced the opening of a new office for their NY/NJ operations in Jersey City. The office, located at 1 Evertrust Plaza, is in Jersey Citys downtown district. 

The opening follows Mill Creeks growth throughout Northern New Jersey, Westchester County and on Long Island. Several communities have been delivered to the market in recent years, including Modera Lofts, the reuse of a former warehouse located in Jersey Citys Powerhouse Arts District, Modera 44 and 55, both situated in downtown Morristown; Modera Parsippany, Modera Hudson Riverfront in downtown Yonkers and two communities in Mineola on Long Island.

The new Jersey City location will serve as a supplemental base of operations to manage the expanding pipeline for Mill Creek in the region.

Through the J. Jill Compassion Fund, the York Street Project has received more than $100,000 in operational support for its programs. In addition, YSP has received tens of thousands of dollars worth of new and gently used clothing from local J. Jill stores. Executive Director Susanne Byrne, and Board Member Amelia Rideau, share the impact YSP achieves through its partners. 

The YSP has also been selected as a new partner for the Birthday Party Project, a national organization dedicated to spreading joy to children in homeless shelters through birthdays. TBPP throws a special themed party once a month for every child at YSP and will provide a special birthday treat for those with a birthday in that month. If you are interested in volunteering for the parties or learning more about TBPP, visit

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