Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Get the Skinny on Squeeze'D

In this episode of the podcast, Livin' in Jersey City (formerly What is Jersey City), we were joined by Carolyn Texadore, co-owner of the mobile juicing bar Squeeze'D. 

After realizing there wasn't a place to get fresh juices in Jersey City, Carolyn and her partner, Victor, decided to get to juicing!

For Carolyn, Squeeze'D is more than just a business. She started her company as a way to redeem her self-confidence after being a victim of domestic abuse. 

Tune in to find out how Carolyn became a survivor, an entrepreneur and an inspirational #BossLady.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hello Michael Billy

(Michale Billy: Courtesy of IMDB)
In the first episode of the podcast —What is Jersey City? — TC and Jenna spoke with Michael Billy, actor and co-chair of Jersey City Pride. 

Mr. Billy's voice, beliefs, and passion for what's currently taking place in America can be heard loud and clear on the local and national level. 

Tune in to hear how Mr. Billy plans to take Jersey City forward after the shocking results of the 2016 elections.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Introducing the Podcast - Livin' in Jersey City

As part of the revamp of The JC Resident, the website will include the podcast — Livin' in Jersey City, formerly named What is Jersey City.

TC's Views, who is a multimedia journalist and executive editor of, asked Jenna Firshein the editor of  to come on as a host for the first season of the podcast.  

In the introductory episode, TC and Jenna explains what the podcast is all about. Listeners will get an earful of their personalities and what Jersey City means to them. 

And if you're wondering who will be on the show for the first season, click the blue play button below and listen very carefully.


But wait there's more! The first episode is right here waiting for you. Or just navigate your way to the menu bar at the top and click on the tab labeled Podcast: What is Jersey City

If you'd like to be a host or a guest on the show send an email to

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Taking it to the Streets

(Image captured by TC's Views: On the Streets of Jersey City)
After residing in Jersey City for one year and two months, I've decided to flip the script on this blog. Instead of giving you my perspective of what it's like to live here, I want to share the views of other Jersey City residents. The ones who were born and raised here, bought their homes here, raised their children here, and the residents who saw their community morph into one of the most diverse cities in the United States of America.

According to a 2014 demographic data collected by the American Community Survey, there are nearly 262,140 people residing in Jersey City. After dissecting the numbers, I believe there are plenty of stories to share. With nearly a 50% split between men and women, I'll try my best to keep the coverage as equal as possible.


Beyond the Sexes 

In the following infographic you'll find Asians, Blacks and Hispanics collectively make up the majority of the population at 77 percent, and Caucasians are the minorities at 21 percent. Although there appears to be an equal balance of ethnicities, I haven't seen any diversity in the Downtown neighborhood of where I reside. 


(Map of Jersey City Wards)
Jersey City Wards

So where are these diverse residents living? They are concentrated in particular pockets throughout the city. Specifically in the neighborhoods within the Wards of A, B, C, D, E and F. 

Stories of Jersey City residents goes beyond gun violence, politics, new development on the waterfront, restaurant openings, and lifestyle events. In effort to find these stories, it's time to take it to the streets and uncover them one ward at a time. Stay tuned...

When you're ready to share your story, email

Watch some of the stories as they unfold on Instagram via @TheJCResident.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Jersey City vs. Hoboken

Since moving to Jersey City, I've learned that most local residents aren't fond of the neighboring town of Hoboken. Critics describe Hoboken as a post college town filled with mid-twenty year-old "pilate/yoga pants wearing, stroller mafia mommies - aka young stay at home mothers whose spouses work in the depths of Wall Street.

To be honest, Jersey City has the same stroller mafia in the neighborhoods of Paulus Hook, Van Vorst and Hamilton Park. However, I have yet to bump into a fresh out of college resident in Jersey City. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Whole Foods is Coming to Town

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Well, well, well! Look what's finally coming to Jersey City... Whole Foods!

The company announced in its 2016 Q2 Earnings that it signed nine new leases and one of them will be in Jersey City!

The organic/natural supermarket chain is going to break ground at Metropolis Towers at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Marin Boulevard. You know the spot right near the Grove Street PATH Station.

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JC Residents will have to wait until 2020 to get their 365 products.

The new addition will come with 200 new employees and on-site parking, according to Michael Sinatra, Whole Foods' spokesman.

I'm relieved that I no longer have to take the Paulus Hook Ferry to Lower Manhattan to get my Whole Foods fix.

However, it will be interesting to see how this on-site parking will turn out.

And I must admit, I was a bit sour about Newark, N.J. getting Whole Foods before Jersey City. I sure hope we get a Trader Joes before them!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Jersey City: The Sixth Borough

(On the wall of Orale Mexican Kitchen)
Dining out, eclectic watering holes and boutique retail shops are just some of the things that make up Jersey City. But if you throw in a couple of Brooklynites and Manhattanites into the mix, you’ve got yourself the perfect combination to refer to Jersey City as the sixth borough.  

Not to be confused with New York City’s sixth borough as Jonathan Safran described in the New York Times Sept. 17, 2004, article.
Once upon a time, New York City had a Sixth Borough. You won't read about it in any of the history books, because there's nothing ­– save for the circumstantial evidence in Central Park – to prove that it was there at all. Which makes its existence very easy to dismiss. – Johnathan Safran 
When I come up from the Grove Street Path Station, I do feel like I’m in NYC. The only difference is that Jersey City is much cleaner. And less dense. And the people are nicer.

If you look to your left or right, you’re bound to find a native New Yorker who now calls Jersey City their home. And from my tally, there are a lot of New Yorkers living here.

Most JC residents I’ve met actually moved here from Brooklyn. And depending on what part of Jersey City you walk through, you’ll feel like you’re in Park Slope and Prospect Park.

You’ll definitely feel the Brooklyn vibe when you stroll through Hamilton Park and Van Vorst Park. Parents and their young kids picnicking in the park. Couples walking their lapdogs. And musicians strumming their guitars on the corner of Grove Street near the pedestrian zone.

The only part that makes Jersey City not so New York are the absence of Yellow Cabs. I’ve never seen one Yellow Cab on the street of JC.

Jersey City’s night scene is also a bit quiet. There’s not much to do after midnight and there are plenty of times I find myself heading into NYC to find something engaging to do.

Since Jersey City is literally a hop, jump, and a skip away from Greenwich Village, it really does feel like I am living in NYC.

So why not call JC the sixth borough? Everyone else is starting to.

Are you a new JC Resident who moved from NYC? Do you consider Jersey City as the sixth borough?

E-mail your views to

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Parking in Jersey City

As a city dweller, car ownership is a luxury and a headache.

One of the biggest advantages of living in the Downtown area of Jersey City is that I don't need a car. So, I made it a point not to own a car, however, my partner owns one, and it doesn't work out to his advantage. Why? Because parking is a nightmare.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Convenient Living in Jersey City

The shopping scene, watering holes, and public transportation makes living in JC extra comfortable.  

Today marks seven months since moving to Jersey City. And I can honestly say that I've come to love this place that I now call home. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Meeting the Neighbors: PADNA JC vs Transmission Lounge

Settling into a new neighborhood can be a challenge, especially if you don't know anyone in town. This is exactly what happened to me when I moved to Jersey City in August 2015. 

Since moving in, I made sure to keep my eyes peeled for events, social gatherings and networking opportunities. In November, I came across a poster in the main lobby of my apartment building. It was a neighborhood meeting hosted by the Powerhouse Arts District Neighborhood AssociationPADNA JC.

PADNA gave residents the skinny of what was taking place in the neighborhood and what buildings were going up and coming down in Jersey City's real estate market.