Everyone is invited to sip some wine, chow down on great cuisine, and support the rehabilitation of the Hoboken Community Center at the 25th ‘A Taste of Hoboken’ fundraiser on Tuesday, March 19, at Stevens Institute of Technology’s Howe Center’s Bissinger Room.
The event hosted by the Hoboken Community Center, a non-profit formerly known as the Hoboken North-Hudson YMCA, aims to support the renovation of the building’s recreation wing to transform it into a community center for Hoboken residents.
The evening will feature live music, wine, beer, and cuisine tastings from Hoboken’s top restaurants as well as Manhattan skyline views from the Howe Center’s Bissinger Room at 1 Castle Point Terrace.
A place for all ages
The Hoboken Community Center, located in the former YMCA building on the corner of 13th and Washington Street, will be a place for residents of all ages to enjoy according to Ken Nilsen, president of the nonprofit.
“Our hope is that we will create a facility where families and individuals from the earliest of ages to oldest of ages come and convene and participate in multiple things that could be expanding the mind, body, and spirit,” he said. “There are very few spaces in town where the whole community can come together in a common space.”
Currently, the community center is divided into two separate wings, one of which provides affordable housing to 96 men. The other wing needs to be renovated and will provide recreational space to Hoboken residents.
Last fall, $2 million of community givebacks provided by the developers of the new Hilton Hotel on downtown Sinatra Drive were earmarked to help revitalize the Hoboken Community Center.
“With this seed money we have real momentum for this project,” said Nilsen, who said he hopes it helps incentivize others to lend funds, donate, or partner with the non-profit.
The vision for the center includes re-opening the historic Art Deco pool, renovating the basketball court, providing space to expand the school district’s pre-K program, as well as an uptown branch of the Hoboken Public Library and other recreational activities.
According to Nilsen, the funding from ‘A Taste of Hoboken’ will help them create a study and strategic plan to figure out how to best utilize the space and get the building up and running.
He said they are working with PROS Consulting, which has worked with hundreds of community centers throughout the country on creating similar strategic plans.
He said they hope for the study to be completed by the end of the year.
Roughly 300 people will attend ‘A Taste of Hoboken,’ which begins with a Prosecco Preview at 6 p.m. for guests who pay a premium to be in a less crowded room and mingle with chefs and other restaurant representatives to talk about their cuisine.
This year, Hoboken Chef Maricel Presilla is up for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, and both of her restaurants – Cucharamama and Zafra – will be present.
Other participating restaurants include Anthony David’s, Carlo’s Bakery, La Isla, Karma Kafe, Tutta Pesca, Madison Bar and Grill, Choc O’Pain, Court Street, Charitto’s, Leo’s Grandevous, and The Elysian Cafe.
Wine and beer will be served compliments of longtime supporter Giannone Wine and Liquor.
Hoboken’s own Swingadelic – the NYC area’s greatest “little big band”, will provide live music.
General admission begins at 7 p.m., and the event runs until 9 p.m. The event is also sponsored by Bijou Properties.
Tickets range from $150 to $500 and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-taste-of-hoboken-tickets-55992035686.
Tickets are also available at the door.
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