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Key Events Shaping Bergen County in Early 2024

Thrilling shot of the New York Rangers at the Stadium Series in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

There is always something happening in Bergen County, and 2024 has been no exception to this trend. As we navigate through the early months of this new year, several events and developments have caught the attention of residents and visitors alike, painting a picture of a county that's not just living through history, but actively shaping it.

Bergen County has filed a suit against New York City in a race to save the best interest of all residents.

A Stand Against New York's Congestion Pricing

In a bold move that underscores Bergen County's commitment to the well-being of its residents, the county has thrown its support behind New Jersey's legal challenge against New York's contentious congestion pricing plan. The U.S. District Court's acceptance of the county's brief signals a significant step forward in this legal battle, setting the stage for oral arguments beginning in April.

At the heart of Bergen County's opposition is a concern that the congestion pricing scheme, while primarily benefiting New York City, would adversely affect its own residents. Increased traffic and pollution, without any tangible benefits for the county, highlight the unilateral nature of the plan. Bergen County's involvement in this lawsuit isn't just about opposition; it's a fight for equitable treatment and the protection of its community's quality of life​.

An exciting celebration from the New Jersey Devils at the Stadium Series in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The NHL Stadium Series: A Celebration of Hockey

The NHL Stadium Series returned with a bang to MetLife Stadium, transforming Bergen County into a focal point for hockey enthusiasts. Nearly 80,000 fans congregated to witness the thrilling comeback the New York Rangers had on the New York Islanders. Many Bergen County residents gathered to attend what ended up being a monumental moment in professional sports on the national stage. Our own New Jersey Devils didn't do so bad either battling it out on the ice, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3. This event was a communal celebration of sports in the tri-state area that brought together families, friends, and fans in a shared love for hockey. The energy and camaraderie displayed have undoubtedly cemented the Stadium Series as a landmark event in Bergen County's sporting calendar, showcasing the region's passion for sports and its ability to host events of such magnitude with finesse.

Oceanside Seafood Room in Hackensack has closed its doors after their lease expired.

The Closure of The Oceanaire Seafood Room

On a somber note, The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack witnessed the closure of The Oceanaire Seafood Room, marking the end of an era for a piece of Bergen County's fine-dining scene. This closure, resulting from the natural expiration of its lease, reflects the ever-evolving nature of the restaurant industry, the challenges faced by establishments in maintaining their presence and making it past the downturn the industry faced at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the departure of The Oceanaire is undoubtedly a loss for local dining, the restaurant is transitioning its employees to sister properties, ensuring that the spirit and expertise behind the restaurant will continue to thrive in Bergen County. The future of the vacated space remains a topic of speculation and anticipation, with hopes that it will soon be home to another venture that will enrich the county's diverse culinary offerings​​.

Pinstripes at the Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack has opened its doors offering a blended experience of an Italian bistro and bowling.

Pinstripes: A New Culinary and Entertainment Destination

In brighter news, Pinstripes has made its grand entrance at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, introducing a novel concept that blends Italian bistro dining with bowling and bocce. This establishment has quickly become a beacon of entertainment and hospitality in Bergen County, offering a multifaceted experience that appeals to a wide audience. From its brunch buffets to the engaging atmosphere of its bowling lanes and bocce courts, Pinstripes exemplifies the innovative spirit that characterizes the county. Moreover, the creation of approximately 130 new jobs underscores the positive economic impact such ventures have on the community, further solidifying Bergen County's reputation as a thriving hub for business and leisure​​.

Wrapping It Up

Bergen County is a community defined by its resilience, its capacity for innovation, and its unwavering spirit. The start of 2024 has certainly exemplified that. From standing up for its residents in legal battles to embracing the joy of sports and nurturing the growth of new businesses, Bergen County continues to demonstrate its versatility and vitality.

The events and trends of early 2024 are but chapters in the ongoing story of Bergen County—a story marked by challenges, triumphs, and unwavering community spirit. Bergen County will continue to evolve, adapt, and thrive, driven by the collective energy and ambition of its residents and leaders. In the heart of New Jersey, Bergen County stands as a living, breathing testament to the power of community and the endless possibilities that arise when we come together to shape our community.

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