What’s New Since Last Week?

Last week I let you all know that there were a new pages for Comedy Clubs and upcoming Film Festivals.

Well now I can let you know of two new fun and exciting pages:

There is a fully informational and operational page for SPORTS! This includes ALL sports: Football, Baseball, Hockey, Soccer, and the fastest growing NJ sport…Roller Derby. Check out the page for links to their websites, social media pages and how to get tickets.

I also finally got around to updating the page for New Jersey Theaters and Concert Halls. They are separated out by alphabetical order and I’ve even put in bold my favorite venues that I stalk on a daily basis.

My new venture I’m currently in the middle of is a page on all things Nerdy in NJ. Other than conventions and comic book store locations, is there something else you’d like to see on these pages? Please let me know on facebook, twitter or email me at newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com.

Fun Things to Come:

- Flea Markets

- Farmers Markets (We’re not called the Garden State for nothing)

- A list of resources for different websites all around NJ for everything in NJ for events etc.

If you are interested in writing for this blog email me at newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com. I need help! 

Thanks for Reading!

-Cyd, New Jersey Isn’ t Boring

Free Comic Book Day: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

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Here is a list of all the comic books in New Jersey so you can make sure you get FREE comics on Saturday. Want to know what’s free? Click here

North:

Manifest Comics & Cards
762 Broadway Second Floor, Bayonne ; (201) 535-5330

Time Warp Comics
555 Pompton Avenue, Suite A, Cedar Grove; (973) 857-9788

The Jokers Child
12-23 River Rd, Fair Lawn; (201) 794-6830

FJB Comics & Games
17 Coles St, Jersey City; (201) 946-2200

Funny Books
98 N Beverwyck Rd, Lake Hiawatha; (973) 263-1733

New World Manga
93 E Mt Pleasant Ave, Livingston; (973) 597-0625

Dewey’s Comic City
13 Park Ave, Madison; (973) 593-0042

Fortress of Solitude
53 University Ave, Newark; (973) 242-3725

Paradox Comics
269 Ridge Rd, North Arlington; (201) 998-1212

Comic Explosion
86 Centre St, Nutley; (973) 235-1336

Comics N Toys
26 River Edge Rd #1, River Edge; (201) 483-8905

A & S Comics
563 Cedar Ln, Teaneck; (201) 801-0500

Zapps
574 Valley Road, Wayne; 973-628-4500

Fat Moose
53 A Parsippany Rd, Whippany; (973) 884-4898

Central:

The Comic Crypt Cafe
619 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park; (732) 361-3677

Conquest Comics
657 U.S. 9, Bayville; (732) 551-2164

Rogue Comics and Collectables
102 Union Ave N, Cranford; (908) 276-9069

Comic Fusion Comic Books and Collectibles
16 Turntable Jct, Flemington; (908) 788-0599

Time Zone Gaming
430 New Brunswick Ave, Fords; (732) 738-5111

Comic Lair
1606 South Broad Street, Hamilton; (609) 695-8855

The Fallout Shelter
320 Raritan Ave, Highland Park; 732-354-4520

The Record Store
6299 U.S. 9, Howell; (732) 905-9056

Wild Pig
14 Michigan Ave, Kenilworth; (908) 245-2140

Comic Relief
4120 Quakerbridge Rd, Lawrenceville; (609) 452-7548

Zapps
700 Tennent Road(Super Foodtown Center) Manalapan; 732-617-1333

Main Street Comics
74 N Main St, Milltown; (732) 828-7886

3rd Earth Comics
135 Easton Ave 2nd Floor, New Brunswick; (732) 397-6588

JC Comics
579 U.S. 22, North Plainfield; (908) 756-1212

2005 Rt-3,Oakhurst; (732) 531-1566

Classic Comics
1006 St Georges Ave, Rahway; (732) 396-0555

Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash
35 Broad St, Red Bank, NJ 07701; (732) 758-0508
*Comic Book shop from AMC’s Comic Book Men

Little Shop of Comics
393 Park Ave, Scotch Plains; (908) 322-9402

The Comic Crypt
55 White Rd #1, Shrewsbury; (732) 747-8686

Comic Fortress
59 West Main Street, Somerville; (908) 704-8910

Amazing Heroes
966 Stuyvesant Ave, Union; (908) 687-4338

South:

The Comic Book Store
30 N Main St, Glassboro; (856) 442-0402

The Comic Station
615 Station Avenue, Haddon Heights; (856) 617-0792

Jester’s Playhouse
545 Tilton Road, Northfield; (609) 677-9088

Level Up Entertainment
4403 Black Horse Pike,Mays Landing; (609) 569-9200

TemDee Collectables
5051 Route 42, Turnersville; (856) 228-8645

All Things Fun!
185-C Rt. 73 North, West Berlin; (856) 719-1414

Stormwatch Comics
449 Route 73 North; West Berlin; (856) 768-8186

Frankenstein Comics
845 Mantua Avenue, Woodbury; (856) 848-6347

Diner Round Up – All Seasons Diner II

The All Seasons Diner II is located on Route 9 in Freehold, NJ (Near the Freehold Raceway Mall) which is in Monmouth County.

This diner is the sister diner to the All Seasons Diner in Eatontown, ironically also by a mall.

I’ve been to this diner a few times, and it’s always busy…especially on a Saturday night. It’s an average, typical diner that has all the diner staples  you’re looking for (soup, salad bar, breakfast all day, homemade dessert etc).

It has a massive menu so take your time. I think it’s close to 10 pages plus specials. You should probably view the menu before you go there just because it will take you so long to make a decision. photo 1(5)

I do want to warn my fellow gluten free eaters: there is not a lot of options for us except omelets. So I ordered…an omelet. It was really good though! They have other gluten free options on their entree page, but the diner is known for sandwiches, wraps, paninis etc.

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It’s a big diner with a lot of space, and it’s very pretty indoors. It also has a catering hall attached to it if you’re looking to hold a party or event there.

If you’re in the area you should definitely check out the Freehold Raceway Mall as well as iPlay America which is also close by.

Basic Info
Address: 4135 U.S. 9 N, Freehold
Phone #: (732) 625-0330

To see their menu check out their website

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – Yes
Homemade Desserts – Yes

Rutgers Day is TOMORROW: Saturday, April 26th

Come experience the annual Rutgers Day at the main campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. This event is free and open to the public.

Lively activities, interactive demonstrations, vibrant stage performances, and an array of food choices await visitors on every campus. Explore the different flavors each has to offer, decide on a destination, and return next year to visit another!

Basic Details

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Admission, Free Parking
Rutgers–New Brunswick

The College Avenue Campus will feature the best of Rutgers’ arts and humanities. Visit the Busch Campus for fabulous science and athletic programming. The Cook/Douglass campus will be a bustling center for all things green from plant sales to barn tours.

Parking and shuttle buses between campuses are free. Groups coming to campus in a bus should contact the event for special information.

Visit them on Facebook and Twitter for regular programming updates and promotions

Use and follow the hash tag #RutgersDay to stay interacted all day to the event.

You MUST Check out the Bagel Chateau in Westfield

We here in New Jersey have what I consider the best bagels in the country . That’s right New York; I’m associating value here as well. $3 a bagel does not a person enjoy for breakfast.

My current favorite place to go for all things bagel is Bagel Chateau in Westfield. No matter what day or time you go, there’s always a bit of a line, and that’s because the food is delicious. They make bagels throughout the day, so they are always super fresh, and they make their own tasty cream cheeses to schmear on top.

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I’m a huge fan of the mish-mosh (everything), spinach, and rye bagels. The last time I had family visiting they bought 7 dozen to take back home with them. And cream cheeses? House cured lox, veggie, olive, and lots of seasonal offerings.

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If you want to go to the hot side, I highly recommend the sandwiches, as you can see by the small remnants I had left before I remembered to take a picture.

They offer a special on weekends after 11am for 2 eggs, a buttered bagel, and home fries. For $3. THREE DOLLARS PEOPLE. Go check this place out, you will not be disappointed

People I would take here: Everyone, especially family

Frequency of Return: About once a week to stock up on bagels for the house, grab a sandwich

Basic Information:
Address: 223 South Avenue E, Westfield
Phone: (908) 232-1921
View their catering menu here

 

- Skylar Wolfe, New Jersey Isn’t Boring Contributor

Jersey Shore Short Film Festival this Sunday, 4/27!

Chris J. Cullen, Rich Lello and Brian Kopack are three Jersey boys who enjoy going to events on the Jersey Shore.  After Hurricane Sandy, the shore was hit very hard and many people came together to help rebuild the shore. They decided to create a small intimate short film festival in the amazing area of Asbury Park, NJ to start the 1st year of the Jersey Shore Shorts Film Festival.

If you buy at least one block of film tickets you are also able to go to the award show for free at Porta starting 9pm  as well as our after party at the Brickwall.

Event Details

Date: Sunday, April 27th 10am – 10pm

Location: The Showroom in Asbury Park

To view the schedule click here

You can get tickets here

If you have any questions call (732) 299-5945

Also, be sure to “like” them on facebook

Honored guest: BRIAN O’HALLORAN (Clerks, Clerks 2, Comic Book Men) will receive a NJ award for Achievement in the Art of Acting

Thanks to Brian who let me know about this event via Twitter @BrianCOHallaran

What’s New at New Jersey Isn’t Boring!

I feel like I’ve been ridiculously busy getting this site to where I want it to be.  I am LOVING what I am doing and loving the positive feed back I’m getting as well.

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You may have noticed that this website looks completely different than it did a week ago. I used the small website skills I have and created a banner and used a new lay out that I think looks pretty snazzy. I also created a new logo for the facebook, twitter and pinterest pages.

Speaking of twitter, did you hear Cory Booker is my new BFF? I’m only slightly exaggerating, but he is now following me on twitter and we even had a small conversation today. If you’re not following me on twitter yet…please do! It’s been active for 3 weeks now, but already has 200+ followers and growing. Yay social media!

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The site has brand new events listed on the beer events and food truck event pages. I update these pages the second I hear about a new event, and I’ll give you as much detail as possible.

I also keep updating the NJ diner section of the site whenever I hear of a closing (RIP Spotswood Diner) or an opening of a new one. Diner Reviews are posted every Sunday at 6pm. I just visited Four Seasons Diner II in Freehold, so look out for that review this coming Sunday. I wrote about the Seville Diner in East Brunswick yesterday.

There is also a new page for Comedy Clubs and I have listed a bunch of theaters and concert halls which will soon have links. There is also a link for upcoming Film Festivals with info on how to get tickets etc.

Fun Things to Come:

- A list of resources for different websites all around NJ for everything in NJ.

- Sports Teams & Schedules (Not just including the Devils)

- Flea Markets

- Farmers Markets (We’re not called the Garden State for nothing)

…and more as I think of it.

If you are interested in writing for this blog email me at newjerseyisntboring@gmail.com

Thanks for Reading!

-Cyd, New Jersey Isn’ t Boring

Diner Round Up – Seville Diner

The Seville diner, is located on Route 18  in East Brunswick (Middlesex County).

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Why is it always raining when I go to a diner?

I have been to this menu many times and I highly recommend it. I have never had bad service here.

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The menu at this diner is very big and you should take your time looking at it. They have a lot of different sandwiches, salads, burgers, entrees etc. And yes, they do serve breakfast all day. I should know since I ordered breakfast for dinner (Greek omelet with fries).

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Nom Nom Nom, Greek Omelet

Their desserts are quite impressive, to the point where I’ll just stop in and get dessert to go. They sell the largest elephant ears I have ever seen.  This last time, due to my recent gluten free diet, I got rice pudding and it was so GOOD! My friends all got the bread pudding which I’ve had in the past…equally as good.

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Rice Pudding!

You should definitely check out this diner if you are in the East Brunswick area. It’s very close to the East Brunswick Square mall, so definitely hit up the diner after shopping or seeing a movie. I do warn you…do not ask for separate checks here. Just be smart and bring cash OR be nice and pay for all your friends. Don’t be “that guy”.

Basic Info
Address: 1035 New Jersey 18, East Brunswick
Phone #: (732)254-1125

To see their menu check out their website

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – No
Parking Lot – Yes
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – Yes
Homemade Desserts – Yes, try the “Mousse Mouse”. You won’t regret it!

NJ Film Festivals: Montclair Film Festival and Bergenfield Film Festival

Did you know NJ had so many film festivals? I now have a new page that will list all of them! Here are two festivals that are right around the corner:

Montclair Film Festival: April 28th – May 4th

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The Montclair Film Festival (MFF), is a non-profit organization, that exists to nurture and showcase the talents of filmmakers from around the world. The Festival will create a cultural focal point in the Township of Montclair that unites, empowers, educates and celebrates our region’s diverse community and robust artistic heritage.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS

Online.  You can browse the festival line up and purchase tickets in two ways:

1. Browse via the FESTIVAL LINEUP tab on the MFF homepage.  This allows you to view and purchase films and events alphabetically.

2. Browse via the FESTIVAL SCHEDULE on the MFF homepage. This allows you to view and purchase films and event in a calendar view.

You can narrow your search by interest using the Genre, Section, and Venue drop down tabs.

ACCOUNT LOGIN INFORMATION

  • Anyone who has ever purchased from the MFF website already has a customer account.
  • You need to login to your account with your user name and password to purchase tickets online.  By logging into your account, you are able to view and manage all of your MFF purchases.
  • You can login from the MFF homepage or you will be prompted to login during the checkout process.
  • If you don’t have an account, you will be prompted to create one at checkout.
  • If you are having trouble logging into your account, please email us at info@montclairfilmfest.org and we’ll be happy to help you.

MEMBER LOGIN INFORMATION

  • If you have a paid membership, it is attached to your customer account and will enable you to access your member benefits when logged in.  You can use your MEMBER MEMBER or your USER NAME and PASSWORD to log in.
  • Members MUST log into their accounts in order to view the member pricing option and purchase tickets at the member rate.
  • A customer number is different than a member number.  You can not log in with your customer number.
  • If you believe you are a member but can’t see the member pricing, check the following:
    • Are you logged in to your account?
    • Is your membership current?  If you are logged in to your account click on “view memberships” to see your membership status.
    • Try logging out, refreshing your browser and loging back in again.  The ticketing system may time out after several minutes of no activity.

In-Person.  Starting April 3 (March 31 for members) through May 4th, tickets are available at the MFF office every Mon.-Fri. as well as Sat., April 26th, Sun. April 27th, Sat., May 3rd and Sun. May 4th from 11 am – 4 pm.  During the festival, tickets are available in person starting one hour before show time at the venue’s box office.

TICKET PRICES AND SPECIAL PACKAGES

Films & conversations: $14 general ($12 members – Click here to become a member)

Blackhouse Conversations Day Pass: $25 general ($20 members)

Bergenfield Film Festival: May 1st

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The Bergenfield Film Festival’s goal is to celebrate independent and mainstream cinema and bring it to the Northern New Jersey area. The BFF aims to support filmmakers based in NJ as well as the world over. It is held each year, one night only, within five separate screening rooms, inside the beautifully redone Bow Tie Cinemas in Bergenfield, NJ. Filmmakers from all over the world have come here over the last eight years to see theirs and others’ movies screened. It is run by the Bergenfield Film Coalition (a non-profit organization).

Each filmmaker whose work is selected to be screened will receive a Certificate of Recognition for their contribution to the medium. The festival’s Best Feature & Best Short Awards will be given to the filmmakers whose work has been judged to represent the best in all aspects of the filmmaking process.

Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $12 per person
Senior & Student Admission: $10 per person

Do You Have Questions?
For general questions please send an email to bergenfieldfilmfestival@gmail.com

CRAFT HOUSE & Beer Garden in Cherry Hill – Now Open!

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Yesterday was the grand opening of the CRAFT HOUSE & Beer Garden in Cherry Hill   at the (former?) location of Top Dog.  You can check out the opening day beer menu here.  The tap list offerings are largely pedestrian (the featured beers are especially poor for a place holding itself out as a “Craft House”), but check out the list of cans they are offering:

21st Amendment Back in Black (American Black Ale) – $4.50
Founders All Day IPA (IPA) – $5.00
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale (APA/IPA) –  $5.00
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils (Czech Pilsner) – $5.00
Sixpoint Resin (IIPA) – $7.00
Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager (Munich Helles Lager) – $4.00
Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale (APA) – $4.00

The CRAFT HOUSE & Beer Garden, as its rechristened itself, did not have the best reputation in its former iterations, and it looks like the transition from Top Dog continues to hold onto several reminders of the bars former identity (to be expected, considering there’s still a sign on the side dating back to when the location was known as Taylor’s).  That being said, I look forward to seeing if the bar can reinvent itself as a classier location with better beers and better ambiance (read: less trashy waitstaff uniforms).  From what I can tell, it looks like the establishment is certainly trying, considering the themes and bottle/can offerings alone.

Once the weather gets a bit warmer, I can personally attest that this is one of the best outdoor bar spots in South Jersey.  With a combination of the aforementioned can list and the hope that the outdoor bar hasn’t changed too much, I look forward to throwing back a few cans of Sixpoint Hi-Res while playing cornhole (bean bag toss) this summer.

- Abe Tran, NJIB Craft Beer Corner