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Old 04-08-2007, 11:35 AM
 
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I just recently moved to South Bergen county from DC. From what I observed, there is an abundence of nice shopping malls and restaurants in Jersey. Dining alone can get old at times, but I would like to find some alternative places to meet other black singles. I work in NJ and want to establish some roots here and not always want to go to NYC for leisure. The parts of Hoboken/Jersey City that I have visited still did not have the vibe I am looking for. I would be interested in a good happy hour, or a nice lounge with good music (R&B, hip hop, etc). Or basically anyplace where I won't stick out like a sore thumb going solo.
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Old 04-08-2007, 12:37 PM
 
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This is a tough one as you are in suburbia. Hoboken as you may have found is lacking in any sort of Black culture. Some of the areas surrounding Newark might have some options but from what I have heard, if you live in suburbia-south Jersey has more from a Black perspective. Montclair might be worth checking out but I think the best approach would be to find an interest or group and get involved. That is the best way to meet people in a similar demo. Also educated adults can network at a local community college or University. You will tend to find more races and ethnicities in those settings.
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Old 04-08-2007, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Honesdale, PA
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Default Black singles meeting places

I agree with cyntmac.

Verona and Essex Fells are upscale communities and then comes Montclair
and Bloomfield heading East towards Newark. Bloomfield Avenue passes through all of these towns and acts as a corridor passing through many interesting ethnic restaurants and social gathering places. I like the area as it has something for everybody. Back in the Mid 30s, Newark was home for great R&B bands and proving grounds for jazz pianists and pianists competing against the left hand stride of Willy the Lion Smith. Some recommendations are Trumpets in Montclair, Cecils Jazz Club in W. Orange
and The Savoy Grill in Newark.

I live in PA at this time but always return to this area for its great food and music variety.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:43 AM
 
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I think the Bloomfield Ave corridor too, is the place for you, anywhere from Verona on down. There are few negatives other than cost of living. But coming from DC, you already have built in sticker shock.
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Old 04-12-2007, 03:38 PM
 
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If you don't mind me asking, how old are you and what's your flavor: hip-hop type, old-school jams or both? I'll email back again: some of my SBPF friends are compiling a list including a few trips to AC (Atlantic city) leaving from the N-Jersey area...one is newly single...
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:51 PM
 
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If you don't mind me asking, how old are you and what's your flavor: hip-hop type, old-school jams or both? I'll email back again: some of my SBPF friends are compiling a list including a few trips to AC (Atlantic city) leaving from the N-Jersey area...one is newly single...
I am 29 and like all of the music you mentioned and then some. I will forward you my email address separately for more info. Thanks.
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Old 04-13-2007, 03:23 PM
 
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Cecil's Club in W. Orange is real nice. You should definatley check that out. You might even want to check out Orange as a place to live. Any of the oranges really. East Orange might be iffy though. But Orange is mostly black and not that dangerous of a neighborhood. Also that whole area is very artsy.
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Old 04-13-2007, 03:53 PM
 
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Cecil's Club in W. Orange is real nice. You should definatley check that out. You might even want to check out Orange as a place to live. Any of the oranges really. East Orange might be iffy though. But Orange is mostly black and not that dangerous of a neighborhood. Also that whole area is very artsy.
Before moving to Orange you definitely want to check out the area. Orange can be a little rough...
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:37 AM
 
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Default Any more suggestions!?

Hopefully this post will be bumped to the top with more responses. I just recently moved to the same area and have been wondering the same thing as the OP. Any luck OP? Any more suggestions?

Thanks,
Tia
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Old 07-31-2008, 07:32 AM
 
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There is also a substantial amount of blacks living in the Teaneck, Englewood, Hackensack area of Bergen County. Whats good about these towns is that they are very close to New York with a great variety of restaurants and dining.
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