In the News: Liberty Humane Happy Hour at The Thirsty Quaker, Saturday Night Fireworks

**The Jersey City Planning Board is giving the green light to development of a 35-story, 421-unit tower at the Metro Plaza Shopping Center. The tower, which will overtake Pep Boys, is part of a massive redevelopment of that area, which is being renamed Hudson Exchange West. The lead developer is Forest City, the company behind Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Once developed, the area will house two 35-story towers and a small park nestled in between the two buildings. Developers say the ShopRite will remain. —

**Don’t be alarmed if you hear explosions Saturday night. Notify NY informs that there will be a fireworks display off Ellis Island on Saturday, June 5 at 10.15pm. If you live anywhere near the waterfront, chances are you’ll be able to hear and/or see the show. —NotifyNY

**Forgot to register for Bike JC’s 6th Annual Ward Tour? On-site registration will be allowed on Sunday, but plan to arrive early. Volunteers are also still needed. —Bike JC

**The Liberty Humane Society is teaming up with The Thirsty Quaker to host a “yappy hour” to benefit the homeless dogs of Jersey City, Hoboken, and Bayonne. The dog social will be held at The Thirsty Quaker Saturday, June 6th from 3pm to 7pm. Dogs and their parents are welcome and there will be dog-themed craft brews to sample. —