Neighborhood News: Jersey City Apartments Ranked 3rd Largest in Nation, Star Wars Screening at Newport Green

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**A recent study by Rent Cafe shows that apartment sizes have been slowly shrinking across the U.S. The average studio has dropped from 614 square feet in 2006 to 504 square feet in 2016, whereas the average 1BR has gone from 794 square feet to 752 square feet within the same time span. However, when it comes to cities with the biggest apartment sizes, Jersey City is third in the nation behind Atlanta, GA, and Plano, TX. Nationwide, Jersey City also has the fifth largest average studios at 570 square feet and it’s second on the list when it comes to the largest 2BR apartments, with 2BRs averaging 1,097 square feet. —Rent Cafe

**This Wednesday at 8pm Newport Green will have an outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The event is free and open to all. —Newport Movie Night

**Newly opened coffee bar Ground Connection just added burrito bowls to its Wednesday menu. —Ground Connection

**Thrillist recently named Jersey City the Garden State’s best “food city.” —Thrillist via Have A Night

**City officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon at the site of the new City Hall annex being built on Martin Luther King Drive. Three hundred municipal employees are expected to work from the new building, which will house the departments of housing, economic development, and commerce, among others. —

**The Liberty Humane Society is raising money for Feather, a young pup that was punched and beaten by her former owner. The Jersey Journal reports that her owner was arrested and Feather is under the care of LHS while she recuperates. LHS has started a fundraiser to offset the costs of her medical bills. —LHS

**New Jersey has officially named September as New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month. Officials passed  the legislation last month to raise awareness of the thousands of animals awaiting adoption in shelters throughout the state. —

**New  York Governor Cuomo unveiled the design for 1,025 new subway cars that will include Wi-Fi, USB ports, and digital displays. The city also has plans to upgrade 31 subway stations with countdown clocks, better signage, and lighting. —Curbed

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