June 17, 2019
Jersey City lifestyle blogger Lynn Hazan encourages us to get local – and describes her perfect day out.
Five years ago, Lynn “Chicpea” Hazan launched a lifestyle blog as a creative outlet. Today, that blog has evolved into a full-blown career – and one of Jersey City’s top online publications. Lynn now has dedicated team of contributors helping to keep locals up to date on neighborhood happenings.
“We’ve been making a conscious effort to give locals more of a voice and to do more stories about the people and organizations who are making a difference in the community in the hopes that it will motivate others to do the same. We also believe it is important to get feedback from the community on various issues, and our engagement has grown as a result.”
If there’s one thing Lynn would like her readers to take away from her blog, it’s to shop local, support local, and get involved.
“Whether you’ve been here all your life or you’ve just moved here, it’s so important to give back. Jersey City is special because of its people. So if you live here or just work here, support local businesses, go to local events, visit farmers’ markets and so on. We write all the things we do to motivate people to get out there and do things.”
When asked about what she loves about being a culture blogger in Jersey City, Lynn says that it’s that the entire city has become part of her extended family.
“We are a family. We are a dysfunctional family. We have our issues and our quirks but people who live here are so proud. We are a big town with a small-town energy. I love It.”
What do those quirks look like? Lynn recounts seeing a massive pig being walked casually down the street. She’s says that she’s seen far weirder things, but can’t repeat them on the record. But the incredible far outweighs the strange. Trying new places to eat, meeting new people, trying new activities, going to events and sharing tips and updates are just some of the rewards that come with the gig.
Unsurprisingly, she has a recommendation for every occasion. If you ask her about her perfect day, she’d say riding bikes or kayaking in Liberty State Park, followed by a meal at a local diner, and ice-cream at Torico’s or Milk Sugar Love. She’d also try to squeeze in Japanese at Ani Ramen, and drinks at South House or Hudson Hall for good measure.
Lynn “Chicpea” Hazan
“We are a big town with a small-town energy. I love It.”
Though often spotted out on the town with friends or her daughter Mia and their pup, Harvey, Lynn is not your typical anonymous coffee shop blogger. She hops from meeting to meeting, making a bold fashion statement with her local boutique and vintage shop finds. Her reputation usually precedes her.
“One time, this guy honked his horn and yelled, ‘Chicpea, I love you!’ That was fun and cute. I am super thankful to have people who read my blog and support what I do. It’s a good feeling.”
But not everyone is quite so supportive. With almost twenty-five thousand followers on Instagram alone, it’s impossible for Lynn to avoid the haters. Still, she’s philosophical about it.
“At the end of the day, I know in my heart that what I do is super positive. If people didn’t like it, I wouldn’t be here right now. I get so much love from the community, and that’s what keeps me going. That’s what I focus on.”
To those looking to pursue a career like hers, Lynn offers some enthusiastic advice.
“Just do it! When I started the blog, I had no clue what I was doing. I don’t have a background in writing or journalism. I started it while working a full-time job and taking care of a one-year old. Every day I got better and stronger. Every mistake I made was a learning experience. But you don’t go after it, someone else will. Just start. You’ll figure it out as you go along.”
Lynn certainly has. In 2019 she’ll roll out a brand-new podcast, along with celebrating five years of being the fiercely unapologetic lifestyle blogger Jersey City didn’t know it needed.
“I really love this gig. It’s hard at times – I work my tuchus off. I haven’t had a real break in five years, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am super grateful to have found what I’m good at and to have made it into something. I wake up every morning and count my lucky stars.”