Next RNA Meeting:
at 7:30 PM
Harbor View Health Care Center
Membership dues and donations help sustain the RNA. Annual
dues are $10. Please contribute on our website, at an RNA meeting, or
make checks payable to Riverview Neighborhood Association and mail
PO Box 7176
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Please join us
this Tuesday, June 10th for our regular monthly meeting at the Harbor
View Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (corner of Franklin), 1st Floor
Cafeteria at 7:30PM. Representatives of the JC Police Department and
Resident Response Center will be present. We will discuss a proposal to
refurbish the bocce court in Riverview Park and the situation at the
Landmark Loews Theatre. Donations of an unopened toiletry item will be
accepted at this meeting for donation to St. Lucy's Shelter.
Tour of the Heights
May 17th, about 30 people came out to learn about the history of our
neighborhood from Historian Dennis Doran. The Heights: A Walking Tour
was sponsored by RNA and presented in conjunction with the Jersey City
Landmarks Conservancy as part of Historical Preservation Month. Doran
provided a great tour by relating personal stories and sharing dozens
of historic photographs and educating participants about how the
neighborhood was strongly shaped and influenced by the city's once
prominent Dutch and German immigrant populations. Check out the photos from the Jersey Journal!
credit: Roy Caratozzolo III/For the Jersey Journal
Bottles to Good Use at Ogden's End
If you were
wondering why we encouraged all of you to drink up your wine and donate
the empty bottles to us, wonder no more. On Saturday, May 17th,
volunteers from Jersey City Ties, a young professional group that
focuses on fun social events, networking and helping out the Jersey
City community (jerseycityties.com) and Ogden's End Community Garden
volunteers led by Kevin Condrack, used those bottles to start creating
borders for the planting areas. Ogden's End Community Garden is located
at the southern-most end of Ogden Avenue. To be a part of
creating this fabulous open space in our neighborhood, please visit the
Facebook page, stop by the RNA or Farms in the Heights booths at the
Riverview Farmers Market (Sunday, 9-2PM at Riverview Fisk Park) or
email us. We are still accepting empty wine bottles at the Farmers
Market every Sunday.
There will be a fundraiser
for Ogden's End Community Garden on Saturday, June 21st from 3-6PM
in the backyard at 277 Webster (corner of South St). Join us for a
barbecue. Suggested donation is $20 but any amount is welcome. And
bring those empty wine bottles! RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bigger & Better than ever
Over 400 jazz
lovers came out on one of the most beautiful days of the year for the
2nd Annual Riverview Jazz Fest in Riverview Fisk Park. The crowd was
wowed by New Tricks featuring Ted Chubb, Vince Ector's Organatomy,
Beninghove's Hangman, Mark Guiliana Quartete with special guest
Gretchen Parlato and the Brightside Trio All-Star Jam hosted by Noel
Sagerman. RNA is proud to be one of the sponsors of this festival that
was held in conjunction with the Riverview Farmers Market operated by
Farms in the Heights. We extend out congratulations to the Riverview
Jazz Fest organizers and volunteers for a great day and for
establishing a great tradition of free high quality jazz and for
showing off the Riverview Arts District. Check out Mickey Mathis's photos in the Jersey City Independent.
On behalf of
the RNA board and all of our members, we would like to extend our
condolences to Roger Heitmann on the loss of his brother, Warren (73),
who died on Tuesday, June 3rd. Warren was a machinist with NJ Machine
Inc., Hoboken and lived on Ogden Ave for many years. Warren was the
devoted father of Sandi Wills; Cherished grandfather of Grant and
Michael Wills; Loving brother of Carol and husband Jack McAdams and
Roger Heitmann. Cremation is private and inurnment will take place at a
later date in Flower Hill Cemetery, North Bergen.
This Friday -
Live at the Lumberyard &
JC Fridays return!
June 6th (rain date June 7th for Live at the Lumberyard only) marks the
quarterly JC Fridays citywide celebration of the arts AND the return of
Live at the Lumberyard music series.
In addition to
events throughout the city, there are five (5!) events right here in
the Heights (RNA is sponsoring two of them) plus an after party at the
Trolley Car Bar (10PM - 323 Palisade Ave)
Live at the
Lumberyard (7-10PM at Palisade Lumber -
Palisade Ave at Griffith Street - outdoors, bring a lawn chair or
blanket) Sponsored by RNA and Palisade Lumber. Featuring DJ Preskool,
video projections and live music:
- 7PM - Chrissy Roberts
is a Jersey City-based singer-songwriter and the creator of Kid
- 8PM - Twiddlin' Thumbs https://soundcloud.com/twiddlinthumbs
- Erin and Ben personify the new wave of the Americana revival.
Their original tunes marry classic rural themes with modern urban
sensibility. These Jersey City Heights residents love having
a good time playing folky, bluesy tunes.
- 9PM - The Gully Hubbards
are an Americana band based out of Jersey City. They set out to
combine roots-music traditions with modern themes. Their sound
utilizes pop sensibilities and compelling vocal harmonies.
Featuring James Dower, Dave "Ace" Case, Carolyn Light
and Andy Sapko.
Live at the
Lumberyard is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey
Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the
National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County
Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas. A. Degise, County
Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Science of Nature/The Nature of Science closing reception.
(7:30-10PM) at 433 Palisade Ave (Office
of Assemblyman Raj Mukherji) from 7:30PM until 10PM. Curated
by Meghan McKee, the show features Nelio Bugallo, Margaret
Clinton, Mike DiFeo, Eileen Ferara, Olga Guerra, Kate Hester,
Frank Ippilito, Tatiana Lopez, Jan McCaulie, Julie McHargue,
Meghan McKee, Clara Richardson and Alexis Rotter.
and Jazz at The Statuary 53 Congress Street
(5PM-10PM) Margo and Walter Parks present this music and
photography event to celebrate the restoration of the former
Jersey Statuary building. Reception 5PM-7PM in honor of the
original owner, Ralph Giblesi.
- Mod Cup
Coffee Roasters presents "Modern Life Is..." from
7:15-midnight at 479 Palisade Ave (note location change from JC
Fridays schedule) for a night of mod tunes, coffee cocktails and a
celebration of their one year anniversary.
Community Garden presents Art in the Garden: "Four Seasons of
Wild Jersey City 7:30-10:30PM (Ogden and
Griffith). Nature films by John Dunstan and soundscape by Michael
Durek (film at 8:30).
To close out
the evening, join
us for a JC Fridays after-party at the Trolley Car Bar and Grill, 328
Palisade Ave (corner of Ferry St) at 10PM until we
meetings with NJ Transit have failed to substantially improve the
reliability of transportation to and from the Heights and to expand our
transportation options, RNA has requested a meeting with Sen Sacco who
heads the Transportation Committee, our state assemblymen Raj
Mukherji and Carmelo Garcia, County Executive Tom
Degise, Mayor Fulop and our city council concerning overcrowding,
no-show busses and other problems with NJ Transit and their contractor
(Academy). The focus will be on the 119, 123 and 87 busses, as well as
recommendations that emerged from the Riverview Arts District Community
Response Center has reported back that due to our pressing the issue, a
request letter was sent to PSE&G requesting the additional street
lighting for Palisade Ave in the areas identified to be lacking
adequate light. We have not yet gotten a specific timeframe for the
installation of the lights but will send updates as we get them.
RNA is working
with the city in their efforts to use the NJ APRA (Abandoned Property
Rehabilitation Act) and other means to remove or sell problematic
abandoned properties, the current focus is properties on Palisade Ave
and to get more problematic vacant properties moved to the Abandoned
source in Riverview Park was cut off by United Water. We are working
with the Department of Public Works and the Municipal Utilities
Authority to get this restored so we can keep our new
perennial garden alive and growing. At the time of publication, we have
been unable to get a specific date as to when the water will
be restored. Thanks goes to the Riverview Community Garden for
allowing us to use their water to keep our new garden and
to Mod Cup!
to Mod Cup Coffee for being recognized by the Village
Voice as the #1 coffee shop in Jersey City and Hoboken. Link
to article: Mod Cup Article
June 6th, JC Fridays, a city-wide celebration of the arts. Visit
jcfridays.com for full schedule. RNA
sponsors two events
- Live at the Lumberyard at 7PM and the closing
The Science of Nature show (see above).
June 6th - 10PM JC Fridays Afterparty at the Trolley Car Bar
(328 Palisade Ave)
June 7th, Neighborhood Cleanup - 10AM
Meet at the corner of Palisade & Bowers St. Tools,
gloves provided. Dress appropriately.
June 15th - Noon: Father's Day event at the Riverview Farmers
Market with JC Families and Farms in the Heights. For info: https://www.facebook.com/JCFamiliesDotCom
June 21st - 3PM-6PM. Ogden's End Community Garden Fundraiser https://www.facebook.com/events/1453931464847850/?ref=22.
June 27th, 7-10PM, Live at the Lumberyard featuring Dogfood, The
Zydeco Revelators, GMJ Groove, and DJ Senor Lunkhead.
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