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Harbor View Health Care Center
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make checks payable to Riverview Neighborhood Association and mail
PO Box 7176
Jersey City, NJ 07307
meeting is Tuesday, November 11th at 7:30PM. There is no special guest
for the November meeting but we will be going over a number of
community updates and will be discussing action necessary to confront a
proposed zoning change to the one-and-two housing zoning district (the
R1). (See below.) All are welcome to attend.
Stop An Effort
to Reduce On-Street Parking!
Think finding a
parking space is difficult now? Then pay attention! Ward B Councilman
Chico Ramchal has drafted an ordinance that will reduce the number of
on-street parking spaces in the R1 zoning district by
allowing additional curb cuts for front yard parking/carports that will
benefit a few homeowners to the detriment of everyone else.
proposed ordinance purports to increase parking by allowing homeowners
that have 16 feet between the building line and the sidewalk closest to
the front of the house to create a parking space/carport, in reality:
- It decreases on-street parking. On
average, an on-street parking spot turns over 3-6 times a day
(e.g. 3-6 people benefit). Front yard parking only benefits the
home owner who has the space to do it at the expense of residents
and visitors who lose the curb length for on-street parking. The
result of additional curb cuts is that overall parking capacity in
Jersey City goes DOWN, the opposite of the intended goal.
- It trades on-street parking
for private parking. It serves to further
privatize a public good (the public curb) and make parking less
accessible for businesses, residents and visitors.
- It makes the streets and
sidewalks less safe because cars are backing over
the sidewalk into traffic.
- It increases flooding by
reducing the permeable surface area and results in sheeting of
water/runoff during storms.
- It blights the streetscape.
Parked cars become the dominant visual element in our front yards.
If this all
sounds familiar, it is because similar ordinances were proposed in 2006
and 2007 and were soundly voted down by the Council after a grassroots
effort by RNA and other community organizations throughout the city.
Unfortunately, the city has not focused its energy on proposals that
will truly increase parking capacity or worked to improve public
transportation. This ordinance re-emerges because newly constructed
homes are permitted to have a garage and the resulting curb cut. This
provision for new construction has led to a reduction in on-street
parking. Rather than change the zoning so that these curb cuts
are not automatic for new construction, enabling existing homes to add
a curb cut as proposed in a misguided effort to level the playing
Please let the
Mayor and Council know that you do not support this zoning change and
that you want them to work on real solutions (eliminating automatic
curb cut for new construction, adding municipal parking, using existing
lots for overnight parking, changing zoned parking, marking parking
spots, and improving public transportation options, and more) by
emailing the city council at the following addresses: RLavarro@jcnj.org,
firstname.lastname@example.org, DRivera@jcnj.org, FGajewski@jcnj.org,
or calling the mayor's office at (201) 547-5200. Also remember to
share on social media. Please plan to attend the planning board
meeting on November 18th at 5:30PM where this issue will be on the
Please contact email@example.com with
any questions or to learn more about this issue.
for the Gazebo
concept for the gazebo including an ADA-compliant access path was
presented by the Jersey City Division of Architecture at the last
RNA meeting in October and was approved by the membership and board.
(Thank you to architect and member Lee Levine for supplying the concept
to RNA and the City.) The selected design concept includes a landscaped
access path leading to the gazebo with the base platform a bit lower
than the platform that remains today. We are meeting with the city next
week to start reviewing the gazebo design drawings, materials, and
construction details in preparation for a bid package to go out early
next year. We will work with the city to get a project timeline at our
upcoming meetings. The expectation is that construction will be
completed in 2015.
experienced improvement with
meetings and conversation with NJ Transit, and a continuous flow of
complaints from area residents, we have finally begun to see some
significant improvements in the quality of service on the 119 line (few
or no missed buses and better on-time performance). We have also
gotten reports of improved bus flow in and out of the Port Authority
for the 123 line. That being said, we are still seeing significant
overcrowding on the 119 during the morning and evening rush hours and
some service problems on the 87 to/from Hoboken have been
In order to
ensure continuous improvement, it is imperative that you go to NJ
Transit's website (or call in) and report each and every service issue
or instance of overcrowding. These reports feed directly to the
NJ Transit dashboard and is the only guaranteed way to make sure the
issues have high visibility at all levels of NJ Transit
From a Mobile
or iPad Device Use This Feedback Link: http://njtransit.force.com/customerservice/ContactUsMobile2
From a PC or
Laptop Use This Feedback Link: http://njtransit.secure.force.com/customerservice/ContactUs
be vigilant and report each and every issue, especially service
issues and overcrowding or situations where you can't physically fit
onto a bus or the bus has to leave early because it's full.
For chronic issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with
details so the problems can be brought up during our meetings with
we were informed that adjustments were made to the light rail
intersection timings, switches and monitoring systems. If
you notice traffic backups at the Light Rail intersection on Paterson
Plank Rd, please make sure to email us or post pictures to our Facebook
Restore the Henry Hudson Monument
Roger Heitmann is leading RNA's fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo to
restore the Henry Hudson monument in Riverview-Fisk Park. The goal is
to raise $8,500 by December 17th. (5% has been raised to date.)
was originally created by Anton Schaaf in 1917. The bust is bronze and
sits atop a solid granite pedestal. Restoration will remove layers of
paint on the bust as well as the granite pedestal that the city added
over the years. Our contractor will remove the paint and restore it to
its original patina and remove the white paint on the granite pedestal.
Then a hot wax coating will be applied to the bust to improve
No donation is
too small (or too large!). Please donate what you can and share the IndieGoGo page
with your friends.
Community Garden Fundraiser
a Great Success
RNA hosted an
Octoberfest Beer Tasting as a fundraiser for Ogden's End Community
Garden on October 25th. In addition to enjoying fabulous beer,
wonderful food, live music and great company, we raised over $500! The
funds were put toward the completion of a mural (60 FT tall!) in
Ogden's End Community Garden. (See below.)
to AJ's Palisade Pub (on Palisade at Congress) for the generous
donation of beer and also to Al Festa and the Bensonridge Project
for weaving over 3 hours of live music. Also thanks to Olga
Weissman for preparing all the delicious food and to all the volunteers
that helped throughout the event.
With funds from a Kickstarter campaign and the
Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, Savage Habbit artist Gaia was able to complete
this stunning mural in under a week (link to Flickr
slideshow). This ambitious project would simply not have
been possible without the hard work and facilitation of the
Ogden's End Garden coordinator Zachary Cohen. Join us in congratulating
Zachary on this successful effort to beautify the garden and bring
world class art to the Heights. Special thanks also go
to James Pollaci, the residents and condo board at 102
Ogden for accommodating the mural on their building.
Day of the
Dead and Halloween Dog Parade Make for Great Day at the Riverview
Farmers Market always makes for a great part of any Sunday, but Sunday,
November 1st was particularly special. In addition to all the farmers
market vendors, the first annual Day Of The Dead Giant Puppet parade
and festival was presented by Farms In The Heights and included
hand-made puppets that were worked on throughout the summer at the
market as well as entertainment by an all-female Mariachi band. Thanks
to Beverly Brown, Santiago Cohen, and all the volunteers who made
this event such a success.
If that wasn't
enough, the annual Halloween Dog Parade followed. Thanks to Life Logistics
for sponsoring this years parade and providing the prizes. (www.livefreer.com)
The costumes were again fantastic! Congratulations to all the
participants and this years winners.
Costume Parade in Riverview Park.
Future of Palisade Avenue
A coalition of
neighborhood groups, including RNA, have begun meeting to gather
information and plan public workshops in order to build community
consensus on what future zoning on Palisade Avenue should be to ensure
its revitalization. This is a proactive, bottom up approach that will
involve as many residents, business owners and other stakeholders as
possible to ensure that any development along Palisade Ave meets the
needs of our community. Dates for workshops will be announced over the
next few months. Email us if you would like to be contacted with more
information on this project.
Resident-Only Permit Parking
The Washington Park Association is heading up an effort
to start a pilot program for 24-hour resident only parking on one side
of the street in the Heights. We will have more details on this at the
meeting on Tuesday 11/11.
about RNA board nominations
nominations will be open in December so if you have ever considered
serving on the RNA board please let one of the current board members
know or email us at email@example.com.
There will be at least one board vacancy next year that will need to be
Market Open and operating through Nov 23rd.
Stony Hill Farms taking orders for cage free turkeys until 11/16.
Game Night Friday 11/14 8:00pm
at the Corkscrew Bar and Grill (newly renovated and featuring a
great selection of craft beer on tap)
Summit Ave Grand Opening Sunday Nov 9th
from 9am to 5:00pm - Bloomsbury Sq. bath + body, Do You Tea. tea
bar, WHOS Gluten Free baked goods.
Fridays December 5th, Citywide.
Holiday Party December 9th
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