May 2015
Have you Paid Your Dues?
Headway Made on New Gazebo
Back to the Drawing Board for 500 Palisade Development
Fabulous Progress Made at Ogden's End
Picnic-In for Liberty State Park!
Look!...New Trash & Recycling Bins
Big Spring Cleanup A Success
2015 Neighborhood Cleanup Schedule
Live at the Lumberyard Returns June 5th
Upcoming Events
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Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, May 12th at 7:30 PM


Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria

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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 to:
PO Box 7176 
Jersey City, NJ 07307

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Riverview Neighborhood Association's (RNA's) monthly meeting will be held this Tuesday, May 12th at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Avenue (at Franklin) at 7:30PM.  Our guest this month will be a representative from the Jersey City Department of Housing Code Enforcement to discuss the abandoned properties along Palisade Avenue including at 671 and 404 Palisade Ave and the possible actions under the Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act (APRA) as well as other problematic properties on the avenue. We will also have an update on the proposed development project at 500 Palisade Ave as well as a progress report about the new gazebo for Riverview Park.


Have you Paid Your Dues?


RNA is a volunteer organization and is only as strong as its membership. If you haven't done so already, please join by paying or renewing your membership dues for 2015 (just $10 a year) and consider making an additional contribution to further our efforts to improve the neighborhood. RNA's boundaries cover most of the eastern Heights. You can use this link for your convenience to pay your dues and see our boundaries at or you can mail a check to P.O. Box 7176, Jersey City, NJ 07307. Whether you live within the boundaries or not, we welcome your support and participation. 

Headway Made on New Gazebo


It has been more than two years since Hurricane Sandy destroyed our beloved Gazebo in Riverview-Fisk Park. While the neighborhood has made the best of a bad situation by enjoying the views from the base that remains, RNA has remained vigilant to ensure that a new gazebo gets funded and built. It has taken much longer than any of us would have liked, but this month plans for a new gazebo were finally submitted to the State for approval, a necessary step to receive monies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for reconstruction. Once approval is granted, the project can go out to bid. RNA has worked with the city to select materials and to ensure that the design is consistent with the feedback we received from the community about what is wanted in a new gazebo.


At the May 12th RNA meeting, we will have details and copies of the plans that have been submitted to the State for your review.  

Back to the Drawing Board for 500 Palisade Development


On April 16th, the Jersey City Board of Adjustment (Zoning Board) heard the application for development for 500 Palisade Avenue. This included presentations and testimony on behalf of the owners by architect Lee Levine and planner Ed Colling as well as public feedback that lasted for several hours as residents questioned the experts and expressed concerns about the project.


RNA president Kern Weissman, Washington Park Association Trustee Mory Thomas, and several other residents expressed concerns that the plans currently proposed were more than twice the allowed density along Palisade Ave and that the density needed to be reduced to gain community support. RNA requested that the project be scaled back to 5 floors (from 6) and the number of units be reduced to 21 (from 27). WPA also requested a more modest reduction in density. Other residents expressed concerns about parking and infrastructure demands.   


Local developer and business owners Dan Goff and Bob Iezzi spoke in favor of the development saying that development is needed in the area to move it forward and that costs are as high to build here as they are elsewhere.


At the close of the public hearing, the developers decided it would be in their best interest to ask the board to hold off on voting on the application until the next meeting in order for them to consider the community's concerns and possibly make changes to gain community support.


At the time of publication, the owners have revised the plans by removing 3 units, increasing setbacks and adding a gallery space but have not as of yet brought the density down to 21 units and the height to 5 floors as RNA has requested. We will have copies of the latest draft plans at the May meeting. The owners will return to the Zoning board on May 21st. Please plan to attend this meeting if you wish to speak on the record in favor or against this application.  

Fabulous Progress Made at Ogden's End


If you haven't made it to the southern most portion of Ogden Avenue to visit Ogden's End Community Garden lately, you will be amazed at the progress. Last month, community volunteers led by local carpenter Michael Maxted erected a wooden fence to separate the vegetable planting area from the rest of the garden and constructed, with Alexis Gordon, Revolving Compost stations. Local resident and volunteer Andy Zipp has put together an ambitious vegetable planting program this year, which will commence at our Sunday May 10th planting day. Join us in keeping up the garden by volunteering throughout the summer. A regular schedule is being established and all are welcome to participate. Special thanks to our volunteer coordinator Zachary Cohen. For more info, email and asked to be added to the email list. 

Picnic-In for Liberty State Park!


Please try to attend Friends of Liberty State Park on Saturday, May 16 from noon to 2pm for a community family-friendly festive  

"picnic-in" protest to stand up for LSP as a free and green urban open space.


Bring your Own Picnic (BYOP) or please come to hang out and show support. NJDEP searched for large-scale privatization plans, which would take away open space and restrict public access. Let's make a strong community statement to Christie administration's privatizers about LSP's true purposes. (It's rain or shine with covered pavilion there.) Plans due to be revealed before Fall. 


Live Music featuring "Rockasorri" bringing their awesome family music and also surprise musicians for a folk rock experience! Also facepainters. Please bring balls, frisbees, etc. Horseshoe pit too.


Look! New Trash & Recycling Bins


Thank you to Councilman Michael Yun's office and the JCIA for providing the new trash and recycling receptacles along Palisade Ave and at the 100 steps. We also are working to get the compactor style units replaced with standard receptacles but this is a good start.   

Big Spring Cleanup A Success


For the 4th year in a row we have partnered with JCIA to bring rt. 440 recycling and disposal services for E-Waste, Hazardous Materials and general household waste to the Heights community. We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the event a success. We also want to thank All American Recyling for providing personal paper shredding at the Farmers market on 5/3.  

2015 Neighborhood Cleanup Schedule


Courtesy of the RNA Clean-Up Committee.

Join them on Sunday mornings before heading to the farmers market.  


Live at the Lumberyard Returns June 5th


The 2015 Live at the Lumberyard music series will kick off its new season on June 5th as part of JC Fridays, a citywide celebration of the arts. Held in the lumberyard at Palisade Lumber (432 Palisade Ave), this free event features three bands each night, a DJ and video projections and food trucks. Coordinated by Nick Ciavatta and Gerald Lucas, Live at the Lumberyard has quickly established itself as the place to be on Friday evenings throughout the summer.


The June 5th show begins at 7PM and features CKAY and the Professor, Sea of Otters w/ Chrissy Roberts, Plastiq Passion, DJ Preskool, video projections and food trucks. Live at the Lumberyard will be held on June 5th, June 26th, July 24th, August 14th and September 4th.


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.

Upcoming Events


Saturday ,5/16 from 9:30am to 3:00pm: Goldman Sachs volunteers; Riverview-Fisk Park perennial garden expansion. 


Friday, June 5th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm: Live At The Lumberyard concert, DJ and video projections - 432 Palisade Ave.


Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm: Riverview Farmers Market (A Farms In The Heights Program) - Riverview Park


Fridays from 6:30pm to 9:30pm:  Food Truck Fridays - Palisade Ave & Hutton St


Thursdays at 8:00pm and Saturdays at 9:00pm: Live Blues at the Lincoln Inn - 13 Lincoln Inn

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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association