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Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, July 14th at 7:30 PM


Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
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PO Box 7176 
Jersey City, NJ 07307

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July 2015
eadway Made on New Gazebo
Back to the Drawing Board for 500 Palisade Development
Live at the Lumberyard Returns June 5th
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Riverview Neighborhood Association's (RNA's) monthly meeting will be held this Tuesday, July 14th at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Avenue (at Franklin) at 7:30PM. We will provide a detailed update on the reconstruction  plans for the Riverview Park Gazebo and our guest this month will be representatives from NJ Lofts, the current owner and architect of 520 Palisade Ave (the old fire house), NJ Lofts is proposing a market style retail layout and pocket park on the first floor and dwelling units on the upper floors. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.



Riverview-Fisk Park Gazebo Renovation Plans Move Forward


Want to see the current plans for the reconstruction of the Riverview Park Gazebo? We will have them on hand at this month's regular meeting and we will provide a very detailed update on the project. We expect the gazebo and landscaping project to go out to bid later this month so this will probably be the last chance for public input prior to the project going out to bid.  To make the Gazebo accessible to all, a gently sloping pathway will be created that will both provide access for all, and additional viewing and seating areas.  The landscape plan is being designed to be aesthetically pleasing as well as sustainable and functional.  While the creation of the incline gazebo access path will likely result in two old growth trees being removed, there will be the addition of the landscaped area and new trees will be planted in other areas of the park.  If you are unable to make the meeting but would like to review the plans, please send an email to  to make arrangements.  


In addition to the restoration of the Gazebo, the kickoff meeting and walkthrough for the renovation and enhancement of Riverview park was recently held with the Department of Public Works, Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, the Division of Architecture and the Jersey City Parks Coalition. The city has allocated $1.5 million for Riverview Park (separate and apart from the funding for the Gazebo).  We will provide an update about the renovation plans at the July meeting and invite members to provide feedback and become actively involved in this project.  


Marketplace proposed for 520 Palisade Ave


NJ Lofts (the current owner) and the architect of 520 Palisade Ave (the old firehouse), will present their proposal for the development of this property at this month's RNA meeting (July 14th).  They are proposing that the ground floor be occupied by multiple small retailers in an indoor marketplace style format that includes an outdoor pocket park.  They are proposing 15 two and three bedroom units on the floors above with some of them proposed as live/work units.  The variances they will be requesting in their development application, which may be heard at the August Zoning board meeting, including variances for Parking (there is no parking in the plan), Dwelling Unit Density and Use.  They are not proposing to alter the exterior structure of the building.



Next Live at the Lumberyard July 24th!  


The first two shows of Riverview Neighborhood Association's 2015 Live at the Lumberyard season were a tremendous hit, with hundreds of residents coming out to enjoy live music, video projections, and food trucks.  The next show is one not to be missed - as it will feature some fabulous blues bands including GMJ Groove, Arbiters of Taste featuring Walter Parks, the Karyn Kuhl Band, Senor Lunkhead spinning between sets and the video art of Ann LePore.

The 2015 Live at the Lumberyard music series is held in the lumberyard at Palisade Lumber (428 Palisade Ave), this free event features three bands each night, a DJ, video projections and food trucks. Music and sound 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.

Check out pictures and videos from the first two shows on our Facebook page.  


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 Affair

s, Thomas. A. Degise, County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders. We also could not do this without the support of our local business sponsors: Yoga In the Heights, J City Realty (check out their new web site), Remco Press, Palisade Lumber, The Fox And The Crow, and Hudson County Cultural Affairs.    Correction: The RAIN DATE is Saturday 7/25/15

Sponsored by and AFTER PARTY @
Fox & Crow

Historic Holland Street to Reopen as Pedestrian Walkway

RNA is working with Councilman Michael Yun, the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, the Department of Public Works and the Mayors Office to reopen the historic cobblestone Holland Street as a pedestrian walkway and to integrate it into Riverview Park. Holland Street is one of only a handful of cobblestone streets that remain in Jersey City and it has been designated as a historic landmark by the City of Jersey City.  The kickoff meeting was held on June 30th and the next followup meeting hosted by Councilman Yun will be on July 16th.

The goal is to reopen the street to pedestrians by connecting it to the park, eliminating its use as a parking lot and begin to hold Riverview Arts District events along the street.  This will allow for this historic street to be a celebration of our areas art and history.  Murals will continue to be commissioned along the retaining walls that line the street (not on the historic stone section).  This could involve an ordinance the would define the street as open space and require that it be put on a maintenance schedule.  While we are still a ways away from a full restoration of the street and connection to Riverview Park, there is no reason that it shouldn't cleaned up, reopened, utilized, and enjoyed by the community.  More details will be provided at the meeting.
Ogden's End Community Garden an Oasis 
The transformation of what was just a few short years ago an empty overgrown lot continues.  Located at the southern most end of Ogden Avenue, it is a hidden jewel.  The garden includes an extensive vegetable garden (harvesting has begun!), a flower garden, a tree nursery, composting stations and one of the most beautiful murals in the area.  It is a volunteer effort and anyone is welcome to join in the continuing evolution of the garden by stopping in any Sunday from 10AM to 1:00pm - your reward - share in the vegetable harvest!

Visitors are welcome to stop by the garden at any time to enjoy this urban oasis - the gate is closed but NEVER locked during the spring, summer and fall. Email to be put on the volunteer email list.

Upcoming Events


July 12th 10:00am to 12:00pm - Neighborhood Cleanup, meet at Palisade Ave & Bowers St (bags, gloves and pickers will be supplied)


July 15th 8:00pm - Movie in Washington Park - ET (free Popcorn)

July 24th 7pm to 10pm - Live At The Lumberyard @ Palisade Lumber (GMJ Groove, Arbiters of Taste, and Karyn Kuhl Band).  Full details and set times:

July 29th 8:00pm - Movie in Riverview Park - The Lego Movie  (free popcorn)

Aug 6th 8:00pm - Movie in Pershing Field - Frozen (free popcorn)

Every Thursday - The Lincoln Inn 8:00pm to 11:00pm:  Open Blues Jam with Joe Taino 


Every Saturday - The Lincoln Inn 9:00pm to Midnight:  Live Blues music presented by Christine Santelli

Every Sunday - Riverview Farmer's Market -  In Riverview Park from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Every Sunday - Ogden's End Garden Volunteer hours - Every Sunday from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  


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. 

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Kern Weissman

Riverview Neighborhood Association