December 2015
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Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, December 8th 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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In lieu of our monthly meeting, Riverview Neighborhood Association's (RNA's) annual holiday party will be held this Tuesday, December 8th at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Avenue (at Franklin St) at 7:30PM.  Bring a friend and join your neighbors to enjoy some Holiday Cheer.   This event is free (donations welcome) and caterered by local eatery Patsey's.  Bring a dessert to share if you can. With the exception of opening up nominations for the 2016 RNA Board of Directors, no business will transpire - just a time to celebrate with your community. 

FULL CLOSURE OF THE PALISADE AVENUE BRIDGE INTERSECTION IS ANTICIPATED ON OR ABOUT THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015.  The Palisade Avenue Bridge over the Route 139 lower roadway is planned for a full reconstruction.  Click here for the detour map.  --Several community groups have requested that this work be delayed until Oakland Ave is opened back up but the NJDOT has not yet agreed to heed that request. 

Please contact the Community Outreach Team with any questions relative to the Route 139 (a.k.a. Pulaski Contract No. 2) project at

Don't Miss the Event of the Season - RNA's Annual Holiday Party! 
Join us in a long time tradition. A holiday party that is free to attend and free of RNA business (with one exception).  Come one, come all - catered by Patsey's on a first come, first served basis so don't dally.

Get to know those new to the neighborhood and those who have spent their entire lives here. Don't miss out.

An Italian dinner will be served. Bring a dessert to share if you can.

As is tradition, this event is free to attend; donations are always welcome.

See you all Tuesday, December 8th at 7:30PM at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (corner of Franklin).

A Chance To Get off the sidelines - Board Nominations are Now Open 
Whether you are impressed with the neighborhood or feel it needs improvement or both, now is the time to lend your talents and run for a position on Riverview Neighborhood Association's Board of Directors.  RNA is one of the oldest, continually active neighborhood associations in Jersey City and is at the forefront of creating and building community here in the Heights.  We are at a critical juncture in our neighborhood, with developer's chomping at the bit, new businesses starting, the Riverview Arts District finding its wings, and the convergence of old and new trying to find the way forward. The RNA Board promises to continue to play a critical leadership role as it has done for over 30 years.  Board nominations will be open on December 8th (at the Holiday Party). Nominate yourself or another worthy individual.  You can also submit nominations to us via email at

To be a board member, you must be a member in good standing, 18 years old or older, and live within the RNA boundaries.  The positions are:

Vice President

Have questions about what this entails?  Reach out to one of the current board members or email us. Nominations will remain open until the election is held at the January membership meeting. We are also accepting committee positions regardless of where you live in the Heights.
NJ Transit Adding Service on the 119

After over six months of work by RNA and the community with NJ Transit and the Hudson County legislators, New Jersey Transit  has improved service performance on the 119 line and has now committed to adding three PM peak bus trips starting in early January.   We are continuing work to get additional AM peak bus trips and extended late night service to the Heights.  We will post the new schedule once it's released.

RNA encourages all bus riders to report any service issues to NJ Transit (on their website or using their mobile app) and to copy RNA so we can continue to advocate on your behalf. This step of reporting all service issues is critical for these efforts to continue to improve serve on the routes serving the Heights in particular and Jersey City in general. Use this link/URL to submit a complaint. 
ChicPeaJC Article features RNA Treasurer Roger Heitmann

ChicPeaJC, a Jersey City blog covering businesses and culture, featured RNA Treasurer and longtime resident Roger Heitmann in its November article about the Jersey City Heights.  If you missed it, you can read it here. (
If you haven't spoken to Roger, he is a treasure trove of knowledge about The Heights history and has a particular interest in Aaron Ogden. Strike up a conversation with him at the holiday party!

Roger Heitmann

JC Fridays Returns - December 4th 
This Friday, December 4th, is the quarterly citywide celebration of the arts known as JC Fridays.  Started after September 11th, it has grown each year throughout the neighborhoods in Jersey City.  There are six events this Friday in the Heights and RNA is sponsoring two events:

- Concert at The Statuary presented by Walter and Margo Parks featuring performances by New Orleans style band The Murchchurch Brassbound and Venezuelan Classical Violinist Everhard Paredes. 53 Congress Street (New York/Webster) from 7PM - 10:30PM. Sponsored by RNA, Farms in the Heights and the Heights community.

- RNA and the Loft on Palisade present Music and Visual Art in the Heights. The Loft and RNA introduce a new space for the musical and visual arts in the Heights featuring local artist Stephen Cimini and jazz pianist Greg Murphy. Come explore this unique three level space at 544 Palisade Ave (Bower/South) from 7PM - 10PM.

For the full calendar of citywide arts events presented as part of JC Fridays, visit

Events are scheduled to take place at:

The Statuary |  53 Congress St: 7pm - 11pm
Everhard Paredes and The Murchchurch Brassband
The Loft on Palisade (MAITH) | 544 Palisade Ave: 7pm to 10pm
Artist Stephen Cimini and jazz pianist Greg Murphy
The Lincoln Inn | 13 Lincoln St: 6:30pm - Midnight
Wendy Setzer and Irving Louis Lattin
Fox & Crow | 594 Palisade Ave: 10:00pm - Midnight
Junk O Beat in The Parlour
Please support local businesses in The Heights and give them a chance to earn your patronage.

Guitar Bar and Drum Den - 362 Palisade Ave
The Dark Side of the Moo Cafe - 52 Bowers St
OZU Foods - 106 Hutton St
David and Sons Trinidadian Food - 99 Franklin St
Loyal Oak - 110 Hutton St
Parlour Room (Fri, Sat, Mon) - 594 Palisade Ave

Make sure to support our sponsors and look for specials and programming in our weekend updates email:

Corkscrew Bar and Grill - 61 Congress St
Lincoln Inn - 13 Lincoln St
Patsey's - 93 Franklin St
Fox and Crow - 594 Palisade Ave
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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association
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