Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, February 9th at 7:30 PM
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
Police and Residence Response Center
Aaron Johnson, Landscape Architect for the City of Jersey City will
discuss the Riverview-Fisk Park Renovation and accept feedback
Discussion and Membership vote on whether to support the Proposed Restaurant Overlay District for Palisade Ave
dues and donations help sustain the RNA. Annual dues are $10. Please
join on our website, at an RNA meeting, or make checks payable
to Riverview Neighborhood Association and mail to:
PO Box 7176
join us this Tuesday, February 9th at 7:30 PM at the Harborview Health
Center, 178 Ogden Avenue (at Franklin St) for the Riverview Neighborhood
Association's (RNA's) monthly meeting. We have two major
agenda items - we will discuss plans for the Riverview-Fisk Park
Renovation with our guest Aaron Johnson, the landscape architect for the
City of Jersey City, and we will be taking a memberhsip vote on
the proposed Restaurant Overlay District proposed for Palisade and
Central Avenues. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
|Plans for Riverview-Fisk Park Renovation|
Johnson, the landscape architect for the Jersey City Department of
Architecture, will be our guest at the monthly meeting on February
8th. The RNA board has been meeting with Aaron over the last few
months to come up with a preliminary design for an overall renovation of
Riverview-Fisk Park. Aaron will present the design to get feedback from
the community and answer any questions. Please join us at this
important meeting to provide input into the renovation of our beloved
park. Note: the gazebo rebuild project that is going out
to bid shortly is a separate budgeted project that is being done
independently from the park renovation.
|Restaurant Overlay Proposed for Palisade Ave|
- RNA Membership to vote whether to support this proposal or not
the February 9th meeting, after discussion, we will hold a membership
vote to determine whether the RNA will support the proposed Restaurant
Overlay District for Palisade and Central Avenues that is on the
Planning Board agenda on Feb. 23rd . In order to vote, you must
live within the RNA boundaries and your membership dues must be in good standing for 2016 (based on the calendar year).
proposed Restaurant Overlay District includes Palisade Avenue between
Cuneo Place and South Street, the Central Avenue Business District and
portions of Congress Street and Franklin Street (see map below). A
restaurant overlay zone would:
1. Remove distance restrictions
for liquor licenses (bars and restaurants) and also entertainment
licenses. If passed, within the Restaurant Overlay, Liquor and
Entertainment licenses can be in closer proximity to each other than
2. Allows for cafe licenses with outdoor seating.
3. Maintain all other code conditions for any business requesting an entertainment, liquor, or sidewalk cafe license.
making a decision whether to support the Restaurant Overlay or not,
some things to consider are the economic value of having a concentration
of restaurants/bars within a walkable distance, the quality of life
issues that may arise if there were to be a concentration (e.g potential
increase noise, traffic, garbage, parking issues), whether this change
would be positive or create unintended consequences and whether the
benefits of allowing this change outweigh potential detriments.
Please come ready to listen, discuss and vote.
|Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Fulop Draws Huge Crowd|
Riverview Neighborhood Association, in coordination with The Washington
Park Association of Hudson County held a Heights public community
meeting with Mayor Fulop on Monday February 1st. Over 200 area residents
were in attendance. In case you missed it, and to hear
directly from the Mayor and his staff, you can watch a video of the
We have highlighted some of the follow-up items that the Mayor agreed to below:
that the gazebo rebuild in Riverview Park would be completed this year
and the overall Riverview Park renovation would be started this year.
to attend a meeting with NJ Transit and state legislators to pressure
them to provide comprehensive and reliable transportation to the Heights
based on the following stated RNA goals (see article below - meeting
scheduled for Feb 8).
- Will endeavor to add a "Citibike" station
at the Hoboken PATH so people have the option of using the bikes to go
between the Heights and the Hoboken PATH station.
participate in working meetings for six months with the Heights United
For Clean Streets group to implement specific measures to address the
cleanliness of the streets in the Heights. The detailed goals will
be published next week.
- Promised to follow the will of the
people (via a referendum on the November ballot allowing casinos in
Northern NJ) to let voters decide if they want to allow a casino in
- Promised to fix the city's web site so that ALL
Planning and Zoning Board Meeting agendas are posted 10 days in advance
of these hearings. The city has already updated the agenda pages,
here are the links:
director to follow up with St. John's Church to expand recreation
programs in their Gymnasium and at other locations in the Heights.
- Will address the abandoned property issues is the Heights using tools like the Abandoned Property Rehabilitation Act.
NJ Transit Coming to the Table
since the 99s direct New York City bus service was pulled from Palisade
Avenue (replaced by the NJ Transit 123 after a long battle), RNA has
been working feverishly to improve transportation options in the
Heights. Working in conjunction with the Washington Park Association and
numerous elected officials, we have had some success. However, there is
still a long way to go and we have been advocating for a meeting to be
held that brings together the Mayor, the Hudson County delegation
(assembly and senators) and the senior leadership of NJ Transit (rather
than starting over each time an elected officials asks NJ Transit to get
involved). That meeting will be held on February 8th with
representatives of RNA in attendance. RNA's objectives for the
meeting, that the mayor supports, are:
importantly: Have buses that actually show up! For years Heights
residents have dealt with off/on horrendous service where buses don't
come at all, come very early, or extremely late. Heights residents
don't have ready access to other forms of mass transit, an overwhelming
amount of us have to rely on buses to get to work. This is
especially prevalent on the 119 line --ask NJT to take over service of
the 119 line and run it natively instead of contracting it out to
- Establish extremely reliable and frequent bus
service especially during rush hours. The goal for the AM/PM peak
is to have 119 AND 123 bus trips every 15 minutes during the peak rush
times. Right now, Heights commuters run the risk of simply not
being able to fit on a bus to/from NYC as it's too packed.
24/7 hour bus service to the Heights (currently the latest 123 bus cuts
off at 1:15am on weekdays and 1:45am on Saturday, the 119 ends at
10:10pm and does not run on Sunday).
- Break up the 87
into two routes to establish express and local bus service into
Hoboken. This would help solve the "long route" issue that causes
ballooning on this route (e.g. three buses arriving together) after very
- Have NJT and Jersey City assess the
feasibility of implementing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines through the
Heights along commuter routes. This is a possible solution as we don't
have access to other forms of mass transit and could be a more permanent
solution for how to provide better service along the most heavily
- Possibly establish a replacement
service for the jitney's that would provide "metro" service for travel
from the Heights to downtown, JSQ, union city, North Bergen, etc.
There is a massive ridership opportunity here as people only take the
loosely regulated jitney's because there is no other option. This
would also solve the dilemma for how to get directly downtown on a
Saturday night and then get back to the Heights. (The 84 to
downtown stops at 9:13pm and the last return trip is 10:00pm with buses
only once an hour prior to that).
Stay tuned to hear the outcome of this meeting.
Congratulations to the 2016 RNA Board
the annual meeting in January, the election for the 2016 Board of
Directors was held. The membership elected:
Kern Weissman - President
Nick Buffum - Vice President
Jocelyn Patrick - Secretary
Roger Heitmann - Treasurer
Kristina Behrens - Director At Large (volunteer coordinator)
give the 2016 Board your support and reach out to them to volunteer,
lend support or to make suggestions on how to continually improve our
Central Avenue Community Visioning Session
out and lend your vision for how to improve Central Avenue for both
small businesses and residents alike at this afternoon meeting taking
place on Saturday, February 20th at 2:00pm.
Spoken Word Series Returns to the Heights!
local Height's poet James Ruggia is back curating an RNA produced
Spoken Word series entitled Backroom Broadsides. It will be held in the
Parlour Room at the Fox and Crow.
The first evening of spoken
word will be Tuesday February 16th at 8:00pm (the event will run every
other Tuesday - four events total). There will be an open mic portion
for poets and singer/songwriters on each night. If you missed
these spoken word events at 942 Summit, this is your chance. Some
of the readers include: Feb 16 - Greg Masters & Mike DeCapite; Joel Lewis, Elinor Nauen, and others TBA.
The event dates are: Feb 16th, March 1st, March 15th, March 29th. We welcome all poets, writers, readers and spoken word enthusiasts to come participate.
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