May 2016
Tree Planting Initiative Comes to Jersey City
NJ Transit Expands Service on the 119
Live at the Lumberyard
Live at the Lumberyard & JazzFest Return
Ogden's End Community Garden
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Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, June 14th at 7:30 PM


Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
May 10th Agenda:

Police and Residence Response Center

Guest: JCPC - City of Trees

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Please join us this Tuesday, May 10th 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.  Our guest this month will be The Jersey City Parks Coalition presenting the City of Trees tree planting initiative.  We will also provide updates on the Gazebo project, the Riverview Park renovation, New Jersey Transit, as well as other activities in the neighborhood. All are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Tree Planting Initiative Comes to Jersey City

The Jersey City Parks Coalition- JCPC-  (which includes Riverview Neighborhood Association) and the City of Jersey City recently announced an initiative - "City Of Trees" to plant 2,020 trees in Jersey City by the year 2020. 
At the RNA monthly meeting on May 10th, Representatives from the Jersey City Parks coalition will provide an overview of the programs as part of the 'City Of Trees' tree planting initiative orchestrated by the JCPC.  Roger Heitmann, our treasurer sits on the board of the JCPC and will lead this update.  This will include an introduction to a new tree mapping/reporting application that is being made available to JC residents.  Attend the meeting to get information on this program and/or find out ways you can help.

NJ Transit expands service on the 119.
24 Hour Service Begins on June 25th.

Here is an update on upcoming expanded and adjusted service on the 119 bus line that will be effective in June.  There is certainly still much work to do regarding improving and expanding bus service on the other lines in the Heights (87, 123, 86) but this is major step in the right direction.  We have been meeting with NJT, County and City officials for the better part of three years and thanks to the support and leadership of Mayor Fulop, Assemblyman Raj and others (including the WPA) we have seen improvements in service reliability, the addition of six trips added to both the 119 and 123 lines during peak times and now the expansion of 119 service overnight.  We still see the need to make the 119 service to NYC more efficient and reliable, this includes making the inbound/outbound flow at JSQ more efficient or avoiding the JSQ terminal altogether. We will send out further details on the new schedule as soon as we receive it from NJ Transit. 

As indicated, there is still much work to be done but we are moving in the right direction towards comprehensive public transportation in the Heights. The continued leadership of the Mayors office, our city council and county/state representatives is crucial.  Once the new schedule is released, I ask that everyone spread the word so that the expanded 119 service gets heavy ridership (this will make our case to NJT that we need more expanded service on other lines and that the demand is there).  I also ask that everyone be vigilant in our monitoring to make sure that the new service and schedule is reliable and delivered as promised. 

Below is the update from NJ Transit and the Mayor's Office: 

1) Effective June 25, 2016, the #119 will begin providing 24-hour service on weekdays and Saturdays, with overnight frequencies operating every hour at some times, and approximately every 2 hours later in the overnight.   

2) Issue of late morning 119 running late - Running time will be added between various time-points to reflect observed conditions and ensure bus arrivals better match the schedules. NJT will also add recovery time between trips to improve service reliability and significantly upgrade on-time performance.  Consequently, during the midday off-peak period, service will be scheduled to operate every 40 minutes (instead of every 30 minutes) to reflect the running time/recovery time expansions.

3) Since the #119 now provides midday service on Central Avenue on weekdays and Saturdays, there is no longer a need to continue diverting selected midday #88 trips from JFK Boulevard to serve Central Avenue.  The diversion had been implemented when there was no midday #119 service available.  At this point, the diverted #88 service to Central Avenue is duplicative and will be restored to its original routing, via JFK Boulevard.  However, on Sundays, when the #119 service does not operate, NJT will continue to divert selected #88 trips via Central Avenue.
Live at the Lumberyard Returns!

One of the most highly anticipated music events returns to the Heights on Friday, June 3rd and four additional Friday evenings this summer.  A Riverview Neighborhood Association event, Live at the Lumberyard features three bands, video art projections and a unique outdoor venue - Palisade Lumber! 

Season sponsors JCity Realty and The Fox & Crow, along with funding provided by a grant from the Hudson County Cultural Affairs Local Arts Program and support from our members - enables the RNA and Friggin' Fabulous Productions, to present this music and art series.

Kicking off on June 3rd as part of JC Fridays, a Citywide celebration of the arts, will be:

7pm: San Simón
8pm: United States Of Boogaloo
9pm: The Christine Santelli Band

There will also be a DJ, light/video projections and several food trucks.  The After Party is scheduled for 10:30pm at The Fox & Crow, where there will be live music in the Parlour Room. 

Be sure to make Live at the Lumberyard part of your weekend plans this summer on Friday June 3rd and 24th, July 22nd, August 12th and September 2nd. Join us at Palisade Lumber on Palisade Ave just south of Griffith St. The full Live At The Lumberyard Schedule will be released soon! 

The Riverview Jazz Festival Returns Sat June 11th - 2nd Stage Added!

Historic Holland Street

The Riverview Jazz festival presented by RiverviewJazz.Org returns the week of June 3rd - June 11th culminating in a full day of music in Riverview Park on June 11th. New this year - a second stage with 4 bands, sponsored by RNA, on historic Holland St (north side of Riverview Park).

There will be a large art/history installation, food trucks, beer table, and sponsor tents, stay tuned for the full music lineup and event details.   This will be the first major event at Holland Street, on the historic cobblestones, so be sure to make plans to attend. RNA's goal is to partner with the City Of Jersey City to do a full historic restoration of Holland Street and restore direct pedestrian access from Ogden Ave/Riverview Park. We would like to thank New Heights Art Supply for sponsoring the art installation and JeanKarlos Cruz for creating the event installation. 
University of Michigan Alumni Pitch in at Ogden's End

Volunteers from the University of Michigan Alumni club recently joined with Ogden's End volunteers to install a self-irrigated herb garden in the two-tiered fence constructed last year.  Alumni spent several hours in the garden installing a pool liner, PVC pipe and soil into the fence to create the self-watering herb garden.

Want to be a part of Ogden's End Community Garden? Volunteer hours have moved to every Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Follow the garden here: and/or email to to get added to the volunteer email list.  The garden is open at all times. 

Heights Activities Calendar

Riverview Farmer's Market starts Sunday May 1st, 10am to 3:00pm every Sunday through November. 

Ogden's End Community Garden planting and volunteering:  Every Saturday from 10AM - 1PM. Location - southernmost end of Ogden Ave (adjacent to 102 Ogden and Janet Moore Park).Email for more info or just show up.

Backroom Broadsides Spoken Word/Poetry Series: Tues June 7th from 8pm to 10pm - Fox and Crow.

Live at the Lumberyard - Friday, June 3rd from 7PM -10PM - Palisade Ave at Griffith St outdoors at Palisade Lumber.

Riverview JazzFest - Saturday, June 11th - 12Noon to 6PM. Riverivew-Fisk Park - Palisade & Ogden Ave between Griffith & Palisade and on Holland St.

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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association
Riverview Neighborhood Association, PO Box 7176, Jersey City, NJ 07307
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