July 2016
Funding Opportunities For Small Business
Project at 39 New York Ave
Live at the Lumberyard
Riverview Park Gazebo Rebuild
Expanded 119 Bus Service
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RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, July12th at 7:30 PM
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
July 12th Agenda:

Police and Residence Response Center

Guest: Brianna Lawrence from the Jersey City Office Of Innovation

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Jersey City, NJ 07307

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For detailed updates, please join us at our monthly meeting - this Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30 PM at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Avenue (at Franklin St). Our guest this month will be Brianna Lawrence from the Jersey City Office Of Innovation. She will be presenting and discussing programs that can assist small businesses and improve commercial thoroughfares such as Palisade Ave and Central Ave.  We will also provide updates on the Gazebo rebuild project, the Riverview Park renovation, and a possible development project on lower New York Ave/Ravine Rd, as well as other activities in the neighborhood. All are encouraged and welcome to attend. As a reminder, we don't meet in August. 
Funding Opportunities And Other Resources For New and Existing Small Businesses In The Heights

Brianna Lawrence from the Office Of Innovation will be discussing and reviewing funding options and other resources for new and existing small businesses, including information portals and loan programs aimed to help small business owners make improvements to their retail and commercial establishments.  

Here is one of the programs for existing businesses that she will be reviewing and answering questions about at the meeting: 

Small Business Investors Fund Forgivable Loan
  • Loan Amounts: $5,000-$10,000
  • Term: 1-3 years
  • Interest rate: 3%
  • Application Fee: $100
  • Requires collateral? No, but having it improves the applicant's chance of receiving a loan.
  • Eligible Uses for Loan Funds:
  • Inventory and/or supplies
  • Equipment
  • Property renovations and rehabilitation (including storefronts and interior improvements)
  • Rent or other facility costs
1/3 of the Loan Principal will be forgiven as long as business remains in operation for the duration of the loan and employs Jersey City residents
Contact the JCEDC for further information and application instructions:
Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (please include logo)
30 Montgomery Street, 14th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: 201-333-7797
Email: Florence Baron / FBaron@jcedc.org or Christine Burgess / CBurgess@jcedc.org
Development Project For 39 New York Ave

A possible development project is being proposed for 39 New York Ave/Ravine Rd.  RNA was informed that Hoboken Brownstone Co will likely be proposing a 158 unit 5 story project to the JC planning department and Planning Board for one of the lots they own on lower New York Ave.  At the meeting, We will discuss what we know so far and the potential impact to the Palisades Protection Overlay District.  Additionally, RNA will be forming a committee to assess these plans and proposals. If you would like to participate in this committee please send an email to riverviewneighborhood@gmail.com. 

Next Lumberyard Show - June 24th!

Continuing our 4th season of outdoor concerts, Live at the Lumberyard returns on Friday, July 22nd at 7PM (rain date 6/25).  The Sensational Country Blues Wonders will kick off the evening, followed by GMJ Groove, and headlining the evening is Latin Jazz singer Rebecca Vallejo.

Local DJ Austin Hoyt will spin between sets and video art will be projected on the garage doors. Three food trucks will be present as well. 

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.

Be sure to make Live at the Lumberyard part of your weekend plans this summer on July 22nd, August 12th and September 2nd. Join us at Palisade Lumber on Palisade Ave just south of Griffith St. Visit Riverviewneighborhood.org or follow us on Facebook for the complete lineup.

Riverview Park Gazebo Bid Awarded

The gazebo rebuild project bid was awarded at the June city council meeting. The pre-construction meeting will be held in mid July, we expect demolition and construction to begin soon after.  We'll post all notices and status updates to social media and also include them in our "weekend update" email blasts. 

119 Bus Now 24/6 - New Schedule

NJ Transit has activated the planned service expansion of the 119 bus to 24 hours a day from Monday to Saturday.  We encourage all Heights residents to utilize this expanded bus service and help get the word out. Here is a link to the new Schedule:   http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0119.pdf

Heights Activities Calendar

Riverview Farmer's Market - 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 ogdensendgarden@gmail.com for more info or just show up.

Backroom Broadsides Spoken Word/Poetry Series: First Tuesday of each month from 8pm to 10pm - Fox and Crow (next event is Aug 2nd)

Live at the Lumberyard - Friday, July 22nd  from 7PM -10PM - Palisade Ave at Griffith St outdoors at Palisade Lumber. 

All artists (and would be artists) take note, New Heights Art Supply has  opened at 345 Central Ave in the Heights (2nd Floor). Check out their web site at   http://newheightsjc.com  and be sure to stop by the shop.

Check our "Weekend Update" emails (sent every Friday morning) for all the various events in the Heights and the offerings from our Weekend Update sponsors.

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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association

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