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Riverview Park Gazebo Rebuild
Flea Market Cancelled
Project at 39 New York Ave
JC Fridays Brings Crowds
Master Plan Meetings
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RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, September 13th at 7:30 PM
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
Sept. 13th Agenda:

Police and Residence Response Center

Guest: Brian Philipson, New Owner of 500 Palisade Ave

Gazebo Construction Schedule

Cancellation of Park Fest & Flea Market

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Four years after SuperStorm Sandy, demolition of the base and construction of a new Gazebo will begin this month. This has fed into the decision for us to cancel this year's Park Festival and Flea Market scheduled for September 24th.
To learn the details and to hear from our guest - Brian Philipson, the new owner of 500 Palisade Ave (corner of Holland St and Palisade Ave), please join us for our monthly meeting - this Tuesday, September 13th, at 7:30PM at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (at Franklin St).  
Gazebo Project Slated To Begin Sept. 19th - Step 1 DEMOLITION of the remaining base and Excavation

The reconstruction of the Riverview Park Gazebo, destroyed during SuperStorm Sandy, is slated to start next Monday, Sept. 19th with the demolition of the remaining base and excavation of the area. Notwithstanding weather or other delays, completion is targeted for February 2017.

While the Gazebo and associated landscaping, when completed, is sure to be a cherished asset and centerpiece of our neighborhood, and the community certainly has made the most of base that remained, the next few months will not be without challenges and inconveniences.  While RNA has been involved in the design and planning of the new gazebo, we were not allowed to participate in the pre-construction meeting; therefore we are attending a meeting this Tuesday to obtain the details about access restrictions to eastern side of the park, any required street closures, impacts on parking, site safety/security and permitted work hours. 

We will share the details from this meeting at the monthly meeting on Tuesday evening and we will continue to provide updates on Facebook/social media and our website. 

Please review the construction schedule here .

October 2012 - Day after SuperStorm Sandy Hit


To our members, supporters and friends of the Riverview Neighborhood Association,
After much thought and a thorough review of our commitments for the remainder of 2016, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Flea Market and Park Fest. We have recently received the construction schedule for the gazebo rebuild and there are also plans in the works to renovate Riverview Park as well. These upcoming improvements, in addition to our other projects and commitments were all factors in this decision.  We will, of course, provide refunds of confirmed payments and we appreciate your understanding and continued support.
Please join us at our monthly meeting on 9/13 at 7:30pm (178 Ogden ave) for details on all our projects and initiatives.  Look for us to return next year as we celebrate our 30th Annual Flea Market & Park Fest in our newly updated park and gazebo!


Kern Weissman,  President
New Owner to Present Revised Plans for 500 Palisade; 39 New York Also Under Review

Our guest this month will be Brian Philipson, the new owner of 500 Palisade Ave and his architect. They will be presenting their revised plans for the proposed building at 500 Palisade. This project had come before the membership is a previous form.  We reviewed plans presented by the previous owner and those plans were approved by the City zoning board.  The new owner is  presenting revised plans for our feedback - these plans include a redesigned facade and redesigned 5th and 6th floor. You can review a rendering of the building here.

RNA also continues to evaluate plans from Hoboken Brownstone Co's for a 5 Story, 154 unit building at 39 New York Ave (Ravine Road). The property is located within the Palisade Protection Overlay District (PPOD), a zoning overlay that RNA worked hard to establish in order to protect the Palisade Cliffs.  The proposed development also has a driveway entrance/exit along a blind curve raising traffic safety concerns. More information will be available at the monthly meeting. 

JC Fridays Brought Crowds to Heights Venues

 JC Fridays Statuary event at Historic Holland St. 
As part of JC Fridays for September, RNA partnered with Walter Parks, Margo Parks, and JeanKarlos Cruz to bring their vision for using historic Holland St as a performance, arts and music venue. Through their hard work and our volunteers, the Belgian block street was turned into a concert venue that featured classical music, opera, modern dance, a light installation, art, spoken word, congas, and guitar/bass compositions.  RNA's goal is to partner with the city and county bring about a historic restoration of Holland St and have it be used as a premier outdoor arts and performance space in Jersey City. 

RNA also sponsored a JC Fridays edition of Backroom Broadsides at the Fox & Crow.  James Ruggia's monthly spoken word and open mic event featured 
Andy Clausen and Pamela Twining reading to a packed room.

Master Plan Process Gets Underway

Jersey City is beginning the process of updating its Master Plan - a critical process for guiding the City's zoning and development.  The first of several public meetings will be held on Thursday September 15th at City Hall and it's critical that Heights residents be heard in order to ensure that the zoning for the city matches the Heights community's vision and needs for it.  The master plan was last updated in 2000 and is what primarily guides land use, zoning and planning in Jersey City.  Having a comprehensive up to date master plan that includes inter/intra city transportation, density, height, open space, education, height, commercial thoroughfares, affordability, aesthetics and beautification is critical to ensure that as Jersey City grows the needs of it's residents are met and to make sure that development is aligned with community goals. There will be more information about the Master Plan process at our monthly meeting and available at this first Public Meeting.  We encourage all residents that are concerned about the future of the Heights neighborhood to attend at least one of these meetings. 
Art Gallery Opens at 107 Bowers

Opening Night - 107 Bowers Gallery & Artspace
Congratulations to 107 Bowers Gallery and Artspace for opening the first official art gallery in the Riverview Arts District.  Right now they have weekend hours so make sure to stop up and check out the current show that opened on JC Fridays (and maybe buy a piece of local art).  Follow them here: and for the visual artists in the Heights, make sure to get your supplies at New Heights Art Supply on Central Ave

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 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 Oct 4th)

Mickey Mathis Sept 11th Show - 71 Sip Ave, 6th Fl. Mon-Sat 11am 5pm & Tues from 11am to 8pm. 

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  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.

If you are interested in opening a new business on Palisade Ave get in contact with us at
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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association

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