Jersey City Gal


DEALS & STEALS: Get ‘em while they’re hot and save some $$$$$ in Jersey City.

For $35, enjoy a dinner for two at ME Casa, downtown’s Purto Rican resto (356 Varick St.). Includes one shared appetizer and two individual entrees. Details here.

Visit Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd.) and pay only $10 per person for admission. Read more here.

Spend only $58 for a two-hour murder mystery dinner for two people at Sanai’s (510 Summit Ave.). Read about my experience here. Purchase the deal for yourself here.

Dine at China Spice (839 Newark Ave.) and save $15 off your bill. Buy here.

Save up to 50% on Newark Airport parking. Read about packages here.

livemusiclumberyard Take in some tunes this Friday at 7pm with live music at the Palisade Lumber Yard. Dogfood kicks off the action, followed by the Zydeco Revelators and GMJ Groove.   Jam, JCG

The 6th Borough Market returns this summer Sunday, this time behind City Hall on Montgomery St. @ Marin Blvd.

The Market is a curated mix of artisan crafts and vintage goods for sale, and the experience is topped off with children’s activities and yummy eats. Artists, collectors and chefs gather to provide a fun experience for families on one given Sunday each month during the warm season. This Sunday, look for a very limited edition of urban cycling caps by Cecilia and Reuben.

(Upcoming dates: July 20, August 10, September 14, and October 19.) For those of you who missed the festivities last year, here are a few mentions from me.


Keep it local,



Celebrate the summer solstice with a concert by Con Vivo! On Saturday, June 21, the orchestra will be performing Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic work Tierkreis, a 12 movement piece based on the Zodiac signs, starting with current sign Gemini and moving forward through the year. This loosely planned program is sure to delight in its uniqueness. Soak it all in on the waterfront at J. Owen Grundy Pier’s Outdoor bandshell by Exchange Place.

To a summer of song,

image Today has turned into a gorgeous day, the perfect day to stop in at Dahlia’s Ice Cream Spot (290 Central Avenue). Dahlia and co. makes all of their ice cream in-house, including ice cream cakes and cookie sandwiches. You can buy a cone/ milkshake/ yogurt cup for now, but they have several flavors available in pre-packaged single serving, pint, and quart sizes to save for later. Their innovative flavors never fail to disappoint. Read the rest of this entry »


The Kennedy Dancers will hold auditions for pre-professional, afterschool dance training program called the Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Junior Dance Company. All young teens- ages 11 to 15 that possess raw talent and express an interest in training are welcome to audition at a modern dance class on Monday, June 16th at the Kennedy Dancers Studio (79 Central Ave.) at 5:30pm. Teens must live in Hudson County and they must also bring copies of proof of residency, copy of birth certificate and copy of their family financial information.

Classes will begin September 2014 and will include training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tumbling, Ballroom Dance. The Inner City Youth (ICY) Dance Program requires your participation 3 evenings weekly from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Weekends are off, except for performances. The ICY Dance program also performs about 15 concerts annually and many of them will be performed with The Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company (the professional ensemble). The Kennedy Dancers offer all students assistance in applying to dance programs in both high schools and college/universities. The Kennedy Dancers also assist both the pre-professional and the established professionals in the audition process for Broadway, movies and TV and all other professional dance companies.

The Inner City Youth pre-professional dance training program currently has 5 full scholarships available for September 2014 through June 2015. The full scholarships will consist of FREE tuition and may include some dance wear and attire. They must, however, pay for some dance shoes and some dance wear. The ICY dance training program also has 5 partial scholarships available. These scholarships pay a low monthly fee- some free dance shoes and dance wear, but must also pay for some dance shoes and dance wear.

For more information, call 201 659-2190.

Break a leg!

ward tour

Bike JC is now accepting online registration for the Fifth Annual Jersey City Ward Tour and Festival, which takes place Sunday, June 8th in Jersey City at Exchange Place.

For those of you not in the know, the ward tour is a 15-mile bike ride of our city at a relaxed pace (not a race), that ends with a festival  featuring live music, food, drinks, and other attractions on the waterfront. The ride begins at 11am and the festival is from 1-5pm. All the action begins and ends at Exchange Place.

Registration is free, with a $5 suggested donation to help fund our year-round efforts for better biking in Jersey City.

More info here.


Ride or die,


International Taekwon-Do Academy is offering free fitness classes this weekend, Jersey City! Saturday, May 31st begins at 2:30pm with a TKD demo, then cardio kickboxing and zumba. Read about the weekend-long event here.

ITA Fitness studios will also be offering yoga, zumba, HIIT classes, bootcamp, self-defense, goal tracking and more.

Read about my visit last year here.


Sweat it out,





The Brightside Tavern’s monthly comedy show is back Friday, May 30th.

Mike Recine (who just performed on Conan in LA) is hosting and the performers include Leah Bonnema, Kirk Faulkner, Brett Druck, Dr. Mike, Rachael Parenta and Jersey City’s own Calise Hawkins (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, NickMom).

The show starts at 8, but arrive early if you’re particular about where you sit. The Brightside is at 141 Bright Street (corner of Monmouth) in downtown Jersey City.  You can reserve seats by calling (201) 435-1234 or buy them at the door. $10.


Laugh it off,

one bigDouble Trouble by City Kitty

On Thursday, May 29th, celebrate the closing of the May “Street Art Show,” which features local and regional artists and their various approaches to street art.

The show brings images, ideas, and expressions from New York City and Jersey City and consists of photographs, paintings, and sculptures representing street art and/or street art themes.

The coolest part about its final night: local artists will be collaborating live, creating a portable mural.

Location: CityLife, 125 1st St 7:30-9pm


Keep it street and keep it sweet,



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