Art & Studio Tour 2015

Studio Tour 2013

The 25th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour kicks off tonight, Jersey City! Perhaps one of the most anticipated events in Jersey City, JCAST (as it’s referred to by residents) is set to make even more of a mark this year.

JCAST features over 800 artists during its weekend-long event. It’s not only a great opportunity to meet your local artists and purchase unique pieces at reasonable prices, it’s a fine time to get to know your neighbors, government officials and connect with the burgeoning city’s ever-growing diverse community of eclectic citizens.


Tonight is the kick-off opening gala presented by Mayor Steven Fulop, the JC Municipal Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs at the JCAST Flagship Gallery Pop-up at the Lackawanna Center (629 Grove Street). Free transportation is provided via shuttle bus from the Grove Street PATH every half hour from 7pm-11pm and by Lyft (code: JCAST2015). Parking is available on-site in adjacent lots: 16th and Grove Street and 18th Street between Grove St. and Jersey Ave. Or take advantage of our newly-installed Citi Bikes at stations: JC009 & JC034. Directions here.

The event is free and open to the public, and offers an array of entertainment for all ages: Interactive fun provided by Hudson County Art Supply; Film Screenings by the Jersey City International Television and Film Festival; Small bites from The Hamilton Inn, The Kitchen at Grove Station, and Mill Creek. And then for the 21+ crowd: Adult bevvies provided by Raval, Satis Bistro, and Lucky 7’s.

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Find out about all Saturday and Sunday showings here. I always try to soak up as much as I can, but it is nearly impossible to see everything over the two days; choose wisely and plan well. If you somehow make it to every stop, please let me know!

Here are some of my past memories from JCAST weekend.

Celebrate Our Local Artists!

Comfort Food for Cloudy Days

cozystormOh the overcast sky, the chilly nip in the air, the fear of imminent Hurricane Joaquin…

All reminds us that Fall is well under way in Jersey City, which means that right now, your body craves snuggly comfort foods.

Thank goodness Jersey City has an endless supply of places to satisfy that need.

Click on the below links for my reviews of restaurants/cafes that cater to comfort on every level.

Sam A.M. Cafe

More Cafes

Skinner’s Loft

Park & Sixth


Union Republic

9th and Coles

Pizza Masters

Iron Monkey

Jersey Girls Village Food Tour Spots


Abbey’s Pub

Rizzo’s Pizza and Bakery

There are so many awesome restaurants in Jersey City. I’ve covered plenty more than these on my (this) site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare/Swarm and for the Jersey City Independent’s magazine and website.

These are just picks for our impending weather.

And, if disaster strikes you and not me, do stop by and doo refuel here as many did during Sandy:

Be well and warm on,

America’s Got Talent Auditions!


America’s Got Talent, NBC’s #1 summer show, is coming to New York City on November 14, 2015 for auditions for its 11th Season!

Got a special talent? AGT accepts talent of all kinds and there are no age restrictions.

If you can’t make it out to the auditions, you may submit a video audition online.

For more information, visit

Auditions will be held at:
Queens College (CUNY)
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY
Please do not contact the venue.

Show me what you got!


All About Downtown Street Fair 9/19


This Saturday, September 19th, is the all-out awesome All About Downtown Street Fair.

Stroll up or down Newark Avenue (between Grove St. and Jersey Ave.) to soak up live music, nosh on noms, sip adult bevvies, and shop from 11am-8pm. (Yay because I have to work until 5 and would hate to miss the best street fair ever!)

There will be over 100 local vendors, and plenty of fun activities for the kids, too.

FB info here.

Shop local. Support local.

Be The Difference

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Sometimes it takes a T-shirt to open up a conversation about social change. Enter Joy, who began the company Be The Difference, LLC.

The company originally started because Joy was heavily into fitness, and she wanted a shirt that said “Work Hard, Snack Harder.” When the first self-made T-shirt became such a conversation starter, Joy went out and looked for designers to create more.

The operation evolved into a mission to get strangers on the street and even your friends to begin discussions about social change and spreading positivity and support. “I was tired of seeing negative images,” says Joy. “Why can’t I just do something positive? This movement is about change,” says Joy.

Some shirts: “Say No to Workforce Bullying.” “The Grass is Greener…Right Here.” “Hard Work Pays Off.” Other shirts have positive affirmations: “I Can, I Will” and “Built for Tough.” Joy gets her inspiration from everyday people and things. “If I believe it, somebody else will believe it,” she says.


The subject matter is not always sunny, but begs to invoke change, such as the shirt emblazoned with “The Addiction Kills the Family.” Many have experience with that and it open up lines of communication.

“People are looking for something,” says Joy. “I know that in the long run these T-shirts will help raise awareness and help people treat people differently, even if a person just notices the words subliminally while passing by and recalls the message later.”

Joy donates 10% of profits every month to Hayden’s Heart charity organization, which raises awareness for infants with Congenital Heart Disease and helps families with expensive medical bills. She is also doing a series called “Our Lives Seen Through My Eyes,” based off of the “Addiction Kills the Family” T-shirt, and would like volunteers to come foward and share their stories as well. Watch the video here.

Check out Joy’s online shop hereor catch her merchandise at Teez N’ Things, (181 Monticello Ave.); A New You Hair Salon (593 Ocean Ave.); Uneeek Success Styles (407 Ocean Ave.); or at one ofJersey City’s outdoor markets. T-shirts range from $15-20.

Wear (and talk) it out,



Art Opening 9/11 Jersey City

"Landed." Candy Le Sueur, 2013, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in.

“Landed.” Candy Le Sueur, 2013, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in.

Art Exhibition “Candy Le Sueur: Where Dreams Land,” opens at Hamilton Square condominiums (232 Pavonia Ave.) in Jersey City on Friday, September 11 at 7pm. 

The show features nine large abstract landscape paintings that were created between 2012 and 2015. Each painting is oil on canvas. The exhibition also includes a series of small-scale prints and encaustics.
Dream on,


NJ Lottery

Get Ready to Win Fast with New Jersey’s Newest Game, Fast Play


Fast Play from the NJ Lottery is a new series of games that delivers what it suggests: fast results. No need to select numbers or wait for drawings. To purchase a Fast Play ticket at your New Jersey Lottery retailer, just ask for Fast Play, name your game, and then collect prizes quickly. Fast Play games are offered at various price points ranging in price from $1 -$5 per ticket ($10 games will be released later this year) and themes.

Here are the odds and potential winnings: Fast Cash- $1, win up to $500, overall odds 1 in 4; Red Hot Numbers- $1, win up to $1,000, overall odds 1 in 3.9; Slots of Fun- $2 win up to $5,000 overall odds 1 in 3.8; Bling Bling Bucks- $5, win up to $25,000, overall odds 1 in 3.2.

I purchased five tickets from my local lottery retailer in Jersey City, New Jersey.


I played 1 Fast Cash, 2 Red Hot Numbers, 3 Slots of Fun and 1 Bling Bling Bucks games.



Unfortunately, I was not a winner this time, but there’s always next time! I’m looking forward to playing some of the new games too. Fast Play games will be refreshed and changed every few months, so you can always find a new favorite. It’s exciting to switch things up every now and then. And with the great odds, why not play? I consider buying a $1-5 ticket a little treat on the way home from work—one that may even end up multiplying my money. It’s a small investment to win big.

The Fast Play game is not carried in New York or PA., only New Jersey. Here is additional information about Fast Play. Get out there and take a chance with instant wins and great odds!

Disclaimer: You must be 18 or older to buy a lottery ticket. The New Jersey Lottery reminds players, it’s only a game…remember to play responsibly. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1800-GAMBLER®.

NJ Lottery Privacy Policy:
Fast Play is a new series of games that offer quick play styles and are printed on demand from the Lottery terminal. Fast Play is the fastest way to win. No need to select numbers or wait for drawings. To purchase a Fast Play ticket at your New Jersey Lottery retailer, just ask for Fast Play, name your game, and then collect prizes instantly*. Fast Play tickets can also be purchased from the self-service lottery machines using Fast Codes. Just insert money and scan the Fast Code to print the ticket. Fast Codes are available on the Active Games page, mobile app and certain retail locations.

Fast Play games are offered at various prices and play styles. New games will be added frequently so be sure to check back often for the current list of Active Games.

*Collect prizes instantly up to $599 at any New Jersey Lottery Retailer. Submit a claim form for prizes over $599.

For more information, see the Fast Play Game Rules.

Play on,

Erin Henderson Visits Jersey City Schools


New York Jets star linebacker Erin Henderson announced that he is helping Jersey City children in Back2School efforts today, Thursday August 27th at 12 noon.

Henderson teamed up with AngelaCARES and the United Way of Hudson County to provide needed school supplies and even sports memorabilia to students at Urban Expedition Summer Camp and the Miss Chevonne School of Etiquette.  The distribution ach child in these programs will receive a book bag filled with supplies.

“School is essential for the success of our young people,” Angela V. McKnight Founder and CEO of AngelaCARES said.  “Unfortunately, many students do not have and many families cannot afford even the basic supplies such as a notebook, pen, pencil or folders to attend school.”

“I am always willing to provide a way, outlet or spot of hope for those in need, especially children and initiatives that promote education.  Reaching out to get involved was a no brainer for me,” said Henderson.

Let’s get our school on!

Del Frisco’s Grill is Hiring

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Del Frisco’s Grille, a restaurant serving American classic comfort food with a twist, is opening a location in Hoboken in September of 2015 at 221 River St.

They are looking to hire more than 120 culinary professionals for positions in the front and back of the house.  Available positions include servers, bartenders, hosts, hostesses, bussers, line cooks, prep cooks, broiler cooks and dishwashers.

The benefit package includes: 401k retirement savings plan with attractive matching contributions for both management and hourly employees; comprehensive medical, dental and vision (available to full time employees 60 days after they are hired); domestic partner coverage and management eligibility upon hire. Tuition reimbursement for specializations such as sommelier certification is also available.

The Hiring office is open Monday – Friday from 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.; Saturday’s by appointment only at 2 Hudson Place, Suite 100 Hoboken, NJ 07030

TO APPLY: Visit or call 201-710-5150

For more information, visit

Good luck!

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