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Jersey City Project Eats


The Jersey City Project, a series of curated outdoor markets and events, presents their next installment of Eats this Saturday, July 26th from 11am-7pm at City Hall Plaza.

It’s a day to eat, drink, and celebrate with 30+ food vendors, 3 bars, and 2 farmers markets.

Kristin Scalia of Kanibal Home and Elizabeth Cain of Hound About Town decided to start an outdoor market dedicated to promoting small businesses, local talent, and seasonal highlights to provide additional opportunities to connect within the community. JC Eats is their foodie chapter.


Shop & eat locally,


The Jersey City culinary food scene is off the charts, and what better way to experience it than to enjoy a variety of cuisines from different venues—all at one reasonable price, and all in one day or one night?

Jersey Girls Food Tours (JGFT) showcase the gastronomic scene in Jersey City, perfect for locals and non-locals alike. Guests can enjoy YUMzzz from the best eateries in town and get a dose of JC history while walking from spot to spot.

My gals Janis Borroto and Alessia Aron (pictured from left to right, above) of JCFT invited me on a test run of one of their new Jersey City tours, titled “Best of Downtown.”

Click below to read about our day and find out more about the different tours…

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Liz Defrain

JC Made (295 Grove St.) is hosting the Liz Defrain in a “small works” show next Tuesday from 6-8pm.

Defrain is a mixed media artist, whose illustrations are usually done with gouache, ink, watercolor, pen, chalk, acrylic, gesso and/or pencil on paper.

Her portraits are done in spray paint, gesso, acrylic and gouache, and sometimes using organic materials to create texture and tapestry on the canvas.


To the mighty pen,




Celebrate on the Hudson River next Wednesday at Newport Green’s Beach Party (700 Washington Blvd.) with the annual summer food festival.

Signature dishes and cocktails will be available from 14 of Newport’s gourmet restaurants.

To summer fun,


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.


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!


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