On Sunday, May 7th, Harsimus Cove is hosting their first neighborhood-wide stoop sale. And it will be big – over 30 households are participating.
Even better, a portion of earnings are being donated to theChurch World Serviceto help refugee families in Jersey City. So you can get a little something while giving a little something back to the community.
The 14th annual Newport 10K will take place in Newport, kicking off in Newport Town Square (100 Town Place) in Jersey City this Saturday, May 6th.
Racers take their mark at 8:30am. (Registration opens at 7am.) The USA-TF certified course is the fastest course in the tri-state area, mostly flat and running along the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City. The Post-Race Party will have refreshments, a local DJ and several prize drawings. Prizes amount to $15,900.
Today is the last day to register online, or you can register on race day for $40. Proceeds are being donated to the Jersey City Medical Center – RWJ Barnabas Health, which is the area’s only not-for-profit hospital and regional trauma center.
The Groove on Grove concert series is back for its 10th (!) season this Wednesday, May 3rd. Join The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District for the opening night celebration at the Grove Street PATH Plaza at 6pm.
Dancing Tony of Rock-it Docket will be bringing Jersey City the very best of local musicians this season. Wednesday’s Lineup: The Milwaukees Segunda Quimbamba Universal Rebel
Cocktails and food will be served from local restaurants plus, the Artist & Maker Market will coincide for the celebration, so you can shop all your favorite Jersey City artisans, crafters, and entrepreneurs.
Lutze Biergartenhas moved their grand opening in Jersey City (15 Second St., Harborside Plaza) to this Thursday, May 4th due to probably rain on F riday. Whatever the case, it is great news for the city’s Thirsty Thursday crowd.
The party begins at 5pm and lasts until midnight. Expect live music, food vendors, face painting(!), and a Bounce House – yes, it is kid-friendly, and dogs are welcome,too, yay. But the best part: a late-night fireworks show!
Lutze Biergarten is outdoors and on the waterfront near the Exchange Place PATH, ferry, light rail, etc. Not only will they feature a rotating cast of craft beers, but cocktails and food as well. Also, the literature says it’s named after Wilhelm (Willy) Lutze, who lived in Jersey City his entire life (1900-1973). A child of immigrant German parents, Willy worked hard as a carpenter and mason to support his wife and four daughters.
In honor of Willy and for the love of Jersey City, Lutze (the establishment) will be donating a substantial portion of their profits to local charities and political causes that benefit Jersey City.
We can all cheers to that, JCG
Michael J. DeMarco, CEO, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Con Vivo Music will celebrate Earth Day weekend with a unique performance of “Not Less Than the Good,” a 60-minute musical sunrise and celebration of morning as embraced by Henry David Thoreau in “Walden” at the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.), this Sunday at 6pm. The concert is free; all ages welcome.
“Not Less Than the Good” simulates a sunrise by combining the meditative playing of the saxophone quartet with ambient synthesizers. The music grows from a single quiet note, adding notes and timbres, growing in fullness and depth, much like the literature does with words (Ed. note: I’m only making that comparison because I wrote a term paper on “Walden” while at NYU).
Underneath this are real, pre-recorded sounds during the pre-dawn and early morning hours at Walden Pond: a chorus of insects, the lone song of dawn’s first bird which is joined by others in a raucous counterpoint, and the splashing of morning swimmers.
And keeping even further in trend with Beyonce, the hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from “Walden”, considered a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment, that are narrated by poet J. D. McClatchy.
Here we are again – that time of year when The Jersey City Challenge Race returns to Exchange Place.
Think: 25 urban obstacles and challenges in a junkie adrenaline rush of a 3-mile race. Expect jumping over real police and taxi cars, plus cargo nets, rope climbing, walls, sand bags and other fun stuff.
Dulce de Leche in the Heights (376 Central Ave.) is my new favorite hangout spot in Jersey City and here’s why:
Awesome espresso and coffee is just the beginning.
The space is big and bright, thanks to the high ceilings and lighting, and is perfectly upscale while still being welcoming of the mixed clientele. The staff is a bit flummoxed, as they are still figuring it out, but so are the customers, who are still figuring out where they now live or figuring out the changing landscape of where they have always lived.
Andcowork, the co-working space in the Charles&co. building (201 Montgomery St.) has become quite the happening spot in downtown Jersey City.
Created to be a hub for local artists and entrepreneurs, the space offers a full spectrum of office amenities and monthly events to inspire creativity and imagination, like photography exhibits, tech meetups, a movie series and wine tastings.
The 20,000 sq. foot space is a mix of classic and modern furnishings. Chairs, clocks, cabinets and fire alarms salvaged from the Hamilton Square development (formerly St. Francis Hospital), adorn the rooms. Andco has Finnish lighting by Muuto, and a living green wall, meditation room, and a terrace.
Of course, there are your typical offices, conference spaces, open desks and community tables, a kitchen, and all of the machines you would need to conduct business.
There are several options for membership, ranging from $250-$800 per month, and some events are open to the public if you want to experience the Andco space.
Whatever your goals are, my advice is to pick one thing and achieve that. You cannot do 10 things really well at once. But YOU CAN do one thing really well if you focus on that for life-improvement. Once you’ve mastered the first goal, tackle something else. Keep it simple.
There is room for improvement throughout the year. Here are some Jersey City spots to find your “A-ha” inspiration during every quarter of 2017.
If you personally know the gal behind JCG, you know that (sparkling) wine is my beer, so I’m excited to announce an event for my peeps that came about as a natural progression from this fall’s very successful Brewfest.
January is a droning drag. Why not sip a little with friends and neigbzz on this side of the Hudson while admiring the Manhattan skyline? I thought so.
Taste over 150 styles of wine (choose wisely, because that’s an impossible feat in such a brief time) from all over the world. Speak with winery representatives. Enjoy sommelier seminars on various vino topics. Eat fabulous foods and enjoy live music.
* January 28th (Saturday)
* The Harborside Atrium (34 Exchange Pl.) Entrance on Christopher Columbus Drive. Transport via the light rail or PATH to Exchange Place.
VIP: 5-10pm [Early access to the event and appetizers prepared by Chef Eric Levine]; $125
General Admission: 6-10pm; $60
Designated Driver: $15
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