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Park Fest 2017 [Saturday, June 10]

Hamilton Park hosts Park Fest this Saturday, June 10 from 12-7pm, a seasonal celebration with something for everyone.

There will be three bands, a DJ, food trucks, adult bevvies, a flea market, tennis and kickboxing instruction, a magician, and even a petting zoo. Admission is free.

Bring your friends & family for the fun and meet new people in your neighborhood.

JCG

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic 2017

This Saturday, Jersey City welcomes its 10th  annuaVeuve Clicquot Polo Classic, a highlight of the social season.

Expect the usual showmanship of not only the actual sport of the event, but the star-studded audience in hats and frills, lounging on what should be a glorious afternoon with plenty of Veuve at the ready.

Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting, Jordan Fisher from Hamilton will be singing the National Anthem and Alicia Keys will be performing later on.

Because, you know, this is…

How we do.

Beneficiaries include Keep a Child Alive and Liberty State Park.

Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets here.

As the Park continues to promote green living, no parking is provided on site. Instead, guests must arrive via ferry (from Manhattan) or the Light Rail (Hudson-Bergen Line). I’m pretty sure you can Uber or Lyft it, too. Whatever the case, there is still a trek to the grounds, so be heel-prepared (flats in purse or don’t care to be bare…foot).

Toast to the summer season,
JCG

Rainy Day Ideas: Jersey City

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ART GALLERIES! Almost every hot spot on the block in Jersey City is featuring works of local artists on their walls. Or on their buildings, or had a wall made in their shop, or hosted shows in historic buildings. But there is more in art homes: Mana Contemporary, Art House Productions, Panepinto Galleries, Jersey City Art School, Hewes Art Center, etc. Add yours in the comments section.

PAGE-TURNER READS! Finish a book in a day!  Kill me Janet Evanovich or—the owner of my childhood homeHarlan Coben. And Lawrence Sanders. All my summer reads. Even sitting at…

COFFEE & TEA LOCALES! Is it just me or is people-watching at Vogue CafeDames Coffee Espresso Bar, Dulce de LecheMod Cup Coffee, Sam a.m., Beechwood CafeTea NJBWE, Lackawanna, The CliffShort GrainChoc-O-Pain (who is opening yet another location on Palisade Ave.), Congress Station, Ground Connectionand a plethora of other places in this city just so fun? I mentally write a story about each person that passes by.

MAKE OUT IN THE RAIN! I am guilty guilty guilty of this. No lover? Just being caught in thunderstorms with friends can brew creativity. Staying dry tactics, protecting clothes or electronics, what now? It’s an opportunity to learn. Dance in the rain, run in the rain (if it’s not a thunderstorm; safety first), puddle hop. Rain can be refreshing and freeing. Added bonus for allergies: it cleans the air.

PAINT IT OUT, OR COLOR! If Cork & Canvas is booked, you have adults and kids coloring books. (My faves for this occasion are Four Seasons by Aiko Fukawa & Barbie’s Spring Into Style). Just get the right pencils for the former and the gel metallic crayons for the latter. Materials make a difference! Or make a vision board out of magazine pictures. Or make something, anything! You have everything you need in your house to create. Look around and get creative.

HOME SPA: Scrubs, facemasks, manis, pedis and massages. My fave products:
Arbonne Awaken Sea Salt Scrub. This has changed my life (or really, that of my hands and feet)
Freeman’s Avocado & Oatmeal Face Mask
Rid Redness & Acne
Hair treatments
Homemade body scrub for skin

ORGANIZE: Cleaning out a drawer or a closet can be a relaxing ritual. Start with a small space so you don’t get overwhelmed, and then either be motivated to tackle bigger spaces or be inspired to do something else by something you find. If you have a creative mind, the act of it and the finding of something you forgot about will trigger some greats ideas. I promise!

MAD LIBS: Hey, you can play by yourself!

CARDS: Again, you can always play solitaire. If you need competition, I will beat you at spit any day. Try me.

SPEAKING OF CARDS: Buy some nice stationery and bring the handwritten note back! Who doesn’t love mail? Put some real effort and thought into those you love. Or get real with Hold Fast Industries (read my article in the Jersey City Independent this summer).

LISTEN TO MUSIC: Create a new playlist if you like anything for your next outdoor workout in sunnier skies. I’m all about Beyonce’s Lemonade right now, as if I wasn’t about everything Bey anyway for all of time. But now that Google Music has bought Songza, you have no excuse to hear an extreme variety of unsolicited music around the world and in your own backyard. They just #catertoyou.

HELLO! SPORTS: Put that new playlist to use while lifting weights at BLINK or stairclimbing at BASE. Then there’s indoor swimming at Pershing Field, the Local Barre and HipFit classes with Laura in the Brunswick Center.

BUY LOCAL, BE UNIQUE: Vintage: How Very or Another Man’s Treasure. For boutique, Vivi Girl Shop and Tia’s, of course.

MOVIES & SHOPPING: I not a huge fan of either, but I’ve found in my most stressed-out times, escaping to the Newport Mall just to walk around, (and maybe buy pretty, frilly things & specialty items at Sephora, Vicky’s and Lush) or—more recently—going to its newly renovated Loews AMC has actually helped me rejuvenate.

MOVIES AGAIN! OnDemand, Netflix and Redbox.

 

YAAAAS, I did. Enjoy,
JCG

 

Jersey City Challenge Race Saturday! 4/22

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.

Saturday, April 22 @9am. Full deets and sign-up here.

 

Go hard or go home,
JCG

2017: New Year, Better You

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Happy New Year Jersey City!!

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.

Fitness:
Take up Zumba, Yoga or Martial Arts
Workout for free in JC
Ice Skate here or here
Learn belly dancing, yoga, or Latin dancing for free at Kennedy Dancers
Jersey City Ballroom Dancing
Jivamukti Yoga
Blink
Get Salsa Fever

Learn something new:
Computer Courses
Jersey City Arts School
Sticth ‘n’ Bitch
Casa Colombo
Cork & Canvas
Spanish Blackbelt

Read something that expands your mind:
Jersey City Free Books
Jersey City Bookmobile & Library
WORD Jersey City

Get more work done:
AndCoWork
IndieGrove
Editing Services
Website Consulting

Volunteer:
Jersey City Cares
Liberty Humane Society
Dress For Success

Meet JC Peeps:
JC Fab Lab
Nextdoor
Singles in Jersey City
Geeks Who Drink
Jersey City Young Professionals

Pamper:
Serenity Day Spa
European Wax Center
Zeel Massage
Nails and Nails
Hair and Hair and Hair and Hair
My DIY trix here

Treat yourself to a statement piece:
Noellery
Love, Liesel
Vivi Girl Shop
Tia’s Place
Very
Another Man’s Treasure
Republic of Pigtails
Take care of your clothing

 

Be well & happy,
JCG

Movies In The Park 2016

moviesintheparkjerseycityInhale the last month of hot summer air under the stars with lazy days…and nights of movies and theater in all your favorite parks. Below is the schedule from here (July 18th) on out.

Ignore those back-to-school-enthusiasts. Hello, commerce, we are still in full summer swing, thankyouverymuch.

SO, here’s what’s screening & showing from now through fall:

July 18: Goosebumps [Washington Park,Jersey City/Union City border]

July 20: Big Hero 6 [Lincoln Park, West Side Ave. entrance]

July 20: Zootopia [Van Vorst Park]

July 20: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Newport Green]

July 20: Brooklyn [Pier A Park in Hoboken, 9 pm]

July 21: Shakespeare in the Park: Edward III [Hamilton Park Gazebo, 7 pm]

July 21: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [Riverview Park]

July 25: Cars [Columbia Park]

July 25: Happy Feet [Audubon Park]

July 25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Mama Johnson Field, 4th Street between Jackson and Harrison Streets in Hoboken, 9 pm]

July 27: Jurassic World [Pier A Park, 9 pm]

July 27: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl [Newport Green]

July 28: Hook [Hamilton Park]

July 28: Shakespeare in the Park: Edward III [Van Vorst Park]

August 1: Planes: Fire & Rescue [Berry Lane Park]

August 3: Finding Vivian Maier [Van Vorst Park]

August 3: Shakespeare in the Park: As You Like It [Newport Green, 6 pm]

August 3: Minions [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 4: The Wizard of Oz [Ercel Webb Park, 264 Van Horne Street]

August 8: Toy Story [Pershing Field]

August 10: The Peanuts Movie [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 10: The Lorax [Washington Park]

August 17: Audience Choice! Email filmsinvanvorst@aol.com to vote! [Van Vorst Park]

August 17: Inside Out [Pier A Park, 8:30 pm]

August 18: Shakespeare in the Park: Henry IV [Hamilton Park, 7 pm]

August 18: Planes [Arlington Park, situated in the triangle between Grand St., Arlington and Bramhall Aves]

August 18: Inside Out [Lincoln Park Soccer Field]

August 22: Finding Nemo [Hamilton Park]

August 25: Life of Pi [Hamilton Park]

August 25: ET [Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Ave.]

August 29: Big Hero 6 [Colombia Park]

August 31: Joy [Van Vorst Park]

September 1: Inside Out [Berry Lane Park]

September 7: Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Van Vorst Park]

September 8: Inside Out [Bayside Park]

September 12: Paddington [Pershing Field]

September 15: Jaws [J. Owen Grundy Pier]

September 23: Inside Out [Hamilton Park]

October 14: Wizard of Oz [Hamilton Park]

Other notes: Parks in the Jersey City and Hudson County area host these films and live performances thanks to The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, the Van Vorst Park AssociationJersey City Cultural Affairs, the City of Hoboken and the County of Hudson. All events begin at sundown, unless otherwise noted. Be sure to bring your own blankets and chairs!

Indulge Your Imagination,
JCG

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

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YAAAS, Jersey City. Shout out your Fourth of July Freedom from the rooftops, or just join the party on ground level at Liberty State Park for the Freedom & Fireworks Festival.

Here we have live bands, carnival rides, food & drink, and of course…fireworks on the Hudson River.

The best way to get to Liberty State Park is probably by bike, considering the long walk you will have by car or PATH methods. The next best option is the Light Rail. Please read NJ Transit Advisories for the Fourth of July Freedom & Fireworks Show to plan your trip for maximum fun.

See you there!
JCG

 

6th Borough Market 6/14

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The 6th Borough Market happens every second and last Sunday of the month from 11am-5pm behind City Hall (Marin & Montgomery).

The outdoor market is mix of high quality crafts and goods in a festive, family-friendly atmosphere. While local vendors display handmade and vintage collectibles, local chefs whip up plenty of good eats.

This Sunday, 6/14, Mayor Fulop will be in attendance for a ribbon cutting ceremony that “celebrates the market’s commitment to connecting local micro-entrepreneurs and the Jersey City community.

Shop it up,
JCG

 

Pershing Field

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Pershing Field (201 Central Ave.) is 20 steps away from my house and therefore my immediate recreation center.

Pershing Field has a baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts, an indoor ice skating rink (roller rink in summer) and a swimming pool. The indoor facilities have recently been refurbished, but the basketball courts and tennis courts could use some work with new paint and netting, as well as the outdoor “track” made of dirt.

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I run on the sidewalk perimeter for my workout, and if I’m ambitious, attack the monkey bars on the playground.

PershingplaygroundAt Pershing Park, there is something for everyone, and people of all ages in the community play here. It’s a great and inexpensive place to go ice skating; swimming is a small fee for residents. People walk their dogs or kick abound soccer balls in the open grassy spots. If the weather’s fair, there is action at Pershing until 10pm year-round, and part of that is because the park is so well-lit.

Get your summer on,
JCG

 

 

 

 

Newport Liberty Half Marathon 9/21

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This Sunday (9/21) is the 21st annual Newport Liberty Half Marathon in Jersey City.

Recreational and elite runners from around the country can compete for $3,000 in prize money on a USA Track & Field-certified course that interweaves with the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway from Newport to Liberty State Park.

The open-air race, sponsored this year by BATS Global Markets, has been called the most beautiful course in the Tri-State area with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge.

Winnings and records will be awarded immediately after, during the Post-Race Party with refreshments, a local DJ and several prize drawings for gift cards and event tickets.

Proceeds are being donated to the Jersey City Medical Center, the area’s newest regional teaching hospital, proving the highest level of care for women, infants, and trauma and heart patients.

Racers take their mark at 8:30 a.m. in Town Square. (Registration opens at 6:45 a.m.) For registration details visit http://www.newporthalfmarathon.com or call 201-665-4005.

Keep calm and run on,
JCG

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