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2017: New Year, Better You


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.

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
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:
Editing Services
Website Consulting

Jersey City Cares
Liberty Humane Society
Dress For Success

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

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:
Love, Liesel
Vivi Girl Shop
Tia’s Place
Another Man’s Treasure
Republic of Pigtails
Take care of your clothing


Be well & happy,

Jersey City’s Summer Reading Picks

Jersey City Gal summer reading (2)

Real summer in Jersey City is right around the corner of the week, when the rest of school-lites are set free. But for those of us adults who do not have summer reading requirements, here are recommendations from residents of Jersey City.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins –Jim

My Notorious Life by Kate Manning –Stacie

Sleeping Giant: How The New Working Class Will Transform America by Tamara Draut –Paige

Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen –Paige (x2)

Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future by John Scalzi –Erin D.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers –Kathleen

Sunset City by Melissa Ginsburg –Michael L.

Mayumi and The Sea of Happiness by Jennifer Tseng –Suzi

Back To Blood by Tom Wolfe –A.G.

Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn –Beth

The Girls by Emma Cline –Ned

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford –Kathleen

The Wisdom of Your Face by Jean Haner –Jennifer

In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldenhagen –Sarah

The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe –James

(Please write your rec in the comments section if you’d like me to add it to the list.)

Happy Reading!


The Bookmobile


Today is the perfect day for curling up with a book, so let’s talk about one of the greatest inventions: the bookmobile.

I don’t know how I’ve lived here for years and never taken advantage of this big, blue bus that travels the city in hopes of making it easier for citizens to get their literary on. The Bookmobile is literally a mobile library.

Two weeks ago, I climbed aboard and was surprised at how much could fit so well into a relatively small space. There were shelves upon shelves of books in every genre, two computers for public use and there’s even a checkout desk once you’ve gathered your materials.

I’ve been to every branch of the library, but this vehicular book heaven parks a block away from my home. (Check schedule: Blue Route or Red Route.)


Bookmobile Site


Happy Reading,




9/15/13: Jersey City’s 6th Annual Book Festival

bookVan Vorst Park plays host to Jersey City’s 6th Annual Book Festival tomorrow, Sunday September 15th. This year’s theme is “Tales of Our Cities” and features local authors, performers and artists from 10am-5pm.

FB invite here.

What’s Happening in Jersey City This Weekend?


Friday 5/19/13

Read to Ella! at the Five Corners branch of the library (678 Newark Ave.) For children grades K-3. 3:30pm.

Creative Grove Art Market Visit the Grove Street PATH area to check out local art, jewelry and other crafts. 3pm-9pm.


Saturday 5/18/13:

Van Vorst Farmer’s Market Stop by Van Vorst Park (Montgomery St. & Jersey Ave.) from 8:30am-3pm to gather all of your local produce.

Ed’s Exchange Merchant Market Shop the flea or sell your own goods. 10am-6pm at McGinley Square (672 Bergen Ave.) Tables are $10-20.

Applying For High School 101 For $20, learn the tips to get your child into the best schools in Hudson County, both public and private. Worskhop is from 11am-1pm at Indiegrove (121 Newark Ave, 5th Floor)

Saturday Evening of Song From 7:30-11pm,  let your ears ring with “Julian and Dominique,” who will perform standards, 60s music and pop songs of today at Casa Dante (737 Newark Ave.).  Reservations: (201) 795-2750.


Sunday 5/19/13

Walk the Walkway From 9am-12pm, join the Hudson River Waterfront Conservancy of NJ for a 3-mile walk in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the legislation that created this great riverfront treasure. Meet at Kennedy Blvd. and 1st St. (near the Bayonne bridge). Suggested donation of $5. Register here.

Farmer’s Market at Riverview Fisk Park. Buy farm-fresh produce and unique local goods from 9am-2pm. (Ogden Ave. & Bowers St.) Details here.

Hatha Style Yoga From 9:30am – 11am at 54 Coles St. Suggested donation of $10.

Salsa Under the Sun! Yesenia Peralta hosts salsa lessons from 6-7pm at Boca Grande (564 Washington Blvd.) $10 per person.


Let me know what you did this weekend: tweet @jerseycitygia or email me