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

 

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JC Fridays are Back!

JC Fridays

The quarterly culmination of extraordinary Jersey City art and music is back! JC FRIDAYS, hosted by Art House Productions, is a city-wide full day of free events here in Chilltown.

Local businesses collaborate with artists in a celebration of culture. Events include art openings and exhibits, live music, film/video screenings and performances.

Below is a short list of happenings:

JC Fridays 2016

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To the Jersey City Arts!
JCG

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JC Fridays Today 6/5/15 Jersey City!

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I didn’t have enough time to compile a post for this, but you must get your art fix on tonight Jersey City! Two on my list: “Eu Sou” (I Am) explores ideas about being Portuguese and about being a Portuguese-American, with work done on both tile and wood at Gaia Studios; The Cyberpunk exhibit at 58 Gallery.

Click here for the comprehensive calendar of events going on all over the city.

Celebrate the arts,
JCG

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What’s Happening In Jersey City This Weekend? 6/21/13

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The weekend’s back. What’s JC doing?

 

Friday 6/21/13

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

Artbeats official opening! People are encouraged to swing over to City Life (125 1st St.)  from 7-10pm for a painting session and a live band. BYOB.

Put the Art in Heart Art Show. City’s Dream Gallery (446 West Side Avenue) plays host to the art of graffiti artist Mr. Abillity. There will also be live jazz and a street scavenger hunt. 8pm.

 

 

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Saturday 6/22/13

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

The Reservoir will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for fishing and using the trails. Enter at the Jefferson Ave. gate between Central and Summit.

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.

“Left To My Own Devices” Art Opening Swing by White Star (230 Brunswick St.) to view Lisa Cusolito’s glass and spraypaint multidimensional mosaics at 8pm. (This event was moved to June 22nd due to bad weather on JC Fridays’ June 7.)

Art House Productions presents “Font of Knowledge” at their theater (1 McWilliams Place). Tickets are $25 for VIP seating, $18 for GA, and $12 for students and seniors. Purchase here.

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Sunday 6/23/13

Mindfulness Meditation. From 9-10:30am, join others in the community for a morning meditation session at Yoga Shunya (275 Grove St., 3rd fl.) Small donation suggested.

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

Grossology! at Liberty Science Center 9am-5pm.

The Reservoir will again be open, this time offering kayaking from 11am-3pm. All supplies are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. $5 suggested donation. Enter at the Jefferson Ave. gate between Central and Summit.

Free Health & Wellness Expo hosted by 4NBC and the New York Giants will be held at MetLife Stadium. Hang with Ely and get your cholesterol checked! 11am-6pm. Other info.

 

 

Let me know what you plan to do or did this weekend: tweet @jerseycitygia or email me at jerseycitygia@gmail.com

Enjoy,
JCG

 

 

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What’s Happening in Jersey City This Weekend?

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Friday 5/3/13:

Polish Flag Raising Celebrate your heritage at the City Hall Council Chambers (280 Grove Street) for the Polish Flag Raising ceremony (12pm).

Spring craft of the week for children at the Zabriskie St. branch of the library (the Heights). 3:30pm; registration required. Details here.

Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Historic downtown is hosting its annual Mexican fete. 4pm-12am. 279 Grove St.

Creative Grove Art Market Visit the Grove Street PATH area to check out local art. 3pm-9pm.

 

Saturday 5/4/13:

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.

Park Cleanup & Planting Webb Park Gardens with Communipaw Avenue Block Association (384 Communipaw Ave.) 8am. Visit www.cabajc.org for details.

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Show off your stuff at Pershing Field’s Babe Ruth Field (201 Central Ave.) from 9:30-1pm. Click here for more details.

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. More info here.

Community Health & Wellness Fair 11am-3pm (360 M.L.K. Drive).

Not Yo Mama’s Parks & Crafts. Drop by Van Vorst Park (Montgomery St. and Jersey Ave.) anytime from 11am-4pm to shop innovative crafty goods and listen to live music.

Jersey City Pet Owner’s Day. Drop by the Bethune Center parking lot (140 M.L.K. Drive) anytime from 10am to 4pm to get your fluffy friend free rabies shots, free 3-in-1 shots, and licensing (cats do not need to be licensed in Jersey City). Clinics will also provide free counseling on spay/neutering, and for a small fee, microchipping, take-home dosages of Strongid (for worms), and activity flea/tick treatments. Keep your pet healthy. For more information, click here.

Kentucky Derby Day! Bars all over the city will be serving up drink specials (and mint juleps) in honor of the race.

Art House Productions presents “Sketching Summer’s Twilight,” a new musical project that needs public feedback. Hence, a talk and party after the performance. Composed by Kevin Clark7:30pm at 1 McWilliams Place. (Hamilton Square). To buy tickets ($10 each), click here.

The Attic Ensemble, Jersey City’s Theater Group, presents “Round and Round The Rose Garden” at 8pm at the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.).

 

Sunday 5/5/13

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

Mindfulness Meditation. From 9-10:30, join others in the community for a morning meditation session at Yoga Shunya (275 Grove St., 3rd fl.) Small donation suggested.

Families, it’s time for the annual St. Mark’s Easterfest. Activities planned for this year include a bungee run, basketball & soccer shootout challenges, a bounce castle, a dunk tank and many other events. Plenty of food (cheesesteaks, burgers, dogs, wings) will help you replenish. 10am to 4pm, free entry, open to public. Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mark (427 West. Side Ave.) For more details, click here.

Spring Rummage Sale at St. Matthew’s Church. Shop through clothing, furniture, and housewares. All proceeds are donated to the church. St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (83 Wayne St.) 12pm-3pm.

Art Opening: “Night and Day.” Stop by Victory Hall Drawing Rooms (180 Grand Street) from 3pm-5pm to see the works of famous local artists in a variety of mediums. Free admission; details here.

Chili Cook Off All are welcome for the small fee of $5 to taste over 20 chilis from different resident and restuarant Jersey City chefs. 12pm-4pm, Grove Street Plaza. Click here for more info.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Lots of drink specials at Jersey City Restaurants. I’ll be at Boca Grande for my festive margarita and Taqueria Downtown (it’s finally reopened after Sandy!) for a taco.

 

Support Local Businesses!

Let me know what you did this weekend @jerseycitygia

Enjoy,

JCG

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