Gaia Street Art: Virtual Street Art Tour

As part of our on-going Virtual Street Art Tour, Janye West brings us the backstory on Gaia and his two large-scale murals in Jersey City. The two murals below were painted in the last few years by an artist known as Gaia. When the above mural went up on Christopher Columbus Drive, the community had […]

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Urban Sustainability Certificate Program: Community Organizing

Ed. Note: In partnership with Sustainable JC, Lyndon Neal has agreed to report back on his experiences in the Urban Sustainability Certificate class. However, since Lyndon was out of town for this week, we’re thanking Robin Balles for her reporting on this week’s session. Monday’s class was about community organizing. It was led by Frank […]

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Update: Sgt. Anthony Park’s New Playground Plans

*The following text is from the Sgt. Anthony Park Spring Newsletter received on 4/9.* It was overwhelmingly decided that the new playground for the Sgt. Anthony Park should be the “Kompan” structure as it has the most features, covered play, and widest range of activities for children of all ages. People also liked the inclusion […]

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Is 5 the Magical Age?

As so many of my readers already know, little kids create a really tough day to day. (Can I get a witness?) My boys are 15 months apart, and #TwoUnderTwo was incredibly difficult for me. It’s actually why I started this blog. I wanted a reason to type the words “Doing It Right” into the […]

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Teeing Off In Jersey City: The Skyway Golf Course

I’ve been wanting to play the Skyway Golf Course for over a year. To be fair, to my buddy Scott actually booked a tee off last summer but over slept – I sliced my chance. This time there was no missing tee off time, no lame excuses, no work commitments- not even the kids. I […]

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Creating a Block Association: Knowing Your Neighbors

“The benefit of forming a block association is that you build stronger relationships with your neighbors,” Natalia Ioffe told me over coffee and panettone. “You’re no longer just one family, one person. You can achieve much greater success together. When you have an association, you have a stronger voice if you have to deal with quality […]

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Meet the Curators: Pro Arts Brings Aspiring Artists Behind the Scenes

Aspiring artists want to know: What do curators look for when selecting artists? How does a visual artist get their foot in the door when approaching galleries? How can an artist present work that stands out in a competitive market? As a way to answer some of these questions, Pro Arts hosts an annual Meet […]

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Sattva Yoga: For Everybody, Every Body

Anyone who knows me knows that I love yoga. I’ve been practicing since college – which means it’s been a 20 year adventure in exercise, meditation and comfortable pants. I like yoga because I can do it without running or jumping. I like yoga because my first yoga teacher ever was a grown adult woman […]

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Staten Island Children’s Museum

We went to a birthday party at the Staten Island Children’s Museum today. Long story short: Put this place on your list. Here’s what you need to know: The museum on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center. It’s a beautiful enclave of architecture and gardens. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Jersey City Heights. […]

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The First Year, The First Child

“We need help,” he blurted into the phone, “Tonight works. If you can.” Sometimes I do private consultations with parents who need help understanding their options regarding child care. When I arrive at their home, I am greeted by one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen, her dashing husband, a spirited (and tiny) […]

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