JC Shovels Volunteer: Brian Perez

I don’t wanna shovel. Ever. Today’s snow was heavy, my feet were cold, and unless I smear vaseline all over my face (I don’t do that. Gross.) my cheeks freeze, making it difficult to talk. And I’m from Rochester – I have scars from shoveling. Know who else doesn’t want to shovel? Seniors. And so, […]

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Snow Day Stew: Mushroom & Mash

Preparing for a storm, for some, involves more than an extended stop at the liquor store. Vegetarian chef Dan Haag makes mushroom stew. “This is a staple in our house when it’s cold and snowy out,” he told me. “Feel free to share.” And full disclosure: I plan on stopping over there tomorrow for some. […]

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Urban Sustainability Certificate Program: First Impressions

Ed. Note: In partnership with Sustainable JC, Lyndon Neal has agreed to report back on his experiences in the Urban Sustainability Certificate class. I was nervous going into the classroom. It’s been 30 years since I’ve been in a classroom. But week 1 surprised me. It was more engaging than I thought it would be. […]

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Concordia Parents Head Home

Because of tonight’s severe weather warnings, Concordia school administrators decided to stop any risks to incoming families and allowed those waiting in line to go home early.  The school has taken the names of some 100 preschoolers whose caregivers have been waiting in tents since 5 am Thursday morning in an effort to keep families […]

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SuperWoman! Art Show Opening in Jersey City Heights

When I found out that 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace was opening a female-centric art show entitled SuperWoman! (with almost 28 different artists), I knew I had to reach out to owner/curator Kristin J. DeAngelis. Kristin DeAngelis, Curator “Since knowing we were moving forward with the art gallery last summer, I knew I needed to […]

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A Day Without A Woman: #UnpaidLabor

I wake up. Waking up is not considered labor. It doesn’t count. But my eyes are rarely open before a child comes into my bedroom asking for something. Usually it’s a smoothie. Is getting out of bed and handing him a smoothie (“I need a straw mommy.”) considered unpaid labor? I say yes. For argument’s […]

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´╗┐Gallery: JC Fridays┬á

JC Fridays has been around for almost 11 years. Over the years, we’ve missed a lot of great artists by only existing in only one place at a time. And now that we have kids, we miss even more because of their bedtimes and our “NO RUNNING in the gallery” rule. Last night we parked […]

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Passing the Torch: Art House Productions Recruits New Leadership

“This is Christine,” she said into the phone, half smiling at me. She listened. “Ohhh,” she said, “OK. Let me stop you. My name is Meredith Burns. I’m Christine’s successor here at Art House Productions…” Wow, I thought, I wonder how many times a day she has to have that conversation. Because, let’s be honest, Christine’s […]

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Vote: Sgt. Anthony Park’s New Playground Plans

“This might be the year for Sgt. Anthony Park,” Bart Warshaw, Sgt. Anthony Park Neighborhood Association President tells me. “We’re looking forward to the spring. We have been in contact with the city for some time now, and they sent us plans for a new playground that we can choose from at out next meeting […]

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Jersey City Virtual Street Art Tour

Almost two years ago, this iconic image went up along the outside wall of Buy-Rite Liquor store near the Holland Tunnel. It was the first of several panels that would each feature respected muralists from NJ to Australia to Belarus. A year later, nearly all the walls were finished and seen by thousands of commuters […]

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