Events for Families in Jersey City this Weekend

 Events for Families in Jersey City this Weekend

Jersey City has so much to offer all the time, however, there are some special events to take note of when planning your weekend with the family! Read on to find out what’s happening in Jersey City Heights, Union City, Bayonne, Greenville and everywhere in our list of  Events for Families in Jersey City this Weekend.

Liberty State Park Summer Concert Series

This event tops our list for events for families in Jersey city this weekend because it’s going on for last few days and it is definitely a fun event for kids. The fun from Tuesday night continues this Sunday from 6 pm to 8 pm at North Cove Field (Audrey Zapp Drive)! The Friends of Liberty State Park will be hosting upbeat cuban dance music from La Charanga 76. The Summer Concert Series runs every Tuesday and Sunday through September 4th! Check the following link for the schedule as well as specific event details:

Weekend Events July 20th – July 22nd

Block Party     

Events for Families in Jersey City this WeekendGreen Villain and Writers Bench are hosting a Jersey City Block Party this Saturday from 12 pm – 6 pm at VYV (474 Warren Street). Bring the kids to enjoy Art done LIVE, DJ Music, Food Trucks and more! Register for FREE and read more about the event at the following link:

Free Yoga at Lincoln Park     

Events for Families in Jersey City this Weekend







Jessica Namit is hosting FREE Yoga in Lincoln Park this Saturday at 11:30 am! All you need to bring is a mat or tool and a great attitude! Yogis of all levels are welcome! Click the following link for more information:

Weekend Events July 20th – July 22nd

Summer Days: Kayak the Reservoir     

Jersey City Reservoir is hosting a Kayak the Reservoir event this Saturday from 10 am until 3 pm! Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking and some much needed Time in Nature – bring the kiddos for a day of fun! The event is free, click the following link for more information:

Famous Food Market     

Its the weekend so you know what that means! The Famous Food Market will be taking place at Harborside from 2 pm until 7 pm on both Saturday and Sunday! Head over to the parking lot of Lutze Biergaten to Taste the World! The event is free unless you would like to purchase VIP tickets which come with 3 tokens, parking, 21+ private bar access and more! Click the following link for tickets and to learn more:

Weekend Events July 20th – July 22nd

Hudson Craft & Food Fest     

Events for Families in Jersey City this WeekendNot up for just any normal Famous Food Market? Hudson Trading Company is hosting their own Food and Craft Fest within the Market this Saturday from 2 pm – 10 pm and Sunday from 1 -m – 7 pm! Click the following link to learn more:

 Marketplace JC

Head over to Marketplace JC at Magnolia Landing JSQ on Saturday from 12 pm – 5 pm for a fun local market! Enjoy Artisans, Crafters, Chefs and Vintage Sellers brought right to your neighborhood! And dont forget the LIVE music provided by Riverview Jazz! Click the following link for more information:

There are a lot of options to do with families in and around Jersey City! Blueberry picking can be a fun family event that kids and adults both can enjoy. Peach picking will start soon so keep that on your list too.

Additionally, save the date for JCFamilies’ Cultural Diversity Festival! This is a great way to teach your kids about diversity.
If you want to walk on over to Hoboken, there are a few events happening there too which you can attend with your family – head to for more on that!

Intrepid Gym Jersey City

Intrepid Gym Jersey City

Meet Adam Kant and Joan Lazar of the newest gym in Jersey City: Intrepid Gym Jersey City!

Adam is lover of all things fitness and the owner of Intrepid Gyms. He started with the first location in Hoboken back in 2011, which he lovingly refers to as his baby. He then opened his second location in Montclair, New Jersey in 2016. Finally, he opened up the Jersey City location very recently in April. And some exciting news – a location in Madison, New Jersey is also in the works.

Joan is the Manager of the Jersey City location as well as a personal trainer at both the Jersey City and Hoboken locations. She has a degree in exercise science and calls fitness her one true love! She has a passion for teaching and never stops learning when it comes to exercise and movement. In other words, what more could you ask for in a gym manager?

Intrepid Gym Jersey City is conveniently located at 255 Brunswick Street in the Hamilton Park neighborhood in Jersey City, right above Kiddie Academy! In other words, it is the perfect gym for those dropping off their kids at daycare to stop by at and take some time for themselves!

So why did Intrepid Gyms begin?

Adam started Intrepid Gyms because he wanted to create a third space for people outside of the home and work space. He saw an opportunity to create a space that fosters community and wanted to create a place that people can go to make friends with people who are all focusing on the same thing: bettering themselves.

After opening locations in Hoboken and Montclair, Adam and Joan decided on opening up a new location in Jersey City for a number of reasons. First of all, they are both Jersey City locals, calling The Heights home. Additionally, Jersey City is booming with new residences and businesses popping up everywhere! In other words, it is constantly expanding! They wanted to create a community based gym for all the people who call Jersey City home.

Intrepid is a great option for your workouts as they offer a wide range of classes at various times throughout the day. With their morning classes at 5:45 AM and 6:30 AM you can get your workout in before work and start your day off on the right foot. A class at 9 AM is perfect for parents dropping their kids off at school, camp or daycare. They can kiss their kids goodbye and then come to Intrepid Gym Jersey City to take part in either bootcamp or yoga. Finally, for those who like to get their sweat on at the end of the day, classes are offered at 5:30 PM and 7 PM as well.

While the class times are vast, so are the class options! From bootcamps, to yoga, from TRX to rowing – Intrepid offers something for everyone! You can check their class schedule at and find a class that works for you! But theres more – your standard classes are not all they offer!

On August 11th, Intrepid Gym Jersey City will be hosting their first ever Jersey City Adventure Run. They have partnered up with many local spots throughout Jersey City and starting at the Gym, participants will run from location to location picking up tickets. The more tickets one collects, the higher their odds of winning as the tickets will be entered into a raffle and randomly drawn to select winners to receive prizes from the participating local businesses. The event is completely free, all you have to do is register with the gym by emailing them at [email protected].

Another upcoming event includes your two favorite things – Yoga and Wine. Stay tuned for more information on that!

Another non-class offer is that Intrepid is willing to rent out their space hourly to local trainers at a very reasonable cost. To inquire – email Intrepid Gym Jersey City at [email protected].

Aside from available space, Intrepid boasts brand new equipment, a fresh and clean environment and fancy bathrooms and showers!

So lets talk pricing! Intrepid Gym Jersey City is very reasonable and offers packages including a 1-year commitment (which is the cheapest option), a 3-month commitment, month-to-month pricing as well as 5 and 10 class packages! The choice is totally yours!

For any other questions, feel free to email [email protected] or visit their website at! Additionally, check them out on Instagram and Facebook at @intrepidgymjc!

Outdoor dinning Jersey City

The Best 6 outdoor dining experiences in Jersey City

If sipping a Martini, eating Lobster Mac N’ Cheese, while surrounded by panoramic New York City views and a cool summer breeze sounds like an ideal parent’s night out to you, look no further than Jersey City. From standard American faire, to Mediterranean Culinary delights, you are bound to find the perfect outdoor dining experience and some of the best food you can find in the state! Whether you are steps away or visiting just for a day, here are the Best 6 outdoor dining experiences in Jersey City

Surf City

Is it worth hiring a babysitter for: Yes!

Parking and Transportation: Parking is free with a bit of a walk to and from the restaurant.

Why it’s on our list of the 6 best:

If it’s one-of-a-kind views you are seeking, one of the best outdoor dining options in Jersey City is Surf City. With panoramic views of New York City, how could you go wrong? Featuring seaside favorites such as Lobster Rolls, and rare creations such as Fried Clam Sandwiches. For those inclined more to the ‘turf’ than the ‘surf,’ there are a variety of burgers as well as Chicken Tenders and French Fries. With live music and a lively bar, this of your all-in-one parents night out! This place is not to miss the next time you are craving an outdoor dining experience in Jersey City.

Location: 1 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ


Phone: (201) 714-5000

 Satis Bistro

Is it worth hiring a babysitter for? Yes!

Parking and Transportation: A short walk from the Essex Street Light Rail.

Why it’s on our list of the 6 best:

Food-wise, this may be one of the best outdoor dining spots Jersey City has to offer: while it may not have spectacular views, the fact that Zagat described their food as “to die for,” makes it worth the trip. With delicately crafted, rare selections like “Seared Arctic Char, with Apricots, Piquillo Pepper Sauce, with Sundried Tomato Couscous, who would not want to make the trek to this Paulus Hook gem. The ambience both inside and out, as charming as, but not as crowded as a West-Village Café, make this restaurant one of the best for outdoor dining in Jersey City.

Location: 212 Washington Street, Jersey City, NJ


Phone: (201) 435-5151

Taqueria Downtown

Is it worth hiring a babysitter for: Yes!

Parking and Transportation: Parking is difficult, but the restaurant is walking distance from the Grove Street Path Station

Why it’s on our list of the 6 best:

Although the exterior is a bit shabby, this restaurant offers some of the best for outdoor dining in Jersey City, a fact well known by the constant stream of people who frequent it. Rather than judging the restaurant by the way it looks, judge by the line you will see most evenings outside of its doors. Both the inside and the outside can be crowded, but take this as a sign of the quality of food; it’s worth bearing with the crowd. If you want tasty food for a good price, make this your next outdoor dining adventure in Jersey City.

Location: 345 Grove Street, NJ


Phone: (201) 763-6902

 Maritime Parc

Is it worth hiring a babysitter for? Yes

Parking and transportation: Parking is located within walking distance (a short walk), transit is not nearby.

Why it’s on our list of the 6 best:

Known for its elegance and spectacular New York Harbor views, another of the best outdoor dining experiences in Jersey City is Maritime Parc. Sitting inside, you will be delighted by exotic faire, including Octopus with Crispy Potatoes, Pork Belly and Leek Puree, and delicious twists on classic dishes like Mash Potato rings (with grainy mustard Fondue). Sitting outside, you are bound to experience some of the best views Jersey city’s outdoor dining has to offer. What more could you ask for?

Location: 84 Audrey Zapp Drive Liberty State Drive, Jersey City, NJ


Phone: (201) 413-0050


Is it worth hiring a babysitter for: Yes!

Parking: Parking is difficult, but the restaurant is walking distance from the Grove Street Path Station

Why it’s on our list of the 6 best:

The name of this restaurant Porta (“door” or “bring” in Italian) could not be more appropriate for what it is, and what it does. At Porta, you will be transported. Not only is this one of the best outdoor dining spots in Jersey City, but it has been hailed by GQ as one of the “best late-night spots in the country.” With ovens made in Italy specifically for the restaurant, the wood-fried Pizza is one of a kind in Jersey City and arguably in the country. If pizza is your passion and your craving a unique outdoor dining experience, this is your place. Oh, and not to mention there are two full bars!

Location: 135 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ


Phone: (201) 544-5199


Is it worth hiring a babysitter for: Yes!

Parking and Transportation: Street Parking is not great, but not the worst in Jersey City. The restaurant is a few blocks from the Exchange Place Path station and a longer walk to the Newport Path.

Why it’s on our list:

The food at Amiya coupled with its bustling outdoor patio are what rank it among the best outdoor dining in Jersey City. If the exquisite food is not enough for you, Amiya offers both outdoor and indoor ambience that rival that of any restaurant across the river; surrounded by downtown sights and sounds, you can watch the crowds passing by while sampling their unique blend of modern Indian and Chinese cuisine. With just a hint of contemporary style, this restaurant is a standout among Jersey City’s plentiful selection of Indian cuisine.

Location: Harbourside Financial Center, Plaza V. 160 Greeene Street, Jersey City, NJ


Phone: (201) 433-8000

No matter where you are in Jersey City, some of restaurants and many more, are steps away from where you live, so cease the night and grab a bite! And don’t forget to reply in the comments to tell us about what you ate!

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City

Know everything about Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City:

Interview with Principal Derek of Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is a public school near Hamilton Park serving students from Pre-K 3 to 8th Grade. The student body is comprised of 820 students, 700 from the local neighborhood. The school is 100 years old and very community-driven.

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City has programs for special needs students, as well as a gifted program (HOPE). There is no dual language program. Before and after care is offered at a nominal fee to families.

Class student:teacher ratios vary depending on the age group. For Pre K the ratio is 15:1. For older kids the ratio is 20-25:1.

Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City has a vibrant Pre K program.

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City offers Pre-K 3 and 4 programs serving students aged 3 and 4. Currently, we have 60 spaces for Pre-K 3 and 105 spaces for Pre-K 4 (Including an inclusion room which serves general education students and some students with special needs). This does not include our Pre-K disabled classes which mix 3 and 4 year olds with disabilities as determined by their IEPs. What is capacity for Pre K 3 & 4? When the Pre K program is at capacity, some children get bused to other schools. This is determined by a lottery overseen by the Early Childhood Department. For Pre-K 3, all spaces are determined by lottery. Once students are in Pre-K 3, they automatically are enrolled in Pre-K 4. The remaining spaces are determined by lottery if there are more students registered than spaces. Those not selected are bused to other schools with capacity until spaces open up in the school. The Early Childhood Department decides which children get bused.??? This year, 32 students will be bused to another school due to over capacity at Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City.

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City  offers discounted lunch for students who qualify. Families have to complete an application to determine if they meet the financial requirements. Approximately 40% of students are eligible for free lunch.

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City has a full service gym and an auditorium.

Sports such as soccer, basketball, and flag football are offered to middle school students after school (are these after school???). After school activities include enrichment programs such as music, wood carving and other classes. There is a nominal fee for these programs.

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is just two blocks from Hamilton Park. Pre K classes use this park on a regular basis.

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is a very diverse place. Overall, our percentages are below.

Multiple Ethnicities

African American









How diverse is PS 37? 

PS 37 is a very diverse school

30% Hispanic

?? Asian

African American

South East Asia

Parents are very involved in Cordero/PS 37. When they see a need they try to fill it. For example, many parents were dismayed that there were not A/Cs in the classrooms. The PTA took it upon itself to raise funds and now classes have A/C units.

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City has many safety measures in place. Once a month, staff and students practice active shooter drills and fire drills. Each exterior door has an inside and outside camera. Visitors, as well as parents, have a sign-in requirement and have to go through security measures. The school has a very strict drug policy and will address anything suspicious.

About the Principal Derek Stanton: Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is his 4th school as an educator in the Jersey City Public Schools and his first as a principal (as principal???). He believes it is a very special place with a powerful community. He welcomes all parents to get involved and have a voice in the direction of the school. Principal Stanton envisions a future whereRafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is the school of choice for Jersey City parents.

Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey CityEnrollment at in Pre-K 3 & 4 Rafael De M Cordero/PS 37 in Jersey City is lottery based, enrollment in all other grades is subject to address, but the school does accept students outside their zone through the District Open Enrollment Process given there is space available. Minimum enrollment age is Pre-K 3. Beginning in December 2018, parents can receive information to enroll their children via the JCBOE website ( To start the enrollment process, you can contact Ms. Mimi at the main office number: 201-714-4390

Events on July 4th In Jersey City and New York City

Events on July 4th  In Jersey City and New York City

It’s almost time to celebrate July 4th. There’s no shortage of events on July 4th in Jersey City and New York City (NYC) areas. At these July 4th celebrations and activities, you’ll find family-friendly activities, live music, food, discover something new, enjoy an experience together and maybe even the fireworks too. Make this year’s July 4th celebration memorable by celebrating with your family and friends at one of these upcoming events.

Events on July 4th In Jersey City and New York CityFreedom and Fireworks

When? Wed Jul 4, 2018
Age: All ages
Price: Free

This fifth annual fireworks event will take place at the Exchange Place – Montgomery at the Hudson River and goes from noon to ten pm. You’ll find carnival rides, games, live entertainment, beer gardens, food trucks and the headliner is Snoop Dogg! If you want to eat before you get there, visit one of these stroller friendly restaurants.

The Freedom and Fireworks Celebration is an all-day event taking place at Liberty State Park with fireworks being displayed from multiple barges on the Hudson River. The #50Star stage is at the foot of Montgomery Street at Exchange Place and has the fantastic backdrop of the Hudson River. The best viewing locations are anywhere between Washington and Hudson Streets. For ADA accommodations, raised viewing is located along the walkway, south of the stage at the waterslide.


-You can bring Blankets, Towels, Chairs, and CLEAR BAGS.
-Do NOT bring Backpacks or bags that you can NOT see thru, Coolers, Drones, Alcoholic Beverages, Balloons, Kites, Fireworks or Weapons of any type.

Check out these other top things to do in and around Jersey City and top things to do this summer in westside Jersey City.

– Fireworks at New Jersey State Fair

When? July 3 and July 4
Age: All ages
Price: Parking is $5. Admission prices range from $12 for adults, children 34″ and shorter are free, and there’s a mega pass available for $36.

The New Jersey State Fair provides two nights of fireworks! Enjoy a family-friendly event filled with carnival rides, live entertainment, delicious fair food and live entertainment along with topping it all off with fireworks. This fourth of July celebration begins at 4 pm on July 3 and 2 pm on July 4 and is visible from anywhere on the State Fair Midway.

Events on July 4th In Jersey City and New York City4th of July Fireworks by Macy’s

When? Wed Jul 4, 2018
All ages
Price: Free

If you want to see the “largest display since the Millennial Celebration,” this 25-minute fireworks presentation will have a myriad of pyrotechnic designs and colors. There are several places where you can get great views of this magnificent fireworks show. The barges will be located along the East River from 24th to 42nd streets.

This is the fireworks display to see if you have the opportunity. It’s the most massive Independence Day fireworks presentation in the United States. It is anticipated that more than 3 million spectators will enjoy viewing it from various locations throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and New York City. More than 12 million people in the United States will avoid the crowded streets and parks and join in this celebration by watching it on television. This live celebration can be seen on NBC’s two hour national broadcast of “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” beginning at 8 pm ET/PT and 7 pm CT, with a one-hour encore presentation at 10 pm ET/PT, and 9 pm CT.

Live entertainment will include Blake Shelton and an extraordinary rendition of “God Bless America” by Kelly Clarkson to celebrate the songs 100th anniversary.

Things To Note:

The Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Promenade is no longer a prime location for viewing since the barges are closer to Midtown. So remember, the fireworks are not visible from any location at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Stay up-to-date with the latest information by visiting: or calling the Macy’s Firework Display Hotline at 212.494.4495. Here you’ll find valuable information about points of entry, viewing places and information to help people with disabilities enjoy the celebration too.

New features for 2018 include neon pinwheels, swirling water fountains, brocade horse tails, ghosting fans, blooming rings and pulsing hearts. There are also two more barges than in previous years which add to the fun.

Dress comfortable and be ready to stand or sit. You also need to make your decision and be at your viewing location several hours early. The New York Police Department (NYPD) will not allow backpacks, lawn chairs or other large items into the viewing areas.

Several family-friendly cruises still have tickets available. They begin at various times and locations for optimal viewing of the Macy’s Fourth Of July Fireworks in NYC.

Some recommended viewing locations for 2018 Fireworks Displays:
East River State Park– FDR Drive At Houston Street: 

This is a little further away from the main action and is designated as an official viewing spot by Macy’s. There should still be a clear vantage from East River State Park.

– East 16th Street and Avenue

Previously, this location has served as an official ADA-compliant place. While the show begins a 9 pm, crowds start arriving in the late afternoon.

FDR Drive at 23rd Street

This location has the added benefit of having an elevated pedestrian ramp, making for a great vantage point to take in the show. It’s also close to a couple of the barges at the lower end of the chain.

– FDR Drive at 34th Street

The FDR Drive at 34th Street offers exceptional views and is a popular location which is sure to have a sizeable crowd. This location is also designated by Macy’s as an official viewing spot.

– FDR Drive at 42nd Street

This location is almost parallel to the barges where the fireworks will be set off. It’s sure to have a great view and also a large crowd.

Domino Park

The new Domino Park will be open. It has exceptional views and might be a location to get a decent view of the fireworks.

Grand Ferry Park

If you want less of a crowd and aren’t worried about a spectacular view of the fireworks, this location might work. It’s a little bit farther away and should have a decent view and be less crowded than other options.

WNYC Transmitter Park

This park is a spot, which is slightly closer to the fireworks than some of the places on the Williamsburg waterfront and should offer a great view of the fireworks.

– Long Island CityGantry Plaza State ParkHunter’s Point South Park

If you’re in Queens, you can find unobstructed firework views at Gantry Plaza and Hunter’s Point South Parks. Hunter’s Point South Park is directly beside several of the fireworks barges assuring you a stellar view of the fireworks. Get there early as it’s sure to be crowded.

No matter where you are viewing this spectacular fireworks show on July 4th, 2018, you are encouraged to listen to the choreographed musical score on the radio at 1010 WINS.

Wherever you watch, you can participate and have fun by using the various social platforms by using: @macys and #MacysFireworks.

If you are looking for additional events on July 4th Weekend in Jersey City and New York City, read on for more family fun things to do:

– Statue of Liberty at Ellis Island

Liberty Island and Ellis Island are great places to celebrate the fourth of July. You’ll be able to see the Statue of Liberty and enjoy exploring the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. This is a favorite place to be on July 4th to celebrate America.

– Luna Park at Coney Island

Nathan’s Famous July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest has been an Independence Day tradition since 1916. Contestants see who can consume the most hot dogs in ten minutes. You can also enjoy the boardwalk and a lot of fun in the sun including the beach, the roller coaster, and carnival games.

-Brooklyn Bridge and DumBo Walking Tour

Take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Discover this landmarks history and fascinating story. Be ready for picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline. After you cross the bridge, take plenty of time to enjoy the Brooklyn neighborhood of DumBo. Have some pizza, delicious desserts, more stunning waterfront views and visit some shops and art galleries.

– Yankee Stadium Tour Or New York Yankees Game

Celebrate America’s birthday by taking a tour of the Yankee Stadium or watching a game.


Other events on July 4th Weekend In Jersey City and New York City which are open on this Federal Holiday include:

-American Museum of Natural History
-Central Park Zoo
-Metropolitan Museum of Art

If you’re looking for a fun experience at a children’s museum, visit one of the best 8 childrens museum in the Jersey City area.

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy celebrating America’s birthday with your family and friends. Enjoy time under the stars watching fireworks light up the sky as you celebrate the 4th of July and make it a memorable event and tradition for your family.

Things to Do in Downtown Jersey City

Things to Do in Downtown Jersey City

Summer in the city is all about balmy nights being out and about enjoying life in downtown Jersey City! It’s an easy commute to all the action via the Grove Street Path station, multiple bus lines, Citi Bike docking stations, and a 24-hr taxi stand. (And of course, there’s always Uber!)

With outdoor markets and live music, great happy hour specials, restaurants bursting with delicious food, places to grab a quick ice cream cone or frozen yogurt, and many fun activities and entertainment to enjoy, it’s a great of year time to relish all that downtown Jersey City has to offer!

Below are highlights of some of our favorite things to do in Downtown Jersey City and places to go on a summer evening.

Outdoor Markets & Live Music & Van Vorst Park

Downtown Jersey CityOn Mondays and Thursdays from May to December you will encounter the Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmers’ Market from 4-8 p.m. outside the Path station at Grove Street Plaza, where a variety of local farms sell produce, jarred sauces & condiments, meat, milk and cheese, fresh flowers, cookies, and pies. Other market vendors sell ready-made food and take-home meals, fresh bread/baked goods, grass fed meats, seafood, pickles, nuts, Kettle corn, French macarons, and even homemade soaps and bath bombs! There’s sure to be something for everyone at this quintessential downtown Jersey City open air farmer’s market.

   Downtown Jersey City

If you enjoy live music, don’t miss Groove on Grove every Wednesday night from 6-9 p.m. May to September. Enjoy free live concerts at Grove Street Plaza in downtown Jersey City, featuring a wide variety of musical acts, bands, and performers representing a range of musical tastes and talent. This family-friendly event also features a lovely green turf/sitting area in front of the stage where you can let the little ones dance till they’re ready for bedtime. Many local businesses sell food & drink

(including adult beverages) that make this an excellent way to spend a summer evening outside in downtown Jersey City

  Happening in conjunction with Groove on Grove, the Artist & Maker Market (AAM) runs every 1st and 4th Wednesday 5-9 p.m. May through September. Also located at Grove Street Plaza in downtown Jersey City, the market brings local artisans together and gives people an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. The AAM mission is to support handmade goods and cultivate small business in downtown Jersey City. New in 2018 season is “Feel Good Fridays,” happening the first Friday of every month from 3-10 p.m. featuring a handmade art market with over 30 vendors, DJs, food & drinks!

Downtown Jersey City     On Saturdays, definitely check out the Historic Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m for fresh farm produce and local vendors. It’s a bit smaller and more intimate.

Historic Van Vorst Farmer’s Market every Saturday, May-December

Downtown Jersey CityVan Vorst Park is a downtown Jersey City gem, beautifully landscaped with a great playground for younger children (ages 2-6) with adjoining sprinklers for those hot summer days or evenings. (Although, please note that the playground and sprinklers do close at dusk!)

Downtown Jersey CityVan Vorst Park playground

 They also has a wonderful Films at Van Vorst outdoor film series every other Wednesday night at sunset, check their Facebook page for more details

Location: Van Vorst Park is between Jersey Avenue and Barrow Street and Montgomery and York Streets in downtown Jersey City.

Places for Food & Drink 

Good food will definitely will be the major part of our list of things to Do in Downtown Jersey City

There are so many wonderful places to eat a good meal in downtown Jersey City! Across from Grove Street Plaza, begin a leisurely stroll up the Pedestrian Plaza on Newark Avenue, where you’ll be in the heart of Restaurant Row in downtown Jersey City. 

 For those that love Italian food, try Roman Nose, a family-owned trattoria with a relaxed atmosphere that is known for its simple yet high-quality food using the freshest ingredients. They also have an excellent brunch on weekends! (Location: 125 Newark Ave.

(Caption: Owner greeting a family enjoying brunch at Roman Nose]

Or, you can always pick up a quick slice or pie at Two Boots pizzeria, which offers to-go and eat-in options with a selection of traditional and specialty pizzas, served with soda, beer & wine. Location: 133 Newark Ave.

 Downtown Jersey CityFor al fresco dining, there are so many of the places along Pedestrian Plaza in downtown Jersey City


[Caption: Interior of Two Boots in Jersey City]

One can enjoy a wide selection of craft beers and delectable wines at Atlas Public House, an eclectic gastropub that serves classic pub food with an international twist. Its homey vibe makes it a popular place to unwind.  Location: 130 Newark Ave


Skinner’s Loft is an early arriver to the downtown Jersey City scene. Located further up on Pedestrian Plaza, the restaurant is a downtown Jersey City institution and is known for its simple yet delicious food and cocktails, and quaint rooftop bar. Location:14NewarkAve.   [Caption: Rooftop Bar at Skinner’s Loft]

 South House opens up onto Pedestrian Plaza and has delicious food and drinks, and a lively night scene with live music and an adult “rec room” with pool table, dart boards, foosball, and shuffleboard.

(Location: 149 Newark Ave

Porta is a popular place to gather and is known for its farmhouse-style seating and amazing rooftop bar! Location: 135 Newark Ave

There are so many great restaurants to try in downtown Jersey City, and summer is the perfect time to enjoy eating outside on a rooftop or along Pedestrian Plaza, where you can enjoy time with family and friends, and even catch an impromptu performance from talented musicians who busk like local JC violinist Nathan L’Heureux

 [Caption: Local JC violinist Nathan L’Heureux]

After dinner, or perhaps in lieu of dinner on a hot summer night, it’s time to enjoy a cool and refreshing dessert. Torico’s Ice Cream parlor is local favorite, a family-business soon to celebrate 50 years in downtown Jersey City. With over 60 premium ice cream flavors to choose from, along with various cones and sundae configurations, you will have endless possibilities to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

What Can We Learn From Kate and Anthony?

A note from a local  Hoboken/Jersey City therapist

What Can We Learn From Kate and Anthony?

A note from a local  Hoboken/Jersey City therapist






The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain raise many concerns and questions.

Why would someone who seemingly has everything reach such despair and decide to take such a drastic action? Having no personal knowledge of who Kate or Anthony were or their history of mental health diagnosis, I still wonder:  how could the signs be missed? These celebrities have received much attention, but among us, in our community, our block, or even across the hall, there are other women and men who are suffering daily from similar symptoms.

Our society is obsessed with the façade; how things appear on the outside. We make sure to chronicle and post every bite we take, every drink we have, every family outing, workout, or event we attend. We are consistently obsessed with how many people have viewed our post, or how many likes we’ve received, ignoring what’s in front of us. If aliens checked our social media accounts, they would think earth is utopia and that everything is just fantastic 100 percent of the time. Little would they know that behind this idyll exterior are people that feel trapped in a hell of their own making; people that often don’t know how to channel those negative feelings.

A note from a local  Hoboken/Jersey City therapistDepression has many symptoms including interference with sleep (sleeping too much or having trouble sleeping), change in appetite, lack of motivation, inability to derive pleasure, feeling tired and having little energy, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and in some cases harmful ruminating thoughts that one would be better off dead. Some of these symptoms can be caused by other medical conditions or can be attributed to work or life stressors. To be certain about the severity or origin of these signs, it is important to be assessed and, if needed, treated by a professional.

With all the advancements in technology and science, many people still have a negative view of mental health or what it takes to be mentally healthy.. People are often afraid to seek professional help. Some think it is embarrassing to talk to a stranger about their personal inner world. Others do not want to admit there is something wrong with them. Some think it would be beyond their financial means or that their employer might find out if they used their health insurance. Immigrants face the challenges mentioned above but encounter a whole other layer of stigma and barriers to professional services. This ambivalence about seeking help causes many to miss an opportunity to better understand their symptoms and make sense of their emotions.

A few years back, I met a client who had a very hard time coming to terms with starting therapy. She was in her late twenties at the time, a Chinese immigrant who moved to the United States with her parents as a teenager.  On our first meeting, she told me that her world as she knew it was crumbling. She was always taught at home that any difficulties or struggles must be kept in the family, but she got to a point where she just couldn’t bare the pain. Her parents made a good living in America and could afford paying for her tuition to an extremely expensive college. They purchased an apartment for her and got her a fancy new car. After college she was able to get a job in a large accounting firm. She was trying hard to assimilate in and live the American dream that had been instilled in her since childhood, but she was having a hard time. Shortly after she began experiencing anxiety attacks, which became more and more debilitating. She stopped riding public transportation and getting to work became almost impossible. The pressure at work, in addition to her parents’ consistent pressure to marry a Chinese man in an arranged fashion, made her feel lost, vulnerable, and unable to go about her life as it was. In therapy, she learned how to make sense of some of these debilitating experiences, and more importantly, how to cope with them. With time, her depression and anxiety symptoms subsided, and she no longer had panic attacks. This brave young girl’s experience is just one of many testaments to how crucial it is to seek help when needed.

If there is anything we can learn from Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s suicides, it is that mental illness can affect anyone. Life is demanding, full of daily stressors, and often unforgiving. Being part of society, part of the daily cycle of obligations, bills, kids, activities, all the while maintaining a certain image out there can take a toll on us, sometimes a heavy one. People’s personal history, immigration status, circumstances of abuse, and family struggles affect their mood and mental wellbeing. As history has taught us, money + fame + success is not a recipe for happiness or to one being self-content. Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and dozens of other known public figures have reached an abyss so deep where death felt like  the only way out. We all need help sometimes, but we need to be brave and have the courage to ask for it.

There are different types of treatment, and like most things in life, there is no “one size fits all” solution. In emergency situations when one feels they might harm themselves or others it is vital to go to the emergency room and be assessed by a psychiatrist. Often, mental illness is compounded by substance use and this might require different types of specialized treatment. To find the right kind of help, It is often useful to ask friends or family about their experiences with a professional. This can help conceptualize what to look for or which questions to ask. In addition, there are several websites to assist in finding a therapist (i.e. “Psychology Today” or “bark team”). Finally, many community centers offer support groups and other services. Reaching out is hard at times, but it can be the difference between becoming part of the statistics and discovering  path to a better life.

About Penny Spector Shleifer Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Hoboken, NJ-07030

Hoboken/Jersey City  therapist 

The world we live in is complicated. Many of us are faced with uncertainty and harsh demands. It’s often hard to function under so much pressure. My aim is to provide you with a nonjudgmental, supportive environment and to help you understand and face your challenges. I am a licensed clinical social worker with a Masters degree from the university of Southern California. I have over 10 years of experience working with families and adults of all ages. I work with a wide array of clinical issues including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, and relational difficulties.

I am an involved, caring therapist and believe in the therapeutic importance of fostering a strong trusting relationship with my clients. My style is non-formal, vocal , and collaborative. I focus on clients’ current circumstances and distinct individual needs.

I am proud of my unique approach and look forward to talking to you. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation prior to the first visit.

[email protected]


Things to do on Father’s Day in and around Jersey City

Things to do on Father’s Day in and around Jersey City

Let’s Celebrate the Man in Your Life! He’s your Husband, Their Dad, Your Father, Your Brother, Your Uncle, Your Son, Your Son-In-Law, Your Nephew, Your Nephew-In-Law, Your Mentor, Your Teacher, Your Coach, Your Pastor, Your Friend … and there are just as many ways to celebrate this man and all that he does and adds to life every day! We’ve compiled a diverse list of things to do on Father’s Day in and around Jersey City to help you celebrate dad.

Celebrate DAD all week and the entire weekend!!

Father’s Day Celebrations in Jersey City

  Father’s Day Art Buffet

Things to do on Father's day in and around Jersey CityT-Shirt painting by the kids for their dads (yeah, dads can wear that!)

Make a card for the dads. Music for kids by Ms. G

Buy the ticket here:

This event is sponsored by

 Fathers & Fairies Dance

Come dressed to impress and enjoy pizza and a great evening together celebrating Father’s Day. Take advantage of plenty of photo opportunities with the memorable evening as you put things to do on Father’s day in and around Jersey City on your schedule for the week.

When? Friday, June 15

Where? My Gym Hoboken for members and non-members

For More Information and For Tickets: 201.758.8390 or [email protected]

 Daddy – Daughter BRAID Class

How many times does Dad wish he could do her hair, as well as momma, does? Give him some help, and he will enjoy this special bonding time with his daughter(s) as well as being able to help keep them looking great. This is a unique thing to do on Father’s day in and around Jersey City to celebrate Dad, provide lasting memories, and a new skill.

When? Thursday, June 14 7 – 9 pm

Where? The Hair Room – 213 Montgomery Street – Jersey City NJ 07302

For Tickets and More Information or to RSVP: [email protected]

 Jersey City’s Charity Basketball Game

Things to do on Father's day in and around Jersey City

Enjoy watching a great game for a good cause. This is sponsored by The B All In Foundation. If dad and the family like basketball, this could be one of the fun things to do on Father’s day in and around Jersey City that everyone will enjoy together.

When? Saturday, June 16 at 4 pm

Where? Boys & Girls Club Of Hudson County

For More Information or Tickets:

 Family Fun Day

When? Saturday June 16, 2018 11 am – 3 pm

Where? Liberty State Park, 1 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City NJ 07305

Event is open to all ages. Event focuses on accommodating special needs in children and young adults. Free food, drinks, and activities for families with children of all levels of ability. The Family Fun Day is an event which can help others learn about disabilities as well as help let those living with struggles each day have a great time without so many obstacles. Consider this Family Fun Day as you plan the right things to do on Father’s day in and around Jersey City

Grab your free tickets here:

In addition your RSVP, we would like to do our best to accommodate your family’s needs. Please assist by providing more information.

And On Sunday, Top It All Off With MORE Celebrating:

There are so many beautiful ways to celebrate and things to do ON Father’s Day in and around Jersey City. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th and a perfect start to the morning could be breakfast or brunch at the Brownstone Diner where the pancakes are talked about all over the country.

Stop by a farmers market and encourage dad to pick up a few of his favorites to enjoy during the upcoming week.

Pack a picnic lunch and go to Liberty Park, relax, play and walk a trail. Enjoy spending time outdoors and this beautiful green oasis. Take a camera and take Father’s Day pictures with the Manhattan skyline, the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island as a memorable backdrop.

Visit The Liberty Science Museum and enjoy hands-on science exhibits with dad and explore energy, zip lines and more.

Try a new adventure and support a new local restaurant by visiting Adams Kitchen. It is at 246 Duncan Ave Jersey City NJ. You’ll discover and enjoy Pakistani and Indian cuisine and healthy fast food favorites. Adams Kitchen also has an entirely fresh Asian grocery and meat shop. They serve strictly Halal food/meat.

More Places Offering Father’s Day Specials Include:


Things to do on Father's day in and around Jersey City

Stop in a have a craft beer with dad while enjoying unique brunch dishes!.

Gringo’s is located at 12 Cole St, Jersey City NJ 07302

For more information: 201.389.4110

Square 1

Things to do on Father's day in and around Jersey City

Treat dad to some local and wholesome food and great coffee.

Square 1 is located at 283 St Paul’s, Jersey City NJ

For more information 201.386.8500



As you can see, we can celebrate dad more than just one day. Our community understands the importance of dad, and there’s plenty of opportunities to honor him. We hope you’ll enjoy some of these ideas to give dad a day or week he will never forget – because you already know all the great reasons to celebrate dad!

Things to do on Father's day in and around Jersey City

JC Kid’s Run 2018 : Picture Gallery

JC Kids’s Run and JC Fitness Fair Picture Gallery: Kid’s Run in Jersey City

After days of worrying about the weather, the perfect day finally presented itself for the JC Kids’ Run and JC Fitness Fair held on June 2nd at Exchange Place.
With the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, approximately 400 children ran joyfully along the race track. Each runner received a medal, t-shirt, and certificate of participation. The top 3 finishers in each age group also received a free pass to Liberty Science Center. This was the 4th year of this super fun event and it’s just getting bigger and better.  We can’t wait for next year!
As kids were getting fit, adults also had an opportunity to meet local fitness and wellness professionals at the JC Fitness Fair which was running alongside the Kids’ Run.  There were fitness demonstrations, opportunities to speak with fit pros, raffles, and more.
It was a wonderful day of fun and fitness for the whole family!

Kid's Run in Jersey City


























Why you should move to Jersey City

Why you should move to Jersey City

If you are planning to move to Jersey City or are still not sure if you should move here, this blog will surely help you decide.

Jersey City presents a high-quality of life and offers a magnitude of opportunities. Located across the river from Manhattan, it is perfect for families because of its great neighborhoods and close proximity to New York City. One of the most diverse cities in America, Jersey City is great for newbies and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.


Why you should move to Jersey CityIt’s hard to imagine a city with so much open space. Liberty State Park is located on the east coast of Jersey City and is a place full of ways to entertain your children. From here, you’ll be able to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, which are popular attractions visited daily by tourists from all over the world. Use the Citi Bike to get around Jersey City, as there are more than 50 stations to park up and drop off. Hamilton Park and many other parks offer great playgrounds for all families. Visit a farmers market where you can buy fresh and organic products; there is normally one in every public park.

Use the beautiful board walks, which go to Hoboken and beyond, where you and your children can walk or run. Also safe for biking, go after dinner or early morning for beautiful views that won’t disappoint.

Depending on where you are based in Jersey City, there are numerous swimming pools in the area that present swimming classes for the children and even for adults.

Education for your child

Why you should move to Jersey CityWhy not spend the day at the Liberty Science Center where your little ones can enjoy the amazing activities available, like dressing up as astronauts in the Space Station Liberty or visiting the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium? There is so much to keep your kids entertained here, you won’t want to leave.

Visit the Jersey City Public Library on a rainy day, as it offers wonderful children’s rooms that include storytelling, movies and craft workshops. You can also use the excellent day cares and schools , which are available all weekdays from 7 am. Some are open until 7 pm which can be a blessing for parents. One of the top high schools, McNair High School, is in Jersey City and has great programs on offer.

Great for foodies

Why you should move to Jersey City

If you and your family enjoy excellent and exquisite food, then Jersey City has many great places to eat. As it has many diverse neighborhoods, Jersey City offers several different types of restaurants, all providing superb and delicious food. Treat yourselves to a variety of foods and familiarize your kids with new tastes and cultures. Georgio’s Pizzeria serves great pizzas for the whole family to enjoy and is one of the reasons why you should move to Jersey City. Eat in or order to take away, there’s a topping to suit all.

Jersey City hosts food cultures such as American, Japanese, Italian, Chinese,Indian; the list goes on. Many of the restaurants provide gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options, so you shouldn’t struggle to find somewhere to eat.

Why you should move to Jersey CityIf you’ve got sweet tooth and are looking to satisfy it, treat yourself to Torico Ice-cream. Your children will love the choice of flavors, such as bubble gum, chocolate chip cookie dough, mint chocolate chip and more. The list is endless, not to mention the toppings. You’ll fight to get your kids to leave the shop! You must visit Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory; providing some of the best pancakes and toppings; it’s definitely somewhere to treat your children in Jersey City.

Adventure fun

Are your children adrenaline junkies? Treat them to a day out at the RPM Raceway. Here they can let their hair down and enjoy battling it out on the track with their friends. Not only can they race, they can take part in the arcade games available and the simulator, where you can see what it’s like to drive high-speed cars.

Let your children burn out their energy by visiting My Gym. Challenge them to complete an obstacle course that will leave them worn out and tired after having an exhilarating time.

If your children love food and cooking, take them to a place where they can take part in cooking school. Prepare them with necessary cooking skills, give them new foods and flavors to taste, and share with them how to understand instructions and follow recipes.

Moving to Jersey City will give you the opportunity to visit a few new places in New York City. Take the ferry (the easiest way to travel), and you will be in the city in 5 to 7 minutes. By taking the ferry, you’ll be face to face with the beautiful, stunning skyline. Educate your children with the history of New York; show them the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center and walk them through Central Park.

Jersey City also offers tons of  family events throughout the year.  These are a great way to meet your neighbors and connect with other local families.

Move to Jersey City

Why should you move to Jersey City? Because it offers countless varieties of activities, restaurants, and history. If you are looking for a good quality of lif and want to bring your children up in a diverse neighborhood, Jersey City is for you; live here and work in Manhattan.

Offering marvelous outdoor activities such as parks and pools, your children can exert their energy. Educate your kids at the wonderful science center. Treat your children to a diversity of foods and cultures.

Has this answered your question as to why you should move to Jersey City? Make the move and create an joyful and family-orientated life for you and your children.