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Events Happening in Jersey City This Weekend

Events Happening in Jersey City This Weekend

No plans this weekend? We’ve got you covered! Below is a list of local events happening in Jersey City this weekend. As the weather gets warmer make sure to enjoy the local parks in Jersey City, maybe even go for a picnic or enjoy one of the outdoor dining options in the area as well!

Intro to Mindfully Tasting Chocolate Class 

Friday, April 19th, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Indiegrove, 121 Newark Avenue, 5th Floor, New Jersey, 07302. Learn directly from a chocolate educator who has experience in creating chocolate confections, making chocolate from bean to bar and has been certified in tasting chocolate and cacao and has educated dozens of chocolate enthusiasts on these very chocolate topics.   Buy Tickets

Columbia Park Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20th from 10 am to 12pm. Columbia Park Easter Egg Hunt at  John F. Kennedy Boulevard at Bartholdi Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Bayside Park Family Fun Day

Saturday, April 20th from 11am to 3pm. Kid friendly event at Bayside Park, 1 Bayside Park Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

2019 Jersey City Challenge Race

Saturday, April 20th: The Jersey City Challenge Race returns to Jersey City with innovative obstacles by Force5 Equipment, the leaders in OCR obstacles & training equipment, new finisher’s medals, new shirts, music on course, and much more! Check in will take place at 7:30 am at Exchange Place Plaza.

Jersey City Free Public Library’s Jazz Appreciation Month Event

Saturday, April 20th: Join for this Jazz Appreciation Month event from 7pm to 9pm at The Miller Branch Library / Cultural Arts Center. 489 Bergen Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07304

Easter Sunday at Downtown Community Church 

Sunday, April 21st: Join Downtown Community Church for Easter Sunday Services: 10:30AM or 12PM. Kids classes at both services. More details at https://www.downtownjc.church

 

Picture Gallery from JCFamilies Spring Festival and JC baby Fair 19′

Picture Gallery from JCFamilies Spring Festival and JC baby Fair 19′

Check out our photos from the Annual JCFamilies Spring Festival and JC Baby Fair 19′. Maybe you can spot yourself or someone you know!

Jersey City Award Night

Jersey City Award Night

Jersey City is a wonderful place to raise a family, and we are fortunate to have several great schools, parks, neighborhoods and so much more in the area! The city is a warm, safe and carries its identity thanks to all the local businesses, hard working charities, volunteers and many communities that strive to make Jersey City an amazing city to live in every day.

To honor this spirit and to recognize such exemplary work , JCFamilies is organizing an Award Night for the very first time! The event will be held in November, 2019.

This inclusive event will be steered by the JC residents through an open voting system on Facebook . This event is ‘By the people, For the people’. We present the following categories and we seek your votes to recognize the best in each. JCfamilies is open to adding categories you think are relevant for the community. Please write to us regarding new additions or additional nominations.

Schools and Living

1. Most active neighborhood association – voting from April 15th to April 28th through our Facebook Page

List of Neighborhood Associations Included:

Historic Paulus Hook Association

Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association

Riverview Neighborhood Association

West Side Community Alliance

Village Neighborhood Association

Powerhouse Arts District Neighborhood Association

Harsimus Cove Association of Jersey City

Van Vorst Park Association

Journal Square Neighborhood Association

Astor Place Neighborhood Association

Berry Hill/Claremont Neighborhood

Greenville Neighborhood Alliance

If we are missing any neighborhood associations, please contact us at [email protected] so that we can add it to the list! 

2. ‘Parents Choice’ Public School in Jersey City – voting from April 29th to May 12th. 

FRANK R. CONWELL SCHOOL – PS 3

JOTHAM W. WAKEMAN SCHOOL – PS 6

CHARLES E. TREFURT SCHOOL – PS 8

OLLIE CULBRETH, JR. SCHOOL – PS 14

WHITNEY M. YOUNG, JR. SCHOOL – PS 15

CORNELIA F. BRADFORD SCHOOL – PS 16

DR. MAYA ANGELOU –  PS 20

REVEREND DR. ERCEL F. WEBB SCHOOL – PS 22

 NICOLAUS COPERNICUS SCHOOL – PS 25

Patricia Noonan School, PS 26

GLADYS NUNERY SCHOOL – PS 29

ALEXANDER D. SULLIVAN SCHOOL – PS 30

DR. PAUL RAFALIDES SCHOOL – PS 33

GERARD J. DYNES – N.J. REGIONAL DAY SCHOOL 

DR. MICHAEL CONTI SCHOOL – PS 5

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. SCHOOL – PS 11

JULIA A. BARNES SCHOOL – PS 12

JOSEPH H. BRENSINGER SCHOOL – PS 17

MAHATMA K. GANDHI SCHOOL – PS 23

CHAPLAIN CHARLES WATTERS SCHOOL – PS 24

ALFRED E. ZAMPELLA SCHOOL – PS 27

CHRISTA MCAULIFFE SCHOOL – PS 28

President Barack Obama Elementary School – PS 34

RAFAEL CORDERO y MOLINA SCHOOL – PS 37

JAMES F. MURRAY SCHOOL – PS 38

DR. CHARLES P. DEFUCCIO SCHOOL – PS 39

MARTIN CENTER for the ARTS – PS 41

FRANK R. CONWELL MIDDLE SCHOOL – MS 4

FRANKLIN L. WILLIAMS SCHOOL – MS 7

EZRA L NOLAN SCHOOL – MS 40

ACADEMY I MIDDLE SCHOOL

WILLIAM L. DICKINSON HIGH SCHOOL

JAMES J. FERRIS HIGH SCHOOL

INFINITY INSTITUTE

INNOVATION HIGH SCHOOL

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL 

MCNAIR ACADEMIC HIGH SCHOOL

Renaissance Institute

HENRY SNYDER HIGH SCHOOL 

3.  Most involved developer in the community – voting from May13th to May26th. 

Restaurants and Businesses

1. Best family run business in Jersey city

2. JC  Local Business Woman and Man of the year

3. Favorite Family Friendly Restaurant

4. Best Local Blogger/Influencer

Community and charity

1.  Recognizing Community Leaders and Volunteers

2. Favorite Councilman/woman  in Jersey City

3. ‘Talk of the town’ Event in Jersey City

4. A Charity in Jersey City that deserves a special award for their work

5.  Recognizing women shelters

Sustainability

1.  Most environmental conscious business

2. Organization working towards sustainable living

JCfamilies is not funded by the government, JCFamilies is a 501(c)3 non-profit Family organization, your donation is tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Give your opinion and suggestions in the comment section below, or send us a private message on our Facebook Page!

Shelters for Women and families in Jersey City

Shelters for women and families in Jersey city

 

Alarming at this may sound, over half a million people in the united states live on the streets, in cars, in homeless shelters, or in subsidized transitional housing. This number will significantly increase if we were to factor families that spend couple of days a year in such places. This is a real , daunting and an ongoing issue. Homelessness is real and thus we bring a list of shelters for women and families in Jersey city.

Homelessness is the condition of people lacking “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence”. Causes of homelessness in the US include lack of affordable housing, mental illness, physical disability, having no family or supportive relatives, substance abuse, unemployment, and low-paying jobs etc. Homelessness in the United States affects many segments of the population, including families and children.

For women in particular, domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness. According to certain reports, the top causes of homelessness among families are: (1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, and (4) low wages, in that order. Needless to say that a certain population of Jersey city is also homeless. And thus, this list of shelters for women and families in Jersey City is important. Alternatively if you are looking for charitable organizations, follow this list.

Many reasons why a family or someone we know finds themselves gripped by homelessness. In such times its imperative to find a safe facility.Below is the list of shelters for women and families in Jersey City, with their contribution to the community and  their missions .

Shelters for women and families in Jersey city

Hope House : 246 Second Street, Jersey City

Website :http://www.ccannj.com/hope_house.php

Phone :(201) 420-1070

Hope House is an emergency shelter for homeless women with children. This shelter helps families become self-sufficient by giving them an opportunity for decision making and for improving their situation. This is done under the supervision, support, and guidance of shelter staff. This facility Houses up to 20 mothers and their children.  The program offers short-term supervised residence, including three meals a day, assessment/planning, case management, housing, education, food, and clothing.

If you are a woman or you know someone who is struggling to find a house for herself and her children , Hope house and its compassionate staff will help you find the right place and the right opportunity for you and your young children. Hope house is the first on our list of shelters for women and families in Jersey city. If you would like to volunteer instead you could reach out to them or for other opportunities find here 

St lucys shelter

St. Lucy’s Emergency Shelter :619 Grove Street, Jersey city

Wesbite : http://www.ccannj.com/st_Lucy.php

Phone :   (201) 656-7201

The second on our list of shelters for women and families in Jersey city, is this place. With a supervised 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, year-round emergency shelter facility for single women and men offering emergency housing and food for those in need. The staff at St. Lucy’s emergency shelter is kind and giving. Within the first week of getting here, people meet with specialized staff to assess their current situation. Once their needs are determined, clients are referred to one or more of services. This could be welfare, SSI, unemployment, job training and job search, education and mental-health/addiction-treatment programs. The shelter provides two meals a day, clothing as well as a shower program and outreach services for the unsheltered homeless.

York street project

York street Project : 89 York St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone : (201) 451-9838

Website : https://yorkstreetproject.org/

The York Street Project builds innovative programs that provide an environment to shelter, feed, educate and promote the healing of persons in need, especially women, children, and their families. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, the York Street Project works on collaborated to work with the poor and oppressed in Jersey City.

The York Street Project takes on the highly-visible factors of Education, Housing and Childcare that generally block women from creating self-fulfilled, self-sufficient lives. This place then works on these factors to improvise and sustain livelihoods.
At the same time they also take on the less visible factors, healing the hidden damages  , unlearning the lessons of hopelessness and helplessness, restoring destroyed self-esteem; the york street project actively and compassionately works with women and children to address these needs.

The york street project in Jersey city has been working for many years and is one of the important shelters for women and families in Jersey city

women rising

Women rising : 270 Fairmount Ave, Jersey City, NJ 0730

Website : www.womenrising.org

Phone :(201) 333-5700

Another notable place ; WomenRising has a history of helping women and their families. Women rising has been actively working with those in need- in need of jobs, safety from domestic violence, freedom from substance abuse, safe homes for children. WomenRising meets these needs by providing supportive counseling, crisis intervention, workforce development and job placement, shelter for victims of domestic violence, outreach, advocacy, and referrals.

WomenRising is the foremost community-based organization for women in Hudson County. They assists women and their families to achieve self-sufficiency and live safe, productive and fulfilling lives, through social services, economic development, and advocacy services.

hoboken shelterThe Hoboken shelter : 300 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Website : https://hobokenshelter.org/

Phone : (201) 656-5069

Although not really in Jersey city but nearby , Hoboken Shelter’s  single most important mission is to assist homeless men and women in developing the skills needed to gain employment, achieve independence, and re-integrate into the community.  The ultimate goal is to end homelessness one person at a time! They strive to have  a community partnership transforming lives by providing meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and services to support people to become housed.

The Hoboken Shelter takes a holistic approach to helping people in need.  It shelters 50 people nightly, serves 530 meals daily, and provides such support services as case management, counseling, job & life skills training, creative arts workshops, emergency homelessness prevention grants, & permanent supportive housing solutions.

There are many other places , yet the most notable shelters for women and families in Jersey city have been listed above. For reasons of compassion , in times of need and for any other reason do go through the options or pass it on to someone who really needs it. If you would like to volunteer instead you could search for opportunities here 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

8 Best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

With summers approaching, its time to spread your arms, give them a good stretch and embrace the warm sunlight and all that the sun and summer has to offer!The longer the days gets, chances of engaging in more outdoor fun activities increases, and don’t we all love it ! Summers are a bright chance to bond, spend family time, and to burn out that energy our young residents have! Of course a summer favorite of every age group is a local park picnic, and we bring to you 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city! At last , it’s the picnic season!

All you have to do is fill that basket with some goodies, snacks and some water, carry an umbrella, and a blanket, sunglasses or a hat and head to any of these places. Watch the flowers bloom and the city turning green again ! And hey, don’t forget that sunscreen.

8 best parks for picnic in around Jersey City

 

  1. Hamilton Park : Jersey City

http://www.hpnajc.org/

A 5.4 acre square green space in downtown Jersey city is one of its residents and visitors favorite destination. Engulfed in tall tress and sporting an array of historic houses and shop fronts , charming boutiques and restaurants. Hamilton park offers many activities for people of all age groups.  A sprinkler park, swing park, a Gazebo, a dog patch, a basketball court, tennis court and lots of green space to just lay your picnic basket and yourself to some sun glory ! you can spend an entire day in Hamilton park enjoying a sunny day picnic. This is one of our favorite parks in the list of 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

 

  1. Van Vorst park, Jersey city : 257-287 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

     http://vvpa.org/

Image courtesy : andrewalexanderprice.com

A two acre space full of green trees and ample seating , paved walkways for a short evening walk or space for families to enjoy some time picnicking on the green grass. This park has two playgrounds, ample swings and a sandbox, a summer splash pad that is loved by the young ones. The splash pad is small, yet big enough for young children to immerse in Summer fun, laugh out with joy! Explore other sprinkler parks in Jersey city. Van Vorst park also has large gazebo at the center to sit in, relax on a sunny day. A park for your fur babies is another attraction. Spend your entire day at Van vorst park if you live around this area! Another favorite of 8 Best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

  1. Newport Green park, Jersey city: 14th St, Jersey City

    https://www.newportnj.com/parks-and-recreation-community-5.php

 

An urban oasis, a nice clean space that has something for everybody- irrespective of age. A large sprinkler park, a sand beach , colorful carousel, many beach chairs and a large park right behind this area. Newport green is squeaking with laughter and joy of young children during summer. Come here and spend the day on either the benches or just laying in the green grass working on your tan . Newport green is a unique park with all it has to offer in the list of 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

  1. Liberty state park: 200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Jersey city’s largest park, the Liberty state park is so dense with canopy of trees, that you will never have an issue finding a nice shade on a very hot day. If you arrive early you might get a spot near the play ground too. So bring on that picnic basket and spread out that blanket, a frisbee and soak the sun while breathing in the view of Manhattan and statue of Liberty. This park will offer you your perfect picnic spot !

  1. Riverview Fisk Park : Jersey City, NJ 0730

    http://jcparks.org/riverview-fisk-park/

 

This park located at the edge of the Heights on Palisade avenue. Lay on a lazy day on your blanket under the sun , enjoying a snack and taking in views of both New York City Skyline and the Hudson River as well as the Verrazano Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. The park is a complete entertainment package with a Gazebo, two basketball courts and playground for children. Enjoy a Sunday sampling food from many food vendors as part of farmer’s market! A star in our 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

 

  1. Lincoln Park: Jersey City, NJ 07304

On a very hot day this park is perfect for a long stroll under a canopy of trees . besides a perfect picnic spot , this park contains many sports fields and recreational facilities. There are 21 outdoor tennis courts, seven baseball fields, a cricket pitch, three children’s playgrounds, a running track, five basketball courts, two football fields, two soccer fields, and four handball/paddleball courts. This section of the park also contains a 3 acres lake available for fishing. The park has four gazebos, several maintenance buildings, and the Park Administration Building. A large water fountain in the middle of the park is a big attraction. Wont you want to just laze on the sprawling green of Lincoln park and enjoy your day picnicking ?

 

  1. Pier A park: 100 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken

A local favorite for its sprawling lawns , an impeccable view of Manhattan skyline, a great gazebo and a large sprinkler for children to jump and get soaked in water. This park offers some postcard worthy views of downtown Manhattan , specially in evening when you can see some large cruises on the Hudson. A view you can never get tired of! Bring your blanket and a Frisbee. Spend your entire day here picnicking under the gorgeous summer sun and we can promise you , you will never be alone !

 

  1. Pier C park: 340 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Another entry to our list of 8 best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city is the pier C park. Spread over two and a half acre pier off the Hudson waterfront walkway , this park is accessed via a pier with a view of Manhattan skyline v . This park has a very modern vibe to itself , and is always buzzing with activity and the sound of laughter. Many amenities include a water play area for children, lawn areas for sunbathing and games, a promenade with waterfront seating, a fishing pier, a tree house for older kids and a tin slide makes the equipment challenging for slightly older kids. Sit on the many benches under the shade of the trees or spend time in the beach area playing with sand or just gaze at the calming water ! chose what you want and have a great time picnicking in this park!

 

Happy summers ! Happy picnic season

A day in Jersey City

A day in Jersey city

Called the sixth borough of Manhattan, Jersey City is a vibrant, diverse, and an exciting place to stay or to spend time. Strip down the crowds, the cacophony, the traffic of New York City and you will find its quieter equivalent – Jersey city. A true melting pot of many cultures, communities, food and ethnicities. The thriving multi cultures have left a lasting mark on this city. Irrespective of which lens you dawn- family, fun ,architecture , art or history , this place will win you over! So if you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, scroll down for a splendid day !

Home to plenty sight-seeing ,parks, cultural hubs, restaurants the city has a lot to offer. If you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, it helps that it is located on a large peninsula . Surrounded by water on three sides, this makes for spectacular sweeping water views and panoramic sky lines to gaze.

Start your day with a waterfront walk

WATERFRONT WALK

Depending on where you are staying, you can start your day in Jersey city with a waterfront walk or a Jog. Wherever you are, you are never far from Hudson river and the panoramic sky line. Walk along the Hudson River waterfront walkway or jog along the Newport waterfront and watch the waves crash on the pier. You can also take a walk near the exchange place waterfront and stroll while you watch the ferries go by. These places are a walkers or a runners delight and offer unmatched view of the New york skyline.

If you would like to bike instead , you can hire one from the Citi bike at Newport Path or Essex light rail station  . Take a guided bike tour of the waterfront.

exchange place jersey city

Don’t forget to take a selfie of the sweeping Manhattan view while grabbing a big mug of aromatic coffee at the many coffee shops along the waterfront walkways!

Breakfast

The cities waterfront is lined up with many cafes and restaurants . You are spoilt for choices and a day in jersey city isn’t enough. Enjoy a big breakfast while watching the seagulls chirping away. If you land here in summer, most of the cafes offer outdoor seating .  Soak some sun and pile on calories.

brownstone dinerAnd here are the gastronomical options for sumptuous breakfast. In mood for some sinful pancakes? Head to Brownstone diner and pancake factory for Nutella filled waffles or pancakes stuffed with eggs, bacon and cheese. Whatever you order at this place , it’s a pancake galore, enjoy every bite! If you are particularly looking for kid friendly restaurants, there are many choices too

breakfast in jersey citry

In mood for some healthy yet tasty choice of breakfast we would suggest Short Grain or O’Kafe. These cafes offer healthy choices, some gluten free and vegan options as well. A cozy, cute coffee place with delectable choices and local’s favorite is Sam a.m. Nothing comes close to wonder Bagels and if you are craving handmade bagels this is your place! The queues will speak for its greatness and the super hit and famous bagels!

After-noon

Hamilton Park , Jersey city
Hamilton Park , Jersey city

If you are planning a day in Jersey city with your little ones,  urge you to explore the many parks and help them burn out that unlimited energy. Head to Hamilton park and spend a day lazying either in the gazebo or shooting hoops while the children  play in the park.  Alternatively head to the Van vorst park if you are closer to Paulus hook area.

liberty science centreIf you are headed to liberty state park you can easily plan an entire day’s worth of activities here, This massive green space is not only home to a waterfront park but also the Liberty Science Center, which is fun both for kids as well as for parents. Enjoy the planetarium while the budding scientist squeaks with joy or just plan a picnic in this vast green expanse of this State park.

Early Evening

historic downtown

If you are an art enthusiast or love a little piece of history , head to Jersey city historic downtown. There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names honor local 18th and 19th century figures .  Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive.  Beaux-Arts structures such as the H&M Powerhouse and Court House are reminiscent of gone by era .

Old colgate clockThe old Colgate Clock, a remnant from the factory stands tall and proud. Evidently Jersey City is a storied site. Walk a little further around this area and stand and stare at the Victorian-style residences . Wander around the streets to see some well preserved examples of these gorgeous Victorian abodes.

Historic Downtown is home to many cultural attractions including the Jersey City Museum, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse. Take a walk and experience some beautiful wall murals  just as the sun goes down on a day in Jersey city.

Evening

Just as the sun is setting , get in groove on Grove street! This part of the historic downtown district comes alive in the evening hours with a bee line of some great food options, music and fun activities. Take a walk along this the site of several new hot spots, a pedestrian-only thoroughfare and immerse in the buzz and vibe of this place.

taldeWant to head to a buzzing yet a place full of character head to Talde a vibrant restaurant, housed in a former police station, this restaurant boasts a delectable array of Asian-fusion delights, including pretzel pork dumplings crispy oyster and bacon pad thai, get a seat at the bar and enjoy some cocktails.

pizzaIf you are in mood for some Italian, head to Porta Pizza, one of the most popular places in town serving handmade Neopolitan-style pizza in their open kitchen, and also offering mouthwatering Italian dishes that are made from fresh, sustainable and local ingredients. You can chose to drink and dine downstairs or head upstairs to their rooftop bar!

And if the mood calls for Beer at a gastropub head to Wurstbar and enjoy the menu lined up with delectable Sausage and beer !

dinner in JC

A local favorite of Jersey City is Taqueria, and you cant go wrong with this choice. Buzzing with happy vibe, you will be welcomed into a chaotically-decorated space, or enjoy time at the Patio. Love the tacos or torta and thank us later !

Another popular Italian restaurant is the Roman Nose serving authentic Italian cusine. Enjoy the time ordering food or gulping some creative cocktails. Sway to the music and keep the beat on.

A day in Jersey cityEnjoy the waterfront walk after you are done with dinner. Most places are open late and the night time skyline view is the perfect end to a day in Jersey city!

Calling it a day in Jersey city. Hope you had a splendid day!

Pictures courtesy : Google Images , NYtimes

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Van Vorst park

Sooner than you can anticipate , the sun will shine and embrace us in its warm glory. Leaving us with Saturdays to fill and Sundays to find places to soak in the family fun.If you are in Jersey city, and in the Historic Downtown neighborhood of Jersey City- head to Van Vorst park. Your opportunity to be outside and among nature, birds, trees, and flowers! We have curated a list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city.

Established in 1835, this two acres of extensive green oasis was named after the European Van Vorst family that settled in area during the 1600s. Evidently the park is nestled between the neighborhood that contains nineteenth century row houses and brownstones and currently it is the confluence of families and visitors around the area. If you plan to spend a day around Van Vorst park Jersey City follow our  list of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city.

1. Inside the Park

Timing : Park hours 6 AM – 10 PM

Van Vorst Park Play area

A two acre space full of green trees and ample seating, bounded by Barrow Street on the east, Montgomery Street on the north, Jersey Avenue on the west and York Street on the south. One can walk around the area on the paved walkway and families can enjoy some time picnicking on the green grass.

This park has two playgrounds, ample swings and a sandbox, a summer splash pad that is loved by the young ones. The splash pad is small, yet big enough for young children to immerse in Summer fun, laugh out with joy!Explore other sprinkler parks in Jersey city

Van Vorst park also has large gazebo at the center to sit in, relax on a sunny day. A park for your fur babies is another attraction.

Fountain at Van vorst prk
The fountain at the Van Vorst Park

An iconic cast iron water fountain sits in the western quadrant of the park. Competitive sports, such as football and soccer are prohibited in the park area, making this park a preferred place for quieter walks and fun space for young .Vegetation in the park is diverse and is maintained by the community.

2. Events

Movies in the van vorst park

Throughout the summer the Van Vorst park hosts special musical events, Shakespeare in the Park, a community flee market, Films in Park , and much more.

The park has a Saturday morning farmers’ market from spring through the fall. On Saturdays from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM this farmer’s market is held near the gazebo . With a  variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and variety of mouth watering baked goods,  there is always something fresh and delicious to take home.

The park is managed by the Friends of Van Vorst Park (FVVP) – a not-for-profit Corp founded in 1991 that assists in the development and maintenance of the gardens and public spaces within Van Vorst Park in downtown Jersey City. Do check their schedule on movies and event here :

 https://www.fvvp.org/calendar/

3. Around the Park

There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names nestling Van Vorst park honor local 18th and 19th century figures such as Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive, and American Revolution military figures such Montgomery for Richard Montgomery. if you love history add this area and its many streets in the list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city!

Van Vorst Mansion

Van vorst mansion

The Van Vorst House is a colonial-era residence in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, located at 531 Palisade Avenue in The Heights. The stone house was built 1740–1742 by descendants of the first settlers in the region. It is arguably the oldest building in Jersey City

Barrow Mansion :

Built in the early 1800s, the Barrow Mansion is a yet another reminder of the vast history of Jersey City. The Barrow Mansion lot was purchased by William Barrow in 1835. The Barrow Mansion is home to many artistic performing groups, wellness classes, and community programs.

Farmers Market :

Farmers market

A large farmers market can be seen Monday – Thursday between April and December in historic downtown of Jersey city next to Grove Path plaza. Bring your bags to stock up on fruits , vegetables, baked goods, Fresh seafood, Jams , natural creams and handmade goods. This is one of the most sought after places for visitors and residents of the area.

4. Places to eat around Van Vorst Park

Once you are done spending time walking leisurely within the park and applauding the rich history of this neighborhood, it is time to enjoy the many varied food options around Van Vorst park. List of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city cannot be complete unless we add eateries and cafes in the list.

 Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory :426 Jersey Avenue

Brownstone diner

A classic American diner with many food options and all day breakfast , The pancake choice is amazing and portion sizes large. Be sure to get there either early or factor enough wait time during weekends if you want to come here for breakfast or brunch. Although the diner has a parking lot, it is a popular place and thus spots run out easily!

 Razza Pizza Artigianale: 275 Grove Street

Raaza pizza things to do around Van vorst park Jersey city

Another gem in Neighborhood, head here if you are a Pizza lover… or not. The restaurant boasts of locally grown and procured ingredients. The chef and owner Dan richer adds his personal touch in the selection of ingredients and making process. The chef uses flour that is milled in in Clifton and makes his own bread and butter. Maybe this is the secret ingredient of their delicious Pizza , that is possibly one of the most loved Pizza of Jersey city.

The Kitchen Step: 500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

The kitchen stepDelicious, crafty , creative and friendly ; the Kitchen step is Van Vorst neighborhood bistro that offers classic delicious American cuisine along with some tasty cocktails. Buzzing almost throughout the day , the place is a must try if looking for things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city

Short Grain : 183, Montgomery Street

Short grain Van Vorst park Short Grain focuses and tailors its menu to anyone who is health conscious or choses to be a vegan. A sunny coffee shop, serving sandwiches, and small plates full of fresh ingredients and spices. Coffee lovers or not, Short grain is a must try when in Van Vorst neighborhood.

 

Wonder Bagels : 517 Jersey Ave., Jersey City

Wonder Bagels

We wont call it justice until Wonder Bagels is a part of one of the most loved places in the area. Freshly baked everyday , the bagels are sumptuous in every way. This place also serves salad and other options for breakfast. Worth every single minute that you might spend in queue here.

One is spoilt for choices when fetching for restaurants and coffee shops here. There are many gems and local favorites near the Van Vorst park area. Many other hidden gems and local nooks that are favorite with families -Tell us your favorite thing to do in Van Vorst park area !

Getting to Van Vorst Park

Ride the PATH train to Grove Street and make the 10-minute walk from there. Alternatively, use the light rail system to reach Marin Boulevard. The walk from Marin Boulevard station is also under 10 minutes.

If you are looking for greener pastures and other parks in the area head to Hamilton Park , Liberty state park or Lincoln Park within Jersey city

 

Image courtesy : google Images

Van Vorst park pictures courtesy : andrewalexanderprice.com

Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started

Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started

Did you know that 40% of all food in America is wasted? By separating food for composting, participants are often more conscious of food waste and make a more concerted effort to only buy what they know they are going to use, saving money on groceries. If you’re curious about Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started, you’ve come to the right place!

How does composting work?

Composting is the process of recycling organic materials, such as food scraps, wood waste and dried yard trimmings. Furthermore, it’s a controlled process that requires the right mix of greens (nitrogen rich materials aka your food scraps) and browns (carbon rich materials aka wood chips, paper products or dried leaves), oxygen and water. Finally, the result is compost, commonly referred to as black gold. It’s a dark, nutrient-rich soil amendment that smells earthy and has so many
benefits.

Here’s a few of the benefits with composting:

1. Builds healthy soil
By using compost to improve the health of our soil, which grows the food that we eat, we’re restoring the quality of our food, and we’re keeping our family, our community and ourselves healthy!

2. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
When food scraps and yard waste reach landfills, they don’t have the oxygen needed to break down properly and are forced to decompose without it. This process produces methane, a gas 20-30x more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

3. Reduces landfilled waste
According to the EPA, more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material. The benefits keep going! Compost also helps fight erosion, improves water retention in soils and helps control plant diseases and pests, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

How to start composting in Jersey City

When it comes to Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started, JC residents have several options. Check them out below and go with whatever works best for you and your family!

Join Community Compost Company
CCC is a Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise that provides residential and commercial food scrap collection in Jersey City, Hoboken and the Hudson Valley of NY. The service is designed to give people the opportunity to compost who wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

If you’d like to join this program, you can sign up directly through their website and they come to you! Furthermore, they provide you with a 5-gallon bucket to fill with all acceptable materials. They then pick up directly from your doorstep and leave a clean bucket every pick up.  They give back compost twice a year for your houseplants or garden, or you can opt to have your share donated to a local organization. Their fee is $29/month for weekly pick up and $19/month for biweekly pick up. You can sign up now at communitycompostco.com or contact them at [email protected] for more information!

Community Garden, Bucket Exchange or your own backyard

Join a Community Garden
Did you know there are over 20 community gardens in Jersey City? Besides, a handful of them have active composting operations. If you’d like to use this option, look around and contact your local garden to learn more about participating.

Join Sustainable Jersey City’s Bokashi Bucket Exchange Program
Bokashi is a Japanese food recycling method that uses microbes to break down food through fermentation. This program is run Sustainable JC. Participants pay a $20 deposit for the starter kit (5-gallon bucket + 1 bag of bran) and bring their full bucket to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Each bag of bran after the initial is $5 and participants typically purchase 1 bag of bran per month. If you are looking for more information, contact Tyler Randall: [email protected]

Start a Backyard Compost Pile
Finally, if you’re lucky enough to have a backyard or rooftop, you can compost on your own! This is our favorite, Backyard Composting: It’s Only Natural. 

You can read more about Composting in Jersey City – How it works and how to get started HERE. Make sure to also check out our blog about CCC here!

Information provided by Andrea Rodriguez from Community Compost Co. 

Things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City

Things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey City

 

Hamilton Park , Jersey city

 

The weather gives us hope of warmer days ahead and with rising temperatures our love for one of Jersey city’s most beloved park, only increases . And here we are with things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey city .

Hamilton park – a 5.4 acre square green space in downtown Jersey city is one of its residents and visitors favorite destination. Engulfed in tall tress and sporting an array of historic houses and shop fronts , charming boutiques and restaurants. Hamilton park offers many activities for people of all age groups.  Here is a curated list of  things to do  around Hamilton park in Jersey city

Inside Hamilton Park

  • Play Areas

Children of all ages love the Hamilton park. Besides the large space to run, play and scooter around , this park  has two lovely dedicated  children’s playground . Split between ages (0-5) and (5-12) both the playgrounds have age appropriate equipment. Children love to spend time sliding, swinging or climbing. Another major attraction is the Hamilton park splash pad. A small fenced –in water playground featuring sprinklers and colorful buckets of water dropping overhead,  bound to form an immediate love affair with little ones. There are so many things to do around Hamilton Park in  Jersey city that you might find it difficult to leave !

If you have a fur baby, look no further. This park is pet friendly and features a dog park. Let your furry ones run, play, and enjoy !

 

  • Sporting Fun

Hamilton park  is the focal point of families engaged in recreational fun .Its basketball court, and a tennis court typically run busy during summer months, with some wait time for your turn. If you wish to play , land here early or get your name entered in and wait for your turn . Either ways, have fun while you shoot hoops or practice your serve!

 

Gazebo at hailton park, jersey city
Gazebo at the hamilton park , Jersey city

Walk around the park under the leafy trees, relax in the Gazebo or look at the little free library , a small space shaped like an owl meant for free exchange of children’s books. Select what you want and give back what others could use! Its absolutely free !

These carefree walks, are simple, joyful and one big attraction of things to do  around Hamilton Park  in Jersey city. After all who does not want to spend time amongst birds, trees , flowers and natures.

  • Events

The Hamilton park neighborhood association (HPNA) conducts events that are a hit amongst the local community. Some of the popular events are the farmers market, Shakespeare in the park, the great egg hunt , the education fair and many more.

Farmers market
Hamilton Park Farmers market

During the summer months, the park participates in the outdoor movie nights , the schedule of which is displayed both on the website as well as on a large colorful banner at the entrance of the park  . In the month of June, the community holds the Hamilton Park Festival- great time to enjoy music, food and plethora of fun, engaging activities.

The farmers market is set up around the Gazebo every Wednesday between 3:00 and 7:30 PM from May to December. Over 20 vendors and their fresh produce is a source of high traffic and buzz on these days. Enjoy the fresh lemonade on hot summer days and head to the popping aromatic popcorn . Indulge in sumptuous Stella’s empanadas while browsing fresh apples, strawberries , Jams or fresh green vegetables. Don’t forget to bring your bag to carry home your purchases ! Find out more farmers market in the area 

Ensure to check the event calendar if you want to attend a specific event . This is one of the most sought after events and much featured in things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey city.

 

  • Families and fun

Besides the regular events , Picnics all around the park and an occasional  birthday celebration are other ways families enjoy this charming and splendid green spot – ‘ Hamilton Park ‘. However if you wish to use the Gazebo or conduct a private event , we encourage you to seek permissions from Jersey City cultural affairs .

Around the Hamilton Park

Walk around the perimeter of Hamilton park : Enjoy the neighborhood. Not only children but also people of all age groups are bound to be smitten by the charm and warmth of this place.

 

Musically or creatively inclined and want to experience a new instrument or dance form? Head to Next step broadway at 9th street. Looking to engage young children in meaningful play, parties or events step into My Gym also located at 9th street.

About 50 steps ahead is another children’s favorite creamery and bake shop Milk, Sugar , Love’. Indulge in some delightfully delicious, churned out of organic milk – ice cream . Don’t miss to try the delectable and tantalizing baked goods.

Keep walking till you find a large wall mural of a young girl peeking through a window . The graffiti is loved by adults and children alike, evoking imagination, creative thinking and story telling.

 

 

Sightseeing : Take a walk around Hamilton park to witness history . Stand and stare at the Victorian-style residences in this part of town. Wander around the streets surrounding the park to see well-preserved examples of these Victorian abodes. Don’t miss the little benches dotted around the perimeter of the park and the lamp posts that offer a splendid & picturesque scenery! Like we said, you are spoilt for choices when narrowing on things to do around Hamilton Park in Jersey city.

Places to Eat near Hamilton Park :

Hungry ? You are spoilt for choices when near Hamilton park. Here is a list of top places to indulge and tantalize the taste buds! This is just a small list , Hamilton park area is dotted with eateries and cafes .

Ahri’s kitchen : 227, 7th Street.

Ahri’s Kitchen serves authentic home style authentic Korean food. A BYOB and order at the counter style restaurant. The serving size is large and the mood easy. Just seat yourself and enjoy their soups , dumpling and some authentic Korean cuisine.

Psst don’t miss out the décor of the place, tastefully and meticulously done , bring on that camera and capture the memories you make here !

White Star Bar : 179 WARREN ST, JC

A juicy burger and a bottle of wine or maple salmon and a sumptuous spread of appetizer , either way this friendly place with great ambiance is just a hop , skip, jump away from Hamilton park. Open till late night , White star has a vibe you cannot miss.

Carmine’s Pizza : 366 8th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Another favorite in all age groups is carmine;s pizza factory. Serving thin crust Pizza with incredible flavors, delicious sphagetti and everything Italian! . A corner brownstone with large glass windows and outside seating during summer months. Just what you want at the end of a long summery day !

Hamilton Inn :708 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Another local favorite is The Hamilton Inn . This is great place to enjoy brunch, dinner, or late night food with friends and family. The Hamilton Inn was awarded open Table’s best 100 brunch restaurants in the country. You know you cant go wrong if choosing this place. Get there early to avoid long waiting time , specially during weekend brunch

Basic : 231 8th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

You cant miss the Basic Deli. Located at 231 8th St, Delightful place, Large glass windows and quirky outside seating with a spread of some great coffees and teas. You cant miss the place boasting ‘ the best coffee in town ‘ can you?

O’ Café : 230 Pavonia Ave:Previously Smith and Chang’s general foods , now called O’ Café .

This is not just a coffee shop but a great place to meet up or work . The coffee shop is great for anyone who loves their coffee to be made in a specific way with many options for Vegans. Kickstart your morning here with the sun falling on the large windows and making everything brighter. This place has  cute interiors and some amazing food options- full of baked goods, acai bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

Spend an entire day , evening and night enjoying the many facets of things to do  around Hamilton park in Jersey city

Getting to Hamilton Park

Getting to Hamilton park is easy . Closest stations are Grove street and Newport light rail. About 8 minutes of walking distance from Newport light rail, and similar from Grove street. If you are driving , parking is on street and free. However it could be tough to get a spot during evenings and high traffic times. Arrive early and secure a spot!

If you enjoy any of the above features and would like to add to the list of things to do  around Hamilton Park in Jersey city do write to us !

Happy warmer months ahead !

PS : There are many other green pastures and parks to explore in Jersey city. If you are in Paulus hook area head to Van Vorst park, Lincoln park and Liberty state park are other beautiful parks to explore.