THE BOX: Disruption Inspired Performances Conclude JCTC Series

JCTC_disruption_THEBOX-pressrelease-photoDisruption – the thematic series featuring theater, dance, readings, solo-shows and visual arts exploring the personal and political impact of our current era of social upheaval –  comes to a close next Friday, June 16, with The BOX, one of Jersey City Theater Center’s (JCTC) signature events.

The BOX – named for the ‘black box’ theater at Merseles Studios –is a curated  showcase of music, spoken-word, poetry, dance and other performances on the theme of Disruption .

JCTC presents series of theatre, performances, readings and visual arts on a topic global in scope yet relevant to the community. JCTC solicited submissions for The BOX , which were reviewed using as a criteria: how effectively the work reflected the Disruption theme,  originality and artistic quality.

For The “disruption” BOX, this curation process included an interesting evolution. As more musicians, writers and performers became aware of this unique showcase, JCTC received submissions that not only related to the theme, but songs, spoken-word pieces and other performances created specifically for The BOX. Continue reading

3 Journal Square Celebrates Two Major Milestones as it Prepares for Much Anticipated June Grand Opening

First Residents Arrive As Developers Unveil On-Site Leasing Center and Furnished Models

Development partners Hartz Mountain Industries and Panepinto Properties have announced two notable milestones at 3 Journal Square in advance of its official Grand Opening later this month.

The most significant event is the arrival of the first residents at 3 Journal Square who are now enjoying a modern, energy-infused lifestyle that includes the most outstanding amenities in the area.

The developers have also unveiled a new leasing center and fully-furnished studio and one- bedroom model apartments located within the building at 2935 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

“With 3 Journal Square, we’ve introduced a new luxury residential option to a neighborhood that is rich in history and culture, and clearly on the move,” said Gus Milano, President and COO of Hartz Mountain Industries.  “There’s an atmosphere here that appeals to a cross section of people, and we’ve enhanced that with a building that promotes a modern living experience.” Continue reading


2017-05-02_9-48-33Celebrate Father’s Day with the grandfather of modern Western music: Johann Sebastian Bach! Con Vivo Music presents its semi-annual Bach Concert on June 18, featuring mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft and oboist Christa Robinson in a concert of Bach’s most intimate chamber music for voice, oboe, string quartet, harpsichord, and organ. The concert will be performed at the gorgeous Cathedral Hall in downtown Jersey City, an acoustically ideal venue for Bach’s masterful compositions.

2017-bach-concert-webJohann Sebastian Bach was primarily known for his skills as an organist, as were his relatives. In fact, there were so many members of the Bach family employed as organists that the name Bach became synonymous with being an organist. J.S. Bach who, by some estimates, wrote approximately twenty minutes of music for every day of his life, is most frequently associated today with his large and magnificent cantatas, the Goldberg Variations written for harpsichord, and for music students, his counterpoint exercises, though his ultimate output was far more prolific. A relatively conservative composer in his lifetime, his experiments in the mathematics of musical tones and chromaticism weren’t truly understood for their brilliance until more than a century after his death. For this year’s Bach Concert, Con Vivo presents a wide panoply of Bach’s style and achievements, from the elegance of his intimate keyboard works, to the athleticism of his oboe and string repertoire.

Event Information:
Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Bach Concert

FREE, all ages welcome
Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 3:00pm
Cathedral Hall – 380 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ

10 Houseplants To Improve Your Home

landscape-1435851982-houseplant-says-about-you-indexDo you need more energy? Are you concerned about the quality of the air in your home? Even if you’ve never thought you had a green thumb, rethink houseplants. But just make sure your choose the right ones…

 Darcie at Such the Spot lists all of the benefits of houseplants and shares how she recently decided to invest in some, also telling us which ones are most beneficial.

It seems not everyone agrees on the top 5, but here are a few more resources we found to point you in the right direction:

Top Five Plants for Improving Air Quality from Treehugger

Three Plants that Give You Better Indoor Air Quality

Top Five Plants – from Seventh Generation

The Return of Project: Eats


THE JERSEY CITY PROJECT + the CITY OF JERSEY CITY will celebrate warm days, cool drinks and delicious eats with the annual PROJECT: EATS on June 24 + 25, 2017. The food-centric marketplace will run from 11AM to 7PM on Saturday and Sunday and will be located in front of City Hall at 280 Grove Street in Historic Downtown Jersey City.

For more information, visit:

Instagram: thejerseycityproject — for vendor updates, giveaways, and more leading up to the event!

Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Jersey City

broa-1496152784via – In the last five years, downtown Jersey City has exploded with diverse restaurants, helped along by lower costs and the rezoning of main drag Newark Avenue into a partially pedestrian-only street lined with restaurants and bars.

Here now, a guide to the best of them, including old-school Italian, James Beard-nominated pizza, Asian fusion from a celebrity chef, and several speakeasies.

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Dating, Empowerment & Love: She Gon’ Learn Gets New Jersey Premier at Merseles Studios


She Goin’s Learn, written by and starring Lisa Strum

She Gon’ Learn – the Award Winning ‘Dating While Black’ solo play that was a surprise hit on the theatre festival circuit – makes its New Jersey debut at Merseles Studios, presented by Jersey City Theatre Center (JCTC) as part of its Disruption series.

via Press Release: Written and performed by Lisa Strum –  and directed by Christopher Burris – this autobiographical ‘dramedy’ is at turns hilarious and painful as audiences accompany Strum as she comes of age and looks for love. She Gon’ Learn shifts back and forth through different periods of her life and includes eight different characters –  a distant father, a wise and supportive grandmother, and several would be suitors – all portrayed by Strum, an accomplished actress and writer.

“Lisa’s play is both incredibly honest and incredibly funny,” said Olga Levina, Artistic Director, JCTC. “She shows us a segment of society often overlooked – African American women who are well-educated and striving to succeed in life, but finding the search for love to be surprisingly complicated and difficult. Her story is one many women can relate to, especially how she ultimately finds empowerment as a woman.”

She Gon’ Learn runs June 1 (7:30 pm), June 2 (8:00 pm), and June 3 (8:00pm) at Merseles Studios, 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, N.J. For tickets visit: Continue reading

Bike JC This Weekend

wardtourbanner1_0The 2017 Ward Tour will take place on Sunday June 4. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN (& FREE)! REGISTER NOW!

There will be limited morning-of registrations before the ride.

Ward Tour sign-in and bib pickup begin at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall, located at 280 Grove St. in downtown Jersey City. Please arrive early enough to wait in a line or two, pick up your bib and pin it on. We recommend arriving no later than 10:00. We will all line up for the start at 10:45 and begin riding promptly at 11:00 a.m., in one large group. Helmets are required for all participants. Only riders 12 and over are allowed to ride individually in the Ward Tour. Younger riders can ride on an adult’s bicycle (in a seat, trailer, etc.). Adults, please register all kids coming with you too!

We’ll ride about 15 miles on streets closed to traffic, with a police escort. We’ll make a clockwise loop around the city, at a relaxed pace (10 mph), taking breaks, and returning around 1:00 p.m. to the finish. There we’ll continue to celebrate cycling all afternoon at our Finish Line Festival in the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza, featuring live music, food and drinks, vendors and other attractions.



White Eagle Hall Receives Prestigious Preservation Award

The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy has announced that Ben LoPiccolo Development Group (BLDG) has been awarded its 2017 Excellence in Preservation Award for the restoration of White Eagle Hall, a historic theater and public assembly venue.

From the press release:

According to the conversancy, ‘the annual award recognizes the recent restoration, rehabilitation, or adaptive reuse of a building, structure, or object exemplifying a high regard for the site’s historical integrity.’ The White Eagle Hall project is one of the few buildings that is neither a designated landmark building or located in a historical district – and the first theater in Jersey City – to receive the Excellence in Preservation Award.

“Most redevelopment in Jersey City is residential and primarily multi-family,” said Norrice Raymaker, President, Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. “Redevelopment of venues for the public’s entertainment are rare. The restoration of White Eagle Hall preserved the hall as an entertainment venue for the neighborhood.” Continue reading



Image Sources: Laura Metzler and Homepolish

via PopSugar – The way Shannon Smith transforms a bare apartment into a cozy home might cause you to confuse her for a magician, or an interior design fairy godmother at the very least. The Homepolish interior designer can do wonders to a space no matter how tight the budget or small the square footage.

The secret to creating a stunning home, she says, is to focus on three things when decorating. “I am a firm believer that you don’t need a lot of stuff to make your space feel finished. If you consider these three things — texture, color, and scale — you can make any space feel cozy.”

Keep reading to hear what Shannon has to say about approaching each.