JC Fitness Fair


Saturday, May 19th from 10 am to 1 pm at Harborside Atrium

ChicPeaJC and JC Families present the 3rd annual JC Fitness Fair! 

This is an opportunity to meet local fitness professionals and find the perfect workout or re-ignite your interest in an old favorite.

This year’s fair will also be an opportunity to put your skills to the test in one or more fitness competitions: How many burpees can you do? How much weight can you dead-lift? How long can you hold plank or a squat? How many jumping jacks can you do? There will also be demos, product samples, raffles and free passes on offer.
Don’t miss this opportunity to make your fitness and well-being a priority. Your body, your mind, and your family will thank you.

Get your sneakers and fitness gear ready! Bring the family and meet Jersey City’s health and fitness professionals. This is a free event and a great way to start the warmer season!

Roosevelt Dime & Abbie Gardner in Jersey City. NJ


Friday, May 18th 2018 at 39 Erie Street at 2nd St in Jersey City as Cathedral Arts Live! presents Abbie Gardner and Roosevelt Dime

Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own! No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie. She has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, as well, with such accolades as; 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for The Mind of a Soldier and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for Id Rather Be. Her song Honey on My Grave was also published in Sing Out! Magazine in 2008.

Roosevelt Dime: Seamlessly combining the feel-good groove of classic Rhythm and Blues with acoustic Americana instrumentation, Roosevelt Dime has crafted an infectious style and sound truly their own. Eben Pariser fronts the band with searingly soulful vocals, belted and whispered with a passion and panache straight from the juke joints. Andrew Green’s innovative piano-inspired banjo style, equal parts boogie woogie and bluegrass, lock in with the New Orleans clave rhythms of Tony Montalbano’s drums and Craig Akin’s syncopated upright bass. The swampy chords and swinging blues lines of Pariser’s semi-hollow electric guitar thicken the sound further still. By following the strains of Americana back to its roots, they not only combine aspects of different genres, but challenge the notion of these differences at their core. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, the band started in the age old New Orleans street busking tradition, only it was the bustling avenues of the Big Apple rather than the Big Easy that first nurtured their sound. All walks of life were drawn to the undeniable positivity and crowd-sourced spontaneity at these revelries, and this literal grassroots community-building stuck with the band as they took their joyous beat from the city’s parks and subways to seek that same heartfelt connection with audiences worldwide. Armed with original songs of hope, love, and conviction that sound birthed from the cradle of American music yet still crucially relevant to the times in which we live, their performances are a perpetual crowd pleaser (NY Times) in any setting.

Tickets – $15 in advance & $20 at the door.

NimbusPRESENTS: Offline 5.18-19 Imagine, Engage, Connect


NimbusPRESENTS: OFFLINE returns for its 6th cycle, curated by Keith Thompson (Trisha Brown Dance Company, Artistic Director of danceTactics performance Group, Faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts) through the theme Imagine, Engage, Connect.

Two evenings boast 2 unique programs of new work. TICKETS

Friday, May 18 @ 8 pm at Nimbus Dance Works located at 165 Newark Ave

Nimbus2 (Justin Keith Perez)
looseKANON dance co. (Kanon Sapp)
Kailey McCrudden (kaycruddenco)
Veronica Cheesboro
Stefano Nappi
Wild Beast Dance (Tammy Carrasco)

Saturday, May 19 @ 8 pm

Nimbus2 (Justin Keith Perez)
looseKANON dance co. (Kanon Sapp)
Kailey McCrudden (kaycrddenco)
Evita Zacharioglou
Sebastian Abarbanell

* please note that this performance contains partial nudity



The concert will take place at Grace Church on the corner of 2nd & Erie in downtown JC.

Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 pm

Following the caroling party, join ORQUESTRA BRASILEIRA DE ARTE, CULTURA E HISTÓRIA (OBACH) for a delightful afternoon of festive classical and holiday music. On the program are gems by Corelli, Garcia, Handel, Vivaldi, McDowell, and Irving Berlin! The concert is free and open to the public.

Don’t miss the chance to hear these delightful musicians from Brazil in this beautiful, acoustically perfect space!

Jersey City Nutcracker


December 15, 7pm; 16th 1pm & 5pm; 17th 1pm & 5pm • Frank R. Conwell Auditorium, 107 Bright Street, Jersey City NJ

Jersey City Nutcracker tells the story of two children’s urban holiday adventure leading them through fantasy, adversity and celebration and teaching them lessons about friendship and community along the way. Choreographed and directed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, this adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic is performed by a stand-out cast of professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works joined by youth and adults from the community as they portray familiar characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess and Drosselmeyer – all with a Jersey City twist! Amidst colorful sets, costumes, a brightly adorned tree, youth and adults alike are touched by this tale of Christmas spirit.

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JC Fridays – Quarterly Citywide Arts Celebration


JC Fridays – a full day of arts events in Jersey City! This quarterly citywide celebration of the arts is organized by Art House Productions. All events are free and open to the public. * art * performance * music * film * education Support the arts! Explore your city! For more JC Fridays information and full listings, visit jcfridays.com. Jersey City Independent is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

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A December Chill – An Immersive Theatrical Event at the Libary


December 8th, 2017 – December 9th, 2017
Jersey City Main Library
472 Jersey Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07302

Similar to “Sleep No More”, Art House Productions brings you “A December Chill”, an immersive theatrical event taking place on all four floors of the Jersey City Main Library. Guests will follow performers around the library as the action unfolds. Each audience member will have a unique experience based on the performer they choose to follow. Afterwards, audience members will want to share their experience with friends and family as this event will be sure to titillate, spook, and provoke. “A December Chill” will also feature an exclusive VIP bar with passed hors d’oeuvres. Story influences from Shakespeare, Stephen King, Tolstoy, and more. While AHP is committed to accessibility at our venue, please note that this event is off-site and not fully accessible. For more information please contact Meredith Burns at Meredith@arthouseproductions.org 

Local Writer, Published

51di2eoeufl-_sx320_bo1204203200_Local writer/poet Aaron B. Jackson has published his book Dogetry. It’s available at The Strand bookstore as well as on Amazon and Aaron’s website.

Dogetry is a poetic exploration of the bond between dogs and humans. Written by Aaron B. Jackson, it is inspired by Annie and Reggie, a Bichon Frise and a Chihuahua/Pug mix, who were rescued in Los Angeles and moved across the country with the author and his wife. A poetic exploration of the powerful relationship between humans and their canine friends, a relationship both universal and extremely personal, Dogetry expresses the power of dogs to win hearts and become valued family members, providing unconditional love and lasting friendship. Some of the poems in Dogetry have previously been published in The Bark Magazine, Pawsh Magazine and other publications. Written over a ten year timeline, Dogetry is a reminder of how rewarding it can be to rescue a dog… or two.


Aaron B. Jackson has been published in over fifty publications and is the author of Dogetry. He is the former Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ. At times using the pen name Middlepoet, his poems have appeared in The Bark Magazine, San Francisco Peace And Hope, Like One: Poems for Boston and Scripting Change: Seeing Past Sickness. His poetry has been exhibited in Finland’s Pori Art Museum as part of a multimedia collaboration and he has twice been the recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation. Currently he lives with his family in Jersey City, NJ. For more visit aaronbjackson.com.

The Goldstein Group Launches New Division to Provide Retail and Advisory Services in Urban Markets

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Industry Veteran Scott Edlitz Tapped to Lead Newly-Formed TGG Urban;  Full-Service Division to Focus on Mixed-Use Buildings in New Jersey and New York City

Chuck Lanyard, President of The Goldstein Group (TGG), today announced the formation of a new division to offer specialized retail leasing and advisory services to urban mixed-use property owners, developers and management firms in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan region.

Scott I. Edlitz, a 20-year industry veteran in retail and commercial leasing in Manhattan and New Jersey, will head up the new division which will operate under the name, TGG Urban.  The new assignment expands on Mr. Edlitz’s current role as Senior Vice President, Brokerage Operations of The Goldstein Group. TGG Urban will focus on retail leasing, marketing, and management operations for retail properties in key urban areas in New Jersey Gold Coast, such as Jersey City, Hoboken, Newark, Montclair, as well as the New York City boroughs.

The new division will offer comprehensive and full-service programs, drawing on The Goldstein Group’s distinguished history of providing comprehensive retail real estate services. Over the past thirty-five years, TGG has specialized in the handling of free-standing commercial buildings and shopping centers, as well as central business districts and planned urban/suburban projects comprising retail, restaurants and residences.  The division will bring the personalized approach, professionalism and market insight of one of the northeast’s leading retail leasing teams, to mixed-use developers and property owners. Continue reading

Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Jersey City

broa-1496152784via Eater.com – 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.

Check out the Map on Eater.com >>>