November 2013 VVPA Newsletter

15 Nov 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Van Vorst Park Association Meeting
Meeting Tuesday November 19th , 7:30PM at the Barrow Mansion
83 Wayne Street  All are welcome! Snacks will be served!


Captain Daniel Sollitti- East District Commander
It’s been some time since we’ve had a representative from our Police District at one of our monthly meetings and we are so pleased to welcome the Captain to our neighborhood. He will give us a little background and then take questions and concerns from the membership. Now is the time to come and speak up on the issues that are most concerning to us….PLEASE DON’T MISS THIS IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY!

UPDATES: Bright & Varick Street Redevelopment

Latest update and strategy meeting for the Bright & Varick Redevelopment project.
The Townhall meeting with the Mayor answered few questions and raised even more as did the response from his office this week to our first letter outlining legal options. You can read their letter here: In short, they have decided that “the Project is simply too far along to effecuate any substantial change” and that there is a “revised plan” that “reflects a good faith effort” to address our concerns.
We have not seen this revised plan. Our next step is to present our Legal Case at the next Planning Board Meeting (when they are on the agenda). If we do not receive a satisfactory decision, we will have to appeal to the higher courts.
The Town Hall Meeting was filmed by our 1st Van Vorst Park Association president Yvonne Balcer and can be seen here: THANKS YVONNE!!


Brightside Tavern, 141 Bright Street

As you know, lawyers are preparing a brief for us and will hopefully be presenting on our behalf in the upcoming weeks at the Planning Board. We have raised money, but we need to continue building our legal defense fund. So please join us for a fundraiser that promises to seriously raise some FUN….and FUNDS!!

$20 contribution at the door.
Complimentary appetizers
Happy Hour drink prices all night long!
a Game of “I dare you” Karoke
a guaranteed good time

PLEASE tell your friends & neighbors–let’s pack the house like we did back on October 8th….ALL ARE WELCOME!!!!

We will see you there!

If you are unable to make it feel free to donate online at or

Special thanks to Tom Parisi for his generosity…

Sunday November 17th 3-6pm
Victory Hall Drawing Room 180 Grand Street

Opening Reception for The BIG Small Painting Show! Featuring a number of VVP residents!! Free and open to all!

Saturday December 7th 7-11pm
Iron Monkey–All are invited–more details to come in our events section!

Save the date!! Nimbus’s annual Nutcracker presentatation is happening on December 21st & 22nd, 1 & 5pm shows at MS#4 on Bright Street. Check out for all the information. A wonderful Jersey City tradition starring local children and celebrities!! NOT TO BE MISSED!!

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