April 2014 VVPA Meeting Reminder

15 Apr 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

Van Vorst Park Association Meeting TONITE

Tuesday April 15th
Barrow Mansion  83 Wayne Street
All are welcome!  Snacks served!!


  • Jeff Zak– Liberty Harbor North—

Jeff Zak joined us in January to discuss changes to the latest phase of development in Liberty Harbor North.  We gave feedback and comments. He will be sharing with us on Tuesday the latest drawings and plans.

  • Esmeralda Trinidad

Esmeralda Trinidad is a Democrat running for Hudson County Freeholder District 3 in the upcoming elections on June 3rd.  We will discuss the role of the Freeholder in Hudson County. She will give us her background and discuss her Economic Development Plan and campaign platform.  She will then answer questions from the membership.

  • Marc Wesson-Friends of Van Vorst Park

Parkman Marc will join us and show the latest plans for the Sprayground which will be in Van Vorst Park. He is also involved with JC Parks Department on upcoming plans to renovate Angel Ramos Park on Wayne Street and is looking for community feedback on what the neighborhood would like to see go there. 


Creative Grove is Back at Grove Plaza–3-9pm DJ, Green Art Bar, local merchants & designers and always a festive crowd!!

SATURDAY APRIL 19TH:(weather permitting)
Please Join the VVPA and FVVP for the annual egg hunt at 11pm followed by the 1st ever Easter Bonnet competition at noon!! Councilwoman Diane Coleman & Creative Groves own Uta Brauser are some of the judges.. So decorate a Hat and have some fun–prizes in 3 categories: Adults, Children & PETS!!! $5 suggested donation.  (If you care to donate plastic eggs for the Egg Hunt, they can be dropped off in the Park Sat April 19th at 9am)

SUNDAY April 27th-9am-12pm

All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast to support the Historic Paulus Hook Association.  Go to for all the delicious information!

Join the VVPA for a Wine tasting fundraiser.    Local Van Vorster and wine expert, John McClement, Wine & Spirits Director of a group of NYC restaurants including Keens Steakhouse, Noho Star, Temple Bar & Elephant & Castle will be leading our Spring Wine tasting in an intimate evening at a Van Vorster’s beautiful home.   John is a font of wine knowledge–NOT TO BE MISSED!  Light hors d’oeuvres and desserts served. LIMITED SEATING–35 total- for more information and to reserve a spot email us at

SATURDAY May 17th 7pm
THE VVPA’s annual MEETBALL is back!!! 2010 saw our last family fun filled MeetBall dinner at St Peter’s Prep.  The Prep renovated and changed their policy of letting outside groups use the space–we were lost.  Well, no more! OLC Church has opened the doors of Victory Hall on the corner of Marin & Grand Street to us!  So join us as we eat, drink and dance the night away.. We will be sending MeetBall updates in the next few weeks on ticket and event information so make sure to check your inboxes and like us on Facebook for all the latest news.

Civic information:
There are two open meetings regarding the proposed 2014 Budget.  Members of the public are invited to come and give questions or statements to members of City Council about the proposed 2014 City budget on two dates: April 14th at 6pm, and April 16th at 6pm. 

The proposed budget may be downloaded from the current main page of

Members of the DCNA met with Vivian Brady-Philips, our Deputy Mayor to discuss the ongoing issue of PRE-K facilities in Jersey City.  She will speaking at the upcoming Board of Education meeting on April 24th at PS11 886 Bergen Ave.  If you care to speak call 201.915.6074 to sign up.

The Bright & Varick Redevelopment Plan is still an ongoing issue for the community.  Last month the developers filed a complaint in Hudson County Superior Court against the City Of Jersey City.  To see the complaint and for the latest developments check out our blogspot this coming week on the project at

Special Thanks to The Brightside Tavern.  Tommy Parisi donated delicious food (can you say Chicken Marsala??YUM!) and space for our VVPA get together this past week.  We are so grateful for his generosity.  Show him some love and visit him soon.  Tell him thanks from the VVPA. Check out his menu and schedule of events at


04 Apr 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Events

Bright & Varick Micro Unit

The Fight Goes On…




The Brightside Tavern

Tuesday April 8th 


$20 at the door

Tommy Appetizer Buffet

Happy Hour Drink specials all nite!



Rushman Dillon sued the City!

They are asking Hudson County Superior Court to declare their 87 micro units automatically approved.


Come hear the details.

Read the 500 page complaint!

Pull up a chair and we’ll tell you the story…


We need your support and a drink.


Van Vorst Park Association





01 Apr 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use
From JCPD:
Please be advised we are receiving complaints and reports of telephone scams involving motor vehicle accidents and balances with PSE& G . In the motor vehicle accident calls, someone calls and states a family member was just involved in a motor vehicle accident and injured a family member of the caller.  The caller than requests money or they will kill the family member.
In the PSE&G calls, an alleged representative calls and states a balance is due and unless it is paid immediately, usually by some form of prepaid card(s), service will be shut off.
Please do not send money or forms of payment to anyone/organization when being requested via telephone call.  Additionally, please file a formal report with the Jersey City Police Department by calling the non-emergency number at 201-547-5477 or responding to the East District at 207 7th St.




29 Mar 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Events, News You Can Use


Candice Osborne & Mayor Fulop teamed up and worked with the PA on the PATH  WTC weekend shutdown. The PA agreed to a trial run of a ferry from Paulus Hook Terminal at the end of Sussex Street to the World Financial Terminal at Battery Park City.  The ferry will cost $2.50 one way and tickets cannot be purchased in advance.  This is a trial.  The more ridership the PA sees in the next 6 weeks the more likely they will continue the service….so get on that BOAT & RIDE!! Check out

We were happy to help Candice and the PA by providing them with our PATH CONGESTION SURVEY results.


At our March meeting we heard from Matt Shapiro, Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association President and the current President of the Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.  He brought to our attention the issue facing PRE-K students and the Cordero Annex in Hamilton Park. The Jersey City Independent had a great article explaining the can read it here.  Matt Shapiro has started a petition and is asking us to take a minute to read and sign it if you agree.  Note that the students who were in the Cordero Annex were the same students who were misplaced from their trailers when Rushman Dillion & the JCRA cut short the BOE’s contract for the space at Bright & Varick.….

Speaking of Bright & Varick..


It’s time again to gather together and have a drink and discuss the latest news on the Bright & Varick Micro Units.  Rushman Dillon has set into motion a lawsuit against the City asking among many things, to have an automatic approval to go forward with their plans to start construction this spring.  We will have the 500+ document online for you to look through and will give you the cliff notes version in person. We will go through the process going forward, talk about our discussion with the City on the subject and answer any questions you might have.

Join us!!
WHEN: Tuesday April 8th
WHERE: where else? THE BRIGHTSIDE! 141 Bright (corner of Bright & Monmouth)
TIME: 7:30-?
HOW MUCH: $20 includes–A Tommy Appetizer Buffet & Happy Hour drink specials all night
GAMES: Darts and Shuffleboard Upstairs!!


So please take a few minutes to stop by.

Pulaski Skyway Closing INFO

18 Mar 2014, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

Public Information Center
Open House

The Project Team will be available to discuss the Pulaski Skyway Closing and answer questions from
noon – 8:00 pm. Presentations will be given at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00pm.


St. Peter’s University
Mac Mahon Student Center
47 Glenwood Avenue, Jersey City
Duncan Family Skyroom, 6th floor
Pulaski West Room
*Free parking available at Armory lot at 686 Montgomery Street


March 25, 2014
Noon – 8:00 PM
**Transit access via PATH station at Journal Square and/or NJ TRANSIT bus #10

Project Information:

Route 139 (Covered Roadway) Conrail and
Hoboken Viaducts Rehabilitation Project

This project will replace the deck, beams and
columns on the Hoboken Viaduct. The deck on the
Conrail Viaduct will be replaced and intersection
improvements will be made on the Covered Roadway
(Hoboken Avenue/State Highway). This work will
require detours due to intersection closings and lane

Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation –
Deck Replacement Project

Starting April 12, 2014 the Department of
Transportation will begin to replace the deck on the
3.5-mile long Skyway. As a result, all northbound
trac will be detoured. Kearny and Broadway center
ramps also will be closed.

Any questions?
Call Meredith Hammond,
or email
Tweet questions to
@skywayrehab #pulaskiclosure
during the Open House

March 2014 VVPA Newsletter

17 Mar 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

March Meeting & News!

Join us Tuesday March 18th @ 7:30pm at the Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Stret

Look what’s in store….and snacks too!!


  • Bob Hurley-Basketball Coach at St. Anthony’s High School–

The VVPA will be honored by one of Jersey City’s most prominent citizens when Coach Bob Hurley joins us this month for a reflection on his storied career at Saint Anthony’s. The Coach is a lifelong Jersey City resident, one of only ten high school basketball coaches to win 1000 games and only the third high school coach to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. And he is a down to earth nice guy.

  • Judy Crane–Downtown Harvest Community Supported Agriculture

The Downtown Harvest group is preparing for their upcoming season.  Judy will explain what Community Supported Agriculture is, discuss the benefits and answer any questions.

We will also have an update on the latest developments regarding the recent complaint filed by Bright & Varick Urban Renewal against the city.

And….the VVPA will be giving out free daffodil bulbs courtesy of Friends of Van Vorst Park .  Plant them in the next week or so and you will have flowers if and when spring arrives!!


Please join Mayor Steven Fulop & The JCDO in our city’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday – March 16th  Meeting Time – 12 PM@ The Lincoln Memorial Statue ( located on Kennedy Blvd & Belmont Ave) ALL ARE WELCOME ! Wear Your Green !

Ongoing survey:
We are still asking if you ride the PATH during the weekend to take our “unofficial” PATH survey at  PA authorities have asked for our data.  It’s important for us to continue to monitor the situation with these results.  Mayor Fulop mentioned at the DCNA meeting this past Monday that he is “talks” with the PA. If the PA fails to work with the City, we hope to use our statistics to pressure for changes.  SO PLEASE TAKE THE SURVEY AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

News from our neighbors:
Prospective Parents, Please Come to BelovED Community Charter School’s Open House to learn more about our school and what is has to offer your family on Tuesday March 25, 2014 at 9:00 am at 508 Grand Street.

Victoria Nece who volunteered and designed our incredible new website is a finalist in the Jersey City logo design contest.  Check out her branding concept at  GOOD LUCK VICTORIA~~~

Civic information:
Councilwoman Candice Osborne and Councilman Chico Ramchal will hold a meeting regarding the ordinance recently tabled at City Council, regarding the end time of festivals at Exchange Place.  Anyone interested in discussing the ordinance can attend an open meeting next Friday March 21st at 7pm in the Council Chambers, City Hall.

And…the ongoing debate between the City and the BOE has alot of Van Vorst parents concerned.  An article in the JCI explains the facts.

And yes…the squirrel in the photo above is a proud Van Vorst American Squirrel.   Picture taken this past February in VVP.  We would like to name our VVP squirrel.  Any suggestions?  Email them to

In conjunction with the Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, The Harsimus Cove association welcomes Mayor Steven Fulop as their guest speaker for their March general meeting.  Since time is limited, we are taking questions for the Mayor in advance of our meeting.  All downtown neighborhoods will be submitting questions. Please help us by filling out the form below.

The meeting will be Monday, March 10, 2014 from 7:30- 9:00 at Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie Street @ 2nd Street. Enter through the red doors on 2nd Street. All are welcome, please invite your neighbors.


27 Feb 2014, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

Recently we welcomed Port Authority representatives to our February monthly meeting.  Over 60 people attended and voiced their frustrations to Stephen Kingsberry, the Director/General Manager of PATH. He listened and assured us he would take all the suggestions and issues and discuss with his colleagues at PATH.  He encouraged the crowd to let him know of problem times & congestion issues with the  current weekend service.

The VVPA is “unofficially” doing a PATH CONGESTION SURVEY.

We will be sharing our results with Councilwoman Osbourne as well as the Port Authority reps who attended our meeting.  Feel free to comment as well and fill out our survey as often as you wish.

Thanks to Victoria for setting up our survey.



January 2014 VVPA Newsletter

18 Jan 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

A brief update on the latest developments as of Friday January 17th for the Bright & Varick Redevelopment Plan:

The Office of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce issued a letter to Michael Rushman and his lawyers stating that the “proposed 87 micro unit project at 268 Varick is denied based on ambiguity pertaining to density”. He cited the letter our lawyers wrote to the city on our behalf saying that it “raises important questions and presents me with doubt as to whether or not your application would require a “d” variance for density under this redevelopment plan” (Read the full letter here). He goes on to say that they can appeal and have 20 days to do so.


HOWEVER…..We are not sure what happens next but we know the fight is NOT OVER…will they appeal? Will they take the city to court? Will they apply for a variance? We continue to retain our lawyers. We can use your continued support. We will be having a series of fundraisers soon. In the meantime, any donation will help us with our legal fees. You can donate online at Or bring your check books to the meeting on Tuesday!!


Ryan Strother- Director of Recreation for Jersey City

Ryan will join us Tuesday to talk about his vision for the Department of Recreation. He has been working hard on this years upcoming events around town and will take questions and suggestions from our members.

Jeff Zak-Liberty Harbor North

Jeff has joined us in the past trying to keep us up to date on the latest developments in Liberty Harbor North. On Tuesday, he will be sharing with us preliminary plans and ideas for the property across from the Brownstone Diner and is hoping for a discussion with our insight and input.


SNOWBALL-Saturday January 25th Truly a great time—get your tickets now! There is still time to find that fabulous outfit!!

Celebrating 10 years… Hudson Restaurant Week returns with 40+ participating restaurants in Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, and Edgewater/Weehawken areas. For participating list – visit:

Our resident VVP chamber music group performs Sunday January 19th at the Barrow Mansion. Check out all the information at:

Get your free tickets for a concert and fireworks in LSP on Monday January 27th from 7:30- 9pm. Bundle up and head on over. Check out:


16 Jan 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

Happy New Year!

This is an update on the latest developments in the Bright & Varick project.

The VVPA requested all documents from City Officials regarding this project via OPRA (Open Public Records Act). We were finally given a portion of documents weeks after they were due from the City Clerks office the day after Christmas. What was included though was eye opening to say the least. But what was clear to us and our lawyers was that Steve Fulop seems to be on our side now agreeing that the density will require a variance from the Board of Adjustment. And there was a letter from Corporate Counsel informing the developer of the same. We’ve uploaded some of the documents, including those mentioned above on

However, yesterday neighbors in the vicinity of Bright & Varick started receiving mail from Michael Rushman’s lawyer informing us the Bright & Varick Urban Renewal Co (The Developer) clams approval of its application for preliminary and major site plan by reason of failure by the Jersey City Planning Board to grant or deny their application within the statutory time period after submission. We were not surprised by this attempt in light of Michael Rushman’s post on JCList in December. We’ve emailed Steve Fulop and others for comment. Steve emailed us back and verifies that “it is NOT approved”. There are now emails unanswered to Bob Cotter and the Planning Department on what actions are being taken. We hope to hear from them shortly and will update in an email this weekend.

In the meantime, we have been keeping in touch with our lawyers. Since they sent our letter to the City they have been on hold waiting to appear on our behalf for whatever action needs to happen, whether it’s Zoning or Planning Board agendas. They’ve been updated on the latest news and are researching the next steps for us to take.

We encourage you to reach out to us if you have received any notification from the Developer. We will be diligently trying to find out what the City’s stance is on this latest tactic by Michael Rushman.

Oh, and get ready for some more fundraisers…..!

Thanks to all