Includes Limited Area of Downtown Jersey City, excluding Newport

Jersey City, NJ, Jul 14, 2013, 3:30pm

Due to the loss of pressure in the system caused by the 12″ main break, United Water has issued a precautionary boil water advisory today to residents in the following downtown section of Jersey City.

The affected area of Jersey City is from the Hoboken border to Grand Street, and from Interstate 78 to the waterfront, excluding the Newport area.

These Jersey City residents should boil their water for at least one minute for the following: drinking, cooking, or baking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula or food, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets, and all other consumption. Water does not have to be boiled for the following activities: showering, washing dishes or clothes.

“United Water’s emergency crews are working at the site in an effort to restore service to customers,” said Chris Riat, senior director of NJ contract operations for United Water. “Our number one priority is to get service restored to the homeowners and businesses of Jersey City. Our professionally trained emergency crews will not rest until that is accomplished.”
About United Water Jersey City
United Water provides water service to approximately 239,000 residents in Jersey City. The company operates the City’s water system through a contract agreement with the JCMUA. United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 18 water utilities, the company operates more than 90 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.

MICHAEL SANZEN 53-55 Mercer Street Project:
Michael and his team have presented to the Zoning Board and Historic Preservation Commission.  The project is proposing to build an addition on onto exsisting building at the side of said property.  The new 3 story addition would incorporate a carriage house style garage with one parking spot at the first level.The total unit count for the property would be reduced from three units to two units.  The variance being requested from Zoning is to maintain the parking space as part of the addition.  The owner is interested in any feedback from his neighbors about the project.

We welcome back Greggy Soriano and the owners of 437 Jersey Ave(corner of Jersey Ave. and Bright St.) for a presentation of his Cake Lush Bakery/Restaurant. They will be updating us with proposed plans for a new bakery / restaurant and to hear feedback from community.  Variances for this project will be required to convert the retail space into a Category One restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Variances are also sought for minimum lot depth, lot area, building coverage, lot coverage and rear yard setback.
FYI: They will be presenting this same project in front of the Historic Preservation Commission on Monday July 15th at 7:30pm.

Our newest Councilwoman from Ward E will join us for the first time!! Congrats to Candice!  She will give a brief talk and then answer questions and discuss issues with us covering a variety of topics. Recently she inquired with the VVPA and the DCNA if we could provide her office with a list of priorities regarding traffic calming in our respective neighborhoods.  Any thoughts on traffic/pedestrian issues–please bring them to our discussion Tuesday night.




Our next film is WEDNESDAY JULY 24th at sunset–east end of VVP
Are you a Jet or a Shark??  Come join us–singing will be permitted as we watch WEST SIDE STORY under the stars!  Bring a chair, Bring a Friend–we’ll have the movie and popcorn for you! Check out our full schedule at

Brought to you by your friendly neighborhood association (US!! The VVPA!!) and the Friends of Van Vorst Park with alot of generous donations from:

Silverman-Building Neighborhoods

So please go out and support them if you can-
-it’s our way of saying THANKS!!

“ARGO” June 26th, 8:30 pm

25 Jun 2013, Posted by admin in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule



Wednesday June 26th for


directed by

Ben Affleck

Winner of the 2012 Academy Awards for Best Picture , Best adapted screenplay,and Best editing.  Argo is based on the true events of operative Tony Mendezs book The Master of Disguise and Joshuah Bearman’s 2007 Wired article The Great Escape.   The Film chronicles the Mendez led rescue of six U.S. diplomats during Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979

Special guest, Pamela Pearl 

Associate Casting Director on ARGO

will be joining us before the film-8:30 pm

 She will be sharing with us the process and

inside scoop on how they found this extremely talented cast.

She has got some great stories!! Q&A to follow

click below to view the trailer

As always, in case of inclement weather check

JCList, twitter @vvpajc or FB/VanVorstParkAssociation.

Summer 2013-Season 9

14 Jun 2013, Posted by admin in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule

As promised we announced our full season this past Wednesday.  It was a perfect night for a movie outdoors–it was so wonderful to see young and old, friends meeting friends and sharing dinners, neighbors stopping by to watch a few minutes of Life of Pi on our screen chowing on some free popcorn….Make sure to catch a movie this summer–Bring a picnic~make it a date! You won’t regret it!

Our Season:

June 12--Life of Pi (PG)

June 26–Argo (R) (Special guest speaker before film, Pamela Pearl who was a casting associate on the film–learn the inside scoop on how major motion pictures are cast!)

July 10–The Impossible (PG-13)

July 24–West Side Story (G)

August 7–The Bugs Bunny & Roadrunner Movie (G) (1979)

August 21-The Intouchables (R)

September 4–Silver Linings Playbook (R)

Films in Van Vorst: “Argo” June 26

13 Jun 2013, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

******Weather Permitting Join us Tomorrow July 10th******

Wednesday July 10th

The Impossible

A regular family – Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three kids – travel to Thailand to enjoy their Christmas Holiday.  They are spending it at a stunning resort on the coastline with many other tourists from around the world.  A perfect paradise vacation until a distant noise becomes their worst nightmare.  A devastating tsunami. The family is torn apart.  How will they ever find each other? Who will survive, and what will become of them?

We will post to JClist, Twitter@vvpajc and Facebook/VanVorstParkAssociation
in case of inclement weather!!

East end of VVP
Bring a Chair-Bring a Friend!
Check out a trailer of the film at
Free Popcorn!
Raindate, if needed, is the following Wednesday, July 17th!

We are so thankful to our wonderful and generous sponsors this year who have helped make this season possible!


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and special thanks to the City of Jersey City.

See you in the Park!

In the chance of inclement weather you can can check to see if we are postponing till the following Wednesday at:


Twitter: @VVPAJC

or on JCList


Join us tonite as we discuss with our Construction Liaison updates on these projects:
a. Proposed Amendments to Bright Street Redevelopment Plan b. Board of Adjustment Applications for 437 Jersey Avenue (Cake Lush) and 440 Jersey Avenue (Bubby’s Burrito)

It is important to get your feedback so please your prescence is needed!!

Tomorrow the City Council will be considering the landmarking of St John’s Church in Ward F. If historic preservation is important to you please attend the meeting tomorrow night, Wednesday June 19th at City Hall.



“Life Of Pi”

directed by Ang Lee

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 2012 and winner for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best visual Effects and Best Original Score.

“Life of Pi” is an adventure drama film

based on Yann Martel’s 2001 novel of the same name. Directed by Ang Lee, the film is based on an adapted screenplay by David Magee, and stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, and Adil Hussain.

The storyline revolves around a 16-year old Indian boy named Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, who survives a shipwreck in which his family dies, and is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

click below to view the trailer


Van Vorst Park Association & Friends of Van Vorst Park present

Join us Wednesday June 12th after sunset (8:30 and later)
East end of VVP
Bring a Chair-Bring a Friend!
Free Popcorn!
We will announce the rest of the season that night as well!!

We are so thankful to our wonderful and generous sponsors this year who have really helped make this season possible!
SILVERMAN-Building Neighborhoods
Aire Salon
Jersey City Medical Center
Liberty Park Cafe & Diner
Thirty Acres
Two Boots

and special thanks to the City of Jersey City.
See you in the Park!

This weekend…
Our wonderful neighbors in the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association invite us all tomorrow Saturday June 8th 10am-6pm in Hamilton Park for their annual
PARKFEST!!!  Great shopping, yummy food & delightful entertainment.
The sun promises to return and it will be a great day!!

Next weekend…
The Hudson Shakespeare Company will perform Cyrano de Bergerac in VVP
Friday June 14th at 7pm.  Performance on the lawn–if it rains join them in the Gazebo.

Don’t forget our fabulous Farmers Market on Saturdays, Groove on Grove Wednesdays–before our movie of course!, and Creative Grove on Fridays.