Meeting Agenda:

  • FEMA

FEMA representatives will be joining us to discuss the new flood maps and what impact it will have on Jersey City Homeowners.

  • New Development in Liberty Harbor North

John Neu and his team of architects from Perkins Eastman will be presenting plans for a multi-building development on Lot 17 in Liberty Harbor North.  Lot 17 is just east of the Light Rail on Jersey Avenue.  Their plans include over 1000 residential units, 40,000 square foot space for a Market, 30,000 square foot Community space and potentially one building reaching 40 stories high.  They are joining us to hear community comments and concerns.

  • 102 Wayne Street

Scott Seale joined last year to show us his plans for the renovation of 102 Wayne Street.  There were concerns from the membership which he has apparently addressed and would like to present the newest set of plans.

What’s going on?

ArtHouse Productions presents:THE LAST CELEBRITY– A multimedia one-man show written and performed by Reg E Gaines.
In celebration of Black History Month 2013
Tickets $10  To purchase tickets:

Samuel Pott is the artistic director of Nimbus–he is also our VVP neighbor!!!!

Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th Street, NYC


Friday, 2/15; 7:30pm (followed by Worlds Apart, Worlds Together Reception)

Saturday, 2/16; 7:30pm

Sunday, 2/17; 2pm (Artist talk-back following performance)


Performance: $10-$25

Worlds Apart, Worlds Together Reception: $65 – $150

To purchase tickets:

A VVP neighbor is starting up a Lacrosse League in JC!!! Check out his website:–for more information—hopefully he will join us next month and tell us all about it!!


JERSEY AVE FOOTBRIDGE: City Council approved funding for the Jersey Ave Footbridge. T&M Associates developed a plan for the bridge. The plan is nearly finalized.  Representatives from the VVPA and other neighborhood groups met Friday with the City Engineers to discuss the details of the design. The proposed completion date is still set for early summer!!

JCMC MEDICAL CONCIERGE:  Tom Shields spoke with us at our last meeting regarding this new service offered at the Jersey City Medical Center–Here’s a little more about the program!!

The Medical Concierge Program is a Complimentary Service offered to the residents of Van Vorst Neighborhood. We help you navigate through healthcare by offering;

  • Physician referrals
  • Facilitated Scheduling
  • Expedited radiology results
  • Patient focused healthcare
  • Emergency Liaison
  • A personal concierge to answer your healthcare needs 

We can be reached at 201-915-2815 or 201-915-2897


Jersey City LaCrosse Day

10 Feb 2013, Posted by admin in Events

Join us for 2 hours of lacrosse and information about the most exciting and fastest-growing sport in America—and our upcoming Jersey City Lacrosse 2013 spring season for boys and girls, kindergarten through 8th grade.

For more information – Download PDF

Meeting Agenda:


Ever since Hurricane Sandy,  access to and from Liberty State Park to Downtown JC has been affected by the destruction of the footbridge at the end of Jersey Avenue.  Recently, a group of concerned neighborhood activists and some city officials have been discussing how best to expedite the reconstruction of a bridge.  A representative from the group will be on hand to let us know what if anything has been happening….please join us, your input and ideas are valuable as we try and rectify the situation.


Representatives from Jersey City Medical Center will be on hand to discuss the exciting changes happening at the Hospital and at their newest annex, The Jersey City Museum. They are interested in community input to better serve the Downtown neighborhoods.  Two Topics to be covered will be their new Medical concierge service and Skip the Wait–an online service that will help you “skip the wait” if you are ever in need of their Emergency Room.

What’s going on?

January 17th 6pm
Zoning Board of Adjustments will hear PJ Ryans presentation for proposed plans to expand the bar to adjacent 58 Mercer Street. The initial Zoning board presentation had been postponed from December.

January 26th 8pm
Art House Productions 7th Annual SNOWBALL. The event of the season and this year honoring Neighborhood Associations–like your very own VVPA!!! Come out and join the party and support this instrumental arts organization right here in JC!!  Ticket info:

January 28th-February 8th
Hudson Restaurant Week returns…deliciously discounted pre-fixe meals offered at local restaurants….check out the website for the list of participating restaurants and make your plans now!!


Thanks to all our neighbors who joined us at our DCNA Holiday Party in December. The Brightside Tavern sure knew how to throw a great party-so special thanks to Tom Parisi and his staff for all their help in making that happen. Thanks to Historic Paulus Hook, The Village Neighborhood, Harsimus Cove and Hamilton Park Associations for getting the word out and representing!!  Here’s to a great new year
with the DNCA!!

Happy Holidays from the VVPA!!

07 Dec 2012, Posted by admin in Events

The VVPA wishes you all a peaceful and happy holiday–whatever you celebrate–we all could use some good tidings this year!!

So why don’t you spend a few minutes with your neighbors at the DCNA–Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations Holiday Party.  The VVPA is hosting this year…and it’s at The Brightside Tavern. Tom Parisi, our neighbor, took quite a hit this year with Sandy–so come over and spread some cheer with him.  First drink is on the DCNA and Tom has promised an extended happy hour for us as well!  There will be plenty of food and fun and feel free to work that good Holiday Karma by bringing an unwrapped toy for the JCPD Toy Drive!!

January 15th we will be back for our regular monthly meeting at the Barrow Mansion.

Hopefully we will see Tuesday the 11th..if not have a safe, happy and festive holiday!


Meeting Agenda:

  • Diane Coleman- Meet City Council Candidate for Ward F for this November election!

Diane Coleman is a lifelong resident of Jersey City and President and Founder of Building an Empire, Inc. a not-for-profit organization focused on social service programs that work servicing over 7,000 residents.  Coleman formerly worked in the office of then Congressman Robert Menendez focusing on constituent services. She also served as the Executive Vice President of the Urban League of Hudson County prior to starting Building an Empire, Inc

Remember if you live to the West of Jersey Ave between Columbus and GrandStreet you are now in Ward F and will be voting in November for a representative for you on City Council.

  • Silverman–Building Neighborhoods: Plans for new building on Grove and Montgomery Street

Representatives from Silverman-Building Neighborhoods will be on hand to discuss the Proposed Majestic II Building on the corner of Grove Street and Montgomery Street. It will be a six-story structure and will contain between approximately 100 and 110 residential units. Come hear the details of this new project and voice your concerns and comments.

  • Michael Ryan–PJ Ryan’s expansion to 68 Mercer Street

PJ Ryan’s has applied and will be going in front of the Historic Preservation Commission regarding an expansion of the current PJ Ryans to neighboring
68 Mercer Street.  Their intent is to use that space for more tables and the upstairs as a meeting space.  They are looking for neighborhood comments or concerns.

What’s going on?

October 12-14th
Art Studio Tour: various locations around JC..check out link for an overview of the weekend.  Don’t forget all day events at TenMarc Buliding–430 Communipaw

Golden Door Film Festival–Films are being shown all over JC including at The Brightside Tavern, Art House Productions, the City Hall Rotunda and the Panepinto Galleries. Check out link for full schedule:

Jcity Theater’s Regrets Only by Paul Rudnick opens this weekend and runs through
October 27th.  Tickets are available in advance at:

October 24-25th @ Liberty State Park–Haunted Terminal
Don’t miss the fun at Liberty State Park in the historic CRRNJ Terminal on October 24th and 25th for this year’s haunted adventures with a bit of history thrown in.  Hayrides and tours are available but space is limited. Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the Park Office at 200 Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ. For more information please call (201) 915-3402.

October 27th @ Parks around the City
The Big Dig!!!! Come out to VVP and get dirty with us…you know what we mean!!
Volunteers are welcome to join us as we plant bulbs in our park–more info to come so stay tuned!

October 31st @ Van Vorst Park
Our Spoooooktacular is back–join us from 4pm on for hot cider, cookies, candy for the little ones and lots of festivites!! Come in costume! You know you want to!!


At our last meeting,  Jeff Zak, the developer for Liberty Harbor North gave a presentation for changes proposed to the redevelopment plan.  Representatives from our board also met with City Planning to get more clarification. The changes to the ordinance are slated for the 2nd reading in the next city council meeting on Wed. Oct. 10, 2012.

The amendments below are a significant change to the existing ordinance and we, the city and the developer would appreciate any comments or concerns that you may have. You can email comments to or you can voice your opinion directly at the next City Council meeting on October 10, 2012, at City Hall….

Below is a summary of the proposed changes along with along with attached documents provided by City Planning.

Block 1 & 3 (Corner of Jersey Ave, and Grand St.)
The building, originally planned as a 9 story mixed use structure, is being re-envisioned as a much larger “signature” building rising up to 17 stories at the ends with a 32 story tower in the middle along Jersey Ave. Parts of the building shall also remain at 9 stories, with 3 to 5 story townhouses along River St. The original 3 story retail structure on Block 3 shall be turned into a small park. The proposed amendment shall add 397 new residential units.

Block 24 (Marin Blvd & Park Ave – Boys and Girls Club)
The building, originally 9 story residential and 27 story residential/hotel, shall become a mixture of 6-7 story townhouses, a 16 story hotel and (2) 43 story residential towers. This amendment shall add 430 new residential units.

Tidewater Basin District (property adjacent to Morris Canal)
(blocks 19-23, 25 and 27)
The original plan for this development called for 16-17 story buildings along the southern end of the site, with on 45 story tower on block 27 adjacent to the Morris Canal. This amendment removes the 45 story tower and block 27 shall become a park. The buildings on blocks 19-23 and 25 have towers varying in height ranging from 25 to 55 stories. Towers shall sit on bases ranging from 5-12 stories fronting the streets. This amendment shall result in an increase of approximately 2,288 units.

September 19th Movie News….

19 Sep 2012, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

We have decided to cancel our final movie of the season, The Tree of Life.  Our turnout last week was fairly low compared to the rest of the season–so we surmised….summer’s over….Now that’s not to say free movies are done…who knows…there may be a Halloween or Christmas movie up our sleeves.

It’s been a great year…and once again…thank you to all that came out, supported, donated…



Tomorrow -the VVPA welcomes:

Michele Massey
Michele, our Ward F Councilwoman, will give us an update on Jersey City’s latest issues facing the council. She also would love to address any concerns the VVP section of Ward F are experiencing. Now’s your chance—come and ask questions….get some feedback…

Jeff Zak
Jeff will be presenting some major changes to the layout of Liberty Harbor North’s Redevelopment plan, including a street of waterfront highrise buildings up to 55 stories tall. Hear all about the changes and give your input before he presents to City Council, Thursday September 27th.

Meeting is at 7:30–you can come late if you need to. At the Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street between Jersey and Barrow. Free and open to the public–snacks provided….Your community needs your involvement–please join us.


The Van Vorst Park Association has postponed the date of our September meeting.  We will have our meeting next Tuesday September 25th. Same place, Same Time.  Barrow Mansion, 7:30pm. We will welcome Michele Massey our Ward F City Council woman to give us a update on what’s happening in our ward and around the city.  And Jeff Zak will show us updated plans for Liberty Harbor North Redevelopment.  He is looking for community input before he presents amendments before City Council on September 27th.

Films in Van Vorst will not be showing it’s final scheduled movie of the summer, Tree of Life this Wednesday. We had a great turnout this summer and are so grateful to Jersey City Medical Center, Silverman:Building Neighborhoods, The City of Jersey City & Friends of Van Vorst Park. We look forward to another successful summer next year.  But you never know….there may be one more movie before then….so keep checking those emails.

This Saturday September 22nd from 10-5pm come out to VVP for the 5th Annual A Tale of our City.  Authors, Music & Entertainment all day Long—Singer/Songwriters*Poets*Spoken Word*Authors*Monologues*Short Stories and Bonnie the Magic Lady–Fun for the whole family!!

Also,…Creative Grove continues at Grove Path Plaza with great vendors,music and food every Friday…..Farmers Market in VVP every Saturday till November….Big Dig in Jersey City is in October–more info on that soon!