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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!

FALL NEWS:

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
http://www.proartsjerseycity.org/events/artists%E2%80%99-studio-tour/

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:  http://goldendoorfilmfestival.org/

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

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 vvpanews@gmail.com 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…

 

FALL NEWS:

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.

FALL NEWS:

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!

Thank You!!!

18 Sep 2012, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

Thank You to our 2012 sponsors and all who made this 8th season of Films in Van Vorst possible. Volunteers from the Van Vorst Park Association and Friends of Van Vorst Park presented the films and provided the free popcorn. Our sponsors Jersey City Medical Center and Silverman:Building Neighborhoods provided the critical funding. All together, our 8th season was a huge success and we look forward to our 9th season next summer!

THE ARTIST HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO

THE EARLIER SOAKING RAINS

UNTIL NEXT WEDNESDAY

SEPT 12TH

FREE FILM WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH

(Just east of the gazebo 8:00 pm )   Films in Van Vorst

 

8th Annual Summer Film Series

presents

“The Artist”

 

“The Artist”

directed by

Michel Hazanavicius

The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the “talkies”. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five,including Best Picture, Best Director for Hazanavicius, and Best Actor for Dujardin, who was the first French actor ever to win for Best Actor. It was the first French film to ever win Best Picture,and the first mainly silent film to win since the first Academy Awards in 1929. It was also the first film presented in the 4:3 aspect ratio to win since 1955’s Marty, and the first black-and-white film to win since 1993’s Schindlers List.


visit www.filmsinvanvorst.com to see the trailer

Bring a chair! Bring a friend!

 

Free popcorn is back!

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors;

Jersey City Medical Center,

Silverman Building Neighborhoods,

with special thanks to

The Van Vorst Park Association,

The Friends of Van Vorst Park,

The City of Jersey City

Free Film: The Artist

03 Sep 2012, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

 
Free Film

Wednesday September 5th

 

(Just east of the gazebo 8:00 pm )

Films in Van Vorst

 

8th Annual Summer Film Series

presents

“The Artist”

 

“The Artist”

directed by

Michel Hazanavicius

The story takes place in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the “talkies”. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five,including Best Picture, Best Director for Hazanavicius, and Best Actor for Dujardin, who was the first French actor ever to win for Best Actor. It was the first French film to ever win Best Picture,and the first mainly silent film to win since the first Academy Awards in 1929. It was also the first film presented in the 4:3 aspect ratio to win since 1955’s Marty, and the first black-and-white film to win since 1993’s Schindlers List.


visit www.filmsinvanvorst.com to see the trailer

Bring a chair! Bring a friend!

 

Free popcorn is back!

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors;

Jersey City Medical Center,

Silverman Building Neighborhoods,

with special thanks to

The Van Vorst Park Association,

The Friends of Van Vorst Park,

The City of Jersey City