• Meeting Agenda:
  • Informal Meet and Greet Your Candidates

Here we go!!

The VVPA enjoys these informal gatherings of our candidates..each guest gets a few minutes to speak and a few minutes to answer questions from our members.
All the mayoral candidates that could be reached were extended invitations and since the Van Vorst Park district is now in both Ward E & Ward F we are welcoming council candidates from both Wards.

Joining us on Tuesday:

For Council:
Fletcher Gensamer- Ward E
Dan Levin- Ward E
Candice Osborne-Ward E
Diane Coleman-Ward F
Chantel Snow-Ward F

For Mayor:
Steve Fulop

Egg Hunt in VVP
Thanks to Marc Wesson and the Friends of Van Vorst Park for a festive day of egg hunting, face painting, coffee and snacks!!  The VVPA Board Members and friends were there to help with the set up and stayed around to watch the little bunnies hopping to find their treasures.  The golden eggs were found but even without the golden egg–kids and adults had a great time!!

Bright Street Redevelopment Plan-

VVPA Board members attended the City Council meeting on Wednesday to hear the first reading of the ordinance adopting amendments to the Bright Street Redevelopment Plan.  Steve Fulop mentioned there might be issues with the amendments to the plan and asked that we send the council members, via email, our concerns.  The Board members will draft a letter and send it out next week. Thoughts, comments and questions can be sent to  Deadline Wednesday April 17th.

What’s going on:

Van Vorst Park Farmers Market! 
Thats right–summer must be right around the corner because the Farmers Market officially starts up again on April 20th!

Creative Grove is Back!!
Creative Grove on Grove Plaza is back in business !! Check out the festivities Fridays from 3-9pm!! We missed you UTA!!

Groove on Grove
Let’s get the summer started!! Groove on Grove is back and lining up great musical talent for the whole summer.  Their kickoff is May 1st with a Cinco De Mayo celebration–check out for all the information.

Cinco De Mayo
Ok so it’s actually Tres de Mayo but not to be missed is the annual “Cinco de Mayo Parade and All Night Fiesta” at 279 Grove Street 4-11:55pm.  Join SILVERMAN, the Merchant, Razza, and NJ Beer Co. in an all night celebration!
Pet Owner’s Day
Bring your Puppy or your Fluffy to City Hall Plaza on Sunday April 21st from 10-4 for the annual Pet Owner’s Day–

  • Meeting Agenda:
  • City Officials to discuss Future Flood Preparations

Last month, reps from FEMA told us to ask more questions of our city officials regarding infrastructure flooding issues and building code requirements as we repair and go forward. We reached out to the Mayors Office and at our request:
Jeff Wenger-Senior planner with City Planning, Doug Greenfield the supervising planner with the mayor’s office and Ray Meyer, a construction code official will discuss the initiatives the city is taking to address/mitigate flood concerns and to discuss what the city has done, what the plan is going forward and hopefully present us with their biannual report that the city supposedly files to FEMA.

  • Cake Lush

Greggy Soriano, the “Faboo” Cake designer extraordinaire from TLC’s The Cake Boss:The Next Great Baker will join us and present his plans to open a Bakery/Cafe at 437 Jersey Ave.  He will field questions and bring us a few samples of his delicious work.

NEXT MONTH: Meet and Greet the Candidates-
Mayors, Councilmen & women- Ward E, Ward F, At Large-Oh My!!
Who’s coming? Stay tuned!!

What’s going on

John Neu who last meeting presented his plans for a new development in Liberty Harbor North unexpectedly passed away on February 27th.  We are happy we were able to meet him and that he was able to share his plans with our neighborhood before passing on.  We send our condolences to his family and friends. You can read about his life and his accomplishments at:

Silverman Building Neighborhoods who presented in the Fall his plans for the New Majestic II has sent us an update.


Creative Grove is Back!!
Creative Grove on Grove Plaza will be back in business starting March 22nd!! Check out the festivities from 3-9pm!! We missed you UTA!!

Thirty Acres:
Kevin Pemoulie chef and owner of Thirty Acres is up for Food & Wines Best New chef!! You can vote for him online at:
Something new is coming to the historic Loew’s Jersey Theatre on March 22, 23 & 24 – STAGEfest 2013, a three-day festival of live drama, musicals, revues & dance by artists from throughout the region.  In addition to the performances, sponsor Leading Lady Costumes will be presenting a rare exhibit of historic costumes from stage and screen throughout the building.  Eighteen different productions, in theater, music and dance, will be performed multiple times over three days. Five locations in the building will be used in addition to the main stage. Light food and drink will also be provided by various vendors in the grand lobby.

Our very own JC Art House Productions will be presenting Women with a Pocketbook- a musical comedy!!  Check out:  for all the festival info.

February 2013 VVPA Meeting Minutes

24 Feb 2013, Posted by admin in Minutes

Our next meeting will be March 19th–hope to see you there!!All are welcome; snacks served!Email us with questions or ideas for upcoming meetings at

Meeting Minutes:

Representatives from FEMA came…   Seymour Smith of FEMA Region II presented and explained the Advisory Flood Maps developed by FEMA from data collected over the past couple of years not including Superstorm Sandy however.  These study maps are advisory only and have no regulatory or insurance implications. They shall be used to update the information on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) which are due out sometime in August when it will undergo a 12-18 month comment period before going into effect. The FIRM maps show each community’s flood hazards and is required for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The FIRM is used to determine who must buy flood insurance.     FEMA Region 2 website:   Link to  FEMA Advisory Base Flood Elevation Map   Bob Durrin, of FEMA Region 9, a  NFIP ( National Flood Insurance Program) Specialist also addressed our communities questions as to flooding issues that effect the Historic District and how the new rate maps will affect our insurance. He said these flood maps are informative but not regulatory. The new maps out in August will be the ones that will indicate whether or not you will be required to have flood insurance.  He was unsure if there are historic structures in the new flood maps how they would be impacted. Questions were asked regarding storm sewer flooding and he said  the City of Jersey city would need to apply for a 406 grant that would mitigate fixing the storm sewers.   He also spoke about a possible funding option called Increased Cost of Compliance, available to policy owners in high risk areas whose repairs would cost 50% or more of the pre-damaged market value. These funds can be used to reduce future flood damage, “FRED”   to Floodproof, Relocate, Elevate, or Demolish.   A link to the program is here:   FEMA website – flood insurance manual


Also at our meeting…

Developer John Neu presented his proposed project with his Business Partner and Architects. The project is located within the Liberty Harbor Redevelopment Plan. He will be going back to City Planning requesting amendments to the original zoning that will increase the proposed unit count from 677+/- to about a 1,000 units. A increase of 328 +/- units. These will all be rental units, mostly (1) bedroom. He will also be requesting increases to the allowable building height that range from 38 to 42 stories. There will be 3 phases of construction. The first phase of their plan would include a 40,000 square foot. supermarket, a 30,000 square foot community space (possibly a YMCA) and a high rise residential unit. The architects plan to make it a LEED certified building and they will come back for community input regarding aesthetics.
The developer Scott Seale for 100 Wayne Street presented his project with his Architect and Planner. The project was proposing 7 units for a new building on a currently empty lot. There was discussion about the project, but generally people seemed to like the proposed building elevation and aesthetic, but there were serious concerns over all the variances the project had associated with it, specifically the density. (4) units are allowed by zoning and the project proposed 7, plus renovation to the adjacent building that currently has 11 units. When asked if he had spoken to the Planning office about the project Scott replied that he had and the office was not in favor of the application as it is currently.  He is scheduled next to present before the Historic Preservation Commission.


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.