Ready, Set…Almost Action!

01 Jun 2012, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

Hello All!!

We are so excited to start up our summer season.  It’s June and we’re almost ready for action.  We need to finalize a few more titles and we promise, the schedule will be posted next week.  We are excited this year to be sponsored by Jersey City Medical Center and Silverman-Building Neighborhoods–without their generous contributions we would not have been here this summer!!

This year  we will be posting updates on our twitter account @vvpjc and on Facebook Oh and one more thing—alot of people ask how you can help us–well, how about coming to our Fundraiser?  Save June 30th for sassy sexy sultry night of Tango at the Barrow Mansion–details to follow!

Now get your lawn chairs cleaned off, come up with some yummy picnic ideas and save Wednesday June 13th for our first film of the summer!!

May 2012 VVPA Meeting Reminder

15 May 2012, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

Meeting Reminder & Correction! Neighbors!!

Tonite is our VVPA monthly meeting at Barrow Mansion–7:30pm.  Joining us this evening is Sue Mack–School Board Member and Brigid D’Souza–Brigid is a local parent who helped create a meetup group called “Jersey City Schools Meetup” to help connect parents, residents, taxpayers, and local leaders on schools-related issues. The group serves 2 purposes: 1) to calendar events to enable Jersey City residents with an interest in the schools to connect in-person and 2) to provide an online forum that supports the meetups.  The meetup group is at Please come out to learn more.

It was brought to our attention that yesterdays newsletter referred to Brigid as the founder of JC Moms Meetup group.  Brigid D’Souza IS NOT “the founder of the Jersey City Moms Meetup Group” BUT “the founder of the Jersey City Schools Meetup Group.”  The Jersey City Schools Meetup Group is in no way affilated with the Jersey City Moms Meetup Group.  Our apologies for any confusion!

Also one last special event happening in a few weeks —“Come celebrate another year of policy and community accomplishments with Bike JC at the third annual Jersey City Ward Tour, a sixteen-mile group bike ride through all six wards of Jersey City on June 3. The Tour starts and finishes at Exchange Place, leaving at 11 am. Registration is required and is free online at with a suggested donation of $5.”

See you tonite!!


No Meetings July or August

13 May 2012, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

The VVPA will not be meeting this July or August.

We would still love to hear from you.  Do you have any issues or concerns that you feel need to be addressed at a future meeting? Our goal is to involve you–our neighbors– as much as possible. Who do you want to speak to? What concerns do you have regarding the park or your block or Jersey City as a whole?  Our park and our neighborhood, whether you are in Ward E or Ward F is important to us.  We want to keep it safe, secure and a place you want to live.  We are here to help you.

We are also actively looking for new Board members–it requires only a committment to making your neighborhood the best place to live.  Attend 3 meetings a year and you are eligible. It’s that simple.  Board members meet after our Tuesday meetings to come with ideas for the next month.  And thats it. Make a difference, make new friends, make your mark. Join us.

Our TANGO2012 was a success!! Thanks to all of you who came drank, ate and tangoed!  And to those of you who couldn’t make it but still mailed us donations–thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! Special SPECIAL thanks to ME CASA, MADE WITH LOVE, TOMMY 2 SCOOPS, FIZZY LIZZY, NJ BEER CO., JERSEY WINE AND SPIRITS and Fred Sullivan and Ritsuko Arpon for their amazing talent and teaching patience– It was such a success…there may be more dancing nights in the future??? Any dance you want to learn??? Email us–we’ll try to make it happen.

Van Vorst Park is still hopping with Shakespeare in the Park, the Farmers Market on Saturdays and Free Films every other Wednesday brought to you by Jersey City Medical Center and Silverman Building Neighborhoods–check out for our full summer schedule.  Next film is THE HELP by Nate Taylor on July 25th.. Free Popcorn too!!!


May 2012 VVPA Newsletter

13 May 2012, Posted by admin in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Tuesday May 15th 7:30pm
Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street

May VVPA Meeting

Brigid Dsouza & Sue Mack

  • Brigid is the founder of “JC Moms Meetup Group”. She found a lot of schools-related interest in that community, thus formed a meetup group exclusive to schools at
    The group serves 2 purposes: 1) to calendar schools-related events, be it BOE meetings, info sessions (like one we had with Steve Fulop, PS3 and PS5 PTA reps, and Marvin back in Feb), or evening meetups among parents at local schools who want to connect and 2) to provide a moderated discussion board that is organized, coordinated, and structured to enable people to focus in on issues and areas they care about.There is no political agenda other than to connect parents with each other, with resources such as the BOE and public leaders like Steve Fulop, and provide an efficient means of getting people engaged.  The meetup group is at
  • Sue Mack, BOE Member.  Sue is always very open with us regarding all current Board of Education matters.  We love having her join our discussions.

May Events this weekend NOT TO MISS!

02 May 2012, Posted by admin in Events

O, the month of May, the merry month of May, So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! (poem by Thomas Dekker, 1600) Hola Friends and Neighbors–

We are gearing up for a great Spring–Don’t forget our meeting on May 15th…But there are some special events happening this week in honor of Jersey City’s first Green Week and one super fun event not to miss that we wanted to share with everyone….

Saturday May 5th:
Start the day with a Bike tour of the City Parks co-sponsored by Bike JC with breakfast donated by Legal Grounds. Leaving City Hall at 8am for a 16 mile tour~~
After that….Van Vorst Park is the place to be!
First Farmers Market of the season with 11 Vendors~ 8am-3pm.
Friends of Van Vorst Park Fundraiser Flea Market from 9am-5pm.
Friends of Van Vorst Park Celebration from 11am-3pm!!!  Green Events, Tattoos & Games with the Recreation Dept of JC, Free Face Painting with Umpa Lumpa, Informational tables about summer programs from DPW, JCIA, the Recreation Dept, and the Jersey City Free Public Library. Music by the Solar Punch Band and free bus tours at 1 & 3pm to the PJP Landfill that is currently being transformed into the Marion Greenway.

And the perfect way to start the weekend????  The annual Cinco de Mayo parade and all night fiesta at Bar Majestic & The Merchant starting at 4pm on Friday May 4th!

All the best!!
(oh and watch for the largest full moon of the year this Saturday night  !! VVPA nor do the Friends of VVP have anything to do with it…but it sure will be fun to see!)


Tuesday April 17th 7:30pm
Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street

April VVPA Meeting

Scott Seale Wayne Street Development
Elizabeth Ruebman NYNJBaykeeper

  • Scott Seale will present to us his plans for a NEW building project that will be located at 100-102 Wayne Street, next to Subias.  It is currently a 5 car parking lot.  He is looking for communtiy feedback–now is your time to voice your concerns.
  • Elizabeth Ruebman works for  The Baykeeper’s mission is to protect, preserve, and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary – one of the most urban estuaries on the planet. Since 1989, they have served as citizen advocate for the bays, streams, and shores of the Estuary. Baykeeper stops polluters, champions public access, influences land use decisions, and restores habitat – benefiting the natural and human communities of our watershed.  She will be discussing with us tomorrow night the issues that have been created by the raw sewage flowing into our rivers and bays created by combined sewer overflows.

Our 8th Summer Season!

21 Mar 2012, Posted by admin in Films in VVP

It feels like summer this week in Jersey City!!  Spring is officially here and we know what comes after Spring…Films in Van Vorst!

We are putting together our line up and are still looking for suggestions.  Got a classic you think would be perfect in the park?  How about a documentary that you’ve seen that you can’t stop thinking about.  Are your children singing songs from a Disney film?  Let us know

You can email us at and we’ll be sure to take all of your suggestions into consideration.


Tuesday March 20th 7:30pm
Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street

March VVPA Meeting

Steve Fulop, Me Casa Restaurant,
East District Police Reps

  • We are very excited to welcome our Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop to this months meeting.  He will be updating us on all the City Council happenings including his thoughts on the upcoming Board Of Education elections, reval process and much more.
  • ME CASA is a new restaurant on Varick Street.  It is taking over the old Hernandez space near the corner of Christopher Columbus.  The new owner would like to meet with his neighbors to discuss his plans and get any feedback.
  • There are 2 new detectives on our East District force, Detectives Doran and Hulings. They will be joining us to take questions and concerns regarding the ongoing issues of safety in our neighboorhood.   Now is the time to speak up and be heard!! COME TO THE MEETING!

Important News A meeting of the Jersey City Ward Commission will be held on Tuesday, January
31,2012 at 6:00 p.m.
in the Anna Cucci Memorial Council Chambers, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 280 Grove Street, Jerseý City, New Jersey.

At this meeting, the Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes to the ward boundaries and adopt a new Ward Map in order to be in compliance with the Ward Law.

Please be aware this affects our Van Vorst Park Neighborhood.



January 17th 2012 Tuesday 7:30pm Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street

Meeting Agenda:

Eliot Skolink, will discuss potenial future expansion of Bubby’s Burritos across the street to 437 Jersey Avenue.  He is very interested in public input and will answer any concerns or questions from our neighbors.

Kevin Pemoulie–owner of the new Thirty Acres Restaurant that is currently under construction at the corner of Jersey and Wayne will stop by to meet us and answer any questions about this newest addition to our Downtown neighborhood.

Carol McNicol –-Companion Animal Trust.  Carol oversees a non-profit organization here in Downtown dealing with our feral cat community and other cats that are in need of homes.  Do you have feral cats on your block and wonder what you can do to help?  Carol is here to answer our questions!!


January 21st at 8pm  ARTHOUSE PRODUCTIONS–SNOWBALL!!!  Get your tickets now and don’t miss the event of the season.  Time to pull out your creative caps and dress up and party for a good cause. It is their annual fundraiser and it is a blast!!!  For more information and to get your tickets go to

Sundays….Hudson County animal welfare organizations Companion Animal Trust (CAT) and Hudson County Animal League (HCAL) are partnering to find homes for homeless community cats through the “A Cat in Every Home” campaign.  The organizations are hosting weekly public adoption events on Sundays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Parish Hall of Grace Church, located at 39 Erie St., in Downtown Jersey City at the corner of Second Street.

January 22, Sunday The Great Jersey City SOUP SWAP 2012
3:30 p.m. to meet and mingle  BYOB – Feel free to bring wine. Snacks available for purchase from Made with Love 4:00 p.m. SHARP – SOUP SWAP begins  at  Made with Love Artisan Bakery & Café 530 Jersey Avenue (between Columbus & Newark), Jersey City, NJ 07302Bring 4 Quarts of Your FROZEN Homemade Soup (divided into single quart containers)*PLUS* one or more non-perishable items to donate to the St. Matthew’s Food Pantry (canned soup, one-can meals, cereals, peanut butter, tuna, canned tomatoes or sauces, canned fruits or vegetables, and non-perishable milk are all appreciated)
Hudson Restaurant Week is back again this winter – January 23-February 3, 2012 at 35+ participating restaurants. For 10 weekdays (some restaurants doing Saturday-Sunday) enjoy delicious prix-fixe lunches starting at $13 and dinners starting at $25. Restaurants include popular and statewide favorites: 3Forty Grill, Amanda’s, Casa Dante, Edwards Steakhouse, Madison, Satis Bistro, Maritime Parc, Liberty House, Chart House and more! New to the list are: Wicked Wolf Tavern and GP’s Restaurant. Win your meal by “Tweeting from Your Seat” using #hudsonrw