There is a pending application for zoning approvals to open a restaurant/bar on the corner of Bright and Jersey (currently BONE). Bubbys Burritos, LLC wants to relocate and apply for a change in use from retail to a commercial restaurant with 45 interior seats and 52 exterior. If approved, this would be the largest amount of exterior seating for any restaurant in Van Vorst and possibly all of the historic downtown. This is a non-conforming use for the Van Vorst Park Historic Zone and is subject to public opinion because of the possible impact to the quality of life in our neighborhood.

They have not approached the VVPA in a timely manner before this meeting nor did they contact us before they met with the Historic Preservation Commission. Past businesses and developers such as The Brightside Tavern, PJ Ryans (Barrow&Mercer), Brownstone Diner, PS3 & MS4, the hospital, and various other projects in the area have presented to try to address any thoughts and concerns prior to their application to the city. These owners have not. If this is approved, there are plans to attain a liquor license and stay open late (2am) as a bar as a part of the restaurant row district. The implications of this will greatly effect the fabric of the historic neighborhood. This may set a dangerous precedent for the entire Historic District.

We realize that everyone may be busy and not be able to attend the meeting tomorrow, but if you feel strongly it would be prudent to voice your opinion at the hearing. If you cannot attend, and have concerns or questions, please email us at But attendance at the meeting is always favorable. The plans are also available for review at the City Planning office (between 9-4) if you want to see them.

They will be presenting their expansion and plans at the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting tomorrow

November 10th at 6pm at City Hall Council Chambers. Currently they are scheduled 7th on the agenda, but this is still subject to change.

You will have an opportunity to voice your opinion.

Here is the official case agenda item.

Case: Z11-013
Applicant: Bubby’s Burritos, LLC
Address: 437 Jersey Avenue
Attorney: Elliot Skolnick, Esq.
Block: 304 Lot: B.1
Zone: Van Vorst Park Historic District
For: Expansion and conversion of a pre-existing nonconforming retail space to a restaurant with 45 seats and an accessory sidewalk café with 52 seats
“c” Variances: Min lot area/depth, min building coverage, min lot coverage, rear yard
“d” variance: Use

Thanks for your time!

Liberty State Park Nature Walk

02 Nov 2011, Posted by admin in Events

Saturday Nov. 12, 1PM: Free nature walk with Dr Frank Gallagher. Meet at 2nd Parking Lot from eastern end of Pesin Dr. It’s the lot before Freedom Way. Walk will progress towards Liberty National Golf course and towards Port Liberte.

Encourage your neighbors to come out to PS #30 (171 Seaview Avenue) Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 6pm. President of the Board of Education Sterling Waterman has called for this Public Forum to announce Board process and seek community input on the Superintendent Search- both Interim and National. The flyer has been published in the local papers in English and Spanish this week. Your questions or comments will be encouraged so we can move forward in a transparent and inclusive manner in this vital mission to find new leadership in Jersey City Public Schools.

Carol Lester, VP JC BOE



Directed by Randall Wallace  

 The film chronicles the spectacular journey of an incredible horse named Secretariat and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion. Diane Lane portrays Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, and John Malkovich plays the trainer, Lucien Laurin.

click below to view the trailer

“Toy Story 3”

Directed by Lee Unkrich

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it’s up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren’t abandoned and to return home. Starring Tom Hanks Tim Allen and Joan Cusack

Click below to view the trailer


“The Art Of The Steal”

directed by Don Argott

The true story of a multi-billion dollar art heist and how they got away with it. A documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art. The film was an official selection for the 2009 New York, Toronto, and AFI  Film Festivals.


click below to view the trailer 

August 2011 Newsletter

12 Jul 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use


Next Meeting: Tuesday Aug 16th 7:30pm

Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne St

We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month…check out!!

3 Great Speakers this August

Donna DeQuina

Donna is part of an organization called No Eminent Domain-McGinley Square East. It’s imperative to hear about her recent battle with City Government and their attempts to take 52 properties via Eminent Domain. It can happen to us here Downtown. She needs our support, so please come and listen

Elizabeth Ruebman

Elizabeth works with NYNJBaykeeper and has been fighting the DEP recently who are actively trying to “trade urban public access for business.” This is our waterfront access….which may be no more . Check out for more information. She will give us an update on Jersey City’s fight to keep our Waterfront Access for it’s citizens.

Ed Toloza

Ed is Jersey City’s Accessor. He will answer questions regarding the upcoming revaluation.

Thank you Steve Rubenstein!!

Steve came to our meeting last month and gave us an in depth talk regarding Realty Appraisal Company’s upcoming city wide appraisal for our new property tax assessment. We will have notes available at our next meeting if you missed him–giving you the highlights of his very informative discussion with our neighbors.

Congrats to Tom Parisi–a friend and supporter of the Van Vorst Park

Association as he opens his latest restaurant, The Brightside Tavern at 144 Bright Street this August. Best of luck to him and make sure to check out the great menu and drinks at his lovely new space!! Welcome to our Neighborhood!


Saturdays: Van Vorst Farmers Market 9am3pm Get local produce baked goods and more! The Farmers Markets will be in the Park until November this year!!

Wednesdays: Groove on Grove. Live music on the Grove Street Path Plaza every Wednesday through the summer.

Fridays: Creative Grove at the Grove Street Path Plaza. Music, Art, food, and festivities every Friday.

Wednesday August 17th FILMS IN VAN VORST presents TOY STORY 3 directed by Lee Unkrich. Free film on the east end of Van Vorst Park….Bring a chair, Bring a friend. Tell your neighbors with children–this will be a fun night!

We are working on our September and October meeting speakers….

Steve Fulop is slated to join us in October . We love having Steve answer our questions and concerns. We are also working on getting as many candidates for the city council at large elections this November to meet with us…so keep looking for updates!

September 2011 Newsletter

12 Jul 2011, Posted by admin in News You Can Use

Meeting Agenda for September:


Jorge Mastropietro Saturdays: Van Vorst Farmers Market 9am-3pm Get local

produce baked goods and more! The Farmers Markets will Jorge is an architect with Jorge Mastropietro Architects will be be in the Park until November this year!! presenting his latest project slated to start this fall on Bright

Street. 93 Bright Street, currently a one story garage has Wednesdays: Groove on Grove. Live music on the Grove been approved for demolition. In its place, Jorge and his team Street Path Plaza every Wednesday through the summer.

have designed a 4 story residential building. Come see his plans and meet our newest neighbor. Fridays: Creative Grove at the Grove Street Path Plaza.

Music, Art, food, and festivities every Friday.

Knight & swan LLP Daniel Mizrahi, Federico Manaigo with Saturday Sept 24th 9am-4pm VVP Flea Market attorney Charles Harrington will present their plan for the Last chance to clear out your closets and help a good conversion 190 Christopher Columbus Drive into a boutique cause. Reserve a table now for the last flea market of the Hotel with Bar and Restaurant on the main floor. year. $25 for a single, $40 for a

double, or $50 for a triple. Make the check

payable to Friends of Van Vorst and drop it off at Subias,

506 Jersey Ave. For more info or if you have any questions

HALLOWEEN IN VAN VORST PARK email or call 201.433.6553 M-F.

We are planning another spooktacular in VVP this Halloween. Remember money doesn’t grow on our stunning VVP trees

Have any ideas? and we need all the help we can get to keep our park

We would like the community’s input on this years event. beautiful.

Please come and share your thoughts–and find out how you Tuesday September 27th 7pm East District’s Captains

can get involved!!! Meeting at MS 3 corner of Bright and Varick. Captain will recap recent police activity Downtown.

Welcome to the neighborhood Aire Salon at 287 Grand

Street. It’s a beautiful contemporary hair salon. Spacious and “airey”. One of the owners, Aiko Kahn, is a VVPA neighbor, so be sure to check them out. BEST OF LUCK AIRE!!!!