“The Producers” written and directed by Mel  Brooks


Mel Brooks’s directorial debut remains both a career high point and a classic show business farce. Hinging on a crafty plot premise, which in turn unleashes a joyously insane onstage spoof, The Producers is powered by a clutch of over-the-top performances, capped by the odd couple pairing of the late Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, making his screen debut.

Mostel is Max Bialystock, a gone-to-seed Broadway producer who spends his days wheedling checks from his “investors,” elderly women for whom Bialystock is only too willing to provide company. When wide-eyed auditor Leo Bloom (Wilder) comes to check the books, he unwittingly inspires the wild-eyed Max to hatch a sure-fire plan: sell 25,000 percent of his next show, produce a deliberate flop, then abscond with the proceeds. Unfortunately for the producers (but fortunately for us), their candidate for failure is Springtime for Hitler, a Brooksian conceit that envisions what Goebbels might have accomplished with a little help from Busby Berkeley.


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Star Trek directed by J.J. Abram

A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members

a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the eleventh film based on the Star Trek franchise and features the main characters of the original Star Trek television series, who are portrayed by a new cast. The film follows James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) before they unite aboard the USS Enterprise to combat Nero (Eric Bana), a Romulan from their future who threatens the United Federation of Planets. The story establishes an alternate reality[6][7] through time-travel by both Nero and the original Spock (Leonard Nimoy), freeing the film and the franchise from established continuity constraints.


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Summer 2010 Season 6

18 May 2010, Posted by admin in Films in VVP, Schedule

Summer 2010

The 6th Annual Outdoor Summer film Series will again take place in Van Vorst Park on Wednesday nights. Screenings in June and July will begin at about 8:30 or later depending on sunset. August and September screenings will begin at 8:00 pm. The rain date for each film will be the following Wednesday.

The following dates are the scheduled for this summer.

June 9th “Sherlock Holmes” (the 2009 release)  RAIN DATE will be rescheduled for later this summer…

June 23rd“Star Trek’ (the 2009 release)

July 7th “The Producers”  (1968 version by Mel Brooks)

July 21st “The Blind Side” directed by John Lee Hancock

August 4th “Invictus” directed by Clint Eastwood

August 18th “UP” directed by Pete Docter

September 1st “Up in the Air” directed by Jason Reitman

September 15th “The Last Station” directed by Michael Hoffman


Julie & Julia March 16th 7:30pm

13 Mar 2010, Posted by admin in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule

Films in Van Vorst is teaming up with the Van Vorst Park Association this month to present Julie & Julia by Nora Ephron.  It’s open to all our neighbors here in the Van Vorst Area. Obviously it’s not quite the outdoor season yet so we’ll be using the Barrow Mansion at 83 Wayne Street–First Floor.  It’s still free but this time no need to bring a chair we’ll have those–but bring your ideas for our 6th summer season.  We’re also looking for volunteers and leads for donations!!  Oh, and did we mention there will be beverages and snacks as well???  We can’t wait to see you all again!

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August 26th “WALL-E” @8:20pm

11 Aug 2009, Posted by admin in Events, Films in VVP, Schedule


“WALL-E” Directed by Andrew Stanton

The 2008 Academy Award winner  for Best Animated Feature Film

In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

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2008 Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture


Directed by Danny Boyle


2008 British film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy. Set and filmed in India, the film tells the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati in the Hindi version) and exceeds people’s expectations, thereby arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials.

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April 2009 Newsletter

10 Jul 2009, Posted by admin in News You Can Use



Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City



We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Everyone is welcome!

April 21st 2009

VVPA Public Meeting

7:30 at the Barrow Mansion

Meet The Mayoral Candidates

Part three of our series

Mayor Jerremiah Healy

Will give an introduction to his campaign. And field questions from the membership.

He will be joined by Council President Mariano Vega

And Ward E Council candidate Guy Catrillo

Steve Fulop

Our Ward E Councilman will give an update on our district.

Event Calendar

-Sat.Apr.18th 10:00 am

-Walk for Liberty State Park annual fundraiser. For more info;

-Tues. April 21st

Board of Education Election

3 Seats on the board are up for re-election. Stop by before the meeting, polls open 2-9pm

-Thurs. Apr. 23rd 7:30pm

Jersey City Mayoral Debate

at MS4 (Bright Street at Varick)

Sponsored by the VVPA via DCNA and CivicJC

Sat. Apr. 25th 9am – 4pm Van Vorst Park Spring Planting & Clean-up hosted by The Friends of Van Vorst. Volunteers are needed to help with planting, stonework, painting and general clean up of Van Vorst Park. Bring your work gloves, all other materials will be provided. Light Snacks and Water served. Local musicians will provide entertainment.

-Tues.Apr.28th 7:00pm Captain McDonough’s East District Police Monthly Meeting Public School 4. For more info go to

-May 2nd 6:30pm

VVPA 34th Annual “MeetBall” “Meet Your Neighbors and Have a ball” at St. Peter’s Prep, Grand at Warren Street. Tickets are 20.00 in advance 25.00 at the door children 10 and under free. Live big Band “Cornucopia” is back by popular demand. The best food and drink downtown from Bar Majestic, Brick Lane Curry House (coming soon), Edwards Steakhouse, The Merchant, John’s Pizzeria, Ox Restaurant, Made with Love, Skinners Loft and Legal Grounds. Get your tickets now at Antheia, Bubby’s Burritos, Beachwood, Del Forno, Gallerie Hudson, Made With Love, Postnet and Stockinette. For more information go to our website or contact us at to volunteer

– May 9th 2009, 9am-4pm

VVP Flea Market The Friends of Van Vorst Park is pleased to announce its second annual community flea market. This is a Neighborhood event to help raise funds to improve and maintain Van Vorst Park. For more info

-Tues May 12th

Municipal Elections;

Mayor & City Council. Polls open from 7am till 9pm.

September 2009 Newsletter

10 Jul 2009, Posted by admin in News You Can Use


NEWSLETTER September 2009

Barrow Mansion

83 Wayne Street, Jersey City



We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday September 15th 7:30 pm

Meeting agenda;

VVPA 2009 Board nominations

Get involved in your community!

We are looking for Board members for the VVPA.

Come to our meeting and volunteer to be a member

of the board. You can make a difference.

Round Table Discussion

A discussion of Jersey City’s roll in the recent political corruption scandal and

initiatives we, as a community, can take to make a difference

Event Calendar

Wed. Sept 16th & 23th 6 pm- 8pm “Groove on Grove”

free weekly music series

featuring live local bands in the

Grove Street PATH Plaza

Fri Sept 18th & 25th


“Creative Grove”

The Grove square becomes a living room for the art and creative community.

Encouraging free expression, music, installations, art on display and for sale, the handmade revolution becomes official. Fridays For more go to

Sat Sept 19th&26th 8am till 2pm VVPark Farmers Market

The Friends of Van Vorst Park is pleased to announce its 7th annual Farmer’s Market continuing each Saturday through November, from 8am-2pm. Vendors will set up around the gazebo.

Sat & Sun Oct 3rd & 4th 12pm – 6pm Jersey City Artist’s Studio Tour

Hundreds of artists open their

studios. Live events all weekend.

Tuesday August 25th 7:00pm

East District Police Monthly Meeting Public School 4. For more info go to

Friday Sept 18th-27th 8:00 pm “Come Blow Your Horn”

by Neil Simon

presented by The Attic Ensemble

at the Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street

for more info go to: