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Sunday, July 31, 2005

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

This weekend, I made friends with the Friends of Hamilton Park. We worked, we laughed, we ate and worked some more. I'm sure my screams of severe lower back pain echoed throughout the city this morning, but it was well worth it, after seeing the fruits of our labor. I'm sure you agree.

HAMILTON PARK - BEFORE

PHOTO FROM JCLIST.COM

AFTER


ONE OF THE HARDEST WORKING VOLUNTEERS

As always, I photographed the event. Click on last image above to see the the process.

Friday, July 29, 2005

ROBOTS R US

On Wednesday, Japanese scientists unveiled the freakiest, most-human looking robot, the Replee Q1.


Yesterday, while undoubtedly less pretty, a robot blew up a suspicious package in Journal Square.

I know which robot I'd rather have around the house.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

THANK _INSERT_DEITY'S_NAME_ IT'S ALMOST FRIDAY

I'll be basking in the sun somewhere on the Jersey shore tomorrow, so before I forget, please refer to this week's calendar for this weekend's festivities.

I highly recommend the Waterbug Arts Festival this Saturday from noon to 9pm at the City Hall Plaza at 280 Grove Street. Organized by the art collective Waterbug Hotel, the festival will feature a dozen performers of various genres ranging from African percussion, reggae, dance, Latin jazz, pop, funk, rock and spoken word, as well as exhibits featuring visual and performance art. Click on the banner below for more info.



If you have some free time before noon or at other times throughout the day, might I also suggest pitching in at the Hamilton Park Planting Day, organized by the Friends of Hamilton Park?



Later that night, you can join the Waterbug after party at The Merchant and Comfort Bistro. Should you find yourselves moving uptown, we also suggest the Monticello Avenue Summer BBQ, which is a fundraiser for the Monticello Main Street. It runs from 6:00-10:00 PM at Moore's Lounge located on 189 Monticello Ave.

EMBANKMENT EMBROILMENT

Built in 1902, Jersey City's Sixth Street Embankment served as the eastern freight terminus of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Running six blocks and bordering Hamilton Park and Harsimus Cove in downtown JC, the embankment was abandoned in the early 1980s, prompting the Embankment Preservation Coalition to form in 1998. They successfully registered the embankment as a state historic landmark in 1999, and a national landmark in 2003. Also in 2003, East Coast Greenway Alliance endorsed a route through New Jersey via the embankment.




So what is the big deal with this 27-foot stone elevated railroad?

In December 2004, NJ Legislature approved $800,00 in Green Acres Funding for the acquisition of the embankment.

On June 13, 2005, the Jersey City City Council voted to use eminent domain to seize a chunk of the Sixth Street Embankment, bringing green space to downtown JC.

On July 12, 2005, although Jersey City has been in talks to acquire the embankment by eminent domain from Conrail, the controversial NY developer Steve Hyman, using 8 separate LLCs, purchased the embankment from Conrail. Hyman, through his lawyer, has stated that he will "seek the removal of the walls" to build "fully conforming building lots to be divisible, and to be housing two-family homes.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1. CALL THE MAYOR’S OFFICE NOW (201) 547-5200, If you do ONE thing make this call and tell the Mayor that you fully expect the administration to follow through on its commitment to take the Embankment by eminent domain to MAKE THE EMBANKMENT A PARK ONCE & FOR ALL! This action has been promised by three administrations. Let him know just how important this issue is to you!

2. If you have not already signed the petition, please download the attached copy and have your entire family SIGN. Ask others you know to sign it. Be sure to include their email so we can keep everyone posted as events unfold. Return the petition to 495 Monmouth Street by August 8th. On August 11th we will present the Mayor and City Council with thousands of names to show that the people of Jersey City are serious about keeping the Embankment as desperately needed open space. Getting these petitions filled is CRITICAL Please help.

3. Join the local organizations that will deal with matters specific to nearby residents: If you live 6th Street - join the Sixth Street Block Association by emailing Felicia@sohh.com or calling 201-792-6466 If you live on 5th Street - join the newly forming Fifth Street Block Association by emailing Cgwcgw1@yahoo.com or calling 212 214-2236. If you are a member of the Hamilton Park, Harsimus Cove, Van Vorst Park or Paulus Hook Neighborhood Associations, let them know you are deeply concerned about this matter.

4. Join the Embankment Preservation Coalition, the organization that has worked for seven years to save the Embankment. The Coalition needs your support. Go to www.embankment.org to learn more or call 917-379-3455 or email info@embankment.org.

5. Call Council President Mariano Vega, (201) 547-5268, who sits on the Embankment Acquisition Steering Committee, and ask him why the City has been so slow to nip this developer in the bud.

6. Call our new Ward E Councilperson Steve Fulop at (201) 547-5315 to let him know that you urgently support his efforts to stop the demolition of the Embankment. Mr. Fulop is on our side, but you need to let him know that he is representing a majority of his constituents.

Thanks for taking these important actions to help keep the city on course with the condemnation of this property. In the last year and a half more than 10,0000 units of housing have been proposed, approved, are under construction or completed with virtually NO provision for open space or parkland. See below for details.

TELL THE MAYOR YOU DEMAND MORE OPEN SPACE!

TELL THE MAYOR NOT TO LET DEVELOPERS DEMOLISH AND BUILD ON THE 6th STREET EMBANKMENT!!

Via JCList and Embankment.org

Monday, July 25, 2005

KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD

Today, NJ Transit and PATH train authorities started conducting bag searches in a highly reactive and ultimately ineffective response to the London bombings. Now this imbecile NJ legislator wants to ban smoking in our own cars.

So I am joining Ian MacAllen in mourning the death of an old friend.

"He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither."
- Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, July 24, 2005

DOJO MOJO CALENDAR

SUNDAY, JULY 25

JCLGO Reading Room

4:00 PM
Baker Boys Cafe
Come join JCLGO for a lively moderated discussion of one of today’s hottest novels, The DiVinci Code. JCLGO has partnered with the Newark Pennstation book store for this event. Go to the Newark Penn station book store and mention "Jersey City Pride" and get 30% off your purchase of "The DiVinci Code".
http://jclgo.org

JULY 25 - AUGUST 5

Monday - Friday
Hudson Restaurant Week
http://www.hudsonrestaurantweek.com

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

HAMILTON PARK FARMERS MARKET
2:00 - 7:30 PM
Every Wednesdday

FILMS IN VAN VORST PARK
8:00 - 10:00 PM
All the President's Men
Free Film
Free popcorn
Bring a chair
Weather permitting

MUSIC AT THE FOUNTAIN
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Journal Square Fountain
Latin! Soul! Jazz!

NEWPORT BEACH PARTY
6:00 - 10:00 PM
Newport Town Square
The Restuarants at Newport celebrate warm summer nights with cold drinks and hot Caribbean music while overlooking the Manhattan skyline

THURSDAY, JULY 28

ART EXHIBIT OPENING
7:30 PM
MELT
581 Jersey Ave
http://www.meltjc.com

WORDS & MUSIC
The Waterbug Hotel (annex)
10:00 PM - 1:30 AM
7 Erie St., Jersey City
http://www.thewaterbughotel.com

SATURDAY, JULY 30

WATERBUG ARTS FESTIVAL
12:00 - 9:00 PM
City Hall Plaza
280 Grove Street
Arts festival featuring African percussion, reggea, dance, Latin jazz, experimental pop, funk, rock, visual and spoken word. Music Lineup:
1:00 PM BI-POLAR J http://bipolarj.com/
2:15 PM MARAFANYI PERCUSSIONE
3:00 PM JOE CONDIRACCI http://www.joecondiracci.com/index.php
3:30 PM REBECA VALLEJO PROJECT http://www.rvproject.info/
4:45 PM MUTAGENIC http://www.mutagenicmusic.com/home.htm
6:00 PM IN PETTO http://www.inpettomusic.com/
7:15 PM STATUE PARK http://www.statuepark.net/home.htm
8:00 PM ZEF NOI$E http://www.nyqwill.com/

Other artists featured throughout the show:
BROKEN ENGLISH (spoken word)
JUST PUTT (spoken word)
BLUES POET JOE (singer/songwriter)
HYMM (spoken word)
KAKALA (singer/songwriter)
LARA HANSON (visual art performance)
ANDY CASTILLO (visual art performance)
MIGUEL HERNANDEZ (visual art)
WEI BIAO YAN (visual art performance)
JESSE WRIGHT (visual art performance)
THE BALLOONATIC (visual art performance)
and more TBA
For more information: http://www.thewaterbughotel.com

New Jersey Blood Services Blood Drive
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Give the gift of blood and help to alleviate the critical blood shortage in our area. New Jersey Blood Services will bring its blood-mobile to Liberty Science Center and host a blood drive.
Liberty Science Center
251 Phillip Street
Liberty State Park
201.200.1000
http://www.lsc.org

MONTICELLO AVENUE SUMMER BBQ
The Monticello Avenue Summer BBQ is fundraiser to benefit Monticello Main Street
6 - 10 PM
MOORE'S LOUNGE
(aka - Bill & Ruth’s)
189 Monticello Ave.
$25 DONATION PRICE
For Tickets
Call: 201-332-6291
Visit: Moore’s Lounge - 189 Monticello
or Independent Beauty Supply - 93 Monticello

SUNDAY, JULY 31

New Jersey Blood Services Blood Drive
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Give the gift of blood and help to alleviate the critical blood shortage in our area. New Jersey Blood Services will bring its blood-mobile to Liberty Science Center and host a blood drive.
Liberty Science Center
251 Phillip Street
Liberty State Park
201.200.1000
http://www.lsc.org


WEST INDIAN / CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

This morning, the Carnival of the New Jersey Bloggers set up shop in Princeton, and yesterday, the Caribbean Carnival came to Chilltown.

Organized by the Jersey City West Indian/Caribbean American Carnival Association, the 10th Annual West Indian Carnival brought together the Caribbean communities in New York and New Jersey for a very colorful day of music, art and culture in Exchange Place. Our friends in Brooklyn are rather proud of their Carnaval, but we'd like to think that JC can hold its own.

We missed the beginning of the parade, but this didn't stop us from enjoying the steel drums, the costumes and of course the food.


EXTRAVAGANT CARNAVAL COSTUMES


CARNAVAL GIANTS


CITY HALL WAS THE BACKDROP FOR THE PARADE


MAYOR HEALY FLANKED BY CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY LEADERS


MISS HAITI


CARIBBEAN FLAGS (DON'T ASK ME WHY THE CANADIAN FLAG IS IN THERE!)


AFRO-CARIBBEAN DOLLS


CARIBBEAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS


FRESH COCONUT JUICE


JERK CHICKEN


ISLAND FOOD GALORE


THIS BOOTH HAD THE BEST FRIED FISH AT THE CARNIVAL




CARNIVAL #10



Tillie's in Princeton, having a bad hair week over at the Bad Hair Blog. Next week, he's joining the Navy. To join Tillie and the Carnival of the New Jersey Bloggers, click on the banner below:
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Monday, July 18, 2005

THEY HAD ME AT ALOHA



The Management Company's production of Iizuka's "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" is a witty and surreal ride that takes about 15 characters -- including a wild dog, a komodo dragon, and a bunch of piñatas -- from New York to Alaska to Hawai'i and finally to Borneo in search of a family.

Despite a few delivery glitches, the young troupe, under the direction of Courtney Sale, successfully portayed the strangers and lovers who ultimately find their way home through a series of chance encounters and passionate flings. The minimalist stage design and surround-sound effects also worked very well, underscoring the feeling of isolation and quiet desperation amidst the rural and urban noise. Overall, "Aloha" was a hilarious and entertaining maiden production for the Management Co., which promises to stage four shows a year at Victory Hall.

The show runs on Thursdays through Sundays from July 14-31. For tickets, call (212) 7772-6562. Call to reserve early, as the house only has 80 seats. Click here to read Jersey City Vibe's interview with Executive Director Amy Patrice Golden.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

DOJO MOJO CALENDAR

SUNDAY, JULY 17

YOU SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Liberty Science Center’s very own “Science Chefs” as they battle head-to-head to find out who can make the tastiest liquid nitrogen ice cream.
Liberty Science Center
251 Phillip Street
Liberty State Park07305 * 201.200.1000
http://www.lsc.org

MONDAY, JULY 18

JERSEY CITY LESBIAN & GAY OUTREACH DINNER
Beechwood Cafe and Market
7:00 PM
290 Grove Street
(201) 985-2811
http://jclgo.org

THURSDAY, JULY 21

HUDSON RESTAURANT WEEK KICKOFF PARTY
5:00 - 7:00 PM
South City Grill
70 Pavonia Ave
201-610-9225
Free food, drink specials and more!
http://southcitygrill.com/location/Default_JC.htm
http://hudsonrestaurantweek.com

PULLING STRINGS SUMMER SERIES
Marionette Maker
Jersey City Museum
350 Montgomery (at Monmouth)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
FREE
Master marionette-maker Chris Kluge offers a "hands-on" demonstration of some of his creations, and will talk about the fun you can have making your own marionettes. Using simple materials like straws and paperclips, Chris will demonstrate how anyone can enjoy creating their own characters – as Chris says, "all you need is your imagination...and that doesn't cost anything!"
http://www.jerseycitymuseum.org

JC/HOBOKEN BELLYDANCE MEETING
Janam Tea Shop
353 Grove Street
201-432-4TEA

Janam Tea Shop
353 Grove Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Tel: 201-432-4TEA
http://www.janamtea.com
CONTACT: Basmah basmah38@yahoo.com
RSVP: http://bellydance.meetup.com

ALOHA SAY THE PRETTY GIRLS
By Naomi Iizuka
8:00 PM
$12 Adults; $10 students
Call 212-772-6562 for discount tickets
http://www.victoryhall.org/events
Victory Hall
186 Grand Street (at Marin Blvd.)
Jersey City, NJ
201.209.0510

WORDS AND MUSIC @ THE WATERBUG HOTEL
10:30 PM - 1:30 AM
Waterbug Hotel Annex
7 Erie Street
http://www.thewaterbughotel.com

SATURDAY, JULY 23

WEST INDIAN / CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL
Exchange Place
2:00 - 10:00 PM

JUN 'ICHIRO ISHIDA
Garden Delight Art Series
Comfort Bistro
295 Grove St.
201 200 1320
http://www.comfortbistro.com

VAN VORST PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT WALKING TOUR
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00
Tour Leader: Joshua Parkhurst
jscparkhurst@hotmail.com
www.jclandmarks.org

CHRISSY ROBERTS
7:30 PM
MELT
581 Jersey Ave
201.459.0008
No cover
Chrissy Roberts: Patchwork
http://meltjc.com

SUNDAY, JULY 24

HARSIMUS COVE HISTORIC WALKING TOUR
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Cost: $5.00
Meet at Grove Street PATH Station
Tour Leader: Joshua Parkhurst
jscparkhurst@hotmail.com
http://www.jclandmarks.org

JERSEY CITY LESBIAN & GAY OUTREACH SUNSET PICNIC
4:00 - 7:00 PM
Morris Canal Park
(By Portside Towers)
Bring your picnic basket!
http://jclgo.org


USED BOOK SALE
12:30 - 4:30 PM
Grace Church Van Vorst Parish Hall
39 Erie St (2nd & 3rd Sts)
EVERY SUNDAY 12:30-4:30
Softcover .50 Hardcover 1.00
Free books available every week
Book donations needed - Please bring books during sale hours
All proceeds go to the church
http://www.gracevanvorst.dioceseofnewark.org

As always, comment or email me to be included in the weekly DoJo Mojo Calendar!

THEY LIKE US, THEY REALLY LIKE US


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Well, I'm not too sure if they like us. "Like" may be too strong a word. But in the blogosphere, a link is more than enough to get us excited.
Last week, the Times called us wwweird. This week, we were instalinked.



Oh, and I hope Sluggo wakes up soon, because it looks like Carnival #9 left without me.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

[G]RAINY FILM

Apparently, it's pretty easy to predict the weather on Wednesdays: RAIN.

Last week's launch of Films in Van Vorst was rained out, so Johnny Coffey et al launched it this week. The clouds didn't go away, but fortunately the local residents kept coming. The next screening takes place in two weeks. Bring a chair and a friend (or two or three)!


PARK DRIVE SIT-IN


FREE CHEESEMELT SANDWICHES FROM MELT!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

WWWeird NJ

The Carnival of the New Jersey Bloggers made it to New York -- Times, that is. With a nod to Weird NJ, Peter Applebome calls us wwweird, and to that we say thanks for the compliment, buddy!

[via MisterSnitch! and Cripes, Suzette!]

Monday, July 11, 2005

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR

It appears that I've become a gatekeeper of sorts for social events here in JC, as more and more people are calling, emailing and texting me about what to do in JC. While I can't promise that I will be in attendance at each event, I can at least compile the weekly events. If you have any upcoming or ongoing events, pls email me or just let me know in the comments box.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13


Music at the Fountain
Journal Square
Jazz! Latin! Soul!
11:30 AM -1:30 PM
201-795-1854
The sounds of music fill the air during the Fountain Entertainment Series. Local musicians privide multicultural music for your lunchtime pleasure. Funded in cooperation with Provident Bank, the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation and New Jersey's Urban Enterprise Zone Authority

Hamilton Park Farmer's Market
Hamilton Park
8th Street & Jersey Avenue

Phone: (917) 934-1934 - Janet Allen
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 7:00 PM

Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits & vegetables

EDIT: Bend It Like Beckham
Gurinder Chadha 2002, UK
Films at Van Vorst
Van Vorst Park
8:00 PM
http://www.dooneenpier.com/temp2/films/films_vvp_sm.pdf

THURSDAY, JULY 14

Aloha Say the Pretty Girls
By Naomi Iizuka

Opening night gala
8:00 PM
$12 Adults; $10 students
Call 212-772-6562 for discount tickets
http://www.victoryhall.org/events/
Victory Hall
186 Grand Street (at Marin Blvd.)
Jersey City, NJ
201.209.0510

Words and Music @ The Waterbug Hotel
10:30 PM - 1:30 AM
Waterbug Hotel Annex
7 Erie Street
http://www.thewaterbughotel.com

FRIDAY, JULY 15

Trish Szymanski
Melt
7:00 PM
581 Jersey Ave
Jersey City 07302
201.459.0008
http://meltjc.com

Johnny the K
A Theatreworks USA presentation
10:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Jersey City Museum
350 Montgomery (at Monmouth)
http://www.jerseycitymuseum.org

SUNDAY, JULY 17
You Scream for Ice Cream
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Liberty Science Center’s very own “Science Chefs” as they battle head-to-head to find out who can make the tastiest liquid nitrogen ice cream.
Liberty Science Center
251 Phillip Street
Liberty State Park
201.200.1000

http://www.lsc.org

ONGOING EVENTS:

Words and Music @ The Waterbug Hotel
Every Thursday night
10:30 PM - 1:30 AM
Waterbug Hotel Annex
7 Erie Street
http://www.thewaterbughotel.com

Running Thursday-Sunday, July 14-31
"Aloha Say the Pretty Girls"
By Naomi Iizuka

8pm
$12 Adults; $10 students
Call 212-772-6562 for discount tickets
http://www.victoryhall.org/events/
Victory Hall
186 Grand Street (at Marin Blvd.)
Jersey City, NJ
201.209.0510

Every Wednesday, from June 22 - October 22
Hamilton Park Farmer's Market
Hamilton Park
8th Street & Jersey Avenue

Phone: (917) 934-1934 - Janet Allen
2:00 - 7:00 PM
Community Farmers Market: Variety of fruits & vegetables

Sunday, July 10, 2005

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

It's always good to know your neighbors, not because you'll never know when you'll need 'em, but because, well, it's just nice to know the people around you.

So when I first heard of the rumor that we're getting a new neighbor, naturally I was curious and had to confirm it. We're still waiting for them to move in, but I'm glad to see that we've got a timeline. Welcome to the 'hood!


COMING TO NEWPORT, JERSEY CITY IN AUGUST