have you had your dojo mojo today?

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


I recently laid my eyes on some photos by Tyson Thorne, a fellow JC resident and photographer. The site clearly needs to be updated, just like The Sold Coast and New York's Sixth.

Where is everyone these days?

Friday, March 24, 2006


The Guardian Angels had their info session last week, and now it's the JCPD's turn. I really don't care who patrols the streets, as long as somebody does.
On March 27, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. the Jersey City Police and Mayor Healy will host an event at the new Frank R. Conwell School auditorium located on Grand and Bright Street (entrance for the event will be on the Bright Street side).The event will include; Chief of Police Robert Troy announcing new programs that the police department will be implementing, safety Awareness material, and free refreshments. This event promises to be very informative and we look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Miniature Castle in the Swamp
Originally uploaded by Morton Fox.
I'd heard about this miniature castle in Liberty State Park decades ago, but never had the balls to navigate through those overgrown weeds and risk being bitten by fleas. This flickr set by Morton Fox is proof that it exists.

Friday, March 10, 2006


I have to admit that it's been a while since I last tuned into JCLIR, but boy was I happy to learn that they've recently added one of my all-time favorite local bands, Black Sonny, to their playlist. [Note to self: update the BS link on the right margin]

I also learned that they're looking to expand and add local spoken word artists to their roster of local talent. Apparently the plan is to start off a weekly show, and possibly spin off another station [and website], given positive feedback and a large enough artist network.

So to all the JC-based spoken word artists out there in Internet-land, send your
name, website (if applicable), city, state, and any recordings to: submissions@voices.jclir.com.

Monday, March 06, 2006


Fernham gave me a heads up on today's reading by Bill Gordon, author of the JC-set novel, Mary After All. I won't be able to attend, but I am posting it here in the hope that some of you will:
MONDAY, MARCH 6: Please join us for an exciting evening as buzzed-about new literary series, "The Reader's Room: Where Writers Take Center Stage," at Mo Pitkin's ( www.mopitkins.com), welcomes breakout debut novelists MARCY DERMANSKY, author of TWINS (William Morrow, October 2005), which The New York Times Book Review called "a brainy, emotionally sophisticated bildungsroman-for-two," and BILL GORDON, author of MARY AFTER ALL (Dial Press, January 2006), a remarkable first novel that prompted the The Boston Globe note that, "Like gritty Jersey City itself, Mary's life traces a cycle of decline and resurgence. Gordon brings warmth and compassion to telling the story." Local independent bookseller Bluestockings will have books for sale at the event. Mo Pitkin's is located at 34 Avenue A, between 2nd and 3rd Streets. 7:00PM, FREE.

[via Fernham]

Sunday, March 05, 2006


From the Jersey Journal [February 17, 2006] :

In response to recent muggings in Downtown Jersey City, women's self-defense classes are now being offered at Victory Hall, 186 Grand St., at Luis Muñoz Marin Boulevard.

The classes will begin the first week of March and will be every Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Read the full article here:
Self-defense classes for Downtown women


Today's Times has the long-awaited piece on crime and crime prevention in JC.

On JCList, one resident stated that "
the article made JC sound like we have crimes happening outside our door every hour of the day," while another contended that it "leaned toward the sensational side," and yet another simply wondered, "[w]here's the Glitter?"

I believe the piece -- which I and other members of the downtown neighborhood watch groups have been anxiously awaiting* -- is long overdue. In fact, it's about 3 or 4 months overdue, because Jonathan Miller has been asking to join the Midnight Patrol since the last patrol we did in October. Clearly, however, the recent high-profile events [the mugging of Councilman Vega's wife, the arrival of the Guardian Angels after the Dixon Deli armed robbery, and Councilman Fulop's public request for JCPD Chief Troy's resignation] were an added impetus.

The article, which I believe was not at all sensationalistic, focused two of the essential things concerning many Jersey Citians today: crime and its prevention. It detailed the recent crimes in our area, as well as the four elements that will help in deterring it: the municipal government, the JCPD, the neighborhood watch groups, and yes, the highly visual and apparently controversial Guardian Angels.

Overall I am happy with the way the article turned out, though frankly, I'm a little bummed that it didn't mention the GA info session which many residents and neighborhood groups worked so hard to organize for the GAs.

* In the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the JC Neighborhood Watch Association, which is always looking for more members and volunteers. Please send an email to jcnwa@comcast.net to pitch in or join the mailing list

Saturday, March 04, 2006


There's an interesting piece in phillyBurbs.com about the Jersey City in which I grew up and the Jersey City in which I now live. Both JCs still exist, and it's an interesting dichotomy to say the least.

Jersey City grows, but not everywhere


Children and their parents [or guardians] are highly encouraged to go stir crazy tomorrow afternoon.

Child Friendly Initiative of JC

Friday, March 03, 2006


Jersey City Guardian Angels

Mark Adams ~ Chapter Leader ~ 201-304-5167


Guardian Angels Information Session
Thursday, March 16
7:30 - 9:00 PM
Frank R. Conwell Middle School #4 auditorium/theater
107-108 Bright Street, which is between Monmouth and Jersey Ave.


Jersey City Guardian Angels announce Public Meeting on Safety and Security: ‘Dare to Care’

The Jersey City Guardian Angels announce a public meeting on safety and security with ‘Dare to Care’as their motto. Members of the Downtown Watch, Van Vorst Park Watch, Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County, Dixon Deli, and others will also speak on crime prevention.

The Downtown Watch has secured facilities near Van Vorst Park for the JC Chapter of the Guardian Angels to hold a public information meeting for all residents of Jersey City. This important meeting will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 7:30 until 9PM at the new Frank R. Conwell Middle School #4 auditorium/theater, located at 107-108 Bright Street which is between Monmouth and Jersey Ave.

All residents of Jersey City are welcome and the Guardian Angels will address various programs they administer and they will answer questions from the general public about working with other neighborhoods and neighborhood groups throughout all areas of Jersey City.

The Jersey City Chapter of the Guardian Angels covers Jersey City, Newark, and parts of New York including Queensbridge, Canarsie, Red Hook and Sunset Park. There are approximately 20 members of this chapter including 6 who are Jersey City residents.

The Guardian Angels members are widely diverse and include life-long Jersey City resident,Tony Torres, Chief of Staff for Freeholder Eliu Rivera and another Jersey City member, “Mike”, is an alumnus of NYU, former reporter and now teacher, who says that the Guardian Angels are “inter-activists” who are “…there to assist, there to care.” “We use our over 27 years of experience to help neighborhoods help themselves.” This enables both communities and police to work better, through safety and security tips of alertness that can be taught and how to make incident reportings of suspicious activities.

The JCGA chapter leader is Mark Adams who lived in Jersey City Heights for 14 years. Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, has directed that the JC chapter shall patrol virtually every day and night at this time until further notice. The Guardian Angels patrols are also working with the combined patrols of the Downtown Watch monthly neighborhood patrol that consists of members of the Jersey City Neighborhood Watch Assn. (JCNWA) and the Van Vorst Park Neighborhood Watch (VVPNW).

This initial gathering of the JC Guardian Angels was brought about by the muggings of the wife of JC Council President Mariano Vega’s wife and the armed mugging and theft of the Dixon Deli. The owner and wife of the Dixon Deli are also members of the Guardian Angels. Contact with Curtis Sliwa brought the Guardian Angels to form a chapter in Jersey City.

Supporters of this informational meeting include:

Jersey City Neighborhood Watch:

Van Vorst Park Watch:
v v n w a t c h@ g m a i l . c o m

Alberta Walker/Youth Achievement Center of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County:

and other neighborhood groups.
(final names TBA: final revisions due Mon, March 6 @ 10PM)