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December 17, 2013

Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken Partner on Regional Bike Share Initiative

Here is the latest on bike sharing involving Weehawken, Jersey City and Hoboken banding together to create regional bike sharing……

Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken Partner on

Regional Bike Share Initiative

Three Municipalities Partner on RFP Process to Launch Bike Share

 Bike Sharing Hoboken Jersey City Weehawken

Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner announced today that the three cities are partnering on a Regional Bike Share initiative that will see a minimum of 650 bikes placed in strategic locations throughout the three Hudson County municipalities.

As part of the initiative, the three municipalities as one entity will issue an RFP for a vendor to install solar-powered bike share hubs.

In Jersey City, a minimum of 300 bikes will be installed in 30 locations throughout the city.  In Hoboken, there would be a minimum of 250 bikes and a minimum of 100 bikes in Weehawken.

“We are pleased to partner with Hoboken and Weehawken to bring this bike share program to our three cities as it will provide a viable and affordable transportation alternative to motor vehicles for our residents, employees and visitors,” said Mayor Fulop. “We know that our transportation network is a regional one that connects our three waterfront communities, which is why it was important to partner on this initiative. It is our goal to make Jersey City the best mid-size city in America and to do that we must provide alternative and sustainable transportation options.”

All three City Councils will be voting on this RFP at their upcoming meetings. The program is being designed so it could be further expanded into additional municipalities.

“Following Hoboken’s extremely successful bike share pilot this summer, we are ready to scale up to a full-scale, regional bike share program,” said Mayor Zimmer. “Hoboken has the highest rate of transit commuters in the country, and this program will improve our region’s transportation resiliency and provide another low-cost, healthy transportation and recreation option.”

According to the RFP, the bike share system should utilize technology that would allow a user to release a bicycle from a station in one municipality and return it to a station in one of the other two cities.

“Weehawken Township, in conjunction with Jersey City and Hoboken, looks forward to the initiation of this bike share program,” said Mayor Richard F. Turner. “Weehawken residents will have the opportunity to not only utilize the bike service within Weehawken, but will also be able to use it while visiting their neighboring communities.”

The system will allow users to register online or using a smartphone app (iOS, Android), submit payment data and execute a user agreement.  A walk-up user would also be able to rent bicycles directly at the stations, including submitting credit cards and registering and executing a user agreement.   Each bike will be equipped with a GPS and user data will be logged continually.  Analysis of this data will allow the municipalities to adjust according to user needs.

Additionally, this bike share system will reduce congestion, ease parking issues and encourage an active lifestyle. Bike share users also tend to shop closer to home, keeping local dollars local and promoting main street shopping.

As compensation for providing the three municipalities with the services of the bike share system, the vendor will collect membership/user fees, advertising and sponsorship revenues and other revenue sources, as approved by the municipalities. There will be a variety of membership levels to make the program accessible to all residents.

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May 30, 2013

Free Pet Adoptions at Liberty Humane Society June 1 and June 2 11am-6pm in Jersey City

Liberty Humane Society of Jersey City is  hosting a free adoption event this weekend, June 1 & 2. For every adoption, the shelter will receive a donation from the Maddie Fund.

Liberty Hymane Society Jersey City Adoption Event June 1-2 2013

They will have extended hours from 11am-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday to make way for more potential adopters. The first 60 cat and 20 dog adopters will even get a free goodie bag to take home with their new love. They will have over 150 cats and dogs of all ages to choose from.

Check out some of LHS’s eligible dogs and cats on the adoption page. Liberty Humane is located at 235 Jersey City Boulevard in Jersey City, NJ. Their website is www.libertyhumane.org if you require more information.


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May 13, 2013

Inaugural Riverview Jazz Festival June 2, 2013 at Jersey City’s Historic Riverview Fisk Park

Filed under: jersey City,Live Music,Music — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 2:25 PM

Here is a reason to travel next door to Jersey City and grab some Jazz Sunday June 2nd for their inaugural Jazz Fetsival at the historica Riverview Park…

Riverview Jazz Festival Swings into Jersey City Heights June 2, 2013 11am-4pm

Riverview Jazz Festival Jersey City June 2 2013

The Jersey City Heights’ burgeoning jazz scene will be the focus of the Inaugural Riverview Jazz Festival, Sunday June 2, at Jersey City’s Historic Riverview Fisk Park from 11am-4pm .

Presented by Farms in the Heights, the festival will be a free, day-long event featuring live performances, children’s activities and a pop-up art show in the neighboring Community Gardens (for children of all ages).

“We are excited to be showcasing some amazing live talent and celebrating the vibrant diversity of Jersey City Heights,” said Will Tatz, the festival’s organizer. “Anyone who has been to Riverview Fisk Park knows how spectacular the views are. It’s a great showcase for the newly designated Riverview Arts District, and even though our historic gazebo was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, this park has hosted live performances dating back to the early 20th century, and we intend to revive that tradition. It will be a unique musical experience for the city.”

Funds will also be raised for the restoration of the historic gazebo.

The lineup for the festival features five musically diverse artists, each with ties to the Heights neighborhood, which is the most diverse community in the city. The festival is being held in conjunction with the weekly Farms in the Heights farmer’s market, which features locally-sourced and wholesome food vendors.

Official Lineup for the Inaugural Riverview Jazz Festival 2013:

Beninghove’s Hangmen are the NY/NJ area’s favorite noir cinematic punk jazz band. Alongside bandleader/saxophonist Bryan Beninghove, Rick Parker plays trombone, with Eyal Maoz and Dane Johnson on guitars, Kellen Harrison on bass and Shawn Baltazor on drums. Their latest release, Beninghove’s Hangmen, placed number three on Lucid Culture’s list of the top 25 Jazz Albums of 2011

Tracy Stark, a longtime staple of the NYC cabaret scene, is a pianist/arranger/singer songwriter of bracing originality and range. Tracy is currently at work on a new CD with producer Richard Barone, featuring guest vocalists including Lesley Gore, Jane Monheit, Nona Hendryx and Karen Black. She will bring the piano bar into the park and keep the audience on its toes.

New Tricks is a seasoned working band of the type not found as often as it once was in jazz. Saxophonist Mike Lee, trumpeter Ted Chubb, Bassist Kellen Harrison and drummer Shawn Baltazor have been playing together for over eight years and have forged a swinging, post bop classic New York sound. Their cohesion and assuredness are showcased on the brilliant 2011 CD Alternate Side.

ZONE is: Michael Moss on saxophones, flute and bass clarinet; Mel Nusbaum on piano, Billy Stein on guitar, Robert Edwards on electric bass, Lou Selmi on drums, and Yogui on congas, bongos and percussion. Zone play a mix of traditional and modern standards and original compositions by both Michael Moss and Mel Nusbaum, who have played together for 40 years. The llist of their collaborators reads like a who’s who of modern jazz.

Pat Van Dyke is a drummer, composer, producer, and band leader. PVD balances the rhythmic intensity of true-school hip hop & experimental electronic music with the rich harmony & refreshing subtlety of jazz. Recent releases include PVD Breaks Volume I & II (original breakbeat series), a full length LP with NJ emcee; 8thW1, as well as a limited edition vinyl 7″ single with (mc) John Robinson entitled “Miles & Trane”: a hip hop tribute to jazz legends which sold out at online vinyl retailers within the first month. Pat will be joined on stage at RJF by Josh David on bass and David Stolarz on keyboards. Don’t be surprised if an MC straight outa Jersey shows up to offer up some microphone skills.

The Riverview Jazz Festival is made possible through the support of The Distillery Gallery and Artspace, The Trolley Car Bar and Grill, Palisade Lumber, and Palisade Drugs.

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March 21, 2013

Hudson County CASA’s 7th Annual Wine Tasting Friday March 22 6-9pm

Poster Hudson County CASA's 7th Annual Wine Tasting 3-22-2013

Hudson County CASA’s 7th Annual Wine Tasting is fast approaching in fact it is tomorrow night! Come celebrate with Hudson County CASA on Friday, March 22nd from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Atrium in the Harborside

Enjoy sampling more than 90 wines with sweets and treats gathered from the best purveyors in the metropolitan area. The night will also include hors d’oeuvres, an exciting silent auction, a cork pull, free parking, and much more! At this point tickets are $75 online or $85 at the door.

Plans for Wine Tasting are coming together. The New Jersey Beer Company will be back by popular demand, offering both draft and bottled beers. The silent auction will feature a signed Eli Manning jersey, Yankee tickets (great seats), a fishing charter for 6 out of Briellle, and beautiful pearls for women and girls from Honora.

Organizers of the event look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact the CASA office at (201) 795-9855. Please visit their Facebook page for more information about the event.

For directions to the Atrium (Plaza II) please use 185 Hudson Street, Jersey City, 07311. This address will work for any GPS or map program.

For tickets go to www.hudsoncountycasa.org

About Hudson County CASA:

HCCASA serves children from across Hudson County. A non-profit organization located in Jersey City, HCCASA is part of a state network. Nationally, there are more than 1,000 CASA programs working in local communities.

HCCASA volunteers are appointed by family court judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure these children don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate group or foster home. They stay with each case until it is closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

There are currently more than 60 volunteers donating their time and energy as advocates to HCCASA. Our volunteers represent a true cross section of the community: active and retired professionals who have worked in a variety of industries, business owners, and graduate students, of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.

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October 4, 2012

Bunny Pearlman 74 Year Old Artist Jersey City Tour Opening October 13-14 12-6pm

Filed under: art show,jersey City — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 3:25 PM

Bunny Pearlman, an experienced and well traveled artist that is 74 years young and hails from Jersey City will be having an opening there next weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

74 Year Old Artist Travels to Paint – Most Recently in Jersey City
Bunny Pearlman to Exhibit During Jersey City’s 2012 Open Studios Tour

Bunny Pearlman has spent part of every year since 1957 traveling to paint. Her journeys have taken her to studios in Arad and Safed Israel (where she studied Kabbalah); San Miguel, Mexico; Key West, Berkeley, Provincetown, Rapid City, Boulder, Sarasota, Russian River, Venice (Italy), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Gainesville, Boston, New York City, and – most recently – Jersey City.

Not surprisingly, Pearlman’s work focuses on place, following the seasonal changes in light and atmosphere. Her paintings are narrative – telling the story of time and place, light and shadow on architecture and the natural environment. This year’s work — painted in Provincetown, MA and Jersey City, NJ — is a series entitled, “A Time For Counting.”

This series will be exhibited during the 22nd Annual Jersey City Artists’ Studio Tour, October 13th and 14th 2012, 12-6 PM, with an opening reception on Saturday October 13 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m at her studio, 313 3rd Street, Jersey City.

About Bunny: 

Bunny Pearlman moved from California to Provincetown in 1973. Her career as an artist began in New York – her birthplace – with her first exhibited painting at age ten winning a prize from the Jewish Museum. She has a BFA from the University of Florida and an MFA in Painting from the University of Southern California with post graduate studies at Cal State Sonoma. Her works are in many public and private collections including The Ringling Museum, The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, The Pasadena Art Museum, The Cape Museum, The Arad Museum (in Arad Israel) and Provincetown Art Association & Museum. In Provincetown her work was exhibited largely at the East End Gallery which she directed from 1987 until 2004.

Most recently her work was shown in Provincetown at Gallery Ehva.

Last winter, Bunny returned to Provincetown after a five year stint directing the art program and teaching art at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley California. She moved to Berkeley after returning from Israel where she taught a variety of classes at the WUJS institute in Arad including contemporary fresco technique. Other teaching credits include visiting artist/teacher at Provincetown High, Director of the Graphics department and teacher of graphics and mixed media at New College in Sarasota. She also taught at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and painting and mixed media at the Pasadena Art museum in California.

Contact Bunny Pearlman at bunnypearlman@aol.com for more information on this artist

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September 5, 2012

Photo of the Day – Liberty State Park Jersey City from reader Jared Kofsky

Filed under: jersey City,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 11:55 AM

Photo Courtesy of Jared Kofsky

Today’s Photo of the Day is from  Liberty State Park Jersey City form reader and photographer Jared Kofsky. This is a very nice black and white photo and subject matter.


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July 26, 2012

Zeppelin Hall Music Festival July 28th – August 26th in Jersey City

Zh euro cup website pic

Zeppelin Hall, located at 88 Liberty View Drive in Jersey City is hosting an end of summer music festival starting July 28th and running through August 26th 2012. The weekend schedule is above and the entire schedule is below. There will be a pig roast every Saturday and Sunday as well. For more information go to www.zeppelinhall.com. Note: Zeppelin Hall is accessible via the Light Rail from Hoboken’s train terminal. Either get off at Marin Blvd stop from Hoboken or the one thereafter.

Zepellin Hall Jersey City Music Fest Summer 2012 Schedule

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Photo of the Day– Jersey City Downtown Along Walkway

Filed under: jersey City,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 8:50 AM

Jersey City Downtown Walkway HDR1

Today’s Photo of the Day takes us to neighboring Jersey City downtown along their waterfront walkway.

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July 24, 2012

Surf City Megabar and Restaurant in Jersey City – Like a Mini Vacation from Hoboken

Surf City Jersey City

Last Saturday, TheBoken.com paid an afternoon visit to Jersey City’s latest “mega bar” Surf City. Located at 1 Marin Blvd. in Jersey City next to a marina, Surf City is accessible to the NJ Light Rail system from Hoboken at the Marin Blvd Light Rail stop. TheBoken.com enjoyed the time there and recommends the place for its relaxed ambience, gorgeous views and delicious lobster rolls. The Frozen drinks are pretty good too.

This place has only been open for 3 weeks and is under the same ownership as Zeppelin Hall, the big beer garden in Jersey City that is actually withing walking distance from this place. Surf City bartender and Social Media coordinator Meghan said that there are plans to have musical acts there soon and according their Facebook page a raw bar will be coming soon as well.

The crowd was mixed but older than say Pier 13 during the day but I was informed that it does get younger at night. The music, unlike its predecessor the Sand Bar, is more Jimmy Buffet than club and the views of the Harbor and dowtown NYC make it a very cool place to chill and meet up with friends. Thus, if you want a beachy feeling from Hoboken’s offerings Surf City could be the ticket. Below are some photos of the place that give you an idea of its offerings….

Surf City Jersey City

For chillier nights there are fire pits

Surf City Jersey City

They actually have a sand pit with chairs

Surf City Jersey City

A big sign for the bar – just in case you could possible miss it!

Surf City Jersey City

One of the open bar areas with a view of the marina

Surf City Jersey City

Interior decor that says beach party!

Surf City Jersey City

Interior bar with yellow stools

Surf City Jersey City

Interior large bar

Surf City Jersey City

The Lobster Roll at only $14.95 is great tasting and a good deal

Surf City Jersey City

Surf City’s Frozen Drink Menu

Surf City Jersey City

 The Lava Flow – after it had been mixed hit the spot on a sunny day

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Photo of the Day World Trade Center as seen from Jersey City

World Trade Center Jersey City HDR

Today’s Photo of the Day is of the World Trade Center as seen from Jersey City. I used my Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens for this shot and Photomatrix for the HDR. The clouds are a nice bonus in the shot.

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