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Friday, August 20, 2010

A Tale of our City, JC Library, Annual Book Fair

A Tale of Our City
Jersey City’s 3rd Annual Book Festival
Saturday, September 18th @ Historic, Victorian… Van Vorst Park… 10 am – 4 PM

Authors from near (The Hudson Reporter’s Al Sullivan) and far (Prof. John B. Wefing, on NJ Governor Richard Hughes), to the Library’s own, Bob Leach (director, JC Historical Project) and Cynthia Harris (manager, NJ Room)…and everything in between, including Adeyinka Makinde’s book on boxer Frankie DePalma…will converge at Van Vorst Park for Jersey City’s 3rd annual book festival, A Tale of Our City.

* Author Readings * Author ‘Meet ‘n’ Greets’ & Book Signings * FOR Children: Face Painting,
Storytelling & other activities * FREE Library Card Sign Up * Info on Library Services * Publishers *
* Books * Giveaways * Community Organizations * Music * Entertainment *

See you at Van Vorst Park (Jersey Avenue & Montgomery Street, across from Main Library) on Saturday, September 18, to hear and see the 18 participating authors!

LOL Comedy Jam and after party

LOL Comedy Jam and After-party tonight at Boca Grande, Washington street, Pavonia Newport
9 pm - midnight,   aug 20
Feat. Frantz Casseus, Andrew Schulz and Joe Show. Tickets $20 at the door. Show starts at 9:00, drink specials all night!

writer's seminar week 4: sound and sensibility

JC art school, monday 9/ 13,  7.30 - 9.30 pm

At the heart of much great writing is the balance between “sound and sense,” Alexander Pope told us—and in this session we will see how good prosody (meter and rhymes in a proscribed order) will, like the lyrics of a song, elevate the sentiments you want to convey. This discussion will focus primarily on poetry; poets discussed will include W.H. Auden, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and John Donne. Participants are also encouraged to ...bring in and share poems they have written.
hosted by Amanda Nazario

Fee: $10 suggested donation


The JCAS Writers’ Seminar meets every Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 PM to discuss authors and their craft, with a view toward how to implement effective literary techniques in your own writing.

just add sound, september

 grassroots community space  sept 9,  9 - 11 pm

Who doesn't love September? Cooler weather, relaxation between the insanity of summer and the craziness of the holidays, and time for another Just Add Sound!!

Same deal as always folks! Free open mic from 9-11. All acts welcome. Everyone drops one song / poem / short comedy act / monologue / whatever. Then if we have time, we go round again! So stick around if you wanna get on the mic twice! Be on time and you're likely to go tw...ice!

Justin Woo will be hosting. DJ Purple Stuff running sound and dropping beats.

writer´s seminar week 3, " the beautiful sentence"

August 30 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm,  JC Art school, 326 5th street
This talk will set out to create an appreciation for sentence architecture—necessarily in prose, though we will also discuss lines of poetry that accomplish a similar end. How important is that first sentence in a short story, really? What sets a great sentence apart from a merely good one? Through textual analysis of authors from Gertrude Stein to Jonathan Lethem, and an in-session exercise, we will attempt to turn a plain stat...ement into a piece of art.
hosted by Amanda Nazario

Fee: $10 suggested donation

The JCAS Writers’ Seminar meets every Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 PM to discuss authors and their craft, with a view toward how to implement effective literary techniques in your own writing.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

pre pride party

back to school bag and supply giveaway

aug 28:a back-to-school project was created by Rolando Lavarro and Andre Richardson
The free school supplies event is set for Saturday, August 28, from noon to 2 pm, in three locations: 
the Hank Gallo Center ( Lincoln Park at the playground near West Side Avenue), and 
Hudson County School of Technology (525 Montgomery St.).
Families interested in receiving  free book bags and supplies for their kids should pre-register by calling O’Dea at 201-209-0972 or emailing him at wored1@yahoo.com

groove on grove aug 25

august 25th  6 -9 pm, 
Grove street PATH Plaza

Greg Ribot
Skylar James

Brendan Kibbee

public meeting powerhouse arts district, TDR

Invitation to Attend Public Meeting Regarding the Powerhouse Arts District and Transfer of Development Rights

Members of the board of PADNA were invited recently to attend a session hosted by the Jersey City Division of City Planning regarding Smart Growth development tools to manage growth in Jersey City.  The Division of Planning has received a grant from the NJ Office of Smart Growth to conduct a comprehensive planning study to compose a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Ordinance for Jersey City.  Through this process, the City can explore ways to secure funding to preserve and enhance community resources by capitalizing on the demand for development.  This will be the first urban application of this zoning in New Jersey.

A public meeting on this topic will be held at City Hall on Thursday, August 26th from 6pm to 9pm.  We urge PAD residents to attend this meeting to learn more about this concept and its application, make suggestions and provide community feedback.  In the meantime, here is a quick primer based on the meeting we attended:

What is TDR?
Transfer of Developments Rights, or "TDR", is a voluntary land-use management tool that allows municipalities and regions to achieve both land conservation and economic growth through the transfer of development potential from one area ("preservation area") to another ("growth area").  Put another way, unused development rights (additional floors, unused square footage permitted by zoning) can be sold by one property (sender) to another (receiver) under city sponsorship.

I still don't get it.  Can you give an example?
The concept of TDR is that potential development rights are "sent" to another property in the city, and the "receiving" owner of that other property gets "credit" allowing him/her the right to build more densely than zoning would otherwise allow in an area that needs "growth."  For this privilege, the "receiving" owner compensates the owner of the "sending" property a certain monetary fee.  The "sending" property is then obligated to preserve their building and invest a certain amount in maintaining it.

Would use of TDR make any changes to the overall PAD Redevelopment Plan?
No.  The ability to use this tool would be adopted as an Ordinance for the whole of Jersey City.  It would have no impact on current or future zoning.
What properties in the PAD could be eligible for this program?
Not all properties in the PAD would work with TDR.  Essentially any project that is already approved is off the table.  That means that the Toll Brothers properties, Harbor Lights, Morgan Pointe, etc. would not be properties where TDR would be applied. Where this could be of value is in preserving historically valuable properties which have not yet been, or are only partially rehabilitated.  TDR is a tool to compensate those owners for preserving their properties.

Would TDR be mandatory for properties in the PAD?
No. The program is entirely optional for building owners to participate in.

Where would these development rights be "sent" to?
This is one of the topics for discussion at the meeting on August 26th at City Hall. The City has some ideas, and the ones we discussed in our meeting are all local downtown areas.  In particular, Gregory Park is an area of focus. Gregory Park consists of the high rises and surface parking lots between Columbus Drive and Montgomery Streets.  The current zoning on those lots dates from the 70s and actually restricts them from building any more to fill in with additional housing or retail.   The Planning Department sees TDR as an opportunity to modernize the area.  NOTE: Per the City, affordable housing requirements in Gregory Park would be unaffected by any TDR activities.

Want to learn more?
If you are interested in getting more information ahead of the meeting on the 26th, there is another public meeting to discuss TDR as it relates to the Jersey Avenue Redevelopment area (this is roughly the border area between Jersey City and Hoboken just past the Holland Tunnel).  That meeting will be held TONIGHT August 19, 2010 from 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm  at the Golden Door Charter School [180 9th Street].

shut up weirdo with andy & frangry, wfmu.org

Greetings, my friend. This week on Shut Up, Weirdo we ask you, the listener,
 to look deep, deep into your crystal ball and tell us what the future holds 
500 years (or more) in the future. We want to hear the full shocking story of 
what may happen some fateful day far far far away from today. Chrononauts 

Holo-phone us on the air (201-209-9368) this Friday from 6 to 7pm 
(EST Earth Time) and tell us where you see yourself in five or ten centuries. 
Listen in on WFMU 91.1 (NYC area) or WFMU.org (via Skynet).

Shut Up, Weirdo: The promise of joy. The magic of 01010100110001010010100111

the attic ensemble

Our Fortieth Anniversary Season
Our Fortieth Anniversary Season celebrates  the Attic Family...actors, crew, supportors and friends. The Attic is proud to present family stories in the four award winning plays we present to celebrate this milestone season:
September 24-October 3, 2010
True WestNovember 12-21, 2010
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
February 18-27-2011
The Piano Lesson
April 29-May 8, 2011
Dancing at Lughnasa

Season subscriptions can be purchased online at
Enter in the secret password "Forty Years" and save $5 off the general admission subscriber price.
Season brochures will be sent out soon if you prefer to pay by check. Click here and send us your mailing address if you are not on our snail mail list!

 ATTIC JUNIOR, our fun-filled, interactive theater series for children aged four and up, returns with 3 new productions, including a brand new musical based on the childrens bookWonders, Inc. Performances are the two Saturdays of the Mainstage productions.


New This Season
Special late night treats featuring live game shows and Attic Junior shows with an adult twist! Adults only at these 11 pm shows...fun, audience participation and laughter...with beverages! 

FORTY YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!
The Attic Ensemble started as a way for St. Peter's College alumni to continue their collegiate theatrical careers by presenting low cost, high quality theater for Jersey City and the surrounding Hudson County area. We are still growing strong and continuing their dream forty years later. This season will be filled with anniversary celebrations and special programming culminating in our spectacular Fortieth Anniversary Gala in May.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

groove on grove

this wednesday, the 18th:
The Neutron Drivers, Sarin McHugh and more.
6 - 9 pm
Grove street PATH PLaza

volunteer greens group

Volunteer Greens Group
Hamilton Park Residents!
We Need Your Help To Keep
Our Park Beautiful!
If You Are Interested In Joining Us
Please Come To The Park On
Mondays and Thursdays at 7 pm!
Thank you everyone for an amazing job in the mulched beds pruning along the northwest walkway outside of the children's playground near the entrance to the park on 9th and West Hamilton, and cutting off the sucker branches from the trees by the basketball court area!


Board of Ed meeting

Thursday August 26th
 Board of Education Meeting
at PS 11--886 Bergen Ave. Martin Luther King Jr School.

The public is welcome

free film Van Vorst Park, "up" by Peter Docter

Free Film
just east of the gazebo after sunset (around 8:15 pm)
Films in Van Vorst
6th Annual Summer Film Series 
 directed by Peter Docter 
  "UP" was awarded with two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score in 2010.