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Union Head Decries Dirtier Parks Santo Della Monica, President of Local 245, which represents workers at the Department of Public Works and Department of Recreation and Youth Development, says that Jersey City's gradual privatization of maintenance is resulting in dirtier parks. He points to Pershing Field that has become a home for the unhoused as a case in point. “We used to be there from seven in the morning to eleven at night. Right now Pershing Field is under attack. Two weeks ago, they broke a bathroom in there. When the plumbers went in there to fix it, it had…

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BUSINESS

City Council Passes Law Regulating Third Party Food Delivery Services

A Jersey City ordinance regulating the likes of Grubhub, Uber Eats and DoorDash activity has reached the finish line and will take effect Aug. 1. On Wednesday, the City Council voted 7-1 in favor of it on the second and final reading after Councilman James Solomon got to work some six months ago to ensure…

E-Bike Advocates at JC Rally Say State Back-Pedaling on Transit Safety

A group of e-bike advocates assembled Wednesday at Jersey City’s Exchange Place to air their grievances on a pending state bill that, they say, will unfairly undermine food delivery workers’ livelihoods and safety. Antonio Solis, representing Los Deliveristas Unidos, said the proposed state policies – compelling e-bike owners to pay for registration and insurance –…

Centre Pompidou's Finances are Unsustainable Say Auditors

Renovations, a new branch, stagnant ticket sales, and inflation are straining the finances of Paris's Centre Pompidou, according to a report from France’s Court of Auditors. News of the audit, released on Tuesday, was first reported by Le Monde and picked up by ARTnews. In 2021, Mayor Fulop announced a controversial plan to open a…

State Agency Threatens to Pull Funding for Pompidou x

A state agency is threatening to pull funding for Pompidou x, the planned Jersey City outpost of the Centre Pompidou art museum based in Paris. According to an article today in NJBiz, Tim Sullivan, the chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, wrote the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency questioning the agency's budget shortfall for the…


Real Estate and Development

Portside Tenants File $400M Class Action to Recover Rent Overcharges

Calling it “the largest rent control class action lawsuit in United States history,” a tenacious group of Downtown tenants has brought a massive $400 million case against their landlord and property manager, alleging years of illegal rent overcharges. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court yesterday, the owner of Portside Towers in Paulus Hook…

O'Dea Calls on State to Dedicate Pompidou Funds to Jersey City Parks

County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Bill O'Dea is calling on the state to dedicate funds previously set aside for the Pompidou x museum to Jersey City's parks. “I am calling on the state to allocate the $24 million [in] funds that were set aside for the Pompidou museum to be used for our city parks…

City Launches Affordable Housing Web Portal Along With User Training Sessions

Jersey City has launched a ‘Consolidated Affordable Housing Web Portal' to streamline and simplify access to affordable housing opportunities. The portal is intended to both help renters look for affordable housing and assist property managers in their marketing of affordable units.  “We are adding affordable housing opportunities at historic rates throughout Jersey City, and this…


BergEn Lafayette

A Preview of Today's Bergen-Lafayette Art Crawl (and More)

Besides the Downtown, Bergen-Lafayette is the most logical neighborhood in Jersey City for an art walk. The low-lying blocks to the south of Grand Street are easy for a pedestrian or a cyclist to get around — and spots of interest to the artistically inclined are bunched together on Communipaw Avenue and Monitor Street. Should…

Downtown

Downtown Community Garden Enlists City’s Aid to Preserve Space 

As of fall 2022, Jersey City laid claim to 23 community gardens, according to a tabulation by Sustainable JC, a non-profit educational organization whose aim is to help the city become greener and more resilient. But the group warned that the increasing pace of development city-wide was a primary factor contributing to the “shrinking” numbers…

Greenville

Infinity Institute Receives Award From ADL's ‘No Place for Hate’ Program

With the ending of the academic year, a Jersey City high school junior and her school have won praise from the Anti-Defamation League in the organization’s 2024 No Place for Hate program. Infinity Institute, which accommodates grades 4 through 12 at the former St. Paul’s School in Greenville, was among 325 schools in New York…

Westside

Two Local Men Charged in Connection With Homicide Near NJCU

Two men have been charged in connection with an April shooting near NJCU that left a 24-year-old Jersey City man dead. According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Nyzir Wilson and Stephon Murphy, both 23 and both of Jersey City, are charged with Robbery, Burglary, Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful…

Journal Square

Former Jersey City Speakeasy Marks 90th Anniversary Serving Drinks Legally

Staff and patrons bedecked in snazzy party outfits celebrated in style last week to mark a special occasion at Jersey City’s Grape Vine Tavern. The modest saloon – a fixture at 657 Newark Ave. just off Five Corners in Journal Square – was marking the 90th anniversary of having been issued the city’s first post-Prohibition liquor license…

Heights

City Upgrades Riverview-Fisk Park with Multi-Purpose Playing Field

A new playable field for recreational sports in Riverview-Fisk Park is open to the public, Mayor Fulop and the Department of Infrastructure announced today. What had been a 130-foot by 87-foot section of patchy grass has been leveled and turned into a multipurpose turf field. “It is a simple but functional change because people will now be able…



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