Mercy House staff and volunteers handed out the holiday-themed bags to approximately 250 individuals in Jersey City
Mercy House staff and volunteers handed out the holiday-themed bags to approximately 250 individuals in Jersey City

Easter Celebrations

Jersey City’s Mercy House, along with the Elizabeth and Newark locations, gave out about 1,000 Easter gift bags, a new record. Jersey City’s location distributed 250 bags, which were filled with things like crayons and candy. Mercy House is run by the Archdiocese of Newark. 

The Mercy House provides nonperishable food, clothing, baby supplies, furniture, and help finding work and housing to anyone in need. Those who would like to volunteer or make a donation — financial contributions are especially appreciated — should contact Cheryl A. Riley at [email protected]. For more information, visit

Urban Planning - Upcoming Public Events

Jersey City officials are inviting community members to the hands-on installation of a pop-up street improvement project at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the intersection of Monticello and Fairmount Avenues. Then, at noon the same day, attendees are invited to contribute to a discussion on Traffic Calming. For more information, visit

On Thursday, April 11th, the next Bergen Arches Feasibility Study Public Open House meeting will be at the Dickinson High School Auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m. The Jersey City Division of Transportation Planning and designers Supermass Studio are currently studying the possibilities around converting the Bergen Arches into a greenway.

Education and Internships

A study from Teach Simple has ranked the New Jersey school system #2 in the nation. The factors that went into the rankings include student-to-teacher ratio, bullying rate, and academic performance. Massachusetts took the first place slot. has come out with a study showing that, among American cities, Jersey City has some of the fewest opportunities for internships. For every 100,000 people, there are only 11.86 internships. In comparison, Atlanta has some of the most, with 150.86 internships for every 100,000.

Health & Wellness

RWJBarnabas Health will be partnering with ARC Innovation on ARC’s HealthSpace2030, a digital health innovation hub, which will be based in Jersey City’s SciTech Scity. “This project brings together healthcare entities in the region, academic centers, medical device companies, pharmaceutical companies and startups to collectively create a space where key participants of the healthcare ecosystem will work together to determine what we need, how it needs to be delivered, and ultimately how to best create new solutions,” says Orli Biger, the CEO of HealthSpace2030. “RWJBarnabas Health will play a key role in accelerating digital health in New Jersey, and we believe this will serve as a model that can impact care delivery across the country.”

Cost of Living

According to Zumper’s new National Rent Report, last month Jersey City’s rental market was the second most expensive in the country. The median price of a one-bedroom was $3,260. The price of a two-bedroom apartment went up by 14.7% compared to the same time last year, coming in at a median price of $3,820.

A study from real estate professionals The Robert Dekanski Team has ranked 37 cities in New Jersey by how affordable they are to live in, looking at factors like property prices, income, and childcare. Jersey City was ranked as the #3 least affordable city, and Hoboken was named the most expensive in the state.

New Retail

Overlook Market and Overlook Wine & Spirits will be coming to Overlook Flats at 32 Oakland Avenue in Journal Square. The retailers will be on the ground floor of the upscale 16-story residential building.

Emily was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in architecture. She has a background in design, public health, radio, and comedy.