Today, 155 years after its formation, the Lincoln Association of Jersey City (LAJC) is still active. (Indeed, it is one of the longest-serving associations nationwide.)
Ron Leir has been a journalist since 1972. That includes a 37-year stint as a reporter, copy reader and assistant editor with The Jersey Journal, followed by a decade as a reporter with The Observer in Kearny. He has also pursued his avocation of acting, appearing mostly on small stages in NYC and New Jersey and several independent films.
Curtain Up on Vibrant Theater Scene in Jersey City
“The heartbeat there is similar to what you might find in the Village in New York. There’s a young, vibrant feeling there. The city’s image has turned around quite a bit, artists are finding homes, theater organizations are cropping up and doing unique work that fits into that vibe. I do hear a lot of people talking about the arts in Jersey City. Art is making that city tick. A lot of businesses are moving in, there’s a sense of pride in the residents, and that will only grow in time.”
Upgrades to Jersey City Parks to Begin This Spring
The Jersey City Municipal Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Property Preservation Fund will disburse $3 million to 15 projects throughout Jersey City.
Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Reservoir Park Upgrade Coming
From the beginning, Reservoir 3 had good bones (if an unpoetic name). It’s enclosed by 20-foot-tall Egyptian Revival stone walls and features Romanesque Revival style pump stations. The historic setting has attracted birds ranging from swans to great blue herons to peregrine falcons who now call the six-acre manmade lake inside the property home. It was the space’s very beauty and potential that, in 2005, led a group of local residents to form the Jersey City Reservoir Preservation Alliance to protect it.
New Government and Commercial Activity Percolates on MLK Drive
In November, the city held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the latest addition to the Jackson Square campus: a new four-story building that will front MLK Drive and Kearney Avenue and will accommodate the newly created Division of Affordable Housing, other municipal offices not yet specified, a public meeting space, and a parking deck that will be opened to residents during non-business hours.
The Stakes are High as Jersey City Organizes to take 2020 Census
How seriously is the city committed to pursuing an accurate count? City spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione told Jersey City Times that the city has budgeted $100,000 “for census 2020 efforts.”
Slowly but Surely, the Poured-in-Place Concrete Skate Park is Coming
For the park’s future skaters, here are some features that are to be incorporated into the design: a lay-back bank, hipped quarter pipes, a roller, an A-frame ledge combo, a split-level A-frame with gap, a three-stair rail, bump to ledge, kicker gap, flat rail over gap, clam shell, quarter pipe extension, pump bump. It will also include a backyard bowl at a 6-foot maximum depth with a 3,600-square-foot circumference.
Greenville Gets Public Safety Support
Once an area of disinterest and neglect, Jersey City’s Greenville ward is getting more attention from the city’s current administration in the areas of public safety and recreation.
Is a Settlement Near for the 6th Street Embankment?
When advocates for Jersey City’s Harsimus Cove/Sixth Street Embankment look up at the old rail structure, they see the prospect for an East of the Hudson High Line – albeit with nuanced ecological features – but after more than a decade of court battles and an estimated $1 million in legal fees expended by the city, is that vision doomed to be pie in the sky?