By Sally Deering
If you’re a falafel fan read on, because when it comes to a tasty falafel in a pita pocket no one beats Ibby’s Falafel in Jersey City where owner Adnan Kwara serves his own special recipe for the chickpea concoction that is dizzyingly delicious.
Adnan Kwara owner of Ibby’ s Falafel with his brother Firas
Syrian-born and New York City-raised, Kwara started making falafels back when he was a kid helping out in his uncle’s Greenwich Village eatery. He learned the business and when he grew up, Kwara opened his own falafel shop in the Heights section of Jersey City back in the mid-1990s. After a few months, Kwara moved his business to a storefront across from Jersey City Hall and in the 20 years since, Ibby’s Falafel has become a popular fixture in downtown Jersey City’s landscape. Continue reading
Theater Company to Enrich Jersey City’s Cultural Life with Performances, Readings and Workshops
By Sally Deering
Cast of IMPERFECT WOMEN OF THE BIBLE by Marsha Trice, performed by the Phoenix Ensemble of Jersey City
Sometimes friendships lead to creative collaborations and nobody knows that better than Marsha Trice, Artistic Director of the Phoenix Ensemble theater company in Jersey City. Trice and several company members met taking acting classes and doing plays in college and now they are collaborating as producers, actors, costumers – you name it – as the Phoenix Ensemble once again becomes a viable theater venue on Jersey City’s cultural landscape.
Oliver Pinkard and Marsha Trice of Phoenix Ensemble of Jersey City
Phoenix Ensemble began in the early 1990s and it has been on again-off again until recently, when the company regrouped with Trice as artistic director with co-founders Tony Wilkes, Oliver Pinkard, Michael Laval and Dave Robinson sharing the helm. Together with producer Michele Baldwin, the creative team supports Phoenix Ensemble’s mission to bring theater, workshops and classes to Jersey City residents, especially to kids and teens who need creative opportunities to express themselves.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (February 18, 2015) – CBRE Group, Inc. announced that it has arranged the sale of 205-207 Union Street in Jersey City, N.J., for approximately $1.32 million. The 16-unit multifamily building has recently been fully renovated.
CBRE’s New York Tri-State Investment Properties team of Charles Berger and Mark Silverman, of New Jersey Investment Properties, and Elli Klapper, of New York Investment Properties, served as the exclusive agents for the seller and procured the buyer in the transaction. The new owner plans to hold the property as an investment as they expand their existing portfolio in New Jersey.
From the moment the first European settlers stepped foot in New Jersey – until this very day – people have had to deal with the issue of trash. How best to control it, handle it and dispose of it has been addressed by every generation, each in its own way.
To coincide with the 350th anniversary of the state, the New Jersey Clean Communities Council has produced an educational video and lesson plan called “The History of Trash.” The video, now available for free download on TeacherTube.com, is designed to educate students and the community at-large about how the state dealt with trash from its early beginnings through the modern-day recycling movement. Continue reading
EAST CHINA SEA (Feb. 14, 2015) Machinery Repairman 3rd Class Angelo Principe, from Jersey City, N.J., fabricates a spacer in the machine shop aboard forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is currently deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian M. Caldwell/Released)
Barge Inn Restaurant corner of 3rd and Monmouth in Downtown, Jersey City
WHAT JERSEY CITY RESTAURANTS USED TO BE
By Sally Deering
Few Jersey City restaurants look like they did back in the day; and very few were around in the 1960s like The Barge Inn restaurant a little jewel in Jersey City’s crown. The Barge Inn serves Italian cuisine made from recipes handed down through generations. That’s why the food is so delicious – it’s authentic.
Owners “Bitsy and Linda Paldino with Chef Joey Marti
Owners Linda and Peter “Bitsy” Paldino run the restaurant which Linda’s dad John Marto opened in 1969. Linda remembers when Anne Polaro, sister to former Jersey City Mayor Anthony Cucci painted the murals depicting Italian scenes on the restaurant’s walls.
“Mayor Cucci was a friend of my dad’s,” Linda says. “I watched her do them; it took her two weeks.”
EDISON, N.J., February 12, 2015 – Yesterday the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored News 12 New Jersey with 10 New York Emmy® Award nominations. The award nominations were announced at the studios of CUNY-TV in New York City.
“We’re proud of these 10 nominations and the talented people who achieved them,” said Randal Stanley, News 12 New Jersey News Director. “Every day we bring the residents of New Jersey the information they need to know and we do that with enthusiasm, passion, and pride. To be recognized for those efforts with these prestigious awards is truly an honor.”
The 2015 Emmy® Awards will be presented on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at The Marriott Marquee Times Square in New York City. The New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, founded in 1955, is the preeminent membership organization serving the television industry. NY NATAS encourages the pursuit of excellence and promotes the highest standards of quality in television by conferring the industry’s classic and most-coveted peer-recognition symbol of distinction – the Emmy®. Continue reading
Throughout the year, Jersey City and other Hudson locales snap, crackle and pop with cultural events – art shows, plays, and dance performances – put on by the diverse and richly-talented artists who live in our local neighborhoods. Art is a huge part of Hudson’s community and quality-of-life; so, from now on, in every issue of River View Observer, we’ll list this go-to guide to what’s happening on the local ArtSCENE.
313 Gallery at JC Art School
313 GALLERY, 313 –3rd Street, JC, (732) 877-9116, www.jcartist.org.
Now through Feb 21: GENTRIFICATION, The Changing Landscape of Jersey City – A documentary art exhibition featuring Narciso Espiritu, Fabricio Suarez, Sam Pullin; curated by Allison Hall.
The author of “The Other Wes Moore,” a Phi Theta Kappa member and OWN TV host, will speak at the College on Thursday evening, February 19; the event is open to the community.
February 11, 2015, Jersey City, NJ – The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) 2014-2015 Lecture Series will continue this month when Wes Moore, the author of The New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller, The Other Wes Moore, will appear at the College. The event will be held Thursday, February 19 at 6 p.m. in the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City – just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. It is open to the entire Hudson County community, and there is no charge for admission. However, tickets are necessary and must be obtained in advance. Continue reading
RVO Staff Writer
Heart-shaped boxes of creamy chocolates, bouquets of roses, and lovey-dovey cards are some of the ways lovers celebrate Valentine’s Day here in the U.S. And February 14th isn’t just a happy day for lovers. In a survey published last month by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, companies producing Valentine candy, cards, flowers and novelties are swooning like teenage sweethearts because Valentine’s Day generates more than $13 Billion in revenue.
That’s a whole lotta love!
Okay, so we all know people in the U.S. throw down some serious dough on Valentine’s Day, but how do people in other countries celebrate? What are their customs, traditions?
Here’s a peek.
It’s been said the first Valentine’s Day card originated in France in the 1400s when Charles, Duke of Orleans, sent love letters to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Back in the day, the French followed the tradition “une loterie d’amour” (drawing for love) that matched lovers by the sound of their voice. Single men and women would enter houses facing each other and take turns calling out to one another until they were paired off. If the men didn’t like their match, they left the woman for another man to call. As part of the tradition, the women that didn’t get matched up, got together afterward for a big ceremonial bonfire where they tossed pictures and objects of the men who rejected them, and cursed their names. French officials banned the tradition when the women got too rowdy and out of control. Today, the French take their lovers out for some fine French cuisine and champagne, and it’s the most popular day for men to get down on that bended knee and propose.