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River View Observer April 15-April 30th, 2017

River View Observer for April 15-April 30th, 2017 fun things to do
Read Sally Deering’s article on Groove on Grove celebrating its 10 Anniversary.
Also by Sally Deering an article on the art of Andrea McKenna.
This issue has many art happenings, theater, read our restaurant column by Sally Deering on Cafe Bataya in downtown Jersey City.
And more of what you like: Real Estate, Community happenings and local merchants that will save you money.

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Hudson County Community College
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Famous Furs
Ann & S Junk Removal

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Man of Steel and Brushes Jersey City Artist Steve Singer to exhibit at JCTC’s BORDERLESS Art Show

 A View of the Artist who Creates Watercolors and Sculptures around & about Hudson

Jersey city artist Steve Singer
Jerseygirls” by Steve Singer
Jersey city artist Steve Singer
Artist Steve Singer painting in New Hampshire











By Sally Deering

 Steve Singer’s watercolor paintings are soft impressions of Jersey City’s architecture and streets, like watery snapshots of urban landscapes and passing moments.

Singer’s work will be part of the new show BORDERLESS, a  month-long series of art, plays and dance that address the effects of Globalization, presented by Jersey City Theater Center and Gallery. BORDERLESS opened Fri, Feb 3, from 6-10, with an evening of performances along with the gallery exhibition curated by Lucy Rovetto.

Jersey city artist Steve Singer
“Late Bloomers” by Steve Singer

As a painter, Singer sets up his easel and paints in neighborhoods throughout Jersey City He’s painted the tearing down of St. Joseph’s School of the Blind near Journal Square; a yellow house with a telephone pole sprouting wires on Tuers Street; and, a Cherry Blossom tree blooming on an urban street in The Heights. His painting “Late Bloomers” depicts what seems to be a homeless man catching some shuteye on a bench framed by Van Vorst Park foliage. Continue reading Man of Steel and Brushes Jersey City Artist Steve Singer to exhibit at JCTC’s BORDERLESS Art Show

Mathews Food & Drink on Grove, Everyday Sophistication White Star Owner Shines with New Bistro



By Sally Deering             

Photos by Georgi Richardson

Mathews food and drink jersey city
Mathews Food & Drink, corner of Bay & Grove, JC

Mat Kopec opened his first restaurant when he was still in his 20s; he bought it on Craigslist and turned it into White Star on Brunswick Street.  That was two restaurants ago. Today, Kopec runs three eateries, White Star on Brunswick, White Star Warren St and his new place, Mathews Food & Drink on the corner of Bay & Grove – all three in Jersey City.

Mathews crew
Mateusz Kopec (center) and Crew at Mathews Food & Drink

Mat (short for Mateusz) Kopec designed Mathews’ menu with Chef Jon Mecca and Chef Mike Kedala, formerly of One if by Land, Two if by Sea in Manhattan. The three decided to serve All American cuisine at Mathews that Kopec describes as, sophisticated, but presented in a casual style.

Continue reading Mathews Food & Drink on Grove, Everyday Sophistication White Star Owner Shines with New Bistro

River View Observer January 15-January 31 2017 Digital Issue

River View Observer for January 15 to January 31st, 2017 includes articles on Hobokens Mile Square City Theater’s presentation of the Family Musical  Your a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Fox & Crow in Jersey City spotlights performers that connect with Jersey City’s diverse community and  the woman behind finding these performers in Jersey City’s  is Margo Parks. Read Sally Deering’s interview with Margo Parks in this issue.

Looking for somewhere to go check out our ARTScene section featuring listings for art, music, dance, theater and children’s activities and more.

Read about Mathew’s Food and Drink in downtown Jersey City the newest addition to the Jersey City restaurant scene from Mat Kopec who has brought us White Star on Brunswick Street, and White Star on Warren Street. 

Looking for a home or apartment check out our Real Estate section in this issue

JANUARY 2017 ARTScene / Cultural Happenings in & around Hudson County  

Art Scene January 2017
107 Bowers Gallery Jersey City
The Collins Brothers: A Retrospective
Now to Feb. 1st











Cultural Happenings in & around Hudson County 


HAMILTON SQUARE NORTH CONDOMINIUMS, 232 Pavonia Ave, JC. Opening Reception: Wed, Jan. 18, 6-8 pm: SHARED GAZE, UNCOMMON VISION, paintings by Jeanne Tremel and Eliot Markell.


LITM, 140 Newark Ave, JC. www.litm.com. Opens Tues, Jan. 3, 7-11:30 pm. Mia Buchanan’s UTOPIA. Mia Buchanan was born in Japan where she studied academic art and graphic design and continued her education at Parsons in New York. “Human imagination is a tremendous weapon for peace of mind. Imagination allows for correct decisions and responses. Imagination develops the fight against discrimination and hate.”  $6 drink specials all night.


107 BOWERS GALLERY & ARTSPACE, 107 Bowers Street, C2, JC, (201) 280-04821, kd@107bowersgallery.com. Opening Sun, Jan. 14, 2-5 pm through Feb. 1:  THE COLLINS BROTHERS: A RETROSPECTVE. Octogenarian artist Myles Collins and his brothers Noel and Bill exhibit paintings along with Myles’ whimsical sculptures, works that go back to his days as a commercial artist in NYC. “Myles, 88, has lived in Jersey City Heights since 1963. He is a retired NYC commercial artist who continues to create every day, whether its paintings, sculptures or pen & ink drawings.” (See the inside artist feature on Myles Collins in this RVO issue.) Continue reading JANUARY 2017 ARTScene / Cultural Happenings in & around Hudson County  

CHERCHEZ LA FEMME   Look for the New Madame Claude Bis on 4th Street in JC

Madame Claude Bis  Walk down curtained Steps to a Hideaway of fine Wine & French Comfort Food

 Madame Claude sign in Jersey City

By Sally Deering

Alice Troietto and Mattias Gustafsson are familiar faces to the Downtown Jersey City crowd; their Madame Claude Café on 4th & Brunswick brought French cuisine to the urban dwellers who wanted something more than the usual neighborhood fare. Madame Claude Café has since closed its doors and reopened a bigger and better version of herself just down the street from her old digs.

inside Madame Claude bis Meet the new Madame Claude Bis just a few steps off Newark Avenue and down a small stairway where a red curtain beckons hungry city dwellers. Madame Claude Bis’s basement bistro casts low lighting and warm wooden tables and chairs that create a warm and friendly atmosphere. Where Madame Claude’s Café seated 32, the Bis (named for how Paris streets are numbered and not “bistro”) seats 80. The Bis also has a wine list and cocktails, unlike the Café’s BYOB policy. And on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:30 pm, Gustafsson transforms from restaurateur to balladeer when he and his band, Manouche Bag take to the stage to play gypsy jazz a la legendary Jhengo Reinhardt. The songs are in French and Gustafsson writes most of the band’s repertoire.

Continue reading CHERCHEZ LA FEMME   Look for the New Madame Claude Bis on 4th Street in JC

KOBRA & BOWIE Int’l Muralist KOBRA paints 18-story David Bowie in Jersey City

Art Transforms Cast Iron Lofts Hi-Rise into Urban Landmark

 KOBRA at Loft Iron









By Sally Deering

 Photos by Fermín Mendoza

International artist Kobra in Jersey City
Kobra and Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop

You can see it from Rt. 139 feeding into the Holland Tunnel or catch it from downtown Jersey City as you head into Hoboken. David Bowie’s image 18-stories high on the side of the Cast Iron Lofts in Jersey City, painted by international muralist Eduardo Kobra.  Bowie passed-away January 10th of this year, but his music and artistry live on throughout the world; and Kobra’s mural is now part of the Jersey City landscape, an urban landmark and the latest addition to the Jersey City Mural Arts Program.

On Fri, Nov. 4, Mayor Steven M. Fulop, members of the City Council, local real estate developers, and local artists welcomed Kobra to Jersey City and thanked him for painting the dazzling, eye-catching image of David Bowie. Mayor Fulop held the press conference on the building’s 5th floor deck where visitors could get an up-close look at the mural, and meet and take pictures with Kobra who spent the past few weeks painting from a scaffold hanging 180-feet off the side of the Cast Iron Lofts hi-rise on Jersey Avenue.   Continue reading KOBRA & BOWIE Int’l Muralist KOBRA paints 18-story David Bowie in Jersey City

EAT, PRAY, LOVE…  La Festa Italiana 2016 promises Fun, Dancing and Great Food


Holy Rosary Church celebrates 113th Italian Festival in Downtown JC

A day at La Festa







By Sally Deering

August nights are a time to celebrate when La Festa Italiana, the Old World Italian Street Festival hosted by Holy Rosary Church turns Historic Downtown Jersey City into five summer nights of music, dancing, food and fun!

La Festa Italiana 2016 begins Wed, Aug. 10, and continues through Sun, Aug. 14, on Sixth & Brunswick Streets. On these five summer nights, the neighborhood surrounding Holy Rosary Church will come alive with rocking dance music, games of chance, kids’ activities, and a wide-array of delicious foods and libations. La Festa Italiana runs from 5 pm-11 pm Wednesday-to-Friday, and 3 pm-11 pm Saturday & Sunday. The last night (Sunday) at 11 pm, the “Super 50/50” Raffle winner will be chosen. Last year’s ticket-holder won over $10,200.

Zeppoles La Festa Italiana honors the veneration of Maria SS. Dell’Assunta & San Rocco, and offers the Downtown community the opportunity to party with its neighbors. This year’s La Festa Italiana features live bands, fun for the kids, food and souvenir vendors and Italian delicacies made by Holy Rosary Church parishioners like Fresh Hot Zeppoles, lemony Limoncello and “Our Famous Rice Balls”. Continue reading EAT, PRAY, LOVE…  La Festa Italiana 2016 promises Fun, Dancing and Great Food

URBAN SHAKESPEARE  Hudson Shakespeare Company plays The Bard in Hamilton Park, Jersey City


   Next Up:  Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2

Shakespeare in Hamilton Park Jersey City
Swordplay abounds in EDWARD III put on by Hudson Shakespeare Co.at Hamilton Park in Jersey City. Rachel Matusewicz as Countess of Salisbury clashes swords with Isaac Andrew as King David of Scotland; while Lord Audley (l.), played by Conrad Aurelius battles with Douglas, a Scottish Nobleman played by Keith Hale. 

By Sally Deering

 Never mind getting upstaged by fancy swordplay or an actor taking too long for his death scene. Hudson Shakespeare Company’s adaptable actors must endure teens on skateboards, barking dogs, ambulance sirens, even low-flying helicopters while they project the dense and rhyming lines of The Bard.

Such is the actor’s life when performing with the Hudson Shakespeare Company, now in its 25th year. This summer, the ensemble puts on three Shakespeare plays and will bring Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 to Hamilton Park on Thurs, Aug. 18 at 7 pm.  Admission is free thanks to support from the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs and other supporters of the arts.

On a recent Thursday evening, local park-goers gathered in Hamilton Park for Edward III.

In a quasi-amphitheater setting that turned the steps leading down from the gazebo into audience seating and the circular walkway surrounding the gazebo into the stage for the play, the actors adorned in capes, boots, breastplates and leather accoutrements acted Edward III against a moving backdrop of kids playing ball, people walking their dogs, and commuters heading home from a long day at the office. Continue reading URBAN SHAKESPEARE  Hudson Shakespeare Company plays The Bard in Hamilton Park, Jersey City