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DECEMBER ARTScene   Cultural Happenings in & around Hudson  


NIMBUS DANCE WORKS, Frank R. Conwell MS4 Auditorium, 107 Bright St, JC.  (201) 377-0718; www.nimbusdanceworks.org.  Dec. 13-18. Tix: $11 – $40 (early bird prices through 12/4; group discounts available) Nimbus Dance Works presents JERSEY CITY NUTCRACKER 2016. “Jersey City’s largest annual performing arts event. Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet re-imagined with Jersey City flavor.  Join Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City’s acclaimed professional dance company for the 7th year of its annual holiday tradition: Jersey City Nutcracker. Jersey City Nutcracker tells the story of two children’s urban holiday adventure leading them through fantasy, adversity and celebration and, along the way, teaching them lessons about friendship and community. Choreographed and directed by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, this adaption of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic is performed by a stand-out cast of professional dancers from Nimbus Dance Works joined by youth and adults from the community as they portray familiar characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Rat King, the Arabian Princess and Drosselmeyer – all with a Jersey City twist!”  (Appropriate for all ages; barrier-free event.)

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Jersey City’s New Mayor Steven M. Fulop Envisions the City’s Cultural Future


By Sally Deering

Photo By Steve A. Mack

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop at a recent interview with the River View Observer  Relatively unknown before he took office as the Mayor of Jersey City on July 1, 2013, Steven M. Fulop now has his own page on Wikipedia. Gaining in popularity, a local paper put him 4th on a list of Hudson’s 50 most influential people.

 Mayor Fulop, 36, seems to have a vision for Jersey City’s cultural scene with plans to bring the city to greater heights that reflect its stature as the second largest city in New Jersey. By raising the standards of the arts scene, Fulop envisions Jersey City as an arts mecca similar to New York City that will attract visitors in huge numbers and big name acts to its performance venues while providing public spaces for resident artists, filmmakers, dancers, actors and musicians.

 Moving forward, in the short time he’s been in office, Mayor Fulop has already been in meetings with Cordish Companies of Baltimore, the prospective developers of the Powerhouse building in downtown Jersey City. He has supported legislation to reinstate the tax credits to filmmakers who want to shoot on location in Jersey City; and, he has approved projects by mural artists to paint designated buildings in Jersey City. Mayor Fulop also has plans to turn the old movie palace, the Loew’s Jersey City in Journal Square into a performing arts center like NJPAC.

 On a recent November morning, Mayor Fulop took time out of his busy schedule to speak with Riverview Observer about some of his plans and projects for Jersey City’s cultural scene.

 Mayor Fulop of J.C.,N.J.-ARVO: Mayor Fulop do you have any personal association with the arts – did you play the trumpet in high school, that sort of thing?

MSF: I have a great appreciation for music and I have friends in the arts community, thus I’ve been engaged in it. I took piano lessons during my childhood and up until last year. I play classical music and I started studying Jazz. Classical is straight-forward, you’re reading notes and I could do that very well, but I couldn’t improvise. It’s a totally different skillset. My piano teacher moved, though, and now I’m looking for a new one, so if you know anybody,..

 RVO: Do you have any interest in a specific area of the arts in Jersey City?

MSF: I’ve realized in order to make Jersey City really shine it needs a thriving arts community. That’s what attracts people here. Transportation won’t just do it, you need culture and art.  We’re working with Senator (Steve) Lesniak to reinstate the film tax credit; legislation will be introduced next week. We’re looking to see how to put more money into the Loew’s and bring in professional management. You’ll see that on the Council agenda coming forward. That’s a big step. From a city standpoint, I can’t put $10-$15 million dollars into something that has the “potential” for success. The Loew’s is the size of NJPAC and across from the Journal Square PATH. You could get big names, and people coming from all over for art, music, restaurants.  The Loew’s is really a key component of what we’re trying to do.

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The Residences at Dixon Mills Receives ‘Excellence in Preservation’ Award From Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy

dixonmills_exterior_hiresHistoric Condominium Conversion to be Honored During May 27 CeremonyJERSEY CITY, N. J. (May 18, 2010) — The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization that works to preserve, promote and protect the city’s irreplaceable historic resources, has announced that it has selected The Residences at Dixon Mills, a landmark condominium conversion in downtown Jersey City, to receive an Excellence in Preservation award at the Conservancy’s 2010 Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony.


Given to outstanding examples of restoration or adaptive reuse of a historic building, the Excellence in Preservation award is being bestowed upon The Residences at Dixon Mills for Elmsford, NY-based developer Robert Martin Company’s restoration of the former Dixon Ticonderoga furnace houses into luxury condominiums and a comprehensive lifestyle amenities facility. Continue reading The Residences at Dixon Mills Receives ‘Excellence in Preservation’ Award From Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy