The City of Jersey City, the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, the Journal Square SID, the Bergen Square Historic Society and the Journal Square Community Association are excited to present Bergen Square Day – a celebration and revival of the very-historic Bergen Square. Please join us on Saturday, May 18 as we open the square for an afternoon filled with live music and theater, food vendors, children’s activities, educational tours, interactive displays and much more!
Come celebrate the rich history and cultural diversity of Bergen Square! Located at the intersection of Bergen Avenue and Academy Street, Bergen Square is the historical heart of Jersey City and today is a vibrant, bustling community where residents, pedestrians, commuters, shoppers, students, and church-goers come together to form an extraordinary, unique urban enclave.
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The Journal Square Community Association’s "Open the Arches" fundraiser Thursday evening at the Landmark Loews Theater was a tremendous success. The event raised over $30,000 and attracted about 200 attendees, including Mayor Steven Fulop and Council members Richard Boggiano and Mira Prinz-Arey.
The event was designed both to raise funds for the association’s “Open the Arches” initiative and to raise public awareness of the JSQCA’s campaign to convert the Bergen Arches into public green space, with a bike path, walkway, benches and areas for recreation where residents and visitors could enjoy the 17-acre site’s natural beauty. The Bergen Arches is a mile-long rail cut parallel to Route 139. It has not been used for rail service since 1957.
The Journal Square Community Association, which was founded in 2016 and now has more than 100 dues-paying members, launched its “Open the Arches” initiative in 2018 because of the dire shortage of public green space in the Journal Square area. Association leaders believe the Bergen Arches present a golden opportunity to convert a long-neglected asset into a public treasure that would help meet residents’ desire for open space that could connect with the Embankment in downtown Jersey City and the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile biking and walking route stretching from Maine to Florida.
The JSQCA’s campaign was initiated by two of its members, Vincent Marchetto, a local architect, and Chris Lamm, a transportation planner. The association’s leadership and membership quickly and enthusiastically embraced the idea. Marchetto, Lamm and other JSQCA leaders have met with Mayor Fulop, State Senator Brian Stack, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, County Executive Tom DeGise and some of their top aides to present their vision.
Bill Armbruster, chairman of the JSQCA’s Bergen Arches Committee, said the group will use the funds raised at the event for research, advocacy and consultancy services. Armbruster thanked the evening’s sponsors, particularly the four title sponsors – C.H. Martin, Connell Foley, KRE and Namdar Group – as well as the Friends of the Loews; Whealth Café, Korai, Modcup, and JSQ Lounge, which donated the food and beverages served at the event; and the members of his committee and the JSQCA board. “It was a team effort,” he said.
He also thanked Eldad Tarmu and the Flying South Latin Jazz ensemble, as well as poet Ben Figueroa, who provided the entertainment at the event.
Kevin Bing, the JSQCA president, served as emcee at the fundraiser.
Armbruster also noted that the JSQCA has met with leaders of other community groups such as the Embankment Coalition, Jersey City Parks Coalition, Sierra Club and Urban Crossroads to discuss the development of a common strategy regarding the Bergen Arches and that it is eager to continue meeting with them and other organizations to pursue a united front.
Vincent Marcetto & Chris Lamm from the Journal Square Community Association will present “Open the Arches” at Sustainable JC's March meeting
“Open the Arches is a Journal Square Community Association initiative to open the Bergen Arches as a Highline-style park. In the 62 years since the last train rumbled through the Bergen Arches, and despite numerous studies to evaluate the land’s worth as a transportation corridor, the property has been neglected and all but forgotten. As a result, nature has transformed the once busy railway into a tranquil urban woodland. Opening this area to the public is a rare opportunity to create much needed green space in Journal Square. This presentation will cover the history of the Bergen Arches, current conditions, and build a case for why now is the time to open the Bergen Arches to the people."
If you plan to attend, please arrive by 7:15. Attached is a flyer for the meeting. Jersey City Together’s priorities are affordable housing, tenant rights, public safety and education. It consists of some 30 religious organizations from all different denominations, as well as non-profits.
We are proud that the Journal Square Community Association is the only neighborhood organization in the city that has joined Jersey City Together so far.
Speaker: Congressman Donald Payne Jr.
We will be electing three people to fill board positions.
If you wish to run for one of these seats, please inform Mark Scullion at email@example.com.
In addition, we will be voting on two resolutions:
1.) Changing our name from The New JSQ Community Association to The Journal Square Community Association, which would be simpler and easier to remember.
2.) Resolution regarding the Journal Square Special Improvement District’s proposal to allow food trucks in the Square. Our board has voted to endorse both resolutions, but members will have the final say.
Speakers: Alison Cucco, Chair, Jersey City Environmental; Kate Lawrence, Director, Jersey City Office of Sustainability; Laura Piraino, Community Relations Specialist, Jersey City Office of Sustainability; Andrea Rodriguez, Community Compost Co.
It was dubbed the “Fight of the Century.” Jack Dempsey, world heavyweight champion, defending his title against Georges Carpentier, World War I Hero. The prize, $1 million. Henry Hascup, President of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and Boxing Historian, will chronicle why Jersey City was chosen as the venue for the championship bout, how the fight changed boxing promotion and the fight’s career impact for Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier.
Because space is limited, guests must RSVP to this event. Click here to reserve your ticket on Eventbrite.
The Golden Door International Film Festival (GDIFF), recently selected by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2018, is known for glamorous red carpet events and for bringing the best of independent filmmaking to audiences, along with its mission to raise autism awareness through cinema. This year, GDIFF will screen more than 200 movies at venues throughout Jersey City over four days from Thursday September 20th through Sunday September 23rd.
Marketplace JC brings a curated selection of 20+ artisans, crafters, chefs and vintage sellers to the neighborhood. Come on down to the newest pop-up location located in the newly renovated plaza behind Journal Square PATH (the plaza facing Magnolia Avenue) and adjacent to Journal Squared near the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Summit Avenue.
Live music will be provided by RiverviewJazz.org and will feature some of Jersey City’s favorite local bands.