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Hello April!

The month is finally here…event season begins on April 29th so we need just a bit more patience! The Farmers Market, Groove on Grove, Artist & Maker Market, all of your favorite events are coming back and they’re better than ever! But just later on in the month. That’s not an April Fool’s joke, the Farmers Market is officially back on April 29th, so get your reusable bags ready!

In the meantime, our great businesses have you covered for the upcoming week with a slew of fun and enlightening events.

Light it Up Blue

Please join us for the 2019 Light It Up Blue event on April 1st on the Pedestrian Mall!

Mayor Fulop will be lighting up the Mall area in blue in support for autism awareness, so please show your support for this great cause.

6:00 – 7:00

Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall


Collage Workshop at Frankie with Deming King Harriman

Who doesn’t love a collage or making a collage? Do you want to expand your artistic knowledge and learn from a master collager? Check out this great event at the beautiful Frankie restaurant! On Tuesday April 2nd from 8:00 pm – 10 pm, learn from Deep Space gallery artist and collager Deming King Harriman the intricacies of collage artwork. Not only will you learn an artform but you’ll be doing it in the great Frankie ambience. You don’t need to be a pro, everyone is welcome to attend, all materials will be provided and you get to bring home your collage! All of that for only $ 20!


Get your tickets at www.eventbrite.com ($20 per ticket)


Don’t miss this event!



264 Grove St, Jersey City, New Jersey


Quizzoholics Trivia in Jersey City!

It wouldn’t be a weekly blog without a quiz or trivia event! Join Quizzoholics at Atlas Public House for their event each Tuesday night! Get your friends together and put your collective knowledge to the test with other teams. The winning team not only gets some cash but bragging rights!


For more information, check out www.quizzoholics.com


Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm


Atlas Public House

130 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


Advanced Dog Obedience Group Class

Getting ready for the 2020 Westminster Dog Show? Or maybe you just want your fur-baby to be a well-behaved child? Whatever the reason, K9dergarten is still hosting the Advanced Dog Obedience Group Classes. The next class is Wednesday, April 3rd 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

For more information and to sign up call K9dergarten at 201-435-8700.



173 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


Senegal Flag Raising

On Friday, April 5, at 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, please join Mayor Fulop, the Office of Cultural Affairs, the Jersey City Municipal Council and our local Senegalese community for the Senegal Flag raising. This event will be held in the City Hall Chambers. Also, it is free and everyone is welcome to attend!


City Hall

280 Grove St, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302


WORD Presents Rachel Magee for The Bob Book

Well, it’s not a weekly blog without a trivia/ quiz night OR a great WORD Jersey City event! On Saturday, April 6th at 12:00 pm, bring the kiddies to WORD for their event with author Rachel Magee, The Bob Book!

A little bit about the book as per the event hosts: “Bob is a tattoo elephant. He was born in 2008. Bob’s main persona is Bob the Ninja, but he’s just an elephant trying to fit in. Like all of us, Bob goes through phases and changes the style of outfits he wears. Bob embarks on many adventures in his quest to figure out the things and places he likes most. The Bob Book can be drawn in. The cover is blank so that you can design and personalize your own copy by adding drawings or stickers or whatever you like! In the back pocket you will find your very own Bob the Ninja sticker, which you can take on adventures and hold up in photos to show where you and Bob have been together or you can stick Bob in a fun place you visited so that everyone can say “hello” to him.”


Get your tickets at www.wordbookstores.com


WORD Jersey City

123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


What’s The Tea Drag Brunch

DRAG BRUNCH! Two of the best words in the English language. Join the legendary ladies Miss Marti Gould Cummings (who set the world on fire with her amazing rendition of Baby Shark- if you haven’t seen the video check it out after you read the blog. It’ll warm your heart!) and Izzy Uncut for an amazing time! The entertainment is the best, but so is the food and the delicious drinks! This should be everyone’s Saturday ritual. The next “What’s the Tea?” Drag Brunch is Saturday April 6th at 11:30. Bring the entire family: kids, grandma, cousins…all ages are welcome!


Reserve your table at: https://geni.us/TaldeOpenTable (every Saturday)



8 Erie St, Jersey City, New Jersey


Yoga and The Holocaust with Joshua Greene

A more solemn event this week courtesy of Jivamukti Yoga and Professor John M. Greene,  Yoga and The Holocaust. On Sunday, April 7 at 5:00 pm, join John M. Greene for a discussion on this difficult topic. This discussion will focus on Holocaust victims who were schooled in mystic traditions and a discussion on seeing “histories darkest hour” through Yoga philosophy.

As per the hosts: Yoga integrates common events into a vision of the divine and interprets diversity as a door do transformation.

But how are we to integrate the uncommon horrors of the Holocaust into such transformative experience?

Is it reasonable to interpret the systematic annihilation of an entire people as anything other than what it is?


About Joshua M. Greene

Joshua M. Greene earned his M.A. at Hofstra University, where he taught Hinduism and Holocaust history until his retirement in 2013. His books on war crimes trials and survivor testimony have been published in six languages. He has spoken at the Pentagon, the Judge Advocates College, the New York Public Library Distinguished Author series, and lectures frequently before state bar associations. In 1969, he was initiated as Yogesvara Das by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and spent 13 years in Krishna temples, serving as director of ISKCON’s European publishing office. His books on spirituality include Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison and Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text. His most recent book is a biography of Srila Prabhupada, titled Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West. Greene is also a filmmaker whose Holocaust documentaries have aired on PBS, The Disney Channel, and Discovery.



Tickets are available at www.jivamuktiyogajerseycity.com ($25 per ticket for admission)


Jivamukti Yoga Center Jersey City

171 Newark Ave, Fl 2nd, Jersey City, New Jersey



Sunday Theater | After School at FM

On Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 pm, check out FM’s event featuring an interactive theater performance! While you enjoy your brunch, check out some improvisation and live music and poetry readings!


FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge

340 Third Street, Jersey City, New Jersey


Don’t Forget:


JCVIP Access to Capital

Stuck in business rut? Want to expand on your idea but don’t know where to begin? Join the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation and the City of Jersey City on Thursday, March 28 at 12:00 pm for a series of informative workshops on growing your business.


The series will cover the following topics:

3/7 – Business Plan Development

3/14 – Marketing

3/21 – Bidding/Estimating

3/28 – Access to Capital with Lenders Panel

4/4 – Financial Planning

4/11 – Bookkeeping

4/18 – Capacity Building

4/25 – Surety Bonding

5/2 – Supplier Diversity Certification


This event is free. You must register online at www.eventbrite.com for each session you are interested in learning individually.



City Hall

280 Grove St, Jersey City, New Jersey



Have a great April everyone! 

Upcoming events:

HDSID Monthly MeetingHDSID Logo_361 CMYK

Join us for our April 16th monthly Historic Downtown Special Improvement District Meeting in the Caucus Room at City Hall, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. All are welcome to attend!

The 4th Annual Jersey City Clean Up

We all call this amazing city home, so let’s take care of her on April 13th for the 4th Annual Great Jersey City Clean Up! Our district’s meet up and focal point and meet up location is Hamilton Park.

For more information and to learn how to apply please visit: https://volunteer.jerseycitynj.gov/opportunities/5507

Easter Fun Day

Don’t forget about our annual Easter Fun Day on April 13th!

We have pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, candy and fun!

Artist & Maker Market

The Artist & Maker Market will be back as a part of Groove on Grove! So far we have the following artists and makers scheduled to attend:

Axol and Friends

Free Love Frames

SIPPs (Sol Infusions Potions & Punches LLC)

Eclectic jewelry


Citrus Handcrafts

Change Is…Vintage & More

Chord Candles


Mabel Tea

Blind Science Design

Letterati Co.

ulloo New York

More Records JC

Embroidered Panda

Lily Lough Jewelry


Paradox Thrift

Outer Limits Hot Sauce

Laylani Crafts

Vintage On First

Bash and Pop Records


Ling Chen. Art

Applications are available for the 2019 Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market and 2019 All About Downtown Street Fair! If you would like to participate in the 2019 All About Downtown Street Fair, here’s the application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdT3fIswP9QauF9_04OLedzK4tJoVWjaSrAvr_UERmgSO4x0w/viewform

For the Historic Downtown Farmers Market, the application is available on our website: https://jcdowntown.org/

If you are interested in being a sponsor, here’s our media kit for 2019: https://jcdowntown.org/images/documents/mediakit2019.pdf

2019 Sponsors

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