Newsletter - March 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012


  • Guest Speakers
  • Board of Education election 
  • Litter Patrol
  • Embankment update
  • Spectra pipeline update
  • SeeClickFix update
  • Streetscape improvements on Erie Street

Guest Speakers:  Anthony Carrino of Brunelleschi Construction & Joe Gianforte of Pronti Construction

The Association has been engaged in the sale of 8 Erie and the parking lot on 1st Street since it was first proposed last summer.  It was recently announced that Pronti Construction will be developing the 1st Street parking lot into condominiums, and Brunelleschi will be renovating the 8 Erie building into rental apartments.  We will start the meeting with both developers speaking about their respective plans and then open it up for questions.

Board of Education Election

Please take note of the following two great opportunities for you to learn about the candidates in the upcoming Board of Education election, which will take place on Tuesday, April 17.  The Harsimus Cove Association is co-sponsoring a "meet and greet" with the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association, and the Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) is co-sponsoring the Historic Paulus Hook Association candidates forum.  We are offering rides to the candidates forum, so if you would like a lift, please let us know by sending us an email.

Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association/Harsimus Cove Association Meet & Greet

Wednesday, April 4, 8:15pm (after HPNA general meeting business)

Cordero School Auditorium, 158 Erie Street

Historic Paulus Hook Association Candidates/DCNA Forum

Thursday, April 5, time TBA

Public School 16, 96 Sussex Street

JCPD Announces New Community Response Team

A town hall meeting was held on Thursday, March 1st at City Hall by Mayor Healy and Chief Comey, at which they announced the formation of the Community Response Team. In an effort to improve communication with residents in conjunction with the monthly capatain's meetings, the Community Response Team will be attending neighborhood association meetings on a regular basis to get our input on crime and quality of life issues.  You can report such issues by calling a new phone number:  201-547-EAST.  More to come on this topic in future newsletters and at our April general meeting.

   > Read more about the meeting on the Jersey City Independent
   > Visit the new JCPD website with a Community Response Team feedback form
    > More important phone numbers and links on our website

The Litter Patrol is Back!

The warmer weather is here and with it... the litter!  We had a very successfully run of 16 litter patrols last year and we're going to do it again this year.  The program remains the same - we will meet every two weeks on Saturdays at 9:30 AM at a designated street corner.  We'll then head off in a group and pick up litter for 90 minutes.  Bring gloves and a bucket -- or maybe you prefer a broom and a pan (one with a long handle is best).  We'll bring the bags.  It's a great way to do a bit of civic duty, clean The Cove and meet your neighbors.

The next four patrols are scheduled.  Click on the dates for information about what to bring and our planned routes.

Saturday, March 17, 9:30 AM
Meet at the corner of Grove & Bay

Saturday, March 31, 9:30 AM
Meet at the corner of Jersey & 1st

Saturday, April 14, 9:30 AM
Meet at the corner of Coles & 2nd

Saturday, April 28, 9:30 AM
Meet at the corner of Grove & 2nd

Embankment Talks

Thursday, March 22, 7:00pm, Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne Street)

Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line and a member of the Coalition Advisory Board, will present an illustrated talk on his recent book: High Line: An Insider's Guide to New York City's Park in the Sky.  The talk is a part of the Coalition's continuing series exploring the metropolitan area's fascinating transportation history and infrastructure.  The Harsimus Cove Association is a proud supporter of this talk.

Monday, May 21, 7:00pm, Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne Street)

Robert W. Jackson, author of Highway Under the Hudson: A History of the Holland Tunnel, will talk about his book, which will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Co-sponsored by Barrow Mansion Development Corp.

Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to these informative and social evenings. Admission is not charged but voluntary donations are welcome and will benefit the Embankment Preservation Coalition. 

Jersey City Complete Streets Alliance

The JCCSA is a citizen's group that has formed to work with the City to a) generally improve pedestrian safety on our streets and b) pilot specific streetscape techniques to slow traffic speeds.  The group is working on developing a survey but could use your help.  Get involved in making Jersey City streets safer for pedestrians.

    > Join the Google group


If you missed the presentation at last month's meeting about the smart phone app that allows you to report quality of life issues, we've posted it to our blog along with the slides.  We also got some press coverage from the Jersey City Independent and have received some inquiries from other neighborhood associations interested in launching this program in their neck of the woods.

    > Read about SeeClickFix on our website
    > Read the article by the Jersey City Independent

Sponsor of the Month

Armagno Agency is our featured sponsor this month.  Whether you are looking for a cozy condo, a stately brownstone, or a house to call your own, Armagno Agency has a wide variety of homes to choose from.

    > Armagno Agency

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