The city of Hackensack located in the heart of Bergen County and just outside of New York City, is experiencing a renewal. As the plans are coming to fruition, the buildings are being constructed, art is being created on Main street and the future is bright. Off the beaten path is Union Street Park, a collection of street art curated...
The U.S. Navy  ‘Blue Angels’ and U.S. Air Force 'Thunderbirds' will be flying over New York City, Northern New Jersey, Southern Connecticut, Westchester and Long Island today.  The salute is in honor of the heroic frontline workers during COVID-19 crisis.  It is a fitting tribute to the first responders, military, healthcare workers and other essential workers that continue to...
Black history has been whitewashed and portions selectively removed from New York’s history.  Like, black slaves building Wall Street and the destruction of Seneca Village to create Central Park. For Black History Month, we decided to highlight 5 notable African-Americans that changed New York. 1.  Gladys Bentley Gladys Bentley, Harlem’s most infamous lesbian performer in the 1930s.  “Bentley sang her bawdy, bossy songs...
With the world going through so much, I want to highlight an incredible and uplifting community art project in the town of Sleepy Hollow, NY on the Hudson Riverwalk. A temporary/pop-up art installation which asks the question “What are your hopes and dreams for the future? For yourself, loved ones, our community, the world ...”  The Riverwalk Community Mural affectionately...
Newark Symphony Hall (NSH), New Jersey’s largest Black-led arts and entertainment venue, today unveiled designs for its exterior renovation – part of a five-year, three-phase $50 million project set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton, N.J.-based architectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH), includes a new marquee and streetscape. Design upgrades make Broad...
The Community Chest announces the awarding of over $50,000 in grants from its Coronavirus Emergency Fund to 13 agencies.  Founded in 1933, ‘The Chest’ is a nonprofit organization serving eastern Bergen County and headquartered in Englewood, New Jersey working with area agencies supplying support to people in need. With a mission to strengthen the community through partnership, leadership and philanthropy,...
When we think of Hollywood, the infamous sign, fame, and bright lights of California are usually what come to mind. This article is dedicated to the other city with the same name, located in South Florida, not far from artistic and sunny Miami. Florida's Hollywood is an emerging community with a beautiful beach front and resorts including Margaritaville Hollywood Beach...
February is Black History Month, so of course at NYNJ we have to pay homage and recognize the critical contributions of Black Americans to American History. And we aren’t alone. After the insanity of 2020 and the Black Lives Matter protests, there is undoubtedly more of a collective consciousness around diversity, inclusion, and valuing the lives and contributions of...
FLEMINGTON, N.J. – May 18, 2021 – Did you know you can experience goat yoga, learn about cheese making, and sample award-winning local wine all in the same region of Central New Jersey? The “579 Trail,” a historic agricultural corridor running through Hunterdon County, N.J., begins its peak season for visitors this month as Jersey harvests begin to yield...
I always try to maintain positive vibes, so when the pandemic began and continued, I will admit it was not easy. As a digital creator and visual mind, the museums and interactive events I would normally attend were closed. I realized I had to uncover new ways to support the arts and stay inspired for my well-being, and physical...
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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ProudLiving Companies, a New Jersey-based real estate company with a mission of long-term neighborhood revitalization, is donating 200 meals per week to essential workers in Essex County, NJ. The program is running on a weekly basis from June to mid-July. In partnership with Papa Pat’s Pizza in Newark, NJ., senior leaders at ProudLiving, including President...
So, by now you have probably seen that according to a poll by BestLife Magazine, New Jersey was voted “the most hated state” in the US. As a New Jersey native with roots in Brooklyn, and understanding everybody has the right to their views, I feel the need to share my perspective on the Garden State. Let us start with...
I'm sure you've heard it a thousand times, "Getting ahead or securing a new job is as much about WHO you know as much as WHAT you know."  While we certainly can't discredit that 'knowledge IS power', being a master networker and connector can be a game changer in your career.  Whether you’re starting your own business or work for...
Despite economic challenges presented by COVID-19, the historic Borough of Flemington, N.J., announced that 16 retail businesses have opened in the 1-square-mile borough in the past 12 months, 13 of which are exclusively local. The community, the seat of Hunterdon County and home to more than 400 businesses, led a unified effort to support its business community during the...
The historic Borough of Flemington, NJ, the seat of Hunterdon County, announced it has hired global downtown development experts, Stantec, to reinvent its downtown core. Stantec is gathering extensive community input for its plan to revitalize the borough’s business districts and improve overall walkability and livability. The initiative is led by the borough’s mayor and council, the Flemington Community...
For Black History Month, we are highlighting 5 notable African-Americans that changed New Jersey. 1.  Gus Heningburg Gus Heningburg was the host and creator of ‘Positively Black’ a popular long-running NBC public affairs show starting in the 1970’s.  He was also monumental in integrating New Jersey’s construction trade and breaking racial barriers. “Gus’s contribution was multilayered,” says historian and Rutgers University professor...