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JC Fridays @ HAV

Hello Again Vintage invites you to have some wine, cheese, and cupcakes, while enjoying artwork by local artists Rodina Mikhail and Nathan Jalani Taylor. Also, premiering Hello Again Vintage Handmade Jewelry and 15% off all purchases all day!

When: Friday, Sept. 5th @ 1-8:30pm

Hello Again Vintage
120A Bowers St. (between Cambridge St. & Central Ave.)
Jersey City, NJ 07307

Check out the myspace page here.

Scholarships available for Newark Public School Teachers!!!

Arts Horizons has several scholarships available for Newark Public School Teachers to attend this summer's Artist/Teacher Institute (aTi) at either William Paterson University or Rutgers University at Camden. The Artist/Teacher Institute, (aTi) is a 2-week program offering workshops in book arts, creative movement, memoir writing, oil painting, poetry, printmaking, theatre, visual arts, storytelling, music, and visual arts. The hands on studio workshops provide an arts immersion experience for classroom teachers, arts teachers, administrators, student teachers, graduate students and artists. Teachers can receive continuing education and up to 72 hours NJ professional development credit.

If you know of teachers that you feel would benefit from attending the Artist/Teacher Institute or have contacts lists with whom you could share this scholarship opportunity, please feel free to send them the attached flyer and my contact information.

Thank you.


Jenifer Simon, Director

New Jersey Programs, Partnerships and the Artist/Teacher Institute

888-522-ARTS ext. 102
201-567-1766 ext. 102
Fax 201-567-5312

NY Daily News: Downtown Newark's rental market on the rise


Monday, June 23rd 2008, 10:01 AM

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For years, real estate developers and government officials thought no one would want to live in downtown Newark. Developer Arthur Stern and his Cogswell Realty Group just proved them wrong.

Recent rentals at Eleven80 (1180 Raymond Ave.), Cogswell's 35-floor 317-unit residential building, show 45 rentals in the past six weeks, putting the building at almost 85% occupancy in just over a year.

"People still don't understand how this revitalization occurred," says Stern, who credits a strong city government, the new Prudential Center Arena and his company's persistent effort for the turnaround. "It was a six-year odyssey of council meetings and presentations to banks to get people to understand that this building and downtown could work."

Drawing renters priced out of Hoboken, Jersey City and Manhattan, Eleven80 has been transformed from a rotting downtown commercial building into the city's tallest residential structure. For 21 years, the former Helmsley-owned building lay abandoned. The nationally registered historic landmark is the first market-rate downtown residential building since 1961.

Sitting two blocks from the Prudential Center and at the southern edge of Military Park, Eleven80 is a five- to 10-minute walk from Newark's Penn Station and a 15-minute Path train ride to downtown Manhattan. Stern thinks location, the building's amenities, gracious apartment sizes and a changing perception of Newark are reasons for this building's fast success.

"For years, Newark was an easy target for people to poke fun at," he says. "The reality is, there are good areas and bad areas. When someone gets killed in East New York, it doesn't scare a person in Chelsea. There are areas of Newark with no crime."

Municipal Council Member Carlos M. Gonzalez calls the downtown area in Newark one of the city's safest places.

"There is more of a police presence downtown than in almost any other Newark neighborhood," says Gonzalez, the Newark North Ward resident who joined the city government two years ago when Cory Booker became mayor. "We're working now on bringing businesses and residents back to downtown and employing our citizens. Investment in downtown is increasing at a very fast pace."

Renters at 1180 Raymond Ave. feel the new downtown energy. This past week alone, Tom Petty, Alicia Keys, and a McDonald's-sponsored gospel show packed the new arena, amicably called "The Rock" by locals. New restaurants, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and symphony add to the list of things to do downtown.

"I decided to take a chance on Newark and all the things happening here," says Tracey Alexander, a board member of Newark's Habitat for Humanity, who moved from the East Village in January. "It was the best move I ever made. Weekends are quiet, but that's nice. The building has a sauna."

Built in the 1930s, the building also has concrete balconies built into its penthouses, a marble lobby and brass-gilded elevator doors. The modern update includes a four-lane bowling alley, an indoor half-court basketball hoop and a lounge area nicer than any area club. Leather chairs, funky clocks, stainless steel lighting and a wood d├ęcor make the second-floor wireless lounge area a frequent amenity choice for residents.

A small supermarket and bank are across the street from one of the building's two lobby entrances. Valet parking is available for residents and guests. A media room has an Xbox and Play-Station with flat screen televisions.

"Our competition is Jersey City, Hoboken, Williamsburg, Long Island City and any other area trying to offer superior quality and more affordable rental units than Manhattan," says Stern. "In three days last week, we had 11 sales. Eight of them came from people previously living in Manhattan."

Rentals in the $120 million project are being handled by the Marketing Directors, Inc. One-bedrooms rent for $1,695, two-bedrooms for $2,450. A similar two-bedroom rents for $2,850 in Hoboken. Two penthouses with outdoor terraces that face the Prudential Center, Newark Airport and the Manhattan skyline are under renovation.

Last Friday, downtown Newark was beginning to bustle toward rush hour. Street corners and storefronts were crowded with people heading to public transportation for the ride home. A few families played on the grass in Military Park. The circular plaza of PSE&G's world headquarters saw one person enjoying the built-in modern waterfall.

"I saw an unbelievable transformation during the 14 months spent on the job," says William Gilbane 3rd, business development manager for the Gilbane Building Company, the construction company that built the Prudential Center Arena. "Newark grows more into a 24-hour thriving city each time a new development is announced and a new apartment is rented or sold."

Darmanie's "Dinner fuh Two" @ 27Mix in Newark

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Lily Under Foot


Los Trabajadores / The Workers

The King Of the Congo

Another day at the Racetrack

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Hoboken Artist Studio Tour

Are you interested in being part of the up-and-coming Hoboken Artist Studio Tour?

It will take place on October 19th, 2008 and is an awesome opportunity for any and all artists.
Send me an email if you are interested in being part of this incredible event, and I will forward you the registration information.

See you on the Tour!
Roland Ramos

Aferro Studio Residency for 2009

Aferro Studio Residency Newark/NJ
is now accepting applications for 2009 artists in residence
Deadline: 15 December 2008

Gallery Aferro is an artist owned and operated alternative space
founded in 2003 by Evonne M. Davis and Emma Wilcox. The mission of
Gallery Aferro is to bring cultural education and esthetic engagement
with contemporary issues to all people equally, and to create an
environment where artists can gather and share physical and
intellectual resources. We are working towards an arts community that
is available to everyone, without sacrificing quality of experience.

Founded in a converted factory building in the Ironbound, Gallery
Aferro was planned as a pilot project to be recreated in different
architectural forms, in multiple American cities.
The gallery is currently being run out of a donated 4 story building
in downtown Newark, NJ. We offer 12 exhibitions a year, featuring
local, national and international artists, a wide variety of events
such as
interactive public art projects, performances, talks, film screenings,
portfolio reviews and public usage based on the stated needs of the
community. We launched our residency program in 2006 and were one of
four nationwide recipients of a 2007 New York State Workspace
Consortium grant to improve it. A publishing line has been launched,
consisting of exhibition catalogs, original essays, and artist books.

About the Residency:

Several of the 06-07 Aferro Studio residents have commented that the
chance for informal networking with peers afforded by residency in the
building was one of the best aspects of their experience. Also
mentioned by residents consistently as a unique and valuable aspect of
the program was temporary ownership of a platform to interact with the

Residents will be awarded a 1200-2000 sq ft studio for 6 months, with
24 hr access, access to visiting curators and other gallery directors,
a solo exhibition in our project space, and inclusion in an
end-of-program catalog highlighting their work over the length of the
residency. The current Aferro building can accommodate up to 5 artists
at a time. Artists will be selected on the basis of quality of work,
commitment to their field, and ability to interact positively with the
community at large. The program will aim for a mix of Newark and
non-Newark residents.

The Studios
Studios range in size from 1200 to 2000 square feet. The studios are
strictly work only spaces. The studios are raw spaces with minimal
amenities. Artists who are accepted into the program must be prepared
to actively use their studio. 6-month slots are available beginning
Feb 23, 2009.

Artist Responsibilities
$200 a month per studio covers all utilities.

There is no residency restriction for applicants. Artists in any
media may apply. The building is not appropriate for welding and
other open flame activities. Please contact us with any questions
about your application, our space or what you might want to do with
your time at Aferro.

Materials for Application either emailed or mailed:
A CV..Resume
Artist Statement
A proposal for what you would like to do with your residency/statement of need
Contact Information
Work samples: DVD (NTSC) or CD (any form of digital file we can read from a Mac)
hit submissions button

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