Save the Date: *Free* African Dance Class at the Market on October 26

October 15, 2014

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On Sunday, October 26, the Riverview Farmers Market will be hosting a free African dance class led by choreographer Ismael Kouyate, who is best known for his work on the Broadway musical Fela!.

From Ismael Kouyate’s Facebook page:

Ismael Kouyate was born in Guinea, West Africa to a long line of ‘Griots’, the oral historians that preserve the history and culture of Africa through songs, stories, music and dance.

He began dancing professionally at the age of 12, when he was recruited by Les Percussions de Guinee’ to perform in their international tour, which included Europe and Asia.

Upon his return in 2004, he was requested to join Ballets Africains *(The National Dance Company of Guinea, see below) for their 50th Anniversary Tour of the US, Jubilee!

He amazed audiences throughout the US on the tour and was contracted by the team of Fela! to serve as a Master Choreographer for the production. His talent and skills landed him a principal role in the play…

He has been with Fela! Since 2008, from its humble off-Broadway roots to its international tours which included a series of performances in 2011 in Nigeria, at the actual “Shrine.” The production was such a hit, that due to the overwhelming response of the Nigerian community, they were asked to stay an additional two weeks, performing to sold-out audiences nightly.

Also in 2011, Ismael was sought out to do a special on CNN about Africa in America. His class of over 100 people ecstatically learned and modeled his movements, while speaking of their excitement to study from this legend of Guinea, many of whom had heard of him in their travels abroad.

(He has also worked with Beyonce!)

The class will begin at noon on the 26th.

Many thanks to Tatiana Smith for coordinating this neighborhood event!

Click here to watch a video of Ismael Kouyate.

Announcement: Market Season Extended into November!

October 12, 2014

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The weeks are passing, the weather is turning, and we’re approaching the end of the Riverview Farmers Market’s 2014 season… or are we?

In response to requests from our shoppers and our vendors, the Market will be extended three weeks further into November. The final Market date will be Sunday, November 23rd. Those three additional Sundays will give us a chance to partake in all the autumn bounty that our vendors have to offer. You can even do your Thanksgiving shopping!

Market hours on November 9th, 16th, and 23rd will be 10 am – 2 pm.

What the Market will not include after November 2nd, due to the likeliness of cold and/or windy weather: children’s activities, live music, or other programs. There also will not be any set-up of park tables and chairs. However, our wonderful Market manager, Olga, will still be present to answer any questions during Market hours.

We look forward to seeing you in Riverview-Fisk Park on these extra autumn Sundays at the Market!

Riverview Community Garden’s Composting Program

September 16, 2014

1797003_10204172686172587_5923814922299542187_o Our neighbors at the Riverview Community Garden are raising funds to launch a community composting program, and they’re asking us all to participate in their fundraising for a new three-bin system and other needs! “Do you want to help our garden’s efforts to stop filling up our landfills with useful organic matter and help grow more nutritious food in the process? Do you want to compost but don’t have the space to do so? Oh what to do with all those egg shells, coffee grounds, fall leaves, scraps of veggies and fruit?

We wish to expand Jersey City Heights residents’ trash options with the creation of the Riverview Community Garden – RCG Community Composting Program. By setting up a neighborhood exchange between our garden and those who do not have space for composting or for those who desire a drop off point…we can turn organic waste or what many consider to be trash… into compost gold!”

You can read the rest of their project description and make a donation through Kickstarter at this link. Take a look, and please consider contributing to this important initiative to make The Heights a greener, cleaner place for all of us.

Community Event: Washington Park Live! on September 20

September 14, 2014


Washington Park Association is one of our fellow neighborhood organizations in Jersey City Heights, and we’re looking forward to their big annual community event: Washington Park Live! on Sunday, September 20th, 2014 from 10 am to 6 pm.

You can read all about this year’s festival here — there will be live music, an art exhibition, children’s activities, a beer-garden, food vendors, and much more happening throughout the day!

And, most importantly — WPA is looking for volunteers to assist with this community event. They’re looking for help in the following areas and shifts:

Set-up from 7AM to 10AM: moving and placement of tables and chairs, putting up tents, setting up and posting participant signage, hanging event signage, checking participants in and showing them to their location and more…

“Hacking Heights” Fashion workshops: a great opportunity to work with instructors from Parsons
10 to 1, 1 to 3, and 3 to 6
Interactive Art: helping with the LIVE art demos, keeping things organized and clean, encouraging event goers to pick up a paint brush and participate!
10 to 12, 12 to 2, 2 to 4, and 4 to 6
Bulls Ferry Studio Gallery: helping artists unload and display their art
Setup: 7 to 10
Breakdown: 6 to 8
And these shifts: 10 to 12, 12 to 2, 2 to 4, 4 to 6
Setup: 7 to 10
Breakdown: 6 to 8
Checking IDs and selling beer tickets at Beer Garden
10 to 12, 12 to 2, 2 to 4, 4 to 6
You can sign up using this online form:

WPA is hosting 2 more volunteer training sessions on Thursday and Friday from 7 to 8 pm. (Volunteers only need to attend one session, not both.) The purpose of the training is to be introduced to the event layout and everything that’s going on during the event. If you can’t make the training you can still volunteer!!! They won’t turn away any walk-in volunteers the day of the festival.

For more information about Washington Park LIVE visit
And remember: It takes a community to create community. Join us.


Market Focus: Desserts!

September 8, 2014


We talk a lot about all the healthy food options that the Riverview Farmers Market has to offer, including Jersey-fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, free-range eggs, veggie-burgers, and more. At the same time, we believe that dessert — especially dessert that’s been freshly made by local businesses — is an important part of life!

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Music in the Park, September 7, 2014: Tabla Jugalbandi and The Viva Vallenato Badass Cumbia Accordion Players

September 2, 2014

On fhe first Sunday of every month, the Riverview Farmers Market features free live musical performances. This program is another way for all of us to experience the Riverview Farmers Market as “Your Community Center…with a View.”

On September 7 we will be presenting two performances.


Noon: Tabla Jugalbandi Presented by Chhandayan 

Tabla, a two-piece kettle-drum, has a variety of melodic tones, forming the most sophisticated drum-language in the world. This language is proficiently utilized in set compositions and a wide spectrum of improvisation. The performing musicians, groomed by leading masters in the field, will inevitably mesmerize the audience. 

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JC Fridays in The Heights: September 5, 2014

August 31, 2014


JC Fridays is a city-wide celebration of the arts organized by Art House Productions. We’re excited to be able to recommend the following events happening in our very own neighborhood of Jersey City Heights on Friday, September 5th!

12pm-5pm LA RUMBA’S CAFE presents visual art at Rumba’s.

Come check out the Cuban art and sample some of Cuba’s favorite dishes such as A Cuban sandwich, pork sandwich, or cod fish with potatoes at the best Cuban café in Jersey City Heights. 513 Central Ave (at North St.), 201-216-9655

5:30pm-7:30pm JERSEY CITY RESERVOIR PRESERVATION ALLIANCE presents “Art! Music! Nature! At the Reservoir.”

Eco-based art activities for adults and kids including:

Photographic exploration through the Reservoir with photo journalist Trix Rosen and environmentalist Steve Latham. Plein air pastel drawing or bring your own medium for an evening of free expression at our urban oasis. Microscopic digital photography & phragmites frame making conducted by the PS 28 Project Reservoir Team and music provided by “The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!” 201 Central Ave aka Pershing Plaza (at Summit Ave.), 201-259-1800



Image courtesy of Jersey Statuary Arts & Music

6pm-11pm WALTER AND MARGO PARKS present “Jersey Statuary Arts & Music.”

The historic Jersey City Statuary building is having its second event, including live music on the patio (weather permitting) and an art exhibition inside. Event presented By Moriah Kinberg.

6pm -7pm: Performance by Classical Pianist Florencia Guzman
7pm – 7:30pm Artist Meet & Greet with Jeankarlos Cruz
7:30pm – 11pm: Performance by Brazilian Bluegrass band, Matuto

Delicious light refreshments to be donated by Mory Thomas, The Silver Family, and Cholita Dessert Bar.

53 Congress St  (between Webster/New York), 917-586-3957

6:30pm-9pm THE DISTILLERY GALLERY & ARTSPACE presents “The Children’s Art Show.” 

Every Saturday morning, The Distillery Gallery opens its doors to the young artists of our neighborhood. Local artists teach students (ages 4-10) the study and practice of contemporary art. The Children’s Art show celebrates the work they have created over the course of the year. Come witness their vision! 7 Hutton St (between Palisades/Hutton)

7pm-10pm RIVERVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION & PALISADE LUMBER present “Live at the Lumberyard!” 

A Riverview Arts District event. Live Music accompanied by video art projections in the urban outdoors. Featuring Autumn City, Liam Brown & The Pounds, Underwater Scheme Park and DJ Senor Lunkhead spinning between sets. Who knew that acoustics in a lumberyard could be so good? 424-428 Palisade Ave (between Griffith/Hutton), 201-472-5148


A Riverview Arts District event. Photographer John Crittenden, a 33-year resident of Heights, celebrates the new R.A.D. as a mecca for all arts with a wide-ranging solo show of his art, theatrical and portrait work. John’s biggest thrill: It’s happening where he lives! 433 Palisade Ave (between Griffith/Hutton), 201-472-5148

All events are barrier-free and family-friendly.

For complete information about JCFridays with city-wide listings and maps, please visit the JCFridays website. JC Fridays is a project of Art House Productions.

Made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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September 7th at the Market: Children’s Back-to-School Book Swap

August 27, 2014


Turn over a new page for the 2014-15 school year at our children’s book swap, taking place at the Riverview Farmers Market on Sunday, September 7. Bring an already-read book or two from last year and exchange them for something new to read.

Children can join us for story hour at 10 am, then leave their old books and take home new books of their own! The swap will be open until the Market closes at 2 pm. Get all the details and RSVP at the book swap’s Facebook event page. Image via Library of Congress.

Spread the Word: RCG Community Composting Program

August 21, 2014

All of us at the Riverview Farmers Market love and support the neighboring Riverview Community Garden, so we want to help spread the news about their new Kickstarter project to raise funds for a community composting program. Every donation helps! The end date for the Kickstarter campaign is September 18th at 7pm.
Here is all the information, direct from our friends at the RCG:
Facebook Event Page and Updates!

Do you want to help our garden’s efforts to stop filling up our landfills with useful organic matter and help grow more nutritious food in the process? Do you want to compost but don’t have the space to do so? Oh, what to do with all those egg shells, coffee grounds, fall leaves, scraps of veggies and fruit? 

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Market Focus: Sunday Breakfast!

August 12, 2014

chilango breakfast

If you’re an early riser, you probably arrive at the Riverview Farmers Market soon after it opens at 9 a.m. on Sunday. But did you realize that you can eat breakfast right at the Market before or after you do your weekly shopping? Yes — some of our vendors ofter tasty items, both hot and cold, that will get your day off to a filling start.

El Chilango‘s food truck offers a menu of several breakfast entrees every week. Keep an eye out for their sign — it could feature egg burritos, chorizo burritos, and chilaquiles (a piping hot platter of corn tortillas, cheese, egg, and salsa).

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