JCTC ARTSpeaks Goes In-Depth With The Powerpop Trio

By Zahria Perkins, Class of 2018 Photo by Zahria Perkins (Projection of a masking tape piece by Kayt Hester) The lighting is dim and the space is occupied with about 15 people in Merseles Studios. The energy in the room is cozy, yet simultaneously festive. All eyes are focused on the Powerpop Trio; a collective made…

New Jersey Artists Visits Local Art Gallery

By Franchesca Maniscalco, Class of 2018 Photo By Franchesca Maniscalco For those trying to escape the bleak and rainy weather, a small gallery located on Bowers Street opened its doors to the locals so they come in and look at various art pieces on display. The Visualize Artist Talk was held on Sunday, Oct. 29…

Review: “A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt”

By Zahria Perkins, Class of 2018 Many of us are taught “not to judge a book by its cover” and the story of Otto Weidt definitely proves this lesson true tenfold. “A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt” made its Northeastern premiere at The Golden Door International Film Festival on Friday, October 6th after…

West Coast Style Comes to Jersey City’s Newly Renovated White Eagle Hall

By Tom McLaughlin, Class of 2019 Music fans lined up outside of the newly restored White Eagle Hall on Wednesday, October 11 in Jersey City to see the California-based indie pop group Best Coast perform with the Philadelphia and Brooklyn-based indie rock group Field Mouse. White Eagle Hall (WEH) is one of the newest additions…

Hollywood in Jersey City

By Natalia Amaya, Class of 2018 Jersey City is kicking off October with the Golden Door International Film Festival. The festival is entering its 7th year, and has become nothing short of successful. Founder Bill Sorvino, and his executive director wife, Michelle Sorvino have worked together to give underground, independent, filmmakers an opportunity to shine….

SPU Art Gallery: An Interview with Photographer Kay Kenny

By Jojenet Encarnacion, Class of 2019 As the art and music culture expands in Jersey City, newcomers and locals are seeing a growth of original artwork from artists displayed publicly. Saint Peter’s University is showcasing its newest attraction in the 5th floor of Mac Mahon Student Center at its newFine Arts Gallery. Camera’s Vision: Archaeology|Architecture|Landscape…

Ladies of JC: A Night of Female-Fronted Local Music

By Christina Gravina Walking down the bright red staircase towards the lounge at Raval in Downtown Jersey City feels like you are entering a painting as you are surrounded by black and white artwork on the wall. Inside, paintings of burlesque women and various artists such as Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie cover the wooden…

Art Gallery at Saint Peter’s Now Open to the Public

By Zahria Perkins, Class of 2018 The space is occupied with about twenty people but yet, the sound of a pen dropping can be heard as clear as day. The sunshine coming through a floor to ceiling glass window is casting a slight glare on the photographs gracefully draped on the walls. Everyone is moving…

WORD on the Street

By Briana Benitez, Class of 2017 WORD on the street is there’s a popular bookstore that sits on Newark Avenue in downtown Jersey City. The name of this particular place happens to be WORD, which makes it a literal WORD on the street. The bookstore in independently owned with two locations: one in Greenpoint, Brooklyn…

Very, VERY, Vintage

By Malieva Hedberg, Class of 2017 If you are looking for a one-stop shop vintage outfit, VERY Lifestyle Shop is your destination. Located in downtown Jersey City just off of Grove Street, it is a small but lively store, with everything from home goods, collective music records to real leather cowboy boots from the 70’s. …

IN(Ward) Move to Jersey City 

By: Yasleen Trinidad and Bridget Whitfield As a part of their identity series, the Jersey City Theater Center invited the dancers of DRIGG productions to Merseles Studio for a special performance called, IN (Ward) on April 22nd through the 23rd. Founded by dancers, Khadija Ahmaddiya and Mark Castera, DRIGG Productions is a Philadelphia-based dance and…

Spotlight on Greenville

By Diamond Reid and Jenna Carbin Greenville is located in the southernmost section of the city.  The neighborhood starts south of the West Side area stretching to the border of  Bayonne.  Greenville has gone through many changes over the last 40 years and the change doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.  Dating back to…

Staying Healthy in Jersey City

By Bridget Whitfield and Blaire Conner Walking down Grove street in Jersey City, there’s a small artisanal coffee shop on every corner, with  plenty of organic food markets, juice bars, yoga studios, and vegetarian restaurants. But walk a few blocks over, the healthy offerings  changes dramatically.  With chicken shacks, hole-in-the wall Chinese spots, and $1…

Making Jersey City Beautiful (and Green) Again

Gabriella Robles and Amanda Jones Jersey City has the second largest population  in New Jersey, falling just short of Newark. With over 250,000 residents in the city, various groups have stepped up to make their home a more beautiful and efficient place to live. Whether it’s the city’s captivating street art, safer areas for kids…

The West Side Story

By Krystal Nurse and Yasleen Trinidad The Bayfront Project is a massive redevelopment plan SPANNING from Route 440 to West Side Avenue in Jersey City. The plan includes 8,100 residential units, 1 million square feet of office space, and 23 acres of open land. The project is set to be completed by 2043. With construction…

Interpretation through Fashion

Michael DeMoya: So tell me who you are? Thomas Quinones: I’m the cookie monster. What kind of f***ing question is that? Mike: D**n it. I mean who are you? Act like I’m nobody you know. This doesn’t work if I have to feed you answers. Tommy: Aight aight. Let me get in my GQ state of…

Campus Kitchen

  By Armond Marke, ’16 and Samantha Storms, ’17 Campus Kitchen at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City has a purpose to repurpose. One in 7 Americans are considered to be food insecure, not knowing where there next meal will come from and Erich Sekel, the associate director of Campus Ministry for community service, supervises a student-led…

How Art Therapy Helped a Young Woman Find Her Way

By: Chanel McClary, Class of 2017 Sitting on the porch while the U-Haul pulls up. My mom is yelling at the movers to not break anything. Here we go again, another move. Back to NY.  Another fight.  Another U-Haul. My mom is yelling at the movers again, another move. Back to Philly. This routine was…

A Moment of Clarity

Chelsey Forbes, Class of 2017 The city of Forty Fort, Penn. is quiet. Soundless, if you will. With deep American Revolution roots, it’s population of approximately 4,500 enjoy The Beer Deli, a popular, greasy lunch spot where the average age of their customer is 55, and The Strange and Unusual, an oddities parlor that carries…

God’s Rockstar

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The grounds were still wet, and there was a power line down in the middle of Stillman Avenue in Bergenfield, NJ. ?The train passes by every half hour or so, making everyone talk just a little louder than usual. ?I’m greeted at the door by a young man, his…

Marisa Vitali: Finding “Grace” After Addiction

Briana Benitez, Class of 2017 Marisa Vitali remembers putting on variety shows in her grandmother’s backyard during the summer. She and her cousins would make and sell the tickets to the family. She was the main performance and all her cousins would shine flashlights on her as a spotlight. Even as a child she knew…

Let’s Put Jersey City On The Map

By: Yasleen Trinidad Saint Peter’s University students are helping put local business owners on the map. On Wednesday, March 30th, the Ignite Institute highlighted the importance of growing an online presence. “With 70% of people finding businesses or service providers online through Google searches and devices, if a business is not online, they will lose…

We’re not Street Artists, We’re Graffiti Writers: Chester Wallnuts

Olivia Monahan, Class of 2017  Subway terminals are like wind tunnels and the train was flying. The train would stop, he would spray another line, anxious for when the train would take off again. The train lept into motion once more and despite his firm grasp on the handle, he felt himself slipping. Perspiring from…

Bare Naked Emotion: A Profile of Shannon Stoia

Greeted in her studio space, I was welcomed to sit on her soft yet overwhelmingly large bean bag chair; although, the clutter of her supplies made it difficult to shimmy myself into a comfortable position. Regrouping my thoughts, my eye catches a tattoo of a woman’s legs stretched out of a giant coffee cup on…

JCTC is Jersey City’s Home for Artist

By Mike DeMoya A few years ago Jersey City was only known to be home to dreamers, but now it is now leading the conversation when it comes to art. People are becoming more interested in the art scene of Jersey City, not because art is sold here, but because it lives here. Jersey City…

St. Peter’s Alum Gives Back on the Court

By Diamond Reid Saint Peter’s Alumnus Cassir Bastien has been coaching basketball to students as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program for the past three years. The after school program runs Monday through Friday throughout the school year at many sites including one at Public School 34 in Jersey City. At P.S…

Autism Month: Raising Awareness

1 in 68 kids will be diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of this, April has been named Autism Awareness Month and the United Nations has recognized April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization that sponsors research and outreach activities describes the…

The instructor, the children, and the arts

By: Jossie Capon, Class of 2017 You walk into a big room with black painted walls. He brings out the tables and begins to assemble them. Once that is done he sets up the snacks table and brings out the art supplies. Suddenly you have a Jersey City Theater Center art classroom. JCTC Kids’ mission…

Bringing Community Back to Jersey City

By Chanel McClary, Class of 2017 “I went to art school when I was 8 years old on a full scholarship. My mission is to do it for every child,” Olga Levina, the artistic director of JCTC said. The Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is offering various programs to accomplish their mission: to bring the…

Giving Hope to Local Artist

By: Yasleen Trinidad, February 27, 2016 When Olga Levina first came to Jersey City, she had one goal:  to bring and create an artistic environment in a city where it has long been missing. Located on Newark Avenue in Jersey City, The Jersey City Theater Center has given a home to local artists ready to show the…

JCTC Presents “Beauty and the Beast”

By Melissa Osorio, Class of 2016 In the 1700s, there was a story of a girl who fell in love with a beast.  That is now known as the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” originally written by Madame Gabrielle de Villeneuve.  You can now see this production come to life thanks to the Jersey…

Puppetworks Comes to Jersey City

By Daniela Franco, Class of 2017 A silent, chilly and dimly lit room slowly fills with life as toddlers come in roaming and  exploring the room. The children excitedly play with each other while some other kids sit quietly with their families. A large foam mat faces the stage and minutes before the show is…

Local Woman of the World: Lucy Rovetto

Olivia Monahan- Class of 2017 The arts scene in Jersey City is slowly blossoming throughout the city. Tucked away in Downtown Jersey City, a community for local artists is quickly becoming a hub for visual and performing arts. Jersey City Theatre Center (JCTC) was founded in 2006 by Olga Levina, a theatre professional with 20…

Gabriel Pacheco: Creator, Fixer, Teacher

By Gabriella Robles, Class of 2018 In the autumn air of October, the mother of 6 year-old Gabriel Pacheco did what many mothers do during this season. She bought her son a Halloween costume. It was a hawk costume, which came with a jumper outfit and a plastic mask— the kind that covers only the…

Rising Alcohol Violations on Campus

By Callan Sheridan and Bridget Whitfield Susan* hears a distant knock on the apartment door from where she was standing in the kitchen. It means nothing to her, as she reaches for a snack in her friend’s kitchen. Suddenly, liquor bottles are being shoved into cupboards and beer cans into the garbage. She hears the…

St. Peter’s Support Nepal

— By Matthew Holowienka, 2015 Clad in a collared shirt and slacks, Saint Peter’s University junior Sabin Pradhan walked through the Panepinto Plaza. In one corner, students were creating unique posters representing their respective student organizations. In the other, a group of young men and women were drawing on the ground with sidewalk chalk. Altogether,…

Murals

By Mark Kenny and Armond Marke Brick by brick artists in Jersey City are changing the downtown’s landscape. Jersey City’s urban identity is being revitalized by many artistic platforms. Street art, some considered illegal and unappealing like graffiti tags, have long been tied to urban communities, except the artists that are thriving in the Jersey…

Jersey City Gets Arty

By Armond Marke, Class of 2016 On Newark Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Street, you may notice two neighboring buildings, one of them under construction and the other, a blue and grey stoned facade. The owners are hoping that these two buildings will soon merge to become the center of the thriving New Jersey arts…

A Change of Heart – Developing McGinley Square

by Garvey Potter, Matthew Holowienka, and Tatiana Ferraro The “Heart of Jersey City,” McGinley Square, will house a 20-story construction called Saint Peter’s Tower by late 2016 due to a joint venture between Saint Peter’s University and the Maryland-based Sora Development, according to a January press release published on the university website. Saint Peter’s will…

A Journey Undocumented

by Ksenia Stsepyetkina, Carlos Gonzalez & Francesca Rizzo — Class of 2014 It is safe to say that feelings are mixed when it comes to undocumented or illegal immigrants coming to the United States. The truth is, many undocumented people who make it to the United States are risking their lives and their freedom in…

Grove Street Just May Be Jersey City’s Newest Hot Spot

by Dylan Smith and Helene McGavin, Class of 2014 When one hears of Grove Street, they may think of an area designed and created as a family-friend zone for parents to go out with their children, but Grove may have more to offer the young adult seeking a fun night out. From quirky and unique…

Beauty and its Beast: Jersey City Artists and Gentrification

By Ennica Jacob, Class of 2017 Emerging from the Grove Street Path Station, you’re hit by a wave, in the figurative sense. A portrait of a controlled ocean wave hovers above Dunkin’ Donuts. Depending on what path you choose, you’ll be greeted by an aesthetically pleasing mural or “Protect Yo Heart” tags spray-painted on the…