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…

McGinley Square Business Owners Ready For Change

By Hazel Yarber and Christopher Williams   Jersey City is one of 12 cities chosen for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation teams. The idea is to make the cities more appealing and according to their mission “ensure, longer lives for the greatest number of people.” Bloomberg Philanthropies focus on five key areas, including: public health, environment, education,…

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

Originally posted on The Peacock Press :
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…