Sabina “SKiL” Lazarz was in her early teens when she made her first sale, a six-by-six-inch painting, for $40. At the time, she had been studying art under Jersey City artist Grigory Gurevich, who would include her work in some of his exhibitions. A decade later, Lazarz is selling six-by-six foot paintings for $2,500 and cites Gurevich as one of her greatest influences.
These past few weeks, shootings in the headlines have become just about a daily occurrence. That’s bad news for everyone, from the residents who feel unsafe to the new faces in City Hall and the police department, including an acting police chief with under eight weeks on the job, the new public safety director, and […]
Seven months, a contentious election, and some disappearing line-items later, the 2013 Calendar Year Budget was finally adopted Wednesday, putting the final touches on a $500 million dollar budget that has already been over half spent. The final adoption came with an amendment to address what Mayor Steve Fulop has described as an “election year […]
For years we’ve shopped the malls, boutiques, specialty stores and even big box retailers for the latest trends, classic looks and designer gear. Many Saturday afternoons have been spent bouncing from one shopping destination to the next hoping to find the perfect fit, color, price and style. A longing to ‘make an entrance’ when attending a social engagement, job interview, place of worship or white sandy beach keeps consumers motivated and retailers capitalizing.
For all of the time spent debating whether New Jersey or New York really owns Liberty Island and its resident icon, the Statue of Liberty, a larger, more meaningful fight has been ignored. Indeed, as the two states tried to capitalize on every last tourist dollar — and the privilege of laying claim to the […]
My adventures in repurposing began with fusing plastic bags. Fusing plastic bags involves melting numerous layers of thin plastic together to create one thicker piece of plastic. This new piece of plastic can then be stitched on a sewing machine just like fabric. I love the look and colors of fused plastic bags so much […]
For the twenty-nine or thirty days of the Ramadan fast (the length varies depending on the sighting of the crescent moon’s recurrence), charity is always on the mind of the observant participant. As Ahmed Shedeed, head of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, points out, spending long summer days fasting makes empathy that much easier. […]
Grassroots organization Sustainable Jersey City (SJC) is on a mission to transform how the city thinks about itself and its relation to green-infrastructure. That’s only a first step, but it’s an important first step, says Dr. Ashwani Vasishth, an Associate Professor of Environmental Planning at Ramapo College and SJC member, who describes the city as […]
It’s been less than two years since Rolando Lavarro, the newly elected Council President, has taken office. But in that time — twenty months — he’s seen how unsettled the political floor can be. First elected in a special election in November 2011, Lavarro’s successful bid for office was seen, in part, as a byproduct […]
It’s unclear who first used the phrase “a tale of two cities” to describe Jersey City’s economic inequality, but it’s worked: the phrase has become the go-to shorthand for politicians and community activists criticizing the global wealth gap on the local level for some time now. With his new administration officially in place, Mayor Steve […]