Calling Artists and Writers to Display Work at Leonia Arts’ Seventh Annual ‘Meet the Artists’

Leonia Arts, a nonprofit cultural arts alliance in the borough, presents with the Leonia Public Library the seventh annual ‘Meet the Artists’.  The event takes place on Sunday, October 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, located at 399 Broad Avenue in the borough.  The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Leonia Artists Invited to Display Work

The annual event celebrates the borough’s long history in the arts.   Artists from all media — performers, crafts people, sculptors, photographers, writers, multimedia, painters, and other areas — who reside or work in the borough of Leonia, may display their work at the annual event.  As display space is limited, artists must register in advance.  For information, contact 201-944-0510 or

The public is invited to attend and meet the artists and patrons from the borough, while enjoying wine and cheese and listening to live music.  Artists’ work from various fields, ranging from poetry to paintings and sculptures, will be displayed throughout the hall.

Suzanne Pancrazi Memorial Grant Recipient

This year, Leonia Arts features painter Vincent Priblo’s work, winner of the second annual Suzanne Pancrazi Memorial Grant.  The award honors the namesake of the grant, a Leonia resident, who was an audio-visual artist and a member of the Leonia Arts’ board of trustees.  The purpose of the grant is to further a selected artist’s specific project or a body of work.

Mission Supports the Borough’s Arts Community

Leonia Arts’ mission is to support, stimulate, enhance, promote and connect the arts within the borough and to other communities.  The grassroots organization supports the arts by connecting the various diverse artists and creative groups in the town often called the “Athens of New Jersey.”  Membership in Leonia Arts is free and available for artists, arts organizations, arts groups, and patrons of the arts in Leonia.

The organization’s web site features an Artist Link page open to Leonia artists in all disciplines.  Artists, who are members of Leonia Arts, may link their web site to the Leonia Arts’ web site.  Borough artists interested in linking their web site and/or contact information to be listed on the relevant subpage, should send the following to  name and type of artist (photographer, actor, dancer, writer, etc.), one photo (optional), web site URL (optional), and a short bio or profile no more than two brief paragraphs in length.

For more information about the ‘Meet the Artists’ event or Leonia Arts, contact Kathy Pecht at 201-944-0510 or send an e-mail to  Go to for additional information about the organization, to join Leonia Arts, to view a calendar of upcoming arts events, and much more.


9 Apps to Help You Work Your Inner Designer

2017-09-13_11-51-56By now, we’re all well aware of the inspiration, discovery and even expression that apps like Instagram and Pinterest offer designers and design enthusiasts alike. But what’s the new new in tech for the creative set when they want to get their inner decorator or DIYer on? We polled designers, trend experts and influencers from the home decor world to get the scoop on what apps make their jobs easier, more fun and more inspiring—or all three.

Hayley Francis, Trend & Design Expert at The Mine:

“Recently I’ve been loving Pantone Studio app (above), which puts all Pantone colors at my fingertips. It also allows me to upload images and extract the colors from that image, which is super convenient when I find inspiration images or architecture with colors I’d like to use for future projects.”

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Bring the Family to the Opera

DSC_6574From Italy to China, the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s 2017-2018 season spans the globe with performances of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca and Turandot. On Sunday, October 15, 2017, Verismo Opera brings to the stage again Puccini’s Tosca set in Italy with Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa’s libretto in four acts based upon Victorien Sardou’s drama, La Tosca.

The grand opera company premieres Puccini’s extravagant portrayal of both ancient China and the opera’s namesake princess, Turandot, on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey, presents these productions at the theatre at 3:00 p.m.

The company is known for realistic portrayals of everyday life in its productions. “These traditional operas present realism and remain true to the original with the music, grand sets, and beautiful costumes. Both operas introduce another generation to the magnificent splendor of complete, professional productions,” said Lucine Amara, Artistic Director, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera.

Under the baton of Principal Conductor and Music Director Lucy Arner, a live orchestra accompanies the performance of Tosca. General Manager/Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif directs the fully staged opera, with Chorus Director/Associate Conductor Michael Wittenburg leading the Verismo Opera Chorus. The principals and the Verismo Opera Chorus perform in Italian with English supertitles provided for the audience. Continue reading


A new, fully furnished custom condominium home showcasing a unique floorplan, high-tech features and expansive outdoor space has been completed at 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial, Lennar’s collection of luxury condominium residences on Weehawken’s Hudson River waterfront.

The custom condominium home represents a floorplan never before offered at the midtown Manhattan-facing building, where immediate occupancy is available.  The unique two-bedroom-plus-den layout has been designed with entertaining in mind. Advanced automated features such as a Lutron lighting system, motorized window shades and a built-in Wi-Fi access point enhance the residence’s 1,830 square feet of living space. A 392 square-foot, wrap-around balcony extends the living and entertaining opportunities outdoors.

The home offers a fresh take on the incomparable lifestyle afforded residents at the ultra-luxe, 103-unit residential property.

“We’re delighted to unveil this innovative and stylish addition to our portfolio of residences at 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial,” said Craig Klingensmith, division president of Lennar Northeast. “Though new to the line-up, it reflects our vision for this community since its onset, one that incorporates modern architectural design, superior amenities and services, and sophisticated living spaces. The result is a boutique lifestyle experience in a dramatic waterfront setting that is unlike anything else offered in the marketplace.” Continue reading

This Popular Designer Couple Just Launched a Chic Shop on Amazon Prime

novogratz-products-amazonGetting HGTV-approved interior decor has never been so easy, thanks to the duo behind The Novogratz. Robert and Cortney Novogratz have recently paired up with Amazon to give decor-lovers and Amazon Prime fans alike a seamlessly chic shopping experience with their new storefront.

The Novogratz Amazon shop is filled with 150 pieces of furniture, art, lighting, and so much more. If it’s not the incredibly adorable designs that draw you to the shop, maybe the low price points and Amazon Prime efficiency will convince you.

In addition to their entertaining home life with seven children, the couple’s love for decorating has been featured on Bravo and HGTV, and now, we’ll be able to decorate our homes with their taste in mind. Read on to see some of our favorite pieces from the collection, and bookmark these items for your next redesign!


One Park in Cliffside Park “Tops Out” on New Jersey’s Scenic Palisades Cliffs

DMG Investments today announced that One Park has “topped out” on New Jersey’s Palisades cliffs.  The upscale condominium building rising in Bergen County’s Cliffside Park has reached its 14-story pinnacle high above the Hudson River waterfront with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.

The construction milestone follows the opening of an onsite sales gallery where Halstead Property Development Marketing (HPDM) is previewing the collection of 204 residences. The building is scheduled to be completed in fall, 2018.

“This is one of the most unique sites along the New Jersey Gold Coast as our clifftop location provides an inherent advantage to maximize our natural surroundings and dramatic views that span the Hudson River and New York City skyline,” said Jacky He, Executive Vice President of DMG Investments.  “We’re delighted to now be one step closer to realizing our vision for this iconic development.” Continue reading

The Fundamentals of Space Planning Your Bedroom

2017-08-09_12-44-25So you just moved in (that, or you’re itching to move some things around in your existing home). Now what? I don’t know about you, but I’m always so excited at the prospects of a blank canvas floor plan, until I actually have to start making decisions on where to put everything. I start questioning everything! Is my rug the right size? Should my sofa go against the wall or float in the room? Do my nightstands have to match? Before I know it, I’m completely paralyzed by the whole situation and need my trusted design friends to rush over and help ease me into the right decisions. I rationalize my indecisiveness to the fact that space planning and room layouts are so crucial to the overall vibe a home puts forth.

To help, we turned to California designer Becki Owens to lay out some fundamentals when it comes to the art of placement. She consistently creates fresh, swoon-worthy interiors that always feel right on the mark. Below, Becki outlines four things to remember when setting up a bedroom to introduce good, healthy flow. Sleep tight!

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Rock Lobster Rock

b52s_bergenpac_940x400_presale-e602955638The B-52s are coming back to Bergen PAC on Sunday, October 8th at 7:30 PM

Nearly 40 years and over 20 million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why the B-52s remain one of rock music’s most beloved and enduring bands. From groundbreaking songs like “Rock Lobster,” “Dance This Mess Around” and “Private Idaho” to chart-topping hits like “Love Shack” and “Deadbeat Club” to their thrilling reemergence on the pop scene with their 2008 CD Funplex, the B-52s’ unforgettable dance-rock tunes start a party every time their music begins.

As they take their party-music revolution into the 21st century the B-52s show no signs of slowing down, serving up their own unique blend of music and showmanship to millions of fans around the world.



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(From Left to Right): Moderator Jennifer Song, Cushman & Wakefield, Jacky He, Executive of Vice President, DMG Investments, LLC, Greg Wang, General Counsel, Hongkun USA, Georgina Sun, Director of Marketing & Sales, China Overseas America, Inc., Chester Gu, Vice President, US Education and Value added Service, Landsea Holdings Corporation and Yan Zhou, Deputy General Manager, Shokai Group.

Overseas Capital Pouring into NJ Side of the Hudson River

A number of the world’s leading foreign development companies gathered recently to discuss the heavy stream of overseas capital that’s flowing into the New Jersey Gold Coast and giving rise to a wave of substantial new residential projects at a pace more commonly seen across the Hudson River.

Hosted by DMG Investments and The American Chinese Real Estate Society (ACRES), the panel included leaderships from five global development firms who are all betting big on the continued growth of the New Jersey Gold Coast, which includes Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Weehawken and Jersey City.

With Jennifer Song of Cushman and Wakefield moderating the discussion, the panelists detailed what’s driving their confidence in the marketplace, including proximity to Manhattan, a comprehensive mass-transportation infrastructure buoyed by frequent ferry and rail service, compelling value propositions when compared with Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the ability to appeal to a large pool of residents looking for a mix of urban-suburban attributes. Continue reading

The 5 Things Interior Designers Always Notice in Your Home

what-interior-designers-notice-homesWouldn’t it be so nice to know what an interior designer actually notices in your home? Having this information would make it that much easier when you clean or decorate new spaces, or even when you decide what to renovate and what to leave as is. It can be somewhat difficult to take a critical eye to your own space that you see consistently day after day, but knowing where to place your focus and creative energy would certainly help to take out some of that guesswork, so we decided to reach out to design professional Shelly Gerritsma from Canter Lane Interiors instead. Read on to learn the five design elements she always notices first and wants you to focus on first as well.

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