Hudson River Barn Dance

2018-08-21_10-57-32On Sunday afternoon, September 30, 2018, the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will again welcome dance caller Dave Harvey and the Backyard Boys, a live acoustic band, for an open barn dance. The dance will be held at the Alpine Pavilion at Alpine Picnic Area and Boat Basin from 2 to 4 PM. All ages are welcome to give it a try, and no reservations, experience, or dance partners are needed to participate. Admission to the program is free.

At the foot of the Palisades alongside the Hudson River, the open-air, covered pavilion provides a beautiful afternoon setting for the program. Built in 1934, a new hardwood floor on which the dance will be held complements its native stone and timber construction. $2 hot dogs will be on sale while they last.

Dave Harvey, founder of New York City Barn Dance, will call the afternoon dance, offering simple and engaging instruction. Harvey will be accompanied by the Backyard Boys band. “Dave is an amazing teacher. He has a way of getting everyone out there having fun,” Eric Nelsen, a historical interpreter at the park who is coordinating the program, noted.

Because the pavilion is covered the dance will be held rain or shine. The area is accessible to cars and cyclists from the park’s Alpine entrance at Alpine Approach Road, off U.S. Route 9W about half a mile north of Closter Dock Road, or to cars only from the Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 2. (Click here for detailed directions.) For additional information about the program, visitors can call 201-768-1360 ext. 108.


6 Expert Hacks Our Interior Designers Swear By


via Amy Wicks at Laurel & Wolf – When it comes to home design, we love a good mood board, and we’re all for collecting inspirational images on Pinterest, but nothing can replace the ease of working with an interior designer when you want to see a room come together fast (and on a budget!)

Here’s why: our designers have access to the best pricing–thanks to Laurel & Wolf’s longstanding relationships with all the best retailers and wholesalers–and they have years of experience in creating spaces that are deeply personal to their clients.

With this in mind, we asked a few of our favorite designers if they would be willing to spill their best design secrets; the hacks they use time and again, when they want to do a quick room makeover.

Focus on a Focal Wall

Interior designer Lori Evans suggests honing in on one or two areas in your space. Love color? Paint one wall your favorite color and let everything pop! Love texture? Create a statement wall with some appeal. “Wood strips from your local home improvement store, wallpaper with some texture and fake brick paneling can enhance your room and make everything look richer,” she said.

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Avora Model Home DuskNew homebuyers are invited to visit Avora on the Weehawken, NJ waterfront facing Midtown Manhattan on 8-18-18, a day of good fortune, and enjoy the positive experience that comes with purchasing a home from Landsea Homes.  A number of compelling sales incentives will be offered throughout the day at Avora, which features 183 luxury condominium homes and a full suite of indoor and outdoor amenities.

Landsea Homes designs and builds homes and communities that reflect modern living.  The company’s hallmark is creating inspired spaces and features, built in vibrant, prime locations, where residents can connect seamlessly with their surrounding and enjoy the local lifestyle for work, leisure and play.

An international homebuilding company that thinks globally but operates locally, Landsea Homes brings a depth of knowledge, insight and experience to each of their communities and delivers homes that are innovative and forward thinking.  The Landsea Homes team is among the best and brightest in the industry, with seasoned talent, depth, experience and knowledge that allows for identifying great opportunities and delivering a superior product to homebuyers.  The company’s insights, innovative approaches and open-minded thinking are the keys to how it chooses where to build, what to build, how to build – and most importantly – the reason why Landsea Homes builds, for its homebuyers.

Sustainability is a defining characteristic of a Landsea home, from the use of high-performance windows and whole house fans, to solar power and other significant advancements that contribute to healthier and more enjoyable living. Continue reading



via A Beautiful Mess – We’re still hard at work on our studio house—one mini space at a time. This week we completed two small spaces (double yay!), and today we’re teaming up with Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot to share a few tips for styling an entry space.

But first, I must confess. I’m the worst at mini spaces. You know the ones. Too small to be a room, but still in need of decor and organization. I put them off and eventually get used to their half-finished status. They’re my blind spot.

But not this time! This time things are different. And you know what? I’m loving it. Our new entry space is inviting and organized. Since it’s the first thing we see when we walk through those doors every morning, I think of this space as our friendliest spot in the house, always waving “hell-oo-ooo!”

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1200 Avenue

Henley on Hudson and 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial Offering Final Homes for Sale

Two iconic waterfront condominium communities that have helped make Weehawken one of the hottest residential real estate markets in the state are nearing a close-out, the developer, Lennar, announced today.

At Henley on Hudson, a collection of 201 luxury residences on the Hudson River waterfront, construction of the final building on the property is now complete. Immediate occupancy is available for the last remaining condominium homes.

Just a half mile up the riverfront at Lennar’s 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial, the model homes that inspired so many buyers to choose the 103-home luxury waterfront community are now being sold themselves. Two furnished model homes recently sold and closed, leaving one three-bedroom furnished model and two staged homes available for tours. The popularity of the furnished models mirrors the overall popularity of the community, where a limited number of luxury residences remain available for sale.

“Both Henley on Hudson and 1200 Avenue at Port Imperial demonstrate Lennar’s commitment to creating exceptional luxury residences on the Weehawken waterfront that offer modern lifestyle amenities, views of the Manhattan skyline, and an easy commute into the city,” said Craig Klingensmith, Division President of Lennar’s Northeast Urban Division. “We are thrilled with the way they have been embraced by residents and, while we are proud that a full sell out is on the horizon, we are also glad that we still have the opportunity to welcome some new home buyers to both communities.” Continue reading

Summer Wine Social – Tonight


Tonight at the River Palm Terrace in Edgewater

Grab your friends and join us for a celebration of summer! Taste some of the most refreshing summer whites and enjoy a delicious assortment of passed hors d’ oeuvres at our “happy-hour” style wine social!

$50pp (+ tax/gratuity)
Pre-paid reservations only, space is limited.
Call event planner, Cynthia Aybar to reserve your spot (201) 224-2013.
Everyone who dresses in all white will be featured in a group photo to be posted on our Facebook page!

“Rachel’s Rangers” — summertime hiking adventures for children


Tuesdays in August

The historic Kearney House in the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey will again sponsor “Rachel’s Rangers,” a series of summertime hiking adventures for children. These hikes are offered Tuesday mornings, and will be led by the staff of the Kearney House. The hikes, to be held “drizzle or shine,” are free with no advance registration required. Each hike will cover about 3 miles over relatively easy trails and will last about 2 hours, from 10 AM to about 12 PM. They are recommended for but not limited to children age seven and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult on all hikes. Children who complete three or more of the hikes will be awarded a certificate naming them an official “Rachel’s Ranger,” named for Rachel Kearney, who in the nineteenth century raised her family and kept a tavern at the Kearney House.

Hikers should wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, such as sneakers or hiking boots. Long-sleeved clothing is recommended for protection from poison ivy and ticks. Insect repellent and sunscreen are also recommended, and hikers should bring water to drink. If weather conditions seem questionable, participants can call 201-768-1360 and enter extension 108 on the morning of a hike to confirm.