In My Backyard: Greenbrook Sanctuary



Greenbrook Sanctuary is a 165-acre woodland preserve on top of the Palisades in Tenafly and Alpine, New Jersey. The Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the use of its members by the Palisades Nature Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1946. The entrance is off U.S. Route 9W, 4.7 miles north of the George Washington Bridge (directions).

PNA Membership is open to all, membership is required for access to Greenbrook Sanctuary. Click here for new or renewal membership information. Continue reading

Tosca Auditions

DSC_6534New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites soloists in all vocal categories to audition for solo roles in the professional opera company’s 2017 production of Tosca.  New Jersey residents are encouraged to apply.

Open auditions will be held on Tuesday, June 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 pm and Thursday, June 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Megremis Studio in the Epic Building located at 2067 Broadway in New York City.  The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey, presents Tosca on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the theatre.

The company will perform this grand opera fully staged with the cast in costume, featuring a live orchestra under Maestra Lucy Arner and the Verismo Opera Chorus led by Chorus Director Michael Wittenburg.  “Verismo Opera welcomes amateur, professional and retired vocalists of all ages to audition.  It’s all about great singing!  Many roles require a more mature artist.  This is also a great opportunity for any promising, young artist to prepare for a role in a professional setting before being engaged by a major opera company,” said Ms. Amara. Continue reading

Go Bananas: 18 Ways to Decorate With Yellow


(Image credit: Eileen Kathryn Boyd Interiors)

Yellow. It’s sunny, cheerful, full of life, and just all around happy. So when you use it on your interiors, chances are you’ll be bringing some of these attributes into your home. Wrap your walls with it, upholster your chairs, or use it sparingly in your artwork. Whether you’re looking to make a bold, vibrant statement or evoke an understated warmth, yellow is a sure-fire stop on the color wheel. Take a look at these 18 spaces that have us going bananas over all things yellow.

The award for chicest pool house I’ve ever seen goes to designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd, who turned to lovely mix of yellow and purple in this space she designed as part of a past Hamptons Showhouse. Her sunny choices for the wallcovering and window treatments will make you want to dive right in.

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Applied Companies to Launch Leasing May 19th for Grand27, a New Modern Rental Building in North Bergen

Renters looking for an alternative to the high-rise and higher-priced buildings sprouting up throughout the Gold Coast, while still enjoying the luxuries of new construction, will get just that with the May 19th launch of Grand27, a new rental building in North Bergen.

Located at 2626 Grand Avenue just a short one-block walk from NJ TRANSIT bus service with direct Lincoln Tunnel access to Port Authority, Grand27 features 48 one- and two-bedroom residences with large floor plans and stylish finishes and appointments.  Monthly rents start at $1,950, with immediate occupancy available.

“Grand27 delivers a modern living experience in a 5-story building that fits the scale of its surrounding residential setting,” said Joseph Barry, founder of Applied Companies, a development and management company widely recognized for revitalizing entire communities, including neighboring Hoboken.  “With private amenities, a 15-minute commute into Manhattan and proximity to dining and shopping, Grand27 provides all of the elements desired for a dynamic, urban lifestyle.” Continue reading

Hudson River Barn Dance

2017-05-17_14-01-27On Sunday, June 4, Palisades Interstate Park welcomse New York City musicians Dave Harvey and the Backyard Boys to the park to call and provide music for an afternoon dance for visitors of all ages and abilities. 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. The program is free, but a $5 parking fee is charged at the area. Continue reading

Palisades Park Public Library 100th Anniversary Celebration

2017-05-17_13-53-10An afternoon of family fun on Saturday June 17, 2017 as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Palisades Park Public Library (est. 1917) by Lena Harvey Tracy. Mrs. Tracy founded the library with just 50 books in her collection; she volunteered to serve as the first librarian and fought for funding of the library and the betterment of the community.

Activities for the day include:
Art Contests
Face Painting
Kids’ Crafts
Edible Book Contest
Prizes & Giveaways and more!

The first 100 guests will receive a very cool Palisades Park Public Library tote bag!

We hope to see you at this very special celebration.

TMYK: Son Cubano Edition

2017-05-17_13-42-41Check out West New York’s Son Cubano for live music on Thursdays.

One of New Jersey’s premier award-winning restaurants, Son Cubano is provides a service atmosphere dedicated to the 1950s Cuban era of glamor, elegance, music, flavors, entertainment and heritage.  The open-air setting, vintage décor, modern Cuban influenced cuisine, live music and full view of the Manhattan skyline leave a lasting impression.

The 3 Most Important Decorating Elements


Image Sources: Laura Metzler and Homepolish

via PopSugar – The way Shannon Smith transforms a bare apartment into a cozy home might cause you to confuse her for a magician, or an interior design fairy godmother at the very least. The Homepolish interior designer can do wonders to a space no matter how tight the budget or small the square footage.

The secret to creating a stunning home, she says, is to focus on three things when decorating. “I am a firm believer that you don’t need a lot of stuff to make your space feel finished. If you consider these three things — texture, color, and scale — you can make any space feel cozy.”

Keep reading to hear what Shannon has to say about approaching each.


twyla-guide-to-buying-and-collecting-art_7-e1488899091188One of the many highlights of adulting is finally having the opportunity to create a beautiful home for yourself. And whether you rent or own, you know you’re at this stage when you’re ready to graduate from having Ikea posters to hanging meaningful works of art on your walls. A lot of people have the misconception that you need mega bucks to build an art collection but these days there are lots of great resources available to help you find art you love…and it isn’t as intimidating as you think. But with all of the resources, mediums, artists and works of art to filter through, where does one even begin? Enter Ariel Saldivar, VP of artist relations for Twyla, a new e-commerce site devoted to making access to exclusive works of art accessible to everyone. Ariel is here to share her top tips for buying and collecting art plus five favorite emerging artists whose works are available on

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An Evening of “Suite” Music with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

bpo_-_maestro_choBergen Philharmonic Orchestra’s 81st concert series continues with an Evening of “Suite” Music conducted by  Maestro Yoon Sang Timothy Cho in a tour of European traditional and innovative music. The landscape will be filled with music by Bizet, Dvorak, Faure, and Grieg, Saturday, May 20th at 8:00pm. Ben Franklin Middle School, 1315 Taft Road, Teaneck, NJ   Tickets: Adults: $25, Seniors: $20, Students: $10, under 11 free.  Come meet your neighborhood musicians who live throughout Bergen County and beyond. All ages are welcome. Venue is handicap accessible. For more information please call: (201) 578-4169: or visit website   email: