Hikes with Tykes

orig_59a58420ad02d3-93217888Have you ever wished you had a naturalist guide along on a family hike to help you point out the sights?  Here’s your chance!  Join us for a fun and informative nature walk and learn about what’s going on in the natural habitats of Flat Rock Brook. *Registraton for this event will close at 2 pm on December 13!*



Thanksgiving Decorating, Tablescape and Centerpiece Tips and Ideas


via Food & Wine –  We’re at Thanksgiving for the food, clearly, but décor and a beautifully set table are just as important a part of the big day as the turkey and sides (well…they’re close). Here, a few easy tips to make sure your table is Thanksgiving ready.

Fresh Linens

Send all of your linens (napkins, table runners, even a fancy apron for the chef) out to be dry cleaned so they’re pressed and ready for the big day.

Mismatch Your Tableware

Not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people, so don’t hesitate to mix-and-match what you have. Keeping it all in the same color family will give your table an eclectic, but coordinated look.

Use Candles

Use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. Candlesticks are festive, but short pillar candles or votives won’t block the person dining across from you.


Historic Environmental Hike In Fort Lee To Take Place Next Week


The Fort Lee Historic Preservation Commission and the Fort Lee Environmental Committee will sponsor a historic / environmental hike through Fort Lee on Sunday, November 19th at noon at the Fort Lee Historic Park off Hudson Terrace – parking on site. Historic Preservation Commission Chair Tom Meyers and Fort Lee Environmental Committee liaison Councilperson Ila Kasofsky will lead the hike which will start at the Historic Park during Retreat Weekend where visitors will be given a tour of the site as the Brigade of the American Revolution performs a living history program for the 241st anniversary of General Washington’s Retreat to Victory from Fort Lee. The hike will then head south of the bridge atop the Palisades for a discussion of the Palisades Interstate Park and the two ruins of the famous Riviera Nightclub of Fort Lee. Please wear hiking boots or sneakers – this is a moderate hike. Admission free. For further info contact (201) 693-2763.



One_Park_Aerial204-Unit Building Facing Manhattan Scheduled for Fall, 2018 Completion

 DMG Investments today announced that it has closed a $71.6 million construction loan for One Park, the 204-unit luxury condominium building rising in Cliffside Park, NJ with panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.  The 14-story building topped out in August and is scheduled to be completed in fall, 2018.  The financing was secured by DMG with the assistance of Cooper-Horowitz, Inc. through AIG.

“We’re delighted to receive this vote of confidence from a commercial lending institution that recognizes One Park’s unique qualities and widespread appeal to buyers both here and oversees,” said Jacky He, Executive Vice President of DMG Investments.  “With a clifftop location that maximizes the building’s dramatic views, world-class design, inspiring amenities and proximity to Manhattan and the vibrant Hudson River waterfront, One Park offers a new perspective on Gold Coast living.” Continue reading



via Wirecutter – If you’re having a party—whether it’s a small get-together or a call-the-cops dance party—you’ll need some supplies. Here’s our guide to the most essential gear you’ll need to throw the best party. The picks below represent several hundred hours of research and testing; some picks come from longer full guides, while other items come from research we did specifically for this collection. A great party is a chance to put your phone down and enjoy good company. Prepare just enough so you can relax and have fun. It’s your party, after all.


Beaver Moon Beach Fire


On Saturday evening, November 4, the staff of the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey invite the public to join them to enjoy a riverside fire on one of the park’s old bathing beaches on the Hudson. The fire will take place in front of Alpine Pavilion at Alpine Picnic Area and Boat Basin from 7 to 10 PM. All are welcome to stop by for the informal program. Staff recommends bringing a chair or blanket to sit on, and some refreshments to enjoy. Guitars or other instruments are also welcome.

Benjamin Moore Reveals Its 2018 Color of the Year

e_coy_german_cover_48374_11aw_small“The whole thing is about being a detective,” says Benjamin Moore director of strategic design intelligence Ellen O’Neill as she spreads her case files (a stack of newspaper clippings, tear sheets, and various ephemera bound with a velvet ribbon) across a table at New York mainstay the Odeon. Each year O’Neill and her team of private eyes travel the globe on a top-secret investigation: to distill the ideas and imagery from design fairs, art exhibitions, and cultural happenings into a single color that sums up the contemporary zeitgeist. Considering they have more than 3,500 hues to choose from, it’s no simple feat.

Sometimes the case is difficult to crack (last year’s elusive Shadow required some cross-examination and 2016’s Simply White caused somewhat of a stir). But the 2018 verdict—like so much else of the present moment—was unapologetically strong-willed. It transformed the National Mall into a sea of color at the Women’s March in January, it starred in hit TV shows from the eerie Twin Peaks to the somehow eerier The Handmaid’s Tale. It stomped down practically every runway in February and stampeded onto the streets come September. It clad the glowing interior of a concert hall in Stockholm’s Royal College of Music. And it curved around the corners of Eero Saarinen’s elliptical newly restored TWA lounge. There was no doubt about it: O’Neill (and just about everyone else) was seeing red. Well, Caliente, to be exact—a warm, enveloping hue that’s easy to love.

Keep reading at Architectural Digest

Dinosaurs After Dark

 Friday and Saturday Nights
September 29 – October 28


Dinosaurs After Dark is Mystery!
It’s a shadowy trail along a prehistoric river where nocturnal tyrannosaurs prowl the woods in search of prey.

Dinosaurs After Dark is Danger!
It’s getting caught in a velociraptor’s trap, a walk-thru maze where flesh-eating dinosaurs lurk ready to pounce.

Dinosaurs After Dark is the Field Station‘s spooky, funny and, yes, educational nighttime adventure just in time for Halloween! From September 29 – October 28, we’re open late. Join us for a fun-filled night of chills, laughs and music as we explore our park by lantern light, hunt in the darkened woods for an escaped T-rex and sing our fears away with the Dinosaur Troubadour. Tickets are on sale now so reserve today! Limited availability.

What Dinosaurs After Dark

Where Field Station: Dinosaurs, Overpeck County Park, Henry Hoebel Area, Leonia, NJ 07605
When Dinosaurs After Dark is a guided tour that starts at 7:00pm SHARP,
Friday and Saturday nights starting September 29 through October 28, 2017. Gates open at 6:45pm.
For more information fieldstationdinosaurs.com

Public Invited to Pumpkin Decorating Contest During October 28th Open House at One Park Condos

One Park Arrival smallOne Park in Cliffside Park, N.J. is inviting the public to kick off Halloween with a fun family-friendly activity during a special Open House on Saturday, October 28th, 2017.

The spooktacular event will take place from 1-4 p.m. in the on-site Sales Gallery at the luxury 14-story condominium building located at 320 Adolphus Avenue.  The Open House will feature a Pumpkin Decorating Contest for all in attendance.  Pumpkins and decorating tools will be provided to guests and the most creative pumpkin will be awarded a Fuji Film Polaroid Camera as first place prize.  All participants in the decorating contest will receive a surprise gift.

Pumpkin themed desserts and beverages will be provided by local bakery, OM Sweethome.

“The Open House will be a fun experience and is sure set the mood for everyone as Halloween approaches,” says Stella Liu, Marketing Director for developer DMG Investments.  “We’re opening our doors to both interested buyers and the general public.  Everyone is invited to participate in the festive pumpkin decorating contest and learn more about our community.” Continue reading