Hike the Long Path | OutdoorFest 2018


Ready to explore the recreational possibilities that are literally at your doorstep? The Long Path runs from Fort Lee, NJ (the other side of the George Washington Bridge) all the way up to the Adirondacks!

Join Upstate Adventure Guides for a 6 mile hike on the Long Path (via the A train – no car required). Throughout the hike, you’ll both explore and discuss the Long Path it’s history, it’s current state and the “walk” from New Jersey to the Adirondacks. You’ll also learn about other hikes accessible by bus or train to outdoor enthusiast in the NYC metro area.

From big mile thru-hikers to newer hikers looking to explore nature this event will cover a little bit for everyone that loves to get out and explore.

MEET: We will meet at the NW corner of 177th st. & Cabrini Blvd. We will then proceed across the GWB to the beginning of the LP in Fort Lee Historic Park. Check out the Google Map here!

BRING: Bring layers and wear appropriate footwear for 6 mi. walk, and bring water and a snack.

About your host, the Upstate Adventure Guides:
Upstate Adventure Guides LLC was founded by Will Soter & Alex Marra two friends with a shared passion for the outdoors and decades of combined experience. Both Soter & Marra are NYS DEC licensed guides. Additionally, they serve as Trails Chairs for the NY/NJ Trail Conference in the Southern Catskills, overseeing the maintenance of roughly 120 mi. of trail.

Soter is also a Director at Large for the New York Outdoor Guide Association (NYSOGA), and he recently founded the Catskills Adventure Tourism Summit in an effort to expand, improve, and drive tourism in the Catskills. To learn more about Upstate Adventure Guides you can click this link:https://www.facebook.com/UpstateAdventureGuides/

OutdoorFest is a 10-day outdoor adventure festival in the five boroughs of New York City. Join us from June 1 – 10, 2018 to paddle, bike, hike, camp and more all over the city! https://www.schedule.outdoorfest.com/

Cliffside Park Is Quickly Becoming New Jersey’s Next Gold Coast Destination




via JerseyDigs.com – Cliffside Park, the borough “On Top of The Palisades,” is just north of North Bergen and west of Edgewater, rising high over the Lincoln Tunnel and in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge. It offers stunning and sweeping views of New York City and is quickly becoming a New Jersey Hudson River Gold Coast destination as developers discover what many locals have known all along.

“Cliffside Park is one of these hidden treasures along the New Jersey Gold Coast that feels suburban in nature, yet is just minutes from Manhattan and the vibrant dining, shopping, and nightlife destinations along the Hudson River,” said Eugene Cordano, Executive Director of Sales in New Jersey for Halstead, one of the top residential real estate brokerages in the region.

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Around Bergen County: The M at Englewood South Now More than 70% Sold

the-m-at-englewood-south-exterior-2mbEvery now and then, Gold Coast North likes to look north into the further reaches of Bergen County. Today, we cast our eyes on The M at Englewood South.

More than 70% of the 125 upscale condominium homes at The M at Englewood South are now sold, according to The Marketing Directors, the community’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent.

The sales milestone was recently reached due to the large number of former renters, single-professionals and young couples rushing to take advantage of incredible pricing and limited-time incentives and financing programs that not only create unmatched value in the Bergen County market, but also make homeownership at The M at Englewood South affordable to many first-time homebuyers seeking upscale condominiums and an ultra-convenient lifestyle.

Among the popular savings program available are $10,000 off the price of a one-bedroom home and $20,000 off the price of a two-bedroom condominium.  The community also offers an innovative 97% financing plan that creates a down payment as low as $9,000.   Residences at The M are priced from the low $300,000s.

“First-time homebuyers have a specific list of priorities for their new home purchase and The M at Englewood South fulfills many of those desires,” says Ellie Kim, Sales Representative for the Marketing Directors.

“Our location, minutes from the George Washington Bridge, provides easy access to Manhattan and we’re surrounded by a wealth of everyday conveniences, shops and restaurants right here in Englewood.  The community itself offers spacious homes with a wide array of high-end finishes and appointments and desired on-site amenities.  Of course topping the list is value, and our combination of competitive pricing and special incentives makes The M one of the best deals around.” Continue reading

Limited Time Homebuyer Incentives Give Trio Condos the Edge in Bergen County’s Housing Market

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PALISADES PARK, N.J. – Homebuyers deciding between upscale, maintenance-free multi-family living and a single-family home have a new incentive to move forward with the purchase of a stress-less residence at Trio, the luxury high-rise condominium in Bergen County’s Palisades Park.

Special limited-time promotions available at the two nine-story buildings provide $30,000 off the price of a two-bedroom condominium home and $50,000 off the price of a spectacular Penthouse residence.

The great savings are another reason why buyers ranging from empty-nesters looking to scale down from larger homes and young families first entering the housing game are ending the debate between single-family and condominium residences by opting for a full-service lifestyle at Trio.

Many of the advantages of condominiums are already well known, predominantly the ease and convenience of a maintenance-free environment, which eliminates tiresome chores such as trash and snow removal, exterior maintenance and more.  There’s also opportunity to reside in a fully-amenitized building with concierge service and five-star onsite recreational and social amenities.

Beyond lifestyle considerations for those choosing between single-family homes and condominiums are finance and value.  The “hidden” costs for the maintenance and upkeep of a single-family residence can quickly add up.  These additional financial responsibilities often tip the balance in favor of condominiums.

“Our purchasers have researched single-family homes only to discover they are often more expensive to purchase and maintain,” says Brandon Ochs, Sales Representative for The Marketing Directors, exclusive sales and marketing agent for Trio.

“For example, single-family homeowners assume all of the burden for landscaping, updating and fixing any issues that may arise.   These out-of-pocket expenses are avoided with condominium ownership where the majority of the repairs, improvements and maintenance of the exterior, grounds and building systems are covered by the homeowner association.   Multi-family buildings also offer significant savings on utility bills with a percentage of water and sewer costs shared by homeowners and lower energy costs due to modern appliances and building technology.”

In markets such as Bergen and Hudson Counties, existing single-family residences priced comparably to brand new condominiums often times require improvements and renovations — adding a considerable amount of extra money to the investment.  Continue reading

Young Families Choose Luxury Condo Living at #Trio Palisades Park, N.J.

012216-d-trio-penthouseNearly half of the homeowners at Trio in Bergen County’s Palisades Park are young families, joining the growing trend of couples with children opting to stave off the traditional migration to suburban single-family homes and choosing instead to reside in full-service high-rise condominiums.

46% of the residents at the two nine-story buildings located near the George Washington Bridge are young families, according to The Marketing Directors, exclusive marketing and sales agent for Trio.  The high percentage is a testament to the building’s great commutability to work centers in Manhattan, child-friendly atmosphere and spacious homes – all attributes today’s parents seek.

“Young parents want to be able to enjoy time with their children and a condominium building allows them the freedom and flexibility to savor all the moments,” says Brandon Ochs, Sales Representative for The Marketing Directors.   “Our location near New York City eliminates unnecessary weekly hours commuting to work and our maintenance-free environment rids the worry and time it takes to upkeep a single-family home.

“The building itself is perfect for families with large floorplans that provide plenty of room to grow, an on-site concierge that handles daily tasks and service requests and recreational and social amenities geared to both children and adults.” Continue reading

#Connect the Dots @NNJCF

Northern NJ Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen to Spotlight Community Enhancement Through Tactical Urbanism

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The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation‘s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen initiative will spotlight tactical urbanism at the fourth Connect the Dots networking event on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  The program will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University‘s Giovatto Library, located at 1000 River Road in Teaneck, New Jersey, from 6:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.

Connect the Dots is free and open to artists, musicians, actors, writers, dancers, performers, arts administrators, educators, municipal and community leaders, business owners, nonprofit representatives, and arts supporters living or working in Bergen County.  Refreshments will be served.

mike-lydonSpeaker Mike Lydon will present Tactical Urbanism: Low Cost, High Impact via Creativity.  An internationally known planner, writer, speaker, and advocate for livable cities, Lydon developed tactical urbanism, an approach to urban change that makes low-cost, temporary changes to the environment with the goal of improving neighborhoods and city gathering places.  Featured guest performers Bogdan Tabaka and Juliana Henriques from Anchor Dance Studio in Oradell, New Jersey will present Latin dances and provide an interactive dance program.  The Foundation’s quarterly community engagement project will focus on helping homeless families in Bergen County.

During 2016, the Connect the Dots series is exploring creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into the fabric of a region, town, or city block.  A goal of the series is to create an environment stimulating conversation about creative placemaking and encouraging partnerships that can initiate projects across Bergen County.   Continue reading

New Season Launches November 6


Leonia Chamber Musicians Society Inc. members (left to right) Patricia Dougherty, bass; Daryl Goldberg, cello; Edward Brewer, harpsichord; Marsha Heller, oboe; Theresa Norris, flute; and William J. Scribner, bassoon. Photo credit: Rob Mathewson

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, launches the 2016-2017 season performing three special concerts from November 6, 2016 to April 23, 2017 in Leonia, New Jersey. The 2016-2017 series presents these concerts:

  • November 6, 2016. 7:30 p.m. Leonia United Methodist Church, 396 Broad Avenue, Leonia, New Jersey. In honor of the elections, an American themed program will be performed, featuring Antonín Dvořák’s American String Quartet and including music by American composer Samuel Barber.
  • February 5, 2017. 4:00 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church, 150 Park Avenue, Leonia, New Jersey. A Spanish flavor program will spotlight Cynthia Phelps, Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic, performing Joaquín Turina Scene andalouse for solo viola, piano and strings. Music by Luigi Boccherini and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco will also be presented.
  • April 23, 2017. 7:30 p.m.All Saints Episcopal Church, 150 Park Avenue, Leonia, New Jersey.

By popular request, the Franz Schubert Trout Quintet will be performed.

The concerts, presented by professional musicians, are open to the public. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door: $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and students under 18 are admitted free. Refreshments will be served after the concert, and the audience will have an opportunity to meet and greet the musicians. All Saints Episcopal Church is fully handicapped accessible.

The special season subscription rate for all three concerts is $80 for adults ages 18 and over and $65 for seniors, reflecting a $10 savings for season tickets. Checks should be made payable to the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 473, Leonia, New Jersey 07605. To be on the mailing list and receive subscription forms for the new season, contact Daryl Goldberg at 201-947-3923 or dgcello@aol.com.

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, welcomes contributions to the organization to continue the tradition of quality concerts at affordable prices in the community. Donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

About Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc.

The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, enriches the cultural environment of the community by presenting a series of high quality, affordable, and accessible chamber music concerts. The members of the Leonia Chamber Musicians generate the excitement of a live performance with professional talent: all of them perform in the major concert halls of New York City.

Music for the programs is selected to educate the audience about different periods and styles of music. Throughout the concerts, presentations are given about the music being played, the composers, the musicians and related subjects.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. are welcome and encouraged to continue the tradition of quality concerts at affordable prices. Checks may be made payable to the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 473, Leonia, New Jersey 07605.

For more information about the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, Inc., visit https://www.facebook.com/leoniachambermusic and get updates on Twitter @LuhrsAssocPress.


Leonia Arts to Hold ‘Meet the Artists’ Event


Leonia Arts, a nonprofit cultural arts alliance in the borough, is co-sponsoring with the Leonia Public Library the sixth annual ‘Meet the Artists’. The event will be held on Sunday, September 25 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall located at 399 Broad Avenue in the town. The arts showcase is free and open to the public.

The annual event celebrates the borough’s long history in the arts that continues today with many artists calling Leonia home. Leonia artists — photographers, musicians, cartoonists, painters, sculptors, writers, dancers, actors, crafters, and multimedia artists, among others — and patrons of the arts are invited to attend.

Artists and supporters of the arts are invited to meet and network with other 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.

This year, Leonia Arts will feature a special reading by Lisa Hansen, winner of the first 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.



Port Imperial Continues To Grow @Avora800


via JerseyDigs – The dramatic transformation of Port Imperial is adding another piece to its puzzle with Avora, a new project from Landsea that broke ground and opened up their sales gallery late last week.

Avora will feature 184 condominiums in an 11-story building that will have resort-style amenities. The project, almost directly next to the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal, was designed by IBI Group and will have a multi-tiered, stepped-back design that Landsea says will maximize the building’s waterfront location and Hudson River views.

The newest building should indeed have some great scenery, as the condominiums in Avora follow the latest Port Imperial trend of having large windows and major glass components. Avora will have one, two and three bedroom units, plus a few duplex penthouses. Homes are pre-construction priced from the $800,000’s.