Smoke, but no fire
‘Release’ sparks conversation about public art, public fear

By now, most Hamilton Park residents and others who frequent the area have probably heard the back story to “Release,” the art installation on the construction site adjacent to the old St. Francis Hospital. For those still unfamiliar with the story, here’s the CliffsNotes version to bring you up to speed: Downtown Jersey City resident …

‘Release’ sparks conversation about public art, public fear

Shake the belly electric
Belly dancers continue ancient art form in the modern day

Birnur Siren sounds like the sexy, made-up stage name of an exotic dancer. In fact, it is the erotic-sounding real name of a local instructor and practitioner of what is commonly known as belly dancing. Siren is one of the main organizers of the Jersey City-Hoboken Bellydance Meetup, a local internet-connected group of more than …

Belly dancers continue ancient art form in the modern day

Mixing it Up Jersey City DJ Carlos Ramos has been spinning since the days of disco

Jersey City DJ Carlos Ramos began his career as a 15-year-old on the seedy underground South Bronx club scene. Those humble beginnings would eventually take him to Europe and back to become an acclaimed international music mix spinmeister.Today, Ramos is working on original remixes for export to Europe and collaborates with DJs half his age. …