Residents, neighborhood groups and community leaders are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and help clean our city on a single day! There will be a main tent in every location ( see flyer attached) where volunteers will gather before heading to their clean up zones. Light breakfast will be provided and there will be staff from city and county agencies providing informational materials and give-aways.
This week, as I gave pause to reflect on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I was reminded of his great and earnest belief in community. He so deeply maintained a globalized view in which we are all-inclusive, just, socially minded, and based in love for one another.
stated, “Let us live together in peace and love in a Beloved Community.”
Brunswick Center is founded in the idea of community. But what is
community without those individuals who comprise it? When I think of
community, yes, I think of places and space.
However, what is community, truly, without the beloved faces who weave
in and out of the brick and mortar, bringing forth love, compassion and
The faces of the Brunswick Center, a new blog series, will feature the individuals who make the center a second home to so many Jersey City residents.
is not a day that I walk into the Brunswick Center without passing the warm and
ever-happy face of Danielle Bisordi. I couldn’t wait to have an opportunity to
hear her story about what brought her to the center and the significance it has
had in her life.
Danielle, who lives down the street from the Brunswick Center, watched the three- story building during its renovation, having no idea the special place in her heart the building would eventually hold. Danielle, who ended up having her wedding dance choreographed by Jersey City Ballroom, was always curious about what the space would become.
live down the street so I saw it when it was going under renovations and looked
up what it was going to be. I didn’t know about Jersey City Ballroom
until the sign on the side of the building went up,” Bisordi says.
It was incredibly convenient for the couple, a deciding factor in where they would learn their first dance. Danielle and her husband officially started taking lessons at the center in July of 2017 and now she regularly attends classes and private lessons three to four times a week. I asked her why she continued to come back after their wedding was over.
danced for my whole life growing up until I went to college and had been
considering coming back to it for a while. Taking lessons for my wedding
dance, along with the community at JCB, reminded me of how much I loved it, so
I kept coming back.”
was more than just a love of dance, however, that had Danielle returning to the
Brunswick Center day after day. For her, the sense of community and the
friendships she has been able to establish have helped her solidify her
connection with the “building down the street”.
“Jersey City Ballroom does an amazing job of fostering a sense of community amongst everyone who takes lessons/classes there. We have made some incredible friends there. I definitely feel more connected to Jersey City because of it. Living so close to the center… it’s great running into people while I’m just going about my day. I’ve also found out about some events in Hudson County I wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise due to the JCB performances (i.e. JC Cultural Arts Family Festival, Bayonne Arts and Music Festival) even though I’ve lived here for 13 years,” Bisordi says.
Even Danielle’s husband has jumped on the bandwagon. In December the couple danced in the smooth performance team together and she and Kiel performed a fun solo routine that had the whole audience laughing. I asked Danielle what effect coming to the center together had on their marriage.
are better dancers, have another fun activity to do together, and have made
some really good friends through the JCB community.”
addition to her many ballroom classes each week and grabbing an occasional
smoothie at the Health Bar Cafe in Hudson Play, Danielle wants to try other
classes offered at the center. She mentioned that she really wants to try
an aerial and hoop class at Body Pole and Soul, a newer studio a few doors down
from Jersey City Ballroom.
Danielle and her husband, the Brunswick Center has played a vital role in their
health, recreation, friendships, and community while being residents of Jersey
“The Brunswick Center is an awesome central place that provides opportunities to try new things and meet great people.”
The great Dr. King spoke frequently and emphatically of the importance of community. The Brunswick Center’s ability to create a space that meets the needs of a diverse population was no accident. When I spoke to Ben Torrei, managing partner of BGT Enterprises, he was very clear with his vision of the role the center would play in the lives of our local residents.
“My intention for the Brunswick Center was to provide the Jersey City community with a place that they can explore and experience a variety of education, health and wellness opportunities. Whether it’s Pilates, Ballroom dancing, or Ballet, there’s something for everyone here at the center. You can drop off your kid at the Brunswick School, bring your laptop, grab a smoothie at Hudson Play and relax in our 2nd Floor lounge area or sign up a 30 min spin class with Core Cycling,” says Torrei.
The people of the Brunswick Center are those who help to create the sense of community that so many of us find appealing. When I walk into the Brunswick Center on any given day, and I see those familiar smiles and nods of recognition, I recognize that I am a part of something bigger than myself. I am a part of a group of individuals who all view this center as a pivotal part of their well-being, friendships, and day to day life in Jersey City.
Hudson Restaurant Week is approaching quickly. Which Jersey City favorites will you be checking out? For more information go to www.hudsonrw.com. Check out the list of JC participants below:
@ameliasbistro Ani Ramen @bargeinn_jerseycity @bistrolasource Edward’s Steakhouse, Jersey City @fireandoakjc @gpsrestaurant @hamiltoninn Hamilton Pork Hard Grove @hudsonandconj Hudson Hall The Kitchen Step @lathamhousejc01 Liberty Prime Steakhouse & Events Light Horse Tavern @pastadalcuore Pasta e Vino Jersey City Piggyback Bar Página: Rumba Cubana Ruth’s Chris Steak House Sátis Bistro Jersey City SOUTH HOUSE Bar & Restaurant Talde Villa Borghese III – VB3 – Restaurant, Sports Bar & Lounge
I donated because I believe PS5 has had an amazing run and we all need to help it continue its momentum. Enrichment programming including Dance is a great way to help PS5 develop children’s creativity both inside as well as outside the classroom
As a Jersey City business owner and developer, I am not a proponent of any new taxes. However, I also realize how important it is to work together to support our community when it needs us the most. Investing in the school system is the only way to ensure that our schools continue to improve. I would like to believe that one day, our education system will be the reason that more families choose to stay behind and build their lives and futures here. Do I like the new payroll tax? Of course not. However, I am choosing to support this payroll tax to fund our schools because I believe our city needs our support.