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FEATURES 20 THE MANZO BROTHERS Bravo!
24 NATALIE MORALES Today in Hoboken
30 KIDS ON A LEASH Horrors!
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14 EDITOR’S LETTER 16 CONTRIBUTORS COVER 18 POINT AND SHOOT Firefighters and kids PHOTOS BY TERRIANN SAULINO BISH & ALYSSA BREDIN
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In the diverse, edgy, artsy, happening city of Hoboken, there’s one thing all residents share—zip code 07030. In this magazine, we will celebrate what makes us different and what brings us together. Mostly, we will be celebrating people. A magnet for celebrities, Hoboken is home to reality TV stars like the Manzo brothers and to broadcast news luminaries like the Today Show’s Natalie Morales, both of whom are profiled in this issue by reporter Amanda Staab. Todd Abramson, the guy responsible for booking all those great bands at Maxwell’s, will be writing a column for us on new sounds and up-and-coming talent. Our ongoing “How We Live” and “How We Work” departments highlight great homes and innovative entrepreneurs. Got kids? We’ve got you covered. 07030 reporter Arlene Phalon Baldassari shares 10 things to do with your kids in Hoboken before they are too embarrassed to be seen with you, and we ask the much-asked question, Is it OK to put your kid on a leash? We want your input and ideas. In “Point and Shoot,” you’ll have an opportunity to give us your best shots. If they were taken in 07030, they might end up in 07030. In our “Working Out With” department, we will be looking for Hobokenites to chat with while they’re in the weight room, on the yoga mat, or shooting baskets. And we’ll always be looking for fabulous spaces for “How We Live.” Friend us on Facebook, give us your feedback, and look for us in the fall, when our next issue will hit the stands. Welcome to the family of 07030. We hope you’ll see yourself in our pages.
CONTRIBUTORS MELISSA ABERNATHY is a Hoboken-based communications consultant, who serves as communications and volunteer coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum. She began her career as a reporter and editor with a business travel magazine.
TODD ABRAMSON MELISSA ABERNATHY
is co-owner of Maxwells. He books the talent for this legendary night spot.
ARLENE PHALON BALDASSARI has worked as an actress, for a literary agency and book publisher, and in the restaurant industry. She lives in Hoboken with her husband Mike and daughter Sophie.
TERRIANN SAULINO BISH TODD ABRAMSON
ARLENE PHALON BALDASSARI
began her career as a graphic designer more than 15 years ago. She not only creates images but captures them with her camera. Her work has appeared in many publications including Best of Photography 2006 & 2007. She currently works for the Hudson Reporter. tbishphoto.com.
ALYSSA BREDIN is a recent graduate of Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, with a degree in graphic arts. She hopes to pursue a career in photography. Her work can be seen at tbishphoto.com.
BETH DICARA is a full-time potter and part-time photographer. See her work at eveningstarstudio.net
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ANDREW HANENBERG began documenting his rock climbing trips throughout the country while in college. After a residence at the Maine Media Workshop, he worked with the industries’ top photographers. He is dedicated to creating inspiring portraits that depict real-life stories. Find more at www.awhphoto.com
VICTOR M. RODRIGUEZ BETH DICARA
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ANTHONY SAINT JAMES has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment. His photographs have been published in magazines and ads all over the world. He is pictured here with his greatest creation, his son Cosmo. More of his photography can be seen at anthonysaintjames.com.
AMANDA STAAB is a freelance reporter and a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. A New Jersey native, she currently lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter.
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MAKING IT MANZO Homegrown reality TV stars talk business, manhood, and life in the Mile Square BY AMANDA STAAB PHOTOS BY ANTHONY SAINT JAMES
CHRIS (L.) AND ALBIE MANZO
rothers Albie and Chris Manzo know well where they got their fame, the phenomenon that is reality TV. “We don’t confuse ourselves with anyone who has a talent,” says Chris. But certainly what the 20-somethings do have is charisma, work ethic, and—most important—each other. They live and work together, and together, they are making the most of their 15 minutes. At ages 22 and 19, the brothers were introduced to a national audience after their mother, Caroline Manzo, was cast in Bravo’s reality TV hit, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Packed with tearful family dramas, vicious rivalries, catfights, love, loss, and a whole lot of levity (thanks to the Manzo brothers), the show has had three successful seasons. Before the first episode aired, Chris says he thought about how cool it would be to appear on the show. Now, both brothers have been in several episodes and even had their own web series spinoff, “Boys to Manzo,” on Bravotv.com. The series, mostly filmed in Hoboken, highlights how different the brothers are from one another. “I don’t think if you scoured the globe that you could find
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two brothers more opposite than me and Chris,” says Albie in one of the webisodes. Albie, now 26, is a neat-nick with a preference for sport coats. On the show, he’s told he’s handsome by just about everyone but criticized for taking just about everything too seriously. Chris, now 23, is a jokester who wears whatever is clean and takes life dayby-day. But when they’re together, they have balance. “We need each other pretty bad,” says Chris. The Manzos say they don’t even think about the cameras anymore and live as if they don’t have a crew in tow. “We are not acting,” Chris says. “This is a reality show.” Their move into a threebedroom apartment on River Street in Hoboken with Albie’s college friend, Greg Bennett, was filmed two years ago. Since then, they’ve appeared at charity events and fundraisers in town and hosted tasting parties at local bars and restaurants. Chris even worked at the Wicked Wolf Tavern for a while. “We wanted to be somewhere we could have a good time and just enjoy our young 20s,” says Chris. “This is really the perfect spot.” The brothers say they’ve gotten to know a lot of people in town, and now whenev-
er they leave their apartment, they almost always see a familiar face. â€œItâ€™s like walking the high-school hallways,â€? says Chris. Despite their rise to stardom, the brothers have remained grounded. â€œWe never use the word â€˜celebrityâ€™ to describe ourselves,â€? Chris says. And the people who watch the show are just that, says Albie, people who watch the show. The Manzos never say they have â€œfans.â€? But they also have critics, and it sometimes bothers them when people tag them as spoiled rich kids. â€œWe didnâ€™t grow up extremely wealthy,â€? says Albie. For a good part of their childhoods, the brothers lived with their parents and sister in Wayne, in a house that would fit into the master bedroom of the house their parents currently own in Franklin Lakes. As a freshman in high school, moving to a town known for McMansions and BMWs was a bit of a culture shock for Albie. â€œItâ€™s a lot of people who have a lot of money,â€? he says. One of the first questions his classmates asked him was what his parents did for a living. â€œWe really donâ€™t care what your bank account is,â€? Albie says. The Manzos have never taken their success for granted. Their father turned a modest catering hall called the Brownstone into a well-respected, widely recognized business. And their mother, a dedicated stay-at-home mom, became the host of her own radio show after her three kids moved out. â€œWe understand the value of hard work,â€? Chris says. The brothers have also used their fame to launch their careers. â€œWe have been doing some amazing things since the show started,â€? says Chris. The brothers are now proud co-owners of blk. Beverages, selling water infused with fulvic minerals, and they are spokesmen for a few other brands, including Levendi Wines, Krome Vodka, and Tributo Tequila. â€œWe are not the beverage mold,â€? Chris says. They are much younger than a lot of their colleagues in the industry. While Albie has an undergraduate degree in business from Fordham University, Chris threw off his cap at his high school graduation and never looked back. Instead of going to college, he joined his father at the Brownstone, where he worked very long hours. â€œThereâ€™s no such thing as part time there,â€? Chris says. Sometimes he would be cleaning up after a party until 4:30 a.m. and have to return to work only a few hours later. â€œWe did a million different things there,â€? he says. He learned what it took to put together weddings, banquets, and barbecues at town pools, but at 21, he wanted to explore other possibilities. Albie had also been searching. After struggling through a year at law school, he enrolled at the Passaic County Police Academy while deciding whether he
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wanted to pursue the degree. He says he had fun driving police cars, shooting guns, and learning how to cope with being pepper sprayed, but he never wanted to become an officer. Albie had his aha moment while at a food show in Manhattan with his uncle. The pair met two women who had been organic syrup dealers but instead decided to bottle the water that is now the blk. product. The women came up with the formula after trying to find something that might help their mother through chemotherapy. “We knew this was a huge opportunity,” says Albie. The brothers decided to put their marketing skills to the test. In addition to its formula, the water has another unique quality that makes it easy to sell: its black color. “We have such a major advantage over anyone else,” Chris says. If it was a transparent beverage like its competitors, potential customers wouldn’t be nearly as curious. People want to know what makes the water black and whether it still tastes like regular water. “They have more questions than we can even explain,” says Chris. Apparently, it’s working. Albie says blk. is selling well coast to coast but especially in California, New York, and New Jersey. Hobokenites can get it at their local Kings Food Market for $1.99 a bottle. After the Manzos got involved with blk. Beverages, they got more business offers. “One thing we’ve learned,” says Albie, “is your life can change in a phone call.” Though still young, the brothers have embraced their new challenges. “I still don’t look at myself as a real grownup yet,” says Chris, “but I definitely realize that I have responsibilities, and I don’t just represent myself anymore. There’s always a lot of balls in the air, but now is the time to do it.” Though the brothers spend a lot of time in the black blk. sprinter van traveling to cities all over the country, they just extended their lease in Hoboken and plan to stay a while. And despite how it may appear to onlookers, their lives haven’t changed that much. “We still go to family dinner every Sunday,” Chris says. “We all cook. There’s always a family fight, then a big family joke, and everybody leaves happy.” While becoming men and businessmen, the brothers have learned a lot from each other. They spend almost 24 hours a day together now, but the only consequence is the occasional silent car ride when they’ve run out of things to talk about. The Manzos say that five years from now, they might still be trying to expand their brands or traveling more for pleasure or maybe even filming their own TV show. Whatever it is, it’ll be big, it’ll be together, and it will be Manzo.—07030
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When Today Show news anchor and co-host Natalie Morales landed her first job at NBC Studios in New York, she knew she wanted to move closer to the city. She and husband Joe Rhodes had a house in Connecticut that was already full of furniture. (They’d come a long way. Years earlier, Rhodes had wooed her with a Valentine’s Day dinner he’d cooked with pots and pans he’d bought on his lunch hour.) They knew downsizing to an apartment would be a challenge. They started looking in Manhattan, but their search expanded to New Jersey. “Everything seemed to be a fixer-upper,” says Morales. Then she set her eyes on a brownstone in Hoboken. “First sight, I fell in love with it,” she says. And a meal at Zafra—now one of her favorite local restaurants—sealed the deal. “I said, ‘This is where we are definitely living,’” she says. HOBOKEN SHOULD BE FLATTERED. MORALES, A striking beauty in her early 40s with dark hair and light eyes, lived on four different continents before she graduated from high school. Her mother is Brazilian. Her father, who is Puerto Rican, dedicated 24 years to the U.S. Air Force, and the family moved every two to three years, which is how Morales breaks down her
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ship while wrapping up old ones. “I felt I left a lot behind in Madrid,” she says. The one bright spot was being cast in the lead role in the “The Taming of the Shrew.” NOT BEING ABLE TO PUT DOWN ROOTS TAUGHT Morales how to adjust to new places and people. “It made me all that much stronger,” she says. It was also probably the best education she could have gotten. “It was incredible as a young kid to see the world, and it’s truly what inspired my passion for journalism,” she says. She can pinpoint the moment she decided to pursue that career. It was 1977, when President Jimmy Carter visited Panama to negotiate the Panama Canal Treaty. Morales and her family were living there, and she got to shake Carter’s hand. “I was there for part of history,” she says. “I experienced it.” Decades later, Morales returned to Panama on assignment with the Today Show and used footage her father had kept of that handshake in her final edit. “It’s the amazing way we come full circle in life,” she says. As a journalist, Morales likes to be on the scene, reporting history as it is unfolding. MORALES MAJORED IN JOURNALISM AND LATIN American studies at Rutgers University. Though she had written a few articles for the student newspaper, she was committed to broadcast journalism, but she had a hard time finding a job in her field after graduation. When Chemical Bank in New York City offered her a spot in the management training program, she took it. At the end of the program, participants either continued in banking or went into business. “Or you take my option and leave the industry altogether and follow your heart,” says Morales. And
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her heart was telling her to try journalism. “I knew at that point, I had to go for it,” she says. She got her break working behind the scenes at Court TV. “It was sort of my real foot in the door,” she says. Morales finally got in front of the camera at News 12 the Bronx. She did everything from writing and producing to shooting and anchoring. “I fell in love with it completely,” she says. Morales later became a correspondent for WVIT, a subsidiary of NBC in Hartford, Conn., then for MSNBC and NBC News. NATALIE MORALES’S INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE AND upbringing has influenced her work. “It’s who I am,” she says, “and I think it gives me an incredible perspective on stories that people might otherwise not think about.” She says she is proud to be a Latina and that with the most recent Census, it seems people are realizing Latinos are becoming a majority. “We’re here and we want to do more,” she says. “Give us opportunities. We are capable.” Being able to speak Spanish has been a boon; she’s one of the few bilingual reporters at NBC. “It’s been an amazing advantage to me in telling a lot of stories,” she says. While covering the rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months, Morales translated the Chilean president’s speech for NBC News. She says for such a difficult task, she could have used three brains. “I give translators all the credit in the world,” she says. But it was the story itself that really captivated her. “I still can’t believe that all are alive,” she says, “and how they were able to execute the mission to save them and just seeing the passion and being in the desert with their families.” The coverage won Morales a National Headliner Award in 2010.
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AS A REPORTER, SAYS MORALES, people expect you to be unemotional, but for some stories, she’s had a hard time remaining stoic. When CBS news anchor Dan Rather broke down in tears during his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman six days after the 9/11 attacks, she thanked him. “It was liberating in the sense that a lot of times we can feel like we have to have this tough exterior and just report, report,” she says. But reporters are also human, she says, and sometimes viewers want to see that too. Though Morales is an acclaimed journalist, getting criticized can sometimes get to her. But it also makes her work that much harder. “I always have to keep on my game,” she says, “and make sure I am getting better and better.” Morales starts her day at 4:15 a.m. “I pretty much hit the ground running,” she says. At the studio, she’s busy reading newspapers and newscasts, checking scripts, and rewriting segments. Then, there’s hair and makeup, and the show starts at 7 a.m. “It’s go go go,” she says. But being a part of the show is fun. “One day, I will be interviewing the top newsmaker … then turn around and do a fashion segment,” she says. “It never gets old.” She especially loves to do stories that allow her to travel. She’s looking forward to covering the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where her husband and two boys will accompany her. Though they are still quite young, Josh, 8, and Luke, 3, have already done quite a bit of exploring outside their hometown of Hoboken. “The two of them have more passport visa stamps than I had the first couple of years of my life,” Morales says. But when they are at home with their three rescued pets, they enjoy the lifestyle. Morales loves being able to walk to the park or to a restaurant, and she likes running along the waterfront and sometimes even makes it all the way to the Newport section of Jersey City. Morales says she doesn’t “juggle” work and family. Rather, a wonderful set of Hoboken friends—and one great nanny— catch the proverbial balls she tosses in the air each day. “I am just really lucky,” she says. She’s called Hoboken home for 10 years, and still when she tells people where she lives, she sees disdain on their faces. Morales tells them Hoboken has so much going for it, but she also wouldn’t mind keeping it a secret. “We know how good we have it,” she says. “We don’t need all those Manhattanites to come over and check us out.”—07030
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In every issue we will be working out with and getting to know an ink-worthy Hobokenite. Find us in the gym, on the bike path, on the yoga mat—you name it. Who’s up next? Stay tuned. When you’re walking with Geri Fallo, don’t expect an uninterrupted workout. As Hoboken’s director of cultural affairs, she knows a lot of people who like to wave and stop for a chat. She loves walking along the waterfront, so we did just that, striding around Shipyard Park, the 14th Street ferry slip, and the pier where the Yankee is tied up. Fallo is a Hoboken native who was brought up in the burbs, lived in North Bergen for a while, then came back in 1990 to live in the town she’s always loved. “People thought I’d always lived here,” Fallo says, “because I was working here and was very involved.” An art school graduate, she was drawn to the art scene in Hoboken. “Artists started moving here,” she recalls, “and they said, ‘You really should come to Hoboken, it’s a cool place,’ and I gravitated here like other artists and musicians.” She wasn’t the first artsy type to find fellow travelers at Maxwell’s. “I’d hang out there and other places in Hoboken, and like everybody else, I fell in love with it.” Though she’s drawn to the city’s old architecture, she loves
what’s happened to the waterfront, and indeed, we wouldn’t be walking here now if it weren’t for all the improvements over the past few years. “When I first came here,” she says, “there wasn’t Pier A, Pier C, Sinatra Park. Go down to Maxwell Place, and there’s a little park there with a lovely boathouse. Now, I can’t imagine living here without them. It’s exciting to see the new waterfront. It’s been very positive for the city.” Many of the events she plans in her capacity as cultural affairs director take place on the waterfront. Another thing Fallo loves is sitting in outdoor cafes when the weather is warm. “Everybody comes out of hibernation,” she says. “I bump into people I know. Since Hoboken is only a mile square, it’s easy to get to know people and feel connected to things going on here.” But one thing she loves about walking on the waterfront is having time to meditate on her own. “I appreciate the Manhattan skyline,” she says, “the breeze, the sun shining off the water, the nature. It feels so calm and peaceful.”—Kate Rounds
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hen my daughter started taking her first steps a few months ago, everything in our apartment posed a new threat. She tripped on uneven tiles, the corners of our couch, her toys, and sometimes her own socks. Now that she has better control of her newfound mobility, I catch her reaching for the oven door handle, leaning over the bathtubâ€™s edge, and once even hanging off the back of the toilet. Her moments of exploration fill my days with angst, and when I think ahead to future walks on busy Hoboken streets with a toddler who has no fear, I canâ€™t help but consider the possibility of the much-judged safety harness. From First Street to 14th Street, itâ€™s not uncommon to see a small child running ahead of a parent, or a car running a stop sign. But what is unusual to see on the streets of Hoboken is a child on a leash. â€œItâ€™s something people shy away from because they think itâ€™s absurd to put a leash on a kid,â€? says Selina Aquino, store manager at Bambi Baby on Washington Street. And the stigma, she says, comes from a correlation of leashes to pets. â€œThose who come in shopping for it are always afraid to say â€˜leash,â€™â€? says Aquino. â€œSo I tell them itâ€™s not a leash, itâ€™s actually a safety harness.â€? On average, one timid parent a day walks in the store to ask about it, but only one parent a week will actually buy it, and usually thatâ€™s because something â€œreally badâ€? has happened. â€œIt takes that initial meltdown that they are like, â€˜You know, I am not even going to think twice again,â€™â€? Aquino says. The safety harnesses the store carries look like little stuffed-animal backpacks. Similar gear on the market is disguised as matching wristbands for parent and child. But no matter the design, the stigma stands. Several parents in town say theyâ€™ve thought about using a safety harness for their child. Mother of two Rebecca Malinsky admits that the negative connotation made her hesitate to use one for her son, even after she had to stop him from running into the street. â€œIt was really scary,â€? she says, â€œand it was one of those times when you could see why a parent would use one.â€? Malinsky says she was eventually able to teach her son boundaries without resorting to a
safety harness. â€œBut I donâ€™t think for every family, thatâ€™s an option,â€? she says. Between her newborn son who never seemed to like his stroller and her curious two-year-old daughter who wanted to navigate the aisles of CVS on her own, Hoboken mom Amanda Fowler was stressed. â€œMy nerves were just absolutely fried,â€? she says. She often worried that her oldest would approach a stranger or an aggressive dog. Then she discovered a monkey backpack safety harness and started using it for her daughter at the mall and airport. Unlike some parents who mentioned theyâ€™d gotten looks or comments when using a safety harness in public, Fowler said she hasnâ€™t noticed anything different in peopleâ€™s attitudes. â€œPeople could be looking at me,â€? she says, â€œbut I donâ€™t really care.â€? Before she had her daughter, Barbara Geary said she was against safety harnesses for kids: â€œI always saw people in the mall and thought, â€˜How horrifying.â€™â€? Then her child learned to walk, and Geary realized the benefits of using one. â€œShe can run a little bit, and I donâ€™t have to worry about her being snatched up,â€? Geary says. Hoboken clinical psychologist Dr. Jodi B. Streich, Ph.D., says there is nothing wrong with a parent using a safety harness to protect a child. â€œIt is perfectly acceptable as long as it is being used properly,â€? she says. The harness could actually serve as a kind of security blanket. â€œIf it gives mom peace of mind and if mom is calm, her child is going to feel that,â€? Streich says. However, parents shouldnâ€™t overuse a safety harness; they should allow the child some freedom to explore on his or her own. â€œYou also want your child to be able to adapt to the world without being tied to something,â€? says Streich. But the safety harness has the potential for becoming the norm. â€œIt might be something like a car seat to some people,â€? Streich says. Common or uncommon, stigma or no stigma, Amanda Fowler says parents should focus on whatâ€™s important: their childâ€™s safety. â€œYou canâ€™t be embarrassed when you become a parent,â€? she says. â€œYou just have to buckle up for the ride.â€?â€”07030
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PEOPLE POWER 07030 Mention Hoboken to anyone in the music business today, and the first name they bring up is Maxwell’s. And no one has had a stronger influence on the scene there than Todd Abramson, who’s been booking its shows for 23 years. Raised in New Providence, NJ, Abramson’s love of music started early. His first favorite band? “Probably Three Dog Night, because of ‘Joy to the World,’” he says. Next came the Beatles, soon replaced by the Rolling Stones. He listened every week to Scott Muni on WNEW-FM’s “Things from England” and stepped over to British Glam: Slade, Sweet, and T-Rex. In 1983, Abramson moved to Hoboken, drawn in no small part by Maxwell’s, which was opened by Steve Fallon in 1978. Many credit that debut with bringing Hoboken’s first wave of regentrifiers—musicians and other artists. “It’s hard to imagine now, but Maxwell’s served the first brunch in Hoboken,” says Abramson with a wry smile. He was working as a booker for a weekly series at Greenwich Village’s Folk City, which lost its lease and was moving to the East Village. Anticipating some down time, he approached Fallon, who was busy not only with Maxwell’s, but with his label, Coyote Records. Abramson asked if he could do a month booking bands. Fallon said yes. “And I just hung on,” Abramson says. Despite having played such an important role in Hoboken’s music scene, Abramson appears unfazed. Sitting in Maxwell’s amid a forest of upturned chairs, as the floors are mopped around us, he seems to recall every band, every show in detail. In an industry where bigger-than-life personalities vie for attention, he has never been in it for self promotion. His focus has always been on the music. Nor will he take credit for launching the careers of bands he’s booked. “There are a lot of bands, the first time they played here to maybe 10 or 15 people. Some that come to mind are the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Wilco. Then the next time they play, it’s 100, and a couple of months later they’re sold out. But just because Nirvana played here a couple of times doesn’t make us responsible for their success.” Abramson has opened the door for countless bands across many genres, and finds them in many ways. “Discovering new bands, it’s never one thing. Over time I’ve built up a network of agents, managers, friends. People who ... if they’re involved with a band, identify it as quality. People you trust.” And it’s not as simple as going by his tastes. “A lot of the music I cherish isn’t that popular. If you book only according to your taste, your venue won’t last long. But it’s nice when the booker interjects themselves and the club has their musical personality stamped on it.” His favorite show of all time? “There are so many,” he says, “but one show the Cowsills played ... I didn’t know all that much of their stuff but it was just one of those magical nights.” He also points to Yo La Tengo’s yearly “8 Nights of Hanukkah” as a highlight that has now identified them in the public consciousness with Maxwell’s, and vice-versa. Abramson seems to have his ear tuned to what people want. Maxwell’s has been voted “Best Club in New York-Even Though It’s In New Jersey” by the New Yorker and as “Best Reason to Leave the State for Dinner and a Show” by the Village Voice. Abramson co-owns the place with Dave Post of the Swingadelics and Steve Shelley, drummer for Sonic Youth. Will they ever expand
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How many people can say that they have bloggers blogging about their house? Architect Anthony Vandermark for one. Vandermark and his wife, Sasha DeGennaro, were walking their two dogs, Leo and Wilson, when they noticed a tiny, handwritten for-sale sign on one of the houses in Willow Terrace, the fabled cobblestoned enclave built in the late 1890s. “Every time we passed by, my wife said that we should buy that house,” Vandermark says. “She said it would be great for my career.” That was about four years ago, and the rest is history. “It was a long process,” Vandermark says. “We had to seek approval from Zoning for the expansion of a ‘nonconforming structure.’” By nonconforming, they meant the beautiful contemporary arrangement of geometric shapes, ironspot brick, cedar, light, and glass that Vandermark built among the traditional 19th century rowhouses.
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“There was a very large blog on Hoboken 411,” Vandermark says. “Everyone had opinions about the architecture and chimed in on what they thought it should be.” But the house, which has three bedrooms and two and a half baths with outdoor space on each of three levels, must be doing something right. On the Hoboken house tour, Vandermark says that in four or five hours, 850 people came through the house. Though he had two nervous breakdowns while building it, Vandermark says, “I love living in it. I love most looking at something every day that I created. It gives me great pride and satisfaction.” ANTHONY VANDERMARK AND SASHA DEGENNARO
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PHOTO OF ADAM AND KASIA BLOOM BY MICHAEL WILSON
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GARDEN STREET LOFTS PHOTOS BY KASIA BLOOM
Kasia and Adam Bloom and their 19month-old daughter moved into their third-floor loft from the Upper West Side in Manhattan about a year ago. Adam had been reverse commuting, and the time was right. “We fell in love with the building and the loft,” he says. The building, developed by Bijou Properties, was the former Baker’s Coconut factory and is eco friendly. “All the insulation is reclaimed denim, the floors are bamboo, and purified air is pumped in 24 hours a day,” Adam says. The rooftop, with grass, plants, and flowers, is especially beautiful in spring and summer. The 2,100-square-foot space has three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, and 12-foot ceilings. “The style is modern with a very comfortable home feeling,” Adam says. “It has old concrete beams and concrete columns throughout.” Though it has an artsy, lofty feel, the space is family friendly with closet space and everything to “support a growing family for the rest of our lives,” Adam says.
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