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TCNJ Welcomes Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and the creator of the landmark 1619 Project is coming to the College of New Jersey on March 3rd at 6:00 PM. The critically-acclaimed author will be in conversation with Professor Kim Pearson at the Kendall Main Stage Theater to talk about talk about her career in journalism, the new books related to the 1619 Project, and her work with the Ida B. Wells Society and Howard University.

The 1619 Project commemorates the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in what would become the United States by examining slavery's modern legacy and reframing the way we understand this history and the contributions of Black Americans to the nation. Nikole's lead essay, "Our Democracy's founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true," was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. Click the link for tickets.

Deonna Maldonado and Robert Wilborn owners of the Skil-Lit Cafe

Skil-Lit Cafe celebrates grand opening

We definitely consider ourselves foodies at the Trenton Journal so we were more than excited to check out the grand opening of Skil-Lit Cafe, a full-service cafe specializing in creative and modern breakfast/brunch dishes with passed down generational family recipes. Dishes are served on a hot skillet assuring your meal is served hot and ready to enjoy. Skil-Lit Cafe pride themselves on efficient and accurate service while being sure that customer service and tasty food remains their top priority. Located at 113 South Warren Street in the heart of the historical downtown Trenton, NJ, Skil-Lit looks to become trendsetters for future local businesses in the downtown district. Small businesses are the heartbeat of our city. For more information including hours of operation contact their website by clicking the link.

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora

City of Trenton Requests Proposals to Redevelop Historic Roebling Block 2

Mayor W. Reed Gusciora recently announced that based on renewed interest in the area, the City has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit redevelopment plans for Roebling Block 2, a famous industrial complex in Trenton that dates back to 1849. Roebling Block 2 is part of the historic John A. Roebling Wire Works, a steel wire manufacturing company founded in 1849 by Brooklyn Bridge designer John A. Roebling. By World War I, the factory was the largest wire rope plant in the world.

The city-owned property comprises seven industrial buildings and a large open space in the Chambersburg neighborhood between S. Clinton Avenue, Mott Street, and Hudson Street. The buildings on this property were built between 1885 and 1957, are currently zoned for mixed-use, and have existing open floor plans ranging from 6,000 to 52,000 square feet.

“No site in the city better reflects our motto, ‘Trenton makes, the world takes,’” said Mayor Gusciora. “From my first day in office, I’ve tried to get a developer interested in this block of abandoned Roebling factories. Luckily, in the last few months, we have already received multiple offers to revolutionize this area of Chambersburg with new residential units and public squares for arts and entertainment. We’re hoping this RFP attracts even more innovative proposals and demonstrates to City Council that there has never been a better time to finally redevelop this site for our residents.” The City seeks to identify respondents with the ability to redevelop Roebling Block 2 as a mixed-use site that repurposes the historic industrial structures while taking advantage of the surrounding land for new construction. The anticipated uses for Roebling Block 2 include market rate housing, commercial enterprise, light industry, research and development, hospitality, and performance arts.

Submissions must be received by 12:00 p.m. on April 11, 2022. Delivery must be by either courier service or registered U.S. Mail to Trenton City Hall, Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED), Office of Director C. Andre Daniels, 319 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. Proposals must include 10 paper copies and one electronic copy in USB drive format. Hard copies of the RFP are also available at HED.

A full copy of the RFP is available here: RFP 2022_RoeblingBlock2_FINAL.pdf

— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Calling all Harry Potter Fans!

The brand-new touring exhibition all about Harry Potter’s Wizarding World is making its world premiere at The Franklin Institute from February 18 to September 18, 2022—and tickets are now on sale. Harry Potter: The Exhibition reveals the artistry and craftsmanship—behind the moments, costumes, characters and environments from the blockbuster films of the Harry Potter series, as well as the expanded Wizarding World in Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The immersive exhibition is as-advertised: The paintings move, the candles float, the mandrakes scream and the dementors — well, they’re creepy! Exhibits highlight the many sets and costumes that made the series jump from the pages to the screen so successfully. There are also a number of interactive experiences that bring the magic of Hogwarts to your fingertips. The Trenton Journal will definitely be in the building for this one.

Click link to purchase tickets.

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