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  • The Fort Lee Film Commission: NJ's Film History
    developers In June 2001 Meyers watched the fabled Barrymore dwelling fall That just forced us to work even harder he says The group started running jitney tours through Fort Lee Lou Azzollini a graphic designer who served as FLFC chairman from 2000 to 2003 began to oversee the placing of historical markers around town reclaiming the past one chunk of earth at a time How did the film industry arise in New Jersey In 1893 Thomas Edison built the Black Maria in West Orange it was the world s first movie studio For a while this was Jersey s only noteworthy connection to movies By the turn of the century a handful of production companies were operating in Manhattan Chicago and Philadelphia Fort Lee and the sheer cliffs of the Palisades offered fertile staging grounds for westerns and historical epics Film companies began flocking to New Jersey So did the big names of the burgeoning industry D W Griffith Mary Pickford Mack Sennett Fatty Arbuckle Theda Bara John Barrymore Raoul Walsh Lillian Gish Douglas Fairbanks and the Marx Brothers all crossed the Hudson to film in Fort Lee Recommended Reading For WDHA The Song Remains the Same New Jersey s filmmaking era outlasted New York s and Chicago s but the cards were stacked against it Filmmakers wanted to be able to shoot outdoors year round slow film stocks of that era needed gobs of steady sunlight to record a decent image By 1911 Bayonne based Nestor Studios moved west and built the first movie studio in Hollywood Word of cheap land filtered back In 1912 several independents three of them Jersey companies formed Universal Pictures By 1916 Universal had moved all production to California Once proud New Jersey studio buildings yielded to neglect harsh weather and vandalism Many were demolished during the push for redevelopment in the 1960s and 70s Adding insult to injury the volatile mixture of compounds used for film negatives eventually degraded causing lethal explosions in local labs and storage facilities In his introduction to Richard Koszarski s 2004 book Fort Lee The Film Town historian Paul Spehr estimates that 80 to 90 percent of the movies made in Fort Lee were lost forever Does anyone care Should anyone Meyers and his crew answer with an emphatic yes Since 2000 the FLFC has begun organizing film festivals One focused on contemporary women filmmakers looked back by screening the silent films of Alice Guy Blache a director producer and owner of her own Fort Lee studio Solax Company Meyers says Blache is an overlooked pioneer the first woman director in cinema history Another pathfinder was prolific African American director Oscar Micheaux who shot Within Our Gates his 1919 response to Griffith s The Birth of a Nation in Fort Lee Last year Koszarski author film historian and professor at Rutgers came across a collector in California who had a copy of The Grocery Clerk s Romance an early Mack Sennett film Koszarski knew that Keystone Studios which

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  • Maryrose Mullen, Author at New Jersey Monthly
    proud home of the largest pole lima bean grower in the country Seen in Jersey Living Outdoors Logged In Tending South Jersey s 377 Year Old Cabin December 17 2014 Buckets of clay and plenty of TLC keep South Jersey s Nothnagle Cabin as sound as when it was built a mere 377 years ago Seen in Historic Jersey Jersey Living People Lawns and Literacy Little Free Libraries September 4 2014 Little Free Libraries are cropping up in front of homes throughout the Garden State Seen in Books Culture Corner Jersey Living 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14 Marc Anthony Concierto del Día de San Valentín Newark Feb 13 Sign up for our FREE newsletters Weekend Buzz Events in NJ Side Dish Dining news Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Pinterest Subscribe Purchase Subscribe Manage your Subscription Give a Gift Subscription Order a Back Issue New Jersey Monthly Newsstands Advertise Advertising Info Media Kit Digital Specs FTP Info Media Planner More Info About Us Contact Writer s Guidelines Editorial Calendar Internships Privacy Policy Terms of Use More from New Jersey Monthly New Jersey Bride Jersey Shore Beach Guide Free Dining and

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/authors/susan-cousins-breen/ (2016-02-11)
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  • New Jersey Monthly, Author at New Jersey Monthly
    Jersey Left Get Left Behind February 6 2013 The jughandle is one of New Jersey s most endearing idiosyncrasies The concept that we must turn right to go left is an article of faith for Garden State drivers But will these serpentine spillways survive Seen in From the Editors Seaside Heights Roller Coaster Gets One More Rider January 8 2013 In the finest Jersey Shore tradition of bizarre behavior a Lavallette man has inspired a media frenzy by scaling the iconic tattered remains of the Jet Star Roller Coaster in Seaside Heights Seen in From the Editors New Outlook Paterson s Modern Landscape December 11 2012 Paterson evolves from Silk City manufacturing giant to its modern iteration as a grand mix of old and new Seen in Jersey Living New New Jerseyans Immigration Through The Years Gone are the days when Ellis Island was a major point of passage for many immigrants but New Jersey s tradition of embracing diversity continues unchanged Seen in Historic Jersey Jersey Living Hurry Up and Wait The Evolution of Newark Airport Prolonged delays and extensive security check procedures haven t been the only additions to Newark Airport over the years Seen in Historic Jersey Jersey Living New Jersey Geography Fiscally Reimagined October 25 2012 If someone asks you What part of New Jersey are you from you ve probably got a stock answer town county North South Jersey the Shore But those are all staid responses lacking any je ne sais quoi If you want to inject a little cachet into that response try some new terms New Jersey s Wealth Belt or the Northern Exurban Fringe Seen in From the Editors Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/authors/brett-savage/ (2016-02-11)
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  • New Jersey Monthly, Author at New Jersey Monthly
    the basis for the HBO fantasy hit Game of Thrones Seen in Books Culture Corner Jersey Living Just For the Web NJM Q A King Of Fantasy George R R Martin March 11 2013 As HBO s Game of Thrones heads for a third season its creator recalls the Bayonne boyhood that fired his vivid imagination Seen in Jersey Living People Jenkinson s Is Back On The Boards January 31 2013 Three months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New Jersey coastline one of the Shore s boardwalk staples is reopening its doors Seen in From the Editors Board Work Atlantic City s Oceanfront Upgrade December 11 2012 Atlantic City s boardwalk considered the world s first has seen significant upgrades additions and investment Seen in Jersey Living Bound to Flood Bound Brook s Persistent Deluge Many things have changed in Bound Brook over the years except for all the flooding Seen in Historic Jersey Jersey Living Stones Ticket Raffle Aids Storm Relief December 5 2012 The Prudential Center s Devils Care Foundation is enlisting the help of the Rolling Stones to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts You too can help and maybe win a pair of Stones tickets in the process Seen in From the Editors America s Golden Girls Tumble Into the Brick City November 13 2012 The Kellogg s Tour of Gymnastics Champions brought 2008 All Around Gold Medalist Liukin and a cast of 11 fellow Olympians Read the rest Seen in From the Editors Page 1 of 2 1 2 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/authors/dylan-runco/ (2016-02-11)
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  • 7 Events to Celebrate Sinatra's Centennial
    Dec 12 NJPAC in Newark hosts a Sinatra Centennial tribute concert featuring Michael Feinstein 8 pm 49 100 Dec 12 The Hoboken Historical Museum the City of Hoboken and Stevens Institute of Technology host a Centennial Birthday Party in the Bissinger Room on the Stevens campus The event will feature live music by the Swingadelic Big Band with tribute singers Zack Alexander Tony Corrao Greg Myers Dave Arellano Peter Cafasso and John Bauers 7 11 pm VIP tickets 150 general 75 201 420 2207 Dec 19 Doolan s Shore Club in Spring Lake hosts a tribute concert by Gerard Esposito and His Jazz Trio 8 pm Through July 2016 Frank Sinatra The Man The Voice and the Fans at the Hoboken Historical Museum includes listening stations interactive displays and videos fan photographs and more READ MORE Vote for your favorite Sinatra song in our Sinatra Song Showdown presented by Hudson Whiskey There are no photos with those IDs or post 120881 does not have any attached images Read more Events Historic Jersey articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/events/celebrate-the-centennial-frank-sinatra-events/ (2016-02-11)
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  • The Story Behind Laird's Applejack Brandy- Which Has Been Around Since the 1800s-www.njmonthly.com
    as age statements These snifter libations are to applejack what single malt whiskey is to blended Scotch Today applejack represents under 2 percent of the company s volume but 14 percent of its profits Ten to 15 percent of the Jersey Lightning is actually consumed in Jersey Newer products include imported wines spirits such as Caribbean rum Mexican tequila and Canadian blended whiskey The company s various labels include Banker s Club Five O Clock Kasser s and of course Laird s All told the business moves over a million cases a year says company president Larrie Laird the founder s great great great great great grandson The cocktail revival has been good for us says Laird s longtime sales and marketing director Tom Alberico We re very pleased with the interest in retro mixed drinks And we re delighted that Americans are rediscovering homegrown legacy spirits like bourbon and applejack He and Dunn now promote applejack based cocktails in bartending seminars and press events Recommended Reading Pasta Dal Cuore Is Pasta From the Heart Family fortunes reached their nadir during Prohibition Laird s simply transitioned to producing nonalcoholic apple drinks and apple pectin a food preservative for the Army says Dunn During Prohibition all of Jersey was a hotbed of applejack bootlegging I wouldn t be surprised if our nonalcoholic cider was bought by bootleggers who d ferment and distill it into hooch After repeal the family s immediate problem was counterfeiters who refilled Laird bottles with rotgut To stymie them Dunn s grandfather John Evans Laird invented an unrefillable bottle with a fixed metal one way spout The family refused to become just another applejack brand Dunn says We bought close to 150 applejack labels and several distilleries But in retrospect she adds killing the competition also narrowed the market for applejack Americans lost their taste for Jersey Lightning as California wine imported vodka and mixed drinks came to dominate the spirits market Today Laird Company is America s sole remaining applejack producer Never mind that the family obtains all its apples from orchards in Virginia s Shenandoah Valley where Laird Company owns a distillery We stopped distilling here in 1972 Dunn says At that point Jersey orchards were well on their way to extinction with only a few left producing mainly juice Uncle Joe who played football at the University of Pennsylvania served as company vice president before a 1950 heart attack ended his life at age 46 The ninth generation distiller looks pensive as if Uncle Joe had whispered in her ear It s such a shame that Jersey s apple orchards became housing developments and McMansions In fact she adds ruefully where I live in Wall is a former apple grove Though Laird s applejack is fermented and distilled in Virginia its made in New Jersey designation lives on Dunn asserts because it is blended aged in bourbon barrels and bottled right here in Scobeyville Just as the intrepid clan overcame what Win Cowgill calls

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/articles/eat-drink/jersey-lightning/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Joanna Buffum, Author at New Jersey Monthly
    Seen in Historic Jersey Jersey Living People 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14 Marc Anthony Concierto del Día de San Valentín Newark Feb 13 Sign up for our FREE newsletters Weekend Buzz Events in NJ Side Dish Dining news Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Pinterest Subscribe Purchase Subscribe Manage your Subscription Give a Gift Subscription Order a Back Issue New Jersey Monthly Newsstands Advertise Advertising Info Media Kit Digital Specs FTP Info Media Planner More Info About Us Contact Writer s Guidelines Editorial Calendar Internships Privacy Policy Terms of Use

    Original URL path: http://njmonthly.com/authors/patricia-weigold-fiaschetti/ (2016-02-11)
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  • Maryrose Mullen, Author at New Jersey Monthly
    in Historic Jersey People 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn Feb 04 Mar 06 Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium Augusta Feb 05 Feb 28 The Beach Boys Morristown Feb 10 SOMA Film Festival South Orange Feb 12 Feb 14 Marc Anthony Concierto del Día de San Valentín Newark Feb 13 Sign up for our FREE newsletters Weekend Buzz Events in NJ Side Dish Dining news Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Pinterest Subscribe Purchase Subscribe Manage your Subscription Give a Gift Subscription Order a Back Issue New Jersey Monthly Newsstands Advertise Advertising Info Media Kit Digital Specs FTP Info Media Planner More Info About Us Contact Writer s Guidelines Editorial Calendar Internships Privacy Policy Terms of Use More from New

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