Suzy Brandtastic Live

Live interview series showcasing Jersey City’s most creative, innovative, eco-friendly and successful entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and small business owners! Locally shot in Jersey City. Guests are interviewed by Susan Newman (aka Suzy Brandtastic) and currently looking for a new Videographer! If you’re interested, email Suzy at

Episode Six, November 22, 2014: David Diaz, district manager for the Central Avenue Special Improvement District (SID) in Jersey City Heights talks about the culture; beautification through artists murals and utility box painting; new restaurants and small businesses opening; keeping the transportation on track; tax incentives in the UEZ zone; and the Jersey City Everything Jersey City Festival.

Episode Five, October 22, 2014: Beverly Brown Ruggia, board member of Farms in the Heights talks about the “Riverview Dead of the Dead Celebration” (Dia de los Muertos) which takes place on November 2, 2014 in Riverview Park. There will be a parade with giant puppets which were made by Beverly along with local artists including Santiago Cohen and the community at the Sunday farmers market. There will be Mexican food from El Chilango (truck) and specialty foods from Central Avenue restaurant, Cinco de Mayo (Pan de los Muertos). There will also be the all female Mariachi Flor de Toloache band and a Halloween dog costume parade. To learn more visit: Riverview Day of the Dead Celebration on Facebook!

Episode Four, September 24, 2014: The Sensational Country Blues Wonders Interview! Gary Van Miert and Malcolm Marsden are interviewed by Susan Newman (aka Suzy Brandtastic) at Mod Cup Coffee’s Warehouse in Jersey City. We discuss their style of music which combines: Country, Blues, Gospel, Soul, Rockabilly and we hear about the New York and New Jersey Music Scene. Gary and Malcolm play both indoor at clubs and outdoor at events and festivals. Videography by Danny Chong, Custom Photo Shoot. Visit them on Facebook: a href=”″>The Sensational Country Blues Wonders.

Episode Three, September 10, 2014: Trish Szymanski, Multi-Genre Artist is interviewed by Susan Newman, (aka Suzy Brandtastic) about the Jersey City Theatrical scene, the variety of roles and her journey becoming the amazing talent she is today. We discuss the play coming in October, A Legend of Communipaw, which Trish is bringing to the stage, based on a short story by Washington Irving. Location is Mod Cup Coffee in the Riverview Arts District of Jersey City Heights.

Trish Szymanski can be reached through her website (A Legend of Communipaw) and Facebook at A Legend of Communipaw – The Play and on Facebook at Trish Szymanski.


Episode Two, August 27, 2014: Laura Skolar, Broker/Owner of Century 21 Plaza Realty, President of the Jersey City Parks Coalition, President of Pershing Field Garden Friends and Board Member of the Jersey City Reservoir Alliance. In this video we discuss the state of Jersey City Heights, Businesses, Parks and Events that shape our community and improve it, making people want to live here.

Laura can be contacted at 201-420-7400 or at


Episode One, Aug. 13, 2014: Mod Cup Coffee owners, Travas Clifton and Justin Hicks are interviewed in their store (Mod Cup) in Jersey City Heights at 479 Palisade Avenue, opposite Riverview Park. Learn more about their coffee business, cold-brewed coffee, fresh-roasted coffee and more in this 15 minute interview.

Mod Cup can be reached at 937-559-5188, @ModCupCoffee and on Facebook at Mod Cup Coffee.
Their website is:


Upcoming schedule:

To be scheduled – Jeremiah Kleckner, Author, Board Member, Elysian Charter School

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