Princeton Pi Day

pi_day_2015_aSaturday, March 11
3:14 pm

Albert Einstein’s birthday is March 14 – or 3.14, the numeric equivalent of Pi.  So come celebrate with us as we participate in Princeton Pi Day!

Pie Throwing Event
The first pie will fly at 3:14pm.

$1 per throw with all proceeds to benefit the Princeton Educational Fund Teacher Mini-Grant Program.

For a full event schedule and a list of participating merchants visit:  

Music at the Square


Summer Music Series

Saturday, July 2 – Saturday, August 27

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Every Saturday in July and August
On the Green at Palmer Square

FREE and open to the public.
Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets.


 2- Nassau Brass – Dixieland, Ragtime, Pop, Broadway Showtunes & Americana

 9- Gyrl Band – Four Rockin’ Singer/Songwriters who are Fun. Energetic, Witty, Talented & Great Performers

16-  Richard Reiter Swing Band – NJ’s Best Swing!

23- Sun Dog – Contemporary, Classic & Country Rock

30- Strictly 60’s – A Musical Jouney Through One of the Country’s Most Musically Diverse Decades


13- B.D. Lenz – Funky, Highly Melodic and Supremely Groovin’ Jazz

20- Mr. Ray – Top-10 Best-Selling Kids’ Artist According to Billboard Magazine

27- The Alice Project – Intelligent, provocative Rock n’ Roll

Palmer Square Hosts 24th annual JazzFeast

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Sunday, September 20
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Rain or shine

In its twenty fourth year, the JazzFeast event is an open-air jazz festival that swings with the joy of great music and food!

Featuring performances by some of the industry’s best jazz musicians and showcasing many of the area’s finest restaurants, the one-day festival draws thousands of people to downtown Princeton.

Free admission for music.
Food vendors charge accordingly.

Performance Line-up:

Alan Dale and the New Legacy Jazz Band

Ken Peplowski & his Quintet featuring Harry Allen

Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet with special guest Warren Vache

Marlene VerPlanck Quintet featuring Houston Person

Dennis Lichtman’s Brain Cloud featuring Tamar Korn on vocals

Proximity to Shops, Restaurants, Transportation and Culture Attracts Home Buyers of All Ages to Princeton

2015-03-31_14-28-58When courting the “young professional” demographic, towns like to boast about their numerous restaurants and shops, cultural attractions and proximity to mass-transportation. But the desire for convenient, walkable neighborhoods, quality dining and a full assortment of entertainment options is hardly unique to 20- and 30-somethings. More and more, people of all ages say they flourish in vibrant town center settings, and are actively seeking them out.

Downtown Princeton epitomizes the type of neighborhood where people from multiple age groups thrive. The well-connected local street network makes navigating the downtown easy, and the variety of destinations allows several tasks to be completed at once, which is especially convenient for older demographics. More than 40 brand-name stores, boutiques, restaurants and specialty food shops are located in the heart of town at Palmer Square, and even more options are available on Nassau Street, the town’s main thoroughfare.

Princeton’s natural “walkability,” accessibility, and wide variety of businesses were a few of the core qualities that helped it become the first municipality in New Jersey to earn the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Age-Friendly Community” designation last year. The WHO cited the ability for older adults to easily access numerous amenities and social interactions near their homes as additional factors it considered before adding the town to its global network of age-friendly places.

“The pedestrian-friendly character of Princeton makes it a highly-desirable place to live, work and play for people of all ages,” said David Newton, Vice President of Palmer Square Management, which is actively marketing a collection of luxury residences in the center of the community’s downtown. “The Residences at Palmer Square puts residents right in the middle of it all, with charming sidewalk bistros, upscale boutiques and world-famous Princeton University just steps from their front door. It’s a compelling lifestyle that’s further enhanced by the variety of home designs we have and the privacy provided by the community’s lushly-landscaped promenades which create a scenic buffer from the retail landscape. The result is a best-of-both worlds setting for all of our residents.” Continue reading

Michael Graves’s tour of Princeton

The architect, who died March 12 at his home in Princeton, N.J., was one of the most prominent nationally in his field. Michael Graves celebrated the 50th anniversary of his architecture and design firm in 2014. The Indianapolis native, pictured with his yellow labrador, Sara, in his Princeton studio in 2001, set down roots in the New Jersey university town. Jonathan Cohen/For The Washington Post

The architect, who died March 12 at his home in Princeton, N.J., was one of the most prominent nationally in his field.
Michael Graves celebrated the 50th anniversary of his architecture and design firm in 2014. The Indianapolis native, pictured with his yellow labrador, Sara, in his Princeton studio in 2001, set down roots in the New Jersey university town. Jonathan Cohen/For The Washington Post

Andrea Sachs, of The Washington Post, met for an interview with architect Michael Grave’s on March 4th. Prior to the interview, Mr. Graves sent on a list for favorite Princeton properties.

Partial List:

The Warehouse (44 Patton Ave.). My home, which was built in the 1920s by Italian stonemasons to house the belongings of Princeton students. I began renovating almost 40 years ago.

Albert Einstein House (112 Mercer St.). His home from 1936 until his death in 1955. The house was built in the mid-19th century and has been home to several Nobel Prize winners since. Einstein asked that it not be made into a museum or anything like that, so the home is still occupied and you cannot visit the interior.

Robeson Center (102 Witherspoon St.). Designed by Michael Graves & Associates.

Palmer Square (off Nassau Street). Conceived by Edgar Palmer, heir to the New Jersey Zinc Co. fortune, in 1929 and designed by Thomas Stapleton. The project was delayed until 1936 due to the Depression.

Yankee Doodle Tap Room (10 Palmer Sq.). The tap room, in the lower level of the Nassau Inn, is home to the largest Norman Rockwell mural in existence.

McCarter Theatre Center (91 University Pl.). I attend performances here on a regular basis throughout the year. It was built as a permanent home for the Princeton University Triangle Club. They continue to perform there to this day.

Woodrow Wilson’s homes. Woodrow Wilson had several homes in Princeton in addition to Prospect House. He lived in three additional homes. The first, at 72 Library Pl., was built by Charles Steadman in 1836. Then Wilson had architect Edward S. Child design the Tudor Revival house at 82 Library Pl. And, finally, he lived around the corner at 25 Cleveland Lane.


Hitting the right note Large crowd attends JazzFeast

via Leah Kahn/ Princeton Packet

2014-09-16_11-12-44The last thing that Dan Zaksas and Elisa Wagman had planned to do on Sunday was to sit at a table on Palmer Square West, listening to jazz music at Palmer Square’s 23rd annual JazzFeast. The West Chester, Pennsylvania, couple set out Sunday morning to visit the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. But they discovered that it was closed for the day.And that’s how they ended up in Princeton.

“It was an accident that we discovered JazzFeast,” Mr. Zaksas said. “We love it. Now that we know about it, we will come back on purpose. We are not regular listeners to jazz, but we are certainly enjoying it, especially in a setting like this.”

Mr. Zaksas and Ms. Wagman were among the hundreds of people who thronged Palmer Square to listen to jazz bands on a warm, sunny afternoon. The musicians took turns, playing on a stage set up on the lawn in front of the Nassau Inn.

The grassy area was filled with jazz lovers. Many folks brought collapsible camping chairs, and others brought lawn chairs. For those who forgot to bring a chair, there was plenty of room to sit on the steps of the Princeton post office.Unlike Mr. Zaksas and Ms. Wagman, the Eby family — parents Wayne and Sara, and 9-year-old Zoe and 2-year-old Sophia — knew about JazzFeast, which combines a jazz festival with a food festival. Besides the music, restaurants set up shop on the square so visitors could sample their specialties.”We (learned) on Friday that they were having this activity,” Mr. Eby said. The Princeton family had other activities on their agenda, but they decided to stop at JazzFeast. Mr. Eby said he likes jazz, but his wife is not such a big fan of jazz music.

“I like jazz. I like Herbie Hancock. I have been listening to a lot of his music. My wife likes jazz somewhat, but probably not as much as me,” Mr. Eby said.

Ms. Eby does, however, enjoy food.

“There are a bunch of good food stands. I love food. I like Indian food and I like seafood. I had some paella, and I am still hungry,” she said with a laugh.

There was certainly no lack of food. Vendors offered everything from seafood, Indian, Chinese, crepes and pizza to Caribbean food and soul food — jerk chicken, jerk pork, curry chicken, curry goat, ox tails, rice and beans, collard greens, corn bread and candied yams.

For the less adventurous whose palates favored more traditional fare, good old-fashioned hot dogs and hamburgers could be found at some booths. Pork roll was also available, as well as popcorn, funnel cake and corn dogs.

Tables and chairs were set up along the perimeter of Palmer Square West and on the west side of Tiger Park — the small grassy island at the top of Palmer Square at Nassau Street. One group of visitors brought along a folding table that they set up in the middle of Tiger Park, to accommodate the assortment of food they purchased from the vendors.

Meanwhile, most of the tables along Palmer Square West were filled by visitors who were happily munching away. For those who could not find a table, there were plenty of places on the curb to sit down and eat — and that’s what many folks did.

While food was the draw for many visitors, there were just as many for whom jazz was the main attraction.

“We like jazz,” said Tom Griggs, who was sitting on a collapsible camping chair.

“It’s a beautiful day, and we both like jazz,” agreed Glenda Griggs. “We came for the music, not the food. (Palmer Square) is always a nice venue. There is a mix of performers. It’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”

The Hightstown residents have been attending JazzFeast for at least 10 years — long enough, as Ms. Griggs said, “to know enough to bring chairs.”