Wednesday, May 28, 2014


Embroidery Plaza Dedication Ceremony

(Union City, NJ)  The City of Union City, Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners will hold a Dedication Ceremony for "Embroidery Plaza" on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM on New York Avenue between 30th & 31st Street in recognition of the many persons who worked in Union City in the flourishing embroidery industry.   For many years Union City was widely known as the "Embroidery Capital of the World".

The Mayor and Commissioners will be present, as well as historical commentary by City Historian, Gerard Karabin, and Assistant Historian Jane Pedler.  Classic cars will be on display, and several sculptures constructed from dismantled embroidery machinery will be unveiled.  Following the ceremony there will be a performance by members of West Hudson Opera featuring John Jay Hebert, tenor; Iris Karlin, soprano; and David Maiullo on piano.

One of the sculptures being unveiled will be "The Embroidery Tree" which was originally displayed at the "First Lady Luncheon" on September 25, 2012 at the Pierre Hotel on 61st Street & 5th Avenue in NYC.  It was designed by Amy Cheung with Henry & Adam Garcia of Marco Designs LLC, and painted by Aldo Sanchez "Zar".  The sculptures are graciously being donated by the artists.

About the making of "The Embroidery Tree" Sculpture

Amy Cheung is a fashion designer. At the time she designed "The Embroidery Tree" she had been invited to display her work at various events throughout NYC. This particular event where the tree was displayed was the "First Lady Luncheon" in NYC in 2012.  Amy wanted a unique tree which would bear the "fruits" of her work (shirts that rolled into its own pocket forming a ball). During this time Marco Designs LLC had obtained a property which contained four huge embroidery machines which were disassembled.  Using the metal "I" beams the Garcia's cut and welded them together and Aldo Sanchez completed the work with colorful paint.  More about Amy Cheung:

Marco Designs LLC
Henry Garcia
Adam Garcia

Aldo Sanchez aka "Zar"
"Zar" is an old school Graffiti artist who developed a significant amount of recognition through his art he shared with the community during the time when Graffiti art was being implemented as street art.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend.  Admission is free.

Benefit Gala to Support Art Youth Group

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc., a not-for-profit youth based organization dedicated to providing free classes in the performing arts to children, will be holding their annual Spring Benefit Gala on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the elegant The Graycliff, 122 Moonachie Avenue, Moonachie, New Jersey.  The Gala will feature live performances, delicious dinner, dance music, and a great time.  The organization will also be presenting Community Service Awards to individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the community as a whole.  

The evening will feature first class performances by West Hudson Opera members John Jay Hebert Jacqueline Thompson accompanied on piano by Jason Hart; a special performance by Jeanne Koehler on the harpand Eric Grossman on violin with Lida Mancheva on piano.

Donations for the Spring Benefit Gala are $100.00 per person and can be purchased by visiting:

Now into its fourteenth year, The Grace Theatre provides free classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap/Rhythm, Folkloric Dance/Salsa, Flamenco, Singing, and Acting to children from Hudson County as well as free admission to professional performances to the students and their families. This school year alone, over four hundred students received free classes at the Grace Theatre.

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. has received much critical acclaim for its professional theatrical productions and is the premiere presenter of bilingual and Spanish language theatre in the State of New Jersey.  This year alone, the Grace Theatre has been the recipient of the prestigious ACE Award as well as the ATI Award.

The Grace Theatre Workshop, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, and therefore donations are tax deductible.  Any contribution is greatly appreciated.  If unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please log on to:

Or mail a check or money order payable to:
The Grace Theatre Workshop
P.O. Box 4412
Union City, NJ 07087

For more information, please visit: 

Please support the arts and our children.  
It will undoubtedly be a wonderful evening.