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HANDS Inc Presents: Insider's Tour: Firehouse Artist Lofts, Ironworks Community Arts Center and Garden State Urban Farms.

Saturday, April 21st, 35 guests were granted an exclusive first look at the Firehouse Lofts built in 1905 and currently under renovation. Its redevelopment will bring a storefront retail space, gallery and six distinctive spacious artist live/work lofts.

The tour continued down Tompkins St. to Garden State Urban Farms' hydroponic greenhouse and Ironworks, home to ValleyArts, the coordinating body of the Valley Arts District and ORNG Ink, a non-profit educational arts and entrepreneurship studio empowering emerging young artists featured in the Star-Ledger.

A Show of HANDS Neighborhood Walking Tour

HANDS hosts a free one-hour walking tour of the Valley Arts District. In addition to learning all about the work of HANDS, you’ll discover why we call it Hat City, see some hidden gems and get a peek at the new, exciting artist community growing in the neighborhood.

To schedule a private tour please contact Jessica at  973-678-3110x8 or

HANDS 25th Anniversary Celebration November 1, 2011

How does a dynamic community development organization like HANDS celebrate a 25th Anniversary?

By inviting old and new friends to walk around our neighborhoods, telling and listening to stories, sharing art about our experiences and leading community building projects.

On November 1st HANDS held a full day of events including: