NJTV visited the Valley Arts District Saturday, June 7, 2014 during ValleyArts, Inc.’s 2nd Annual Hat Streets Festival to showcase the growth of the arts community in the up-and coming 15-block district of Orange and West Orange, NJ. Hat City Lofts is featured as the newest affordable housing attracting locals and artists throughout the metropolitan area.
Located next to a train line, the F. Berg hat factory, a large dilapidated building is the first thing suburban commuters see when they pass through Orange. “This is the biggest and most grim reminder of the deterioration and decline that hit the Valley’s industrial core,” explained Patrick Morrissy, founder and executive director of HANDS. Converting