Locally-Based Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects Honored as Firm of the Year by American Institute of Architects-NJ Chapter

MHS Architects 2019 AIA Firm of the YearMarchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects), a premier architectural, planning and design firm specializing in residential and mixed-use multifamily developments, has been named “Firm of the Year” – a highly-esteemed award given by the American Institute of Architects-New Jersey Chapter (AIA-NJ). The honor, which was announced as part of AIA’s 2019 Service Awards, distinguishes MHS Architects as an exceptional architectural firm and recognizes its impressive success and significant expansion over the past year.

With demand growing for walkable, city-centric living and substantial redevelopment efforts underway throughout New Jersey’s urban centers, real estate developers have increasingly relied on MHS Architects’ extensive experience and inventive solutions for transforming inner cities and downtowns into vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods, leading the company to expand in size by nearly 25% in 2018-19.  Notable assignments recently completed by the firm include Bijou Properties’ 424-unit 7 Seventy House rental building in Hoboken, K. Hovnanian Homes’ Nine on the Hudson waterfront condominium building in West New York, and Roseland Residential Trust’s Metropolitan Lofts rental building in Morristown, among others.

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Park + Garden in Hoboken, NJ

“We’re incredibly honored and appreciative to receive such a prestigious award,” said Founding Principal Dean Marchetto, FAIA, who has led the firm for its nearly 40 years in operation.   

“This is a tribute to our entire team of architects, planners and staff in recognition of their exemplary efforts to serve our development clients in award-winning fashion.  Their unwavering dedication and commitment to both design and community building has allowed us to expand our scope of services and enter many new and exciting markets throughout the state.  Their creativity and tireless work ethic have us well positioned for continued growth in the years to come.”

With offices in Hoboken and Jersey City’s Journal Square, MHS Architects performs architecture, land planning and urban design for mixed-use projects ranging from four-to-forty stories throughout New Jersey.  The firm places heavy emphasis on building a sense of belonging and community, and creates public awareness surrounding each development through a process of community participation and involvement. Guided by the principles of Smart Growth and the New Urbanism, one of the firm’s most significant architectural accomplishments has been the vital role it has played in the rebirth of Hoboken as a residential community, having designed and completed more than 100 buildings in the mile square city.

MHS Architects has experience in various market types and size, and is on the cutting edge of trailblazing development trends in New Jersey, including the movement to bring downtowns back to small towns, designing and planning for transit-oriented, smart growth developments, and the critical trend of implementing green, sustainable architecture.  To achieve client goals and introduce well-designed, responsible projects that complement existing municipal structures, MHS Architects relies on its expertise working with community boards and municipal officials to gain valuable local insight and input.

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The AIA-NJ “Firm of the Year” honor is the eighth award for MHS Architects in 2019 and the 50th award for the firm in total.  MHS Architects has worked for some of the most prominent real estate developers in the region.  In addition to the aforementioned, these include KRE Group, Hartz Mountain Industries, Toll Brothers City Living®, Albanese Organization, Kushner Companies, Fields Development Group and SILVERMAN: Building Neighborhoods.

More information on MHS Architects can be found on the company’s website at mhsarchitects.com.

Three Little Birds JC Hosts Annual Elf PJ Party


When: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 4 PM – 8 PM

Where: 691 West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304-1807

Join Three Little Birds JC for their annual ELF PJ Party with special guest SANTA. There will be a movie showing while eating pizza, crafting, playing silly elf games and dancing up a holiday storm.
2.5 yrs to 8th grade
* Fun activities for BIG and little kids *
PJs are a must.

This party is 4 hours to give you that holiday break you deserve.
one elf $50 * two siblings $90 * three siblings $125

1st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Journal Square Plaza


When: Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30pm

Where: 1 John F Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07306

Greetings Jersey City! Join the 1st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Journal Square Plaza, home of the Journal Square Green Market.

Come enjoy FREE Hot Chocolate and cookies, live holiday music and watch as we light up the beautiful tree at the JSQ fountain.
While you’re there pickup a fresh Christmas tree, homemade pies or produce from Alstede Farms.

This is a free event and open to all.

There will also be a donation collection for canned goods for the Old Bergen Church Food pantry, sealed items only.

Liberty Humane Society Hosts Pet Photos With Santa Claus


When: Sunday, December 8th at 12 PM – 3 PM

Where: Liberty Humane Society – 235 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305

Join the Liberty Humane Society for their annual Pet Photos with Santa on Sunday, December 8th. For each $20 donation you will receive a glossy print to take home as well as a digital edited copy sent later that week. Don’t miss this opportunity for some precious holiday moments in front of the camera.

Photos will start sharply at noon. First come, first photographed.

Horton’s Holiday Hayride in Jersey City


When: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 8 PM – 11 PM

Where: White Eagle Hall – 337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

‘Tis the season for Horton’s Holiday Hayride starring Reverend Horton Heat, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The’s and a very special guest appearance by Dave Alvin.

Join the fun on December 6th… more details above.

The New York City Metro Area Offers Countless Options for Apartment Seekers. Here’s a look at How Former New York City Renters Found Luxury, Value at Hudson County’s 7 Seventy House

The lure of luxury New York City apartment living isn’t always what it seems.  Strong demand has the Manhattan rental market surging, and with escalating prices come high expectations for homes of distinction, high quality service and an elevated lifestyle.  Unfortunately, expectations fell short for Patrick Troy and his roommate, who were renting a two-bedroom apartment in a pre-war building undergoing renovations in SoHo.

“We were promised the moon from the management company and most of it ended up being false,” Patrick said.  “We were paying full price for an extremely incomplete project.  For example, we were promised a laundry room, two outdoor spaces, and closets when we signed our lease.  One year later, none of this happened or is even on the horizon.”

With his initial one-year lease coming to an end, Patrick and his roommate began to look at new Manhattan rental options, including homes at 123 West 23rd Street in Chelsea and 15 Cliff Street in FiDi.

“The buildings were fine but I wasn’t in love with them,” Patrick recalls.  “For the amount of money I’d be spending, I wanted to feel great about where I was living.  I didn’t feel great about the value of these two properties.”

A month into the search, Patrick got word of a brand new upscale rental building that recently opened just across the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J from a college friend who had just moved in.  The building – 7 Seventy House – had everything they wanted and

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Hoboken’s 7 Seventy House

provided a tremendous amount of value, particularly compared to the New York City market.  Developed by Bijou Properties with partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, 7 Seventy House features 424 studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences and 90,000 square-feet of world-class amenities and services.

“The value at 7 Seventy House is incredible,” Patrick explains.  “Our apartment is huge and beautiful.  I’ve never even fathomed having a walk-in closet in Manhattan.  The amenities are tremendous.  Hello Alfred, your own personal butler, is included with 7 Seventy House.  The two-story gym and shuttle to the PATH are perfect.  The rooftop is about as good as it gets.  I can’t wait to grill up there.”

Patrick and his roommate would rent an expansive two-bedroom residence at 7 Seventy House with Manhattan views.

“I love how wide open and spacious the floorplan is,” he continues.  “The bedrooms are large.  In fact, the walk-in closet is the same size as the bedroom in my SoHo apartment.  I also love the kitchen island.  The living room has huge windows that face the entire skyline of Manhattan.  The views are great.”

7 Seventy House features one of the most comprehensive package of world-class amenities.  Strategically located on multiple floors with views of the Manhattan skyline, the full suite of amenities includes a penthouse pool and roof deck with lounge seating, 7 Seventy House Poolexpansive amenity deck with fire pits and BBQ stations, multiple outdoor gardens, bocce ball court, state-of-the-art multi-level gym, play room, game room, indoor bike storage, on-site dog park, dog grooming room, alcove with co-working lounge and coffee station and a conference room with access to an outdoor deck.  Additionally, the community features a 24-hour attended lobby, Hello Alfred concierge service and covered parking.

“All of the amenities are incredible,” Patrick said.  “7 Seventy House went way above and beyond to ensure they are the best luxury apartment complex in Hoboken.”

7 Seventy House is located at 770 Jackson Street on Hoboken’s fast emerging west side.  The building is just steps from the 9th Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station and the Monroe Center for the Arts.  The area has experienced a lifestyle upswing in recent years with a vibrant new mix of retail, dining, parks and public amenities complementing its access to public transportation.

“The neighborhood is awesome,” says Patrick. “There are great bars and restaurants right around the corner.  There’s also incredible parks to play basketball within five minutes. Previously, I had a three minute walk to work as a commute.  That was the biggest thing to give up, but 7 Seventy House made this as easy as possible.  They have a shuttle that runs to the PATH every 15 minutes.  There are other options available as well.  The light rail stops right across the street from the building, and I love that Hoboken has Lime scooters everywhere.”

Designed by MHS Architects, the landmark 7 Seventy House features a 14-story high rise tower with multiple terraced setbacks, a glass and brick exterior and distinctive columned entryway.  Well-appointed homes are priced from the $2,300s, with opening incentives that include one-month free on a 13-month lease.  Apartments feature open floor plans with red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light.  Kitchens boast Quartz countertops, white ceramic tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and a premium GE stainless-steel appliance package, with in residence Bosch washer and dryers.  Luxury baths are outfitted with grey mineral stone tile and Moen & Kohler fixtures.  A selection of homes includes private outdoor balconies and terraces up to 800 square feet.


The Marketing Directors is the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for 7 Seventy House. For additional information or to schedule a private appointment to tour the furnished model homes

Award-winning Singer Abbie Gardner to Headline Cathedral Arts Live On Nov. 22nd

abbie gardner by Jeff FasanoCathedral Arts Live will welcome back the down-home sounds of Abbie Gardner on Nov. 22, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Singer and songwriter Abbie Gardner resumed her solo adventure after more than a decade of touring with Americana darlings Red Molly. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. Winner of  the 2008 Lennon Award for The Mind of a Soldier and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for I’d Rather Be, she channels Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Rait, but remains pure Abbie. 

A fan-favorite during Cathedral Arts Live’s prior seasons, we are delighted to see Abbie Gardner return to the stage at Grace Church Van Vorst.

“Cathedral Arts Live is such a great part of the Jersey City music scene,” said Gardner. “A true community-based series bringing regional and national acoustic acts to a gorgeous listening room. I can’t wait to end my year of touring the country with this local show in my adopted hometown.”

Sean Kiely Portrait 4 - Photo Credit Victoria StevensKicking off the night is a performance by singer-songwriter Sean Kiely, whose melodies were described by WFMU’s Pat Byrne as taking “the listener to a place high above the astral plane, a place of comfort and warmth, glimpsed at in dreams but always unable to describe when conscious.” 

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Hot food and cold beverages available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit cathedralartslive.org or facebook.com/cathedralartslive.

Now in its fifth season, Cathedral Arts Live aims to create a transcendent musical experience and strengthen our community by welcoming and celebrating a diverse group of artists, performers and audiences in our beautiful space.


WORD Presents Leah Vernon For Unashamed


WORD Jersey City is excited to host Leah Vernon to discuss her debut title Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Woman. Join us on November 12th at 7 pm for an intimate conversation and q&a.

Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of the book OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in-store at WORD on the day of the event only.

A searingly honest memoir of one young woman’s journey toward self-acceptance as she comes to see her body as a symbol of rebellion and hope and chooses to live her life unapologetically. Read more about the book here.

Salsa Fever On2 – Dance Academy Hosts Documentary Night & Practice Party


Join us once a month for our Documentary Night where we will be featuring a very informative an educational Documentary about the origins, history and culture of latin dance and its music. The dance floor will be open for practice and social dancing immediately following the film.

When: Nov. 15th, 2019
Run Time: 60 minutes
8:00pm – 12:00am
Documentary start time 8:30pm
FREE for Members
$10 Non Members
Snacks & Drinks will be provided
BYOB 🍿 🍹 🥤

JCFamilies Presents JC Halloween Spooktacular


Date:  October 27th (Sunday)

Time:  12:00-4:00pm

Location:  Harborside Atrium (rain or shine)

Entry fee:  $7 + PayPal fees (Per person)

Join JC Families for this annual family Halloween event in Jersey City. It’ll be sheltered under the Harborside Atrium in case of rainy weather.
For tickets: http://jcfamilies.com/event/jc-halloween-spooktacular-halloween-costume-parade-and-party/