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Developer Manhattan Building Company has officially unveiled the Soho Summer House, a resort-inspired pool deck and amenity club at its 377-home Soho Lofts rental community in downtown Jersey City.

The Soho Summer House introduces a 15,000 square-foot outdoor oasis that blends desired aquatic features with community-centric amenities to create a socially-infused resident-only hotspot. The deck club is the perfect place to soak up the sun with an inviting Infinity edge pool with aqua jets, private poolside cabanas, individual daybeds, cooling outdoor showers and children’s misting system.

Dynamic shared amenities at Soho Summer House are sure to foster a sociable vibe.  Fireside seating and gas grills with preparation area are just two of the spaces that will set the joyful mood and encourage neighborly interaction.  Community activities will abound with a full screen movie theatre and resident event pavilion where City Homes & Gardens, Soho Lofts’ exclusive management and leasing agent, will host summer-themed gatherings and parties.

Those seeking individual relaxation and privacy can wind down in the deck’s separate hammock area and tranquil Zen garden.  Continue reading


Summer Dance

36723860_10156417936724344_7032218290965446656_nHead on down to the river for a free performance every Thursday this month! Presented as part of the Summer in the City Cultural Event Series with Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council and the Office of Cultural Affairs.


–July 19: Nimbus Dance Works
–July 26: Kennedy Dancers
–August 2: Ariel Rivka Dance Company

These events are all free and open to the public.

Get your move and groove on down on the waterfront!

Revealed: 39,000 SF Outdoor Amenity Deck With Spectacular Views at Vantage in Downtown Jersey City

Vantage, the upscale 45-story rental building in downtown Jersey City, has debuted an expansive 39,000 square-foot outdoor deck complete with a full offering of five-star amenities.

Located on the 6th floor, the recreation and social center provides one of the most comprehensive amenity packages in Jersey City’s rental market, featuring a zero entry swimming pool, sundeck, poolside cabanas, multiple lounges, multi-purpose Great Lawn, private barbeque areas with seating, outdoor children’s play areas and full-court basketball court – all with the Statue of Liberty, Liberty State Park and New York City skyline as the backdrop.

The resort-inspired outdoor facilities are joined on the 6th floor by a cyber café, state-of-the-art health club, children’s playroom, business center, conference room, screening room and dining area to provide residents a central hub where they can enjoy an activity-rich lifestyle.

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“The unique waterfront location of Vantage provided us an opportunity to create an amenity package unlike any found in the marketplace,” says Brian Fisher, President of Fisher Development Associates, developer of Vantage.  “We accomplished that goal with an outdoor deck that’s not only fully-equipped with the kind of amenities today’s renters want, but has also been designed to take advantage of our one-of-a-kind, uninterrupted Manhattan and New York Harbor views.  There’s truly something to do for everyone, whether it’s relaxing and absorbing the ambiance in the pool or sundeck or participating in an outdoor activity on the Great Lawn or basketball court.”

Topping off the building’s complete amenity offering is the 45th floor Vantage Point Sky Lounge, a social space with incomparable views.  Vantage also offers hotel-like resident services, including a 24-hour concierge in its soaring two-story lobby.

Vantage features luxury studio, one-and two-bedroom homes, priced from the low-$2,000s and available with immediate occupancy.  Designed by S9 Architecture, apartments at Vantage boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows to bath homes in natural light and maximize its incredible location.

Residences range from 550 to 1,300 square feet of living space and provide designer interior features, including nine-foot ceiling heights, kitchens with wooden cabinetry and quartz countertops, master baths with double sinks and showers with glass enclosures, an abundance of closet space, wood flooring, recessed LED lighting, in-home washer and dryer units and cutting-edge energy-efficient systems.

Ideally located at 33 Park View Ave in the Liberty Harbor North neighborhood, Vantage lies just steps away from the vibrant dining/nightlife scene on Newark Avenue, while Manhattan is just minutes away via the Grove Street and Exchange Place PATH stations and New York Waterway ferry service. Park View Academy, an innovative daycare facility, has also signed a lease to open a 4,600 square foot facility in Vantage’s ground floor retail space.  Brewshot Café, a one-of-a-kind coffee shop and restaurant, will occupy 815 square-feet of ground floor retail space at the waterfront building.

Fisher Development Associates, developer of Vantage, announced today that the gourmet shop has signed a lease to occupy 815 square-feet of ground floor retail space at the 45-story waterfront building.

“Jersey City has evolved into a vibrant and highly-desirable destination for not only local residents, but also renters from New York City who want a modern and amenity-rich living environment that’s complemented by a dynamic urban dining, nightlife and entertainment setting,” adds Adrienne Albert, CEO of The Marketing Director, the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for Vantage. “Vantage delivers all this and more in a striking glass-tower building with world-class amenities, a socially-infused resident environment and convenient location near transportation and renowned leisure time activities.”

Fisher Development Associates has achieved LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council for Vantage.

For additional information on Vantage, please visit www.VantageJC.com or call 201-333-1222.  The building’s leasing and model center is open daily.






LSC After Dark: Wine-O-Saurs


Thursday, July 19th at 6 PM at Liberty Science Center

Travel back in time 150 million years for Liberty Science Center’s next LSC After Dark event for guests 21 and over, Wine-O-Saurs, on July 19!

At this prehistoric party, you’ll dance with dinosaurs, enjoy delicious wine tastings, and search for fossils in LSC’s popular summer exhibition, Dino Dig, which is based on the findings of paleontologist Jack Horner, the inspiration behind Jurassic Park.

Plus, enjoy delicious snacks from local food vendors courtesy of Midnight Market, at only $5 per plate, and browse through offbeat gifts, art, and jewelry at vendors from JC Oddities Market.

Get tickets now for a discounted online price, $20 per person. Tickets are $5 more at the door.

For an additional $6, you can experience our new premium exhibition, Grossology. Discover everything GROSS about the human body! Climb a human skin wall with warts, hair, and wounds. Become a dust particle and walk through a giant nose to learn about mucus production. Visit the Vomit Center, the Toot Toot area, and more!

LSC After Dark events are the third Thursday of every month at Liberty Science Center. Guests 21 and over can enjoy an after-hours adventure featuring drinks, food, music, dancing, access to all the exhibits in the Science Center, and more.


Bijou Properties Reports Development Progress at VIA Lofts Luxury Condos in Uptown Hoboken

Checking in on this upcoming Hoboken project …

Bijou Properties is applying the finishing touches on the exterior façade of VIA Lofts, bringing into focus its latest sustainable luxury condominium building in uptown Hoboken, N.J.

Installation of the brick skin of the six-story building is almost complete, providing a first-hand look at how Bijou Properties is utilizing high quality eco-friendly and visually attractive materials to create a modern residential landmark at 1410 Grand Street.   The latest project in the Hoboken, N.J.-based developer’s portfolio of high-performing green buildings, VIA Lofts is registered for LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Designed by MHS Architects, VIA Lofts features a distinctive multi-colored red and grey VIA Lofts Constructionbrick exterior with oversized windows to blend seamlessly into its neighborhood streetscape.  The top penthouse floor adds to the architectural asset with an aluminum composite, a visually stunning metal finish that continues to waterfall down the edge of the façade into a board-form concrete finish.

“We’ve taken great strides to ensure that VIA Lofts is built with the finest products and the exterior vividly illustrates how we carefully selected high-end materials to deliver a luxury, environmentally-conscience condo building to Hudson County,” says Christopher Mazzola, Development Manager for Bijou Properties.

“For example, in today’s urban market the exteriors of many new multi-family projects are finished with brick panel siding.  At VIA Lofts, we laid traditional brick which is extremely eco-friendly and provides better weather prevention, temperature control and ease of maintenance.

Aesthetically, despite being hot out of the oven, the specially treated masonry bricks have the distinguished appearance of brick already aged 100-plus years.  The end result is a building that’s not only highly-efficient, but also stylish and contemporary.  VIA Lofts is sure to be a residential address buyers are proud to call home.”

The near completion of the exterior is not the only development progress being reported at the six-story building.  Many of the interior spaces at VIA Lofts are taking shape, including the dramatic two-story lobby that will welcome residents.

VIA Lofts will feature lavish two-and three-bedroom homes ranging from 1,186 to 1,495 square-feet of luxury living space.  Initial occupancy is expected in late fall.

Sophisticated finishes and appointments found throughout the homes at VIA Lofts include 11’ foot loft ceilings, high-performance Miele appliances, oversized windows and wide-plank oak flooring.  Select homes will offer private terraces.

Residents will enjoy a host of desirable building amenities and services, such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, private club room, landscaped amenity terrace with 42” lynx grilling area, and private parking garage.  There will also be 1,930 square-feet ground floor retail space.

Irene Perello of Hudson Place Realty is handling sales and marketing for VIA Lofts.

VIA Lofts is the latest collection of premium, “green” residences developed by Bijou Properties in Hoboken.   The building is being built in accordance with the USGBC’s LEED guidelines for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings which incorporate responsible site development, energy efficient design and ecological-friendly materials to create environmentally-sensitive urban living environment.

As recognition for its dedication to building responsible homes and buildings, Bijou Properties recently received a 2018 “Smart Growth” award for creating an iconic, mixed-use development in an emerging neighborhood in Hoboken. New Jersey Future, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible land-use policies, named the developers 424-unit 700 Jackson Street rental building one of the recipients of its prestigious annual award.

For additional information, please call 833-VIA-LOFT or visit www.vialofts.com.  Interested buyers can also email info@viahoboken.com.

About Bijou Properties

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken NJ, Bijou Properties designs, develops & manages the highest quality sustainable buildings and has become a recognized leader in the field of green development along the Hudson Waterfront.  Recent projects include Park + Garden, Garden Street Lofts (NJ’s First LEED Gold Residential Highrise), The Hostess Factory, a 42,000 square-foot retail restoration including a 20,000 square-foot Green Roof; and Edge Lofts, a Midrise residential project at 1405 Clinton Street which is a candidate to receive the first NJ LEED Residential for Homes Platinum designation.  Beyond its individual properties, Bijou Properties is focused on creating better neighborhoods and healthier environments for the community at large.  More information can be found on the company website: www.bijouproperties.com.

Bastille Day in Jersey City


Saturday, July 14th at 11am – 6 pm at the French American Academy

Come and enjoy all things French with friends and family.

Bastille Day remains a symbol and celebration of liberty, worldwide. So, it is only natural that Jersey City, host of Lady Liberty celebrates Bastille Day! The French American Academy is proud to be launching this event.
Entertainment: Food (French cusine, Crepes, French specialties, French wine and French beer).

Games for kids, Live music band, Dance performance, Mime.

VIP Club: Champagne and Cheese tasting while watching Tour de France (paid ticket)

VIP Chocolat: Attend our Atelier du Chocolat with 3 real French Chefs (paid ticket)

Raffle Tickets.

Booths: Shop the French-themed market booths lining 3rd Street, indulge yourself in savory crepes, macarons, pains au chocolat, croissants and quiches. Have a glass of Bordeaux or Burgundy wine along with cheese and baguette. Have a sip of cold French beer. Taste the whole variety of French cuisine. Discover artisanal foods of France.

Arts on the Hudson: Adult Summer Classes

36599937_1482217965257332_407124756056244224_nLooking for something fun to do this summer besides the beach and bar?? Sign up for one of Arts on the Hudson’s adult summer classes! Try out something new and creative in a no-pressure environment and connect with other people in our community.

Full course schedule can be found on our website as well as below!
Intro to Classical Guitar with Michael Realista

Tuesdays – July 10th, 17th, 24th at 6:30 p.m.

This three-part course will begin with an introduction to the guitar, an introduction to music theory, and an introduction to music of the masters of classical guitar. The course meets every Tuesday for three weeks.
Intro to Musical Theatre with Warren Curtis

Wednesdays – July 11th, 18th, and 25th at 6:30 p.m.

This three-part course will begin with an introduction to musical theatre and jazz, an introduction to jazz dance, and an exploration of how to bring a character to life through dance. The course meets every Wednesday for three weeks.
Intro to Illustration with Leandro Henriquez

Thursdays – July 12th, 19th, 26th at 6:30 p.m.

This three-part course will begin with an introduction to different fundamental techniques for graphical representation. These skills are applicable across media. The course meets every Thursday for three weeks.
Intro to Making Dances: Improv & Choreography with Katelyn Halpern

Thursdays – August 2 and 9 at 6:30 p.m.

This TWO-part course is an introduction to improvising and composing your way to original choreography. The first class will focus on group exercises that allow you to experiment, collaborate, and learn basic steps. The second class provides opportunities for solo improvisation and exercise. The course meets on Thursday for two weeks.
Intro to Modern Dance with Stacy Collado

Wednesdays – August 22nd, 29th, and September 5th at 6:30 p.m.

Dancing is deep-seated in the human condition and how beings connect. This three-part course is an introduction to modern dance through not only learning movement but also drawing on our lived experiences. Each class will have a different movement concentration related to both physical tendencies of the body as well as what it means to be human.
Yoga for Unleashing Creativity
with Nalini

Thursdays – August 23rd, 30th, and September 6th at 6:30 p.m.

All too often artists can find themselves with a “block” when excessive thoughts and anxieties begin to take over. This open/mixed level yoga class focuses on the benefits of yoga to quiet and focus the artists’ mind to unleash inner creativity. The course meets every Thursday for three weeks.

Thousands of books, CDs and DVDs


Every Sunday in Downtown Jersey City since 1997!

Thousands hardcover and paperback books are available in a variety of subjects, including Classics, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s, Health, Sports, Gardening, History, Philosophy, Art, and Science. We have new releases, out-of-print titles, and even translations in multiple languages!

All hardcover books, DVDs, CDs and video games are $2.00, all paperbacks are $1.

Children’s books and hundreds of other titles are free!

Proceeds help fight hunger and homelessness!

Lear more at  http://www.gracecommunityjc.com.

If you have books you’d like to donate, please feel free to stop by anytime between 12:00pm and 4:00pm on Sundays.

Follow on Twitter @GraceVVBooks !

10 of the hottest interior trends for Spring Summer 2018


House Beautiful has some great ideas for Summer decorating … 

Ice-cream pastels, glittery golds, indigo blues and super zingy color pops – these are all trends for this year.


Macrame, fringing, tufting, tassels and feathers – you name it, it’s here for this season and you’ll see it on cushions, wall hangings, throws, rugsand accessories. This trend will add a wonderful handmade quality to each room, beautiful tactile cushions on the sofa and a sumptuous throw with tassels on the bed, and a wall-hanging or two on plain walls .CONTINUE READING >>>