Jersey City Mayor Fulop Joins Developers To Celebrate the Opening of The Agnes

With the cut of a ceremonial ribbon, Jersey City officials, business leaders and other dignitaries marked the official opening of The Agnes, a new luxury rental building that is being hailed for introducing meaningful new development to the City’s burgeoning West Side.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop joined principals from developers Fields Grade and Blumberg &Freilich Equities for the ceremony at the modern five-story building.  Located at 132 Yale Avenue (entrance at 155 Clarke Avenue), the distinctive new residential address features 145 stylish residences, 10,000+ square feet of boutique hotel-inspired amenities, and a unique connection to the city’s cultural fabric. 

Pictured from Left to Right: James Caulfield, principal of developer Fields Grade, Elizabeth Freilich of Blumberg & Freilich Equities, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Anay Verma, a 10-year old fifth grader from PS #16 who was serving as “Mayor for the Day,” Jersey City Ward B Councilwomen Mira Prinz-Arey and Robert Caulfield, principal of Fields Grade, recently joined for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to unveil The Agnes, a ultra-luxury five story rental building hailed for introducing meaningful new development to the City’s burgeoning West Side. The event took place less than four months after The Agnes launched leasing and immediately found a welcoming public, with nearly 80% of its homes already leased and the first residents moved in.

The event took place less than four months after The Agnes launched leasing and immediately found a welcoming public, with nearly 80% of its homes already leased and the first residents moved in.  The Marketing Directors is the building’s exclusive leasing agent.

“Projects like The Agnes take time and for a long time there was nothing happening on the west side of Jersey City,” Mayor Fulop said.  “These buildings weren’t happening.  There wasn’t a lot of interest from the development community.  We’re really focused on changing that and are proud of what we’ve been able to do.  The NJCU complex will absolutely be transformational, and you see the investment in Bayfront which will be one of the largest mixed-income communities in the entire northeast. Developers like Fields Grade that have been invested in downtown predominately prior to The Agnes are looking into this area and investing in projects in other parts of the city.  The only way to get change into a community is to work with the private sector and incentivize people in a proper way to attract small business, create a more walkable community and offer all the things that are important for young people to want to be in the city.  Congratulations to everyone.  We’re excited about The Agnes and look forward to more investments on the west side of Jersey City.”

“The Agnes and its leasing success are further proof of the need and demand for new residential options west of the city’s waterfront and established downtown neighborhoods,” said Rob Caulfield, a principal at Fields Grade.  “Mayor Fulop and his administration have done an admirable job encouraging new development in these emerging communities.  We’re proud to have invested in this location and are delighted to see the public responding so enthusiastically.”

The Agnes features a collection of studio, one- and two-bedroom residences, with net-effective monthly rents starting at $1,540 with grand opening incentives that include up to four months free for a limited time. Well-appointed residences are adorned with premium stainless-steel appliances, quartz countertops, custom kitchen cabinet colors, in-home washer and dryer, built-in custom closets and desks, and oak plank flooring.  Select floorplans include dens for additional living and entertaining space with the flexibility to utilize it as a home office or for visiting guests.  Residents can also customize their contemporary living spaces with stunning paint colors chosen by the design team through a partnership with Backdrop.   

The building boasts 10,000+ square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities and inspiring connections to Jersey City’s cultural fabric.  Highlighting the complete lifestyle experience at The Agnes is an outdoor pool and landscaped courtyard, club room, public and private workspaces, a relaxing lounge with a fireplace, state-of-the-art fitness center, communal kitchen, playroom, bike storage, and a dog run and dog wash. Creatives will find inspiration for their upcoming projects or just a great setting to enjoy some free time at the building’s HUSH artbook library.  Street-level retail space will include a wellness-focused café called The Nell featuring local coffee roaster Afficianado Roasters.

The Agnes will also showcase a unique collaboration with contemporary artists, photographers, literary experts, and designers to create a deep connection between residents and Jersey City’s celebrated creative spirit.   A visual preview can be found on the Fields Grade Instagram page.  With The Agnes as its hub, Fields Grade has plans to concentrate on the arts and hopes to create skill development opportunities for community members.

Situated just west of Downtown Jersey City and near the banks of the Hackensack River, The Agnes provides access to a wealth of dining, recreation and nightlife options.  Some popular eateries found minutes away are Carmine’s Italian Deli, ITA Italian Kitchen, Orale, Bread and Salt, Harry’s Daughter, Maggie’s Farm, and many others.  Shopping is close at hand with major retailers at the adjacent Hudson Mall, and local establishments such as Clearport, Another Man’s Treasure, Casa Mona, Iris Records and Zero Kids just moments away.

Other public amenities close by include the 273-acre Lincoln Park which features vast green space, twenty-one public tennis courts, three playgrounds, a dog run, nature trails, several sports fields, and Skyway Golf Course, a scenic 9-hole layout lined with colorful fescue, magnificent dunes and rolling fairways. 

The Agnes is well connected to the vibrant dining, shopping and culture of downtown Jersey City and Manhattan via the Hudson Bergen Light Rail Station just minutes away on West Side Avenue.   Complimentary shuttle service will be provided to the Journal Square PATH Station, offering even greater access New York City.  The building is also a quick drive to the New Jersey Turnpike and Routes 440 and 1 and 9, allowing residents to reach all the businesses and highly popular recreational options in northern New Jersey and the famed Jersey Shore. 

The Agnes owes its blend of stylish living and creative inspiration to a team of professionals including interior designer Wherewithal and creative partners Studio Scissor, First Child, New World Group and Brandog.  These firms collaborated with owners Fields Grade and Blumberg &Freilich Equities, Creative Director Dasha Faires and exclusive leasing agent The Marketing Directors to bring this unique vision to reality.

For more information on The Agnes and to schedule a private visit of the building’s model homes and amenity spaces, please call 201-656-1200 or visit  The Agnes is located at 132 Yale Avenue (entrance at 155 Clarke Avenue), Jersey City, NJ 07304. 

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