Bank of America contributes $1M to Liberty Science Centers’s SciTech Scity

1

Liberty Science Center has announced that Bank of America will become a corporate partner in the SciTech Scity project, after committing $1 million to the effort.

SciTech Scity is a a 30-acre innovation campus that aims to develop dozens of world-changing science and technology companies, as well as revamp K-12 educational standards at Liberty Science Center.

The $280 million SciTech Scity project will feature a biotech lab, a coding lab, a technology business incubator, a K-12 STEM-focused school, as well as a village with residential housing and outdoor park space.

In addition to its monetary donation, Bank of America is also is providing SciTech Scity with its leadership expertise. Sumeet Chabria, the head of global business services at Bank of America, will join the project’s board of trustees. Bank of America joins EY and Verizon as founding corporate sponsors of SciTech Scity.

Other anchor sponsors include the city of Jersey City; Joseph and Millie Williams; LSC board co-Chair David Barry; and former U.S. Rep. Frank J. Guarini.

The first phase of SciTech Scity, on a path to open in late 2022 or 2023, includes the following new construction projects:

  • Edge Works: the economic and creative hub for SciTech Scity, offering a variety of scalable workspaces, an advanced prototyping lab, custom labs, meeting spaces, and a state-of-the-art conference center
  • Scholars Village: a mixed use residential offering permanent housing (Studio-2BR) and student housing (for local university students in STEM), each equipped with the latest in smart home technology and sustainable living.
  • Public Commons: 5-acre outdoor park with activations that encourage exploration, creativity, collaboration and innovation. An events plaza for concerts, farmers markets, art exhibitions and food-truck festivals.

Subsequent phases of SciTech Scity will include expanded incubation space, a science-focused public school and other facilities to drive STEM innovation and job creation.

For more information, visit https://www.scitechscity.com/.

Cavany Foods to open gourmet market at 235 Grand in Jersey City

235 Grand Exterior

Cavany Foods, a full-service meal preparation company that offers its customers fresh, organic food delivered directly to their front door, has signed a lease for a 1,750 square-foot space at 235 Grand in downtown Jersey City, the luxury rental building’s developers KRE Group and Ironstate Development Company announced today.

The company will utilize the space for its first ever retail location, with a gourmet market offering everything from prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to coffee, desserts and other treats. The gastronomic company is relocating its existing commercial kitchen from Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood to 235 Grand, where it will continue to focus on its popular home-delivery service that’s operated through an app.

“Cavany Foods is a local business with a loyal following and a high-quality product. We’re delighted to partner with them on their first retail location,” said Jonathan Kushner, president of KRE Group. “When we select a retail tenant for one of our buildings, we consider the impact it will have on our residents and the community at large.  In this case, the benefit was clear.”

Cavany Foods was founded in 2017 by Chef Alejandro Ferrer who hails from Venezuela, attended the School for Food and Hotel Management in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and today calls Jersey City home.  The modern kitchen concept became a staple at the annual Grove Street Farmers Market, and quickly built up a loyal following of patrons who responded to its variety of gourmet recipes ranging from Continental and American cuisine to delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as its sourcing of fresh, local ingredients.  It also launched a popular subscription meal delivery service, bringing hundreds of local residents “the freshness of real organic food to your door.”

With customers asking when he was going to open a brick-and-mortar location and more than 80% of its clientele coming from downtown Jersey City, Chef Ferrer decided 235 Grand was the ideal place to support both his current business model and his plans for future growth.

Chef Alejandro Ferrer

Chef Alejandro Ferrer

“We decided to open at 235 Grand because it is in an area with a lot of pedestrian traffic, close to the PATH and the downtown commercial district and near our existing customer base,” Chef Ferrer said.  “We also like the idea of setting up shop in a brand new building whose residents will essentially be using us like room service.  It’s the perfect location for our business to grow.”

Cavany Foods’ current app-based meal delivery service is a popular option for customers who want to eat inspired meals made with local, organic ingredients and prepared by a professional chef. Business for the company is up 50% since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Ferrer, with more people working from home, ordering multiple meals per day and desiring fresh, healthy food.

“We are proud to be serving the community during these challenging times and are thankful that we are able to contribute to the health and well-being of our customers in our own way,” Chef Ferrer said. “At the same time, we are planning for a brighter future. We believe our gourmet market at 235 Grand will be a popular neighborhood destination, giving us an opportunity to offer an in-store experience while also expanding our app-based, home delivery service.”

Cavany Food’s app-based service is live.  For more information, visit www.cavanyfoods.com. The company is currently offering new customers a 20% discount on their first order.

The broker for the deal was Grid Real Estate.

The LEED®-certified 235 Grand luxury rental building features 549 residences.  The 46-story building offers modern indoor and outdoor amenities, dramatic views and a convenient location within walking distance of light-rail, PATH, and NY Waterway ferry service.  More than 90% of the studios, one- and two-bedroom residences have been leased, with The Marketing Directors overseeing the successful leasing program.

For more information on 235 Grand or to schedule an appointment to virtually tour its model homes and amenity spaces, visit www.235Grand.com or call (201) 613-9235.

DMG INVESTMENTS ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF POPULAR “NEW YORK STORY” PHOTO CONTEST

NY Story WinnerDMG Investments, developer of One Park in Cliffside Park, NJ, has officially announced the winners for its exciting New York Story Photo contest.    The month-long contest was held this summer and asked enthusiastic contestants to take eye-catching photos that vividly explained their life and relationship with New York City.

Fifteen finalists were selected by an esteemed panel of judges that included Evan Joseph, a leading architectural and interior photographer, Zheng Yang, a famous photographer, artist, art instructor and global traveler and members of the New York Institute of Photography, the world’s largest online photography school.

Winners were chosen via public vote and the thrilling announcement of the top vote getters was recently revealed on the website and Instagram of One Park, an upscale luxury 14-story condominium building with a photogenic location overlooking the Hudson.  The building, with its unmatched New York City views, served as inspiration for the contest.

Taking home the prize for first place was “Risky Business” by Esteban Chacin.  The top photo perfectly showcased the majesty of New York City and the uniqueness of its subject who was perched high above the skyline on a construction beam in the rain.  Other winners announced by DMG Investments included “New York Street Stories” by Jackson Carvalho and “Reflection” by Lily Lam for second place and “Bridging Worlds” by Francesca Magnani and “Timeless Shape” by Fernando Berra Kossik in third place.  The winning images can be viewed at https://oneparkcondosnj.com/en/photo-contest/

Prizes included a Leica Digital SLR camera with a value of $2,200 and the opportunity to hold a personal photo exhibition at One Park for the 1st Place Winner, second place winners were awarded the newest Macbook Air and third place winners gifted a DJI Osmo Action camera.

One Park features 204 upscale condominiums perched atop the historic Palisades Cliffs. DMG tapped distinguished firm Architectura to design One Park.  The building boasts a glass curtain wall and private outdoor space for every home to take full advantage of its dramatic clifftop location and sweeping vistas of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.

A selection of one-to-four-bedroom homes are offered at the 14-story building, priced from the $500,000s.  More than 25,000 square-feet of resort-style indoor and outdoor amenities are provided at One Park, highlighted by a magnificent two-story lobby,  Aquatic Center featuring an indoor 55-foot heated pool with sauna and steam rooms and adjoining outdoor sun deck and private furnished roof deck with dining terrace with grilling stations, fire pits, intimate seating areas and outdoor movie theater.

Headquartered in New York City at 100 Wall Street, DMG Investments LLC (“DMG”) was established in 2013 as the US subsidiary of DoThink Holding Group, a well-known real estate developer in China.

DMG focuses on real estate acquisitions, development and management as well as financing. Leveraging the expertise of a team of dedicated real estate professionals with decades of experience creating and adding value for investors, DMG has amassed a portfolio of best-in-class assets across the US in dynamic markets in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and South Carolina.

As the portfolio continues to grow, DMG is dedicated to providing amenities and services that enhance the livability of each project be it in the student housing, traditional multifamily or condominium sector. In the years to come, the goal of DMG is to become a global real estate enterprise with a world-class reputation for sustainable development and a business philosophy that emphasizes the importance of delivering value for investors, owners and residents.

 

bwe kafe to Open Third Hudson County Coffee Shop in Neighboring Hoboken

edge entrance final 050519

Photo Credit:  Hudson Projects

bwe kafe is prepping to open its third coffee shop in Hudson County.  The neighborhood café and gathering space, which has locations at 140 River Drive South in downtown Jersey City and 1002 Washington Street in Hoboken has signed a lease to occupy 1,904 square feet of street-level retail space at the six-story Edge Adams building located at 1405 Adams Street in Hoboken.

Named bwè Kafe North End, the new outpost will introduce new design elements and features not found at other locations to create a higher level of social engagement and provide expanded service.  The multi-level space will feature a central mezzanine to foster a communal vibe.  An extended bar with an open kitchen will allow for larger food service.  Portions of the interior space will have distinct and unique design motifs and merchandising to better promote neighborly interaction.

The new location within Bijou Properties’ 34-unit Edge Adams luxury rental building that is registered for LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) marks the latest example of the proliferation of residential, retail, dining and entertainment options in uptown Hoboken which is creating a vibrant, urban neighborhood destination.

“There’s been a lot of exciting development happening in Hoboken’s north end,” commented bwé kafe owner Dale Mori-Ryan.  “We were fortunate enough to be a part of multiple pop-ups with Hudson Table and we became more aware of the growth and excitement in this area.  We wanted to participate in the growth with a more permanent location and Edge Adams was the ideal address.

“We love being surrounded by so many other spaces that are supporting the arts,” she continues.  “Hoboken’s only movie theater is directly across from us and the Mile Square Theater is steps away. We also love that the building is on pace to be LEED Certified.  We’re constantly trying to think of ways to become more sustainable as a coffee shop and as individuals. We offer compostable utensils, sell reusable straws, try to promote multi-use cups instead of single use ones and try to limit our waste. Being in a LEED Certified building is very special to us.”

It’s no coincidence that Bijou Properties also targeted bwé kafe for its thoughtfully-curated retail mix in the neighborhood as the two locally-based entities share a community-minded philosophy as part of their DNA.

“We’re a Hoboken company that is fully invested in the quality of life for its residents, now and in the future,” said Bijou Properties’ Managing Partner Larry Bijou.   “We continually strive to provide neighborhood amenities and services that complement our residential components and significantly contribute to the community-at-large.  We’re incredibly excited to be bringing bwè Kafe North End to Edge Adams and to deliver a new retail destination in this neighborhood.  It’s a perfect partnership between two like-minded businesses that share a vision for creating an eco-conscious living environment for all to enjoy.”

For over a decade, Bijou Properties has been introducing residential and commercial buildings in uptown Hoboken — all developed responsibly and with much-needed supportive retail and services. Its Park + Garden rental building located at 1450 Garden Street is home to the Elysian Charter School and the developer introduced Garden Street Mews, a cobblestone and tree-lined mews zoned for pedestrian use only where its sponsors the annual outdoor Garden Street Farmers Market.  Of recent note, Bijou Properties completed a 40,000 square-foot retail/recreation/office building located at 333 15th Street which includes tenants Orale, West Elm, SLT, and The Gravity Vault, Hudson County’s first rock climbing gym.

All of its properties have received or registered for LEED certification from USGBC, meaning they have been developed under strict guidelines to result in healthy, highly-efficient and cost-saving green buildings that dramatically reduce the impact on the surrounding neighborhood and environment.

Likewise, bwé kafe is driven by a mission of serving both its immediate and extended community.  Locally, its retail spaces host monthly open mic nights, collaborations with local vendors, showcases with local artists, open workshops and community events and fundraisers.

Globally, it partners with the non-profit ‘Love for Haiti,’ an organization which strives to improve life, opportunity, verse, and education in that nation.  Through this program, bwe kafe supports the art and music departments in two schools outside of Port au Prince via donations gathered in its coffee shops.  The monetary proceeds go to the tuitions of students for higher education.

“Our baristas and friends of the coffee shop visit the schools once or twice a year to deliver musical donations, laptops and art supplies, and meet with the students that are the beneficiaries of the scholarships,” Mrs. Mori-Ryan said.   “At home, we have great plans to expand our community collaborations in the new space.”

Edge Adams is the second boutique building in Bijou Properties’ Edge Lofts apartment portfolio, following Edge Clinton, a 35-unit rental at 1405 Clinton Street.

For additional information on Edge Adams, please visit www.edgelofts.com.

About Bijou Properties

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken, N.J., 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) and Vine, a 135-unit LEED certified rental building at 900 Monroe Street.  The developer has also introduced Candela Lofts, the first Passive House multi-family condominium building in New Jersey, and VIA Lofts, a collection of ten luxury condominiums at 1410 Grand Street, and is preparing for the debut of 700 Jackson, a 424-unit luxury rental building.  With the completion of 700 Jackson, Bijou will have delivered nearly 1,000 sustainable LEED-certified homes in its home city.

 

Time for Fall Cocktails

fall-cocktail-recipe-chowhound-670x446Autumn/ Winter Cocktails from Jersey City’s Piggyback Bar and NYC’s Pig and Khao

As we pack start to pack away our summer essentials  and pull out the sweaters and boots, it’s also time to switch up the bar cart and replace those fruity, light flavors with deeper, warmer profiles. Ben Byruch, operations manager and beverage curator of Jersey City’s Piggyback Bar and NYC’s Pig and Khao, has put together cocktails that showcase these warm and seasonal flavors.

We would love for you to consider their cocktails in any fall cocktail recipe roundups you may be working on.

  • Stinky Peat – A fan favorite at Pig and Khao, the cocktail is an infusion of chamomile rye and elderflower, providing a pleasant, flowery taste cut with a subtle, smoky bite from a scotch rinse.
  • Winter Root – This creation is ideal for the fall/winter months and offers spicier notes from its base of ginger whiskey and the signature, housemade five spice blend syrup featuring hints of clove, anise, all spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Topped with a quick dash of Peychaud’s bitters, the cocktail is truly fall in a glass.

BUSINESS NEWS: TAPROOT ORGANICS

21761987_1070292119769067_6059657155134394753_n

The buildout is almost complete at the newest outpost of local JC biz Taproot Organics. If you are looking for superior skin care this store should be on your “must list”.  You can find all the good stuff at 377 Broadway & 17th Street, across from the Firestone. They are currently open on Saturdays and Sundays. Check out their website: http://www.taprootorganics.com/.

About Taproot Organics via their FB page

FRESH IS BEST. Taproot Organics Chef / Owner Daniel Grunes uses his culinary expertise to create skin-quenching personal care for men, women, and kids using high quality organic ingredients found in the best kitchens. Infused Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Botanicals, Herbs, and Butters are whipped into Skin Food. 

Taproot Organics supports the Zero Waste initiative by using minimal packaging. Ask for your bar soap to be packed NAKED. Thank you for leaving a smaller imprint on our planet.

Jersey City Craft Distillery Fest

36259286_2032876686783342_315132814343274496_n

Fine art in a shot glass: welcome to the world of craft spirits. Pour yourself a glass of genius and meet the auteurs that are creating booze distilled with panache and freedom. 🥃🍗

Book before is too late 👉 bit.ly/JerseyCityDistilleryFest

Each bottle is a gourmet experience down to the last drop, and your ticket grants you access to 150 types of spirits! Harborside’s idyllic venue will also host live musicians, celebrated chefs , and a plethora of vendors selling all sorts of fascinating trinkets and merchandise. 🎶

Hundreds of distillers can’t wait to fill your cup: get your tickets and come on down! 👉 bit.ly/JerseyCityDistilleryFest

Any questions?
📧 hello@feverup.com
📞 (646) 781-7359 / (917) 979-2124

DEVELOPER OF VANTAGE ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF BREWSHOT CAFÉ AT 45-STORY RENTAL BUILDING

2018-06-21_10-03-20Brewshot Café, a one-of-a-kind coffee shop and restaurant, is set to open its next Jersey City location at Vantage, the luxury rental building in downtown’s Liberty Harbor North neighborhood.

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.   The new Brewshot location will feature two separate entrances, a street-level storefront to accommodate pedestrian traffic, as well as direct entry from the Vantage lobby for its resident base.

Brewshot provides the best elements of the classic Italian coffee culture and offers a wide selection of organic, fair trade coffee and tea and freshest baked goods.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brewshot to Vantage,” says Brian Fisher, President of Fisher Development Associates.  “It will not only deliver the highest-quality coffee to this neighborhood, but also provide another inviting and social environment for our residents to enjoy.”

Located at 33 Park View Avenue, Vantage features 448 apartment homes providing its retailers access to a large pool of built-in consumers.  Brewshot will join Park View Academy, an innovative new daycare facility, as commercial tenants at Vantage. Continue reading