Jersey City to match state grants in an effort to aid small businesses

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Jersey City has announced they will match state-funded small business grants for city businesses facing financial hardships due to the coronavirus crisis.

According to Mayor Steve Fulop, the grant program will comprise of Jersey City matching 100% of any state grants awarded to Jersey City applicants of the NJ Economic Development Authority Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program. The program is currently live and runs through April 10th. Financial aid will be used to help with payroll and provide working capital with the goal of retaining employees.

The local program will be administered through the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC), a 501c3 nonprofit.

The application for the NJEDA Small Business Grant program is available at https://cv.business.nj.gov.

KRE Group launches new virtual activities initiative to entertain/educate residents and support local businesses

KRE Live Features a Curated Offering of At-Home Activities Free to the Public

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KRE Group, a leading real estate development and management company, announced today the launch of KRE Live, a virtual space that provides a robust calendar of online social, fitness, entertainment and educational options to aid the public in practicing social distancing throughout the current COVID-19 crisis.

The www.krelive.com website will be updated regularly to provide a full schedule of classes, demonstrations, talks and other livestreams offered in real time and at no cost.  KRE has engaged the local business community to bring their services and expertise to residents who can no longer visit in person.

Powered by Zoom, the livestreams are carefully curated to provide a variety of activities and discussions for all household makeups. Family-friendly options include a comedy show, Spanish Class for Kids with Fasttrack Languages and The Unicorn NYC Presents Babies N’ Beats. Other adult-oriented classes consist of a WFH PT Stretch Class with Lisbeth Hoyt, Brizz’s Bootcamp hosted by Hudson River Fitness, a cooking class led by Hoboken favorite Hudson Table, How to Golf from Home with PGA Professional Jeff Wibben, Spicy Margarita Making Cocktail Class and many more.

On Friday, March 27, KRE Live will host a discussion with Jersey City Medical Center President and CEO Michael Prilutsky and Chief Medical Officer Michael Loftus to update the community on COVID-19.

“These are unchartered waters for all of us,” said Jonathan Kushner, president of KRE Group.  “Once we put all of the necessary measures in place to keep our residents and staff as safe as possible, we began thinking of ways that would improve their quality of life during this restrictive period.  KRE Live will allow them to enjoy many of the activities they’ve been missing, while also increasing exposure and building new audiences for so many local businesses and individuals who are dealing with temporary shutdowns.”

While initially conceived to exclusively service KRE Group’s entire multi-family portfolio,  KRE Live is open to the public at large.

“We’re all in this together,” said Mr. Kushner.  “When we can’t control a situation, we have a company approach of doing our best to control our reaction to that situation.”

To view and register for activities on KRE Live, visit www.krelive.com.

Local businesses interested in being considered for KRE Live can email krelive@thekregroup.com

About Kushner Real Estate Group

Headquartered in Jersey City, NJ, KRE Group is one of the largest privately held diversified real estate companies in New Jersey. It owns and manages more than 6,000,000 square feet of office, warehouse and retail space. It also has a multi-family portfolio which exceeds 9,000 existing apartments, with an additional 7,000 in various stages of approval and construction. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.thekregroup.com.

 

Jersey City Implements Special Supermarket Shopping Times

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In an effort to keep the most vulnerable of the population safe, Jersey City has announced special supermarket shopping times for “the frail, people with special needs, pregnant women and the elderly.”

For more information visit www.JCNJ.org/SpecialMarketTimes.

In Jersey City, call 201-547-5208 before going to a medical facility. The New Jersey Coronavirus hotline phone number is 800-222-1222.

New Writing Workshops to Launch in Jersey City Heights!

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WRITE IN THE HEIGHTS is launching on March 11th! The new home for the area’s writers and lovers of literature will feature:

  • Writing workshops in prose and poetry for beginner and continuing writers
  • One day workshops to practice elements of craft
  • Monthly writing gatherings, to write, snack, drink and share
  • Readings and open mics
  • Full editing services will also be available

WRITE IN THE HEIGHTS will host its first Write Night on Wednesday, March 11th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Drinks, snacks and writing prompts will be served.

The first prose workshop will begin on March 17th and will run for seven weeks, covering character, plot and dialogue development for fiction and non-fiction stories. An open-genre workshop will run for six weeks on Mondays in April, providing writers a space to practice, play and share.

All workshops and events will be held at the new party rental space, As U Wish, at 74 Bowers Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307.

WRITE IN THE HEIGHTS is founded by ELIZABETH ARGELIA LEONARD, writer, educator and editor. Elizabeth has been leading creative writing workshops for adults and children in New York City for more than a decade. She holds a Masters in novel writing from City University London and a BA in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing from NYU. She has been trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, teaching arts for social justice, and restorative justice practices. This summer, she will be trained in yoga and mindfulness instruction and hopes to continue to incorporate healing practices in her facilitation. She is thrilled to bring this experience and her joy for writing to Jersey City.

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.

 

Public Voting to August 21st on “New York Story” Photo Contest

Less than one week remains to vote on one of New York City’s most trending summer social media contests.  Until August 21st, the public can select their favorite images and choose a winner in DMG Investments “New York Story” Photo contest, which asked participants to submit their best landscape and lifestyle photos of New York City and its metro area.

The contest finalist have been chosen 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. Fifteen images have been selected as finalists.   The photos can be viewed and the public can vote on the images at https://oneparkcondosnj.com/en/photo-contest/.

Winners will be awarded based on vote count and announced on August 24th, 2019 on the One Park Instagram account and on the contest website. Winners will be declared for first, second and third place with substantial prizes awarded for the chosen photos.

Voting FlyerThe “New York Story” contest was sponsored by Manhattan-based real estate developer DMG Investments, which has been developing signature residential and student housing properties along the East Coast. Its most recent project, One Park, served as the inspiration behind the contest.  The luxury 14-story condominium building boasts an idyllic and photogenic location on New Jersey’s Hudson River Gold Coast with perfect New York City skyline as a pictorial backdrop.

POP-UP GALLERY AT THE ENCLAVE RENTAL BUILDING IN JERSEY CITY TO CELEBRATE NEWEST MURAL FROM ACCLAIMED ARTIST RON ENGLISH

Space is Limited and Tickets are Required for the Free Public Event From 6 to 9 p.m. on August 8th at 260-Home Building at 675 Monmouth Street

Ron English, the wildly popular artist whose unique style mixing superheroes and comic strips with art history has made him one of the country’s most recognizable artists, is putting the finishing touches on his newest public work in Jersey City – a 60’ mural located at the intersection of Erie and 16th Streets.

GrinPopWhiteTrademark.jpgThe artwork is the latest installment in Jersey City’s renowned Mural Arts Program and its completion will be celebrated with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop during a free public POP-Up gallery on Thursday, August 8th within The Enclave rental building at 675 Monmouth Street.  Space is limited for the evening event and tickets are required to attend. Free tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/popaganda-jersey-city-pop-up-tickets-66604113697

The special cocktail event will be highlighted by banner art from Mr. English, who describes his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones as “POPaganda.”  Found throughout the world as street art, in museums, in movies and books and television, his unforgettable works captivate audiences with an arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama.  The gallery will also feature “POPaganda” merchandise for sale.

Sponsored by the development team behind The Enclave, BNE Real Estate Group, Hoboken Brownstone Company and McKinney Properties, the event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the building’s indoor/outdoor rooftop amenity deck.

 “Ron English is one of the best street artists in the world who lived in Jersey City for some time,” Mayor Fulop said. “It is great to have him back in our city as part of the Mural Arts Program, which has become one of the best in the country.”

 Initiated in 2013, and funded by a Clean Communities Grant, the Jersey City Mural Arts Program (JCMAP) is a Mayor’s Office Initiative that links established and emerging local, national and international mural artists with property owners citywide.  The acclaimed public art program currently showcases nearly 140 murals citywide created by artists from 16 countries, 7 U.S. States and dozens of Jersey City’s local artists.  The Mural Arts Program has grown in prominence and notoriety, attracting named artists – such as Kobra, Shepard Fairey, MadC, and Pixel Pancho – and establishing Jersey City as a top U.S. urban area for renowned public graffiti and street art.

The Mural Arts Program has commissioned works that support local art and beautify neighborhoods by programming public spaces with outdoor paintings that deter graffiti and incorporate the cultural and historical aspects of different neighborhoods. The Ron English mural, and others like it in Jersey City, offer accessible, authentic artwork that can help enhance and re-energize neighborhoods through creativity and aesthetic beauty.

About The Enclave

Located in one of Jersey City’s hottest new neighborhoods, The Enclave features 260 luxury apartments and more than 40,000 square feet of resort-style amenities.  An abundance of outdoor space is highlighted by an expansive rooftop terrace featuring a swimming pool, private BBQ areas, outdoor bar and a fire pit – all set against the dazzling Manhattan skyline backdrop.  The pet-friendly building also features a dog run and spa, multiple entertainment lounges, an arcade/game room, co-working spaces and conference room, children’s imagination room with connected outdoor play area, and a Zen garden.  Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy a state-of-the art fitness center with virtual fitness programs, spin room, indoor/outdoor yoga areas, private massage room and resident locker rooms. Covered parking, bike storage and resident storage are available on-site.

The Enclave Exterior

Residents also enjoy 24-hour concierge, Amazon package lockers, and pet concierge services through Bark Building. The building is surrounded by outdoor landscaped open space and pedestrian plazas, while two new public parks created by the development partners are nearing completion and will feature a children’s playground and dog park.

The Enclave’s collection of stylish apartments ranges from studios to two-bedroom residences, with select homes offering private balconies.  Design-driven living spaces include nine-foot ceiling heights, crisp, white quartz countertops, modern stainless-steel appliances, in-home washer/dryers, and custom modular closets.  Net monthly rents start from the $2,400s, with a limited-time offer of one month free on a 13-month lease.  Immediate occupancy is available.

For additional information and to schedule a private preview of The Enclave, please visit www.TheEnclaveJC.com, or call 833-292-5351The Marketing Directors is the building’s marketing and exclusive leasing agent. The Enclave’s leasing office and model homes are open daily and is located at 675 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310.

 

 

 

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

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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.

 

Huggies & ShopRite Help New Jersey Combat Diaper Need

From July to October, ShopRite and Huggies donated 250,000 diapers to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a member of the National Diaper Bank Network.  This helps the 1 in 3 families struggling with diaper need in New Jersey.

How you can help:

  • Donate leftover diapers – have leftover diapers your child outgrew? Your local diaper bank can use them! Opened packages are fine, too.
  • Volunteer at a lo200396155-003cal diaper bank – donate your time, skills, experience, education or man power to support (email info@diaperbanknetwork.org to find a place to volunteer near you)
  • Host a diaper drive – every package of diapers you collect and every dollar you raise will impact needy infants and toddlers

The initiative is part of a larger donation of 500,000 diapers and $10,000 to the National Diaper Bank Network to help tackle diaper need—the struggle to provide enough clean diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry, and healthy.*

JC’s Big Read

2018-11-06_12-46-54The Jersey City Arts Council’s Literary Arts Committee is actively raising funds to provide free copies of Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel to 100% of Jersey City’s high school and college students so they can participate in the 2019 NEA Big Read. Fundraising ends November 27, 2018.

Jersey City has selected to read Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel this coming March for the NEA Big Read. Mandel is the author of four novels, an Arthur C. Clarke award winner and a National Book Award Finalist. Her post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven is a New York Times and international bestseller. The NEA Big Read will be celebrated as a month-long, citywide event, with more than three dozen programs, including literary readings, special workshops, slams, short films, art shows, and youth activities—all culminating in a visit from the writer Emily St. John Mandel on April 3.

The Arts Council’s campaign asks residents to donate just $5 to help ensure that every Jersey City high school and college student can participate in the NEA Big Read. The Literary Arts Committee has partnered with publisher Penguin Random House to print and deliver up to 25,000 copies of the book at cost, a savings of more than $250,000 from the cover price. Each $5 donation from the public will put a free copy of Station Eleven into the hands of a Jersey City student. The most generous donor will be thanked, with a logo if appropriate, on the back cover of all 25,000 books.

“The NEA Big Read is going to be filled with fun and thought-provoking events, all sparked by this wonderful novel,” said Robinson Holloway, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Arts Council. “We want everyone in Jersey City to participate, and we know that for many students the purchase of an un-assigned book can be a luxury. Penguin Random House has been an extraordinary partner, and we can’t wait for 25,000 conversations to start.”

Fundraising ends November 27, 2018, to allow time to print and distribute the books for the start of the NEA Big Read festivities in March 2019.

HOW TO DONATE:
Donations of $5 (or more) can be made with a credit card at jerseycityartscouncil.org/big-read/ or a check made out to Jersey City Arts Council can be mailed to JCAC, 331 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

The Jersey City Arts Council is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

IMPORTANT LINKS:
www.jerseycityartscouncil.org/big-read
www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read
www.emilymandel.com