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 or

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:

Oktoberfest 2019 at Zeppelin Hall


When: From now until Oct. 20th

Where: Zeppelin Hall Biergarten, Restaurant & Nightspot – 88 Liberty View Dr, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305

Oktoberfest at Zeppelin Hall is really the only place to do Oktoberfest. The best Oktoberfest experience with German and American craft Beers, Bavarian dishes and live German Party Bands on weekends. Enjoy it all in our tree shaded Garden or inside the Beer Hall. Room for all of your friends!

Spooky Sleepover Family Halloween Camp In


When: Oct 19 at 6 PM – Oct 20 at 10 AM

Where: Liberty Science Center – 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305

Don’t miss the ultimate slumber party adventure at Liberty Science Center. Get tickets now to the Spooky Sleepover Family Halloween Camp In on Saturday, Oct. 19.

You and your family are invited to spend the night at LSC as they whip up a little hocus pocus for a sleepover you’ll never forget. Snooze in your favorite exhibits, but not before experiencing a night of Halloween thrills! Navigate your way through our outdoor Spider Maze, a 4,000-sq-ft webby labyrinth that’s unlike any maze you’ve experienced before. Fight zombies in our virtual reality game, transform into a ghost at the Pepper’s Ghost Illusion Chamber, and explore chemistry by mixing some magic potions!

The bravest members in your family will also love the return of our Doom Zoo. If you think you can handle it, step inside and confront the horrific half-human, half-animal creations of a mad scientist! Last year, a total of 287 people cried after entering the Doom Zoo. Will you be added to the Tear Tally this year?

The activities and experiments only continue from there. Explore the science of bat flight (and try on your own pair of wings!). Get a close up look at some of LSC’s own “creepy crawlies” and even view a Venus flytrap feeding. Younger kids will also love navigating their way through our hay bale scarecrow maze!

We can’t wait to see you! Tickets are $65 per person (members receive a discount at $55). Tickets also include a planetarium show and 3D movie!

The fun starts at 6:00 pm on Oct. 19. All family members must arrive by 8:00 pm – there will not be any admission afterward. The event lasts through 10:00 am on Oct. 20, after which families are invited to explore the Science Center for the day.

This family event is for kids 6 and up. Each group must have a chaperone 21 and over. Children under the age of 6 will not be permitted.


99 Hudson Vertical ViewWhile Manhattan’s high-end condominium offerings continue to struggle to find buyers, sales are booming across the river at 99 Hudson in Downtown Jersey City, where a noteworthy 41 new contracts were recorded from June through August alone.

The stellar sales period is anything but an aberration at the best-selling 79-story condominium building, which has been surging in activity since its early-2018 introduction as New Jersey’s tallest building and one of the tallest residential buildings in the country.  99 Hudson’s record-setting height is now matched by its market-leading sales success, reports developer COA 99 Hudson, LLC and The Marketing Directors, the building’s exclusive marketing and sales agent.  

Current prices range from $550,000 to over $4,000,000 for a collection of studio-to-Penthouse homes offering up to 2,500 square feet of living space, including a limited number of expansive, top-floor Penthouse residences.  Select homes offer balconies.

99 Hudson Balcony.jpg“99 Hudson has successfully tapped into a broad spectrum of buyers which includes those already living in Jersey City, as well as savvy buyers from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island City who are taking advantage of the iconic building’s compelling value when compared with similar offerings across the Hudson River,” said Xiaocheng Zhou, President of COA 99 Hudson, LLC, the building’s developer.  “The comparative value is further enhanced when considering all that 99 Hudson has to offer, including an iconic design, extraordinary residences, exclusive amenities, unparalleled views, and a vibrant, downtown waterfront location with convenient ferry, rail and car access to Manhattan.”

Designed by Perkins Eastman, 99 Hudson’s distinctive limestone and glass exterior was recently completed, bringing the building’s sophisticated architectural style into focus.    

Homes feature open layouts with floor-to-ceilings windows that bathe residences in natural light and frame unmatched vistas of the Manhattan skyline, World Trade Center, New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty.  Stylish finishes include oak flooring, kitchens with quartz stone countertops, stainless steel sinks and a premium suite of Bosch appliances; and spa-like master bathrooms with custom millwork. All cabinetry throughout these elegant homes has been imported from Italy.  Each residence will also have a Bosch washer and dryer.

99 Hudson View From ManhattanEnhancing residents’ lives will be 65,000 square feet of world-class indoor and outdoor amenities which begin with a dramatic and welcoming triple-height lobby with Jura limestone, a grand chandelier, and stunning onyx feature wall. An on-site garage includes car charging stations and a private porte-cochere provides secure access by car or foot.

Inside, health and wellness will be fostered by a state-of-the-art 3,800 square-foot Fitness Center and dedicated yoga, Pilates and meditation studio.  Social interaction and a communal vibe will be created by a game room with card rooms, a pool table, golf simulator, screening room with bar, children’s playroom, demonstration kitchen, and co-working spaces. The 99 Hudson Club Room will feature a library, flat screen TV, and lounging, dining and entertaining spaces. There’s also a 24-hour concierge.

Outside, a resort-style lifestyle awaits on the 8th floor amenity deck which will boast an 80 by 50-foot swimming pool, cabanas for lounging, indoor and outdoor lounge and dining area with BBQ grills, playground, dog run and landscaped green lawn.  99 Hudson will also offer an exclusive, residents-only spa with hot tub, wet and dry lounges, steam room, dry sauna, showers, spa terrace and private massage rooms. An impressive 7,500 square feet has been dedicated to open space and pedestrian plazas.  

“Jersey City is an established destination, and 99 Hudson’s waterfront neighborhood is booming with art, culture, dining and nightlife,” said Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors.  “99 Hudson is an incredible addition to the Jersey City landscape and stands prominently among the region’s most iconic and prestigious residential addresses.”

Lying directly across the Hudson River from the World Trade Center, 99 Hudson boasts a prime location at the intersection of Hudson and Greene Streets, just steps from the Exchange Place PATH station which whisks commuters to business and entertainment centers in midtown Manhattan and New York’s Financial District.  NY Waterway ferries provide service to the 39th Street and Battery Park City terminals.  Also, right outside the front door is the Exchange Place Light Rail station which provides direct access to other “Gold Coast” locales.

Downtown Jersey City has fast made a name for itself in the New York Metropolitan social, arts and cultural scene and is bustling with shopping and entertainment venues. 99 Hudson lies a short walk from the pedestrian-friendly Newark Avenue — a hotbed of dining and nightlife. Residents also have direct access to 1,500 acres of waterfront park and 19 miles of Hudson River biking and jogging pathways.  

For more information on 99 Hudson, please visit or call (201) 371-7782.  The building’s state-of-the-art sales gallery is located at 101 Hudson Street, Suite #3602, Jersey City, NJ 07302.


About The Marketing Directors

The Marketing Directors is a renowned development advisory with over 35 years of experience working exclusively on behalf of real estate developers to design, market and sell residential homes. The Marketing Directors team is a collective of strategic thinkers, market experts and trusted partners. Headquartered in New York with offices and sales teams active across North America, The Marketing Directors has helped clients successfully sell-out hundreds of new developments accounting for more than $30 billion in total sales.

About Perkins Eastman

Perkins Eastman is an international planning, design and consulting firm that was founded in New York City in 1981. Today, the firm has seven other offices across the US and five overseas. The firm has a professional staff of more than 700 architects, interior designers, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, graphic designers, construction specification writers, construction administrators, economists, environmental analysts, traffic and transportation engineers, and several other professional disciplines.

Jersey City Community Festival 2019


When: Saturday, October 5th, 2019 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

Where: 68 Storms Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07306

Join the 1st Jersey City Community Festival 2019 where they will be showcasing Jersey City’s businesses and services. Bring your friends & family and enjoy music, food, entertainment for the kids & more.

If you would like to support this event or want to host a kiosk of your own, you may contact Iris Padron at (773) 343-5378.