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


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

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


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 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

Local businesses interested in being considered for KRE Live can email

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


New virtual tour and online presentations introduced at Hoboken’s 7 Seventy House upscale rental building.

Interactive Appointments Now Available to Combat COVID-19 Concerns and Restrictions

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7 Seventy House has released a newly produced virtual tour program to remotely accommodate prospective tenants moving forward with apartment searches in today’s COVID-19 environment.  The creative new leasing tool provides a complete look at the 424-home building located in Hoboken’s west side, including its fully furnished model apartments and approximately 90,000 square feet of world class amenities.

Hoboken, NJ was the first City in New Jersey to responsibly implement a shelter in place policy with travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Following this municipal directive and with public health as a top priority, developer Bijou Properties, partner Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and The Marketing Directors, the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for 7 Seventy House, quickly commissioned the virtual tour as an avenue to responsibly and safely provide an up close look at the building and allow renters to make an educated decisions about their new home.  The tour is part of interactive presentations now being conducted by leasing agents through personal Zoom meetings.  Interested prospects can schedule their virtual appointment by calling the building’s leasing office at 201-795-0770.

Additional information and details on the building can also be found by visiting

The fast-leasing 7 Seventy House features a collection of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with open floor plans of red oak engineered wood floors and expansive windows that bathe the homes in natural light.  Kitchens feature 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.

Monthly rents start in the $2,600s, with limited-time incentives that include one-month free on a 13-month lease.  Immediate occupancy is available.

Designed by Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects), the 14-story high-rise building boasts resort-style amenities that include a penthouse pool and roof deck with lounge seating, expansive amenity deck with 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 lounge with a fire pit.  The amenity spaces are strategically located on multiple floors with views including the Manhattan skyline.

Perfectly designed Brooklyn-based interior designer Factioned, the amenities are merchandised with chic and fashionable furnishings and appointments that blend an industrial flair with a modern lifestyle environment.

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Beyond the private amenities, 7 Seventy House will offer services that include a 24-hour attended lobby, Hello Alfred concierge service and covered parking.   There’s also approximately 25,000 square feet of ground floor retail space that will serve residents and the Hoboken community.

Located at 770 Jackson Street, the building is just steps from Hoboken’s 9th Street Light Rail Station and blends an upscale living experience with the convenience of quick access throughout New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast,” including Hoboken’s PATH, New Jersey Transit and Ferry terminals with service to Manhattan.  Closer to home, there’s a wide range of services and cultural attractions available in the Monroe Center, the premier arts and business community in Hoboken, which boasts artist studios, children’s activities, fitness facilities, eateries and much more.

7 Seventy House is a multi-faceted mix-use project that was developed in conjunction with a two-acre resiliency park donated by Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation to Hoboken.

The initial installation of the park open this summer and includes a children’s playground, a one-acre green space designed for active and passive recreation uses, a state-of-the-art 6,835 square-foot community gymnasium and infrastructure to capture over 450,000 gallons of rainwater to reduce flooding.  A second phase is expected to open shortly and will include a one-acre public plaza with step seating and tilted lawn panel, play sculpture and a large plaza to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets.   The project is part of the larger redevelopment of Hoboken‘s once-industrial western edge into a vibrant and active pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.

7 Seventy House recently received a 2019 Excellence Award in Sustainable Development from  The Urban Land Institute-Northern New Jersey (ULI-NNJ) in recognition of the responsible development tactics and smart growth practices utilized to conceptualize and complete the upscale rental building.

About Bijou Properties

Founded in 1999 in Hoboken, N.J., Bijou Properties owns, operates & develops 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 Edge Adams, a 34-unit rental building that’s part of its Edge Lofts apartment portfolio.

About Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser with decades long experience in real estate investment, finance, development, construction management and asset management. Since 1959, Intercontinental and its affiliates have managed, developed, or owned collectively over $10 billion in real estate property. Today, Intercontinental manages a real estate portfolio of approximately $9.5 billion for its clients. The Intercontinental portfolio is diversified both by robust property mix and by geography. Fund strategies actively seek opportunities to invest in both Core and Core-Plus properties, as well as in Value-Add operating properties and development projects.

About The Marketing Directors

With over 35 years of experience, The Marketing Directors is the preeminent development advisory that works exclusively on behalf of residential owners and builders to develop, market, and lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors are industry leaders, respected partners, and market innovators.

Jersey City Implements Special Supermarket Shopping Times


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

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

295J Launches in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette with Modern Rentals and Activated Social Spaces

Initial Occupancy Scheduled for April for new 309-Unit Rental Building

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Leasing is underway for 295J, a new 309-unit rental building that further cements Bergen-Lafayette’s emergence as one of Jersey City’s hottest new residential destinations.

Located at 295 Johnston Avenue, 295J delivers modern residences and thoughtfully curated amenities to this historic and culturally rich community which is imbued with an existing street-art vibe. Lying just west of Downtown Jersey City, the neighborhood marries a convenient location easily accessible to Manhattan, the Hudson River waterfront and Liberty State Park with a dynamic art, dining and nightlife scene.

“We’re excited to officially open 295J in a neighborhood that has a unique character and desirable lifestyle attributes,” said David Barry, President of Ironstate Development Company, which developed 295J in partnership with Brookfield and Landmark Development.  “We expect our residents to explore and enjoy the local fabric of the neighborhood while also taking advantage of the adjacent Light Rail Station that will conveniently connect them to Downtown Jersey City and additional public transportation options into Manhattan.”

Designed by BKSK Architects in partnership with Executive Architect Kitchen & Associates, the new five-story steel-and-brick-clad building references the industrial style of the immediate area, with variations in the materials breaking the massing down to a residential scale. Inside, the interiors continue to reflect industrial cues from the neighborhood.  The lobby serves as a refined living room, where walls display large pieces of art tied back to the local artist community.  Residential corridors are softened with moments of artistic graphic wall coverings unique to each floor, and doors are accentuated with dark grey full height surrounds and pinspot lighting displaying brass apartment numbers.

A collection of stylishly appointed studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts is available at monthly rents starting from $1,910. Initial occupancy is scheduled for April.   Each apartment features keyless entrance technology, large windows to maximize natural light, kitchens with modern Whirlpool appliances and Caesarstone grey countertops, in-home Whirlpool washer/dryers and individual heating/cooling systems.

Shared amenity and social spaces designed to foster natural opportunities for residents to meet and interact include an art-filled lobby with 24/7 Concierge service and Amazon lockers, a fully equipped fitness center, and The Study, a cozy resident lounge ideal for working at home.  Outside, a heavily landscaped courtyard by Belgian landscape designers at Bureau Bas Smets is home to a pool, BBQ grills, fire pits and ping pong. The pet-friendly building also features a dog-wash station and a rooftop dog run with views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Covered parking is available at ground level.

Living at 295J also means access to a thoughtful line-up of gatherings and events created and hosted by the in-house property management team. The complimentary monthly events, which will take place throughout 295J’s social spaces and off-site at local restaurants, will include pop-up style get-togethers over coffee, cocktails and food.

Residents will also appreciate 295J’s location near a number of neighborhood recreational, dining and entertainment pursuits.  The building is situated just a few blocks from Communipaw Avenue, the area’s business corridor that offers hip and authentic bars, eateries, shops and everyday conveniences, including The Grind Shop, the widely popular Pacific Pizza, Harry’s Daughter Gastro Pub, and more.  Liberty State Park is virtually 295J’s backyard, offering more than 1,200 acres of public open space, while the Liberty Science Center offers an ever-evolving interactive museum experience, the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, and the innovative $280 million Sci-Tech City opening in a few years.

The neighborhood is also home to Pacific Flea, an open-air market with fine craft, antique and vintage items, live music, curated art shows, outdoor street art and rotating food trucks.  Berry Lane Park features baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, a playground and a skate park. For convenient neighborhood exploring, a Citi Bike Station is located adjacent to the property with 22 shared bikes and direct access to Liberty State Park.  Downtown Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan are easily reached via the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Liberty Park Station which is just steps from 295J.   Nearby Route 78 provides a pathway to the Holland Tunnel, as well as points west.

295J is located at 295 Johnston Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304.  More information can be found at

About Ironstate Development Company

Ironstate Development Company is one of the largest privately held real estate development companies in the Northeast. Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, Ironstate engages in the development and management of large-scale mixed-use projects and has a diverse portfolio of residential and hospitality assets. Additional information on Ironstate Development Company is available on the Company’s website at

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a leading global alternative asset manager with over $540 billion of assets under management across real estate, infrastructure, renewable power, private equity and credit. Brookfield owns and operates long-life assets and businesses, many of which form the backbone of the global economy. Utilizing its global reach, access to large-scale capital and operational expertise, Brookfield offers a range of alternative investment products to investors around the world—including public and private pension plans, endowments and foundations, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, insurance companies and private wealth investors. Brookfield Asset Management is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the symbol BAM and BAM.A respectively. For more information, please visit our website at


New Writing Workshops to Launch in Jersey City Heights!


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.

Cereal-infused ice cream shop coming to Jersey City!


After going viral on social media, Milk & Cream Cereal Bar, a cereal-infused ice cream shop, will expand and open their first New Jersey location at 175 Newark Ave in Downtown Jersey City.

An official open date is not confirmed, but according to, the grand opening will take place sometime in April.

Milk & Cereal’s only other location is in the Nolita section of New York, located at 159 Mott Street. After being ranked second on Buzzfeed’s, “25 Places Every Cereal-Lover Must Eat Before They Die,” the ice cream shop blew up with popularity. Currently, the company has over 157,000 followers on Instagram.

Below is a preview of their NY menu:


For more information visit:

Galleria Hudson in Downtown Jersey City to display student art exhibit


Gallerie Hudson in Downtown Jersey City will host an exhibit  of Jersey City charter school students’ artwork as a part of a JC Fridays event.

The exhibit opening will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6. The artwork will be on display until May 1 at Galleria Hudson, which is located at 197 Newark Ave.

The featured artwork was created by 10 different students ranging from first to eighth grade. The students work will be available for sale, with prices split between the student and the school, with the gallery taking a small commission.


Bang Cookies Opening Second Location in Jersey City

1Word on the street is that Bang Cookies will be opening a second location in downtown Jersey City along the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza.

According to Hoboken Girl, Bang Cookies recently signed a lease at 128 Newark Avenue and is set to open sometime within the next two weeks. Their first storefront is located on Summit Ave in the Heights.

Bang Cookies is known for delivering luxe, all-natural, organic cookies rather than the typical run-of-the-mill cookie. Created in 2016 by George Kuan, Bang Cookies offers delicious and very “Instagramable” giant cookies both in store and online as well. Local delivery is also available in Jersey City, Weehawken, Hoboken and Union City.

Surf & Turf Fest at Zeppelin Hall This Weekend!

1Starting today,  Thursday, February 27 until Sunday, March 1, Zeppelin Hall will be hosting a Surf & Turf Fest. highlighting seven different Surf & Turf combinations curated by Chopped champion, Chef Franco.

Zeppelin Hall is a restaurant & beer garden located at 88 Liberty View Drive, which features a full bar, over 100 European imports and U.S. craft beers, indoor and outdoor seating, live music and DJ’s on the weekends, and a very lighthearted environment to socialize! Reservations are accepted and encouraged.

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