Jersey City partners with rideshare company VIA to provide more transit options

1Jersey City’s new rideshare bus service hit the road this week to reach areas with limited access to public transportation.

Mayor Steve Fulop hopes the partnership with rideshare company Via will help eliminate parking problems and provide more cost-effective transportation to northern and southern neighborhoods of the city.

The rideshare company Via will have 14 vehicles that will now service the neighborhoods where there are no bus routes.

People can hail a ride by using the app,or via phone line for those who do not have access to a smartphone.

Via is offering a special price for the next month of $1 per ride, and the price will increase to $2 per ride after March 21.


Looking North: 7 Seventy House Hits 50% Leased on Hoboken’s West Side

7 Seventy House Exterior TwilightWhile Jersey City’s rental market has been making news, Hoboken certainly has its share of amazing new buildings and neighborhoods.  7 Seventy House, a new 424-home luxe-apartment complex near the 9th Street Light Rail Station, falls squarely into that category.  Developed by Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, the building has achieved the impressive mark of 50% leased just five months after opening to the public.  The developers of 7 Seventy recently announced the milestone with The Marketing Directors, the building’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent.

Offering modern studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences along with one of the most comprehensive amenity packages in the Hudson County market, 7 Seventy House has successful drawn a mix of renters from both sides of the Hudson River, according to a press release.  Move-ins are well underway at the MHS Architects-designed building, which is now home to over 150 residents.

Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, noted in the press release, “Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation have been trailblazers on Hoboken’s western edge, creating cutting-edge properties that accentuate the neighborhood’s desirability and its ease of commute.   7 Seventy House embodies all these attributes with a rental lifestyle unlike any other found in Hoboken.  Not only does it elevate urban living with stylish homes and a seemingly endless list of amenities, but the incorporation of public open space, plazas and park and playgrounds has created a sense of strong community that permeates throughout the building.”

Residences at 7 Seventy House 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 include private outdoor balconies and terraces up to 800 square feet.

7 Seventy House Model Unit 805 Kitchen Living

The landmark building features a 14-story high rise tower with multiple terraced setbacks, a glass and brick exterior and a distinctive columned entryway.  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.

Enhancing resident lifestyle at 7 Seventy House is more than 90,000 square feet of resort-style amenities, including 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 that include the Manhattan skyline. Perfectly designed by 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.

7 Seventy House 4th Floor Game Room

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.

7 Seventy House 1st Floor Entry

Additionally, 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.” Services include, Hoboken’s PATH and New Jersey Transit and Ferry terminals that travel 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 will 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.

For additional information on 7 Seventy House, please visit or call 201-795-0770.

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

Art Fair 14C Brings Work from 300+ Artists to Jersey City


Art Fair 14C is returning to Jersey City’s waterfront for its second year from February 21 to 23. As New Jersey’s only art fair, Art Fair 14C provides support and growth opportunity for small and medium sized galleries and highlights New Jersey as an exciting destination for high quality art.

The second edition of Art Fair 14C will be held on two levels of the Hyatt Regency at Exchange Place and will showcase work from more than 300 artists.

Participating Jersey City galleries include Art House Gallery, Drawing Rooms, New Jersey City University’s Art Department, and Pro Arts. Hudson County artists that will be exhibiting their work  include Loura Van Der Meule, Jake Miller, Johnathan Acheson, and Theda Stanford, Tim Daly , Alyssa Ki, and Joe Waks.

The non-profit international art fair was created to strengthen and support smaller art galleries, increase opportunities for artists from all over the world and enhance Jersey City’s reputation as a leading arts destination.

Friday’s show is VIP and press access only and will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. The show is open to the  public on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets can be found for $10 at

Closing Weekend for REFLECTIONS by Candy Le Sueur

1PANEPINTO GALLERIES, in collaboration with SPEAR STREET CAPITAL, presents REFLECTIONS, highlighting artwork by Jersey City based artist Candy Le Sueur.

Candy Le Sueur is known for her large-scale expressive abstracted paintings and her intimate mixed media on paper, which includes monotypes. Her imagery offers spontaneous expressions of her perception of the land, sea and sky, seeking to remind us of the eternal beauty beyond a specific space or time.

CLOSING HOURS:    Feb 22 & 23, 12pm – 6pm, #ArtFair14C 

OPEN WEEKLY:       Monday through Friday, 9am – 6pm
                                  Additionally available by appointment 

LOCATION:               70 Hudson St, Jersey City, New Jersey
                                    (Entrance = Hudson River Waterfront Walkway & Grand St)

A Jersey City Tradition: Walk for Team Walker Fundraiser


It’s that time of year! Team Walker has announced the date of their annual fundraiser, Walk for Team Walker, which will take place on April 22, 2020. The fundraiser features a 1.5-mile scenic walk along the Hudson River, with the addition of food, music and fun activities!

All proceeds from the Walk for Team Walker will benefit Team Walker’s academic and recreation programs. Team Walker is a local nonprofit that serves to improve the quality of life for the children of Jersey City.

Registration will take place at 4 p.m., with the walk and post event festivities occurring from 5-7 p.m. Registration and the start of the walk will start at 1 Exchange Place in Jersey City.


To sign up for the walk and/or a sponsorship click here.

For more information about the event visit


Market-Leading Sales Velocity Follows a Banner Year of Sales and Construction Activity at the Iconic 79-Story Luxury Condominium Building on the Jersey City Waterfront   

99 Hudson Exterior

99 Hudson in Downtown Jersey City hit another market milestone with an impressive 21 contracts recorded in the first month of 2020.

The stellar start to the new year follows a noteworthy 2019 at the 79-story luxury condominium building, which included a superheated sales pace that netted more than 100 contracts, according to developer COA 99 Hudson, LLC and The Marketing Directors, the building’s exclusive marketing and sales agent.  Interior and exterior construction also sped along at New Jersey’s tallest building, with the iconic Perkins Eastman-designed glass and limestone façade completed by years-end, setting the stage for closings to commence this spring.

“Achieving this level of sales velocity during a pre-construction period is a testament to 99 Hudson’s widespread appeal to discerning buyers from both sides of the Hudson River and beyond,” said Xiaocheng Zhou, President of COA.  “The building’s extraordinary residences, exclusive amenities, breathtaking views and compelling value are paired with a downtown Jersey City location that offers every lifestyle element one looks for in a convenient and culturally-rich destination.”

Sales at 99 Hudson have run the full spectrum of the luxury property’s well-appointed floor plans, from studios to two white box Penthouse homes that sold for $3.9 and $4.3 million.  Current prices range from $500,000 to over $4,000,000 for 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.


Residences feature open layouts with floor-to-ceilings windows that bathe the homes in natural light and frame dramatic 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 Kohler fixtures and a premium suite of Bosch appliances; and spa-like master bathrooms with custom millwork and Italian ceramic statuario flooring and wall tiles.  All cabinetry throughout these elegant homes has been imported from Italy.  Each residence will also have a Bosch washer and dryer.

Enhancing 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, stunning onyx feature wall and private, off-street porte-cochere providing 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 and Pilates studio.  Social interaction and a communal vibe will be created by a game room with card rooms and pool and foosball tables, golf simulator, screening room with bar, children’s playroom, demonstration kitchen, and work café. 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.

LobbyOutside, 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 massages.  An impressive 7,500 square feet has been dedicated to open space and pedestrian plazas.

“The market has spoken, making 99 Hudson arguably the best-selling condominium building in the region,” said Jaqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors.  “We expect buyer excitement and sales momentum to increase in the coming months as we move into the building, unveil designer model homes and welcome our first homeowners.”

Standing 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 nightlight. 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.


Lackawanna Coffee to Open its Third Jersey City Location


According to and Lackawanna Coffee’s website, a third location in Jersey City is currently in the works. Lackawanna Coffee first opened up in 2014, and currently has locations at 295 Grove Street and 140 Bay Street.

To locals, Lackawanna Coffee is known for Instagram-worthy latte’s such as the black sesame latte, organic turmeric latte and the wild flower honey latte. Lackawanna offers their coffee either iced or hot, with a variety of non-dairy alternatives to make for an admirable and inclusive menu. Lackawanna Coffee also offers a selection of organic teas, pastries and toasts.

The new location will be located at 321 Warren St in the downtown Powerhouse Arts District. An official opening date has not been announced yet.




New 549-Unit Rental Building in Downtown Jersey City Recognized for Meeting Strict Guidelines for Environmental Sustainability

235 Grand Exterior

235 Grand, the new 46-story rental building in Downtown Jersey City, has earned LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), co-developers Ironstate Development Company and KRE Group announced today.

The honor comes seven months after the collection of 549 residences opened to the public.  More than 80% of the homes have already been leased, with The Marketing Directors overseeing the successful leasing program.

The USGBC praised the developers’ approach to implementing practical and measurable solutions aimed at creating a healthy, highly efficient, cost-saving, green building.

“LEED certification identifies 235 Grand as a showcase example of sustainability and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry,” said Mahesh Ramunujam, President & CEO of the USGBC and Green Business Certification, Inc.

Designed by HLW International, 235 Grand soars 46 stories into the downtown Jersey City skyline, granting residents dramatic views of Manhattan, New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. An elevated suite of indoor and outdoor amenities complements the community’s collection of contemporary residences.

“Achieving LEED certification for 235 Grand reflects our vision for this building and its positive impact on Jersey City,” said Michael Barry, President and CEO of Ironstate Development Company. “We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to sustainable building practices, and are delighted that renters looking for exceptional design, modern residences, a full amenity package and a prime downtown Jersey City location continue to choose 235 Grand.”

“Our company has embraced LEED development with an ongoing commitment to sustainable design and construction,” added Jonathan Kushner, president of KRE Group. “More and more residents today are connecting with residential options that reflect their eco-friendly lifestyle without sacrificing the modern amenites and services they expect in a luxury building.  235 Grand is living up to those high expectations.”

Located just blocks from the Hudson River waterfront, 235 Grand seamlessly unites contemporary design with the neighborhood’s vibrant history while placing residents just steps from an array of exciting lifestyle needs and services.  The building offers proximity to NY Waterway and the Grove Street PATH Station with service to Lower and Midtown Manhattan, while the nearby Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza — Jersey City’s Restaurant Row – bustles with food, cocktails, rooftop bars and outdoor community events.

Closer to home, KRE Group and Ironstate Development selected internationally-renowned Bentel & Bentel to fashion the interior spaces and amenity suite at 235 Grand to enhance the overall residential experience.  Designed for entertainment, work and leisure, the diverse offering of amenities includes a 24-hour attended lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, barre/yoga studio, resident lounge and numerous co-working spaces. For outdoor socializing and relaxation, the building features a landscaped roof terrace with a swimming pool, movie screen, fire pit, BBQs, showers and Wi-Fi.  A playground will keep younger residents entertained, while a dog run creates a pet-friendly environment. The building also offers bicycle and private resident storage and an enclosed parking garage.

Design excellence and functionality extend to 235 Grand’s collection of apartments as well, which features spacious studio-to-two-bedroom floor plans with light-filled living spaces. Residences also boast upscale finishes, contemporary conveniences and dramatic views.  Kitchens are outfitted with Bianco quartz countertops, herringbone mosaic backsplashes, and a stainless-steel Whirlpool appliance package.  Refrigerators offer ice-makers and dishwashers have hidden, integrated controls for a sleek aesthetic. Bathrooms are adorned with Carrara marble and Kohler fixtures. All homes include washer/dryers.

Monthly net rents currently start at $2,535 for studios, from $2,750 for one-bedroom residences and from $4,265 for two-bedroom homes, with limited time incentives. Call for more details on incentives being offered.

“235 Grand’s market-leading leasing velocity stems in large part from its ability to attract local renters as well as those relocating from Manhattan, Long Island City, Queens and Brooklyn,” notes Jacqueline Urgo, president of The Marketing Directors. “Jersey City’s reputation as a destination for the arts, culture, dining and nightlife, with excellent proximity to Manhattan, is well-established and more and more people from the metropolitan area are choosing to make this their home.”

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

Cathedral Arts Live Presents Upstate, A ‘Harmonic Maelstrom’ of Original Sound, With An Opening Set From Jersey City’s A Cappella Darlings Cabaret Sauvignon


Cathedral Arts Live is thrilled to welcome Upstate, an adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock ‘n roll, on February 28, 2020, at 7 pm.

Upstate first emerged from New York’s Hudson Valley in 2015 with their critically acclaimed debut, A Remedy. The Poughkeepsie Journal raved that the group “need[s] nothing more than their voices to channel rhythm and stoke your emotions,” while The Alt hailed them as “toe-tapping, contagious, and fun.” The album earned the band festival performances from Mountain Jam to FreshGrass, as well as a slew of national headline dates and support slots with everyone from The Felice Brothers and Phox to Marco Benevento and Cory Henry.

The band features Melanie Glenn, Mary Kenney, and Allison Olender on vocals; Harry D’Agostino on bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, and Dean Mahoney on cajón. Their sound, lineup, and even their name have all undergone dramatic metamorphoses. Challenging and thrilling, those changes have finally culminated in the sextet’s dazzling new album, a collection that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll.

Healing is the band’s first album with new member Allison Olender, their first with four contributing songwriters, and their first since shortening their name from Upstate Rubdown.
“Allison brought this new energy and a fresh perspective,” reflects Mary Kenney. “She came from this country/folk background as a singer/songwriter, and her presence definitely reinvigorated our musicianship and helped us hone in on where we were going.”
It’s also their first project to be produced by Wood Brothers percussionist Jano Rix, who helped the group embrace their transformation and lean in to their unique lineup without sacrificing any of the gorgeous harmonies, eclectic arrangements, and unforgettable performances that have defined the band.
“The last few years have been about learning who we are,” says Upstate bassist Harry D’Agostino. “We’ve been knocking off milestone after milestone on the road, and as the touring’s snowballed, I feel like we’ve really come into our own. It’s been a process of discovering our identity.”

Cabaret SauvignonKicking off the evening of sweet harmonies is a set by Jersey City’s own Cabaret Sauvignon, a female a cappella quartet beloved for their delightful and engaging performances. Cab Sav’s repertoire covers tantalizing tunes across the decades, from torch to today’s top 40, along with a few original compositions. Their soaring vocals and intimate harmonies bring a fresh spin to old favorites and new depth to today’s hits.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Hot food and cold beverages available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cathedral Arts Live is held at Grace Church Van Vorst 39 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302. Visit to purchase tickets.

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.
This program is made possible in part by funds from The New Jersey State Council on The Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by The Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and The Board of Chosen Freeholders.


March 27, 2020  Vicki Kristina Barcelona

Power trio of musical veterans rearranges songs of Tom Waits with inventive 3-part harmonies and virtuoso instrumentation

April 17, 2020   ShoutHouse

NYC musical collective presents ‘off the rails’ complex grooves, poetic hip-hop, high-octane vocals, and instrumental solos for a cutting-edge concert experience


The oldest Episcopal church in Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst, founded in 1847, has a vibrant past and a promising future. In addition to being a welcoming and affirming home to a diverse set of congregants, Grace provides vital services to some of the most vulnerable citizens of Jersey City, offering a breakfast program to the hungry and a weekday program for seniors.

Building on its reputation as a fulcrum for talented artists of all kinds in Jersey City, Grace Church Van Vorst launched Cathedral Arts Live as an extension of the already successful and vibrant Cathedral Arts Festival, founded in 1989.


Bayla Kallstrom, Managing Director Cathedral Arts Live, 201-892-1147,

Colin Britt, Artistic Director, Music, 207-212-0231,


Hudson Restaurant Week Returns On January 27th


Hudson Restaurant Week returns January 27, 2020 and runs until February 7, 2020. Make sure to visit new and favorite local restaurants in Jersey City during this celebration of dining in Hudson County with prix-fixe discounted menus.

Participating restaurants:
SOUTH HOUSE Bar & Restaurant
Hard Grove
Latham House JC
Left Bank Burger Bar
Pasta Dal Cuore
…stay tuned for more restaurants to come.

We strongly encourage all Downtown JC restaurants to participate in this dining event.