Busy Busy Bee

2016-05-17_10-03-39Local Jersey City-grown business, Busy Bee Organics, continues to expand like a busy bee in downtown JC.

Founded by Michelle Berckes, CEO, Nutritionist, and Chef of Busy Bee Organics, the company has recently furthered the expansion into the retail market. Their delicious organic food is now being offered at BASE fitness at 70 Columbus.

Michelle is also offering cooking classes for residents at 18 Park and 225 Grand.  But she’s also offering classes for individuals and parties.

So busy, Busy Bee Organics and Whealth & Co. present organic, delicious & health supportive fare for the preschoolers at The Brunswick School! Check out the stand at the Groove Street Farmers Market on Thursdays.



A great choice of upbeat and informative cooking classes for both individuals and groups are also offered. From “Knife Skills” to a selection of “Healthy Cooking” and even “Kid-friendly” and “Girls Night Out”. See what’s cooking!

According to the website, At Busy Bee, we are dedicated in providing the “busy bees” of our community with health-supportive, flavorful grab and go foods for every lifestyle.  I dedicate my every day to help others gain clarity with eating habits and provide education in nourishing our bodies with each bite.

Health food does not have to be bland and predictable.”

All we can say is YUM!

Crystal Point condo sets Downtown JC per sf record

2015-07-22_11-28-42via The Real Deal – Manhattan prices have fully arrived in Downtown Jersey City’s booming condominium market. A two-bedroom condominium unit at the Fisher Organization’s 42-story tower Crystal Point has just set the price-per-square-foot record in Downtown Jersey City, The Real Deal has learned.

Sold last week in a resale for $1.86 million, the 1,371-square-foot pad averages a whopping $1,356 per square foot, according to Metropolitan’s Waterfront Residential Brokerage’s Sujay Shah, who represented the buyer.

The sale bests a $2.8 million two-bedroom penthouse condo sale at Hovnanian Enterprise’s 77 Hudson. That condo, still the priciest overall apartment sale in Jersey City, tallied $1,333 per square foot when it sold in 2013. Shah was a broker on both deals.

Shah touted the location as the major selling point for his client’s buy at Crystal Point, which opened in 2008.

“The condo is located right on the waterfront and nothing can block the view,” Shah said. Lorna Chen of the Chen Agency had the listing.

Kushner Real Estate Group and Ironstate Development last year opened an 11-story, 422-unit rental building in the neighborhood, at 18 Park Avenue. Meanwhile, a diverse array of office tenants are moving across the river to Downtown Jersey City and Newport.

18 Park Luxury Rental Building Honored By New Jersey Future With 2015 “Smart Growth” Award



KRE Group and Ironstate Development’s Iconic Jersey City Project Praised as a Landmark Multi-Use Building, Anchor of Emerging Community

Development partners Kushner Real Estate Group (KRE) and Ironstate Development Company have received a 2015 “Smart Growth” award for creating an iconic, mixed-use development in an emerging neighborhood in downtown Jersey City.

New Jersey Future, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible land-use policies, named KRE/Ironstate’s 18 Park building one of the recipients of its prestigious annual award, noting that it was designed to be the “community anchor” of an 80-acre redevelopment area in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor North neighborhood.

18 Park is a 422-unit rental building with upscale amenities and services, but it is also home to a variety of community organizations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County occupied brand new, state-of-the-art facilities at 18 Park in 2014 after relocating from a severely outdated building nearby. The Great Futures Charter High School for Health Sciences also calls 18 Park home, as does a teen technology center that includes music recording and graphic arts equipment. The building also includes street level retail that contributes to the vibrancy and pedestrian-friendly character of the neighborhood, making it feel like a true “center” of the community.

“The broad combination of community uses, plus the retail space, the 415 apartments above the community facilities and the seven townhomes along the south side of the building all work together to generate a wide range of activity at various hours of the day and evening, giving the building the true feel of a community center,” the award announcement from NJ Future reads. “As Liberty Harbor North continues to develop, 18 Park’s role as a community center will only continue to grow.”

18 Park was designed from the beginning of the project with the goal of both resident enjoyment and community engagement in mind. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County facilities are independently accessed and include a spectacular gymnasium with a floor-to-ceiling wall as part of the club’s programmed space. Parking is concealed on the interior of the building and a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail stop is right on the corner, allowing for a fully-engaged streetscape that encourages mass-transit usage and community interaction.

“We set out to create a dynamic, lifestyle-oriented property for our residents that would be not only a centerpiece of the Liberty Harbor North neighborhood, but also one of the most exciting rental offerings in all of Jersey City,” said Jonathan Kushner, President of The KRE Group. “Including usable community space for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County and other organizations was incredibly important to us too. The fact that we were able to accomplish both goals so seamlessly is a testament to our design team, our construction team and the Jersey City community as a whole.” Continue reading

The builders: The Barry brothers are changing skylines and perceptions


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David and Michael Barry have been busy all over the state. – (PHOTO BY AARON HOUSTON)

David and Michael Barry have been busy all over the state. – (PHOTO BY AARON HOUSTON)

As developers go, David and Michael Barry are just about as prolific and active as anyone else in New Jersey. But that’s not because they simply finish a project and then move onto the next one.

Quite the contrary — the heads of Ironstate Development are as much about building neighborhoods as they are about building a single multifamily high-rise or chic urban hotel.

“Whether it’s Staten Island, whether it’s parts of Jersey City — or as we once did in Hoboken or New Brunswick — we pick a place and we really like to make multiple investments there,” David Barry said, “because we think that we have the skill and wherewithal to change the perception of that neighborhood.”

The Hoboken-based firm proved that once again in 2014, from opening the second piece of its mixed-use redevelopment in Harrison to breaking ground on a multiphase, three-tower project on the Jersey City waterfront. And its pipeline is as full as ever with projects in well-connected urban centers around the region — continuing the model that has helped Ironstate thrive for decades.

NJBIZ sat down with firm’s principals to discuss 2014, the industry and its plans going forward.


Give the Gift of a Great Future!

Picture1The Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County (BGCHC) in Jersey City opened its new facility at 18 Park in downtown Jersey City in September. Built by Ironstate Development Company and The KRE Group, the state-of-the-art facility is independently accessed and includes a spectacular gymnasium with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall as part of its programmed space.

With the help of Best Buy and Intel, the BGCHC now has a state-of-the-art Teen Tech Center where workshops are offered in video and music production, graphic arts, college preparation, comic book creation and other high interest topics for teens. The center also provides programs and services in educational enrichment, sports and fitness, the arts, guitar instruction and much, much more. Open for youth every day after-school from 3:00-8:00pm. Youth between kindergarten and 12th grade are welcome to join.

Volunteers are always needed in all areas to work with individual young people or with groups. No matter what, everyone has something to offer from Maker activities to tutoring a first grader to running a Zumba class!

The center is also in need of funding and has launched their first crowd-funding campaign throughout the month of December to Give the Gift of a Great Future on Razoo.com . Please consider a donation in any amount in honor of Giving Tuesday or any time throughout the month!

Please contact the Boys & Girls Club at 201-333-4100 for further information or send me a message if you would like additional information. You may also check out our website, www.bgchc.org

The Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County has a New Home

BuildingThe Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County recently shared this press release seeking volunteers. 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County have moved into their new facility adjacent to 18 Park  (behind the Marin Light Rail Station). It’s state-of-the-art building with a gorgeous gym, science classsrooms, a fabulous tech center and a recording studio.

We serve hundreds of youth from kindergarten through 12th grade afterschool every day and we’re open until 8pm. We are in need of volunteers for everything from homework assistance and tutoring to running a zumba or yoga class to assisting with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs to art to music lessons (vocals, instruments and/or engineering and production–we have the technology, guitars, drums and a soundproof studio) to helping with college applications, resumes and job applications. In fact, if you can do it–we have the youth who will want to learn it.

Please check out our website, www.bgchc.org (where you can download a volunteer application) or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/bgchudsoncounty…) or just stop by for a tour.

Gold Coast development glut in NJ?

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TRD analysis finds nearly 9,000 residential units slated to hit along the Jersey waterfront

New Jersey’s Gold Coast, the stretch of waterfront running along the Hudson River opposite Manhattan, is in the midst of a building boom, with dozens of developments (mostly rentals) in the pipeline.

And as prices in Manhattan and the outer boroughs climb, Gold Coast towns with strong transit links are increasingly shedding their second-fiddle status.


18 Park in Jersey City

18 Park in Jersey City

“This side of the river used to be considered more of a niche market,” said David Barry of Hoboken-based Ironstate Development, which has multiple residential projects in the area. “It’s now considered much more a piece of the fabric of greater New York.”

Over the course of the next few years, the towns along the Gold Coast — which include Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken, West New York and Edgewater — are expected to add just shy of 9,000 new apartments, riding a wave of demand that has been growing since 2010.

This month, The Real Deal compiled a list of more than 30 development projects that are either currently being marketed or will come to market in the next two years. The data came from municipal records, news reports and TRD sources.

Of those projects, 24 are in Jersey City. Weehawken, meanwhile, has four, and Hoboken and Edgewater have three each.

The towns along New Jersey’s Gold Coast have, of course, long attracted apartment hunters looking to get more for their money than they can in New York City. But as Manhattan and Brooklyn — and increasingly other areas in the outer boroughs — become even more expensive, Jersey is becoming even more appealing, especially given the new development that’s now available there, sources say.

“In general, Jersey City and the outer boroughs behave much like Manhattan does,” Barry said. “When Manhattan is tight and it’s hard to find an apartment, in general that bodes well for the outer boroughs.”

At the end of last year, the vacancy rate for multi-family rentals in Hudson County, which covers many of the Gold Coast cities, was 4.7 percent, according to the research firm Reis. That was level with 2012, but a 13 percent drop from 2011.


Historic first day for new Jersey City charter school focused on healthcare field

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Students head to their homeroom after Principal Mary Jo Trusso-Sabbers welcomed them in an assembly in the gym during the opening day of Great Futures Charter High School in Jersey City on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

This morning 125 ninth-graders began a new chapter in education in Downtown Jersey City.

Wednesday was opening day for the Great Futures Charter High School for the Sciences, a joint effort of the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County and Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health.

“Our expectation for you is to be highly motivated,” Mary Jo Trusso-Sabbers, principal and chief academic officer of the school, told the students during an opening assembly.

The school is located at 225 Morris Blvd. Downtown in a new building that also is the new location of the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County. By the time these freshmen are seniors, their will be 500 students attending the school, said Gary Greenberg, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County.

“This is a very exciting day,” Greenberg said. “So many people have worked so hard to make this happen.”

The new state-of-the-art building has science and technology labs, a music-recording studio, a learning kitchen, and new gymnasium, among other features.

“We want to make that difference,” said Lourdes Valdes, manager of employment, training, and development for Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health. “We want to show them that healthcare can be exciting and that healthcare is filled with heroes.”

In addition to following a curriculum aligned with the common core state standards and New Jersey core curriculum content standards, students will have the opportunity to take courses in workplace certification programs in the health sciences.

When students graduate, according to Valdes, they will have gained certification as either an EMT or medical assistant.

“This is a great opportunity for us to work with the community,” said Robert Luckritz, director of EMS for Jersey City Medical Center- Barnabas Health. “This is the first step in a continuum of education that we at the hospital can provide.”

“This is a great example of JCMC caring for the community,” said Mary Cataudella, vice president of human resources for Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health. “This is our future, right here.”

This afternoon the ribbon will be cut on the new Boys and Girls Club building, with a special appearance by the Yankees CC Sabathia.

Town on a tear to become the best in America

via Dan Orlando/ Real Estate Weekly

Jersey City, an area that has spent the 2000s embracing the nuances of gentrification along its waterfront, is now anticipating the completion of several dynamic-changing buildings within an interior that, according to the city’s division of planning, is “in need of rehabilitation.”

To follow in the footsteps of Hoboken, its neighbor to the north, Jersey City has lined up multiple projects to add luster to the location as a whole and up the value of properties within the state’s second-largest municipality.

It’s an initiative that has Mayor Steven Fulop at the forefront. “We’re correcting decades of perception issues,” Fulop told Real Estate Weekly. “Of corruption, of mayors going to jail, of legal issues, of asymmetrical development. Perception generally lags reality.

“We started with a tax-abatement plan to really encourage development away from the waterfront,” said Fulop, adding that the measure was “very, very aggressive,” but necessary due to the negative preconceptions of the area.

The abatement is a 30-year tax break for developers that opt to invest in the city’s inner wards. While some investors may be wary, initial coaxing has begun to produce positive results.

Rendering of KRE Group's Journal Squared

Rendering of KRE Group’s Journal Squared

In June on this year, Kushner Real Estate Group opened 18 Park, a 422-unit luxury rental building that has already seen more than 250 apartments claimed. Aside from upscale living options, 18 Park also gives the area 10,500 s/f of retail space as well as placing 34,000 s/f of classrooms and recreational spaces at the Boys & Girls of Hudson County’s disposal.

“We continue to see an increase in demand from residents for new living options both on the waterfront and in in-town neighborhoods. This is fueled in part by the continued increase in living costs in Manhattan and Brooklyn which is pushing people to consider other outer borough locations, and Jersey City has become an extension of that,ˮ said Jonathan Kushner, president of KRE Group.

According to Kushner, more and more people are accepting Jersey City today as a viable, dynamic destination in its own right. He said, “The area always offered one of the most convenient and comprehensive public transportation systems with multiple PATH stations and ferry terminals offering quick service into Manhattan, as well as spectacular views of Manhattan, which has long attracted Manhattan professionals to the city’s waterfront high-rises.

“In recent years, that appeal has expanded inward into in-town neighborhoods with new, forward-thinking, highly-amenitized residential buildings and a new breed of supportive lifestyle attractions and services, like a branch of the popular Williamsburg arcade-bar, Barcade, farm-to-table restaurants, boutique storefronts, and an ever-growing arts scene.ˮ

In 2010, KRE, along with Ironstate Development Company, developed 225 Grand, a 15-story rental building with 348 apartments near the Marin Boulevard Light Rail Station. After leasing every apartment within 10 months, Kushner said the company was inspired to break ground on its sister building, 18 Park. Just up the road, the partners will also develop 235 Grand, which will have more than 600 rentals.

“We’re extremely confident in the future of Journal Square, which offers its own mass transportation hub and is targeted for the next wave of off-the-waterfront development,ˮ said Kushner, whose firm is also developing Journal Squared directly adjacent to the Journal Square Transportation Center.

That fully entitled project will feature 2.4 million square feet of mixed-use multifamily housing and retail development. When complete, it will have three high rise towers of 54, 70, and 60 stories, with 1,840 rental apartments, 36,000 s/f of retail space, and 920 parking spaces.

It will include a plaza that will draw foot traffic, provide a “kiss-and-rideˮ for commuters and provide easy access to the PATH train.

Work is underway for Phase I, which includes the 54-story tower, the pedestrian plaza, and the majority of site work required for the three phases. The first tower will house 540 rental apartments, 139 interior parking spaces, 72 surface parking spaces, and 20,000 s/f of indoor and outdoor amenity space and should be finished by mid-2016.

The effort to transform Journal Square has inspired some unusual joint venture partnerships, too.

Earlier this month, Jersey City Planning Board green-lit the 21-story McGinley Square, a partnership between Maryland-based Sora Development and the local St. Peter’s University.

“This is a clear sign from everyone’s perspective that development is now moving off of the waterfront, away from the Hudson River and inland to an area of the city that mightily needs it,” said Eugene Paolino a partner at Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster who represented St. Peter’s in the sale. “That’s a good sign.”

massive apartment projects, including the tallest residential tower in the state.

In January, Mack-Cali, in partnership with Ironstate Development, began construction on a 69-story apartment tower catering to hip urbanites and featuring “micro-unitsˮ for single professionals. It is the REIT’s eighth apartment project in Jersey this past year.


KRE Group And Ironstate Development Launch Leasing At 18 Park Luxury Rental Building In Downtown Jersey City

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New 11-Story Building Features 422 Residences, Modern Amenities And Stunning Views of the Manhattan Skyline, Statue of Liberty and Hudson River Waterfront

Two prominent real estate development companies that have helped shape the Jersey City landscape with signature residential properties have jointly brought to market a new luxury rental building that features modern design, exceptional amenities and an ultra-convenient downtown location.

Kushner Real Estate Group (KRE) and Ironstate Development Company, who previously teamed up for the successful development and lease-up of 225 Grand, announced today the launch of leasing at 18 Park, an architecturally-distinctive 11-story building featuring 422 residences and 10,500 square feet of ground floor retail space in Jersey City’s Liberty Harbor North neighborhood.  A collection of oversized studios and well-designed one- and two-bedroom homes feature sweeping views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and downtown Manhattan, with select residences offering terraces.  Several of the homes are built “townhome style,” with direct access from the street. Monthly rental prices range from the $2,200’s to $4,000.

The Marketing Directors, which has successfully directed marketing, sales and leasing programs for numerous KRE and Ironstate Development Company properties, including 225 Grand, 50 Columbus and Grove Pointe in Jersey City, is 18 Park’s marketing and exclusive leasing agent.

“Jersey City has become a destination for people of all ages who want to live in a dynamic, transit-oriented urban environment, so lifestyle was an important focus for us when we were planning and developing this property,” said Jonathan Kushner, President of The KRE Group. “18 Park’s enviable location near shops, restaurants, nightlife and numerous mass-transportation options, including the Grove Street PATH Station and Hudson Bergen Light Rail, makes it the ideal setting for the type of living experience we wanted to deliver to our residents. The building’s modern residences and amenities complement the neighborhood appeal, making 18 Park the most exciting new rental offering in Jersey City.”

Designed in collaboration between Hollwich Kushner (HWKN) Architects and Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners, 18 Park’s glass-and-brick design was driven by an effort to create an instant classic within the Liberty Harbor North neighborhood.  The building’s C-shape design maximizes views to the adjacent marina and Hudson River waterfront while creating an elevated landscaped outdoor deck with a planted green garden roof for residents to share.

An exciting suite of amenities, which have been furnished by Christopher Stevens, include a 24-hour doorman, contemporary lobby with a 25-foot wooden wall fabricated by John Houshmand, full-service fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, game room, children’s playroom, catering kitchen and dining space, Wi-Fi lounge, screening area, dog run, bike room, private storage space and an enclosed parking garage.

The building will also be home to the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County.  The state-of-the-art facility will be independently accessed and will include a spectacular gymnasium with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall as part of its programmed space.

“We’re delighted to introduce 18 Park to Jersey City and to see our vision for this community become a reality,” said David Barry, President of Hoboken-based Ironstate Development Company.  “People from throughout the region are drawn to live in Jersey City, and what drives us as a company is creating developments that creatively address how people want to live in the 21st Century.”

18 Park was carefully designed in an environmentally-friendly manner to meet LEED Certification, as well as Feng Shui principles set forth by Feng Shui Manhattan.

For more information on 18 Park or to schedule an appointment to tour the furnished model residences, call 201-451-0018 or visit www.18Park.com.  The onsite Leasing Office is located at 18 Park Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302

About Kushner Real Estate Group
Headquartered in Bridgewater, 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.

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 www.ironstate.net.

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