The Room Where it Happens

19756542_1410700795690159_1521809240270254171_nJoin Jersey City Ties in the room where it happens – aka The Brightside Tavern – on Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00pm for an evening of karaoke from Hamilton and other Broadway and cinematic favorites. This fundraiser event will also feature stage & screen trivia, food, drinks and more!

Your $20 cover fee will help raise much-needed funds for JC Ties’ community service activities, including our annual holiday toy drive and Career Night supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County. Included in the cover fee is an assortment of buffet-style bites courtesy of Brightside Tavern, and all the stage & screen karaoke & trivia you could wish for! There will also be a silent auction featuring gift certificates from some of our favorite local establishments. Tickets will be available at the door.

Hope to see you there!

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of Hudson County occupied brand new, state-of-the-art facilities at 18 Park in 2014 after relocating from a severely outdated building nearby.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 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, (where you can download a volunteer application) or our Facebook page (…) or just stop by for a tour.

Luxury rental building ’18 Park’ opens in Jersey City


A luxury rental building at 18 Park Ave. in Jersey City opened today. Ironstate Development Company, Kushner Real Estate and Mayor Fulop opened the building with a few words, then proceeded to tour the facilities. Chase Gaewski | The Jersey Journal

A luxury rental building at 18 Park Ave. in Jersey City opened today. Ironstate Development Company, Kushner Real Estate and Mayor Fulop opened the building with a few words, then proceeded to tour the facilities. Chase Gaewski | The Jersey Journal

By Jonathan Lin/

One of the hottest luxury rental buildings in Jersey City, 18 Park, officially opened yesterday evening at a ceremony hosted by developers Ironstate and KRE on the building’s landscaped roof deck.

In front of a small crowd of people in suits and dresses, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop lauded the 11-story, 422-unit building’s emergence as an example of “urban revitalization.”

“We are filling these buildings as quickly as we are putting them up,” he said, as servers armed with champagne and hors d’oeuvres sifted through the audience. “This building is an example of everything good that is happening in Jersey City.”

KRE president Jonathan Kushner, executive vice president of KRE Jeffrey Persky and Ironstate president David Barry also spoke at the event, thanking all the parties involved in making the project possible.

The 18 Park Ave. building with a mostly gray exterior boasts “modern design, exceptional amenities and an ultra-convenient downtown location,” according to a press release distributed at the event.

Amenities at the luxury high-rise include a 24-hour doorman, full-service fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, game room, children’s playroom, dining space, Wi-Fi lounge, screen area, dog run, bike room, private storage space and an enclosed parking garage.

Full Article and more pics

Ironstate to build 45-story Jersey City rental tower

via The Real Deal

RD BarryHoboken, N.J.-based Ironstate Development revealed renderings for its plan to build a 45-story rental tower on the site of a repurposed coal bunker in Downtown Jersey City.

The 670-unit building at 235 Grand Street, near Marin Boulevard, will be part of the Liberty Harbor North development. Construction is expected to start in June, with plans to open sometime next year. HLW International is serving as the architect.

The site currently houses the nonprofit the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County, which is set to relocate in June to the 32,000-square-foot ground-floor space at a new $8 million facility at 18 Park. Then, the facility at 235 Grand Street will be razed to make way for the tower.

Ironstate is also behind a 152-foot-tall, 15-story building at 221 West 29th Street in Chelsea, as previously reported. [NY Yimby] — Mark Maurer