One of the Largest Names in the International Mural Scene, KOBRA, to begin Massive New Mural in Jersey City


Kobra’s Iconic Murals Include Portraits of Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Bob Dylan, Nelson Mandela, and John Lennon, with Murals in More than 20 Countries and 30 U.S. Projects

Fresh off setting the Guinness Book of World Records for the “largest spray paint mural by a team” with his Rio 2016 Olympic Games-inspired “Ethnicities,” internationally-renowned, Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra is bringing his unique vision and talent to Jersey City.

Widely known simply as Kobra, the sought-after artist has begun work on a 180-foot tall mural on the façade of 837 Jersey Avenue in downtown Jersey City.

Kobra, whose murals of notable historical figures include Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Bob Dylan, Nelson Mandela, and John Lennon, are painted utilizing bright colors and bold lines while incorporating a kaleidoscope theme.  Much of Kobra’s work represents fraternity, respect for the other cultures and acceptance and love for differences, which was one of the reasons he was approached for the Jersey City Mural Art Program that is rooted in the city’s diversity.

Kobra has worked in more than 20 countries and created more than 30 projects in the United States alone, with murals in London, Athens, Lyon, Los Angeles and New York.

“Jersey City has one of the most diverse and expansive mural arts programs in the country and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Kobra to contribute to the artistic landscape of our city,” said Mayor Fulop.  “His work is recognized around the world and his Jersey City mural will not only be our largest to date, but will also be an iconic image that will draw people here to visit the mural and our entire collection of outdoor art.”

Expected to take approximately two weeks to complete, the new mural will be an exciting addition to the more than 86 other public works of art created throughout the city by local and international artists in the past three years as part of the city’s flourishing Mural Arts Program.

“It’s great to see that Jersey City has embraced street art through its mural program and I’m very happy to be a part of it,” said Kobra.

Launched in 2013 by Mayor Steven Fulop to foster arts and cultural awareness, the Mural Arts Program has effectively transformed the City into an outdoor gallery through the creative works of local, national and international street artists, including Shepard Fairey, Pixel Pancho, Karski & Beyond, Fintan McGee, Faith47, and WK Interact, and local artists Mustart, Fermin Mendoza, Lissanne Lake and Catherine Hart.

The new installation is taking place during Jersey City’s Annual ARTober festivities that kicked off with the 26th Annual Jersey City Art and Studio Tour (JCAST), a city-wide showcase of the arts featuring nearly 1,000 participating artists in hundreds of venues that include private studios, galleries, local businesses, and pop-up and public spaces.

To further integrate the Kobra mural into the local Jersey City art celebration – which runs through the end of October, – a 10,000-square-foot pop-up gallery has opened in the 17th Street retail space of the Cast Iron Lofts building that displays a collection of works from nearly half of the participating artists in Jersey City’s Mural Arts Program.   Entitled “OUTSIDE/in,” the gallery features more than 85 pieces of visual artwork from acclaimed mural artists such as Distort, Emilio Florentine, Hell Bent, John T. Ruddy, Pawn and many others. The exhibition also includes indoor murals and large-scale installations, and is open to the public every Saturday in October from 12pm to 4pm.

The Kobra mural and “OUTSIDE/in” exhibit reflect Jersey City’s emergence as an important art and cultural destination that attracts the creative class.  The Mural Arts Program has commissioned works that support local art and beautify neighborhoods by programming public spaces with outdoor paintings that deter graffiti and incorporate the cultural and historical aspects of different neighborhoods.  Jersey City’s Mural Arts program has been compared to those in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Detroit and Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.  The Kobra mural, and others like it in Jersey City, offer accessible, authentic artwork that can help enhance and re-energize neighborhoods through creativity and aesthetic beauty.

Pop-Up Gallery at Cast Iron Lofts to Display Works of Jersey City Mural Artists During 26th Annual JCAST Event on October 8th

jcast“Outside/In” Exhibit Will Be Held In 15,000 Sq.-Ft. Studio Space Located at 300 Coles Street in 17th Street Retail Entry

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – A collection of works from the most prominent artists in Jersey City’s Mural Arts Program will come together all in one place when the “Outside/In” exhibit opens at Cast Iron Lofts II on October 8th as part of the 26th Annual Jersey City Art and Studio Tour (JCAST), the largest annual cultural event in the Hudson County City.

More than 85 murals, installations and visual artwork will be on public display at the group showing which will take place from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a 15,000 square-foot pop-up gallery located at 300 Coles Street in the 17th Street retail entry.    Among the acclaimed artists showcased at “Outside/In” will be Distort, Emilio Florentine, Hell Bent, John T. Ruddy, Pawn and many others.  A full list of artists can be found at

JCAST 2016 is a city-wide three-day event where attendees can visit open studios, galleries, public spaces and mixed-use venues to view the talents of Jersey City’s diverse and burgeoning artistic community. All works on display will be available for purchase.

In addition to being featured in this weekend’s JCAST, the mural arts gallery is expected to be open to the public on Saturdays throughout October.

Launched in 2013 by Mayor Steven Fulop to beatify neighborhoods and foster arts and cultural awareness, the Mural Arts Program has quickly grown in prominence and notoriety, attracting named artists – such as Shepard Fairey, Savage Habbit and Pixel Pancho – and placing the Jersey City as a top U.S. urban area for renowned public graffiti and street art.  More than 50 public murals created by 35 different street artists are on display in the Mural Arts Program turning Jersey City streetscapes into an outdoor art gallery.

cil-ii-exteriorCast Iron Lofts II is part of the Cast Iron Collection, the new residential offering to be introduced in Jersey City’s burgeoning SoHo West neighborhood, a vibrant live/play community that will ultimately include 2,500 apartment homes in multiple buildings and street-level retail space.  The Cast Iron Collection has been developed by locally-based Manhattan Building Company, which is spearheading the creation of SoHo West and sponsoring the Outside/In exhibit.

For additional information on JCAST, please visit  To learn more about Cast Iron Collection and the “Outside/In” exhibit, please visit

Viaquenti Academy Students Get Up Close Look at Manhattan Building Company’s @CastIronLofts #jerseycity

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Fully adorned in hard hats and safety vests provided by Manhattan Building Company, students from Viaquenti Academy got a behind the scenes look at how a high-rise building comes to life when Louis Mont, Chief Operating Officer of the locally-based developer, toured a class through residential buildings in Jersey City’s SoHo West neighborhood.  Pre-school students looked the part of a development professional as they were taken through a completed building and one under construction to show what’s behind the walls of their home and explain the complete process of creating a new neighborhood, from the architecture and design to the construction that results in the finished product.   Students were allowed to touch and see various construction materials and learned more about building methods.  Viaquenti Academy is located 837 Jersey Avenue in Cast Iron Lofts I, the initial rental building developed by Manhattan Building Company in Jersey City’s SoHo West neighborhood.

Cast Iron Lofts II surges past 80% Leased in Jersey City’s Fast Emerging SoHo West

CIL II ExteriorThe Cast Iron Collection, an offering of upscale rental homes, resort-inspired amenities and supportive street-level retail space, has quickly become something of an icon in SoHo West (South of Hoboken, West of New York City),  the exciting new lifestyle neighborhood being spearheaded by developer Manhattan Building Company on the border of Jersey City and Hoboken.

A testament to the high appeal and desire for spacious, loft-inspired rental living in fully-amenitized buildings near the NJ PATH has been the incredible leasing success experienced at the neighborhood’s second apartment building, Cast Iron Lofts II.  More than 80% of the 232 homes in the 27-story industrial-inspired building have been leased since its opening earlier this year, providing clear evidence of the viability and attractiveness of one of Jersey City’s hidden residential treasures.

Renters can still secure their place in one of Hudson County’s most fashionable residential address.  Premium apartments still remain at Cast Iron Lofts II, priced from $3,175.  Included in the available inventory are a select number of the building’s two-bedroom homes, which have been widely popular with roommate shares and young couples with small children looking for oversized rentals on New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast.” Continue reading

Former Financial District Homeowners Head West for Luxury Rental Living at Jersey City’s Cast Iron Lofts II

CIL II ExteriorThe search was thorough when Terry and Eileen Pritikin decided to not only begin looking for a new home, but also a new care-free lifestyle.  For the past eight years, the empty-nester couple owned a condominium in a full-service high-rise building in Manhattan’s Financial district, but the hassle and burden of homeownership had persuaded the Pritikin’s to transition into a new care-free rental lifestyle.

“After owning eight homes over the years, we were to the point where we wanted to simplify and live a more independent, free lifestyle,” Terry says. “From an investment standpoint, we’d done pretty well with past home sales and thought now was the ideal time to do the same for our current condominium and list it on the market.”

Ready to rid themselves of the constraints of homeownership, the Pritikin’s, who share a home with adult daughter Alicia, left no stone unturned in their apartment search.  They began researching rentals up and down the Hudson River and in the New York metro area both online and in person, initially setting their sights on Long Island City.

“We visited rental buildings such as Avalon Riverview near the East River waterfront and apartments on Center Boulevard,” Eileen recalls.  “The main selling point for Long Island City was proximity to Manhattan.  But I had been living in New York City for more than 15 years and couldn’t believe the expensive rents.  I also wasn’t very impressed by the neighborhood off the waterfront which offered little in terms of retail and services.  After considering all that we would receive regarding price, home and neighborhood, we just didn’t find it appealing enough and decided to shift our focus to New Jersey.”

With their attention turned across the Hudson River, the Pritikin’s covered virtually the entire New Jersey “Gold Coast,” including hotspots such as Edgewater and Hoboken.  However, they were very intrigued with Hudson County’s Jersey City, which is fast emerging as a favorable alternative to apartment seekers looking for a less expensive alternative to Manhattan with the same commutability, culture, dining and entertainment. Continue reading

More than 300 Residents Gather for Beach-Themed Party to Celebrate Debut of Roof Deck Pool at Cast Iron Lofts II

Pool Party Night

The grand opening celebration for the magnificent outdoor pool at Cast Iron Lofts II was unquestionably an event to remember at the new collection of 232 upscale rental homes on the border of Jersey City and Hoboken.

More than 300 excited residents and guests gathered on the resort-style 17,000 square-foot rooftop deck at the 27-story building for a festive beach-themed party and delighted on food from La Isla, branded beach towel and sunglass giveaways, signature cocktails and the rhythmic sounds of Kiwi, a Jersey City-based live reggae band.  Of course the star of the show was the sparking heated pool and its accompanying rooftop amenities, including pool-side shower, gas BBQ grills, outdoor fire pit lounge areas, and lush landscaping with a shaded tree grove and sitting area.

The unveiling celebration was hosted by Manhattan Building Company, which developed Cast Iron Lofts II as the second phase of the Cast Iron Collection and is spearheading the creation of SoHo West (South of Hoboken, West of New York City), an exciting new neighborhood of rental residences in highly-amenitized buildings on the border of Jersey City and Hoboken.

“The pool opening party exemplifies the kind of active and vibrant lifestyle we’re creating at the Cast Iron Collection and was the perfect kick off to summer,” says Audrey Spina, Director of Leasing.  “The long list of five-star outdoor amenities are one of the main reasons we’re fast approaching 70% leased at Cast Iron Lofts II and we wanted to reward our renters with a special event to celebrate the official debut.  Judging by the large attendance and gala reception, residents are incredibly excited to enjoy the roof deck and all its amenities this summer and for years to come.  We’re happy the fun-filled evening was such an unbelievable hit.” Continue reading

New Megaformer Studio Opens


Jersey City Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil (left), co-owner Li Ng (second from left), co-owner Dani Rubin (third from left), instructor Sade Simmons (second from right), and Jersey City Councilwoman Candice Osborne (right), cut the ribbon during the grand opening of 8 Springs Studio, a Megaformer, Yoga, TRX, and HIIT fitness studio, at 300 Coles Street in Jersey City on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Lauren Casselberry photo

The opening of 8 Springs Studio, Jersey City’s premier Megaformer studio, successfully kicked off Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony aided by Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil and Jersey City Councilwoman Candice Osborne. New Jersey entrepreneurs and fitness professionals Li Ng and Dani Rubin are first to bring the Megaformer workout to Jersey City. 


With celebrity enthusiasts ranging from Sofia Vergara to Michelle Obama, the Megaformer workout combines cardio, strength, endurance, flexibility, core conditioning and balance in an intensity focused 40-minute class.  


“We’re so excited to bring Megaformer to Jersey City”, said co-owners Li Ng and Dani Rubin.  “This workout is designed to accommodate participants of all fitness levels.  It’s a high-intensity low-impact workout that focuses on quick and dramatic improvements in strength, flexibility, and endurance by working multiple muscle groups at once,” said Rubin.


In addition to Megaformer, 8 Springs Studio offers yoga, mat pilates, TRX and HIIT. The new 2,600-square-foot facility at Cast Iron Lofts II will feature a 10-machine Megaformer room, a separate yoga/HIIT room, and TRX suspension systems.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop Joins Manhattan Building Co. for Grand Opening of Cast Iron Lofts II Rental Building

New 27-Story Building Features 232 Residences & World-Class Amenities In Burgeoning SoHo West Neighborhood on Jersey City/Hoboken Border

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(From Left to Right) Hudson County Freeholder E. Junior Maldonado, Lou Mont, COO of Manhattan Building Company, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Jersey City Councilwoman Joyce Watterman cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially open Cast Iron Lofts II, an upscale collection of 232 apartment homes in the Cast Iron Collection on the border of Jersey City and Hoboken.

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop joined officials from Manhattan Building Company on Wednesday, May 25th to officially open Cast Iron Lofts II, a new 27-story, 232-unit luxury residential building in this Hudson County City.

Located at 300 Coles Street, the industrial-inspired building is the 2nd property to open within the Cast Iron Lofts collection which is spearheading the creation of SoHo West (South of Hoboken, West of New York City), a vibrant new neighborhood of oversized residences in highly-amenitized buildings on the border of Jersey City and Hoboken.  Cast Iron Lofts II boasts expansive one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with a full suite of indoor and outdoor amenities and 20,000 square-feet of street-level retail space.

The Grand Opening of Cast Iron Lofts II follows the successful lease up of the 155-unit Cast Iron Lofts I apartment building, giving credence to the appeal and market acceptance of this emerging neighborhood setting.  Current retail providers include 8 Springs Studio, a Pilates and Yoga studio; Brewshot, a coffee shop that has several other locations in Jersey City and NYC; and Viaquenti Academy, a bilingual pre-school.

Construction is well underway on the next two-tower building which will include 377 residences.  When completed, the SoHo West development will comprise 1,360 residences in multiple buildings and street-level retail space.


Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop (Left) and Manhattan Building Company COO Lou Mont (Right) discuss the emergence of the SoHo West neighborhood on the border of Jersey City and Hoboken on the 17,000 square foot landscape terrace of Cast Iron Lofts II.

“Cast Iron Lofts has brought a whole new community to this part of the city, truly creating a neighborhood blended with residences and small businesses,” said Mayor Fulop.  “We look forward to meeting our newest residents and welcoming more as we continue to grow this into a vibrant area.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony, which took place in the building’s fully-decorated lobby, occurred with Cast Iron Lofts II fast approaching 70% leased since the start of its rental program less than four months ago.   Continue reading

Jersey City building leasing up fast



JERSEY CITY — A rental building that generated controversy in 2014 when it was granted a 20-year tax abatement is finished and filling up fast, the developer announced.

The building, known by its address, 25 Senate Place, features 265 units ranging from studios to 2-bedroom duplexes with outdoor space. Rents start at $1,695 a month, according to the building’s developer, Senate Place Urban Renewal.

A spokesman for Senate Place, George Cahn, said the building had surpassed 100 leases since officially opening up in November, and that many of the units are already occupied.

The building is located two blocks south of Tonnele Circle, and eight blocks northwest of the Journal Square Transportation Center, where the PATH ride to the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan is jut 14 minutes, or 22 minutes to 33rd Street in midtown.

“The leasing success at 25 Senate Place demonstrates the broad appeal of this unique property, as well as the growing market recognition of Journal Square as a great residential alternative,” Art Johnson, Senate Place’s managing director, was quoted as saying. “It’s a hot building right now in an emerging location, and renters are reacting favorably.”