Build a Better Block Street Fair


Join your neighbors on Saturday, July 9th from 10am to 3pm for the Build A Better Block Street Fair. The fair will take place on Bergen Avenue (from Montgomery Street to Fairview Avenue), and will involve family fun, live music, street vendors, and opportunities to clean up and give back to the community.

10am – 12pm: Volunteering/Community Clean-Up Activities (sign up to volunteer at

11am – 3pm: Street Fair

Rain Date: July 10

Table Talk Live


Hudson Kitchen kicks off its new education series Table Talk Live this March with a networking event that will bring together food entrepreneurs in a lively discussion designed to celebrate successes, tackle challenges and explore creative opportunities for collaboration.

The open-to-the-public event will take place on Wednesday, March 9 from 6-9 PM at Art House Productions located at 136 Magnolia Avenue in the Journal Square section of Jersey City. The cost is $15, and attendees can register HERE.

Table Talk Live will be a quarterly event that connects industry professionals in a supportive environment. This quarter’s theme is “ Finding your Mix: Following Your Dreams as a Food

Entrepreneur .” Five panelists will talk about their diverse paths to making careers in the culinary industry work for them.

Event attendees will network with the local food community and sample a tasting menu from area startups. They also will hear about successes, challenges and lessons learned from our panel of entrepreneurs. The panel, moderated by Hudson Kitchen founder and CEO Djenaba Johnson Jones, will feature:

  • Alissandra (Ali) Maffucci, food blogger, New York Times bestselling cookbook author and culinary entrepreneur, founder of Inspiralized and creator of the Inspiralizer;
  • Alysis Vasquez, executive chef and owner of the Jersey City Chef Collective & Supper Club, Chilltown Kitchen;
  • Dawn Pascale, founder of OM Sweet Home, a specialty bakery focusing on plant-based and gluten-free desserts & cakes for wholesale, corporate and private events;
  • Eddie Cotto, Jr., executive chef and owner of ME Casa, a Puerto Rican inspired  restaurant and catering company; and
  • Lloyd Ortuoste, cofounder of #Baonanas, an artisanal banana pudding company.

“We’re excited to launch Table Talk Live ,” said JohnsonJones. “In addition to our goal of

providing commercial kitchen and storage space, we at Hudson Kitchen want to be a resource for food entrepreneurs. We want to inspire, educate and empower. Our mission is to help food Hudson Kitchen presents Table Talk Live , a quarterly networking event series produced by AJB Events, a Jersey City-based event and design company. The next event will take place in June.

Hudson Kitchen is also launching as series of culinary business workshops set to begin in April.

Startups interested in providing sample food and beverages at the event should contact Hudson Kitchen at . Entrepreneurs interested in serving on an upcoming panel also should contact Hudson Kitchen.

About Hudson Kitchen

Hudson Kitchen seeks to help culinary entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses with low risk in a healthy, professional and supportive environment through commercial kitchen and storage rental, consulting services and professional development courses. To learn more, visit , or call 646.319.5137.





What’s happening in Journal Square?

-9bdac1d7dc5c0086This week’s edition of NJ BIZ features a Joshua Burd report on The KRE Group and National Real Estate Advisors‘ new development “Journal Squared”.

The first of three residential towers that will rise above Jersey City’s historic Journal Square neighborhood is on track to be complete by the end of this year, its developers said.

The project, known as Journal Squared, is being developed by The KRE Group and National Real Estate Advisors and is aimed at fueling the revival of the onetime commercial hub of the city. Plans ultimately call for 1,838 rental units, 36,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a pedestrian-friendly, public plaza alongside the busy Journal Square PATH station.

The first building will be a 52-story, 538-unit tower, according to a news release. The other two towers will be 60 and 70 stories, respectively.


First Journal Squared Residential Tower Tops Out At 563 Feet In Jersey City’s Historic Journal Square

Journal Squared Topping Out CROPPED

The Developers of Journal Squared join municipal and union officials to celebrate the topping out of the first of three residential towers planned for the property. From left to right: Jeffrey Kanne, President and CEO of National Real Estate Advisors; Dan Gumble, Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 164; Murray Kushner, Chairman and CEO of The KRE Group; Kevin Verdi, Managing Director of National Real Estate Advisors; Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City; and Jonathan Kushner, President of The KRE Group.

The KRE Group and National Real Estate Advisors have announced the topping out of the first phase of Journal Squared at 563 feet, providing visual context for what will ultimately be a three-tower, mixed-use project that will fuel the revitalization of Jersey City’s historic Journal Square neighborhood and its vital intermodal transportation hub.

Mayor Steven Fulop and fellow municipal officials joined the development partnership, union officials and tradespeople to celebrate the construction milestone.

“When you look at the Jersey City that has emerged in the last decade, it really is one of the greatest revitalization stories in the country,” Mayor Fulop said. “It is the economic engine of New Jersey, leading the state in both job creation and construction starts, but for a long time Journal Square lagged behind in that progress. Now, for the first time in 45 years, we not only talked about significant development away from the waterfront, we actually got the shovels in the ground. We couldn’t be prouder of the growth and potential of our city that is reflected in this Journal Squared development which will remake the entire skyline.”

1450392324_journalThe 53-story building will deliver 538 luxury rental residences to a location adjacent to the Journal Square PATH Station. It is part of the developers’ comprehensive, three-phase project that will also include the construction of a 60-story tower and a 70-story building. When completed, the transformative project will bring 1,838 rental residences, 36,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a pedestrian-friendly, public plaza to the neighborhood.

Jeff Kanne, President and CEO of National Real Estate Advisors, said: “We’re moving quickly to realize our vision for this game-changing project in Jersey City, which combines vanguard design, unmatched transportation links, and outstanding public amenities. It offers the best of what inspired urban redevelopment must deliver: a highly attractive city environment, convenient lifestyles, and an anchor for future growth.”

The development is creating more than 700 jobs in Jersey City, including construction and eventual full-time employment opportunities.

“We’re delighted to be here today to recognize the combined efforts of our construction and design teams and the many skilled tradespeople who have helped us get to this point,” said Jonathan Kushner, President of The KRE Group. “We believe this iconic project will serve as the centerpiece of a resurgent urban neighborhood by creating much-needed residential, retail and open space that complements the existing mass transportation infrastructure.”


Architectural rendering of Journal Squared, a three-tower, mixed-used development adjacent to the Journal Square PATH station in Jersey City.

Phase II will include 700 rental residences in a 70-story building, while Phase III will feature 600 rental homes in a 60-story building. A total of 920 parking spaces will also be included in the development. The developers will pursue LEED certification for all three buildings.Scheduled for completion in late-2016, Phase I of Journal Squared will offer 538 studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom rental residences with upscale finishes and appointments and stunning views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and downtown Manhattan. The building will also feature more than 10,000 square feet of amenities, including a full-service fitness center, golf simulator, children’s playroom and outdoor pool. A one-of-a-kind, 2,000 square-foot entertaining space will be located on the 53rd floor. Continue reading

Show Your PRIDE!

logo2015The 15th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival will take place on Saturday, August 29th. The fest will run from noon until 8pm on Newark Avenue between Grove and Jersey. This year’s event is being co-hosted by Gayborhood JerseyCity and Humanity Pride Productions.

The Pride Festival week will kick off with the official Pride Festival Press Conference on August 21st and will feature events including entertainment nights and live performances, health and fitness activities, and Pride Festival after parties. Join us as we celebrate the historic SCOTUS ruling that Marriage Equality is now the law of the land!!

Jersey City’s 2015 Pride Festival is not just an event, IT IS A MOVEMENT!

About Hudson Pride

Hudson Pride Connections is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-governmental, community organization situated in the Journal Square neighborhood in Jersey City, one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in this country and home to the largest LGBTQ community in New Jersey.

Hudson Pride was established in 1993 to serve as an advocate for both the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in Hudson County and 21 years later, they are still delivering a wide array of services, programs and events to meet their on-going needs.

Programs and services include LGBTQ support groups for youth, young adults, middle adults and seniors, specialized groups for HIV+ gay men, transgender individuals and women of color, community training and education focused on helping provider agencies to deliver LGBT and HIV competent services, LGBTQ health education, HIV outreach services, social service linkages and advocacy.

Interviews of Note: JCity Realty


The JCity Realty team

CHICpeaJC recently interviewed Natalie Minard, a partner and Broker of Record at JCity Realty, and the team.

Natalie has lived in JC for eighteen years lighting in multiple neighborhoods including Downtown, Journal Square, and the Heights. She still owns and invests in Jersey City.

She discusses her fave JC eateries, how the city has changed of the years, and the new projects JCity is working on.

The team handles sellers, buyers, and rentals, including their most recent success The Art House in the Powerhouse Arts District downtown.

They are currently handling condo pre-construction sales in The Oakman, right next to The Art House in the PAD.


More Journal Square Development News

via Steve Lubetkin/

JERSEY CITY, NJ— A 45,000-square-foot, 10-story office building in Jersey City, 880 Bergen Ave., will be transformed into a multifamily development following a $5.7 million sale brokered by CBRE.

2015-07-14_13-28-32CBRE Capital Markets Investment Properties’ Charles Berger and Mark Silverman in New Jersey, and Elli Klapperin New York, represented the seller and procured the out-of-state buyer in the transaction. The CBRE team worked with Bob Antonicello and Bobby Antonicello Jr. of Grid Real Estate, the second time the two brokerages have collaborated on a sale.

“This sale is a critical piece of the Journal Square revitalization. 880 Bergen Ave. is an ideal residential conversion and a natural evolution of what is happening in Journal Square,” Bob Antonicello, president of Grid, tells exclusively. “The redevelopment anticipated residential conversions of these older commercial office buildings as they approach the end of their useful life.”

The repositioned property will have 60 rental units. An existing Bank of America branch on the ground floor will continue to anchor the retail space.

“The CBRE Tri-State Investment Properties team is one of the most active in the Jersey City market, which has become one of the hottest and most sought-after areas in the Tri-State region,” says Berger. “This is a prime example of how our team is able to maximize value for the seller, while at the same time present the buyer with the opportunity to reposition an aged office building into a lucrative multifamily property. This is the fourth deal our team has closed in Jersey City in 2015, totaling a value of more than $30 million, with several more on the way.”

880 Bergen Ave. includes a view of the New York City skyline and is located within walking distance of the Journal Square PATH station.


Journal Square Continues to Heat Up!

Terrence McDonald at reports on the continuing rise of Journal Square with the listing of a property on Summit Ave for a proposed 42-story building.

A proposed rendering of how a 42-story tower would look in Jersey City's Hilltop neighborhood. Rendering courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield. Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal

A proposed rendering of how a 42-story tower would look in Jersey City’s Hilltop neighborhood. Rendering courtesy of Cushman & Wakefield.
Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal

 Commercial real-estate firm Cushman & Wakefield is seeking buyers for a Summit Avenue property that could one day be the location a 42-story tower opposed by local residents.

The New York-based firm is brokering a deal to sell the property, now owned by Ayner Netter, to developers seeking to build in the newly lucrative Journal Square area. And the firm is using the possibility of a residential tower on the location to lure buyers.


“The current 35,000-square-foot lot can be developed into an approximately 916,000-square-foot luxury tower featuring a mix of residential, hotel, retail, office and parking,” it reads.

Across the street, KRE Group is building three residential towers, one of which would hit 70 stories.


Jersey City: Moving beyond the ‘Gold Coast’


Jersey City continues to be a highlight in real estate news this week. NJ BIZ feature “Industry Insights” features analysis by George Garcia,a partner, Genova Burns.

The secret’s out: Jersey City is on the rise. In fact it has been for well over a decade. All throughout the city’s burgeoning Downtown and Paulus Hook neighborhoods, cranes pepper the skyline, constructing and improving a variety of new office, retail, and residential spaces. This momentum, along with its built-in geographic advantage (located adjacent to the country’s largest business hub), means that the city is well on its way to fulfilling Mayor Fulop’s stated goal of becoming the best midsized city in the United States.

Today, more and more evidence is mounting that all of this growth isn’t confined just to one side of the proverbial “tracks.” While it’s true that the neighborhoods surrounding the Newport, Grove Street and Exchange place PATH have undergone major revitalizations over the past two decades, the city’s waterfront region only tells part of the Jersey City story.

First consider the Journal Square neighborhood, a diverse and historical residential area flanking a PATH station just one stop west of the city’s Downtown. Within walking distance of the train, KABR Real Estate Investment Partners and Kushner Companies acquired a 1.5 acre development site slated to provide 1,500 residential units; development was approved for 111-unit apartment building at 87 Newkirk St.; construction began on the three-towered residential project called Journal Squared; Hartz and PGM obtained approvals for a residential building on the northern portion of Journal Square; and 56 units have opened nearby at Kennedy Lofts  all within the last six months. Congruently, the city is investing in the arts at Journal Square through an initiative with the historic Loews Theatre.