Fall 2018 Open House


Sunday, October 14th

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, RSVP HERE: manacontemporary.com/openhouse

Visitors to Mana Contemporary will enjoy the unveiling or continuation of major projects by six canonical art-world figures—John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin, Bernard Kirschenbaum, Arnulf Rainer, Fred Sandback, and Andy Warhol—alongside a major exhibition of Minimalist works on paper and a dazzling variety of activations, open studios, and special exhibitions by artists working at or associated with Mana’s extraordinary Jersey City campus. Continue reading

SURFACE Exhibition

imgp08155Through May 31: SURFACE, a group exhibition features work by five Mana BSMT residents who work primarily as GIF artists: Matthias Brown (TraceLoops), Sam Cannon, Julian Glander, Thoka Maer, and Hayden Zezula (Zolloc). “Until now, their artwork has been created for and seen on screens, and shared across social platforms. This exhibition is their first exploration into creating work that can only be experienced in a physical space: sculpture, installation, performance, and gaming. By eliminating screens and creating site-specific experiences, this exhibition will illustrate a collective surfacing from the digital to the physical realm.” The exhibition is sponsored by GIPHY Arts.

MANA CONTEMPORARY, 888 Newark Ave, JC. (201) 604-2702; www.manacontemporary.com



100th Lease Signed at 25 Senate Place in Jersey City

Modern Apartments, Amenities and Location near Journal Square PATH Drive Activity

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Developers announced today the 100th lease signing at 25 Senate Place in Journal Square, Jersey City’s latest neighborhood on the rise.

The impressive milestone, which is slightly ahead of the number of residents now moved in, solidifies the new residential offering’s position within Jersey City’s sizzling real estate marketplace.

“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,” said Art Johnson, Managing Director of Senate Place Urban Renewal.  “It’s a hot building right now in an emerging location, and renters are reacting favorably.”

Featuring 265 uniquely-designed rental residences and upscale amenities across the street from MANA Contemporary, 25 Senate Place delivers a modern living experience to a neighborhood dotted with historic buildings, lively restaurants and bars and budding artistic sensibilities.   A 14 minute commute to the World Trade Center or 22 minute ride to 33rd Street via the Journal Square PATH train adds a level of convenience to the equation. Continue reading

ChicpeaJC features 25 Senate Place


A recent blog post from ChicpeaJC features the new apartment community at 25 Senate Place in the Journal Square neighborhood.

Want to live in a luxury building without the crazy downtown prices? Well 25 Senate Place is here. A beautiful residential building that recently opened across the street from MANA Contemporary in Jersey City’s burgeoning Journal Square Arts District. The best part in my opinion? Modcup will open a Café on the ground floor. I am selling my home and moving here…yes the coffee is that good FYI.

Featuring 265 uniquely-designed rental residences, upscale amenities and a soon-to-open Modcup roastery and café, 25 Senate Place delivers a modern living experience to the neighborhood’s mosaic of repurposed warehouses and growing arts scene.

Continue reading on ChicpeaJC

25 Senate Place Opens with Luxury Rentals in Journal Square’s Burgeoning Arts District

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – In what is the latest sign of the neighborhood’s transformation into an active and vibrant residential and arts destination, 25 Senate Place has opened across the street from MANA Contemporary in Jersey City’s burgeoning Journal Square Arts District.

Featuring 265 uniquely-designed rental residences, upscale amenities and a soon-to-open Modcup roastery and café, 25 Senate Place delivers a modern living experience to the neighborhood’s mosaic of repurposed warehouses and growing arts scene.  Initial occupancy is slated for November, 2015.

“It seems like every urban area on a cultural upswing is compared to Brooklyn, but Jersey City, with its influx of new arts venues, street performances, restaurants, boutiques and coffee houses,  really is on a similar trajectory,” said Art Johnson, Managing Director of Senate Place Urban Renewal, which developed 25 Senate Place.  “It’s an atmosphere that appeals to a cross section of people, and one that has been taking root in our location.  We’re excited to now add a new luxury residential option to the mix which places residents in the heart of a developing arts district at a price point that is attractive for Jersey City.”

The fulcrum of the neighborhood’s cultural transformation was the opening of MANA Contemporary, the 2 million square-foot art center featuring more than 10 exhibition spaces, a theater, dance studio, foundry, silkscreen studio, and 150 artist studios, as well as the Richard Meier Model Museum and other renowned tenants. Art House Productions, an active visual and performing arts organization, is located in Journal Square, as is the revitalizing Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre and award-winning Hudson County Community College Culinary Arts Institute (CAI).  A more traditional locational advantage is the Journal Square Transportation Center with convenient PATH service to downtown and midtown Manhattan and Newark Penn Station.

Designed to embrace the fabric of the neighborhood while drawing new residents to the emerging location, 25 Senate Place features a five-story design with a brick façade with metal accents that enhances the streetscape, and a collection of well-appointed residences with unique and varied floor plans to meet a variety of needs.

Studios, one-bedroom apartments, one-bedroom-plus-den floor plans and two-bedroom duplex lofts with coveted outdoor space, are offered at monthly rents starting from $1,695.  Found throughout the residences are expansive windows that draw in natural light, hardwood floors, open kitchens with espresso cabinetry and quartz countertops, modern baths, and washers and dryers.

Well-thought-out amenities and services include a lobby with 24-hour doorman, fitness center, resident lounge, game room, landscaped terrace and courtyard, Dog Park, shuttle service to the PATH Station, available onsite indoor parking and onsite property management.

Residents will also appreciate having one of the region’s most celebrated independent coffee providers at their doorstep as Modcup, which roasts green coffee beans from around the world, will open a café and roastery in one of the building’s street-level retail spaces.   For canine lovers, Club Barks Doggy Day Care will also set up shop onsite.

In addition, a Citi Bike Jersey City bike sharing station is located on Dey Street just steps from 25 Senate Place.  It is one of 35 stations city wide that will house 350 bikes to provide a new, environmentally-friendly, healthy and affordable 24/7 transportation option for Jersey City.

For more information on 25 Senate Place and to schedule an appointment to view a furnished model residence, please call 1.844.577.4663, or visit www.25senateplace.com.  The Sutherlin Group of Keller Williams City Life Realty is the building’s onsite leasing agency.

Roll Out the Red Carpet!

2015-10-14_11-45-10It’s time to roll out the Red Carpet for the opening of the Jersey City International Television & Film Festival! The festival opens for the 2nd year on Friday, October 16th at the Mana Contemporary and runs through Sunday, October 18th. Check out the films, television, panel discussions, and more.

Festival events are happening throughout the city, so check out the schedule HERE.

This year’s presenting sponsor is Jersey City Medical Center/Barnabas Health.


The Jersey City International Television Film Festival was formed in 2013 by Craig & Maureen Goletz along with filmmakers and entertainment entrepreneurs Michael Billy and Jarl Haugedal to provide filmmakers, independent artists and the community with opportunities to discover support independent film and television from around the world.  The Festival is dedicated to fostering a better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.

The Jersey City International Television and Film Festival provides the community with a network of programs and opportunities to foster education and real time experience in the field of television and film through workshops, seminars, markets and events. In keeping with Mayor Steven Fulop’s vision of job creation for all our citizens, through the growing entertainment business in Jersey City, JCITFF is committed to offering year round programming to enrich, inspire, educate and connect our student community so that they have the tools to enter the professional world.  In partnership with NJCU, JCITFF will bring established individuals from all aspects of the entertainment business to share their experience and to impart their knowledge.

Jersey City: The new Brooklyn?

An influx of artists is transforming the area into a creative scene that developers can brag about 

Miriam Kreinin Souccar at The Real Deal asks that very question in the June edition …

“Making Art Dance,” one of many installations seen at Mana Contemporary, included a David Salle backdrop and costumes for “The Elizabethan Phrasing of the Late Albert Ayler,” a ballet. Photo by Joe Schildhorn.

“Making Art Dance,” one of many installations seen at Mana Contemporary, included a David Salle backdrop and costumes for “The Elizabethan Phrasing of the Late Albert Ayler,” a ballet. Photo by Joe Schildhorn.

refurbished tobacco factory in Jersey City, now home to a sprawling arts complex called Mana Contemporary with studios, exhibition spaces and museum archives, is drawing crowds and undergoing an expansion.

In the nearby Journal Square neighborhood, the city is embarking on a $30-million renovation of the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre. And a 110-year-old warehouse there is being converted into a luxury rental building with studio space and apartments set aside for working artists, one of many such buildings going up in the city.

“Our goal is to bring the creative class here,” said Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

Welcome to what could be called “the new Brooklyn.” Young Wall Streeters have been moving to Jersey City’s waterfront high-rises in search of cheaper real estate and a quick commute to Manhattan for years. But as Brooklyn continues to gentrify, artists are now flocking to Jersey City too, scooping up studio space for some 30 percent less, and in many cases, they are taking up residence there altogether.

The influx, coupled with a flurry of new cultural venues and city initiatives like street performances and studio tours, has created a major arts community that is helping to revitalize a city once riddled with vacant lots and crime.

“Jersey City is the next place where everyone is going to be moving to,” said Ray Smith, an artist whose paintings are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Smith opened a 3,000-square-foot studio at Mana Contemporary two years ago, after Hurricane Sandy destroyed his workspace on the Gowanus Canal. He has since rebuilt in Brooklyn but plans to consolidate his operations in Jersey City in the next couple of years. He’s getting such a good deal that he declined to say how much he is paying.

Continue reading at TheRealDeal.com

Some #JC Celebs Pick Their Best Bets for Summer

Summer Dawn Hortillosa  at the The Jersey Journal heads out to JC and Hoboken to ask locals what’s hot for the summer!

2014-06-19_14-58-25Bianca Spivak

Piece of Cake Parties founder, Jersey City

What are you up to this summer?

I don’t belong to any organization putting on an event (although I hope to one day) but I’m really looking forward to a lot of local stuff.

Like what?

Metal Mondays at Lucky 7’s (322 Second St., Jersey City)–Justin Bornstein spins awesome metal all night long–I believe it’s a monthly event. Also Jaguar Shark, Cicada Radio, Holy City Zoo, Modern Chemistry and The Cartwheelers are playing Lamp Post Bar and Grille (9 p.m., 383 Second St., JC) on June 28. They’re all super great Jersey bands and always put on an amazing show, Holy City Zoo especially. There’s also the Art House Summer Blowout that day (8 p.m., 1 McWilliams Pl., JC) I’m definitely going to check out.

There’s Barcade’s 3rd of July party (12 pm, 163 Newark Ave., JC) and that day is also the Desir Decir EP release with Awkward Girls and Black Wail at Lot 13 (10 p.m., 169 Avenue E, Bayonne) which is obviously going to be unbelievable. What else, what else? Hmmm…oh, the Lucky 7’s Rock ‘n’ Roll BBQ on the 12th (1 p.m., 322 Second St.), which is the day after my birthday so I’m going to be out guns blazing!

What other events would you like to see here?

Hmm…I was going to say the fireworks, but I’m super excited that those are here this year too! (Freedom and Fireworks Festival, July 4, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Liberty State Park, JC). And I’d love a really cheesy carnival here. I mean, those are always a good time.


From a Moving Van to an Arts Complex


Works from Ray Smith’s “Here/Now” retrospective at Mana Contemporary, an art complex in Jersey City.

The New York Times profiles MANA Contemporary, an art complex in Jersey City!

MANA Contemporary might be one of the art world’s best-kept secrets. From the outside, at the moment, it looks like what its shell actually is: a cluster of warehouse and factory buildings left over from a grimy industrial age, tucked into the heart of this city.