Set the Table!

ys_home_young_peopleSet the Table! is a cool new initiative by Rutgers University and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) that’s aimed at getting young adults involved in a stimulating discussion about the future of New Jersey.

Rutgers’ Voorhees Transportation Center has teamed up with the NJTPA to create and launch Set the Table! They are seeking young adults ages 18-29 to host dinner parties or gatherings of friends to discuss their priorities for New Jersey’s future.

It’s all part of the outreach effort for NJTPA’s long-range transportation plan. Set the Table! offers a fun, casual and social approach to encourage younger adults to contribute to the NJTPA’s planning and decision-making. Continue reading

Hamilton House Launches in Jersey City with Modern Rentals and Amenities


Boutique Property Features Generous Floor Plans and an Onsite Kiddie Academy Early Education Daycare Steps From Hamilton Park

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Leasing is underway at Hamilton House in downtown Jersey City where The Shuster Group has delivered a boutique, amenity-rich rental building featuring generous living spaces desired in Jersey City, but rarely found in today’s new construction marketplace.  Initial occupancy is scheduled for March 1st.

Ideally located at 255 Brunswick Street just steps from Hamilton Park where single professionals and families come together in one of Jersey City’s most dynamic and friendly neighborhoods, Hamilton House features an intimate seven-story design from acclaimed architect Fogarty Finger that greatly enhances the overall streetscape.  The distinctive building boasts just 75 one-, two- and three-bedroom rental residences, and a well-thought-out offering of amenities and services. The ground floor will be home to a Kiddie Academy educational daycare center, while additional commercial spaces ideal for office and professional services are located on the first floor.

“There is considerable demand in Jersey City today for larger rental homes that fulfill the growth needs of residents,” said Eyal Shuster, Owner of The Shuster Group, which also developed The Oakman and The Art House in Jersey’ City’s Powerhouse Arts District.  “Hamilton House was designed to meet that demand with a combination of expansive floor plans and complementary amenities in a desirable downtown location.”

Residences at Hamilton House feature soaring living spaces that combine with designer finishes and appointments to create a modern living experience.  Spacious interiors include 9’ ceiling heights, white Oak hardwood floors, oversized windows that bathe the homes in natural light, Italian kitchens with Ceasarstone countertops, stainless steel appliances and under cabinet lighting; in-home Bosch washer/dryer, walk-in closets, and sleek bathrooms.   Select residences also offer balconies or private patios, while all homes feature efficient cooling and heating systems, with gas heating paid by the landlord.   Monthly rents currently range from $2,395 for one-bedroom plans, from $3,150 for two-bedroom homes and from $4,395 for three-bedroom residences.

The Shuster Group fashioned a full suite of amenities to enhance residents’ lifestyles at Hamilton House, including a dramatic lobby attended by a doorman, state-of-the-art fitness center, Yoga room, a Business Center and a Resident’s Lounge with dining area conveniently situated adjacent to a Children’s play room.  Set against a stunning backdrop of Manhattan skyline views, a huge rooftop terrace features a garden area, lounge seating and grilling stations.  Residents also enjoy Wi-Fi in common areas, a designated bike storage room, cold storage for deliveries, private storage on each floor, a pet-friendly atmosphere and available onsite parking.  Complimentary shuttle service is provided to the PATH station. Continue reading

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

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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

Let’s Talk Transportation …

Would you like $40 and a free dinner on Thursday, December 3rd???


Rutgers University researchers want to talk to Jersey City residents about their experience and concerns with transportation in our area, such as traffic congestion, transit service, or safer crosswalks.


As part of a study, Rutgers is hosting a focus group to hear your opinions. As an incentive, each participant will receive $40. Dinner will also be served. The focus group will be held at a convenient downtown JC location.


If you would like to participate, email the research team at or call 848-932-2367 and leave your name and phone number. A researcher will call you back and see if you are a good fit for the focus group.

Chat transportation, eat dinner, and earn$40

Park + Garden Hits 50% Leased

There’s certainly no shortage of new residential developments on tap right here in Jersey City.  However, many other Cities along New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast” also have exciting projects underway.  Here’s a look at a new rental building that has recently made the news:

Bijou Properties and The Marketing Directors are executing one of the most successful leasing programs in the Hudson County market at Park + Garden, a new collection of upscale apartment homes and first-class recreational amenities and services in the Hudson County City of Hoboken.

More than 50% of the 212 luxury residences in the 12-story building have been leased just three months after the property officially opened to the public.  Move-ins are well underway as Park + Garden quickly becomes the signature address along New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast.”

Designed for LEED® Gold certification, Park + Garden is the third LEED-certified building from locally-based Bijou Properties in uptown Hoboken and boasts innovative, environmentally-sensitive features to minimize its impact on the environment.

“Bijou Properties has a strong reputation for creating trailblazing properties designed to elevate urban settings with high quality homes, community-oriented services and amenities and responsible development practices,” says Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, the building’s exclusive leasing and marketing agent.  “Park + Garden has set a new standard by delivering a unique lifestyle experience that combines modern design and amenities with eco-friendly features, dedicated common spaces and sponsored neighborhood events.”

Located at 1450 Garden Street on the north end of Hoboken, Park + Garden features a collection of well-appointed one-, two- and three-bedroom residences.  Thoughtfully-designed residences feature high ceilings, oversized windows, walk-in closets, bamboo flooring and kitchens with granite countertops, sleek cabinetry and Energy-star stainless steel appliances.   Select homes boast spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.  Monthly rents at Park + Garden start at $3,250.  Fully-furnished model homes are available to tour.

A full suite of recreational and social amenities enhance residents’ lifestyles, including an attended lobby, state-of-the art gym, multiple club rooms, courtyards, outdoor pool and landscaped deck, additional laundry facilities, bike storage and a 383-car on-site fully automated parking facility.  Renters also have access to a shared multi-use recreational room/basketball court.

Situated directly across the Hudson River from midtown Manhattan, Hoboken is well-known as one of the most dynamic City environments along the Hudson County “Gold Coast” with a bustling main street, exciting nightlife and well-rounded recreational and social opportunities. Park + Garden offers a pedestrian-friendly design with a private street entrance to create an intimate atmosphere while allowing residents to fully embrace all the elements of this walkable residential setting and its easy access to mass transportation.

“Uptown Hoboken blends the vibrancy of an urban downtown with a family-friendly atmosphere featuring multiple parks, playgrounds, new athletic fields and the scenic Hudson River Waterfront Walkway,” Ms. Urgo adds.

“There’s never a shortage of activities, with boutique shopping, restaurants, cafes and bars along Washington and 14th Streets and the nearby Bow Tie movie theatre. The City also hosts numerous waterfront concerts and seasonal fairs and street festivals. Within minutes of the Lincoln Tunnel and the 39th Street NY Waterway terminal, Park + Garden also brings all that Manhattan has to offer within close reach.” Continue reading

New Modern Rentals in Amenity-Rich Building Open at The Beacon in Jersey City

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Criterion Launches with 271 Luxury Residences and Spectacular Manhattan Views

JERSEY CITY, NJ – One of the most successful residential developments in the region is expanding yet again with the launch of Criterion, a new offering of 271 luxury apartments located within The Beacon in Jersey City.

Rising 18 stories above The Beacon’s elevated site overlooking the Manhattan skyline and Liberty State Park, Criterion offers a new level of urban sophistication with modern studios, one- and two-bedroom residences complemented by well-thought-out amenities and services.   Immediate occupancy is available.

Criterion follows the successful lease-ups of four other luxury apartment buildings at The Beacon in the past few years, according to Building & Land Technology (BLT), which is developing the community’s collection of residences and incomparable indoor and outdoor amenities.

“The Beacon’s uniquely-designed apartments, dramatic views, considerable outdoor space and attractive price points continue to drive leasing activity at the community,” said Courtney Phillips of BLT.  “Each building offers its own distinctive character and ambiance, blending historic architecture and modern finishes, and providing a wide range of options for residents within The Beacon.  Criterion is no exception as its desirable location within the community, beautifully-adorned lobby, and private amenity offerings are sure to appeal to today’s urban professionals.”

Like the Mercury, Orpheum, Paramount and Tower buildings at The Beacon, Criterion’s exterior has been expertly restored to recapture the dramatic architectural details and historic grandeur of its Art Deco-era origin.  Blending perfectly with Criterion’s historic spaces are brand new, modern residences with monthly rents starting at $1,750 a month.  The apartments feature high ceiling heights, wood-style flooring, and Gourmet Chef’s Kitchens with white cabinets, granite countertops, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances and garbage disposals.  Elegant baths are adorned with cultured marble vanity tops, tile floors and glass shower doors. Each residence also offers central heating and air conditioning, individual washers and dryers, and smart card key access.

A full suite of private amenities and services within Criterion will further enhance residents’ daily lives.  These include a state-of-the-art gym, 18th-floor Sky Lounge offering panoramic views, a Quiet Room, a children’s playroom, and a landscaped courtyard with seating, barbecue grills and a fire pit.  Residents will also appreciate the building’s Package Concierge, an innovative, digital system that notifies residents when packages have been delivered and provides them with 24/7 access to their secured locker at their convenience. Continue reading

Get Free Art!

2015-09-03_11-33-33The next JC Fridays event will take place on September 11th in neighborhoods all over Jersey City. The events are FREE!

2015-09-03_11-42-20JC Fridays is a quarterly event, held four times a year at the start of every season: March, June, September, December. The next JC Fridays will be held on Friday, December 4th, 2015.

Through our events and programming:

– Destination Jersey City – – The Jersey City Reporter
– Jersey City Magazine
– Mayor Steven M. Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council & Cultural Affairs –
– Jersey City Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce
– Historic Downtown SID
– Hamilton House
– The Shuster Group
– Greenspot
– The Oakman Condominiums
– JCity Realty

JC Fridays is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development, and by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Executive, and the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Supporters: Balance Salon, City Diner, Club Transmission, the Digest, GP’s Restaurant, Hamilton Inn, Jersey City Independent, Maximum Motion Fitness, Port-o Lounge, Yelp

Friends: Jersey City Reservoir Alliance, Pint

Business Specials:
•   $10 off haircuts on JCFridays from Balance Salon
•   One FREE class for first time members from Maximum Motion Fitness

Continue to check out the FULL SCHEDULE Continue reading

It’s Good to be Green!


The Huffington Post names Jersey City one of America’s Top -Ten Green Cities.

Surprised? A new study shows that those seeking green options have plenty to choose from. They gathered statistics from the 150 largest cities in America to determine which are the most environmentally friendly. The analysis was based on environmental quality, methods of transportation, sources of energy and housing density.

Cities you might expect, like Seattle and Honolulu make the list, but so do New York, Washington, and Miami.

The city shares a mediocre Air Quality Index with its neighbor New York City. However, Jersey City also shares a positive trend: residents use public transit at far above-average rates. At least 46% of workers living in Jersey City commute on public transit, second only to New York City’s 56%.

Check out more top green cities here.

Jersey City development boom reaching new heights

A rendering of the pedestrian plaza slated for 70 and 90 Columbus Drive, two residential towers going up outside the Grove Street PATH station in Jersey City.

A rendering of the pedestrian plaza slated for 70 and 90 Columbus Drive, two residential towers going up outside the Grove Street PATH station in Jersey City.

Terrence T. McDonald at continues his series of reports on Jersey City’s building boom. From Grove Street to Journal Square, rising new buildings prove the trend of people choosing cities over suburbs.

The city is expecting nearly 3,000 residential units to come online before the end of the year, while developers are expected to break ground on another 3,000 in the next 10 months.

The new additions will include a 950-foot condominium tower on Hudson Street that will be the tallest building in New Jersey, a 50-story high-rise outside the Grove Street PATH station and a 448-unit tower in Liberty Harbor North that will rise 44 stories.

And the changes aren’t only in the Downtown, where most of the new large-scale development has taken place for the last three decades. Hundreds of units are set to go online by the end of the year on Senate Place, just south of Canco Lofts, and at the Beacon.

Developers Eric and Paul Silverman have been building in Jersey City for over 30 years — before it was cool. The brothers’ new building, Charles and Co., a 99-unit Grove Street building with office and retail space, is opening this summer. Eric Silverman told The Jersey Journal the city’s newest boom is part of a global trend of more people choosing city living over suburbia.

More than that, he said, Jersey City is special.

“People have finally recognized that Jersey City has a lot of natural assets: good architecture, a good grid pattern, the multiple modes of transportation,” he said. “It has everything.”