Ex-Hague hospital officially reopens as Art Deco luxury apartments

01c6fb066d34e9b3via Laura Herzog/NJ.com – With a knife and a giant pair of scissors, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop made official the opening of the Hague during Saturday’s “Beacon Birthday” celebration.

The leasing of the new luxury apartment building marks the total fulfillment of a long, ambitious, sometimes-troubled dream to turn a shuttered Art Deco-style hospital fully into “The Beacon,” an eight-unit complex of condos and market rate apartments. The last of those buildings to be opened was the Hague.

First, Fulop cut the red ribbon to the entryway of the building. Then he cut the cake, a fondant-wrapped replica of the Hague building crafted by Carlo’s Bakery.

The ceremony took place at about 3 p.m., following a rapid-paced tour of the Hague from Mitch Bodner, managing director for Beacon development firm Building and Land Technology.

Fulop told a crowd that the completion of The Beacon, one of the biggest historic renovation projects in America, has strong significance for the city.

“Jersey City has one of the best renaissance stories in the entire country,” he said, with Bodner and Mauro Castano, of “Cake Boss” fame, by his side.


#BeaconBirthday2016: Music, Food, Tours & @CarlosBakery!

Join The Beacon* to celebrate two special milestones: the Grand Opening of Hague and the completion of the community’s historic redevelopment and transformation into Jersey City’s most unique and amenity-rich luxury rental community. Prospective residents won’t want to miss tours of Hague’s new modern residences and restored historic spaces.

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The celebration will be on Saturday, April 16th from 2pm to 5pm featuring a very special birthday cake made by Carlo’s Bakery, known from the hit TLC series Cake Boss in Hoboken, New Jersey. The Jersey City Mayor will also be there for a wonderful ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by music, food, art, and it will be hosted through the entire spacious, sun-lit community!

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Residents bring good cheer with ‘Wine Wednesdays’ series at The Beacon


The recently launched Criterion features 271 luxury apartments, a beautifully adorned lobby and its own suite of amenities tailored to today’s urban professionals, including an outdoor terrace.

via NJ.com – When Melissa Capo and her husband Mark decided to relocate from Maryland to the New York City area, their search for a new home took them to Jersey City. They were particularly captivated by The Beacon, the collection of historic Art Deco buildings reborn as modern residential properties with incomparable indoor and outdoor amenities.

Impressed by the spacious residences, stunning views and warmth of the staff,  the Capos decided The Beacon was the ideal place to live.

“The people we came across at The Beacon were pleasant and welcoming,” Melissa said. “My husband and I loved the diversity of both the staff and the tenants, as well as the breathtaking views and luxurious amenities. Everything we experienced convinced us that we wanted to be a part of The Beacon community.”

The couple signed a lease, moved in and discovered their first impressions were accurate. They met so many friendly neighbors that they decided to invite them to a wine-tasting party.

The tasting quickly became a monthly affair with a growing guest list. As a result, “Wine Wednesdays” is a touring event, so to speak, hosted by a different Beacon resident on the first Wednesday evening of every month.

“We began hosting the monthly wine tasting to build a rapport with our neighbors, network and meet fellow tenants,” Melissa said. “Now Wine Wednesdays is featured in a different building every month. Through this event and other community happenings, residents are more united than ever and seem to enjoy meeting people and making new friends.”

For Melissa, the comfort, luxury and camaraderie she and Mark have experienced since moving to The Beacon have helped them lead the lifestyle they were looking for when they relocated.  In fact, her fondness of the community and her neighbors has grown so strong that she recently took on an official position with the property management team.

“It’s been six wonderful months of great service and meeting new people,” Melissa said. Continue reading

Macy’s, Liberty State Park fireworks seen from roof of historic Jersey City building

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The Beacon in the center of Jersey City has a rich history as the Art Deco site of the former Jersey City Medical Center, built by infamous Frank “I Am the Law” Hague in the Great Depression.

The Baldwin Avenue complex, now luxury rental apartments, also happens to be uniquely situated to have had a view of last night’s Macy’s fireworks show on the East River and Jersey City’s fireworks show in Liberty State Park.

Management extended an invitation to The Jersey Journal to have a photographer rooftop at “The Tower” building last night. Here are scenes by Michael Dempsey.


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 NJ.com 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.”