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Marv95
September 9th, 2010, 09:21 PM
Again, a Wal-Mart or Target will come before a Macy's/JC Penny's

block944
September 9th, 2010, 11:56 PM
No mall type stores in Newark will do well until there is a thriving downtown full of residents with higher incomes who spend that type of money... Getting people to move to Newark as a transit hub is key. Newark needs originality to draw in tourists, nobody is going to drive to Newark and go through a traffic and parking nightmare to shop. More offices, and full time residents are the most important key to Newark's success. More student housing should be on its way within the next 10 years, which should help.


Bingo, and two ritas already closed in newark

Nexis4Jersey
September 10th, 2010, 08:56 AM
Permenatly close or just for the Fall / Winter?

block944
September 10th, 2010, 11:46 AM
Permenatly close or just for the Fall / Winter?

Perm, ones a verizon store now next to umdnj and the one in ironbound is gutted and boarded up.

alex@newark
September 10th, 2010, 05:43 PM
Yet 2 more ritas are coming back to newark, but just in different locations

Nexis4Jersey
September 10th, 2010, 07:49 PM
Rita is one of the places that seems to like moving , LOL

block944
September 10th, 2010, 08:33 PM
Yet 2 more ritas are coming back to newark, but just in different locations


no with 2 new sucker owners that think they can make it work. ritas are franchises with a low entry point

block944
September 10th, 2010, 09:10 PM
http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/NJ-Newark-Eleven80.html

Eleven80 is still falling apart, looks like there is extensive water damage on the upper floors and they aren't getting repaired. They are just moving tenants down lower.

stache
September 10th, 2010, 09:50 PM
What a shame, such a beautiful building. I hope the water damage is less than before the renovation.

alex@newark
September 10th, 2010, 09:50 PM
Does anybody know what is happening with the paramount theater???:confused:

66nexus
September 10th, 2010, 10:05 PM
What a shame, such a beautiful building. I hope the water damage is less than before the renovation.

It would have to be less, I don't think they would pass inspections if it were very bad initially. I wouldn't know how extensive, but I do know people who tend to review things are more likely to big things up (which makes sense b/c going through something is always worse than reading about it)

block944
September 11th, 2010, 12:26 AM
Does anybody know what is happening with the paramount theater???:confused:

absolutely nothing.

newarkhiphop
September 11th, 2010, 06:59 PM
From across the river in Harrison this afternoon I couldn't help but notice a massive crane located somewhere in downtown Newark...does anyone know where this is and what it is there for?


I think it was this

http://studebakerloftsnj.com/Home_Page.html

I live close by , if anybody knows where the new Auto Zone is on broad street by RT 21 yea there, they had the crane there for a day or two think they were working on the roof. I wonder what they are going to do as far as parking for this project street parking is almost non-existent in that area

Newarkguy
September 11th, 2010, 07:51 PM
I think it was this

http://studebakerloftsnj.com/Home_Page.html

I live close by , if anybody knows where the new Strauss Auto is on broad street by RT 21 yea there, they had the crane there for a day or two think they were working on the roof. I wonder what they are going to do as far as parking for this project street parking is almost non-existent in that area In addition, there is a tall warren truss type open steel crane on Central avenue. Right by Hamilton Killkenny pub. A school expansion development is under way. The Autozone is located on the intersection of Broadway,Clay st,Broad st. Its where Broadway feeds into Broad st across from Burger King. Also by the Studebaker.

Newarkguy
September 11th, 2010, 07:58 PM
The star ledger had an article about the jewish owner of the Paramount. He basically said that he would love to restore the theatre. BUT as usual........He's waiting for SOMEONE else to revitalize Market street first. Typical landbanker. Unfortunately these individuals own massive property in Newark. Yet none are willing to take the first step to repair!! Being across the ARENA is not enough for this jerk. These individuals were the reason Newark sought Emminent Domain!! http://brickcitylove.com/2009/10/14/theatre-town/

alex@newark
September 11th, 2010, 11:47 PM
I would love for both of theses buildings the paramount and proctor to become theaters expecially the proctors as a real movie theater with multiple screens i truly hope they do something and quick

block944
September 12th, 2010, 02:57 PM
i would love for both of theses buildings the paramount and proctor to become theaters expecially the proctors as a real movie theater with multiple screens i truly hope they do something and quick


lol lol lol :d

newarkdevil1
September 13th, 2010, 01:48 PM
Love hate relationship. Block If you look at those post you will notice a almost 50/50 split on people that either hated it or loved it (I excluded what seemed to be a subcontractor that voiced his complaints in there). One of my current tenants lived there and loved it but just was saving a lot by moving into my building. The primary issue for 1180 is it's still the premier building in Newark and therefor people like me will always look to poach clients at the lower price point.


http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/NJ-Newark-Eleven80.html

Eleven80 is still falling apart, looks like there is extensive water damage on the upper floors and they aren't getting repaired. They are just moving tenants down lower.

block944
September 15th, 2010, 07:29 PM
http://mail.google.com/a/njit.edu/images/cleardot.gifhttp://mail.google.com/a/njit.edu/images/cleardot.gifDirector of Public Safety


show details 10:54 AM (7 hours ago)

The Essex County of Department Works has informed us that Central Avenue will be closed for resurfacing between Dr. MLK Blvd. and Norfolk St. from 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 16 and 6:00 AM, Friday, October 17. Please adjust your travel plans accordingly. We will advise you if any further updates concerning the project are received from the county.

Newarkguy
September 16th, 2010, 06:20 PM
http://mail.google.com/a/njit.edu/images/cleardot.gifhttp://mail.google.com/a/njit.edu/images/cleardot.gifDirector of Public Safety


show details 10:54 AM (7 hours ago)

The Essex County of Department Works has informed us that Central Avenue will be closed for resurfacing between Dr. MLK Blvd. and Norfolk St. from 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 16 and 6:00 AM, Friday, October 17. Please adjust your travel plans accordingly. We will advise you if any further updates concerning the project are received from the county.
They should re stripe the white lane markings that were painted when the NJPAC opened in 1997. It was striped for two lanes in both directions. the tight right lane was meant for small compact cars, but SUV drivers tried sneaking between the cars on the left lane,and sideswiping parked cars to the right. Newark allowed the stripes to fade away after many broken left side view mirror complaints. There is room for a third center lane for turns. Just like Park avenue in East Orange.

newarkdevil1
September 16th, 2010, 07:44 PM
link from newarkspeaks

http://www.njbiz.com/article-multiple?aid=83657&utm_source=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=http://www.njbiz.com/article-multiple%3faid%3d83657&utm_campaign=The+Daily:+Newark+hotel+incentives,+c leaner+power,+marching+orders+for+defense+contract or

alex@newark
September 16th, 2010, 08:00 PM
i wonder when will we see some construction and who would actually stay in that hotel??? OHH WILL IT EVEN HAVE A POOL THAT WOULD BE NICE =)

West Hudson
September 16th, 2010, 08:48 PM
I saw the huge crane again today on my way home from the office...there's a large steel-construction building going up near Rutgers/NJIT it seems. Does anyone know which project this might be? It looks like it's at least 8 stories or so at this point. I will try to snap some photos tomorrow or Saturday morning. There's also a project that looks like it's near Broad Street station, covered in yellow foam/insulation board right now (I noticed this from the Harrison PATH station). Is this part of Teacher's Village or some other project? Looks like it is slightly Northeast of Broad St station.

btw - wasn't a Marriot supposed to go U/C this summer? Does anyone know the status of this project?

Marv95
September 16th, 2010, 09:11 PM
The project near Rutgers is the private school going up on Central Avenue next to Halsey St, which was discussed in here. I don't know any other mid-rise buildings going up in that area, otherwise I'd be one of the first on here to let you know. The other one with the yellow foam is the Studebaker Lofts, also talked about here. And the Courtyard is supposed to break ground this fall.

66nexus
September 16th, 2010, 11:06 PM
The project near Rutgers is the private school going up on Central Avenue next to Halsey St, which was discussed in here. I don't know any other mid-rise buildings going up in that area, otherwise I'd be one of the first on here to let you know. The other one with the yellow foam is the Studebaker Lofts, also talked about here. And the Courtyard is supposed to break ground this fall.

Curious, this hotel that's supposed to be in 'a historic building near the Prudential Center', what is its relation to the Courtyard? I ask b/c when I first read the article (in newarkdev's post) I thought it was the Marriott, but then I quickly realized that:

A) the Marriott was a ground-up construction (no historic building relation)
B) the article says it would be operated by Indigo

What's the story?

66nexus
September 16th, 2010, 11:13 PM
Additionally, (and I know I've said it before but...)

I really wish they wouldn't put that Marriott where they're gonna put it. Just sayin

Marv95
September 16th, 2010, 11:34 PM
The building on Broad and Edison where Foot Locker stood a few years back will be home to the Hotel Indigo. The Marriott has nothing to do with it as it's planned for behind the parking deck further down Broad by Lafayette. Here's where the Indigo is being put in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCm1bsu9N0M

LOL. Don't like that spot either. But if Marriott has confidence in that spot, who are we to complain? There's a Sheraton next to the prison for pete's sake. Who knows? Another hotel chain could be put somrwhere on or near Mulberry by the Rock. Wouldn't surprise me as newarkdevil was right about this one.

66nexus
September 17th, 2010, 12:07 AM
I figured it would be different. I had only vaguely heard of another hotel in that area but that's where any knowledge I may have had stops there.

But hey, if the Marriott approves then they approve. If they like it I love it (I would just love it a little more on the Mulberry St. side lol)

Excellent youtube link.

newarkdevil1
September 17th, 2010, 04:10 PM
Marv,

I love the Youtube finds there, some great shots from the building tops.


The building on Broad and Edison where Foot Locker stood a few years back will be home to the Hotel Indigo. The Marriott has nothing to do with it as it's planned for behind the parking deck further down Broad by Lafayette. Here's where the Indigo is being put in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCm1bsu9N0M

LOL. Don't like that spot either. But if Marriott has confidence in that spot, who are we to complain? There's a Sheraton next to the prison for pete's sake. Who knows? Another hotel chain could be put somrwhere on or near Mulberry by the Rock. Wouldn't surprise me as newarkdevil was right about this one.

alex@newark
September 17th, 2010, 07:03 PM
Is it going to have a pool and when are signs of consrtuction going to happen????

block944
September 17th, 2010, 09:17 PM
Is it going to have a pool and when are signs of consrtuction going to happen????

LOL!! Haha

alex@newark
September 18th, 2010, 05:21 PM
whats funny

block944
September 18th, 2010, 06:35 PM
http://mail.google.com/a/njit.edu/images/cleardot.gifhttp://mail.google.com/a/njit.edu/images/cleardot.gifDirector of Public Safety


show details 10:12 AM (7 hours ago)

Two NJIT students report being robbed off campus at New and Norfolk Streets outside of the Jolly Time Liquor Store at about 9:00 PM on Friday, September 17, 2010. As the students stood outside the store, they were approached by a black male, 6’0” tall, wearing blue or black sweatpants, a hooded sweatshirt, and a gray head rag who demanded their valuables. No weapon was shown or implied and no one was injured. Taken in the robbery were the victims’ cell phones and a small amount of cash. The suspect was last seen walking south on Norfolk street. Rutgers, UMDNJ, and Newark Police Departments were notified. NJIT Police will conduct the follow up investigation.

You are reminded to be cautious when walking off campus at night.

Newarkguy
September 18th, 2010, 06:48 PM
"last seen walking south on Norfolk street." Walking? wow. He must have felt confortable and home scott free! He knew that by the time the cops get wind of this, he'd already be home! No doubt this scumbag was walking towards the little projects between Warren street and West Market. He lives there, I am sure. Newark needs a residential income class transfusion and thats not happening thanks to the radical ghetto lobby. Now the Newark police is being persecuted by ghetto activists and their criminal relatives with axes to grind for doing too good a job with drug dealer, violent vagrants and violent crime. This will create fear among Newark police about their jobs, resulting in cops looking the other way to avoid racial charges!! Crime will skyrocket. Maybe Booker knew this was coming when he announced not to run again. Police director McCarthy, under Mayor Giuliani, turned a city of 8 million people around. Newark is on the same path. Unfortunately for him, Unlike NYC, with its 30,30,30 racial split,Newark is 50% black,most of this group is anti cop, and anti white. If he's forced to step down ,it will tell the world that McCarthy saved NYC's 8 million residents from crime. But Newark's tiny 280,000 residents,and the 70% ghetto population was too much savagery!It may well be Time to reach for the power button and turn off the NEWARK GAME. And move on with life.....

stache
September 18th, 2010, 06:59 PM
That liquor store is not so hot during daylight hours.

alex@newark
September 18th, 2010, 07:13 PM
wow just what people from out of newark would want to hear before the devils season starts newark is going to need more than luck just to have that 30,30,30 racial split just like nyc. Even though not all of newark is all that ghetto just some well half maybe even less

Newarkguy
September 18th, 2010, 07:32 PM
Maybe NJIT and RUTGERS should give the students colored Newark maps.......East ward:green east of the tracks. Green w yellow stripes downtown east of Broad st. North ward(N.Newark): Green for forest hill,Woodside,Silverlake-NW newark(bloomfield ave),Green w yellow stripes for Upper Roseville north of Park avenue. Yellow east of Broadway. Red for Grafton avenue, as well as Oraton street by the projects along McCarter highway/RT21. South Ward: RED, except yellow-green south of Lyons avenue. Nice weequahic neighborhood ruined with trash people north of Lyons ave. West Ward: red,period. Except Upper Vailsburg,green-Yellow( because of the Mt vernon incident) and Ivy hill,green. The Central ward is ALL RED, Yea, Yea,Society hill,myself, and the colleges are there, but they are like fortreses surrounded by violence and poverty!!

Newarkguy
September 18th, 2010, 08:24 PM
wow just what people from out of newark would want to hear before the devils season starts newark is going to need more than luck just to have that 30,30,30 racial split just like nyc. Even though not all of newark is all that ghetto just some well half maybe even less As of the 2000 census,(2010 Census results are not yet released) Newark was up to 281,000 when rounded off. Newark was 53%Black,40%white 1% Asian 6% Other. With Hispanics/Latino seperate, its like this...Black non Hispanic 50%, Hispanic/Latino 25%, white non hispanic 20%, Asian 1% Other 4%. Most violent crime occurs in Newark is restricted to these neighborhoods.....Clinton hill section aka Avon avenue corridor,Dayton section by the Budweiser brewery, The Frelinghuysen avenue corridor. University heights district west of Norfolk st(the colleges), Vailsburg, Irish as recently as 1990, is now middle class black and some whites. BUT black ghetto trash from Irvington, which on the map, wedges into Newark, are robbing and assaulting Vailsburganite Newarkers. New York Media ALWAYS report and NAME those same trouble spots when reporting NY crime. How many times have we heard of...South Bronx,east Harlem,Lower East side,coney island,East New york, crown heights,Washington heights and so on!! But with Newark,The pro NYC anti Newark biased media refuse to Identify the neighborhood where the violent event occured.They also inject words to AMPLIFY the shock!! Instead they saying"2 shot dead tonight in Newark's CLINTON HILL section, we hear.... "2 MORE BRUTALLY shot dead tonight in Newark". If its in New York city....you hear "2 people shot dead tonight in Flushing,Queens". "Cops need your help" Then they give you the NYC crimestoppers hotline!!! They never do this for Newark. I think newark should sue the NYC media news giants. Perhaps Newark can petition or even sue the FCC for denying Newark its own TV market. With HDTV, Newark can now have Tv stations on the sub channels. for example CBS channel HD2-4 NBC channel 4-3 Fox 5-3 WABC 7-4. NYC TV has done nothing with the sub channels. Each channel can be divided into 10 seperate channelsThere is now no excuse to deny extra local TV stations.

alex@newark
September 18th, 2010, 11:19 PM
i wonder when the 2010 cencus is going to come out so i can see the new racial makeup of newark and its true those areas that you have listed are the problem areas well at least the main violent ones.

66nexus
September 19th, 2010, 01:03 AM
I think the FCC has WNET for Newark coverage, but they're so NY-centric they probably don't even remember.

block944
September 19th, 2010, 08:21 AM
Edible Arrangements on Raymond blvd next to 1180 is gone... doesn't look good for downtown except for stores in the gateway.

block944
September 19th, 2010, 08:40 AM
Having read: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/redeveloped_new_brunswick_is_i.html I don't see Newark turning around ever as the poor class is well organized and can block major redevelopments and race becomes a sensitive issue. You need a Sharpe James type that would say F.. U you are selling or else. Booker is ineffective in that area, he did a good job with crime but budget wise and redevelopment he made a bigger mess.

"Some residents objected that the agency razed historical buildings and ignored the poorer residents of New Brunswick, who were pushed out of downtown when the welfare office was moved and several low-income housing buildings were condemned and demolished. "I cringe when people talk about brick and mortar being enough to make a city. What about its people?" said David Harris Jr., executive director of the Greater New Brunswick Day Care Council. "The most egregious thing that happened from the ’70s until now is the upheaval and removal of poor minorities who were anywhere near the central business district." Now Downtown New Brunswick is buzzing while Newark is a patch work mess where students get robbed walking off campus, where people go to NJpac or Prudential and high tail it out of there once the show is over except for a few Devils fans

"Lynch was a key figure in obtaining state and federal grants to underwrite New Brunswick’s turnaround. He was equally famous for his vitriol against anyone who opposed his plans.
Also a former state senator who pleaded guilty in 2006 to fraud and income tax evasion involving political contracts not connected to New Brunswick, Lynch did not return phone calls." Sound familiar...?

I remember New Brunswick in the 80's and it was just as bad but at the same time there was little to no opposition redeveloping areas and reclaiming blighted areas.

""You need a clear vision, commitment to a common goal, safe streets and a stable institution that can inspire trust in investors," said Christopher Paladino, president of the New Brunswick Development Corporation. "Atlantic City doesn’t seem to have any of that right now.""

Neither does newark...

scrollhectic
September 19th, 2010, 12:37 PM
Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 10:00 AM

Philip Read/The Star-Ledger (http://connect.nj.com/user/pread/index.html)

http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/prudential-center-real-estatejpg-5a9c1f71f1779d63_large.jpgNOAH K. MURRAY/The Star-LedgerA photo of the exterior of The Prudential Center in Newark.












NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/newark) — Jordan Speranza, a first-year Rutgers Law School student, just emerged from her loft apartment on a stretch of Newark’s Market Street. It is an unlikely place for a new arrival.

For one, it’s alongside the once famed Paramount Theater, which hasn’t featured a film in a quarter-century. Across the way, there are boarded-up mid-rises.

But that didn’t deter Speranza, who once lived in Washington, D.C.’s “up and coming” Columbia Heights neighborhood and has now landed in her second-story loft downtown.
Inside, there are soaring ceilings, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances that could be right out of “My First Place” on HGTV.

“I looked at University Heights,” said the 24-year-old Speranza, who had combed the typical college-apartment haunts. “I kind of lucked out. This was the nicest place.”
Her stretch of downtown Newark could pass for an eerie set of the old “Twilight Zone” series, but it is ever-so-slowly starting to come to life, a beneficiary of the economic catalyst of 18,000-seat Prudential Center arena just up the street.

“We believe there’s a huge demand for downtown living,” said real-estate developer Samer Hanini, who partnered with Marc Berson just 18 months ago on the Bowers building. “’The Rock’ brings safety to the street, and that helps rent out the units a lot quicker.”

Since that Oct. 25, 2007, opening night, when rocker Jon Bon Jovi took to the stage at the first professional sports arena to open in the New York metropolitan area in a quarter century, “The Rock” has been touted as an economic engine that would accelerate the city’s fragile revival.

It pulled in the New Jersey Devils hockey team, rock concerts, and even brought back “The Greatest Show on Earth,” with the return of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker called it the spark that would “fuel and energize the resurgence” of the city. Developer Art Stern said that “without question” the arena helped fill up residences at his Eleven80 tower on Raymond Boulevard, the downtown’s first market-rate apartments in decades.

Just opposite the arena, Brick City Bar & Grill opened to take advantage of all those fans wearing New Jersey Devils jerseys. Just this summer, the city’s first brew pub in memory opened on nearby Commerce Street, with one of its first home-made ales aptly named “Devil’s Red.”

But for the most part, little had changed along the stretch of Market Street just down from “Championship Plaza,” where a 22-foot tall stainless steel “Iron Man” hockey player stands sentry.

It is along that strip where Hanini joined with Berson — whose Fidelco transformed the One Washington Park tower along north Broad Street — to renovate the 1925 three-story Bowers building that long ago housed “S. Marsh & Sons” jewelers, a game parlor called “Amusements” and a Lin’s Chinese eatery.

Today, the Bowers Building sports a new elevator, 10 new air-conditioning units and a rusted rooftop billboard, with a green patina, proclaiming “Broad and Market Tavern, In the hub of Newark, serving you the best,” aside images of wine and beer glasses.

“We’re keeping it to keep the historic look,” Hanini said of the decades-old advertising memento.

All eight loft apartments were rented quickly, evidence that the long hoped-for residential component to revitalization has hit the street level.

To Marta Person Villa of the Newark-based realty firm Square Foot, there’s pent up demand for the residential lofts, not to mention the first-floor retail where Rita’s Ice has signed on for a spring opening.

“They were gone in 45 days,” she said of the lofts, “and for a block in transition, that’s fabulous.”

She credits the workmanship of the Haninis for the appeal of the lofts, whose rents run about $1,350. “Those apartments, they’re the nicest available,” she said. “If the product is nice, they have a high tolerance for what’s outside.”

Hanini, who once went so far as to trademark the line “NWK LOVES U,” actually grew up in Jersey City, in a seven-family home he shared with his brother and now partner, Thafer. There, they developed the expertise that led to today’s make overs. “We use to do all the repairs ourselves, the renovations ourselves,” Hanini said.

The Hanini brothers and Berson decided to make change in the area, and not wait for it to happen.

“What’s important is that we initiate change sooner rather than later, and we preserve some of the history, and we get this 24/7 activity going on the streets as soon as possible,” Berson said.

Anthony Schuman, a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, Hanini’s alma mater, commended Hanini for investing in the city’s renaissance.

“Samer is a home-grown developer, someone who went to school here and stayed and decided to throw his lot in developing Newark,” said Schuman, who sits on the non-profit Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee alongside Hanini.

If the game plan sticks, Hanini and Berson are ripe for rolling out more residential lofts along the strip.

“We own 216 Market, 222 and 224-226,” Berson said. “Overall, that should add another, I’d say 40-plus units. Very exciting.”

newarkhiphop
September 19th, 2010, 01:28 PM
http://mail.google.com/a/njit.edu/images/cleardot.gifhttp://mail.google.com/a/njit.edu/images/cleardot.gifDirector of Public Safety


show details 10:12 AM (7 hours ago)

Two NJIT students report being robbed off campus at New and Norfolk Streets outside of the Jolly Time Liquor Store at about 9:00 PM on Friday, September 17, 2010. As the students stood outside the store, they were approached by a black male, 6’0” tall, wearing blue or black sweatpants, a hooded sweatshirt, and a gray head rag who demanded their valuables. No weapon was shown or implied and no one was injured. Taken in the robbery were the victims’ cell phones and a small amount of cash. The suspect was last seen walking south on Norfolk street. Rutgers, UMDNJ, and Newark Police Departments were notified. NJIT Police will conduct the follow up investigation.

You are reminded to be cautious when walking off campus at night.


Sadly this happens way too often and actually real close to the campus. I go to Rutgers Newark and i know of at least 3 students that have been robbed around the campus, and i dont mean blocks away like these NJIT students i mean people literally walking from one class to another on the street. All the school does is send out an email of the incident like this and say there investigating

block944
September 19th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Sadly this happens way too often and actually real close to the campus. I go to Rutgers Newark and i know of at least 3 students that have been robbed around the campus, and i dont mean blocks away like these NJIT students i mean people literally walking from one class to another on the street. All the school does is send out an email of the incident like this and say there investigating

In the NJIT weekly paper we have a huge police blotter of robberies and car break ins. Campus isn't safe at night.

block944
September 19th, 2010, 02:17 PM
Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 10:00 AM

Philip Read/The Star-Ledger (http://connect.nj.com/user/pread/index.html)

http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/prudential-center-real-estatejpg-5a9c1f71f1779d63_large.jpgNOAH K. MURRAY/The Star-LedgerA photo of the exterior of The Prudential Center in Newark.












NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/newark) — Jordan Speranza, a first-year Rutgers Law School student, just emerged from her loft apartment on a stretch of Newark’s Market Street. It is an unlikely place for a new arrival.

For one, it’s alongside the once famed Paramount Theater, which hasn’t featured a film in a quarter-century. Across the way, there are boarded-up mid-rises.

But that didn’t deter Speranza, who once lived in Washington, D.C.’s “up and coming” Columbia Heights neighborhood and has now landed in her second-story loft downtown.
Inside, there are soaring ceilings, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances that could be right out of “My First Place” on HGTV.

“I looked at University Heights,” said the 24-year-old Speranza, who had combed the typical college-apartment haunts. “I kind of lucked out. This was the nicest place.”
Her stretch of downtown Newark could pass for an eerie set of the old “Twilight Zone” series, but it is ever-so-slowly starting to come to life, a beneficiary of the economic catalyst of 18,000-seat Prudential Center arena just up the street.

“We believe there’s a huge demand for downtown living,” said real-estate developer Samer Hanini, who partnered with Marc Berson just 18 months ago on the Bowers building. “’The Rock’ brings safety to the street, and that helps rent out the units a lot quicker.”

Since that Oct. 25, 2007, opening night, when rocker Jon Bon Jovi took to the stage at the first professional sports arena to open in the New York metropolitan area in a quarter century, “The Rock” has been touted as an economic engine that would accelerate the city’s fragile revival.

It pulled in the New Jersey Devils hockey team, rock concerts, and even brought back “The Greatest Show on Earth,” with the return of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker called it the spark that would “fuel and energize the resurgence” of the city. Developer Art Stern said that “without question” the arena helped fill up residences at his Eleven80 tower on Raymond Boulevard, the downtown’s first market-rate apartments in decades.

Just opposite the arena, Brick City Bar & Grill opened to take advantage of all those fans wearing New Jersey Devils jerseys. Just this summer, the city’s first brew pub in memory opened on nearby Commerce Street, with one of its first home-made ales aptly named “Devil’s Red.”

But for the most part, little had changed along the stretch of Market Street just down from “Championship Plaza,” where a 22-foot tall stainless steel “Iron Man” hockey player stands sentry.

It is along that strip where Hanini joined with Berson — whose Fidelco transformed the One Washington Park tower along north Broad Street — to renovate the 1925 three-story Bowers building that long ago housed “S. Marsh & Sons” jewelers, a game parlor called “Amusements” and a Lin’s Chinese eatery.

Today, the Bowers Building sports a new elevator, 10 new air-conditioning units and a rusted rooftop billboard, with a green patina, proclaiming “Broad and Market Tavern, In the hub of Newark, serving you the best,” aside images of wine and beer glasses.

“We’re keeping it to keep the historic look,” Hanini said of the decades-old advertising memento.

All eight loft apartments were rented quickly, evidence that the long hoped-for residential component to revitalization has hit the street level.

To Marta Person Villa of the Newark-based realty firm Square Foot, there’s pent up demand for the residential lofts, not to mention the first-floor retail where Rita’s Ice has signed on for a spring opening.

“They were gone in 45 days,” she said of the lofts, “and for a block in transition, that’s fabulous.”

She credits the workmanship of the Haninis for the appeal of the lofts, whose rents run about $1,350. “Those apartments, they’re the nicest available,” she said. “If the product is nice, they have a high tolerance for what’s outside.”

Hanini, who once went so far as to trademark the line “NWK LOVES U,” actually grew up in Jersey City, in a seven-family home he shared with his brother and now partner, Thafer. There, they developed the expertise that led to today’s make overs. “We use to do all the repairs ourselves, the renovations ourselves,” Hanini said.

The Hanini brothers and Berson decided to make change in the area, and not wait for it to happen.

“What’s important is that we initiate change sooner rather than later, and we preserve some of the history, and we get this 24/7 activity going on the streets as soon as possible,” Berson said.

Anthony Schuman, a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, Hanini’s alma mater, commended Hanini for investing in the city’s renaissance.

“Samer is a home-grown developer, someone who went to school here and stayed and decided to throw his lot in developing Newark,” said Schuman, who sits on the non-profit Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee alongside Hanini.

If the game plan sticks, Hanini and Berson are ripe for rolling out more residential lofts along the strip.

“We own 216 Market, 222 and 224-226,” Berson said. “Overall, that should add another, I’d say 40-plus units. Very exciting.”


Good effort, good luck parking and watch out for the locals past 10pm... I foolishly went to the doctors on the first floor of the condos next to it.. oh my what an eye full

http://www.flickr.com/photos/36165516@N04/3340023728#/photos/kinorama/3340023728/


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Funny they didn't include a link to the bldg

alex@newark
September 19th, 2010, 02:55 PM
this sounds good for downtown but what ever happen to the brick towers and the shaq towers

Marv95
September 19th, 2010, 04:41 PM
In the NJIT weekly paper we have a huge police blotter of robberies and car break ins. Campus isn't safe at night.
This doesn't happen anywhere else by an urban campus? Maybe if people would stop leaving their stuff inside their cars on their seats and/or quit illegally parking on the street to avoid paying, you property might be safe.

Aren't there security cameras alongside the campuses as well as patrol officers? I'm starting to think some of these blotters are fabrications; maybe a poor black crackhead yelled at them and they exaggerated a little to the police. And even if they aren't fabricated, why go anywhere near or west of Norfolk, towards the demolished Baxter Terrace or South Orange Ave.?


this sounds good for downtown but what ever happen to the brick towers and the shaq towers

Brick towers is demolished and nothing from Shaq yet.

block944
September 19th, 2010, 05:01 PM
This doesn't happen anywhere else by an urban campus? Maybe if people would stop leaving their stuff inside their cars on their seats and/or quit illegally parking on the street to avoid paying, you property might be safe.

Aren't there security cameras alongside the campuses as well as patrol officers? I'm starting to think some of these blotters are fabrications; maybe a poor black crackhead yelled at them and they exaggerated a little to the police. And even if they aren't fabricated, why go anywhere near or west of Norfolk, towards the demolished Baxter Terrace or South Orange Ave.?



Brick towers is demolished and nothing from Shaq yet.


No, having attended Drexel in philly I can tell you that a campus is supposed to be a safe environment. Even rutgers new brunswick's campus is safer, you cross off campus and then it gets just as bad. Maybe getting mugged is normal for you or maybe you even enjoy it .. i don't know

Marv95
September 19th, 2010, 05:37 PM
No, having attended Drexel in philly I can tell you that a campus is supposed to be a safe environment. Even rutgers new brunswick's campus is safer, you cross off campus and then it gets just as bad. Maybe getting mugged is normal for you or maybe you even enjoy it .. i don't know
Funny you mention Drexel: http://www.drexel.edu/publicsafety/crimereporting/notices/archive/ Those are reported. And imagine what happens around the Temple and La Salle campuses. Face it, areas next to or near urban campuses are subject to crime. Even my alma mater Monmouth University didn't come off scott-free.

66nexus
September 19th, 2010, 05:53 PM
Funny you mention Drexel: http://www.drexel.edu/publicsafety/crimereporting/notices/archive/ Those are reported. And imagine what happens around the Temple and La Salle campuses. Face it, areas next to or near urban campuses are subject to crime. Even my alma mater Monmouth University didn't come off scott-free.

You beat me to it. I was also going to mention what happened at Kean Univ. where the police shot at would-be car thieves (maybe about 4 months ago)

And that picture of Market is straight from the 70's lol

JCMAN320
September 19th, 2010, 07:06 PM
Notice the NJTransit bus top sign. That picture is from the late 70s/early 80s.

block944
September 19th, 2010, 11:46 PM
bottom line is this forum started in the early 2000's and its now 2010 and only 1180 (foreclosed) and prudential center (not paying rent) are the only things that came up so keep dreaming kid

block944
September 19th, 2010, 11:48 PM
Funny you mention Drexel: http://www.drexel.edu/publicsafety/crimereporting/notices/archive/ Those are reported. And imagine what happens around the Temple and La Salle campuses. Face it, areas next to or near urban campuses are subject to crime. Even my alma mater Monmouth University didn't come off scott-free.
as you can see those are off campus while the njit muggings were on campus, the EDC building is part of njit :)

newarkhiphop
September 20th, 2010, 12:56 AM
This doesn't happen anywhere else by an urban campus? Maybe if people would stop leaving their stuff inside their cars on their seats and/or quit illegally parking on the street to avoid paying, you property might be safe.

Aren't there security cameras alongside the campuses as well as patrol officers? I'm starting to think some of these blotters are fabrications; maybe a poor black crackhead yelled at them and they exaggerated a little to the police. And even if they aren't fabricated, why go anywhere near or west of Norfolk, towards the demolished Baxter Terrace or South Orange Ave.?



Brick towers is demolished and nothing from Shaq yet.


Am not sure if Rutgers has cameras i know we have these like light poles with emergency buttons you push and the police are supposed to show up ASAP, problem is there is maybe like 3 of them around the whole campus that i know of. The couple of muggings that i have read about through school emails have also all involved guns so :(

I mean all my classes are at night time and i feel pretty safe around the campus , lot safer than i feel in alot of other places in Newark so...

newarkdevil1
September 20th, 2010, 04:19 PM
Urban campuses can only give the illusion of safety. Naive innocent college kids with their parents money right next to impoverished locals that view them as underprivileged doesn't usually add up to a love fest. You need only go to Glocally Newark and newarkspeaks to see how the locals feel about the "outsiders". I can attest to how shitty Lasalle was, they had part of a housing project for a dorm and muggings were rather typical, but then again how tough of a target does a drunk college freshman make?

As for the developments, Block you need to chill out just a tad, mega developments anywhere are usually more fluff than reality. The market just isn't there for any condos and those huge rental complexes are not a smart investment when vacancy rates are up with pressure on price per sq ft. Right now there are multiple projects underway surrounding the arena, half of which will bring in more residential. All of these are retrofits (which typically cost more) and have bucked the odds on a shitty market and tough financing conditions. Flat out honest answer, there is more development going on in Newark than there is in Harrison and that's happening in the most challenging development environment in almost a century. In a year in a half you will see almost 8 new bars surrounding the arena and new projects as well, these things all take time and money, not pretty architectural drawings.

66nexus
September 20th, 2010, 06:25 PM
I'll take it a step further...on college campuses, you're never totally safe. A campus could have a great track record and them BAM, Virginia Tech shooting. Hell, thefts in either urban or suburban campuses is many times committed by other students.

66nexus
September 20th, 2010, 06:27 PM
as you can see those are off campus while the njit muggings were on campus, the EDC building is part of njit :)

I thought the article said they were off-campus :confused:

alex@newark
September 20th, 2010, 07:16 PM
speaking of bars newarkdevil1 have you seen the new building that have been renovating for a while in edison place it is coming out so nice. I just wonder what they are going to do next to it i saw them pouring concrete??

66nexus
September 20th, 2010, 09:24 PM
Essex County plan for $100M renovation of Newark vo-tech school, campus moves forward

Published: Monday, September 20, 2010, 7:57 PM Updated: Monday, September 20, 2010, 7:57 PM

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Amanda Brown/The Star-LedgerEssex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, left, speaks to Rev. Edward Leahy, Essex County Vo Tech school board president, while looking at an aerial photograph of the United Hospitals Medical Center in Newark in this February 2010 file photo.

ESSEX COUNTY (http://www.nj.com/essex) — The condemnation order is in hand. The demolition is now on the fast-track.
With those milestones reaching, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. today plowed ahead with his vision to transform the old United Hospital property on Newark’s W. Market Street into a new $100 million state-of-the-art campus for 1,400 vo-tech students.
"We have a plan of action. This is the plan," DiVincenzo said as he meticulously laid out a strategy that might still be fraught with legal pitfalls. "We finally acquired, through condemnation, the old United Hospital parcel."

Next up are the bids to begin demolition, to be advertised Sept. 28, followed by the issuing of a "request for proposals" for architects, on Jan. 1., and the "shovel in the ground" by Dec. 1, 2011. "That’s the plan," he said.

Of the four Essex vo-techs, the newer Newark Tech would remain. The educational functions of Bloomfield Tech, Newark’s North 13th Street Tech and West Caldwell Tech would be merged into a new campus, while the three sites would be sold. "We’ll save $7 million a year from consolidation," he said. "This is three (schools) for one."

The road to build a new vo-tech has been a long one, with a breakthrough coming when Jon Corzine, in his waning days as governor, signed legislation granting higher reimbursement to county vo-techs that have at least 90 percent of their students coming from needy, or former Abbott, districts.

That made Essex eligible for 90 percent reimbursement for school construction instead of 48.6 percent it would have received under the old funding formula.
Today, DiVincenzo said the remaining 10 percent of the new school’s cost would come from the sale of the three tech sites. Some charter schools have already expressed interest, he said.

With the entire project to cost $100 million, Essex intends to spend $5.5 million for acquisition, use a $20 million low-interest loan from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority for demolition and design, and spend some $75 million for the school itself. Yet with the 90 percent reimbursement and the revenue from sale of the old sites means county taxpayers won’t foot any of the bill, DiVincenzo said.

Among the pieces that fell into place ahead of today’s news conference was the Newark Planning Board’s Aug. 16 approval as well as a Aug. 17 letter from the state deeming the site "suitable" for a school, officials said. "Without that letter, we would not be able to acquire the property," DiVincenzo said.

Essex County had owned only 40 percent of the United Hospital property, purchased as part of former county executive James Treffinger’s plan to close the old hospital center in Cedar Grove and move the county’s psychiatric patients to Newark. Instead, the county built a new hospital center in Cedar Grove, sparking a court fight that has so far cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

In July, a Superior Court judge ordered Essex to undertake emergency repairs to the deteriorating hospital, something the county estimates would cost $200,000. That issue is likely to be raised in court anew. "Why should I put money in a building that’s going to be demolished," DiVincenzo said.
Today, Daniel Silberstein, who as the attorney for New United Corp. helped obtain the order for Essex to undertake emergency repairs, declined to comment.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/essex_county_executive_details.html

taken from nj.com

newarkdevil1
September 21st, 2010, 09:36 AM
speaking of bars newarkdevil1 have you seen the new building that have been renovating for a while in edison place it is coming out so nice. I just wonder what they are going to do next to it i saw them pouring concrete??

Levy is having two bars go in that spot and will probably start getting really busy on the former Calabash building early to midway through next year. Your going to see an Ale house and the other bars looks to be a lounge (ala a higher end Spot). Buildings are nice but residential isn't Levys thing so I think he is missing the market on that.

Marv95
September 21st, 2010, 11:17 AM
Now if only we had renderings... but it may not matter. Agree with putting residences there; not like there isn't room for any on the block.

alex@newark
September 21st, 2010, 09:04 PM
In front of city hall is a building behind the trees that they have been renovating does anybody know what is it or what will it be ,it look nice and modern with glass and concrete.

scrollhectic
September 22nd, 2010, 10:44 AM
Soooo, if the economy is so horrible and financing is so difficult to get and that's part of the reason why development has lagged so greatly around the Prudential Center, how is it that Harrison Commons is moving along so quickly after the construction of Red Bull Arena? :confused: Harrison Commons is in an area that pretty much only has a PATH station - no museums, restaurants, shops, performing art centers, parks, etc.. whereas downtown Newark has all those "amenities" in place and yet development is a slow and painful trickle - 8 units here, 5 units there... Harrison Commons is 275 units. It's really hard to stay hopefull about Newark. This city is a mess. An absolute and utter mess... for a myriad of reasons ranging from disinvestment, political corruption and resident opposition to almost any proposed change that doesn't include the words "affordable" or "low income."

Newark won't change, and it's so disappointing. I think even Booker has lost hope as evident by him stating he won't run for reelection. How long has that big pile of dirt next to Broad Street Station been there? How much longer will it be there? How long has Richardson Lofts been under construction? The Monaco in Jersey City (two 30+ story buildings) went up in months and will be complete by the end of this year with hundreds of units. Richardson has how many... 40, maybe 50 units? Newark is not going to change. As soon as I'm done with grad school, I'm out of here!


Piles & piles of activity at Harrison Commons (excerts)
By Ron Leir


...“We’ll be going vertical by the beginning or middle of October and we’ll have the first delivery of apartments by July 1, 2011.”

Late last month, the partnership of The Pegasus Group and Ironstate Development Co., both of Hoboken, closed on the purchase of a 2 ½-acre vacant tract of land, immediately north of the Hoboken Parking Center and fronting on Frank Rodgers Blvd. South, for about $6 million.

On that site, as part of the initial phase of the project, will rise a four-story apartment building with 275 units, along with 14,000 square feet of retail space, a health club and an outdoor pool.

... Other infrastructure improvements are taking place at the site.

“Somerset St. has been repaved and S. Third St., from Middlesex St. to Burlington St., has been widened by three feet for easier access,” Miller said.

...Of the 275 apartments planned, two-thirds will be one-bedroom units, 15% will be studios and the balance will be two-bedroom units."

Marv95
September 22nd, 2010, 11:14 AM
^^^Yeah, that project is starting to take place after 3 long years.

Dude, there is literally nothing around RBA. I work there; I should know. Of course it would be easier to build around there, esp. with the brownfields and other wasteland. There's no century old buildings to acquire, no parking lots to buy out and build upon, nothing. Agree with the red tape and ghetto mentality, but it's not all of it.

Where's the money for Broad St. Station scroll? Monaco got the financing(it can thank Manhattan being across the river for that).

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In light of numerous requests, we have scheduled a bonus Newark Riverfront Boat Tour for this coming Saturday, September 25, 11 am – 2:30 pm.

Tours leave from Newark City Hall and travel over six miles of Newark’s riverfront, taking in natural beauty (egrets, cormorants, and herons), active industry (metal recycling to mattress manufacturing), monumental structures (Pulaski Skyway and the “Little Orphan Annie” bridge), Downtown Newark and several neighborhoods. Along the way, you’ll hear stories from the riverfront’s past and learn how to shape its future.

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block944
September 22nd, 2010, 03:39 PM
Soooo, if the economy is so horrible and financing is so difficult to get and that's part of the reason why development has lagged so greatly around the Prudential Center, how is it that Harrison Commons is moving along so quickly after the construction of Red Bull Arena? :confused: Harrison Commons is in an area that pretty much only has a PATH station - no museums, restaurants, shops, performing art centers, parks, etc.. whereas downtown Newark has all those "amenities" in place and yet development is a slow and painful trickle - 8 units here, 5 units there... Harrison Commons is 275 units. It's really hard to stay hopefull about Newark. This city is a mess. An absolute and utter mess... for a myriad of reasons ranging from disinvestment, political corruption and resident opposition to almost any proposed change that doesn't include the words "affordable" or "low income."

Newark won't change, and it's so disappointing. I think even Booker has lost hope as evident by him stating he won't run for reelection. How long has that big pile of dirt next to Broad Street Station been there? How much longer will it be there? How long has Richardson Lofts been under construction? The Monaco in Jersey City (two 30+ story buildings) went up in months and will be complete by the end of this year with hundreds of units. Richardson has how many... 40, maybe 50 units? Newark is not going to change. As soon as I'm done with grad school, I'm out of here!


Piles & piles of activity at Harrison Commons (excerts)
By Ron Leir


...“We’ll be going vertical by the beginning or middle of October and we’ll have the first delivery of apartments by July 1, 2011.”

Late last month, the partnership of The Pegasus Group and Ironstate Development Co., both of Hoboken, closed on the purchase of a 2 ½-acre vacant tract of land, immediately north of the Hoboken Parking Center and fronting on Frank Rodgers Blvd. South, for about $6 million.

On that site, as part of the initial phase of the project, will rise a four-story apartment building with 275 units, along with 14,000 square feet of retail space, a health club and an outdoor pool.

... Other infrastructure improvements are taking place at the site.

“Somerset St. has been repaved and S. Third St., from Middlesex St. to Burlington St., has been widened by three feet for easier access,” Miller said.

...Of the 275 apartments planned, two-thirds will be one-bedroom units, 15% will be studios and the balance will be two-bedroom units."

Newark is dysfunctional that is why! You go to philly they are still building around U penn, you go to atlanta they are still building in midtown which was a wasteland before. Go to VA and they are building all over tysons corner and chantilly go to any city pitsburg etc and they are building.... newark is they only a55bakwards city where nothing is done and corruption and pay to play go to such a large scale. Newark is hopeless except for small one offs that keep failing and closing down. Next to 1180 they are renovating a store front that use to be a hot dog store which is great but the whole base of 1180 is filled with empty stores so what is the need of another one?

Brick city coffee isn't an accomplishment, they are running at reduced rent and a huge tax abatement which is lost money to the city once those are gone the store will fold up. The bars opening up are getting the same type of deal.... heck its the only reason the art kitchen is still open on halsey. Nobody goes in there for food except for a novelty and the art supplies cost a ton compared to Michaels.



With winter coming the work at richardsons will slow down, i think they put in the glass doors but plumbing and electrical still needs to be done and then they can start the walls and flooring so it won't be done by July 1, 2011.

And applaud all the bars opening up, lets see what happens when the reduced rents are gone and abatements are taken away....


Unfortunately I'm with you... once my wife and I are done with school (end of 2012) we are out of here for a more healthy/sane place to live. I would love to be wrong as the price of my condo will go up if all the pipe dreams come true but from my point of view I don't see it happening in my lifetime(34 years old).

Just on friday some idiot kids spray painted "fear my blax niggas" on the steps/entrance to the light rail at warren but the suspects (kids) got away and ran into the hoods on norwalk. That is the mentality of the surrounding community while in society hill and james st, respectable people try to live their lives... nothings going to change the idiots outnumber the ones that want to make it better.



When I lived at 1180 I use to walk to Golden Krust through beaver st and to show how little respect people have.. people would be taking a shi1t in the corner on the very same spot those people are sitting in. Twice I walked past people jerking off and ton of times pissing all over the street.


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block944
September 22nd, 2010, 04:05 PM
^^^Yeah, that project is starting to take place after 3 long years.

Dude, there is literally nothing around RBA. I work there; I should know. Of course it would be easier to build around there, esp. with the brownfields and other wasteland. There's no century old buildings to acquire, no parking lots to buy out and build upon, nothing. Agree with the red tape and ghetto mentality, but it's not all of it.

Where's the money for Broad St. Station scroll? Monaco got the financing(it can thank Manhattan being across the river for that).


There is nothing around Broad st station either yet it still sits there rotting when a residential high rise could of gone up with the station being a major draw. Instead people chose to develop in Harrison... ever wonder why? The land in Harrison was also highly contaminated and money was spent to clean it up rather than building near broad st station... wonder why?

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 04:06 PM
Wasn't work on Teachers village suppose to of started over the Summer... its now the end of summer and I don't see anything... wonder why?

In a bigger picture the budget is still unbalanced with furloughs being used to help balance it but next year is going to be worse so would the plan be to furlough 2 days??? We haven't seen anything yet, its about to get much worse and more real next year.


And anyone getting swept away with target and walmart announcing plans to expand in urban areas, they wont even TOUCH newark. They will expand in areas like midtown atlanta or hoboken, the waterfront in jersey city not in area where resident spray paint nigg33r randomly on the roads and mug people with hand guns... pipe dreamers. Home depot somewhat works because you can't steal a hammer and walk out the door or a power saw while in target you could steal medicine, clothes, food, beauty aids, games.. the whole store would have to be locked down... pipe dream.


http://www.newarkspeaks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11197&page=3

scrollhectic
September 22nd, 2010, 04:39 PM
Newark is dysfunctional that is why! ... nothings going to change the idiots outnumber the ones that want to make it better.

Block, I used to think you were a pessimist, but as time goes on, you're actually more of a realist. I moved back here hoping that with Booker and the energy that he brought, this city would change, but after three years, I see it was mostly smoke and mirrors. I lived in skid row in downtown LA and watched it go from deplorable to vibrant in 2 years. Even during the economic downturn of the past few years, new construction, renovations and developement was robust. Old city in philly transformed from a ghost town to an arts mecca while i lived there. and even in this region, even during the past two years, there have been enough developments and rennovation for me to question why Newark seems to be missing the mark while all these other municipalities are able to forge ahead with their development plans (morristown, weehawken, new brunswich, freaken verona?!?). i keep hearing the same old excuses that don't seem to debilitate development in other municipalities as they do in Newark... so what's really going on?

Marv95
September 22nd, 2010, 04:57 PM
There is nothing around Broad st station either yet it still sits there rotting when a residential high rise could of gone up with the station being a major draw. Instead people chose to develop in Harrison... ever wonder why? The land in Harrison was also highly contaminated and money was spent to clean it up rather than building near broad st station... wonder why?
The Harrison thing was announced/planned before anything for the Westinghouse site. Other than that, talk to Booker; I was one of the few who actually criticized him to no end for lack of redevelopment downtown.

As far as Wal-Mart, they crack down on shoplifting and are on top on loss prevention unlike Old Navy. They'll do fine in a centralized location near downtown.

alex@newark
September 22nd, 2010, 05:27 PM
actualy it would be nice if a target or walmart was made in downtown or the iron bound or even north newark.

66nexus
September 22nd, 2010, 05:31 PM
Case in point, Newark ain't Philly, it ain't Atlanta, it ain't Miami etc.

It's not about making excuses for Newark's shortcomings, but to ignore them is equally unfounded.

I believe it is as expensive to build in Newark as it is Manhattan (construction costs etc.) Marv is correct about it being easier to build in Harrison on the strength that from the river to the arena there is literally nothing but dirt. Additionally,

It doesn't make sense to compare Harrison Commons to Newark development, that's ONE part of the Harrison redevelopment...and it ain't exactly happen overnight.

And, anyone can look east at the many JC developments that were either put on hold on canceled b/c of the economy. I mean, I really want to ask folks: what else were you expecting? The other thing is that when one does mention things like: richardson lofts, etc., it gets dismissed.

66nexus
September 22nd, 2010, 05:43 PM
The Harrison thing was announced/planned before anything for the Westinghouse site. Other than that, talk to Booker; I was one of the few who actually criticized him to no end for lack of redevelopment downtown.

As far as Wal-Mart, they crack down on shoplifting and are on top on loss prevention unlike Old Navy. They'll do fine in a centralized location near downtown.

Not to mention, and let's just be realistic: Newark ain't exactly an Old Navy crowd (regardless of the failing name brand).

stache
September 22nd, 2010, 06:52 PM
It's too bad as the sale prices can be very affordable there.

Newarkguy
September 22nd, 2010, 07:36 PM
Old Navy never should have gone to the former MACY'S and BAMBERGER'S building for the same reason MACY'S left.........Their main shopper demographics(middle class non hispanic blacks/whites) moved out of the city. Despite MACY'S & Bamberger's building a parking deck on Washington street,across from the store, suburban shoppers never returned. Portuguese,Brazilians and other Hispanics, Especially the white ones avoid the Broad and Market area like the plague!!! They prefer to shop the Ironbound, Jersey Gardens Mall or Broad street in Elizabeth.(Im a white Puerto Rican,I speak from experience living here in Newark all my life so far) Middle class Blacks and Hispanics like Old Navy but were not willing to go there because they fear the ghetto youth assaulting them,calling you "oreo" or acting white for carrying the bright OLD NAVY bags.......and violent pandhandlers who literally follow you and cuss you out and threaten you if you give no change!! They go to the OLD NAVY in Jersey Gardens. Usually the Latinos that are willing to shop Broad and Market are "STREETSMART" LOL ghetto riffraff..

Newarkguy
September 22nd, 2010, 07:43 PM
Not to mention, and let's just be realistic: Newark ain't exactly an Old Navy crowd (regardless of the failing name brand).
Would have done well on Ferry street, next to the SHOUT! store.

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 07:57 PM
The Harrison thing was announced/planned before anything for the Westinghouse site. Other than that, talk to Booker; I was one of the few who actually criticized him to no end for lack of redevelopment downtown.

As far as Wal-Mart, they crack down on shoplifting and are on top on loss prevention unlike Old Navy. They'll do fine in a centralized location near downtown.

I'm right with you on that, Booker should of pushed for redevelopment more than anything else as the momentum was already there from James.

I disagree with locking down, the walgreens/duane reed in iron bound and in on Springfield Ave lock their more expensive and small items and you need someone to open the case for you to get it. For a large store like walmart/target this wouldn't work as they would have to lock up everything as protecting such a large store would be difficult and the costs for locking the merchandise and security would be very high for what is perceived as a majority low income area.

In fact the only interest big box'es have for the Springfield site is a useless hotel that nobody is going to. If Target or walmart wanted to come here they would of been here already regardless of the economy as they are still opening stores nationwide:

http://www.kgw.com/home/Portland-aiming-for-Target-in-downtown-103553294.html

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/20/BUL41FGNJN.DTL

http://www.dnainfo.com/20100921/manhattan/walmart-looking-at-outlet-manhattan

http://www.abbotsfordtimes.com/Mission+Walmart+project+approved/3564236/story.html

http://www.southwestiowanews.com/articles/2010/09/21/denison/breaking/doc4c99110dd24ab105076432.txt

http://www.rgj.com/article/20100920/BIZ/100920032/1321/news

http://houston.about.com/b/2010/09/22/heights-walmart-gets-green-light.htm

http://www.forbes.com/2010/09/20/walmart-planning-to-enter-urban-markets-marketnewsvideo.html



Even hiring locals won't work as most of them will fail the drug or criminal background check. When you look at everything rationally the model of newark does not work. The city should JUST stop catering only to the poor but that is something it can't do without upsetting the established order....


For all of Booker's pumping and trips to Vegas to promote Newark, Target and Walmart and Barnes and Noble have pased and Springfield ave is to small to host a BJ or costco or sams club. There isn't even a press release or rumor that anyone can point to that shows even a hint of interest for Target or Walmart to come here other than Booker fishing for them to come here. Even shopright doesn't want to come here.

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 08:08 PM
Just a heads up next to Golden Krust on market a new CHURCH is opening up... not sure yet how I feel about that considering its such a prime location and it would only be used on Sundays and then locked down. Looks like they are renovating the building.

You know churches are tax exempt.....

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 08:12 PM
Block, I used to think you were a pessimist, but as time goes on, you're actually more of a realist. I moved back here hoping that with Booker and the energy that he brought, this city would change, but after three years, I see it was mostly smoke and mirrors. I lived in skid row in downtown LA and watched it go from deplorable to vibrant in 2 years. Even during the economic downturn of the past few years, new construction, renovations and developement was robust. Old city in philly transformed from a ghost town to an arts mecca while i lived there. and even in this region, even during the past two years, there have been enough developments and rennovation for me to question why Newark seems to be missing the mark while all these other municipalities are able to forge ahead with their development plans (morristown, weehawken, new brunswich, freaken verona?!?). i keep hearing the same old excuses that don't seem to debilitate development in other municipalities as they do in Newark... so what's really going on?


If you look at your first post in 2008, nothing has changed at Minish park. I know as I work at Horizon and see the park outside my window every weekday and it is exactly the same except they took out the paved helicopter pad so the question is... where did that money go? I know it didn't go for dredging contaminants as the side on Newark is a Superfund site and the other side was done by the Harrison developers. I know it didn't go to planting trees or building anything as it looks exactly the same. The only change was they put up a wall to prevent any more erosion but I know that couldn't of cost 3 million dollars.



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Release Date: Jul 2 2008
LAUTENBERG, SIRES, BOOKER ANNOUNCE NEARLY $3 MILLION IN NEW FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP REVITALIZE MINISH PARK
Redevelopment Will Continue Rebirth of Newark’s Waterfront,
City’s Effort to Reconnect Residents with Passaic River

NEWARK, NJ – Today, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ-13) and Newark Mayor Cory Booker announced $2.9 million dollars in new federal funding to continue the revitalization of Minish Park. The funding will be used to build a two-mile riverfront with open space and mixed-use development and reconnect Newark residents and the city’s downtown to the Passaic River. Lautenberg, Sires and Booker were joined by Deputy Commander Kenneth McDonald from the Army Corps of Engineers.

“By securing this money and redeveloping our waterfront, we can spur development and our economy, and provide Newark’s families with a beautiful park to enjoy. I’ll continue fighting for resources we need to revitalize the Newark waterfront,” Senator Lautenberg said.

“I believe that this project is a key example of the revitalization of Newark. I assure you that I will do my part in the U.S. House of Representatives to support this project and look forward to its completion,” Congressman Sires said.

“The redevelopment of Minish Park is a key element in Newark’s revitalization efforts, and to improving the quality of life for all residents,” Mayor Booker said. “This new federal funding affords the opportunity to reconnect Newarkers of every generation with the beauty of the Passaic River and restore our waterfront to its original grandeur.”

“Working in and around the communities we live in can be very rewarding,” Colonel Nello Tortora, New York District Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said. “The work we’re performing right here in Newark is especially rewarding because this mixed use development provides a win-win situation for the both the environment and the people of Newark.”

The new federal money will help finance the construction of approximately 9,000 feet riverfront walkway for Newark residents and visitors, large park areas, an educational center, a boathouse, and will enable the construction of a residential, retail and commercial buildings. The funding will also pay for 6,000 feet of bulkhead replacement to prevent further erosion and 3,200 feet of wetlands restoration. The current phase of the Minish Park project is expected to be complete in Spring 2009. For more information and images, visit: http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/business/prjlinks/flooding/minish/index.htm (http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/business/prjlinks/flooding/minish/index.htm).

Today’s $2.9 million in new funding comes in addition to more than $22.4 million in funding for the project secured by several members of Congress, including Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez, and Congressmen Payne and Sires.

The redevelopment of Minish Park is part of the larger Newark Riverfront Project, which is vital to the City of Newark’s rebirth. Once complete, the Riverfront will be a thriving center of new commerce and mixed-use development, and will link the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark Penn Station and the city’s downtown.

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 08:17 PM
Here's another GEM: Where is the new dorms?? The scaffolding is gone and the building just sits there... What is worse is they left some of the windows open now so when it rains the water is going to damaged the internal structure....




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Don't take my word for it but Nexus I think is right. The Insurance building is supposed to house Seton Hall students. I came to this conclusion because there is supposed to be a new dorm for the students in this area(there's an article in this thread somewhere), and in a Star Ledge article in October the Dean was walking to the arena from the school talking about an empty building on Market Street and he wanted to turn it into a dorm.




I think it's great adaptive reuse of the building. It makes me wonder what the quality will be though if it's being turned into "dorms." They would be fantastic lofts. Same with the Kinney Building across the street. I saw in early renderings of the One Newark Center site (Seton Hall) that there were two towers on that lot. Obviously they never built the second one - there's nothing but a grassy knoll surrounded by a gate (cornor of Raymond and Mulberry.) It seems as if that would be a good site for student residence.

Nonetheless, I'm just happy that something is being done on Broad and market. Both buildings are architectural gems and need to be restored and used. I'm glad someone noticed how wasteful it was to have them be vacant/underused. I really do think housing is the most exciting option for both buildings.

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 08:20 PM
A real kick in the pants from 2003: No one wants to even buy the building that was suppose to be the key for the revitalization



November 30, 2003

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY | NEWARK

Developers Plan to Repopulate the Downtown Area

By JOHN HOLUSHA

http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2003/11/30/realestate/comprop.650.jpg
The Hahne & Company department store and the Griffith Building behind it are to hold 223 apartments.

FOR more than 17 years, the old Hahne & Company department store has sat vacant on two blocks of prime real estate on Broad Street in downtown Newark, defying multiple attempts to convert it to another use. But lately, a new owner, the Cogswell Realty Group, has cleaned up the exterior and installed new windows, planning to convert it and the adjacent Griffith Building into 223 rental apartment units.

Other developers also plan residential projects in the downtown area, including converting office buildings, building new mixed-use towers along the Passaic River shoreline and adding residential structures at the city's colleges and a new "urban village" of midrise and high-rise housing in an area that might or might not become the home of a new sports stadium.

In all, these projects could add more than 6,000 housing units in Newark's downtown, giving it the first sizable resident population in generations, said Arthur R. Stern, the president of Cogswell, which is based in New York.

The hope is that if people live in the city, rather than fleeing to the suburbs after work or school, it will encourage the development of restaurants and other retail services that are largely lacking now.

"Newark has been a ghost town after 5 p.m.," said Sharpe James, the city's mayor. "To have a viable city, you need to have a viable downtown and we are trying to make downtown into a neighborhood." He said that while corporations had moved offices into downtown or expanded their presence in recent years, there had been no parallel growth in a full-time residents.

A big part of the reason, Mr. Stern said, is that there was no housing suitable for the people working in the area. "There is zero supply," he said. He said Cogswell was planning to spend $180 million to convert the Hahne-Griffith complex and a nearby office building at 1180 Raymond Boulevard to residences.

Demand for housing is coming not just from office workers. Educational officials say students at what were largely commuter colleges in the city are increasingly demanding to live on campus and in the process producing a more livable city.

"With our housing and the projects on Broad Street, we could convert this into a 24-hour-a-day community," said Steven J. Diner, provost and chief operating officer of Rutgers University's Newark campus. He said it could be argued that Newark, although its roots were industrial, is now the most college-oriented town in the nation, with more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students in a city of 275,000.

IN addition to Rutgers-Newark, the cluster of educational institutions in what is known as the University Heights part of the city includes the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Essex County College. State plans to merge Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Medicine and Dentistry would produce a university offering a full range of undergraduate and graduate studies.

Rutgers-Newark is planning a new undergraduate dormitory that would house 600 students — construction is expected to begin this summer — and it is considering apartmentlike graduate housing that would fill a full block.

"We want retail all around on the first floor," Dr. Diner said of the graduate housing. "There is no reason why we could not have a Barnes & Noble or Borders bookstore there with a coffee bar."

For nonstudents, the new developments could offer housing prices and rentals at less than half the cost in Manhattan and less than in parts of Jersey City and Hoboken.

And with the restoration of the PATH line to Lower Manhattan, Newark residents would be a station stop or two away from locations on the Hudson River. The main northeast line of Amtrak also runs through Newark and is about a 15-minute ride into Pennsylvania Station in Midtown Manhattan.

"Newark has a wonderful transportation infrastructure left over from the 19th and early 20th centuries," Dr. Diner said. "And we have the Art Deco buildings that were not torn down and replaced because of Newark's condition."

Newark's condition is a polite way of describing a city whose industrial base dwindled or moved away, whose population declined from more than 400,000 in the 1960's to its current level and that was battered by bloody riots in 1967. Indeed, some of the educational institutions drawing all those students today were expanded or moved into the city after 1967 to provide an economic base.

This is a good strategy for economic development in a postindustrial era, said Peter Smirniotopoulos, an urban planner and faculty member at Johns Hopkins University.

"In a knowledge-based economy, colleges and universities will be the factories of the 21st century," he wrote in the November issue of Urban Land magazine. Rather than stay confined to their own campuses, he said, "colleges and universities should be better integrated into the cities and towns where they are located."

RUTGERS-NEWARK is a few blocks north of Broad Street but is separated from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and a growing arts area to the south by a dead zone two blocks deep and six blocks wide that includes the Hahne and Griffith Buildings, a surface parking lot and old retail buildings that will probably be demolished.

If they are successfully turned into residences, it would join the two areas into a community, real estate officials said.

The fact that people were willing to go to work in the rehabilitated office buildings on Broad Street in the city's core suggested there was a pent-up demand for housing, said Larry Regan of Regan Development. His company is converting an office building that was completed in 1906 at 9 Clinton Street, just south of Broad Street, into 63 one- and two-bedroom apartment units that will rent for $1,000 to $1,600 a month.

"There has been no new housing or rehabilitation in 15 to 20 years, and we are convinced that there are a lot of people who want to live near where their jobs are," Mr. Regan said.

"The cultural amenities of the city could produce a live-work neighborhood, and that could lead to more restaurants and retail amenities on the commercial side."

Matrix Development, which had largely been an industrial developer in the state's midsection, is planning a mixed-use development, including 400 to 500 housing units, stores, a hotel and possibly an office building along the Passaic River.

Richard F. X. Johnson, the company's senior vice president for development, said the residential and retailing components would be built first, with the units becoming available in the fall of 2005.

He said communities upstream were working to clean up the contaminated Passaic River, which was the area's main transportation link before the 19th century. A riverfront park is being built north of the Matrix development and water events like rowing competitions are planned in the area.

Mr. Johnson said the developers of the individual projects were working together to create an attractive community that would benefit them all.

"It is not enough for us to be successful," he said. "Arthur has to be successful and the others as well if this is going to work."

Not everything is rosy, of course. For one thing, the public schools are widely seen as struggling to provide an adequate education for the city's children. That situation will probably have a lot to do with the types of people who might be interested in living downtown, said James W. Hughes, dean of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers.

"The market will be for people in the pre- and post-children phases," he said. "The maturing baby boomers are 57 this year and that means lots of empty nesters. And the echo boomers are 20-somethings interested in an urban lifestyle."

In addition, he said, the efforts to prevent the sprawl of housing over the countryside in the state are beginning to work, redirecting development back into cities. "There is a basic shift on housing," he said. "This may be part of that."


Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 08:25 PM
10985


I still don't get WHY they took Westinghouse down it could of been an amazing apartment complex with the train right across the street and Rutgers and NJIT right behind it

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 08:29 PM
Taking Back the River in Newark (http://www.baristanet.com/2010/09/taking-back-the-river-in-newark/)

BY Erika Bleiberg (http://www.baristanet.com/writer/erikableiberg/) | Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 4:36pm | COMMENTS (3) (http://www.baristanet.com/2010/09/taking-back-the-river-in-newark/#comments)
http://www.baristanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/P1010090.png (http://www.baristanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/P1010090.png)All riverfront cities should be seen from the water to really appreciate the full scope of the metropolis. Leaving behind the urban noise and rush, and getting out in a boat adds to the dimension of a place and offers the chance to reflect on the definition of a riverfront city. Really, the river itself should be an integral part of the land-based identity. An urban river is about vitality and peace, commerce and recreation, history and future.
Although Newark’s stretch of the Passaic River has been off limits to the public for many years, headway in the effort to return it to the people has recently been made. For the past two years or so, Damon Rich (http://damon.anothercupdevelopment.org/?page_id=2) (shown on right), Urban Designer and Waterfront Planner for the City of Newark, has been overseeing the design and development of the city’s first true riverfront park, and has managed to cobble together millions of dollars of public and private funding to make it a reality.
http://www.baristanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/P1010104-297x300.jpg (http://www.baristanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/P1010104.jpg)Today, along with a group of 18 other passengers, I got to share Rich’s vision of park space from the perspective of the river itself, courtesy of Hackensack River Keeper (http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org/index.html) Captains Hugh Carola and Bill Sheehan. Immediately after launching from the Passaic Valley (http://www.pvsc.com/default.htm) sewage treatment plant that serves all of Baristaville and much of northern NJ (the closest boat launch to City Hall, where the group convened) the trip became fascinating, beautiful and inspiring.
As the two pontoons made their way past industrial and manufacturing sites (both active and abandoned), under bridges, into the downtown and Ironbound (aka “down the neck,”) areas, past exquisitely painted graffiti murals, urban artifacts, environmental tragedies and to our final point of north Newark, the fact that the city has a spectacular and sadly underutilized river front became obvious. I grew up near the banks of the Hudson River, and remember the efforts of Pete Seeger (http://www.clearwater.org/festival/aboutfestival.html)and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Hudson_River_Revival) to clean up and protect the river and surrounding wetlands and waterways through advocacy and public education. The mission of the Hackensack River Keeper is in the same tradition. Our trip today, though without the folk music and great wooden sloop, was about enrolling public support in returning the river to a healthy state, and making it accessible to all through parks and public access.
This year, Rich and his Hackensack Riverkeeper partners have shared their collective vision with more than 400 on the Newark cruise passengers, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. Funding for next year’s program is uncertain at this time, though Rich is hopeful, especially as his efforts gain momentum through increased public awareness.
Baristanet’s own Wheeler Antabanez (http://www.youtube.com/user/wheeler666), a Passaic River anthologist (http://www.baristanet.com/2010/08/passaic_river_dry_in_little_fa/), will do his part of drawing national attention to Newark’s waterfront — as well as to the rest of the river — with a five-part National Public Radio series for which he served as guide and “urban sherpa.” The first of the series will air on All Things Considered (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=2) sometime in mid to late October (we’ll keep you posted).
There has been one extra trip added to the schedule for next Saturday — pending sufficient registration. It’s a chance to share in the optimism of Newark’s future, and see this fascinating urban scene from a different perspective. Tickets are $5 each and space is limited to 15 per boat. For information call 973-733-3917 or email newarkriverfront@gmail.com (http://5133/newarkriverfront@gmail.com).

stache
September 22nd, 2010, 08:31 PM
Hanes is too far from Penn.

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 08:35 PM
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Even THIS building would make an amazing apartment complex, its right next to the light rail station, next to the park and UMDNJ is up the road... Wtf?

block944
September 22nd, 2010, 08:35 PM
Hanes is too far from Penn.


Not far from the light rail and bus stop my friend

alex@newark
September 22nd, 2010, 08:46 PM
block944 the area around it is to ghetto basically, all of newark is just surrounded by the ghetto and i agree if booker doesnt strive to get better retail the ghetto is going to eat downtown. Downtown needs to be turned around so it can become a 21st centuary downtown but that is going ot take some time but it needs to be done soon to get people to come back. by the way the old macys?bambergers will be a great target/office space or something else and theres plenty of others places in need of retailhttp://blog.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/2007/11/large_4_NKKOW08_CUMMING_MCCREA.JPG

Newarkguy
September 22nd, 2010, 09:00 PM
It was stated above that the Harrison Commons has been crawling for three years now...I shall remind some of a few facts that are forgotten....Red Bull Arena District is being landbanked by Roseland. They took their time building the connecting streets,which seem too narrow for the size of their MetroCentre Riverbend project in my opinion.
Harrison Commons was started a little afterwards,but soon ran into serious legal problems with land comdemnations. A judge stopped most work, but a solution was agreed upon,so here we are with the foundation under way.
Meanwhile the RBA area sits with tall grases crisscrossed with newly paved roads looking like a midwestern praire in center city detroit!!What are they waiting for??The Riverbend brochure claimed that "vertical construction to commence sept. 2010" The plant life grows ever taller, no maintenance in sight, no construction vehicles of significant number. Its getting close to October!
Nonetheless,I am confident that it will ALL get built,and more.Why? simple, Harrison is outside Newark's political boundaries.Harrison is at least 75% white ethnic,decent working African Americans, and some Asians(Italians,Irish,even the latinos there are white,Because west Hudson is a desirable area for assimilating working class latinos who self Identify as white. This Population,also contain many Portuguese,who's parents rebuilt and saved Newark's Ironbound in the sixties and seventies.
Newark is openly racist against whites. There is a racist flyer circulating in the Black South,Central,and west wards warning that a latino Mayor in 2012 will open the floodgates to whites and yuppies to drive out Blacks. They tell developers that the construction workers must look black like them,blackmailing them with the tax abatement runaround. Projects for redevelopment are approved,then permits are yanked with no explanation. Later, frustrated developers discover that some ghetto lobby community association wants the same land for a "community use" ie a Playground or low income housing. AFTER IGNORING and illegally Dumping trash on THAT PLOT OF LAND FOR DECADES!!!This is the Irvine Turner Boulevard corridor. This could have been the big one...an 8 to 10 square block area of Fancy Bayonne boxes and condos (hey it was 2000,and Bayonnes,love or hate them... ARE market driven) Mayor Sharpe James got an earfull from ghetto central ward residents who OPPOSED the Bayonne boxes.....because a majority of the prospective buyers were what the media called "white urban Pioneers". Nevermind the fact that these "white urban pioneers" were actually Brazilians,Puerto Ricans,even middle class whites and blacks from New York City, The idea of even a few non black OUTSIDERS moving in put these community groups into action....in the end,6square blocks of public townhouses were built. The remnant vacant land was set aside for private developers. No one has yet to build by the new country-cheap society hill counterfeit townhouse projects!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Newark's Politicians with the exeptions of Augusto Amador(East Ward councilman),Mayor Booker,Anibal RamosNorth ward Councilman)are ghetto pimps that cater to this ghetto majority. Quintana and Gonzales betrayed the hispanic community when they became "AT LARGE"Councilmen,meaning that the majority of their constituents are now the ghetto majority. [CENTER]Harrison,just as Jersey City, welcomes developments of massive scale that brings in Wealthy-individual residents,and corporate.Investment,civic Pride,Private enterprise and even transforming itself into a sort of Downtown for Harrison,East Newark and Kearny. Basically, white New Jersey has given up on Newark and will replace it with Jersey city and west hudson!!Newark,by default will be the low income "resevation" for Ghetto poor New Jerseans displaced by other Dynamic cities.CENTER]Sad, but what can one do?

alex@newark
September 22nd, 2010, 09:34 PM
I think you are right about the 2012 mayor thing but i truly hope that it happens to that the north and east ward and maybe even parts of the south ward would become more different with whites,portugese,brazilians and hispanics because the ghetto needs to change so newark can move on enough is enough

Marv95
September 22nd, 2010, 11:37 PM
If they can put a Target and Cotscos in the South Bronx, East Harlem and East New York, they can put one on Springfield Ave or even off 280.

Westinghouse was literally falling apart at the seams. It was also heavily contaminated.

66nexus
September 23rd, 2010, 12:20 AM
Would have done well on Ferry street, next to the SHOUT! store.

True, away from the urbanity that is Broad/Market




Even hiring locals won't work as most of them will fail the drug or criminal background check. When you look at everything rationally the model of newark does not work. The city should JUST stop catering only to the poor but that is something it can't do without upsetting the established order....


THIS.

I don't express this often, but the reason I remain optimistic about Newark is that I expect the ghetto urban machine that wishes to keep Newark down will eventually erode.

Reason being:

Even as a person of color, I think a Hispanic mayor would be a 'shock-awakening' for the city, b/c the traditional areas of power would suddenly find themselves challenged and unable to stop certain things. It is my hope that downtown would be reclaimed, and the sheer gravity of it will suck in the rest.

66nexus
September 23rd, 2010, 12:23 AM
Would have done well on Ferry street, next to the SHOUT! store.


If they can put a Target and Cotscos in the South Bronx, East Harlem and East New York, they can put one on Springfield Ave or even off 280.

Westinghouse was literally falling apart at the seams. It was also heavily contaminated.


Or what about the area near the former Multiplex? Jersey Gardens proved that big-box can be successful in remote locations. The movie-theater was probably a hard sell b/c that's all there was, but if it were more than simply that I believe it could work. (And why not appeal to the Hudson County residents that live within Newark's sphere?)

JCMAN320
September 23rd, 2010, 02:02 AM
Or what about the area near the former Multiplex? Jersey Gardens proved that big-box can be successful in remote locations. The movie-theater was probably a hard sell b/c that's all there was, but if it were more than simply that I believe it could work. (And why not appeal to the Hudson County residents that live within Newark's sphere?)

Because we have so much here that we don't really need to go outside of Jersey City or Hudson County for most items. If its a specialty item I'm sure as hell no going to find it in Newark; I go to the city if I can't find it in Hudson County. Keep the money here! In Jersey City alone we have two Lowes, two Home Depots, two Pathmarks, K-Mart, Target, Modells, two Staples, Express, Holister, Armani Exchange, American Eagle, Spencers, Coach, two Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, Gap, Baby Gap, Womens Gap, Sears, Macy's, Marshalls, Khols, JCPenny, Fossil, Aeropostale, Lids, two movie theaters, 6th Ave Electronics, Toys R Us, Stop and Shop, Shop Rite, PC Richard and Son, etc... you get the point and thats in Jersey City ALONE!!

Bayonne has a movie theater, Stop and Shop, Hallmark, Houilhans, and they getting (under construction) at Bayonne Crossing Lowes, Wal Mart, Michaels, Five Guys, Sonic, Longhorn Steak House, etc. Secaucus, North Bergen, Hoboken etc and we have Manhattan at our door step. The only people that MIGHT go shop in Newark are people in Harrison and Kearny; but they already have a Wal Mart.

66nexus
September 23rd, 2010, 04:00 AM
Because we have so much here that we don't really need to go outside of Jersey City or Hudson County for most items. If its a specialty item I'm sure as hell no going to find it in Newark; I go to the city if I can't find it in Hudson County. Keep the money here! In Jersey City alone we have two Lowes, two Home Depots, two Pathmarks, K-Mart, Target, Modells, two Staples, Express, Holister, Armani Exchange, American Eagle, Spencers, Coach, two Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, Gap, Baby Gap, Womens Gap, Sears, Macy's, Marshalls, Khols, JCPenny, Fossil, Aeropostale, Lids, two movie theaters, 6th Ave Electronics, Toys R Us, Stop and Shop, Shop Rite, PC Richard and Son, etc... you get the point and thats in Jersey City ALONE!!

Bayonne has a movie theater, Stop and Shop, Hallmark, Houilhans, and they getting (under construction) at Bayonne Crossing Lowes, Wal Mart, Michaels, Five Guys, Sonic, Longhorn Steak House, etc. Secaucus, North Bergen, Hoboken etc and we have Manhattan at our door step. The only people that MIGHT go shop in Newark are people in Harrison and Kearny; but they already have a Wal Mart.


When I said 'Newark's sphere' I thought it would be obvious I wasn't talking about JC or Bayonne. I thought Harrison, Kearny, East Newark would've been the first to one's mind but whatever. You don't have to prove how great JC is, it's got stuff going for it, but those towns you listed are much more JC's sphere.

My statement was IF Newark were to build a shopping center on its eastern edge it can attract, for some strange reason you're telling me what you can/can't find in Newark right now. Even I'd have a hard time trying to put together a knockout list lol.

If you go to Manhattan for yours then do what what you do (though, considering the offerings on this side of the river, for lower prices, I'm shocked you'd go to the more expensive east just b/c you can't find it in Hudson County.) I considered you a NJ guy for the bottom line, but your statement leaves me kinda confused...but hey, who am I to judge?

PS: You said 'keep the money here', but right before that you said 'I go to the city if I can't find it in Hudson County'. I've honestly always kinda didn't like that about Hudson County (and to an extent Berg County). Just too Manhattan-centric. No offense

JCMAN320
September 23rd, 2010, 04:11 AM
I'm sorry I wasn't trying to pontificate and I'm sorry if I came across that way. I didn't realzie that is what you meant till after I posted and edited it. I don't go into the city unless it's something rare I can't find here and even then I'd probably go online.

On the subject of being Manhattan centric; I have a car, have had it since 02 (when I was 16) and it barely has 80,000 miles on it. I don't drive much if I can help it. I rarely drive around here if ever. So it's easier for me to hop on the PATH and go into the City instead of driving out to Garden State Plaza or Woodbridge; it's a hassle.

At the end of my post I acknowledged that I realize thats what you probably meant. I they were to build a big shopping center in Newark on the edge of the Ironbound or Downtown Newark, it might work I just feel that with the Wal Mart in Kearny and shopping destinations just north in Bergen County (North Arlington and further north) I'm not sure it would be a draw.

66nexus
September 23rd, 2010, 04:20 AM
I'm sorry I wasn't trying to pontificate and I'm sorry if I came across that way. I didn't realzie that is what you meant till after I posted and edited it. I don't go into the city unless it's something rare I can't find here and even then I'd probably go online.

On the subject of being Manhattan centric; I have a car, have had it since 02 (when I was 16) and it barely has 80,000 miles on it. I don't drive much if I can help it. I rarely drive around here if ever. So it's easier for me to hop on the PATH and go into the City instead of driving out to Garden State Plaza or Woodbridge; it's a hassle.

At the end of my post I acknowledged that I realize thats what you probably meant. I they were to build a big shopping center in Newark on the edge of the Ironbound or Downtown Newark, it might work I just feel that with the Wal Mart in Kearny and shopping destinations just north in Bergen County (North Arlington and further north) I'm not sure it would be a draw.

Fair enough. I think NJ is funny that way; as in, our malls (at least the major ones) are usually around 5-10 miles apart, if that, and still find some way to strive. I honestly don't get it. Anywhere else I'd think it'd fail, but for some strange reason, NJ thrives in redundancy.

Also, in Newark, another weird phenomenon is that retail seems to do decent outside of downtown (Home Depot, Autozone, etc.). But downtown stores (w/ the exception of a notable few) seem to come and go. I've lived in many other states, and I love NJ, but it is by far the strangest. If the United States were the Matrix, NJ would be Neo (anomaly).

stache
September 23rd, 2010, 04:23 AM
They tried to build a shopping center in Newark and it was a failure.

JCMAN320
September 23rd, 2010, 04:28 AM
They tried to build a shopping center in Newark and it was a failure.

Stache was that Renaissance Mall? I think the Prudential Center was built on the former site right?

@66nexus: LOL I feel yea on that. NJ is unique in that respect; it is definately the mall state and when friends come out of town and see Paramus; lol they are amazed that all those stores don't knock eachother out. I do feel that the redundency and it's ability to survive is the extreme amount of density found in the Northern part of state. There are enough people out there that these stores still make a profit even being so close to one another.

Newark is so weird; I always wonder why Home Depot, Rite Aid, Applebees do so well on Springfield Ave., but if you were to put those stores Downtown they would fail. I mean it's not like the foot traffic doesn't exist; there are buses and people coming and going constantly. It just seems to me and I could be wrong but that people try and get in and out of Broad and Market as quick as possible and don't want to hang around there at all. That has been my observation since workin in Newark.

What do you think?

66nexus
September 23rd, 2010, 04:44 AM
Stache was that Renaissance Mall? I think the Prudential Center was built on the former site right?

@66nexus: LOL I feel yea on that. NJ is unique in that respect; it is definately the mall state and when friends come out of town and see Paramus; lol they are amazed that all those stores don't knock eachother out. I do feel that the redundency and it's ability to survive is the extreme amount of density found in the Northern part of state. There are enough people out there that these stores still make a profit even being so close to one another.

Newark is so weird; I always wonder why Home Depot, Rite Aid, Applebees do so well on Springfield Ave., but if you were to put those stores Downtown they would fail. I mean it's not like the foot traffic doesn't exist; there are buses and people coming and going constantly. It just seems to me and I could be wrong but that people try and get in and out of Broad and Market as quick as possible and don't want to hang around there at all. That has been my observation since workin in Newark.

What do you think?

Absolutely. Unfortunately, the Broad/Market element generally only caters to one type of crowd (not the good kind lol). I hope they'll be pushed much further west, or even south Broad for that matter. I hope the arena can garner more 'spillover'.

stache
September 23rd, 2010, 06:20 AM
Yes. Renaissance mall was never completed.

Nexis4Jersey
September 23rd, 2010, 07:13 AM
Newark needs a Mega Mall 400+ stores right near Downtown and all the Major Transit systems.......Theres not much to choose form in Urban Jersey even with the 3% sales tax.

stache
September 23rd, 2010, 08:10 AM
You're kidding, right?

Marv95
September 23rd, 2010, 10:37 AM
I just feel that with the Wal Mart in Kearny and shopping destinations just north in Bergen County (North Arlington and further north) I'm not sure it would be a draw.

Sorry, but that was the wrong spot to put one. Mass transit is basically nonexistent except for an employee NJT bus. At least Linden has the 57 that runs there. The new one in Garfield has the 709 and the train station within walking distance

lofter1
September 23rd, 2010, 01:05 PM
A $100 Million Gift to Newark’s Schools

NY TIMES (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/a-100-million-gift-to-newarks-schools/?hpw)
By ELISSA GOOTMAN
September 23, 2010

Could Facebook save the long-troubled Newark schools? Richard Pérez-Peña of The Times reports that Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and a founder of Facebook, will donate $100 million (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/education/23newark.html?_r=1) to improve the Newark schools. In conjunction with the gift, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey will cede some control of the state-run school system to Mayor Cory A. Booker. The three plan to announce the arrangement on Friday on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

scrollhectic
September 23rd, 2010, 03:04 PM
A $100 Million Gift to Newark’s Schools

NY TIMES (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/a-100-million-gift-to-newarks-schools/?hpw)
By ELISSA GOOTMAN
September 23, 2010

Could Facebook save the long-troubled Newark schools? Richard Pérez-Peña of The Times reports that Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive and a founder of Facebook, will donate $100 million (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/23/education/23newark.html?_r=1) to improve the Newark schools. In conjunction with the gift, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey will cede some control of the state-run school system to Mayor Cory A. Booker. The three plan to announce the arrangement on Friday on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Heard it all before. Nothing is going to change.

scrollhectic
September 23rd, 2010, 03:16 PM
You're kidding, right?

LMAO!!! Stache is right. Supply>Demand. The region would need a significant population boost. I know people cringe at the thought of high density, but IMO newark is underdeveloped.

Newarkguy
September 23rd, 2010, 05:01 PM
They tried to build a shopping center in Newark and it was a failure. You are talking of the Renaissance Mall. It was started by an Iraqi developer who called himself Harry Grant. "Hurricane Harry" as he was known in the industry,for his word in getting things done,was a respected national mall and real estate developer. He built the red cobblestone sidewalks east sidewalk of Broad street. He had Newark city hall's golden dome restored. In 1985, he proposed the worlds tallest tower in Newark. http://www.emporis.com/images/5/2004/07/283039.jpg http://www.emporis.com/images/5/2004/07/283039.jpg Grant USA,as the tower was called, would rise 120 stories. The Newark Prudential Arena was later built on the footprint. It would have been flower-diamond shaped,with the center towers rising the highest. Renaissance mall would be to its west. Across Lafayette st,a 30 story tower was started with the earth dug out for the foundations. This TOO GOOD TO TRUE dream turned out to be just that! The 1992 recession hit. New York Banks pulled all Newark funding away from Grant USA Renaissance project . Newark,looking for an excuse to kill this outsider tower and Mall, who's white collar workers surely would surely be from the suburbs, sued Grant for "Failure to develop"(As if they really wanted it built,after delaying him since 1985!!!) They had to make Grant seem like the racist bad guy, when in reality,it was Newark's Overwhelmingly black city councilthat NOW opposed the project. Sharpe James was the biggest cheerleader in front of TV cameras,but behind walls,in city hall,he was the leading force to stop any "gentrification" Frustrated,and with his fortune in danger from these ghetto leeches,He realized he was duped, licked his wounds and took a flight back to Iraq,leaving it all behind to decay and rust. This is what happened to Cogswell realty,Metrohomes llc, K Hovnanian (another Iraqi american developer) ,Coca Cola-which just officially abandoned its Newark bottle plant proposal(its been stalled 15 years!!)in favor of a new plant in North Brunswick,where the residents are white collar and wont be working there!! The flower tower design was used in Dubai for the Borg Dubai tower.http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/Images/UAE/BurjDubai-A06.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail/701.php&usg=__zOL_C2FiRqVERD7GbJUvyqJVEJo=&h=600&w=400&sz=99&hl=en&start=49&zoom=1&tbnid=3yde0P2Q2Iel4M:&tbnh=124&tbnw=99&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dborj%2Bdubai%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG%26biw %3D620%26bih%3D289%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=126&vpy=-107&dur=1990&hovh=275&hovw=183&tx=89&ty=214&ei=-bebTOHHI4L-8AapxLyvAQ&oei=qLebTJjmA4LKswaN5eiLCw&esq=6&page=6&ndsp=10&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:49

JCMAN320
September 23rd, 2010, 05:23 PM
LMAO!!! Stache is right. Supply>Demand. The region would need a significant population boost. I know people cringe at the thought of high density, but IMO newark is underdeveloped.

Yes Newark needs more density. It's less dense than Jersey City. There was a girl in my Urban Anthropology class that was from Newark and started going off on a rant about how Jersey City and Brooklyn and Queens have dense housing and thats not how people should live in a city. According to her we should replace all the brownstones, rowhouses, pre-war apartments, two fam homes, with large houses that house multiple families like Newark has. We all looked at her like she was crazy. She said Newark housing is how people should live. I almost fell over laughing.

alex@newark
September 23rd, 2010, 05:39 PM
Where was the coca cola factory suppose to be built and the 100million that facebook creater Mark Zuckerberg i hope it goes to rebuilding some schools such as universtiy and other schools that work for it.

JCMAN320
September 23rd, 2010, 05:40 PM
100 million huh? I'd like to see where that goes. It should go to hiring more teachers considering they laid off a ton.

Newarkguy
September 23rd, 2010, 05:42 PM
Sorry, but that was the wrong spot to put one. Mass transit is basically nonexistent except for an employee NJT bus. At least Linden has the 57 that runs there. The new one in Garfield has the 709 and the train station within walking distance I think lack of mass transit(from Newark) WAS the reason Kearny loved that location. Kearny at one time wanted into Newark(1890's)But once Newark's Anglo Brittish Americans moved out,to be replaced by "Non white" Italian,and Irish,Jewish "alien races" Anglo Kearny severed ties to Newark,focusing on Bergen County. To this day, they have allowed no road bridge to Newark. Even when Newark was white.Despite the fact they are in Hudson County and on the map,Kearny west Hudson wedges into Newark's eastern half!!

Newarkguy
September 23rd, 2010, 05:47 PM
Yes Newark needs more density. It's less dense than Jersey City. There was a girl in my Urban Anthropology class that was from Newark and started going off on a rant about how Jersey City and Brooklyn and Queens have dense housing and thats not how people should live in a city. According to her we should replace all the brownstones, rowhouses, pre-war apartments, two fam homes, with large houses that house multiple families like Newark has. We all looked at her like she was crazy. She said Newark housing is how people should live. I almost fell over laughing. My girlfriend from Union thinks the same way. She thinks cities are ghetto period. She has no concept of Brownstones,and if you explain it, she dismisses it all as obsolete. Nevermind the fact that HER grandparents were from Newark,and have fond memories of growing up there. Her idea of a home is the split level single family home with the front yard,back yard,picket fence on a maddeningly dead cul de sac. LOL:)

alex@newark
September 23rd, 2010, 05:49 PM
schools are much needed as well as it was a major state wide problem with teachers not only newark rather than the money is only for newark

Newarkguy
September 23rd, 2010, 05:58 PM
Coca-Cola building new plant in South Brunswick, expanding ...
Sep 20, 2010 ... Coca-Cola Enterprises will soon break ground on a new facility in South ... Fourteen other firms from New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, ... the decision was made to build a new facility in South Brunswick, ...
www.newjerseynewsroom.com/.../coca-cola-building-new-plant-in-south-brunswick-expanding-carlstadt-facility - Cached

http://www.areadevelopment.com/newsItems/9-22-2010/coca-cola-south-brunswick-new-jersey09225.shtml

JCMAN320
September 23rd, 2010, 05:59 PM
True alex very true.

@Newarkguy: I know it's rediculous nevermind the fact that more than half of the worlds greatest cities are prime examples of successful living. My ex was from Massapequa, LI and she thought along the same lines. She liked city buildings but did not think it was the way to build a society. This is why I skeeve the suburbs; warped way of thinking and living.

Newark needs a change of social attitude and living to be successful. Look at the turnarounds of The City, Brooklyn, Queens, New Brunswick, Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, etc. The people of Newark do not want any of the progressive changes that brought success to these communities to happen in their city due to fear of outsiders. They have that ghetto mentallity that permeates all aspects of Newark life and government.

alex@newark
September 23rd, 2010, 05:59 PM
So im guessing there will never be a coca cola plant in newark and JCMAN320 very very true some people just dont get it that the world is moving on and the ghetto needs to stop sometimes i wish thats newark would turn back to what it use to be but look we all know that it will not be going to happen but maybe people will start to get that if they dont change then the world will change it for them....

block944
September 23rd, 2010, 06:14 PM
If they can put a Target and Cotscos in the South Bronx, East Harlem and East New York, they can put one on Springfield Ave or even off 280.

Westinghouse was literally falling apart at the seams. It was also heavily contaminated.


nope.

The owners have been looking for tenants for 3 years and no takers except for a hotel that is being opposed by the community. If it was going to happen it would of happened by now.

JCMAN320
September 23rd, 2010, 06:16 PM
Newark is a question wrapped inside a riddle, stuck in an enigma! Newarkguy that link is not found; can try and repost it?

block944
September 23rd, 2010, 06:21 PM
Newark needs a disaster like Katrina so the crap flushes away and something better can be built as it isn't going to happen in any other way.

Newarkguy
September 23rd, 2010, 06:28 PM
Newark is a question wrapped inside a riddle, stuck in an enigma! Newarkguy that link is not found; can try and repost it? I added another one. try now.

Marv95
September 23rd, 2010, 07:21 PM
nope.

The owners have been looking for tenants for 3 years and no takers except for a hotel that is being opposed by the community. If it was going to happen it would of happened by now.
Why is a hotel being opposed by the community again? You people keep whining about tax revenue yet a chain hotel provides that... It's not like they're putting a HUD or mental health facility. From the renderings it looks like it would be "isolated" anyway therefore being hard for the ghetto element to intrude so what's the big deal.

Newarkguy, Grant went completely bankrupt, hence the Mall debacle.

JCMAN320
September 23rd, 2010, 10:07 PM
I added another one. try now.

Thx bro! Wait which hotel is being opposed. The Marriot at the Prudential Center?

Marv95
September 23rd, 2010, 10:46 PM
Thx bro! Wait which hotel is being opposed. The Marriot at the Prudential Center?
LOL no. A Staybridge Suites less than a block west of Society Hill between SO Ave and Springfield Ave.

JCMAN320
September 23rd, 2010, 10:54 PM
Why are they opposing it? Concerned it's going to be a flop house?

scrollhectic
September 23rd, 2010, 11:58 PM
Newark needs a change of social attitude and living to be successful. Look at the turnarounds of The City, Brooklyn, Queens, New Brunswick, Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, etc. The people of Newark do not want any of the progressive changes that brought success to these communities to happen in their city due to fear of outsiders. They have that ghetto mentallity that permeates all aspects of Newark life and government.

Amen and Amen! People like to point to external factors as reasons why newark can't progress, but it truly is an internal conflict that's holding newark back. there's no reason newark shouldn't be a much bigger and better city. so many great elements in this city and despite it all, newark can't pull itself together. SMH... what a shame.

block944
September 23rd, 2010, 11:59 PM
Why are they oppoisng it? Concerned it's going to be a flop house?


Bingo because we all know people like to stay in central ward when they stop over in newark :D

scrollhectic
September 24th, 2010, 12:09 AM
Newark needs a disaster like Katrina so the crap flushes away and something better can be built as it isn't going to happen in any other way.

Newark needs the reset button.

JCMAN320
September 24th, 2010, 12:19 AM
Of course cause when I think of a quality hotel to stay in in Newark, I automatically think the Central Ward. lol.

Newark....if it can follow the model that the residents of the Ironbound have set up then it can thrive. I just don't see the people of Newark using the Ironbound as a model for an urban community. I also have the impression that the people of Newark view the residents of the Ironbound (and the Ironbound as well) as outsiders as well; even though many of them are born and raised Newarkers as well as new immigrants.

newark will rise
September 24th, 2010, 02:27 AM
and I think people the ironbound view the people of newark as outsiders. I think newark locals should welcome outsiders I am a person of color lived in newark 48 years.

newark will rise
September 24th, 2010, 02:55 AM
the new lofts next to the old paramont movie bld. are nice, their are about five more building being converted into lofts that are in progress, it is a slow start but revitilization is happening.

Marv95
September 24th, 2010, 07:35 AM
people from the Ironbound will actually accept any kind of redevelopment. Go down Ferry St. and see what I mean with the new market-rate housing that just been built up. http://www.seabraplaza.com/

http://www.nj.com/newark/community/index.ssf/2010/06/post_4.html

block944
September 24th, 2010, 08:21 AM
What a crap hole:
Former Essex County prosecutor, mayoral candidate Clifford J. Minor is arrested on bribery charge

Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 9:10 AM Updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 9:22 AM
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NEWARK — Federal authorities today will announce an indictment against former Essex County prosecutor and municipal judge Clifford J. Minor, charging him with participating in a scheme to commit bribery in connection with witness testimony.

Minor was arrested at his home this morning.

Also charged were Abdul Williams and Jamal Muhammad. Williams and Muhammad are both in custody.

Minor, 67, challenged current Newark mayor Cory Booker in the May 2009 mayoral election on the "Newark's Choice" platform.

Minor is also charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, and falsification of records.

Minor is a former member of the Newark Police Department. He supervised the NPD's cold case unit.

More details will be made available at a 12:30 p.m. press conference.
http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/clifford-minorjpg-7f60b0ea6edb9e28_large.jpg
Attorney Stephen Turano walks with client Clifford J. Minor leaving Federal Court in Newark on Thursday September 23, 2010 after an Indictment charging Clifford J. Minor, Abdul Williams, and Jamal Muhammad with having participated in a scheme to commit bribery in connection with witness testimony.

Minor testified to grand jury while a candidate for Newark mayor
By Max Pizarro | September 23rd, 2010 - 2:50pm


A federal indictment against former Newark mayoral candidate Clifford Minor today revealed that Minor made statements to a grand jury while he was running for mayor, news that shocked and infuriated his former, high profile running mate.

"I hope he's cleared of the charges," said at-large council candidate John Sharpe James. "But the indictment shows that in January of 2010 he voluntarily came to federal authorities and made statements, and I knew nothing about it. He knew this was ongoing and said nothing to the team.

"I'm livid right now," James added. "We were wondering why he wasn't campaigning hard. I'm disappointed and I'm flabbergasted."

The FBI arrested Minor today on bribery and obstruction of justice charges going back to a 2007 case in which the attorney, a former Essex County prosecutor, is alleged to have bribed someone to take the rap for his client.

South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, the lone member of the Minor team to win in the May election, was likewise stunned by the news of Minor's arrest earlier today.

"I'm going to call him," said Baraka. "I don't know the whole story. I will read the whole story, I just heard from my father. It's a shock. I hope all is not what it appears to be."

A 59% to 35% loser in his May bid against Booker, Minor stood out for being subdued. He frustrated his fellow candidates and reporters alike with a campaign style that notably shunned fire-in-the-belly theatrics. Asked to comment on the burgeoning and incendiary muncipal utilities authority (MUA) debate at one point on the campaign trail as activists rallied in front of City Hall, a typically soft-spoken Minor demurred.

"This is their day," he said, pointing to the masses mobilized on the sidewalk.

Marv95
September 24th, 2010, 08:27 AM
And the old guard continues to get their butts handed to them on a silver platter. It's a good thing.

Newarkguy
September 24th, 2010, 05:10 PM
Could you Imagine how devastating it would have been for Newark's fragile image had Clifford Minor become Mayor??? Sharpe James's son has ALREADY thrown Minor under the bus. LOL! "I hope he's cleared of the charges," said at-large council candidate John Sharpe James. "But the indictment shows that in January of 2010 he voluntarily came to federal authorities and made statements, and I knew nothing about it. He knew this was ongoing and said nothing to the team.

"I'm livid right now," James added. "We were wondering why he wasn't campaigning hard. I'm disappointed and I'm flabbergasted." Yeah...sure,Mr.JSJames.

"I'm going to call him," said Baraka. "I don't know the whole story. I will read the whole story, I just heard from my father. It's a shock. I hope all is not what it appears to be." And when it all pans out...they will stand toghether in solidarityagainst "the man's conspiracy" HA!

Newarkguy
September 24th, 2010, 05:48 PM
newstracker: LIGHT RAIL LINE TO USE ELECTRIC CARS

Friday, May 7, 2010
Last updated: Friday May 7, 2010, 1:26 PM
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WHAT'S NEW: NJ Transit plans to use trolley-like electric cars along the Northern Branch line to link Bergen County to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system. The $800 million project will serve 24,000 daily commuters and provide alternatives for commuters in Tenafly, Englewood, Ridgefield and other communities after it breaks ground in 2012.

BACKGROUND: For years, the expansion into Bergen County was mired in bureaucracy. Delays first occurred when local officials couldn't agree on a route. NJ Transit and critics then debated whether the line would be electric or serve diesel trains — and, more importantly, how the project will be funded. Last year, Governor Corzine and NJ Transit agreed to move forward with light rail and connect it to the Hudson-Bergen line.

QUOTE: "The light rail lines are investments — they're the essence of transit-oriented development. That's what it's all about. As time goes on, those facilities will generate economic development. That economic development will generate ridership." — James Weinstein, NJ Transit executive director

WHAT'S NEXT: NJ Transit is awaiting the federal government's approval of an environmental impact statement for the project, which officials hope will happen this year. Construction will begin two years after Federal Transit Administration approval. The project is expected to be completed by 2015.

— Tom Davis

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Newarkguy
September 24th, 2010, 05:53 PM
Meanwhile, the much earlier proposed NERL(Newark Elizabeth area rail link) is not even on blueprint!! Its ridiculous that NJ ignores the mass transit needs of Newark's inner suburbs and neighborhoods. The Newark light rail subway only serves the Roseville ,and Silver lake neighborhoods in northern Newark.Belleville's south is clipped by the service,and Bloomfield is actually the maintenance yard,with Grove Street station there.Why not use the abandoned remainder of Erie Lackawanna railway's Orange branch right of way in east Orange to access the deeper wealthier Springdale area? As well as Downtown West Orange,the line's original terminus? what about Vailsburg? Or Irvington?,Weequahic?Hillside?Clinton hill?kennilworth or Springfield? By using historic Newark roadway rights of way, along with portions of the rahway valley right of way, Newark light rail can extend to Summit and Cranford!!

66nexus
September 24th, 2010, 05:58 PM
Yes Newark needs more density. It's less dense than Jersey City. There was a girl in my Urban Anthropology class that was from Newark and started going off on a rant about how Jersey City and Brooklyn and Queens have dense housing and thats not how people should live in a city. According to her we should replace all the brownstones, rowhouses, pre-war apartments, two fam homes, with large houses that house multiple families like Newark has. We all looked at her like she was crazy. She said Newark housing is how people should live. I almost fell over laughing.

I don't know. While Newark could use more density in some spots, I don't think it would ever (and probably shouldn't) match JC density. Afterall, JC's been the 2nd densest large city in the US for quite some time, and it makes more sense for it to be as dense as it is. While more density should be desired in some spots in Newark, it's built too differently.

Take for instance, Forest Hills, I definitely don't think high-density would work there, whereas downtown, there'd be no reason it shouldn't work there.

66nexus
September 24th, 2010, 06:04 PM
Meanwhile, the much earlier proposed NERL(Newark Elizabeth area rail link) is not even on blueprint!! Its ridiculous that NJ ignores the mass transit needs of Newark's inner suburbs and neighborhoods. The Newark light rail subway only serves the Roseville ,and Silver lake neighborhoods in northern Newark.Belleville's south is clipped by the service,and Bloomfield is actually the maintenance yard,with Grove Street station there.Why not use the abandoned remainder of Erie Lackawanna railway's Orange branch right of way in east Orange to access the deeper wealthier Springdale area? As well as Downtown West Orange,the line's original terminus? what about Vailsburg? Or Irvington?,Weequahic?Hillside?Clinton hill?kennilworth or Springfield? By using historic Newark roadway rights of way, along with portions of the rahway valley right of way, Newark light rail can extend to Summit and Cranford!!

An interesting concept.

66nexus
September 24th, 2010, 06:11 PM
the new lofts next to the old paramont movie bld. are nice, their are about five more building being converted into lofts that are in progress, it is a slow start but revitilization is happening.

A long-awaited (and overdue) small tinge of hope.



Amen and Amen! People like to point to external factors as reasons why newark can't progress, but it truly is an internal conflict that's holding newark back. there's no reason newark shouldn't be a much bigger and better city. so many great elements in this city and despite it all, newark can't pull itself together. SMH... what a shame.

They were external factors historically, but present day...it's indeed internal.


people from the Ironbound will actually accept any kind of redevelopment. Go down Ferry St. and see what I mean with the new market-rate housing that just been built up. http://www.seabraplaza.com/

http://www.nj.com/newark/community/index.ssf/2010/06/post_4.html


Now that's what I'm talking about. Strangely, the other wards cannot see just how far ahead of them the Ironbound is. Newark should try harder to sell its image on the strength of the Ironbound/Downtown. If the other wards want to be alienated then let it be so.

Newarkguy
September 24th, 2010, 06:21 PM
I don't know. While Newark could use more density in some spots, I don't think it would ever (and probably shouldn't) match JC density. Afterall, JC's been the 2nd densest large city in the US for quite some time, and it makes more sense for it to be as dense as it is. While more density should be desired in some spots in Newark, it's built too differently.

Take for instance, Forest Hills, I definitely don't think high-density would work there, whereas downtown, there'd be no reason it shouldn't work there. Newark was once America's densest city with 25,000 residents per sq mile.(25,000x18 habitable square miles. The other 6 square miles are under industrial zones,Port Newark,Newark Liberty International Airport.)With the exception of Forest Hill,upper Roseville,Weequahic,Vailsburg -Ivy Hill,and Woodside, the ENTIRE CITY was filled with 3 and 4 story wooden tenements. 90% of Newarks major walk up Apartment buildings were destroyed in the RIOTS and the decades of white flight. Only the Italian-puerto Rican North ward, and the Portuguese Ironbound escaped undamaged. Blacks were denied home loans for decades,so most large residential structures in Newark were Jewish owned, with sidewalk retail. A prime target for Black rage at the time. 95% of downtown brownstones were demolished in the 70's and80'sto make parking lots for EDISON PARKFAST,and to make way for RUTGERS-NJIT /UMDNJ expansion. only the James street neighborhood remnant remains. Go to Barnes and Noble,see the Historical Newark books,or Go to southern Brooklyn,Ironbound,Jersey city's heights,Kearny-Harrison,or Bayonne....this is what most of Newark was once like.

66nexus
September 24th, 2010, 06:30 PM
With the exception of Forest Hill,upper Roseville,Weequahic,Vailsburg -Ivy Hill,and Woodside, the ENTIRE CITY was filled with 3 and 4 story wooden tenements. 90% of Newarks major walk up Apartment buildings were destroyed in the RIOTS and the decades of white flight. Only the Italian-puerto Rican North ward, and the Portuguese Ironbound escaped undamaged. Blacks were denied home loans for decades,so most large residential structures in Newark were Jewish owned, with sidewalk retail. A prime target for Black rage at the time. 95% of downtown brownstones were demolished in the 70's and80'sto make parking lots for EDISON PARKFAST,and to make way for RUTGERS-NJIT /UMDNJ expansion. only the James street neighborhood remnant remains. Go to Barnes and Noble,see the Historical Newark books,or Go to southern Brooklyn,Ironbound,Jersey city's heights,Kearny-Harrison,or Bayonne....this is what most of Newark was once like.

Don't forget the brick projects that were destroyed (thankfully). However, the 'exceptions' you listed are in no way a small part of the city. I own several books w/ old (and new) photo essays on Newark. Love it or hate it, in recent years a lot of open spaces were filled w/ Bayonne boxes.

Put it this way: even decades after the riots Newark is still one of the densest large cities in the country.

And let's not forget simple population loss.

Newarkguy
September 24th, 2010, 06:48 PM
I've come to accept Bayonne boxes in cases where the occupy the corners of blocks. The later Rosa Lucky Realty designs were pretty with balconies, and fancy nice brickwork designs. They followed the area setback pattern looked nice side by side. Check the ones on the corner of Newark street and Sussex avenue. Other ugly cheaper designs were put anywhere. Especially deep set back between 2 older buildings that were much closer to the street. I could not imagine looking out the front window,and seeing a wall to the left, and another building's wall to the right!! Furthermore, these boxes are invisible because of their deep setbacks. Motorists passing by assume its a vacant lot in between!!

scrollhectic
September 24th, 2010, 09:42 PM
Could you Imagine how devastating it would have been for Newark's fragile image had Clifford Minor become Mayor??? Sharpe James's son has ALREADY thrown Minor under the bus. LOL! "I hope he's cleared of the charges," said at-large council candidate John Sharpe James. "But the indictment shows that in January of 2010 he voluntarily came to federal authorities and made statements, and I knew nothing about it. He knew this was ongoing and said nothing to the team.

"I'm livid right now," James added. "We were wondering why he wasn't campaigning hard. I'm disappointed and I'm flabbergasted." Yeah...sure,Mr.JSJames.

"I'm going to call him," said Baraka. "I don't know the whole story. I will read the whole story, I just heard from my father. It's a shock. I hope all is not what it appears to be." And when it all pans out...they will stand toghether in solidarityagainst "the man's conspiracy" HA!

Hmmm... i wouldn't be surprised if they all really knew about it or even were involved. maybe minor's taking one for the team.

block944
September 25th, 2010, 07:47 PM
Newark is such a crap hole, I went to baltimore and they converted an old abandoned power station into a barnes and noble and espn zone downtown. Newark will NEVER get anything like that:

http://www.rvforsaleguide.com/images/baltimore-maryland-power-plant-picture.jpg

alex@newark
September 25th, 2010, 07:50 PM
Where the brick towers once stood there are these two beautiful brand new buildings i was amazed to see them in such a not so good area but i just hope they keep them the same.

66nexus
September 25th, 2010, 08:07 PM
Newark is such a crap hole, I went to baltimore and they converted an old abandoned power station into a barnes and noble and espn zone downtown. Newark will NEVER get anything like that:

http://www.rvforsaleguide.com/images/baltimore-maryland-power-plant-picture.jpg

Because it doesn't have that?!

stache
September 25th, 2010, 08:21 PM
Newark isn't that big in the first place.

Marv95
September 25th, 2010, 09:47 PM
And their ESPN Zone shut down its doors...

Been down there last summer and I think it's overrated. Harbor and all. Lexington Market makes Broad/Market look like Times Square

alex@newark
September 25th, 2010, 10:30 PM
Newark can do this Block944 it would be the best but we all know thats not anytime soon maybe later on in the future

block944
September 25th, 2010, 10:45 PM
And their ESPN Zone shut down its doors...

Been down there last summer and I think it's overrated. Harbor and all. Lexington Market makes Broad/Market look like Times Square

overrated? then so is newark lol

block944
September 25th, 2010, 10:48 PM
10-1250 (http://newark.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=772135&GUID=F0C9B5AB-02EC-442A-98FE-54E364FE557A&Options=&Search=) 16PSFa(s) OrdinanceAn ordinance adopting the Second Amendment to the Living Downtown Redevelopment Plan (by including in the Plan that 810 Broad Street (Block 165, Lot 11) was found to be "An Area in Need of Redevelopment")
http://newark.legistar.com/MeetingDetail.aspx?ID=122457&GUID=43A8E155-926A-4B80-A8E1-EAFDC44CBB26&Options=&Search=

block944
September 25th, 2010, 11:00 PM
30 year tax abatement for more low income housing in a crap hole area

An Ordinance Amending a Thirty (30) Year Tax Abatement granted to Corinthian Homes II Urban Renewal Housing Company, L.P., the owner of the residential project, more specifically identified on the Official Tax map as Block 311, Lot 1, 13, 18, 36, and 42, et al., and more commonly known as 578-592 South 13th Street, et al., Newark, NJ.

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 12:14 AM
I wonder if the city will ever tire of low-income housing.

There was a shooting today in the West ward, and my belief is that the more one crams a common type in a particular area, the more of the same results one should expect.

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 12:17 AM
I truly believe that you can't fight crime on the strength of cops alone. I believe a stable middle-class.

Imagine if Newark had the same crime rate it did now...but it had 100k more people. It would look like the crime is lower b/c the 'per xxx people' number would be higher.

I hate to put it this way, but a dense downtown and more populated Ironbound would offset the crime numbers.

alex@newark
September 26th, 2010, 12:42 AM
i agree some towers need to start going up in downtown also some more better retail needs to move in so that the people moving into the downtown can shop but when will this start to happen its a question??????

block944
September 26th, 2010, 10:58 AM
Some good news: Booker may stick around, I hope he makes redevelopment an agenda ASAP

Newark Mayor Booker likely to seek third term on heels of $100M schools grant

Published: Sunday, September 26, 2010, 7:45 AM

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NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/newark/) — Cory Booker will likely seek a third term as Newark’s mayor, largely due to the new education partnership announced last week between himself, Gov. Chris Christie and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
"I think this now puts a third term definitely in play," Booker told The Star-Ledger yesterday, saying the education reform effort the city will be undertaking requires a long-term commitment.




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"This is not something that can be accomplished in the next three years, nine months."
Shortly after his re-election in May, Booker indicated he would not seek a third term.
"I’m very excited by the challenge and the opportunity," Booker said yesterday.
His remarks came in an interview following a news conference at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark where he was joined by Christie, Zuckerberg, Newark school advisory board members and a host of local politicians.
The gathering was part of a series of Newark events designed to bring the news of the $100 million grant by Zuckerberg back to the city.
The trio also spoke before a community screening of "Waiting for Superman," a new film about the failures of public education. In the film, director Davis Guggenheim details the struggles of five families with children seeking admission to top-notch charter schools, and the disappointment of not winning a chance to attend the schools.
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The screening took place in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Victoria Theater.
At the screening, Christie said he will not accept failure in his effort to reform the traditional public schools in the state’s largest city.
"I’d rather lose re-election or my career than look in the mirror and say my career was more important than the lives of the children in the city where I was born," Christie said. "Nothing is more important than turning around this obscenity into a success."
After the screening and before the news conference at the hotel, Christie, Booker and Zuckerberg toured a school.
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Zuckerberg told reporters that Jennifer Holleran, a former teacher and principal, will lead his new foundation, Start Up: Education. The foundation will eventually pursue reforms in other communities, he said. A separate group of Newark community leaders and parents will be formed by the end of this month to begin drafting a series of benchmarks and reforms for Newark.
Holleran has worked with several educational nonprofit groups including New Leaders for New Schools in San Francisco, a national group that advocates for school reform.
"The most important first step is working with Mayor Booker and the community," said Holleran, who was introduced by Zuckerberg. "That’s the most important thing — getting to know the community."
While specifics of the partnership and the measures it will take are not yet known, Christie confirmed that some failing schools will likely be targeted for closure, a move he acknowledged would be controversial.
"Our school system is failing our children, and it’s got to change. Does it mean closing schools? It might," Christie said, adding there would be a series of unpopular changes made to improve the district schools. "I think everybody knows from watching me over that last couple of months that I’m not going to have anything off the table and there’s nothing we’re going to be afraid to do."
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Booker also put failing schools on notice.
"There is an unacceptable reality in the city of Newark right now," he said. He lashed out against "anybody who wants to defend or protect the status quo."
Booker had been roundly criticized for saying he would not run for a third term; many political observers said it could have made him a lame-duck mayor.
Christie and Booker have worked closely together since the governor’s election in November, and yesterday once again touted their bipartisanship.
"Gov. Christie has decided to trust Newark in a way no other governor has," Booker said. "He trusts Newark to come together to plot a bold, decisive course. I trust Newark."

block944
September 26th, 2010, 11:00 AM
i scan the ordinances and amendments monthly and I see no mention of shaq towers or nj pac towers, teachers village or springfield market place. Not even ordinances for street closures which tells me all those projects are dead.

block944
September 26th, 2010, 11:08 AM
Wow facebook got Janey fired!!

The dismissal of Clifford Janey as Newark’s school superintendent was key to getting the talks off the ground. At the start, Zuckerberg said he wanted to see a superintendent committed to reform. His position, said the governor, was that "he knew that things were failing in Newark so why would you want to stick with the same guy?"

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 01:22 PM
Putting Newark Mayor Booker in charge of city schools will incite legal action, experts say

Published: Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8:00 AM

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NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/newark/) — If Cory Booker even thinks of making a decision affecting Newark schools, he and Gov. Chris Christie will find themselves in a lawsuit faster than you can say Facebook, the head of the Education Law Center said yesterday.
David Sciarra, a veteran of numerous court battles involving public education, said it would be "improper and illegal" for Christie to formally offer Booker any authority to make decisions about the Newark Public Schools. Sciarra was lead counsel on the historic — and successful — Abbott suit filed in 1997 against the state to provide more funding for its neediest schools.
"I have no doubt appropriate legal action would be taken on behalf of the residents of Newark to challenge such a move in court," Sciarra said.

Sciarra’s concerns are rooted in his intimate knowledge of state education law. He feels that giving Booker even a small amount of authority over his city’s schools violates New Jersey’s statute on school district takeovers by circumventing the will of the state’s legislature and Newark’s voters.

"We’ve had numerous contacts from parents and community and parent leaders concerned over giving any kind of power to the mayor," Sciarra said. "We have to see what the specifics are, and we need to assess if it does cross this line."

According to Sciarra and state law says Acting Commissioner of Education Rochelle Hendricks is the state official with true authority over school districts under state control. In Newark’s case, it’s elected advisory board also has some responsibility, but Booker and Christie do not. Newark schools have been under state control for fifteen years.

If Booker does anything more than advise Henricks on how to run Newark’s schools or who to select as the districts’ next superintendent, those actions invite a legal challenge, Sciarra said.
Yesterday, on the Oprah Winfrey sho Christie said Booker will be the point person leading his effort to reform Newark’s schools, but did not offer any more explicit details about Booker’s role in the restucturing.

For the remainder of this academic year, Booker said he will lead a community effort to articulate a set of standards, benchmarks and reforms to recommend to the governor and will not have any legal authority over his city’s schools.
"He, right now, statutorally is in charge of the Newark schools," Booker said of the governor.
Not so, Sciarra said.

"The state’s commissioner of education has statutory responsibilities to the legislature by law to oversee the Newark Public Schools," Sciarra said, "The commissioner needs to be extremely cautious that she not be put in a position by the governor that’s inconsistent with her responsibilities to the school district under state law. She could be held responsible."

As Booker sees it, his political parternship with Christie to reform Newark’s schools is nothing more than that. If Booker makes a reccomendation about the schools the governor does not like, Booker said the governor reserves his right to say ‘No.’
"[But] I don’t think that’s going to happen," Booker said. "I think the governor is really invested and has made a commitment to me. He and I have made a public pronouncement, and we are both on the hook for following through."
Sciarra said his office has been inundated with calls from parents and community leaders worried about Booker influencing a restructuring of Newark’s schools.

Assembly Education Committee Chairman Patrick Dignan (D- Middlesex) shares Sciarra’s interest in knowing more details about what Booker’s role will be. Right now, the story of Newark schools’ resturcturing is no more than a "headline" Dignan said, adding that as
Speaker Sheila Oliver said, "the devil is in the details."

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"Let’s be honest. No one in their right mind will turn their back on $100 million, but clearly that is the carrot attached to the stick," Dignan said. "Lets see what the stick turns out to be. All of us have many, many questions about how this will work logistically. Certainly I don’t think Mayor Booker would try to argue that he’s qualified to run the newark schooll district.

Paul Trachtenberg, the Alfred C. Clapp public service professor of law at Rutgers School of Law-Newark said the notion of Booker having any sort of role controlling the Newark Public Schools raises "a lot of concerns at a lot of levels."
Trachtenberg said the notion that the governor has authority to make decisions about Newark’s schools is misguided.

"Newark has been under state operation, that means under control of the state education department," Trachtenberg said. "This whole notion that it’s the governor personally who is in control of schools is contrarty to legal structure and practice."
David Giambusso contributed to this report.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/putting_newark_mayor_booker_in.html

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 01:27 PM
The last paragraph may be correct, however, they make it sound like Newark's public schools are so successful and the governor/mayor are just coming along to mess it all up. Please...that school system needs all the help it can get, and then some. (I'm talking way beyond simple dollar figures)

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 01:28 PM
Wow facebook got Janey fired!!

The dismissal of Clifford Janey as Newark’s school superintendent was key to getting the talks off the ground. At the start, Zuckerberg said he wanted to see a superintendent committed to reform. His position, said the governor, was that "he knew that things were failing in Newark so why would you want to stick with the same guy?"

Precisely

Nexis4Jersey
September 26th, 2010, 03:10 PM
Whats the crime rate like in Elizabeth & Paterson compared to Newark? It seems like Newark is falling behind compared to Paterson and Elizabeth and Urban Renewal and Crime....

block944
September 26th, 2010, 03:13 PM
Speaking of Baltimore being over rated, Target just announced they are opening their new Urban store in Baltimore,San Francisco and Seattle and 7 other cities. Guess what wasn't on the list... NEWARK! The ten stores are already in line till 2012 so don't expect anything here past 2013. =)

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Target to open first small urban store in Seattle
By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO (AP) – 1 day ago
MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. plans to open its first store in a new, smaller format in Seattle in 2012, with plans to expand to 10 other markets in such cities as San Francisco and Baltimore in the next few years.
"We've never been a cookie-cutter retailer, but we are increasingly realizing that one size doesn't fit all," said John Griffith, executive vice president of property management at Target.
The new store will be about 90,000 square feet. The new urban prototype will range anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 square feet. A typical Target store ranges in size from 125,000 to 180,000 square feet.
Company officials made the announcement Friday at a rare media conference at Target Field, the Minneapolis ballpark.
Target is no newcomer to cities. It opened its first urban store in Chicago in 1994 and now operates about 150 stores in cities with more than 100,000 people within two miles.
In July, it opened its first store in New York's Manhattan, though the size was in line with the regular stores.
The new format represents Target's new approach to urban markets. Now, as Griffith noted, the company is making the store fit the site, not the "site fit the store." The new prototype will be in essence a mini-Target, offering a broad array of merchandise from fashion to home furnishings but it will focus on daily essentials.
Friday's event featured presentations from a series of executives, including CEO and Chairman Gregg Steinhafel and Chief Financial Officer Doug Scovanner, as well as a slew of merchandising executives who offered details of holiday plans, advertising strategies and other initiatives.
Like many retailers Target faces tough challenges as shoppers deal with unemployment that's still stuck at almost 10 percent
While Target saw revenue rise in the latest quarter, the chain didn't generate enough business this spring to get back to 2008 levels on a per-store basis. But company officials reiterated that they are counting on driving traffic this holiday season and beyond with two key initiatives: a 5 percent discount for its credit card holders which will be rolled out Oct. 17 and heavier emphasis on food.
Company officials said Friday that they have noticed that the expanded food areas have brought shoppers into the store, and they are then shopping across the aisles, picking up fashions and home furnishings.
Steinhafel told journalists during the store tour of a newly remodeled store that Target is seeing an instantaneous increase of 6 percent in total sales; over three years, he expects a 10 percent lift in total sales for the remodeled stores.
In April, Target began rolling out a new format in its existing stores that not only includes the new food concept, which was launched last year, but also better video game displays, more shelf lighting in the beauty department and a revamped shoe and fashion department.
As for the credit offer, Target saw that in its test in Kansas City, Mo., the most loyal shoppers were shopping 50 percent more than they had previously. Both initiatives are expected to add a total of 2 percentage points to revenue at stores open at least a year for the critical fourth quarter.
"This will drive traffic. It's a tough world out there, but we're not sitting around," Scovanner said.
As a way to drive traffic to stores this holiday, Target also announced it would begin carrying six models of Apple Inc.'s iPad, starting $499, starting Oct. 3.
Target will be the largest retail chain to carry the iPad. Its shares rose $1.20, or 2.2 percent, to $54.97.
The models include 16-, 32-, and 64-gigabyte versions of both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G models.
The company also unveiled some of its holiday ads. Their theme is "Give jolly, save merrily."
Kathee Tesija, executive vice president, said consumers remain cautious and business remains volatile but she believes Target is more prepared this year than last as it has a broader array of options to better fit shopper needs.
She added that Target is monitoring sales closely and it is still taking a cautious approach to inventory.
Target comes into the holiday period with advantages over chief rival Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has suffered through five straight quarters of declines in revenue at stores open at least a year.
Wal-Mart had benefited at the beginning of the Great Recession as shoppers traded down to cheaper stores, but Wal-Mart's more blue-collar customers have had a harder time making from paycheck to paycheck. Target has benefited from sweeping changes it made in stores and emphasis on low prices in its ad campaigns. Furthermore, its target customers also have more money than Wal-Mart's.
The new clarity on Target's urban strategy comes as Wal-Mart is expected to unveil more details on its urban strategy at its annual analyst meeting in Bentonville, Ark.
Real estate executives say Wal-Mart is looking to aggressively roll out a small format of about 20,000 square feet.
Target generated annual revenue of $65.4 billion in its latest fiscal year, little less than one quarter of Wal-Mart's business. Target operates more than 1,700

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 06:19 PM
11023

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Some photos of the new lofts in the Bowers-building

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 06:25 PM
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Still scaffolding atop the building Broad/Market

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Misc photos

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 06:33 PM
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30+ year difference. The 70's pic was taken from a post a handful of pages earlier in this thread (block). the 'after' pic was taken today (66nexus)

Hopefully you guys' browsers can allow you to click and enlarge the pics.

stache
September 26th, 2010, 06:35 PM
That is such a beautiful block. Great stuff under all that crap.

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 06:37 PM
Agreed, hopefully one day they'll unlock it all.

arcman210
September 26th, 2010, 09:32 PM
Its key for Newark to clean up its street apperance by removing all that terrible signage and exposing the great architectural details. Thankfully that ordinance has been passed for new construction and renovations.

JCMAN320
September 26th, 2010, 10:06 PM
Thats not going to be enough!

66nexus
September 26th, 2010, 10:26 PM
^Maybe not, but it's sure better than the tacky-canyons that are Broad/Market.

newarkdevil1
September 27th, 2010, 02:40 PM
The continued investment and success of investments in the city of Newark. Eveyone can complain at what they see but if you did the CWOW walk the change in this city is quite amazing. Block, I feel your pain, it's incomprehensible how racist and classicist that many members of this city are. I just am disgusted at the poverty pimping that has no desire to uproot the people within the city to recapture the entrepreneurial spirit that made Newark a special city. It's the developer doing work right now (some of which are home grown) that inspire me, people like crawford st, Regan and Hanini making things happen despite a cruddy retail environment and week housing demand. These projects will eventually bring in larger players but in the interum Newark does not need ESPN zone or the corporates, it needs places like Port 44, The Spot, Scullys, BCBG and the two new bars being built on Edison to thrive. These places are unique and combined with a art scene that has hit a multiplier you have a unique scene that draws and retains new residents. I was really impressed with the way downtown Newark looked this past Saturday, it was truly a glimpse to the future. I am impressed to see Levy start moving and as a much more capitalized investor it's nice to see what an immediate impact he can have on the area around the arena.

block944
September 28th, 2010, 01:28 PM
Ouch, layoff notices just went out with 2200 city jobs being cut. I knew this was coming and know a few people that live in 1180 and society hill that are screwed.

66nexus
September 28th, 2010, 10:23 PM
Newark continues overspending despite massive layoffs, tax hikes

Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 8:50 PM Updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 8:50 PM

David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger (http://connect.nj.com/user/dgiambus/index.html)




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Zach Ornitz/The Star-LedgerA file photo of downtown Newark taken July 2010.


NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/newark) — Newark continues to spend beyond its means and is not doing enough to relieve a chronic deficit, despite laying off a fifth of its work force and raising taxes by 15 percent, a team of economic advisers reported to the city council today.

The task force, commissioned by the council in August, recommended a series of scenarios that included 1,175 to 1,964 layoffs and a 17 to 40 percent property tax increase in the current budget year. Just a day after the city announced it would lay off nearly 850 employees, the report says if more drastic action is not taken now, Newark could face a $106 million deficit in 2011.

"The problems are very serious and require your immediate attention," wrote Columbia University economist Dan O’Flaherty, in the report’s introduction. "Nothing you do will make you popular here."

City leaders today said they were grateful for the thorough analysis the report provides, but added that possible consequences — increased crime, foreclosures, unemployment — could far outweigh the benefits.
"The potential increase of 39 percent in taxes is totally unrealistic and if implemented will destroy the city completely," said East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, vowing to fight excessive tax hikes.

Councilman Darrin Sharif helped assemble the commission, saying the council needed an independent budget analysis. The group of roughly ten community and business leaders includes O’Flaherty — a former aide to Mayor Kenneth Gibson — business consultant Thomas Banker, and Robert Curvin, a senior policy fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of
Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. The team assessed city budgets from 1996 on and conducted numerous interviews with city officials.

According to the report, Newark spends almost twice as much per capita than the state average. Much of that goes to a police force that is 86 percent larger than the state average. The city’s tax rate is 10 percent below the state average, despite a tax base that has grown over the last decade. With a 2 percent tax cap on the horizon, the city is running out of time to head off a long-term budget meltdown, according to the task force.

Sharif said today that he and the council were still digesting the findings.
"I’m just hoping that we have a real discussion," Sharif said.
The report offers five key recommendations. The first says the city should raise the tax levy by 40 percent and lay off 1,175 workers. The last recommendation says it could raise taxes by only 17 percent if it gets rid of 1,964 workers.

The city should maximize layoffs in the police force, the highest paid city employees, according to the report. A 40 percent tax increase would mean the average homeowner sees their bill jump from $4,800 to $6,700.
The city is already losing over 20 percent of its current 3,952-member work force and residents will be paying 15 percent more in taxes this year than last. Both measures have amplified criticism of Booker and the council.

The trade-off between layoffs and tax hikes could also divide council members.
"My ward is the poorest of all the wards just in terms of income," Sharif said. "I’ve heard less from people in my ward about increases in property taxes and more about reductions in services."
North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos represents more constituents who own their homes.
"Property taxes are a major issue in my ward for homeowners and residents as well," he said, adding that his residents "can’t really deal with addressing the structural debt issue in one year."


taken from nj.com

block944
September 28th, 2010, 11:01 PM
Word! Newark is a dump and is doomed.

66nexus
September 28th, 2010, 11:21 PM
If only I could get a quarter for every time I've heard that over the years...I'd be richer than a Facebook CEO

newark will rise
September 29th, 2010, 12:07 PM
I saw the barns and nobel bld. in baltimore also, it is a very nice building. Newark has many old building in the downtown area which will turn out some beautifull projects as well.

newarkdevil1
September 29th, 2010, 01:09 PM
This is actually better than you think, finally the council has gone "outside" to get their analysis done. People have been making these statements for forever, Newark has too many employees for the number of people it services. I just got out of a forum on NJ development and while our private sector has shrank and we have 10% unemployment the public sector has increased by 10% DURING A RECESSION! Newark and the state of NJ are at the crossroads, we can only hope politicians will be forced to slash the unreal amount of perks they take from the taxpayers.

On a side note, I saw the North Star Building moving along, pretty impressive structure.

newarkdevil1
September 30th, 2010, 12:45 PM
You just read Sharif's comments and you can realized how short term Politicians think...sure make it up with a property tax increase quickly forgetting that most of Newark is comprised of non owner occupied properties (ie rental properties) which means the landlord would have to increase rent to offset the tax increase. Sharif and the rest o these politicians don't want to accept this is a spending issue not an income one.

scrollhectic
September 30th, 2010, 01:13 PM
NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/newark) — It was "The Feast of St. Michael" today at the saint’s namesake medical center in Newark. With it came a morning prayer service with a reading from Ecclesiastes, which speaks of a transitory life: "A time to tear down and a time to build."
It was a fitting verse today for "Goodbye Mother Schervier Hall Day," a signal that St. Michael’s Medical Center was, in fact, embarking on a sweeping $250 million makeover of its Newark campus. Robert H. Evans, the hospital’s CEO, even sported a lapel pin depicting a colorful butterfly, a symbol of transformation.

The hall, erected in 1951, is the first piece of the old St. Michael’s that will be demolished at year-end to make way for a state-of-the-art outpatient services center featuring 180,000-square-feet of medical suites atop an underground robotic valet parking system that scans the dimensions of an arriving sedan and mechanically stores it away "without human intervention." Its trade name: Boomerang.

"No more walking up multi-deck parking garages ... Everybody has ‘the doctor’s spot,’" said Michael Gilbert, whose private Healthcare REIT is actually building the medical suites and hi-tech parking garage.


Sometime in 2012, the suites will front Martin Luther King Boulevard. Next up will be the teardown of the circa 1940 hospital wing to create access to "The Hub," a new hospital-within-a-hospital featuring a main lobby, larger emergency room, gift shop and auditorium.

"The Hub" will be tucked in at the end of a new entrance on one of Newark’s main thoroughfares, where the hospital will reclaim a row of 19th century hospital wings. Lastly, a new medical education building will rise at the rear of the complex along Central Avenue.

It all signals a sea-change for St. Michael’s.

In 2008, Catholic Health East, the Newtown, Pa. conglomerate, purchased the ailing 357-bed hospital from Cathedral Healthcare when state officials agreed to loan the new owner $252.5 million, with bonds issued by the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, in part for expansion.

Robert Spira, president of the medical staff, remembers the old days.
"No money. No mission for the last 10 years," said Spira, a physician.
"Now," CEO Evans said, "we have both."

Ever present today was Mother Frances Schervier, the Francisan Sisters of the Poor "foundress" who died in 1876 and was beatified in 1974. A large oil portrait hung in the hall today as staff visited for a Feast of St. Michael’s featuring cheese and fruit. Little postcards bearing her image announced tonight's decommissioning of the hall, led by Bishop Manuel Cruz of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/8927208-large.jpgMitsu Yasukawa/ The Star-LedgerArtist rendering showing the new look of St. Michael's Medical Center, which will be completed in 2014.

Her order’s commitment to the "poor and marginalized" is present today in the hospital’s mission statement, which Evans echoed anew today.

"The quality of care shouldn’t depend on what zip code you come from," he said.
Evans said St. Michael’s currently has seen a 40-percent jump in same-day surgeries and a 44-percent increase in volume at its emergency room.

"And that’s with this clunky campus," he said.

66nexus
September 30th, 2010, 08:56 PM
Tech innovation helps keep downtown Newark clean

Posted on September 3rd, 2010 by Andaiye Taylor in Featured (http://neighborhoodbeatbox.org/category/featured/), Living (http://neighborhoodbeatbox.org/category/living/)
http://neighborhoodbeatbox.org/files/2010/09/4948581843_792e58875431-300x200.jpg (http://neighborhoodbeatbox.org/files/2010/09/4948581843_792e58875431.jpg)Sixty-inch flower pots placed by the Newark Downtown District line Raymond Boulevard. Photo: Andaiye Taylor


NEWARK, N.J. – To frequent visitors, downtown Newark has in the past couple of years become greener, cleaner, and more pedestrian-friendly than it has been in recent memory. In addition to the new flowerpots, garbage cans, benches, and lampposts that now dot the sidewalks, visitors said they have also noticed the bevy of workers in yellow shirts who tend the area.

The workers are employees of the Newark Downtown District (http://downtownnewark.com/), also known as NDD, a nonprofit created more than a decade ago by a city ordinance. The NDD is devoted to increasing the commercial viability of the district. Its employees, who they dub “ambassadors,” stand out in their bright outfits as they power wash the sidewalks, scrub the graffiti, sweep the streets, and otherwise maintain the neighborhood.

Over the past three years, the NDD has aggressively embarked on a neighborhood beautification campaign. The district’s innovative use of Geographic Information System, or GIS, technology lets its employees efficiently track and maintain the new neighborhood improvements.

To use the GIS technology, the NDD affixes a unique bar code to the improvements when they are initially placed. If a worker spots a problem, he or she scans it, submitting a time stamped work order to a central queue where it is prioritized and assigned by NDD management. People in the neighborhood can also submit damage reports (http://www.gisassetmanager.com/NDD/MGMT/AddReport.aspx) by either calling a hotline or logging onto the district’s website, identifying improvements by type and location, and characterizing the damage.
The workers’ use of the GIS scanners, skinned in yellow and black to match their outfits, is subtle, but people who live, work, and shop downtown notice the upkeep, thanks to the new technology.

Roshawn Bristol, 39, of Newark, sees the workers as a sign of increased collective pride in the city. “The people with the yellow shirts, they’re out cleaning,” she said. “Newark is beautiful, and they’re making it that way.”
Most people incorrectly assumed that the city employs the workers. The NDD’s online interface enables people to submit complaints about city-owned property, but the organization forwards those requests to the appropriate city agency. According to a report summary furnished by the organization, more than six of 10 issues captured by the system are ultimately assigned to the NDD to address.

Though no one denied that the improvements are a positive change, a few people went out of their way to distinguish between refacing the downtown neighborhood and implementing the more fundamental changes they think are necessary in Newark.

Oscar Mercado, 31, is a Newark homeowner and parking attendant who works two blocks from the Prudential Center arena. “You can cosmetically dress it up with a little flower pot, a couple benches,” he said, while sitting on an NDD bench in front of the parking lot. “All these little decorations haven’t changed anything.”

Abdul Holden, 35, of Newark, said the professionally dressed workers are a signal that the city is “trying.” While he thinks more fundamental work needs to be done to improve the city, he said he also thinks sprucing up the neighborhood is an easy win that can change perceptions of Newark.

Pennsylvania-based GIS Tech Solutions (http://www.gistechsolutions.com/) designed the system to the NDD’s specifications. The company’s president, Bill Chappell, said that while he has designed programs for other municipalities, this is a unique application of his company’s technology. Chappell said that the Newark Downtown District can further integrate GIS by building a mobile phone application that automatically detects users’ coordinates, enabling them to submit repair requests even more easily.

The International Downtown Association (https://www.ida-downtown.org/eweb/) is considering the NDD for its 2010 IDA Downtown Achievement Award for applying GIS technology to capital improvement maintenance.

http://neighborhoodbeatbox.org/2010/09/03/4503/

alex@newark
October 1st, 2010, 05:30 PM
NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/newark) — It was "The Feast of St. Michael" today at the saint’s namesake medical center in Newark. With it came a morning prayer service with a reading from Ecclesiastes, which speaks of a transitory life: "A time to tear down and a time to build."
It was a fitting verse today for "Goodbye Mother Schervier Hall Day," a signal that St. Michael’s Medical Center was, in fact, embarking on a sweeping $250 million makeover of its Newark campus. Robert H. Evans, the hospital’s CEO, even sported a lapel pin depicting a colorful butterfly, a symbol of transformation.

The hall, erected in 1951, is the first piece of the old St. Michael’s that will be demolished at year-end to make way for a state-of-the-art outpatient services center featuring 180,000-square-feet of medical suites atop an underground robotic valet parking system that scans the dimensions of an arriving sedan and mechanically stores it away "without human intervention." Its trade name: Boomerang.

"No more walking up multi-deck parking garages ... Everybody has ‘the doctor’s spot,’" said Michael Gilbert, whose private Healthcare REIT is actually building the medical suites and hi-tech parking garage.


Sometime in 2012, the suites will front Martin Luther King Boulevard. Next up will be the teardown of the circa 1940 hospital wing to create access to "The Hub," a new hospital-within-a-hospital featuring a main lobby, larger emergency room, gift shop and auditorium.

"The Hub" will be tucked in at the end of a new entrance on one of Newark’s main thoroughfares, where the hospital will reclaim a row of 19th century hospital wings. Lastly, a new medical education building will rise at the rear of the complex along Central Avenue.

It all signals a sea-change for St. Michael’s.

In 2008, Catholic Health East, the Newtown, Pa. conglomerate, purchased the ailing 357-bed hospital from Cathedral Healthcare when state officials agreed to loan the new owner $252.5 million, with bonds issued by the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, in part for expansion.

Robert Spira, president of the medical staff, remembers the old days.
"No money. No mission for the last 10 years," said Spira, a physician.
"Now," CEO Evans said, "we have both."

Ever present today was Mother Frances Schervier, the Francisan Sisters of the Poor "foundress" who died in 1876 and was beatified in 1974. A large oil portrait hung in the hall today as staff visited for a Feast of St. Michael’s featuring cheese and fruit. Little postcards bearing her image announced tonight's decommissioning of the hall, led by Bishop Manuel Cruz of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/8927208-large.jpgMitsu Yasukawa/ The Star-LedgerArtist rendering showing the new look of St. Michael's Medical Center, which will be completed in 2014.

Her order’s commitment to the "poor and marginalized" is present today in the hospital’s mission statement, which Evans echoed anew today.

"The quality of care shouldn’t depend on what zip code you come from," he said.
Evans said St. Michael’s currently has seen a 40-percent jump in same-day surgeries and a 44-percent increase in volume at its emergency room.

"And that’s with this clunky campus," he said.

This hospital is going to be looking nice when its finished and it should keep some of its old facade so it can have its history still with it. Maybe this wont be the only thing new added to newark in 2014??

block944
October 2nd, 2010, 05:07 PM
If only I could get a quarter for every time I've heard that over the years...I'd be richer than a Facebook CEO

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e31_1223077613


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Mara Salvatrucha gang members clash against black gangsters near "George Washington Carver" elementary school in Newark. NJ's black gangs are not going to let newly-arrived illegal alien MS-13 hoodlums from overtaking their slums

Look at the side bar to get an idea of how violent the MS-13 are. They congregate on the border of elizabeth and newark and which is why no middle class is going to sprout in Newark outside of Univ Heights.

Sad this is right next to Beth Isr. Hospital:http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&q=George+Washington+Carver%22+elementary+school&fb=1&gl=us&hq=George+Washington+Carver%22+elementary+school&hnear=Irvington,+NJ&view=map&cid=10554159105770837833&iwloc=A&ved=0CH4QpQY&sa=X&ei=LJGnTN7ZE4_cNoL1kbkC

as well as the area where that professor got punched in the face and blinded before he good graduate from rutgers. Its stupid stuff like this that escalates to knives and guns and eventual homicide.

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Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list)...hasn't elected a Republican (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Republican/d28b1df4) mayor since 1961;

Buffalo, NY (2nd)...hasn't elected a Republican (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Republican/d28b1df4) mayor since 1954;

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66nexus
October 2nd, 2010, 06:23 PM
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Mara Salvatrucha gang members clash against black gangsters near "George Washington Carver" elementary school in Newark. NJ's black gangs are not going to let newly-arrived illegal alien MS-13 hoodlums from overtaking their slums

Look at the side bar to get an idea of how violent the MS-13 are. They congregate on the border of elizabeth and newark and which is why no middle class is going to sprout in Newark outside of Univ Heights.

Sad this is right next to Beth Isr. Hospital:http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&q=George+Washington+Carver%22+elementary+school&fb=1&gl=us&hq=George+Washington+Carver%22+elementary+school&hnear=Irvington,+NJ&view=map&cid=10554159105770837833&iwloc=A&ved=0CH4QpQY&sa=X&ei=LJGnTN7ZE4_cNoL1kbkC

as well as the area where that professor got punched in the face and blinded before he good graduate from rutgers. Its stupid stuff like this that escalates to knives and guns and eventual homicide.


What!? No middle class is going to sprout outside of Univ. Heights? Ironbound? Forest Hill? SH? Newark's middle class may be small, but if it were non-existent Newark's poverty rate would be 3x worse. C'mon.

I'm well-versed on MS-13, however, gangs in Newark are not a new phenomenon, this has been going on for decades. The area around Beth Isr is on my old street (Osbourne Ter), that area isn't nice at all. I'm not sure what a middle-class has to do with it. Cities w/ sizable and stable middle-class populations still have gang problems. All of Newark doesn't border Elizabeth and Irvington.

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Cleveland, OH (4th)...hasn't elected a Republican (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Republican/d28b1df4) mayor since 1989;

Miami, FL (5th)...has never had a Republican (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Republican/d28b1df4) mayor;

St. Louis, MO (6th)...hasn't elected a Republican (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Republican/d28b1df4) mayor since 1949;

El Paso, TX (7th)... Has never had a Republican (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Republican/d28b1df4) mayor;

Milwaukee, WI (8th)...hasn't elected a Republican (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Republican/d28b1df4) mayor since 1908;

Philadelphia, PA (9th)...hasn't elected a Republican (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Republican/d28b1df4) mayor since 1952;

Newark, NJ (10th)...hasn't elected a Republican (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Republican/d28b1df4) mayor since 1907.

Einstein once said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'

It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats (http://www.amiliked.com/view/Democratic_Party/ba8171a9) --- yet are still disadvantaged.

Opinion: The Disadvantaged remain disadvantaged because they are looking for the

government to give them something, instead of having to work for it.

(How can a person be 5th generation & still disadvantaged in this country?)

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on to them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States (http://www.amiliked.com/view/United_States/8d7dc948) where men were free".

That list doesn't provide a good point b/c if you look at the years in question, apparently Newark went through its golden age under democratic mayors. Also, what about immigrant populations?

alex@newark
October 2nd, 2010, 08:17 PM
Newark needs a barnes & nobles i wonder when will they ever put one????

stache
October 2nd, 2010, 08:19 PM
That would be never.

alex@newark
October 2nd, 2010, 08:30 PM
i disagree though some point newark will change it has to but one of these days it will come down to newark.

66nexus
October 2nd, 2010, 08:56 PM
B&N wouldn't really be a stable addition to Newark, it's been downsizing and is losing money due to the rise and increasing commonality of e-books

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 03:19 PM
and theft is sky high. At the chinese buffet next to UMDNJ, peeps were stealing food and eating while putting food in their containers while knuckle heads were running around saying nigga this and nigga that a hooterin and screeching like idiots. Newark is to ghetto to have a barnes and noble unless they took over a college bookstore where they could charge sky high prices for text books. newark ain't getting anything except for more layoffs and more poverty and more ignorant people.

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 03:21 PM
That list doesn't provide a good point b/c if you look at the years in question, apparently Newark went through its golden age under democratic mayors. Also, what about immigrant populations?

Yup and that golden age really sustained itself real well from all that wonderful leadership :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp33ajAqoaM
Emergency Press Conference on Newark Budget Gap


Boys Fighting Downtown Newark NJ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QWBABhL8kc

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 03:27 PM
Why the middle class don't want to be in downtown newark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXd1KSjn8aE&feature=related

Oh yeah there may be working people in newark but they don't come downtown or sent their kids to newark school or ride the bus

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 03:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tg_19A8-Pg&feature=related

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 03:34 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym32s3YdEtM&feature=related

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 03:41 PM
Better yet lets take the kids and ol wifey to branch brook park to chill with these fine young fellas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmt2jcum5-4&feature=related

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 03:43 PM
They iz faytin cuz they cant fine da Target in newark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LuK6zV0j7A&feature=related

Newarkguy
October 3rd, 2010, 04:14 PM
Beth Israel is in the Weequahic section. Weequahic borders Hillside,Clinton hill, and Irvington. Dayton -budweiser section of Newark borders Elizabeth. Dayton is over 90% black. So is Weequahic. These MS er 13ns are from Elizabeth,with its heavy Columbian and Central American immigrant population. Also, that video is just two stupid school kids streetfighting. The title is deceiving and a lie. Blacks are not Ms 13!

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 04:19 PM
The denial is disgusting or a bad logic device to justify living in he!!. All places are not equal in crime and all places are not nearly as violent as Newark. The fact remains that Newark has about 3% of the State's population and produces nearly 30% of the murders. African Americans make up about 15% of the state's population and are over 50% of the murders. More troubling is that the so-called center of "black" politics in New Jersey is the South Ward of Newark just so happens to be the deadliest. So much for the benefits of black political power?

Look, if I ran a restaurant and I sent 1 in 3 customers to the hospital, I would be put out of business. Well the City of Newark currently sends more than 1 in 3 African American males to prison or an early death. It's clear: the city of Newark is hazardous to your health. If you are a RESPONSBLE PARENT and you have a young AA male, you need to get him out of this city by any means neccessary. Stop feeding the beast of the underclass and so-called urban culture and a crummy education.

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 04:24 PM
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201...n_connect.html (http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/police_arrest_three_in_connect.html)

Police arrest three in connection with shooting death of 30-year-old in Newark
Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 11:20 PM Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 11:20 PM
James Queally/The Star-Ledger

http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/8927533-large.jpeg
Police investigate the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Chris Smith, who died outside the home of controversial Newark political figure Amiri Baraka Wednesday afternoon

NEWARK — Newark police arrested three men in connection with a homicide in the South Ward outside the home of one of the city’s most enduring and controversial political figures.

A group of unidentified gunmen drove down the 800 block of South 10th Street and opened fire on Chris Smith, shooting the man several times in the chest around 3 p.m., said police spokesman Detective Hubert Henderson.

Smith was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he died a short time later, according to Henderson.

Witnesses told police Smith had been standing near the home of poet Amiri Baraka when a gold-colored car pulled to a stop. Gunshots from inside the vehicle struck Smith, and the car sped off, Henderson said.

With help from witnesses, police were able to quickly identify and find the car, said Henderson. But the driver sped away as officers closed in, which started a pursuit that proved to be short.

The fleeing driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed near 14th Street and Ashland Avenue, said Henderson. Police found three men inside the car and arrested them in connection with the incident, said Henderson.

The suspects were identified as Dwight Devila, 28, Shaheed Jones, 19, and Terrell Jones, 26, all of Newark, said Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. All three were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, receiving stolen property and weapons offenses, according to Carter, and more charges could follow Thursday.

Police did not immediately identify a motive in the shooting. Henderson said officers recovered a weapon that had been thrown from the car during the chase.

Police did not say if any of the three were injured in the crash.

South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka said the shooting occurred just a few feet away from the home of his father, New Jersey’s former poet laureate Amiri Baraka.

The 75-year-old, often regarded as one of Newark’s most controversial political voices, was home with his wife, Amina, at the time of the slaying. Neither were injured, but the younger Baraka was concerned with how close the shooting was to his parents’ home.

“Nothing like that has ever happened in that neighborhood. In front of my parents’ house, that’s crazy,” said Ras Baraka. “My father and mother came outside and see the boy dying on their lawn.”

Baraka said his mother broke down in tears when she saw Smith bleeding from his wounds.
Amiri Baraka was New Jersey’s poet laureate until 2002, when his poem “Somebody Blew Up America” was derided as anti-Semitic.

“It’s like nobody is safe,” said Ras Baraka. “We have to come up with some real solutions to
what’s going on out here.”

Newarkguy
October 3rd, 2010, 04:30 PM
They iz faytin cuz they cant fine da Target in newark

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LuK6zV0j7A&feature=related Stupid primal savages!!! Look at the bimbo pacing and cursing barefoot! Everyone there seem like low IQ mentally challenged retards. Everyone hoping and literally looking forward to violence. Notice the sarcastic anger by the "ghetto trash person" filming the video (who at one point earlier mimics cocking a gun)when he sees the cops. "This da best part of "dapicture"...the "mud-fukan" police! yeah,gotcha on film dont get stupid c'mon cop bitches." Lot of witnesses here, WOOHAAAA! WOOHAAA!" The hippocrite later complains that the cops are here 15 minutes late. Even though the video CLEARLY shows the squad car arriving DURING the altercation. In fact the very presence of the squad car broke it all up. This ghetto piece of excrement was Obviously disappointed that the cops didn't attack(in his point of view) anyone.He was not going to get his "police brutality video!!! LOLLOLLOLLOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 04:32 PM
This is from a long time poster and supporter of newark on newarkspeaks that gave up moved out of newark last year


Do you really see Newark as ripe for gentrification? Not now do I see it, if ever. Even real estate in the nicer parts of the city have been shaken by the current economic downturn. Given the nation's income-level trajectory, there is a shortage of "gentry" to do the gentrifying. Plus, isn't there still a lot of Jersey City left to rebuild? With its 24/7 interstate subway to New York, JC will continue to outcompete any other New Jersey town, save Hoboken, in attracting the bargain-seeking business workers.

I think what props Booker up is that the opposition against him seems to be based on personal issues rather than issues of governance. Also a significant percentage of his opposition are people who once were part of the previous administration and many voters think they yearn to return to some personally enriching ingloroius past, rather than taking the time to formulate a truly forward-moving agenda for Newark. Who else out there is really speaking to the issues? Time to start now. Booker is definitely vulnerable to a reasonable, articulate challenger who doesn't make excuses for previous politicians' past graft and barely legal behavior. Enough with the "Booker the Outsider" theme. He's the mayor.

Most important, be careful of making unnecessary enemies. You do that when you scapegoat whole groups, including some who would want to be your friend. Many progressive thinkers of our time share a Jewish heritage. At any rate, no one can prop anyone up as mayor that inspired Newarkers couldn't vote out.

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 04:41 PM
If the furloughs weren't frustrating enough, how is Shaneequa gonna learn when mom and dad are laid off? I wish there were some big employer in Newark paying a livable wage beyond the government, but as far as I know (correct me if I'm wrong), the bulk of Newark's middle class are its municipal workers. Between foreclosures and layoffs, those strivers who can will leave Newark, thickening its urban issues while the city becomes ever poorer.

Newarkguy
October 3rd, 2010, 05:00 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym32s3YdEtM&feature=related

when civic pride goes wrong........

Newarkguy
October 3rd, 2010, 05:05 PM
Better yet lets take the kids and ol wifey to branch brook park to chill with these fine young fellas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmt2jcum5-4&feature=related
LOL!!!! Human cancer. Someone tell this baffoon that its people like him, that made Red Lobster end all "you can eats!!!!!"

stache
October 3rd, 2010, 05:51 PM
I was in Newark yesterday, after about a year. I didn't see any change, better or worse.

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 06:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYNj0zZwTwA&feature=related

Right by UMDNJ on south orange ave,,,,..... yeah lets build a target and a hotel where people get randomly knocked out and left on the street

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 06:37 PM
Here's another patron on south orange just WAITING for TARGET/WALMART to come after grabbing some lunch at applebees

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvRE4YXBBTM&NR=1

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 06:38 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WH5TOkH7_c&feature=related no comments other than if Society Hill didn't have 24x7 security she would be sleeping on my driveway

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 06:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys2pxuMxdjA&feature=related he's just practicing his homework

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 06:51 PM
Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 10:00 AM

Philip Read/The Star-Ledger (http://connect.nj.com/user/pread/index.html)

http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/prudential-center-real-estatejpg-5a9c1f71f1779d63_large.jpgNOAH K. MURRAY/The Star-LedgerA photo of the exterior of The Prudential Center in Newark.



NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/newark) — Jordan Speranza, a first-year Rutgers Law School student, just emerged from her loft apartment on a stretch of Newark’s Market Street. It is an unlikely place for a new arrival.

For one, it’s alongside the once famed Paramount Theater, which hasn’t featured a film in a quarter-century. Across the way, there are boarded-up mid-rises.

But that didn’t deter Speranza, who once lived in Washington, D.C.’s “up and coming” Columbia Heights neighborhood and has now landed in her second-story loft downtown.
Inside, there are soaring ceilings, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances that could be right out of “My First Place” on HGTV.

“I looked at University Heights,” said the 24-year-old Speranza, who had combed the typical college-apartment haunts. “I kind of lucked out. This was the nicest place.”
Her stretch of downtown Newark could pass for an eerie set of the old “Twilight Zone” series, but it is ever-so-slowly starting to come to life, a beneficiary of the economic catalyst of 18,000-seat Prudential Center arena just up the street.

“We believe there’s a huge demand for downtown living,” said real-estate developer Samer Hanini, who partnered with Marc Berson just 18 months ago on the Bowers building. “’The Rock’ brings safety to the street, and that helps rent out the units a lot quicker.”

Since that Oct. 25, 2007, opening night, when rocker Jon Bon Jovi took to the stage at the first professional sports arena to open in the New York metropolitan area in a quarter century, “The Rock” has been touted as an economic engine that would accelerate the city’s fragile revival.

It pulled in the New Jersey Devils hockey team, rock concerts, and even brought back “The Greatest Show on Earth,” with the return of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker called it the spark that would “fuel and energize the resurgence” of the city. Developer Art Stern said that “without question” the arena helped fill up residences at his Eleven80 tower on Raymond Boulevard, the downtown’s first market-rate apartments in decades.

Just opposite the arena, Brick City Bar & Grill opened to take advantage of all those fans wearing New Jersey Devils jerseys. Just this summer, the city’s first brew pub in memory opened on nearby Commerce Street, with one of its first home-made ales aptly named “Devil’s Red.”

But for the most part, little had changed along the stretch of Market Street just down from “Championship Plaza,” where a 22-foot tall stainless steel “Iron Man” hockey player stands sentry.

It is along that strip where Hanini joined with Berson — whose Fidelco transformed the One Washington Park tower along north Broad Street — to renovate the 1925 three-story Bowers building that long ago housed “S. Marsh & Sons” jewelers, a game parlor called “Amusements” and a Lin’s Chinese eatery.

Today, the Bowers Building sports a new elevator, 10 new air-conditioning units and a rusted rooftop billboard, with a green patina, proclaiming “Broad and Market Tavern, In the hub of Newark, serving you the best,” aside images of wine and beer glasses.

“We’re keeping it to keep the historic look,” Hanini said of the decades-old advertising memento.

All eight loft apartments were rented quickly, evidence that the long hoped-for residential component to revitalization has hit the street level.

To Marta Person Villa of the Newark-based realty firm Square Foot, there’s pent up demand for the residential lofts, not to mention the first-floor retail where Rita’s Ice has signed on for a spring opening.

“They were gone in 45 days,” she said of the lofts, “and for a block in transition, that’s fabulous.”

She credits the workmanship of the Haninis for the appeal of the lofts, whose rents run about $1,350. “Those apartments, they’re the nicest available,” she said. “If the product is nice, they have a high tolerance for what’s outside.”

Hanini, who once went so far as to trademark the line “NWK LOVES U,” actually grew up in Jersey City, in a seven-family home he shared with his brother and now partner, Thafer. There, they developed the expertise that led to today’s make overs. “We use to do all the repairs ourselves, the renovations ourselves,” Hanini said.

The Hanini brothers and Berson decided to make change in the area, and not wait for it to happen.

“What’s important is that we initiate change sooner rather than later, and we preserve some of the history, and we get this 24/7 activity going on the streets as soon as possible,” Berson said.

Anthony Schuman, a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, Hanini’s alma mater, commended Hanini for investing in the city’s renaissance.

“Samer is a home-grown developer, someone who went to school here and stayed and decided to throw his lot in developing Newark,” said Schuman, who sits on the non-profit Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee alongside Hanini.

If the game plan sticks, Hanini and Berson are ripe for rolling out more residential lofts along the strip.

“We own 216 Market, 222 and 224-226,” Berson said. “Overall, that should add another, I’d say 40-plus units. Very exciting.”


^To put any holes in a middle-class having no desire for Newark



Yup and that golden age really sustained itself real well from all that wonderful leadership :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp33ajAqoaM
Emergency Press Conference on Newark Budget Gap


Boys Fighting Downtown Newark NJ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QWBABhL8kc



Uh yeah...golden ages all have one thing in common...they end.

So in an effort to knock Democrats you're trying to downplay arguably Newark's best period of its existence? You're going to have to try a little harder than that.

I guess GWB was a god-send:rolleyes:...yeah...the Repubs are the solution to everything. I don't think the solution is going to come from a politician before it comes from the population.

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 06:53 PM
Take a good look taxpayers! This is what you get for $19,000 per sudent per year!
The Newark Schools have the lowest graduation rate in the state! Here is the proof!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a6E11pyx8E


Why can't any of them speak proper english?

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 06:54 PM
^To put any holes in a middle-class having no desire for Newark




Uh yeah...golden ages all have one thing in common...they end.

So in an effort to knock Democrats you're trying to downplay arguably Newark's best period of its existence? You're going to have to try a little harder than that.

I guess GWB was a god-send:rolleyes:...yeah...the Repubs are the solution to everything. I don't think the solution is going to come from a politician before it comes from the population.


Really who moved in? I know one of tenants who moved next to paramount, he's a gay artist and not middle class. Show me the proof and not some silly article saying change is coming. 1180 can't even keep their tenants. Jordan Speranza's parents are paying for that space too .. again no middle class coming in LOL.
FAIL.

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 06:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WH5TOkH7_c&feature=related no comments other than if Society Hill didn't have 24x7 security she would be sleeping on my driveway

If Newark is dead, dying and gone then why do you bother?

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 06:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juFy-lF4JVk&feature=related can't wait for the "middle class" tenants to walk out and see this on the paramount

whee

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 06:59 PM
Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010, 10:00 AM

Philip Read/The Star-Ledger (http://connect.nj.com/user/pread/index.html)

http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/prudential-center-real-estatejpg-5a9c1f71f1779d63_large.jpgNOAH K. MURRAY/The Star-LedgerA photo of the exterior of The Prudential Center in Newark.












NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/newark) — Jordan Speranza, a first-year Rutgers Law School student, just emerged from her loft apartment on a stretch of Newark’s Market Street. It is an unlikely place for a new arrival.

For one, it’s alongside the once famed Paramount Theater, which hasn’t featured a film in a quarter-century. Across the way, there are boarded-up mid-rises.

But that didn’t deter Speranza, who once lived in Washington, D.C.’s “up and coming” Columbia Heights neighborhood and has now landed in her second-story loft downtown.
Inside, there are soaring ceilings, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances that could be right out of “My First Place” on HGTV.

“I looked at University Heights,” said the 24-year-old Speranza, who had combed the typical college-apartment haunts. “I kind of lucked out. This was the nicest place.”
Her stretch of downtown Newark could pass for an eerie set of the old “Twilight Zone” series, but it is ever-so-slowly starting to come to life, a beneficiary of the economic catalyst of 18,000-seat Prudential Center arena just up the street.

“We believe there’s a huge demand for downtown living,” said real-estate developer Samer Hanini, who partnered with Marc Berson just 18 months ago on the Bowers building. “’The Rock’ brings safety to the street, and that helps rent out the units a lot quicker.”

Since that Oct. 25, 2007, opening night, when rocker Jon Bon Jovi took to the stage at the first professional sports arena to open in the New York metropolitan area in a quarter century, “The Rock” has been touted as an economic engine that would accelerate the city’s fragile revival.

It pulled in the New Jersey Devils hockey team, rock concerts, and even brought back “The Greatest Show on Earth,” with the return of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker called it the spark that would “fuel and energize the resurgence” of the city. Developer Art Stern said that “without question” the arena helped fill up residences at his Eleven80 tower on Raymond Boulevard, the downtown’s first market-rate apartments in decades.

Just opposite the arena, Brick City Bar & Grill opened to take advantage of all those fans wearing New Jersey Devils jerseys. Just this summer, the city’s first brew pub in memory opened on nearby Commerce Street, with one of its first home-made ales aptly named “Devil’s Red.”

But for the most part, little had changed along the stretch of Market Street just down from “Championship Plaza,” where a 22-foot tall stainless steel “Iron Man” hockey player stands sentry.

It is along that strip where Hanini joined with Berson — whose Fidelco transformed the One Washington Park tower along north Broad Street — to renovate the 1925 three-story Bowers building that long ago housed “S. Marsh & Sons” jewelers, a game parlor called “Amusements” and a Lin’s Chinese eatery.

Today, the Bowers Building sports a new elevator, 10 new air-conditioning units and a rusted rooftop billboard, with a green patina, proclaiming “Broad and Market Tavern, In the hub of Newark, serving you the best,” aside images of wine and beer glasses.

“We’re keeping it to keep the historic look,” Hanini said of the decades-old advertising memento.

All eight loft apartments were rented quickly, evidence that the long hoped-for residential component to revitalization has hit the street level.

To Marta Person Villa of the Newark-based realty firm Square Foot, there’s pent up demand for the residential lofts, not to mention the first-floor retail where Rita’s Ice has signed on for a spring opening.

“They were gone in 45 days,” she said of the lofts, “and for a block in transition, that’s fabulous.”

She credits the workmanship of the Haninis for the appeal of the lofts, whose rents run about $1,350. “Those apartments, they’re the nicest available,” she said. “If the product is nice, they have a high tolerance for what’s outside.”

Hanini, who once went so far as to trademark the line “NWK LOVES U,” actually grew up in Jersey City, in a seven-family home he shared with his brother and now partner, Thafer. There, they developed the expertise that led to today’s make overs. “We use to do all the repairs ourselves, the renovations ourselves,” Hanini said.

The Hanini brothers and Berson decided to make change in the area, and not wait for it to happen.

“What’s important is that we initiate change sooner rather than later, and we preserve some of the history, and we get this 24/7 activity going on the streets as soon as possible,” Berson said.

Anthony Schuman, a professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture, Hanini’s alma mater, commended Hanini for investing in the city’s renaissance.

“Samer is a home-grown developer, someone who went to school here and stayed and decided to throw his lot in developing Newark,” said Schuman, who sits on the non-profit Newark Preservation & Landmarks Committee alongside Hanini.

If the game plan sticks, Hanini and Berson are ripe for rolling out more residential lofts along the strip.

“We own 216 Market, 222 and 224-226,” Berson said. “Overall, that should add another, I’d say 40-plus units. Very exciting.”


Really who moved in? I know one of tenants who moved next to paramount, he's a gay artist and not middle class. Show me the proof and not some silly article saying change is coming. 1180 can't even keep their tenants. Jordan Speranza's parents are paying for that space too .. again no middle class coming in LOL.
FAIL.


READING IS FUNDAMENTAL:


All eight loft apartments were rented quickly, evidence that the long hoped-for residential component to revitalization has hit the street level.

To Marta Person Villa of the Newark-based realty firm Square Foot, there’s pent up demand for the residential lofts, not to mention the first-floor retail where Rita’s Ice has signed on for a spring opening.

“They were gone in 45 days,” she said of the lofts, “and for a block in transition, that’s fabulous.


An excerpt from the earlier posted article which you must have simply glossed over in the midst of your tirade

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 07:00 PM
If Newark is dead, dying and gone then why do you bother?


Why do you? you don't live here. I do.

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 07:01 PM
READING IS FUNDAMENTAL:


All eight loft apartments were rented quickly, evidence that the long hoped-for residential component to revitalization has hit the street level.

To Marta Person Villa of the Newark-based realty firm Square Foot, there’s pent up demand for the residential lofts, not to mention the first-floor retail where Rita’s Ice has signed on for a spring opening.

“They were gone in 45 days,” she said of the lofts, “and for a block in transition, that’s fabulous.


An excerpt from the earlier posted article which you must have simply glossed over in the midst of your tirade

Both rita's closed in 2 years in Newark.. FAIL.

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 07:02 PM
I don't even know why I bother 'showing you proof'. With all these useless youtube posts your mind is overwhelmingly made up. It's not unusual for someone to vent...it's just unusual that way you're doing it.

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 07:03 PM
Why do you? you don't live here. I do.

Uh FAIL, I do live 'here', and was probably 'here' before you were alive.

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 07:04 PM
Both rita's closed in 2 years in Newark.. FAIL.

Yeah, nice avoidance...I see how quickly you avoided the line in the article that said that all 8 loft apartments were rented quickly. Nice try.

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 07:05 PM
Yeah, nice avoidance...I see how quickly you avoided the line in the article that said that all 8 apartments were rented quickly. Nice try.


To bad they are all still empty lol. drive by and see :)

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 07:07 PM
I believe once before you said you were leaving, fair enough, but is the venting along the way going to make it easier?

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 07:09 PM
To bad they are all still empty lol. drive by and see :)

I did, those pics I posted earlier were to compare the pic you provided of the Bowers from the 70s. there seems to be a gallery at the base on the right (wasn't sure about the left). You live much closer to downtown than I do so you would know if they're still empty before I would.

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 07:15 PM
Speaking of 1180, on the radio I heard that Bank of Amer was holding off a large collection of foreclosures b/c of inadequacies, any word?

Plus...I don't think Newark should go luxury before it gets a decent collection of 'regular' (non-affordable housing...sigh). 1180 was a nice toss-in, but downtown lacks any significant residential presence to go luxury from the get-go.

block944
October 3rd, 2010, 07:16 PM
I did, those pics I posted earlier were to compare the pic you provided of the Bowers from the 70s. there seems to be a gallery at the base on the right (wasn't sure about the left). You live much closer to downtown than I do so you would know if they're still empty before I would.

Smoke and mirrors. Go find some more articles pls. The 8 brand new foreclosures listed in Zillow for Renaissance Towers on market and mulberry sure tells me the middle class is racing to get back into downtown Newark. Thats WITH a 2 bedroom asking 160k and still no takers. That is 800 a month as opposed to renting in 1180 for 1300 the cheapest and STILL no takers.. gee the demand is SCORCHING HOT!!

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/0-Mulberry-St-Newark-City-NJ-07102/2131254109_zpid/

And on the market for only 100 days?!?

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 07:20 PM
Smoke and mirrors. Go find some more articles pls. The 8 brand new foreclosures listed in Zillow for Renaissance Towers on market and mulberry sure tells me the middle class is racing to get back into downtown Newark.

Foreclosures means tenants/dwellers not paying their monthly's. That is not directly associated w/ demand. There is a such thing as people unable to continue living in places they can no longer afford.

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 07:22 PM
There are foreclosures in many places in NNJ, that doesn't mean people don't want to live there.

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 07:30 PM
Smoke and mirrors. Go find some more articles pls. The 8 brand new foreclosures listed in Zillow for Renaissance Towers on market and mulberry sure tells me the middle class is racing to get back into downtown Newark. Thats WITH a 2 bedroom asking 160k and still no takers. That is 800 a month as opposed to renting in 1180 for 1300 the cheapest and STILL no takers.. gee the demand is SCORCHING HOT!!

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/0-Mulberry-St-Newark-City-NJ-07102/2131254109_zpid/

And on the market for only 100 days?!?

So now you specialize in spinning arguments?

I invite you to list when/where I EVER said downtown Newark demand is "scorching hot".
And that's AFTER my above posts in which I clearly state Newark doesn't even have enough downtown housing.

In this housing bubble RENTING is much better preferred for obvious reasons like: no property tax commitment, no long term dollar commitment in an uncertain financial environment.

http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2010/03/housing_markets_recovery_appea.html

newark will rise
October 3rd, 2010, 07:41 PM
This guy is so hard on newark. you have crime and ghettos in every city in the united states and it didn,t stop redevelopment in those cities, as a matter of fact crime,violence exist every where in the world where there is poverty.

alex@newark
October 3rd, 2010, 07:54 PM
I truly 100% agree for example there is a part in atlanta's downtown where you go from nice buildings and stores to the ghetto were thugs are in the projects. but newark needs to start doing a new format to attract more people to downtown and creating a semi safe enviornment with good stores just as the iron bound has done.

stache
October 3rd, 2010, 08:05 PM
There's crime and violence in wealthy areas, it's just less in your face.

66nexus
October 3rd, 2010, 08:29 PM
^Agreed.

newark will rise
October 3rd, 2010, 10:04 PM
The ironbound is ok but you should model areas after boston harbors faneuil hall mkt place.
Greenwich village and soho nyc good examples. Look @ what they did with 42nd. st nyc.

KenNYC
October 3rd, 2010, 10:28 PM
There's crime and violence in wealthy areas, it's just less in your face.
Amount and severity of the crime is kinda relevant too. Not saying any place is perfect, but some places are better than others, can't be much question about that. And from my experience with Newark, it's pretty bad.

stache
October 4th, 2010, 02:33 AM
Absolutely.

West Hudson
October 5th, 2010, 02:49 AM
I've lived in Hoboken, downtown Jersey City, and Newark. I can tell you that, to this day, each has it's own areas that are extremely sketchy and would make your typical young suburbanite feel uncomfortable. The question is where is the momentum? Well, you must look at several key factors: where is the state government spending money? where have office vacancies gone down? where have they gone up? What areas have the shortest commute times to the areas of high job growth? Where has crime been falling? by how much? where is "culture" incubating?

The bottom line is that developers are turning to Newark because of incentives that they can't get in Hoboken and Jersey City, and perceptions and mindsets of buyers are changing. Buyers can't afford the prices developers have been demanding in areas like downtown JC, but these same buyers can afford property in or close to downtown Newark, where there are more public transit options than any other city in the state; more retail options; the largest collection of art-deco architecture NJ has to offer; a growing arts scene that is starting to make up for Jersey City's failures in this arena; and entertainment options that you won't find in Hoboken or JC.

There have been plenty of foreclosures in ritzy Hoboken in the past year, so I'd like to hear what is to happen to Hoboken if a few foreclosures sprouting up in Newark mean its renaissance has hit a brick wall.

66nexus
October 7th, 2010, 06:17 PM
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New Jersey Nets

The Nets (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/teams/new-jersey-nets) began to roll out its latest billboard campaign Wednesday, placing giant figures of Nets players and Avery Johnson on sides of Newark's tallest buildings.

A towering figure (100' x 150') of Brook Lopez (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/35056/brook-lopez) is already on side the IDT Building at 520 Broad Street, with the tagline "Experience Something Big." Devin Harris (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21719/devin-harris) will be showcased on the Robert Treat Hotel. with the tagline, "Experience It" and Johnson, Lopez, Harris, Troy Murphy (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/21513/troy-murphy) and Derrick Favors (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/111982/derrick-favors) will stand on the 494 Broad Street building along with "Experience Newark's Newest Residents."

On Wednesday, Terrence Williams (http://www.sbnation.com/nba/players/71911/terrence-williams) got first-hand experience in how easy it is to get to the Prudential Center from Manhattan ...and his very first train ride ever.
"We are in Newark, we are ready to play, and we want fans to experience Nets Basketball," said Brett Yormark, in explaining the marketing promotion.

http://www.netsdaily.com/2010/10/6/1734894/nets-dominate-newark-skyline#comments

(thanks to njdev guys for finding it)

alex@newark
October 7th, 2010, 06:33 PM
just 2 years ago newark only had the devils look it now WOW that is really cool to finally have the nets in newark plus we have another major lead basket ball team in newark and the devils, Newark is doing okay lets see where it will be in another 2 more years or maybe even next year.

JCMAN320
October 7th, 2010, 06:43 PM
Please the Nets are just doing this as a stopover to Brooklyn. The NBA will never award another team to Jersey. None of the big NBA stars even want to come play in Newark; they only reason they would come is because of Brooklyn is two years down the road.

alex@newark
October 7th, 2010, 06:50 PM
Please the Nets are just doing this as a stopover to Brooklyn. The NBA will never award another team to Jersey. None of the big NBA stars even want to come play in Newark; they only reason they would come is because of Brooklyn is two years down the road.

I know there leaving in 2 years but at least newark gets some type of spot light

Marv95
October 7th, 2010, 07:27 PM
Please the Nets are just doing this as a stopover to Brooklyn. The NBA will never award another team to Jersey. None of the big NBA stars even want to come play in Newark; they only reason they would come is because of Brooklyn is two years down the road.
Not totally buyin' it. David Stern can't last forever, especially if there's a lockout looming.

And the stars WANT to go to Brooklyn? Are you serious? What lure is Brooklyn? Coney Island? Bed-Stuy? Crown Heights? Sunset Park? Better hope the Knicks don't get decent if they wind up there. How about the fact they are a lame-duck franchise with a 12-70 record whose management disrespects the fanbase by promoting their team's opponents?

PS the biggest NHL free agent ever came to Newark and starts playing tomorrow night. Just sayin'

JCMAN320
October 7th, 2010, 11:58 PM
Not totally buyin' it. David Stern can't last forever, especially if there's a lockout looming.

And the stars WANT to go to Brooklyn? Are you serious? What lure is Brooklyn? Coney Island? Bed-Stuy? Crown Heights? Sunset Park? Better hope the Knicks don't get decent if they wind up there. How about the fact they are a lame-duck franchise with a 12-70 record whose management disrespects the fanbase by promoting their team's opponents?

PS the biggest NHL free agent ever came to Newark and starts playing tomorrow night. Just sayin'

I hear ya I'm a Devils and Nets fan and I've been goin to MANY games at the Rock for Devs; its my home away from home after Yankee Stadium. The Nets have always been moving around; the Meadowlands is where they stuck the longest. This new managment (Ratner and the new ownership) has never cared about New Jersey. They took the "NJ" shield off the court and shorts than retired the very attractice navy blue "New Jersey" jerseys and made those god awful red "Nets" jerseys the new aways. The New Jersey Nets are now the Nets from "no-where". The ownership can't get them out of here fast enough. I'm finally sick of them personally.

There is alot of lure to Brooklyn in all fairness; way more than Newark. BAM, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, plus how many TV shows and movies have mentioned Brooklyn or taken place there; ALOT!! Juniors, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Brighton Beach, Williamsburg, the new Coney Island and just the culture of Brooklyn for crying out loud. Yes Brooklyn has MANY undesireable places just like Jersey City, Queens, Bronx, Hoboken, Yonkers etc... Newark has WAY more of them however and plus Brooklyn is part of NYC don't forget that. Brooklyn is lightyears ahead of Newark too in terms of its redevelopment.

The NHL and NBA are different in many ways. The NBA is all about glitz and glamor. It promotes it with celebs at the games in LA and NY, the All-Star game at Cowboys Stadium, the global appeal, playing preseason games all across the globe, and it has become a white collar sport in terms of ticket prices and fan base. Also many of the NBA players are Brooklyn born. The NHL is a blue color league and sport with players with funny names and abscure players in main stream sports circiles. While Sid the Kid, Ovechkin, Brodeur, Parise are recognizable to fans and casual fans alike, most of the players are abscure to the rest of the non-hockey world. The Winter Classic all started as gimick in "new" NHL. Pluse the Devils have an AMAZING amount of success for a team that just showed up in 1982! The Devils are more succesful overall in their short time than the Rangers are in their entire history! The Devils are like the San Antonio Spurs of the NHL and are committed to winning. They have philosphy similar to the Yankees. So it is not hard for the Devils to attract and big time player.

66nexus
October 8th, 2010, 12:46 AM
Not trying to nitpick, but I simply think Newark's far too small to have that much more undesirable spots than BK. Having worked in BK, its more likely that it's recently gentrified areas offset the bad (BK came up) but it still has a lot of 'no-gos'.

I still think the Nets could ultimately go further in Newark than in BK. Why? b/c in BK they'll always be the 'Mets', never the Yanks lol. Sure the NY name is there, w/ the NY flavor...but they'll never be the Knicks. In NJ, they wouldn't have to be.

JCMAN320
October 8th, 2010, 01:05 AM
Not trying to nitpick, but I simply think Newark's far too small to have that much more undesirable spots than BK. Having worked in BK, its more likely that it's recently gentrified areas offset the bad (BK came up) but it still has a lot of 'no-gos'.

I still think the Nets could ultimately go further in Newark than in BK. Why? b/c in BK they'll always be the 'Mets', never the Yanks lol. Sure the NY name is there, w/ the NY flavor...but they'll never be the Knicks. In NJ, they wouldn't have to be.

You have a point Nexus; I've had family and friends in BK for many years and have seen the "no-gos". However Newark's bad areas get more press than the bad areas of NYC do. Combine that with crime in Irvington and East Orange all being lumped together with Newark's doesn't help either. The perception of Newark is much worse than NYCs and I do think that contributes to keep people, business, etc at bay whether it be de-jure or defacto.

LOL. Cmon the Nets have always been the "mets" when compared to the Knicks even in Jersey.

block944
October 8th, 2010, 07:10 AM
Newark City Council adopts 16 percent property tax hike
Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 1:20 PM Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 1:24 PM
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The tax hike, combined with roughly 850 layoffs, is the city’s response to one of the worst budget crises in decades, but the hit to taxpayers is far less than budget officials had previously warned, thanks largely to a plan put forward by the council to sell a spate of city buildings and lease them back.
After weeks of grueling negotiations between the state, county and city, the sale/leaseback plan is expected to infuse $40 million into the 2010 budget. With a series of other one-time revenues as well as some last minute cuts, the city has filled an $83 million deficit created after the failure of Mayor Cory Booker’s plan to create a municipal utilities authority.
“I don’t love the idea of a sale/leaseback. I don’t think any of us do. It’s not sustainable,” said West Ward Councilman Ronald Rice, who proposed the idea months ago as an alternative to the MUA. But with less than three months left in the budget year, the other option would have been a steep tax hike to Newark property owners.
“With the failure of the MUA, if we had not explored this possibility we would be talking about a 40 percent tax increase,” said At-Large Councilman Carlos Gonzalez, who chairs the council’s budget committee.
Taxpayers saw their bills go up by 7 percent in the third quarter. Fourth quarter bills will tack on the remaining 9 percent.
The council still has one week to make further cuts before adopting the budget. The council plans to meet on either Oct. 13 or Oct. 14.



I love my tax abatement

block944
October 8th, 2010, 07:17 AM
Newark Bears’ 2011 Plans Become More Clear

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It’s been nearly one month since the Newark Bears played their final game at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium here in Newark. Soon after the chilly rainout (http://glocallynewark.com/2010/09/the-farewell-tour-finale/), the fans were told that the team would return in 2011, however many were skeptical as to whether or not the team would really be back.
After all, this speculation was certainly justifiable after all of the team’s jerseys were sold to the general public as a part of an auction.
The Bears will be back, but in essence by name only. It appears that the team will be undergoing a number of significant changes between now and Opening Day 2011. As first reported (http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/under_new_ownership_newark_bea.html) by NJ.com’s Tom Wright-Piersanti, the Newark Bears franchise has been sold back to Tom Cetnar, who owned the team back in 2009. Furthermore, Cetnar is hoping to move the team from the Atlantic League, which they’ve been a part of since 1998, to the Can-Am League.
An excerpt from the NJ.com article:

According to Cetnar, the Atlantic League teams have more veteran major league players, but he said there is little difference in the quality of the two leagues.
“It’s like an American League and a National League,” Cetnar said “We’re just switching to the National League.”
Personally, I would have to disagree with this statement. The Atlantic League is more on par with Triple-A affiliated teams, such as the Buffalo Bisons (Mets) and the Scranton/Wilksbare Yankees (Yankees), in terms of the caliber of players. On the flip-side the Can-Am League is generally considered a lower-level tier of baseball featuring numerous unproven prospects.
I understand why this move needs to be made. The team was likely losing money, as most of their home games or at least the ones that I went to, never seemed to come anywhere close to filling out the 6,000+ capacity stadium. Now instead of having to finance playing 140 games the team will only have to account for 94 games due to the fact that the Can-Am League plays a shorter schedule. Less games means less travel expenses although the team will now have to travel to Canada to play certain teams in the league.
Also, you’d have to think that with a roster filled with unproven youngsters will command quite a bit less in salary than one that is comprised of ex-MLB players. Still, I’m a bit skeptical. What do the Bears in the Can-Am League bring to the table that the Bears in the Atlantic League didn’t?
History doesn’t look to kindly on this type of move. Just look at the case of the Nashua Pride, who like the Bears moved from the Atlantic League to the Can-Am League as a result of financial struggles and folded entirely soon after. If the Bears fail to succeed in the Can-Am League financially, there is a very real possibility they could go into hibernation for the foreseeable future.

block944
October 8th, 2010, 07:20 AM
Newark high school students walk out in protest of filthy, unsafe school environment

Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 9:25 PM Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 9:25 PM

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[URL="http://www.nj.com/newark"]NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/newark_high_school_students_wa.html#comments) — They say there’s rats, mice, cockroaches, spiders, guns and fights in the hallways.
That’s why students say they walked out of a Newark high school today, to protest what they called a filthy school environment that’s also not safe. They also called for the return of the school’s former principal.
During the afternoon protest, students walked out of Barringer High School in staggered waves of 10 or 20. Some students said security guards blocked doors to prevent anyone from going outside.
A large crowd came outside when the fire alarm sounded, but soon went back in.
The demonstration came two weeks after authorities said a 15-year-old student was sexually assaulted inside a classroom at the Parker Street school. A 17-year-old student was arrested in connection with the Sept. 22 incident, police said.
Students got the word out about the protest on Facebook and said they’ve had enough of feeling unsafe and learning in an unsanitary school.
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"It’s like a jungle," said Ashley Martinez, a 17-year-old senior at the high school. "The school’s out of control and I don’t feel safe."
Valerie Merritt, a spokeswoman for Newark schools, said the district has encountered insect and rodent problems over the years, but the system’s facilities team regularly exterminates and conducts daily and weekly cleanings.
On several Facebook pages about the protest — one had more than 300 members who said they would attend the event — students said they need to see a dramatic change.
Tyree Thomas, also a 17-year-old senior, said he created a Facebook page about the protest because he feels like Barringer lacks structure. Thomas said he did not have a class schedule until the third week of school.
Merritt said some of Barringer’s students did not have their class schedules at the start of the school year, however the district worked with the school to ensure each student had a schedule and the "matter has been rectified."
The high school, with grades 10-12, has about 1,300 students.
Thomas also said he wants the district to hire back the school’s former principal, Jose Aviles, who was transferred to another school. Aviles, who was principal at Barringer for two years, was vice principal at a city elementary school until he resigned shortly after the school year began to go to a local charter school.
The current principal is on medical leave, said Merritt.
Aviles said he was flattered by the call for his return. "I miss them," he said of the students.
"If somehow, someway, I could come back, I would," he said.
He also said students had the right to protest. But he said the protest should not have been during school hours.
"We’ve endured this from September 2 until now," said Thomas. "We’ve waited too long and we’re sick of the violence."






Lets go Nets!

block944
October 8th, 2010, 07:29 AM
Newark's Columbus Hospital is reopens as specialty hospital for critical care

Published: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 5:38 PM Updated: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 5:38 PM

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[URL="http://www.nj.com/newark"]NEWARK (http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/columbus_hospital_in_newark_is.html#comments) — Columbus Hospital, a fixture in Newark’s North Ward since 1934, had largely been given up for dead.
Back on June 6, 2008, it stopped accepting patients and became something akin to an urgent care center. But today, Columbus was thrust into a new and larger role as an entity called an LTACH.
“This is not a common concept. LTACH? What is an LTACH?” said Nail Fatah, who as the medical director of the 66-bed Long Term Acute Care Hospital oversees what is toted as New Jersey’s largest free-standing one.
In essence, it is a specialty hospital, intended for critical-care patients who don’t respond to short-term treatment in general hospitals and require an average 25-day stay because they, for example, might be dependent on ventilators or suffering from multi-organ failure.
“Today, we’re celebrating the re-birth of Columbus Hospital,” Anibal Ramos Jr., Newark’s North Ward councilman, proclaimed at an official opening of the state-of-the-art hospital.
Matthew Hamilton, the president and chief executive of Columbus Hospital LTACH, led Newark Mayor Cory Booker and an entourage of city and medical officials on a tour of floors that had been gutted and re-made into state-of-the-art intensive-care units with board-certified physicians and ICU-trained nurses. The makeover’s pricetag: more than $10 million.
They passed a nursing station and ‑— quietly — patient rooms. “The outcomes are phenomenal,” Hamilton said. “Beds that will weigh you, take your temperature.”
Also present was Richard Lipsky, who left his native Russia decades ago, became a successful Bergen County anesthesiologist and, finally, the acquirer of a few New Jersey hospital campuses, including Columbus’.
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“I was blessed with a good practice, and here we are,” said a smiling Lipsky, who is also the LTACH’s chairman of the board.
The opening of the facility will create 400 jobs, some at $35 an hour, some paying even more, Lipsky said.
He teamed up with his brother, Michael, to purchase the campus via MedRealty, leasing it back to the for-profit Columbus Hospital LTACH.
“So that’s the story. It was a figment of imagination,” he said. And the American Dream? “I guess so,” he said. “Russia was a communist country. I was lucky to get out.”
http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/8941572-large.jpgRobert Sciarrino/The Star-LedgerNewark Mayor Cory Booker shakes hands with hospital patient, Ray Barrett, of Newark, while touring the Columbus Hospital LTACH (Long Term Acute Care Hospital) at the Columbus Medical Arts Building.
Robert H. Evans, the chief executive of St. Michael’s Medical Center, recognized Lipsky’s role in the makeover of a hospital shuttered by St. Michael’s and Columbus’ previous owner, Cathedral Healthcare Corp. “Obviously, he has capitalist DNA,” Evans said.
Together, the various partners came together, led by what Booker called the “larger vision of possibilities” of St. Michael’s new owner, Cathedral Health East, and the “can-do-it-ness” of Lipsky. “We have created a way out of no-way,” the mayor said in typical Booker-speak.
The new hospital, whose symbol is the bow of a ship plowing through the water, starting accepting patients in August, Hamilton said.
“The LTACH is the newest post-discharge vehicle that Medicare wants,” he said of the government’s national health insurance program for people 65 and older. “It creates cost savings.”
It’s a phenomenon acknowledged by the New Jersey Hospital Association.
“Traditional, acute-care hospitals have been encouraged to move patients out of hospitals faster,” said Kerry McKean Kelly, a NJHA spokeswoman.
That, she said, has had the dual benefits of limiting patient exposure to hospital infections as well as containing health-case costs. “Nevertheless,” she said, “you do have a population of patients who have an acute need for an extended period of time.”