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    Those flowering trees look very nice.

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    Thumbs up Demo Starts on Another Harrison Commons Block

    Asbestos removal began late last week at the Harrison Commons block bounded by Second, Third, and Middlesex streets, and Railroad Ave. This lot is adjacent to the site where Building 3 is being built, and directly across Middlesex Street from the site where soil testing took place last week. All the boarded up buildings are marked, there is a dumpster onsite and the area along Railroad Ave is taped off. Maybe we'll hear about some plans in the coming months...I believe these next two buildings will both have structured parking (like the Russo building in Riverbend) and be taller than the first two residential buildings.

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    ^^^ NICE!!!! Combined with 300 Somerset, it will really fill in the area. Now if only they could do something about that huge parking lot to the immediate southwest...

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    Default Re: Harrison Commons Construction

    Here's a diagram of what's going on. Towerpower, just south of the lot (currently a massive surface lot) in blue below, there is another set of buildings planned:

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    Thumbs up Red Bull Arena May Host Concerts, Rugby, Cricket

    From NJBiz (a bit dated, but I haven't seen this posted on here yet):

    A pitch for businessRed Bulls focused on new partnerships at Harrison arena

    By Joshua Burd, March 23, 2015 at 3:00 AM

    Suites at Red Bull Arena are all-inclusive, making them hassle-free for corporate partners. - (PHOTO BY AARON HOUSTON)

    For the New York Red Bulls, it was a landmark deal in more ways than one.

    With their season just underway, the soccer club in March unveiled a marketing partnership with the Japanese heavy equipment maker Yanmar. Not only was it the largest sponsorship deal in club history — it marked the first time another company will have its name on the team's training jerseys and a permanent sign inside Red Bull Arena.


    “It's big for us to allow that, because we only select very few partners to be co-branded with Red Bull in our building,” said Marc de Grandpre, the club's general manager. “So it speaks to the synergies between the cultural values of the company.”


    It was the type of splash you might hope to make once a year if you're a professional sports team. But it's just the beginning for the Harrison-based Red Bulls — at least when it comes to boosting partnerships and raising their profile in New Jersey's business community.


    The 20-year-old Major League Soccer club, which had its home opener March 22, is on a mission to promote its venue as a hub for Garden State companies to network, entertain and do business. Revenue from partnerships already is up 100 percent from this time last year, and 68 percent of that revenue comes from New Jersey-based companies.


    “It's just part of driving the focus internally that the building is open for business,” de Grandpre said. “Before, it was sort of a gem that's been kept secret that we wanted to keep to ourselves — with Red Bull being the main sponsor — and now it's really (about) how we can let more business partners and local corporations experience this.

    “And the numbers don't lie.”


    When it comes to luxury suites — an old benchmark for corporate engagement — the club has sold 22 of the 32 boxes at the 5-year-old, 25,000-seat arena. That's up from 14 less than a year ago.


    And its partners include some names you might know — Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Affinity Federal Credit Union and NRG Home Solar.


    The Red Bulls declined to discuss pricing for the suites. But a source with knowledge of the pricing structure, who was not authorized to discuss it on the record, said a full lease for the year costs less than $100,000 — which includes Red Bulls home games, international matches and entertainment — while a single-game lease is less than $8,000.

    de Grandpre feels those partnerships offer the best value of any pro sports team in the region, he said. On game days, all suites include an open bar and food prepared by the arena's in-house caterer, Delaware North Cos. — taking out the hassle of managing a menu — and it's all served in a communal area that invites different companies to interact outside their boxes.

    For partners such as Affinity Federal Credit Union, that can go a long way.

    “It gives us an opportunity to get in a like-minded space, where we could benefit through that partnership with each other and (where) we could benefit by interacting as businesses,” said Jean-Albert Maisonneuve, vice president of marketing and e-commerce for the Basking Ridge-based organization. “And there is some commonality that is built — it's not like we're automatically signing a deal at that point, but any networking opportunity is a good opportunity.”

    Maisonneuve said members appreciate that Affinity gets good value from the partnership and affiliation with a brand that, like its own, is an alternative in the marketplace. The organization is in a three-year deal that makes it the club's official credit union, plus providing such benefits as digital signage, giveaways and the ability to sponsor youth training programs with Red Bulls coaches.

    And for Affinity and other partners, the Red Bulls make the arena's hospitality areas available on non-game days for meetings and other functions.

    “So there's different opportunities for companies to come in here and experience an extension of their office, basically,” de Grandpre said. “And for local New Jersey businesses who want to have an off-site, I think that this is a pretty fun place to have an off-site — and you get those benefits when you're part of the family.”

    This push comes after the club's run to the MLS conference finals last year, which ended with a loss to the New England Revolution. It also comes at a time of transition on the field — the Red Bulls have a new coach, Jesse Marsch, after the firing of Mike Petke in January, and their top player, international superstar Thierry Henry, retired in December.

    But de Grandpre said the deep playoff run brought “a serious buzz — and I think it's what's driving our business this year.”

    The club has doubled its corporate sales staff to eight since last year. And it's looking to build on the first Red Bulls Partners Summit it hosted last March, which drew nearly 100 executives from around the state; de Grandpre hopes to double that when the event returns later this year.

    All this is happening as the Red Bulls, who were founded two decades ago as the MetroStars, look to expand the programming at their arena. The club hosted more than 40 soccer matches last year, including home games, “friendly” exhibitions and international matches, along with corporate events. But de Grandpre is now shooting for about 60 events — any more would make it difficult to maintain the field — with concerts and non-soccer offerings such as rugby and cricket.

    Its newest partner, Yanmar, will have its logo displayed on both sleeves of the club's training jersey and permanent signage in the arena's lower bowl. The company also will become the official provider of the equipment used by the grounds crews in Harrison and at the Red Bulls' training facility in Hanover — an example of how the club's partners get more than just their name on a sign.

    The organization takes a similar approach with partners such as Hackensack University Health Network, which provides medical care for the club, and Panasonic Corp., whose equipment is installed throughout the arena.

    “So we try to add value for them everywhere we can, and if they have expertise somewhere, we bring it in where it makes sense,” de Grandpre said. “And if they have a product or a technology that makes sense, we absolutely try to embed it in the infrastructure.”

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    Link: http://www.njbiz.com/article/2015032...h-for-business

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    Thumbs up Soil Testing Begins at Marriott Site

    Soil testing began today at the AC by Marriott site. The hotel will be a half-block south of the PATH station and have 150 hotel rooms. As mentioned a few pages back, the AC brand is edgy and modern urbanist, and the hotel that will be rising on this site is supposed to have alot of glass.

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    Thumbs up 300 Middlesex FER Facade

    Scaffolding has finally come down to reveal the look of 300 Middlesex along FER (minus paneling & louvers):

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    Harrison

    221 Bergen Street



    Harrison Rising
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    Default Harrison and Kearny Updates May 11th

    All of the following and many more are posted on my blog, http://urbanismvsmodernism.blogspot....l?view=sidebar
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    225 Harrison Avenue, somewhat complete but still untouched


    110-114 Harrison Ave




    100 Harrison Ave


    Bergen Street burnt-out warehouse demolition

    A section of wall fell over onto the adjacent property, pulling down power lines. The quickly removed it while the power lines sparked.





    221 Bergen Street






    200 Middlesex site Demolition






    200 Somerset "soil testing"


    300 Middlesex










    Harrison Town Center site, still barely touched


    Harrison PATH Station


    The ugly metal panels are history!






    1100 FE Rodgers/Vermella Harrison








    Advance Realty's Harrison Site


    The bottom of my blog post has two videos showing the crane pounding the ground with a chunk of concrete from about 20 feet high. The vibration could be felt almost to the bridge, and could be clearly felt from the street corner!
    http://urbanismvsmodernism.blogspot....l?view=sidebar

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    Advance put out a press release and rendering in connection with the AC hotel. It's looks good.

    http://www.thenewsfunnel.com/press-release/advance-realty-announces-hotel-development-plans-riverbend-district-harrison-nj

    I can't upload the image but it's at:

    http://www.thenewsfunnel.com/sites/d...es/achotel.jpg

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    The building looks good but the streetscape is HORRIBLE as a result of the flood level problem. Frank E Rodgers is the main route for pedestrians to connect all of these varying developments, but it will be mostly lined with solid walls.

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    Wow that design looks ridiculously boring. Reminds me of an office building from the 1980's...and who wants to go home to an office building at the end of the day? Shouldn't a hotel be refreshing and exciting?
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    New Platforms at Harrison Station



    PATH Trains in Harrison,NJ
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    PATH Harrison Station Construction
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    PATH Trains in Harrison,NJ
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    PATH on the Dock Bridge over the Passaic River


    PATH Trains in Harrison,NJ
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    PATH Trains in Harrison,NJ
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    The excitement over Harrison is fading for me.
    Mediocrity rules the day but, what do you expect when one or two companies want to build everything?
    Harrison commons/station and whatever future repackaging they come up with is BORING.
    The buildings are all lookalikes.
    Even Riverpark, once a refreshing touch went big box cookie cutter.
    Honestly, step back and look. Harrison Station, Riverbend , all whole city block occupying big boxes or "shoe boxes".
    Newark had the bayonne box but Harrison has the gigantic shoe box. Will ANYTHING EVER RISE ABOVE 8 STORIES?
    ONE TOWER IS TOO MUCH?
    I thought this was supposed to be a commuter community with PATH as the anchor? That PATH allows high density High Rises. You encourage mass transit use. BUT NO!! Harrison wants parking requirements in a hypocritical craze to be a city yet not be a city.

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