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    How hard would it be to reopen that station?

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    Don't know about difficulty but it would be unnecessary. This wouldn't be like adding a NLR station at/under the Rock.

    Speaking of which(kinda), is the rush hour traffic on Market St up from Penn Station still brutal? I think the issue can be slowly resolved if they pull a Seattle and added a bus tunnel under the street towards Penn. You can begin to dig on Springfield Ave near the new Marketplace with the 1, 25 and 31 feeding into it. Or just overhaul the 25 bus route and turn it into a trolley line; heck you can make it a trackless trolley to save on costs. New Ironbound service in lieu of the 1 & 25 can be created with an origin point behind Penn Station at that small park. Many folks used bus passes for those routes rather than cash and it's not like many people along Springfield Ave, the West Side and Irvington are going past Penn Station anyway so transferring once shouldn't be a serious issue.

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    Newark Penn turns 80 on Monday , there will be tours of the station...

    http://www.placenj.com/2015/03/newar...rate-80th.html

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    Happy Birthday Newark Pennsylvania Station - 80 Years Old


    I might have gotten some of the facts mixed up below..I should wrote things down

    Ridership : seems to vary depending on which Representative you ask
    New Jersey Transit - 70,100 (Commuter Rail , Light Rail & Buses)
    PATH - 37,500
    Greyhound - 4500
    Amtrak - 1500

    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    New Solari Board coming in May


    Happy Birthday Newark Penn Station - 80 years old
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    Waiting Hall , The Ceiling was restored in 2007...there is real gold in the strips that line the ceiling.


    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Zodiac Signs line Lights the in the Waiting Hall


    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Some Station Decorations


    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Newark Penn Station Waiting Hall
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    Newark Penn Station used to be a Freight station up intill the 1950s... So they have a decoration above the Main Entrance way


    Newark Penn Station Building
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    PRR is plaster all over the Station


    Newark Penn Station Building
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    Newark Penn Station Building
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    Newark Penn Station Building
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    Information Booth


    Newark Penn Station Information Booth
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    Main Concourse


    Newark Penn Station Concourse
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    Station Art on the Eastern Side


    New Artwork on the Eastern Side of Newark Penn
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    New Artwork on the Eastern Side of Newark Penn
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    Outside of the Station


    Newark Penn Station Building
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    Newark Penn Station Eagle Guarding the South Door
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    Newark Penn Station Eagles
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    Some older Buses outside the station


    Public Service Bus # M720 outside Newark Penn Station
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    Public Service Bus # M720 outside Newark Penn Station
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    Public Service Bus # M720 outside Newark Penn Station
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    Public Service Bus # L627 outside Newark Penn Station
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    Public Service Bus # L627 outside Newark Penn Station
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    Public Service Bus # L627 outside Newark Penn Station
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    Happy Birthday Newark Pennsylvania Station - 80 Years Old


    Eventually the platform areas will all look like this... The Concrete will be replaced along the lighting and Electronic signs...


    Future Platform Plans for Newark Penn Station
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    Track 4 & 5



    Track 4 & 5 at Newark Penn Station
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    Track 4 & 5 at Newark Penn Station by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    Northeast Corridor #3839 Appoarching Newark Penn Station


    To Trenton

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    Northeast Corridor #3839 Arriving at Newark Penn Station on Track 4 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    Northeast Corridor #3839 to Trenton at Newark Penn Station on Track 4 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    39 to Trenton at Newark Penn Station on Track 4 with ALP46 # 4608 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

    North Jersey Coast #3239 arriving at Newark Penn Station on Track 4


    To Long Branch


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    Default West Concourse Reconfiguration (?)

    Anyone know the status of the West Concourse circulation reconfig project? The plan (at least when I last saw it) was to create a circle/roundabout in the triangular area infront of Penn Station where the surface parking for the Hilton currently is.

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    The following images are from my blog, http://urbanismvsmodernism.blogspot....l?view=sidebar

    Biotrials








    New charter school




    Prudential




















    Halsey Street projects


    This is seeing some renovation


    Teacher's Village






















    Market Street


    Ironbound Developments















    A little more work on this house...

    No progress on the hotel site...


    New store at Lopez Plaza






    Renovation and Expansion of the garbage incinerator




    Cablevision


    15 Washington




    Prudential Interior progress




    PSEG Plaza








    Carlton Hotel


    Hahne's Building








    Lincoln Park District from March 10th
    60 Nevada



    The brick one will be renovated to lofts in the near future, likely for artists














    The renovation of this site into an outdoor amphitheater and community garden with hydroponics is 99% funded and will start very soon. The church facade is completely stabilized and repaired, and the cupolas will be restored.




    Rendering of the above site, a near future project

    It is important to note that every building built by the Lincoln Park/COAST Cultural District is LEED Gold or Platinum rated!

    Some of the nearby buildings

    This will receive an interior renovation soon. It was converted to senior housing 30 years ago.



















    The parallel world Nega-Newark has been found!




    In other news, NJPAC has missed their 30 day deadline to AGAIN push the project back. There is still not any visible progress on the existing building.

    Also, the rendering Four Corners Millenium Project site at the corner of Market and Washington has been updated again. Back to a building occupying half of the site and leaving the KIRCH cross logo building intact. The site will not cooperate, but the renderings can be seen here... http://www.rbhgrp.com/four-corners.html It looks like we could be getting a new Starbucks (that I heard a rumor about be
    There is also a new rendering of the Soma project. http://www.rbhgrp.com/soma.html

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    Nice to see RBH and Hanini plugging along. If it weren't' for them and Prudential I would feel like the core of the city was at a standstill. RBH just has an tremendous amount of site control so they are going to be building out over a pretty long period of time. I am also happy to see Rutgers and NJIT holding up their end of the deal and continuing to build. Overall you feel like there is more than enough development to keep the downtown buzzing with construction for at least another 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    Does anyone know the names of these projects?

    Downtown Bloomfield

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    Downtown Montclair

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    The Montclair development is called Valley and Bloom. It is going to have 258 apartments, 20,000 sq. ft. of office, 22,000 sq. ft. of retail and 148 hotel rooms in a MC Hotel by Marriott (I think it is a chic brand like Intercontinental's Indigo in Newark and Weston's W in Hoboken). I knew about this project and have observed its progress but forgot the name; found this good, recent write-up from the NYT about it and redevelopment vs. NIMBYs in Montclair.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/re...elopments.html

    Here is a quote from the article about Lackawanna Plaza, which was purchased by the company developing Valley and Bloom and also slated for redevelopment:

    Another site that the township singled out for redevelopment is Lackawanna Plaza, a once-stunning Greek Doric-style train terminal built in 1913. It houses a run-down shopping mall with a grim supermarket, surrounded by deteriorating parking lots. “The Lackawanna development is in dire need of some help,” [Mayor] Mr. Jackson said. “There is no redeeming value there.”
    So, "grim supermarket" = a Pathmark where 'those people' shop. Sure, it is rundown by Montclair standards and I am pro-redevelopment in general but the tone of both the author and the Mayor is very condescending. That said, Lackawanna Plaza is right near the train station (unlike Valley and Bloom) and is a prime location for transit oriented redevelopment.

    No idea about the downtown Bloomfield development - was not aware of that until your post. While we are talking about suburban redevelopment around Newark, there are two big projects underway next to the Parkway just south of 280. A large former factory/warehouse being redeveloped into lofts on the Parkway north side and new apartment construction is happening on the Parkway south side. I think both of the projects are located in East Orange (there is already a recent, completely out of place market rate apartment tower on the Parkway north side).

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    My Newark class interviewed Dan Schreiber, the President and CEO of the NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) today. As usual, there was a lot of important info.

    • NJPAC was a key project by then governor Thomas Kean, a Republican, and was originally supposed to be built in Montclair or Morristown, which have the wealthy white population in the immediate surroundings that typically visit this type of venue. Newark was out of the question, particularly for Kean's constituents, and you can guess why. Therefore, he had a feasibility study done, which gave concrete proof of a proper location in Newark, largely due to the transportation infrastructure and potential to benefit the community. While Newark was chosen in 1986, groundbreaking didn't occur until 1993, and it was completed in 1997.
    • NJPAC runs community outreach in the form of bringing the performing arts teaching programs directly to the schools, usually within Newark. They reach 60,000 kids per year. They also offer free tickets to the students, but many of the city's schools do not have the funds for buses for the field trip.
    • A number of local schools use the smaller Victoria Theater for school plays and puppet shows.
    • Panasonic partnered with NJPAC and installed 63 permanently wired broadcast television quality cameras between the two theaters. They save an estimated 3 days of wiring and set up for each filming, potentially saving each producer $100,000.
    • 5 episodes of a studio-audience format comedy TV show called JOHN LEGUIZAMO’S GHETTO KLOWN were filmed in the Victoria Theater. It is airing on HBO. http://www.hbo.com/comedy/john-legui...ynopsis.html#/
    • The filming of BET's Black Girls Rock was a massive success, driving a lot of press and proving the feasibility of NJPAC as a filming location. It was attended by First Lady Michelle Obama, as a speaker, among many others. That has lead to THOUSANDS of positive articles about Newark.
    • The filming of America's Got Talent, which I attended on the most recent filming, brought an estimated 50,000 people into Newark, many of whom never would have come to the city otherwise. It was filmed here because Howard Stern wanted to film near his radio talk show studio in NYC, and NJPAC became one of the three finalists, and won. The show rented the theater for the filming.
    • Filming in New Jersey is about 60% of the cost of filming in New York City due to lower labor costs from the unions involved. This is drawing a lot of film productions across the river.
    • NJPAC runs about 400 events per year, and is therefore very close to capacity with the two theaters. That number is rapidly expanding and will soon overload NJPAC. Newark Symphony Hall, in the Lincoln Park District, is a 3000 seat theater that could be used as an alternative, but Schreiber estimates that $30 Million will be needed to properly renovate it, for which there is no budget. He estimates that within the next 10 years, Newark will be able to easily sustain both theaters with the number of events.
    • NJPAC has a $40 Million per year budget, of which 60% is made by through ticket sales, concessions, and theater rentals. The increased filming and paid viewings of what is filmed will help balance the budget, although there is some concern that the guests would instead see the filmed version at their local movie theater, rather than paying more for NJPAC live shows.


    A tour of the interior
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    Some wanted solid walls between outside and inside due to safety concerns. Instead, large expanses of glass were added to ensure that those outside can see in and concert-goers could see out into Newark.






    Interior of the 2800 seat main Prudential Hall














    The 514 seat Victoria Theater




    The rear yard of the theater.


    The parking lot in the back will soon be replaced with a Hotel and Conference Center. It will likely be in the 20-something story range, and the size of the conference center is unknown. The site is quite large and directly adjacent to the NJPAC Light Rail station (Served in both directions), so it could easily handle a very large conference center. The project is still in the conceptual massing stage, so it will still be several years away. NJPAC was always designed as part of an arts district with it catalyzing numerous new buildings adjacent to it.


    Shaq's tower at 40 Rector Street will actually break ground in the Summer, according to Schreiber. He was quite hopeful of that, having been in conversation with them about it. It will actually benefit NJPAC's projects by being a part of the larger arts district, which would be more inviting.


    NJPAC's tower was originally supposed to be 44 stories high, but was cut in half because they could never work out the financing. As a 22 story tower with 244 apartments, it will cost $106 Million. It received a $33 Million Transit Hub tax credit and $12 Million in funding through the rental car tax from the airport. With private financing, it is now 100% funded. It will now officially break ground in 6 weeks from today, which would be around May 15th, which is mid-spring, as previously reported. I specifically asked Schreiber about the 30 day deadline given during the Economic Development town hall meeting, and he says that they were given the wrong information. Many of the recent delays relate to the redesign of the building, specifically the recent change of an entire floor from market rate to more affordable apartments. The market rate apartments will be about the most expensive ones in Newark, with the exception of the large units in Packard Lofts and Eleven80 Raymond. The project will take 2 years to complete.


    Prudential Tower





    That mysterious green wall. Each section has an individual planter with the plants already in place. The vines should quickly cover the fences and create a huge wall of leafy greenery, one of the largest in the state. Black hoses can be seen for the irrigation system.





    The second external elevator location has been almost completely covered. You can see the mounting brackets for the Prudential Logo signage.


    NJIT is in the process of a large building spree. The Gateway project is not included because of the difficulties involving Saint Michael's Medical Center, which is a partner in the project. They are looking to get themselves purchased by a large hospital operator, so it is unknown if they will have any investing power at all. Instead, they are looking at several smaller "campus gateway" projects in the form of renovating a large building by I-280 on Orange Avenue into apartments and installing sculptures in several locations. Also, they are building the 950 space, 7 level parking garage and a $100 Million events center for sporting events. That was kicked off due to the huge need to concentrate the parking on campus, and to create a proper 4500 seat gymnasium for the basketball team, which has recently won several major games and beating all odds, specifically against a number of unbeatable teams.

    A third project is the construction of a "Life Sciences and Engineering Center" between the existing parking deck and the Environmental Engineering building. I have know hope for the architecture and like the existing building, I would not be surprised if it does everything except stick up its middle finger to the Martin Luther King Boulevard side of the site. The site slopes down about 20 feet, which the other building responded to by having 20 feet of solid vertical wall before the first windows, a move that characterizes the entire remainder of the campus's outer perimeter. The project will cost an abnormally low $13.5 Million (The Honors Dorm and Greek Village, although larger, cost over $80 Million), with $5.5 Million more spent on lab equipment.

    This is the conceptual massing from the Vector student newspaper.


    It will replace the surface lot on the right side, but must maintain access to the offices on the side of the Parking Garage. NJIT's Bursar's, Financial Aid, and Registrar's offices are located down there, with no usable alternative entrance, as well as one of the two entrances to the "Student Mall" computer labs. The other is on MLK Boulevard (itself seen in the background of the image) and is rarely used. For an idea of the difference between campus interior and outer perimeter entrances, The parking deck has two pedestrian entrances. One is by the vehicle entrance on the Summit Street side and does not have a door. between outside and inside. It was removed because of the hassle of holding it open, particularly in the wind. The other side, on MLK, has a side entrance and a narrow meandering path leading to it. You can see it in the far corner of the parking deck. You have to swipe your NJIT ID card to get in or out there (which has an override that sets of an alarm and releases after 15 seconds in case of an emergency). The same applies to Weston Hall and the GITC building, which both have campus interior and street-side doors. The Honors Residence that was recently constructed requires a card swipe from both sides, and fake card swipers were added to the convenience store and pizza restaurant entrances. The convenience store's Warren Street side door locks 3 hours before the store closes, forcing you to walk around to the back from 10 pm to 1 am. With this mindset, expect a walled off monstrosity from all three of NJIT's imminent expansion projects.


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    Didn't America's Got Talent move to Radio City?

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    Didn't America's Got Talent move to Radio City?
    I remember there being chatter of moving back to NYC but Wikipedia still has Newark listed with a NJPAC and AGT link listed. It looks like they are doing finals in NYC but auditions at the NJPAC...

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    That makes sense.

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    Excuse my skepticism but I'll believe this when these projects around NJPAC are actually beyond promising dates and into breaking ground. It going to be a great stabalzier once it happens but I'm not going to get excited until I see some real movement.
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