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    Thumbs up Parks Spring New Life

    Springing back to life
    Hamilton Park, 2 others being renovated

    by Ricardo Kaulessar
    Reporter Staff

    Hamilton Park, a square, green area of downtown Jersey City surrounded by historic rowhomes, dates back to 1848. After a $3.2 million renovation, it should reopen this summer with a fountain, a spray park, light poles, two dog runs, basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, an amphitheater, and a community garden.

    The park is one of three in the downtown area of the city are being transformed by city government, their neighbors, and in one case, by local companies.

    Paulus Hook Park – also known as Four Corners Park – lies at the intersection of Washington and Grand streets, and is set to be renovated after residents complete a survey of how they want the area redesigned.

    Then there’s Colgate Park, a small, private park located on Essex and Greene streets, which is being refurbished for public use due to the joint efforts of several corporations that own property in the area.

    Hamilton Park

    First, the major renovation of Hamilton Park, which started in April of last year. The city-run park is located between Eighth and Ninth Streets near the Holland Tunnel. Rows of stately brownstones overlook it on each side.

    The renovation is being done by Green Construction from South River, N.J.

    Neighbors have been pursuing the renovation since 2005, providing input to the city on how the park should be renovated.

    City spokesperson Jennifer Morrill issued a brief statement about the current status of the renovation last week:

    “Construction is close to completion, but the winter weather has stalled some of the final construction elements.”

    At the present time, the park is completely fenced off to the public and there is no construction taking place.

    Residents needing some green space can use the temporary park built last year by developers Paul and Eric Silverman of Exeter Property (developers of the Hamilton Square residential project overlooking the park) on a vacant lot on McWilliams Place across the street from Hamilton Park.

    Paulus Hook Park

    Residents living in the Paulus Hook area of downtown JC have sought for some time to further develop the unusual park, which includes three corners of developed land with some park benches, greenery, and a monument honoring the area of Revolutionary War action.

    The fourth corner is occupied by classroom trailers belonging to the Jersey City Board of Education (BOE) for nearby Public School 16. However, the board has agreed to remove the trailers at the end of this school year. That means a neighborhood group, The Historic Paulus Hook Association (HPHA), and City Hall are moving forward with plans to redesign the park.

    A survey is being conducted ( to cull suggestions on redeveloping the four corners and will close on March 1. Results from the survey are scheduled to be presented on Thursday, April 1, at the HPHA monthly meeting held in OLC Community Hall, 114-118 Sussex St.

    One of the residents wanting to see a new Paulus Hook Park is Stephanie Daniels, who has lived in the area since 1991. She says parents are seeking a playground, and want to make the park more appealing to the public.

    “Four benches that look out to the intersection – it’s not the community’s idea of a park,” Daniels said.

    Colgate Park

    It’s a small "pocket park" on the corner of Essex and Greene Streets. When it was active, it had a basketball court and a playground.

    Now, Colgate Park is a torn-up landscape in the midst of a renovation that started last year. But when it is finished, it will hold a new basketball court and a new playground.

    Work has currently halted due to the winter weather but is expected to be completed in the spring.

    This project does not bear any effort from Jersey City government but instead is an example of a private-public partnership.

    The park is under the control of the Colgate Center Property Owners Association, which consists of the major corporations who own land and/or operate businesses near the park – including Hartz Mountain Industries, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

    With the help of the community, they came up with a plan to rehabilitate the park.

    City Councilman Steven Fulop, who lives a few blocks from the park, is “looking forward” to seeing its completion.

    Ricardo Kaulessar can be reached at

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    Exclamation Const. Update

    Alrite here we go another construction update courtesy of Brooklynfoo and his

    In the link above is a photo update of 278 Newark Avenue in Downtown Jersey City in the Village section. Following that is a handsome building at 255 Washington Street across from the Main Post Office and near the corner of Washington and Montgomery Streets in Paulus Hook sec. of Downtown Jersey City. Last put not least of new posts on the page is 225 Grand Street on the corner of Marin Blvd and Grand St.; part of the new Liberty Harbor neighborhood of Jersey City.

    Explore the rest of the site as well. Brooklynfoo does great work on his site and he does a really good job of keep tabs on the projects being built in Jersey City.

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    Arrow Whole Foods to Downtown JC; Very Possible

    Supermarkets closing, and opening
    Acme to leave JC/Bayonne border; Walmart and others come to area

    by Ricardo Kaulessar
    Reporter Staff

    There are at least 66 supermarkets operating in Hudson County, including 20 in Jersey City, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

    Some towns stand to lose their neighborhood supermarkets in this economy, while others have recently gained larger Walmart stores.

    The Acme Supermarket on Garfield Avenue near the Jersey City/Bayonne border is closing its doors on Feb. 6, but a Fine Fare Supermarket is slated to open in the same space in the near future. Meanwhile, Walmart recently opened its first grocery store in Hudson County with a 24-hour “supercenter” located in North Bergen. Several shoppers interviewed at the opening said they had come there from Jersey City.

    Walmart also plans to reopen its existing store in Secaucus with a 27,000 square-foot grocery store. Since Secaucus has lost its Acme and Stop and Shop in the past 10 years, the Super Walmart has been welcomed by residents.

    Last month, the Shop-Rite on Avenue C in Bayonne re-opened after being closed for nearly a year, expanding to a 70,000 square-foot store with underground parking.

    But what else is on the horizon?


    Steve Gallo, chief of staff for Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, said last week that there are no plans for any new supermarkets opening in Bayonne in the near future. However, a Walmart is coming to the future mall at 22nd Street off Rte. 440 known as Bayonne Crossing. A Lowe’s Hardware will also anchor the spot.

    Gallo said there are already several supermarkets in different parts of the city, each serving a different location. Besides the ShopRite on Avenue C, there is a Stop & Shop off Rte. 440, A&P on Avenue A near Sixth Street, and C-Town on Broadway.

    “Bayonne has always had competitive supermarket business because of the proximity of stores from the people they are serving, whether it’s Stop & Shop on the highway for people who have a car or the ones in the inner city like ShopRite for pedestrians and the elderly,” Gallo said.

    Jersey City

    Jersey City also has its share of supermarkets, including two downtown near the Newport Mall: ShopRite and A&P.

    Dan Frohwirth, director of real estate for the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, said any conversations with supermarket chains usually center on whether there is “sizable” retail space and parking.

    The median square footage of a supermarket was 47,500 as of 2007, according to the Food Marketing Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based food retailer organization.

    Frohwirth said the more recent supermarket to open is the Morton Williams located within the Shore Club condo building within the Newport community in downtown Jersey City. The store has been open since July 2008, and attracts most of its consumers from the Newport area.

    Frohwirth, who also lives in the Shore Club building, lauded the store for not only being “clean” but also for being open up to midnight to accommodate tenants’ last-minute grocery requests.

    He noted that two smaller markets or mini-supermarkets are in the works for Monticello Avenue in the city’s Bergen-Lafayette section.

    Whole Foods downtown?

    For downtown Jersey City residents, the target audience of this newspaper, “Whole Foods” has a ring of familiarity. That’s because they have been clamoring for years to see the Austin, Tex.-based organic mega-retailer open a store in their area. So far, there are none in Hudson County.

    Residents have posted on internet bulletin boards like JCList and New York Sixth about the Whole Foods obsession. But in fact, there have been real-world discussions to bring them to Jersey City.

    Longtime developer Peter Mocco, responsible for the massive Liberty Harbor development off Grand Street in downtown Jersey City, has been and still is in negotiations to bring a “high-end food store” such as Whole Foods to Liberty Harbor. But there’s a catch.

    “The kind of dilemma that I deal with is the idea of single stand-alone supermarket building that would be an interim solution, but would have to be taken down when I build a much a larger building that would allow for a food store on the ground floor,” Mocco said.

    Mocco said he has not been able to build a larger-size mixed use residential-retail building due to the current economic market.

    Closing shop

    The Acme Supermarket at the Jersey City-Bayonne border looked nearly dead during a recent visit.

    Shelves in certain areas are either completely empty or nearly so, with signs hanging off them saying 33 percent off. A man was filling his carts with cases of soda.

    One longtime customer, Katherine Brown, said she will miss the Acme management that she got to know over the last 10 years.

    “I will miss all my friends, who all treated me with respect and were always helpful, even if they were busy,” Brown said.

    Standing near the half-empty dairy aisle were four men looking over architectural plans for the Fine fare store. One of them identified himself as the owner. He referred questions to the spokesperson standing next to him, Steven Felber.

    Felber said that his company will remodel the store and confirmed that it will be a Fine Fare store. But did not say when it will open.

    A follow-up phone call to Felber was not returned by press time.

    Ricardo Kaulessar can be reached at

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    Arrow Lease time

    225 Grand in Jersey City to start leasing in April

    By Melissa Hayes/The Jersey Journal
    March 07, 2010, 6:00PM

    Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal
    225 Grand in Jersey City is set to start leasing units next month

    Work on 225 Grand in Jersey City's massive Liberty Harbor North development is wrapping up.

    The 348-unit apartment building, which has 1,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, plans to start leasing units in April, said Josh Wuestneck, of Applied Development Companies.

    The development is a partnership between Hoboken-based Ironstate, a division of Applied Development Companies, and Bridgewater-based SK Properties.

    It's one of many components of the Liberty Harbor North Redevelopment District, an 80-acre mixed-use, 28-block project between the Jersey Avenue and Marin Boulevard light rail stations. The long-term plans call for 10,000 residential units, 4 million square feet of office space and 250,000 square feet of retail space.

    Wuestneck said workers are putting the "finishing touches" on the residential units.
    Once open, the building will have a 24-hour door man, fitness center, billiards room, lounge, business center with a bar and roof deck with a swimming pool.

    There will be about 350 parking spaces.

    The 15-story building sits next to the Marin Boulevard Light Rail Station and is named for its address, 225 Grand St.

    Across the light rail tracks, Ironstate and SK Properties have a yet-to-be named 498-unit project in the works. They hope to begin construction next year.

    "We'll see how the lease-up goes on this building (225 Grand) and then make a decision on when to start it," he said.

    Peter Mocco, the former North Bergen mayor and builder of The Sutton, The Zenith, The Regent as well as brownstones and townhouses at Liberty Harbor, said he's concentrating on filling existing retail space before starting new construction.

    "We have other buildings that are planned and we would anticipate that shortly we'll undertake them," he said. "In the meantime, we have constant activity with retailers who are renting at Liberty Harbor."

    Mocco said he's working on a lease agreement for an 8,000-square-foot Brazilian steak house. He's also finalizing a lease for an optometrist and eye glass facility that will be 3,000 square feet.

    Liberty Harbor might also get a hotel. Tarrunumn Murad, CEO and Founder of Tramz Hotels Group, has proposed a 300-room Conrad Hilton Hotel along Marin Boulevard.

    Murad is working with the City Council to get the city to guarantee an $8 million federal loan, which the developer plans to use to remediate the site and start construction.
    Her goal is to complete the $118 million project by April 2014.


    The proposed Hilton Hotel:

    Ground breaking is set for Spring 2010.

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    Default hilton groundbreaking

    have they remediated the area for the hilton? I highly doubt this will break ground this Spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeSas View Post
    have they remediated the area for the hilton? I highly doubt this will break ground this Spring.
    The site has not been remediated. The developer is asking City Council to take an $8 million HUD loan and then in turn loan the prceeds to the developer. It's important to note that this developer made contributions to the Team Healy campaign, including the campaigns of nearly every member of the Council.

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    Who bets we beat Newark for the largest City in NJ in this Census? Any takers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Guy View Post
    Who bets we beat Newark for the largest City in NJ in this Census? Any takers?
    No way. I think Newark will stay ahead by at least 20,000. The difference is too great, and the growth rates of both cities too small (actually Newark has had a higher growth rate than JC this decade) to be made up in 2010. By 2020 or 2030 we could have a ball game here.

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    Default It would take a massive undercount.

    Quote Originally Posted by New Guy View Post
    Who bets we beat Newark for the largest City in NJ in this Census? Any takers?
    Its not happening. How many new apartment tower units built in Jersey city since 2000? multiply that by 2(assuming all renters are couples or have company) All those new towers look impressive but how many are occupied? The US census is not even aware of the many new residential towers,so no Census forms will be mailed. Jersey City Census staff will have to go to EVERY floor and unit!! Even if they count everyone in those new towers, you still have to deal with the population loss in the old Greenville township section! In the end the score is...285,000 to 250,000 newark. I'm being conservative here, Newark may actually hit 290,000. Yes, Im biased towards Newark, hence "Newarkguy"
    Last edited by Newarkguy; May 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 PM. Reason: OOoops and more OOpses!!

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    Monaco Towers have really taken off in the past few months. These towers are clearly seen when walking west on Fulton street towards WTC

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    Nice update. How much taller will they get?

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    Default surprised that area would have any development in the near future.....

    Jersey City site of old chocolate factory to be transformed by Hoboken developers to set new standard for energy-efficiency

    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 By CHARLES HACK

    Hoboken developers are drilling for energy in Jersey City near the Hoboken border.
    They're not looking for mucky oil but for clean green geothermal energy to heat and cool their 400-unit development.

    What's planned is a residential and retail development with a 1.5 acre public park at the derelict site of the former Van Leer Chocolate factory below the Palisades Cliffs in Jersey City that the builders hope will become an example of how to build greener than green.
    The development will be built on two sites totaling seven acres sold by the Van Leer family. The land has been a wasteland since the family ended chocolate production in the late 1980s.
    The first portion of the seven-acre development that lies to the north of Hoboken Avenue will create 221 new homes in a six-story building. A second phase to the south of the avenue will provide the balance of the units. The development will include 7,500 square feet of retail space and parking.
    The project, which will get underway this September and will take up to 18 months to complete, aims to reduce energy consumption by up to 90 percent compared to standard buildings and also reduce carbon dioxide emissions, said Daniel Gans who is developing the property with his partner George Vallone of the Hoboken Brownstone Company.
    Using heat exchangers reaching 500 feet below ground to harness the constant 55 degree temperature below ground, the geothermal technology would cool the building in the summer and heat it in winter.
    Roofs would be covered with solar panels to generate electricity, and solar water heaters would heat water tanks.
    Wrapped with thermally efficient concrete, the building would draw energy out of air leaving the building through vents and exhaust fans and reuse it to heat the building.
    The new development will be linked to the Hoboken Second Street Light Rail by roughly a half-mile walkway paid for with $4.6 million in federal funds through New Jersey Transit, secured with the help of Rep. Albio Sires.
    Sires, who also helped secure $237,000 for the park, said supporting the project was a "no brainer."
    "I predict this development project is going to be a model not just for New Jersey but for energy-efficient projects across the country," Sires said.

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    Any news on bringing Whole Foods to Jersey City?.. If not Whole Foods, Wegmans would be awesome.

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    To liven things up on the other shore, maybe someone should hold another "Grand Annual Chowder" like these Irish fellows from NYC did back in July of 1880 ...



    July 26, 1880, Wednesday

    The "Grand Annual Chowder" of the James F. Fitzgerald Association of New-York took place yesterday. The James Fitzgerald Association is composed of about as hard a crowd of roughs as New-York can boast. The members hail from the Fourth and Sixth Wards, and range in ages from 18 to 25 years. Forty of them, dressed in blue shirts, straw hats, and dark pants, started in a large stage, can crossing the Cortlandt-street ferry to Jersey City, drove up Grand-street and through Ocean-avenue to the "Idle Hour," in Greenville. The "Idle Hour" is a Summer resort kept by Henry C. Post, a Freeholder of Hudson County, on the bank of the Morris Canal and facing New-York Bay, to which access is had be means of a bridge across the canal. It is very pleasantly located, and is a popular resort for chowder and picnic parties. As the stage drove through the quiet streets of Jersey city and Greenville, its noisy occupants shouted and sang. They arrived at their destination without accident, and while the chowder and dinner they had ordered was being prepared, devoted themselves to disposing of several kegs of beer. As the beer decreased the noise increased ...


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