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    I have been watching this forum for a while now and I really love the content but I just decided to make an account.
    Anyway, does anyone know if any developers have any plans to restore 1&9 in JC? Other than that spur that was constructed as you enter JC from the Pulawski Skyway, nothing is happening, and almost every building is abandoned except for that motel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Bai View Post
    I have been watching this forum for a while now and I really love the content but I just decided to make an account.
    Anyway, does anyone know if any developers have any plans to restore 1&9 in JC? Other than that spur that was constructed as you enter JC from the Pulawski Skyway, nothing is happening, and almost every building is abandoned except for that motel.
    I don't know what you mean by restore 1&9 , Route 7 is getting a huge overhaul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    I don't know what you mean by restore 1&9 , Route 7 is getting a huge overhaul.
    Well I was hoping to see if anyone knew about anything going on there. With the projects that are set to take place in Journal Sq and considering that many new residential areas are being build on Tonnelle Ave right before 1/9 leaves the western fringe of JC and goes to the Pulawski, I was hoping some of that would be spread further north. 1/9 looks terrible. Abandoned lots, factories. Decay. Its been like that for many years.

    Switching topics, it looks like that residential building that is being built on JFK where the old VW dealership used to be is picking up nicely. Wonder when it will be complete.

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    Bart, I do agree with you that driving on 1&9 is usually congested and at best, an absolute eyesore. Given the existing properties that are in business, it would be a major eminent domain overall to widen lanes or add a lightrail on either side which would actually be the smart thing to do since the west side of JC going north-south is underserved by mass transit. Anyway, I dont think theres any plan to do much with it any time soon unfortunately.

    Anyone have pics of the JSQ residential projects and County College buildings going up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nafco View Post
    Bart, I do agree with you that driving on 1&9 is usually congested and at best, an absolute eyesore. Given the existing properties that are in business, it would be a major eminent domain overall to widen lanes or add a lightrail on either side which would actually be the smart thing to do since the west side of JC going north-south is underserved by mass transit. Anyway, I dont think theres any plan to do much with it any time soon unfortunately.

    Anyone have pics of the JSQ residential projects and County College buildings going up?
    Hopefully we get a North-South Light Rail along JFK Boulevard.

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    Regarding the Marriott hotel, it seems that it is replacing the Conrad that was supposed to be built at LHN.

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    Cool Hotel Wiil Be Just South of 18 Park

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    Marriott coming to Jersey City, bringing 150 permanent jobs

    By Joshua Burd
    January 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM


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    A new 276-room Marriott hotel is coming to Jersey City, bringing more than 900 construction jobs and more than 150 permanent jobs to the state's second-largest city.

    Construction on the project, announced Monday by city officials, will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and will be located in the Liberty North Harbor Redevelopment Area, near Liberty State Park and the Liberty Science Center. The 16-story, full-service hotel will operate under the flagship Marriott Hotels brand and is expected to be similar to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

    SLHN, an affiliate of Tramz Hotels, is developing the building under a franchise agreement with Marriott International Inc., Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said in a news release.

    "Jersey City is one of the most diverse and dynamic cities in the nation, and the addition of a new, flagship, world-class hotel speaks to the vibrancy of Jersey City to continue to attract development and tourism to our city," Fulop said in a prepared statement. "This project also illustrates our commitment to bringing development off the waterfront and into the city."

    The building will be Jersey City's [fifth] sixth hotel and will add to a stock that is in the spotlight this week. The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, who will play Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII, are staying at the city's Westin and Hyatt hotels for the week leading up to the game at MetLife Stadium.

    "We're pleased to work with SLHN to plant the Marriott Hotels flag in Jersey City, a destination that has reinvented itself and is increasingly a center of economic activity, right across the river from downtown New York City," Noah Silverman, Marriott's chief development officer for North America full service hotels, said in a prepared statement. "We look forward to the Jersey City Marriott offering an exciting and relevant new hospitality experience in the city."

    The hotel will also include meeting rooms, ballrooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar/lounge with views of Jersey City and New York City, the news release said.
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    Cool Jersey City the REAL Host City of Super Bowl XVIII

    Super Bowl 2014: Jersey City welcomes Super Bowl week after months of preparation and with eyes upon it

    By Mike Vorkunov/The Star-Ledger
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    on January 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated January 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM


    The Seahawks will stay at the Westin Hotel in Jersey City. (Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports)

    By Monday morning, the two columns standing outside the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City were already the right hue of Broncos blue and a nearly life-size photo of Peyton Manning covered the pillar in the building’s entryway.

    Starting Sunday, when the Broncos arrive, the hotel will serve as the team’s home for the next week. The Seahawks will stay at the nearby Westin, less than a mile away and a 15-minute walk. With New York and New Jersey warring to be the rightful namesake of Super Bowl XLVIII, Jersey City will serve as the actual base of Super Bowl week — a role years in the making.

    The city itself hopes to show off its refurbished face, while the hotels will try to make the visit as homey as possible for the two franchises.

    "We’ve been working on it for some time," Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said. "Now it’s game time for the city."

    The upcoming week, in some ways, will be just as important to the city as the Super Bowl will be to the two teams. Fulop wants to show that Jersey City is "one of the best midsized cities in the country," while the two hotels hope to have a smooth week housing its star tenants.

    The signs that the big game has come to the city will be evident all along Christopher Columbus Drive, the boulevard that bisects the city. It has been renamed Super Bowl Drive and banners will fly all along the street, creating a non-stop parade of the NFL’s presence.

    For the hotels, it is just as overt, starting with the blue awning atop the entrance and the large photo looking over the lobby.

    Along with providing housing for the week, the hotels must serve as the makeshift football facilities for the two teams — each with their own particulars and needs. In normal weeks, coaches and players spend dozens of hours at their facilities, preparing for opponents, mending injuries and chattering away through team meals and in the locker room.

    This week, the Seahawks will have the use of the Giants’ building in East Rutherford and the Broncos will use the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, but the hotels will also provide facilities.

    When Seattle’s liaison arrived Tuesday to begin preparations for the team’s appearance, he gave the Westin a quarter-inch thick booklet with the desired specifications and expectations, said Colleen Senters, the hotel’s general manager.

    The Seahawks will take up 120 to 150 of the building’s 429 rooms. The Broncos will take up approximately 150 of the Hyatt’s 351 rooms until Wednesday night, when they will then have full run of the hotel.

    In the Westin, some rooms will be made into training rooms and massage rooms, with the pool area also used for the team. It will provide the team with projectors and screens, through an AV company, to watch films. The Broncos will make use of all 20,000 square feet of the Hyatt’s meeting and conference space.

    Just as important will be the food. The hotels will be warehouses for the week, with each team providing its own preferences for team meals. The Seahawks will fly in their own food.

    "They’re very health conscious," Senters said. "They’re very into super-food."

    The Broncos gave the Hyatt their requested menus, most of which will not differ from the hotel’s usual fare, general manger Terry Dunbar said, though macaroni and cheese will be a new addition. The team also specified its beverages and the Hyatt will be well-stocked in water, Gatorade and Coors.

    But most of the time, Dunbar says, has been spent on security. No shortage of personnel have been given walkthroughs of the hotel, which sits on the waterfront and is adjacent to the Exchange Place PATH station. The Westin is two blocks away from the Newport Mall and its PATH station stop, with the Seahawks bringing in their own security personnel for the week.

    Fulop says about a dozen different law enforcement agencies and the NFL have been involved in the security process. They have run different types of emergency management drills, preparing for responses to cold weather, broken water mains and even terrorist attacks. Jersey City police will be deployed in a modified pattern this week, ensuring the hotels are safe and that the teams can get to their practices — but without neglecting other parts of the city.

    And there are the NFL’s demands. Jersey City worked with the league to make sure that no organization could profit off the sea of press and commercial attention by running a guerilla marketing scheme.

    The city’s financial hopes are also riding on the week. Fulop is a Giants fan and when the team began the season with five consecutive losses, he quickly turned his Super Bowl hopes to teams that would bring the most rabid fans from as far away as possible — who could spend the most money.

    It is all part of Fulop’s vision to sell the city.

    Several days ago, Jersey City sent out a request for proposals for a branding and marketing campaign, with a willingness to spend upwards of $600,000 on the operation. This upcoming week, however, may just serve as its own advertisement for the city.

    http://www.nj.com/super-bowl/index.s...eyes_upon.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    Hopefully we get a North-South Light Rail along JFK Boulevard.
    JFK Blvd is too busy with vehicular traffic for light rail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    JFK Blvd is too busy with vehicular traffic for light rail.
    But the reason for the congestion is theres no alt means other then a bus of traveling along JFK. It doesn't have to be surface , it can be underground or elevated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post
    JFK Blvd is too busy with vehicular traffic for light rail.
    That sounds like a NIMBY opinion for the "antinimby". Public transit reduces dependence on cars, which make up a huge portion of the traffic. Of course, a smaller street with calmer traffic would be better, like Bergen Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, which run parallel to JFK. MLK Blvd would allow for an easy transfer at the existing MLK Blvd station. Either one could work, and will reduce the traffic on JFK Blvd.

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    Cool Jersey City Coming Into It's Own

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    Much Transformed, Jersey City Is Ready to House Super Bowl Teams

    By JAMES BARRON JAN. 23, 2014


    The Seattle Seahawks will stay at the Westin Hotel in Jersey City. Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

    JERSEY CITY — In recent years, the Jersey City waterfront, with its sweeping view of Manhattan, has gone from a scruffy ne’er-do-well near the wrong end of a Hudson River tunnel to a gentrifying bedroom community for younger Wall Street commuters, who say it is more convenient than Brooklyn neighborhoods like Williamsburg or Fort Greene, and also more affordable.

    It is about to become the bedroom community for a different kind of commuter: football players.

    The two teams in Super Bowl XLVIII will be billeted in two of the hotels that have helped remake the skyline of this old manufacturing city — the Seattle Seahawks in the Westin, the Denver Broncos in the Hyatt Regency. And they have demands that Jersey City, for all its new bars and its new residents with money to spend, is not accustomed to.

    Terry Dunbar, the general manager of the Hyatt, said that the Broncos had asked for a hot tub and a cold tub, for ice baths, in addition to the usual requests for certain brands of beer and certain brands of bottled water. He said he was working on tracking down both kinds of tubs and would figure out how to squeeze them into the 351-room hotel by the time the team checks in this Sunday.


    Mayor Steven Fulop of Jersey City met with officials of various agencies to prepare for the influx of tourists and football teams. Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

    He will not, however, have to squeeze in a media center for the Broncos. The team will do interviews on a 210-foot-long ship that will be anchored on a pier by the hotel. Mr. Dunbar said that the hotel had space, but that it would be used for meetings and meals for the team.

    The hotel, as much as any of the new buildings close to the Hudson River, is a symbol of Jersey City’s transformation, which is spreading beyond the riverfront toward the downtown neighborhood a few blocks away. Jersey City is less and less the dowdy working-class town that grew up around Robert Fulton’s steamboats and, later, railroads. They left a legacy of piers that rotted and factory buildings that deteriorated. Mr. Dunbar recalled being shown the site for the hotel 11 years ago, before it was built.

    “It was derelict,” he said.

    Now the hotel, a mere nine stories tall, is in danger of being overshadowed by Manhattan-size skyscrapers. “A 35-story tower, a 45-story tower, a 40-story tower — that’s in three blocks,” said the mayor, Steven M. Fulop, as he rode around Jersey City in a sport utility vehicle last week, enthusiastically showing off one construction site after another. The building boom, he said, would add 5,000 apartments a year for the next several years.

    Mr. Fulop, a former bond trader, Marine and city councilman, has been in the headlines lately in the scandal over the lane closings leading to the George Washington Bridge that has engulfed Gov. Chris Christie. Emails showed that people on the governor’s staff made overtures to Mr. Fulop after he was elected last May, scheduling meetings with state officials, only to cancel them after Mr. Fulop, a Democrat, sent word that he would not endorse Mr. Christie, a Republican, for re-election.

    Now Mr. Fulop is preparing to welcome the Super Bowl players, their families and their fans. A boulevard that leads to the riverfront will be renamed “Super Bowl Drive.”

    Mr. Fulop, a Giants fan, got his wish when the Seahawks and the Broncos won their conference championships. “We want the craziest fans from the farthest away,” he said, because they would spend more money in the area than, say, New England Patriots fans, who could conceivably drive down and back without staying in a hotel.

    From their rooms, the Super Bowl players will see tangible symbols of a city that is on the rebound after stalling during the recession. Two more large hotels are under construction and three more are on the drawing boards. A skyscraper is planned for an area a couple of miles from the riverfront that has lagged, and a long-dormant maternity hospital that was named for the mother of Frank Hague — the legendary political kingmaker who as mayor from 1917 to 1947 personified machine politics — is being remodeled as apartments.


    An apartment building rises above Newark Avenue in Jersey City, an old manufacturing center. Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

    As he rode around the city, Mr. Fulop stopped at a 1920s movie palace with 3,000 seats and went inside. In the lobby, a riot of red and gold as eye-catching as when talkies were new, the mayor talked of plans to renovate the theater, saying it could compete with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark or with performance spaces in New York City.

    “ ‘Why Jersey City?’ We still get that a lot,” said Christina Onorati, an owner of Word, a bookstore in Brooklyn that opened a new store in a former fast-food restaurant last month. “I tell them they don’t know Jersey City. I opened in Greenpoint eight years ago, and it took off. This neighborhood reminds me of Greenpoint.”

    The changes have brought trend-conscious people to a city that used to be resolutely unfashionable. “You’re seeing the hipsterfication of Jersey City,” said Nakiso Maodza, who moved here from Brooklyn. “You’ve got the artist community that can’t afford Billyburg” — a nickname for Williamsburg, in Brooklyn — “or Manhattan. They find a receptive community here.”

    They have helped drive up the population, though Jersey City remains smaller than it was at its peak in 1930. The population climbed to 248,385 in the 2010 census from 240,028 in the 2000 census, and the Census Bureau estimates showed another jump, to 254,441, by mid-2012. Jersey City said it was undercounted in 2010, and many in Jersey City say it can surpass Newark as the state’s largest city. (The 2010 census put Newark’s population at 277,486. Census estimates indicate that it has remained about the same since then.)

    But for all the newcomers, old problems remain. The school system is still under state control, and many schools are classified as failing. Crime is a problem in neighborhoods that have not prospered in the boom. In 2013, the mayor said, “we had a fairly bad year if you look at the murder rate.” The city recorded 18 homicides, up from 13 in 2012.

    “Jersey City has changed for the better,” said Peter Miller, who paints scenery for Broadway shows and movies and has lived in Jersey City since 1985. “There was a time when you were nervous about walking home from the PATH train at 11 o’clock at night. Rent prices, on the other hand, have gone up, and now we have a Starbucks.”

    A version of this article appears in print on January 24, 2014, on page A23 of the New York edition with the headline: Much Transformed, Jersey City Is Ready to House Super Bowl Teams. Order Reprints|Today's Paper|Subscribe

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/ny...home.html?_r=1
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    Cool JC Makes Super Bowl Program Cover and Tickets!!

    Even though it is only a small part of the JC skyline and Liberty State Park in the background of the photo, it is still is a big deal and bonus that the NFL came out and recognized Jersey City and featured us on the cover along with the NYC skyline. Again this is great publicity for Jersey City along with hosting the Kickoff Concert Spectacular, hosting the Broncos and Seahawks, branding Downtown JC with Super Bowl banners along with all the great and positive press that Jersey City has been getting this past year for the development and restaurant boom.

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    Super Bowl 2014: NFL says game program cover shows off Jersey City

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    See that red circled speck in the background of the Super Bowl game program cover? As some eagle-eyed readers noted, that's Jersey City. And according to the NFL, that's part of the reason both New Jersey and New York are covered (we didn't agree earlier on Monday). Here's what a league spokesperson told us about the photo that will be featured:

    "The cover says New York/New Jersey at the bottom of the photo. The photo, taken at the top of Rockefeller Center, includes Jersey City. It shows part of the NYC skyline looking across the Hudson River (which borders both NJ and NYC) to Jersey City, where both Super Bowl teams are staying. The Super Bowl logo is a reverse view. It is the stadium in New Jersey with elements of the NYC skyline in the background."

    It also happens to be the photo used on Super Bowl tickets, as the NFL's Brian McCarthy tweeted on Monday:



    Also note what Giants owner John Mara said before the cover was released, via The Star-Ledger's Dave Hutchinson: "[New York and New Jersey] cooperated with each other very nicely. Certainly, making sure New Jersey doesn't get left in the cold is a challenge for us. We certainly want the state of New Jersey to feel like they’re a huge part of this game because they are."

    Readers: Do you still think it's a Super Snub?

    http://www.nj.com/super-bowl/index.s...rsey_city.html

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