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    Downtown Jersey City Update


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    mmmm. that soup looks good

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastMillinocket View Post
    mmmm. that soup looks good
    That wasn't soup , but a delicious tortellini Alfredo with Vegetables

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    Cool Zagat Fawns Over JC and New bar and Restaurants in Works

    Great pics Nexis and Tbal; Jersey City is booming like never before!! Great segway actually to my post with the food picture. Bars and restaurants in Jersey City are opening left and right. JC is really the United Nations when it comes to food for NJ. Here are some food and bar news in JC:

    -I was Downtown today and saw that at 143 Newark Avenue, the building with the long lot next to it, has a storefront shed to start the interior work of renovating has gone up and the lot next to it which will become a pedestrian walkway with shops between Newark and Columbus has been cleared out and construction workers are working in it. Hard Grove Café will be moving from the corner of Grove and Columbus to 143 Newark Ave.

    -The Thirsty Quaker home brew store is a welcomed addition to Jersey City's booming craft beer scene: http://thirstyquaker.com/

    -Monty's Public House is moving along swiftly now, at the former Hudson Camera, and should open soon. There Facebook page is showing some amazing work: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Monty...63692473799989

    -At the old pharmacy space between Two Boots Pizza and Sawadee Thai will be the newest location of Asbury Park's famous Porta Pizzeria. Work has already started there: http://www.seeninjerseycity.com/2014...a-getting.html

    -At the base of Grove Point on Marin Blvd, Master Chocolatier Eric Girerd has decided to open a second location in Jersey City for his shop, L’ Atelier du Chocolat. The first shop is at 59 West 22nd St. in NYC: http://thejerseycitylife.com/2014/03...n-grove-marin/

    -Tea NJ, which moved from Union City to Jersey City, opened recently in the Village section of Downtown JC, and has been doing very well: http://teanewjersey.com/

    -Batello's moved into the old space of Michael Anthony's off of Washington Blvd. It opened with a star studded celebrity filled event: http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...t_river_hudson

    Finally The Coffee Shop, which seems like it will be part Bistro and and part Sports Bar at night, is going to be moving into the space of the old Dunkin Dounts and Coldwell Bank Realty on the corner of Newark and Grove. Major work is being done inside.

    On top of the flurry of new places opening up, places that have recently opened such as Downtown Yogurt, Word Bookstore, Orale Mexican Café, Liberty Prime Steakhouse, Park and Sixth Gastro Pub. are all doing extremely well. Jersey City is the place to be for culinary experiences that you cannot find anywhere else in New Jersey!!! There is a great blog for Jersey City foodies called "Jersey City Eats'. They review many different types of resturants throughout JC. http://jerseycityeats.blogspot.com/

    That being said, Zagat just did an article on 7 of their favorite places in JC as reason for NY'ers to take the PATH to JC: Jersey City really is becoming a great city; already the best in NJ!!

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    7 Reasons to Take the Train to Jersey City

    By Emily Saladino
    April 14, 2014



    New Yorkers, take note: a culinary revolution is happening just a bridge and tunnel away. Jersey City, that PATH-adjacent all-star occasionally called "the sixth borough," is now home to some of the most creative cooking in the tri-state area. Lured by lower rents and larger spaces, big-city talent from the likes of Nobu and Momofuku has been quietly relocating to the coolest corner of the Garden State. Hungry straphangers feast on heritage smoked duck at a 12-seat chef’s table in the Heights, sample hand-spun truffles at a new sweets shop or carbo-load with creations by a Jersey strong James Beard favorite. Here are seven reasons to cross the river this spring.

    Slide show of their 7 favorites here: http://www.zagat.com/b/7-reasons-to-...sey-city-n.j#1
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    I created a thread for the constant Newark vs Jersey City arguments that frequently derail this thread. Please keep those arguments there.
    http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showth...l=1#post445651

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    Wait...so let me get this straight. There's a PIZZA place opening next to Two Boots? I mean Two Boots doesn't have the best pizza but they do have a liquor license with a halfway decent beer selection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbal View Post
    Wait...so let me get this straight. There's a PIZZA place opening next to Two Boots? I mean Two Boots doesn't have the best pizza but they do have a liquor license with a halfway decent beer selection.
    Yeah I know Porta is more Italian with a large pizza selection as oppose to Two Boots which is like creative take out pizza with good beer. I've eaten at the Monk Room in Newark this past weekend and it will be the same owners and the food was amazing with a great beer selection and liquor license. I think it will be ok. This chain has a huge following in Asbury Park and I expect their reputation to proceed them.

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    Thumbs up Butler Bros Warehouse Renovation To Start

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    JC Warehouse Apts. Will Join an Influx

    By Antoinette Martin | New Jersey
    Last Updated: April 17, 2014 11:04am ET[

    JERSEY CITY, NJ−The hot Jersey City market where Mill Creek Residential will introduce 268 new units at the historic warehouse it has just purchased for renovation, is expected to stay hot for the forseeable future.

    This is true, says HFF, despite the gushing pipeline of projects under construction, planned or proposed for the Hudson waterfront in New Jersey.

    In its first-quarter report, HFF said the apartment market along the Gold Coast is still riding a wave of strong demand that began cresting in 2010. The Hudson County rental apartment occupancy rate averaged 96% last year, according to various estimates.

    Average rental rates increased from $2,676 in 2012 to $2,714 in 2013, an increase of 1.5%, according to Reis real estate data. Rents are up 3.5% since peak levels seen in early 2008.

    “Demand is projected to remain steady,” says HFF’s Jose R. Cruz, “and grow another 1.6% over the next five years.” Rent growth will be “slightly mitigated” due to the fact that more than 10,000 new units are in the pipeline along the waterfront.

    In its Q1 report, HFF says due to the influx of new units, vacancy is projected to rise to 5.4% by 2017.


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    JERSEY CITY, NJ−A 1905 warehouse building here that the owner tried to have demolished five years ago claiming it was under structural duress has been sold to Mill Creek Residential for $38 million.

    Mill Creek will rehabilitate and reuse the historic Butler Brothers Warehouse building as a 377-unit residential building with retail, artist studio/gallery and parking.

    Cole Schotz real estate attorneys advised the seller - the company known as 350 Warren LP - in the sale. Developer Bob Lehrer, the principal owner of the structure, had originally pursued his own plan to build a condominium tower at the core of the structure. In 2008, he told the city structural engineers had declared the building unsound and needed to be razed, but they were openly skeptical.


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    City officials denied Lehrer permission to take the building down, and subsequently declared it a historic property. The downtown area where the building is situated is known as the Powerhouse Arts District and has been a longtime focal point for arts-related development.

    The sale of the 500,000-square-foot building at 350 Warren Street closed on April 9, according to Cole Schotz.

    The Cole Schotz team was led by Leo V. Leyva, Joseph Barbiere and John S. Stewart, who were assisted by paralegal Thomas Vogel.

    The Cole Schotz real estate group is among the state’s largest real estate practices and has been instrumental in the development of the New Jersey Gold Coast, working with national and local developers, as well as institutional investors in all types of commercial real estate projects.


    About Our Columnist
    Antoinette Martin Antoinette Martin, the New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com, has written about real estate since 2001 for various publications including The New York Times. She has been a daily newspaper reporter in Hartford and Detroit, a magazine writer, and freelance contributor and editor for magazines.

    http://www.globest.com/news/12_838/n...0417:editorial
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    Thumbs up Newark Ave to become ped plaza/Bike Share to Start in Summer

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    Plaza to Enhance Vibrant Downtown Commercial and Cultural enter with Expanded Outdoor Dining & Entertainment

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    JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today a plan to convert a portion of Newark Avenue into a pedestrian plaza to enhance the City’s vibrant downtown commercial and cultural district and support the City’s growing ‘Restaurant Row.’

    With tens of thousands of people passing through the adjacent Grove Street PATH plaza daily, dozens of restaurants and shops in the downtown Newark Avenue area and a thriving arts and cultural scene, Mayor Fulop wanted to expand the district’s useable area by closing the roadways to vehicular traffic and designing a pedestrian plaza. Specifically, Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Barrow Street and Erie Street from Newark Avenue to Bay Street would be closed to vehicular traffic allowing restaurants to set up outdoor dining and create additional performance spaces.

    The area hosts more than a dozen outdoor concerts and performances annually through the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s ‘Groove on Grove’ concert series, JC Fridays and the Creative Grove Arts Market. These are all expected to grow with the creation of the new pedestrian plaza on Newark Avenue.

    “Jersey City is a dynamic urban area and a true pedestrian city where residents want to be able to move freely between our shops and restaurants and take in the culture of our city,” said Mayor Fulop. “As we work to develop Jersey City into the best mid-size city in America, we want to capitalize on all of our assets. We have an amazing plaza at Grove PATH and by extending the successful promenade further into Newark Avenue we are able to grow our commercial and cultural community.”

    The administration will present the measure to the City Council at their meeting next week.

    The ordinance, which will go into effect for the summer months and serve as a trial run for up to one year, would also create more foot traffic in the down area thereby stimulating the local economy. The measure has gained the support of the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District, who is partnering on the creation and on-going maintenance of the new promenade.

    “The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID) applauds Mayor Fulop and the City Council for making this innovative project a reality,” said HDSID Board President John Reichart. “We are excited to partner with the city in furthering the revitalization of the district by building a safe, multi-functional pedestrian promenade where the public can gather, socialize and take advantage of our tremendous and ever-growing variety of eateries, shops, and markets.

    The weekly community events sponsored by the HDSID, along with the ongoing residential development in the neighborhood has created a dynamic urban environment.”

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    The ordinance will be up for its first hearing tonight at the city council meeting and will be up for its second reading and final vote on May 14th. This is very exciting and I expect it to pass with little to no push back and be in place this June. This type of "road dieting" is something JC can become a leader in; take part of a major street and reclaim it for pedestrians is awesome! These events will become basically weekly block long street bazzars. With the little pedestrian alley under construction that will be lined with shops and bars between Columbus and Newark will act as a small extension. Hopefully there will be other places in JC that this can be done. This ties into the bottom article with JC getting ready to implement its new bike sharing program with the cities of Hoboken and Weehawken.

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    Jersey City to join Hoboken, Weehawken in bike-share program

    By Mike D'Onofrio/The Jersey Journal
    on April 23, 2014 at 9:06 AM, updated April 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM


    Mayor Dawn Zimmer speaks during the launch of Hoboken's bike-share and bike rental programs in partnership with SoBi, Bike and Roll and E3Think May 16, 2013, as "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro Jr., left, listens (Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal)

    Jersey City is shifting its bike-share program into a higher gear.

    At its caucus meeting on Monday, the Jersey City Council introduced an agreement for how NJ Bikeshare LLC will implement and operate the city’s bike-share, which will be a part of a regional program with Hoboken and Weehawken.

    The details of the contract describe how NJ Bikeshare will manage the new program, including how much time will be allotted to repair broken bikes, said Domenick Bauer, aide to Mayor Steve Fulop.

    “This is the final installment of this bike-sharing contract process,” Bauer said.

    If the contract is approved today by the council at its bi-monthly meeting, the next phase for the bike-share program will be to determine where to place dozens of docking stations around the city.

    Bauer said docking stations will be in every ward in the city, while locations will be based on both neighborhood population density and community input.

    The city awarded a five-year contract with NJ Bikeshare last month for the bike-share program that will connect Jersey City with Hoboken and Weehawken.

    In late February, Hoboken approved its contract for the bike-share program that is expected to be available in the Mile Square City in June.

    Bike-share programs have been gaining in popularity in recent years, with a program on the Rutgers-New Brunswick and Princeton University campuses, in Collingswood and one planned for Red Bank.

    Bike-share programs are also operating in Washington, D.C., Boston and Denver.

    The yearly membership fees for the Jersey City bike-share program will be roughly $90, city officials previously said, but the exact pricing has yet to be determined.

    There will be a minimum of 800 bikes placed throughout the three municipalities, with more than 100 docking stations planned.

    Under the five-year contract, the three cities will share 10 percent of the profits, NJ.com has reported.

    The program is expected to be launched over the summer at no cost to the taxpayers.

    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...t_river_hudson
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    Cool Berry Lane Park Approaching Finish Line

    Berry Lane Park to open next year in Jersey City

    By Mike D'Onofrio/The Jersey Journal
    on April 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM


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    The lights will soon be turned on at Berry Lane Park.

    The installation of more than 100 high-efficiency lights throughout the 17.5-acre park will begin this month, said Ben Delisle, director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, at the Jersey City Council caucus meeting on Monday.

    The third phase of the project, costing approximately $600,000, is expected to be completed within two months, Delisle added.

    The fourth phase of the project is also expected to begin later this year, Delisle said.

    The estimated six-month phase will cost about $6 million and complete the park’s turf baseball and soccer fields, event spaces and more. This phase is planned to be completed in the winter of 2015, Delisle said.

    The city has seen the rebirth of the park since it began the project in 1999.

    When the project began, the area in the Morris Canal neighborhood near Garfield Avenue was a fallow, urban wasteland of abandoned stores and warehouses, parking lots, brown lawns and plagued by environmental issues.

    After years of acquiring property and drawing up plans, the city started construction in 2007 and green fields have since returned to the park. The plan, said Delisle, is a “really a well-planned, well-utilized space.”

    Project costs up until this point have been more than $22 million, Delisle said. The agency has raised more than $25 million for the entire project.

    After phases three and four are completed, the final touches to the park will include the installation of park buildings with concession stands and restrooms, basketball courts, playgrounds, bikeways, a dog run and more.

    Delisle predicted the park will be open to the public sometime in 2015.

    And when that ribbon is cut to open the park after years of planning and construction, it will all be worth the wait, Delisle said.

    “It’s hard — to raise $25 million dollars in bits and pieces and [through] grants over multiple years is a lot of coordination, but it’s worthwhile,” Delisle said.

    “It’s definitely a really great ... and major project for the city.”

    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...t_river_hudson

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    Lightbulb Harbor Lights Abate. Approv...Hartz JSQ Abate. Withdrawn

    Tale of 2 highrises: One abatement advances, another withdrawn in Jersey City

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    The Jersey City City Council voted last night to introduce an ordinance that would grant a 20-year tax abatement for a proposed Downtown building and withdrew an ordinance that would give a 30-year tax abatement for a proposed Journal Square highrise.

    The council voted 6-to-3 to introduce an ordinance that would grant a 20-year tax abatement to the developer of a planned 14-story mixed use building at 160 First St. with council members Richard Boggiano, Michael Yun and Joyce Watterman voting against introduction.

    The project would consist of 145 market rate condominium units, 14 “moderate and/or workforce affordable units,” about 3,800 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 64 parking spaces, the ordinance says.

    The project received site plan approval from the city Planning Board on Feb. 25.

    Under this abatement, the owner would pay 10 percent of the annual income of the property in lieu of taxes and it is estimated that the annual payment would be about $780,000.

    The payment in lieu of taxes would increase in stages over the course of the tax exemption, according to the text of the ordinance.

    A vote for final passage of the ordinance will be held at a future council meeting.

    The council withdrew an ordinance which sought a 30-year tax abatement for a project consisting of a 13-story mixed use building on top of the existing parking deck at 3 Journal Square.

    It would include 240 market rate residences and 2,400 square feet of mixed use space on the ground floor, according to the text of the ordinance.

    The project received site plan approval from the city Planning Board on Dec. 4, 2012.

    The council introduced an ordinance that would amend the McGinley Square East Redevelopment Plan.

    On April 8, the city Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend the city council amend the plan to allow Saint Peter’s University to add 100 feet to its proposed building in the redevelopment area and to include a park in the plan.

    Several residents voiced concerns about aspects of the plan, and one woman told council members that “For the bonus they got in height and density … there must be some compensation for this park’s development.”

    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/inde...t_river_Hudson

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    160 First Street is the Harbor Lights project that will be shoehorned between Waldo Lofts, O'Hara's Bar and the new Art House Development on First St. It will front 2nd St, Marin Blvd, and First St. With 110 First St, 148 First St (Art House), Toll Brothers Provost Square, and now the Butler Bros Warehouse renovation, the Powerhouse Arts District is really coming into focus and growing. Very excited. In regards to the withdrawal of the abatement for Hartz JSQ tower, I can only assume they want to review it more and see if they can reduce it.
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    If 160 First is in fact built as condos, I think the tide is starting to turn away from the flood of literally thousands upon thousands of rental units that are currently under construction. The only other sizable condo project that I'm aware of downtown is 532 Jersey Ave (although even that might be rentals - it's under construction and I'm just speculating that it'll be condo based on the number of units and size of the project).

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    I thought 20 year abatements weren't going to go to downtown developments anymore. Makes no sense the council tabled the 13 story, 240 unit project in Journal Square which ACTUALLY needs developers coming in... council made no sense here.
    That said, very happy to hear 160 First is finally ready to go asap and with the upcoming renovation and opening of the Butler Building as a rental/ retail/ art studio and the Art House to join Waldo Lofts and the Bay Street buildings there looks like a sort of PAD district after all!

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    160 First is eligible for the abatement because, even though it's downtown, it's in the Powerhouse Arts District. I believe this is the only zone in all of downtown where abatements can exceed 5 years. The idea behind it is that there's a requirement to contribute (or contribute money for) affordable housing for artists, and this requirement doesn't exist outside the PAD.

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    ANY word on the first of the Journal Squared towers actually going to be groundbreaking? I've had enough of promises... thought these people behind it had a good reputation for getting things done. What is the holdup this time? Between this and the City Center project just WHEN will something rise out of fenced huge lots?

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