New Jersey

Art, New Jersey

Photo Credit: SJ Martinez Photography

A massive sculptural portrait was unveiled on the Jersey City waterfront this week, along with a new public plaza. Created by Barcelona-based artist Jaume Plensa, Water’s Soul is a monumental 80-foot-tall sculpture depicting a young person in contemplation. The new permanent artwork sits on the Hudson River in Newport, the master-planned, mixed-use community developed by the LeFrak Organization and Simon Property Group.

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Major Developments, New Jersey, Rentals

Rendering: KRE Group

The final tower of a massive three-building luxury complex in Journal Square broke ground this week, which will eventually add hundreds of apartments to Jersey City’s burgeoning residential neighborhood. Dubbed Journal Squared, the development at the intersection of Pavonia and Summit Avenues includes three high-rise rentals, two of which have already opened. This week local officials joined Kushner Real Estate (KRE) Group and National Real Estate Advisors to celebrate the completed leasing of the 704-unit second phase tower and break ground on the third and last tower, a 60-story structure with 600 residences.

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New Jersey

All photos courtesy of American Dream

The upscale retail and dining wing of New Jersey’s American Dream mall finally opened last week after a pandemic-related delayed. Dubbed “The Avenue,” the 300,000-square-foot hall is anchored by a two-level Saks Fifth Avenue, now the only location in the Garden State. Other stores now open at American Dream include Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, Mulberry, Johnny Was, and renowned Italian restaurant, Carpaccio, the first location of the establishment in the Northeast.

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Cool Listings, New Jersey

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

A huge, historic townhouse at 614 Hudson Street in Hoboken has hit the market for $6,995,000. If it sells for this price, it’ll be the biggest townhouse sale ever in Hoboken and all of Hudson County. The current record holder is 504 Hudson Street, which sold for $6.5 million back in 2016. This new contender was gut renovated in 2017, leaving the main home with 5,600 square feet of stunningly beautiful space, six bedrooms, an elevator, and a roof deck. Notably, the property also has a separate carriage house with a loft apartment, as well as a private two-car garage, which, if you know anything about parking in Hoboken, is the biggest selling point of all.

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Events, New Jersey

Photo courtesy of Wine Fest

Next Friday, September 17, Jersey City Wine Fest is taking place at Harborside’s waterfront property. A ticket will get you samples of both local and international wine, and there will be live entertainment, food, and interactive games (oh yeah, and NYC skyline views!).

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affordable housing, Design, New Jersey, real estate trends

All photos courtesy of Common

Jersey City was recently ranked the 17th-best city in the nation for young professionals, which isn’t surprising considering it’s a 10-minute PATH ride to lower Manhattan and has seen a true artistic renaissance unfold over the last decade. But that doesn’t mean it’s an affordable place for young professionals to live, which is where the new 122-unit micro-apartment property Nest comes in.

Located at 190 Academy Street in Journal Square, the property is overseen by innovative multifamily property manager Common and was developed by KSNY and Strategic Properties. The fully-furnished studio apartments start at just $1,277/month and, in the creative spirit of Jersey City, are showing that affordability doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good design. (And just wait ’til you see the amenities.)

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New Jersey, Restaurants

Photo courtesy of OREO

A sweets shop at New Jersey’s American Dream mall just got even sweeter. The first-ever Oreo cafe opened last week on the top floor of the candy department store IT’SUGAR, a candy and gift shop that measures 22,000 square feet across three levels. The store features a menu of Oreo-inspired desserts, including do-it-your-self customizable treats, and limited-edition cookie merchandise.

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Major Developments, New Developments, New Jersey

Rendering of 26-28 Van Reipen Avenue (left) and 26 Cottage Street (right) courtesy of C3D Architecture

More dense housing developments are headed to transit-rich low-slung parts of Jersey City. In the city’s Journal Square neighborhood, developer Namdar Group plans to add several high-rise residential towers in an area near the PATH train that is currently made up mostly of two- and three-story homes. In total, the Long Island-based developer is bringing six new towers designed by C3D Architecture to a few blocks of Journal Square.

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Cool Listings, New Jersey

Listing photos by Carmen Natale, Rivers Gate Productions

Going off the list of amenities–an indoor half basketball court, three-sided infinity pool, elevator, and wine cellar–you might assume this Morristown, New Jersey home was newly constructed. But the mansion was actually built in 1901 and underwent a gut renovation and expansion. It’s set on two acres, has five bedrooms and a five-car garage, and is on the market for $5,900,000.

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New Jersey, Restaurants

Photo courtesy of Smorgasburg

A massive new beer garden is now open along the Jersey City waterfront. Earlier this summer, open-air market Smorgasburg opened its first-ever New Jersey location at the Harborside campus. This month, the founders of the popular food market opened “Smorgasbar,” a 300-seat outdoor venue with incredible Hudson River and Manhattan skyline views.

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