Westin Hotel Victim of Arson

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 | Waterfront, Westin Hotel | 522 views | Permalink |

A fire was set in the tenth floor of the Westin Hotel yesterday. The Westin, originally scheduled to open early this fall, is a 22 story tower on Washington Blvd and Sixth Street. Based on evidence at the scene, arson was immediately suspected in the two alarm fire. The 429 room hotel is near completion; […]

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City Waterfalls Visible from Waterfront

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Monday, June 30th, 2008 | Waterfront | 572 views | Permalink |

Waterfalls installed in New York City’s East River were turned on last week, just in time to compliment the Independence Day Fireworks Show. The Governor’s Island installation is visible from Jersey City’s waterfront. The waterfalls, the brainchild of artist Olafur Eliasson cost more than $15 million and will be on display through the middle of […]

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Philipine American Festival in Exchange Place

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Monday, June 30th, 2008 | Waterfront | 823 views | Permalink |

Sunday Afternoon in Exchange Place in downtown Jersey City was the Philipine-American Festival hosted on the waterfront. Sunday afternoon’s severe thunderstorms eventually rained out events like Philipine Idol and several people were injured by tents blowing in the wind. Sunday morning though, the sky was sunny and the organizers were preparing for the event.

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Aqua Tower to Double Retail

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 | Newport, Shopping | 484 views | Permalink |

Newport’s Aqua tower which recently started getting its exterior cladding is set to amend its final design phase, according to the Jersey Journal. The tower was originally planned as having 16,000 square feet of retail but is bumping that to 34,610 feet. The total residential unit count is going from 358 to 355. The Aqua […]

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Aqua Tower Getting Skin

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Friday, June 20th, 2008 | Newport | 588 views | Permalink |

Newport’s Aqua Tower is finally getting a glass and concrete skin. The tower’s shell was topped off months ago, yet little progress was made on the exterior. The base of the tower will be the east side of the Newport River Market, a marketing moniker created by the Lefraks with the hope of bringing more […]

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Summer Retail Thriving Downtown

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 | Grove Street, Newark Ave, Newport, Shopping | 604 views | Permalink |

NewportMorton Williams opened yesterday in the base of the Shore Club in Newport. The high end grocery store is responsible for Newport rescinding the summer farmer’s market at the Pavonia PATH station. The waterfront location is the first in New Jersey for the New York chain of premium grocers. Kim’s Video in Newport is rumored […]

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Newport Aqua Tower

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Sunday, May 4th, 2008 | Aqua, Newport | 710 views | Permalink |

The Aqua tower under construction now will soon be the newest rental tower in the Newport section of Jersey City. Seen here from the Hoboken Terminal, the tower rises in front of two condominium towers. The base of the building will contain retail and form a “river market.”

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New Abatement Scheme Could Breath Life into Monaco Towers

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 | Monaco Towers, Newport | 678 views | Permalink |

Back in January, Roseland properties wanted to alter the terms of their 2006 abatement, from a 20 year program to 10. The developer was having trouble securing financing for the project even though they essentially broke ground last May. The council rejected the changes in January. The 47 story project includes about 520 rental apartments; […]

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Westin Hotel to Have Steakhouse

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Monday, March 17th, 2008 | Newport | 596 views | Permalink |

The currently under construction Westin Hotel will be home to a “signature steakhouse” according to Starwood Hotels website. The hotel is set to open November 1, and is currently considering group reservations only. UPDATE The steakhouse planned for the Westin Hotel will be South City Prime, a new division of South City Grill. South City […]

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Bear Stearns Loss May Be Jersey City’s Gain

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Monday, March 17th, 2008 | Waterfront | 758 views | Permalink |

Over the weekend, investment bank Bear Stearns collapsed and sold itself to JP Morgan Chase. On the whole, the melt down at Bear Stearns may signal more trouble ahead for investment banks, a major industry in New York and in Jersey City’s waterfront business district. But at the same, the sale to JP Morgan may […]

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