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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Schroeder Lofts

The east facade brickwork along Erie Street is nearly finished.

Windows along the front of the building are being installed.

The backside of the building along the Eleventh Street Overpass still needs plenty of bricks.

The western facade is rapidly getting bricks installed and will probably be finished by week's end.


Hamilton Square

More bricks have been pulled off the largest tower left from the old hospital. Below, a view from the southern end of Hamilton Park looking east.

A view along McWilliam's Place of the large hole where Pavonia Avenue will be restored.

And a view from Erie Street.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

229 Montgomery Street Final Stages

Watching this project sprout from an empty lot nearly two years ago makes it kind of exciting to see finishing touches like perimeter fences going in.


Monday, December 18, 2006

Metropolis Towers Future Configuration

There has been much speculation over what is being built, what has been proposed, and what is just rumor over at the Metropolis Towers ever since demolition of the low-rise retail strip connecting the two existing towers began a few weeks back.

Emporis, the internet treasure trove of skyscraper information, lists three phases of construction. Referencing architectural renderings from DMR Architects, we created a map of the future expansion. The maps are speculative. By no means is it certain that this is the final site plan, if and when any part of this complex is built. Directly below is a map of the current configuration. Below that a map of the future expansion.

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

111 First Street Coming Down

Usually we're photographing buildings as they go up. But of course, 111 First needs to first come down before something can go up. A whole floor was removed this week.

Looking along First Street.

The smell of mildew still permeated the air even though workers had not been on the job for hours.

Despite all the debate about preserving the building, there really is only one element of the building worth saving:



From first street, progress on the back of the building is evident as another floor's windows have been installed.

From the southwest corner of the building, nearest the light rail:

Below, the light rail twists around the corner of the building.

Windows are also going in along Washington Street.


77 Hudson

Not much more appears to have been done at 77 Hudson Street. We assume this is mostly because the pilings are being hammered into the ground, and thus no dramatic changes can be seen.


Grove Pointe

The southeast corner of the tower along Columbus and Marin Blvd.

Looking east from the recently opened Grove Street PATH station park.


Montgomery Greene Getting Detail Work

Awning glass has been installed at the corner of Montgomery and Greene Streets.

The backside and the Greene street facade:


Trump Towers

The eastern most edge of the towers has been poured.

The Trump towers rising along Washington Street.

The northern wall of the towers. These windows will face the Powerhouse building.


Gulls Cove

The backside of Gulls Cove from Grand Street.

From edge of Paulus Hook, the light rail passes by on its way to the Marin Blvd. Station, just in front of Gulls Cove.


Saturday, December 16, 2006

Liberty Harbor North

Plenty of things are happening at Liberty Harbor North even if the facades along Grand Street aren't changing very much. Indeed, much of the construction south of Grand street is coming along with a second tower (or second part of the first tower) getting its steal frame, seen here on the far right, and again below.

Furthermore, workers are now laying the framing for the curb of a road running alongside the southern section of the development, parallel to the light rail line.

Below the new road's curb is getting its framing. Above, the skyline of Liberty Harbor North, looking northeast from Jersey Avenue light rail station.

Facades going in along Grand Street.

Again, more steal framing is going next to the already fairly high tower.


Grove Street Park

The small park at the Grove Street PATH station has been reopened, though hopefully this is not the finish product.


Friday, December 15, 2006

Westin Hotel

Another week, another floor:

Below, looking south from the parking garage ramp.


The Shore Club at Sunset

The North tower seems to be taking off.

Below the mid rise facade connecting the towers looks like its really coming together.

More Glass is being installed on the south tower every day.


Thursday, December 14, 2006

Newport Residences Proposed and Under Construction

While the proposed Aqua and Ellipse may not break ground for a few months or even years, that shouldn't keep you from knowing where these new towers are going. And just in case you don't get out to Newport much, we've included the Shore Club, currently under construction, as well as the existing towers.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Bricking Up Schroeder Lofts

The eastern wall of the Schroeder Lofts is finally receiving its bricking:

As is the western wall:

Also, the window boxes that jut out from the building are beginning to get frames, which we assume means glass can't be too far off.


Hamilton Square

Demolition continues at the Hamilton Square site. The tallest building on the lot continues to lose its facade:

The older building on the southern end of the project along Eighth Avenue still is mostly together. View of the Erie Street facade.

Pavonia Avanue will eventually be restored below:


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

99 Montgomey Street

The back side of 99 Montgomery Street:


Monday, December 11, 2006

Newark Avenue Shopping Guide

1 Pinos Pizza <br />2 unisex salon 3 Chinese restaurant  4 chiropractor  5 Brennon’s Florist 6 American Home Realty 7 grocery  8 Sovereign Bank 9 tattoo parlor  10 veterinarian  11 International Style Salon 12 Hollywood Fried Chicken 13 Its Greek to Me 14 North Fork Bank 15 Rickies Hair  16 Village Tropical  17 Saigon Café  18 Bank of America  19 Super Discount 20 deli, grocer 21 Chinese restaurant  22 Helen’s Ice Cream 23 Helen’s  Pizza  24 Top Fasion  25 Mr. Gusto Spanish Food  26 My Way Grocery 27 liquor store<br />28 World Style Vintage 29 Fruit Market Grocery 30 Washington Mutual  31 bodega 32 National Discount Store 33 99 Cent Dream 34 Morlees Men’s Shop 35 36 deli 37 Milano Furniture  38 Sleep Cheap 39 CH Martin 40 Gold Coast Gym 41 wireless center 42 BBB Department Store 43 Downtown Hardware 44 Value-Plus 45 Jersey City Taekwondo 46 The Spot Electronics 47 LITM Lounge 48 grocery 49 Synergy Gym 50 Tortillos Grill 51 Sharon Nails 52 99 Cent SuperStore 53 HR Block  54 Golden Dry Cleaners 55 Hudson Camera 60 Dunkin Donuts 61 grocery 62 McDonalds 63 Avalon Realty 64 deli, grocery 65  Jemma Loan Co. 66 Bank of America 67 Nory’s Hair Salon 68 1st Second Mortgage Company 69 Galleria Hudson art and frame 70 Personal Touch Salon 71 salon 72 Nail Tek


First Street Off Newark Avenue

A small complex on First Street just off Newark Avenue under construction. We're assuming by the look of it that its residential.


Saturday, December 9, 2006

Trump Tower

The west tower of the Trump Jersey City complex is really beginning to take shape at the corner of Washington Street. Behind the camera is Washington Commons.

The powerhouse is behind Trump Towers with the Washington Street facade.

The north side of the building.

The eastern tip of the building from Harborside Financial Center. Grove Pointe is on the left hand side.


Shore Club

Jersey City's Shore Club continues its ascent. Below, the North Tower from Washington Street.

The future entrance of the Shore Club along Newport Parkway and River Drive:

The North Tower and the low rise section connecting the two towers from River Drive.

Both towers:


Westin Hotel Jersey City

From Washington Street looking west:

The corner of Sixth Street and Washington Blvd.


The Hudson

At least one piling has been driven into the ground where The Hudson is set to rise.


Metropolis Towers

Workers seem to be doing something to a concrete slab. We're uncertain if this is the remains of the older, low rise structure, or freshly laid concrete.



Brick work continues on the Athena:

The south east corner of the tower, looking up.


Pilings, Dirt Piles at 77 Hudson

Plenty of steel pilings are now in the ground at 77 Hudson Street:

Below, looking south with the Goldman Sachs and Liberty Towers in the Background.


111 First Street Demolition Begins

After months of controversy, construction on the new 111 First has begun with the demolition of the old building. Our understanding is, these bricks will be used on the facade of the new structure. Below, Washington Street looking north.

The south east corner of the building:

Looking south along Washington Street.

Athena rises behind the north east corner as workers remove bricks from the top floors.


Liberty Harbor North

The eastern end of the complex as seen from Grove Street.

Below, from Grand Street looking south:

Along Grand Street, historic buildings are being incorporated into the final version of the project. Old world meets new:

A tower in Liberty Harbor North is rising. Beyond that, the first floors of yet another building are beginning to grow.

The end of the concrete tower and the frame of the newest building in the complex should be marking the first east - west street in the community.

Below, the northwest corner along Grand Street.

Grand Street looking east:


Gulls Cove

Gulls Cove is rising along Marin Blvd, across the street from the Marin Blvd. light rail station. Below, the southeast corner of the building from where Marin crosses the light rail tracks.

And from the light rail station:

A tower in the Liberty Harbor North complex rises to the west of Gulls Cove. In the foreground, the light rail station.

The light rail arriving in the station:

And finally, the north west corner of the building from Grand Street.


Grove Pointe

The Grove Pointe Tower at the intersections of Newark and Christopher Columbus:

The building combines a low rise structure with a high rise tower.


Metropolis Towers Demolition

The Metropolis Towers will soon have another two buildings on the lot replacing the walkway and strip mall that once connected the two older buildings. From Montgomery Street looking North, it is clear that the demolition of the previous structure is nearly complete.

Below, the low rise portion of the Columbus Tower is seen on the far side of Christopher Columbus Drive while the site of the new Metropolis Towers is in the foreground.


Friday, December 8, 2006

Downtown Construction Map

Downtown Jersey City with construction projects labeled (See list below).

Map of Downtown Jersey City with Construction Projects Labeled

1. Libert Harbor North
2. Gulls Cove
3. K Hovanian at Paulus Hook
4. Liberty Pointe
5. Grandview
6. 77 Hudson
7. 99 Mongtomgery Street
8. Montgomery Greene
9. Metropolis Towers
10. Grove Pointe
11. Columbus Tower
12. Washington Commons
13. Trump Towers
14. Powerhouse
15. 111 First Street
16. The Hudson
17. Harbor Lights, Waldo Lofts
18. Athena
19. Westin Hotel
20. Shore Club
22. St. Francis / Hamilton Square
23. Schroeder Lofts
24. 833 Jersey Ave


Hamilton Square

The Hamilton Square project, a redevelopment of the former St. Francis Hospital, is progressing rather quickly. When the project is finally completed, Pavonia Avenue will be restored between Erie and McWilliams Place. Below, the path has been cut between the buildings as seen looking east from the Hamilton Park Gazebo;

And from the southeast quadrant of the park:

From McWilliam's Place, the rubble of the old hospital building is visible.

The old hospital facade along eighth street, looking east:

From Erie Street:

Ninth Street looking west from Erie:

Ninth Street looking East:


Schroeder Lofts

The southwest corner of the building:

The corner of Erie and Tenth:

Looking north along Tenth Street.


The Hudson

The Hudson is to be a mixed use building-- three buildings actually-- located within the Powerhouse Arts District. Below it seems ground has finalyl broken for the project:


The Shore Club

The Shore Club is rising along the water front of Jersey City. Below, the south tower next to some of the older Newport residences as seen from Erie Street.


Thursday, December 7, 2006

Montgomery Greene

The street level facade of the Montgomery-Greene building as it appears along Greene Street.


Montgomery Street Condo

We've been following this little building for more than a year. Below, the landscaping has been installed leading to the secondary building.

The top floor appears to have a little something extra on the roof. Below, Montgomery Street:


Tuesday, December 5, 2006


Seven projects are visible from a single photographic frame in downtown Jersey City. Below, the photo looking south from the median of Washington Blvd.

Westin Hotel

Work continues on the Jersey City hotel. From across Washington Blvd looking west with the Newport Mall parking garage in the background.

The northern side of the building:


Ariel Hoboken

A small 21 Condo building going up on Jackson Street in Hoboken:


Monday, December 4, 2006

Clam Broth House

The Clam Broth House in Hoboken:


Sunday, December 3, 2006

W Hotel Hoboken

The W Hotel in Hoboken has either put Hoboken on the map or totally ruined the W's street cred, depending on who you ask. Either way, construction presses forward.

Looking south from 3rd Street

And West from Sinatra Drive:

In hole in the ground:


Columbus Tower

Columbus Tower continues to receive glass and facade bricks. Below, Metropolis towers are in the background. The picture is from Morgran Street looking southwest with Washington Commons and Trump Towers behind the photographer.

Similar location but with Grove Pointe on the right side of the picture as well.

The northeast corner of the building:

The southeast corner along Christopher Columbus looking west towards Grove Pointe.

Looking due south THROUGH the building. The picture is taken from Steuben Street looking towards Metropolis Towers, which are quite washed out by the bright sunlight on the other side of the building. Note the the car in the picture and consider for a moment the scale of this opening:

Steuben Street looking east.

Columbus Tower is Tall:

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77 Hudson Street

At 500 feet or so, 77 Hudson street will soon be one of the tallest buildings in New Jersey, just a block away from 30 Hudson Street, the Goldman Sachs tower and Jersey's tallest. 77 Hudson was previously planned as an office tower not more than 30 or so stories. That plan was scrapped with the softening of the Jersey City office space market and the rise of apartment sale prices and rentals. While the project hasn't yet risen above street level, there are pilings in the ground as seen in this photo from the southwest corner:

Below, the northwest corner with Liberty Towers and Goldman Sachs behind the site.


Grove Pointe Backside

Grove Pointe's lower section along Morgan Streets, from the corner of Morgan and Marin.

The same corner looking straight up:

The magnitude of Grove Pointe is best realized from the back. The multiple elevations of the Grove Street / Newark Avenue facade hide the full scale of the building. But along Marin Blvd, there is nothing but a 30 story wall.


Gulls Cove With Water Views

Gulls Cove rises across the marina from the western tip of Paulus Hook. The light rail line runs in front of the building.

Below Gulls Cove I rises with Liberty Harbor North growing the background.


Washington Commons

Washington Commons seems to have missed much of the buzz surrounding other similar projects. Directly across the street from the Trump complex, most of the exterior work on Washington Commons seems to have been completed.

Looking south along Washington Street:

Post-modern glory:


Two Second Street

Two Second Street has recently gained approval for development. The empty lot from the waterfront park:

And of course, it wouldn't be a waterfront project unless there was a building who's residents were about to lose their skyline views:

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Trump Towers

The Trump building is progressing quickly with the footprint of the western tower becoming clearly defined. Below, the tower's offset, indented walls will provide plenty of views. Until the second tower is built, no doubt.

Looking west, we see Washington Commons and Columbus Tower.

At the corner of Washington and Bay Streets, the tower hugs the road:

The building facing Washington Street:

Looking west:


Observer Lofts

Hoboken's Observer Lofts have gone up quickly at the corners of Monroe and the Observer Parkway.


Athena Gets Brick, Windows

The facade of The Athena building on Washington Blvd in Jersey City started going up on the lower floors as well as the installation of more windows. Below, the windows along Metro Plaza Drive, looking west.

Bricks are being installed along Washington Blvd.

A wider angle view reveals (left, center) the tip of the Columbus Tower.

Washington Blvd full reveal:

From Second Street looking west.

The back of the building looking east.

Windows are being installed in the back of the building, below them is what we assume is the angled floors of the parking garage.


700 Grove

700 Grove is the soon to be completed project on the Hoboken - Jersey City border, just north of the NJ Transit tracks leading to the Hoboken terminus.

Grove Street looking south:

The corner of Newark Ave / Street and Grove Street, across the street from Hoboken's drive through liquor store. No, we don't have a picture of the drive through liquor store.

The facade along Grove:

Below, the building from Jersey City looking north along Grove into Hoboken. Excellent views of the rail line will no doubt prove a huge selling point for transportation buffs, not so much for everyone else.


Saturday, December 2, 2006

The Shore Club North Tower

The Shore Clubs twin towers are quickly rising on the Newport water front. Below, both towers are seen looking southeast from the parking lot of Target.

The North Tower.

Below, looking due east from Washington Blvd.

Below, the south tower rises alongside one of Newport's older towers, although in a community only two decades new, its all relative.

The two towers as they rise on either side of the existing tower.


Schroeder Lofts

Looking west along 10th Street we catch a glimpse of the corner of the the loft buildings.

Below, the same corner from below, looking north, sort of.

The Schroeder Lofts as they appear looking east along 10th Street.

Some of the windows are installed along the front facade of the lofts on 10th Street.

The back end of the building butts against the elevated 11th Street / Mall entrance. Great views of that and the entrance to Holland Tunnel may not appear in the brochure.

Below, the lofts as they appear along Erie Street.


The Cliffs

The Cliffs, lofts cut on the western most edge of Hoboken are hugging Paterson-Plank Road. The brick is original to the factory that had been there.

The columns of the old structure along Hope Street. We have to ask, is this really enough of the previous building to consider the new structure "historic"?


833 Jersey Avenue

Ground has broken on 833 Jersey Avenue, though little else has been done. Below is the site along Jersey Avenue at the corner of 18th Street looking west toward Jersey City Heights.

Below, looking across the empty lot next to 833 Jersey Avenue, on the corner of 17th Street and Jersey; plenty of dirt has been piled up nicely where 833 is set to grow. The stout little tower to the west is a self storage center.


Friday, December 1, 2006

Jersey Avenue Shopping Guide

Business director for Jersey Avenue, Jersey City including restaurants, bars, services, boutiques

10 Brownstoner Diner 11 Carry Pharmacy 12 Bubby’s Burritos  13 Main Library  14 Willie’s Liquors  15 Woof N’ Wash Pet Salon   16 Portfolio Inc   17 Del Forno Realtor   18 Icon Hair Salon<br />19 Esperanto Pizza  20 Norman’s Pharmacy  22 Subia’s Market  23 Kady’s Salon  24 Antiques   25 electronics  26 Shoe Fetish  27 Sushi Tango  28 Big Chef  29 bagel / deli  30 Carolina’s Laundromat   31 Nicole’s Restaurant   32 Feed Your Soul cookies 33 Lee Fish Market  34 Imagine Atrium books  35 Sweet Priscilla  36 Meat Market  37 Bob’s Shoe Repair  38 travel agent  39 Galleria Hudson art and frames  40 1st 2nd Mortgage Co.  41 Nory’s Hair Salon  42 Village Tropical   43 North Fork Bank  44 Its Greek To Me  45 Hollywood Chicken  46 Ricky’s Hair Salon  47 Jemma Loan Co.  48 Saigon Cafe  49 Bank of America  50 discount store  51 deli, grocer


Upper Grand 1000 Jefferson

The southern end of the development along Madison Street from the ShopRite Parking Lot in the northwest corner of Hoboken:

These seem to be pretty much the generic five story condo complex. That being said, we hope these units come with large kitchens, otherwise the only advantage these have -- being directly across the street from the ShopRite (and not much else) -- won't be much of a selling point.


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