Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

For a Homegrown Cocktail, Check Out These Distilleries Near Your Beacon Apartment

03Aug

During the summertime, there’s nothing like a refreshing cocktail to relax with at your Beacon apartment. However, here in Jersey City, you don’t need to go with run-of-the-mill liquors to enjoy with your cocktail of choice – you can purchase artisan spirits from nearby distilleries.

If you’re ready to mix up your summer drink with some high-quality, homemade liquors, stop by these local distilleries for rum, vodka, gin, whiskey and more that’s made with tender, love and care right here in the Jersey City area.

Corgi Spirits, located at 1 Distillery Dr, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a craft distillery which makes potato-based gins and vodkas as well as cocktails served at their tasting room.

Founded by Robert Hagemann right here in Jersey City and inspired by British distilling traditions and flavors, Corgi Spirits only makes their liquors in small-batches and they have a passion for producing spirits that perfectly reflect their bold, lively character.

Silk City Distillers, located at 321 River Rd # 5, Clifton which is 16 minutes from your Beacon apartment, focuses on bourbon and locally sourced ingredients. They utilize corn, rye and barley from a farm in Sussex and combine them with additional hand-milled grains to create a mash that is both prepared, fermented, distilled and aged on site.

The distillery is owned and operated by three lifelong friends and NJ natives who share the belief that great spirits should be created by hand with quality, local ingredients, and with the passion and dedication of being true to the complete process of distillation.

Corgi Spirits

1 Distillery Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 448-4184

Silk City Distillers

321 River Rd # 5, Clifton, NJ 07014

Outdoor Dining Is Open in Jersey City! Here’s Where To Get a Table

20Jul

After a long few months, you can finally give your Beacon kitchen a rest – outdoor dining is open for business in Jersey City and we are so ready to relax at a patio table with a delicious meal and a nice glass of wine.

Here in Jersey City, lots of our favorite local restaurants are offering outdoor dining and they’re thrilled to welcome back their loyal patrons after a long hiatus. If you’re looking to get some fresh air and finally enjoy a night out on the town, check out these eateries which are now open for outdoor dining with pleasant views, friendly service and, most importantly, top-notch cuisine.

The Lutze, located at 3 2nd St, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an outdoor seasonal restaurant serving ample craft beers and cocktails plus burgers, crab cakes and raw bar eats.

Perfectly situated on the Jersey City waterfront, the Lutze offers amazing views of the New York City skyline which you can enjoy amid delicious food, drinks and games. Influenced by the diversity that has built Jersey City, the Lutze is a gathering place for neighbors and friends.

Porta Jersey City, located at 135 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is nine minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a rustic chic Neapolitan pizza eatery also serving wine, beer and cocktails. A popular spot, they also have locations in Asbury Park and Philadelphia.

With a huge rooftop featuring two full bars with large-screen TVs and its own pizza oven, Porta Jersey City was made for outdoor dining! They also have street café tables as well – make sure you call ahead to make a reservation, since this restaurant fills up quickly.

The Lutze

3 2nd St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 915-8508

Porta Jersey City

135 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 544-5199

Bastille Day is July 14 – Here’s Where To Go for French Fare

13Jul

This July 14, we will celebrate the 231st anniversary of Bastille Day, which is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution. However, you don’t need to have even stepped on French soil to celebrate – instead, you can head to one of the many French eateries we have in our Beacon neighborhood.

If you’re looking to enjoy authentic French dishes such as coq au vin, cassoulet and boeuf bourguignon on Bastille Day, check out some of these French restaurants nearby for a meal that’ll make you feel like you’re dining in the heart of Paris.

Madame Claude Bis, located at 390 4th St, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a cozy, dimly lit cafe with outdoor tables serving up French bistro items.

This typical Parisian bistro is owned by a French husband-and-wife team who have brought French specialties to Jersey City while still utilizing local produce. You’ll love their weekly jazz band, charming atmosphere and cocktail menu of French cordials.

Bistro La Source, located at 85 Morris St, Jersey City which is an eight minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a restaurant with a patio serving French fare such as steak frites and mussels, plus fixed-price meals.

With over 25 years experience as a chef in some of Manhattan’s most prestigious restaurants, owner Bill Spitz takes great pride in the quality and presentation of each dish at Bistro La Source. Seasonal ingredients from local purveyor are always featured on the menu as well as hand-picked wine selections.

Madame Claude Bis

390 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 876-8800

Bistro La Source

85 Morris St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 209-1717

Support These Black-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

08Jul

As protests and social change have made their way across the United States, many of us are trying to find ways we can help our black friends, family and neighbors make a change for the better.

One way we can be supportive in Jersey City is quite simple – we can support our local black-owned businesses by dining at their restaurants or purchasing goods from their stores. It’s a simple act in which we can make a difference!

The Grind Shop, located at 360 Communipaw Ave #3722, Jersey City which is a five minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a counter-serve café known for their La Colombe coffee drinks and pastries in a simple space.

Established in 2015, The Grind Shop is the result of three partners from varying fields of fashion, food, and design and their obsession with coffee and “coffee culture.” Since these friends call Jersey City their beloved home, they knew there was no better place to bring their business.

Jerkin Chicken, located at 234 West Side Ave, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an established, family-run restaurant doling out traditional Jamaican food in a laid-back environment.

For over 20 years, the Mckenzie family has been running Jerkin Chicken for the restaurant’s dedicated crowd of supporters. They started with a simple concept – to provide customers with an authentic taste of Jamaica, the Mckenzie’s native island. Of course, you can’t leave without trying their jerk chicken, which contains no GMOs, hormones or animal by-products.

The Grind Shop

360 Communipaw Ave #3722, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 547-8377

Jerkin Chicken

234 West Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 285-5375

Art Deco Splendor at The Beacon – Features You Won’t Find Anywhere Else in Jersey City (or the USA)

29Jun

While it might have been the amenities and great location that first drew you to The Beacon apartments, when you came for your first tour here you might have noticed that our six apartment buildings weren’t just your average modern luxury apartment buildings. While the apartments themselves are modern and new, The Beacon complex is a historical district here within Jersey City, each of our buildings registered with the National Register of Historic Places for their fabulous art deco exteriors and interiors. Decked in Gatsby glam from floor to ceiling, entering our lobbies can be overwhelming for where to look first.

The first building to be completed (The Orpheum) was built in 1929 and over the next six years all our other buildings opened as part of the Jersey City Medical Center Complex. Debuting right at the beginning of the Great Depression, America was at the peak of it’s art deco building craze. Former Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague was responsible for getting the project completed, and it was such an important event that US President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended the formal dedication in 1936 – thats right, you can tell your friends FDR has been to your apartment. 😉

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Other famous historical art deco buildings, like the Empire State Building, were finished around the same time (and that NYC landmark can be viewed from many of our apartments.)

One of the most stunning displays of art deco design is in our main lobby. The first sight you’ll see upon visiting the Leasing Center, it’s definitely one of the most impressive sights in our complex – if not throughout all of Jersey City. Soaring marble columns, terrazzo flooring, winding stairs cases, etched glass, dazzling crystal chandeliers and moldings you usually only see in museums – you might feel like you’re going to visit the Wizard of Oz! It’s an impactful first impression upon visiting, and one you’ll never tire of coming home to.

A grand art deco feature you’ll find throughout our buildings is the terrazzo flooring – most notably, the honeycomb flooring.

Prominent throughout many of our lobbies and common area, the Beacon honeycomb is a bit of a staple in our community. The perfect backdrop for a brand new pair of Oxfords, it definitely gives our lobbies more of that Gatsby charm.

Like the honeycomb flooring, in our building interiors you’ll also find an array of other art deco graphics. Geometrics were all the rage in the 1920s and 30s, and The Beacon is basically a catalogue for all the popular patterns of the art deco period. Found in our air vents, our flooring, our moldings, and just about every other detail, art deco geometrics are on our full display in every nook and cranny.

Don’t just focus on the floors while you’re here though – you’ll miss a lot if you don’t look up! Original light fixtures can be found throughout our lobbies and halls, many even with original ceiling medallions.

Lighting the way for almost a 100 years, they’re reminiscent of another Beacon of light you can also see from your apartment windows – Lady Liberty herself.

Another exotic element of our interiors you won’t find in any new luxury buildings are the curves – our buildings are full-figured beauties! Curves in the staircases, curves in the terrazzo, curves in the molding, beautiful angles are everywhere throughout our interiors. A popular design during the art deco fashion, they certainly don’t make details like this anymore.

After viewing the interiors, take a walk around our historic grounds and admire the exteriors as well. You’ll find dozens of concrete relief panels, an exterior feature you’ll find on many art deco facades – however you probably won’t find as many as we have. A menagerie of peacocks, floral, fauna and other art deco motifs, our buildings give a whole new meaning to the term concrete jungle.

As you can see, living at The Beacon is not you average experience in modern apartment living – you’ll still live in luxury, but at a whole other level than newer buildings can grant you. With all the grandness of New York City’s art deco skyscrapers, here at The Beacon you can live amongst the history and still have views of New York’s famed landmarks. While we can show you pictures, no photo will ever do justice to the amazing sights you’ll see throughout The Beacon complex. It can be overwhelming, but we promise you it will also be unforgettable.

Come take a tour of our luxury apartments at The Beacon, but enjoy the historical art deco tour as well. You won’t find this much art deco splendor in any other building complex in the country.