Apartment Living

First responders charity cook-off set for Sunday in Jersey City


The friendly rivalry between police and fire departments will reach new heights Sunday when Jersey City hosts its inaugural First Responders Charity Cook-off.

The event will be held at The Beacon, 20 Beacon Way in Jersey City, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jersey City police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians will be on hand, and many of them will be cooking up their favorite dishes hoping to win the favor of the crowd.

Those who purchase tickets will be able to vote for their favorite dishes and a special panel of celebrity judges will also help choose winners in various categories. The celebrity panel includes New Jersey Devils legend Ken Daneyko, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, and “Goodfellas/A Bronx Tale” actor Joey D’Onofrio, among others.

The Beacon Jersey City honored with two historic preservation awards


The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office presented Building and Land Technology (BLT) with historic preservation awards for its successful restoration of two 20th-century Art Deco buildings in Jersey City, which have been transformed into luxury multifamily apartments.

The recently completed Criterion and Hague apartment buildings, which are located within The Beacon complex, were recognized during the 26th annual New Jersey Historic Preservation Awards ceremony. The awards honor projects, groups and individuals dedicated to preserving the state’s architectural, archaeological and cultural history. The completion of these properties fulfills BLT’s ambitious effort to thoroughly restore a collection of iconic architectural gems and transform them into a vibrant, urban residential community. Listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, The Beacon’s architecturally significant buildings have been re-purposed as a modern living experience, which today is home to more than 2,000 residents, 1,155 apartments and many amenities.

Today’s renters say ‘More amenities, please’


Yoga classes, spas, organic gardens, billiard rooms, rooftop terraces, indoor pools, concierge service. And, of course, Wi-Fi, everywhere, all the time. These are among the popular and appealing amenities spreading through New Jersey’s rental properties. Gone are the days when a few tread-mills in a dark basement room or onsite laundry facilities qualified as amenities. In today’s luxury rental market, the amenities are so rich and varied that they often become the deciding factor for discriminating renters.

In fact, the NMHC/Kingsley Associates 2015 Apartment Resident Preferences Survey showed that 94 percent of respondents said their top housing priority was high-speed Internet, beating out runner-ups, such as walk-in closets and a patio or balcony. Some common themes emerge when viewing the landscape of amenities — convenience, relaxation, fitness and connectivity.

“Today’s renters have two burgeoning demographic sectors: millennials who have never owned homes and the baby boomers who once owned, sold and now choose to rent,” said Kristina Hedden, vice president of marketing for BNE Real Estate Group, developer of The Waverly, a luxury rental community in Neptune. “While the needs and financial wherewithal of these two groups may differ, what draws them is the same: maintenance-free living with amenities and services that enhance their lifestyles.”

Renters snap up 115 luxury residences at The Beacon in Jersey City


Nearly 1,000 people recently turned out to celebrate the launch of a new 241-unit luxury rental building located within The Beacon apartment complex in Jersey City. The impressive turnout was the latest example of the public’s interest in new residences at The Beacon, where 115 apartments have been rented throughout the 1,155-unit complex in the past month. The appeal of the residential community is clear: modern residences with upscale finishes and appointments, meticulously restored architectural elements, an unparalleled suite of amenities and services and an incomparable offering of outdoor space located within the community’s vibrant urban setting.

Ex-Hague hospital officially reopens as Art Deco luxury apartments


With a knife and a giant pair of scissors, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop made official the opening of the Hague during Saturday’s “Beacon Birthday” celebration.

The leasing of the new luxury apartment building marks the total fulfillment of a long, ambitious, sometimes-troubled dream to turn a shuttered Art Deco-style hospital fully into “The Beacon,” an eight-unit complex of condos and market rate apartments. The last of those buildings to be opened was the Hague.

First, Fulop cut the red ribbon to the entryway of the building. Then he cut the cake, a fondant-wrapped replica of the Hague building crafted by Carlo’s Bakery.

The ceremony took place at about 3 p.m., following a rapid-paced tour of the Hague from Mitch Bodner, managing director for Beacon development firm Building and Land Technology.

Fulop told a crowd that the completion of The Beacon, one of the biggest historic renovation projects in America, has strong significance for the city. “Jersey City has one of the best renaissance stories in the entire country,” he said, with Bodner and Mauro Castano, of “Cake Boss” fame, by his side.