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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😉
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.
After a chilly spring,
topped with a worldwide quarantine, it’s safe to say we could all use a good
ice cream pick me up right about now. Finally, the time has come – it’s warm
enough to enjoy a delicious ice cream cone from one of the many ice cream
parlors we have near our Jersey City apartments!
If you’re ready to indulge
in a cone, check out one of these parlors for ice cream you can receive through
takeout or delivery. Plus, many of them offer walk-up windows, making getting a
cone to-go easier than ever.
Not too far from home, Conez is a colorful mom and pop shop that has dozens of
hard ice cream flavors, quite a few soft-serve and specialty sundaes to choose
from! You’re all set to stop in and get some for your family, just remember to
wear your mask and keep a safe distance when on-line.
– A Jersey City staple since 1968, Torico is offering both pick-up and delivery
for all it’s hard ice cream flavors. You can still also get their ice cream
cakes, ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches, and all their other special ice
cream delights as long as you put in a special order ahead of time. Their
special ice cream flavors change seasonally, so we’re excited to see what they
have in store for us in this summer!
If your Mother’s Day was like most of us, you probably had to forgo the flowers and the brunch this year and settle for a Mother’s Day visit by Zoom. With dear old Dad’s special day coming up this June, we’re sure many Fathers are ready to share a bit of the glory this year since their female counterparts had to skip out on this year’s celebration. Here’s a fun way to combine Mother’s and Father’s Day this June, all with easy, safe things you can do around your Jersey City apartment.
The first thing you should do is pick a nice place to celebrate. While we understand many residents may still not feel safe having extended family come into their apartments homes, we do recommend some of our local parks for an outdoors, socially distance celebration. NJ Parks are open again and waiting for visitors – as long as everyone is respectful, wears their masks, and keeps a safe distance from fellow visitors. Liberty State Park is a great option for both Mom and Dad, as it has sweeping views of Manhattan, shady spots for picnic areas, and plenty of room if Dad wants to throw around the football. Just make sure to bring a blanket, as picnic tables and other facilities are still closed to public access.
While most restaurants are still not open for guests, most are open for take-out, so bringing a picnic to the park has never been easier! While usually Mother’s Day and Father’s Day might have very different meals, we suggest going with something everyone can enjoy and a New Jersey staple at that – diner food! Liberty Park Café and Diner is right across the street from the Park, so you can order your food, pick it up, and still set out the picnic blanket while it’s still hot. With cuisines as diverse as our city, there’s something for everything at this little Jersey City eatery.
Not sure what to give mom and dad as a gift? With most retail stores still closed, shopping can be difficult these days. As for mom, you can never go wrong with flowers, and lucky for us, plant nurseries have stayed open during quarantine! 14th Street Garden Center is Jersey City is still open, and they are offering curbside pickup if you call in your flower order ahead of time. However, shopping is still an option as well, as long as you wear a mask.
What about Dad? Finding a gift for the patriarch of the family is always difficult, especially when you can’t walk around our local malls to shop for something fun. How about a growler of local craft beer for your day in the park? 902 Brewing in Jersey City is still open for curbside pickup, and Dad will love one of their summery seasonal beers, or one of their regular go-to’s like Jersey Lager.