Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

Haunted Happenings Around Jersey City

23Oct

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned paranormal investigator, or the biggest chicken there is, everyone likes to have a little frightening fun this time of year! Whether it’s real haunts you’re looking for, or some good ole haunted house fun, Jersey City has plenty in store this October not too far from your Beacon apartment.

Terminal of Terror – After it’s inaugural opening last year, this year Chicpea JC and Terminal of Terror is going bigger and better. There’ll be more attractions, bars, and facilities for Jersey City residents to enjoy. They’re also adding an extra night for all you Halloween lovers! On Friday, October 27th, they’ll have the 21+ Terminal of Terror event from 9 PM to 2 AM. There’ll be food trucks, a costume contest, drinks and more. For the little ones, they’ll have their family-friendly Spooky Terminal event in collaboration with JC Families. From 11 AM to 4 PM, children and their parents can enjoy face-painting, music, food, and more!

Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery – Located just a mile away from your Beacon apartment, The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery is not only a national treasure, but a pretty spooky local attraction! Prior to the creation of the Cemetery in 1829, it’s historical significance dates back to the 1700’s as the site of Revolutionary War skirmishes, and an active Ammunition Bunker during the War of 1812 that still stands on their grounds. This local cemetery is the eternal resting place of thousands of soldiers ranging from The Revolution to WWII, as well as home to our earliest Jersey City founders, leaders, residents and legends – which means plenty of ghost opportunities! With its 200 year-old English Ivy adorning many of the towering trees, and the monumental works of art, this 6-acre sanctuary of peace and unique history is one of the most beautiful natural settings in Jersey City.

Join them on Halloween Night for a special live Rocky Horror Performance with the Home of Happiness! Wear your costume to win prizes, and enjoy food & drinks.

 

Here’s Where To Go For Pumpkin Picking Near Your Beacon Apartment

09Oct

With October in full force, it’s time to start decorating for Halloween which is just around the corner – and there’s no better way to revamp your Beacon apartment for the holiday than with a hand-picked and hand-carved pumpkin.

Here in Jersey City, there are tons of pumpkin patches located throughout the region that make for a great weekend trip for the whole family, equipped with pumpkin picking, hay rides, petting zoos, corn mazes and more. Read on to find out where the best patches near your Beacon apartment are!

 

Ripple Hill Farm, located in Basking Ridge, about 40 minutes from your Beacon apartment, have pumpkins available through October at their farm stand for purchase. Ripple Hill Farm is a small family-owned and operated farm located in Basking Ridge that has been growing produce in Basking Ridge for local families for the last 50 years. Stop in to learn what all the fuss has been about!

 

Ward’s Pumpkin Patch, located in Ridgewood, less than 25 miles from your Beacon apartment, this pumpkin patch is only a short drive from Jersey City and offers a traditional pumpkin picking experience. They have a ton of different pumpkins, fall decorations, delicious fall and Halloween treats, and lots of cute Halloween displays set up around the patch.

 

 

Ripple Hill Farm

181 Mountain Rd

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

 

Ward’s Pumpkin Patch

552 Route 17 North
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

 

Where To Go Apple Picking Near Your Beacon Apartment

15Sep

The air may be finally getting cooler after a fun three months of summer, however, that’s no reason to stay indoors – there are tons of fall activities happening this month, especially in a city near so much natural beauty like Jersey City.

One favorite September pastime is, of course, apple picking, and near your Beacon apartment there are more than enough orchards to get your fill of Granny Smith, Mackintosh and Red Delicious for baking apple pies, apple crumbles or even just having a snack.

Demarest Farms, located at 244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale which is about 45 minutes from your Beacon apartment, features well-manicured trees, spectacular views, and tasty apple varieties – home to more than 14 varieties of pick-your-own apples.

From September to November, they offer schools, families, friends and visitors an opportunity to enjoy breathtaking scenery, tractor-pulled hay wagon rides, pet and feed friendly farm animals, savor delicious honey, fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, homemade mixes, apple butter, fresh preserves, and other treats from the farm.

Riamede Farm, located at 122 Oakdale Rd, Chester which is about an hour from your Beacon apartment, features 34 varieties of apples ranging from traditional classics to heirloom specialties to modern favorites.

The early apple varieties begin to ripen the first week of September when they open for their pick your own apple season. The other apple varieties ripen over the course of the next six to seven apple harvest weeks and a weekly trip to Riamede is necessary to catch each variety at its apple tree ripened best!

 

Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Rd

Hillsdale, NJ 07642

(201) 666-0472

 

Riamede Farm

122 Oakdale Rd

Chester, NJ 07930

(908) 879-5353

 

The Beacon Apartment Complex in Jersey City Completed and 95% Leased

01Nov

Building and Land Technology (BLT) announced that The Hague, the sixth and final apartment building within The Beacon luxury apartment complex in Jersey City, has fully leased up within six months of its introduction. With this milestone achieved, The Beacon apartment complex is now stabilized in its entirety following a massive historic preservation and renovation effort, and is now home to nearly 2,000 residents in its 1,155 rental units.

The Beacon, listed on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, represents one of the largest historic renovations ever completed in the country and stands as New Jersey’s largest example of Art Deco-style architecture. The property was originally built in early 20th century as the Jersey City Medical Center and has been completely re-purposed and restored into an unparalleled modern living experience. With over 95 percent of the apartments now leased and all construction completed, The Beacon is now a vibrant, urban residential destination with an outstanding package of amenities.

“It has been gratifying to play a role in bringing this incredible property back to life,” said Paul MacKnight, Jr., Residential Portfolio Director for Building and Land Technology. “The extraordinary response from residents says it all. The rapid leasing velocity for such a substantial number of apartments exceeded our expectations and underscores the appeal of the product we created. At an attractive price point, our residents are enjoying a complete lifestyle package with beautifully designed apartments and unrivalled amenities, as well as an incredible location with easy access to New York City.”

Builder touts lease-up of Jersey City redevelopment project

27Oct

The high-end residential complex in Jersey City known as The Beacon has leased up its sixth and final apartment building, marking the completion of a distinctive, ambitious project that saw developers readapt a sprawling early 20th-century hospital.

The developer of the property, Building and Land Technology, announced the milestone Wednesday, six months after delivering the 241-unit building known as The Hague. The site is now 95 percent leased across its 1,155 rental units, meaning the property is stabilized after a massive historic preservation and renovation effort.

That process goes back more than a decade, when a developer George Filopoulos acquired the former Jersey City Medical Center and began to repurpose it as condominiums. But the 1.5 million-square-foot project was stalled by the economic downturn after just two buildings were converted, causing the firm to sell the remaining six buildings to Building and Land Technology.

On Wednesday, an executive with the Stamford, Connecticut-based firm said it “has been gratifying to play a role in bringing this incredible property back to life” over the last four years.