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
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.
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.
Just because the taproom for the time being has become your Beacon
kitchen doesn’t mean you have to forego your taste for craft beer or favorite
wine. Instead, you can utilize the delivery and curbside pickup being offered
by breweries and wine and liquor stores around Jersey City!
If you’ve been craving a cold one but just any old beer won’t do,
check out this local brewery who are still doing their part to serve the
community with their delicious brews. We also have several options for wine and
Departed Soles – In business in
Jersey City since 2015, Departed Soles Brewery aims to have a beer line-up as
diverse as our city. There’s something for everyone here, and COVID19 has not
stopped their brewmasters from brewin’. Call in your order and pickup at their
store, or for Memorial Day weekend, they are offering curbside delivery in
CoolVines – Our go-to wine
store has always been CoolVines, and with the current times, they’ve became a
staple for many Jersey City residents these days! Offering delivery through
their website, CoolVines still has all the same great wine and liquor selection
they’ve always had over the years. We look forward to the days where we can
have them host another Happy Hour on our terrace!
We may not
be able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at our favorite Jersey City Mexican
restaurants this year, but that certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate!
Thankfully, lots of local Mexican restaurants are currently hard at work
cooking up authentic dishes available for takeout, and many deliver right to
The Beacon! Just check your DoorDash, Seamless or Grub Hub account for the
dozens of different options.
If you want
to celebrate this fun holiday in your Beacon apartment with some delicious
enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos and burritos, give these local Mexican eateries
a call. Below are a few of our favorites for a Mexican meal.
Surf Taco – Located in Hoboken, but still
close enough that they’ll deliver right to your Beacon apartment, Surf Taco
isn’t the most authentic Mexican eatery in our area, but it’s certainly one of
the most popular! With a baja California/Tex-Mex twist to their menu, Surf
Taco’s delicious coastal takes on tacos and burritos will have you craving the
sounds and sights of the NJ Shore (which don’t worry, is still opening up this
summer!) We love their mango shrimp tacos for an extra summery vibe to your
Cinco de Mayo.
Molcajetes – Located much closer to The Beacon, on the West Side
of Jersey City, Molcajetes is another great option for getting a delicious
Cinco de Mayo feast delivered right to your apartment. Much more authentic than
other local places, Molcajetes packs in the flavors and the freshness with
their homemade Mexicans meals. This place has all the traditional favorites
like quesadillas and burritos that Americans love, and a ton of other delicious
dishes, like nopales
and cebollitas, that most Americans have yet to discover, give them a try this
Cinco de Mayo!
Just because it’s cold out, it doesn’t mean you need to stay holed up in your Beacon apartment – bundle up with your coat, hat and gloves and check out one of these ice rinks near the Jersey City area. Plus, zooming around the rink, you’ll warm right up!
If you’re ready to have some fun this winter without being cooped up inside, these rinks are sure to be just what you need this weekend, plus many of them offer skates to rent. Make sure you get there early – they’re bound to be packed all winter long!
Newport Skates, located at 95 River Dr S, Jersey City which is 14 minutes from your Beacon apartment, offers ice skating from mid November through March with both public and private skating and lessons available.
And don’t worry, you don’t need to own skates to come here – you can rent skates for $7, in addition to an $8 admission fee. Ice skating here is a great workout as well as a fun winter activity you can do with family and friends!
Charlie Heger Ice Rink, located at 807 Summit Ave, Jersey City which is nine minutes from your Gaslight Commons apartment, is known as being a great place to ice skate in the neighborhood, as well as place where you can rent skates.
They also have extensive hours which last from November through March, so you can enjoy ice skating here in Jersey City all season long. Also known as Pershing Field, this outdoor rink is covered, so you can skate (or learn to skate) in all types of weather. Plus, it’s quiet and peaceful!