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The Noodlefan sign is up! It is opposite where Mister Gusto is.

Also, this development is apparently under construction - http://jerseydigs.com/adaptive-reuse- ... s-lofts-to-2851-jfk-blvd/

Has anyone else never noticed this beautiful building behind the shopfronts?!

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I did not know about Modells coming to Journal Square (wasn't there a footlocker for a few years somewhat recently) but here are my observations/questions of the past few weeks around Journal Square:

1. The PJ Ryan's 2 looks pretty close to ready - hopefully that would be imminent. It is a big space and I can't quite fathom the crowd it will attract - maybe those who want a dive bar will continue at the Journal Sq Pub and those who don't will try PJ Ryan's. Looking at the space in front of it I also wonder if there might be some outside seating (although not much of a view).

2. Most of the windows are installed on the first Journal Square tower - I wonder if this will be completed and people moving in by year end? Very curious to see the prices and the people that pay would pay them.

3. 3075 Kennedy Blvd (a few blocks up from the square next to the school) looks like it has some people living in it but not sure if the lobby/ground floor are completed as there is still a construction fence in front of the property. There are new buildings behind this one that also seemed to be getting finished slowly - not sure if this is the same owner/complex.

4. I tried the Noodle Fan in the heights with my family last Saturday and enjoyed the food/service/decent ambiance. Not sure when the one in JSQ will be open but if it is on par with one in heights then would be good addition to neighborhood.

5. The building next to the Chase Bank (I think 3 JSQ) is now 7 stories and I think heading to 13 stories. It started out slowly building on top of the parking garage but seems like it is moving at a good pace now.

6. I have seen the 25 Senate shuttle van the past few weeks so those apts must be getting rented out. I have noticed over the past year a smattering of artist types exiting JSQ in the mornings (presumably headed towards Mana Contemporary area and presumable coming from a more expensive place to live) so maybe some more of these will try living in the area A ModCup was planned to open there I thought this month but not sure when?

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Do you gotta go to Mo?s? Well just wait a few weeks because you can go to one Up the Square.

Walked by it today big coming soon signs up as well as the Modell?s Sporting Goods sign. It?s in the Joyce Leslie space at 2839 John F Kennedy Blvd. The store front that is all chrome. Funny I posted something about the old Greens Sporting Goods store that was in Journal Square on user1111?s thread about McGinley Square (All Star Sports). Mo?s is close to the spot where Greens was. Hmmm it looks like what is old is new again. Hopefully. Still praying for an Applebee?s or Houlihan's so I can get a good steak and beer. Hasn?t been a burger joint up the Square in decades.(and no White Castle doesn?t count)

Also waked by the Square Ramp Parking Garage behind the Loews. There were three big soil sampling trucks drilling soil samples. I knew that was going next. Jersey City more or less gave all of that property away to Mr. Harwood. Anyone in the know hear anything about future development on the land?

PS ? years ago The Gap or Old Navy were going to put a store up the Square but for some reason backed out. Maybe they will think it over again. Another interesting titbit there was once talk about making Journal Square from around Tonnele Avenue to Bergen Avenue an enclosed Mall closing the Blvd to traffic. Interesting.

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I noticed this weekend that on JFK (where Mister Gusto was for several years and where an Afgan place was for a short period) a sign for Noodle Fan Thai. Not sure when they will open but I believe there is another location on Central ave. Any opinions on the existing location?


I got there all the time. It's excellent and highly recommended.

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I noticed this weekend that on JFK (where Mister Gusto was for several years and where an Afgan place was for a short period) a sign for Noodle Fan Thai. Not sure when they will open but I believe there is another location on Central ave. Any opinions on the existing location?

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I'm very excited with PJ Ryan's opening up at PATH Plaza. It looks like it's going to be a great place! All that's missing is a decent supermarket. Boggiano (and Yun to an extent) may delivery on their quest to bring a high quality market to the area. Rumor is both One Journal Square and 30 Journal Square in the running for WF.


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PJ Ryan's To Open Second Location

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I'm very excited with PJ Ryan's opening up at PATH Plaza. It looks like it's going to be a great place! All that's missing is a decent supermarket. Boggiano (and Yun to an extent) may delivery on their quest to bring a high quality market to the area. Rumor is both One Journal Square and 30 Journal Square in the running for WF.

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There is a new park\plaza planned for 30 Journal Square. To my surprise, even Rich Boggiano is happy with the park what the developer plans even though it will result in a very tall building

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ld_be_saved_under_pl.html

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Lincoln Park is actually on West Side Avenue, it is probably a mile away from Journal Square. There should be open space in new development in Journal Square. This was always in our master plan in the past including one to one parking.

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Where is the open space? This is poor planning by our planning office, we are allowing developers to place massive buildings in without open space.


Lincoln Park is an amazing resource but there needs to be a more inviting link between JSQ and it. I agree a couple more community gardens and pocket parks could exist along the way for people to sit and eat around lunch, but hopefully someone in charge forces large developers to allow public space close by for every new project

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Where is the open space? This is poor planning by our planning office, we are allowing developers to place massive buildings in without open space.

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2 N.Y. companies awarded $22 million in tax breaks to move to Jersey City

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on February 10, 2016 at 9:17 AM

?The company, which creates jewelry that is sold in retail stores, would hire 45 new employees in the move to 35 Journal Square, the building at the corner of Bergen and Sip avenues still referred to as the "Trust Company of New Jersey" building. W&W had also been looking at a site in Brooklyn.?

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A New York investor has paid $31 million to acquire a historic 12-story office building in the Journal Square section of Jersey City, according to brokers involved with the deal.

The unnamed buyer acquired 35 Journal Square from Sackman Enterprises Inc., a Manhattan-based firm that rehabilitates and manages historic properties, brokerage firm GFI Realty Services Inc. said in a news release. The 200,000-square-foot property, which sits near the Journal Square PATH station, is home to PSE&G, Capital One and Blink Fitness.



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Journal Square lot sold, with plans for 12-story residential, retail development

NJBIZ - By Joshua Burd, February 5, 2016 at 12:37 PM

CBRE Group Inc. has brokered the sale of a 12,145-square-foot vacant lot in the Journal Square section of Jersey City, where a developer plans to build a 12-story, mixed-use multifamily and retail complex.

In a news release, CBRE said it represented a joint venture of Knight & Swan LLC and Skyview Capital LLC in the sale of 87 Newkirk St. The exact sale price was not disclosed, but the brokerage firm said the sale achieved a record-setting $50 per square foot on a buildable basis.

The New York-based buyer, 87 Newkirk Holdings LLC, “plans to start the development process shortly” in what could become a booming section of Jersey City, the news release said. Journal Square, the onetime commercial hub of the city, has garnered new interest from major developers in recent years thanks largely to its proximity to a PATH station and the expansion of the so-called Gold Coast market.

Read more:  http://www.njbiz.com/article/20160205 ... ential-retail-development

A rending of the project planned for 87 Newkirk St., Jersey City.


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Plan would transform old Jersey Journal building in Jersey City

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on February 04, 2016 at 2:50 PM, updated February 04, 2016 at 3:14 PM

JERSEY CITY ? 30 Journal Square, formerly the longtime home of The Jersey Journal, would go through quite a metamorphosis under a plan set for adoption by the City Council as early as next week.

Much of the building would look the same, but a pedestrian walkway with retail shops on both sides would cut through the ground floor and lead to a 1,400-square-foot public plaza behind the building. Also behind the existing building would sit a massive residential tower facing Enos Place and Newkirk Street that would have no height restriction.

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From atop new tower, everything else in Jersey City is down

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on December 16, 2015 at 4:48 PM

JERSEY CITY ? For the best views in Jersey City, you'll have to join a very exclusive club: the construction crew working on the first tower of the Journal Squared development.

From the upper floors of the $203 million high-rise, which today reached its apex, 563 feet, you can take in the Statue of Liberty, Downtown Jersey City, the Pulaski Skyway, One World Trade Center and the rest of Manhattan ? even, its developer says, as far west as Pennsylvania.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ht.html#incart_river_home

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What was the name of the steak house in Hudson Mall back in the day ?

Where you dropped the plastic number plaque on the table waiting for the baked and texas toast...


Ahh that was the Rodeo Steakhouse in the HM. Reminds me of a great place to get steaks back then?The House of Meats down the mall. (great name)

Funny about the Ponderosa up the Square. A Marion old-timer and I were talking about restaurants in Journal Square a few weeks ago. He brought up the Ponderosa Steakhouse but insisted it was over by the Concourse near the Tube Bar. I said no it was on JFK Blvd more towards Tonnele Ave. near John?s Bargain Store. Well the argument was never settled (Christ it was getting close to fisticuff?s lol) but an interesting topic popped up.

To calm things down I said remember the Jade Chinese restaurant and at the same time we both yelled out cat heads. The rumor back in the day was it was closed down because the health inspector found 14 cat heads in the rear area of the restaurant. Never found out if that Journal Square urban legend was true but the place was shutdown. I remember fake barfing accompanied by cat meows for months after that whenever a neighborhood kid mentioned the Jade.

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What was the name of the steak house in Hudson Mall back in the day ?

Where you dropped the plastic number plaque on the table waiting for the baked and texas toast...




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Beefsteak Charlie's with $2 pictures of beer


Yes....I read one of the articles on new towers and it said something about hi-end retail and restaurants. Gee I hope Beefsteak Charlie's, Houlihan's, Applebee?s, or Outback make the cut. They better not put in restaurants with $75 sampler menus and $8 dollar craft beers.

I never understood why someone didn?t open a sit down (USDA choice) steak/burger and beer restaurant up the Square in the past 10+ years. (or any type of decent sit-down joint ) The transportation has something like 26,000 people using it daily. You would think at least a few thousand of the commuters would enjoy a burger and beer. There are also tons of JC old-timers scattered around the Journal Square/Marion area that are dying for a good meal up the Square. Like I said all we have are our past memories of the Ponderosa Steak House.

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Yes....I read one of the articles on new towers and it said something about hi-end retail and restaurants. Gee I hope Beefsteak Charlie's, Houlihan's, Applebee?s, or Outback make the cut. They better not put in restaurants with $75 sampler menus and $8 dollar craft beers.

I never understood why someone didn?t open a sit down (USDA choice) steak/burger and beer restaurant up the Square in the past 10+ years. (or any type of decent sit-down joint ) The transportation has something like 26,000 people using it daily. You would think at least a few thousand of the commuters would enjoy a burger and beer. There are also tons of JC old-timers scattered around the Journal Square/Marion area that are dying for a good meal up the Square. Like I said all we have are our past memories of the Ponderosa Steak House.

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Beefsteak Charlie's with $2 pictures of beer

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btw, those renderings remind me of star wars



Yeah and when I look at this picture of the JSquared tower I think I and in some sort of fantasyland or dreamland. As a JSquare old-timer I never thought I would see the actual rebirth of Journal Square take place.

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The first tower of Journal Squared, a three-tower project in Journal Square, on Dec. 3, 2015. Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal.


..and I can?t wait for the day when I will be able to walk up the Square and order a juicy steak or burger and cold beer from a Houlihan's, Applebee?s, or Outback. (gee maybe all three) Ahh brings back fond memories of the old Ponderosa Steakhouse)

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i'm all for re-development but i think a fountain is nice public amenity and should stay or be moved. imo, one of the problems with jersey city is that there are not enough parks (and not everyone wants to trot off to lsp especially if one does not have a car).

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Plans for Jersey City tower show Journal Square transformed

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JERSEY CITY ? New renderings of the 56-story tower slated for a lot near the PATH transportation hub show just how unrecognizable Journal Square may be in a few years.

The $400 million high-rise, dubbed One Journal Square and courtesy of Kushner Companies and KABR Group, is part of a planned two-tower project proposed for a long-vacant lot across the street from the old headquarters of The Jersey Journal.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... r.html#incart_2box_hudson


Just bumping this one with the rendering up to the top . I should have looked for the old fountain thread for my other post. I see JCGuys did find it.

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Not anti development - if anything the Kushner towers here should be denser and soar to the sky. Journal Square needs the big impact investment. But why does the fountain have to go? Instead of deferring maintenance so it falls into disrepair, fix it.

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"All of these plans were drawn up with guidance from community meetings and feedback," Jacobs said.



I guess facebook was the extent of the community feedback. Unbelievable.

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The fountain hasn't worked in about five years ? city officials said in 2011 they had to repair the underground pumps three times since it was installed. In June, the Fulop administration asked residents to fill out a survey to determine whether the plaza should be redesigned around the fountain, or whether the fountain should be replaced with a different memorial.

Councilman Rich Boggiano, who represents Journal Square, said he's opposed to any move to remove the fountain and replace it with a different memorial "unless we get a World War II memorial."

"Keep your hands off the fountain," Boggiano told The Jersey Journal.


WOW! I actually agree with Rich Boggiano on something. Good job Rich!

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Sheesh! Is it too much to ask if the "non-working fountain" be repaired as part of the development. Why does it have to be demolished and replaced? I'm not opposed to it being moved but I remember a BS survey the city had several months ago where it was a foregone conclusion the fountain would be replaced due to the leading questions.

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Plans to replace 9/11 memorial in Jersey City draw ire
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The man who led the charge to rededicate Journal Square's fountain to Jersey City victims of the 9/11 attacks is denouncing a move to replace the memorial as developers make way for a 56-story residential tower.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... l.html#incart_river_index

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Sheesh! Is it too much to ask if the "non-working fountain" be repaired as part of the development. Why does it have to be demolished and replaced? I'm not opposed to it being moved but I remember a BS survey the city had several months ago where it was a foregone conclusion the fountain would be replaced due to the leading questions.

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Plans to replace 9/11 memorial in Jersey City draw ire
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The man who led the charge to rededicate Journal Square's fountain to Jersey City victims of the 9/11 attacks is denouncing a move to replace the memorial as developers make way for a 56-story residential tower.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... l.html#incart_river_index

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(This is related to the post below that has the renderings of the new tower. How could anyone be against replacing/moving that non-working fountain? aka 9/11 Memorial? aka Circle of Honor to a new location in that beautiful new plaza)

Plans to replace 9/11 memorial in Jersey City draw ire
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on December 03, 2015 at 7:21 AM, updated December 03, 2015 at 10:42 AM

The man who led the charge to rededicate Journal Square's fountain to Jersey City victims of the 9/11 attacks is denouncing a move to replace the memorial as developers make way for a 56-story residential tower.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... l.html#incart_river_index

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Plans for Jersey City tower show Journal Square transformed

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on December 03, 2015 at 10:04 AM

JERSEY CITY ? New renderings of the 56-story tower slated for a lot near the PATH transportation hub show just how unrecognizable Journal Square may be in a few years.

The $400 million high-rise, dubbed One Journal Square and courtesy of Kushner Companies and KABR Group, is part of a planned two-tower project proposed for a long-vacant lot across the street from the old headquarters of The Jersey Journal.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... r.html#incart_2box_hudson

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I'm happy to see that plans are going ahead to do something with the longstanding eyesore vacant lot at Journal Square, a civic embarrassment reminding all of us who live here that this is the land that urban planning forgot.
Lets consider the 95 million dollar tax abatement, or incentive, or whatever it is called, as "potential money" This money should go into enhancing the neighborhood right? Should all of that potential money be tied up in this one project? Wouldn't it be better to use some of it to spread around this forgotten district in the form of enhancing languishing infrastructure? For instance how much would it cost to repaint the stripes on our roads and maybe work harder at cleaning the trash off the streets? Maybe throw in some traffic safety enforcement? Sure I know this "money" doesn't actually exist in the present, its just money that won't be the responsibility of the developers. But maybe some of that same willingness to be creative with future tax revenues to make things happen could be manipulated in ways that could have a real and positive effect on the daily lives of those who live here?
Flash forward ten years and the towers are up and running. The developers are very well off now and the PATH train is a nightmare. 95 million dollars DID NOT go into enhancing the infrastructure. The rest of the neighborhood has had to get along without it. Has anyone repainted the stripes on the roads yet? Did those of us who live here now have our lives enhanced?

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N.J. awards $93M in tax breaks to Journal Square tower

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on November 13, 2015 at 3:39 PM, updated November 13, 2015 at 3:51 PM

The state Economic Development Authority today approved $93 million in New Jersey tax credits for One Journal Square, the high-rise proposed for a long-vacant lot adjacent to the PATH transportation hub in Jersey City.

The $205 million high-rise, which could house up to 744 residential units, will receive $34 million in tax breaks over 20 years. A separate tax break totaling $54 million over 10 years will go to WeWork, the trendy office space provider that will be a tenant in the tower's 101,000 square feet of office space.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... i.html#incart_2box_hudson


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