One N.J.’s oldest colleges may shut down

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According to nj.com, “Standing before her campus last week, Marcheta Evans knew what she was about to do was incredibly risky. But, she did it anyway.

The Bloomfield College President faced a town hall meeting of students and faculty and let the school’s secrets out. The 153-year-old private college is in serious financial trouble, she told the crowd. It does not have enough money to start the 2022-2023 school year unless a donor or another college steps in to save it.

The college’s finances are private, but publicly-available federal tax returns show Bloomfield has been teetering on the brink of financial disaster for years. With enrollment falling over the last decade, the school has been spending more than it has been taking in.

“You try to do it in the background and keep it quiet,” said Evans, 62. “But … we’re fighting for this institution — and we’re doing it publicly.”

Campus officials are banking that Bloomfield’s unique feature — as New Jersey’s only four-year private college that serves predominantly Black and Hispanic students — will help save it. They are betting another college or network of schools, either in New Jersey or elsewhere, and private philanthropic groups with similar missions will invest in keeping the school alive.”

Credits: nj.com

Therapy dogs aren’t just a teacher’s pet at these N.J. schools. They’re staff.

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NJ Advance Media spoke with half a dozen administrators, counselors, and other school staff who, in the search for new therapeutic modalities, chose to bring a certified therapy dog into their schools on a permanent basis.

Providing support through loss, stress, and now a worldwide pandemic, these certified therapy dogs are more than pets — they’re invaluable members of the team said the individuals interviewed.

“We did what you’re supposed to do, we provided a safe space, but this young individual’s good friends were together and they still weren’t talking, and they weren’t talking to any adults either, they were just quiet,” Smith said in an interview.

According to nj.com, the district decided to bring in therapy dogs from Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) Dogs: Paws for Minds, a comprehensive program utilizing trained and certified therapy dogs to spark conversations about mental health and suicide prevention, which had previously visited the school during high-stress periods like midterms or finals. Smith observed the dogs as they went right up to the affected group of students “and whatever wall was around them just melted.”

Harrison Urby To Add 381 New Units, Full Size Indoor Basketball Court, And Café This Fall

New phase of Harrison Urby will include Brand New Apartments and Exciting New Elements Close to the PATH Station

HARRISON, NJ, September 27, 2021 – The newest addition to the Urby family will arrive this fall when leasing officially launches for the new phase of Harrison Urby, the wildly-popular residential community known for its innovatively-designed apartments, abundant indoor and outdoor social spaces, and an ultra-convenient location near the Harrison PATH station with service to Manhattan, Jersey City and Newark. 

The new Harrison Urby, located at 200 Angelo Cifelli Drive, continues to build on Urby’s transformative residential concept with 381 new apartments and new design elements and amenities. Urby will complement the host of amenities and spaces offered to current residents of the 679 units just across Angelo Cifelli Drive at 777 S 3rd Street. 

“We’re looking forward to expanding Harrison Urby which has meaningfully connected with residents since we first opened our doors in 2017,” said David Barry, CEO of Urby. “Demand for new modern living options in Harrison, New Jersey’s fastest growing municipality, is on the rise with more residents seeking apartments near the PATH as they return to the office and units with space to work remote when needed. The new building will meet that demand while continuing to provide lively social spaces to bring together our residents and the neighborhood.” 

A highlight of Harrison Urby’s collection of apartments will be a new studio apartment design that includes a built-in platform bed and airy wood-slat partitions to create more privacy while allowing in ample, natural light. With the new building, Harrison Urby will offer a collection of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom layouts. Each apartment features large windows to maximize natural light, built-in closets with drawers for storage, and sustainable flooring. With smart technology systems, including keyless smart phone entry and Amazon package lockers, residents at Harrison Urby have unprecedented access to mobile connectivity. Harrison Urby is only one block from the Harrison PATH Station and just 20 minutes from Lower Manhattan. 

Residents with flexible work schedules will be able to work from The Study, a new space Urby is developing. Located adjacent to the community’s new all-day cafe, The Study will offer residents dedicated work areas that make it easy to grab a coffee and snack while prepping for their next big meeting. When not working, residents will be able to take their hoops skills to the hardwood with the addition of a full-size basketball court within a new fitness center, enhancing Harrison Urby’s already impressive amenity offerings. Urby will also be home to the brand new, modern, European-inspired all-day cafe, Charley. Charley will be a cozy, social space with a lively, yet relaxed atmosphere for coffee to cocktails with a menu featuring comfort foods like weiner schnitzel, burgers, and apple strudel.  Designed by Amsterdam-based firm Concrete, best known for the designs of citizenM Hotels around the world, Harrison Urby features a series of buildings that are connected by beautifully landscaped green spaces with lush lawns and walkways designed by Bureau Bas Smets. Current residents of Urby enjoy a community garden with individual vegetable garden plots, a heated swimming pool and patio, fire pits, BBQ grills, lounge furniture and lawn games. The pet-friendly community features Urby’s Woofgarden dog run for a little pup playtime. There’s also the Urby Kitchen, a rentable chef’s kitchen used to host food events, and a two-story 6,000 square foot fitness center. For a convenient caffeine fix and other treats, residents and the public alike enjoy an onsite café, a warm and inviting space which contains a 30-foot treehouse library and Steinway baby grand piano.  Harrison Urby residents will be able to access amenities in all buildings. The newest phase of Harrison Urby will be located at 200 Angelo Cifelli Drive. For more information and to get on the waitlist for the new building, contact our leasing team at www.urby.com/harrison

About Urby 

Urby creates spaces for a new generation of apartment living. Created to bring residents together in thoughtfully designed, lively spaces, Urby apartment buildings blend neighborly values, a hospitality-minded approach, and bright, modern apartments to create a unique living experience.  

Urby is a joint venture between David Barry and Brookfield Properties. David Barry is a Principal in Ironstate Development, involved in the development of hospitality properties such as the Standard East Village, Chiltern Firehouse in London, and W Hotel in Hoboken, in addition to numerous residential projects in the New York metropolitan area. Brookfield Properties is a leading global developer and operator of high-quality real estate assets, responsible for more than 650 properties and more than 325 million square feet of real estate in gateway cities around the globe on behalf of Brookfield Asset Management. Urby collaborates on the brand’s unique design with Concrete Architects, the Amsterdam-based architecture and interiors firm known for the designs of CitizenM Hotels around the world and W Hotels in London and Switzerland. 

Since opening in 2016, Urby operates four properties in New York City, Jersey City and Harrison, New Jersey, and Stamford, Connecticut, with future developments opening in Newark, NJ, Dallas, TX, and Washington D.C. 

About Brookfield Properties 

Brookfield Properties is a fully-integrated, global real estate services company that provides industry-leading portfolio management and development capabilities across the real estate investment strategies of Brookfield Asset Management — a global alternative asset manager with approximately $550 billion in assets under management. 

Brookfield Properties develops and manages premier real estate with a focus on maximizing the tenant experience in addition to the investment and operational performance of the asset. We also focus on integrating leading-edge real estate technologies which enables us to be at the forefront of innovation and sustainability – benefiting not only our tenants, residents, and business partners but also the communities in which we operate. 

For more information about our approach to operating and developing best-in-class real estate, please visit www.brookfieldproperties.com

Where to go pumpkin picking 

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Looking to go pumpkin picking this fall season? Check out this list of places where you can go!

  • Abma’s Farm
    700 Lawlins Road
    Wyckoff
    (201) 891-0278
     
  • Conklin Farm U-Pick
    65 River Road
    Montville
    (973) 400-9460

  • Demarest Farms
    244 Wierimus Road
    Hillsdales
    (201) 666-0472

  • Donaldson Farms Farm Market
    358 Allen Road
    Hackettstown
    (908) 852-9122

  • Giamarese Farm
    155 Fresh Ponds Road
    East Brunswick
    (732) 821-9494

  • Happy Day Farm
    106 Iron Ore Road
    Manalapan
    (732) 977-3607

    For more locations and more information, click here.

Pumpkin spice coffee is back now at QuickChek

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QuickChek announced that pumpkin spice coffee is available now at its 150-plus locations throughout New Jersey.

The convenience store chain says it’s never too early for hot and iced versions of the beverage, which it describes as “rich pumpkin enhanced with an aromatic blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and ginger spice.”

QuickChek recommends that people download the QuickChek Rewards Mobile App, where they can find the nearest locations, place mobile orders and find other offers.

Dey & Bergen Remains Red Hot In Harrison, Surging Past The 90% Leased Mark

Final Opportunities Offered in Luxury Building on Harrison Waterfront

HARRISON, NJ – Just three months after debuting 242 luxury rental residences on the Harrison waterfront, Dey & Bergen is making its last call to renters as more than 90% of the community is now leased. 

A variety of stylish studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans remain available, with monthly rents starting from the $1,800s, reports BNE Real Estate Group, which developed Dey & Bergen along with partners Hornrock Properties and Canoe Brook Development.  Grand opening incentives of up to three months free are still in place, subject to availability.  

Residents are citing the generous living spaces, upscale amenities, resort-like ambience, and a convenient transit-friendly location as reasons for choosing to live at Dey & Bergen. With more offices considering a shift back to in-person work in the coming months, proximity to Harrison’s PATH station and its seamless commuter transportation to Manhattan is becoming increasingly desirable.  

“Being closer to the city and being able to get the PATH train anytime I need it is something that was important to me when choosing where to live,” said Aharon Paul, a data analyst who moved into a two-bedroom residence at Dey & Bergen in June, along with his roommate, Rishi Kanoongo. “My schedule is still remote, but once we get an announcement from work that they are opening up the office, taking the PATH from Harrison will be super convenient for me when compared to taking NJ TRANSIT from Edison every day, and a lot cheaper.” 

Mr. Paul and Mr. Kanoongo’s two-bedroom residence is 1,170 square feet and features views of Dey & Bergen’s scenic outdoor amenity areas. 

“We were lucky enough to get a corner unit with great natural light and bedrooms that are the perfect size for us,” Mr. Paul said. “Our kitchen overlooks the pool, and the left side of our living room overlooks the cabana and outdoor grills in the courtyard. We see people out there all the time walking their dogs or firing up the grill. It’s just really awesome to look out the window at this beautifully landscaped space.” 

Like so many of their new neighbors, Mr. Paul and Mr. Kanoongo were drawn to Dey & Bergen’s robust amenity package. 

“We were wowed by the amenities,” Mr. Paul said. “Everything is new, and the gym is open 24/7. There are all of these lounges and common areas that are fun to hang out in, and when you combine that with everything we like about apartments, like the kitchen and the bedrooms and the closet space, it was really a no brainer for us to decide to live here.” 

Dey & Bergen’s all-inclusive lifestyle features 24/7 concierge service, a riverfront swimming pool, multiple social and entertainment lounges, a commercial-grade fitness center, yoga studio, co-working lounge with private offices, indoor and outdoor bars, two dog runs and a pet spa, kid’s playroom, outdoor turf lawn with a movie screen, BBQs, firepits, covered parking with direct access to every floor, shuttle service to the PATH, and so much more. 

The community’s unique design aesthetic comes from interior designer Mary Cook Associates who helped shape the community’s lifestyle experience with a colorful, mid-century modern approach throughout its plentiful amenity and lounge spaces. 1950s-era, “Mad Men”-inspired details are infused throughout common spaces, such as a vintage 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite positioned as the centerpiece of the community’s speakeasy lounge, creating a fun design experience and an Instagrammable-worthy backdrop. 

The jaw-dropping amenities are paired with equally impressive and larger-than-average studio, one- and two-bedroom homes.  Stylish finishes and appointments include 9’ ceilings, champagne oak flooring, oversized windows with water and city views, custom modular closets, and in-unit washer & dryers.  Modern kitchens are adorned with white quartz counters, walnut cabinets, wine storage, and stainless-steel appliances. Select residences offer private, furnished outdoor space. 

Located at 1 Bergen Street on the Harrison waterfront, Dey & Bergen is ideally situated for residents who enjoy a well-connected lifestyle. Manhattan is a 20-minute PATH train ride away and shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment destinations are also just minutes away in nearby towns like Hoboken, Jersey City, and downtown Newark. The Prudential Center and New Jersey Performing Arts Center are both just across the river, home to a variety of performances, concerts and sporting events, and the New Jersey Red Bulls professional soccer team plays right in Harrison at Red Bull Arena. The New Jersey Turnpike and Route 280 provide residents with access to the Holland Tunnel and major employment centers throughout the state. 

For more information on Dey & Bergen and to schedule a visit to experience the building’s furnished model homes and amenities, please call 973-484-9094 or visit DeyAndBergen.com

About BNE Real Estate Group  

With over 60 years of real estate development experience, BNE Real Estate Group is a national, family-owned organization that is firmly committed to creating exceptional living experiences for its residents. Its distinguished portfolio of properties includes the development of tens of thousands of homes, more than 1 million square feet of commercial space, and the ownership and ongoing management of nearly 8,000 apartments, with communities stretching from the Tri-state area south to Florida, and west to Texas and California.  For more information on BNE Real Estate Group, visit www.bnerealestategroup.com

About Hornrock Properties 

Established in 2009, Hornrock Properties is a family-owned full-service real estate development company based in New Jersey.  The company owns a diversified real estate portfolio and is currently focused on developing and constructing over 2,000 luxury, multi-family units in Northern New Jersey.  With transformative residential and mixed-use projects that total over $600 million of capital commitments, Hornrock consistently applies a dynamic and creative approach to its developments. www.hornrock.com.  

About Canoe Brook Development 

Founded in 2015 after the sale of their partners’ previous Roseland Property Company to Mack Cali, Canoe Brook Development is a real estate development and investment organization, family-oriented in character and institutional in scale. With strong historical expertise in land use, construction and property management, Canoe Brook Development focuses on the development and operation of luxury residential properties in New Jersey and the metropolitan New York region. www.canoebrookdevelopment.com  

Lucy the Elephant is getting remodeled

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Lucy the Elephant is getting a facelift. The beloved attraction will be closed for nine months starting later this year.

According to nj.com, the six-story tall elephant will have its entire metal skin replaced, starting on Sept. 20, the Save Lucy Committee said in a statement. More than 50% of Lucy’s skin was deteriorated beyond repair, and a study found that replacing the skin would be more cost-effective than removing the old paint and rust.

The repairs will cost $1.4 million, with much of the funding coming from a grant from the Preserve NJ Preservation Fund. Additional finds will come from donations and fundraising, and the committee has applied for a National Park Service Grant.

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Popular “Roadstand” Has State’s Best Hot Dog

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Hiram’s Roadstand was ranked New Jerseys best hot dog.

Hiram’s Roadstand has been around since the 1930s, and it was a favorite of Anthony Bourdain’s.

In addition to featuring it on his show, Bourdain shared that he had been a loyal customer since the 1950s, describing the food as the “finest hot dogs in the land.”

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Dey & Bergen Sparks A Gold Rush To Harrison Waterfront As New Luxury Rental Community Surges To 70% Leased

HARRISON, NJ, July 16, 2021 – Scores of residents are pouring back into new luxury rental communities in urban areas in pursuit of stylish living spaces, modern amenities and an ultra-convenient location near shops, restaurants, and seamless commuter transportation into NYC.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in Harrison, already New Jersey’s fastest growing municipality, where Dey & Bergen is smashing leasing pace norms. Just two months after the new community opened its doors to a head-turning collection of 242 residences and more than 45,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities along the waterfront, Dey & Bergen has already surpassed 70% leased.

“City living is back,” said David Pantirer, a partner at BNE Real Estate Group, which developed Dey & Bergen along with partners Hornrock Properties and Canoe Brook Development. “Residents who left this area during the pandemic are returning in droves because they’re going back to work in person in the coming months and because they’ve missed the convenience and energy of living in a dynamic neighborhood. Renters are now seizing the opportunity to upgrade their apartment experience at Dey & Bergen, where our modern residences and robust amenity package introduces ultra-luxury rental living at a value that is clearly resonating in the marketplace.”

The community’s popularity starts with an extraordinary offering of amenities and services that add up to an all-inclusive lifestyle like no other. These include 24/7 concierge service, a riverfront swimming pool, multiple social and entertainment lounges, a commercial-grade fitness center, yoga studio, co-working lounge with private offices, indoor and outdoor bars, two dog runs and a pet spa, kid’s playroom, outdoor turf lawn with a movie screen, BBQs, firepits, covered parking with direct access to every floor, shuttle service to the PATH, and so much more.

Dey & Bergen’s unique design aesthetic comes from Interior Designer Mary Cook Associates who helped shape the community’s lifestyle experience with a colorful, mid-century modern approach throughout its plentiful amenity and lounge spaces. 1950s-era, “Mad Men”-inspired details are infused throughout common spaces, such as a vintage 1960 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite positioned as the centerpiece of the community’s speakeasy lounge, creating a fun design experience and an Instagrammable-worthy backdrop.

The jaw-dropping amenities are paired with equally impressive and larger-than-average studio, one- and two-bedroom homes. Stylish finishes and appointments include 9′ ceilings, champagne oak flooring, oversized windows with water and city views, custom modular closets, and in-unit washer & dryers. Modern kitchens are adorned with white quartz counters, walnut cabinets, wine storage, and stainless-steel appliances. Select residences offer private, furnished outdoor space.

Monthly rents currently start from the $1500’s with incentives of up to 4 months free for a limited time on studio residences, and up to 3 months free on one and two bedroom residences. Immediate occupancy is available.

Dey & Bergen residents enjoy a well-connected lifestyle. Manhattan is a 20-minute PATH train ride away and shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment destinations are also just minutes away in nearby towns like Hoboken, Jersey City, and downtown Newark. The Prudential Center and New Jersey Performing Arts Center are both just across the river, home to a variety of performances, concerts and sporting events, and the New Jersey Red Bulls professional soccer team plays right in Harrison at Red Bull Arena. The New Jersey Turnpike and Route 280 provide residents with access to the Holland Tunnel and major employment centers throughout the state.

For more information on Dey & Bergen and to schedule a visit to experience the building’s furnished model homes and amenities, please call 973-484-9094 or visit DeyAndBergen.com.

About BNE Real Estate Group

With over 60 years of real estate development experience, BNE Real Estate Group is a national, family-owned organization that is firmly committed to creating exceptional living experiences for its residents. Its distinguished portfolio of properties includes the development of tens of thousands of homes, more than 1 million square feet of commercial space, and the ownership and ongoing management of nearly 8,000 apartments, with communities stretching from the Tri-state area south to Florida, and west to Texas and California. For more information on BNE Real Estate Group, visit www.bnerealestategroup.com.

About Hornrock Properties

Established in 2009, Hornrock Properties is a family-owned full-service real estate development company based in New Jersey. The company owns a diversified real estate portfolio and is currently focused on developing and constructing over 2,000 luxury, multi-family units in Northern New Jersey. With transformative residential and mixed-use projects that total over $600 million of capital commitments, Hornrock consistently applies a dynamic and creative approach to its developments. www.hornrock.com.

About Canoe Brook Development

Founded in 2015 after the sale of their partners’ previous Roseland Property Company to Mack Cali, Canoe Brook Development is a real estate development and investment organization, family-oriented in character and institutional in scale. With strong historical expertise in land use, construction and property management, Canoe Brook Development focuses on the development and operation of luxury residential properties in New Jersey and the metropolitan New York region. www.canoebrookdevelopment.com