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.

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

Harrison, Nj Municipal Leaders Join Ironstate & Pegasus To Mark Partnership’s Latest Development Success: The Eddy

Luxury Rental Community of 310 apartments on Passaic River Waterfront Off to a Fast Start In Hot Harrison Market 

HARRISON, NJ, July 12, 2021 – Officials from the Town of Harrison, NJ recently joined principals from Ironstate Development Company and The Pegasus Group to celebrate the successful debut of The Eddy, a new luxury rental community on the Harrison waterfront. 

The group of community and business leaders helped cut a ceremonial ribbon marking the development partnership’s latest addition to the Harrison housing landscape- a collection of 310 luxury rental residences, thoughtfully designed amenities, and considerable outdoor green space.  The celebration came four months after The Eddy officially launched leasing, with more than 75% of the homes already spoken for and nearly 150 residents moved in.  

The Eddy is the latest chapter in Harrison’s incredible story of urban revitalization and growth.  The town’s transformation into a vibrant residential destination was driven in large measure by its convenient commutability to Manhattan, Jersey City and Newark via the PATH system, which spurred a wave of new development offering modern residences at attractive prices and supportive community retail. It is a formula that has attracted a significant influx of new residents to Harrison, propelling it to become New Jersey’s fastest growing municipality since the 2010 census.  

Spearheading Harrison’s rise as one of the New Jersey Gold Coast’s hottest markets is the Ironstate/Pegasus team, the town’s most prolific developers who have delivered more than 1,500 luxury rental units and more than 30,000 square feet of street-level retail space in the last decade across four communities collectively known as “The Harrison Collection.” The partnership was also responsible for developing the 138-key Element Harrison-Newark hotel and a 1,450-space public parking garage adjacent to the PATH station and has nearly 1000 additional units in the pipeline. 

“The Pegasus Group and Ironstate Development are now the largest taxpayer in the Town of Harrison,” said Mayor James A. Fife. “The Town, the Harrison Redevelopment Agency, the Construction Department, and the Planning and Zoning Boards have all worked in a spirit of great cooperation with Richard Miller from Pegasus and the Barry brothers from Ironstate to construct great buildings like The Eddy. The developers did an excellent job to make Harrison a better place to live for all our citizens.” 

Located at 555 1st Street in Harrison’s riverfront neighborhood, The Eddy offers renters a collection of studio, one- and two-bedroom homes at monthly rental rates that start from the $1,600s on a net effective basis after accounting for current incentives, according to The Marketing Directors, the community’s exclusive marketing and leasing agent. Immediate occupancy is available. 

“The Eddy furthers our deep commitment to the Town of Harrison and increases the options available for residents to enjoy this dynamic location,” said Michael Barry, President of Ironstate Development Company. “We’ve long shared a collective vision with Mayor Fife and local officials on how to best create a comprehensive lifestyle within Harrison that is appealing to both existing and new residents. We believe The Eddy is the latest example of that vision, and we’re delighted with the incredible public response to this new modern offering.” 

“It’s remarkable to see how much this area in Harrison has blossomed over the years, and we’re proud to continue to contribute to the town’s positive growth with the addition of The Eddy,” added Richard Miller, a Principal with The Pegasus Group. “While each new building possesses its own charm and character, they all work in unison to enhance the inherent attributes of Harrison and its residents’ living experiences.”   

Design Distinction 

The Eddy is a striking residential building that borders The Passaic River and is a short walk from the Harrison PATH station, which offers a 20-minute commute to Manhattan. The exterior features a modern industrial aesthetic with an iridescent brick and metal façade, designed by Front Studio Architects in collaboration with Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners and BG Studio.  

Inside, the residences at The Eddy boast contemporary design with bright, airy living spaces and details such as custom roller shade window treatments. Kitchens include Pearl Jasmine Silestone countertops and backsplashes, custom cabinetry, Moen® and Kohler sinks and faucets, stainless-steel Whirlpool® appliances and kitchen islands in select residences. Bathrooms are adorned with grey oak porcelain tile, multi-function showerheads, and Calcutta Gold Silestone countertops. Each residence also includes an in-home washer & dryer and keyless door entry technology. Select residences feature views of the waterfront. 

Amenities to Socialize and Unwind 

A comprehensive suite of indoor and outdoor amenities is designed to enhance the lifestyle experience. The community’s fitness program provides virtual fitness classes through an app custom tailored to the community, cardio equipment with interactive touch screens and ability to stream your favorite shows, and private trainers available to residents for an additional fee through the app. A yoga/kid’s room caters to children for a portion of the day and functions as a yoga room the rest of the day. The resident lounge features a fireplace, individual workspaces, and Eddy’s Canteen vending area with coffee and snacks available for purchase. Residents also have access to conference rooms and private workspaces with televisions. The community’s party room is an indoor/outdoor space with televisions and a kitchen inside and BBQ grill outside. 

The Eddy’s outdoor amenities give residents room to spread out, relax, and enjoy the fresh air. A landscaped courtyard with a pool, multiple seating options, lawn game areas, three gas fire pits with seating, and four BBQ grills are all available for resident enjoyment. Residents can also relax in the community’s outdoor performance area, a three-tier amphitheater for performances and lounging, or take in a waterfront stroll along Harrison’s Riverwalk. Dog lovers appreciate the community’s dog run, which overlooks the river and is well equipped with features such as a water fountain and irrigated dog run turf. A dedicated dog wash area is another canine convenience.  

Tenant storage cages are available for rent and bike storage is also available. The community includes Wi-Fi in all common spaces and outdoor areas, a 24/7 monitored lobby, and available onsite parking in an enclosed garage.  

Three professionally merchandized homes are available to tour: a studio residence with interior design by Rosalie Nunez, a one-bedroom residence with interior design by Cochineal Design, and a two-bedroom residence with interior design by BG Studio.   

With Manhattan easily accessible, and downtown Newark and Jersey City even closer, Harrison is known for its easy commute and its connection to culture, dining, entertainment, and recreation destinations. The town even has its own professional sports team, the N.Y. Red Bulls professional soccer team, which plays in Red Bull Arena on the south end of town. Across the river in Newark, entertainment options include concerts and sporting events at the Prudential Center, performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and more than 170 restaurants in the Ironbound neighborhood. Entrances to Route 280 and the New Jersey Turnpike are both easily accessible, connecting residents to the rest of the state and the Holland Tunnel. 

For more information on The Eddy and to schedule a private tour of the community’s model homes and amenities, visit www.theeddynj.com or call 973-314-8837.   

About Ironstate Development Company 

Ironstate Development Company is one of the largest privately held real estate development companies in the Northeast. Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, Ironstate engages in the development and management of large-scale mixed-use projects and has a diverse portfolio of residential and hospitality assets valued at several billion dollars. Additional information on Ironstate Development Company is available on the Company’s website at www.ironstate.net.   

About the Pegasus Group 

Founded in 1997 and based in New York City, The Pegasus Group is an owner and developer of multi-tenant real estate properties. The Company maintains the philosophy and operating style rooted firmly in adaptive reuse and urban revitalization.  The Company’s principals possess more than 60 years of industry experience.  www.thepegasusgroup.comPage Break 

About The Marketing Directors 

The Marketing Directors is a renowned development advisory firm with over forty years of experience working exclusively on behalf of real estate developers to design, market, and sell or lease residential homes. The Marketing Directors team is a collective of strategic thinkers, market experts, and trusted partners. Headquartered in New York with offices and sales teams active across North America, The Marketing Directors have helped clients successfully sell-out hundreds of new developments accounting for more than $30 billion in total sales. 

Restaurant Drawing Rave Reviews For Farm-To-Table Style

The Whitlock restaurant has a farm-to-table experience in an upscale atmosphere.

The Whitlock is named after an early 1800s tavern and store. It was known to be local and became a gathering place for all.

The Whitlock has plenty of five-star reviews for its unique menu and offerings that includes things such as tots creme fraiche with caviar to chorizo and shrimp burger with Oaxaca cheese.

“Ate here tonight for the first time and I have to say my boyfriend and I were blown away,” said one Yelper. “We really don’t go out very often anymore due to COVID, but was in the area and really wanted to give this place a try … it did not disappoint!”

“One of the best places I’ve gone to for brunch! I found this place in a Westchester Magazine article for Best Places for Brunch in Westchester and figured I’d give it a shot. I was not disappointed!,” said another Yelper. 

The restaurant is located at 17 Katonah Ave. 

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NJPAC Announces Re-Opening on September 12 and Launches New Initiatives

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NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center), based out of Newark, has announced that they will resume its performances on September 12. Until then, NJPAC has launched a virtual performing arts initiative called NJPAC In Your Living Room, which is a curated collection of past Arts Center performances, content from partners, educational videos for children and much more.

NJPAC insists that the show must go on, wherever you are located. Tune into live events, which include DJ dance parties, arts workshops and NJPAC Backstage celebrity interviews. Virtual performances this week include NJPAC Backstage Interview with Jazz Singer Samara Joy Mclendon, Wellness Wednesday with Dance Master Brandon Jones, and The New Best Practices: Leadership in a Time of Crisis.

Click here to find out more information on what NJPAC is currently offering.

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Additionally, NJPAC has launched a series of events and initiatives focused on promoting racial equality in an effort to bring the community together, and to encourage everyone to take part in the movement to ensure civil rights for all. On their website, www.njpac.org, you can find resources that will guide you to take action, in the voting booth and elsewhere, and join conversations and discussions that can help educate on racial injustice issues.

Best Outdoor Eateries to Check Out in Harrison!

With the restaurant scene finally making a comeback, we have a few restaurant recommendations that we think everyone will enjoy!

Joia Restaurant 

Joia Restaurant’s sidewalk cafe is officially open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring specialized Portuguese cuisine, exceptional daily specials, happy hours, a tapas menu and expansive signature cocktail list.

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Ah Pizz

Known for their authentic Neapolitan pizza and freshly imported ingredients, Ah Pizz is now open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The menu also include to-die-for apps, salads, pastas, chicken, meat and fish entrees.

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The Station Bar & Bites

Located at the Element Harrison Hotel, The Station Bar & Bites provides the area with delicious cocktails and bar bites, as well as daily entree specials. The outdoor seating is adorable, and perfect for that much needed date-night!

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Ding Food Market Successfully Holds Lobster Roll Pop-Up, with More to Come!


On Sunday, June 7, Ding Food Market held their first ever Lobster Roll Pop-Up event, with great success. Located conveniently at 241 Harrison Ave, the event started at 11 a.m. and ran until all the lobster rolls sold out. All of the lobster was sold at market price.

Ding Food Market offers the Harrison area Korean and Japanese Meal takeaway and grocery options. The success of this event has inspired the local market to propose more pop-up options for the future, including: Fresh Shucked-to-Order $1 Oyster Pop-Up, Smoked Shortrib BBQ Pop-Up, Thai Kai Yang Pop-Up or Steamer Clams Dipped in Clarified Butter Pop-Up. Ding Food Market is welcoming feedback on what should come next through their Instagram @dingfoodmarket.