Inversion & Arm Balance Adventure

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Saturday, March 24th by Jyoti Yoga & Healing

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Join New York City yoga teacher Dana Slamp for a playful exploration of going upside down.  This interactive event includes great core exercises, a reconnection with the key poses that prepare us for inverting, and some fun partner work to feel supported in your inversion adventure.  All that’s required is a year of practice and a desire for a good time.  Come and get “high” on your yoga, one breath at a time! TICKETS $45/$55

 

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PATH ridership up this year, projected to break annual record

VIA: STEVE STRUNSKY/THE STAR-LEDGER

Photo/ VERA/Daily Harrison.com

PATH ridership is up during the first half of the year, with 2012 projected to surpass the system’s annual record set last year, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced.

The Star-Ledger | Full Story

PATH‬ service to/from the WTC to be suspended 3-6 p.m.

PA working to provide alternatives to Lower Manhattan PATH service during President Obama’s visit to WTC site today

File Photo: Vera / DailyHarrison.com

Seeking to provide alternatives to afternoon commuters, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is highlighting optional means of leaving Lower Manhattan while the World Trade Center PATH station is closed in the afternoon on Thursday, June 14 for security purposes during President Obama’s visit. (Via the Daily Harrison)

The Daily News’ “The best of New York real estate” features Harrison Station

Our picks for the best hotel, pool, rental value, luxury condo and more

 

 

By JASON SHEFTELL/ New York Daily News

Real estate is all about the “WOW.” We see a lot of it. Sometimes 10 to 20 buildings and apartments per week. We don’t write about all of them. We pick the best. One thing you learn quickly is that every property has a soul. A place where that buyer or renter thinks to themselves, “I want to live here.” When that happens, it’s thrilling, like getting a crush on someone. You kind of have to see it again, or just stay there, in that place, and think, “how can I make this happen?” Here’s a list and look at some of the things that made us say “wow” this past year, and wonder, “what do we have to do to live right here?”

BEST RENTAL NEIGHBORHOODS, OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY

Harrison, N.J.: Ironstate, the developers, know a good thing when they see it. Great transportation to Manhattan on the PATH, a soccer stadium, and a multiphase rental rollout that includes a Starwood hotel, and voila, a strong rental climate drawing young people from New Jersey and the city.

Learn more about Harrison Station at www.harrisonstn.com

New Jersey Town Bets Big on PATH

By LAURA KUSISTO And JESSICA FIRGER

HARRISON, N.J.—Nestled along the Passaic River, this town has never quite shed its gritty industrial image, even as residential development helped transform nearby Jersey City and Hoboken from faded urban centers into commuter havens.

A recent announcement of $256 million in funding to replace the town’s 76-year-old PATH station, which isn’t even currently wheelchair accessible, could help change that.

A half dozen developers are planning to break ground on more than 1,000 new units, primarily rentals, in Harrison by the end of the year.

The construction is part of an even more ambitious idea: to add 13,000 units over the next decade to a town that has just 13,000 residents now. And it’s a gamble. That’s about as many new rental units as are slated to sprout in Brooklyn in the coming years.

But if it’s successful, the building boom may help reverse Harrison’s downward course.

“What was the alternative? Have the town die?” Mayor Raymond McDonough said.

Harrison’s redevelopment in many ways reflects a continuing reversal in the state’s fortunes. As single-family homes in leafy suburban towns languish, cities are experiencing a bit of a revival because of their proximity to public transportation.

“This doesn’t mean the suburbs are going to disappear, but it really makes sense for people who are close to New York,” said Stuart Meck, an associate research professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

In the mid-twentieth century tens of thousands of employees streamed into Harrison’s industrial zone each day, home to companies like RCA electronics and Otis Elevator Co.

About 15 years ago, the city created a plan for developing the 250-acre former industrial section of Harrison into a primarily residential community. But the plan hit a series of obstacles, including the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., when the flow of commuters to downtown Manhattan dropped.

Private investors have spent or committed more than $650 million toward the redevelopment effort, and $286 million of public funds have been committed to the redevelopment from different levels of government.

Harrison still faces significant hurdles: The developers will have to create retail and green space, where there is currently almost none, and the new developments are isolated from the already limited downtown core.

A new rental development in Harrison, near the town's PATH station./Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal

But the success of one of the area’s recent rental developments has given other developers the confidence to move forward. Harrison Station—a 275-unit rental building built by Ironstate Development and Pegasus Group on remediated brown fields—began leasing in September and is fully rented.

Among the building’s attractions are a swimming pool and beach volleyball court. But its primary selling point was more likely cheap rents—$1,750 a month for a one-bedroom—and generous incentives.

Sarah Lin, a 33-year-old who works at World Financial Center, moved into the building a few weeks ago. She and her husband were living in a studio apartment on the Upper West Side, but Ms. Lin, who is pregnant, said they needed more space.

Ms. Lin said the landlord offered two months of free rent when they signed the contract, which helped seal the deal.

“A friend recommended it. She said it’s much safer than Newark,” Ms. Lin said. “There’s more space, and people are not very hectic.”

The same partnership plans to break ground this spring on a 138-room Element by Westin hotel, as well as a second apartment building.

Advance Realty is building a project, Riverbend District, which will eventually include more than 500,000 square feet of retail space.

The developer plans to break ground this fall on the first phase, which will consist of 300 units, but no initial retail component.

Developers say they will compete in part because rents will be about 30% lower than Jersey City and Hoboken.

“I don’t think you can get a one-bedroom for $2,000” in those places, said Jeff Milanaik, president of Heller Industrial Parks Inc., which is building a multiphase development consisting of 750 residential units that will break ground early next year.

Still, some locals are skeptical of the bid to draw outsiders to the tight-knit town. “Those condos are for people who live in New York. The school system will be overcrowded,” said Owen McGonigle, 69, a retired corrections sergeant and lifetime resident. “I think it’s a new era, but not what I’d like to see.”

Developers say they plan to put in more than half-a-million-square-feet of retail space over time and several acres of parks. The mayor said the money will be up to the private sector and the developers say they plan to seek state grants for the creation of green space.

Krystal Mitchell, 25, is a bartender at the Green Room, a favorite watering hole three blocks from the PATH station. She moved to Harrison with her family five years ago but said it needs basic amenities such as a cafe with wireless Internet.

What the city doesn’t need is more bars, Ms. Mitchell said. “You can drink or get a tattoo,” she said.

READ MORE AT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL >>>

Harrison Station Developers Band Together As Port Authority Fund Platform Rehab

 

By Antoinette Martin April 6, 2012

 

HARRISON, NJ-When the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced this week it would move ahead with replacing the antiquated platform at the Harrison train station, six major developers at work in the surrounding community cheered with coordinated gusto.

Very coordinated. Possessing all the polished synchronicity of a champion cheerleading squad, in fact –a rare mode for competitive developers at any time, but perhaps most unusual in the midst of economic crunch times. “It is highly unique, I think,” Peter J. Cocoziello, president and CEO of Advanced Realty, tells GlobeSt.com.

“We have formed our own association to collectively cheer everyone on in getting the master plan underway for Harrison to become a true 24-hour, live-work-play community.” Advance is the so-called master developer for the 245-acre project begun 10 years ago. The massive retooling of a deteriorated site dating to the Industrial Revolution took longer than originally expected. The Red Bulls soccer arena and several condominiums besides the Passaic River were completed in the past few years.

Then, last summer, the 275-unit Harrison Station rental apartments opened and leased up with surprising speed. This spring and summer construction is about to “go vertical” on a second rental building and a hotel; meanwhile, demolition work is underway so work can begin early next year on a retail center with housing above it.

Now, with the train station funding, executives from six companies that are part of the new Harrison Redevelopment Association and spoke to GlobeSt.Com say the overall project is back on track. One of Advance’s fellow developers in Harrison, Carl J. Goldberg, the principal of Roseland Property Co., says, “The project was bogged down for many years while remediation work was done and infrastructure was installed, which gave it an unfortunate reputation for a while.”

Recently, says Goldberg, Harrison’s longtime mayor Raymond McDonough appealed to the developers, asking them to help jumpstart the overall development again. All responded enthusiastically, and said they have found it surprisingly exhilarating to work in concert. “The new train station is going to be a game-changer,” says Cocoziello after the Port Authority formally voted Monday to authorize the $250 million replacement of the 76-year-old existing station, starting work next year.

“It will create Harrison as a true destination, with a gorgeous new glass-and–steel station facility providing an incredibly quick commute to New York via the PATH. Harrison is actually closer to New York than Midtown is to downtown.” “We are all thrilled, as a group and as individual companies,” adds Goldberg, who said the developers’ group met with New Jersey officials several months ago to advocate for expediting the Port Authority funding.

“Our feeling at this point is really the more developers in the project, the better,” says Edward Russo, president of Russo Development, whose company purchased a piece of property from Roseland 18 months ago. “Even though, to some extent, we compete with one another, we are all looking to create a community.”

Executives from the various development companies, including Ironstate Development, Pegasus Group, and Heller Industrial Parks detailed these current projects:

• Russo will begin vertical construction of a 300-unit rental apartment building in May or June.

• Ironstate, which opened the first apartments adjacent to the train station last July, will start work this summer on a 138-unit Element by Starwood hotel.

• Roseland plans a late-summer start on a 141-unit rental building beside its condominium development.

  • Heller expects to begin work on a building with ground-floor retail and 65 rental units above, as soon as demolition of a building across Frank E. Rogers Boulevard from the Harrison Station apartments is complete.

Work on the train station is expected to take roughly three years. The existing station, built in 1936, will be replaced with a modern glass-walled structure and the platform expanded to accommodate longer trains at a stop that already handles an average 7,000 commuters per day

 

 

Pathway to the future on a $256M fast track

By Steve Strunsky/Star Ledger Staff

 

A rendering of the $256 million glass-and-steel Harrison PATH station.

Direct access to Manhattan, Jersey City and Hoboken by PATH train has been a cornerstone of Harrison’s plan to transform itself from an industrial center into a commuter hub.

Hundreds of condominiums and rental units are already built, under construction or planned for the area surrounding the local PATH station. A multi-phase residential and commercial project now being developed adjacent to the Harrison station is called, aptly enough, Harrison Station.

The problem, though, has been the station itself. Built in 1936, it is cramped and in desperate need of upgrades. Anyone riding an NJ Transit or Amtrak train through Newark passes the aging platforms against a backdrop of empty lots and abandoned factory buildings.

So developers and town officials cheered yesterday’s announcement that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will spend more than a quarter-billion dollars to replace the 76-year-old station with a far grander, more accessible terminal of glass and steel to serve the 7,000 commuters who use the facility each weekday.

“It’s the best news we could have heard,” said Greg Russo, a principal in Ironstate Development Co. of Hoboken, which just completed a 275-unit apartment building as part of the Harrison Station project, with a hotel and another rental apartment building planned. “Nothing more important or significant could happen relative to Harrison’s redevelopment.” The PATH station, along Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard, also lies within a free kick of Harrison’s most notable attraction, professional soccer’s Red Bull Arena stadium.  READ MORE >>>