04/03/15 11:51am

PFleaIf you have been missing your flea, yearn no more, for the Pacific Flea is back.  Jersey City’s awesome outdoor flea market/party will re-open Saturday April 11th and run on the second Saturday of every month through October.  The day’s experience spans from 11am til 6pm.  Pacific Flea is located at 149 Pacific Ave. in the Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City.  The market is loved by many because it is so diverse and each Saturday is unique.  The market boasts fine craft, antique and vintage items, live music, curated art shows, outdoor street art and rotating food trucks.  If you can’t make the spring re-opening out the recurring dates on your calendar.  We recommend driving (they have parking) or biking but you can also take the light rail (directions below-decent walk).  Check it out!

Light Rail:  Take HBLR to Liberty State Park stop.  Walk west up Communipaw Ave and turn South onto Pacific Ave. [12-15 minute walk]

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Cast Iron Lofts in New Jersey


With nation-wide demand to be anywhere near New York City, one would think that all existing land that could have been developed at this point would already be occupied. And some would say that this, indeed, is the case. Up until recently, developers have been gun-shy about developing areas that were considered “off limits” within the industry. These areas were considered too industrial, or just hadn’t been considered by developers to be viable options for whatever reason. But Sandy Weiss of Manhattan Building Co. stepped on the scene and changed the game, seeing opportunity where others only saw a lost cause.


Breaking All the Rules by Breaking Ground


This is not the first time Weiss has changed the game in residential development. In the 90’s, he breathed new life into areas of Hoboken that were considered no man’s land, and has now developed these areas to become booming residential areas and communities. He believes that transforming old industrial areas into beautiful communities for luxury homes is a new trend that has been emerging, with the growing popularity of the industrial aesthetic as a creative twist on luxury.


The new residences are being developed along Jersey Avenue, close to 18th street. Manhattan Building Co. has already finished one of the planned developments and broke ground on the next round (Cast Iron Lofts II) in mid September. The current project is slated to be a 232-unit luxury development, with units being intended for renters. This project is estimated to take a total of 22 months and is one of many planned for the area.


A New Project Based on an Old Agenda


If at first you don’t succeed—try, try again. Turns out, that’s what the developers of New Jersey’s new SoHo West neighborhood are doing for developers of the past. Maps dating all the way back to as early as 1873 show that previous developers had big plans to expand this area all the way to Hoboken, but plans didn’t go through and the area became industrialized in the blank years between then and now. While other developers have been too hesitant to pick these plans back up, Manhattan Building Co. and the Cast Iron Lofts project are pioneers, but not without reason. This is not the first underrated community they have developed from the ground up (literally), and they have all the confidence in the world that this project will bring the same successes as earlier endeavors.


Building Lofts, Building the Neighborhood, Building Community


This project comes following many other successful projects prior, such as the Sky Club in Hoboken and the Sugar House in Paulus Hook. Many of these projects have changed the whole energy of their communies, and that is what Weiss envisions doing for SoHo West. Although the area is very new, retailers such as Best Buy and Target have already come to place their bets on the community, and Cast Iron Lofts is making sure that other elements are in place for residents too, such as complimentary shuttle service to transportation methods like the bus, ferry and train. Residents will find the area a comfortable and restful place to call home.

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Check out this year’s Summer Restaurant Week, Hudson County style.  There are tons of great Jersey City restaurants participating.  Find the link here for the listing of restaurants and further links to make reservations over the phone or via OpenTable.  Many participating restaurants offer lunch and dinner rates.  Enjoy and support your local small businesses.  #ShopLocalJC