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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/27/17


This photo shows the Engine 5 Fire Station in Newark's Ironbound neighborhood.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/26/17


This photo shows a view of Market Street from Newark Penn Station.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/25/17


This photo shows Hamilton Street in Newark's Ironbound, one of the few remaining brick streets in the city.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Child Care Center Planned for West Orange Restaurant Site


West Orange, New Jersey: A suburban building that once housed a restaurant could soon finally be torn down.

According to a legal notice, an application has been filed for a vacant residence and for the structure previously occupied by the Mount Fuji Japanese Steak House to be demolished. The restaurant, located at 303 Mount Pleasant Avenue, at the corner of Prospect Avenue, closed its doors nearly a decade ago, and has remained unoccupied since, though a sign advertising Avellino Development, LLC has been posted outside for the last several years. 

Now, the notice states that GBSJ Properties, LLC, which, according to data from the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services, was registered in November 2016 out of Lincoln Park, Morris County, is planning to build a child care center on the premises. The company has applied for preliminary and final site plan approval with variances. 44 parking spaces would be provided on site should the application be approved. 

The West Orange Planning Board will hear the proposal during its meeting on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00pm at the Municipal Building, located at 66 Main Street.

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Photo of the Day 4/24/17


This photo shows St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Newark's East Ward.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Photos of the Day 4/23/17


These photos show Newark's Murphy Varnish Company building.



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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/22/17


This photo shows a pedestrian crossing into Newark's Gateway Center.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Photos of the Day 4/21/17


These photos show the Cathedral House on Newark's Rector Street.



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/20/17


This photo shows the Newark Female Charitable Society building on Halsey Street in Newark.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/19/17


This photo shows the Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral in Downtown Newark with the new Prudential tower in the background.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Deli Planned for Newark's Ironbound


Newark, New Jersey: A new restaurant could be coming to Newark's East Ward.

A deli has been proposed for 152 Ferry Street, between Adams Street and Jackson Street, in the Ironbound neighborhood's main business district. For over a decade, the space has been occupied by the Amazing 99 Cents discount store. Now, according to a legal notice, 149 Ferry Street Realty Corp. is seeking variance approvals, and has applied for the restaurant to take over the first floor, while the upper two floors will remain residential. Should it open, the deli is slated to offer takeout and seating for 48 customers is planned. 

The Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment will hear the proposal during its meeting on Thursday, April 27th at 7:00pm at City Hall.

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Photo of the Day 4/18/17


This photo shows the Old First Church and the National State Bank Building along Broad Street in Downtown Newark.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Photos of the Day 4/17/17


These photos show Village Hall in South Orange, which will be converted into a restaurant and beer garden.



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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/16/17


This space in Downtown South Orange has been vacant since a Blockbuster Video location closed at the site five years ago. A new mixed-use development could be coming to the property.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/15/17


This Newark fire station is located along Sanford Avenue in Newark's West Ward.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/14/17


As Essex County Place first reported last year, Seton Hall University is building a welcome center at the main entrance to its South Orange campus.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Photos of the Day 4/13/17


This long-vacant building at 277 Halsey Street in Downtown Newark is slated to be converted into loft-style offices.



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/12/17


This photo shows the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society at the Short Hills Train Station.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/11/17


Newark's Riverfront Park is being expanded further north along the Passaic River to Bridge Street.



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Monday, April 10, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/10/17


This photo shows the Kislak Building in Downtown Newark, which is being converted into apartments.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/9/17


This photo shows the Maplewood Municipal Building.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/8/17


This photo shows the Hahne and Company Building in Downtown Newark.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

CityMD Plans Location in Newark's Hahne and Company Building


Newark, New Jersey: Downtown Newark could soon be home to an urgent care center.

According to a legal notice, CityMD is planning to open a location within the Hahne and Company Building at 609-633 Broad Street, at the corner of New Street. 609 Broad Street, LLC is seeking a variance for interior fit-out of a part of the ground floor retail space in order to open the location, which is described as "a walk-in urgent care medical office." CityMD has locations across the New York Metropolitan Area, including New Jersey locations in Clifton, East Hanover, and Union, but the Newark center is expected to be the first in Essex County.

After lying vacant for over 30 years, the Hahne and Company Building reopened earlier this year, and is home to Whole Foods Market and Rutgers-Newark's Express Newark space and Barnes and Noble location, and apartments. Kite and Key, Petco, City National Bank, and a restaurant operated by Marcus Samuelsson are also coming soon to the historic structure. 

The Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment will hear the proposal during its meeting on Thursday, April 20th at 7:00pm at City Hall.

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Photo of the Day 4/7/17


This photo shows the 'Song of the Passaic' mural in Newark's Ironbound with the Empire State Building in Manhattan rising in the distance.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/6/17


This photo shows the former Stanley Theatre in Newark's Vailsburg neighborhood, which now contains the Newark Gospel Tabernacle.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

GNC Plans to Open Downtown Newark Location


Newark, New Jersey: A national chain of health stores will be opening another Essex County location.

GNC, which stands for General Nutrition Center, is planning a new store for 186 Market Street, between Broad Street and Mulberry Street, at the center of Downtown Newark. City records show that Mariano Pelliza and Naftali Lichtenstein are seeking approval to modify the building's front facade from the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission during its meeting tonight at City Hall. The space was previously occupied by Monet Fashions.

There are currently local GNC locations in Bloomfield, the Ironbound, Livingston, Short Hills, Verona, West Caldwell, and West Orange.

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Photo of the Day 4/5/17


This photo shows the Murphy Varnish Company building in Newark's Ironbound neighborhood, which is being rehabilitated into residential use.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/4/17


These photos were taken during the demolition of the former Science High School/Ballantine Brewery building on Rector Street in Newark earlier this year. The One Riverview development will rise at the site.


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Revitalization Planned for Apartment Building in Newark's North Ward


Newark, New Jersey: A residential building that has stood in Newark for close to a century will be revitalized.

For at least a decade, the five-story apartment building at 312-314 Mount Prospect Avenue in Newark's North Ward, between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue, sat abandoned, despite its location close to Branch Brook Park, Forest Hill, and Bloomfield Avenue. The structure eventually became City property, with 'no trespassing' signs, overgrown weeds, and boarded up windows on the premises.

However, in August 2016, IBN Construction Corporation acquired the building from the City of Newark for $105,000, and now has big plans for the property. According to a legal notice, the company will rehabilitate the existing building in order to restore its 13 units, and then will expand the structure to add 11 additional units. 12 of the units will contain one bedroom, while the other 12 will contain two bedrooms, according to public records. Martha Brazoban of M.B. Architectural Design and Consulting, LLC is listed with the City as the project architect and engineer.

IBN's application for Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval with variances for insufficient lot width, rear year, and facade transparency parking, plus excessive lot coverage by buildings and fence height, was approved with conditions by the Newark Central Planning Board during its meeting on February 27th.

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Photos of the Day 4/3/17


The historic Sacred Heart Church towers over the surrounding Vailsburg neighborhood in Newark's West Ward.


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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/2/17


Construction is underway on the new Clarus Maplewood development next to the Maplewood Train Station.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Photo of the Day 4/1/17


This Gibraltar Bank branch has stood in the Vailsburg neighborhood of Newark for over a century.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Photo of the Day 3/31/17


This photo shows Newark Penn Station during a recent snowstorm.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Photo of the Day 3/30/17


This photo shows Old Short Hills Park in Millburn Township.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Photo of the Day 3/29/17


This photo shows the Short Hills Train Station.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New 102-Unit Development Planned for Orange


Orange, New Jersey: Another new transit-oriented-development could be coming to Orange.

The City of Orange Township will host a public meeting tonight regarding a proposal for a new six-story development at 258 Reock Street, between South Day Street and South Center Street. According to the City, the building is slated to contain 102 mixed-income residential units, and would be developed by L+M Development Partners, the company responsible for projects like 50 & 55 South Essex in Orange and the redevelopment of Newark's Hahne and Company and New Jersey Bell buildings. The City is considering the authorization a financial agreement with L+M, according to a notice. 

Currently, the property, which is located near the main Orange Train Station, the Main Street and South Essex Avenue business districts, and Coach USA and NJ Transit bus service, contains a gated vacant lot that previously was the site of houses. Since 2012, part of the lot at 258 Reock Street has been owned by Reock Urban Renewal, LLC, which is registered out of the same Westchester County, New York office as L+M.

The community meeting will be held at the Le Parc Place preschool within one of L+M's local buildings at 50 South Essex Avenue, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

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Max's Restaurant Opens Bloomfield Location


Bloomfield, New Jersey: An international restaurant franchise just opened its first Essex County location.

A Max's Restaurant location opened on Sunday, March 26th within the East West Plaza at 65 Belleville Avenue in Bloomfield, between Davey Street and Patton Drive. The company, which brands itself as "the house that fried chicken built" serving "authentic Filipino dishes," was founded over 70 years ago in Quezon City, the Philippines' largest city. It currently has only one other New Jersey location, which is in Jersey City. In addition to fried chicken, menu items include soups like shrimp tamarind and milkfish tamarind, longsilog, tapsilog, chop suey, fried rice, laing, and egg rolls.

The space was previously occupied by the East West Filipino Restaurant.

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Photo of the Day 3/28/17


This photo shows the border between Newark's West Ward and South Orange.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Photo of the Day 3/27/17


This photo shows an entrance to South Orange's Tuxedo Park neighborhood along South Orange Avenue.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Photo of the Day 3/26/17


This photo shows the East Branch of the Rahway River in South Orange.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Photo of the Day 3/25/17


This photo shows icicles at the Short Hills Train Station.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Photo of the Day 3/24/17


This photo shows Downtown South Orange businesses and Village Hall with the Newstead neighborhood up the hill in the distance.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Photo of the Day 3/23/17


This photo shows the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills.

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