Archive for October, 2014

Construction at Third & Valley in South Orange

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It’s hard to miss the construction progressing rapidly at Third and Valley in South Orange. The pictures here are artist’ renderings of the completed project. It will consist of 215 LEED rental units with a central courtyard and a pedestrian area with retail fronts on the Valley St side.   It’s one block away from the South Orange NJ Transit station situated on 2.7 acres.  This development grew out of the town’s Vision Plan.

Combined with the new units at the Gateway and The Avenue, rental inventory in South Orange will have increased significantly after completion. In addition to meeting the rental demand, the town has indicated that it is hoping this will provide more market for retailers. In my opinion, another effect will hopefully be that more of these tenants after a year or two of renting will be looking to eventually buy.  New construction of single family homes in South Orange and Maplewood is very rare as most of the acreage is developed. Without new construction of sales units, prices will continue to increase for current single family homes.

for more info see link below

SOPAC fall/winter artists


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Psychedelic Furs, Matisyahu, David Bromberg, Blind Boys of Alabama, Arlo Guthrie, Jefferson Starship and a number of other interesting artists will be appearing at SOPAC in South Orange this fall and winter. Just missed Maplewoodian performer Christine Ebersole.  See the link for detailed schedule.

Newark Airport to begin Ebola screening


Newark Airport will join a handful of airports that will begin screening for Ebola next week.  Temperature check and Questionnaire about your whereabouts are the primary protocols.  Is that enough?

Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival Update

OK that was a lot of fun!  Sorry for the lousy cellphone pics.

Farm Truck was really Yum – I had Tacos.  The other trucks were tasty too.  The Guitarist was pretty talented.  Hoping for MORE TRUCKS and more beer stations next year!

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Empanadas, Crab Cakes, Disco Fries, Pulled Pork Sliders, Farm-to-Truck, Craft Beer and more… YUM

I’m really looking forward to attending the Food Truck and Craft Beer Fest tomorrow, Friday, October 10 from 5-10pm on Irvington Ave., in South Orange, NJ.

Hoping a new tradition is born.  There should be more of them in town, especially near Seton Hall.

OK That was a lot of fun

NY Times piece on Maplewood, NJ and Brooklyn


“One set of neighbors invited them to a barbecue the day they arrived, while neighbors on the other side invited them to dinner the following evening.”

This is the sentence I like best in The N Y Times piece on Maplewood.  I live in South Orange, Maplewood’s twin brother and that friendliness is one of the reasons I love it here.

I would estimate that three quarters of the buyers I do business with are either coming from Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken, Queens or Manhattan

Here is the post:

PSE&G site plans


Two big development projects in Maplewood have been scuttled this year.  First,  the Post Office development plan didn’t work out with Supermarket – Kings, and now the developer for the PSE&G site near the Irvington border has pulled out.  These are two very important sites that will have a big impact on the future of Maplewood. and tonite’s town council meeting will be a forum for discussion on the matter

Environmental contamination on the site on Boyden Avenue made remediation costs higher than developer, Parke Place, LLC had anticipated.

Avalon Bay Communities is the newest player who will attempt to develop the site by buying it from Parke Place.  The town is reportedly offering the same financial incentives to Avalon which included a  a 30-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) at 10% of construction costs, which are estimated to be roughly $40 million.

For more details, check out the article on Village Green below.

Art Curators treasure trove in South Orange, NJ

The homeowners at 128 Prospect Place in South Orange, NJ curate, support and sell a treasure trove of contemporary art thru Art For Progress, a charity they run. –

One of many such artists’ works are for sale and prominently featured at their beautiful Victorian home which is also currently for sale.  The artist, Juan Manuel Pajares created the above image, and has a number of other works which combine a street/graffiti vibe with major cultural icons.  Other works feature such icons as John Lennon, Derek Jeter, Mick Jagger, Steve Jobs, Marlon Brando, Angus Young of ACDC…

Stop by the home for this Sunday’s open house (October 5) if you’re interested in seeing a small sampling of this art or in purchasing their home or drop me a line if you can’t make it Sunday.

Here’s a link to my previous post showing their home –