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First residents move into The Mint in downtown Rahway

The Mint in downtown Rahway has welcomed its first renters, infusing new energy into one of Union County’s most prominent dining, entertainment and arts and culture epicenters.

Additional move-ins are scheduled in the coming weeks with leasing in full swing at the new 116-home rental building, according to development partners Fields Grade and Slokker Group.   The Mint features an eclectic mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom homes with monthly rents starting at $1,545and offeredwith Grand Opening incentives that include one-month free on a 13-month lease.

“It’s always an exciting milestone when residents begin moving in and start transforming a building into active environment,” notes Jaqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors, the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for The Mint.   “This is doubly true at The Mint.  The arrival of our initial renters fortifies the already energetic atmosphere in downtown Rahway which is bubbling with lifestyle options for residents to enjoy.”

The newest upscale rental to debut in Rahway, the five-story building is ideally situated at 81 Monroe Street, an ultra-commuter-friendly location  just steps from New Jersey Transit’s Rahway station, one of the few in the state with service on two train lines, allowing travelers to access both the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast routes. 

“The building is a short walk from Main Street, an eclectic business corridor that offers access to hip and authentic bars, eateries, shops and everyday conveniences,” adds Nils Berten, VP USA of The Slokker Group.  “It’s a walkable urban neighborhood that’s easily commutable to New York City in just 45 minutes by train, as well as Edison, New Brunswick and the Jersey Shore.”

The Mint was designed by renowned architect Minno Wasko.  Its well-appointed residences boast hardwood flooring, kitchens with Thermofoil cabinetry, a stainless-steel appliance package comprising Whirlpool refrigerator, Frigidaire range and dishwasher and GE microwave; in-home washer/dryer; and lavish bathrooms with Caesarstone countertops.  Select homes offer private balconies and terraces. 

Upscale apartments are enhanced by a full suite of stylish and hip indoor amenities which includes a welcoming lobby with transit screen and communal work space, residents-only clubhouse, a lounge with a billiards table and work cubes, fully-equipped fitness center with a yoga room and fitness on demand and a dog wash room.  When warmer weather arrives, the five-star indoor amenities at The Mint will be joined by desirable resident-only outdoor space, including a second-floor landscaped deck with a swimming pool, BBQ area and fire pit.    The Mint also offers covered parking and 6,000 square-feet of supportive retail space.

Lying just 20 miles from New York City, Rahway offers its own cosmopolitan lifestyle with an urban/suburban twist right at home.  Driven by the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership, Rahway’s Main Street corridor and its surrounding area features dining, shops and a robust schedule of farmer’s markets, cultural events and concerts.  The district is home to popular eateries like Luciano’s, The Irving Inn and CubaNu Restaurant and Lounge; nightlife at the legendary Waiting Room and Wet Ticket Brewing Company, as well as countless shops and daily services.  Cultural attractions can be found at the 199-seat Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, historic Union County Performing Arts Center, and The Gallery Space Rahway.  In addition to the in-town train station, Rahway is served by U.S. Routes 1/9 and 27, and is located in between the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike. 

For more information on The Mint and to schedule a private appointment to tour its furnished model homes and amenity spaces, please visit www.TheMintRahway.com or call (732) 382-1100.

How to Support Local Businesses in Westfield

In the hope to stimulate the local economy, Westfield has created a “Virtual Downtown,” which allows residents to order and buy products online from the comfort of their own home. This includes food takeout, liquor stores and even bookstores.

Here is a link to Westfield’s Virtual Downtown.

Westfield is encouraging their residents to support local businesses by:

  • Ordering in (either delivery or curbside pickup)
  • Buy gift cards to your favorite local establishments
  • If you are sick ask for “no contact delivery”
  • Do not visit a restaurant if you are sick
  • Be patient
  • Consider tipping more

Restaurants available for takeout are: 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro1958 Cuban Cuisine, Addams Tavern, Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery , Akai Lounge, Boxwood Coffee Roasters, The Brick Oven,  Brunella Portuguese Coffee & Deli Buddha Fish, Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe, Casa di Pizza , Cosimos,  Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cinnaholic, Cold Stone Creamery, Di Farina Pizzeria, Farinolio Ferraro’s South, Feast Catering, Emack & Bolio’s Westfield, Evergreen, Feast Catering & Cafe, Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, FroYo, Hershey’s Deli, Hunan Wok III, Inspiration Roll, Jade Garden, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Kilwins, Kings Bowl Cafe, Limani Seafood Grill, Manhattan Bagel, Nathan’s Famous Hotdog, Old Havana, Ono Bowls, Outta Hand Pizza, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Rockn’ Joe Coffeehouse + Bistro, Sichuan Dynasty, Spice Bazaar,  Splash of Thai, Sweet Waters Steak House, The Salad House, Tinga Taqueria, Turning Point, Vicki’s Diner, Westfield Seafood and Westfield Station Cafe.

Centurion Debuts in Downtown Union, NJ with Luxe Apartments and Modern Amenities

Leasing is officially underway for CENTURION UNION, a new collection of 80 upscale apartments and a full suite of modern amenities in the heart of Union Center, where long-cherished restaurants and shops mix with a new array of dining and retail services.

Ideally situated at 975 Bonnel Court, the eye-catching five-story building features generously-appointed one- and two-bedroom residences attractively priced from $1,930 a month.  Initial occupancy is scheduled for March 1st, 2020.

The Marketing Directors, exclusive leasing and marketing agent for CENTURION UNION, has opened the building’s rental program from an on-site leasing office with a fully-furnished model available to view.

“The opening of CENTURION UNION ushers in a new era for Union Center, where municipal efforts to create a vibrant new lifestyle experience along Stuyvesant Avenue have taken root,” said

Manuel A. Fernandez, Founder of American Landmark Development. “As the first new construction residential building to be introduced in Union’s reimagined downtown in three decades, CENTURION UNION delivers a modern residential opportunity to this flourishing and close-knit neighborhood while placing residents just steps from a diverse offering of dining, retail and conveniences.”

CENTURION UNION is a striking architectural addition to Union Center.  Inside, expansive living spaces boast nine-foot ceiling heights, wide wood-style plank flooring, vented in-home washer and dryers by GE, and kitchens with full-size slate GE appliances, gas range stoves, island/peninsula work spaces and quartz countertops.  Luxurious baths are equipped with glass-enclosed showers, porcelain tile and polished chrome fixtures.

Residents will have access to a modern suite of amenities to provide a complete lifestyle experience, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, game room, resident-only lounge, flexible co-working space, children’s playroom, dog run and onsite parking.

“CENTURION UNION is an exciting new lifestyle choice for residents looking to reside in one of Union County’s most eclectic downtowns,” said Adrienne Albert, CEO of The Marketing Directors.  “We expect it to appeal to renters from throughout the spectrum, from young professionals and couples seeking a convenient commute to work regionally or in New York City to empty-nesters looking to downsize to a more maintenance-free and city-centric lifestyle.  We also anticipate significant interest from those working at major nearby employers such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Overlook Hospital, Merck, Celgene, and Prudential Financial.

Union Center is quickly gaining momentum as a sought-after downtown setting with its unique character and streetscapes rooted in tradition and history.  Its small-town charm is evident in family-run dining staples like Cioffi’s, the famed Italian restaurant which opened over 40 years ago on Stuyvesant Avenue, as well locally-owned ethnic eateries serving Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Columbian, Portuguese, Filipino and many other global cuisines.  Classic pubs and local boutiques also line the downtown streets. These established businesses have been joined by newer retailers such as Crow and the Coconut Yoga and B Fit n Focused Fresh Juices.

Commuting is a breeze from Union which lies at the crossroad of Routes 78 and 22 and the Garden State Parkway.  New Jersey Transit’s Union Station provides service to Newark Penn Station.  Buses to New York City depart just a quick walk from Centurion on Morris Avenue. 

CENTURION UNION is the first of a multi-phase project in Union Center, where American Landmark Development has been designated by Union Township as the redeveloper of the Stuyvesant Avenue Redevelopment Project.  The initiative is infusing a new level of energy and excitement into Union Center with nearly 300 new homes and approximately 27,000 square feet of retail space housed in four buildings once complete.

The development is also the first in a new signature series of CENTURION rental communities planned by American Landmark Development in key New Jersey urban markets.

For additional information on CENTURION UNION and to schedule a visit to see the furnished model and amenity space, please visit www.LiveCENTURION.com or call 888-910-0975.   The onsite Leasing Center is located at 975 Bonnel Court, Union, NJ 07083, and open daily.

About The Marketing Directors

The Marketing Directors is a renowned development advisory with over 35 years of experience working exclusively on behalf of real estate developers to design, market and sell 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 has helped clients successfully sell-out hundreds of new developments accounting for more than $30 billion in total sales.

Rahway Taste of Spring Event Celebrating its 20th Anniversary!

Rahway’s Taste of Spring tasting event is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! The one-night event features culinary options from over 40 regional food establishments, plus tasting stations for fine wine, local beer and aperitifs. The event will also include live entertainment.

Please note that in the spirit of keeping the event fun for adults and safe for everyone attending the age limit is 12 and over for attendees, babies in chest carriers only are welcome and for the safety of our participants no strollers or carriages are permitted.

Tickets are $40 in advanced and $45 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here.

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular in Rahway

Who: Hosted by Union County Performing Arts Center

What: Paramount’s Laser Spectacular is a hit multi-media laser and light show celebrating 50 years of Pink Floyd by featuring the Original Master Recordings of Pink Floyd.

Where: UCPAC Main Stage at 1601 Irving Street Rahway, NJ

When: Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

REVA Launches in Downtown Rahway with Impressive Leasing Velocity and Suite of Modern Amenities

REVA has entered the downtown Rahway residential scene with 219 stylish apartments and a full suite of inspired amenities situated just blocks from express New Jersey Transit train service into Manhattan and beyond.

Leasing is underway at the sleek and modern five-story building which was developed by AST Development and Sterling Properties at 1245 Main Street, steps from the upscale urban lifestyle available in one of Union County’s burgeoning downtown centers.  Designed by the award winning combination of Minno & Wasko Architects and interior design by Mary Cook Associates, REVA has quickly caught the attention of the renting public with the developers reporting over 70 of its upscale homes leased in just the first two months of availability.

REVA offers a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom homes initially priced from $1,610 with Grand Opening incentives that include one-month free on a 13-month lease.  Residences are available for immediate occupancy.

“With the opening of REVA, we’ve introduced a new luxury residential option to a downtown that is rich in history and culture, and clearly on the rise,” says Robert J. D’Anton, President of AST Development.  “All of the elements of a vibrant, urban community can be found in Rahway, which boasts a lively mix of shops, dining, a Hilton branded hotel and access to fast and efficient public transportation. 

“Its downtown has experienced substantial economic and business growth in recent years spearheaded by progressive municipal initiatives that have this City well positioned to emerge as the Union County leader in retail, art, entertainment and lifestyle.  We’re excited to add a signature rental building to this flourishing residential and business center.”

Lying 20 miles outside Manhattan, downtown Rahway has been on the upswing with the opening of new restaurants, boutique shopping, art galleries, music and performance venues and community services.  An energetic vibe permeates along its along its Main Street and Irving Street corridors which border the NJ Transit’s Rahway train station.  Well-known eateries like Luciano’s, The Irving Inn and CubaNu Restaurant and Lounge line the downtown streets, while the ever-popular Waiting Room and Wet Ticket Brewing Company offer nightlife and entertainment.  Some of Rahway’s most popular attractions are rooted in the arts, including the UCPAC Hamilton Stage and Union County Performing Arts Center.

“The appeal of living in Rahway is growing strong, with renters feverishly attracted to its vibrant downtown, strong sense of neighborhood and the ultimate in commuter conveniences,” adds Shane Soranno, Director of Development for AST.  “REVA will complement those desirable characteristics with elegantly-designed homes and a complete offering of amenities.”

REVA is the second upscale apartment building developed by AST Development and Sterling Properties in Rahway, following in the footsteps of Metro Rahway in 2014.

Apartments at REVA range from 483 to 1,458 square feet of living space and boast designer interior finishes and appointments, including nine-foot ceilings, LED lighting, quartz countertops, contemporary kitchens, stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry, luxury flooring and smart enabled residences.  The building’s stylish exterior is sure to become an eye-catching landmark in downtown Rahway.

“Interior spaces, curated by Mary Cook Associates, transform the common spaces into a chic and sophisticated lifestyle offering that fulfills the desires of today’s young urban professional and commuter,” points out Nick Hollenbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling Properties. “Residents of REVA will have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, resident lounge, café, business center, and two outdoor courtyards.  There’s also on-site covered parking, elevator access and storage available.”

REVA’s ultra-convenient location is highlighted by an address two blocks from the New Jersey Transit train station which offers service on both the Northeast Corridor and North Jersey Coast lines.  Commuters can reach Manhattan in 40 minutes or be quickly whisked to employment centers in Edison and New Brunswick, as well as all the delights of the famed Jersey Shore.  The community will also provide easy access to both the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

For additional information on REVA, or to make a leasing appointment please visit www.revarahway.com or call (732) 540-8553.  The leasing office is located on-site at 1245 Main Street and open daily from 10:00am to 6:30pm.

About Sterling Properties

Sterling Properties is widely recognized as a multi-faceted development organization with a wide range of upscale real estate including residential, office and commercial communities throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut. For additional information on the company, please visit http://www.sterlingpropertiesnj.com/ or call (973) 535-1888.

About AST Development

Founded in 1985, AST Development Corporation is a full-service real estate development and investment company, which has been successful in the acquisition, development, repositioning and long-term ownership of commercial and residential real estate.  AST’s multi-family portfolio focuses on the New Jersey and metropolitan New York submarket, as well as Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. For more information on AST, please visit www.astdevelopment.com.

Union County Performing Arts Center to Show Jurassic Park on 35mm

As a part of UCPAC’s Classic Film Series 35mm, the theater will be showing Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster film, Jurassic Park on Friday, February 28 at 8 p.m.

Guests are invited to enjoy popcorn, a pre-movie organ show played on our historic Wurlitzer Organ, the classic Three Stooges short ” Disorder in the Court” on 35mm, and a 35MM screening of Jurassic Park all for $5.

In the film, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when the predators break free and go on the hunt.

The Union County Performing Arts Center is located at 1601 Irving Street in Rahway, NJ. Tickets can be purchased here.

Union County Goes Green with the Return of the Garden Grant

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders have announced the return of the UC Kids Dig garden grant program. This grant programs serves to help schools provide students with new educational and community service activities by building vegetable gardens on school properties.

According to Union News Daily, the grant are worth a total of $56,000 and are funded through the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. The UC Kids Dig In program was launched in 2017 as an initiative of Freeholder Sergio Granados, the current chairman of the trust fund. Thus far, the program has issued 172 grants.

Grant applications have been sent to all Union County school superintendents. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

FIVE-STAR AMENITIES OFFER INSIDE LOOK AT UPSCALE LIFESTYLE AT THE MINT RENTAL IN DOWNTOWN RAHWAY

With leasing underway at The Mint, the developers behind the upscale new 116-home rental building in downtown Rahway, NJ, have debuted a full suite of stylish and hip indoor amenities.

Partners Fields Grade and Slokker Group have taken the wraps off the professionally-decorated recreation and social spaces in the five-story building, which include a welcoming lobby with transit screen and communal work space, residents-only clubhouse, a lounge with a billiards table and work cubes, fully-equipped fitness center with a yoga room and fitness on demand and a dog wash room.  The amenity unveiling coincides with the official launch of the community’s full website at www.themintrahway.com, providing an online destination for renters to obtain detailed information about homes and lifestyle The Mint.

The Marketing Directors, the exclusive marketing and leasing agent for The Mint, has opened leasing for its mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom homes with furnished models and an on-site leasing center.

“This amenity package compliments what might be The Mint’s greatest convenience, its outstanding commuter friendly location in downtown Rahway,” says Jacqueline Urgo, President of The Marketing Directors.  “The building is situated a short walk from Main Street, an eclectic business corridor that offers access to hip and authentic bars, eateries, shops and everyday conveniences.  The New Jersey Transit train station is less than 5 minutes away, bringing business and entertainment centers in New York City, Newark and elsewhere within easy reach.  And when not experiencing all the neighborhood has to offer, The Mint residents return home to these exclusive lifestyle amenities right outside their door.”

When warmer weather arrives, the five-star indoor amenities at The Mint will be joined by desirable resident-only outdoor space, including a second-floor landscaped deck with a swimming pool, BBQ area and fire pit.    The Mint also offers covered parking and 6,000 square-feet of supportive retail space.

The Mint was designed by renowned architect Minno Wasko.  Its well-appointed residences boast hardwood flooring, kitchens with Thermofoil cabinetry, a stainless-steel appliance package comprising Whirlpool refrigerator, Frigidaire range and dishwasher and GE microwave; in-home washer/dryer; and lavish bathrooms with Caesarstone countertops.  Select homes offer private balconies and terraces. 

Grand opening monthly rents start at $1,545with one month free on a 13-month lease.Immediate occupancy is available.

Situated just 20 miles from New York City, Rahway offers its own cosmopolitan lifestyle with an urban/suburban twist right at home.  Driven by the Rahway Arts and Business Partnership, Rahway’s Main Street corridor and its surrounding area features dining, shops and a robust schedule of farmer’s markets, cultural events and concerts.  The district is home to popular eateries like Luciano’s, The Irving Inn and CubaNu Restaurant and Lounge; nightlife at the legendary Waiting Room and Wet Ticket Brewing Company, as well as countless shops and daily services.  Cultural attractions can be found at the 199-seat Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, historic Union County Performing Arts Center, and The Gallery Space Rahway.  In addition to the in-town train station, Rahway is served by U.S. Routes 1/9 and 27, and is located in between the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike. 

For more information on The Mint and to schedule a private appointment to tour its furnished model homes and amenity spaces, please visit www.TheMintRahway.com or call (732) 382-1100.

Da Vinci Exhibit Coming to Kean University

The exhibit, “Da Vinci — Inventions”, created by Grand Exhibitions, showcases recreations of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous works. According to Union News Daily, the exhibit has already visited Italy, Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Philippines. “Da Vinci — Inventions” is currently being displayed at Kean University’s Liberty Hall Academic Center until April 12.

The exhibit features interactive recreations of drawings and inventions, with 16 stations spread across 6,000-square-feet. The work being highlighted includes musical instruments, Renaissance polymath’s inventions, reproductions of “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper” and more.

The exhibit is free for Kean students and school groups. All other guests can visit www.kean.edu/davinci to reserve their tickets in advance. General admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 13.

Visit https://www.kean.edu/news/da-vinci-inventions-exhibit-open-kean-university for more information.