99 Hudson Street: 900ft Tower, Jersey City’s Tallest, to be Built at Transit Nexus

Ground was broken on January 28th, 2016 for a 900-foot-tall residential tower in Jersey City, at 99 Hudson Street. The building would be the tallest in both Jersey City and New Jersey, surpassing the 781-foot commercial tower at 30 Hudson Street that counts investment bank Goldman Sachs as its major tenant.

99 Hudson Jersey City skyline

Developer Hartz Mountain Industries originally planned to construct two towers on the site, but sold the parcel to Chinese developer China Overseas America, Inc. in early 2014. According to a press release issued in January 2015 from Mayor Fulop’s office, the tower would contain 760 condominium units. A residential project of this size reflects the growing interest in urban neighborhoods in close proximity to Manhattan, and the tower is located at a transit nexus: one block from the Exchange Place PATH station and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station, and two blocks from the Paulus Hook ferry terminal. Future residents would have a 5-10 minute commute to Lower Manhattan. This project adds significant momentum to the already robust residential development on the Hudson Waterfront that in 2014 surpassed the previous peak seen in 2008. Continues…

After Jonas: The Race to Restore Newark – Journal Square PATH Train Service

Winter Storm Jonas brought record snowfall to the northeast, dropping 26+ inches of snow on the NY & NJ region between Friday night and Sunday morning. The NYC Subway and PATH maintained underground service throughout the storm, but both systems suspended exterior service Saturday afternoon because of the record snowfall and high winds. For PATH, that meant no service between Grove Street and Newark. As of Sunday night, PATH restored service between Grove Street and Journal Square, but service was still suspended between Journal Square and Newark. I checked in with PATH on progress toward full service restoration, and here’s what my contact shared:

In addition to the 26-28 inches of snow we received, PATH is also seeing 4 feet – 16 feet high drifts of snow that have buried our 3rd rail, signals, and switches all along the route between Journal Square and Newark Penn Station. This encompasses 12 miles of track that are completely above ground and exposed to the elements.


Plan B for Penn Station Expansion?

Could Penn Station finally get a grand new entrance on Eighth Avenue? In December, Charles V. Bagli reported in the New York Times that Governor Andrew Cuomo was considering ways to jumpstart the long-running project to overhaul Penn Station.

Perhaps with an eye toward an announcement at the governor’s State of the State speech in January, state officials are considering a Plan B, including reviving the idea of moving the 5,600-seat theater beneath Madison Square Garden…That would allow for an expansion of Penn Station and new entrances on Eighth Avenue.

On January 6, Cuomo announced the project, dubbed the Empire Station Complex, as part of his 2016 agenda. During a press conference, the governor announced that responses to an RFP would be due back in 90 days, with groundbreaking set for later this year. The governor’s office also revealed renderings that depict a grand new entrance along the east side of Eighth Avenue, opposite the James A. Farley Post Office building, which is already undergoing transformation into a new train hall for Amtrak.

2016 Penn Station Eighth Avenue


Will the Maryland Purple Line Appear on the Washington DC Metrorail Map?

Subway NY NJ proposes more prominently displaying ‘New York’s second subway”–PATH to New Jersey–on the NYC Subway map, for a more complete map of transit in the NY & NJ urban core. In the Washington DC metro area, a similar issue will soon be under consideration: whether to include the Maryland Purple Line on the Washington DC Metrorail Map. The Maryland Purple Line is a proposed 16-mile light rail line that would link Bethesda and New Carrolton, with connections to the Washington DC Metrorail Red, Green, and Orange lines. As the line moves closer to construction, Greater Greater Washington contributor Peter Dovak asks Will the Purple Line appear on the Metro map?