65 Bay Street, a U.S. Immigration Fund project, is a 2017 Best in American Living Awards Silver winner. Its panoramic views of Manhattan and the Hudson River, close proximity to major transportation, and luxury design and amenities are only a few reasons why its being recognized. Continue reading to learn more about this staple in Jersey City.   February 12, 2018 [caption id="attachment_25047" align="aligncenter" width="716"] Photography by Donna Dotan[/caption] Located in the heart of the up-and-coming Powerhouse Arts District, overlooking the Hudson River, a new, unparalleled residential luxury experience towers over Jersey City quickly, emerging as a destination of choice to those who seek an alternative to out-of-reach and over-priced Manhattan and Brooklyn. [caption id="attachment_25048" align="aligncenter" width="650"] 65 Bay Street Pool Deck, Photography by Donna Dotan[/caption] The 52-story tower has 447 units ranging in size from studios to 3-bedrooms that are outfitted with high quality furnishings, hardwood floors, concrete countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Bay Street offers multiple floor plans to suit each lifestyle from studio to three bedroom apartments; some with panoramic city views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. With close proximity to major transportation, residents can conveniently explore the diverse and growing offerings of Jersey City and enjoy easy access to New York City. [caption id="attachment_25049" align="aligncenter" width="432"] View Towards Manhattan, Photography by Donna Dotan[/caption] Residents will enjoy 41,000 sq. ft of the finest amenities, including an observation deck on the 52nd floor with 360 degree views of Manhattan, a roof top pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an expansive children’s playroom, and a 24-hour on-call white glove concierge service to fulfill every request. For the ultimate social gatherings, community spaces come in the form of party rooms, a chef’s table, a sports parlor, and a screening lounge. There is also an indoor golf simulator and a lavishly appointed spa. [caption id="attachment_25050" align="aligncenter" width="654"] 65 Bay Street Unit Kitchen, Photography by Donna Dotan[/caption] The building has two ground floor retail spaces, one with 16,000 square feet and the other 3,000. The neighborhood is finally emerging as a contender to parts of Manhattan in terms of scale and scope. The building’s podium interacts with the city blocks creating urban edges that emphasize walkability. As Jersey City continues to densify, encouraging pedestrian-friendly design is a must. Clean lines and state of the art design abound throughout. Cool walls accented with warm wood frames and crisp lighting creates an environment of comfort and relaxation. Hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances reach through each unit, adding to the luxurious feel of texture and pattern found within. The site was small and extremely tight, so the design and construction had to be implemented perfectly. Additionally, the site already had a parking garage, so this piece was incorporated into the new building. The project features quite a bit of brick cladding, which added more complexity to the project as well. [caption id="attachment_25051" align="aligncenter" width="803"] Photography by Donna Dotan[/caption] Designers and developers met with the city and zoning councils multiple times. The city set extremely high standards for the design of the project. The construction team had to adhere to the original elevations throughout the entire process. No changes were allowed to be made. 65 Bay Street is a 2017 Best in American Living Awards Silver winner. Architect/Designer and Land Planner | Humphreys & Partners Architects L.P. Builder | AJD Construction Developer | Kushner Companies and KABR Group Interior Designer | Ismael Layva Architects  

Washington D.C., February 8, 2018:  On-going negotiations on Capitol Hill to extend the federal budget and reform various immigration programs appear to be reaching for...

The 64-story building is now fully clad in its facade and stands 792 feet tall
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The Tribeca tower that will offer its future residents amenities like concierge jet service is getting closer to the finish line, new construction site photos by Field Condition reveal. When we last checked with the construction site at 111 Murray Street the building was more than halfway complete.

Now the nearly 800-foot condo is fully clad in its glass facade, and seems close to welcoming its first set of residents. Sales on this Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed building launched back in the fall of 2015; even before sales had gone public the building was half sold.

The building has a total of 157 apartments, and a few of them are still up for grabs. Prices on the available units start at $4.3 million for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment and go up to $18.9 million for a five-bedroom, six-bathroom condo.

This project has been in the works since at least the fall of 2014 when the developers the Fisher Brothers and the Witkoff Group filed plans to building the tower. At that time, the tower was set to rise to 950 feet, but the developers reduced the height the following year. The building now has 64 stories and stands 792-feet-tall.

The newly renovated Nassau Coliseum, also known as NYCB Live's Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum, kicked off 2017 with some unforgettable events. The coliseum's $165 million renovation made for top performances by Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, and Barry Manilow, to name a few. U.S. Immigration Fund is proud to be part of this successful EB-5 project.

October 5, 2017

It's been six months since a Billy Joel concert marked the official reopening of the renovated Nassau Coliseum, which got not only a $165 million face-lift, but a new name as well: NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Joel's April 5, 2017, show, his 33rd concert in the arena, marked the first of many memorable events held so far at the revamped Coliseum. Take a look back at its greatest hits so far, with some images and information provided by NYCB Live.

Billy Joel reopens the Coliseum after renovation

It couldn't have been more fitting that Billy Joel reopened the Nassau Coliseum to a sold-out crowd on April 5, 2017, considering it was the first arena he ever played, 40 years earlier. Over the course of nearly three hours, the Piano Man rolled through songs he rarely plays anywhere else -- like "The Downeaster 'Alexa,' " about the plight of Long Island's baymen. The fact that his surprise guests boasted LI roots was the icing on the cake: Long Beach's Joan Jett came on to do "I Hate Myself for Loving You" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," and Stony Brook's Kevin James and his "King of Queens" TV "wife," Leah Remini, did an interpretive dance to "She's Got a Way."

Barbra Streisand returns for first LI show in 54 years
It felt like a homecoming as Barbra Streisand played her first concert on Long Island since 1963 on May 4, 2017, at the Coliseum, belting out hits including "The Way We Were," "Being Alive" and the '70s anti-war anthem "Being at War with Each Other." From the stage, Streisand joked that she'd "started to come here five years ago and I got caught in traffic on the Long Island Expressway." (Streisand is pictured here at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Oct. 11, 2012.)

Metallica plays their only nonstadium show on tour
Metallica's sold-out show on May 17, 2017, not only marked the band's only arena stop on their summer tour, but it was the first to really rock the new Coliseum hard. "Strong Island, how do you feel?" singer-guitarist James Hetfield asked the crowd after an opening combination of "Hardwired" and "Atlas Rise" from the band's recent "Hardwired . . . to Self Destruct" album. "There is a little bit of history here," he said of LI. "We've been here a lot."

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performs last show ever
It was bittersweet for "The Greatest Show on Earth" to officially close at Nassau Coliseum after 146 years following a trio of finale performances on May 21, 2017. The grand finale show ended with a standing ovation as ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson brought virtually the entire Ringling troupe onto the floor: nearly 200 human and animal performers including clowns, aerialists, Cossack riders, lions, tigers and more.

Barry Manilow plays to sold-out crowd
Barry Manilow included the Coliseum as one of only three stops on a short tour to promote his new "This Is My Town: Songs of New York" album, selling out the arena with that May 25, 2017, concert. (Los Angeles and Chicago were the other destinations, and ahead of the tour, Manilow said each of the "exciting" cities was "unique and hold[s] very special memories for me.")

Eternal Con expands to Coliseum for fifth anniversary
Long Island's biggest pop culture event, Eternal Con, moved from the Cradle of Aviation to the renovated Coliseum for its fifth anniversary, July 1-2, 2017. An estimated 10,000 fans descended for the annual celebration of comic books, fantasy and sci-fi. The weekend's biggest draw of all? The original Batmobile driven by Adam West.

Boxing makes its return to Long Island
Boxing made its return to Long Island for the first match here in 31 years, on July 15, 2017, at the Nassau Coliseum in front of nearly 7,500 fans. Two Long Islanders stepped into the ring that night, though in different matches: Adam Kownacki, who lives on Long Island and trains in Bellmore, managed a fourth-round TKO of fellow Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka, and Long Beach light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan was stopped in the second round by Staten Islander Marcus Browne.

LI's Chris Weidman wins at island's first UFC event
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who hails from Baldwin, survived a first-round knockdown by Kelvin Gastelum, coming back to defeat him by submission in the third round of the main event on July 22, 2017. The night marked the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship matches not only at the Coliseum, but on all of Long Island.

Islanders win preseason game in return to the Coliseum
The Islanders returned home to the Nassau Coliseum (before a sold-out crowd of nearly 14,000, no less), beating the Flyers in overtime during their preseason game on Sept. 17, 2017. John Tavares, who scored to overtake them 3-2, described the atmosphere as "pretty close to what we had in the playoffs. ... It was through the roof in warm-ups. The 'Let's go, Islanders' and 'Yes Yes Yes' chants were prominent. This fan base has a tremendous identity and we want to reward that."

Paul McCartney plays Coliseum with Billy Joel as surprise guest
Paul McCartney packed the best of nearly six decades of his legendary career into his "One on One" tour stop at Nassau Coliseum on Sept. 26, 2017, in which Billy Joel even joined him for part of the encore. For McCartney's first LI show in 15 years, the former Beatle, 75, amazingly rolled through almost three hours of memories with no break.

Professional basketball returns to the Coliseum
The Long Island Nets hosted a free inaugural Tip-Off Party on Oct. 1, 2017, to celebrate professional basketball's return to the Coliseum after a half-century long absence, ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Calaveras Cantina, located at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Florida, is one of Liz Balmaseda's, Food Editor of the Palm Beach Post, Best Restaurant picks for North Palm Beach County. Balmaseda gives more detail as to why she chose Calaveras Cantina for the top of her list.
[caption id="attachment_24885" align="aligncenter" width="697"] credit: Palm Beach Post[/caption] By Liz Balmaseda | January 15, 2018

Calaveras Cantina
Beneath vibrantly colored Mexican lanterns, hipster servers mash guacamole tableside, crispy empanadas are stuffed with delicious duck confit, and dessert means hot, fresh churros served with caramel (cajeta) dipping sauce. Both the empanadas and churros are must-haves at this waterfront cantina, which offers an extensive range of cocktails and terrific happy hour deals.

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Christopher’s Kitchen
I'm wild about macadamia nut "ricotta," particularly when it dresses one of the addictive pizzas at this popular Midtown eatery. Proprietor and chef Christopher Slawson has established a niche here for inspired, plant-based cuisine. His fresh-pressed juices, salads, hot soups and pizza draw a fit, stylish crowd.

They're on to something: Healthy tastes delicious here. And if you don't believe me, try CK's salted caramel "ice cream," an insanely good, creamy treat made of coconut milk, cashew cream and a few other nutritious yet sinfully good ingredients.

Cod & Capers Café
The launch of stone crab season (which runs from Oct. 15 to May 15) is always a good reason to visit this café, which is located inside the family-owned Cod & Capers seafood market. But it’s not the only reason to visit. Just peruse the display case at the market and you’ll find plenty of reasons in the form of fresh fish and seafood.

Start your meal with a steaming bowl of lobster bisque – it’s outstanding. (As are the crab cakes and lobster rolls.)

Food Shack
Chef/restaurateur Mike Moir takes the ocean-to-table concept seriously at his wildly popular, strip-mall eatery. The fish is some of the freshest in town, and it's deliciously prepared. No wonder there's usually a wait outside the door. Don't let that stop you -- the eclectic menu and ambiance here are worth the wait.

Fresh Nation
Wander into Fresh Nation, the new health-conscious café tucked next to a gym in Juno Beach, and expect to be pleasantly surprised.

This is not your standard smoothie-and-salad spot. It does not inflict acai on your breakfast or pre-workout meal. Sure, there are smoothies, salads and acai bowls, but these items share the menu with other, more complex and tempting dishes. This spot also makes its own sparkling sodas from cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, as well as fresh almond milk.

Fresh Nation’s logline is “Delicious with a Purpose,” but don’t let the “purpose” part of the phrase throw you. The focus here is on the delicious.

Juno Beach Café
When it comes to brunch spots, this is not the most pizzazzy. There’s no Bloody Mary or Mimosa bar. There’s no ocean view or lush garden. Still, there’s a line that stretches into the parking lot as the sun glints on passing traffic along U.S. 1.

The attention-grabbing stars here are the “UEPs,” the stacks of “Uncle Eddie’s Pancakes,” which are some of the most popular items on the extensive breakfast menu. The pancakes join the heaps of French toast, eggs, meats, breakfast skillets and other morning dishes spirited from the café’s kitchen.

Leftovers Café
It's hard to resist the signature dishes that make Little Moir's restaurants (Food Shack, Leftovers) so popular. Always a great choice: the crusted fish served over greens that are tossed in spicy, fruity, chunky salsa. Leftovers in Jupiter not only serves some of the best fish dishes in town, it offers an eclectic craft-beer menu with terrific pairing choices.

North county diners flock to this family-owned Italian restaurant in Jupiter for delicious pasta dishes, fresh seafood and expertly prepared classics. If you want to join them, make sure you have a reservation. The place offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as spots along the cozy bar for cocktails and dinner.

Sara’s Kitchen
Whenever I'm nostalgic for a real-deal diner, one where the food is fresh, excellent and generously portioned, I drive over to Sara's. Located in a professional plaza at U.S. 1 and PGA Boulevard, it's easy to miss as you blur by. But if you do make it here for breakfast or lunch (the place opens from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), you'll be rewarded with delicious, home-cooked comfort dishes. I'm partial to the Benedict dishes for brunch and any one of the "Sensational Salads" for lunch.

Spoto’s Oyster Bar
This welcoming eatery is a mainstay on the PGA Boulevard dining corridor. Come for the oysters -- the Bluepoints from Long Island Sound, the Duxbury and Wellfleet oysters from Cape Cod, and the sinful, umami-rich oyster shooters -- but stay for a menu that's well varied and well executed. Seafood lovers will find ample options here, from the delicious lobster risotto to the shrimp jambalaya to the lobster fettuccine, to the grilled or roasted fresh black grouper, salmon and mahi mahi. (Yes, there are chicken, pork and beef dishes, if meat is your preference.)

The service is solid, and the seating options are plenty in the dining room, on the patio or at the busy bar.

Talay Thai
Beware of the Panang curry curse -- once you've tasted this sauce on the fork-tender short ribs or plump scallops, you'll become a regular at chef Charlie Soo's family-owned Thai eatery. The place is popular with golfers and the PGA National set, so reservations are encouraged.

The Parched Pig
Coolinary Café’s logo piglet didn’t have to waddle far to quench his thirst. His new namesake bar was just down the plaza. Nearly five years after the café took north county by storm, owners Tim and Jenny Lipman gave their mascot its own watering hole: a bar they called The Parched Pig.

The bar was an instant hit in an area thirsty for an inspired gastro pub. What began as a small menu of oysters and other easy bites – the place has no real kitchen – has evolved into a menu that offers house-made charcuterie and entrée-worthy dishes. To drink, the Lipmans keep an adventurous rotation of craft beers and select, interesting wines.

U-Tiki Beach
Behold the best view in Jupiter: the iconic lighthouse and shimmering inlet waters. It's all yours at U-Tiki, sister eatery to Jetty's (next door). Grab a cocktail and find a seat on the deck below, and enjoy your well-deserved moment of north county Zen. The food is decent, but that's not the main attraction here: Come for the view.

Bjarke Ingels, the architect for U.S. Immigration Fund projects West 57th and 76 Eleventh Avenue in New York, has become an international success and one of the most popular names in the architectural world. Ingels explains in an interview the importance of the relationship between a client and an architect. 

2 February, 2018 | Equipo Editorial | Translated by Marina Gosselin

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In just 13 years since its inception, Danish firm BIG has earned world renown for its inventive architecture and its founder, Bjarke Ingels, has become one of the most popular names in the architectural world. However, with success comes criticism; BIG has been called out by some critics for what they believe is the "infantilization of architecture," referring to their designs as isolated, self-admiring and solely photogenic.

On her most recent visit to Spain, Spanish journalist Anatxu Zabalbeascoa spoke with Ingels about the impact of the Danish office on architecture and how their work wavers on a tightrope between "breakthrough projects for the world of the powerful" and "a face for people who are not happy with existing architectural models."

The conversation addresses the impact of IT giants such as Google on urban planning, Ingels' relationship with Rem Koolhaas – at whose firm, OMA, Ingels worked for a year and a half – his personal life and the hectic world of architecture, specifically regarding the commission for 2 World Trade Center, for which BIG was hired to replace an original design by Foster + Partners. Speaking on the relationship between client and architect, Ingels explains:

"In the world of architecture, there are many things beyond the control of architects, than there are under their control. No matter how wonderful a building is; if there is no client, it doesn't get built."

The office is behind iconic projects in its native Denmark such as the Mountain Dwellings and 8 House in its early years, to the new Google headquarters in London and San Francisco, and projects in Manhattan such as VIA 57 West. All can be reduced to their key architectural move or symbol – which is in fact how BIG's website is organized, as a library of symbols. When Zabalbeascoa wonders if "different has to be photogenic," Ingels defends his vision:

"Rethinking architecture implies being prepared to accept oddities. We aren't interested in the definition of beauty as a proportion. We don't want to disguise them as normal buildings."

The twisting towers of 76 11th Avenue, a U.S. Immigration Fund project, are advancing in construction progress. The project is adjacent to the High Line in West Chelsea and will consist of luxury residential units as well as a Six Senses Hotel and Spa. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2019.
The development will hold luxury condos, hotel and spa

By Emily Nonko Jan 25, 2018

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Construction is moving right along at 76 Eleventh Avenue, home to one of starchitect Bjarke Ingels’s many New York City projects. Developed by HFZ Capital Group and to be known as The Eleventh, the development will consists of two twisting towers atop an 85 foot podium adjacent to the High Line.

Field Condition spotted progress at the construction site, with at least one of the buildings rising up from the podium. The west tower is set to rise 400 feet and will consist of residential units and amenities. The east tower will top out at 300 feet, holding residential units on the upper floors and a 137-key Six Senses hotel and spa on the lower floors. The towers, which will be the tallest in West Chelsea, will hold a total of 240 luxury condos between them.

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The stone and metal buildings keep with Ingels’s style; a press release stated that he "draws inspiration from New York City’s classic Modernist structures and cultural institutions, while skewing traditional skyscraper geometry with rotating forms that maximize views from both towers."

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HFZ also announced that the firm is teaming up with Friends of the High Line to collaborate on creating an open-air pedestrian promenade for the development that will run adjacent to the elevated linear park. The whole shebang is expected to open in 2019.

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[caption id="attachment_24725" align="aligncenter" width="592"] 76 Eleventh Avenue[/caption] 76 11th Avenue, also known as The Eleventh, has finally started to show itself. Construction began in the Fall of 2016, and YIMBY has been following its progress closely. Running the length of 11th Avenue between 17th and 18th Street, the site is one of the largest parcels of land to be developed since the recent surge of construction started along the High Line, and the latest photos from BIG and Tectonic show that the transformative project is finally beginning its climb into the West Chelsea skyline. [caption id="attachment_24768" align="aligncenter" width="534"] This weekend, photo by Bjarke Ingels Group[/caption] Purchased in April of 2015 by HFZ Capital for $870 million, the site will be the home of two mixed-use towers. The first is slated to rise 25 stories and 302 feet, and will be operated by Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, with 137 guest rooms.  This will be the Bangkok-based hotel chain’s first location in the United States. The second tower will rise to 35 floors and 402 feet, and is set to become a 240-unit residential tower. Both buildings will share a four-story base, which will offer up 181,893 square feet of commercial space. [caption id="attachment_24769" align="aligncenter" width="602"] One week ago, photo by Tectonic[/caption] The concrete base of the project is now visible, which will presumably hold the shared lobby and commercial space which the two towers will rise out of. Comparing the photos, it appears work is moving up at the pace of about a floor per week. The design should be a fitting addition to the area, and neighbors include the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Headquarters, and Jean Nouvel’s 100 11th Avenue. [caption id="attachment_24770" align="aligncenter" width="569"] One week ago, photo by Tectonic[/caption] Funding for the project will come in the form of a $1.23 billion senior loan, a $258 million EB-5 mezzanine loan, and $225 million in developer equity. In addition to the purchase of the site itself, HFZ purchased 800,000 square feet of air rights. Omnibuild is overseeing the project’s construction which will offer 360 degree views of the Hudson River and Manhattan alike. Completion is expected to be sometime in 2019.

By Michelle Mazzarella | January 26, 2018

Bjarke Ingels' pair of torquing towers has erupted out of the ground and are beginning to rise above their West Chelsea neighborhood. Named The Eleventh, the project is being spearheaded by Ziel Feldman's HFZ Capital Group.

[caption id="attachment_24744" align="aligncenter" width="599"] Skyline rendering of The Eleventh via Bjarke Ingels Group[/caption]

The two-building complex is sited between the High Line and Chelsea Waterside Park at 76 Eleventh Avenue between West 18th and 17th streets. The towers will share a platform on a full city block site. At the base, a separation between the buildings will create the illusion that the buildings are being pulled apart — maximizing city skyline and Hudson River views. Ruled corners create additional separation and emphasize the movement of the towers, more noticeable as they rise and reorient. Renderings also show punched window facades said to be inspired by the Meatpacking District’s historic warehouses.

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The Eleventh’s east tower will be home to the first American location for Six Senses Hotel and spa. It will occupy the third through tenth floors and have condos on top. The taller, 34-story west tower will be solely residential. Unique podium bridges will allow for a through-block connection between buildings. Completion is anticipated for 2019.