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Revitalization Around The Rock

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Hey everybody!

I'm going to be heading down to Newark on Tuesday (5th) to check out what's going on around The Rock. Any requests of where I should take pictures of? Also, how's the food at the Arena Bar because I plan on having lunch there unless Brick City or any other of the restaurants that are supposed to open this summer are open.

From my experience, the food at Arena Bar is extremely forgettable. Best food around the new barn IMO is at Scully's (the Dublin Decker is heaven between slices of bread), but a lot of folks around here seem to be fond of Hell's Kitchen (only went there once myself and wasn't all that impressed).

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Thanks Dano. I'll probably go there instead. I've heard mixed reviews of Arena Bar but I'll check out Scullys. Here's their website if anybody is interested. Scullys

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The practice rink @ The Rock has been renamed the Amerihealth Pavilion @ Prudential Center. Link

The pictures will be coming soon from my trip into Newark...

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The practice rink @ The Rock has been renamed the Amerihealth Pavilion @ Prudential Center. Link

The pictures will be coming soon from my trip into Newark...

That's an ugly name, I'll just keep calling it the practice rink.

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The practice rink @ The Rock has been renamed the Amerihealth Pavilion @ Prudential Center. Link

:clap: :clap: More sponsors means more $$ so we can sign more over the hill players :clap: :clap:

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It's been called the WHAT?

LOL, they still haven't named the Fire Lounge... I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before it becomes the Taco Bell Fire Lounge.

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LOL, they still haven't named the Fire Lounge... I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before it becomes the Taco Bell Fire Lounge.

No No No...The BK Flame broiled Whopper Lounge.

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OK, I'll put up my summary of stuff around the arena tomorrow... But Shaq has just announced that he will be building a $90 million, 25 story condo tower in Downtown Newark. It will be built near NJPAC and will be Newark's third tallest building. The condos will be market rate. Link

Shaq is from Newark. I wonder if we ever get an NBA team at The Rock like the Bobcats, Nets, or Grizzlies if he become a part owner or something...

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OK, I'll put up my summary of stuff around the arena tomorrow... But Shaq has just announced that he will be building a $90 million, 25 story condo tower in Downtown Newark. It will be built near NJPAC and will be Newark's third tallest building. The condos will be market rate. Link

Shaq is from Newark. I wonder if we ever get an NBA team at The Rock like the Bobcats, Nets, or Grizzlies if he become a part owner or something...

Wow. Now is this the first high-end condominium tower getting built in Newark since this whole downtown rejuvination? One way or another, it's a good sign for the city. And good for Shaq, giving back to his hometown.

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Wow. Now is this the first high-end condominium tower getting built in Newark since this whole downtown rejuvination?

Yes it is... Another article said that this building will be designed by the architect who did Trump's buildings along West Side Highway in Manhattan.

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Good news indeed. Hopefully it leads to others making investments as well.

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Good news indeed. Hopefully it leads to others making investments as well.

Yeah that would be good.

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Here's a comparison of the NJ Central Railroad Station that the Devils want to make into an entrance for the arena.

1960's- cnj_BroadtStStation.jpg

2008- PrudentialCenterMarch25th2008vsPeng.jpg

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Nice idea having an entrance on that side, I think.

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Dude, Where's my car?!! :o

Fixed! :evil:

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New Jersey Central ... very cool. Which side of the arena is this?

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Here's a comparison of the NJ Central Railroad Station that the Devils want to make into an entrance for the arena.

1960's- cnj_BroadtStStation.jpg

2008- PrudentialCenterMarch25th2008vsPeng.jpg

Pretty cool idea. It'll probably be a STH private entrance.

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New Jersey Central ... very cool. Which side of the arena is this?

It's on Broad Street.

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New Jersey Central ... very cool. Which side of the arena is this?

It is the back of the arena behind the new parking garage on the Broad St. side.

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It's on Broad Street.

Awesome, thanks! I agree with 95crash that it's a great idea to have an entrance on that side. I saw some show on the History Channel a while back about incorporating the past into new buildings, and they mentioned the plan to include this old railroad station with the Rock. It's good to see it come to fruition.

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Here are some pictures that I've taken over the past month around The Rock.

The skybridge attaching the arena to the VIP garage has been completed.

PrudentialCenterTouramentofChampion.jpg

Boroks is being gutted (note the chute)

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Brick City Bar and Grill changed its front construction barrier and you can peek in through the glass underneath the sign.

PrudentialCenterTouramentofChamp-5.jpg

This is taken from floor level. Not much has been done inside.

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Here's a building at the intersection of Broad and Market that is being renovated into dormrooms for Seton Hall Law School. (Hopefully will help out ticket sales with the college kids so close to the arena)

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Here's an alley next to Scullys between Clinton and Market that I think would make a nice pedestrian walkway with stores and restaurants like in European cities.

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Now, I took this picture from "Soccer Stop" blog of the new Red Bull Arena soccer stadium thats (finally) being built across the river from the Ironbound. Steel started going up 2 weeks ago so they are making good progress.

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Here's a rendering of what the stadium is going to look like. The square-ish part of it is what you see in the picture above. It's supposed to open late 2009-early 2010.

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When I was walking around the entry plaza (across from the team store where the statue is going to go) I saw a guy in his work clothes and a Prudential Center name tag. So, I talked to him for a while and he told me the status of the projects around the arena. Right now they are only focusing on the entry plaza and getting that done for the season opener. PrudentialCenterTouramentofChamp-8.jpgPrudentialCenterTouramentofChamp-6.jpg Those three buildings in the back of this picture are going to be torn down for the entry plaza. Here's a look at the front of them Lafayette8-18Newark8-20091.jpg

He said that they are going to put in a restaurant (where the painting of the people on the train is) on Edison Place next to the team store and another one on Mulberry Street under the video board (where the painting with no heads is).PrudentialCenterOpenHouseOctober-16.jpg He said that next they are going to concentrate on Triangle Park and the Broad Street train station entrance. He said that they are finishing the land swaps for Triangle Park and that the NJ Central train station is currently owned by the city and they are working on the plans for it. The plan that I did for the train station is the same thing that they are going to do with it (connect it to the garage and the skybridge).

PrudentialCenterMarch25th2008vsPeng.jpg

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He said that all of the buildings on Broad, Market and Edison are for sale or have been recently sold and are either going to be torn down and have new buildings built or are going to be renovated. He also said that across from the entry plaza infront of the Gateway Center Parking Garage, they are looking to build a Marriott.

I'll be back there on the 6th (when the statue is supposed to go up) so I'll get good pictures there.

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Thank you so much for that in-depth update great to see progress ... on the Red Bulls stadium too.

funny about that alley next to Scully's .. I drove my wife/daughter to a concert last fall and picked them up at the end .. I was parked in that alley and 2 motorcycle cops were there so we were chatting and they basically told me to follow them out when they left because that street was so dangerous.... :o

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