Time To Make The Cider

CiderKegandBarrelSo you want to keep your homebrewing cred up to date, right? You’ve perfected your quadruple-hopped IPA recipe and your pumpkin stout won silver at last year’s club competition. What do you do now?

If you’re keeping up with trends, you know what the answer is: cider.

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Why Does N.J. Congressman Want a Hearing on Daily Fantasy Legality?

Dilworth Park station daily fantasy draftkings

Ads for daily fantasy site DraftKings at Dilworth Park in April. Photo | Dan McQuade

If you watched the Eagles Monday night, you know that there is a way you can become a millionaire. It’s as simple as playing along with football and other sports.

Last week, DraftKings and FanDuel — two companies that offer daily fantasy sports, where players pick a daily or weekly lineup of athletes and compete against each other — spent $31 million to run 9,900 ads. Every NFL game was blanketed with daily fantasy ads.

This caught the attention of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone. Earlier this week, the New Jersey congressman wondered aloud (in a press statement) why daily fantasy sports wasn’t gambling.

“Anyone who watched a game this weekend was inundated by commercials for fantasy sports websites, and it’s only the first week of the NFL season,” Pallone said in the release. “These sites are enormously popular, arguably central to the fans’ experience, and professional leagues are seeing the enormous profits as a result. Despite how mainstream these sites have become, the legal landscape governing these activities remains murky and should be reviewed.” Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Wood and Stone Residence Vaunts Smithsonian Gardens

Photos courtesy of Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate

Photos courtesy of Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate

Loft laden and timber adorned is how this Hopewell, New Jersey residence, originally a hay barn dating back to the 1700s, comes at us today. It’s an artful home, what with its conversion having kept beautiful elements of its rich agricultural past, which includes a stint as a dairy farm prior to making the switch, according to a property spokesperson.

Situated on a nearly 10-acre expanse, the property encompasses pastures, woods, a natural pond, and most notably, gardens recently accepted into the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens. (Sorry, guys! You’ll have to click on the listing to see shots of those.) Inside, the home’s stone and timber-exposed Great Room claims almost thirty feet to the peaked roof. The surrounding lofts here were built using beams from either side of the room.

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iStar Announces Multi-Billion Dollar Waterfront Renewal in Asbury Park

From left clockwise: 1101 Ocean, the Asbury, Monroe | Renderings via Asbury Park Waterfront

From left clockwise: 1101 Ocean, the Asbury, Monroe | Renderings via Asbury Park Waterfront

iStar, real estate investment trust extraordinaire and prospective Jersey Shore dream makers in the making, has embarked on a massive redevelopment plan that is sure to elicit a head-turn or two. Their venture, which involves more than twenty projects all together and will have a multi-billion dollar price tag attached, is to give a 1.25-mile tract of the Asbury Park waterfront in New Jersey a complete restoration and upgrade.

According to a press release, the plan will add 2,100 new homes and 300 hotel rooms to the area, while also working on a series of mixed-use and infrastructure projects intended to restore the town’s shoreline attraction. These developments will include The Asbury, a 110 key boutique hotel; Monroe, a 34-unit luxury condominium; and 1101 Ocean, a, quote, “landmark mixed-use hotel/condominium/retail project” set to be in one of the tallest edifices along the Jersey Shore. Asbury Lanes, a historic bowling and music venue, will also get a refresh.

Joining iStar in their effort are creative lead Anda Andrei, former Director of Design at the Ian Schrager Company; David Bowd, the visionary behind the SALT hotels brand; architects Chad Oppenheim and Gary Handel, among others; and renowned landscape designer Madison Cox. More importantly though, iStar is partnering with several Asbury Park businesses, cultural institutions, entrepreneurs, artists, and community groups to give the renewal an authentic touch.

“Asbury Park has a soul that makes it unique in America,” says Andrei in the press release. “There’s a love for that behind this project.  We’re mining the incredible history and one-of-a-kind character to amplify what’s already here.”

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House of the Week: The Gregory Residence in Lambertville

All images via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty/Zillow

All images via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty/Zillow

Late architect Jules Gregory left a wonderful duo in our area and for that we’ll be forever grateful. One of these is “the Butterfly House,” which, according to Zillow, was sold earlier this year after being re-listed in the summer of 2014. But fear not, mid-century modern admirers. The second, praised as one of his grand masterpieces, is still on the market: his NJ home.

Formerly listed for $999,000 in 2013, the Gregory Residence disappeared from the market sometime afterward, only to emerge on Zillow earlier this week for $729,000. It’s not the home’s first price cut, which makes us wonder…is it possible no one has yet given into one of the best houses in America, as the Architectural Record deemed it back in 1961? Impossible, we say. Go see it this weekend if you have time; an open house is being held the 16th at 1 p.m. Read more »

2.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shook Central Jersey Early This Morning

Data via U.S. Geological Survey

Data via U.S. Geological Survey

An untimely earthquake early this morning jolted residents in Somerset County, New Jersey, and surrounding areas.

NJ.com reports that a 2.5 magnitude earthquake was detected 3.5 kilometers north of Bernardsville, New Jersey, near the border of Somerset County and Morris County. The Morris County 911 call center received calls from several towns and townships in the area, the article says.

The United States Geological Survey is calling the quake a 2.7 on the Richter Scale. Read more »

Jaw Dropper of the Week: Jon Runyan’s Former Mount Laurel Mansion

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Moorestown

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Moorestown

Since telling you about Jon Runyan‘s ginormous New Jersey estate back in October, some things surrounding the property have changed. First, the green Birds regalia that once festooned the great room – which comes with a sports bar, naturally –  has come down. And second, the property, once listed for $5.8 million, is now going for $4.5 million.

Other than that, everything else has pretty much kept itself constant: the hatched roof Tiki hut,  the swimming pool, the seven-car garage. The house, designed by David Donachy and Christopher Caulder, also continues to boast a slew of details: Peruvian Travertine, custom ironwork, limestone cast stone, and zoned radiant heat. Moreover, the manse contains three home offices and five, count ’em, five, master suites, plus the two guest suites.

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