By Steve Lubetkin | December 13, 2018 at 04:00 AM
JERSEY CITY, NJ—Mack-Cali Realty Corporation has completed the comprehensive renovation of Harborside’s building lobbies—a significant milestone in its $75-million capital transformation of the class A office and retail complex along the Jersey City waterfront.
The enhanced lobbies are highlighted by new pedestrian routes with built-in lounge areas refinished with a raw industrial aesthetic, paying homage to Harborside’s industrial past. Features include dark metal finishes that directly reference the railroads, and intricately detailed wood planks that reference the shipping piers. Glass walls at the elevator banks now provide increased natural light and spectacular views of the Hudson River and New York City.
Mack-Cali has partnered with Art House Productions—the professional theater and arts space in Jersey City created in response to 9/11—on the creation of two different panorama photography displays of the Pulaski Skyway. Now hanging eight feet tall and 80 feet wide in the lobbies of Harborside 2 and Harborside 3, both panorama images were taken by Jersey City-based photographer Joe Velez, who was commissioned by Art House Productions.
“We were thrilled when Mack-Cali expressed interest in hiring a local Jersey City-based photographer for this project,” says Art House Productions executive director Meredith Burns. “We immediately thought of Joe Velez, a multidisciplinary artist—born and raised in Jersey City—who we knew would see the beauty in this structure and could capture the Pulaski from different locations that a non-local may not be privy to.”