Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Bogota, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Bogota, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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Donald “Ozzie” Osbourne knows full well the significance of following in the legendary footsteps – and vocal cords – of his former coach, Jay Mahoney.Osbourne has been hired as Bogota’s boys basketball coach, succeeding a father figure who led the program for 43 sea...
Donald “Ozzie” Osbourne knows full well the significance of following in the legendary footsteps – and vocal cords – of his former coach, Jay Mahoney.
Osbourne has been hired as Bogota’s boys basketball coach, succeeding a father figure who led the program for 43 seasons and to more than 700 wins, two Bergen County Jamboree titles and a state crown.
“Going to coach where I played, and going to coach where he coached, it’s an honor,” Osbourne said Wednesday.
Osbourne, 50, is a veteran educator and coach in Bergen County. He is dean of students at Hackensack. For a decade, he coached girls and boys basketball at Dwight Morrow. He spent the past four seasons as men’s basketball coach at Bergen Community College.
“He’s going to care about the kids in school, he’s going to care about their grades, he’s going to care about how they act outside of school,” Mahoney said. “He’s going to do a terrific job with basketball, there’s no doubt about it.”
Bogota's interim athletic director, Pat Clark, is excited to have an alum and former player guiding the program. Osbourne understands the tradition, Clark said, and being part of a Group 1 program.
"We always talk about that Bogota mentality," Clark said. "That small school, where we're not going to have great numbers, but we're going to work really hard and be tough kids. And Coach Osbourne is one of the kids. He works really hard and was one of those tough kids, so he knows what it takes to be successful in Bogota."
Osbourne, who recently moved back to Bogota, credits Mahoney for helping him grow from a troubled teen into a mature adult.
“He was the one who put me under his wing and was like another dad to me,” Osbourne said. “He kept me in line, taught me right from wrong, taught me to stop being a silly kid, a kid who wanted to fight all the time, and how to be a student-athlete. And he really changed my life.”
Osbourne is a 1990 Bogota graduate who was a starter on the 1989-90 team that won Bergen Jamboree and NJSIAA Group 1 championships. Osbourne is among multiple players from that roster to become coaches.
The Bucs’ most notable player from that 1989-90 team is Pat Sullivan, who went on to win a national college championship with North Carolina in 1993. Sullivan is the Tar Heels’ director of recruiting, after 18 seasons working on NBA coaching staffs.
“If it wasn’t for coach Mahoney, I don’t know where I would have been,” said Osbourne, who played collegiately at County College of Morris and Fairleigh Dickinson. “I certainly wouldn’t have been a college athlete. I certainly wouldn’t be working in schools and coaching.
“I think he was the one who started me off, indirectly, teaching me how to be a young man and doing the right thing. He was an inspiration that made me want to be a coach.”
Mahoney and Osbourne have similar sideline coaching styles. They stand most of the game and constantly yell instructions to their players, their voices sometimes becoming hoarse.
They differ somewhat on game philosophy. While Mahoney’s teams were known for 3-pointers and junk defenses, Osbourne’s teams play pressure defense, attack the basket, and shoot 3-pointers as a second option.
“My philosophy has never changed over the years,” said Osbourne, who takes over a team that last season went 9-12. “I only ask for three things from players: Play hard, play tough, and play defense. And if you know Bogota, we’re good for that.”
“He has the ability to relate to the kids,” said Mahoney, who retired as hoops coach but will remain as a cross-country assistant. “He can be stern with them, yet he can also joke with them. He knows how to do both. He knows how to reach the kids.”
New Jersey’s hoops season opens in mid-December and Osbourne will be honoring Mahoney during the first home game with what he calls “Jay Mahoney Day.”
“I’m going to dedicate that day to him,” Osbourne said. “I’m going to have a special chair just for him, where nobody else sits in that chair. We’re going to have that day especially for him.”
And Osbourne will be sitting in a chair on Bogota’s sideline, where he hasn’t sat since 1990 and where Mahoney coached since 1979.
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Sa’Moto, a “pan-Asian” fine dining restaurant, is coming to Paramus. The restaurant is in partnership with acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. There are currently two Sa’Motos, one in New York and one in West Hollywood, CA.According to Boozy Burbs (which is often first with restaurant news), no firm opening date has been set, but a winter open...
Sa’Moto, a “pan-Asian” fine dining restaurant, is coming to Paramus. The restaurant is in partnership with acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto, known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. There are currently two Sa’Motos, one in New York and one in West Hollywood, CA.
According to Boozy Burbs (which is often first with restaurant news), no firm opening date has been set, but a winter opening seems likely for the restaurant which will be in the Garden State Plaza.
Chef Morimoto doesn’t currently have any restaurants in New Jersey; he has one (Morimoto) in Philly (his first American restaurant) and two in New York (the Sa’Moto and Momosan).
Chef Morimoto first competed on the Japanese television show Iron Chef in 1998 and then became one of the stars of Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 1999.
As an Iron Chef, Morimoto was able to showcase his flawless technique and creativity with unique ingredients in front of millions of Americans.
The Sa’Moto website describes the restaurant as:
While rooted in Japanese cuisine and flavors, Chef Morimoto's "risk taker" reputation is reflected in Sa'Moto's opening menu through his inspired use of global cuisines, recipes, and ingredients. Morimoto's interpretation of pan-Asian cuisine includes disruptive and trend-setting flavor combinations, such as his use of Gochujang and Raclette, encouraging guests to be curious diners. Sa'Moto's soon-to-be signature dishes include items such as Kushi Age Pork and Laksa Noodle Soup, along with Sticky Ribs and Bao Sand.
The above photo are some of the dishes available at the already opened Sa’Moto.
Iron Chef Morimoto
Chef Morimoto has a line of whiskey and wine, as well.
Chef Morimoto started off as a sushi chef.
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Ashanna Caviness recorded 16 kills, a block and six digs to lead Bogota, No. 6 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a closely contested straight-set victory over Delaware Valley, 25-22 and 25-21, in the championship round of the NJSIAA/JAG-ONE Physical Therapy Group 1 tournament on Saturday morning at William Paterson University.The group title represents the third consecutive for Bogota and its fifth in the last six years in which a group tournament was held, with no group semis or finals being held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic....
Ashanna Caviness recorded 16 kills, a block and six digs to lead Bogota, No. 6 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a closely contested straight-set victory over Delaware Valley, 25-22 and 25-21, in the championship round of the NJSIAA/JAG-ONE Physical Therapy Group 1 tournament on Saturday morning at William Paterson University.
The group title represents the third consecutive for Bogota and its fifth in the last six years in which a group tournament was held, with no group semis or finals being held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m just glad that all our hard work and dedication paid off,” said Caviness after the title win. “This whole season was just meant for this moment.”
Junior setter Mia Pimentel reached 1,000 career assists on the day in just her second season as a starter, finishing with 28 assists and four digs for Bogota (27-2), which was led this season for the first time under new head coach Katherine Sura, who spend 13 years as an assistant coach before stepping in for long-time head-coach-turned-athletic-director Brad DiRupo.
“This has been many months in the making,” said an emotional Coach Sura after the match. “First and foremost, I thanked the girls for trusting me, and for being coachable. I believe this has been a character-molding season, because behind closed doors, we’ve been going through that process.
“As a family, we see not just the pretty side, we see the ugly side, we see the side that we need to fix and make better for each other. What this team has gone through together has been a lot.”
Gyanna Hernandez finished with eight kills and three digs, stepping up as an emotional leader in the second set following a timeout with her team facing a 17-14 deficit. Coming out of the timeout, Bogota went on an 8-2 run that featured multiple kills from Hernandez, whose subsequent muscle flexes and mean mugs brought the team’s energy to another level when it needed it most.
“In that timeout, I told them to take a breathe, and I said that this is about us,” said Sura on the seeming momentum-swinging timeout. “All the little things we’ve done have been to bring us here. I told them that a three-point difference is not a lot if you come out of this timeout and take it over.
“I said ‘you ladies are in charge of your destiny here. You’re either going to take it, or it’s going to be a battle, it’s up to you. But I know that we came here to win, so let’s go make that happen.’ And they did.”
Angelina Buhler tallied three kills, two blocks and seven digs while libero Helena Tobin tallied nine digs for Bogota, which will look to advance to its first Tournament of Champions final in nine years, having fallen to Immaculate Heart in the 2012 TOC final.
“It really is just about putting in 100 percent every single day, on and off the court,” added Pimentel on her team’s effort throughout the season.
Delaware Valley falls to 20-4 with the loss.
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Jay Mahoney, who this season celebrated his 700th career win, is retiring as Bogota’s boys basketball coach.Mahoney told his players prior to Thursday’s practice that he is stepping down during his 43rd season guiding this Group 1 program. He says he is exhausted and stressed out.“I cannot deal with the strain and the stress of games any more,” Mahoney, 67, told The Record/NorthJersey.com on Friday. “I’ve been thinking about it for over a month – game days are just too mu...
Jay Mahoney, who this season celebrated his 700th career win, is retiring as Bogota’s boys basketball coach.
Mahoney told his players prior to Thursday’s practice that he is stepping down during his 43rd season guiding this Group 1 program. He says he is exhausted and stressed out.
“I cannot deal with the strain and the stress of games any more,” Mahoney, 67, told The Record/NorthJersey.com on Friday. “I’ve been thinking about it for over a month – game days are just too much for me.”
Mahoney, who debuted in the 1979-80 season, has been among North Jersey’s most intense sideline coaches. He notified Bogota superintendent Damian Kennedy via email of his plans to retire, citing anxiety on the sideline as the primary factor.
“The anxiety has been very high the past couple of months and I have been contemplating retiring for awhile,” Mahoney said in the email. “After 43 years I have given everything I have and I have nothing left in the tank.”
Mahoney, according to the email, will not be on the sideline for the final week of the regular season. He plans to continue coming to practice.
“The most important thing to me is the one-on-one interaction with my players and I will be able to do that in the practices,” Mahoney said in the email. “I know many people want me to coach the last [two] games, but my current mental health situation makes that impossible.”
Mahoney reiterated Friday to NorthJersey.com that he will not return to the sideline. He explained to the Bucs (7-12) that Trey Gomez will be the head coach, assisted by Sean Gaffney.
“The kids understand my anxiety, and they understand that sitting on that bench is something that I cannot do the last two games,” Mahoney said.
Mahoney has enjoyed a legendary career in North Jersey sports. He became just the second Bergen County boys basketball coach to reach 700 wins, when Bogota defeated visiting Palisades Park, 66-26, on Jan. 27. He is one of just 14 New Jersey boys basketball coaches to break 700 wins.
Mahoney is second in Bergen County only to Marty Rivard, who won 769 games at Cresskill and Bergenfield before retiring in 2016. Mahoney has the most wins at a single school, 702.
Mahoney led Bogota to a state title and two Bergen County Jamboree crowns. His 1989-90 team, featuring future North Carolina Tar Heel and NBA assistant coach Pat Sullivan, won Jamboree and State Group 1 titles. His 1992-93 team is the last Group 1 school to win the Jamboree.
"He's one of the best coaches in the county that I've ever seen," said Paul Puglise, a former coach and Group 1 rival and current co-chairman of the Bergen Jamboree. "I've never seen coaches be as creative in what they're doing for each game as Jay, and I've never seen coaches develop a player from a JV second-stringer to a varsity all-league player in one year like him."
Mahoney’s Bogota teams have overcome a lack of size and depth by shooting dozens of three-pointers a game and utilizing junk defenses designed to slow down opposing teams’ top scorers.
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” Mahoney said. “I couldn’t ask for more support.”
“Coach Mahoney is the epitome of a true legend of boys basketball in Bergen County,” said Chris Clark, a standout on that 1993 Jamboree title team. “He has built a Group 1 program and taken it to heights that will never, ever, ever be more accomplished.
“It is unbelievable what he has done for, not only the boys basketball program, but what he has done for the town of Bogota,” Clark added. “He has put us on the map, little 07603, exit 67 on Route 80, and what he has done for every single human being he has touched.”
Mahoney, who retired several years ago as a Bogota business teacher, hopes to maintain a connection to the Bucs by remaining an assistant cross-country coach under Pat Rochford.
“I have a great connection with cross-country,” said Mahoney, who led that program for more than 30 years. “And me going there in August, September, October, and stuff, I think this is good for me. I would enjoy being around the kids and seeing faculty members, but not at the stress of having to think about basketball.”
Greg Mattura is a sports reporter for NorthJersey.com. For full access to live scores, breaking news and analysis from our Varsity Aces team, subscribe today. To get breaking news directly to your phone, sign up for our newsletter and download our app.
COVID-19 has changed not only the way we live, but also the spaces we live in.In addition to shopping and going to school with masks on, maintaining a social distance at the post office, and going out less to eat, a lot of us are working from home. And for many, home has shifted from urban areas to more sub...
COVID-19 has changed not only the way we live, but also the spaces we live in.
In addition to shopping and going to school with masks on, maintaining a social distance at the post office, and going out less to eat, a lot of us are working from home. And for many, home has shifted from urban areas to more suburban, rural or shore front locales in pursuit of more room to move and fresh air to breathe.
Now, developers of high-density housing eager to attract renters or buyers, particularly in urban areas, have been incorporating design elements and amenities intended to address COVID concerns by minimizing the chance of transmission of the virus and accommodating telecommuting.
New projects that have come on the market since the pandemic commonly include COVID-conscious features like contactless entryways, additional elevators and ultraviolet ventilation systems, as well as home-office facilities.
“A lot of people tried to be pro-active and made a lot of changes, and our building is a great example of that,” said developer Art Johnson, a principal of Waterfront Management LLC in Jersey City.
Johnson’s building is a sprawling 629-unit rental complex known as 3 Acres on Jersey City’s West Side, an emerging real estate market that has attracted investment following development of the city’s well-known Hudson River waterfront and then its Greenville and Journal Square areas.
Named for the size of the lot occupied by the six-story rectangular complex, 3 Acres was designed by Hoboken architect Dean Marchetto of Marchetto Higgins Stieve before the pandemic’s arrival in March 2020, but design changes were made during construction after social distancing became household words.
For example, the main entrance along Claremont Avenue was originally designed as a set of revolving doors that would have generated repeated hand-contact in the same spot on the doors’ thick glass panels as residents pushed their way in and out during the morning and evening rush hours.
So the revolving doors were replaced by a broad glass foyer equipped with inner and outer sets of automatic sliding doors timed to open, one after the other, to keep warm or cool air in or out, as residents and visitors stroll into the lobby or out onto the sidewalk without touching a thing.
There’s a bank of three elevators immediately to the left and two others elsewhere for a total of five lifts in the relatively low-rise building, intended to minimize crowding going up or down. To the left and right, running the full 600-foot, two-block width of the building, is a concourse measuring 18 feet wide and 15 feet high, allowing plenty of space for residents to pass by each other at least six feet apart.
The concourse is punctuated by groups of three or four café tables set against the street-side wall, each one with a semicircular seating nook carved out of the wall, achieving a distinct look, a sense of intimacy, and a physical barrier between the people seated that side of each table.
Several standup placards reading “Masks recommended” dotted the concourse and other common areas of the building. Johnson said plans for thousands of square feet of street-level retail space were scrapped to allow for expanded common areas adjacent to the concourse. They include a 5,000-square-foot lounge with fireplaces, large-screen TVs, ping-pong and pool tables, pinball machines, a two-lane miniature bowling ally and a vintage jukebox, providing diversion for a night-in when an event is cancelled or a crowded bar doesn’t feel right.
A fascinating form of on-premises entertainment is 3 Acres’ Steinway Spirio digital grand piano, which can play back anything played on it or simultaneously duplicate a live performance by a pianist playing another Steinway Spirio anywhere in the world.
Three interior courtyards with day cabanas, shuffleboard and bocci courts, as well as a near-Olympic size pool and a 4,000-square foot gym, let tenants spread out while they work out.
“We made everything bigger and more spacious so people had enough area to be together but be apart,” Johnson said.
There’s a washer and drier in every unit, including micro-studios of just 289 square feet, meaning tenants can avoid congregating in a laundry room. Even the micro units promote telecommuting, with custom furnishings including a dining table that doubles as a work station. Rents range from $1,500 for studios to $3,500 for an 1,100-square-foot 2-bedroom apartment.
In Middlesex County, at 99 Bridge, a 150-unit rental complex in Old Bridge, a business suite allowing tenants to work remotely was just what new tenants Aqueel and Ritika Ahmed needed after they moved into the building from northern California on Oct. 1.
The couple had kept their financial-tech jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area but relocated to be near family in New Jersey for the birth of their child. The problem was that their home-office furniture and all their other possessions didn’t arrive for another six weeks thanks to a moving company mishap.
“They have a co-working lounge, with three offices and a conference room, and for one and a half months I was working out of that office,” Aqueel said of 99 Bridge, which was developed jointly by BNE Real Estate Group, Sterling Properties and LPZ. “This was a very good thing that came in handy because of my furniture not getting there.”
The couple has continued to twork for the Bay Area company, and to live in Old Bridge, where their daughter was born.
“She’s a Jersey girl,” her dad confirmed.
Other COVID-minded characteristics of 99 Bridge include an abundance of outdoor space, notably a two-story tenants’ lounge with multiple gathering areas, a swimming pool, barbecue and outdoor dining areas, an outdoor bar with TV screening areas, fire pits and a dog run.
The Atwater in Bogota, is a 3-phase rental complex totaling 539 units that has nearly leased out its two initial stages and is now in construction on the 118 units of its final phase. The project, by PCD Development of New Providence, also includes ample outdoor space, as well as a business center with Steelcase Brody pods.
And the Atwater’s indoor amenities are also equipped with ultra-violet air sanitizers that can kill the virus.
In Union County, Vermella at Garwood Station in Garwood, a 296-unit rental project by Russo Development, retained the digital and in-person concierge service NFC, to give residents a choice “to attend in person or take advantage of virtual events based on their comfort level,” according to a spokesman for the project. Russo also provides Teams/Facetime virtual tours for prospective tenants.
Another Jersey City project, 351 Marin, a 507-unit rental building in the city’s downtown neighborhood, added seating to a 4,500-square-foot plaza to expand its outdoor space during construction after the outbreak. The joint project also features “round-the-clock staff cleaning and disinfecting,” according to the developers, KRE Group and Northwestern Mutual. Three-quarters of the units have been leased since opening in November, according to KRE and Northwestern.
Citizen Linden, a Union County project with 234 rental units and 4,500 square feet of retail space, provides co-working spaces on each floor, with three workstations each, to minimize crowding in any one area. Extra-wide wide hallways and elevator waiting areas were also integrated into the building design.
A pair of courtyards provide outdoor space with seating and barbecuing. “They also include bike storage and a bike share program, as the popularity of bicycling as a hobby skyrocketed during the pandemic,” the developer, Accurate Builders & Developers, accurately noted.
Anti-viral benefits aside, features like spacious common areas and outdoor space would be appealing to any would-be tenants, not just the COVID-conscious crowd. And the buildings are not necessarily marketed as safe havens.
Josie Charles, a 23-year-old pet groomer with a studio at 3 Acres, said she hadn’t been aware of the building’s anti-viral features since moving in two months ago from Bayonne. And with her business, Unsoiled, reliant entirely on house calls, working from home is not even a consideration for Charles. But she was glad to hear that her new digs might reduce the chance that she and her neighbors will spread the coronavirus, or any other contagion, to one another.
And she does like all the things to do there.
“It’s fun,” she said.
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