Neighborhood News: Zara’s Coming to Newport Mall, PJ Ryan’s Moving into JSQ


**Newport Mall’s makeover continues as it recently announced that Spanish fashion designer Zara is opening a 20,000 sq. ft. location on the second floor of the mall. The store is expected to open before the 2016 holiday shopping season. —

**Miso Ramen is scheduled to open Tuesday at 2.30pm. The restaurant has been updating its Facebook page and website. —Miso Ramen

**Last month’s free adoption campaign at the Liberty Humane Society managed to score forever homes for 93 local animals, including 54 cats and 19 adult dogs, among others. —Liberty Humane Society

**LeFrak’s 6-story building on the 10th street Embankment promised to provide 163 new parking spots, however, the developer is now requesting the number be lowered to 123 spots. The Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) argues that this move will make parking an even bigger problem in this neighborhood and is asking residents to voice their opinion at tonight’s Planning Board meeting at City Hall. —

**The Port Authority is spending $87 million to expand a train yard near Journal Square and to repair a set of Exchange Place escalators that were damaged during 2013’s Hurricane Sandy. The train yard — which is located between Journal Square and the New Jersey Turnpike extension — will be used to store trains and prevent them from being damaged during storms. Path lost 85 of its new train cars to storm surges that occurred during Hurricane Sandy. Path officials say 75% of the cost of the project will be paid by Sandy grants made by the Federal Transit Administration. Meanwhile, the three escalators at Exchange Place will be replaced one at a time between 2018 and 2021 for $62 million. —

**PJ Ryan’s is opening an outpost by the Journal Square Path station. —WiredJC