Real Estate Roundup: Bjarke Ingels on 2 Penn Plaza, The Beacon Complex Reveals Final Building


**60 Minutes recently interviewed Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels. Ingels, who recently designed New York’s Via 57 West (also known as the tetrahedron) has also been tapped to design 2 World Trade Center. —60 Minutes

**In addition to 2 WTC, Bjarke Ingels has also unveiled his radical vision for 1 and 2 Penn Plaza. Vornado Realty Trust, which owns the buildings, wants to combine both sites into a 4.2 million-square-foot megaproject. According to New York YIMBY, the project’s exterior would feature an all-glass facade that would extend over 7th Avenue, with undulating waves that would resemble the keys of a piano. —NY Yimby

**The Beacon complex is finally nearing completion, reports Jersey Digs. The Hague is the complex’s final building and is expected to house 240 rental units. The Hague — which was originally the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital — is one of Jersey City’s most treasured landmarks. It joined the Jersey City Medical Complex on October 12, 1931. It closed in 1979 and was most recently turned into a luxury rental unit. An official opening is scheduled for April 16th. —Jersey Digs

**NJTVNews has a 2-part series on the gentrification of Jersey City. The series includes interviews with local developer Paul Silverman, Mayor Steven Fulop, Art House Productions Executive Director Christine Goodman, and retired Jersey Journal columnist Earl Morgan. Notable stats: since 2000, the population in downtown Jersey City has increased from about 31,000 to almost 39,000; the cost of a brownstone has jumped from under $100k (in the 1970s) to over $1 million today; and black residents in Bergen Lafayette (aka Bergen Hill) have dropped from 46% to 41%. —NJTVNews 1 & 2

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