A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a Gallery Reception for Nell Painter.
It was hosted by WBGO radio (“The Jazz Source” 88.3 FM) in downtown Newark.
Painter, who is best known as a distinguished American historian, best-selling author, esteemed professor of history (emeritus) at Princeton University, and long-time resident of Newark, displayed her art to a largely Newark audience that regards her as a local treasure.
WBGO, a local treasure in its own right, whose CEO, Amy Niles, also resides in Newark, and is responsible for spreading the gospel of jazz music around the world.
Prior to the Gallery Reception, I stopped off for a beer at Kilkenny AleHouse, a 4-minute walk from WBGO. While sitting at the bar, I met an executive from Audible, a company which moved to Newark from Wayne in 2007 bringing with it good jobs along with a currently expanding footprint. We had a great chat about Audible, along with the amazing development that is going on in virtually every corner of the city.
Then, after the Reception, while walking to my car, I passed the deserted- and decrepit-looking Carlton Hotel. It was like a wet blanket thrown over an otherwise great evening. That is, until I looked through the dirty glass windows to see that what was going on inside. Construction, top to bottom. When I got home I Googled Carlton Hotel and here’s what I found:
The Berger Organization currently owns the Carlton Hotel in downtown Newark near Military Park, and will develop the building as a select-service TRYP by Wyndham hotel. The TRYP will involve the renovation and re-branding of the existing seven (7) story Carlton Hotel building along with the construction of a one (1) story addition at the rear of the building into a 100 guest room hotel with related amenities, including lobby, bar/dining area, and health/fitness club, and multi-purpose rooms that can be used for small meetings. TRYP is one of Wyndham’s newest brands, and caters to business and leisure travelers in cosmopolitan urban locations.
It was a great evening in a city that is turning plenty of heads. I am so glad to be involved.