Journal Squared’s Second and Tallest Tower Tops Out in Jersey City

Journal Squared as seen from Hudson Yards. Photo by Michael Young

Construction has topped out on 537 Summit Avenue, the second and tallest building in the three-tower Journal Squared complex in Jersey City. Despite its location across the Hudson River from New York, the 754-foot-tall reinforced concrete skyscraper’s prominent height earns it inclusion at the number-24 spot in YIMBY’s countdown of the tallest current projects in the city. Designed by HWKN/Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects and developed by Kushner Real Estate Group, the tower stands dominantly over its shorter 563-foot-tall, 53-story sibling.

Photos show the state of progress on the skyscraper and the disparity in height over the first completed component of the residential development.

Journal Squared as seen from the Financial District. Photo by Michael Young

Journal Squared as seen from the Financial District. Photo by Michael Young

The tower will provide panoramic views of the entirety of the Manhattan skyline, from the World Trade Center to the Empire State Building, to the supertalls of Billionaires’ Row. The photo below is from Journal Squared’s Instagram account, showing the top of the flat roof parapet and New York City in the background.

Photo looking east towards New York City from the top of the second tower.

The building will yield 704 units, 18,000 square feet of retail space, and a gross floor space of roughly 1,000,000 square feet. The third and final tower will eventually ascend 60 stories and top out at 633 feet tall, putting its height in between the two current edifices. At this moment it is unclear when construction will commence on this final component. Journal Squared sits above the Journal Square PATH station and may soon see several new tall neighbors in the near future.

Journal Squared, rendering by HWKN

Completion of the second skyscraper is expected sometime next year, while the entirety of Journal Squared is scheduled for 2024.

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8 Comments on "Journal Squared’s Second and Tallest Tower Tops Out in Jersey City"

  1. The skyscraper boom in secondary centers like Journal Square and New Rochelle is a huge change. If the region’s transit infrastructure is able to keep up, the NYC region could end up with dozens of impressive skylines.

    • I was thinking that too. Infrastructure needs to keep up. Especially with New Rochelle. I live and grew up in New Rochelle btw.

    • Thanks for the heads up about New Rochelle, I will look it up. NYC is now a pluricentric megacity , we must include Jersey City since it is so much a part of the NYC skyline experience. Regards from 10025.

  2. David in Bushwick | December 9, 2019 at 6:37 am | Reply

    Pay to live here and you too can help support the First Family.

    • David in Bushwick,

      This isn’t Jared’s company. KRE is made up of different Kushners, whom I believe don’t like Jared’s side of the family. KRE is the “good” Kushners, if there’s such a thing.

  3. When will they build a shorter building for the decent senior citizens like me, who cannot afford to be squared,their monthly income will not allow them to be squared. Who is out
    there thinking about the decent
    poor people who wish to live in
    a decent apartment,? no one, no
    one. I wish that I could be squared,

  4. Marlene, I suspect you are not aware there are options. Jersey City does have good-quality senior housing. There are affordable housing set-asides in newer buildings. Also, there are public housing plans for low income seniors. A new complex recently opened.

    Then there are federally subsidized housing plans for seniors with stable but modest incomes. I have been living in one of those for more than 20 years. It’s a truly beautiful building, in an excellent neighborhood, great access to public transit, complete local shopping just one block away (flowers shops, green grocers, bagels, ethnic restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bars, barber and beauty shops, fast foods, chocolatier, and even a pawn shop). Rent for my 2-bedroom with central air/heat, modern kitchen and bath, clean, attractive, safe, is about 1/3 of a comparable market rate.

  5. I heard that the money ran out to build the 3rd tower is that true??

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