When The Morgan at Provost Square asked me blog about their 2nd Food Truck Rally and Movie Night I of course said yes. I had never been to a food truck rally or been given a tour of a luxury apartment building so everything was a plus. I met Erik Galarza, the property manager at the leasing office which feels like the perfect combination of Restoration Hardware, Anthropologie, West Elm, and Arhaus; I could have camped out there. The Morgan is located on 160 Morgan Street a block away from the Christopher Columbus entrance to the path.
We went to the Food Truck Rally located in their leasing parking lot in front of 150 Bay Street. There we met the food truck owners and reps and got to taste their delicious food. I have gotten food or seen all of these food trucks before, but meeting the owners definitely makes it more personal. I recommend to everyone to get to know the people in the trucks, behind the glass, they all have a great story to tell.
And Erik is best friends with all of them and loves sharing in this experience with them.
How did the Food Truck Rally start? Erik and Eddie from Me Casa came up with the idea together. Erik had gone down to the food truck row over lunch time and started talking about The Morgan and doing events and this is what came from it. Erik asked Eddie if he had the contacts for the other Jersey City food trucks and as it turns out Eddie is the president of the food truck association. So, he was able to get a group together and they all came out again for a 2nd time.
Romm Gaddi, the owner of Incrediballs, said the Morgan is the most creative building, offering a variety of events for residents and the public alike. He also gave a huge shout out to Fulop administration, specifically Candice Osborne, who got pushed for food truck permitting and parking allowing them to have such a presence in Jersey City. If you are in downtown Jersey City for Lunch go to Sussex, York, and Grand Streets and you will find all the food trucks.
Who was there? Me Casa, Angry Crab, Incrediballs, Milk Love Sugar, Ms. Fu's Yummy Food Truck, and Departed Soles Brewing (they had really far to go since their address is 150 Bay Street). Erik also invited K9dergarten because there are so many dogs in the building. He has actually left his dogs there and they had an amazing time. When we got to the lot is was still a little hot out, but once the sun went behind the buildings and people started flowing in. One minute the lot had a few people and then all of a sudden the line for Angry Crab was 10 people deep. There were a lot of residents, some people who had just come off the path, and others who had seen the event through social media.
Why do an event open to the public? The Morgan does events for their tenants all the time – they bring in Departed Soles and have an event in their in house pub (it is the unofficial “official beer” of The Morgan); they have had K9dergarten have a dog day; and other events as well. But The Morgan is in the heart of Jersey City and Erik understands involving and giving back to the community. He calls this event “a little amenity for the residents to enjoy and get the public involved.”
Erik and his whole team have fallen in love with Jersey City and loves the prospect that this is a city ripe with diverse culture. He wants to show that The Morgan is not just another building in Jersey City; they are giving back to the community. When complete, Provost Square will include a performing arts center with a 550-seat theater in a restored building on the property, ground floor retail space, a pedestrian plaza and indoor parking.
What’s The Morgan like? It is gorgeous, but I want you to imagine it through Erik’s eyes.
He came on board with The Morgan when he was approached by The Toll Brothers and has been with this building since the beams went up to the last coat of paint. He has hired the entire concierge team and takes pride in his building. He also knows every tenant by name. It is a gorgeous building with beautiful views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, and New Jersey to the horizon.
The apartments come with all similar amenities including walk in closets, marble counter tops, and lots of space. We got to see the pool deck, living room, workout space, and library. He also showed us the kiddie playroom with the most adorable abstract playhouse and the virtual exercise room with spin bikes and a virtual fitness trainer. Again, I would be content living in the playhouse. The residents really use all the amenities to their fullest and take advantage of what is provided for them. What makes The Morgan special in Erik’s eyes is the varied demographics of the residents with a true mix of families, singles, dogs, and babies.
How did the night end? I had the classic balls with marinara sauce and parmesan spread from Incrediballs and delicious vanilla bean and earl grey with fudge ice cream in a cone from Milk Love Sugar. The private screening of the newest Star Wars movie was beginning for the tenants on what is now a lawn, but in a few years will be another building. People brought blankets, a picnic, and were given popcorn. Everyone seemed excited for the movie.
The Morgan is creating a community of its residents within the bigger community of Jersey City. They are more than just another building here, they are here for the long run and ready to part of the journey we are on!
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