There is no shell of a brownstone here on James Street. Unlike Harlem in New York, there are no abandoned or boarded up brownstones in this community. Neither will you find brownstones priced in the millions like those south of Harlem and yet, some of the most breathtaking architectural gems can be found just 26 minutes outside of midtown Manhattan.
James Street is the center of James Street Commons, a community found listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Seventeen different streets, covering 20 blocks comprise the commons, which is a mix of residential, commercial and institutional properties.
Aside from the beautiful brownstones, the neighborhood is home to the Gothic brick St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral built in 1849, it is Newark's first Roman Catholic Cathedral. Just down the street is the Victorian Ballantine mansion built in 1885, now part of the Newark Museum. Further down the street from the museum is 1903 Italian Renaissance main branch of the 11 branch Newark Public Library system. Across the street from these gems, is the beautiful 3.4 acre Washington Park, replete with statues of George Washington, Christopher Columbus, Abraham Coles and, Seth Boyden.
The historic treasures have been joined by the new Riverfront Stadium, the New Jersey Performing Arts center and the Prudential Center Arena.
The neighborhood is also home to Rutgers University's School of Business, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, as well as a host of international dining venues. James Street Commons is less than 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan by way of the New Jersey Transit train line.
Currently, 68 James Street is available for purchase. For more information and a private tour of this two apartment brownstone with a finished basement, and rear terraces, call 908-531-4979 or 908 821-8599. This is no shell of a brownstone.