Donald Trump came to Jersey City yesterday to announce that two big buildings will be built down the street from WFMU. Well, he didn't put it quite that way. Mostly he was fixated on the fact that the big buildings would be so big that they would be the biggest buildings in New Jersey. They'll be 55 and 50 stories big, while WFMU is only 4 stories not-big.
The Trump Plaza amenities include a fitness center, a basketball court, and a rooftop outdoor swimming pool. The WFMU amenities include a lack of fitness, an arcade version of Asteroids that doesn't work, and a basement prone to sewage backups.
Local pols bent over forwards to welcome Trump to the neighborhood. For his part, Trump commented incoherently: "I am the largest developer in Manhattan, and I am coming to Jersey City. So a lot of people come the other way, and I am coming this way, and I am pretty good at predicting trends, so let's hope that's a trend."
The Jersey papers made it sound like Trump was actually developing the property, but 1010Wins says "Metro Homes in Hoboken has essentially paid Trump a licensing fee to use his name on the project." So what we're talking about here are ugly big-ass buildings with ugly big-ass Trump bumper stickers on their ugly big-asses, unlike all the other Trump projects which are...well, just like that.
(And don't you think putting twin towers on the Hudson river and bragging about how tall they are is creepy?)
The $415 million project at Washington and Bay streets will have about 900 condos with prices estimated to start at $525,000. Plans are for groundbreaking in November, completion in fall of 2007.