Palmer Square in Downtown Princeton Launches Newly-Designed

palmer-square-residences-websitePRINCETON, NJ – Palmer Square announced today the launch of the community’s newly-redesigned residential website,  The improved website represents a ground-up redesign to better showcase Palmer Square’s collection of sophisticated homes and incomparable location in the heart of downtown Princeton.

Blending improved functionality with a strong design aesthetic, the website features new interior and exterior photography and videos of the community’s distinctive multi-story townhomes and single-level flats.  A separate photo gallery captures the unique charm and appeal of Palmer Square’s picturesque surroundings, including Princeton University’s historic campus and the area’s vibrant shopping and dining landscape.  Prospective buyers and renters can access real-time availability of for-sale and rental homes, download and print 3D floorplans, view pertinent details on amenities and finishes, and “tour” the culturally-rich neighborhood through an illustrative map that links to 50 points of interest.

“We developed the new website to create a more positive user experience for our future residents,” said Lori Rabon, Vice President of Palmer Square.  “We also wanted the site to reflect the unique and sophisticated lifestyle offered at Palmer Square which is ideally located in the heart of one of the country’s most desirable places to live.  We believe the new website accomplishes both objectives and are delighted to now launch it to the public.” [Read more…]

How Palmer Square Meshed Yesterday with Today


via BisNow – While Philadelphia and New York City have been attracting New Jersey’s Millennials, Princeton—equidistant from both cities—is having its time in the sun again. “People are beginning to rediscover the quality of life we have right here,” says Palmer Square Management VP David Newton, who’s been watching its rise since joining the ongoing Palmer Square mixed-use development in 1995.

This renewed interest is particularly benefiting the nearly 80-year-old Palmer Square, which is built around (you guessed it) a square across from Princeton University’s main gate. “A lot of people want to live where they work and play,” notes David, snapped above with Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners’ Greg Mardirossian, whose firm has been the development’s architect of record since 2005. Today, the development—which opened in 1937 and was first conceived in 1906 by Edgar Palmer, heir to the New Jersey Zinc Co and a 1903 Princeton grad—boasts 150k SF of Class-A office space, 110k SF of retail, 228 residential units over 1,000 parking spaces in two garages, and the 188-room historic Nassau Inn.


The Residences at Palmer Square Enjoys Location in America’s Top Small City, Financial Website Proclaims Ranks Princeton America’s #1 Small City

outsidebuildingPRINCETON, NJ – Downtown Princeton is globally recognized as a desirable place to live, shop and dine, but according to a recent analysis by a prominent financial website, it isn’t only an excellent small town, it is the best “Small City” in America., a website dedicated to helping consumers and small businesses make better financial decisions, analyzed 1,268 municipalities in the U.S. with a population between 25,000 and 100,000 and ranked them based on various criteria. Princeton emerged with the best overall score after taking first in the nation for “economic health”, seventh for “education and health,” and 41st for “quality of life.”

The new accolade follows similar tributes for Princeton over the past year, including being named the “Best College Town to Live In” by the financial website, and the designation of an “Age-Friendly Community” from the World Health Organization.

“Princeton’s pedestrian-friendly character and plethora of cultural and recreational resources and attractions make it one of the country’s most unique and desirable places to live,” said David Newton, Vice President of Palmer Square Management, which developed The Residences at Palmer Square, a community of upscale residences and boutique retail shops and restaurants directly across Nassau Street from Princeton University.  “It has certainly contributed to the overall appeal of our community and quality of life of our residents who are uniquely positioned to take advantage of it all. The energy of the downtown setting, combined with the luxury of the stately townhome and condominium residences, provides a compelling lifestyle proposition that has resonated with the public.”

The Residences at Palmer Square was conceived as part of a European-style town square for Princeton that would include shops, restaurants and residences as a complement to Princeton University. The community’s collection of homes is integrated into Palmer Square’s acclaimed collection of more than 40 brand-name stores, boutique shops, specialty food stores and restaurants.  The homes include a carefully-crafted array of multistory townhomes and single-level condominium flats that blend distinctive architectural designs with sophisticated living spaces. Designed by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners of Lambertville, NJ, the residences feature a number of elevations which expertly complement the brick, Federal-style exteriors and Colonial-era structures of the immediate Palmer Square environment.

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Holiday Happenings Around The Square



The Residences at Palmer Square wish our Princeton neighbors a very special Thanksgiving, to be shared with family, friends and beautiful memories that remind us to be grateful for all the goodness in our lives. Thanksgiving traditionally begins the start of holiday season, and nowhere is that more evident than here in Palmer Square.

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Stroll over to The Green at Palmer Squre on Friday, November 27th at 5:00pm and watch Santa Claus help light a spectacular 65-foot Norwegian Spruce – our very own Christmas tree adorned with over 32,000 lights.There will also be special musical performances by Princeton High School Choir and Bob Denson Blues.

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Continuing with the holiday theme, seasonal sounds will be heard around the Square from 12 noon to 3:00pm every Saturday and Sunday, beginning Saturday, November 28th through Sunday, December 20th. Although there will there be a variety of musical groups to entertain you, you won’t be able to miss the “ho-ho-ho” sounds from that man in the red suit, as he awaits meeting our “I’ve been good all year” children before they hand over their legendary gift list.

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On Thursday evening, December 3rd, men take over Palmer Square for the first-ever Guys Shopping Night Out.  From 5:00pm until 8:30pm the shops will be running exclusive sales and promotions to make choosing the right gift for the woman in their life less stressful.  In fact, this issue becomes a no-brainer, as a registry has been set up for women to sign on with their wish list. There will also be a special on food and drink where the men can meet up with their friends, and an added plus – free parking in the garages. And, to make certain there’s something for the guys – after all, this is supposed to be their night, right? – they will have a chance to win a flat-screen TV and a Super Bowl party, compliments of 94.5 WPST.  Men and women must RSVP on separate sites; go to and follow the links.

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Princeton University A Cappella Jam & Toy drive happens on Friday, December 4th between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00pm.  Music will be provided by some of the University groups.  JaZams is offering a 20% discount for any toy purchased to donate to YMCA St. Nicholas Project toy drive.

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Santa’s Helpers Walking Tour, held every Saturday, is one of Princeton’s most cherished traditions for parents and grandparents of 4-year, 5-year and 6-year old youngsters who are fascinated with all things Santa Claus. Co-sponsored by Princeton Tour Company and Palmer Square Management, this one-hour tour is designed to create one of the most memorable childhood experiences of the holiday season. Find out what life on like on the North Pole, how Santa met Mrs. Claus, why holiday trees exist, what is the preferred snacks of the reindeers, and insider tidbits to be sure letters arrive safely, and timely, to Santa.

Early registration is required. To reserve your space, log on to and indicate your choice of date and time;

Saturday December 05, 2015      11:30am  – 12:30pm

Saturday December 05, 2015       1:00pm  – 2:00pm

Saturday December 12, 2015       11:30am  – 12:30pm

Saturday December 12, 2015       1:00pm  – 2:00pm

Saturday December 19, 2015       11:30am  – 12:30pm

Saturday December 19, 2015       1:00pm   – 2:00pm

There is a $5.00 per family fee.  All proceeds will be donated to help scholarship children to the YMCA Summer Camps.

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This year, Princeton’s annual Menorah Lighting ceremony takes place on Tuesday, December 8th at 5:00pm. Join us at the North Plaza on Hulfish Street as the first of eight Chanukah candles is lit.  After, meet up in the Senior Room at the Nassau Inn to hear special guest speakers, sing and dance to the tunes of the Odessa Klezmer Band, and enjoy delicious refreshments.


Happy Holidays from our famliy to yours!

This N’ That in Princeton

The town of Princeton, and some Princtonians have recently been the recipients of several prestigious awards, and recognition.





f-nobelecon-a-20151014-870x688Angus Deaton, FBA

Once again a Princeton University professor has been awarded a Nobel Prize. According to the Royal Swedish Academy, Angus Deaton was honored with the 2015 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in consumption, poverty and welfare.

“The consumption of goods and services is a fundamental part of people’s welfare. The Laureate, Angus Deaton, has deepened our understanding of different aspects of consumption,” the Nobel committee said. “His research concerns issues of immense importance for human welfare, not least in poor countries. Deaton’s research has greatly influenced both practical policymaking and the scientific community. By emphasizing the links between individual consumption decisions and outcomes for the whole economy, his work has helped transform modern microeconomics, macroeconomics and development economics.”

Angus Deaton, a native of the United Kingdom, earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He taught at Cambridge and the University of Bristol before joining the faculty at Princeton in 1983. He is the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs in Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

“Angus Deaton is a brilliant economist whose pioneering research attacks big questions with rigor, imagination and daring,” said Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “He has deepened our understanding of poverty, inequality and human well-being in ways that will inform both academic and policy debates for decades to come. Angus has been a leader not only in his field but also on this campus, where he has taught for more than 30 years. We are fortunate to have him at Princeton, and we are thrilled that he has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.”

Deaton joins several other tenured Princeton faculty members who have received a Nobel Prize in Economics, including Christopher Sims in 2011, Paul Krugman in 2008, and Daniel Kahneman in 2002.


“Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty”

Local playwright Noemi de la Puente and composer David Davila have won the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival special award for social relevance and impact for “Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty”, a musical comedy about illegal immigration. The festival is the largest musical theatre event in the United States, and provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions to reach peers, industry leaders, and musical theatre fans.

Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty” is based on the life story of Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a 2006 graduate of Princeton University who was selected as salutatorian and won a scholarship to study classics at Oxford University. An undocumented immigrant from the Dominican Republic who once was homeless, his story gained widespread national media attention.  More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and off Broadway, and in regional theaters, which is the goal of De la Puente and Davila for “Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty”.  Stay tuned.



Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton has been designated the best small city in America. A recent in-depth analysis of more than 1,000 cities with a population between 25,000 and 100,000 was conducted by WalletHub, the personal finance website, to determine their recommendations for their 2015 Best &Worst Small Cities in America report.  WalletHub evaluated the cities using a data set of 22 key metrics that ranged from housing costs to school-system quality to the number of restaurants per capita. Of the 1,268 small cities studied, Princeton took the #1 position.  But, hey, you already knew that!


Will be back soon with more This n’ That in Princeton.  Hope you’re enjoying the community snippets.



Modern Luxury Blends With Old World Charm at the Residences at Palmer Square in Downtown Princeton

Michael Travin at RESIDENT magazine celebrates the charm and luxury of The Residences at Palmer Square.

A vision that began in the 1930s by Edgar Palmer to build a vibrant, European Style town square in the heart of Princeton that would include shops, restaurants and residences as a complement to Princeton University is in its final stages of completion.  A venture more than 75 years in the making is culminating with The Residences at Palmer Square, a collection of multi-story townhomes and single-level flats that are now more than 80% occupied.

The Residences at Palmer Square marks the coming of age of a project whose foundations were laid during the Great Depression and over the years has blossomed into one of the finest examples of a commercial downtown. Inspired by architect Thomas Stapleton’s original Colonial Revival design for Palmer Square, Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners of Lambertville, NJ helped make  the vision a reality by designing  a number of distinctive elevations that complement the brick, Federal-style exteriors and Colonial-era structures of the immediate Palmer Square environment. Many years of thoughtful planning has gone into creating the optimal balance of architectural styles and commercial and residential uses.

The unique energy and convenience of living at The Residences at Palmer Square stems from its prime location within Palmer Square, which is also home to more than 40 brand-name stores, boutiques, restaurants and specialty food shops, as well as the historic Nassau Inn.  The community is also located directly across Nassau Street from Princeton University, and provides easy access to the arts, entertainment, cultural offerings and award-winning schools throughout the area.  NJ TRANSIT access to New York and Philadelphia (and beyond) is only a short walk from The Residences at Palmer Square, and businesses and shopping venues of the nearby Route 1 corridor are also within easy reach.

“The pedestrian-friendly character of Princeton makes it a highly-desirable place to live, work and play,” said David Newton, Vice President of Palmer Square Management.  “The Residences at Palmer Square puts residents right in the middle of it all, yet in a setting that also provides privacy through a network of lushly-landscaped promenades and courtyards which create a scenic buffer from the retail landscape.  The result is a best-of-both-worlds environment for all of our residents.”




Daydreaming About a Tropical Getaway, The Residences at Palmer Square? Check Out These Shows on HGTV!

Daydreaming about purchasing a vacation home somewhere sunny and surf-filled, The Residences at Palmer Square? If owning a bungalow in the tropics or a flat in Paris is on your bucket list, get a little closer to your dream by watching these two shows on HGTV.

House Hunters International
The people on House Hunters International aren’t just looking for your typical beach bungalow; they’re searching for a completely foreign dwelling on the other side of the world. This wanderlust-filled show explores the real estate market in adventurous areas like Sydney or Sao Paolo, romantic cities like Paris or Venice, and even cultural hotspots like Barcelona.

Hawaii Life
If you’re like most people, Hawaii likely comes to mind when you dream of the perfect vacation getaway. The lucky homebuyers on HGTV’s Hawaii Life are searching for the perfect home on one of the islands, and most of them aren’t just staying temporarily. Watch as they explore single-family homes nestled between palm trees or high-rise apartments overlooking the ocean, and you just may feel like you’ve hopped a plane to Oahu yourself!

Edgar Palmer’s Vision of Princeton, 75 Years Later

via Jessica Vilotti/ ASPIRE

A vision that began in the 1930s by Edgar Palmer, was to build a vibrant, European Style town square in the heart of Princeton that would include shops, restaurants and residences as a complement to Princeton University is in its final stages of completion.

A venture 75 years in the making is culminating with the introduction of new, limited-edition townhomes and flats that are now available for purchase at The Residences at Palmer Square.

The Residences of Palmer Square marks the coming of age of a project whose foundations were laid during the Great Depression and over the years has blossomed into one of the finest examples of a commercial downtown.


Labor Day: Great Princeton Outdoors

It’s Labor Day weekend already, the last weekend of summer. What better way to spend it than in the great American outdoors?

The Delaware River and Raritan Canal State Park* are full of great activities and opportunities for a weekend packed full of fresh air and nature. For a small price, you can rent a canoe or kayak and spend a leisurely hour, few hours or whole day floating down the water.

Or, if you want to stick to solid ground, you can take a hike, jog, bike ride, or even horseback ride down historic towpaths. No worries if you don’t have a bike of your own—bike rentals are available. Make sure you bring a picnic as picnic tables and grills are sprinkled throughout the trails, near a few historic sites. If you don’t bring a picnic, you can go fishing and catch your own lunch.

For a bird’s eye view of the Delaware River, Alexandria Balloon Flights offers hour-long hot air balloon flights over New Jersey countryside across the Delaware River Gap, northwest of Princeton. And if you do an evening flight, you are greeted at the end with complimentary champagne, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

*Makes sure you check the Delaware River and Raritan Canal State Park website before planning your trip for closings and warnings from Irene aftermath.

A Night of Peace with Music on the Farm

Irene has come and gone, but not before leaving us all with damages to repair, rubble to cleanup and all around headaches. It is enough to make us long for simpler times. Thanks to the Historic Society of Princeton (HSP), you no longer have to wait!

This Thursday, September 1, HSP invites you to the Updike Farmstead—the simple and bucolic six-acre property located in the heart of the historic Stony Brook district—for a night of Music on the Farm. Take a break from working under your (perhaps damaged) roof and relax under the stars with a picnic, lawn chairs (if they didn’t blow away) or blanket.

The simple open-air freedom is enough to make you want to sing with joy.  With the farms open mic opportunities throughout the night, you might find yourself doing just that.  And if public performing isn’t your thing, you can sit back and enjoy acoustic music and special performances.

Let’s face it, sometimes all you need is some music and stars.

For more information visit the Historic Society of Princeton’s website: