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  • NJTV NEWS BRINGING NEW LIFE TO OLD BUILDINGS

    “We have a lot of finished spaces, but we also have some spaces under construction,” Danny Popkin explained. Popkin has a knack for bringing new life to old places. He’s the brains and creative force behind the Hamilton-based company Modern Recycled Spaces……
    by Briana Vannozzi, NJTV News
  • EDITORIAL: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL 2015

    On the topic of rebuilding, we also wish that developers in the region would take a page from the book of Daniel Popkin and Modern Recycled Spaces. Instead of the old mantra of “raze, build, repeat,” he’s incorporating what was into what will be — and preserving the community character.
    by Times of Trenton Editorial Board
  • ‘GREAT HISTORY AND PAST BEAUTY’ AS HAMILTON’S OLD MILL BUILDINGS ARE REVITALIZED, REPURPOSED

    “It’s seeing the progress, being involved in something and going into a space that’s totally transformed,” he said. “It could be as simple as cleaning bricks to bring them back to life, adding new sheet rock or a new door or a glass floor. It’s just adding these modern elements to these old, fabulous qualities – it’s the juxtaposition of the two, and as it comes to life, that’s what I get excited about.”
    by Bridget Clerkin, The Times of Trenton
  • U.S. 1 NEWS RECYCLING MEETS REAL ESTATE

    Danny Popkin collects old stuff: some of those items are on the small side, like toy cars, Southwestern Native American pottery, and oil cans. But some of those things are sizable, like the iconic sign from Pete Lorenzo’s famed Clinton Avenue restaurant in Trenton.
    by Christine Ott, Princeton Info
  • CASS DINER (1948-1974) 2934 BRUNSWICK PIKE

    Cosmo Giordano (1914-1990) was from Vineland, NJ and began working in the restaurant business in 1932. He learned his trade by working for his friend Russell Taleno who owned the Calhoun Diner at 1710 Calhoun Street in Trenton.
  • VINTAGE GIORDANO DINER MAKES JOURNEY FROM LAWRENCE TO NEW HOME IN HAMILTON

    After Marcia Minunni of Hamilton read about preparations for the famed Giordano Diner’s road trip from Lawrence to Hamilton, she took a chance on fate. The Hamilton resident’s grandfather Cass Giordano of Lawrence had owned and operated the Route 1 diner until the 1970s, and now it was coming to her hometown. So she decided to see for herself.
    by Nicole Mulvaney, The Times of Trenton
  • UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP SAVES HISTORIC DINER AS POSSIBLE FOOD SERVICE TRAINING SITE

    Wednesday is moving day for the aluminum-clad diner that has stood empty on the north side of Route One, just south of Bakers Basin Road, for decades. The vintage building originally located on Calhoun Street in Trenton is scheduled to make a short trip to a mixed-use redevelopment project in Hamilton Township, to start a new life.
    by Anne Levin, Town Topics Newspaper
  • ISLES AND MODERN RECYCLED SPACES SAVE CLASSIC JERSEY DINER FROM THE WRECKING BALL

    “The diner is a classic part of New Jersey history and as American as apple pie,” said Daniel Popkin, president of Modern Recycled Spaces. “The protection and restoration of this 1950s icon is what Mill One and Modern Recycled Spaces are all about.”
    by Krystal Knapp, Planet Princeton
  • NJ DINER SAVED, ON THE MOVE

    A beloved Mercer County diner destined for the dump is getting a second chance to shine. Instead of dishing out piping hot plates of hash, it will be serving up food for the brain.
    by Nora Muchanic, 6 ABC Action News
  • ICONIC LOCAL DINER SAVED FROM OBLIVION BY DEVELOPERS

    HAMILTON — The restaurant formerly known as Ben’s Diner will not be knocked down after being vacant for decades, according to a press release.
    by Joe Sorensen, The Trentonian
  • EDITORIAL: ISLES PLAN TO SALVAGE LAWRENCE DINER AS TRAINING FACILITY IS AN APPLAUSE-WORTHY ENDING

    A distinctive piece of New Jersey’s history is destined to shine again as a plan to move the long abandoned Giordano Diner from Lawrence to Hamilton takes shape.
    by Times of Trenton Editorial Board
  • HISTORIC LAWRENCE DINER TO BE RELOCATED

    LAWRENCE — A local real estate developer has emerged to cart the long-vacant Giordano Diner out of town to neighboring Hamilton, partnering with Trenton’s Isles, Inc. to repurpose the historic eatery into a job training facility for the community service organization.
    by Nicole Mulvaney, The Times of Trenton
  • OLD TRENTON WAREHOUSES, VACANT LOTS TO BECOME LUXURY CONDOS OR MODERN LOFTS

    TRENTON — Developer Roland Pott calls it a kind of buzz — an upbeat and optimistic feeling surrounding a handful of upscale loft, condominium and mixed-use construction projects centered around South Broad Street and the city’s arena district.
    by Erin Duffy, The Times of Trenton
  • BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO OLD HAMILTON MILL; ISLES ENVISIONS BUSINESS INCUBATOR

    HAMILTON – On a cloudy day in late February, light trickles in from the dirty and broken windows of the former textile mill. It spreads across the structure, illuminating the hundreds of square feet of space that stretch across the building, floors that once anchored hundreds of sewing machines tended by children and teens who likely spent hours hunched over them, sewing buttonholes and stitching sleeves.
    by Erin Duffy, The Times of Trenton
  • PLANS FOR HAMILTON ‘URBAN VILLAGE’ UNVEILED

    HAMILTON — Nonprofit community development group Isles Inc. announced ambitious plans to transform a defunct Hamilton industrial site into a mixed-use “sustainable urban village” that will also house its new headquarters.
    by Ryan Tracy
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