Pascack Press: Mayor cuts ribbon on The James; James Gandolfini’s family lend their support

Residents join municipal officials and development principals at a ceremonial ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of The James, a new luxury rental community named after the late James Gandolfini. From left: Mike DiBella, a partner in The James; Barbara DiBella; Michael Gandolfini, James Gandolfini’s son; Keith Misciagna, mayor of Park Ridge; and Richard Sciaretta, managing partner of Claremont Development.

PARK RIDGE—A crowd of residents and stakeholders filled the luxury lobby lounge at The James on Aug. 3, taking in the new upscale rental community that its developer says “stands as a beacon of the borough’s evolution while honoring its most famous hometown hero.”

Guests included nearly two dozen family and friends of the late actor James Gandolfini, a local son made good — widely known for his producing and acting, his lead role on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” and his generosity — and the building’s namesake.

Michael Gandolfini, James’ son and a rising star in his own right, joined Mayor Keith Misciagna, other municipal officials, and principals from Claremont Development in cutting a ceremonial ribbon marking “the heralded addition to the borough’s housing landscape,” a collection of 240 studio, one- and two-bedroom residences.

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