Barry Rosengarten


Founder, Owner and Broker of Record

 

Barry Rosengarten is the Founder, Owner and Broker of Record for Rosengarten Realty & Development (RR&D) a full-service residential and commercial real estate agency serving Central New Jersey. Mr. Rosengarten has spent his entire career helping others achieve the enduring American dream of home ownership by developing land, building homes and marketing them. He has also developed and constructed multifamily housing to meet the needs of individuals, families and senior adults.

Of equal importance, Mr. Rosengarten is a recognized leader in national and regional homebuilding industry. For decades, he has taken great pride in building housing, from custom homes to award winning communities housing developments including Park Gate in Edison, Running Brook at Bridgewater, Bayside Villa and Bayside Terrace and Riverview in Perth Amboy,  and many more. Each home is designed and constructed with his personal signature.

As a professional homebuilder who strives to bring innovative methods to the industry, Mr. Rosengarten has served as President and Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) and Central Jersey BA. He was selected by for Senior Life member of the Board of Directors of  the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB.) The Homebuilding industry has recognized his many outstanding accomplishments by presenting him with such honors as the “Distinguished Service Award,” “Builder of the Year” and “Community of the Year.” and induction into the "Hall of Fame.”

In 2015, Mr. Rosengarten received the NJBA’s “Golden Hammer Award” which is presented to a Builder Member “who has made an honorable commitment to the Association, the industry and community through noteworthy service over a protracted period of time.”

Born and raised in Perth Amboy, Barry Rosengarten is actively involved in fostering the City’s economic development, growth and rejuvenation. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Board of Directors for the historic City’s Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ). He currently serves as Chairman of both organizations.

Mr. Rosengarten has inspired many others to join with him in undertaking significant civic activities to help make Perth Amboy a better community. One of his most exceptional projects is creating the nonprofit “Celebrate Perth Amboy” organization.

“Celebrate Perth Amboy” took the lead in highlighting the City’s national significance as the first Capital of New Jersey and where, in November 1789, New Jersey’s General Assembly was the first State to ratify the US Constitution “Bill of Rights.” The document contains the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. During the 200th anniversary of this historic ratification, “Celebrate Perth Amboy” marked the occasion by erecting the Bill of Rights Commemorative Arch in City Hall Circle.* for the 225th Anniversary of the ratification, the New Jersey Legislature is in the process of designating the Bill of Rights Commemorative Arch as a State Monument.

Inscribed on the "Bill of Rights" commemorative plaque is a statement, he wrote to honor all who volunteer.

"A person who gives their nation, their labor as their love, is a true patriot."

As Founder and Chairman of "Celebrate Perth Amboy", this organization also partners with the City of South Amboy to organize and sponsor the annual July Independence Day celebration and fireworks extravaganza on Raritan Bay.

In mid-career, Rosengarten added to his many talents to enhancing the restaurant and tourism businesses in Perth Amboy by drawing the public back to the City’s waterfront. First, he opened The Harbor Light Tavern and Restaurant, which was located near the present site of the Tottenville Ferry Museum. Later, he transformed a long-vacant naval armory into The Armory Restaurant and Nautical Museum which immediately become a popular waterfront destination for diners, and a venue for events and special occasions. By successfully restoring this notable property in Perth Amboy, he received the “Outstanding Adaptive Reuse Award” from the N.J. Chapter of the American Planning Association.

In addition, Rosengarten has supported and actively participated in numerous nonprofits. He has for forty continuous years served as a member of the Board of Directors of the "New Jersey Alliance for Action"He served on the board of the National Council of Senior Housing, and became a 12 year member of the Bd of Directors for the National Research Center for Senior Housing. He also served for three years as fund raising Chairman on the Board of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) sat on the boards of the Raritan Bay Waterfront Committee, chaired the Annual Roberto Clemente Ball Committee of the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) and the American Conference on Diversity and served on the Board of Directors of  RBMC for 27 years and currently as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Raritan Bay Medical Center, an affiliate of Meridian Health.

For his many contributions to Perth Amboy’s economic development and his business leadership, Rosengarten has earned numerous awards and honors. Tributes include the “Professional Business Executive of Year” from the Perth Amboy Merchants Association, “Humanitarian of the Year” awarded by Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, and the “Celebrate America” honor presented by the Staten Island Borough President. Rosengarten was also honored by the PRAHD as the “Business Leader of the Year” in 2015 during the 29th Annual Roberto Clemente Gala.

One of Rosengarten’s leisure-time passions is sailing, and he is an active, accomplished sailor and longtime member of the Raritan Yacht Club. As a skilled sailor, who grew up by Raritan Bay, Rosengarten took action to introduce sailing to the students of Perth Amboy High School. He purchased, equipped and donated twelve sailboats, to establish the high school sailing team. New members of the team begin by learning to sail. Later, they compete during the spring and fall against teams from other area high schools.

The high school sailing program has steadily expanded. Today, the fleet of boats is used by Perth Amboy High School students as well as sailing teams from other communities across Central and Northern N.J.

On a personal note, Mr. Rosengarten is a Graduate of Monmouth College where he established the first intercollegiate sailing team and served as the first Commodore. He is a devoted congregant at Congregation Beth Mordecai and serves as a member of the Presidium at the former Congregation Shaarey Tefiloh.

Besides sailing and fine dining in the area’s numerous exceptional restaurants, Rosengarten especially enjoys spirited conversation with friends and colleagues on all things real estate, history and... Perth Amboy and especially being with his wonderful wife Nicole.

Barry lives by his mantra; "It isn't about the credits and accolades one receives but rather the reward of accomplishment one derives as his prize.

*Note:

Mr. Rosengarten created the nonprofit “Celebrate Perth Amboy” to commemorate the Bill of Rights Bicentennial in 1989. New Jersey was the first State to ratify the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution) and the historic occasion took place in Perth Amboy’s “Old Court House” on November 20, 1789. At that time, Perth Amboy was in fact the capital of New Jersey, and the General Assembly met in the “Old Court House”, now part of Perth Amboy’s City Hall.

“Celebrate Perth Amboy” gathered donations and Mr. Rosengarten contributed funds as well as volunteered his time and expertise to plan and erect the “Bill of Rights Commemorative Arch” in City Hall Circle. The structure was dedicated on Nov. 20, 1989.


On the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights ratification, “Celebrate Perth Amboy” presented a reenactment of the signing of the Bill of Rights document in City Hall Circle.


The original Bill of Rights document was put on display for the public to view, and the City’s Board of Education broadened the study of the Bill of Rights and Constitution in classes throughout the district.