New Brunswick, New Jersey is one of those quiet East Coast cities that came back from the brink of economic disaster. The population of this Middlesex County city is a little more than 50,000 but during the day that number triples, thanks to the college students that attend Rutgers University, the hospital and healthcare workers and corporate employees that come into the city. The bustling downtown is a mecca for more than 50 restaurants and a diverse group of professional residents who believe New Brunswick is the best city in New Jersey. See, https://local.yahoo.com/info-11014537-boraie-realty-new-brunswick.
Downtown New Brunswick wasn’t always filled with energy like it is today. But thanks to the hard work and the foresight of Omar Boraie, and a few other political leaders, New Brunswick’s inner-city is a thriving business center anchored by Johnson and Johnson, Rutgers University, the largest medical school in the country, three professional theaters, two four-star hotels and two top academic hospitals. Omar Boraie, the Egyptian chemists turned real estate developer, and his three children, Wasseem, Sam, and Hiam, have almost single-handedly been responsible for the resurgence of activity in downtown New Brunswick.
Sam Boraie is the most visible member of the Boraie family. Sam has been a prominent community leader for more than 20 years. His list of real estate development ventures and the work he’s done to help feed the hungry is well documented. When another New Jersey city is looking for a development company to bid on a new high-rise office building or a condominium building, Bloomberg.com says they usually contact Sam Boraie.
Shaq O’Neil, the basketball superstar, and Newark native called Sam when he wanted to help modernize New Jersey’s largest city. Thanks to O’Neil and Boraie, the One Riverview condominium building became a reality in Newark, a few years ago. Sam is currently working on the Beach at South Inlet in Atlantic City. The Beach at South Inlet is a 250-unit modern apartment complex with all the amenities of a New York City luxury apartment complex near the Boardwalk in AC.
But It’s not just Sam Boraie’s business accomplishments that make him one of New Jersey’s compassionate business leaders. Sam’s work with the nonprofit organization, Elijah’s Promise is helping thousands of hungry people in the state eat every day. Elijah’s Promise operates a soup kitchen, pay-as-you-can café, and a culinary school. Sam is a board member and a major benefactor.
The 2003 renovation of the New Brunswick State Theater is another project that Sam Boraie is proud of. As a board member, Sam was one of the people responsible for bringing the 1921 theater back to its original appearance. The state theater has been an educational and entertainment center in New Brunswick for decades, but the theater is now a modern day monument that represents the renaissance that has taken place in the city for years, thanks to Sam Boraie and his family.