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Re: The Centenary - Hamilton Park
#26
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Loved that they preserved the structure instead of tearing it down to add something ho-hum. Utilizing the stained glass and vaulted ceilings were no-brainers in the design, and absolutely give a "wow factor". We also liked the dark stained floor - very modern and different from what we've seen elsewhere. And who doesn't love 12' ceilings?

We thought the first floor units and the top floor units were the most successful, with great light and access to some of the beautiful and charming "remnants" of the building's former life. The second floor units on the front were a little cave-like due to the position of the existing windows.

That being said, there were some elements that left us less than impressed, especially at these price points. Many of the following items are little aesthetic things that I'm guessing most people wouldn't care about. Others are probably indicators that the developers were through putting money into the project. But a couple are worth a second look.

The allocation of space in the first floor units did have some fails: the second bath off the hallway was very large, but all the fixtures were spread out instead of leaving one wall for built-in storage. The tub was also a short tub, instead of bumping the wall out into the hallway (which was very wide). The amount of closets in the hallway was also verging on insanity. One closet space on either end would have been much better utilized as a desk nook.

The left side first floor unit had a glass door with outside access in the second bedroom. We wouldn't be comfortable with that on the ground floor.

Many of the baths had a very odd aluminum stripping instead of grout between the tiles in the showers. Not the greatest look.

The master bath in the largest unit (the unit with that crazy wet bar in the master suite) had the tub fixtures installed on the room side of the tub instead of the wall side. The adjoining closet had an uncovered old pipe running along the floor.

The balcony off the back of the largest unit was definitely not graded properly: standing water on the building side.

And there were already drywall seams splitting, so that could be some settling or just not so great drywalling.

Verdict: for $2.5mil in Jersey City, you can get a lot of square footage (3500+?) but not the best quality construction, fixtures, or taxes (it's got a 10yr tax abatement, so who knows what that top floor unit will be paying in the future). Regardless, I hope they sell at asking because that can only be good for surrounding values :)

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Re: Plumber?
#27
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I just had Byron come over. He was very affordable and got the job done in a timely manner. I definitely recommend him.

Posted on: Yesterday 13:54
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Re: certificate of insurance needed but using uhaul to move
#28
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If you are moving the furniture you shouldn't need to supply a certificate of insurance since you are doing it yourself. If you were to pay a moving service to move your items for you then providing a certificate of insurance from the moving company is appropriate. If you are the owner of the condo that you are moving into then any damage you might cause to the building when you move in should be covered by either your homeowner insurance policy or the condo association's insurance policy or perhaps both.

Posted on: Yesterday 13:47
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Re: certificate of insurance needed but using uhaul to move
#29
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It will also depend on if the condo building requires a higher coverage amount.

Posted on: Yesterday 13:05
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Re: certificate of insurance needed but using uhaul to move
#30
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Not too shy to talk


In my building if you move yourself you dont need insurance. But double check on that.

Posted on: Yesterday 13:04
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certificate of insurance needed but using uhaul to move
#31
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Hi,

I am moving to a condo this month and I just found out from the property management that they need to obtain a certificate of insurance from the moving company. The thing is I am only using u-haul to move my stuff and Im not sure if any of their insurance (eg. Safemove Plus) is equivalent to what they are asking.

Will that be sufficient or do i need to obtain an additional insurance?

Posted on: Yesterday 12:53
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Re: Any leads on garages for rent?
#32
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lafglass and kotcep,

Just send you both private messages. i would like to learn more about the space you have available.

Posted on: Yesterday 12:41
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Re: The Centenary - Hamilton Park
#33
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Just can't stay away


That $2.25 million triplex is pretty awesome, though that top floor with the sink in the bedroom/living area is a little odd. Cool building.

A similar building (historic church turning into condos) that's wrapping up is Boniface Lofts, though all the units sold before going on the market, so no open house. Good to see these beautiful buildings being saved rather than being torn down, though I know some people disagree with it.

http://www.bonifacelofts.com/

Posted on: Yesterday 12:36
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Re: Radical Wellness Ribbon Cutting, Sat 4/4 @ 2-2:30pm
#34
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Just can't stay away


Congrats guys, big fans of the shop!

Posted on: Yesterday 12:34
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Karate Schools in Jersey City or Bayonne
#35
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Hello- looking for recommendations on Karate schools in Jersey City or Bayonne for kids. Please let me know of any, thank you in advance!

Posted on: Yesterday 11:44
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Re: Jersey City wins $2.3 million Bloomberg grant to fund innovation team
#36
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Jersey City gets $2.25M Bloomberg grant to revitalize main street districts

By Rebecca Panico | The Jersey Journal The Jersey Journal 
March 30, 2015 at  7:39 AM

Brian Platt has been named director of Jersey City's new Innovation Team, a program funded through a three-year, $2.25 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Jersey City was one of 12 cities in the United States selected in December 2014 to take part in the program. The Innovation Team, nicknamed the "I-team," will initially focus on the revitalization of main-street business districts in Jersey City.

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_gets_225m_bloomber.html


Posted on: Yesterday 11:23
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Radical Wellness Ribbon Cutting, Sat 4/4 @ 2-2:30pm
#37
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Good morning friends,

I hope you've enjoyed the weekend! I wanted to cordially invite you to our official ribbon cutting party, happening this Saturday the 4th at 2-2:30pm. We're so proud to share this moment with our wonderful family of customers and would love for you to join us. We'll be having fun all day, serving organic refreshments and setting up mini workstations, where you'll be able to chat with the team regarding essential oils, medicinal herbs and vibrational therapy. Custom blends made on the spot for you will be available! Mayor Fulop and JCTV will also be in attendance.

We're located in The Village downtown at 134 Brunswick Street, and offer over 150+ organic and wild crafted loose herbs and teas, organic essential oils, homeopathic remedies and a lot more!

You can find the Facebook event below for more info:
https://www.facebook.com/events/338557366345213/

With love,
Radical Wellness
134 Brunswick Street

Posted on: Yesterday 11:10
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Iron Mayor
#38
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Second City Dept. April 6, 2015 Issue

Iron Mayor

By  - The New Yorker

Steven Fulop, the mayor of Jersey City, has a Kuota K-Factor bike with Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLS wheels. “It’s for triathletes,” he said, as he walked out of City Hall and along the bike lane on Grove Street. He wore a long brown coat and a blue-and-red tie. “I did an Ironman—that’s with a two-and-a-half-mile swim, a hundred and twelve miles on the bike, and then a marathon,” he said. “Now I do the half Ironman. In the mornings, I train.” This involves a 5:40 a.m. bike ride: twenty-five miles, up to the George Washington Bridge and back. Fulop, who is thirty-eight, has posted on Twitter and Facebook about his athletic pursuits, his encounters with tapas chefs and local artists, and a free heart checkup with Dr. Oz. He moved to Jersey City in 2000, and, after stints in the Marine Corps and at Goldman Sachs, he was sworn in as mayor in 2013. “We’re not yet at the forefront of top-tier midsize cities,” he said. “Starting to do things like bike-share systems is how we’re going to get there.”

In January, Fulop announced that Jersey City will start a program that connects to Citibike, in New York, allowing a person to hop on a bike, ride it to the PATH station, turn in the first bike, and pick up a new one on the other side of the river. He envisages the program attracting New Yorkers who want to spend the day in Jersey City. “The views of Manhattan are second to none,” he said.

Read more:  http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/04/06/iron-mayor


Posted on: Yesterday 1:57
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Bike JC's 6th Annual Ward Tour & Festival Sun. June 7!
#39
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June 7! Save the date! Bike JC's 6th Annual Jersey City Ward Tour and Festival will be held Sunday, June 7, starting at Exchange Place and biking about 15 miles all around the city, with a post-ride festival back at Exchange Place. More details will follow in the coming weeks (in this forum, on Facebook's Bike JC page, and on Twitter @bikejc), including a link for online registration and opportunities to volunteer before/at the event.

Posted on: 3/29 23:21
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Re: Brian Platt named director for Jersey City's new Innovation Team
#40
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Quote:

JPhurst wrote:
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OneSkirt wrote:
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Sommerman wrote:
Is this the same man who gave the Newark Ave. presentation at the last HCNA meeting?


Don't know. But he's the guys who literally looks like Fulop's clone. The resemblance in look, dress and mannerism is scary close.


I wonder if he also says "literally" in his stump speeches!


Like Fulop, he'll say "Development" & brag about the massive density increase he's pushing 190x, but the words "transit improvement" will never cross his lips...

Posted on: 3/29 23:07
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Re: Brian Platt named director for Jersey City's new Innovation Team
#41
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Quote:

OneSkirt wrote:
Quote:

Sommerman wrote:
Is this the same man who gave the Newark Ave. presentation at the last HCNA meeting?


Don't know. But he's the guys who literally looks like Fulop's clone. The resemblance in look, dress and mannerism is scary close.


I wonder if he also says "literally" in his stump speeches!

Posted on: 3/29 22:48
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Re: Developers reveal plans for 35-story tower at Jersey City Pep Boys site
#42
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Quote:

tern wrote:
There is a similar car shop next to Pathmark on Grand street.

Robin.


Advance Auto Parts I think.

There's a great selection of local auto shops downtown. For example I order tires from tirerack and have them delivered and fitted at Ralphs on Erie. Oil changes and maintenance I get done at A M Auto on 6th at a fraction of the cost of Pep Boys or anywhere else. Amazon is a better shop for general parts/accessories.

There's a Sears Auto at Newport Mall or a Pep Boys at Hudson mall if you want to be charged a lot for sub-standard parts and service.

Posted on: 3/29 22:38
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Re: Lincoln Park - Bike / Jogger lanes
#43
Quite a regular
Quite a regular


PacoYtaco - I agree - I'm sure even the knucklehead in the SUV wasn't *intending* to do the wrong thing. I feel like I'm a pretty attentive driver, and there have been times I've done things like this (made a mistake - but I haven't yelled at people about it!)

The county has created a wonderful new amenity - and there are signs - they just need to do a little more to make the necessary separation clear, to make it safe. Could be more of those white plastic pylons, or low concrete curbs - or some other manner of barrier - just at the points where cars are entering the roadway.

Posted on: 3/29 22:19
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Re: The Centenary - Hamilton Park
#44
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Absolutely beautiful layout indeed. Each apart has its own individuality while the functional areas (closets, machinery) are layed out the same way. The careful reuse of historical details is to the builder credit - yes this includes the new spires which makes we ponder whether we should not call the place the Santa Sophia condos.

What a contrast with the Gannon I visited the week before: bathroom doors bumping into toilets, baseboards that already were ungluing themselves, the only advantage the Gannon had was parking and I guess more affordable pricing although I would not risk putting my car in a basement in that area...

Posted on: 3/29 20:32
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Re: Lincoln Park - Bike / Jogger lanes
#45
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Just can't stay away


In the drivers defense I too have made this err (when I last drove through Lincoln park a few years back it was two directions for cars.) There was no signage the day it happened to me, just angry joggers hitting my car with objects. This was many months ago but I am going to doubt that the signs have been added since. Sadly a lot of JC old timers didn't know about the traffic changes.

Posted on: 3/29 20:30
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Re: 264-286 9th Street Condo Building
#46
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Hi guys, I have been in this building for over a year now. I have to say the building is very quiet. I barely hear any noises from my neighbors. Additionally people who live there are very nice. It's a good place to stay in JC.

Posted on: 3/29 20:02
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Re: Developers reveal plans for 35-story tower at Jersey City Pep Boys site
#47
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There is a similar car shop next to Pathmark on Grand street.

Robin.

Posted on: 3/29 19:54
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Re: Developers reveal plans for 35-story tower at Jersey City Pep Boys site
#48
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Quote:

PremiumContent wrote:
Too much parking. Last thing we need in downtown are more vacant parking garages.


Where's Yvonne going to park her car fleet?

Posted on: 3/29 19:46
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Re: Open Lessons #1 Hip Hop Panel + Live DJs
#49
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A new Jersey City restaurant and bar is doing its part to help keep vinyl alive.

Starting at 7 p.m. tonight, Porta - 135 Newark Ave. - is hosting a panel on the preservation of vinyl and hip-hop culture featuring vinyl collectives Open Crates, Flea Market Funk, and Good Road / Goods. The event is free to the public.

"We will be talking about keeping the vinyl culture alive in terms of collecting records," said Open Crates member Kyle Monroe (a.k.a. DJ ACL), whose vinyl collective is comprised of "beatheads" from across north Jersey who enjoy getting together to spin records.

"In past years, record stores have been closing so vinyl records are hard to come by," added Monroe. "Now we see the emergence of record store day where everybody comes out for new releases and re-releases of older stuff. We just want to keep that alive and let people know that vinyl has a great sound once you take the time out to listen to it."

The panel will be comprised of DJ Breakbeat Lou, hip-hop scholar Koe Rodriguez, Boston-based hip-hop author Brian Coleman, and will be moderated by Jamison "DJ Prestige" Harvey, founder of the Flea Market Blog and the recently-launched Live From Greenville Studios podcast.

#Story

Good Luck Everyone!

Posted on: 3/29 18:52
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Re: The Centenary at hamilton Park
#50
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The beauty of market forces is that the price will hold if folks want to pay. Certainly a beautiful neighborhood with great street life and retail. A bit far from the path and the local PS still has some way to go.

Posted on: 3/29 18:28
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Re: Lincoln Park - Bike / Jogger lanes
#51
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Quote:

Sully wrote:
the third, after a "playing chicken" near-miss, shouted "you're riding the wrong way!" out the window of his SUV.


Another example of the entitled, overly aggressive drivers in this town.

Glad to hear you didn't get into an accident with that asshat. I have had many run-ins with aggressive drivers while riding in JC, including been yelled at to get off the road (on multiple occasions), drivers pulling up to within a foot, or less, of my back wheel trying to intimidate me into getting "out of their way", and a deranged Arab who purposely tried to sideswipe me on Newark avenue, just east of JFK Blvd, because he didn't like my telling him to observe the rules of the road. Granted, I did so with some choice language, but his idea of getting even was to try and run me off the road with some massively aggressive actions. In any case, stay safe everyone. And, keep the rubber side down!

Posted on: 3/29 18:12
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The Centenary - Hamilton Park
#52
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We went to check out the open house at The Centenary today.

Wow - love all the top floor units!!!

But at $1.5mil - $2.25million (the lower units are cheaper), how many people can afford it? Although we did see a lot of other families checking out the apartments too.

I guess Jersey City has "arrived"? Well, definitely the prices has "arrived" and even "gone beyond" our means!!! :-(

PS Did I mention that the most expensive unit ($2.25 mil purchase price) has a property tax of $36.000. That's $3000 per month, fix cost that never goes away!!! Unbelievable!!!

The Centenary
304 Pavonia Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
http://www.thecentenaryjc.com

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Re: Lincoln Park - Bike / Jogger lanes
#53
Quite a regular
Quite a regular


I love the new bike/jogger lanes in Lincoln Park, but think the county needs to better job with signage and separating the lanes to keep cars where they should be.

Over the course of an hour's ride this afternoon, I encountered no less than three cars driving the wrong direction (clockwise) around the loop, in the bike/jogger lanes. With my yelling & arm waving, two of the drivers seemed to realize their error; the third, after a "playing chicken" near-miss, shouted "you're riding the wrong way!" out the window of his SUV.

I'm not just complaining here - I'm going to contact Freeholder O'Dea and the Parks Dept. But wanted to give users of the park a heads-up, too: be alert, until the county can do a better job making the lanes safe for everyone.

Posted on: 3/29 18:00
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Re: Developers reveal plans for 35-story tower at Jersey City Pep Boys site
#54
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Quote:

corybraiterman wrote:
Quote:

tommyc_37 wrote:
I walked by yesterday and noticed that the Pep Boys is officially closed. Windows covered in brown paper and everything. Is it slated to be demolished already? I thought it was a few years away.


Wait, pep boys is closed? Shit, where should I tell people to go to get car stuff now?


Grove St Bicycles.

(You seriously didn't ever send people to Pep Boys?)

Posted on: 3/29 17:58
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Re: Developers reveal plans for 35-story tower at Jersey City Pep Boys site
#55
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didn't I read somewhere no one down there has a car... oops.

Posted on: 3/29 17:55
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