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Re: Robbery at Liberty Towers
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Aren't the Liberty Towers locked for those without a key fob?

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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
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There was another huge gas pipeline explosion in West Virginia the other day. Pretty scary.

Posted on: Yesterday 18:31
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Re: Calling All-Crazy-In-Love, Train-Wreck Couples in JC - Any Takers?
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Quote:

Yvonne wrote:
Personally, I think staying married to the same man for more than 40 years is unique today.


Where can I mail your cookie?

Posted on: Yesterday 18:14
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Re: Rent Control
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brewster wrote:
Your 4 unit prospect will only fall under NJ anti-eviction law. This guarantees lease renewal and restricts raises to something that would not be considered "unconscionable" by a judge. You will also get 5 year "green card" inspections by the state. You would not need to issue rental statements like you describe.

MDM, are you sure about the commercial being considered a unit for RC? When I looked into it years ago while viewing properties, I was told it did not. This makes sense, it's not a "residential housing unit". The big downside to those properties is they are commercial, requiring commercial mortgages with large downpayments and higher rates.


FWIW, my recollection is that the NJ Supreme Court has found a 20% annual increase to not be "unconscionable", so that provision is essentially toothless.

Posted on: Yesterday 18:05
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Re: Rent Control
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Your 4 unit prospect will only fall under NJ anti-eviction law. This guarantees lease renewal and restricts raises to something that would not be considered "unconscionable" by a judge. You will also get 5 year "green card" inspections by the state. You would not need to issue rental statements like you describe.

MDM, are you sure about the commercial being considered a unit for RC? When I looked into it years ago while viewing properties, I was told it did not. This makes sense, it's not a "residential housing unit". The big downside to those properties is they are commercial, requiring commercial mortgages with large downpayments and higher rates.

Posted on: Yesterday 17:38
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Re: Calling All-Crazy-In-Love, Train-Wreck Couples in JC - Any Takers?
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Personally, I think staying married to the same man for more than 40 years is unique today.

Posted on: Yesterday 17:37
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Calling All-Crazy-In-Love, Train-Wreck Couples in JC - Any Takers?
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Posted on: Yesterday 17:31
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Re: Schools in the Heights
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MDM wrote:
This link might help:

http://www.greatschools.org/new-jersey/jersey-city/schools/

I used to have a better link to a site that catalogs the state test scores for each school. Ill post it if I can find it again.


It's a good resource to view test scores, but take the "reviews" with a grain of salt. It appears many negatives have an axe to grind and many positives were solicited by the schools. LCCS has only a 3 of 5 rating, but look at their scores, and their results. 16 of their ~60 8th graders just got into McNair, compare that to the Academy 1 & MS4 programs that skim the best middle schoolers from all of the city and get only 50% of them in. I don't think a non-magnet MS in the entire city comes close to that percentage. And some years it's been as high as 50%. Though my son was frustrated the kids from A1/MS4 were accelerated a year ahead in math, he found he and his LCCS classmates were better prepared in the sciences.

Posted on: Yesterday 17:26
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Re: Schools in the Heights
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This link might help:

http://www.greatschools.org/new-jersey/jersey-city/schools/

I used to have a better link to a site that catalogs the state test scores for each school. Ill post it if I can find it again.

Found it:

http://www.schooldigger.com/go/NJ/schools/0783002848/school.aspx

Posted on: Yesterday 16:51

Edited by MDM on 2015/1/29 17:19:34
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Re: Schools in the Heights
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jcdd, I'm not sure what DanL said that you find objectionable, but I believe that Dan's two children are still in the JC public school system.

Posted on: Yesterday 16:40
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Re: Schools in the Heights
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DANL - your response is not very helpful, as it is more of a lecture. I tend to suspect you don't have young kids in the system right now, so it is easy for you to opine about a matter that doesn't have any immediate personal relevancy to you.

Many of us parents in Jersey City are appreciative of the diversity of our community and would love to send our kids to the public schools, but are very concerned about the quality that is offered in JC. The chances of getting in to the charter schools are slim, so we need real input on the remaining options. There really is not a "wealth of options" here in Jersey City. We need more options. We need more charters and magnet schools. Unfortunately, the City seems slow to respond to the need to improve our school district.

Posted on: Yesterday 16:24
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Re: Robbery at Liberty Towers
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Burglary, theft...not robbery, thank heavens.

Posted on: Yesterday 16:24
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Re: Massive Edgewater fire
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Quote:

ka5ia wrote:
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Annod wrote:
Does anyone know the sprinkler law in Jersey City? My current place(high-rise) and my previous place(low-rise) have sprinklers in the closets and bathrooms. Is that the law in Jersey City?


Q&A: Should N.J. building codes change in wake of Edgewater complex blaze?
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015 ... of_edge.html#incart_river


http://www.jfahern.com/news/nfpa-13-versus-13r

http://www.nfpa.org/newsandpublicatio ... sible-sprinkler-omissions


In a residential building, I don't think sprinklers go by the height of the building but more so by the amount of families/dwellings in the building. I want to say once you go past 3 families/apartments, you are required to have sprinklers. As for whether they are required in closets or bathrooms, I'm not too sure about that. I can try looking it up in the IBC or IFC one of these days. (I work for an architect.)


Sprinklers are required in high-rise buildings because the water pressure from the fire hydrants and the fire dept. pumper trucks can only spray water only so high I think it's up to the 12th floor. Don't quote me on the height.
Banks and insurance companies also require sprinklers in high rises or the projects won't get financing or insurance coverage.

Posted on: Yesterday 16:09
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Re: Massive Edgewater fire
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Quote:

Annod wrote:
Does anyone know the sprinkler law in Jersey City? My current place(high-rise) and my previous place(low-rise) have sprinklers in the closets and bathrooms. Is that the law in Jersey City?


Q&A: Should N.J. building codes change in wake of Edgewater complex blaze?
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015 ... of_edge.html#incart_river


http://www.jfahern.com/news/nfpa-13-versus-13r

http://www.nfpa.org/newsandpublicatio ... sible-sprinkler-omissions


In a residential building, I don't think sprinklers go by the height of the building but more so by the amount of families/dwellings in the building. I want to say once you go past 3 families/apartments, you are required to have sprinklers. As for whether they are required in closets or bathrooms, I'm not too sure about that. I can try looking it up in the IBC or IFC one of these days. (I work for an architect.)

Posted on: Yesterday 15:37
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Re: Massive Edgewater fire
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Does anyone know the sprinkler law in Jersey City? My current place(high-rise) and my previous place(low-rise) have sprinklers in the closets and bathrooms. Is that the law in Jersey City?


Q&A: Should N.J. building codes change in wake of Edgewater complex blaze?
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015 ... of_edge.html#incart_river


http://www.jfahern.com/news/nfpa-13-versus-13r

http://www.nfpa.org/newsandpublicatio ... sible-sprinkler-omissions

Posted on: Yesterday 15:15
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Re: The Kitchen at Grove Station (corner of Columbus and Marin)
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The food is pretty good, but the plating and presentation are lacking. Satis is just as good, if not better, and they make their food look great, and provide a much better value.

I had the duck with braised cabbage, and while pretty good, the presentation was literally just sliced duck breast and a pile of cabbage on a plate.

On the other hand, that are fantastic as a coffee shop in the morning. The barrasita and baked goods are excellent.

Posted on: Yesterday 15:06
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New! Programming (SCRATCH) Class for Children 1st - 4th Grade!
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Dear Parents,
We are very excited to introduce a new class at AlphaMinds Academy, Programming for Kids!!!

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This course relies on a series of fun-filled projects. For example, your student may use Scratch to animate a character, tell a story, write a song, or even design a simple video game. There’s equal emphasis on the mastery of tools and the expression of imagination. Each student’s instruction is differentiated according to his or her interests, learning style, and pace. In order to participate in the class, students must bring their own laptops to each class.

This course is designed for students who are currently in grades 1-4.
Schedule: Saturdays, 12:30-1:30 pm and 1:40-2:40 pm, 01/31-03/28, no classes on 02/14
How to Register: please fill out a registration form on our website, www.alphamindsacademy.com.

About Our Instructor: Sam Rausa, the instructor, is a middle-school computer science teacher. He’s the Technical Editor of Scratch for Kids for Dummies, to be published by Wiley this spring. He’s also a member of the National Program Committee of the Computer Science Teachers Association. Mr. Rausa is completing his master’s degree in information technology at Harvard University.

Location: Boys and Girls Club, 225 Morris Boulevard, Jersey City (the entrance is around the corner from 18 Park Ave, right next to the Marin Boulevard Light Rail Station)
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Posted on: Yesterday 15:04
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Re: Robbery at Liberty Towers
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i_loath_you_path wrote:
I don't think was targeted -- what we heard is that there have been a number of similar break-ins in Liberty Towers in the past year or so, and only those who don't lock their deadbolts. Guessing he used a credit card or something to open the bottom lock. This is why I recommend everyone keep their doors locked, latched, and dead bolted!


Thank you for the additional information and details! It is very surprising to see such audacity and lack of trepidation. Either the person had cased the building and knew the security details, or he was intimately familiar from being a regular visitor, or even a resident. You have to be very ballsy to sneak in, check multiple doors until one is an easy target and then have the cold nerves to methodically work your way through the various parking lot levels to find a car that may or may not be there, and to do so without getting caught or noticed.

Posted on: Yesterday 14:59
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Re: Ahris Kitchen: Korean food in downtown Jersey City
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Awesome! Is there an estimated opening date or month? Late Spring?

Posted on: Yesterday 14:47
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Who Wants to Be A Millionaire 1/29/15 2PM
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Contestant is Brandon Echter from Jersey City , and he lost everything in a fire the day before Thanksgiving, 2013.

Posted on: Yesterday 14:19
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Re: Ahris Kitchen: Korean food in downtown Jersey City
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Quote:

bodhipooh wrote:
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dtjcview wrote:

I had a JC building inspector flash his city badge at me - to ask me to move my car while I was standing beside a fire hydrant - so he could park there...being above the rules is a perk of their job.



Wow... this is the very definition of chutzpah!


I once was standing in a handicapped reserved street spot waiting for someone I was picking up. A guy drove up and told me to get out, it was his cousin's spot and he was given permission to park there! I told him to bugger off, it was not a transferrable spot.

Posted on: Yesterday 14:15
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Re: Massive Edgewater fire
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Quote:

ka5ia wrote:
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Giovanna wrote:
One of the commenters on NJ.com said that firewalls are required between townhouse/condo units (new, wood construction), but since Avalon is an apartment building, those codes don't apply.


I'm pretty sure that a min of 1-hr rated walls are required between units and around staircases in apartment buildings.

I don't know what the code calls for in Edgewater but I do know that this applies to construction in Jersey City and Bayonne.


I think you're correct. I subsequently asked a friend who works in construction, and he said that there should be fire walls in between units but that "common areas" such as an attic would not require fire walls.

Posted on: Yesterday 14:11
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Re: Robbery at Liberty Towers
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It took me (an electronics idiot) 10 minutes to install this wifi security camera - and I have access to footage 24/7 via my Iphone. It was the easiest thing to do. I purchased this on Amazon for about $150 after we had breakins a few months ago. So far, so good. The resolution is awesome for the price.

https://www.closeli.com

Posted on: Yesterday 14:03
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Re: Grove Street development
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I am glad/relieved to see I am not the only one a bit puzzled by all the "chicken littles" proclaiming the end of the world because of the aesthetics of this building. The last time I looked at it, I thought it was OK. Not particularly breathtaking, nor horrifying. It is, perhaps, a bit plain/flat looking. My only qualm with the building is what was reported in the news article. That is, that the builder chose to deviate from the pre-approved plans without having to go through the Planning Board and/or Historic Commission, only getting approval from City planners. Given the sordid history of nepotism, cronyism and corruption in JC, you would think that the administration would be wise enough to avoid being seen as that.

Posted on: Yesterday 13:58
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Re: Robbery at Liberty Towers
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I don't think was targeted -- what we heard is that there have been a number of similar break-ins in Liberty Towers in the past year or so, and only those who don't lock their deadbolts. Guessing he used a credit card or something to open the bottom lock. This is why I recommend everyone keep their doors locked, latched, and dead bolted!

Posted on: Yesterday 13:54
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Re: Robbery at Liberty Towers
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Spoke with the doorman and he said that he didn't see anything suspicious. We're checking with the leasing office on camera footage but we're guessing the burglar had knowledge of the building and knew how to evade surveillance. Plus it was a cold night so he was probably bundled up.

On the car, we think he took the keys from my work bag and went to each level of the garage to find the car by using the key fob. Interestingly enough, he left the car keys splayed out on the drivers seat because maybe he was afraid of tracking.

It's just crazy given that we thought a high-rise would be a very safe place to live, but this guy apparently had guts and knowledge to escape detection.

Posted on: Yesterday 13:52
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Re: Ahris Kitchen: Korean food in downtown Jersey City
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Quote:

dtjcview wrote:
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bodhipooh wrote:
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hero69 wrote:
mybe there should be some type of self-funding mecanism in place so that the buildingds department can hire more inspectors as needed. maybe pay $5,000 and get more expedited service.

i wonder if the buildings process is better/worse, faster/slower in nyc and hoboken compared to jc?


WTF are you talking about!? This is not an issue of a shortage of inspectors. The issue is about corruption and/or willful dereliction of duty. And, there is already a process in place to get expedited service! It's called brown envelope stuffed with cash. I hear it works wonders.


I had a JC building inspector flash his city badge at me - to ask me to move my car while I was standing beside a fire hydrant - so he could park there...being above the rules is a perk of their job.



Wow... this is the very definition of chutzpah!

Posted on: Yesterday 13:51
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Re: Robbery at Liberty Towers
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This sounds SO WEIRD. A thief randomly targeted your apartment AND your car? A car that, by your own admission, was located in a separate garage. Taken together, it would seem you were the target of this theft and break-in. Are you aware of any enemies or person(s) that may have a beef with you??

Posted on: Yesterday 13:50
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Re: Schools in the Heights
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South Orange and Maplewood don't have good schools, let alone great schools.

Posted on: Yesterday 13:24
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Re: Council votes to approve measures naming Jersey City's 100 Steps, mandating repaving of city streets
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JCMan8 wrote:
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We know who we are in Jersey City and are not afraid to admit it. It's not like it's that different in other places, but we flat out own it.
...


I'd love to see all public urinals in the City dedicated to Steve Lipski. That would be owning it.

Posted on: Yesterday 13:16
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