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Re: temporary hamilton park dog run?
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I am seriously tempted to just go into Hamilton Park to walk my dog at night. The new lead contamination that was found could add months to the project and I am sick of dealing with the trash, human and otherwise, in Enos Jones Pk. Dog walkers are being pushed and it's time to push back.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 20:15
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Re: temporary hamilton park dog run?
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At the last HPNA meeting, did the city architect actually say that the progress of the park is far behind schedule and not likely to make the target date of late November?

Or have you just come to the conclusion on your own that the renovation will not be complete on time, because the project seems very involved?

I actually do believe that Enos Jones was suggested as a place for a dog run, but many of the dog owners rallied against it as not appropriate for their pooches. But I could be wrong. This issue has been bantered around so much, it's too hard to keep track.

Of course if you're interested in making that happen, you may want to undertake a little research, get some of the other dog owners involved in the effort in addition to many of the neighbors and present the plan to Fulop.

Chances are random, harried phone calls in addition to posts on this site will not advance the initiative.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 19:22
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temporary hamilton park dog run?
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a few weeks ago at the hamilton park neighborhood association meeting, the city sent one of their architects to talk about the progress of the park renovation. the project involves major infrastructure installation as well as esthetic redesign, and the underground work is going slowly because of the wet weather. i can't imagine that the park will reopen this fall as originally planned.

while there are lots of alternate facilities in the neighborhood for kids--ballfields, basketball and skating sites, etc.--nobody has worked out any temporary dog run space where we can play ball or just run free with our pups. we were told at the hpna meeting that the lefrak-owned space behind the schroeder lofts, adjacent to the newport access ramp, would be designated as the temporary run, but just last week the city decided, after receiving agreements and paperwork from the lefrak people, that the site was too steep to be used safely (i.e., insured). since all the eggs were in that basket, we're left at square one--no space, and no prospect of a space. i've been in touch with councilman fulop's office about this, and they seem to be at a loss.

jones park, at the western end of 9th street, has a quiet unused corner behind the basketball court and next to one of the ballfields. it's out of all the traffic patterns and far away from houses. the only things nearby are the freight train tracks and the turnpike viaduct. enclosing the site with fencing would be very simple, since two sides are already virtually enclosed by existing fences. and there aren't any hills to worry the city's risk management agents. it also makes sense that jones should handle the overflow from hamilton park while hp is unusable.

so if this is the simplest, most logical and accessible space to use as a temporary dog run, why hasn't anyone done anything about it? is there a political issue i don't know about? is jones park under the patronage of someone who hates dogs? or is some official agency just trying to preserve this corner of the park for the private use of city employees? it's well known in the neighborhood that nid vans and police cars hang out there for long periods of time, and often the agents and officers are spotted sleeping in their vehicles. would a dog run throw too much of a spotlight on all this?

a great portion of jones park is dedicated to locked ballfields and therefore off limits to the general public. the fields are very well maintained and watered regularly. they are used a few hours each day by a limited group of people. my taxpayer dollars support this, and frankly i haven't had any objections to funding what amounts to a quasi-public activity so long as it seems to promote the interests of the greater community. but the park exists to serve more than just ballplayers.

hamilton park's completion date is pretty nebulous, and my guess is that we won't see the inside of the park until next spring. as the project drags on it becomes increasingly crucial that the city accommodate us dog owners with alternate facilities. we are already several months into the renovation. why is this issue still up in the air?

Posted on: 2009/7/6 17:59
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Re: Easy Riders JC Bicycle Tours and Rentals
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Hey everyone. I rented bicycles from EZ Riders JC and loved every minute of it. Seriously though, it was super easy. Made reservations and paid with a credit card online. We walked over to pick up the bikes, and they were waiting outside for us with the helmets and bike lock. Location is perfect too, because it's a short ride to Liberty State Park over a footbridge, and biking there is fantastic, with beautiful views and lots of land to explore. Check 'em out. It's definitely worth it.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 17:30
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Re: Anyone ride MTB's?
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i always wanted to check out diablo (vids are sick)... i would be down to check it out, let me know if you get some other heads in on it...

Posted on: 2009/7/6 17:25
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Re: Grant to restore Loew's balcony
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Well, I for one would be willing to pay more or even make a donation so that they can install/replace the air conditioner.

I definitely not into old B&W movies, some people are and that's good for them. I'm sure foreign movies would appeal to different ethnic groups - why not a Filipino, Carribbean, Mexican, Brazilian, Indian/pakistani, and Arab film fests at different times. Why not show Aliens or Raiders of the Lost Ark every two years or so? or Superman?

Posted on: 2009/7/6 16:40
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Re: Opening at The Regent at Liberty Harbor
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That's the problem...the Regent is a great deal. We considered getting out of our lease, but for what we were looking for (luxe building, good area) this is the best bet for the $$. Hold tight. They will move you in soon, I'm sure. What floor are you supposed to be on?

Posted on: 2009/7/6 16:38
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Re: Opening at The Regent at Liberty Harbor
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Based upon the language of the rental lease I'm sure we could but we have to move, and even if there are hiccups with the Regent its still a good deal at the price its at. All of the other newer apartment complexes in downtown JC are more expensive. Also, we are in temp housing that was provided by PM and they are moving us into the Regent. Anyone know of a better deal than the Regent?

Posted on: 2009/7/6 16:33
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Re: Opening at The Regent at Liberty Harbor
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Yeah, I'm not holding my breath. We are supposed to move in this Thursday and I still haven't heard back about the addendum to our lease (we were supposed to move in back on June 1st......HA!). I went by on Thursday night and had the concierge run me up to take a peek in the apartment and the washer/dryer had not been installed yet. Oh, this is shaping up to be a fun summer/fall.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 16:25
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Re: Opening at The Regent at Liberty Harbor
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Quote:
I really hope this starts to turn around...


Don't hold your breath.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 16:20
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Re: Medical / Dental insurance
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I am an independent contractor and have found reasonably affordable Medical and Dental through Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Like $195 to $325 and basic dental for $60 a year. For women it is on the higher side of that range but I thought it was much better than Cobra. Hope this helps.

http://www.horizon-bcbsnj.com/members ... rates.html?WT.svl=leftnav

Posted on: 2009/7/6 16:04
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health insurance broker
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Can anyone recommend a health insurance broker in Jersey City?

Posted on: 2009/7/6 15:37
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Re: Cop, dog struck in dump truck crash Downtown at intersection of Marin Boulevard and 12th Street
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Probablly going to Pa to dump its load.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 15:34
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Re: Opening at The Regent at Liberty Harbor
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I moved into the Regent last Wed (7/1). I'm fine with the construction related issues, like the person above me said, you HAD to know it would be the case going in.

However, I'm getting increasingly unhappy with the overall management and response time. It was noted in my pre-move walkthrough that the hot water heater in my apt was NOT working. Neither was the washer/dryer. Niether are fixed yet.

It's now Monday 7/6. The ONLY time management has contacted me was to schedule my blinds to be installed on Friday. Which still hasn't been done. Otherwise I've had to call them for ANY communication. Despite the fact I've been told by various people on the phone many times that they would definitely call me back, I have yet to get a single call back.

Today I've been told twice that they would get back in touch with me, and have heard nothing. I also left a message for the person in charge of parking, and still haven't heard back.

I really hope this starts to turn around...

Posted on: 2009/7/6 15:24
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Re: Pools and sprinkler parks
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Last summer in Pavonia Newport outside of Morton Williams they had a cute sprinkler area where the Newport Skating Rink is set up during the winter.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 15:05
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Re: Opening at The Regent at Liberty Harbor
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OK, I have to put in my two cents. My husband and I moved in last Thursday. Has the situation been ideal? No. However, everyone we have worked with has been nothing but professional, helpful and has responded with a sense of urgency to any issue we have had in the unit. Is it noisy during the day, when they are doing construction? Of course. However, anyone who moved into the Regent HAD to know that construction would be ongoing.

I will agree that the street noise from the crowds leaving Zeppelin Hall have been a pain in the ass. However, it was a holiday weekend and drunken fools will be just that: drunken fools. If it gets bad, call the cops. Or better yet, email PM or the owner of Zeppelin Hall and ask them to station a bouncer or someone outside the front of our building to keep the noise down. There's always a solution. Complaining will only get you as far as these wall posts. Action usually causes a reaction.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 14:51
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Re: PPG and Chromium in Jersey City - Garfield Avenue
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The taping of PPG settlement will air tonight on Channel 51, 10:30 PM and Tuesdays @ 9:00 PM. For those without Comcast, you can see the video www.speaknj.com
Yvonne


Posted on: 2009/7/6 14:47
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Re: Grant to restore Loew's balcony
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I doubt they could show a first-run movie ... they would have to pay much, much more to rent the print, they would have to turn over a high percentage of each ticket sale to the movie company, and .... many movie companies have exclusive contracts with theater chains anyway. Plus, I don't know the specifics on it, but they may not have the right projector equipment to show new releases?

I'm sure they are doing their best with their extremely limited financial resources and their all-volunteer staff. They also do good work in expanding on their programming by sometimes including guest speakers and displaying memorabilia.

Even including 'art/foreign/second-run' films, (and I have no argument with them doing so, sounds good to me) they'll never make enough money doing that to completely refurbish the theater - the money has to come from government grants/corporate donations. The place needs a LOT of money. I'm very happy to support the place and like going there but then again I do have more of an interest in classic films than my friends might. Classic films in a classic movie theater ...

And I do think they try to branch out more with their 'live-performance' shows (whatever it may be).

And yes, the lack of AC makes it a short season for them.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 14:44
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Re: Grant to restore Loew's balcony
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Quote:

hero69 wrote:
Old/classic movies are nice and I've seen many there, but I see no reason why they can't artsy/foreign/first or 2nd run movies. I just think they need to think outside the box.


I saw "Spirited Away" at Loew's not too long ago -- foreign (Japanese), not particularly old (2001), and fairly artsy (according to my pedestrian standards). I don't think they're too boxed in. Make a recommendation!

Posted on: 2009/7/6 14:18
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Re: Pools and sprinkler parks
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Where do you live? The park by the White Star (Mary Benson park?) has a sprinkler play area which is nice, it lacks shade though.

Robin.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 14:11
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Re: Cop, dog struck in dump truck crash Downtown at intersection of Marin Boulevard and 12th Street
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What was a NYC sanitation truck doing in Jersey City?

Posted on: 2009/7/6 13:50
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Re: Grant to restore Loew's balcony
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Agreed - they do a fantastic job and are well aware of its potential. One of the limitations they have is no central AC, which would be extremely costly - this could be a great venue for concerts, but it's currently limited by the seasons/temperature.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 13:46
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Re: Grant to restore Loew's balcony
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I too commend the Friends of the Loews, but I think they lack the resources to make this theater reach its potential. Old/classic movies are nice and I've seen many there, but I see no reason why they can't artsy/foreign/first or 2nd run movies. I just think they need to think outside the box.

I too have noticed improvements in the theater over the years.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 13:42
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Re: Accident on 8th and Monmouth
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As was mentioned earlier, that's a brutal intersection. I'd not be so quick to jump on the guy that ran into that fence (again....at least the 3rd time that's happened in 2 years).


Don't jump on him? He went THROUGH two trees, a utility pole and then took out an entire iron fence. Waaay too fast for the side streets around here especially since you're correct about cars parking on the corners.

You go that fast on these streets and you deserve a good crack to the head before you kill someone.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 13:26
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Summer PlayReading Series at the Attic Ensemble
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The Attic Ensemble, Theater for a New Jersey City, presents our 11th annual Summer Reading Series.

The series runs Tuesday evenings in July and consists of readings of new works...come out and support theater in your own neighborhood!

This year’s schedule is as follows:
July 7: Tropical Heat
by Rich Orloff, directed by Frank Malvasi

Hilarity reigns as a conflicted reverend, along with every other male on their tropical island, falls under the spell of an alluring temptress.

July 14: TO BE ANNOUNCED

July 21: Nighthawks
by Evan Guilford-Blake, directed by Matteo Masiello

The four denizens of Edward Hopper's famous diner come to life over the course of two nights in two eras.

July 28: Smoke Damage
by Dan Gordon directed by Ginger Kipps

A wedding planner and her patient husband are faced with the prospect of taking in her eccentric mother, who has burned her own house down.

All performances are at 7:30 pm.

Performances are held at the Attic Ensemble Theater located in the historic Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City. Admission to the readings is free, with a suggested donation of $5.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. For further information or directions call (201) 413-9200 or visit the website at www.atticensemble.org. The Barrow Mansion is handicapped accessible and barrier free.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 13:12
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Pools and sprinkler parks
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I have a 18 month old and I am looking for fun water activities close to home. Has anyone ever used the JC pools or sprinkler parks? Any recommendations or warnings?

Posted on: 2009/7/6 12:50
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Building at Newark/Bay/Erie
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Anyone know the story behind the building that sits in the triangle formed by Newark Ave, Bay and Erie Streets - sits at the end of Barrow St? It's a gorgeous building, but it seems to be grossly underutilized. Except for the first floor dentist office and small retail store on the corner, there doesn't seem to be much going on there - maybe I'm wrong. Hard to tell from the street. The Bay Street side looks like an abandoned building.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 12:46
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Re: Grant to restore Loew's balcony
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+1 Showtime.

I've been going to shows at the Loews for 3 or 4 years, and it looks noticeably better almost every time I go. I'm pretty sure the folks running the place definitely understand the potential of the venue, unless by "potential" you mean playing current first-run movies. The programming is diverse and draws visitors from Manhattan who want to see real film projected on a legitimately big screen. I've noticed bigger and bigger lines (literally extending back through that alley and onto Magnolia) and more crowded houses, especially this year with the regular inclusion of the organ.

Congratulations to the Friends of the Loews on the grant.

Posted on: 2009/7/6 12:43
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Re: Donating A Car In Jersey City
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I heard the IRS was cracking down on this scam. Be careful before you take that big deduction for a junker!

Posted on: 2009/7/6 12:42
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Re: Bike Shop on Grove St?
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My wife bought a bike over the weekend from Grove St. Great guys, very knowledgeable and no hard sell. They seem to be moving through inventory pretty quickly. Great to see them doing well!

Posted on: 2009/7/6 12:40
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