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Re: The Stockinette Knitting Cafe
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What really bothers me about this place is that I always want to get a coffee before work and the girl never has the store open by 9:00 AM. Honestly, if I ran a cafe I would be sure it was open at 7 or 8am to maximize business. Seriously though, how hard is it to have a pot of coffee on at 9AM?

But yes, I agree with everyone else, aside from late openings the place is great!

Posted on: 2009/9/29 22:08
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Re: Jersey City Art Map | Agitators Collective brings the pain
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Agitators Collective is participating in the 4th Street Art and Music Festival. Agitators Collective is Triple A, Sweet Tooth, N. McNight.

More info here:
http://agitatorscollective.blogspot.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/agitator_aaa/

Posted on: 2009/9/29 22:07
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Re: Downtown Jersey City has so many new skyscrapers since 2001
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Blumpkin wrote:
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ianmac47 wrote:
Maybe that's because most of the "small cities" you talk about would fit well within the geography of the downtown.


it's because you can't recreate the hub of a city. JSQ is the hub of jc the real 'downtown' in every sense. downtown jc is a literal name because it is cut off by the hills.. there was never anything 'downtown' about it. it was just another neighborhood.
the #OOPS# are you talking about

Posted on: 2009/9/29 22:04
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Re: "JC Official 3" up for re-appointment as city director
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Czaplicki former Jersey City Chief of Staff and current HEDC Director uses official influence to get housing approvals for private home. Cashed in a whopping $785,000. See link.

http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?p=7156678

In 2007, Jersey Journal reports that Czaplicki approved the use of Jersey City taxpayer funds to pay the Urban Times News for the tax list it photocopied from the Jersey Journal and ran on own. The Urban Times News publisher was Bobby Jackson, since deceased. The new publisher is federal defendant Joe Cardwell, Jackson's business partner.

http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewt ... =&topic_id=10755&forum=11

In 2005, Czaplicki, while serving as Chief of Staff to Healy short changes Jersey City and its taxpayer a cool $1 million. Using his position on the Passaic Valley Sewerage Committion, he voted to divert $1 million of Jersey City's water to North Bergen to help his political godfather, Mayor Nick Sacco.

http://newarkspeaks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=107338

In 2008, one blogger Thurman Hart's take on Czaplicki to head HEDC --UNQUALIFIED

http://theridgewoodblog.blogspot.com/ ... rth-jersey-political.html

Posted on: 2009/9/29 21:43
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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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I've only lived here a little over a decade, but my mother is 2nd generation born and raised in JC and I can't wait to show her this thread! She loves to have me drive her around to some of her old "haunts" when she visits us. she's mentioned a "glowing mound" at the bottom of carteret ave, near one of the places she lived,. I told her it was a super fund sight and that it explains alot about her!

Posted on: 2009/9/29 21:41
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Re: "JC Official 3" up for re-appointment as city director
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NorthBergen wrote:Also, another interesting tid-bid. Carl Czaplicki employs Joe Cardwell's wife, Debra Cardwell and today with the announcement of the layoffs and about to fire others....Brian O'reilly goes ahead and a hires the 20 year old daughter of a city employee Sabrina Harrold at 35,000 a year to work in his office when the city is under a hiring freeze.

Things that make you go hmmmmm....


Not to mention that the City continues to employ Bobby Jackson's son Martin in a no show job and tolerates Kabili (the car thief) Tayari as Deputy Mayor.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 21:34
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Re: Downtown Jersey City has so many new skyscrapers since 2001
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why do you think jsq is the real downtown hub? there is nothing there but the path station and a bunch small stores....makes no sense.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 21:23
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Re: "JC Official 3" up for re-appointment as city director
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This is the only state in the union that allows for this "BS" to go on, anywhere else, they would put you in jail and throw away the key!

Posted on: 2009/9/29 21:19
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Re: "JC Official 3" up for re-appointment as city director
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Here's an interesting service provided by the Asbury Park Press. It is a way for regular citizens to look up public employees.

Look up the Czaplicki family.

Here's what you'll find:

Carl Czaplicki has 3 taxpayer funded jobs - HEDC Director $112,000, Hudson County Vo Tech $4,000 and the Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority $10,000. Here's a novel idea....Go on a treasure hunt, see if you can find him AT any of these jobs.

When he got the Republican appointment at Passaic Valley, he used that to get some more tax dollars for the Czaplicki family. For example, his wife Vanessa Dominguez-Czaplicki makes $61,184 and his brother John Czaplicki racks up a nice $83,228.

That's a total of $270,412 of taxpayer funded jobs for one family & these are just the jobs we know about. This, of course, does not take into account the cost to taxpayers for Carl Czaplicki's City Car, Gasoline for that car, City Cell phones, taxpayer funded jaunts to Passaic Valley Sewerage "Conventions" and Hudson County Vo Tech "Student Trips" on taxpayer time. Don't take my word for it, check out the Asbury Park Press public salaries link below.

http://php.app.com/NJpublicemployees/search.php

Czaplicki greed does not end there. When Nidia Lopez was cited by the courts about her tax and residency issues, Carl Czaplicki had another bright idea. If Nidia is forced to step down, we'll run my wife, Vanessa Dominguez-Czaplicki. Because, the five taxpayer funded jobs we have are not enough. We would like one more. Thank you very much. Vanessa's name was reported as a possible replacement not long ago in the Hudson Reporter.

Also, another interesting tid-bid. Carl Czaplicki employs Joe Cardwell's wife, Debra Cardwell and today with the announcement of the layoffs and about to fire others....Brian O'reilly goes ahead and a hires the 20 year old daughter of a city employee Sabrina Harrold at 35,000 a year to work in his office when the city is under a hiring freeze.

Things that make you go hmmmmm....

Posted on: 2009/9/29 21:14
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Re: Downtown Jersey City has so many new skyscrapers since 2001
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ianmac47 wrote:
Maybe that's because most of the "small cities" you talk about would fit well within the geography of the downtown.


it's because you can't recreate the hub of a city. JSQ is the hub of jc the real 'downtown' in every sense. downtown jc is a literal name because it is cut off by the hills.. there was never anything 'downtown' about it. it was just another neighborhood.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 21:12
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Re: NBC pilot being filmed in Hamilton PArk area
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More dumbed down drivel in MY OPINION.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 20:39
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Re: Downtown Jersey City has so many new skyscrapers since 2001
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Amenities please.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 20:38
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Re: Downtown Jersey City has so many new skyscrapers since 2001
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Blumpkin wrote:
ehhh it's such a lame looking residential skyline though. it lacks that metro area feel of other east coast small cities. JSQ has that potential..


Maybe that's because most of the "small cities" you talk about would fit well within the geography of the downtown.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 19:47
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Re: Downtown Jersey City has so many new skyscrapers since 2001
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It's more a stage set facade that's a block or two deep.

That's hardly a "city".

JC has no destinations. There is no 'there' here.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 19:12
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Re: Newark Avenue StreetScape
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Fair, but not great amount of trees from Coles to Barrow.

No trees from Barrow to Grove. Too bad.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 19:09
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Re: Downtown Jersey City has so many new skyscrapers since 2001
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ehhh it's such a lame looking residential skyline though. it lacks that metro area feel of other east coast small cities. JSQ has that potential..

Posted on: 2009/9/29 18:58
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Re: Jersey City Art Map
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Hiroshi should be over towards the Academic/Pop side, not street art.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 18:51
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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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A virtual tour of the Hudson Mall, BEFORE the building was "renovated" into it's current configuration:

Upon walking into the main entrance, I remember a hair cutting place on the left - "Foxy Locks" was the name, I believe. Actually, wait - I'm wrong - originally, it was, and get your "Holy Cow I Forgot All About That Place" button ready - Donut King! LOL HAHAHA!! With the giant donuts painted on the walls! LOL Next to that was the snack bar. I think it was just called "The Snack Bar," appropriately enough. LOL It might have been Pepino's. Maybe that name came later on, not sure. I think Indian Village has always been on the right side, as far as I can remember, but the configuration was different. They extended the entrance hallway during the "renovation" to fit some extra store fronts in there. Anyhow, there was also a Zales jeweler in the mall, as well.

Upon getting to the main corridor, I remember straight in front of you was a jeans store. LOL - I think it was actually called "The Jean Store." See, things were much simpler back then! The cool thing about that place was that they did iron-on T-shirts. They were like the only place around that did them back in the 70's, when that was like "hot, new technology." LOL I had a KISS (rock band) T-shirt printed there, but you could get anything, from the General Lee to the hot pin-up model of the day. They did lettering, as well.

Off to the right was the pretzel kiosk out in the middle of the floor, where they sold the soft, doughy, slated pretzels. Oddly enough, it was named, "Mr. Pretzel!" LOL I think the "Cookie Box" came some years later.

Do you remember that they had those large plastic boxes with trees planted in them?

Down the corridor to the left, there was the leather kiosk where they'd punch holes in your belt, put studs on stuff, or burn some designs into various leather goods. Down that side was the previously mentioned steak house, the Rodeo, and also a butcher shop. Was it "Fabulous Meat City," or am I crossing the name up with the place on City Line? The movie theatre was down there, too, back when it was called "Hudson Plaza Cinema" and they only had 2 screens. I saw the original Star Wars there as well as Jaws.

Opposite those store fronts was, and get this one - "DelFino's Sports World." There's a blast from the past! Of course, the JC staple, Wow Records (before turning into Wow Music some years later). There was also a plant store in that area. Nothing but live plants and shrubs.

Do you remember fishing in the Hudson Mall? They'd set up a giant swimming pool and fill it with trout and you'd pay a quarter to get a fishing rod baited with a single niblet of corn. I never saw anyone ever catch a fish. EVER. HAHAHA!!

They also used to have Halloween costume contests every year. Those were fun.

At one time they had the original Bat Mobile (from the TV show) on display and the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show.

There have got to be tons more things from the Hudson Mall to recall... It actually used to be a really cool mall.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 18:44
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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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How about Texas Weiners on Central Ave.....at night after they closed you could look in the window and see the cat sleeping on top of the grill where they cooked the hot dogs.
Also, Rags to Riches, hip clothier on top of the State theater, Sohls ice cream parlor on Central Ave. St Paul of the Cross dances. Hanging out at the st. Joes and St Paul's "courts". Liss luncheonette, Charles Men's Shop for bellbottoms, Wilray's on Grove for bellbottoms, The Magic Id Head Shop on Newark Ave. Humble Pie, Janis Joplin and Rod Stewart at The Stanley. John Mayall at the Loews.
World World III with Frankie Freak guitarist extrodinare.
Modern House of Records on Jackson Ave. for all the new R&B and Motown hits. Riding the PATH train to hang out on 8th St. in the village by Electric Ladyland. Haircuts at Paul MacGregor.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 18:42
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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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linky wrote:

Holy Crap! Who are you! My husband thinks my family makes some of this stuff like the knife guy up. God, it would be great if he were still around, my knives are so dull..

You must be a West Side person or Greenville. Gino's was fabulous too, but my all time favorite Italian sandwich was a Dom's special from Dom's Dairy on Westside near teh Park Tavern - stinky cheeses in the window an all.

And I used to take the number 9 everywhere. By the eighties my sisters and I were calling it the rabble cart though............lol. Does anyone remember the Montgomery and Westside bus?

And I actually worked in that building by NJCU when it was, at one point, Martini Cleaners. Then it was MACs video - run by that guy named Mousy.

Thank you so much for those memories. I'm in JC memory mode so I just remembered the gypsy family who lived on Westside. They had a son with backwards feet, and his socks were always dragging behind him...Insane. If anyone remembers him and a kid named Gumpy Stanowski, I'll buy you dinner.


Greenville, close to West Side, 100%. Born, bred and raised. Still haven't escaped yet.

EVERYONE around here had a membership at Mac's Video (except me)! That was THE video store to belong to. All my friends used to go there.

Has the Montgomery/West Side bus gone under? It's been 20+ years since riding a bus for me. Do you remember when they went from the old, 60's style busses, with the oval windows and the whole thing, to the new (for that time) big, boxy white busses, with the giant red MW painted on the front? I never saw a kid with backward facing feet, though. Sorry on that one. I'm not sure if it might be the Gumpy person that you referred to, but I do remember a dude who used to come around once in a while who was a bit "off," maybe. Rumor had it that he knocked out his own teeth with a hammer. He was always dressed a little on the shabby side, and he wore a bandana on his head way before anyone else that I remember. His skin had a slight olive tone to it, he had blonde wispy hair, and (obviously) no teeth. Does this description remotely match the person you're referring to?

Posted on: 2009/9/29 18:15
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Re: Jersey City Art Map
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Posted on: 2009/9/29 18:12
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Re: Downtown Jersey City has so many new skyscrapers since 2001
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biggest skyline in the state for some time now.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 18:09
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Re: Jersey City Art Map
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I'm really curious who this is... but as long as we are talking about notable Jersey City artists.. I would include:

Dana Gannon
http://danagannon.com/

Orlando Reyes
http://www.orlandoreyesart.com/

Doze Green
http://www.dozegreen.com/

Brenda Buck

Norm Francoeur

Maurizio Zuluaga

John Fathom

are a few..

Posted on: 2009/9/29 18:09
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Re: Newark Avenue StreetScape
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I am just happy to see trees. YEAH.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 17:56
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Re: Downtown Jersey City has so many new skyscrapers since 2001
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And the World Trade Center is still a hole. Sad. 12 Skyscrapers ( because the Monaco says 2010 ) and nothing downtown NYC

Posted on: 2009/9/29 17:55
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Update
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Well, I for one, did participate in the process to renovate the park. I answered the surveys, voted on the choice of designs, and attended some of the major meetings. While I did feel that many of my concerns were not addressed, I went along with the majority decisions. When you live in a city you have to compromise. Besides which, there really wasn’t much of a choice and as long as the park remained essentially the same, I had no problems with any of the plans. I do recall with amusement some neighbors asking what the difference was between two out of the three final designs that were presented at one of the major meetings. (One had a putting hole, the other didn’t.)

I was therefore surprised at the huge 8 foot trenches and 4 foot diameter pipes that were laid into the ground. I never saw this work on any of the plans presented to the public. I also never saw the inclusion of at least one pumping station in any of the publicly presented plans or learned the real reason for these pipes. Too late now.

I agree that some pruning was necessary. But didn’t we have a company severely prune the trees little more than a year ago? At that time I was told the pruning was needed because the lower limbs blocked police views of the interior of the park. My friend who is a forester shook his head in disbelief at what was done to our trees. Country trees are pruned to strengthen the tree not to remove view or powerline obstructions His observations questioned the impact of the trenches on the root systems of some of the “old timers.” He also questioned the need to both disturb old root systems and severely prune limbs in the same time period. The pruning could have been done in early spring. I hope the trees survive.

Anything is nicer than macadam. I simply mentioned the potential hazard. Water pools on the glazed concrete long after the water has evaporated everywhere else. The same will be true of ice patches.

Point of issue: without the some sort of center section around the gazebo, after the first time a group has an event in the gazebo, all the grass near the gazebo will be trampled into dirt patches. That’s why that section was put there in the 70s. One of the issues I raised long, long ago.

Regardless, it is what it is and the park will survive in spite of us. Of that, I have no doubt. Again, my fingers are crossed and my hopes are high.

And just for for entertainment purposes, there will be a whole host of maintenance issues to discuss long after the renovation work is completed to keep JC List buzzing.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 17:43
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Re: Red paint on curbs
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My other question is 50 feet in what direction? 50 feet from the direction that has the sign, 50 feet on the right of way side, or just 50 feet all around and thus eliminating 16 parking spaces?

I think Bayonne began enforcing this 50' law last spring. I hope JC doesn't see this as a wonderful way to make some extra cash.

And just what is a safety zone for pedestrians? Do they mean the crosswalk?

I think th NJ law needs to be re-written. 50' might have been fine when there were few cars around, but parking is a premium now.

And I'm amazed that the law in NJ states that you can't park more than 6 inches from the curb - isn't itlike 12 or 15 inches in NYC? I wish that would be enforced because those people that park more than a foot from the curb sure make parking difficult some nights.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 17:06
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Re: Red paint on curbs
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What exactly does "Within 25 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, or side line of a street or intersection highway, except at alleys" mean?

Posted on: 2009/9/29 17:05
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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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The Flying "A" gas station on Henderson Street, (where Rascals was), with the gas pumps at the curb on Henderson Street, you just pulled up and they would "filler up", for about 20 cents per gallon.

Posted on: 2009/9/29 15:56
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Re: Red paint on curbs
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Thanks for the details. As a point of reference, 50' is two standard lots in most of JC. Nobody parks 2 houses in from the corner! Can you imagine how many fewer spaces there would be?

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JC_DowntownRegular wrote:
From the NJ MVC Handbook:


Do Not Park (N.J.S.A. 39:4-138)
Unless directed to do so by a police officer or to avoid an accident, a motorist should never stop or park at any of the following places:

* On a crosswalk
* Between a safety zone for pedestrians and the adjacent curb or within 20 feet of the end of the safety zone
* Near properly marked street construction
* In a space on public or private property marked for vehicle parking for the handicapped (unless legally authorized)
* On an interstate highway
* On a sidewalk
* In a bus stop zone
* In front of a public or private driveway
* Within an intersection
* Within 10 feet of a fire hydrant
* Within 25 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, or side line of a street or intersection highway, except at alleys
* Within 50 feet of a railroad crossing
* Within 50 feet of a stop sign
* Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and within 75 feet on the street opposite a fire station entrance
* On any bridge or elevated roadway or in any tunnel
* Next to another vehicle parked at the curb (double parking)
* In an area where parking is prohibited by municipal ordinance



Does anyone not park within 50 feet of a stop sign??

Posted on: 2009/9/29 15:45
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