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Re: Developers break ground for new Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Downtown Jersey City (18 Park)
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I believe the existing building need a huge investment to repair its roof, as well as upgrade a good deal of its facilities. The new development deal gives the club the upgraded facilities without bankrupting the organization.


Okay, but that is just upgrades and maintenance that the current owner does not want to pay for, it is not "blighted."

The B&GC is certainly making a great move here--without a good tenant, they certainly can't pay for maintenance on an older structure, so it is fortuitous that the developers have been so kind to put this deal together for them. Doesn't hurt that this would then free up the Canal Street "eyesore" to be demolished so that another high-density residence structure can be constructed.

Posted on: 2012/6/29 11:20
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Re: Developers break ground for new Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Downtown Jersey City (18 Park)
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FYI - we had a theatre downtown - where the Majestic Condos and restaurant now stand. The owner, the owner of the wooden house next to Ibby's, or that was the rumor, let it fall into such disrepair so that he was allowed to tear it down. I think Palace drugs was a theatre too.

Posted on: 2012/6/29 10:42
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Re: To JC Bikers Who Ride on Sidewalks...
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Here's an idea.

Let's all share the roads and sidewalks and be nice to one another

Posted on: 2012/6/29 10:40
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Re: Edward's Steakhouse for sale?
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I went there once, was not impressed with the steak at all. Maybe someone will make it a viable place.


Join me in telepathically projecting the words “dry aged prime” into the minds of prospective buyers. I certainly enjoy going to Edward’s, the bar is gorgeous and the staff is the best in downtown JC, but wet-aged choice is the soft-core porn of steak. While you’re at it, project something about being open for lunch on weekends, having a proper steakhouse burger on the menu... and not to mess with the icebox cake.


Will do, but I am not sure that the new owner will set up a steakhouse there. There is a need for one in JC, though, so I am hopeful. Dry-aging is key, as well as efficient searing of the meat. Mmmm, a melt-in-your-mouth filet, cooked rare. Now I'm hungry.

Posted on: 2012/6/29 10:30
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Re: Surf City Restaurant & Megabar
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I never went here when it was the Sandbar -- wasn't my kind of place -- but I heard plenty speak out loud last night of how Surf City is exactly like its former self.

With that said, how has this place not been sued into oblivion? The entire blue area is a continuous run of uneven pavement. The decking by the sand and the bathrooms is poorly lit and comes to unexpected ends, curves and dips. The lighting that does exist is mood-lighting and that only messes with your eyes. One drink in and I had a hard time navigating in the dark in the back without rolling my ankle.

The space immediately outside the building, with the 1/4-circle curved benches, is at least even and well lit. The perimeter is a little ... rough around the edges. Hopefully they'll continue to improve it in the next few weeks.

It is still a fun place. Definitely has that Zeppelin Hall vibe, same glasses, same food setup and many of the workers are familiar. The music is a mix of 104.3 summer rock songs and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I walked along the Hudson River Walkway afterwards and there was crowd noise immediately across the marina but no loud bass-heavy music. The neighbors should be satisfied.

Posted on: 2012/6/29 10:04
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Re: Developers break ground for new Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Downtown Jersey City (18 Park)
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I would gladly ship any one of a dozen cookie-cutter high rises uptown in exchange for having the Loews downtown. Any day of the week. You can have the Trump building AND that hideous Soviet-era monstrosity, Grove Pointe, in exchange for the Loews.

As for the Boys and Girls Club building being a blighted structure? Are you serious?

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Four years ago it didn't make your list, Ian:

http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=156358

It may not be as nice as the renovated The Rocket on Newark, but it is a functioning building that for many years housed a popular school (until they had to expand). Blighted? Hardly.

Now it will be torn down, and in its place will be Gulls Cove II: The Reckoning. Will anyone be happier?


I believe the existing building need a huge investment to repair its roof, as well as upgrade a good deal of its facilities. The new development deal gives the club the upgraded facilities without bankrupting the organization.

Posted on: 2012/6/29 9:42
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Re: Developers break ground for new Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Downtown Jersey City (18 Park)
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Posted on: 2012/6/29 9:37
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Re: Developers break ground for new Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Downtown Jersey City (18 Park)
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I think they should find a way to put a park over the PATH tracks - west of Kennedy, near CH Martin. I think that would do wonders for the area and even perhaps bolster demand to live in the area.

It would also be great if they could get a liight rail extended to JSQ and then onward to Newark Airport. Nothing wrong with dreaming, is there?

Posted on: 2012/6/29 9:36
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Re: Edward's Steakhouse for sale?
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I went there once, was not impressed with the steak at all. Maybe someone will make it a viable place.


Join me in telepathically projecting the words “dry aged prime” into the minds of prospective buyers. I certainly enjoy going to Edward’s, the bar is gorgeous and the staff is the best in downtown JC, but wet-aged choice is the soft-core porn of steak. While you’re at it, project something about being open for lunch on weekends, having a proper steakhouse burger on the menu... and not to mess with the icebox cake.

Posted on: 2012/6/29 9:07
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Re: Taqueria
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I am sure most people don't want to hear this....but there definitely appears to be truth to both sides of this on going debate.

The owner does seem a bit of jerk....so i wouldn't be surprised some(not all) of his staff are the same way. Thus people have complaints.

On the other hand, this place is popular and loved by many...which means they do a great deal right. So for the people with the complaints...example lady who was charged an extra 2 bucks...you should have brought your concern to the restaurant first and see how they would have handled it first.

And for the record. I have been to Taqueria once. My experience was okay.....but i definitely sensed a great deal of attitude.

Pass the popcorn....because this thread i sense will go on an on my friend........

Posted on: 2012/6/29 8:18
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Re: 4th of July fireworks
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I would not want to go to Hoboken for the fireworks.....that city especially the waterfront is literally falling into the bay. Our very own Venice.

Posted on: 2012/6/29 8:09
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Re: Edward's Steakhouse for sale?
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2.8 mil, that's pretty rich. Great location, though. I went there once, was not impressed with the steak at all. Maybe someone will make it a viable place.


Been there a few times over the last 3 years. Steaks have always been pretty good. It's not Strip House, and it's a little overpriced, but I have always enjoyed dinners there.

Posted on: 2012/6/29 8:08
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Re: Developers break ground for new Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Downtown Jersey City (18 Park)
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Instead of building towers, how about starting with a basic amenity like a park in the empty space near PATH? Journal Square lacks a decent sized park.

Posted on: 2012/6/29 5:30
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Re: Developers break ground for new Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Downtown Jersey City (18 Park)
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Ground broken for new Boys & Girls Clubs home in Jersey City residential-retail highrise development

June 28, 2012, 2:38 PM
By Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal

Developers broke ground yesterday on a new home for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County that is slated to open in the fall of 2014.

After 30 years at its current facility in an adapted warehouse, the new custom quarters are part of a new 11-story, residential and retail development, with 422 rental apartments, to be called 18 Park in Jersey City.

The development is in the 80-acre Liberty Harbor Redevelopment District, an undeveloped site next to the Marin Boulevard Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station.

Gary Greenberg, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, said the ribbon cutting in 15 months will be a “jaw dropping” experience for the children, who attended yesterday’s ceremony.

“This is not an institutional type of setting. The Boys and Girls Club is probably one of the most beautiful Boys and Girls Clubs in the country,” said Greenberg. “It is going to be fully integrated into the residential building, and that is the amazing thing.”

Greenberg said the new facilities will include a new gymnasium, dance studio and a preschool with classrooms that could be used by a future school.

“We have always been welcoming to development and investment, and it is the only way this city or any city or state can hope to compete and survive during these times,” said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy.

Development partners Ironstate Development Co. and Kushner Real Estate Group entered a deal with the Boys and Girls Club to buy the existing building at 1 Canal St. and are seeking site approval to build a 660-unit residential building there, said Hoboken based developer David Barry, owner of Ironstate.

Barry said the developers have also established a $5 million endowment to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.

18 Park will include 550,000 square feet of studio, one- and two-bedroom residential apartments, 10,500 square fee of ground level retail space, and 230 parking spaces.

Amenities at the development will include an outdoor swimming pool, planted garden on the roof, a recreation room and 24-hour concierge service.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... ken_for_new_boys_gir.html

Posted on: 2012/6/29 2:00
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Re: To JC Bikers Who Ride on Sidewalks...
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i see a lot of ambling people on bikes just cruising on the sidewalk around here and it's obvious it's a symptom of having zero bike infrastructure. you never see that in manhattan. joe schmoe on the beach cruiser isn't going to have any idea that you're not supposed to ride on the sidewalk because there is nothing around to indicate otherwise.

Posted on: 2012/6/28 23:24
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Re: Edward's Steakhouse for sale?
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how much is a liquor license worth?


$50,000 to $700,000. Varies from county to county

Posted on: 2012/6/28 22:43
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Re: Edward's Steakhouse for sale?
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just out of curiosity, how much is a liquor license worth?

Posted on: 2012/6/28 22:31
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Re: Edward's Steakhouse for sale?
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stillinjc wrote:
2.8 mil, that's pretty rich. Great location, though. I went there once, was not impressed with the steak at all. Maybe someone will make it a viable place.


Most of the 2.8 mil is for the value of the RE and the liquor license the restaurant isn't worth that much.

Posted on: 2012/6/28 21:18
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Re: 4th of July fireworks
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I thought I'd start the thread. Where in JC is the best spot to see them? Where are they this year? East River? Hudson? Statue of Liberty? I googled briefly, but got nowhere, hence the post.


Hoboken waterfront if there will be barges in the Hudson, JC is too far south for a good view.

Posted on: 2012/6/28 21:15
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I thought I'd start the thread. Where in JC is the best spot to see them? Where are they this year? East River? Hudson? Statue of Liberty? I googled briefly, but got nowhere, hence the post.

Posted on: 2012/6/28 21:10
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Re: Surf City Restaurant & Megabar
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I live very close and there is absolutely no noise tonight! Let's see how the weekend is.

Posted on: 2012/6/28 20:30
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Re: Edward's Steakhouse for sale?
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2.8 mil, that's pretty rich. Great location, though. I went there once, was not impressed with the steak at all. Maybe someone will make it a viable place.

Posted on: 2012/6/28 19:11
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Re: three school board members have 'conflict of interest' in upcoming superintendent vote
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That was a great discussion so far.

Posted on: 2012/6/28 18:31
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Re: Edward's Steakhouse for sale?
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NO! NO! NO!

Well, maybe we'll get that asian fusion place that everyone has been begging for...

Posted on: 2012/6/28 17:18
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Re: Great Experience with JC Business for Moving - BIN-IT
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So you finally moved Alex!

Robin.

Posted on: 2012/6/28 15:49
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Great Experience with JC Business for Moving - BIN-IT
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I JUST finished my move (thank goodness) and had a great experience with a JC Heights business - Bin-It.

In a nutshell, instead of struggling with cardboard boxes they provide environmentally friendly plastic bins that are roomy, stackable, and fit on dollies they provide for easy schlepping. You rent the bins - and when you're done, they pick them up.

I have moved a lot and this method has really saved us a ton of time. The bins are super clean, fit a ton of things, and stack, so our movers cleared out our apartment in a very short amount of time. I also used the wardrobe boxes for clothing and bedding.

The staff was friendly, helpful and on time with free delivery and pickup.

Visit them here www.Bin-It.com and mention Coach Alex to receive a free box of packing paper for your next move!

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Re: Lafayette Redevelopment
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A Community Garden Builds Itself

Not, mind you, that the rocks just up and cleared themselves out of the way, nor did lumber arrange itself into planter boxes, much less did the dirt leap into the boxes followed in close order by seeds, seedlings, shoots, and sprouts. Nothing like that. But the garden wasn’t planned by spreadsheet and Gant charts, nor was it built by highly organized teams working against the clock, on time and on budget. Fact is, if you’d been on site any Saturday—and a few weekdays here and there—from mid-April through May and into mid-June it’s not clear to me just what you’d have seen. And I was there.

It all depends on just when you showed up. You might have seen people building things, planting things, watering the plants, and painting the wall. But you might have seen some women and girls tossing rocks over a wall, or a young boy burying himself to his neck in a mound of dirt, or a middle-aged man taking photographs of a plush-toy frog lounging in the lettuce, or men women boys girls and dogs chillin’ around the barbecue listening to hip-hop and Rnb on the radio.

Not a high-energy task-oriented workforce at all. But they built the garden.

more here

http://truthandtraditionsparty.org/20 ... ity-garden-builds-itself/

Posted on: 2012/6/28 15:29
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Re: Taqueria
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If you're not in the mood to head down to Taqueria or don't feel like putting your big boy pants on, give these guys a try for a quick bite.

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Posted on: 2012/6/28 14:48
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Re: What can I put in trash for pick up?
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You can put up to 4 bulk items out for pick up. Put it out after 7pm the night before the pick-up day. The trucks pick up between 10pm and 6am.

Posted on: 2012/6/28 14:02
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Re: Developers break ground for new Boys & Girls Clubs facility in Downtown Jersey City (18 Park)
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No you wouldn't, I doubt it. For years the Brennan Coffee House that does monthly folk music gigs in the old county court house under the rotunda with it's art deco designs and Sistine Chapel like art work never gets the respected audiance it deserves and it is right up Newark Ave. on the top of the hill.
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????

1. You doubt I would prefer having the Loews closer to me? And be rid of ugly towers? Even after I said I would? Uh, okay.

B. What does the Brennan Coffee House have to do with anything I said?

iii. Pancakes.

♥. Profit?!!!

Posted on: 2012/6/28 13:57
"Someday a book will be written on how this city can be broke in the midst of all this development." ---Brewster

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