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Re: Heights: Woman found dead in Tonnelle Ave. hotel room
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Boy, either the JCPD or the Jersey Journal (or both) are not at the top of their games. The JJ reported that the JCPD said the family had not been notified - yet we know that Tammy (a family member) knew who the victim was. Are the police always the last to know?

Posted on: 2009/3/30 16:45
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Re: All Points West 2009 Festival linuep - Guess the lineup & WIN TICKETS!
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Depends on what you mean by "center of the park". It's exactly one mile to Audrey Zapp and Phillip St from the Grove St. Path (check Gmap pedometer) and 8/10 to the shelter with the public restrooms (which is probably still not "the center") If it's not 25 to 30 mintues, it's damned close. Plus, you ever walk over the Jersey Ave. extension bridge in the middle of summer? There aren't many smells that rival that one for pure evil.

You keep talking about the fact that people have to get to the ferry on the Manhattan side - how many people do you think live within walking distance of the PATH? 5%? 10%? And if the WTC Path station is closed that weekend, the 33rd st. PATH is going to be miserably crowded.

Sure they should put up clearer information on the PATH (it's there, just buried in other sections.) Yes, it's great if local merchants get more traffic - and they will. I just don't think this is as scandalous as you are making it out to be.

Posted on: 2009/3/30 15:17
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Re: All Points West 2009 Festival linuep - Guess the lineup & WIN TICKETS!
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Crazy_Chester wrote:
They do list NJ Transit and the PATH as options. For the folks coming from Manhattan I guess their point is that if the PATH and ferry left Manhattan at the same time, the ferry would get you to the site quicker. It would take about half an hour to get to the concert grounds by foot from Grove. The ferry drops you off at the concert grounds.

Another thing to note is that the WTC/NWK/JSQ PATH line may be closed on this weekend, unless they decide to run it for the festival.

Anyway, for most JC residents access could not be easier.


Exactly - and in the "Getting There" section, they describe both the ferry and trains as "one of the fastest and easiest ways to get there."

Also - the $15/$20/$25 ferry ticket is round trip (From "Getting There"): Ferry tickets are available from Ticketmaster and all tickets are round trip. Tickets are $15 in advance through Ticketmaster, $20 the week of the show, and $25 if purchased at the ferry box office on the day of the show. Individual tickets must be purchased for each day.

So, if you want to take the ferry and buy your tickets in advance, it's a $12 difference without the 25 to 30 minute walk from Grove St each way.

Posted on: 2009/3/30 14:47
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Re: All Points West 2009 Festival linuep - Guess the lineup & WIN TICKETS!
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What a huge lineup! There are at least a dozen bands (Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Elbow, Silversun Pickups, to name some) that are every bit as good as the headliners. I went to Bumbershoot in Seattle last year and this lineup is much stronger. Transportation issues aside, this should be a great weekend for the city.

Posted on: 2009/3/30 13:53
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Re: Political Insider by Augie Torres
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Team Healy sent a fax to debate host Pat O'Melia in which it is noted that the mayor intends to participate "in a large number of debates." The key sentence is as follows: "However, the Mayor will give first priority to attending debates that are sponsored by respected, fair and unbiased organizations and that reach a broad audience."

It was "signed" by Bud Demellier, campaign manager for Healy. By the time stamp, I'm sure Bud was on his coffee break at his county post when he sent the fax, unless he took a leave of absence for the campaign.



A Fax!! Our President can't be separated from his blackberry and our mayor has just graduated from carving tablets - not to mention that his preference for old technology enables him to not have to be bothered by pesky responses...

Posted on: 2009/3/30 13:34
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Re: Downtown Jersey City major streets very unsafe and bad access for pedestrians
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Grand st. is insane. In the past two months, at least two people have been hit (one killed) and I've personally seen three accidents. Last summer I saw a guy lying in the street with blood pouring down the side of his face after he'd been knocked off his bike by a car. Cars go up on the sidewalk more often than you'd ever imagine and people have to scurry out of the way.

It's a street with a 25 mph speed limit - between Monmouth and Washington there are three schools, the Boys and Girls club and a whole lot more residents than a couple years ago. You could park a non-sleeping cop (preferably one that doesn't have a cell phone glued to the side of his head) and pull over a dozen people an hour going in excess of 50 mph. Great revenue generating opportunity.

Posted on: 2009/3/26 2:58
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Re: CITY HALL PLANS FOR CUTS AT JCPD
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It would be interesting to see how efficiently structured the police department is. If they are as administratively bloated as other parts of the city's agencies seem to be, I'd think you could slice 5% out of the budget (and probably more) through staff cuts and still be able to put more police on the streets.

Posted on: 2009/3/18 14:17
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Re: Pheasant sighting in Liberty State Park?
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Given the large number of birds that pass through the park, particularly during spring and fall migrations, I'm surprised there doesn't seem to be any organized bird walks. I know there is one in September that is held in conjunction with the Meadowlands festival, but I've never come across anything else. NJ Audubon doesn't seem to do anything there.

Would there be interest in starting up one? I'd be happy to try to organize something if there is interest. I'm not an expert (avid birdwatcher, but not an ornithologist) so I would defer to someone else more qualified if they are interested in leading a group.

Posted on: 2009/3/17 17:39
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Re: Pheasant sighting in Liberty State Park?
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There have been occasional pheasant sightings in LSP. Wild Turkeys are also seen there - and are somewhat more common.

Posted on: 2009/3/16 19:01
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Re: Commuting to lower Manhattan by bike
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Ferry to WFC from Paulus Hook is $6 now.

Posted on: 2009/3/16 18:10
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Re: Prominent Journal Square Developer on client list of accused swindler Bernard Madoff
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I think saabconv hits the nail on the head and drives it clean through the board: we live in an age where personal accountability has almost vanished entirely. Deny, shift the blame, line up your apologists - whatever it takes: if you say it loud enough and long enough you can get away with anything.

That said, I do feel for the victims, regardless of their naivete, greed or other personal failings. Some (not all, but enough) of these people are well on in years and don't have the opportunity to regenerate what they lost and are wiped out. That could have been your parents or grandparents.

Posted on: 2009/3/16 16:05
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Re: Commuting to lower Manhattan by bike
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Yes - you can take your bike on the ferry, even during rush hour. The only caveat is that you have to buy a bike ticket. It was $1 the last time I did it, but that was two years ago so I'm not sure how much it is now. I do still see people with bikes on the ferry so I know you can definitely do it.

Posted on: 2009/3/16 15:23
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Re: Downtown Jersey City site to become Hilton Hotel & 470 more condos (333 Grand St. @ Jersey Ave.)
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Right you are, Ianmac. Besides, the Hilton is going to be set back far enough from Gull's Cove that it will block only a small portion of the view and primarily for those in the lower half of the building. The Applied building just across the light rail tracks from GC, if and when it ever gets built, will be a much bigger blight on views.

Posted on: 2009/3/16 14:49
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Re: Ferry sends S.O.S. -- NY Waterway's owner says next berth is Chapter 11
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Fat ass - it's clear from your post on the Hilton Hotel thread (pasted below) that you don't ride the ferry. The ferry is actually a great ride - expensive, yes - but a nice way to start the morning. My wife and I ride it most days.

Seems, though, as if this threat to file bankruptcy is a bluff. The boats are full and fuel has become cheap again. One of the biggest complaints I've had about the ferry is that they jacked up rates a dollar every six or nine months for a couple of years while fuel prices skyrocketed (claiming the fare increases were surcharges to offset rising fuel costs) and yet now that fuel costs have plummeted, fares never came back down. On top of that, NY Waterways gets a large subsidy from Goldman, Sachs to maintain midday service between Pier 11 and Paulus Hook. I'm sure Mr. Imperatore will manage without PATH or NJ Transit funding.


F-A-B wrote: "This said, the PATH and the crap Holland tunnel can not accommodate the increase of residents - once NY gets the toll going to enter the city, plus the tunnel toll itself, fuel increases and parking demand, the only way across the Hudson is the PATH and it sucks during peak hours.
I will assume that the ferries must be a bitch in winter and is just too expensive for such a short commute.

Posted on: 2009/3/16 2:52
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Re: State's controversial voting district maps may be challenged
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Senate elections are state-wide. Districts play no part in a senate race.

Posted on: 2009/3/15 21:33
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Re: Think again before running that red light
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Exactly right, Manfred. I'd never seen it before either - I call it a "Jersey Left." I actually had an unmarked cop car do it in front of me in Newark, only I wasn't that slow off the line and almost hit him as I attempted to go through the intersection. He pulled me over and went ballistic and told me he had the right of way. Fortunately, his partner explained right-of-way to him while they were back in the car running my license. He came back and handed me my license and stuff and wished me a nice day, pleasant as could be.

And kudos to you, the second and third cars that turn left in front of the person going straight when the light turns green at the same time in both directions. Unbelievable.

Posted on: 2009/3/11 23:54
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Sinik - because a movie didn't show someone being bayoneted (out of 20,000+ people who died) means no one was bayoneted? Nobody? Really?

If I want to learn more about the JFK assassination, should I rent Oliver Stone's movie?

Posted on: 2009/3/10 16:46
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Re: Save the Jersey Journal - are we just gonna let it die?
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Can't wait till it becomes a big ol lair of a bedroom. For some of us "transplants", JC serves as a place to live until we're ready to grow up and "settle down" in a more quaint, peaceful place. Deal with it. We rent, buy homes and contribute to JC's businesses more then some of the "natives". (and most of us cause less crime) I treat the places where I've live they way they treat me. How do you think I feel about JC when I leave my home and find puke, garbage and branches broken off my tree in the morning?

...and that self-serving, narcissistic attitude GnomeGeneral is what prevents things from getting better. Rather than acting like the world owes you something, why not go out of your way to do a good turn - get involved, help someone other than yourself - and watch how things start to improve.

I'll never understand the mentality that allows people to think that since they pay rent and shop in the shops more than someone else that they are entitled to certain allowances or priveleges. I work in the city and make a good living. I also enjoy living here. Why would anyone want to live in a place they find as offensive as you do, GG?

Posted on: 2009/2/26 15:53
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Re: Alternatives to PSEG
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There is a coal-fired plant ten minutes from downtown Jersey City. Unbuilt pipelines shouldn't affect the price of gas from one month or season to the next. Yes, better access to supply would help in the long run, but it's not like someone took a pipeline away between December and January and wholesale natural gas prices FELL considerably during that period.

Posted on: 2009/2/25 16:54
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Re: Alternatives to PSEG
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From a customer service perspective, PSE&G has actually been quite good in my experience. Of course, next to Comcast you could say the same about PATH.

The earlier comment about falling natural gas prices is dead on. Gas is about half what it was in the fall and not much more than a third of where it traded last summer. And population concentration should work in our favor, not against us.

Maybe they made large forward purchases back in the summer or fall and are passing along these high costs, which are being exacerbated by the colder-than-recent-winters weather we've had this year.

Posted on: 2009/2/24 17:57
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Re: A Case Study in What's wrong with JC Real Estate:
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It's the top 25 employees. Granted, the world has changed over the past two years but in 2007 the average employee made ~ $650,000. There were more than 25,000 employees. Given that probably less than five (more likely zero) of the top 25 employees of the affected institutions live in Jersey City, I'm not seeing the direct link. Indirect? Sure - what hurts the overall economy of Manhattan hurts Jersey City.

Posted on: 2009/2/5 17:03
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