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Re: 10 N.J. towns with the highest number of heroin, opiate abuse cases
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People, this is a list of total number of cases. There are more people in Jersey City than any other city in NJ, save Newark. It would be surprising if we *didn't* have the second-highest number of heroin abusers in the state; we have the second-highest absolute number of nearly everything in the state, especially given that the gap between Newark/Jersey City and the number three municipality (Paterson) is quite large.

Give me some per capita numbers. Per capita, our numbers are far better than Brick or Toms River, not bad towns at all, let alone Newark or Paterson.

Posted on: 2014/2/11 13:31
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Re: Port Authority plans to extend PATH to Newark airport
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The money would have been better spent on the ARC Tunnel. I know the project is dead, but jus' sayin. Transferring from the PATH to NJ Transit to the airport is a little inconvenient but is not a high priority.


ARC wasn't being built by the Port Authority, so that's a meaningless comparison. You could build both.

Posted on: 2014/2/5 21:45
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Re: New Marriott coming to JC
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That is a cool map. What are the plans for Metro Plaza?

And what's going on near the Powerhouse? I know there is a plan to revitalize it into more of an entertainment/artsy neighborhood, but I'm sure converting the old building will take some time. Yet there is still a lot of construction going on around those warehouses... anybody know?


There are no real "plans" for Metro Plaza, just some future thoughts about tearing out the ShopRite complex and building something less suburban there. It's smart, but it won't happen until most of the random parking lots left around downtown are filled in (i.e., not starting for ~5-8 years at least). I don't think the people who proposed the plan own the site right now.

On a side note, I didn't know 1 Exchange Place was being turned into a hotel. Anyone know anything about that project? The building has been empty for ages since the floor collapse.

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I really hope it will not be a super generic building like the Marriott Courtyard in Newport.


You probably won't see much of the hotel. On that site, there will also be two 40-story residential buildings (by Fisher - the developer of Crystal Point.) In fact, construction of those towers will likely begin in the spring, well before the hotel gets started.


do you have any other info/renderings of those 2 buildings?


Would also appreciate this information. Is that on the same site (107 on the map) or on the sites to the south closer to the water?

Posted on: 2014/2/2 0:52

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Re: World Trade Center Spire to Glow With Super Bowl Team Colors
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So dumb.

Posted on: 2014/1/31 4:19
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Re: New Marriott coming to JC
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Interesting, I live behind LSP & Tidewater Basin area and always thought it was going to be a Tramz Hotel or is that dtjc? Oh well, glad its getting started.


Tramz is the company that owns the brick and mortar (meaning the actual property). It is not a hotel brand.

Most hotels, across the board, are not operated by the brand name on it. The people who own the properties sign managment deals with the chains because it is the respective brands that draw in the customers.

Most people don't want to stay at a hotel they've never heard of. But say a Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott or other brands, that's makes it familiar and more attractive.

I guess my years in the hotel industry are actually paying off...lol


Thanks! That solves that mystery. I just read in the Journal that its now located on Marin Blvd and not near Liberty Science Center, so not sure about the location.


It will be on Marin Blvd south of the 18 Park building that's current under construction. That is, it will be the second building south of the Marin Blvd HBLR station.

Posted on: 2014/1/29 18:31
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Re: Australians investors buying up Jersey City housing
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I think Dixon has stopped buying new homes for now and is focusing on renovations at the moment. They've got some very classy stuff that's come to market in Brooklyn recently (see: http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2014/ ... erties-all-over-brooklyn/), so I have high hopes for their renovations.

Posted on: 2014/1/24 0:09
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Re: A Colossal Bridge Will Rise Across the Hudson
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The Tappan Zee Bridge far pre-dates the old WTC. It was opened in 1955, while the WTC wasn't even started until 1966. You're right that it was built there to avoid Port Authority control, but that was not out of anti-PA sentiment but because the state wanted the money for itself and wanted to make sure the New York State Thruway had no competition.

Posted on: 2014/1/21 16:42
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Re: Jersey City real estate prices going back to pre-bubble burst prices
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Wonder if this project will be resurrected or what form it will take now that development appears to be back in full swing. http://newyorkyimby.com/2012/08/rem-k ... tys-111-first-street.html


The site is owned by the same people who are building 110 First across the street (the construction project right next to the Harsimus Cove HBLR station). They're using 111 First as a staging ground for construction now, but it's supposed to start construction once 110 First is finished. Not sure if the Rem Koolhaas design is still in place, though. Probably not.

Posted on: 2014/1/14 18:36
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Re: Gay In Journal Square?
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And I bet the drag queens on Ocean Avenue someone mentioned get it a lot worse.



You would think, but the two DQ ( not sure if that is politically correct to say so apologize if it offends anyone) I saw were walking down the road one with her thug looked like a drug dealer boyfriend holding hands and the other was pushing groceries and no one blinked or said a thing.

I think I was the one who most surprised that they were walking so boldly down the road that is considered dangerous.

I have seen gays, lesbians, interracial couples, throughout the city. JC is not the country, there are even gay hookers in this town.

So I would not worry too much about the gay thing. The one thing to worry about in JC is being drunk, if you look out of it you will be robbed or jumped and beaten by a few men. I have witnessed this dtjc, JS and GV.


I don't think anyone finds the term "drag queen" offensive unless you're using it to refer to transwomen or some other group that are not drag queens.

Anyone, it's dumb to assume there aren't gay prostitutes, or drag queens, or anything else anywhere--there are plenty even in very rural or conservative areas. That doesn't mean they don't have a hard time, don't get hassled, etc., both there and here.

Posted on: 2014/1/2 22:49
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Re: Snow
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More importantly, what will this storm be named. I'm hoping

Benign Blizzard Blanche
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Winter Storm Hercules


So we're gonna be seeing the gov claiming to be stronger than Hercules? Hercule Poirot?


No, because "Hercules" is just some dumb name the Weather Channel is using to hype up its ratings, not anything official. And it's remarkably dumb and sensationalist that they're doing so, as "winter storms" are not discrete entities the way tropical cyclones (hurricanes) are.

Posted on: 2014/1/2 22:19
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Re: Gay In Journal Square?
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Well, the question is really what constitutes "safe".

Attacks of course can happen anywhere (and actually might be a bigger risk in gay neighborhoods these days because the genuinely dangerous bashers know to go there for targets). Actual violence isn't any risk in JSQ that I've ever seen.

Heckling, however, is a regular reality for a gay couple living in the Journal Square area, or at least it was for us walking down the street holding hands while walking around Journal Square when my boyfriend lived in the area (on Vroom St). And I bet the drag queens on Ocean Avenue someone mentioned get it a lot worse.

Just depends what you're comfortable living with on a daily basis. Me, the slurs wear me down, though I never lived in JSQ myself.

Posted on: 2014/1/2 22:15
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Re: 35-year tax break proposed for three-tower Journal Square project
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It is subsidizing the developer because JC will now have increased population and the increased costs that go with servicing that population will only be partially offset by the abatement.

As for kids and toddlers... I lived in Grove Point for two years and there were a ton of children in that building, plenty of them school age. I have friends still in that building who have kids in the local schools.

I don't know how the math works out right now, but it gets worse every year for 35 years.


Possibly. The largest cost associated with property taxes is the public schools. I would guess that most people living in a luxury tower in Journal Square won't be sending their kids to the public schools anyway. They are also unlikely to require more spending on some other services--we won't need to hire more police simply because this building exists, for example. They will impose a cost on certain other services, like fire, sewer and waste collection, but those are a relatively small portion of the overall budget.

In general, municipal spending per wealthy person is probably lower than municipal spending per poor person (to the extent you can allocate these things), yet properties with higher assessments will contribute more in property taxes in the long run.

Posted on: 2013/11/15 18:55
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Re: 35-year tax break proposed for three-tower Journal Square project
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just my observations -

some of the council members thought they had only voted on the bond ordinance not the abatement. this was after all the public speakers, deputy mayor and the vote.

to be fair, once city staff started to explain the agreement, it became more confusing. the 3rd building is not targeted to be complete for 16 years (then the abatement begins?) so that would take agreement out almost 50 years? There clearly needs to be a "plain" language document, not just for the public, but for city staff and council members.

someone might have known exactly what was voted on last night, but they were not in the council chambers.


That seems like the fault of incompetent members of the City Council, not anyone else.

Posted on: 2013/11/14 20:50
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Re: Shooting at Garden St. Plaza mall
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Probably related to the Call of Duty midnight release. A wannabe soldier/tough guy shooting his wad.


Wrong, as the speculation usually is on these things.
Guy committed suicide in the mall, but didn't shoot at anyone else.

Posted on: 2013/11/5 15:52
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Re: Korean restaurant
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I think it could definitely work. So many great places in Palisades Park. You'd think someone would want to open one here.


Really? Have you walked around Leonia, Pal Park, or Fort Lee? Walk around those towns then walk around Jersey City. That is why there are so many Korean restaurants there. Its that simple.


There are dozens of restaurants in those towns. None in Jersey City. Yes, the Korean immigrant population is much higher there, but Jersey City has a fair number of Koreans as well, especially downtown. This is a dumb objection.

Posted on: 2013/11/1 15:27
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Re: Korean restaurant
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I think it could definitely work. So many great places in Palisades Park. You'd think someone would want to open one here.

Posted on: 2013/10/31 21:05
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Re: JC Kappa League President scores big on SATs
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Yeah, a 1760 is not even remotely noteworthy. It's actually deeply embarassing for the school if that's the highest score they managed this year, as it's only somewhat above the national average. To be impressive, an SAT score has to be at least over 2000, though even 2000 isn't that impressive. There are high schools in NJ where the *average* SAT score is over 2000. (Granted, those are magnet schools--BCA in Bergen County, where the average was 2120 in 2012, and HTH and BTH in Monmouth County, where the averages were 2110 and 2040.)

Posted on: 2013/10/31 20:56
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Re: Soul Flavors is closing
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Taqueria has gotten rave reviews from friends from Texas and California who I've taken there. Personally, I doubt it compares to the better taco places in San Diego, but it's certainly one of the best the New York area has to offer.

Orale is something else, more American than Mexican. Its food is good, but it mainly gets by on having a trendy atmosphere. Which is fine, and I'd eat there again, too, though less often than at Taqueria. Also, my wallet appreciates it when I eat at Taqueria.

Posted on: 2013/10/31 15:09
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Re: Edward's Steak House
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It's the building that's for sale, not the restaurant, though I assume the new owner will take over the business. (I believe the current owner of the restaurant is the owner of the building, too.)

Posted on: 2013/10/29 21:28
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Re: Harborside Development Receives $33 Million Tax Credit
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Is this the proposed 'pile of books' tower?


I believe so, yes. There are three towers, but they all look like piles of books.

Posted on: 2013/10/27 20:17
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Re: Speed cameras = a great way to improve safety and raise money
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Unfortunately, NJ has a law against speed cameras. Which sucks. I'd love to see them put in place here in JC.


You are kidding! How did that happen?! How can someone agitate to get that overturned?


I'm ambivalent on speed cameras, but there's a lot of evidence that speed cameras actually increase accidents and deaths rather than decrease them because drivers suddenly stop or increase speed through yellow lights. They definitely generate revenue, but it would not be good if they did so at the expense of safety.

Posted on: 2013/10/25 21:31
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Re: DNA: WTC Underground Passageway to Open Thursday
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The crowds at the Vesey corridor/Church St. crossing were especially bad this morning. Took me two changes of the light to get across the street. It would help a LOT if the construction fences along Church St. were moved west slightly, restoring a city street lane that could be used as a sidewalk by pedestrians exiting the Vesey corridor and heading south on Church. That would drastically reduce the number of people trying to cross Church at that intersection. Quite possibly there would be no need for crossing guards to yell at commuters every day.

From what I can see through the gate at the Vesey/Church intersection, there's plenty of space within the construction zone. Maybe having that Church St. lane was more important earlier in the construction process, but not now. Other big construction sites in the city seem to manage fine without having to encroach on city streets.


For what it's worth, I doubt this is related to the WFC tunnel opening, simply because the tunnel looks like it's barely used. Walking by it last night and again this morning, I only saw one or two people going in or out. With time, commuting patterns may change so that more BPC residents use the tunnel, but right now it's almost totally unused.

Posted on: 2013/10/25 14:38
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Re: What's going there?
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But that would place the project between Provost and Warren, not between Marin and Provost. I agree that the rendering looks like it's between Provost and Warren, but that's not where the construction's happening. Unless the project between Marin and Provost is a different phase of the project (or an entirely different development).

Posted on: 2013/10/24 13:58
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Re: Council person Osborne presents Pedestrian plan
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I need a car for my type of work but seriously, parking issues aside, not being able to jump into your car quickly and make an escape to the country or shore is a sad, confined life. You want to take NJT and LIRR everywhere or deal with rental cars then good luck. NO f***ing way am I gonna do Zipcars and slow ass trains. For me it's quick jaunts to the shore or country or where ever I like. You "no cars" crowd can squeeze some fun out of Liberty State Park. Ugh. I'm sure chicks are impressed with the "I don't own a car" line.


No one minds if you do that, but don't expect to be catered to with free/cheap parking. If you want to own a car in this city, you should be prepared to pay through the nose for it, given the enormous burden you place on the rest of us.

Posted on: 2013/10/22 17:33
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Re: Pedestrian and bicycle bridge to WFC
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Millennium Bridge in London

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It is fantastic to be able to walk over a major river without vehicles rumbling by at your side. Even better, London has provided two such places to do this in the last few years. The results of these efforts, combined with the comfortable pedestrian crossings on the London, Tower, Southwark, Waterloo and Albert Bridges, has virtually brought the two sides of the Thames together. This is certainly a transformative opportunity, probably wisely foreseen by visionary planners, which will define London for the future. No city has such opportunity to reinvent itself, and these bridges, more than any other development, create the setting in which to do so.


http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=658


Millenium Bridge is great.

The problem is that the Hudson River is orders of magnitude bigger than the Thames, or other rivers you'll cite. Even the wildly unlikely bridge to Governors Island from Manhattan the NYT called for the other week would be shorter--though a bridge to Governors Island from Brooklyn is at least feasible.

It's extraordinarily unlikely that this could be completed for less than the price of the South Ferry subway station. The drilling you'd have to do down in the river bed to support such a structure would alone be more expensive--easily over a billion dollars. The Hudson is not a narrow, shallow, rinky-dink river, and building a bridge over it--especially a bridge high enough to accomodate ship traffic--is incredibly difficult and expensive.

Constantly ranting about this proposition distracts from realistic, genuine and feasible proposals for increased and subsidized ferry service or better PATH service and does a disservice to Jersey City.

Posted on: 2013/10/15 20:14
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