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Re: Area between Tunnel and Hoboken
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Any information out there on this hotel? I can't see anything online about it. Maybe Burke's can be incorporated as the hotel bar:

The management of the Holland Gardens Hotel is delighted to present: Burke's Bar. An age-old Jersey City institution, Burke's is predominantly patronized by authentic local "characters" of no fixed abode. While away a day enjoying the legendary Burke's hospitality as your fellow patrons periodically panhandle on the toll plaza in order to buy that next delicious 24oz Bud Light tall boy. And be sure to stay for the public urination competition, nightly from 11pm. Open daily, 5pm til late.

Posted on: 2014/10/27 19:03
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Re: Eminent Domain on Metropolis Towers
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I found this video over on the thread about the "Make it Yours" marketing campaign (courtesy of neverleft). Fast forward to minute 14.00. It seems that in the 1960s, Metropolis Towers was the gleaming new image of JC that the city was promoting to entice folks to move to town.

After all this back and forth, it seems amazing that 50 years ago those hideous edifices were regarded as the JC of the future...

Posted on: 2014/10/27 17:44
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Re: Eminent Domain on Metropolis Towers
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Why is the possibility of eminent domain dismissed out of hand? Why specifically is the notion DOA?

As an alternative, as all the empty lots downtown are developed one by one, once all the undeveloped parcels are gone, would it make sense for a private developer to come in, buy out the current occupants and build something that uses the space more effectively? And that is if they could get all the residents out. Seems regardless of how much of a dump a place is to live, there are always one or two that refuse to leave (see Montgomery Gardens).

As OP said, its a massive parcel of land - have any of the high rises completed in JC been on a lot as large as 8 acres? That's half the size of the WTC site. Perhaps the cost would be too great for a private developer to finance...

And of course, there is the additional pressure 2,000 new units would place on Grove Street PATH. But an interesting discussion nonetheless.

Posted on: 2014/10/27 15:14
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Re: Area between Tunnel and Hoboken
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RUinHamiltonPark wrote:

I did end buying in that area...though closer to Hoboken, not by the projects.

If you think the area compares to Greenville or BL you need your head examined.


Yes, you're right - I'm the one that needs my head examined.

Posted on: 2014/10/16 18:04
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Re: Area between Tunnel and Hoboken
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JCMan is right - those tracks aren't going anywhere. The spur on the right is for the HBLR and the mass of tracks to the right all service NJT into Hoboken Terminal, both of which are very much in use. I hope you didn't buy a place around there based on assurances from a broker or the building management that the lines between Hoboken and 18th St are going to be developed...?

In fact, there has been so little movement on the entire "Soho West" (cringe) development, I wonder whether it will even happen. Looking at the most recent JC development map Cast Iron Lofts I and II are the only parcels back there that have been given approval. The other seven blocks in the vicinity that have been proposed to be developed have had no permission granted, so far as I'm aware.

That whole area is entirely cut off from both JC and Hoboken for pedestrians, between the Holland Tunnel to the south, the rail tracks to the north, the Palisades to the west and Holland Gardens projects, Burke's, and the rusting hulk of the Lackawanna building to the east. Even if the entire place is redeveloped and the surrounding industrial wasteland replaced with shiny new condos, you're still a good 15 minute hike from Hoboken PATH. Even with a new HBLR stop this site is still an incredibly hard sell for prospective buyers.

I'm astounded that the developers were able to secure financing for the construction of a single building in the first instance, let alone planning an entire neighborhood back there. That said, I don't know the first thing about real estate development, but as a human being I'd rather live in Greenville, Bergen-Lafayette or the Heights than back there in post apocalypse Chromiumsville.

Posted on: 2014/10/15 19:55
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Re: Proposed development on Van Vorst between Sussex & Morris
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http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... or_15-story_building.html

Well, for good or bad looks like this is going ahead.

I appreciate that these are two vacant and ugly lots, but if everyone else who lives in the neighborhood has to abide by the zoning restrictions in Paulus Hook, it only seems fair that the original seven storey limit should have been adhered to by the developer.

If the city council can ahem, "be convinced" to approve such development in Paulus Hook, then they can be ahem, "talked into" doing the same in the historic district around Hamilton Park.

It's troubling for those of us who bought our places based on the presumption that the streetscape and amount of light in the vicinity would be protected.



Posted on: 2014/10/10 18:46
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Re: FBI raid at Barge Inn
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Came home very late tonight, thirsty after working extremely late and stopped at the Barge Inn for an extraordinarily late night cap. It turned into a winner-stays-on pool table championship and it morphed into a fantastic evening.

It was one of those evenings that was quintessentially JC: no one cared where you were from, what your accent sounds like, just good people, hanging out together, making acquaintances, and the booze was dirt cheap. Just be a nice person and you're in the club.

No question to offer, just a great fall night to be living in this town. And yes; I was undefeated on the table when they called time...

Posted on: 2014/10/4 7:49
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Re: Join us in Fixing the PATH (Directly reply to join)
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Not sure we'll achieve much, but we have at least to try to do something. I'm with you.

Posted on: 2014/10/3 2:27
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Re: What's going there?
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Anyone know what's happening/whatever happened to the two condo buildings that are approved for construction above the 10th Street embankment between Monmouth and Coles?

The two buildings are 270 Tenth and 310 Tenth. They were voted upon way back in 2006 and they are listed as still approved for development on the JCRA development map, but it seems that absolutely no work has been undertaken from the looks of things. Just curious as to whether this got canned...?

Here is the last mention on JCList from 2006: http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=7154

Posted on: 2014/10/1 18:16
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Re: PATH is down again today!
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asny10011 - NJT Bus 126 runs from PABT to Hamilton Park during the evening commute, but check the timetable. Most services only go as far as Hoboken Terminal, so be sure to get on one that terminates at Hamilton Park. Probably be a lot faster to just take WTC PATH or the ferry to Paulus Hook though. Good luck!

https://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0126.pdf

Posted on: 2014/9/23 18:19
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