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Re: Greenville and West Side: Planning aims to save large Victorian homes - by increasing min. lot s
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I'm not sure this statement is entirely true. The way I interpret it, if the R1-A zoning had already been passed, you'd need a bit more than a triple lot (80 feet instead of 75) in order to easily subdivide. Someone trying to build on a 25 foot lot in R-1A would need a zoning variance, which would (at least theoretically) only be approved if the applicant proved to the city that their plans fit within the neighborhood.

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Unfortunately, #91 Gifford falls outside of the jurisdiction of the R-1 ordinance. This is because the lot adjacent to it was a triple lot. Meaning, the owner was free to sell off one of the lots, as long as his old victorian house remained on the double lot.

Posted on: 2007/1/12 16:03
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Re: Greenville and West Side: Planning aims to save large Victorian homes - by increasing min. lot s
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Well legally he could only get 4 apartments out of the 2 houses, since R-1 is a 1-2 family zone. However all the ads in the Reporter and on craiglist for "2 family with 'bonus' apartment!" tells you how well this is enforced by the city.

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I know the guy on Fairview. He is a slum lord who is only acting in his own best interest. He already has tenants who pay a decent rent, but if he could tear down the three story victorian he owns and put up two separate brick boxes, than he stands to make money on at least 6 apartments and also charge for parking.

Posted on: 2007/1/12 15:52
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Re: This City Needs an Indie Movie Theater
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The closest second run theatre is the Columbia Park Cinema 12 in North Bergen:

http://www.starplexcinemas.com/3009.asp

All shows are $2.


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How about a $1 movie theater where you can see movies from a few months ago? (Just before they come out on DVD.) I'm always a few months behind anyway, I might as well save a few bucks. Anyone know 1 like that?

Posted on: 2007/1/2 16:10
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Re: Greenville and West Side: Planning aims to save large Victorian homes - by increasing min. lot s
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Fairview is covered. Note the last line of the article above:

"Two projects are in the pipeline - one on Fairview Avenue, the other on Bentley Avenue - that would be affected by this ordinance, said city Senior Planner Kristin Russell"

Posted on: 2006/12/26 19:29
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Re: Downtown man runs over 10-year-old on Montgomery Street - boy remains in critical condition
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Thank you brewster -- these are exactly my thoughts.

I see parents all the time on JFK grabbing their kid by the hand or picking him/her up and running across the 4 lanes against traffic. Of course I feel sorry for a 10 year old getting run over, but I blame the parents for setting a bad example and not watching over their kids.

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Yeah, a 10 yo who fell backwards trying to do a heely trick while jaywalking in front of an oncoming car. I'm a parent, but being a kid makes you neither right all the time nor immortal.

My personal favorite jaywalkers are the mothers pushing stroller while on the cellphone.

Posted on: 2006/11/15 18:06
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Re: Downtown man runs over 10-year-old on Montgomery Street - boy remains in critical condition
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The article doesn't flat out say it, but it seems pretty clear the car had right-of-way and the kids were jaywalking. This is a major problem in JC on these 4 lane roads like Montgomery (especially around the projects next to the Beacon) and JFK Blvd. It seems there's at least one death a year on JFK, and you can say all you want about cars driving faster than the 25 mph speed limit, but the real problem is the jaywalkers. Anyone who runs across Montgomery or JFK against the traffic signal is an idiot.

Posted on: 2006/11/15 15:40
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Re: Eminent Domain -- Jersey City Redevelopment Agency -- Jersey City plans to buy or seize properties
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I think these things need to be judged on a case-by-case basis, and this is clearly the right solution for Journal Square. Go read up the history of this project and visit the site in person, and you'll agree. There is no need for those couple of absentee landlords to hold this up any longer.

And while the neighborhood needs a park, it would be stupid and negligent to place one at a major transportation hub like Journal Square. This should be largely commercial property, but not wasted on 99 cent stores and the like.

Posted on: 2006/10/18 16:01
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Re: Looking for Someone to Decommission Old Heating Oil Tank
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We did a foam fill a couple years back with US Tanks out of Howell, NJ (732-961-2057). 1000 gallon underground tank was $1200 including permit, plus $120 to pump out any quantity of old oil -- required if more than 2" of oil is in the tank.

Posted on: 2006/9/13 17:19
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Re: COMING SOON: A Sea of Concrete
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My thoughts exactly. What a backwards idiot.

I'm sure those "people who want carports" have telephones and can write letters. How many calls and letters in support of this were received by council members? I'm sure it was below 50, if any at all.


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Jersey Journal 8/16/06:

"Just because we get 50 yuppies that send e-mails about saving the trees doesn't mean that we shouldn't consider it," [Councilman]Gaughan said. "Most people who want carports don't even have e-mail."


Is this guy for real?

Posted on: 2006/8/16 14:25
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Re: COMING SOON: A Sea of Concrete
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A reply just emailed from the Mayor's address to everyone who wrote in via the actionstudio link: Thank you for sending an email correspondence voicing your concern about the proposed amendments to the R1 zoning category. I am sending you this email as a follow up to let you know I am asking the members of the City Council to table this vote. I also believe that these amendments would create additional parking issues for the residents of Jersey City and that further solutions must be explored. Please feel free to contact the Mayors Action Bureau at 201-547-4900 to obtain any further updates on this issue. Thanks again for your continued support. Best Regards, Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy Fulop was the only council person who replied to me, saying he would vote against the proposed changes. Do the others, including my council person (Mary Spinello) not really use email, or just don't care to reply to constituents?

Posted on: 2006/8/11 18:45
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Re: Special City Council Public Meeting - Open Space or Truck Terminal
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I was at last night's meeting at Beth El. The turnout of residents was poor, but this is never really a surprise in JC, and I understand that the people in Marion who this most affects have had their own meetings.

I think my number one complaint about these kinds of meetings is that the mayor always brings a huge entourage of hangers-on who mill around the room looking overly smug in their bad suits, all constantly acknowledging each other and generally acting like assholes. What really annoyed me is towards the end of the meeting a number of them lined up to make comments (something I think should be reserved for the community members the meeting is for) so they could hear themselves pontificate, or perhaps it's a performance for the mayor so they can keep their jobs safe.

Then at the end of the meeting, the president of the Harrison Ave Block Association who was running the meeting called for an informal poll of who was for and against the warehouse project. Of course all the entourage raised their hands, to make it look like the room was 75% for the project. We made them do the poll over, and even though a bunch of the mayor's crew still voted, it certainly tipped the other way.

Posted on: 2006/8/11 16:01
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Re: Best Burger Joints in Town??
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Park Tavern is a great bar (cheap Guiness on tap) and the burgers are fine, but they can be very slow with food orders.

My favorite would have to be White Mana (AKA Original Mana) on 1/9 Truck Route and Manhattan Ave. It's essentially the birthplace of American fast food. It's the original burger stand from the 1939 World's Fair, and has been in JC since the 40s. The is not the place to go if you're looking for a fancy half-pounder. It's more like the best White Castle burger the world has ever known. 3 cheese burgers, fries and a soda used to be $5, but I think it's up to $5.50. Open 24 hours, but the location is sketchy and draws a sometimes wild crowd late on weekends.

There's another one called White Manna (note the double-N) in Hackensack which some say is better, but I've never visited. It was once a chain of about a half-dozen restaurants, but JC has the original.

Posted on: 2006/7/12 19:39
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Re: Best pizza in JC????
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Price of Pizza is mediocre at best. Stadium is decent, but nothing to drive out of your way for.

And that Liquor store on 440 is ok for beer, but far from a great wine selection (although I'm looking for neither Australian wines with animals on the label nor kosher wines).

Posted on: 2006/6/13 19:12
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Re: Peruvian: Ceviche's, in the Heights
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Anyone know their hours? I once tried to go after 8 PM on a Saturday and found it closed.

Posted on: 2006/5/22 16:13
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Re: Do you recommend particular Roofer?
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Capitol came highly recommended by my architect, and I had no problem getting the owner Dennis out for an estimate (and no, he doesn't bring the dog). He ended up referring me to another contractor, since Capitol specializes in flat roof work, and my roof is multiple-peaked and needs lots of custom copperwork and carpentry. I appreciate an honest contractor who will admit when something is outside their expertise and then point a potential customer in the right direction. So I never used them, but would make the recommendation regardless.

Posted on: 2006/5/18 20:20
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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It was posted on April 1 -- think about it.

Posted on: 2006/4/11 17:52
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Re: Need Help With Oil Tank Removal - Recommendations?
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I used US Tanks (732-961-2057, Howell, NJ) but I think they only do foam fills for abandonment, not removal. For a 1000 gallon tank it cost $1200 including permit, plus $120 to pump out any quantity of old oil -- required if more than 2" of oil is in the tank.

A neighbor recommended Anco Environmental (908-464-9200, 35 Russo Place, Berkeley Heights, http://www.ancoenv.com/ ). For a 1000 gallon tank, they quoted $1150 for sand fill, $1300 for removal, or $1450 for foam fill -- prices do not include permit, which is $100-$200, or oil removal at $0.75 per gallon.

Prices are from a couple years back.

Posted on: 2006/3/27 17:03
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Re: Jersey City Loews needs our help! An open letter to our Mayor!
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What does the Armory have to do with this? It just got a multi-million dollar upgrade making it a high-quality sports facility again. Where there ever any plans to make it an arts facility?

I've love to see a BAM-type facility in JC, but speaking as a devil's advocate, can the population support it? I think it's a disadvantage to be so close to NYC. Mid-sized theatres like the Community Theatre in Morristown and the Count Basie in Red Bank work because touring acts can stop there between NYC and Philly, and people who live near those towns will stay local instead of dealing with NYC. But if an act is playing in NYC one night then JC the next, will anyone come to the Loew's in numbers that make it economically feasible? At a place like Maxwell's in Hoboken, it doesn't matter, since the room only holds 150 or so. But the Loew's has over 2000 seats now, and will be more when the balcony is reopened.

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Again, as I have said before, the Loews and the old Armory should seek support from corporations like Goldman Saks, PNC Bank, the Hyatt etc -- we need to create something like BAM in Brooklyn or turn it over to someone with grant writting skills and connections to do it.

Posted on: 2006/2/10 18:36
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Re: Jersey City Loews needs our help! An open letter to our Mayor!
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The city has backed off somewhat since this first came up:

http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/jerse ... 39047922224880.xml&coll=3

Posted on: 2006/2/10 18:23
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Re: $9M TAG: 300 block of first street
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I think the article is saying it's assessed a bit under his original $400k purchase price. Taxes are probably around $15k a year. Given the exact address you could look it up on that site that was posted in another thread.


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what are the RE taxes on a $9m assessment? ouch!

Posted on: 2006/1/14 17:13
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Re: VIP Diner
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I do appreciate that it's on my walk home from the PATH and is 24 hour, but the VIP is a pretty crappy diner. Al's Diner on Communipaw is much better. The Colonette on 440 is also good.

Posted on: 2006/1/13 19:25
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Re: $8.95Million buys you an 11K sqft Des. Res.
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I don't think "loft" is the right word. It's an 11,000 square foot converted warehouse. It's a single family home -- not a unit in a larger building. I know some neighbors who have been inside, and it's as amazing as the pictures in the listing, but he's never going to get that kind of money. He definitely bought the building for under $1M, and I can't imagine he has more than $3M total invested in it.

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Is it me, or does $2M for a brownstone seems kind of pass? these days?

361 - 363 1st Street, Jersey City : $8.95Million

Did this loft ever sell? And what was the final price?

Posted on: 2005/12/16 17:01
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Re: The Beacon
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If you're saying what I think you're saying (the Beacon is closer to Exchange Place than it is to JSQ) than you're wrong.

Plug the directions into a system like maps.yahoo.com. The Beacon is the Old Jersey City Medical Center, which had a main address of 50 Baldwin. JSQ is basically 1 Path Plaza. That comes out to 1 mile, and it's exaggerated, since they are driving directions, while you can walk the wrong way down a one-way street. I'd guess it's closer to 8/10ths of a mile.

On the other hand, 50 Baldwin to 1 Exchange Place comes out to 1.8 miles, slightly exaggerated because a car has to go around 1 block at the end. Regardless, it's still twice as far to walk to Exchange Place.

I figure the shuttle buses from the Beacon are chosing the route to Exchange Place for 3 reasons:

- shorter PATH ride
- nicer surroundings at that station
- easy, straight drive

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if you're walking to Exchange Place, the Beacon is CLOSER than JSQ.

Posted on: 2005/10/24 17:40
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Re: $2M Brownstone In Paulus Hook?
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Maybe a year back there was a $1.75M brownstone listing on Van Vorst. I have no idea if it sold, or what the final price may have been.

Posted on: 2005/7/11 14:19
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