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Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Bob Cotter and Dan Wrieden should be applauded for their outstanding work in improving the fabric of life in downtown Jersey City...I'm thrilled at the change for the better in this neighborhood and sorry for the folks who find rediculous reasons for denigrating anyone for their sexual preferences.

CHEERS, Joyce G. Davison
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I would like to inform, Joyce, and anyone else that doesn't have all the facts, that the complaints about Dan Wrieden are not ridiculous or have anything to do with his being gay. Those people that came forward by writing letters and who spoke at the Oct. 6th HPNA meeting were real people with real complaints. I was one of them.

Although this site can be a useful tool at times, it also brings out the worst side of human nature. It's sad that the real issue involving Dan is being spun into something it was never intended to be... a gay issue.

Another poster had remarked that the complainers were whining because they didn't get their way. That is partially correct. We never received the historical color paint chart to choose from. I never got one. I understand that has changed and people are now receiving them. And this is positive.

I believe Dan Wrieden has said some things he is now regretting.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Thanks for your ignorant, homophobic post.


I've heard Dan describe his bad behavior as part of being
gay. The meaner he is the more gay he is-I think he needs to look in the handbook for caricatures. He can give good people a bad name.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Dan knows who we are.


How could he posibly when so many people kiss his ass for permits, then trash him afterwards.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Architect's are like people, they are not "God" Some are good architects and some are terribly bad architects. I think that all we have to do is look around our environment to understand that.
So to simply say that any architect has credibility, without mentioning the person's name is just not true. There are many practicing architects in and around Jersey City...there are only three, that I can think of, that are truly talented designers, construction experts and are as well versed in 19th C design and building practices, or for that matter modern design and building practices.
To have an architect stand up and make comments in a public forum, doesn't necessary mean that the comments or observations are correct. Some doctors kill patients, some architects destroy otherwise well designed buildings.
Will the registered architect (I am assuming that they were registered) come forward, so we know whether or not they are accomplished and talented.


There are degrees offered in Architectural History. I know of 2 people on Wayne Street that have them. Why did not the city hire someone with such a background.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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These comments are outrageous and hurtful and would not be said if the writers name was on the bottom of the comment. Dan Wrieden is a decent human being, who is warm, friendly helpful and a decent hardworking neighbor.
What is the matter with you people.
Maybe you should examine the center of this whirl wind, Warren Curtin. Warren is a neurotic that has undergone therapy for many years and is taking drugs to calm his nerves and hyper active behavior. Warren is hated in the real estate industry for his mean and nasty behavior and many will not even do business with him. Why people are following this contorted individual much less believing what he says is a mystery. Why don't you put the hate, where the hate belongs on Warren Curtin.


You shuld really ask some of the nieghbors what they think, on Wayne as well as Mercer Street. The neighbors make Dan out to be meaner than fresh catshit.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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What a bunch of nonsense. Dan Wrieden and his partner both own their house on Wayne Street. His partner is not his "sugar daddy" but a well known professional in NYC.
Their relationship is a long term partnership which is a lot more successful than a lot of "marriages" I see in the world on a daily basis.
And
for the record their house on Wayne street is a perfect example of what a brownstone row house would have looked like in the late 19th Century, raised planter and miniature hedges and all. We may not like the way it looks but it is one of the more authentic houses in the neighborhood. We should all look carefully at the detail and follow this example of good taste.


I guess you are one of those people wh don't know that
when you are not your lover's legal next of kin, his paretns are. They can keep you out of a hospital room if he becomes ill, even if you are the main caretaker. Should you partner die, unless he has a will that says otherwise, the house and all goes to the family.

This is why we need laws to protect us, we live in such fragile situations.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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He does not own a piece of property and has no idea the cost of some of his requests.



That is correct......although he apparently lives with his sugar daddy partner (who is about ten years older than he from what I understand from a good source).........and have you seen what's in the front of their house? Some hideous staute/sculpture/kinda-fountain thing surrounded by flowers and foliage.

Let one of us come into the Historical Preservation Office asking for that for our property (yes Dan, a property we actually own in our own name), and I'm sure we'd be jumping hurdles like you've never seen!



I believe Dan is in his early 40s, although may claim younger.

The house looks like a funeral home.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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I've dealt with Dan for a long time. He knows little about what he speaks.

He does not own a piece of property and has no idea the cost of some of his requests.

He hates everyone who is not white and gay.

I am amazed he has a job dealing with the pubic.


You forgot to mention cats too. I once saw his face distort with sort of an angry yet manicle glee, as he threw a rock at a neighbors cat. It hit the cat hard. I still can't get over it.
Dan didn't like where it was, as he explained. Children who torture pets often become serial killers. What does Dan become?

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Whatever. Even if the spurious records you're looking at include Dan's name, the fact remains that it's been Jeff's house since '89. YOU check it out.


The records are tax records found in city hall. public records.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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People wrote letters outlining their experience in dealing with D. Wrieden. The letters were signed by the people that wrote them. They were not offensive and said nothing about D. Wrieden being gay. The letters were compiled and distributed by W. Curtin at a community meeting. Some of the writers even spoke at this meeting.




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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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I read in the paper a while back, I guess it was the Jersey Jounal, about someone leaving Historic Preservation to take a lesser paying job.

I can't remember if Dan's name was mentioned or not. But I later heard he forced someout. Does anyone know the story?[/quote]

I think one of the peple mentioned in that article was Charles Balcer, but I'm not sure of the exact story. The presice details elude me. Perhaps, if so desired, you could delve into the archives of the Jersey Journal, and retrieve the charming little article. I may amuse us all.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Hi All,
My name is Jonathan Worth. I'm a gay man. Quit the gay stuff. It's offensive and has nothing to do with the matter. Anybody who confuses that with the cause and purpose of the issue at hand isn't credible....any comment on this thread regarding who owns the property where Dan lives has nothing to do with this. Anything regarding Dan's sexuality has nothing to do with this. PERIOD.

My primary residence is in the Van Vorst area and additionaly, I have several investment properties here in same historic district. Although I have no formal training in historic restoration, I wish to see all done as correctly as possible with "modern" considerations put into the picture. With that in mind , I want to it see it develop in a historically correct manner.

For the mostpart, the group that has posted here has done so anonymously. Shame Shame Shame on you. Why don't you show who you are???? In my opinion, if you're afraid to say your name you're a coward and quite worthless as a contributor to this forum or getting things resovlved here or anywhere else. Quite candidly, get lost. GOOD GOD!!!! WHERE ARE YOU COMING FROM?
The guidelines that Dan follows have been in place for a long time. The documents I have in my hands are the same as those published years ago. I've compared the guideline documents from 4 years ago to today's documents....they're the same. Although I don't agree with some of the guidelines, Dan's job, by decree has to follow them. He takes his job seriously. He is a very serious man by nature. He goes right by the book. I'd be lying to you to say this doesn't frustrate me sometimes but i I do understand that he has to abide by his charter. Let's not kill the messenger. Hey all: let's handle this in a constructive manner in a public forum that's mediated by someone who understands all the issues. I'm not a coward. If you're or the same mindset or have something constructive to contribute you may contact me at jwo9393@aol.com


Well said!

Robin Pinkowitz
Hamilton Park


Shame Shame Shame on you with many investment properties so clearly writting to curry favor with one who gives permits.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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I'd like to know why this guy is making 45K as a starting salary, when most city jobs start at much less. For that kind of money can't we get someone with a architecture degree?
How's he get this job ? Who is his rabbi ? Is Tony Lambiasi his utimate boss? I can't believe such a kind and intelligent man as him has to put up with the likes of Dan.


I would like to know how he was hired. Was there an open search? Did the Historic Committee get to aprove? Certainly he was known to them.What happened at the Neighborhood Improvement Department, was he fired or laid off? Were there complaints there as well ?

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Thank you, previous poster. If Dan is going by the book and not making exceptions and giving exemptions then he is to be commended not scolded. Are people complaining because he is conscientious? Are these the same people who are complaining because other city workers are not conscientious?


These comment are not coming out of the blue.
Dan's behavior makes him a target for negative talk about him. You get back what you put out. This small group of people is nothing compared to what is said in the community. This is so small it is not even the tip of the iceberg.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Bob Cotter and Dan Wrieden should be applauded for their outstanding work in improving the fabric of life in downtown Jersey City...I'm thrilled at the change for the better in this neighborhood and sorry for the folks who find rediculous reasons for denigrating anyone for their sexual preferences.

CHEERS, Joyce G. Davison[quote]


It was so nice of your mother to write in Dan.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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I once heard Dan describing "Federal elements" in a purely VictorianQuote:

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DAN WRIEDEN, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, HAS TREMENDOUS KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE 19TH C. HE DOES INDEED KNOW ABOUT WHAT HE SPEAKS.



Hey numbnuts.......for the UMPTEENTH time.......no one is directly questioning ol' Danny Boy's knowledge. It's his pompous, arrogant, almost despotic methodology that pisses people off.


I once hear Dan describing "Federal Elements " in a purely Victorian house. I could not believe he could't even tell the difference between Federal and Victorian. Having studied this in college, I was horrified.

There ought to be some sort of test of knowlege for someone working in this field, if he doesn't have the propper degree. If not, then not a Phys Ed major.


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Anonymous
Re: white mortar
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I know for a fact that several people fought the white and lost.

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Anonymous
Re: white mortar
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What was the point of it to begin with ?

Why couldn't the contractors use putty, so we wouldn't have to bother with staining it with tea ?

Why not do it right from the start, if the putty color was allowed ? What is the purpose of the white colored mortar?

The ugly white has been used in the Van Vorst section as well.

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At our June Harsimus Cove Assn meeting, Dan Wrieden explained that these were the results of miscommunication between the contractors/himself and contractors not doing what was approved. The white mortar could be remedied by staining with tea. We also discussed that a mortar sample could easily determine what had been previously used.

Posted on: 2004/10/16 11:07
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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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There have been sightings of Dan at about 4 am in Hamilton Park looking up at houses. Are these his work hours?Talk about over doing it!

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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I read in the paper a while back, I guess it was the Jersey Jounal, about someone leaving Historic Preservation to take a lesser paying job.

I can't remember if Dan's name was mentioned or not. But I later heard he forced someout. Does anyone know the story?

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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I think some people write glowing letter, when they are soon to need permits from Dan.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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What is it with the super white morter used ?

It looks so bad. It looks like those cheap paint jobs, when the house needs to be repainted, and the owner goes for that fake brick look instead.

We have had putty colored morter for 100 years, why the need for a change now. It makes the neighborhood look uniform too.

I have heard that Dan makes the contractors mix the morter in front of him to then aprove of the color of white.

Is this something new ?

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Tony also had this approach to the city planner that did this work before the city created and hired a Historic Preservation officer. Does not mean he is correct. Tony also can be quite arbitrary in permitting questionable building. He might be doing you a favor by letting you build something that should not be permitted, but if you are neighbhor then your home is compromised. His do what you want to do attitude has created many problems, but lets leave that for another time. Yes he is pleasant and will explain his reasoning.

As posted on this board, the biggest problem is Dan's communication with homeowners. Now after this thread with irrelavent personal attacks, do you think the situation will improve?



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How's he get this job ? Who is his rabbi ? Is Tony Lambiasi his utimate boss? I can't believe such a kind and intelligent man as him has to put up with the likes of Dan.


Funny story related to this, and I swear on everything sacred that I am NOT making this up.........

I have a house in Paulus Hook and was in to see Tony Lambiasi a few months back about some zoning issues. Anyway, he could not have been more patient, attentative, and even "grandfatherly" in his demeanor, so when I closed the session by asking "How much of this do I need to run through Dan Wreiden?".........I was shocked when Tony looked at me dead in the face and said "If you bother to see Dan Wreiden, tell him to stick it up his ass."


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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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How's he get this job ? Who is his rabbi ? Is Tony Lambiasi his utimate boss? I can't believe such a kind and intelligent man as him has to put up with the likes of Dan.


Funny story related to this, and I swear on everything sacred that I am NOT making this up.........

I have a house in Paulus Hook and was in to see Tony Lambiasi a few months back about some zoning issues. Anyway, he could not have been more patient, attentative, and even "grandfatherly" in his demeanor, so when I closed the session by asking "How much of this do I need to run through Dan Wreiden?".........I was shocked when Tony looked at me dead in the face and said "If you bother to see Dan Wreiden, tell him to stick it up his ass."


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Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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believe me...when you have been with a partner as long as Dan has....you own the house...whether on paper or not.
Do married couples only own 1/2 of a private residence..check the law.


No you do not understand the law. If the house was acquired before the marriage then the non purchasing spouse does not share an ownership interest. I should know I am a divorce attorney.

Posted on: 2004/10/15 15:43
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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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I have a house that needs a great deal of repair. I know how vindictive and angry Dan is. If I used my name when expressing my feelings, he would retaliate when I as much as paint my stoop brown, after he trashed me all over town. But that you can take, because every one know his brain is not connected to his mouth. He can't help himself, he just gets out of his own control.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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Good.

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Anonymous
Re: Daniel Wrieden aka 'Queer Eye For The Historic House Guy'
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I'd like to know why this guy is making 45K as a starting salary, when most city jobs start at much less. For that kind of money can't we get someone with a architecture degree?
How's he get this job ? Who is his rabbi ? Is Tony Lambiasi his utimate boss? I can't believe such a kind and intelligent man as him has to put up with the likes of Dan.

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