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Re: Ledger article about building boom downtown
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How this city can be broke in the midst of a historic RE boom is going to be a great book someday.



exactly. exactlyexactlyexactly

Posted on: 2006/5/22 11:46
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Re: Wireless Internet - Steven Fulop
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I think it is great if you can get this done for free or on the cheap -- great stuff!

Posted on: 2006/5/22 11:42
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Re: Jersey City School Superintendent takes heat on 'obscene' compensation and five-star London trip
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Epps should give at least some money back: Manzo
Monday, May 22, 2006

Charles T. Epps Jr. should return some or all of the money he received as reimbursement for his expenses during his 2004 trip to England, said fellow 31st District Assemblyman Louis Manzo of Jersey City.

Epps, an Assemblyman as well as the state-appointed superintendent for Jersey City Public Schools, violated the district's policies regarding travel expenses and overnight stays that were in effect when he went to London and Oxford, and therefore should return the money, Manzo said.

"In light of the fact that he broke his own policy, he should do the right thing and give the money back," Manzo said.

Travel expenses were capped at $1,200 and staff members were limited to two overnight stays per school year for events outside the New Jersey/New York region. Epps was in England from July 15-24 on a trip that cost $8,195 for the "all inclusive" tuition to the conference at Oxford University, plus he was reimbursed $5,179.47 for expenses.

Manzo was one of the few Hudson County politicians willing to discuss Epps' trip.

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Union City Mayor and Assemblyman Brian Stack, West New York Mayor and Assemblyman Albio Sires, state Sen. and North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco and state Sen. Bernard Kenny of Hoboken all did not return phone calls for comment.

However, state Republicans have been quick to pounce on the details of Epps' trip.

"I challenge Assemblyman-slash-school superintendent Charles Epps to find one student in Jersey City that his lavish trip to London benefited," New Jersey Republican Chairman Tom Wilson said.

"This is precisely the type of thing that undoes the credibility of the Abbott Districts and makes it hard for them to come to the state when they need money, because we can't trust that it's going into the classroom where it belongs," he said.

Posted on: 2006/5/22 11:38
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Re: Wireless Internet - Steven Fulop
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I Appreciate the feedback. A couple of points related to your posts. Apologies on the length


1) I will bring up the website at today’s caucus and that it’s in dire need of being overhauled. I will let you know where this goes


2) It was also pointed out that I get out-voted often on some important issues whether it is a hiring freeze, removing Chief Troy or abatements… This is a fact, but it doesn’t mean that what I am saying is not the truth. The reality is that sometimes the actual vote result is not the most important aspect but turning the spotlight on something that is very wrong often has the same effect. We won the seat despite the political organization and that affords some freedom as to what I can do. The police Chief issue had some serious impact for him to reform, or the detective promotions that were on deck will likely not happen….


3) With regards to prioritizing issues in the city, some of you have mentioned that you would prefer that I focus on other items that are more pressing. I recognize this point may seem valid, but I plead that you recognize that I put my time to working on several initiatives at the same time including entertainment ordinances, ethics policy, dog run, abatement overhaul, Newark Avenue/Christopher Columbus…. Of which many of you have been very involved. In the past year, you may not realize but we got much accomplished, even with issues like street paving that was cited here, relative to the rest of the city we managed in Ward E to get the most streets paved versus any other ward. Things are far from perfect and I will be the first to say, but I am happy with many aspects of the last year


4) On the wireless internet, maybe it is just I feel with a little work it is doable. This past week I finished my Marine Corps commitment, and the dual Master Programs at both Columbia and NYU so I will be the first to say that I have added capacity and will do much of the lifting on this as long as volunteers are with me. There are many different models on how municipal wireless can work from revenue generating, to low cost to the private entity, to free fro advertising. The reality is that this is a new space and there is uncertainty on both the public/private side which poses an opportunity if we are smart about it.


I think it is important that we are on the earlier side with this project and I am sure that if some of you are willing to help out we can put together something that we can all be proud of. Once again, as always I appreciate the feedback and as I say at the community meetings, I am always thankful for the opportunity to represent you on the council


Sincerely
Steven Fulop

Posted on: 2006/5/22 11:19
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Re: Peruvian: Ceviche's, in the Heights
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I went to Ceviche's this past Saturday on the recommendations posted below. Wow, I was not disappointed. It is definitely a romantic and secluded place in "da Hood." Quite striking actually.

The wait staff was pleasant, friendly. We were actually presented with a wine and liquor menu. We, of course ordered the Sangria, which was great. My partner oredered chicken soup for an appetizer. If you like cilantro and ginger in a soup superbly prepared, you won't be disappointed.

My partner ordered the ceviche mixto and we both thought that it was too salty, but still very good. I ordered the ceviche compdrone?, the shrimp in a tomato and orange juice sauce. Fantastic.

We didn't order the coconut flan, but another one recommended by the waiter. We were surprised to find it was very dense and had a texture unlike any other flan I have tasted. Besides being a bit bizarre, the flan was really good.

The coffee is good and very, very strong.

I found the music overwhelming at times. It was simply too loud for our enjoyment, but perhaps others like that.

During the dessert, the owner/chef, Rob, came up to us and introduced himself. Nice touch.

This place is definitely for couples, but they are very child friendly and offer a whole menu of options for the wee ones. Am I willing to share this wonderful place with my kids? Probably not, but others may feel differently :0)

Thanks ErieSt for the fantastic recommendation!

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We went there this past weekend and it was awesome!! Food was delicious and cheap -- we shared an appetizer and a salad (both huge), each had a main dish ($8-$10) and shared a to-die-for coconut flan, and the bill came under $40 (w/o tip). The ambiance is quite nice too! Definitely worth a drive to the Heights... I think it's BYOB, which makes it even more of a bargain.

Posted on: 2006/5/22 10:49
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Re: Bank Robber Tosses Money on Newark Avenue to Escape
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I thought it would only be a $10 reward!

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Hey, I lost $20 downtown the other day...There is a $20 reward.

Posted on: 2006/5/22 10:48
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Re: Bank Robber Tosses Money on Newark Avenue to Escape
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Hey, I lost $20 downtown the other day. Anybody finds it PM me. I can describe the lost property and you can mail it to me. There is a $20 reward.

Posted on: 2006/5/22 10:40
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Bank Robber Tosses Money on Newark Avenue to Escape
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FLYING MONEY
Monday, May 22, 2006
By STEVEN LEMONGELLO
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

Bank robber tosses $20's to escape

It was addition by subtraction for a man who robbed a Jersey City bank on Saturday and evaded capture by throwing some of the stolen cash over his shoulder as he fled from a security guard.

Faced with the prospect of watching his employers' $20 bills blow away in the wind, the guard stopped up to pick up the loot while the robber got away with the rest, reports said.

The robber walked into the North Fork Bank, 201 Newark Ave., shortly after 2:30 p.m., reports said. He handed a teller a note demanding $10,000 and a bag to put it in. He never showed a weapon nor claimed to have one, police said.

The teller filled the bag with $5,642, mostly in $20 bills. As he walked away, the teller pushed the hold-up alarm and shouted "We've been robbed!"

The security guard managed to grab the thief by the arm, but the robber wriggled free and then threw the cash behind him as he fled north on Coles Street.

The robber got away with $4,217 - not including the $1,425 he dropped to slow down the guard's pursuit, reports said.

The thief was described by witnesses as in his late 40s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a beige hat, a white hooded sweatshirt and silver eyeglasses, police said.

A man fitting a similar description robbed a Weehawken bank on May 12, also without showing a weapon, but investigators have not made any connection between the two crimes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (973) 792-3000.

Posted on: 2006/5/22 10:34
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Re: Ledger article about building boom downtown
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There won't be a sea of new kids from these luxury condos using JC's public schools


Parents living in tax-abated condos already are sending huge floods of children into Learning Community Charter School (only 25 percent of the kids who apply through the kindergarten lottery are getting in) and P.S. 16/Bradford (a public school in Paulus Hook which has no playground but does have a great principal, great teachers and a genuinely diverse mix of students.)

Once the new condos go up, getting a child into Learning Community, Cordero or the downtown private schools will be next to impossible.

The one good side effect is that a flood of downtown condo kids might lead to a lot of improvement at the marginal downtown schools -- Cordero, Conti, Conwill.

Posted on: 2006/5/22 10:20
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Re: Join Team Vas
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wha? As opposed to representing the Republican wing of the Democratic Party?


When someone claims to represent "the democratic wing of the democratic party" that's a code word for "I am almost totally unelectable, and if I do somehow manage to get elected, I will be absolutely marginalized and innefectual"

Think "Niel Kinnock"


Maybe if Joe Vas were running for President, but he's not. He's running for the Democratic nomination in a district which is about as slam dunk Democratic as you can get. There were some thoughts in the 80s that it could go Republican, but it never happened. That is, of course, one reason (if not the only reason) that Sires switched parties.

Posted on: 2006/5/22 10:20
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Re: Wireless Internet - Steven Fulop
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Not much to add to this topic, except to say that I fully support the efforts. A fully wired city is a great amenity that adds to the quality of life and attracts new residents who are creative and entrepeneurial.

Posted on: 2006/5/22 10:13
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2006 PRESERVATION AWARDS CEREMONY
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The JERSEY CITY LANDMARKS CONSERVANCY is proud to announce the winners of the

2006 PRESERVATION AWARDS

for our upcoming:

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After nearly six months of deliberating over board-nominated candidates, conducting historical research and interviews and making multiple site visits, we have selected the following outstanding examples of bricks-and-mortar restoration, preservation promotion, scholarship, grass roots advocacy and lifetime achievement:

EXCELLENCE IN PRESERVATION AWARD

This award, given to three separate property owners, recognizes the recent restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of a building, structure or object that exemplifies a high regard for the resource's historical and architectural integrity.

Charlie Hewitt and Tom Watts
for The Bath House, 1903
5-11 Coles Street
The Italian Village
Jersey City, New Jersey
Inglese Architecture and Engineering
(Architect of Record)
Donahoe Brothers, Inc.
(General Contractor)


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Dennis Doran
Private 19thh Century Victorian Residence
55 Summit Avenue
Bergen Hill
Jersey City, New Jersey


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Giuseppe LoPiccolo
Creative R & D, LLC
Private 19th Century Italianate Clapboard Row House
336 8th Street
Hamilton Park Historic District
Jersey City, New Jersey


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2006 PRESERVATION INITIATIVE AWARD

This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts by an individual or organization in promoting the preservation and/or protection of a historic resource.

Grace Lutheran Church
982 Summit Avenue
Jersey City Heights
Jersey City, New Jersey


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2006 J. OWEN GRUNDY HISTORY AWARD

Named after the city's late historian, the J. Owen Grundy History Award recognizes work that chronicles, through a written or visual medium, Jersey City history.

Thomas Fleming, Author
"Mysteries of My Father: An Irish-American Memoir"


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2006 THEODORE CONRAD PRESERVATIONIST AWARD

Named after Jersey City's late influential preservationist, the Theodore Conrad Preservationist Award recognizes local grassroots historic preservation efforts.

Sam Pesin and The Friends of Liberty State Park

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2006 LIVING LEGEND AWARD

The Living Legend Award is given to someone, who through his or her experience, embodies the history of Jersey City.

The Reverend Robert Castle

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The 2006 Awardees will be celebrated at our 6th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony, a special public event on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in Journal Square from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Presented by the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy at the conclusion of National Historic Preservation Month. Sponsored by Metrovest, Lord Abbett, PSE&G, Lindemon Winckelmann Deupree Martin and Associates, Van Vorst Park Association, Goldman Sachs, Liberty Realty and the historic Temple Beth-El.

We are thrilled to be able to recognize and bestow honors upon these heroes of the preservation community, and we hope you are able to attend the ceremony to meet them and sing their praises!

The event will include live lobby music, buffet, wine, slide show, exhibit, presentation of awards and a private tour of the theatre. In 2005 we drew a crowd of over 250, but we hope to top that number this year, demonstrating the public's growing passion for--and commitment to--historic preservation in Jersey City.


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You may purchase your ticket for $25 at the local businesses listed below or at the Loew's box office on the night of the event.

Beechwood Cafe, 290 Grove Street
Garden State News, 366 Central Avenue
GO (Gourmet Organic), 611 Jersey Avenue

For more information about tickets and the ceremony, please call Joshua Parkhurst at (201) 332-4704 or e-mail: jscparkhurst@hotmail.com

The 2006 Awards Ceremony is also made possible by the generous contributions of Friends of the Loew's, FastFrame Hoboken, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Bar Majestic. Special thanks goes out to Lycel Villanueva, Leon Yost, Christine Bee, Laura Fraschilla, Pat Guida, Cynthia Harris, The New Jersey Room, and all of our dedicated 2006 Preservation Awards Ceremony volunteers!


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As a special precursor to the May 31 Awards Ceremony, the Conservancy, in collaboration with the Jersey City Museum, will be holding a one-time public screening of the 1991 film "Cousin Bobby" at the Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery Street, on Tuesday, May 30, from 6: 00 to 8:00 p.m.

The 70-minute film focuses on the embattled life and times of the Rev. Robert Castle, a 1960s-era Episcopal priest in the heart of Jersey City's then-blighted Bergen Hill neighborhood and, later, after a self-imposed exile, Harlem. In the eyes of the Jersey City politicians and police, Castle was a constant thorn, a reckless civil rights advocate who knew no rest; to the African-American and Latino communities, he was a selfless civic leader, a savior for the silenced and oft-persecuted minority.

Demme, the director of such acclaimed films as "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," made "Cousin Bobby" as a tribute to his older cousin Castle. Critics praised the film's honesty and gripping portrait of one of the most controversial yet important religious figures to emerge out of the Civil Rights Movement.

A brief Q&A will follow the screening. Mr. Demme will not be able to attend the museum event, but he is scheduled to attend the Preservation Awards Ceremony to watch his cousin receive long-overdue recognition.

Tickets are $10 at the museum reception desk, or you may reserve your seat inside the museum's Caroline L. Guarini Theater with a credit card by calling the museum at 201-413-0303 x 141.

I hope to see everyone at both the Awards Ceremony and the "Cousin Bobby" screening!

John Gomez
Founder and Past President
Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy


More info at www. jclandmarks.org

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Re: Post your Pimp Sightings Here
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Jus saw him headed west on Jersey in front of Carolina's Laundromat - in the red & black outfit, w/cane and hat. Had to explain to my dad (visiting from out of town) the significance of Tha Pimp!

Posted on: 2006/5/21 19:45
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Re: Ledger article about building boom downtown
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Muffintops

I'm not sure once you get out of the tourist area that Hong Kong is much cleaner than any other big city.

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---"It's like Hong Kong," Mayor Jerramiah Healy said. ----
Yes - except Hong Kong is and always will be 10 million times cleaner streetwise than JC. arg - what a bad comparison.


And Brewster,
I almost bought a place on Morningside Park & 120th Street -- I am glad I bought here instead.

I think there are lots of parks here - Liberty State - Hamilton - Van V and the other parks that I don't know the names of on Brunswick near 10th street and the other one with Ball fields under the turnpike -- also if the embankment happens that will add even more (I would be happy if it does become a light rail & bike walkway It would be ashame if it is just a light rail track.) Anyway I think once the waterfront walkway-park is completed and we can walk and bike all up and down the Hudson River we will really have something.

I think Downtown is pretty lucky as far as parks go. I do like that people like yourself keep after the city and the developers, but I do think Healy is trying to get as much development in the tube for downtown (before the real estate market tanks) and I think this is good for Downtown's future -- it might be ten years or more till we see a boom like this -- if ever.

There won't be a sea of new kids from these luxury condos using JC's public schools and the city will be getting a lot more money from these new people than if it did nothing to bring them here. We are talking about 30,000 or more well off people coming to downtown.

I like the new faces and I feel safer already - this is great for downtown - we all need to lose our cars! We also should pick up trash ourselves and stop the whining. It's our town!

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Re: Ledger article about building boom downtown
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[quote]]Hey Healy - how bout fixing the overturned garbage can on Wayne and jersey before you agree to another tax abated high rise. It's been two freaking weeks![/b]


Amen. Nothing like nonstop potholes, overturned garbage and $1 million dollar one-bedroom condos to make me feel like I live in the greatest town in the world! Woohoo!

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Re: Ledger article about building boom downtown
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Give me the crowds -- you can always put up another baby swing"


No, in the broader sense, you can't. Once wall to wall development has taken place with no creation of greenspace other than tiny patches like they have in Newport, you can't go in and build a decent park.

I'm an ex-manhattanite who also applauds the positives of our continuing gentrification, but one of the places I lived was Morningside Heights, with Morningside Park, Riverside Park and Central Park all within an easy walk. A great city is more than just coffee bars and sushi.

What's going on here is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and JC is blowing it by it's doing business as usual, without any overall vision. You should see the plans Lefrak has for 10th st. They want significant increases in density and height for 3 buildings by giving tiny "parks" on each property. The real joke is that they will be out of sight on top the embankment!

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---"It's like Hong Kong," Mayor Jerramiah Healy said. ----


Yes - except Hong Kong is and always will be 10 million times cleaner streetwise than JC. arg - what a bad comparison.

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Donald Trump is building two towers, one 50 stories and the other 55. Big suburban players like Toll Bros. and K. Hovnanian Homes are building their own large-scale residential buildings.

"It's like Hong Kong," Mayor Jerramiah Healy said.


Do you think Healy even KNOWS where Hong Kong is?

Hey Healy - how bout fixing the overturned garbage can on Wayne and jersey before you agree to another tax abated high rise. It's been two freaking weeks!

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Re: Ledger article about building boom downtown
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I like that Healy said "Residents are going to have to start living like they do in Manhattan. You have several PATH stops and light rail, so you don't need a car."

I think he is telling it as it is! Too many people downtown are only worried that they will have trouble parking in the future.

I also liked that when asked whether he believed the rush of new development was going too far, Healy said: "I'm not going to say there is too much success, too much prosperity. This city was hurting for a long time. I'm happy for whatever interest, investment and development done in Jersey City."

We are lucky that this is happening for Downtown Jersey City -- if you don't want to live in a much safer place, a place more like manhattan then move up to the heights, or out to the burbs -- I hope downtown ends up very much like Manhattan and Brooklyn. Give me the crowds -- you can always put up another baby swing"

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Yeah, all those people staying here with their kids, except that if they live in a abated property they pay no school taxes.

What also amazes me is that while proximity to parks is a staple of the realty ads, not one of the local developers is actually willing to build a real one. The city is too broke and inept to even maintain what it has, so we get 15k new apartments and no new parkspace for them.

For example, Hamilton Park will be the local park all the new development on 10th, Brunswick, and up Jersey and Coles to the Hoboken line, and split the Grove Pointe-Marin traffic with VVP. The wait for a kiddie swing will seem like Disneyworld.

How this city can be broke in the midst of a historic RE boom is going to be a great book someday. It's too bad we don't have a local newspaper. (sarcasm)

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Re: Ledger article about building boom downtown
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Great four page article -- It was picked up in countless papers all over the country -- it's even in Newsday -- I am reprinting it here because sometimes old computers crash when going to news sites. Great time to be in Jersey City -- Lots of new faces of people from Manhattan and Brooklyn moving in!
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BUILDING BOOM

The wholesale revitalization of Jersey City is exciting, but not without growing pains

Sunday, May 21, 2006
BY STEVE CHAMBERS
Star-Ledger Staff

There's a gold rush happening on New Jersey's Gold Coast.

Within an eight-block radius of City Hall in Jersey City, a half- dozen heavy duty cranes stand like giraffes looking over an unprecedented wave of residential development.

Consider that 4,600 housing units are under construction in the city and another 4,400 are approved. Ten thousand more -- vir tually all in luxury skyscrapers -- are planned during the next decade, an infusion of wealth and highly educated professionals into a city many had given up for dead a generation ago.

And these are no fly-by-night developers. Donald Trump is building two towers, one 50 stories and the other 55. Big suburban players like Toll Bros. and K. Hovnanian Homes are building their own large-scale residential buildings.

"It's like Hong Kong," Mayor Jerramiah Healy said.

With growth like this, no other city in New Jersey is likely to change its character as much as Jersey City over the next 10 years. City fathers say it will become a sixth borough of New York, with all its fabulous wealth and exciting night life.

But it will come at a cost.

The city already has huge demographic divides. The downtown below the Palisades and along the Hudson River has been transformed from a Latino barrio to an increasingly wealthy, white and Asian enclave over the past two decades.

The money is creeping up the hill, but the downtown still has the feel of a separate city. Brownstones the city all but gave away during the early 1980s sell for nearly $1 million. Parks like Hamilton and Van Vorst are filled with young children, and residents are no longer moving away to the suburbs after their children reach school age.

These downtown newcomers have, in recent years, begun to mo bilize more against the rapid growth, packing Planning Board meetings to force concessions from developers and grumbling about the coming traffic and the shortage of open space.

"Honestly, it is exciting, but it's also a little frightening," said Vale rio Luccio, who chairs the Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations. "It's also tiring. I feel like I am going from meeting to meeting to hold down the fort. I feel like the little boy with his finger in the dike."

REVERSING THE LONG DECLINE

Developers insist they are only scratching the surface of incredible demand. They point to Manhattan's high prices and commuter weariness in the suburbs.

"Jersey City is the best-kept se cret," said Peter Mocco, who plans 7,000 residential units at Liberty Harbor North. "The more people who find out about it, the better it is for everyone. It's so exciting. I don't believe with all the development under construction or planned that we will meet the need."

Carl Goldberg, whose Roseland Property three years ago finished a 40-story residential building close to the waterfront called Marbella, said it has one vacant apartment. This despite rental prices that start at $1,750 for studios and rise to $3,815 for three bedrooms.

"The urban lifestyle once predicted for the Gold Coast is finally coming into its own," he said. "It's a maturation of the lifestyle. All the quality-of-life elements are there: mass transportation, retail opportunities, a restaurant scene."

Like most cities in New Jersey, Jersey City had been on a long slow slide in population since the early 1900s, when Irish and Polish immi grants packed its crowded tenements.

With the rise of the suburbs after World War II, it accelerated, bleeding 80,000 residents until it reached a low of 220,000 in 1980. In 2000, it reached 240,000, nearly passing Newark to become the state's largest city.

ADDING A CITY

Given the flood of new construction -- it will add as many housing units as entire cities like Montclair by the next census -- the race for bragging rights may well be over.

Beginning in the 1980s, desperate city officials got things going by creating several downtown historic districts, selling units the city had seized for nonpayment of taxes for $8,000 and offering tax breaks that made them free. Then, a few deep- pocketed investors gambled on the waterfront, starting the Newport complex in 1986.

The key to the resurrection of the downtown was the PATH system -- with its direct rail links to Midtown Manhattan and Wall Street -- and some of the best views of the New York skyline anywhere. As New York City began its own climb, it dragged Jersey City with it.

PATH makes three stops downtown, which already boasts more office space than Denver or Cleveland, and has five historic districts filled with century-old brownstones and a growing number of luxury residential skyscrapers.

Daily ridership from those stops has steadily risen in recent years to surpass the previous highs realized before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Development got another boost beginning in 2000 with the coming of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, which acts like a modern-day trolley and has virtually blanketed the downtown with rail lines.

Some of the most explosive growth in recent years has followed that rail line west. Paulus Hook, a historic district on the southeast side of the downtown is now virtu ally built out, and growth is pressing west to Mocco's site, where the first of 26 new city blocks are going up on what had been a vacant dumping ground for construction debris.

The project is beginning with 667 townhouses and apartments built in lower-rise brick structures meant to mimic the adjacent Van Vorst historic district. But as the development continues south, plans call for 30-story buildings along the Morris Canal facing Liberty State Park.

WHAT THE RESIDENTS SAY

Friday morning, a steady stream of commuters and residents pushing strollers or walking dogs passed through Van Vorst Park, an oasis of green and quiet near the construction sites.

Margaret Whalley, 43, a mas sage therapist, and her husband moved to the city three years ago from Manhattan, partly because they thought it was a great place to raise two children. They had lived in the same neighborhood eight years ago and noticed big changes in their absence.

"The new restaurants are nice, but I hope it doesn't lose its edge with all the growth," Whalley said. "The diversity is great, and it's not as crowded as Manhattan. But I guess change is coming. It's inevitable."

Leila Haddad, 39, agreed. The owner of a café called Sweet Pris cilla, Haddad said she wonders if the 100-year-old sewer system, narrow road grid and sparse park space can handle the flood of new development. Like many others, she is worried recent tax hikes might drive out old timers -- even herself.

Still, she marvels at the changes. Her brownstone has tripled in value since she bought it eight years ago for $325,000.

"Traffic is already becoming a nightmare," she said. "But mostly I see positive changes. There is broad revitalization. People are raising children here, and they seem to be hanging in there after they're old enough to go to school."

There has been a bit more squawking in nearby sections like Hamilton Park, where residents are lobbying City Hall to create a park on a former railroad embankment that runs down Sixth Street.

URBAN FEVER

Mayor Healy said he would prefer to see a new light-rail line linking the waterfront through an existing tunnel called the Bergen Arches to the underutilized New Jersey Turnpike Exit 15X in the Meadowlands. Commuter lots or garages there could ferry thou sands of people downtown without clogging roads, he said.

"Residents are going to have to start living like they do in Manhattan," he said. "You have several PATH stops and light rail, so you don't need a car."

Asked whether he believed the rush of new development was going too far, Healy said: "I'm not going to say there is too much suc cess, too much prosperity. This city was hurting for a long time. I'm happy for whatever interest, investment and development done in Jersey City."

Stephen Marks, director of planning for Hudson County, said intense development is beginning to tax roads, parks and schools. There is room to grow, he added, but only if proper investments are made by developers and the state.

"It's an exciting time, and we are looking to double the amount of park space," he said. "But we can't do it alone."

The urban development fever has infected some of the state's most entrenched suburban builders -- ones who helped make sprawl a dirty word by putting up countless subdivisions on farm fields.

Toll Bros. is building a 230-unit high-rise on the northern end of the downtown, and K. Hovnanian Homes has already built one project in Paulus Hook. Hovnanian, the state's largest developer, also is negotiating to purchase a downtown lot and convert two approved office towers into a residential project.

"It's a reflection of how effective the state's land-use policies have been," said Doug Fenichel, a Hovnanian spokesman. "We've become an urban builder."

Steve Chambers covers land-use issues. He may be reached at scham bers@starledger.com or (973) 392-1674.

Posted on: 2006/5/21 11:30

Edited by GrovePath on 2006/5/21 12:23:45
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Ledger article about building boom downtown
Not too shy to talk
Not too shy to talk


It's so exciting to live downtown during all of this.

Building Boom

Posted on: 2006/5/21 10:30
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Re: Post your Pimp Sightings Here
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Newbie


I need to see this man's closet - his color schemes are incredible ;)

Posted on: 2006/5/20 23:55
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Re: Wireless Internet - Steven Fulop
Just can't stay away
Just can't stay away


Quote:

Falcon wrote:
glx, if it is 100% illegal to use unsecured wireless connections then show me the law that says so and tell the FBI that I want to turn myself in.


You pointed to an article that discusses sharing of connections where the owner of the connection has decided they want to share it.

I'd say about 90% of open access points are open because of being naive.. Newer AP's ship secured out of the box, but there's still a lot of legacy crap around and there are people who turn it off because it's a hassle.

And sorry, I misspoke. In some states, it's known as "unauthorized access to a computer network"

I don't know how much more cut and dry it could actually be. If you had a cordless phone that happened to be on the same frequency as your neighbors and you picked up the phone and made calls from their line, would that be legal? No.

I don't know NJ's specific law and I really don't feel like digging it out, but if someone wanted to have you prosecuted for being on their wireless network, I'm sure they could find a law to apply to you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wardriving for some n00b detail (focuses more on listening to find networks, not necessarily using them).

Posted on: 2006/5/20 22:25
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Re: Wireless Internet - Steven Fulop
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glx, if it is 100% illegal to use unsecured wireless connections then show me the law that says so and tell the FBI that I want to turn myself in.

Posted on: 2006/5/20 21:39
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Re: Residential Projects Dominate Landscape - 15,000 Residential Units are Coming to Downtown Jersey
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Quite a regular


I definitely think that Downtown JC is going to attract a lot of New Yorkers. I mean, I've lived in Brooklyn and I'd choose JC anyday b/c I get to work in about 6-10 minutes (versus 35+ from Park Slope Brooklyn) and you don't have to pay the NYC tax, plus rents are a bit cheaper. And, I like that we sorta have a combo of city life...with the burbs being so close. I can easily get to all my favorite suburban places, have a car, etc. A lot harder in Manhattan or Brooklyn, etc.

That being said, I do hope the market cools down...we'll be ready to buy in 2-3 years :)

Posted on: 2006/5/20 17:37
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Re: Wireless Internet - Steven Fulop
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Just can't stay away


Quote:

Falcon wrote:
I get free WiFi access in most areas downtown Jersey City, NJ right now; just sitting in front of buildings. Some people living in apartment buildings do not pay for a internet connection because they get it for free from their neighbor without them even knowing, this is perfectly legal and safe for all parties involved.



No, it's not perfectly legal. It's completely 100% illegal and is considered Theft of Services. It's a felony and not only would the JCPD like to have a word with you (if they actually cared) but the FBI would, too. You're committing a crime against both the service provider and the customer.


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As far as city government providing free internet access, this would be very costly with WiFi because each antenna can only reach a 500' radius... However there is a new technology emerging called WiMAX IEEE 802.16. A WiMAX antenna can reach 30 miles and WiMAX is much faster than DSL or Road Runner.

WiMAX may take a few years to become available, Intel



802.11 (standard WiFi) can be made to reach a 1-square-mile radius with off-the-shelf antennas and the correct type of access points. Putting in WiMax (which at this point would be Pre-N) gear when the idea is to serve the poor and underserved would be foolish - WiFi gear is cheap and accessible - you can get cards for even the oldest PC's for under $20.



Anyways, as a technologist I think this is a bad move for the city. With all of the other problems going on, this should be the least of our concerns. Let's wait until we get a deal like SF where Google or some other large company will put it in, for free, and support it simply from ad revenue that they already get. In the meantime, let the free market serve the citizens. Most people in JC can get the stripped down Verizon DSL for $17.95/month. Those who can't have Comcast and other smaller wireless solution providers. Eventually FIOS will make it's way to JC (not holding my breath, but it'll come..) which will make very fast connections very cheap, negating the need for free WiFi for the most part.

Supporting a large meshed network like this will become a large hassle and headache. Coverage will dip in and out (good luck getting signal into the concrete and stone buildings). People think of the "soft" issues like helping people configure their PC's, etc... The hard issues will come around when people use the connection for illegal purposes and then the City law department has to hire 10 lawyers to get involved every time they have to respond to subpoenas because someone is downloading Metallica in VVP and someone's downloading illegal porn at the Taqueria.

Posted on: 2006/5/20 8:35
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Re: Wireless Internet - Steven Fulop
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Not too shy to talk



Posted on: 2006/5/20 8:08
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Re: Residential Projects Dominate Landscape - 15,000 Residential Units are Coming to Downtown Jersey
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Just can't stay away


Quote:

Hello wrote:
Did anyone save this map? I tried getting it again and no luck.


The map is still there:

http://www.nj.com/jjournal/pdf/developmentmap.pdf

Posted on: 2006/5/20 0:28
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Re: **CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS IN JERSEY CITY ***
Home away from home
Home away from home


Broadway comes to Jersey City
Jersey City can boast about being home to at least two of this year's nominees for the Tony Awards, which honors Broadway's best performances.

John Lloyd Young, who portrays singer Frankie Valli in "Jersey Boys" and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes, who belts out showstoppers as Shug Avery in "The Color Purple," were nominated today for the coveted prizes.

When reached at home, both performers were thrilled.

"When I learned about it, I just wanted to scream," said Withers-Mendes, who lives in the Journal Square area. "Then, I wanted a huge breakfast."

Young learned the news this morning, at the same moment millions of other people did -- watching TV this morning. He said he watched the announcement on CBS's "The Early Show" with his girlfriend at their Newport-area residence.

"We were very excited as we watched it together," Young said. "Now, she has to think about a Tony dress. And I’ll buy it for her."

Young, an odds-on Tony favorite since reviewers showered glowing reviews on his "Jersey Boys" performance, said he became surprisingly apprehensive about his chances as the big announcement came in.

"I've watched the Tony Awards nominations show for years and there were always four names in a category," Young said. "So, when they got to the fourth name in my category I was thinking 'that was it.' I forgot that they've changed it to five names per category. That's when they announced my name last."

The awards show will air June 11 on CBS.

Read all about Hudson's Tony nominees in tomorrow's Jersey Journal.

Posted on: 2006/5/20 0:02
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