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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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Coffee and Cookies ice cream at Torico's

Brunch at Ria's

My 30 minute, door to door commute to Newark while so many of my co-workers travel hours.

Getting a drink at the Ale House

Having options as to where I want to run (waterfront, parks, LSP)

Access to very good, very strong cafe con leches.

Galleries

Posted on: 2006/7/11 10:28
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Re: Healy and emails
Home away from home
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DanL wrote:
No, I never received a written or telephone response to any letters or email sent to former Councilman Maldonado. As posted on jclist in the past, while I found him accessible, during my two year tenure as Harsimus Cove Association president (calendar years 2003 and 2004), I never received a response, by letter, by email or by phone to letters or emails that I sent on behalf of HCA.

Since you are bringing this up, I never met or knew who you were until a November 2004 council meeting when you approached and offered me a complementary ticket to a political fundraiser.

In early 2005, I believe February, when I was no longer on the board of HCA, you called me out of the blue at my business and updated me on a whole range of issues. From this conversation resulted a difference of opinion regarding a meeting that you offered to set up with Councilman Maldonado on the Warehouse District / PAD.

In order to get a response from the councilman, I had to ask face to face.

My only non face to face communication was during some demo of 110 First Street, I was given his cell phone number by a neighbor too timid to call him on a Sunday. I called him and he had already been to the scene, also saying not to hesitate calling.

As I said, he was accessible, but no, never responded to written mail or email correspondence.




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r_pinkowitz wrote:

Dan, I’m only responding to the comment "never from any other council person"

During my two years with Former Councilman Maldonado, there were numerous communications from you, to both the Councilman and/or myself and at all times one of us responded to you, either by phone, email or even getting into our cars to respond to a situation.
Your home and work number was on both of our cells phones because we spoke with you that many times. And, his office was always readily available to you and all other constituents.



Dan, you’ve lost your mind!

You’re correct on one point and ONE point only, we never corresponded via city e-mail. BECAUSE YOU WOULD ONLY SEND E-MAILS TO MY AOL HOME ACCOUNT! Btw, the tickets we offered to you and everyone else… was to the fundraiser that was being done for the victims of the Tsunami, where 100% of the proceeds went to Unicef.

Also, I had nothing to do with PAD and left that strictly to the Councilman, the only involvement I had was with 110/111 when they were not working within the scoop of their permits and the city ordinances. I would never have made a call to anyone to discuss the PAD since I wasn’t fully knowledgeable in that area.

You really do have a distorted view on the correct facts.

Have a happy day, as always it's a pleasure.

Posted on: 2006/7/11 10:27

Edited by r_pinkowitz on 2006/7/11 11:05:07
Edited by r_pinkowitz on 2006/7/11 11:07:18
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Re: NWA Hypocrit
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JPhurst wrote:
It is quite a warped world when someone believes "I can't take my car there" translates to "I can't go there at all." That may fly in the suburbs, but not there.



the issue isn't that people can't go there at all. The issue is that some people can't acces the road with their vehicles, and others can, and that the road is funded from the general trasury as a public access road. If it is funded that way, then that's what it should be. If it isn't that, then don't fund it that way. It seems to me that the folks down there want aprivate road, but don't want to pay for it. Aside from slinging around the word "suburbs", how is that defensible? A serious question- please address it.



If you can't take your car down a public access road, that means its not a public access road. Wether its in the city, the suburbs, or a national park is irrelevant.

I'll quote from wikipedia, its not WESTLAW, but its cheaper:

" A public road is a road that is open to common use by the general population...the majority of paved roads are public, and traffic laws apply to them, for instance:

* speed limits
* drunk driving laws
* depending on the state, bicycles and pedestrians cannot be banned unless the road is limited access"

"A private road is a road owned and maintained by a private individual, organization, or company rather than by a government. Consequently, unauthorized use of the road may be considered trespassing, and some of the usual rules of the road may not apply. The most common type of private road is a residential road maintained by a homeowners association, co-op, or other group of individual homeowners. "

If its not used by vehicles, then its a public walk, or a park. This is funded differently, and maintained differently, than a public road. Given that the state of roads in JC is a disgrace, why are we wasting resources maintainng an asphalt road that is not used as a road?


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At this point, the city should just eliminate the street entirely, create a nice streetscape, and turn it into an extension of the park.


That would be fine- a public park open to the public, not a road open to some people's vehicles but financed by all.

Posted on: 2006/7/11 10:19
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Re: Healy and emails
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Quite a regular


This is what I sent:

Subject: FREE BEER

Mayor Healy, Now that I have your attention can you please take a walk down to the Grove St PATH and tell me why it is so dirty and dilapidated. If you need directions just ask anyone who lives in Jersey City. Try to resist having a 40 with the regulars at the station.

Thanks!

Posted on: 2006/7/11 10:05
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Re: NWA Hypocrit
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Home away from home


It is quite a warped world when someone believes "I can't take my car there" translates to "I can't go there at all." That may fly in the suburbs, but not there.

I don't live in Paulus Hook. I live in Van Vorst Park. I don't have kids yet and in any event wouldn't send them to play on a strip of asphalt.

There is no reason for Paulus Hook residents to pay for closing the street, since the public will still walk through there to enjoy the park and the memorial.

The city did not "take" a public street for private use (taking refers to the opposite anyway, you and Sonia are butchering property law). Rather, it converted a vehicular access strip which would hinder enjoyment of the park and memorial to a pedestrian access strip which enhances it. At this point, the city should just eliminate the street entirely, create a nice streetscape, and turn it into an extension of the park.

Obviously having open space benefits those who are closest to it, because they can enjoy it the most. But given that downtown Jersey City has some of the least amount of open space anywhere, to say that residents are a "special interest" for having a strip of asphalt cut off from vehicular access is laughable.

Posted on: 2006/7/11 10:02
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
Quite a regular
Quite a regular


walking around downtown
quick commute on the PATH train
glimpses of the Statue of Liberty from the light rail
interesting, diverse neighbors
affordable housing (relative to NYC)
Madame Claude
the downtown artists studio tour
Hamilton and VV parks
the Jersey City Museum
JC List

Posted on: 2006/7/11 9:38
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Re: NWA Hypocrit
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Quote:

JPhurst wrote:
Her point is not essentially correct but fundamentally incorrect. There is a world of difference between deciding that a street should or should not have vehicular access and turning a public street into private property.

The street is still a public street. I can walk there (and do), you can walk there, Sonia can walk there. Anyone can take the light rail which is just a couple of blocks away. Anyone can take their car and park on any other street in Paulus Hook.

There were no "special interests" involved in this. There were residents of this city who realize that it would not be smart to have vehicular access to a cul de sac that abuts a memorial and a park.


Sorry JChurst, that's totally disingenious. Deciding that a street should not have vehicular access because you want your kids to play on it is essentially closing it off to the public as a street- a conduit for vehicles, which is why it was built, and why it was and is funded. I, you and Sonia, may walk there- but that's not what a street is for. That's what a sidewalk is for. Shall I lock down Grove Street or MArin and force you to find a different route to the tunnel, while justifying it by saying you can walk there? That doesn't wash. If I drag my condo association's BBQ grill onto my porch and say "I haven't confiscated it, you can all still use it set your beer on, just not for cooking" woudl that mean that I had not, in fact, appropriated it?


I also understand that the street is open for local residents who wish to park their cars in the complex, is that not correct? And if it is, then how do you define this as anything other than special interest?

The fact that its a cul-de-sac is irrelevant. Shall we bar vehicles from cul-de-sacs that abut shopping malls? These actually get more foot traffic than that park, which probably 20 people a year visit and most folks don't know exists.

I am well aware that its nice and pleasent for the folks there to have kiddie playground. I have no problem with that, if they pay for it. If you want the street, fine, pay to keep it up, or pay to turn it into a grassy field, or whatever. It irks me that we don't have the cash to install street lights, but we have the funds to maitnain the asphalt in a private road of some noisy toddler wavers.

Posted on: 2006/7/11 9:35
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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Positively Thinking...

* Actually being able to afford a lovely old house, right plunk across the river from New York City.

* The beauty of the Loew's Jersey, and the classic film shows offered there.

* Incredibly cool neighbors, who actually look out for one another.

* Parmigiana House, and their unbelievably tasty marinara sauce.

* The kooky mix of disappointment and staunch pride that the old-timers have for this city and the way it's run.

* My own backyard, with no neighborhood association to tell me what to do with it.

* The Light Rail - yessir, it's wonderful.

* The PATH system - it ain't so bad, either. Much cleaner and more efficient than a good deal of of the NYC subway.

Posted on: 2006/7/11 9:29
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Re: Healy and emails
Home away from home
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No, I never received a written or telephone response to any letters or email sent to former Councilman Maldonado. As posted on jclist in the past, while I found him accessible, during my two year tenure as Harsimus Cove Association president (calendar years 2003 and 2004), I never received a response, by letter, by email or by phone to letters or emails that I sent on behalf of HCA.

Since you are bringing this up, I never met or knew who you were until a November 2004 council meeting when you approached and offered me a complementary ticket to a political fundraiser.

In early 2005, I believe February, when I was no longer on the board of HCA, you called me out of the blue at my business and updated me on a whole range of issues. From this conversation resulted a difference of opinion regarding a meeting that you offered to set up with Councilman Maldonado on the Warehouse District / PAD.

In order to get a response from the councilman, I had to ask face to face.

My only non face to face communication was during some demo of 110 First Street, I was given his cell phone number by a neighbor too timid to call him on a Sunday. I called him and he had already been to the scene, also saying not to hesitate calling.

As I said, he was accessible, but no, never responded to written mail or email correspondence.




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r_pinkowitz wrote:

Dan, I’m only responding to the comment "never from any other council person"

During my two years with Former Councilman Maldonado, there were numerous communications from you, to both the Councilman and/or myself and at all times one of us responded to you, either by phone, email or even getting into our cars to respond to a situation.
Your home and work number was on both of our cells phones because we spoke with you that many times. And, his office was always readily available to you and all other constituents.

Posted on: 2006/7/11 9:05
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Re: NWA Hypocrit
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Home away from home


Her point is not essentially correct but fundamentally incorrect. There is a world of difference between deciding that a street should or should not have vehicular access and turning a public street into private property.

The street is still a public street. I can walk there (and do), you can walk there, Sonia can walk there. Anyone can take the light rail which is just a couple of blocks away. Anyone can take their car and park on any other street in Paulus Hook.

There were no "special interests" involved in this. There were residents of this city who realize that it would not be smart to have vehicular access to a cul de sac that abuts a memorial and a park.

Posted on: 2006/7/11 8:58
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
Just can't stay away
Just can't stay away


WFMU!

(how did i forget?)

Posted on: 2006/7/11 7:07
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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Positive things I Like about Jersey City!!

1. seeing people more pathetic than me. YEAH I am a winner!

2.seeing the homeless people around the PATH trains (especially Randy and John) still ask me for money the day after I gave you a 20!!! nice memory dude!!!!

3. ALMOST getting shot, ALMOST!

4. NOT running for a seat on the Journal Square Path train to NYC like those NEWARK animals.....

5. Knowing NOT to Acknowledge ANYONE in the Journal Square area umm or Jersey City Area, keep your head down!! hahahahaha!!!

Posted on: 2006/7/11 3:28
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Re: NWA Hypocrit
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wether she is "playing lawyer" or not, her point is essentially correct. Whether or not toddlers enjoy the asphalt, the fact is that a road financed by my tax dollars is not available for my use- a "public" road has essentially been appropriated for the "private" use of tenants of that particular set of buildings in Paulus Hook.

I don't have any direct interest in the matter, as I live close enough to walk to the park, and don't own a car anyway (my wife does). But, on principle, I hate when special interests screw the public and then wave their toddlers as a distraction, whcih si what is happening here.

The city should sell the street to the local residents for a nominal fee, and then they can pay for their private bicycle training ground.

Posted on: 2006/7/11 2:24
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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I like that my next door neighbor doesn't blow up his house to get back at his wife.

Posted on: 2006/7/10 23:24
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Re: NWA Hypocrit
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Wow, Sonia's still at it. Now she's playing pretend lawyer and telling forum members that closing off the street to car traffic constitutes a "private taking of public property."

Memo to Sonia. The property is public and remains so. I walked there the other day. No one arrested me or told me I couldn't go there. Plenty of other people enter the park or the memorial, and they are under no illusions that this park is private property.

Of course, this misconception of Sonia's could have been easily cleared up if she just listened to the several people who pointed out her error. Instead she went on one of her campaigns of banning those that disagreed with her. Shame on her.

I also note that NWA has injected itself into a matter in which the local neighborhood associations had diligently worked on in the past. This is an insult to the Historic Paulus Hook Neighborhood Association and their members. So much for NWA being a team player with the rest of the downtown neighborhood associations.

Posted on: 2006/7/10 22:57
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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Quite a regular


Sometimes you don't know how much you miss things until you no longer have them. Here's my list

1. Bragging that the Statue of Liberty is in Jersey City.

2. Lincoln Park and it's amazing fountain.

3. The diversity of the people and cultures.

4. Not having to drive unless I want to.

5. Good friends.

6. Proximity to Manhattan and the Village.

7. The Merchant.

8. Rita and Joes (yum!!)

9. Unbelievably, the traffic (seriously these folks here can't drive).

10. The political scene is better than any telenovela on Univision!!

11. Mulu Baltena.

12. Lee Sims Chocolates.

These are in no particular order.

Posted on: 2006/7/10 22:55

Edited by Roaring20s on 2006/7/10 23:19:53
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Re: Three 40-plus story towers on 110 and 111 First Street sites.
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Quote:

jcheights wrote:

Philadelphia now has a huge ad campaign promoting itself as the middle-class artist alternative to what was once a semi-manageable NYC.


That's funny, because I've kind of already known that Philly was that for a while. I mean it doesn't exactly have as much of a gallery scene as NYC yet, but there's a lot going on in terms of music and art there, and there's definitely more of an energy and excitement in the scene that comes from young people being able to actually afford to live there and focus on their art.

Posted on: 2006/7/10 22:03
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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oh yeah, how could i forget

the ass end of the colgate clock :)

Posted on: 2006/7/10 21:42
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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1. ferry/water taxi (i wish this ran all week, all day every day!)

2. being able to walk to anywhere i need to go (even though i am a driving to work commuter)

3. great parks i can walk to like morris canal park (affectionately called the peninsula) and lsp

4. pet friendly, generally laid back atmosphere

5. taqueria

6. brownstone

7. all of those little "outta the way" places i want to check out, like the record store on brunswick, the fabric store on bergen and montgomery, white manna (yeah, even a diehard weird NJer like me hasn't been)

8. my patio

9. the powerhouse

10. diversity. i had been missing it since i moved from yonkers to the mountains :)

11. la rustique (the most life affirming margherita pie, if you desire such a thing)

12. lee's continental produce

13. the path

these are in no particular order :)

Posted on: 2006/7/10 21:34
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Re: Healy and emails
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Quote:

DanL wrote:
Worse, never have received a response from Council President Vega to emails or written correspondence during this or prior council terms, never from any other council person EXCEPT current Ward E Councilman Steven Fulop, who in my experience responds to every, letter, email and phone call.
.


Dan, I’m only responding to the comment "never from any other council person"

During my two years with Former Councilman Maldonado, there were numerous communications from you, to both the Councilman and/or myself and at all times one of us responded to you, either by phone, email or even getting into our cars to respond to a situation.
Your home and work number was on both of our cells phones because we spoke with you that many times. And, his office was always readily available to you and all other constituents.

Posted on: 2006/7/10 21:06
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Re: Three 40-plus story towers on 110 and 111 First Street sites.
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There are no artists in Soho, there hasn't been any artists living there for at least 10-15 years, they were priced out long ago. Many of them are living in Williamsburg or in the outer boroughs. Many of the galleries have also moved as well.

Posted on: 2006/7/10 20:19
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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Home away from home


Jersey City is stunningly beautiful, there are tons of cool restaurants, the people (including people from radically different demographic slices) are usually friendly, and I can walk everywhere. My real reaction to the car window smashing problem is, "Why would people who live downtown even own cars? Why don't you just join Zipcar?"

If all the Paulus Hook and Newport people who use their cars less than twice a month joined Zipcar, Zipcar could probably put 100 cars here and we could eliminate a few thousand giant paperweights from Jersey City parking garages.

Posted on: 2006/7/10 20:15
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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Not too shy to talk


1. the lightrail - its very cute.

2. diversity - i had to go to williamsburg this weekend and almost threw up from all the trustofarians.

3. my commute. the path may have its issues - but atleast i dont have to hear 'this f train will be going local' on a weekend and think 'omg thats 14 stops... i'm f'ed'

4. my mortgage - pay less that what i did in rent and got more squarefootage than anywhere else in the same proximity to nyc.

5. my neighbors - maybe a little ruff around the edges, but we all know eachother and say hi eachother. i like that.

6. a yard - ok so i share it with other people in the building... but its a big yard!

Posted on: 2006/7/10 19:57
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Re: NWA Hypocrit
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Quite a regular


Quote:

super_furry wrote:
Sonia argues that by closing off the street Newport residents are denied parking for a visit to the Korean War Memorial and Liberty State Park. This makes no sense. It is a 10 minute walk from Newport to the memorial. The walk is along the water, and a very pleasant stroll. The walk from the Korean War Memorial to LSP is about 15 minutes, and is a circuitous route, thru the Sandbar parking lot, the grimy recycling plant driveway, and over the foot bridge into the park. Her motives are transparent.

And I like this gem:

The road on Washington Street is asphalt, and perfect for parking.

I was by that way yesterday, and the area that she speaks of was filled with kids, toddlers and their parents enjoying the open space. The asphalt road is a perfect place for bikes with training wheels.


That part by the memorial is part of LSP, even though there is no connection to the rest of the park, so I guess there is a point there, but I didn't see it.

Posted on: 2006/7/10 19:34
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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1. my neighbors- some of the best people i've ever met
2. everything i want and need is within walking distance
3. cultural diversity
4. jc restaurants
5. being so close to lower manhattan

Posted on: 2006/7/10 19:19
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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Home away from home


great thread

Posted on: 2006/7/10 19:13
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Re: Healy and emails
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A Letter to the Editor can be more effective and the politicians read the papers (maybe not their own mail).

Actually, in my own experience, the Healy administration is marginally better at responding than the Cunningham administration to written correspondence.

Worse, never have received a response from Council President Vega to emails or written correspondence during this or prior council terms, never from any other council person EXCEPT current Ward E Councilman Steven Fulop, who in my experience responds to every, letter, email and phone call.

The way to get anything done- unless your council person takes up your cause, which some may do, you need to mount a massive media campaign to embarrass the players.

By the way, I would like to get a copy of the letter regarding pedestrian issues on Newark Ave. from "swooshy", it should go to Councilman Fulop, the Downtown SID, City Planning among others and be submitted to the current Jersey City Regional Waterfront Access and Downtown Circulation Study which info has been posted on this board.

Posted on: 2006/7/10 18:48
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Re: Positive things I like about JC
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Just can't stay away


i'll play...

1. bubby's burritos

2. jc tae kwon do

3. my cheap rent

4. sitting by the river @ liberty state and enjoying the view on a nice day

5. my commute to downtown ny

6. majestic

7. some of the architecture

8. the diversity

Posted on: 2006/7/10 17:27
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Re: Ideas for Jersey City T-shirts
Newbie
Newbie


How about:
"Come to Jersey City! (But go through Hoboken first!)"

Posted on: 2006/7/10 17:02
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Positive things I like about JC
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What are people's positive things they like about JC

Here are some I like:

1. The Light Rail - clean and regular

2. Seeing proud parents pushing strollers

3. Breakfast with the family at a local shop on Sunday

4. Less people traffic then NYC

5. The Liberty Harbor Marina and Liberty Park - the view and open space
6. Bike riding to Hoboken from Paulus Hook along the Hudson River
7. Multicutural aspect of meeting people who have arrived to yes, support family back home - just imagine leaving your country and family to arrive where english was your second language.

8. Watching progress being made as buildings slowly grow.

9. Easy commute on the ferries

10. Walking through downtown JC and feeling like it's the 60's (all the stores could do with a face lift)

11. Some of the architecture

Posted on: 2006/7/10 16:32
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