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Re: Alleged serial tip jar thief hitting Jersey City stores caught on tape
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This is not an alleged thief. They have irrefutable proof through video camera footage.


I believe that until a person is convicted of a crime most publications refer to them as "alleged" for legal reasons.

Posted on: 2014/9/18 18:56
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Re: "Creative Grove" Market in PATH to Close 9/19 - Lack of Funding/Respect
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My personal opinion is that Uta means well, but lacks the organizational skills, professional contacts, and widespread support to succeed in this endeavor.


Got to agree here. I went to several of the art openings and fundraising parties Uta threw at the short-lived space on Columbus drive between Jersey and Coles (that is now being converted into condos). The "benefit parties" were very thrown together and poorly attended and advertised. Yet, I got the sense it wasn't lack of passion or enthusiasm from Uta; more a lack of organizational skills. It's a shame but a common issue in the arts community...plenty of creativity, not much of a mind for business.

Posted on: 2014/9/17 13:13
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Re: Visiting The Big Apple but Sleeping in New Jersey
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with the number of Chinese tourists to New York soaring, New Jersey has become an unlikely base camp for many of them


This is just silly. A state that directly borders NYC and has cities closer to Manhattan than many boroughs of the city itself is "unlikely?"

Posted on: 2014/9/10 14:28
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Re: Jersey City: Newark Avenue - Pedestrian Plaza
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Just a hunch, but is it possible that because the city is running this as a pilot/test program for traffic ? that vendors and restaurants aren't really committing to expanding? Or aren't being allowed to expand at this time? It's not like food trucks will be allowed to park themselves outside of established restaurants, but it'd be nice for restaurants to double their seating (within means) and add more public seating at the same time.


Roman Nose, Sawadee, Two Boots, and Word had all set up sidewalk seating before the pedestrian plaza so my guess is you're right, they don't want to invest in more seating until the change is permanent.

LITM appears to be the only place that has expanded their seating and all the tables have been full whenever I've walked by.

Posted on: 2014/9/3 18:10
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Re: What's going there?
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Another thing Hoboken does that I can't see happening in Jersey City is turning what are normally dive/sports bars into "dance clubs" on the weekends, complete with disco balls and DJs. That sort of faux-clubby atmosphere is definitely a huge part of the douche factor.

Posted on: 2014/9/3 17:55
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Re: Johnston Ave Pool Open!
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Anyone been to Pershing Field's pool recently? Now that Johnston ave is closed, I need somewhere else to get my lap swimming fix. I read they had a major renovation done a few years back; can anyone vouch for whether it is clean/modern?

Back in the day that park was pretty sketchy with a lot of low level drug dealers hanging around - I know the Heights are changing but I haven't spent much time in that area.

Posted on: 2014/9/2 16:33
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Re: Jersey City: Newark Avenue - Pedestrian Plaza
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Sunday night, I saw a young couple parked awkwardly at the corner of Newark and Erie, unloading groceries and baby gear from their car, cursing whoever approved a plan that makes them lug a carload of stuff all the way down the block, when they'd grown used to the convenience of pulling up right in front of their door.

I had never thought of that.

We've heard concerns from businesses, but has anyone else hear from the residents of Newark Street? Is the schlepping a reasonable trade-off to live on a more peaceful street?


I really, really hope you are just trolling. It is ONE city block. From the corner of Newark and Manila/Grove to the corner of Newark and Erie is 500 ft. At most, you shouldn't have to schlepp more than 250 feet (assuming you live right in the middle of the block). Are you telling us that a young couple found 250 feet a terrible burden? This is the issue now? Wow.


I actually think I'd be a bit annoyed at the sudden inconvenience if I lived on that block. But that said, how many people are in that situation? Dozens, maybe a hundred? Compared to the 8,000 people a day they estimate take the path alone, plus other foot traffic? I think the net benefit to the city still works out.

Not exactly the same but when they put down the special green bike lanes on my street the entire side they were doing had no parking all week. It was a PITA to have all that parking gone (at least 30 spots) but in the long run I support the bike lanes and was able to deal.

Posted on: 2014/8/31 15:20
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Re: Koro Koro rice ball cafe
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I am glad to see another storefront filled with a locally owned business! Will try to stop by soon to try it out.

Posted on: 2014/8/14 17:25
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Re: New bike path from Lincoln Park to Newark
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The path reminds me of the story about the dog chasing the truck-what's he going to do when he catches it?

So you bike over the two rivers and find yourself in-downtown Newark?? Newark isn't exactly bike friendly, nor does it have many (any?) attractions for bike riders. There aren't many places I'd chain up my bike in Newark and sightsee for a while.


The Ironbound is a very vibrant, active neighborhood with a fairly unparalleled selection of Brazilian and Portuguese restaurants.

Posted on: 2014/7/28 21:15
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Re: The Coffee Shop near Grove PATH
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I'm not excited for this new hodgepodge of mediocrity next door one bit.


That's actually a better/catchier name than "The Coffee shop/Grove Bistro/The Wine Bar/The Speakeasy." Just a big sign that says HODGEPODGE. Kind of like Shenanigans.

Posted on: 2014/7/28 21:12
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Re: West Indian Caribbean American Carnival
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I'm confused. I saw the flatbed parade float with music blasting on Montgomery and Greene around 3:30 PM, there was a small crowd of maybe 100 people. Later, around 5:30, it appeared that the same float or one also affiliated with the event (playing the same style of music) was driving down Columbus Drive heading from Grove St. towards the waterfront.

The permit says the festival was supposed to be at Grundy Pier, so what happened? Is the (possibly unauthorized) move of the location related to it being shut down early and the ensuing altercation?

Posted on: 2014/7/28 17:07
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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I've actually been impressed with the amount FOL has accomplished, within the limitations imposed by their landlord (the city). That said, I only know about it because of the recent posts on their website detailing their renovation work, which has only been actively updated since this whole Fulop RFP situation.

When I talk to people involved in the art scene in JC, and lots of downtown residents, few have any idea who FOL is or what they do. ESPECIALLY the younger contingent (under 40) who are very politically active and largely voted for Fulop. If FOL had the kind of social media engagement they have now, but starting 5 years ago, they would have had potentially 10K+ supporters comprised of the most politically active citizens of JC instead of the ~2K signing their petition. A real missed opportunity.

I think my stance at this point is that the FOL are technically correct about their lease, but too much public perception is that they are ineffectual and disorganized or people have no idea who they are. And many of those people who have no opinion or a negative opinion of them are siding with Fulop because he has a history of supporting the arts in downtown (judging the 4th st arts cook offs, etc.).

Posted on: 2014/7/28 17:00
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Re: Jersey City one of worst cities for recreation
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Because the hipsters don't think it's cool. Hipsters don't want older folks at their hang-outs unless the old folks are "characters" at a dive bar. Also, many people are looking for singles bars, a place to hook up.


Who are these people? Seriously I go to nearly ALL the bars in downtown. From Barcade and LITM to Lucky 7s and Lamp Post to Keyhole and the other old man dives. I have actually seen MORE age diversity in JC in the bar "scene" than anywhere else I've lived (several other major east coast cities). For band shows especially I will see friends in their early 20s up to middle age-ish (like Donald, the artist with the colorful beard, or Norm who does a lot of the lighting for groove on grove/jc fridays/the cemetery shows). Granted I am partnered and not looking for "hook ups" but it seems there are plenty of singles, some couples, some of my friends are parents who trade off who goes out and who stays home with the kids...

Your view of JC seems extremely myopic and I wonder what weird corner you exist within where these parameters apply.

And LOL @ "women don't like craft beer." I've said this before, I think in person you give off some sort of vibe that means the only people who will willingly interact with you are these "pink drink" type women and frat-bro craft beer dudes.

Posted on: 2014/7/24 12:54
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Re: Taxi Stand on Columbus Drive
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Henderson Street is the true name of what is now sectionally known as Marin Blvd. Downtown Jersey City is a historic zone where historic accuracy and restoration is encouraged so using the name Henderson is a tribute to the man whose nurseries supplied the gardens in the early years of Van Vorst Park in the 1860's on.
Yep I follow this naming convention myself. Sometimes people get confused when I tell them I'll be grabbing sushi at Ox Restaurant. This is also why I love visiting New Amsterdam, and I'm proud to live in the Town of Bergen, as citizen of New Netherlands. Hup Holland Hup!



It's a tradition in Rhode Island, where things change somewhat slowly and residents have a long memory, to refer to things by what they used to be. E.g.:

"Take a left where the bank used to be, then a right at the Old South Park that's condos now, and then the place you're looking for is in the old mill building where they used to make rubber nipples."

Posted on: 2014/7/21 16:57
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Re: Johnston Ave Pool Open!
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I went this morning when they opened at 9. There were half a dozen people there, most of them swimming laps. It's open for general swim at 9 on weekdays and 10 on weekends. The staff said it is often not busy in the mornings on weekdays and sundays. it was very nice and clean and the kiddie pool looks fun.

Posted on: 2014/7/17 14:32
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Re: Campaign to raise funds for 275 bike racks in Jersey City
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Think of it as a campaign contribution for Fulop, because he'll add this to his accomplishments if it gets done.


Yes. Let's stall all progress so that Fulop looks bad. That is clearly the sensible thing to do.

Posted on: 2014/7/2 18:04
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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In which case, what happens to the organ? It's an incredible instrument, but hard to imagine any of the parties the theatre is being given away to caring at all about keeping it in working order, much less using it. It's a shame, the silent screenings with live accompaniment are such a great experience. I'm really going to miss them.


The organ is actually owned by the Garden State Theater Organ group and is rented for use to the Loew's. They had to chase the organ all across the US just to find it and put about $1M into the restoration so I doubt they are going to, like, sell it to AEG or whatever.

Posted on: 2014/6/28 13:25
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Re: Jersey City considers turning Newark Avenue into pedestrian plaza
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"You're going to put patients' lives at risk," Chinai said of his patients, some handicapped and elderly, who will have to walk several blocks to reach his practice because they would not longer be dropped off in front."

Wouldn't those patients already have a cane, walker, wheelchair or other mobility aid, if the difference between a few yards and a single city block is too much for them??? This just strikes me as alarmist...

Posted on: 2014/6/27 12:50
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Re: How will new high rises affect the rental market?
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papadage wrote:
Too bad it's all Tacos, Pizza and Burgers.


Disagree. The places I'm referring to include:

Word bookstore/cafe
Roman Nose
Monty's public house
downtown yogurt
two boots
left bank burger bar
3rd and vine
union republic
the raven boutique
pig and pepper
tittlemouse and co. consignment
gia gelato
Merseles studios

...and that's just off the top of my head

I will also add that i think the new rentals will affect the brownstone/old construction rentals differently because of one word: amenities. The "charm" of 1930s electrical systems in brownstones wears off quick and isn't necessarily compensated for with those cute exposed brick walls. Compare that to a place with washer/dryer/dishwasher in unit, elevator, gym in the building, skyline views, closer to transit options, etc. and I don't think people are going to pay the same rent for say a 1500 sq. foot brownstone apt. in the Village vs. a 1500 sq. foot (or even 800 square foot) luxury condo.

Posted on: 2014/6/26 12:43
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Re: Lightrail and Bicycles
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Myself and another rider had our bikes on the lightrail this morning at 8:30. The train was mostly empty.



To be pragmatic about things, there isn't very strict enforcement of the light rail, especially the less busy parts. The bike restriction is meant to accommodate rush hour a la the PATH to 33rd and World Trade (you'd never fit a bike in those cars anyhow).

I've thought about taking my bike on the train to Newark - I leave around 10 AM, but come back during the 4-7 window. It's always pretty empty around that time though (plenty of seats...cars are maybe 1/4 - 1/3 full at most) so I wonder if they'd enforce the policy.

I did get onthe light rail with my bike at Newport once during non-peak hours and there were several families with strollers and things got crowded fast. So I understand the reason for the restriction.

Posted on: 2014/6/26 12:39
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Re: How would you have planned JC's waterfront?
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On the topic of ferries, I don't know why NY waterway doesn't have one from LSP to governor's island and/or brooklyn. They do the governor's island thing like once a year for the city of water day. Getting to Brooklyn from JC via public transport is a pain in the ass requiring train transfers to lines that run infrequently like the G (stands for "get another train"). I usually drive in because sadly it's easier.

Posted on: 2014/6/25 13:07
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Re: How will new high rises affect the rental market?
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Binky wrote:
Just for perspective: JSQ has been up and coming for well over 10 years.


You've seen how much downtown has changed, not only in the last 10 years, but in the last 2-3. I wouldn't be so quick to discount the claims, even if they are a bit old.


Yeah once the change starts it gains momentum. The number of new stores and restaurants opening on Newark Ave this year is like double the rate from last year. Same with overall # of restaurant openings in DTJC.

Posted on: 2014/6/25 13:04
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Re: How will new high rises affect the rental market?
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I think the increased supply will lower rents, actually - but not across the board. I think the luxury condos will remain similarly priced to stay competitive with each other. But I think that older construction, like brownstones and smaller residential units (like 2-3 family homes), will go down in price (at least for rental units). When we found our place 4 years ago, our realtor told us that many of her clients prefer new construction only, I imagine the # of people moving here with that view is only going to increase.

Posted on: 2014/6/25 1:00
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Re: The Torch House has arrived
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Two industries that draw dysfunctional types like moths to a flame are the restaurant industry, and the nightlife/nightclub industry. When I was an event producer I saw it over and over and over.

Look at the owner of Powerhouse/Grove Bistro, what an angry mess that guy is. Or Sandbar/Surf City, who were closed for what, 5 years after they got shut down that time? All that lost income because the owners couldn't figure out how to reign in the party crowd. At least in this iteration they seem to be more properly staffed and can attract a professional happy hour crowd rather than a bunch of meathead partiers.
http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... _city_restaurant_and.html

Posted on: 2014/6/23 17:23
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Re: Cherry Picked - new ice cream shop on Grove
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I don't mind paying more for ice cream because for me it's a rare treat, like dessert at a restaurant. Milk Sugar Love is around $5 a pop but I think it's worth it for the quality, freshness, and flavors you'll never see in a grocery store (caramel corn cake!).

That said when Downtown Yogurt opened I thought maybe I could get icy treats a bit more often since it's not the calorie hit of ice cream. But they are actually very expensive because the only cup sizes are basically large and x-large, and the toppings add weight which drives up the price. A full cup of their smaller size will run you at least $7. To keep the price more in the $2-3 range I fill up maybe 1/4 of the smaller container. I wish they had a smaller size option.

Posted on: 2014/6/23 17:15
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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WhoElseCouldIBe, you're an anonymous idiot. Fulop is "focusing on this project" as he realizes how much it will mean to Jersey City. even a fool can see that.

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Would not be surprised if Fulop is getting kickbacks from LiveNation or a company like that. It's plausible considering how much energy he's focusing on this project.


If this project will mean so much to Jersey City (and it's such a slam dunk that it will be profitable), then private investors should be beating down the door to invest in it - it shouldn't require the city to step in.

It's inappropriate for Fulop to spend the city's money in this way. Investors should bear the risk for this project, not the city.


I thought that the developer building the huge $400 million dollar development in Journal Square was kicking a large contribution to the Loew's - I remember the figure $7 million - anyone know what the status is on this? This is the developer:

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... quare_in_jersey_city.html


Posted on: 2014/6/16 21:18
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Re: What should I do about a tenant using JCFD to harass me?
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You refer to him as your tenant's boyfriend. Is he on the lease? If not, can you use that as leverage? And out of morbid curiosity, do you have any idea why he is messing with you?

Posted on: 2014/6/16 21:08
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Re: JC Mechanic Needed
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Thank you. I found an AM Auto Repair on 6th Street. Do you have their number? I will definitely call them.


Yeah, it's 6th not 4th sorry. Was thinking of the tire repair place on 4th (who are also awesome). A M can be reached at (201) 795-5520

Posted on: 2014/6/11 20:33
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Re: JC Mechanic Needed
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I don't know about the freeon cert, but I am loyal to A M auto on 4th St. Their work is good and they're honest. I have even brought my car in because I thought it *might* need work (the whole "funny sound" issue) and they looked at it, said there was nothing wrong, and didn't charge me a thing.

Posted on: 2014/6/11 18:58
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Re: what's the status of White Eagle Hall?
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It's still under construction, I imagine it's delayed for any of the multitude of reasons projects of that scale get delayed (permit issues, unexpected complications/costs, etc.). Same reasons Monty's Public House isn't open yet.

They have events scheduled for November so I presume they expect to at least do a soft opening by then.

Posted on: 2014/6/11 13:42
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