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Re: garbage question?
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Call (201) 432 4645 x 600. It's the Jersey City Incinerator Authority and they should be able to tell you what you can throw away and what you can't.

I actually called this number this morning and the woman was quite helpful.



EDIT: This is the same telephone number to hear if street cleaning is suspended. use X675 instead.

Posted on: 2007/5/10 18:11
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Re: Gunfire on Newark Ave tonight
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I have a feeling that this story might blow up, especially when both sides start recalling how the altercation started. Race, gun laws, radio personalities, and a sketchy club are a recipe for a huge story.

Posted on: 2007/5/10 13:04
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Developer Scales Back Abatement (Jersey Journal)
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Developer scales back abatement
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
By KEN THORBOURNE
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

In a move that has city officials nervous, a Downtown developer is bowing out of 20-year tax abatement deal with the city in favor of a five-year deal.

Schenkman Kushner, builder of Grove Pointe II at the corner of Grove Street and Christopher Columbus Drive, has dropped its 20-year deal with the city, and instead has negotiated a five-year phase-in plan to pay full conventional taxes.

According to James McCann, the developer's attorney, Schenkman Kushner would have paid the city $200,000 to $300,000 more per year under the 20-year abatement deal than it would by simply paying conventional taxes.

It's the first time McCann - who works for several major developers in the city, including the LeFrak Organization - could remember a developer bowing out of a long-term tax abatement.

City officials cherish tax abatements since the "payment in lieu of taxes" paid by the developer all goes to the city. Conventional taxes are split with the county and school system.

"A five-year abatement sounds right to the public, but it doesn't really help Jersey City financially," said City Council President Mariano Vega, at Monday's caucus meeting.

The city raked in $80 million this year in PILOTs, perhaps the biggest source of revenue for its $420 million budget.

The council is scheduled to vote tonight on Grove Pointe II's five-year abatement. The 458-unit market rate rental project is scheduled to open this summer.

When the original abatement was negotiated in 2004, the city's ratio - the rate properties are assessed at compared to their true value - was roughly 51 percent; and the PILOT was based on 16 percent of the project's gross annual revenues, city officials.

But the current ratio in the city is 28 percent, which means a $100,000 home is taxed as if were worth $28,000, city officials said.

The steep drop in the ratio made the 20-year abatement - which the developer has the right to walk away from - untenable," McCann said.

To get the five-year phase-in deal with the city, the developer agreed to forgive a $1.6 million tax abatement "pre-payment" to the city. The city also received a $750,000 contribution for its affordable housing trust fund.

Posted on: 2007/4/26 18:31
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Re: Crime Site investigation at end of Second Street??
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This is in the Jersery Journal Now webpage:

Police dig for remains in 17-year-old murder case
Jersey City and New Jersey State Police investigators are using heavy machines, shovels and dirt sifters Downtown in a search for the body of a 2-year-old boy murdered 17 years ago by his father, officials say.

The dig, under the New Jersey Turnpike at Merseles and First streets, is aimed at finding the remains of Curtis McCoy, who was reported missing on Nov. 18, 1989, officials said.

The boy?s father, Curtis Williams, reported the boy missing and the case went unsolved until his indictment in January of 2006 on the charges of murdering the boy, officials said.

A worker at a fabric export business on Merseles Street said yesterday that police did some preliminary digging last week and then brought Williams to the site in handcuffs to further pinpoint the search area.

Yesterday two earth movers scooped dirt from a steep sloop running up to a PATH train facility and the dirt was then passed to officers who sifted it in large rectangular trays with screen bottoms.

The boy?s mother, La Shawn McCoy, called police in mid 2005, on the 15th anniversary of the boy having gone missing, and asked them to take another look at the case. Numerous law enforcement agencies were involved in cracking the case which was sustained by the persistence of police Major Case Unit Det. Keith Armstrong.

Sources say Williams has made a deal with prosecutors which includes disclosing where the body is buried. He is currently being held in Hudson County jail in Kearny on a $250,000 bail.

Posted on: 2007/4/3 19:33
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Re: Corzine Signs First Major Tax Reform Bills
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Here's a new article on wnbc.com about the property tax relief which was signed into law today.

http://www.wnbc.com/politics/11511331/detail.html?dl=mainclick


I am being naive by thinking that my property taxes in Jersey City will go down?

Posted on: 2007/4/3 18:45
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Re: Taqueria
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That's my problem too. I'll usually order 4 tacos and a tamale (sp) and i'll be stuffed after taco number 3. The thing is, i never learn and i always order too much.

Did you know that they put negative JClist reviews of their restaurant on the wall? (it's funny).

Posted on: 2007/3/26 22:53
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Re: Ideas for Jersey City T-shirts
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Let's put this in perspective. Brian_em moves to JC thinking it's going to be the next williamsburg because that's what the New York Post told him. He goes to a bar (barrow street pub) and there aren't enough buddy holly glasses, ironic t-shirts, or people with scripts for his taste, so he decides that everyone in the place is not worthy of his attention.

A year passes and he doesn't feel connected to the community, so he goes onto JC list and insults everyone to make himself feel better about his bad decision to move here.

Posted on: 2007/3/7 18:19
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Re: JJournal: Reservoir No. 3 will be preserved as open space
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That's some passive aggressive sour grapes from the little league lobby.

Posted on: 2007/2/15 21:05
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Re: 111 First Street - the teardown
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Alb. . . i see your point but I don't think developers think that way.

They see a plot of land and they think that if they put 800 units there they can make X amount of money. They don't care about the community or the future of the area. It's a slash and burn mentality where they will make a couple hundred million and bring their money to their mansion in connecticut. Ten years from now they'll be building up some other up and coming neighborhood (newark perhaps).

Posted on: 2007/2/13 14:50
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Re: Rivalries between the city and county -- "This stuff has been going on 100 years," Healy said
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This is a slap to the face for anyone who was hit with an 18% property tax increase last year.

$30,000 for a freakin seminar? AND HEALY IS JUSTIFYING IT!!! How can we never have money for anything (police, schools, parks, and what not) but we can have money in OUR budget for this crap? It makes no sense whatsoever.

Posted on: 2007/1/29 14:20
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Re: Lived in Jersey City for 100 years; never learned to drive; still plays bingo a couple times a w
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I am glad she doesn't post on JClist. . . she could play the "100 years of living in jersey city" trump card.

Posted on: 2006/12/15 14:25
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Re: shore club - property tax too high?
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NNJR: If you are refering to me you are wrong. I own my apartment (850 square feet 1 bedroom), it is worth nowhere near 500K dollars and 1 pay around 7300 for taxes. So if someone says a luxery apartment worth half a million dollars is only paying 8,000 for property taxes, i think it's too low (or perhaps my taxes are waaaay too high).

Posted on: 2006/10/25 13:15
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Re: shore club - property tax too high?
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Nope. If you ask me it is not enough.

Posted on: 2006/10/25 1:47
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Re: Whole Foods sought for Downtown
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I don't think the A+P is closed. I was there a week and a half ago. However they ARE remodelling while the store is open which is a pain in the butt. The store is half stocked and you get weird new aisle combinations like the bread and laundry detergent aisle.

Hopefully it will be finished soon.

Posted on: 2006/10/19 16:37
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Re: Jersey's high cost of housing tops nation - Ownership eats up residents' incomes
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Quote:

jcdowntownie wrote:
i'm in a single family house downtown and my taxes are less than 3,000 a year- i can't be the only one who pays what i think are pretty low taxes here. (not that the taxes i do pay are being put to the best use by our local govt.)
i know some people who bought newly built stuff around the corner and are paying like 15,000 a year- that seems insane.



I am dumbfounded by this as well. I hear stories about 3 floor homes in downtown jersey city paying 3 grand for taxes. Meanwhile I have a one bedroom (850 square feet)and i'm paying close to 8 grand. What gives?

I would assume that most properties will get an assesment and their taxes will go up 5 times. Who knows?

Posted on: 2006/10/4 15:45
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Re: Cars blowing through stops signs-Hamilton Park Area
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Speed bumps are a big pain in the butt for snow plows.

Posted on: 2006/9/27 18:00
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Re: New York / Jersey City International Boat Show - OysterFEST - Irish rock superstars Black 47
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Really? You don't think Black 47's lyrics will fly at a boat show?

"But to fight for the rights of the working man
And the small farmer too
Protect the proletariat from the bosses and their screws
So hold on to your rifles, boys, and don't give up your dream
Of a Republic for the workin' class, economic liberty"

I think they will fit in just fine. :)

Posted on: 2006/9/22 16:08
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Re: Zoning Board to Consider Building Housing on the Embankment
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JPhurst wrote:
Pazman has quite eloquently pointed out that it is not the Embankment supporters that are delaying anything, or hindering progress. Rather, it is they who came up with the vision for the Embankment, and have taken action to secure funding sources outside the city's coffers.

But I am curious as to skadave's description of the situation as "the Problem of the Embankment." Certainly, it would be great to use it as a park so that it could be more fully appreciated and enjoyed. But most residents in the area don't consider the structure a problem.

At the very least, we have a structure which serves as a reminder of the railroad past of this city, and provides environmental benefits as well. It's a lot like the Reservoir in that respect, in that when it was left along, it showcased the remarkable powers of nature, and demonstrated how it could be incorporated into the plan for open space.

I want the park built sooner rather than later, but I don't see the Embankment, even unused, as a blight.

Joshua Parkhurst
President
Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy


No disrespect but I don't know too many people that think the embankment is beautiful. I quite frankly think it's an eyesore in its current state. I am never comfortable walking by it after 11pm (especially on coles street), it is trash lined, the lights on the top of it look as if they were broken 20 years ago, the "no justice no peace" graffiti on the corner of erie 6th has been there for over 9 years, some old men have made a portion of it their living room, and the smirnoff ice ads don't add any charm to downtown Jersey City either.

Am I in the minority here? Most people don't think the embankment is a problem?

Posted on: 2006/9/21 2:07
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Re: Zoning Board to Consider Building Housing on the Embankment
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I know it is taboo to speak against the "build my park" crowd but here goes.

If this park that we speak of would be built in the next ten years I would be all for it. However, at the rate we are going it will remain a wall that holds Creflo A Dollar billboards for eternity.

Do I want the embankment to become Condo Row? Not really, especially if they are given permission to make them 70 stories tall. But I really don't want to stare at the run down "No Justice No Peace" graffiti covered embankment either.

It comes down to this. Building condos will have the problem of the embankment solved in 3 years. Building a park will be a headache that will take an absurd amount of time to accomplish. What do you think our local government would favor? They will do everything in their power to make the park a difficult task to accomplish (they'll probably even bring in their token "let's make it into baseball fields" guy and a dog owner).

I just hope that a small group of people won't hold a piece of property hostage for the next 30 years in hopes that it will become green space.

Posted on: 2006/9/20 21:21
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Re: Sawadee Thai Restaurant
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The new place has building permits displayed out front, I don't think any of the older places had them when they first opened.
It's a good sign.

Posted on: 2006/9/19 15:30
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Re: Sawadee Thai Restaurant
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It's between Barrow and Grove. Across the street from LITM.

Posted on: 2006/9/19 14:14
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Re: 'One-strike' you're out for drug-related crimes - Jersey City now gives families a second chance
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So riddle me this cankicker? Let's say someone is accused of dealing drugs and it turns out they were innocent. Meanwhile their whole family has been evicted. What happens now?

I am all for a one strike and your out penalty in public housing. I just feel they should be found guilty first.

Posted on: 2006/8/28 14:08
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Re: Powerhouse historic no more
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Who in their right mind would invest in artist workspace properties? No one. So that land would stay in its run down condition forever.

Don't get me wrong. I am not happy with glass towering boxes, but it is naive to think that you could get a new soho. If anything you would get a new version of the south street seaport.

Posted on: 2006/8/17 17:13
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Re: Spinello shifts positions on warehouse plan
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I saw Healy on a television ad the other day pushing the warehouse. How much time and money is he spending on this and is it worth it?

A latest article in the Jersey Journal states that the warehouse will create 300 jobs. Is three hundred jobs for a city of 250,000 people a considerable amount? For the amount of space it is using it does not seem like it.

Healy also states that it will only accept 75 deliveries a day which should not create traffic congestion. I am assuming that the 75 trucks do not stay there so that number has to be doubled. Would you want 150 trucks driving past your neighborhood every day? How can this not create congestion?

It seems odd that Healy has invested way too much time on this issue. Am I missing something? It is not creating that many jobs, the amount of money received is decent but it won't make our lives any better, and the community does not support it.

Perhaps I am being naive and the main issue is, what is HEALY getting out of this deal?

Posted on: 2006/8/15 15:57
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Re: Best Burger Joints in Town??
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Quote:

msmsery wrote:
Personally I think its hands down the White Star. Real burgers not prepressed cheap meat. The word is they even get there meat from Moloney's Meat Market... a real JC butcher. The fries are yummy, toppings even go into gourmet and good prices. Go on Wednesday and the even have them on the $5 food night menu (smaller version of course). I've converted many people into fans. Oh, and the rest of the menu is really tasty too!


Apparently the White Star Bar serves SPAM as well.

Posted on: 2006/7/12 19:50
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Re: Newport Mall renovations
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I agree. And with the addition of the Coach store perhaps the mall become more upscale.

Posted on: 2006/7/8 14:27
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Re: Fire at Newark & Bay
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Here is the Jersey Journal Article:

Beauty products fuel fire in Downtown Jersey City
Jersey City fire officials are checking the remnants of a Downtown beauty supply shop destroyed by stubborn two-alarm blaze early this morning.

The fire started sometime late last night in a the three-story Newark Avenue store, JCFD spokesman Andrew Johnson said.

Many of the beauty products exploded and went flying during the fire, and the metal gate covering the storefront got so hot firefighters had to hose it down as they were trying to enter, Johnson said.

The shop's location -- a commercial area off Bay Street -- and the timing -- late at night -- proved to be both a blessing and a curse. Although no one was injured, there was also no one around to report the fire, allowing it to take hold before firefighters could respond, Johnson said.

"It was the classic kind of a major, devastating fire," Johnson said.

Firefighters arrived around at midnight and had the fire under control at 1:11 a.m., Johnson said.

Neither of the stores next to the building suffered major damage, Johnson said.

The building's owners were on the scene this morning but declined to speak with The Jersey Journal.

Jack Herman

Posted on: 2006/6/30 17:48
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Re: Assault/wilding incident on 9th and Erie
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Calling them kids just informs people that they were young. I think you are reading too much into this.

Posted on: 2006/6/30 15:14
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Re: Assault/wilding incident on 9th and Erie
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This was on the Jersey Journal site. Apparently these jackasses are still on the street.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Attacked on 9th St. Wednesday evening

A 39-year-old man from Clinton ended up in the hospital after he was attacked by two boys while walking in Jersey City Wednesday night, police said yesterday.
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The man told police he was walking west on Ninth Street near Erie Street at 9 p.m. when he was struck on the head by someone standing behind him, reports said. The attackers then hit him in the back with an unknown object before he fought them off, police said.

The man was treated for a head wound and cut to his lower back at the Jersey City Medical Center, police said.

Police brought in one juvenile for investigation, but he was later released, police said.

- JACK HERMAN

Posted on: 2006/6/30 13:48
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Re: Fire at Newark & Bay
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That was Beauty Land which was located between Jackie's Kids and 99 cent dream. A guy at My Way Deli was saying that lightning caused the fire, I am not sure if he knew what he was talking about or if it was a guess.

Posted on: 2006/6/30 13:42
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