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Re: NYTimes: “The underlying terror is that you might have to move to Jersey City."
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I just recently moved to the area, and it's amazing how people will piss on what they don't know. I've lived in Alabama for almost 30 years, and that comes with it's own stereotype.

But check out how you can live there if you have a paltry $50k/yr engineering job. This would be your house (which would be just run of mill/ordinary for the area):
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/854 ... -AL-35763/108262803_zpid/

Your commute would be 35 minutes in what would be laughable traffic by NJ/NYC standards, you could get most anything in stores easily (I've actually found it hard to get things here that I have just walked into walmart at 2am and gotten off the shelf), and you NEVER pay for parking anywhere including downtown.

Downside, no big city living closeby like the JC/NYC area. But Atlanta, Nashville, Birmingham, and Memphis are just a few hours away. I've spent more time in the train going from Hoboken to Mount Arlington than I have driving to Nashville--and no paying for parking there either.

But JC/NYC has it's advantages too. My wife can't make half the money in Alabama that she can here.

It just amazes me how much people in Manhattan will pay just to be there. They could afford this house for some of those 5-figure rents:
http://www.realtor.com/realestateandh ... lle_AL_35749_M74148-50010

Posted on: 2013/9/18 23:05
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Re: New Jersey's Insane Ban on Self-Service Gasoline
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I just moved to the area, and I HATE that I can't pump my own gas. Why? Because of the one time the attendant used the pump nozzle to close my fuel door, leaving a nice dent in it. Grrr...

Sure, it was 2am, but I needed gas. Not a problem in any other state I've driven in (about half of the continental US), since I can just pump it myself.

On a side note, what is with the jug handles and crazy road designs? It's like a 3yr old just drew all the roads using crayons and they built that mess. No left turns and I can't pump my own gas? Has there really been that many problems with these two things in the last decade?

Posted on: 2013/9/18 22:29
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Re: Girl injured after police say a tractor trailer plowed into her at Jersey City crosswalk
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How awful. :(

What I've learned about being a pedestrian (and try to relay to my wife, mostly unsuccessfully), is to look around as if you're driving a car and don't trust the signs.

In a car, I'm more worried about an accident wasting my time and damaging my property than having the right of way. I behave the same way as a pedestrian because I'd rather have my original knees versus some replacements after a year of physical therapy. It's kept me out of trouble driving or walking.

I hope the girl will be okay, and the driver too as that's got to be an awful feeling to live with if you drive for a living. :(

Posted on: 2013/9/18 22:18
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Re: Newport Ferry Terminal
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caj11 wrote:
I posted on the New York Waterway Facebook page recently inquiring about the status of this terminal and received a rather quick response. They said that they had ordered a new ramp from Florida and hope to reopen in October. I'll believe it when I see it of course, but it does sound promising. I just don't understand why the local press hasn't reported anything about this terminal being closed for so long.
That's really good to hear. :) Interesting how facebook is being used sometimes instead of other mediums...

Posted on: 2013/9/18 22:12
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Re: Newport Ferry Terminal
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fip wrote:
Actually the main Hoboken ferry terminal connection only goes to downtown. Hoboken ferry connections to 39th street leave from a mile north. In any case, I just wrote Council Woman Osborne to see if the city has any leverage in the process.
Ahh, I didn't know this. Where does the Newport ferry connect to that Hoboken doesn't?

Posted on: 2013/9/18 22:11
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Re: Newport Ferry Terminal
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fip wrote:
when I wrote their info email to find out what was being done on 7/31 I received this reply "We express regret for the inconvenience; unfortunately this is beyond our control. We don't have any new updates on the pier; however we anticipate that it won't be open for at least another month."

"beyond our control" makes me think that either the pier is owned by the city or a private agency that needs to be prodded. I asked who I might follow up with and did not receive a reply.
That sounds like it's damaged beyond the point where the government will allow it to operate, and they don't have the cash or want to spend it fixing it.

Oh well, Hoboken is only 5 minutes away anyways.

Posted on: 2013/9/18 17:50
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Re: Helicopters over the Hudson
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heights wrote:
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Samir wrote:
I just recently moved to the area, and the activity is a big change from what I'm used to. But that's part of the city. I see all modes of transportation at all hours--trains, planes, cars, boats, helicopters, and even blimps. I guess our building must be quite well insulated as we don't really hear anything except during the boat races and if a helicopter is buzzing us.

City noise is just a characteristic of city life. If I ever get tired of the noise, I'll just move away.

Renting is nice.
It is. :)

I'll never buy a house anywhere. It's not always a great equity builder, and can hamper long-term plans in a big way. I couldn't have moved here if I had bought where I moved from--people are upside down about 10-20% there. :(

Posted on: 2013/9/18 17:12
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Re: Newport Ferry Terminal
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I was wondering about this as well. We just moved to the area in May and didn't see the Ferry running. It's now September and I don't think it's running either.

We never saw anyone trying to repair anything there. I think since the Hoboken terminal is so close, they'll probably just leave it alone for now.

Posted on: 2013/9/18 16:34
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Re: Helicopters over the Hudson
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I just recently moved to the area, and the activity is a big change from what I'm used to. But that's part of the city. I see all modes of transportation at all hours--trains, planes, cars, boats, helicopters, and even blimps. I guess our building must be quite well insulated as we don't really hear anything except during the boat races and if a helicopter is buzzing us.

City noise is just a characteristic of city life. If I ever get tired of the noise, I'll just move away.

Posted on: 2013/9/18 16:31
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