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Can you recommend a bike rack?
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Looking get out of the city to do some biking with friends in the country. Does anyone recommend or have thoughts on a trunk-mounted type bike rack? For a compact hatchback, maybe hold 2 or 3 bikes. Thanks!

Posted on: 2016/11/17 0:01
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Parking garage or lot in Heights?
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I'm soon to be the proud owner of a car, having struggled with living car free since I moved to the Heights. I won't be using it every day, so I'm thinking I should find a garage or lot for it.

Any suggestions? I live near PS 8, and a 10 to 15 minute walk from there would work (e.g., to the Cliff Lofts). Thanks!

Posted on: 2016/11/16 16:58
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Re: Trump Our New President
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I'm a life-long liberal democrat, who is neither surprised - nor particularly distressed - by the outcome of this election. To quote one of the most trenchant observers of true liberalism out there, Thomas Frank - "...there is a kind of chronic complacency that has been rotting American liberalism for years, a hubris that tells Democrats they need do nothing different, they need deliver nothing really to anyone ? except their friends on the Google jet and those nice people at Goldman. The rest of us are treated as though we have nowhere else to go and no role to play except to vote enthusiastically on the grounds that these Democrats are the ?last thing standing? between us and the end of the world. It is a liberalism of the rich, it has failed the middle class, and now it has failed on its own terms of electability. Enough with these comfortable Democrats and their cozy Washington system. Enough with Clintonism and its prideful air of professional-class virtue."

Read the rest of his piece here https://www.theguardian.com/commentisf ... -hillary-clinton-liberals

Posted on: 2016/11/9 16:23
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Re: Where can we watch election results Tuesday night
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Hello,

I asked several bar/restaurants if they were showing election coverage Tuesday and the typical response is perhaps, and without volume due to how polarizing this election is. I've watched election coverage in the past at a now defunct restaurant and it was really exciting. Can anybody say for sure what restaurant/bar will air it front and center?


Just go to the Jersey City Clinton campaign headquarters. Should be plenty of room.

More importantly, will there be drink specials?

Posted on: 2016/11/6 23:37
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Re: Vote Yes on Jersey City Public Question 2 - Establishment of a Local Open Space Trust Fund
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Yvonne wrote:
It would be nice if everyone that voted would actually pay the taxes associated with this levy. It is absolutely foolish to pass a tax when the state of NJ wants to cut school funding.


Personally, I support the open space trust fund and plan to vote for it - as far as "paying" for it, I don't see how anyone can really avoid paying their fair share of the tax. Those of us who pay taxes directly will continue to do so; the abated properties - since their PILOT payments do not go into the black hole of the state and school coffers, probably already have contributed more to enhancements in and around Jersey City.

Yes, the schools need to be funded, but that needs to be a state responsibility, and there needs to be parity between the school's needs and the needs of the rest of JC's residents in terms of amenities like parks.

Posted on: 2016/11/6 15:14
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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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In Western Massachusetts, where I grew up, there are (presumably) the same laws regarding the right-of-way of pedestrians in uncontrolled intersections. When I'm visiting, I see the cars actually stopping when they see us standing on the curb! My mother finds it funny - I'm 55! - that she practically has to take my hand to lead me across the street, since being from Jersey City I'm "what's wrong with this picture? and won't budge.

So everyone knows this is not a New England vs. New Jersey thing, I had the same experience with cars actually stopping in Lambertville last weekend. There is something wrong with Jersey City drivers...

Posted on: 2016/11/6 15:05
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Re: Buying in Heights??? Good investment.
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It depends, IMO, on whether you are looking to buy a house or a condo. The Heights, from what I have seen, is a tale of two markets - 1/2 family houses vs. condos, with houses being the better investment.

I purchased a condo (650 s.f. "mini loft") in the Heights 8 years ago in one of the more established buildings (elevator, parking) and it's increased in value to the extent it's worth more than what I paid for it, but it's debatable as an investment asset vs. other areas, and has performed a lot worse than comparable places I looked at in Crown Heights in Brooklyn.

Properties geared towards a more suburban/family-centric demographic will do better as an investment here, IMO, owing to the character of the Heights. While there is a sprinkling of new cafes etc. that appeal to "newcomers", the lack of interconnected mass transit within JC and to/from Manhattan will probably discourage singles/couples without children/those without cars/those hoping to find or recreate an all-inclusive urban vibe like you get in downtown NYC or Brooklyn - this being the demographic being priced out of NYC who would likely buy condos.

The "Bayonne Boxes" no-one seems to like will do well in the Heights as an investment, as a) they include parking (the Heights is very car-dependent) and b) you can rent the 2nd unit to another family with a car, No-one need walk further than the grocery store, and the lack of trendy cafes, nightlife, etc. will not be missed.

The Heights is certainly safe, and pleasant if you are not looking for a city "vibe". Will it gentrify - assuming one is looking for that, of finds it desirable? IMO, probably not - the dearth of mass transit infrastructure means the real estate will never be valuable enough to develop the kind of density, and mix up the demographic, enough for that to happen like it has in other places like NYC, DTJC.

Posted on: 2016/11/6 14:53
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Residential conversion of church, 162 Mercer Street
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Has anyone seen the proposal? It looks challenging - what to do with blind and stained glass windows etc. - but it's a beautiful complex and could be another good model for adaptive re-use in Jersey City - http://newyorkyimby.com/2016/11/10-un ... r-street-jersey-city.html

Posted on: 2016/11/3 14:37
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Re: Buying a car for 1st time in years - where to start?
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Quote:

Monroe wrote:
All good suggestions, but I'm shocked not to see the usual JC replies

You're a petroNazi! How dare you live in JC and want a car!


Oh, I'm a bit of an outlier - I've lived in JC without a car for 8 years (and stubbornly prided my self on it!).

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You better park that inside your building, and not take up any space on the street!


I wish. Our building has 22 parking spots for 54 units - just enough to get the variance! Gotta love Jersey City zoning...

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Idiot, you can't use Uber? Zipcar?? Citibike??? We're a transport hub!


I do, but I live in the Heights. The Heights, for all it's charms, is a transit dessert, not a transit hub. And as I learned this summer trying to get to Pacific Flea by light rail, what little mass transit we have is atrocious for covering any distance in Jersey City on weekends. Zipcar cost a fortune this last weekend, going to New Hope.

Posted on: 2016/11/3 14:29
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Re: Buying a car for 1st time in years - where to start?
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Thanks, everyone, for the the great suggestions and advice! Plenty to keep me occupied this weekend.

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On_The_3rd wrote:
...Would you buy a house over the internet? Or a child?


Haha, I buy some things online, but would acquire a child the old fashioned way!

Posted on: 2016/11/3 14:14
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Re: What's going there? (Heights edition)
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The new storefront from my OP has been done for a while, and for rent here. I'm amazed such a careful restoration was done without a tenant in mind! If there was a way to post a photo, I would, but here is the rendering - if you've been by it and/or have heard if anyone is considering opening a business please share!
http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/188752 ... anklin-St-Jersey-City-NJ/

Posted on: 2016/11/3 14:06
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Buying a car for 1st time in years - where to start?
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I haven't owned a car since moving to the NYC metro area in the 1980's, but living in the Heights - as well as the expense of renting one for weekends away - has convinced me it might be a nice amenity to have (my anti-car stance notwithstanding...)

Back in the day, I went to the dealer my parents used. Now there are so many options - multiple used car dealers in JC, on-line sites, Craigslist, etc. it's hard to know where to start.

For someone looking to purchase a reliable used car, and I would ideally keep my business local, any recommendations?

Posted on: 2016/11/2 17:02
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Re: The Most Livable Cities in the U.S. - 1. Jersey City, New Jersey
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What a bunch of Debbie-Downers!

When you see an article like this, you know it is referring to Downtown JC, not all of JC, and DTJC is very liveable - on par with many neighborhoods in Manhattan and the more established, prime areas of Brooklyn. Given so many people on this forum are downtowners I'm surprised at the negative reaction - if I lived downtown, I would be thrilled.

I'm surprised that the relative inaccessibility, crime, grime, and paucity of amenities of the rest of JC didn't bring the overall average down - that must say something about the strength of downtown!

Posted on: 2016/11/2 16:56
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Re: Buying in Heights??? Good investment.
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Quote:

jerseymom wrote:
Gangs in JC:
464 Mob Piru, Elm Street Piru,Tree Top Piru, Fruit Town Brims, Neighborhood Rollin 20's, G-Shine, 9 Tek, 252 Sex Money Murder, Hoover 52, Neighborhood Rollin 60's, Neighborhood Rollin 30's, Latin Kings, Netas, DDP, Trintarios, Brolik, VSOP, R.O.C, Lex Mob, Wetlandz, Darkside, Gun Shot Towers, Bullet Town, V-Block, Marion Mob, V-Dub, B-Block, Franklin Mob, Summit Mobb- Source

Thanks for the link to the map, it is scary but cool.

Given the number of gangs that originated in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and NYC generally (Rikers Island) it's pretty clear Jersey City could use a lot more gentrification!

Posted on: 2016/11/2 16:50
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Re: James Vincent Bicycles on Palisade closing to make way for yet another realtor
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I'll be sad to see them go - I got my bike from them, and appreciated how friendly, professional and helpful they were.

I live a few blocks away though, and don't see any real estate offices.

Posted on: 2016/10/25 13:18
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Re: More teardowns and Bayonne Boxes coming in the Heights
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JCGuys wrote:
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135jc wrote:


I would tend to think that the hipsters would prefer living in multi family dwellings as opposed to unattached houses.


My statement is based on the feedback I got at a meeting about development of Central Ave. Landlords and business owners wanted more flexible zoning for business use and higher density allowances for new construction.

On the other side was artists / hipster contingent that vehemently opposed any development that increased density. The opposition was in part based in fear that further development would lead to more gentrification and hence, rising rents.

Others just didn't want more people living in the area, wanting the Heights to become more suburban in nature.


I'm willing the bet the so called artists and hipsters are just unemployed transplants from New York, living in the off pink Bayonne Boxes, with mommy and daddy funding their lifestyles.

If the best my parents could do was renting me an apartment in Jersey City, I would sue to legally change my status to "orphan" LOL.

Seriously, as an 8 year+ transplant from NYC (and here on my own dime) I doubt the newcomers would credibly support an effort to reduce denser development - at least as far as more businesses/amenities etc. that benefit them are concerned. With greater demand you will get more "hip" cafes, bars, venues etc., and presumably, with demand, better mass transit. The current crop (my neighbors) don't really care about that.

But I agree, we need to approach this aggressively to counter the influence the NIMBY/Riverview Neighborhood Association crowd, and advance the voice of the wider community.


Posted on: 2016/10/19 1:01
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Re: Jitney Bus
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Quote:

GrovePath wrote:
We need daily spot inspections of these crazy little busses!
CRACK DOWN NOW

We need enforcement of traffic laws that are on the books, and don't scape-goat the jitneys.

Posted on: 2016/10/19 0:51
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Re: Vote No for 2 city questions
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Moving the elections appears to be a solution in search of a problem to solve. Many of our friend's ancestors were intimidated and beaten-up for the right to vote. If we have to take 10 minutes out of our schedule 2 or 3 times a year, it hardly seems an issue.

I - conditionally - disagree regarding the Open Space Tax, and am sorry the video clip didn't catch the interviewees commenting on how, specifically, the monies would be put to use. You and I live in the Heights - while Washington Park is lovely, Riverview and Leonard Gordon Parks really need some help.

If I'm satisfied the funds would go to enhance the few, much needed parks in our neighborhood are kept-up properly, I'll support this. I'm not sure it make sense to tie this to the issue of people who can't afford their taxes generally - I don't think the upkeep of public space should be compromised to accommodate people who feel entitled to live in places they can't afford.

Posted on: 2016/10/19 0:47
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Re: 10-Year-Old Boy Struck By Bus on JFK/Neptune
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"If you can't see how jitneys negatively impact the neighborhoods they purport to serve, well... I can't help you with that."

Well, I don't. Our neighborhoods are being ruined by Jersey City's inability to lead us out of complacent, car dependency.

"You seem to think that the ends (of getting you somewhere cheaply) justify the means."


To be clear, jitneys cost $1.50 locally in Jersey City, vs NJTransit buses which are $1.60. Not much cheaper.

But getting where you need to go, yes. That is an issue an it's important. I can't stress this enough - jitneys have become, for better or worse, an integral component of mass transit in Jersey City. While I'm 110% behind making them safer and getting bad jitney drivers from behind the wheel, I will stand against any effort to shut down the jitneys - the Fulop administration is clueless and incompetent; the NJTransit - like the Port Authority - answers to no-one. If the jitneys are banned I can guarantee you there will be zero improvements to traffic safety, planning, or mass transit to accommodate the need.

Posted on: 2016/10/19 0:39
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Re: 10-Year-Old Boy Struck By Bus on JFK/Neptune
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GrovePath wrote:
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jerseymom wrote:
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bodhipooh wrote:
Anybody surprised that the "bus" involved in the accident is actually a jitney? Think about that the next time you decide to board one because of convenience or price. You are supporting (and, really, encouraging) a handful of companies that have ZERO regard for the communities they purport to service. Jitneys are a plague, and unsafe for those riding one. But, I am sure lots here will keep continue to turn a blind eye to this since, after all, it doesn't impact them and, hey, it's only $1.


The jitneys are a scourge. Drive behind one for a while and watch their antics. They are some of the craziest drivers on the road, IMHO. This news story from 1010WINS notes that the jitney driver was taken away in handcuffs.


Cracking down and banning these buses is long overdue.

Cracking down on ALL unsafe drivers is long overdue. Mayor Fulop, aided and abetted by his police department and certain of his council - either REFUSE or are INCAPABLE of enforcing traffic regulations in this city. My day-to-day experience (which does not involve a car) shows me jitneys are just a small part of the problem.

As far as supporting the jitney industry - I would ask my car-centric fellow JC'ers like bodhipoo and jerseymom what alternatives to jitneys you can offer for many people? Thanks to disinvestment in mass transit, and catering to people imposing their car-centric lifestyle on densely populated Jersey City, there are few convenient options for getting around. When my app tells me 2 or 3 #87 buses are coming in 10 or 15 minutes (as they are invariably stuck in traffic), I will opt for the jitney every time. That said, should the city start enforcing no parking in bus stops, blocking intersections, double-parking, no-standing zones, etc., and the NJTransit buses can actually be on time, I'll boycott the jitneys.

Posted on: 2016/10/18 20:06
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Re: 10/09/2016: Presidential Debate 2 (St. Louis)
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Near total waste of time - very few policy specifics on anything, as usual no discussion (not even any questions!) on issues of concern to us urban dwellers - infrastructure, global warming, etc.

Posted on: 2016/10/11 18:24
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Re: Up the Hill -- WSJ: What’s the Deal: Jersey City Lands Micro Apartments at 87 Newkirk St.
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Yvonne wrote:
This project received a 25 year tax abatement, the last tax abatment granted under Healy in the same neighborhood was 12 years. This project is walking distance to the PATH. Another give-away. The economy is boom this is a seller's market but JC rolls out the carpet for tax dollars.

The "micro-unit" building is atypical project for Jersey City - most people move here for larger apartments than they can get in NYC, for places they expect to live in for longer, or to buy.

I can see the need - downtown's real-estate boom notwithstanding - to encourage this type of project with an abatement, as it's a first and it remains to be seen if the demand really is there for this type of rental unit.

Posted on: 2016/10/4 18:30
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Re: Sunday Shooting - Near PS #8 in the Heights
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Wow. This is literally across the street from my building. I was away, and none of my neighbors have any news.

I know there are not a lot of Heights residents on JCList - thus the dearth of comments - but would be curious what others from the neighborhood who are on this board think. Is this a sign of changes for the worse? People in my building who have lived here longer remember the fight to get the drug dealers off New York Avenue, and when no-one would walk up Mountain Road to Franklin Street/Ogden Avenue late at night. I would have said the area felt as reasonably safe as it always has (there is still that sketchy stretch of Griffith Street between Palisade and Central, and Franklin Street is a dump). Is this an outlier, or is something going on?

Posted on: 2016/10/4 18:24
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Re: Economic violence in JC ?
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RichMauro wrote:
Having the good fortune of being born and raised in Jersey City long ago, I have the pleasant remembrances of a nicer place than the one that haphazardly exists today.
Unfortunately urban renewal cut a senseless swath through quite a large area along Montgomery Street and ours and many other homes were lost.
I kind of note a similar situation today especially in the downtown area as NYC spreads across the river and destroys the remainder of a unique culture in a rapid fashion.
Soon little pockets of what once was will be all that remains as buildings of behemoth proportions and too expensive condominiums crowd out those who represent earlier generations and their ways.
Some see it as progress I term it violence.

Thanks to all for contributing to the thread.

Thanks for the personal take on the situation, I now have a better understanding of where you are coming from. I would be one of those who see the evolution of Jersey City as a good thing, and have no problem with being honest about why. I'll admit I am a recent arrival (8 years and counting), and living in the Heights, struggle to see the unique culture that you do. Mostly, I see a tired, run down, isolated neighborhood that would benefit from even more new people, businesses, and development.

I do think long and hard about your original question - "Are the long established residents being bum-rushed by the changes that they are so unprepared for and will the city lose its identity with the changes?" - and I ask myself, as a newcomer what am I reacting to/expecting? No one wants to be branded an "interloper", but the whole area is always changing - there isn't room for most of us in NYC anymore - and Jersey City isn't an island. It will change, regardless, and no-one should make excuses for themselves that they were unprepared.

Posted on: 2016/10/4 18:12
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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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OneSkirt wrote:
Agreed, but as previously explained NJ state has outlawed both red light and speed cameras. So not an option right now. But enforcement is.

Which politicians are responsible for killing these initiatives? Pressure needs to be put on them, too.

Posted on: 2016/10/1 15:22
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Re: A casino in Jersey City? Venture capitalist wants to make it happen
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I've read a number of articles on why casino gambling in Atlantic City "failed" - most of them focus on how Atlantic City - which was never a destination like Vegas, rather, drew more daytrippers - suffered from competition from other gambling venues in PA, NY, and CT, the economic downturn after 2008, and a lack of investment in the larger city, and too much competition generally. Some articles talk about political corruption.

Given that, how do the developers plan to ensure a casino in Jersey City is truly viable? It will be up against the same competition in PA and CT, there is really nothing around it - unlike Vegas - to make it part of a "destination". I disagree with some posters that this is inherently a bad idea, but it's hard to see what will make it stand out as a success.

Posted on: 2016/9/13 17:41
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Re: 9/12/16: Man shot dead in Jersey City
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I don't speak Instagram-ese, jerseymom can you translate?

Posted on: 2016/9/13 17:14
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Re: Saint Bridget's Church
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Yvonne wrote:
...That is why churches that close should be dismantled a transferred to where Catholic live.

I'm curious, are you really serious? A church - the building, not the congregation - was a reflection of the aspiration and aesthetic of the people and place were it was built. Shouldn't a new church reflect the people and place? Not that there isn't a precedent for moving entire buildings, including churches - look at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church on West 142nd Street in Manhattan, which was built from the stone of several older churches. But why deprive one community of a beautiful work of architecture, and another of an opportunity to build something of it's time and place?

Posted on: 2016/9/9 15:33
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Re: Saint Bridget's Church
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It's a beautiful building! I'm assuming it historically was an Irish-Catholic congregation? I've worked on several in NYC, and the use of simple, brick Gothic style was common. Does anyone know who the architect was?

This will be a really nice project - churches are one of the hardest historic building types to adapt for re-use, once the congregation moves on. In NYC, the preservation community has struggled mightily to preserve many of the old synagogues and keep them from being demolished. While it's always sad to lose a place the community is familiar with, here is an good opportunity to preserve beautiful, irreplaceable, architecture for a new use and the public to enjoy.

Posted on: 2016/9/9 15:12
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Re: Drop By Barcade to Support the Embankment Preservation Coalition
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The Highline Park in NYC is one of the true jewels of urban public parks in the country, if not the world.


I've seen plenty of bullshit written in my day (this election season has been particularly good for it, but I digress), but this is one of the dumbest pieces of it I've seen in a long while. It's good for one thing and one thing only. To walk in. Literally it. You can't ride a bike, bring your dog, play catch with your kid, hell, given its tourist appeal (because it's fukn downtown manhattan and not residential jersey city), you'll have a hard time jogging it. If memory serves, it is three times the size of the embankment and has one minuscule playground.

Aping the Highline here is the dumbest part of the stupid save the embankment BS that gets put out. Personally, I'd rather it stay the way it is, because at least the city isn't spending millions to build and maintain bridges, fences and entrances. Jewel of parks my ass. Fuck outta here.

Can't you just take the brats and your SUV and move to the suburbs already? What a low-class response...

Posted on: 2016/9/9 14:48
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