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Re: Reporting a neighbor?
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It is their basement dumping water into ours (they have an un-checked sewer line that just dumps the sewer water into their place which then leaks into ours), they have no sump pumps on a street that floods badly (we have 4 with a battery backup and can control it until they start overflowing) and just recently their gutter is so backed up it pours water into our external wall. They also have trash strewn everywhere (including food thrown on their roof) and large puddles of standing water that become mosquito breeding grounds.

Posted on: 2013/5/21 15:17
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Re: Reporting a neighbor?
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Thanks for the info. Unfortunately we have given up on resolving with them, numerous letters have gotten us nowhere.

Posted on: 2013/5/21 14:58
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Reporting a neighbor?
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Does anyone know the best course of action to take when dealing with a neighbor whose property negligence is constantly resulting in damage to our property? We have spoken with them many times and they refuse to do anything about it, we have no choice but to involve an external party. Is there a department in the city we can report this to, in the hopes of generating fines or something like that?

Posted on: 2013/5/21 14:30
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Re: Do you recommend particular Roofer?
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Just wanted to see if anyone had any other good experiences with Capitol or any other roofer recently? Have a small leak and need to get someone to take a look.

Posted on: 2013/5/9 14:51
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Re: Taqueria
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equ wrote:
They were always closed on Mondays.


They were for most of their existence but had opened up on Mondays for at least several months before the Sandy closure. I guess they reverted back.

Are they doing weekday lunch service yet? Tried calling but keep getting the machine.

Posted on: 2013/4/23 16:12
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Re: Europa Polish Deli
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This is definitely a bummer, really sorry to see them go. Cold cuts, sausages and bacon were all excellent, and it definitely added an old-school Jersey City character to the neighborhood, which is appreciated in the face of rapid development.

Regarding that stretch, it's hard to say if it's a business wasteland or not. A specialty toy shop is always going to struggle when competing with online retailers and NYC. Made with Love had inconsistent hours and inconsistent product at unsustainable prices, Lee's didn't quite have the cleanliness standards most Americans want from their fish monger, etc. My point is, the right business run by the right people can work, regardless of location (Madame Claude is a perfect example). Choc o Pain seems like they have it together and so far have seen success because of that.

Posted on: 2013/4/5 16:21
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Re: Mayoral Absentee Ballot
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Cool, thank you.

Posted on: 2013/4/3 13:04
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Mayoral Absentee Ballot
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I will be out of town for the mayoral election but I was wondering who I contact about an absentee ballot - I didn't see anything on the Hudson County clerk's site regarding the mayor's race nor on the City of Jersey City site so I'm not sure whose jurisdiction this falls under.

Posted on: 2013/4/3 12:55
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Re: Taqueria
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dtjerseyave wrote:
I think I've counted at least three false starts now. Way to run a business!


I have no idea what the actual hold-up is but considering construction and a liquor license it's not surprising if past history in Jersey City is any indication, and may not be entirely (or even at all) in their control.

I also wouldn't take some (perhaps ill-advised) message board quotes as a substitute for a business plan. The JC location did good business, enough so where the owners could be relatively hands-off in order to open a second location. Most reasonable people wouldn't walk away from that because of a JC List confrontation. A more logical reason to shut down the location is being weary of the constant flooding in that part of town, but again it sounds like that's not their plan solely based on what they're posting.

Posted on: 2013/3/29 20:47
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Re: Downtown Harvest CSA - Meet our farmer and learn about Community Supported Agriculture in JC
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I belong to this one:
http://www.jerseygrown.com/

Been generally happy with it, the first year I belonged the variety was amazing, a couple of bad weather years has narrowed that a little but this year was better than the previous year. The pick-up is on 8th St, no work required but there are opportunities to visit the farm if you so choose. No idea if any slots are open for 2013 or not.

Posted on: 2013/1/17 21:21
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Re: JC Gov Web Site & Sandy: Embarrassment
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SixthBoro wrote:
please enlighten everyone how major flooding of substations and equipment has anything to do with either demographics or politics and the return of power...


It doesn't. The original point of the post was that valuable screen real estate was wasted on stupid photo ops that should have been solely dedicated to critical information, information that is there but extremely hard to read (especially when some people may be short on battery life for their laptops or phones). The only person making this political is the mayor himself, and it's a tremendous slap in the face to residents of this town. If people want to use something like this as an impetus for ousting him fine, but for now all I and a lot of other people care about is getting this damn information in a clear and concise manner.

Posted on: 2012/11/5 14:53
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Re: Flooding on Grove Street
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I'm just hilariously astonished that someone would buy a property at sea level blocks from one of the largest rivers on the east coast and flooding would never cross their mind


Our flooding has less to do with geography and more to do with graft and apathy. It's rainwater not river water in our basements. Cities that are even below sea level deal with this by pumps to drain the rainwater from the sewer system so it functions in storms. Our city deals with it by saying (and I quote Joe Beckmeyer, chief engineer of the MUA) "sewer flooding is an act of God". Our city has found it a priority to line the pockets of the party faithful rather than fix our sewers (see current thread about Councilman Gaughan & family sucking on the city and county tits like a litter of piglets)


Exactly, proximity to the river has little to do with the majority of the flooding issues. To further complicate matters the flood map is pretty general, I know from first-hand experience that certain portions of a block can be much more prone to basement flooding than other portions of the same block. There is usually no way to find that out other than the hard way, unfortunately.

Generally your best bet is to use as many strategically placed sump pumps as possible and shoot it out to the street, and under no circumstances should you connect the outlet to the storm drains, you might as well empty it out directly in your basement.

Posted on: 2012/7/18 21:08
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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I think they did answer the question, sounds like they asked these guys in Brooklyn to reproduce it (probably using better quality ingredients) and since it's not technically "Taylor Ham" changed the name slightly.

Posted on: 2012/5/14 13:20
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Re: The Krave truck R.I.P.
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Mr_Johnson wrote:
What we don't need is another asian "style" place. More, Wild Fusion, Sawadee, Box, Grand Sichuan, and all the other sushi places.. all within about a 2 block radius.


Please don't lump Grand Sichuan in with the rest of the boring pan-Asian places, they're doing something truly unique in JC if you wander off the small American Chinese portion of the menu. I'm all for more Asian if it's not Americanized-thai or mid-90s fusion, those sub-genres are where the glut lies.

Posted on: 2012/5/2 15:42
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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My wife and I finally got a chance to try Thirty Acres for lunch yesterday, we both came away very impressed. The beet greens and potato/bacon/chives share plates are fantastic, the mackerel in the mackerel sandwich was cooked perfectly, and those lemon bars are damn good. $38 pre-tip for a lot more food than we'd usually get for lunch, extremely reasonable for that level of finesse (and we easily could have gotten 2 sandwiches, 1 share plate, and no dessert).

Can't wait to go for dinner.

Posted on: 2012/4/19 15:14
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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PathH8Tr wrote:
Small menus seems to be a foodie trend. When food is exceptionally fresh and caught that day (the mackerel was amazeballs, I don't know how else to explain it, but when things are THAT fresh it's incredible) who needs a ton of stuff? If you want that, go to a diner where they have 1,000 options. They have a rotating menu that will be seasonal (as said by the chef who came up and was nice enough to talk to us). If the biggest complaint is not enough stuff on the menu - try it first. Seriously.


Haven't been yet but totally agree with the concept, tons of choice just means more items prepared incorrectly or using ingredients past their prime. Small menus equal lower cost (to the restaurant and to the customers) and better quality. Give me 10 items flawlessly executed using the best ingredients any day over trying to tackle everything under the sun.

Posted on: 2012/4/15 15:07
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Re: Best hummus in Jersey City
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RustyRuss444 wrote:
I know you're all gonna hate me for saying it - but Greek to Me has a real good hummus.


Though I think homemade trumps all, if getting it out I totally agree about Greek to Me hummus - it is a little lacking in the tahini department (I generally prefer more tahini than less) but I think it's more flavorful than either Ibby's or Gypsy Grill. Haven't tried Rumi yet, will add that to the list.

Posted on: 2012/3/7 19:44
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Re: Ninth and Coles
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meowmix wrote:
The menu is so. boring. and the nature of the selection leads me to believe that much of it is frozen. (Breaded chicken tenders, etc). I hate to say it, but the menu reads like the one at my college cafeteria.

The great thing about the old Simple was that they had comfort food -- things like meatloaf and chicken pot pie. These are so easy to make, and helped Simple stand out from the crowd (not that they didn't have their own problems). I wish 9th and Coles would go in this direction. Find something cool to do -- a variety of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches, or homemade pickles. Something that makes the place unique.


Agreed about the boring menu, nothing ever looks intriguing/up-to-date/etc. Also agree about the food being frozen - the one and only burger I had over a year ago couldn't have been anything other than a frozen Sam's Club patty. I think they'd be more successful charging $3 more for a burger made fresh in-house.

It kind of feels like these guys wanted to open a college bar in the mid-90s and then when they had the chance opened just that, a run-of-the-mill college bar where no one is expected to give a crap about the food. That probably won't fly in this day and age.

That all being said, it's a quaint place and the owners do seem to be very nice and engaging with their clientele. You really want them to succeed as Jersey City needs as many good restaurants as possible, but it's almost like they need a Gordon Ramsey-type intervention to get them cooking better food. Not fancy food, just solid pub/comfort food fitting of the space and vibe.

Posted on: 2011/11/10 20:46
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Re: Ibby's - DO NOT GO!
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Ibby's used to be my mainstay for quick middle eastern food around here but Gypsy Grill is quickly overtaking them. I think some items are better at Ibby's (the tabouleh, harissa, and shwarma come to mind) but the veggie sandwiches at Gypsy might be better. The pita at Gypsy used to bother me a little bit but I do appreciate the fact that it keeps the sandwich together, and the more I eat it the less I mind it. You're pretty much wearing an Ibby's sandwich two bites in.

I haven't had overcharging or rudeness issues with Ibby's (lack of friendliness != rude) but their delivery is definitely flaky and often the guy shows up with no change. Gypsy Grill on the other hand is always reliable in that department.

Long story short, it's nice having a choice but Gypsy Grill has become much more of a contender than I ever imagined them being.

Posted on: 2011/9/19 15:45
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Re: Best pizza in JC????
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I had previously thought they were gone for good, but I'm really glad this place is under new management while keeping the same quality of the pizza. I have yet to sit down for a meal but peering in the window you see the tables are set, there are servers waiting to attend to you, they have hours clearly posted (and seem to adhere to them), and the space has been cleaned up to look like an actual restaurant and not the remnants of a low-end flea market. Also noticeably absent is a crazy woman going on a drug/alcohol/all-of-the-above induced rant while people are trying to have a meal. I wish them the best of luck and hope the many, many people who blew them off due to the previous management come back and give it another try.

Posted on: 2011/9/11 18:10
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Re: Taqueria
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7thstreeter wrote:
I'm still boycotting them. And I don't care how ridiculuous anyone thinks that is.


No one thinks (or at least no one should think) it's ridiculous that someone chooses not to patronize a particular restaurant. We all have our bad experiences that can sour us even on a place that otherwise seems to please many, many other people. However, what is ridiculous is repeating the same critique ad nauseum. Make your point once and move on.

Posted on: 2011/8/31 19:05
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Re: Taqueria
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JoeAuxiliary wrote:
No; you're just a hypercritical, hypocritical ornery internet tough guy who's delighted by the fact that this restaurant has somehow wronged you and will argue back with you on the internet. You consistently bring up your disdain for them in this thread despite having apparently decided to shove Taco Truck in your maw years ago.

No one cares. I stopped posting on this site two years ago, and was amazed to find that years later (when looking for hurricane/flooding info) the Taqueria thread still exists and that you are the most frequent contributor.

No amount of posting about one of Jersey City's most popular restaurants, one that serves numerous people without incident every day, will make you important or validate any of your borderline-psychotic arguments. No one noticed that you posted your address, a link to your shitty blog, or a link to your Facebook page. None of this validates your neuroses. None of it ever will. I'm sorry they didn't let you sit outside, or reserve a seat, or make a change to their menu. These are their rules, they are how they run a restaurant. If you don't like it, shut up and stop complaining. Especially on the Goddamn internet. Shit, people don't even whine about the rules or specific incidents anymore; now everyone's criticism seems to relate only to things said in this stupid thread.


Post of the year, well said.

Posted on: 2011/8/31 18:46
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Re: Dames Coffee - Jersey Ave betw 3rd & 4th
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The hours seem kind of retarded since most people in that neighborhood are at work well after they close during the week and there really aren't enough businesses there to have a regular midmorning coffee hour.


They're in soft-launch mode, they said they plan on extending the hours when they fully launch. They are open for the morning work commute, Stockinette was never able to pull that off.

Posted on: 2011/8/1 15:30
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Re: All quiet on the downtown front? As JC becomes more of a destination, some residents complain
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The cicadas in the suburbs are louder than it is on any given night over here on 5th St. Jersey City is actually one of the quietest urban environments I've ever been in, it can be eerily quiet most weekends. The woman complaining about noise at Newport must work as a sonar device during the day, that area is depressingly quiet.

The only people I've ever had sympathy for noise-wise are the people who bought apartments in the building that eventually housed Zeppelin Hall, sounds like they got screwed pretty badly. Otherwise other than some few and far between loud drunk assholes (which will never go away in a predominantly walking city) and weekly summertime concerts that end at 9PM I don't see the problem.

Posted on: 2011/6/29 19:34
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Re: Village Thai and Beyond
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Quote:

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Jersey City: Asian food capital of the world.

It's utterly amazing how many Asian food places are downtown. There has to be at least 20 (probably more), in one square mile.


I could be ok with that if the concentration wasn't so heavily skewed towards overly-Americanized Thai and Chinese and bland Pan-Asian fusion that went out of style eight years ago. Where's a decent Korean place downtown? A Japanese izakaya-type place? Dim sum? Even Indian is relatively lacking downtown, though that's slightly more forgivable as Journal Square provides a wealth of options.

Grand Sichuan and Saigon Cafe are shining beacons in the downtown Asian scene, I wish more restaurants would take cues on how they do things.

Posted on: 2011/6/13 18:53
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Re: Best pizza in JC????
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Is La Rustique closed? Just passed by and it was shuttered - but no sign in the window re whether the owner (and Pillomena, his wife - as per previous posts) is on vacation.

I broke up with La Rustique awhile back because the quality of the pies was so spotty but I hate to see another vacant shop in the neighborhood.

Such a shame as they have a *killer* good oven in this space. Wanted to love 'em but it just didn't work out.


It looked closed for good to me when I walked there last night in search of a slice. No signs at all, looked like a business getting ready to shut it down.

Pretty bummed about it, their pizza far surpasses anything I've had anywhere else in Downtown. Maybe someone who can handle both the hospitality side of the business and make a great pie can move into that space, it's definitely made to be a pizza place with all the equipment in there.

Posted on: 2011/6/8 12:30
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Re: Parkside Bistro - Hamilton Park
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Quote:

Abe_Froman wrote:
burger and wings, sorry if that wa unclear.

again, maybe they serve decent food there, just not those two items. but I would have reservations ordering anything there again, it was just such a disgraceful burger and overall portion for that money. absurd, really.


That was the crux of my problem with this place the first and only time I tried it - I ordered a turkey wrap for lunch (about as innocuous and hard to screw up as it gets) and it was terribly under seasoned and just plain bad. If Mediterranean is the specialty stick to that - I don't understand having this encyclopedia of menu items if you're only going to excel in one particular type of cuisine. No one should expect pizza from an Indian restaurant or French onion soup at a Korean place, there's no shame in not serving a burger (and especially a crappy one at that) at a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean place. Do it well or leave it off the menu, simple as that.

Posted on: 2011/4/22 19:05
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Re: Thinking about opening a restaurant / bar
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Fort Defiance in Red Hook would be an excellent model for someone to follow in Jersey City - small menu of excellent American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, properly prepared cocktails (something that absolutely no one in Jersey City does well), rotating beer taps, and family-friendly dining in the earlier hours. No pretension and prices that reflect the neighborhood.

http://fortdefiancebrooklyn.com/

Posted on: 2011/4/6 20:59
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Re: Cable and internet options
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We just bought the Roku XDS to stream Netflix/Hulu/Amazon and HD content looks very close if not identical to Comcast HD. We did find it helpful to upgrade our wireless router to a dual band wireless-N to ensure that content was served as HD as much as possible - before we did that we would get dropped down to medium quality and the difference was very noticeable but still watchable for most kinds of content. If you can run an ethernet cable directly into the Roku or whatever device you use to stream obviously that would be the ideal. All in all we're really happy with the Roku.

Posted on: 2011/2/17 22:18
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Re: Port-O Lounge
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My wife and I tried this place last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The tapas prices do seem a little high until you find out that the portions are huge - we initially told our waiter we wanted 4 different tapas and he said something to the effect of "I'd have to move a second table over here to accommodate all that food". We paired down to two options and considering all the food that we got the prices the price suddenly became extremely reasonable - they actually might do themselves a favor on the menu and call some of the tapas items "family style" to prevent people from being turned off by seemingly high prices for what most people associate with tapas portions. The food itself was great; we had the cockles and pork cubes, both very well done. The pork dish is heavy but offset nicely with the addition of some pickled vegetables, and the cockle broth was delicious with a good amount of garlic and cilantro, very fresh tasting. Good bread as well.

The service we had was excellent, which is refreshing for a new restaurant in Jersey City.

All said and done $49 pre-tip for two glasses of wine, two orders of huge tapas, 2 complimentary after-dinner ports, and dessert (almond and egg yolk pudding, awesome). Not bad at all for a comfortable place with good food and good service. Nice addition to the neighborhood.

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