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Re: Greenpoint's WORD Bookstore coming to Jersey City
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just checked this place out a bit, they have a nice selection in a pretty limited space and extra credit for grouping a whole shelf of my beloved NYRB imprint together.

but in case there was any doubt, books are all list price here, so essentially 2 for the price of 3 or 3 for the price of 4 compared to Amazon. I don't understand how that business model can possibly work in this current climate, but good luck to them.

Posted on: 2013/12/16 21:36
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Re: Greenpoint's WORD Bookstore coming to Jersey City
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there are plenty of good cafes in the area these days (I'd recommend people support Bien Cuit and Cocoa for starters), but if the pitch is that it's a cafe with events that happens to sell books also, I guess I get that. it's not really for me, but I get it.

Posted on: 2013/12/16 0:23
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Re: Greenpoint's WORD Bookstore coming to Jersey City
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FWIW, a store that was actually 'important to our neighborhood' (IMO, obviously) is Nha Trang Market which was pushed out (last day of business today) to make room for even more condos.

I'm absolutely not looking for a debate here, just giving my perspective. of course, I've never been to a book reading in my life and don't understand the appeal and I have a very good coffee maker at home. to me, a bookstore is to buy books, and I can do that more effectively (selection) and cheaper online.

Posted on: 2013/12/15 22:44
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Re: Nha Trang Market is closing!
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last day today, a sad day for DTJC.

Posted on: 2013/12/15 22:32
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Re: Greenpoint's WORD Bookstore coming to Jersey City
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You can buy groceries online, often for cheaper. Do you understand why it's good for neighborhoods to have grocery stores? You can watch live concerts online, often for free. Do you understand why it's good for neighborhoods to have music venues?


both terrible comparisons.

and I don't buy that a book store is a 'cultural institution' or a place for 'art and ideas' (ha!), no matter how many 'readings, signings and other events' they hold, so no, you won't convince me.

and I'm not trying to convince anyone either, just trying to understand and you've given that your best shot with only a bit of unnecessary snark, so thanks.

(FWIW, I've lived in this neighborhood since graduating college 25 years ago, so I also don't need to be lectured about what it needs and doesn't need)

Posted on: 2013/12/15 22:10
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Re: Greenpoint's WORD Bookstore coming to Jersey City
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ok, thanks. I've always had a strong idea of what I wanted to buy beforehand, so I am usually happy with internet shopping for books or music. FWIW, 'chocolatecake', you can essentially thumb through many books at Amazon in recent years, as they've tried to replicate that function.

supermarkets/clothing stores are a bad comparison IMO, there are reasons to see/touch one's food and clothes before purchase, whereas with books, you're getting the same thing online or in a store.

anyway, I'll check it out and I guess I wish them success, but for me bookstores are a pretty anachronistic concept in 2013.

Posted on: 2013/12/15 17:13
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Re: Greenpoint's WORD Bookstore coming to Jersey City
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Let's give Word regular business, because it's a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.


hopefully I can ask this without being jumped on, but why exactly? why are bookstores necessary in a world where Amazon can get whatever you want to you within a day or two at a presumably cheaper price than you'd pay at Word or any other bookstore?

this is a genuine question from a fairly big reader, I really don't get it.

Posted on: 2013/12/15 9:03
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Re: Nha Trang Market is closing!
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"What I don't get is if you're trying to sell it as a going concern, why drive it into the ground by being a crappy store?"

that's not a recent development, that store has been pretty lousy for at least ten years if not longer.

and yeah, this is a real shame and a real loss.

Posted on: 2013/12/5 1:22
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Re: This old factory: Buying in Downtown Jersey City's Dixon Mills
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I doubt it's rats, I'm sure it's mice. I lived on Christopher Columbus a block away from Dixon Mills from 1988-2004 (now I live a few blocks away), and it was impossible to rid our building of mice as the PATH runs underneath there.

Posted on: 2013/9/20 16:21
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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Fairway opened today in Chelsea, on 25th and 6th, in case anyone is interested and doesn't know.

with Trader Joe's and Whole Foods both in that neighborhood already, it's easy to go to any or all of them in one trip and then hop back on the PATH (I went to Fairway and Trader Joe's today).

anyway, I'd love any of those downtown (Trader Joe's the most), but in the meantime, Chelsea works pretty well too.

Posted on: 2013/7/24 23:53
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Re: Taqueria
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just went for the first time since they reopened, post-flood, and it was really great. I'm partial to the pork tacos (chorizo good also), my wife liked the pork and fish ones best, we will definitely be back again soon.

long live Taqueria Jersey City!

Posted on: 2013/6/12 23:03
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Re: New French Bakery on Jersey Ave.-Choc O Pain
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just stopped in, looks good!! I only got a chocolate almond croissant today and will have it later, but I really hope people support this place and they can stick around.

Posted on: 2013/3/8 15:59
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Choc O Pain - French Bakery on Jersey Avenue
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someone posted here the other day that they heard that Hoboken bakery Choc O Pain was moving into the Made With Love space on Jersey Ave. just above Christopher Columbus. so I asked on their FB page, and they confirmed that they would be opening this Friday:

I've never been to the Hoboken one, but the Yelp reviews look great, and downtown could really use a place for croissants, etc. my wife and I are very excited, just letting people here know.

Choc O Pain
530 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302
201 435 2462

http://www.chocopainbakery.com


Posted on: 2013/3/6 7:40

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Re: Why is pizza so bad in downtown JC?
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Razza is very good, but small and pricy. I think Roman Nose is better, double the size and close to the same quality, but both are way better than any other downtown options (Rustique is OK).

Posted on: 2013/2/9 4:41
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Re: Greenpoint's WORD Bookstore coming to Jersey City
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tommyc_37 wrote:
Cool to have another bookstore, but I'm wondering if the immediate neighborhood can support not one but two bookstores? Even if they do have different business models.



as a longtime local (moved to downtown JC in 1988), I doubt it can support one in the era of Amazon. with this location, it has a better chance, but I'd be surprised if it's still there two years from now.

Posted on: 2013/1/11 20:24
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Re: Mail situation
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the holiday isn't going to help things either.

Posted on: 2012/11/13 20:00
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Re: Mail situation
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today I got last week's Economist and this month's PSE&G bill, both of which should have been here a week or two ago, so at least all of that mail isn't lost completely.

Posted on: 2012/11/9 20:19
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Re: Mail situation
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although upon further reflection, that doesn't really explain why there have been no magazines this week thus far.

Posted on: 2012/11/9 7:28
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Re: Mail situation
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ugh, thanks for the report.

Posted on: 2012/11/9 5:58
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Re: Mail situation
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USPS doesn't reliably log their packages in and out even in the best of times...

today was a bit better here, one big package and one small one, but still no magazines etc. the USPS guy confirmed that the problems are before the mail gets to the Montgomery St. station, so going there won't help.

Posted on: 2012/11/8 23:52
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Re: Mail situation
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the mail situation continues to be bad, a few letters but now two full weeks without magazines or packages (predating Sandy, the service here often skips a day or two each week in the best of times). I'm going to go down to the post office tomorrow or Friday to see if I can get stuff that way, I'm waiting on many things.

Posted on: 2012/11/8 8:33
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Re: Roman Nose on Newark Avenue
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we are pizza snobs, ordering a pie almost every week from Grimaldi's in Hoboken, and the margherita pie we had from Roman Nose a few days ago is probably the best pie we've ever had in Jersey City (topping Rustique's best efforts). it's a bit towards Keste (on Bleecker St.) but less salty than that, very fresh ingredients, delicious!! it heats up well too, this was a takeout order.

two thumbs up, we'll be trying more in the near future.

Posted on: 2012/11/8 8:30
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Re: Mail situation
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I'd like to know this too, and especially whether I can go to the Montgomery office on Monday and send stuff. I got a few letters on Thursday, nothing yesterday, and just the voting form today, but nothing bigger, like packages or magazines.

Posted on: 2012/11/3 22:33
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I also never really understood that "15 minute delay" thing. if all the trains are delayed 15 minutes, wouldn't the intervals between them still be the same? even when they announce there's a delay, the trains still seem to come just as frequently.

Posted on: 2012/3/31 17:41
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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yep, have lived in downtown JC for 23+ years now, and the PATH rules, almost no real problems ever.

now the subways in Brooklyn on most weekends, those are worth complaining about.

Posted on: 2012/3/31 17:40
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Re: Is the Village section safe?
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Posted on: 2012/2/22 11:40
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Re: Village Thai and Beyond
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I mean, maybe we just had dud meals, but it was like three notches worse than Sawadee and five notches worse than Sripraphai (the gold standard of local Thai IMO). I didn't even want to post, but I thought I should.

hope it gets better, or ours was a fluke or something, but I won't be following up myself...

Posted on: 2011/12/23 21:38
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Re: Cocoa Bakery & Cafe
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actually a bit more research shows that they're still trying to open up, good luck!!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cocoa-Bakery/206061389469314

Posted on: 2011/12/23 18:10
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Re: Cocoa Bakery & Cafe
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so this never actually happened, huh? too bad.

Posted on: 2011/12/23 18:07
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Re: Village Thai and Beyond
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sadly this place is terrible, we ordered thai basil with chicken and BBQ beef, both with rice. the beef was very tough and the chicken had virtually no taste. very disappointing, we won't be back...

Posted on: 2011/12/23 18:05
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