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Re: Plan to lower parking minimums in Jersey City spurs anger
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So what happened with this last night? Did they get the variance?


They did not get the variance.

Posted on: 2016/2/24 18:18
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Re: Plan to lower parking minimums in Jersey City spurs anger
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IMO car owner ship is very high or you people have a lot of visitors with cars. I go dtjc about 2 x a month and there is never anywhere to park on the street.


That's funny because I live in DTJC and generally have very little trouble parking.

Posted on: 2016/2/24 12:45
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Re: Plan to lower parking minimums in Jersey City spurs anger
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2 - the vast majority of buildings downtown that have parking availability are NOT filled up



This is really the crux of it. I can understand wanting to leave a bit of a cushion so there aren't a bunch of new cars looking for spots, but 1:1 just seems absurd. No building is filling up at 1:1. You want a big, big cushion? leave it at .8:1 (or better yet, maybe the city does an actual study of car ownership DT and in the new construction so they can use data to make decisions.)

Posted on: 2016/2/24 12:42
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Re: Parking garages/lots?
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Solution: Anyone that prefers to keep a car in a city can rent one of the countless parking spots that are available today



Exactly. There is no shortage of parking. There is a shortage of free parking right in front of your house/apartment. Such is life in a city.

Posted on: 2016/2/22 18:49
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Re: Parking garages/lots?
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Yvonne wrote:

Solutions: New construction should have one to one parking so their cars are not on the streets. Next, there are 900 abandon properties I am sure some of these properties are in bad shape and can be knocked down for parking lots/garages. Development has been going on downtown, why didn't the city place a garage in the new development where BJs and Shoprite is located?


Um, there are multiple garages going up in the BJs/ shoprite space. The 'city' didn't place a garage there because the city doesn't own the property and sure as hell doesn't have the money to purchase it to put up a garage. Not to mention it is across the street from the mall lot, which is 1/2 empty and open to residents. All the high rises have garages, and virtually none of those garages (even the ones open to the public) are full.

There are 900 abandoned properties in the village? That seems very high. Regardless, those lots are likely 16' wide at max, which is not a space for a garage, and maybe a space for a few parking spots at best.


Posted on: 2016/2/22 18:32

Edited by moobycow on 2016/2/22 18:48:17
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Re: Parking garages/lots?
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Sorry, according to Mayor Fulop the public does not need garages or parking lots. He says this while he and all members of the council still have parking available in the rear of City Hall. Every town hall meeting I have video the public asks the same thing, "We want parking lots and garages." Instead, we are given bike lanes.


What do you propose we knock down in the Village to provide a lot/garage?

Posted on: 2016/2/22 17:48
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Re: Should PATH add Marion Station?
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You can't bypass stations on a single track line to add capacity. In order to add capacity you need another line, or more capacity at the end points (NWK/ WTC/ 33rd to queue more trains). The stops in the middle on a single track allow easier access, but do nothing to add or limit the total capacity.

The only other options for more capacity is the new signaling, new articulated cars or larger platforms. More stations don't do anything, though they could be nice for other reason (shorter walks, less crowding on a specific platform etc.)




Posted on: 2016/2/22 15:52
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Re: Hamilton Pork
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I like it. It's a bit expensive (unless you get the #2 special, which is two meats and two sides for $19. They're removing it because they messed up on the pricing).

I've had the ribs, which were pretty good and the lamb belly, which was fantastic. The beans were pretty awful, the mexican corn was blah and the sweet potatoes were average.

The dessert ice cream sandwich was very nice.

I'll definitely go back and if they keep the pricing on the #2 special I'll go back a lot. They could use a better beer menu though.

Posted on: 2016/2/18 22:01
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Re: Proposed Development at 8th Street/Division
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Is that the lot closer to Brunswick or Division? Given the size I would think it has to be the lot by Brunswick. It would be hard to fit 60 units in the tiny lot fronting Division.

Posted on: 2016/2/11 19:58
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Re: Hoboken is rejecting bike lanes
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Just because you own and run a business doesn't mean you actually know what is going to be best. Research has show, repeatedly, that making it easier for bikes and pedestrians is better for business.


Thank you for so eloquently describing the paternalism embodied behind most "progressive" policies.

Who cares if you own a business? I know how to run it better than you. This is for your own good.


And thank you for summing up the alternate position of, sure all the research points to you being correct, but F that I'm sticking with my position anyway because who needs to base their opinions on actual data.

Posted on: 2016/2/10 2:43
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Re: Hoboken is rejecting bike lanes
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Geary merchants believe that 54 percent of their customers arrive by car, though the actual number is 22 percent, according to a recent SFCTA survey [PDF 1, 2] of 569 businesses on Geary and 295 businesses on Clement Street. Additionally, shoppers who arrived without cars visited businesses more frequently than those who arrived by car.

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2013/08/01/ ... rking-obsessed-merchants/

Often businesses overestimate how many people arrive by driving. This notion plays out again and again in cities across North America. The reality for a mixed-use retail street is often that the majority of business patrons are people who arrive by walking, cycling and using transit. Moreover, research shows that people who walk and cycle often shop more often and spend more overall than people who drive, who often make large lump sum purchases. This means that by encouraging more people to walk and cycle, a business can also encourage a steadier stream of cash-flow. It is to the detriment of businesses to neglect the need for a safe, comfortable and inviting experience for the majority of people who shop by walking, cycling and using transit.

https://slowstreets.wordpress.com/2016 ... ness-case-for-bike-lanes/

In short, the businesses often shoot themselves in the foot by insisting on making is easier for cars at the expense of bikes and cars. Just because you own and run a business doesn't mean you actually know what is going to be best. Research has shown, repeatedly, that making it easier for bikes and pedestrians is better for business.

Posted on: 2016/2/9 21:35
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Re: Hotel, marina among proposals for Liberty State Park
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The one thing that stuck out to me was the proposed pedestrian bridge from Paulus Hook. That would be a pretty big benefit for JC.


The idea of a pedestrian bridge is silly. The Morris Canal can not be closed off to traffic, and there is a lot of it, so any bridge would have to be REALLY tall. Given that the span between the two sides is so short, that means that the bridge would have to be incredibly steeps to get up and down in that space while still allowing for traffic to get by. The only alternative would be two build the equivalent of 5 or 6 story towers on both sides, with an elevator bank to whisk people up and down, so they can then walk across the short distance between the two sides. Can you imagine the cost? And, what about the on-going maintenance??



Or it could swing open pretty easily.

Posted on: 2015/12/21 16:57
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Re: Hotel, marina among proposals for Liberty State Park
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For anyone to say the park is under utilized then that person has not been to LSP during the summer months. It is packed with people, especially families. If you are not there early enough, you cannot park, especially the weekends. There will be no benefit to JC with the increased traffic, just more traffic on our roads and JC residents will have to pay for more police presence due to the traffic problems.


While I don't necessarily disagree that it is a well used park, the state should care only a little bit whether or not it benefits JC specifically and more whether or not it benefits the people of the state as a whole.

I do think there is a lot of space that hasn't yet been cleaned up in the park, and that commercializing a few bits might be a good way to get the funding to clean up and open up a lot more of the park to the public as open space. Making sure that happens is the trick, as often you'll get commercialization without the give back to the rest of the park.

The one thing that stuck out to me was the proposed pedestrian bridge from Paulus Hook. That would be a pretty big benefit for JC.

Posted on: 2015/12/21 13:02
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Re: Trump: 'Thousands' in Jersey City cheered on 9/11
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This thread is a fantastic example of why we can't have nice things. If you can't get people to agree to a simple basic, verified fact: There were not thousands of people celebrating 9/11 in streets of Jersey City, how the hell are you supposed to have substantive discussion on the right approach to take to fix problems?

Posted on: 2015/12/3 21:36
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Re: N.J. looking into whether to FORCE Jersey City reval
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It was inevitable.

Posted on: 2015/11/18 21:39
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Re: New bar: The Archer
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I'm not sure if you're directing that at my use of the word fancy or the concept of a bespoke cocktail.

Fancy certainly applies here and I think also to the menu Dullboy as they use not-too-common ingredients like rhubarb amaro, piri piri spice, orgeat syrup, etc.

Bespoke plays into the millennial trope that we're all special and deserve unique experiences. Silly, but certainly not something I would let stop me from walking through the doors of a new bar. The word itself wasn't printed on the flyer-like menu they handed out, just a line or two saying pick a liquor and tell us what flavors you like, but it is on the menu at Ward III and seemed appropriate.


No! Of course it wasn't directed at YOU. It was a mini rant at the annoying use of certain words to denote a certain coolness. As you rightly point out, it plays into the (sad) millennial trope of being/portraying everything as special and unique.

And to better explain myself, I would add that I give Dullboy a lot of credit for not giving into the temptation of following on those fads. Of course, their cocktails and staff are a notch above the rest, but they don't take themselves so seriously as to be ridiculous in how they present/sell themselves, which is precisely why I continue to patronize them regularly.


When I was in there a week or two ago they were dressed in what appeared to be old time bartender clothes, with vests and striped suits, one guy had a top hat. If you're looking for 'not ridiculous' I'm not sure that Dullboy is a great example.



Posted on: 2015/11/10 12:36
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Re: Bell & Gray opening in old Carrino's Provisions location Monday the 12th
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Judging from the pics in that article, this place offers small portions. And the prices aren't cheap.

Hope it's not the kind of "fine dining" where you leave hungry.


Agreed, I'm not going to bother. Maybe in a place with the right atmosphere, but I'm not spending $13 for a 1/4 wedge of lettuce and 3 shrimp while watching football.

Posted on: 2015/10/14 20:07
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Re: Hudson River waterfront needs vast improvement
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Easy fix, get rid of most of the massive lobbies and make restaurants, shops, etc.

Most of the buildings on the water fronts have huge lobby's and IMO they don't need to be that big... or sell off some of those parking decks that people on here say no one is using.... sell some of it off for shops and eateries.


Hell, there's a 'mall' along a good strip of it that has windows that could open up to the waterfront, but remain closed at all times. There are lots of lawns behind fences that aren't even being used by the buildings that could easily be accessible. They could find a way to allow the Taphouse to have actual outdoor seating. They could put up a snackbar or summer beer garden on the pier in Exchange place. They could have worked with Newport to put in some sort of vendors by the beach in the new park so people could stay for a while.

Posted on: 2015/9/14 17:09
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Re: Hudson River waterfront needs vast improvement
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jmiz wrote:

TL;DR: The waterfront walkway is very successful, as it is both on the waterfront and a walkway. People on a message board are complaining that there aren't enough restaurants along the walkway, which has absolutely nothing to do with the success of providing public access to the waterfront.


Yes, people have access, but there is little about it that makes it a pleasant place to visit.

Access is nice, but when you have one of the better views in the world you would kind of hope to leverage it into something more than a sterile walkway that passes by fences and parking garages.

Posted on: 2015/9/14 15:56
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Re: PATH gets United CEO fired?
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I'm not sure why they couldn't...just do like they do on NJ transit and make sure people know that certain cars don't let off at certain stations. It's easy enough to post stops on each car etc.



Somebody mentioned on an older thread that this isn't legal on transit that crosses state lines.


They have it on NJ Transit, which crosses state lines. I could see an argument that you can't have it underground as people in off stations cars could legitimately get trapped in the case of an emergency.

Posted on: 2015/9/11 22:18
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Re: PATH gets United CEO fired?
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They can't extend the stations on the 33rd st line. I'm not sure why they couldn't have articulated trains that are a bit longer so people could walk to exits, or just do like they do on NJ transit and make sure people know that certain cars don't let off at certain stations. It's easy enough to post stops on each car etc.

Sure it might cause some confusion to start, but 90% of PATH traffic is commuters always getting off at the same station. They would figure out which cars to be on pretty quickly.

Posted on: 2015/9/11 16:54
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Re: PATH gets United CEO fired?
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Also its a very important investment in revitalizing the city of Newark. Even though it remains unclear whether the airport station will initially be open to street (rather than just the monorail and NJTransit station), the big cost is the link, not opening it up to Newark. Once its built, lobbying to open it up to the city becomes much easier and it will serve as a catalyst to developing another area of Newark.


The plan is to have it open to Newark so the neighborhood can use it.

In a perfect world I think the better idea would have been to somehow extend the light rail to EWR. They already have a connection to NY and Newark Penn St with the existing connections (just need to open it up to the neighborhood).

While I agree it's not the perfect use of money for the PATH, given the state of investing in actual infrastructure, I'll take whatever I can get by way of increased service.

Posted on: 2015/9/9 17:34
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Re: What's up with the construction at Monmouth & 6th St?
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I think it's Monty's second location.

Posted on: 2015/9/1 0:40
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Re: Fulop open to light and medium development of LSP
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Well, I guess I'm in favor of some development as well. I wouldn't mind someplace that sold a bit of food on the weekends. I think the park would be better served if the light rail went into the park.

I wouldn't mind something being done with the old terminal, including maybe food or events of some kind.

They might be well served by renting our kayaks out of the park. I can think of all sorts of light development that might be beneficial and i think it's smart to not say you'rte opposed to every possibly type of development. Lots of parks have some development so the devil is in the details.

Posted on: 2015/8/17 16:38
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Re: Activities for kids??
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Annod has some good links. Newport Green is a great park for kids, and right on the water.

The 6 & 4 year old might like just taking the light rail for a ride, I know a few boys that age who ride it for fun (and it's more interesting if you're not always on trains).

Posted on: 2015/8/10 19:54
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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Once new residences realized the PATH is horrible with so many delays and suspensions, no convenient grocery store like Shop Rite (must take car to schlep miles away for food shopping) they will leave Jersey City. Just you watch.


I've lived here for about 7 years and haven't once had to schlep miles away for food. There are 4 large grocery stores downtown (not sure if any are closing with the A&P bankruptcy), Key Foods and multiple bodegas etc.

How is 4 large grocery stores not convenient? Should we have one every block? Add in Fresh Direct and Pea Pod and I can't imagine a scenario where getting groceries is an issue.

As for the PATH, no doubt it can be bad, but the alternative is oftne NJ Transit. I know which one I prefer.

Posted on: 2015/7/25 10:10
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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I'd prefer to live someplace else for the price <> bubble.

Posted on: 2015/7/22 14:29
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Re: Best brunch downtown JC
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Skinners on Sunday for the bread bowl.
Hamilton Inn is nice, I don't like dinner but brunch is solid. Same for Light horse.
Bright side has a ridiculous brunch burger.
Sam I Am, best breakfast in JC.

Posted on: 2015/7/19 0:53
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Re: redevelopment plan for city hall
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DanL wrote:

I forgot the "cherry on top", the city can avoid selling the development property to the highest bidder and instead designate another friendly developer who will be touted as the best developer in the world to develop what Jersey City needs most.


This is really the only part that bugs me. Just sell the lot at market if you want it developed.

Posted on: 2015/7/15 12:51
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Re: redevelopment plan for city hall
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Yvonne wrote:
The city is not saying what they want with the parking lot. But let's be realistic, how do people in different parts of the city attend meetings? I called people to attend meetings on matters that effect their wards and they came down but could not find parking. Since JC is almost 15 square miles, parking should be parking of any municipal plan.


First of all. They couldn't have used that lot so not having it in the future = no change.

Second, there is a deck two blocks away and Edison parking across the street.

Third. The PATH lets off right there so lots of people could take that.

Fourth. I lived here now for about 6 years and I can count on no fingers the amount of times I have found no parking at all where I wanted to be. Sometimes I do have to go a few blocks away, sometimes it is annoying. Never have I just be unable to park.

Posted on: 2015/7/15 12:50
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