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Re: Oil Tank - How do I find out if property has one?
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We used Safwat Taurus of Tadco 201-852-3764. He took care of permits and was very professional.

FYI, if he had found a tank, we would have walked away from the sale.


I second Tadco. We have used them a few times for tank removal.

Posted on: 2014/7/23 19:28
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Re: Where should you live in New Jersey?
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I got Maplewood as well.

Posted on: 2014/7/23 19:26
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Re: New Garbage Hauler for JC
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On our street garbage is picked up Wed night and recycling on Thurs so garbage should not be out with the recycling. Am I missing something?

Posted on: 2014/2/28 14:39
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Re: Fabuwood Cabinetry Over by Liberty State Park
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We have used them and have been happy with the quality. Not sure as average consumer if you can go there and order though. Might have to go through a dealer.


Landshark, if you went direct, are you a contractor or landlord?


We have a cabinet guy in Bayonne we have used for years and he places the order for us.

Joe at Innovative Kitchen Designs 201-436-4300


Posted on: 2014/2/26 14:09
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Re: Fabuwood Cabinetry Over by Liberty State Park
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We have used them and have been happy with the quality. Not sure as average consumer if you can go there and order though. Might have to go through a dealer.

Posted on: 2014/2/25 15:11
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Re: Running in Snowy JC: Waterfront or LSP?
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I (female as well) have been running to LSP via Jersey Ave bridge early morning with my dog for 8 years and never have had a problem. I don't run with music though so that I can pay attention to what is going on around me.

Posted on: 2014/2/24 16:47
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Re: Jersey City renovation blogs?
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No way as everyone here is too scared of the building department. After spending months (years for some) getting the right permits who wants to risk putting a chronicle of the renovation up for all to see?

Posted on: 2014/1/28 18:12
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Re: Maternity department in hospitals near JC area
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I second Dr. Yousry.

I had a horrible experience using a doctor in Manhattan and delivering at St. Lukes Roosevelt the first time.

Dr. Yousry really listened to and calmed my fears with the second baby. Yes he is highly regarded by all the staff at JCMC and they will jump at anything he asks for. The hospital was very "Baby Friendly" and pretty much left us alone as we requested. The food was pretty bad but hey Brownstone Diner is right across the street so not a big problem.

As mentioned the wait times for appointments can be long but just ask the staff to tell you which days are best to schedule.

Posted on: 2014/1/28 13:51
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Re: $1,400 for 195 s.f., shared bath in Harlem
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10+ years ago fresh out of college, new to the city and working 90 hours a week I lived in something smaller then this with a shared bathroom on the upper west side. It wasn't ideal but it served the purpose and when I made more money I upgraded.



Posted on: 2014/1/17 21:40
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Re: Indoor play areas for toddlers
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Posted on: 2013/12/12 18:55
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Re: Broker's fee
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We list our apts online and with a broker. Whichever source gets a good applicant first wins. We never pay the broker or give an exclusive. I will say though the broker wins 80% of the time and his tenants stay the longest. We always make the prospective tenant come back to meet us before signing the lease.

Posted on: 2013/11/8 15:12
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Re: Mortgage Lenders
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In the past I have used Investors Bank and was very happy with them.

However I recently had a relatively simple purchase and used American Federal Mortgage which I found on Zillow.com. They got great reviews on the site and the rate they were offering was amazingly low. I only paid them for attorney fees as they covered all the other standard bank fees even the appraisal. Granted I have been through the process many times so I know how to submit the requested documents but I was very impressed with their underwriter and timing of my approval/closing.




Posted on: 2013/9/19 20:04
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Re: Aggressive homeless man in downtown Jersey City
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I would also check for lice and bed bugs if he came that close to you. I wouldn't want any of his DNA to cling to me.
I notice homeless sleeping on the gazzebo in Van Vorst Park just before the farmer's market opens on Saturday mornings. How can we control their loitering ? If they weren't homeless would it be a crime ??


Check out the "Homeless in Van Vorst Park" discussion from a couple of years ago.

Posted on: 2013/7/18 13:44
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Re: Review of Early Learning Academy on Marin Blvd in jersey city
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I took a tour of ELA when I was pregnant with our first baby. The first thing the owner talked about during the tour was how her family has started so many different businesses. It rubbed me the wrong way from the start and I could see how it was a business and was not being run because they truly cared about the kids.


Posted on: 2013/5/22 17:12
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Re: 10-year tax breaks approved for two proposed Downtown Jersey City towers
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How much are these developers spending on upgrading the sewerage systems? Resurfacing roads? Installing traffic lights for increased traffic? Also, who is paying the JCPD to have usually several officers on traffic duty around these large sites during construction? These are all necessities for these large developments that come with a steep pricetag - and someone is paying the bill for these. I could be wrong but I doubt it's the developers.


It is the developer/construction firm that pays for the traffic cops and it is is a huge amount of money by the end of the project.

Posted on: 2013/2/28 14:06
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Re: Australians investors buying up Jersey City housing
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One of the important factors is that they aren't always the highest bidder but they pay with cash. I would be worried that as "absentee landlords" their properties might start looking real shabby.


This is exactly what happened on our street. The Fund bought one of the buildings in the fall and it immediately started looking trashy. I finally called Dixon last week to complain. The property manager was apologetic and to their credit a crew came and cleaned up the place the next day. I plan to stay on top of them.

I am interested to see how they do with the first snow storm.

Posted on: 2013/1/23 14:52
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Re: St. Bridgets Church on Montgomery & Brunswick Sandy Damage
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It was sewer back-up. They have been cleaning it up for weeks. Early on the estimate between the 3 churches was $80k to $100k in damage.

Posted on: 2012/12/7 13:55
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Re: Where to buy grass fed meat?
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Van Vorst Farmers Market on Saturday's has grass fed ground beef (the farmer next to the gazebo towards York). They will be there through November.

Posted on: 2012/11/6 17:43
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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So I tore my achilles tendon (on the stairs of the Chamber St. subway) last week, and am now wearing a relatively obviously boot, and using a much more obvious cane, as I walk.

True to form and exactly as expected, when I got on the train this morning (JSQ to WTC), nobody got up to offer me a seat. The ride is relatively short so not the worst, but what makes it super unpleasant is the engineers' tendencies to ride the brake the whole way - forcing me to put weight on my bad leg, over and over.

I don't post this looking for sympathy in the slightest, but rather, as an observation. It's just too bad that this forum doesn't allow us to post pics, or I'd take, and attach, one of the people that continue to sit, from now until I get this fixed, every day I end up having to stand (which I fully expect to be every time).



Go to the priority seats and ask the people to get up. The day before I delivered my first baby I had to stand from Grove to 33rd because no one offered a seat. With my second I became much more bold and stared people down or asked for a seat.

Once I actually heard a guy tell the person next to him that he has no sympathy for pregnant or injured people on the train at night because they should be home in bed.

Posted on: 2012/10/1 20:57
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Re: Ob/Gyn and a place to deliver a baby
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We also had a wonderful experience at JCMC for delivering a baby. We used Dr. Ahmed Yousry whose office is behind the hospital.

With our first I went to Roosevelt in the city and was unimpressed.

Posted on: 2012/10/1 20:18
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Re: WTC and JC home prices/rents
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Interesting. Looks like they acquired at least 50 in the last year.

Posted on: 2012/9/26 18:37
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Re: WTC and JC home prices/rents
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I heard that there is a hedge fund that has been buying up all the brownstones in DTJC.


Anyone have more info on this?

Posted on: 2012/9/26 16:14
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Re: Ducky's and Dumplings - CLOSED
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..... Majestic (will it re-open?).


Rumor has it Majestic will be another specialty pizza place.

Posted on: 2012/8/7 21:35
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Re: Crazy Tony
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I had a run in with him back in 2007. It was the middle of winter and we were renovating our house. Our dog suddenly started barking every night in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. We would let him run around the place but never could figure out what the deal was. Well late one night I was taking the dog out and he starts going crazy trying to get under our stoop. I let him go investigate and out comes "Crazy Tony" stumbling around. It was my first time to see him and it scared the daylights out of me. Dog was about to attack until I grabbed the leash and bolted up the stairs to get my husband. "Crazy Tony" went walking down the street yelling. He must have been sleeping under the stoop for months.

Every time I pass by him now he seems too out of it to do any harm. I still keep a respectful distance though. Never heard about him scratching cars.

Posted on: 2012/8/7 21:25
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Museum sale in February?
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Maybe I missed the discussion on this but what is up with the JC Medical Center buying the museum for only $900k?

"The exhibit, Masters of the Collection, will be located on the Montgomery Street facility’s first floor, where the Jersey City Medical Center, which purchased the building earlier this year, has allowed the museum to show some of the pieces in its collection.

JCMC acquired the museum in February for $900,000. After renovations, the medical facility relocated some of its administrative offices to the museum’s second and third floors, leaving the ground floor for art exhibits."

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... y_museum_will_reopen.html

Posted on: 2012/6/26 16:38
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Re: City To Conduct First Property Revaluation Since 1988
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I think each homeowner has a different perspective if it is worth the risk or not. If you know the inspector is not getting into most of the houses on your block then basically the whole block will get hit with the same assessment (assuming the block is a row of once identical brownstones).

Now if people are letting them in that have much nicer houses then yours then yes definitely worth it to let them in so you don't get stuck with their assessment.

All depends on the condition of your house and what you currently pay in taxes in comparison to the neighbors.

Posted on: 2012/6/21 15:41
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Re: City To Conduct First Property Revaluation Since 1988
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My neighbors called in response to a card on their door and scheduled a time for the inspector to come back. The person just never showed. All attempts to contact him since have failed.

I have very little faith in this process. My house looks awful on the outside but is renovated inside so I think I will take my chances on not letting them in. We already pay higher taxes then most on the block.

Posted on: 2012/6/20 21:07
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Re: PostNet
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+1 for poor experience. I just go elsewhere now.

Posted on: 2012/6/1 19:42
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Re: Brownstone facade leaks - repair and repointing
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bunny22 wrote:
Antiqua is not recommended at all by me. They charged a lot of money, left crap all over the front yard, the guys showed up a total of 3 days for a couple of hours at a time (for $4,500) and left without finishing the job or even addressing the cornice and flashing along the roofline-basically did nothing. Now, 4 years later, the porch is falling apart and the railing has completely detached from the column. You'd never think think this was a new porch.


Thanks bunny22 for responding. Will mark Antigua off my list. This morning we are meeting with Jack recommended above so will see how that goes.

Posted on: 2012/3/31 10:09
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Re: Brownstone facade leaks - repair and repointing
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Does anyone have contact information or opinions on Antigua Restoration? In the past I have seen signs on the buildings they have done but don't see any signs around town right now.

We are getting quotes to redo the facade of the house.

Thanks.

Posted on: 2012/3/30 13:12
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