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Re: Bike Tour of JC June 4
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Online registration is now closed, but you can register in person tomorrow if you arrive down at Exchange Place by 10 a.m.

The weather's looking amazing, so come on down!

Posted on: 2011/6/3 17:41
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Re: Lincoln Park: Unidentified woman riding a bicycle struck and dragged by taxi-driver who took off.
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3:30 a.m. isn't necessarily late to be riding a bike, any more than it's late to be driving a car.

It's late for a child to be riding a bike to Little League practice in 1981 in the suburbs.

These days lots of adults bike for transportation, to and from work, social events, bars, etc., especially in places like Jersey City and the NYC outer boroughs, where things are fairly dense but not everything is conveniently walkable or well-served by mass transit.

A percentage of those cyclists are drunk, drugged, fatigued, etc., but that's also true of drivers.

Posted on: 2011/5/23 10:20
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Re: Carmine's pizza moving to 8th & Brunswick?
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HPYC wrote:
I guess everyone has their favorite local pizza and we'll never all agree. I for one will keep walking past the new Carmine's right to Delenio. The pizza's good - even if it may not be James Beard award good - and the staff are friendly, and they care about making sure you enjoy your food.


For sure I'll stay a Delenio guy for the most part.

Posted on: 2011/5/20 18:13
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Re: Carmine's pizza moving to 8th & Brunswick?
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I got a pizza one time from Carmine's, several years ago, with fresh garlic. I picked it up and ate it at my friend's apartment two blocks away while it was still fresh and hot.

For a Jersey medium-crust pizza, it was one of the best I've ever had. I was reeeeally happy with it.

So I went back a couple of weeks later and got another one: mediocre at best.

I guess I'll try them again if they move in so close to me.

Posted on: 2011/5/20 10:36
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Re: Cabs from Manhattan
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So Nassau and Westchester get the meter, but Hudson County (MUCH closer to Manhattan) does not? That is absolutely outlandish. Just because it's in a different state?


Here again, remember that it's the NYC TLC. True, Nassau and Westchester don't have representation on the TLC or in NYC government, but they do have representatives in Albany, with whom Bloomberg et al must negotiate constantly on myriad issues (especially transportation issues), so NYC agencies can't just ignore them.

Jersey City, by contrast, has much less political leverage.

Posted on: 2011/5/19 13:25
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Re: Cabs from Manhattan
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Should Jersey City officials present this case to the TLC? Has this ever been discussed/brought up among officials?

A few weeks ago, a friend and I took a taxi from Houston Street to my house in VVP. $55. No exaggeration, the ride took 10 minutes.

How can we get fair fares :) in Jersey City??!!



I think it's important to note here that the NYC TLC doesn't give a crap about Jersey City, Hoboken, or anywhere else outside of NYC, especially outside NY State.

Its commissioners are selected by the NYC mayor, council, and borough councils. If people from western Brooklyn get gouged, they have a voice and a vote. We don't.

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Posted on: 2011/5/19 12:21
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Re: Carmine's pizza moving to 8th & Brunswick?
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All this having been said, I'm glad the space has been nicely renovated, and that a neighborhood business is going in, but again: why another pizzeria?

It's not a hugely busy area where lots of similar businesses can thrive (like a true restaurant row). It's a somewhat sleepy corner in the back end of Hamilton Park, and while drivers do use Brunswick to swing around the hood from the north, it's not Newark Avenue, Grove Street or Jersey Avenue (which is why businesses are generally on the corners, not stretched along entire blocks).

There are other restaurants on Brunswick through HamPk, but they are very different: White Star Bar a block away at 9th (serving very different pizzas and lots of other food), and Mme Claude Cafe at 4th St. (French).

But now we'll have Delenio and Carmine's a block apart. Not to mention the two "dueling pizzerias" a few blocks away on Monmouth.

Do we really eat that much pizza?

I'm sure one thing Carmine's is hoping is that they'll get people coming in from the sports fields at Enos Jones Park at the end of 8th St. -- business that, I think, is currently going to Delenio.

Posted on: 2011/5/19 10:56
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Re: Carmine's pizza moving to 8th & Brunswick
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Sutherland wrote:
is that corner zoned for commercial? If not did they secure a variance? You should call the planning and zoning office to inquire.


I don't really know or care. I think historically most of the corners along Brunswick (and other local streets) have had little businesses on them. The ground floor of this building has always looked like a former retail space, maybe a bar or corner market.

Frankly, I'd rather see more little businesses move into these spaces near me in HamPk, instead of the "lots of glass with lots of blinds covering them" apartments they seem to get converted into all the time. Urban 'hoods are supposed to have corner stores so people can walk to them, as opposed to car-dependent bedroom suburbs.

Posted on: 2011/5/18 18:04
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Re: Carmine's pizza moving to 8th & Brunswick?
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These days, when I eat pizza it's usually fancy-pants gourmet ultrathin-crust stuff, so I haven't had Delenio's in a while, but I remember it as being a good thin-to-medium-crust slice.

I mostly go there for:

--The panna cotte, a big appetizer consisting (I think) of broccoli rabe, canneloni beans, bread cubes, parmesan cheese and garlic. REALLY good.

--The chicken or eggplant parm dinners, usually with the whole wheat spaghetti, also very good.

Posted on: 2011/5/18 17:06
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Carmine's pizza moving to 8th & Brunswick?
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The rather nice corner retail space on the NE corner of 8th St. & Brunswick St. in Hamilton Park has been under various renovations for years -- in my 14 years living nearby I don't remember anything actually occupying the space. In recent years it has gotten big new windows, and just lately it was being worked on again.

Anyway, a sign now in the window says it's the "future home of Carmine's."

Could that mean Carmine's Pizza Factory, currently on Brunswick over by 1st Street in the Village, is moving to 8th?

It seems a little strange, given that the Delenio pizzeria and casual Italian is just a block away at Brunswick and 7th.

Posted on: 2011/5/18 15:45
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Re: Bike Tour of JC June 4
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I've just now signed up to volunteer for the tour, so I don't know what went into that decision. Possibly it has to do with making the tour longer, and trying to make it move faster, this year.

Apparently kids age 10 and up can ride solo in the Tour, and younger ones can be carried on adults' bikes.

The organizers are suggesting that younger kids who want to ride solo can instead attend the Bike Rodeo that's being held in Lincoln Park on the same day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.:

Bike Rodeo

Posted on: 2011/5/10 14:55
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Bike Tour of JC June 4
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The second annual Jersey City Ward Tour will roll around the city on Saturday, June 4, starting at 11:00 a.m.

The route is now 15 miles, up from 10 miles last year. It starts and ends at Exchange Place near the river.

You can get more info and register online here:

JC Ward Tour

Posted on: 2011/5/10 12:16
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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PATH Alert received at 1:57 p.m. is below:

Due to Jersey City Fire Department activity at the Exchange Place vacinity(sic), service on the Nwk to WTC line will terminate at Grove St. The Hoboken to WTC line has also been temporarily suspended.

Posted on: 2011/4/28 14:04
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Re: Train whistle a-blowin'
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Believe it or not, one of the first things that attracted me to Jersey City was the sound of the trains, and it wasn't the whistles, it was the sound of the wheels squealing around those old curved freight tracks under the Turnpike Extension.

I visited a friend about 16 years ago when she lived on Eighth Street near the back of HamPk (a couple of blocks from those tracks), and it was summer, so she had all her windows open. The "squealing" sometimes sounds more melodic and drawn-out, like whale song, and it did that night.

A couple of years later, I moved into the same apartment building where she had lived before.

I still like to hear the trains singing.

I can even hear the PATH's gentle lowing once and a while, from about eight blocks away, but it's usually on a very quiet night, and usually it's on a cold night.

Posted on: 2011/4/26 9:54
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Re: IT IS GREEN THINKS NATURE EVEN IN THE DARK -- Art at former American Can factory
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I think of it more as this:

"It is green," thinks Nature -- even in the dark.

In other words, the power of nature is (metaphorically) single-minded and relentless, always creating more and more life.

Posted on: 2007/3/14 17:32
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Re: Best Burger Joints in Town??
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I live very close to White Star, and generally I've been a fan of their burgers.

Posted on: 2006/7/13 3:54
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Re: Jersey Journal prints hearsay about Healy - titled: IN BUFF AND CUFFS
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OK, whatever the truth or falsity of the neighbor's description of this incident, are we not all amazed at the similarity between this description and the pre-election nudie photo dealie?

Supposedly, in both situations, Healy was:

--apparently drunk
--on his porch
--naked, at least part of the time
--clad, when at all, in a towel (remember, Healy said he had been wearing a towel in the later incident, too)

Posted on: 2006/6/24 21:53
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Re: Jersey City Guardian Angels announce Public Meeting on Safety and Security: ‘Dare to Care’
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Apropos de rien, I sat next to Curtis Sliwa on the PATH last week.

The woman on the other side of him was some kind of JC community volunteer, and she was buttonholing him the whole time about getting involved with her group.

Posted on: 2006/3/8 17:01
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Re: The Guardian Angels are Coming
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From what I've read, they're often badly trained and too often harrass young people who simply fit a certain demographic. In other words, they're bullies who believe they have right on their side.


Where have you read that?

Posted on: 2006/2/11 15:08
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Re: Taqueria
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ErieSt wrote:
went there tonight --- tasty tamales! So glad we have some legit Mexican food around here! JC needed it.


I'm looking forward to trying this place. But just for the record, there was legit Mexican food in JC already, close to downtown.

La Gloria de Mexico in the Heights has a menu full of homespun dishes you can't get at Tex-Mex places. It's at 602 Palisade Ave. at Congress Street. It's right near the cliff -- you can also take the light rail to the 9th/Congress Street stop at the west of 9th Street in Hoboken and take the elevator up.

This new place also sounds great, and I'm glad to see it in such a convenient location. I will brave the Curse and try it soon!

Posted on: 2005/11/9 12:25
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Re: Torico's Ice Cream
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Re: Sherbet vs. "Sherbert"

Sherbet is the proper term. "Sherbert" is a regional pronunciation that occasionally gets transcribed phonetically by those who don't know the proper spelling. It's kind of like writing "pahk" instead of park when you're from Boston.

Boy, I sound like a nerd, don't I?


Yes, you do, but you're incorrect. "Sherbert" is now accepted as a secondary but correct spelling, with its own pronunciation, by the latest editions of at least two of the most authoritative and respected American dictionaries (Merriam-Webster and the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition).

All the musty old unabridged dictionaries on my desk, however, omit "sherbert," so I suspect it has only recently been accepted by the lexi-gods.

"Pahk," by contrast, appears in no English dictionaries that either of us has ever seen -- except possibly the Red Sawx Fan Dictionary from Bucky Dent Publications!

Posted on: 2005/9/16 12:57
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