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Re: The Heights push back against high rise
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That building from what I can see in the video looks interesting. Close to one of my buildings. Look forward to it being built.

Posted on: 3/26 20:19
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Re: I got sanitation violations for garbage that someone illegally dumped
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brewster wrote:
tenants to screw with you.


As if I remember you had happen involving fire extinguishers.

Posted on: 3/14 17:19
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Re: its official: entire heights must buy resident parking permit
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jerseymom wrote:


I was in Hoboken yesterday. Used to be .25 for 15 minutes to park on the metered street. I paid what came out to be .05 minute - the meters aren't even marked with the going rate - it's all inked out. So what used to be a reasonable $1.00 per hour is now $3.00 an hour. And they're charging for plastic bags to boot. Death by 1,000 cuts.


My last real reason to go to Hoboken was to take the wife and kid to Turning Point for breakfast. Parking is just too expensive and too much of a hassle now.

Less need now that some decent places opened up in the Heights. Big difference from when I moved in years ago... back then it was all Chinese takeout, $0.99 stores, etc.

Posted on: 3/12 18:47
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Re: I got sanitation violations for garbage that someone illegally dumped
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I have a neighboring building who illegally dumps in front of my stoop. How can I report them?


Setup a good camera with motion detection and collect evidence.

Posted on: 3/12 16:37
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Re: its official: entire heights must buy resident parking permit
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Curious if JC will do what Hoboken did: Make the entire city pay parking for non-residents, which requires using a smartphone app.

I expect this at some point given the revenue potential.

Posted on: 3/12 15:25
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Re: I got sanitation violations for garbage that someone illegally dumped
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Quote:

brewster wrote:

Did it take you 2 appearances each time, one for the arraignment and one for hearing? What was that "Minimum fine"? I recently went to court on this for 2 (they rescheduled twice), but when I saw the way it was going, I just paid it, $400.


Only one appearence.

My last time was pre-Fulop as mayor. Fine was $150. I guess it went up a lot since then. Paid $0 as the prosecutor let me off. The judge that time around required me to talk to the Prosecutor first if I was pleading 'guilty with explanation'. I guess the Prosecutor was in a good mood because he let me off.

I had an issue with the elderly-not-all-there-mentally mother of my tenant who was staying as a guest. She just kept putting out trash at random times on the curb.


Posted on: 3/11 16:39
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Re: I got sanitation violations for garbage that someone illegally dumped
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Not much you can do. As the property owner, you are responsible.

The last few times I ended up in court for same / similar, I pleaded "Guilty with an explanation". Two things happened:

1. Minimum fine with court costs waved.
2. Prosecutor dropped charges.

Usually #1 happened.

If you know who did it (and you have proof) you can take that person(s) to court and recover the cost of your fine.

Posted on: 3/11 15:04
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Re: Colonette Diner comes back to life as La Mexicana….
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Given the bloodbath that has been brick and mortar retail these last years, who knows if the mall be even financially viable in the near future.

What happens if/when Sears and JC Penny close up?

Posted on: 3/8 20:08
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Re: Colonette Diner comes back to life as La Mexicana….
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nafco wrote:
What I wish would be demolished is the awful suburban-style Newport mall thats an eyesore, divides downtown and takes up a huge swath of valuable land.


I wouldn't hold your breath! I bet the operator has like a 50 year lease. I guess people go there, though I can easily go a year without setting foot in it. Especially since the Cajun place in the food court went.


When the mall first opened (1989 if I recall correctly), with the exception of a couple of new high rise buildings, Newport was still rotting piers and moonscape with an adjacent neighborhood that was in poor shape. There was nothing nice around the area. You couldn't even drive to downtown because Washington St. terminated in the Waldo area. The road was blocked by a huge mound of dirt that used to be an elevated freight rail line.

The Newport PATH station was a disaster area, as it had been mostly abandoned since the Erie railroad station was torn down in the 1950s. I remember walking over sheets of plywood with mini rivers of water running under the sheets when exiting the station. The light rail was barely in the planning stages.

So I can see why the builder made it like a suburban mall. At the time, they expected people to drive there and take advantage of the 3% sales tax rate... which is what happened. NYC sent agents to the mall at one point, placing "reminders" on cars with NY license plates that anything purchases in NJ would require the payment of NY use tax.

I also miss the Cajun food place. That was my favorite food stop in the mall. I went to the mall a lot less when it left.

Newport circa 1987:

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Posted on: 3/7 16:29
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Re: $7k DCA Inspection Penalties - HELP!
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If not, simply tell the collection agency that you do not recognize the debt.


Isn't the change of ownership of the association irrelevant to it's debts?


I thought that the agency first needed to put a lien on a building before the debt would transfer with ownership. Hence, the debt would show up on the title search.

If it was the latter case, then the association needs to contact who did their title search.

Posted on: 3/4 20:45
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Re: PSE&G Supply Energy Question
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dr_nick_riviera wrote:

Who did you see this rate with and how long was the term? I need to re-lock my rate as well.


These are the best rates I have found so far:

Stream - $11.08 Fixed 12 month
Just Energy - $11.56 Fixed 36 months
AEP - $11.76 - Fixed 18 months
M Power Energy - $0.109 Fixed 3 months

PSE&G is billing me about $0.134 per kWh. My previous rate lock was just over $0.10 per kWh.

Posted on: 2/24 14:21
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Re: PSE&G Supply Energy Question
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My latest rate lock expired. Anyone here know of offers rate locks for 2+ years under $0.11 per kWh? Best I can find is just under $0.12 per kWh

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MDM wrote:
My electric rate lock is expiring soon. I locked in at $0.0925per kWh which saved me some significant $$$ over the past few years.

Lowest rate (3 year lock) I have found so far is about $0.1089 per kWh.

Anyone know of a supplier with a lower rate?

Posted on: 2/22 20:00
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Re: Early Dismissal at 12:45pm on 2/20 for JCBOE
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Early dismissal for 3" to 4" of snow? Pain in the ass for parents still at work with kids too young to be at home alone.

Posted on: 2/20 15:08
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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A box of 1,000 bags is only $25. Figure I'll buy a box and keep a bunch in the car and my kid's stroller (which seconds as a shopping cart).

Posted on: 2/18 18:51
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Re: Have you evicted a non-paying tenant in Jersey City/Hudson County?
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Quote:

brewster wrote:

Thanks, I''l check it out. Years ago a friend with a large management co gave me a lease but I thought it was over the top aggressive, like not guaranteeing appliances. Have you ever had anyone put off by your lease?


No. My lease isn't that aggressive. I have over time had to put in additional caveats:

No turkey fryers allowed.

Tenant will not demand that "humane" or "organic" pest control methods be used to treat the apartment and / or common areas.

Posted on: 2/12 20:05
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Re: Have you evicted a non-paying tenant in Jersey City/Hudson County?
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MDM wrote:
I have it in my lease that I can collect these costs "As Additional Rent". If you don't have the quoted statement in your lease, you can't demand that these costs be reimbursed in landlord / tenant court.


I need a tighter lease. Where did you get what you use?


I took a generic one from a How to Landlord book I read back in the 1990s. My attorney then reviewed it and made some changes (adding in the "Additional Rent" clauses and revising my late payment penalty fees).

https://www.amazon.com/Landlording-Han ... =1-2&keywords=landlording

Posted on: 2/12 18:45
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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RichMauro wrote:
I can't understand why--with the tax revenue that surely should be pouring in--the city can't build a number of centrally located low cost or no cost parking desks for residents.


Hoboken did something like that in the early 2000s (but it wasn't low cost). It was an automated parking garage that would stow your car using a lift system. The original plan was to not have attendants. It was to be 100% automated.

The system when it was first implemented kept making headlines of having destroyed people cars. One example I remember is some poor guy's trunk opened up and the lifting system caught it and launched his car off the lift, dropping it down multiple stories.

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/30/nyr ... -a-garage-goes-wrong.html

https://hoboken411.com/archives/87561

Posted on: 2/12 17:41
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Re: Have you evicted a non-paying tenant in Jersey City/Hudson County?
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I did an eviction about 8 years ago. I took them to court multiple times, but couldn't evict because they would come up with the money on the court date, including court and my attorney costs. I have it in my lease that I can collect these costs "As Additional Rent". If you don't have the quoted statement in your lease, you can't demand that these costs be reimbursed in landlord / tenant court.

The final court visit, they did a no-show and I was given a default judgement to have them evicted. The eviction process takes a while. The Sheriffs office will "take possession" of the apartment by changing the locks. The tenant will then have to arrange to pick up their personal items. After a certain time (don't recall the length) the Sheriffs office can move the personal items out of the apartment to the curb. Once the tenant's possessions are gone, the apartment is returned to the landlord.

The tenants in my case did a midnight move-out, which made the Sheriff intervention unnecessary.

Years before that, I took another tenant to court over a dispute over repairs and rent. My attorney informed me that unless the tenant put the rent into an escrow account, the court will not look kindly on the tenant's claims. In this case, never made it in front of the judge. The tenant, after consulting an attorney, paid up.

Posted on: 2/12 16:58
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Test drive a Soul. Great car, dirt cheap, and the base model comes with tons of stuff like bluetooth that's higher trim on other cars. You'll swear there's a spacewarp that makes it bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. It's wide, so you can probably get 2 kid seats in plus another passenger. I know we had 2 boosters and another kid. Plus you can get nice aftermarket roof rails and shlep sheets of plywood or drywall.
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I'll check it out. I have a bias against Korean made cars I need to reconsider (from several bad experiences many years ago). Right now I have been looking at used mini vans, just in case we end up with twins (albeit very unlikely).

Posted on: 2/1 15:02
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Re: The SUV Phenomenon
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Having multiple little kids is another reason to get one.

If you have more than kid that requires a car seat, forget about driving something like a small hatchback.

Car seats have gotten so beefed up, you could probably drop a kid from orbit in one, and he would survive. The downside is they take up a lot of room. Add to the fact that in NJ, the car seat has to be rear facing until age two**. This takes up even more room.

I am looking at turning in my trusty, easy to park, wonderfully easy to drive hatchback if/when #2 kid comes along. If I put two car seats in my existing vehicle, the driver seat will be too forward for me to fit in the car (I am not a tall dude).

So it will be minivan, crossover, or SUV.

**NJ allows front facing before 2 if the kid is 30lbs or more. There is however, no exception granted for height. My poor kid knees are in his chest as a result. He is super tall for his age.

Posted on: 1/31 19:09
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Re: New Jersey-New York area lost 5,700 millionaires in 2018
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What happens when one billionaire moves to Florida: David Tepper blew a hole in the state budget.



https://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/ ... budgeteers_the_audit.html


"Billionaire David Tepper, who Bloomberg estimated is worth $10.6 billion, relocated to Florida last year. Tepper moved his hedge fund, Appaloosa Management, to Florida this year."

"The acting treasurer said he'd read a media account that Tepper's tapping out of New Jersey could produce a $50 million hit to the budget. He didn't remember where he read it.

"This reality -- with such a small segment of the population driving (gross income tax) revenues and so much of the revenue collected so late in the fiscal year -- creates heightened volatility in tax receipts, severely increasing the complexity of the annual budgeting process," he said. "

Posted on: 1/23 15:15
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Re: Advertising a rental... Craigslist not working so well now
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Quote:

brewster wrote:
You gotta trust your gut. I rented a place to a nice couple that I thought might be high maintenance, but it got the place filled quickly. Oh...regrets!


I had a single woman in her early 30s that my gut said she would be an issue. But the rent market was terrible and I was in a financial rough patch. So I rented to her...

I did Snoopy dances the day she told me she was moving out. Mentally, the woman was a dumpster fire and getting rent from her was a Herculean effort at times. Nothing like having her setup direct deposit and still only getting $7.68 in rent for the month.

Posted on: 1/22 2:43
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Re: Advertising a rental... Craigslist not working so well now
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Quote:

JoeGee wrote:
Just wondering why you do not use a realtor? They perform background checks and charge the tenant the fee.



The people who are willing to pay a one month fee are generally not looking for apartments in the areas that my buildings are (not Downtown or in Hoboken). I have generally found realtors to be rather worthless.

Posted on: 1/21 20:52
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Advertising a rental... Craigslist not working so well now
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Anyone here have an issue with Craigslist these days? I listed an apartment, but it seems to not come up in a search, even though the ad is confirmed to be active.

What are good alternatives to list a rental?

Posted on: 1/20 21:27
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Re: A new N.J. bar’s dress code was called racist. The owner says it was ‘an oversight.’
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Years ago when I lived near West Side Avenue, a local bar had a dress code posted that said something along the lines of "no hoodies, no gang attire, no pants without belts" etc..

Basically it was "no gang bangers".

Posted on: 1/16 18:02
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Re: Old plans for PATH station
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Quote:

bodhipooh wrote:

Would LOVE to see pictures of this. I wonder if it is similar to the City Hall station that is off limits to the public but which still retains a lot of the original details, including great skylights and windows.


Hoboken Reporter used to have a whole bunch of photos. Today however, you get a 404 error.

Posted on: 1/14 17:52
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Re: Would MTA be a better operator for PATH? And other ideas...
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Quote:

brewster wrote:


I agree a gondola makes more sense.


How about a Slingshot?




Posted on: 1/9 20:58
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Quote:

hero69 wrote:
good point. perhaps the port authority should look to hong kong for inspiration on running PATH. In hong kong, the transportation authority owns its real estate and uses the cash flow from these properties to subsidize the metro there.



The original H&M railroad owned the office buildings that stood above the original lower Manhattan station. The Port Authority wanted the property.. but not the railroad.


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Back in the early 1990s, the PA wanted to be a major waterfront developer. They were supposed to redevelop the Hoboken waterfront (which was rotting piers at the time), but got voted down by Hoboken residents.

No rail transportation using the existing railroad right of way was part of the plan.

Posted on: 1/3 19:42
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Re: New Jersey to lose three Sears, one Kmart, in latest round of store closings
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Looks like Sears is done for as they have received zero bids to buy them out of bankruptcy.

What do you think will replace Sears at the Newport mall?

Posted on: 12/28 20:56
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Re: Is it true? No Street Sweeping till after 1/1/19?
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I think the sweeper went by me about 30 minutes ago. I don't think they are ticketing though. I heard the sweeper but not the BEEP BEEP of the parking authority car.

The landlord next to me does Air B&B and the renters almost never know to move their cars. So I hear the parking authority warning beep constantly.

Posted on: 12/28 15:30
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