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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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This is terrible news for the neighborhood immediately to the west of LSP. As it is, traffic in local streets (particularly Johnston, Communipaw, Pacific, and a few others) is already horrendous in the morning.

Surprisingly (and, sadly) many local residents have advocated for (or, supported) the LSP vehicular bridge under the misguided belief that it will alleviate traffic on local streets.

Posted on: 4/11 7:50
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Re: Citi Bike
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CitiBike JC is withdrawing from Wards A, B, and F. If you live in these wards, or ride CitiBike there, they'll offer you a prorated refund.

Some combination of high annual membership cost, low density of stations, and who knows what other factors, mean that bike share is not going to be part of residents', workers', students' and visitors' transportation solutions in half of the city.

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Dear riders,

At Citi Bike Jersey City, we are always seeking to provide the best service for as many riders as possible. After evaluating our 2017 ridership data (also recently analyzed by our friends at Bike JC), and coordinating with the City of Jersey City, we will be relocating 9 of the least utilized stations in the network to boost capacity in high demand areas.

The stations that will be relocated are:

NJCU
Union Street
Columbia Park
Danforth Light Rail
Bayview Park
MLK Light Rail
West Side Light Rail
Garfield Avenue
Bethune Center

We understand these changes may mean a loss of service to some current members. If you think you are one of them, just give us a call at 1-855-BIKE-311 and we are happy to provide a prorated refund. If you’ve used any of these stations in the past three months, we will send you an email notifying you when we plan to relocate it. We will also be sure to update our app as these stations are moved and new ones join the system. We believe that these adjustments will provide improved service and build a strong foundation for future growth.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Citi Bike Jersey City


The opening assertion is not entirely accurate. CitiBike is not withdrawing entirely from Wards B or F. In Ward F, they will still have several other stations, and the same is true of Ward B. What they have done is make a decision to relocate all the stations SOUTH of Communipaw Avenue.

If some stations are not being used, it makes sense to relocate them to better support ridership in areas where additional service is needed/desired.

Regardless, the CitiBike model needs to be re-examined. In other cities around the world where bike shares do much better, there is usually a different model in place. In London, the bike share system (Santander Cycle) is part of the metropolitan transport system (Transport for London) and Santander pays a fee to be the sole sponsor and their fares (particularly the daily fares) are much lower, which encourages residents and visitors alike to use the bikes. CitiBike would be wise to lower the daily rate to something that would encourage people to use them more often. At $12/day, the cost is ridiculously high. Contrast that to London's 24-hr pass of less than $3.

Regardless, this post is a bit alarmist: some racks are getting relocated. We still don't know where they will end up. Heck, some may end up right in the same wards. Or, maybe they end up in other wards. But, even if they move all of them to other wards, neither wards B nor F are being deprived of CitiBike racks entirely.

Posted on: 4/11 7:45
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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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I wonder if we are about to see a surge in enforcement of traffic violations now that this NYT article has been published:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/nyr ... -city-traffic-deaths.html

While our local rate of traffic fatalities goes up, across the river in NYC it is going in the opposite direction.


Tellingly, nowhere in the article did a JC official suggest a law enforcement role in reduction. JCPD has apparently abdicated traffic enforcement. Anyone know how to find statistics on what cops do all day, like tickets and responses? I can't find anything.


I noticed the same; apparently, the only measures under consideration are redesign of roads and adding some calming measures (like the curb extensions) but ultimately we need to have enforcement that deals with the rampant flaunting of traffic rules, like running red lights, blowing past STOP signs, and failing to yield to pedestrians) but that seems like a third rail that everyone ignores or avoids.

Posted on: 4/10 13:13
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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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I wonder if we are about to see a surge in enforcement of traffic violations now that this NYT article has been published:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/nyr ... -city-traffic-deaths.html

While our local rate of traffic fatalities goes up, across the river in NYC it is going in the opposite direction.

Posted on: 4/10 6:40
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Doesn't the first big hit for those whose taxes have gone up come in August?

February, May, August, November?


Yes, but the catch is that the second half taxes will also include the overage (or, reduction) from the 1st half. So, for someone whose taxes may have been initially estimated at 9K, but the post reval taxes come in at 18K, their second half taxes would be 13.5K: 9K for (second half taxes) plus 4.5K (difference between correct first half payment, 9K, and the initially estimated 4.5K payment of the first half.) For those facing large increases, the second half of this year will be tough if they didn't plan accordingly.


Posted on: 4/9 10:27
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Re: Group wants new highway leading to Jersey City Waterfront
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Using the Bergen Arches for a light rail line from Secaucus Junction park-n-ride lots to downtown Waterfront is a far better idea. There's no reason to encourage more cars to come downtown.


Agreed, in theory. But, there IS an issue at the moment with a large amount of out-of-town commuters that drive into the waterfront area, and they are (generally) assholes and maniacs, who tend to fly down Grand at very high speeds (if you are doing 40 on Grand, you are likely annoying people who feel you are holding them back.)

Not sure what is the answer, but something SHOULD be done. If a "mini highway" into the waterfront is not the answer, then some speed enforcement would be nice, coupled with things like changing the timing of traffic lights, adding STOP signs at uncontrolled intersections, and... yes, maybe even speed bumps.

Posted on: 4/6 11:21
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Re: Tailor - alterations
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I need to take several suit coats in to have the sleeves shortened. Since I have a few, I'm concerned about cost. Generally I go to the guy on Grove St. (and have never had a problem), but have since become aware of someone else, I think on Monmouth or Brunswick....

Anyone have any idea what this might set me back? If nobody knows I'll post here once I found out from him in person for future reference.


I had a sports coat adjusted last year (it had to be taken in around the pectoral and waist area) and the good people at Daniel's did a GREAT job. The jacket now fits as it had been custom made. It was $25 (or, less?) and worth every penny. For something like sleeves, I would think they can get it done for $15, or less. Definitely check with them.

Posted on: 4/4 17:21
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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Those in Jersey City who are honestly so concerned about the JCPS being below Adequacy need to start demanding that the JCBOE use its existing banked cap and then put a referendum to the voters asking approval for a higher tax levy.

Despite having an enormous gain in ratables, the JCBOE is only in 4th place among Hudson County districts in increasing its tax levy since 2010, despite the fact that its initial tax levy was so low and the JCPS was always below Adequacy.

If Bayonne and East Newark can raise their tax levies by 23%, when can't the Jersey City BOE do this (except for the fact that it doesn't want to?)

2010 2017
Bayonne City 60,670,934.00 74,877,844 23%
East Newark 1,178,641.00 1,447,486 23%
Weehawken 16,674,798.50 20,424,896 22%
North Bergen 40,489,434.00 49,217,112 22%
Hoboken 36,386,944.50 43,857,211 21%
Guttenberg 9,272,354.00 11,158,596 20%
West New York 14,040,891.00 16,724,432 19%
Kearny 45,449,873.00 52,218,164 15%
Jersey City 105,961,498.00 119,464,435 13%
Secaucus 31,978,788.50 35,945,958 12%
Harrison 9,882,896.17 10,944,941 11%
Union City 16,338,576.00 15,418,637 -6%


Good luck with that. I agree with your point, but i doubt you will get many takers willing to pay more in taxes. Many DTJC homeowners who got slapped with huge tax raises are actively looking for ways to stop the reval, or delay its implementation. Some are outright crying poverty and unfair taxation. If the school tax levy was to be raised enough to actually approach adequacy, plus the projected deficit, it would likely equal a 100% increase. That means local taxes would go up to 2% (or, higher) and the very vocal DTJC homeowner contingent will simply revolt against the idea.

Posted on: 4/4 17:18
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Re: N.J. city shuts down burlesque show, citing obscenity laws
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Regardless of how anyone may feel about the show, or its star, the truth is that the city handled this poorly.

And, Steve Fulop should do more than just blast the legal department via Twitter.

Posted on: 4/3 17:20
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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Monroe wrote:
Yes, you can agree to having your taxes raised to cover the difference.


I will. I strongly believe in paying my fair share of taxes if it helps strengthen the community.

But does anyone have any idea of how to voice my opinion to anyone who can make a difference? Who can I contact? I can't believe that they would be so unwilling to put it to a city vote to raise taxes by more than the 2% to make up the shortfall. Why not at least give us a chance to vote whether we'd be willing to pay for our teachers to stay employed or not?


I want to believe you... but, as we recently saw in the immediate aftermath of the mailing of initial tax estimates, seemingly most people that publicly and loudly claim they want to pay their fair share actually don't wish to do so. The utterly predictable post reval results (substantial hikes in DTJC, with moderate to significant decreases in areas like Greenville and BeLa) yielded hysterics among many DTJC homeowners complaining about being forced to to pay for the rest of city residents. Sadly, most refuse to acknowledge the basic truth that, for years now, they have been underpaying their fair share and things are now being rectified.

It is truly outstanding that some people claim (with a straight faced) that local public education is underfunded when the city per-pupil spending amounts to ~23K per year.

One of the net positives to likely come out from the reval is the heightened interest by local residents in the local budgets and expenditures.

Posted on: 3/31 11:35
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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newbie100 wrote:
BTW how many students does JC have and what is our per student spending?


29,000 students
Per student spending is just shy of 23K


Posted on: 3/31 8:11
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Re: Latin supermarket
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stillinjc wrote:
Thanks all. Got it at La Conga. Too late for skipping the cooking part... ;) Any tips on cooking it right? I am making an Ecuadorian dish atun encebollado which calls for yuca.


Super easy: just boil it with some oil and salt. If you want some extra flavor, add some minced garlic to the water. Otherwise, after cooking it, drizzle with garlic, add minced garlic, and some cooked/sauteed onions.

Or, if you want to go brazilian style, cut into rectangles and fry it. Mandioca fries are DELICIOUS.

Posted on: 3/29 15:33
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Re: Kind of makes you wonder about the taxes you pay.
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What amazes me is that in a number of these suburban towns homeowners are living pretty nice lives in individual homes and payimg taxes in the same amount in some cases as people in JC who are crammed into condos and living with some horrible quality of life situations. For what?-proximity to NYC? It's outrageous.
Doesn't make sense.


That's not entirely accurate. The new estimated rate in JC is 1.62%, which is one of the lowest in the state. The rest of the state pays between 2.5-3% (I forget the exact average number, but it's well above 2%, so don't quote me)

Even post reval, JC is getting quite a deal on the backs of the rest of the state.


You are wasting your time... RichMauro is not interested in learning and understanding local taxation. His intention is to spew opinions devoid of facts, only rationalizations and misplaced beliefs.

People like him focus on monetary amount and ignore percentage rates. JC's post-reval tax rate is ridiculously low and will likely generate more pressure in Trenton to shift more responsibility for the local BOE budget, which will result in a need to raise taxes locally.

Additionally, to compare JC to a suburban town, or a rural one, and ignore (or, in RichMauro's case, purposefully refuse to accept) that real estate is all about location is the epitome of a false equivalency. Of course, for anyone with a grain of brains or logic, real estate in JC is worth more (than it would be elsewhere) because of its proximity to NYC. It's no mistake that you can buy gigantic homes an hour or two away for a quarter of what they would command here because demand is much lower. It is the most basic of principles in a capitalist, open market.

In any case, when adjusting for inflation, the JC budget is the same today as it was 30 years ago. That should not prevent us from demanding greater accountability from our local government, but it is important to keep that in mind.

Posted on: 3/29 11:58
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Re: Latin supermarket
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Is there a supermarket in JC (preferably somewhere downtown) whare I can get fresh yuca?


Pretty much what others have already stated: ShopRite always has it in stock (I have gotten it there many times) but if you want the lowest price for it, definitely try La Conga. Notwithstanding the previous comment by jc_dweller, La Conga is perfectly fine, and you can get all the other basic root vegetables you find in Latin cuisine. I am pretty sure I have seen it at 99 Ranch every time I have been there, along with taro and all the other usual root vegetables.

If you are so inclined, you can also find yucca and taro and other root vegetables in the frozen aisle in these places, which is conveniently peeled and cut into chunks.

It also helps to know the alternative/translated names, as some employees may not recognize one or the other. Yucca is also known as cassava and mandioca, while taro could be referred to as malanga.

Posted on: 3/28 23:28
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Re: Local Veterinarian
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Sully wrote:
One of the takeaways from this thread is that if you find a particular veterinarian you really like and trust, your best bet is to follow her to whichever business employs her.

Dr. Hansen is a great example. We first met Holly when she was working for a different mobile vet service, and we needed help treating a feral cat in a colony we were managing. She went above and beyond the call of duty in that case, and earned our respect, admiration, and trust. She gets it, and will always try to find the most effective treatment for your pet, and never try to sell you a bunch of BS you don’t need.

I’m not knowledgeable about that business (except as a consumer) but the fact that a star vet like Dr. Hansen, with a bunch of loyal clients, has had to change jobs several times over the last few years (from that mobile vet, to MetroVet, to Secaucus, to her current gig at Vet Dispatch) makes me think the economics might be fishy in that world. I’d love to hear more if an insider can speak to it.


Veterinarians are not paid nearly as well as they should: they go through the same amount of schooling as a medical doctor (4 years undergrad, plus 4 - 5 years vet school) and some vets continue to get even more education for specialties (ob-gyn care, oncology, etc) and they also have continuing education requirements. I know a few vets with school loans of over 250K. Yet, they seldom get paid over 6 figures unless they have a ton of experience and/or specialties. Starting salaries are low considering the amount of schooling required of them (~60K).

Now, having said that, I can't speak to the specifics of the various places where she has been employed. I know MetroVet closed briefly, then changed hands but kept the original name, and later on underwent the name change. When they re-opened, it was fairly annoying to find out that the practice was only the same in name only: they didn't even buy the client records from the previous owners. We only found out when our cat needed to be put to sleep and so we called to see Dr. Hansen only to find out about the change in doctors and because our cat was a "new" patient we were required to "start anew". Rather than roll the dice with the new practice, we chose to switch to Secaucus Animal Hospital for all of our needs. I find it baffling that someone would buy an established practice and not buy the patient records as part of the deal.

In any case, 100% agreed with Sully that Dr. Hansen is a rock star when it comes to veterinary care: straight shooter, great personality, and super caring about her patients.

Posted on: 3/28 1:14
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Re: Need good vet downtown.
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a HUGE +1 to Metrovet, located within the Club Barks daycare.

The prices are great (they don't try to gauge you) and the veterinary care is second to none. I could not recommend this vet enough.


I completely rescind this review! Since 2013 they have changed ownership and I would not send any animal I cared about there. Same goes for Club Barks.


The most recent change in ownership happened around 2016. That's when we switched to Secaucus Animal Hospital, and we haven't looked back. You need a car to get there (or, I suppose, a sympathetic Uber/Lyft driver willing to drive you and your pet) but definitely worth it.

Posted on: 3/26 15:52
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Re: Local Veterinarian
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I have no experience with Metrovet, but should I ever want to change I'll keep that in mind.

I've been quite pleased with Downtown Vet (1st St.). They have lots of vets and while you don't have to stick with one, if you or your pet has a favorite it's easy to call in and find out when he/she will be in next. Plus they take walk-ins and mid-week I've never experienced more than a 10 minute wait.

I was quite unhappy with the vet on West Side. They kept improperly diagnosing a problem with my pet's paw - which ok I get it, some things are hard to diagnose - but basically refused to consider other causes or treatments even though what we were doing wasn't improving his paw. (That's when we went to Downtown vet and the paw situation has been fine ever since.)


MetroVet was our previous veterinary clinic during its first incarnation. We dealt with a LOVELY veterinarian (Dr. Holly Hansen) that was super caring and attentive of our two elderly cats. Unfortunately, the practice was shuttered briefly and we still needed a vet during that period, so we switched to Secaucus Animal Hospital. We are huge fans of Dr. Hatch now. His practice was incredibly supportive throughout the process of deciding to put our cats to sleep (one in late 2016, and the second one in late 2017) and we would highly recommend him.

Dr. Hansen is now part of a practice that makes house calls. If we had a need for a vet to make a house call, we would also heartily recommend her.

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Re: Building collapses
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The building looks to be in a marginal neighborhood, so it's a safe guess as to what will follow.


The area of Bay and Grove streets is a marginal neighborhood? In what universe?? It's literally a half block away from a bunch of new restaurants, some great bars, and two short blocks away from the Grove Street Plaza and the Newark Avenue pedestrian area.


This will shock you, but marginal has more than one definition. From Merriam-Webster:

c (1) : occupying the borderland of a relatively stable territorial or cultural area


The implication of the word, and its use, was clear. And, knowing the posting history of RichMauro (who disparages any progress by labeling it as economic violence) it is more than obvious what he meant. But, more importantly, Bay St is not a borderland of any sort.

Posted on: 3/23 9:24
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Re: Building collapses
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This is the BEFORE picture of the structure:
https://goo.gl/maps/r7Pdvhm8hXG2



Wow... do a close up (+) of the above 194/196 Bay Street BEFORE picture. Look at the cracks in the bricks and shifting window sills on the left.

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I had the same reaction: from the Google Maps street view image (from Sept 2017) it is clear that the building was definitely a disaster waiting to happen. Not at all surprised it was condemned. I hope the city goes after the owners for a refund of the costs associated with the demolition.

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Re: Building collapses
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The building looks to be in a marginal neighborhood, so it's a safe guess as to what will follow.


The area of Bay and Grove streets is a marginal neighborhood? In what universe?? It's literally a half block away from a bunch of new restaurants, some great bars, and two short blocks away from the Grove Street Plaza and the Newark Avenue pedestrian area.

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I think that the Google photo that is linked in this thread kind of answers your wonder as to what is going there next. In the background are a number of high rise structures.


The way the redevelopment plan are drawn up for the area, Marin Blvd is a "boundary": development east of it can be high-rises but those immediately to the east of Marin must be limited to 10 stories (unless a variance is granted, as was the case for Oakman and ArtHouse) or the building must have a setback around the 10 story mark, which is why the Morgan structure goes up a few stories and then the rest is set back somewhat. West of Marin Blvd, building height is limited and supposed to go mesh with surrounding buildings. Most likely, you will see a 5-story building replace the one there already. Maybe they can get a variance for something slightly higher with some givebacks. But, you will not see a high rise.

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A friend of mine down on seventh street is watching the demolition of his neighborhood (near Ziggy's auto body) to make way for multi residential buildings. The one being built next to him was initially limited to five stories, but a deal was worked out and an eight story building is now beginning construction. In addition there are more high rises going up behind him
This is the way of change and money. Jersey City is slowly being annexed by New York City and is slowly becoming its sixth borough.


You got one thing right: this is a city and change is inevitable. Those of you who seek to encase it in amber and preserve it as you wish (as if it was your version of it that only matters) are pursuing a fool's errand. Cities will never remain the same. They change, they evolve, they grow, they shrink. The rest of what you say is nonsense: JC is not being annexed by NYC. It is simply growing in popularity by people you seem to dislike (people with more money than you) and you wish you could somehow keep JC as it was 30 or 40 years ago.

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Re: Building collapses
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A building collapsed in Jersey City as a nor’easter battered the region.


A building collapsed in Jersey City during the fourth nor’easter in recent weeks. PIX11/Ken Evseroff)

No one was injured in the collapse.

The building collapsed in downtown Jersey City Wednesday afternoon, Jersey City Fire Chief of Department Steven McGill said. Its west wall collapsed onto an adjacent structure.

The building, which was residential, had been empty for six to eight months after engineers deemed it an “imminent hazard,” McGill said. It was supposed to quickly be taken down, but for some reason it never happened.

A private company will demolish the building Wednesday because of the possibility of danger if it collapses further. The street has been closed off while the company handles the demolition.

The area was cordoned off after the collapse. The collapse caused a power outage at homes across the street.

About 4 inches of snow have accumulated in Jersey City.
http://pix11.com/2018/03/21/building-collapses-in-jersey-city/


This was on Bay Street. The JCPD and JCFD response was very impressive: several cruisers, 3 fire trucks, an ambulance or two.

This is the BEFORE picture of the structure:
https://goo.gl/maps/r7Pdvhm8hXG2


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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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I'm trying to figure this out- is it possible that 100% of the value of the abatements goes to the city, and then the city needs to make a separate payment, calculated as 5% of that, to the county?
It sounds weirdly convoluted to me but if it resulted from a settlement from a lawsuit... anything's possible, I guess. (And isn't that basically 95/5 when it comes right down to it? Like, 100 out of 105 is 95.2%?)

This why Yvonne is continually mocked, she attends meetings and calls officials, but is unable to actually understand numbers. most of us can instantly see that 95-5 or 100-5 comes out the same no matter what you call it.


This. All the brouhaha over the numbers is simply a distraction. Even if her contention is right (which I seriously doubt) 5 out of 105 works out to 4.8%.

Posted on: 3/22 14:56
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Re: 400 Unit Development in Hamilton Park
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Can't say the the images fill me with joy, but the design does seem to echo the stepped ziggurat motif you find in The Beacon and in other buildings in the city.
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Stepped ziggurat? Looks more a 5-year old kid smashed his lego.


Yeah... stc4blues was exceedingly kind with that description. The art deco facade of The Beacon is magnitudes nicer than this project.

Posted on: 3/22 8:12
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Re: 485 Marin
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How is the filing of the high rises in NoHo - aka The Taint aka Soho West? There are a lot of rentals coming on the market, would be surprised they all fill up at these prices without investors discovering they have to give discount - and can't get decent ROI.


There is, seemingly, no ceiling to DTJC rental rates... I thought 5K for a 3bd was the absolute top, but recent buildings coming to market with those type of units (3bd) are asking well over that, with some even at 6K. Even with a promotional free month when signing your lease, you are looking at 5.5K.

As for whether or not these high rises are filling up, almost every new building coming onto the market fills up within a few months. I am no longer surprised by what the local market bears.

Posted on: 3/20 21:45
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Re: 485 Marin
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it ain't pretty but at least its not another boxed tower totally lacking in an type of imagination, imo

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Astonishingly ugly! I appreciate that can be said about most of these modern towers, but your average Lefrak tower, though bad, looks nicer than this carbuncle.

Soviet style brutalist architecture, out of scale and with no redeeming qualities.

On the rear side, which you can't see in the photos, is a huge windowless wall with channels of cinder-block covered with some green siding material. I can only pray that they intend to construct some other structure to cover that part, as the way it looks now is dire.

Robin.


Talk about cutting the nose to spite the face. Favoring an ugly building over a traditional (or, boring) one seems like an odd stand.

I am with the others. I have watched this building go up and it always struck me as oddly out of place: too large for its location, aesthetically it clashes with its surrounding, and the design itself is not at all visually pleasant. Complete and total FAIL.

Posted on: 3/20 18:00
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Re: Jersey City Council to introduce $587 million budget with zero tax increase
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I agree that school funding is the same disaster it was before and after this administration took office .... but, you know as well as anyone, the machinations that this administration has done to keep the city portion of taxes flat while increasing spending by continuing to give out abatements (PILOTS) so the city keeps the portion of taxes from new development that would go to the schools (under funding the schools) for itself and raiding the JCMUA.

and what services have been improved?



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Your one note opera rings a little flat here. How is that fact different than when he took over? It isn't. The point is, he has improved services while holding taxes flat over an extended period of time.

Frankly, I find you even more morally compromised than those you accuse. You truly believe this is a problem and continue to benefit from it. If it bothered you so much you would, at a minimum, leave.

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What tune would he be singing if he wasn't getting a half billion a year from suburban taxpayers to pay for his schools??


100% accurate and correct on how abatements are abused. While many continue to push the myth that abatements are a free ride for residents paying PILOTs, the accurate view is that abatements are used by the city to hide/mask increased spending by enabling them to not raise the municipal budget while allowing for higher spending due to their being able to pocket almost the entirety of PILOT payments.

The only surprise (to me) is that the county administrators, and the administrations of the other municipalities in Hudson county, have sat idly by while JC abuses this system. Imagine how much lower taxes could be for the county if abatements were not given out like candy.

Posted on: 3/20 14:09
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Re: 485 Marin
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DouglasReynholm wrote:
https://ny.curbed.com/2018/3/19/171393 ... ent-485-marin-launch-date

I wish this was never built. It's ugly. Will every tenant get free parking? If not, our Hamilton Park streets are doomed.


According to the article, there will be parking available on premises, so that makes residents ineligible for street parking permits. If people start parking on the streets around Hamilton Park, just ask the PA to make it a point to come around to ticket vehicles. We had that issue around the PAD area and it got fixed real quick after a few weeks of parking enforcement. They come around every day (twice in the morning, and at least once or twice in the afternoon) and there is hardly any violators nowadays, as nobody wants to come back to a vehicle ticketed for zone parking violations.

Posted on: 3/20 14:03
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Re: Bike theft, Newport Path station
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shoreline99 wrote:
My bike was stolen from the Newport Path station bike area.

It was secured with a medium security (not sure if bolt cutters would've been able to defeat it) u-lock, and the entire bike and cut lock was taken between the hours of 12pm and 10pm.

The area is a frequent target of thieves. Wish something could be done. The cameras around the Hoboken station seem to have much better coverage.


U-locks are next to useless and easily cut by bolt cutters. In the past, some U-Locks could even be pried open with the cap of a plastic pen.

A quick youtube search shows that u-locks are easy to defeat.

Posted on: 3/20 13:49
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Re: Jersey City Council to introduce $587 million budget with zero tax increase
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Azul_the_Cat wrote:
Of course we can have it both ways. Didn't you see that episode of South Park (S7 E1 I'm a little bit country)? Saying one thing and doing another is one of the founding principles of our great nation.




Posted on: 3/20 10:52
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Re: Jersey City Council to introduce $587 million budget with zero tax increase
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T-Bird wrote:
Frankly, I find you even more morally compromised than those you accuse. You truly believe this is a problem and continue to benefit from it. If it bothered you so much you would, at a minimum, leave.

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Monroe wrote:
What tune would he be singing if he wasn't getting a half billion a year from suburban taxpayers to pay for his schools??


What? By that logic, all liberals are more morally compromised than conservatives, and all should leave the country, instead of actively opposing the president and the policies they find morally abhorrent.

You can't have it both ways: either you are in favor of people calling out the things they find reprehensible and help bring about change, or they should just leave. But, here is the rub: sooner or later you will run out of places to which you can escape, as no place on Earth is perfect. Not even the factionalized utopia of Scandinavia that gives some liberals a fat chubby.

Posted on: 3/20 10:18
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