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Re: JC Heights neighborhoods
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I live in the Heights (just west of JFK) and checked out the music at the lumber yard on Palisades last night. The music itself was ok but the large crowd of people was definitely a sign that there has been some demographic changes in that part of the heights in the past couple years. The thought that I had while walking away is that somebody in the very near future ought to open some type of beer garden in the heights (not sure how it would jive with the residential neighborhood but the demand seems like it would be there).

I have noticed changes in area around my house (pretty much 1 mile due west of the lumberyard event with more proximity to JSQ) but it is the Indian population that seems to have increased the most. It is hard to say what impact this has on local business/neighborhood but I can't help but notice there are several more vacant bodegas recently. Could this be because spendthrift Indian population generally buy most of their groceries etc around Newark ave rather then at local bodegas?

Posted on: 2015/9/5 12:32
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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I am trying to keep track of these projects in the works:

1. Journal Squared by Kushner - this is the one directly behind Journal Sq that is under construction and approaching 20 stories already.

2. 1 Journal Square Plaza - this is next to the Chase Bank also being done by Kushner and it looks like some preliminary work has started.

3. 1 Journal Square - the vacant lot mentioned in today's article that may also be done by Kushner.

What other ones are there on the horizon that have a chance to go forward? What happened with the auction for the building that houses the JSQ Pub? I thought this took place in June but I have not heard any outcome/future plans for the site.

After seeing the area in its present state for so many years I am really curious what the next 5-10 years will bring.

Posted on: 2015/8/19 0:46
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Ferral Kittens in backyard - what to do?
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I noticed this spring that one of the what I think is a stray cat in my neighborhood had I think 4 kittens and they seem to have set up shop in my backyard. They are a few weeks old and all dark gray and possibly dark blue eyes.

So far I have left them alone but I am wondering what if anything I should do? Try and find homes? I don't know how long they need their mother so I have steered clear of them so far but at some point something should probably be done so that they don't have kittens one day. any ideas?

I am not much of a cat person and my wife is allergic and with a baby at home and 1 on they way so keeping one or any of them is not an option.

Posted on: 2015/5/13 15:29
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Re: JSQ Apt Rental
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I second craigslist - and have rented out my JSQ apartment several times in the past few years. If the price is inline with market you should get a lot of responses and with that many people flaking out. I found the best way is to put up on Wed or Thursday and try and set 1 appointment time for everyone that responds - that way if 1 person flakes out you are not sitting around waiting.

Be sure to be clear that you are doing credit/background check and whether or not you accept pets. I had to turn away many promising candidates last year because the building does not allow dogs so if a place does allow dogs they should be able to find tenants fast.

Posted on: 2015/4/23 13:46
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Re: Coming Soon - Carvao BBQ in McGinly Square
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Sounds like a good addition to the area!

Speaking of McGinley Sq why hasn't anyone tried to do anything with the old Citizen Kane's on Montgomery Street?

Posted on: 2015/4/21 20:49
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Re: Hudson County's first public golf course getting closer to tee off time
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I wonder if the new walking/running trails that have been locked up during golf course construction will be open at some point as well?

Posted on: 2015/4/10 14:54
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Re: Study Spot w/ wifi for Good Friday
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Do You Tea at 942 Summit in the heights.

Posted on: 2015/4/4 16:14
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Re: Violin playing not permitted in Newport
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I have seen him playing at JSQ the past few months - doubt anyone stopped him from playing there.

Posted on: 2015/3/13 9:15
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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I rarely walk out of this side of JSQ. Has the work been going on there the last month?

Posted on: 2014/11/21 10:18
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Re: New Heights Eatery
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That must have been it. I will have to check it out this weekend.

Posted on: 2014/11/11 17:29
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Re: New Heights Eatery
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I was walking on Summit ave about 5PM on Saturday and it looks like there is some kind of new cafe opening in what I think was Mama's location. From the quick luck my wife and I had it looked like it might be something interesting. They mentioned that there would be opening yesterday - maybe someone else in there are stopped in?

Posted on: 2014/11/10 15:53
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Re: Considering a move from DT to JSQ or Heights - any tips here?
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When I first came to JC for college in '96 I thought the heights was a middle of the road area that had not declined as much as other areas but thought would not change that much in either direction. After school I first ended up in JSQ area and for past 7 yrs been in the heights (although on edge closer to JSQ).

It is an interesting chicken and egg situation as far as new businesses coming to cater to incoming people in an area.
It seems that my original assessment of the heights was wrong as the changing demographic is very noticeable in past couple of years - especially when I run down Ogden Ave, check out farmers' market/Mod Cup area. This seems like the epicenter of whatever you want to call the newer arrivals to the area.

As of now what businesses are catering to these people? It seems like definitely ModCup and probably the yoga studio that is opening on Central Ave. but not much else so I would think with the critical mass of people and cheaper retail rents/many vacancies that there might be other opportunities for someone with a vision to implement a new business.

I am definitely also rooting for JSQ but as of now there seems to be few if any restaurants/retail/etc catering to newer arrivals - although over the past few years I have noticed more diners who are not just Indian on Newark Ave. I am sincerely curious as to what the storefronts along JFK in JSQ area will look like in 10 or so years after all of this development that we hear about takes place.


Posted on: 2014/10/28 21:18
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Re: Considering a move from DT to JSQ or Heights - any tips here?
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I live on Beach St in the Heights (I guess it could be also considered Western Slope as it just west of JFK) and it meets my needs of being just on the outer edge of walking distance to JSQ (1 mile walk or take the jitney bus there) and close enough to 1/9 that my wife can drive to work in Paramus without too much city streets traffic. We also can get to Leonard Gordon park/Pershing Field/the reservoir which while not being Central Park could meet your needs for running/dog walking etc. There is room for improvement in the restaurant area but Little India is not far off and Central Ave has some choices. Most houses also have some kind of deck/small backyard as well which can be nice.

I believe there are 2 houses that recently went on market on my block so may be worth looking to evaluate what is out there.

Posted on: 2014/10/20 22:29
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Re: New York waste transfer deal to bring $10 million to Jersey City
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So what is the real reason for stopping this if the garbage is already coming through JC? Why not get paid for it and get it off the streets? Is the amount offered too low?

The only issue I would have is if I were a Greenville resident I would wonder why the $10M would not go to fund something in the neighborhood.

Posted on: 2014/10/17 15:33
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Re: New York waste transfer deal to bring $10 million to Jersey City
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1 thing I don't understand - does all of the garbage that would have gone through this transfer station already move through Jersey City by trucks anyway?


Posted on: 2014/10/16 23:54
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Re: Maplewood, N.J.: If Brooklyn Were a Suburb
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JCbiscuit wrote:
If I had kids I'd look there before even considering any place else. I'm surprised it's taken this long to get noticed.


In talking with my mother recently about the area I found out she actually went to a Catholic elementary school in Maplewood and would walk there from the family farm in Union. My grandfather who died in 2002 also spent some of his childhood moving back/forth between Maplewood/Irvington/Newark. I think this history must have contributed to my initial attraction to the town when I first happened to visit it 2 years ago.

Posted on: 2014/10/10 20:27
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Re: 15-year-old pointed imitation rifle at Jersey City officer, police say
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The good news that I took away from this story is that there actually are plain clothes officers walking around Pershing Field. If I ever fail a drug test I would blame the kids hanging around smoking weed in the "darkened areas" of Pershing Field while I am running.

Posted on: 2014/10/10 19:22
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Re: Maplewood, N.J.: If Brooklyn Were a Suburb
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I don't know if it's otherwise inexplicable. Aside from the commuting amazingness, some people like urban, walkable living over suburbs with large yards to mow. These types of people are increasing, too. Not to mention the general blandness of the suburbs....


I think that is the appeal to me of a place like Maplewood as it seems "walkable", a decent commute, a downtown with a movie theater, a few eating options, etc . I have never lived in a suburban place and definitely will stay away from something "bland" like some of the Bergen county towns I have driven through.




Posted on: 2014/10/10 17:52
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Re: Maplewood, N.J.: If Brooklyn Were a Suburb
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When I leave JC I would rather move straight to a rural area but that would not work for now as office is in Manhattan.

Prior to a big move to the country my wife/I have somewhat considered Maplewood/Montclair. She leans toward Montclair as she works in Paramus and once baby(s) start school it may be better for one of us to be closer to home. I lean towards Maplewood or staying in JC until a big move is feasible. We'll see as this moving vs staying is a hot topic in our house at the moment.

Posted on: 2014/10/10 15:54
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Re: Moving to The Heights - Pershing Field area
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As far on thoughts on the area in general be sure to check out the reservoir (next to Pershing Field).

www.jcreservoir.org/

Wow, just looked at the website for 1st time in a while and it looks like the reservoir is in for some big changes!


Posted on: 2014/10/7 14:47
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Re: Reflections Night Club in the heart of Journal Square
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I haven't been there in a while but I had always heard of the odd fight or stabbing that took place at Reflections or Bachata bar as it was formally known. To me it never actually felt like a dangerous vibe there - just extremely loud.

I always remember thinking that someone must ship in working women there because there would be no women at all until like 11PM and bam all of a sudden there would be like 30 women dancing. Another fond memory was cooling my heels at the bar when it got raided by I think ATF. Agents took their time shaking up all the liquor bottles to show us patrons all the fruit flies floating up in them as evidence of owners refilling bottles. I think they were shut down for a short period after that.

Posted on: 2014/9/6 1:49
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Re: Why does mass transit in the Heights suck so badly!?
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I also live west of Kennedy in heights 1 mile north of JSQ. I wouldn't mind shaving off a few blocks between my house and the PATH but I am used to the walk. The jitney vans come very often so if I am late/lazy I can get to JSQ quickly that way.

Alternatively, depending where/when I am going in city the buses to Port Authority can be a decent option. I guess as you move further up into the height away from JSQ you are more dependent on the buses.

Posted on: 2014/8/14 13:26
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Re: What's going there?
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I don't know if this has been mentioned already but does anyone know what is being built on JFK Blvd just north of JSQ between the school and the old VW dealership?

It is already 5 or 6 stories work seems to be moving pretty quickly,

Posted on: 2014/7/31 12:54
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Re: What Jersey City Restaurant Do You Miss the Most?
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Chris' and Il Vento's - both were dependable meals on Westside Ave when people came to visit me at SPC.

Tania's - I (vaguely) remember sitting on a Friday evening with like a dozen friends eating and drinking like crazy there in like 2001 and was always a go-to place.

Posted on: 2014/6/5 19:59
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Re: Do you recommend particular Roofer?
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I had my old roof torn off and a new one put on in September 2011 by Capitol. I got a white PVC reflective roof and they fixed an improperly done skylight + removed old chimney and rebuilt new one (from roofline up - not relining). I believe it was $9600 + permits. There was a per square foot charge to remove rotted wood but they waived this as there was not too much and I was not there to verify.

Of the 3 roofers that I met they inspired the most confidence and did a great job. I had a home inspection this week and inspector noted the roof/chimney are in great shape.

Posted on: 2014/5/2 13:26
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Re: Engineer for Home Inspection - Looking for Recommendation
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I have recently noticed more cracks throughout my house so my wife found an engineer who does inspections to see if we may have structural problems or anything else serious. He is coming this morning so I will report back with his name/quality of inspection and report.

Posted on: 2014/4/30 13:18
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Re: We are going to be looking to buy in the upcoming months.
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Do you want to remain downtown or are you open to other locales in JC where you could get more space/outdoor space for the $?




Posted on: 2014/2/26 17:15
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Re: Things to do in Jersey City
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Not sure if they have any interest in outdoor activities but the variety of birds that pass through in April/May are amazing. I just got into it last spring and every trip with binoculars to the reservoir in the heights and Lincoln Park west yielded many species of colorful warblers/other migratory birds. Also, stripers run up the Hudson at that time.

Posted on: 2014/2/4 16:24
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Re: $1,400 for 195 s.f., shared bath in Harlem
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That $1400 is an interesting price point. For about the same amount I rent out a 500 sq ft studio in Dixon Mills. Also for the same amount I rent out a 750 sq foot 2 BR (small bedrooms) near JSQ. Or you could probably go out to Warren County or somewhere more removed and get a whole house.

Posted on: 2014/1/16 22:11
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Re: places to go running/jogging?
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Back in college I used to enjoy running the streets of Hudson County but I don't feel that youthful invincibility dodging traffic/sketchy neighborhoods not to mention the pounding on knees/shins.

These days I think Lincoln Park is the best place to run in Jersey City. The road that loops around the center of the park is 1.2 miles (though I usually run on the grass/dirt just inside the road). Going into Lincoln Park west adds some more mileage/variety on the cinder trails - hopefully one day the nature trail across the bridge will be open as this would add some more area to cover.

You can mix and match these loops and get in a decent long run with out being too monotonous and the risk of getting hit by a car is far less than on the streets.

Posted on: 2014/1/15 23:12
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