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Re: 100 Steps finally open
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The new, steel staircase is actually only 95 steps.


Typical Hudson County games. The missing five steps are probably in some pol's backyard.


It actually is odd, codes generally have mandated shorter risers than 100 years ago, as anyone with an old steep staircase knows. So a new one over the same elevation you would expect to have more steps, not less. Perhaps the final "5" were absorbed into the Cliffs foundations.


The old design, and the new design are different. Here's a pic of the old one:
http://riverviewneighborhood.org/100-steps-letters/

It looks like the original steps started closer to the tracks, where it was flatter - so maybe it had a higher rise? Where can we find an old map or plan, do you think?

Posted on: 2013/11/8 21:58
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Just write up whatever questions/complaints you have for them on this thread here. I am going to present them with any feedback......and also let them know about this forum........so if they want they can come and see for themselves.

1. Coordinate late night trains to Hoboken with NJT busses leaving from Hoboken to the Heights, North Hoboken, etc.

2. Relax policy on bringing bikes on to rush hour trains, at least on the less crowded Hoboken to WTC line, to encourage bike commuting to/from lower Manhattan

3. Install train departure monitors OUTSIDE of paid zone/platforms, so if we just miss a train we can get a cup of coffee

Posted on: 2013/10/24 13:57
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Re: Vintage flea market
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I guess they're more of an outdoor antique market? I know for a fact that they have outside vendors there though. There's contact info on pacificflea.com if you're interested.

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So is this a flea market where people go and sell what they have or is this an antique shop?

This looks really cool, and I'm looking forward to checking it out - thanks for the post!

BTW - any suggestions on the best way to get there from the Heights via mass-transit? Google maps suggests HBLR to LSP. Oh, and I mentioned this to a friend who lives in Manhattan who cautioned about bed-bugs. He is probably fishing for any excuse not to leave the island, but is there anything to that?

Bed bugs...? Is he looking to sleep in some dingy motel? I don't understand the complaint.


According to my friend, furniture, clothes, books etc., that you find at flea markets are often infested with bed bugs, and you will bring them home. He says books may be OK, if you put them in the freezer for 3 weeks once you get them home. Is that just an urban rumor?

Posted on: 2013/10/24 13:50
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Re: Vintage flea market
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I guess they're more of an outdoor antique market? I know for a fact that they have outside vendors there though. There's contact info on pacificflea.com if you're interested.

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So is this a flea market where people go and sell what they have or is this an antique shop?


This looks really cool, and I'm looking forward to checking it out - thanks for the post!

BTW - any suggestions on the best way to get there from the Heights via mass-transit? Google maps suggests HBLR to LSP. Oh, and I mentioned this to a friend who lives in Manhattan who cautioned about bed-bugs. He is probably fishing for any excuse not to leave the island, but is there anything to that?

Posted on: 2013/10/23 14:44
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Re: Speed cameras = a great way to improve safety and raise money
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Unfortunately, NJ has a law against speed cameras. Which sucks. I'd love to see them put in place here in JC.


You are kidding! How did that happen?! How can someone agitate to get that overturned?

Posted on: 2013/10/23 1:07
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I signed up for their Patron Advisory Committee(basically a way for commuters to get a better understanding of how the PA works). Tomorrow we have another session.

I would be happy to pass along any questions/complaints you guys have for them.


Good for you! How does that work? I assume they (and you) want to address issues beyond the usual complaints. Can we PM you? Is there an on-line forum?

Posted on: 2013/10/23 1:02
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Re: 35-year tax break proposed for three-tower Journal Square project
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The last abatement given by Mayor Healy earlier this year in Journal Square was 12 years for the former Welfare Building. But apparently giving shorter abatements is not the goal here. After a few years, the developer will sell the property for a higher amount and the city will transfer the abatement for the previous agreed amount (This happened last month.) So a $400,000 condo, will be worth $600,00 but the abatement will be on the $400,000 value. And we wonder why the city is going broke.


I have a hard time imagining $600K condominiums in Journal Square, which (I walk to and from the PATH station from the Heights almost daily...) is a wasteland in terms of the amenities that would support prices at that point. But is it not a good policy strategy, to encourage a level of development in keeping with JS's being a significant mass-transit up, proximity to NYC and downtown JC, fantastic ethnic restaurant scene? I would need to see more about the related development associated with demand for better amenities, transit enhancements etc., Thoughts/details?

Posted on: 2013/10/23 0:58
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Re: Council person Osborne presents Pedestrian plan
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Vigilante wrote:...Ugh. I'm sure chicks are impressed with the "I don't own a car" line.

Ha! Speak for yourself and your fellow straight-boys, LOL! Seriously, on all the dates I've been on with gay men I don't think we've ever discussed cars. The shore, the Red Bulls, dogs, yes - but not cars. Hmm...

But a good laugh over the 'the other sex's' dating strategies aside, unlike sexual orientation - forgoing a car IS a choice, and I'm psyched to see more people in JC speaking in favor of it, as a lot of other cities have found it to be an integral part of improving the urban environment, streetlife, experience, etc.

Posted on: 2013/10/23 0:25
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Re: Council person Osborne presents Pedestrian plan
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Hi everyone -

Here is a link to the recommendations. These recommendations will be vetted with the traffic and engineering departments next week. It surely is not perfect, but I wanted to start somewhere.

We will measure the results, we won't just place things out there and hope for the best. As a part of phase 2 analysis, we will look at those results and the community feedback and do a "start/stop/continue".

http://www.slideshare.net/candiceosbo ... recommendationswardefinal

Best,
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Thanks, Candace! I wish everyone the best with this initiative, and as a Heights resident where cars are the bane of many people's existence, thank you for initiating it!

Posted on: 2013/10/22 1:32
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Re: Council person Osborne presents Pedestrian plan
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As I said before, I have no problem answering you, but I am using leverage, let the councilwoman answer the question on parking. This is not a downtown issue. In Journal Square, a building next to PS#31 is going up, 80 plus units and less than 20 parking spaces. Next to Canco, another 266 units with 180 parking spaces. These developments will probably receive an abatement and I have always questioned the city during the ordinance hearing as to why is the city allowing less parking to an already overburden city with narrow streets. I have been urging the city to built municipal garages similar to Hoboken in each ward. I have been complaining about this since the 1990s. Where doesn't the city do a census on cars that travel in JC? What is the saturation point?

For me that raises the question - in a sizable CITY, as Jersey City is - does every residential unit need a parking spot? That is the question everyone in a position to influence planning policy in Jersey City seems to be afraid to confront. My neighborhood, the Heights, historically had a comprehensive streetcar/trolley car network, and you can still see the remnants of the funicular that took you to the Hoboken waterfront.

When did accomodating all these cars in a dense, historically mass transit oriented environment become the be-all and end-all?!

Posted on: 2013/10/22 1:29
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Re: What kind of U.S. senator will Cory Booker be?
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Have you read that "compelling" article of yours? Well, I just did, and there is no explanation there whatsoever how exactly the Glass-Steagall would have prevented the 2008 crisis. They do not even attempt to explain the mechanics of the problem!

There are just some slogans like "the greed got seriously out of hand and then imploded". How could you think this sounds like a reasoned explanation?

This is exactly what I was talking about, - all explanations are on the intellectual level of "evil eye".

That was one article - I think he highlights the parallels between the 1929 and 2008 banking environments. Over the last 5 years, many, many people have gone into greater details about the mechanics of what happened, so I'm gathering getting an explanation of the role of deregulation in the economic meltdown is not an the issue for you.

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I am puzzled. How can it possibly be "foisting" their agenda un-democratically, if they are doing this via the most democratic process of them all, - elections?

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The definition of Democracy is (citing Merriam Webster) a): 'government by the people; especially: rule of the majority.' The Tea Party's recent tyranny of the process is none of the above.

Posted on: 2013/10/22 1:10
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Re: New York Ave-Heights-Construction
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I understand the reason for the location. My post was in response to the poster who wanted stairs to walk down from Riverview Park.

That being said, it doesn't look like the road construction will be done anytime soon.


I believe you used to be able to walk down from Riverview Park - a few summers ago, before they fenced off the cobble street, friends and I followed the stairs down to Patterson Plank Road. You can see an old postcard and current photos here - The Heights of Jersey City

I've yet to find out if there was a pedestrian path from Paterson Plank Road to Hoboken - fellow history buffs? Still, your point is well taken - the Heights used to be well connected by various modes of transportation to Hoboken, and could still be!

Posted on: 2013/10/22 0:56
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Re: Gay marriage advocates lobby to override Christie's veto
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In God We Trust
One Nation, Under God
Time for a brief history lesson. Neither of those phrases existed in either the pledge of allegiance or on any of our money or anything until the 50s, when McCarthy's fearmongering bullied Congress into adopting it to prove they weren't Godless communists.


OK, thanks for the history lesson-but the fact remains that our Founding Fathers worked from a Christian basis, with God as their moral compass. Marriage meant what it meant, and making it 'marriage' wasn't on their compass, not for same sex couples or polygamous families or any other 'grouping' that will now be 'allowed'.

The reality that remains is our Founding Fathers were of an entirely different time and culture, influenced by Calvinism, Puritanism, Deism, Freemasonry and science, and 17th and 18th Century political thinkers. Regardless, whatever the Founding Father's particular views, today's "Christians" should hardly claim them in defense of their view of the Constitution, which established the *people* as the Sovereign of the nation (anyone else regard that as anti-religious in its own right?). A few references to God hardly establish a Christian nature to the document. Thank you, God, for empowering brave gay and lesbian people, and those who support them, to stand up and do the right thing TODAY.

Posted on: 2013/10/21 15:55
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Re: What kind of U.S. senator will Cory Booker be?
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@ borisp - I think more than enough has been written about how the 1999 repeal of Glass-Steagall precipitated the 2008 financial meltdown, and anyone who needs a refresher course is wilfully oblivious. Having said that, Sy Harding's 2012 piece in 'Forbes' is compelling - "Bringing Back Glass-Steagall"

While on the surface, the Tea Party - as a grass-roots movement focused on the economy (and, to it's credit, purposefully avoiding social issues) - is benign, it has become toxic insofar as a small number of Congressmen, representing a very small constituency (according to www.what-is-the-tea-party.com, an estimated 40% of the Tea Party constituency was said to be older than 55 with 79% being white, in contrast to about 23% of the general population being older than 55 and 75% being white) that is not representative of the USA, and is un-democratically foisting their - and their billionaire backers (google Frank Rich's op ed piece in the Times) - agenda.

We can hope that Cory Booker, while he is what he is, will represent the agenda THE MAJORITY OF NJ stress is important, just like the tea-partiers promote the old-rich-white-american agenda. I, for one, choose to be optimistic!

Posted on: 2013/10/21 15:29
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Re: New York Ave-Heights-Construction
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I think we Heights residents would have been better served by a stairway by riverview park


Riverview Park is right above the Hoboken Housing Projects. Not the best choice to be walking through.

The advantage of restoring the stairway in the location of the original 100 steps is that you can get to the 2nd Street Light Rail Station (not easily, as the cross-walks are across the tracks).

I walk by this nearly every day, and am happy to see it is very nearly open - lawn seeded, light posts in place. For other history buffs, here is a link to a site with photos of the historic 100 Steps: MaggieBlanck.com

Posted on: 2013/10/15 18:23
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Re: Friends visiting from Manhattan...
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hero69 wrote:
so what did your friends think of our provincial town?

Late to this post, but I'm curious too - how did things work out? I ask because I've had friends out to the Heights on several occasions, and did everything I could to make it as painless as possible (stayed in phone contact the whole time - "no, don't be afraid of the drag queen on Franklin Street...", fed and plied them with Cosmos) and they STILL refuse to come back. Hope you all a great visit!

Posted on: 2013/10/15 17:51
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