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Re: Advertising a rental... Craigslist not working so well now
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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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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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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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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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JC's trash pickup & recycling budget. Is there an issue?
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I have been following the costs of handling municipal waste (related to a project at work). Given that much of Asia has or is banning imports of scrap plastic and paper, a number of municipalities are having their budgets blown out due to skyrocketing disposal costs. In many cases, items that made money (i.e. paper) now cost $100+ per ton to dispose of.

I have read nothing about Jersey City in this regards though. Does anyone here know if JC is facing similar budget issues?

Some background on the situation:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why- ... might-have-no-place-to-go

Posted on: 12/28 15:24
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Re: Anybody had their fire extinguishers dinged in a green card inspection?
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tern wrote:
On what grounds are cracked tiles a safety issue?

Robin.


My report had something about "maintaining smooth surfaces". It was written like I had tank trap size holes in the floor.. instead of hairline cracks.

It is just annoying mostly. The financial devastating ruling for me was being ordered to add a fire escape 10 years after being told I didn't need one by DCA. The ruling came at a time when I was really short on $$$$.

Speaking of fire escapes, I have been informed there is a very aggressive fire inspector dinging buildings for lack of fire escapes and requiring that they be retrofitted in 10 days or face fines. The state at least gave me 6 months.

Posted on: 12/18 18:03
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Re: Anybody had their fire extinguishers dinged in a green card inspection?
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None of my inspectors have even mentioned fire extinguishers. I have them in the common areas or in the apartment itself. The moment I have to have inspections done on them (I replace them every few years anyway) they are gone!

I did however have Mr. Cracked Tile fetish who required me to replace a bunch of ceramic floor tiles with hairline cracks in them. Not something I wanted to do considering my tenants didn't have an issue and I long ago ran out of matching tiles.

I also had Mr. Door fetish who wants me to remove a door leading from the common hallway to the garage. I also need to remove a deadbolt (keyed on both sides) on an interior door (not used.. never had a key for it). He was into egress in case of a fire issue. Not sure what is going to be in the report... it has been 6 months since the inspection and the report still isn't filed.

Dept. Of Community Affairs building inspection is a friggin disaster.

Posted on: 12/18 1:41
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Monroe wrote:
I’ll bet Fulop can’t wait to see 2018 in the rear view mirror, especially given how incompetent Murphy has been in Trenton, let alone the HCDO embarrassment. And the statue.


I suspect Fulop still has ambitions to be governor. Whomever is the next gov will be facing the complete insolvency of the state employee and public teachers pensions.

I am not sure anyone would want to be in charge with the SS NJ slams into that iceberg.

Posted on: 12/13 19:14
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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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SRhia wrote:
Every time I think they cannot do any worse, they somehow


The Port Authority never wanted the PATH system It is a red-headed step-child they were forced to take on, in order to be allowed to build the original WTC.

Posted on: 12/7 22:18
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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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On a side note:

The State has put a hold / ban on all new charter schools. There is a group that was planning to open a charter based on the Montessori teaching method. Their application got rejected in October.

https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18 ... ects-latest-two-hopefuls/


Posted on: 2018/11/28 20:31
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Re: Jersey City bursting at seams with population surge
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brewster wrote:

The density around town was tremendously higher, because half of what we consider DT wasn't just lower density,it was railyards and docks.


After the invasion of Japan got cancelled, my Dad received extended leave from the Army. He stayed in Jersey City with a squad mate of his in a Polish section of the city (from his description, I think it was around the Marion section).

He commented on how packed the place was with people, which being a kid from a Colorado farm, was a bit off-putting. The other thing he mentioned was that the sky was so thick with smog / smoke that the upper parts of the Pulaski Skyway would be rendered invisible in the airborne muck.

Posted on: 2018/11/20 13:44
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Re: Jersey City bursting at seams with population surge
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The young singles / married folks I know from the neighborhood generally moved when their toddlers grew to school age... or they put them in a private school.



This has been my experience with my tenants. It is either private school or they move to the burbs.

Posted on: 2018/11/19 18:32
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Re: Jersey City bursting at seams with population surge
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In the section of town known as the Gold Coast, there are plenty of luxury high rises but not enough classrooms.


Is there any data publicly available of how many residents of these abated high rises actually send their kids to the JC public schools?

Posted on: 2018/11/18 18:41
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Re: Recycling Ticket/Court Appearance
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TheBigGuy wrote:
ALso agree that people just dump stuff on the streets... I have seen crt tv sets and moniters piled on Grand Street.



This never made sense to me since all it takes is a phone call to schedule the pickup of electronics.

Posted on: 2018/11/10 19:48
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Re: Recycling Ticket/Court Appearance
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I ended up in Muni court a few times for the same thing. It was tenants putting trash out at the wrong time or some random person dumping stuff in front of my property.

The last time I had a tenant who's mother kept putting trash randomly on the curb. Her mind wasn't all there, so talking to her didn't solve the issue.

Normally, I "plead guilty with an explanation". Previous times, the judge would wave court costs and hit me with the minimum fine. This last time, the judge had me first talk to the prosecutor before accepting my plea (the problem being "with explanation"). The prosecutor checked that I was not a habitual offender and dropped the charges.

If you don't show up, a bench warrant will be issued for you. Not sure if you can get out of having to show up for court.

Posted on: 2018/11/9 19:57
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Re: window replacement - historic district
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*sigh*

I don't have the time or the $$$ to fight this now. I have deteriorated door mouldings (circa 1980s) and a rusted out railing (same) as well. Going to leave them 'as is' with some minor repairs. Not going to touch the windows in the front.

Will replace the rear windows at least.

There is nothing "historic" about these townhouses other than their age. Not a single one has any of the original windows, mouldings, or railings.

At least I got the building repointed before this historic district took effect. So I at least avoid the cost of having to use "historic" lime mortars. There was an actual lawsuit years ago from someone downtown when he was forced to use lime mortar by the historic commission. At the time, there wasn't anyone actually making it (now there are two companies to my knowledge that do). It was the details of that lawsuit that made me forgo looking at any properties in historic districts.

Posted on: 2018/11/6 16:14
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Re: Property Taxes - Delinquency Notice - How to get help from City Hall?
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When I had issues in the past, I found it best to just go to the tax office. I never had much luck fixing an issue over the phone.

Posted on: 2018/10/31 16:53
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Re: window replacement - historic district
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bodhipooh wrote:
I know this is an unpopular opinion to hold, but this entire thread reads (to me) like a cautionary tale against purchasing a home in one of the designated historic districts.


I specifically avoided historic districts when I was buying property (many years ago). Unfortunately, my property got added to a historic district....

Posted on: 2018/10/29 18:12
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Re: window replacement - historic district
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brewster wrote:

Which district is this? I thought all your property was in the Heights.


I have a 2 family near St. Peter's college. I actually want to replace the windows with wood interior / fiberglass clad exterior. Based on this thread my fear is an attempt to force me to do 'historic' windows with wood exterior or something else silly.

Posted on: 2018/10/29 16:44
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Re: window replacement - historic district
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Bumping this thread:

Anyone here with property in the historic district replaced non-historic windows? Found out my building is in one now. I want to replace the crappy vinyl windows installed by the previous owner.

If this project going to take hiring a lawyer to prevent being forced to install "historic" windows that cost a fortune to buy and need lots of maintenance... then I am keeping the crappy vinyl windows.

Trying to gauge how much of a bureaucratic pain the in ass this is going to be.

Posted on: 2018/10/29 16:19
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Re: Anyone have an electric fireplace?
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When in heat mode, that fireplace will run you about $0.22 per hour (assuming it is 1,500 Watts)


If you want cheap heat.. you can go old school

http://www.keystoker.com/

You can get 40 lbs bags of washed anthracite shipped to you...

Posted on: 2018/10/19 1:58
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Re: Owner of JC Massage Parlor Arrested for Promoting Prostitution
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caj11 wrote:

Oh right, I kind of remember. I guess demolishing the building was the only way they could get rid of the business! Ha


They should just put a "spa" room in the new courthouse that is being built on the site.

Posted on: 2018/10/5 20:20
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Re: Owner of JC Massage Parlor Arrested for Promoting Prostitution
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caj11 wrote:


Though I have to say it is pretty funny the place was right across the street from the courthouse. Lady should have had a less conspicuous location.


There was another one that operated for years right across from the courthouse. It was in one the buildings that was recently demolished. They had a neon sign in the window advertising services at one point.

Posted on: 2018/10/5 19:18
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Re: Menendez ahead by a wee bit!
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papadage wrote:
If that was true, McConnel would not be doing the song and dance, and there would not be a crippled FBI investigation. They don't have the votes.


Kavanaugh has gone through six separate FBI investigations over his course serving in government. If there was something there, it would have been leaked to the press by now.

Posted on: 2018/10/4 18:10
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Re: Notice of violation & Order to correct - JCFD
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LoraJ wrote:
Has anyone else had an inspection saying you need a knoxbox? And you have to pay $25 to get the order form for one?

Also with our inspection, they say that if we do not correct our violations we will be fined $5000 a day per violation. WTF??



How many units is your building? Curious if they will come after me next.

I know someone who was given 10 days to put a fire escape on his building. It is registered with the DCA and has been inspected every 5 years without an issue.

DCA at least gave me 6 months to address my fire-escape issue (they ruled in 1999 I didn't need one, then changed their minds years later).

Posted on: 2018/10/2 17:35
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Re: Menendez ahead by a wee bit!
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I didn't even know Sabrin was running again.... Didn't he run as a republican in the last primary he participated in?

I have gotten in the habit of not paying attention to the statewide elections, since whomever wins the Dem primary wins the general election.

Posted on: 2018/10/1 17:20
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