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Improper storage of trash?
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Is Jersey City on a ticket writing blitz?

Just received a ticket for putting trash out too early (new tenants I suspect on this one). I also got a ticket for 'improper storage of trash'. Not sure what that means. Is having trash cans outside next to the building considered 'improper storage'?

The city it seems (not just trash) is digging up previously non-enforced rules and regs...

Posted on: 2019/9/18 21:01
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Re: Woman charged after keeping her 2 kids and mom in filthy JC home
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About 20 years ago, I had one of those crazy dog ladies a few buildings down from a building I own in the Heights. The city raided her place twice, pulling what I think where about 3 dozen+ dogs in each raid.

The building was setback away from the street, but you could still smell the dog piss / shit from the sidewalk. Eventually the place was sold and gutted down to the studs by the new owners. My tenants complained that the dumpsters, when filled with the flooring and walls, stunk up the entire block.

Posted on: 2019/9/17 21:05
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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I received this tax bill with 2% raise but I pay my property taxes directly to my mortgage lender,I am a little confused on what needs to be done with this bill?do I need to pay this raise personally ? Also this tax bill was sent to my previous residence where I was a tenant before I purchased the property not to to th e property address where I live.Please advice


Typically, your lender will pay the increase and then adjust future mortgage payments to make up the difference.

You need to contact the tax office to change the mailing address. I think they require something in writing, but I don't recall exactly. Been 15 years since I had to do a mailing address change.

Posted on: 2019/9/17 15:20
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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The guy I rent a garage from just put his property, that he recently bought.

I wanted to buy the place, but the asking price was too high.. no way to have positive cash flow on rents. Plus, the place needs work / updating... at least $150k of work.

The guy didn't get the rents he thought he was going to get.. on the order of $1,000 less per apartment. So he went AirBnB on the place to get the revenue he needed. With AirBnB no longer workable.. he doesn't make the $$$.

He is asking seven figures for place.. double what he paid for it. If he gets it... all the power to him.. I will take it as proof the real estate market has gone completely insane.

Posted on: 2019/9/14 21:27
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Re-paving half the road?
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Has anyone else noticed that PSE&G has been digging up the streets (new gas lines) and then only repaving half the road (the side the new lines were installed)?

I drive down the road.. passenger side smooth, driver side a mass of poorly patched potholes.

The most ghetto re-paving job ever!

Posted on: 2019/9/12 20:40
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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This is off on a tangent but related, since we're talking about wild animals...



I have seen wild turkeys running around the grass around the Lackawanna warehouse. I've run into groups of them hiking around Vermont.... they can be a bit aggressive...


Wonder if something like video below will happen here in J.C. sometime in the future:




Posted on: 2019/9/12 19:29
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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Speaking of skunks...

While putting the trash cans on the curb last night, I found myself about six feet away from one. First time I have actually seen one in the Heights.

He looked well fed....

Posted on: 2019/9/12 13:06
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Frinjc wrote:
http://taxes.cityofjerseycity.com/
I just tried and it works. Is your browser set on https?


Weird.. tried on two laptops and my phone last night.. same error..

This morning.. everything works..

oh well..

Posted on: 2019/9/11 11:51
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Anyone got a direct link to the online payment portal?

The link on the city website has expired. Looks like the web registration expired.

http://taxes.cityofjerseycity.com/

Posted on: 2019/9/10 22:42
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Re: 8 Things You Can Do Now to Help Your Child Get Ready For School
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9th Item popular with my tenants who have kids:

Move to the suburbs for the schools


The DT K-8s are flooded with middle class kids now where 15 years ago PS37 was less than 10% white. Just give the Heights a few years, you'll see.


I noticed the test scores for the grade school near my apartment scores have finally gone up. They were in the bottom 25% for years. Still not great.. but improving.

I am keeping eyes on the Montessori charter that is attempting to get going in JC. Unfortunately, where they are looking to open up is nowhere near the Heights.

Posted on: 2019/8/29 16:24
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Re: 8 Things You Can Do Now to Help Your Child Get Ready For School
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9th Item popular with my tenants who have kids:

Move to the suburbs for the schools

Posted on: 2019/8/28 14:56
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Re: Developers break ground on Jersey City micro-units apartment building
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The NYC version:


"The ceiling heights were 4.5 feet to 6 feet tall on each level, depending on where you were standing," Department of Buildings spokesperson Abigail Kunitz said in an email to NPR.

When an inspector visited the building this month, he found half-size doors and low ceilings, forcing him to kneel in an improvised hallway. A small staircase connected the two floors. Along with unapproved structural changes, the Department of Buildings says, the inspector found the space riddled with unpermitted electrical and plumbing work.

The compressed living spaces prompted New York City Council Member Ben Kallos to compare the arrangement to the movie Being John Malkovich, which features a cramped office — and a tiny door — on floor 7 1/2 of a Manhattan building.

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Officials promptly ordered all occupants to vacate Apartment 601, hitting the owner, Xue Pin Ni, with a potential maximum fine of $144,750 in civil penalties and ordering the subunits to be stripped out of the space. The penalty is set to rise, as the city will also fine Ni $1,000 every day that each illegal subunit remains on the premises, for up to 45 days.




https://www.npr.org/2019/08/20/7527917 ... 8-micro-apartments-in-nyc

Posted on: 2019/8/21 2:35
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Re: Notice: JC Proposes to Dispose of .98 Acres of Two Parks
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I never realised there use to be a public pool at 531 Communipaw Avenue.

Can still be seen on a satellite image:
https://goo.gl/maps/mhv1nhEASNdmi9WW6


Any old timers remember this "Harmon Street Pool"?

Robin.




The Harmon Street pool became a headache for residents who complained about the frequent fights and the deportment of some of the youths that frequented the facility. In true Jersey City fashion, instead of confronting and solving that problem, the pool was shuttered.

The site has been vandalized to a fare-thee-well, but it still exists. Block associations expressed some interest in having it reopened, but nothing came of it.




https://www.nj.com/hudson/voices/2011/ ... ce_to_cool_off_jerse.html

Posted on: 2019/8/5 11:19
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Re: Notice: JC Proposes to Dispose of .98 Acres of Two Parks
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If I didn't see the basketball backboards, I would assume the 16th St. park was an abandoned parking lot.

Posted on: 2019/8/5 10:40
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Re: JC plans new North precinct, and officials want your suggestions
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What I'd like to know is why this precinct needs to be on very valuable retail and residential Central Ave property. There could be quite a nice high tax base building there on that R-2 lot and the precinct almost anywhere. The East District seems to manage tucked away on 7th St.


There are a number of lots out on 1&9 that might work well.. including a rather large lot of a former Occidental Chemical plant that has plenty of room for a building and parking.

Posted on: 2019/7/29 3:15
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Re: Flooding
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I was listening to the police scanner last night during the storm. Lots of calls for motorists standing on top of stranded cars at Westside Ave & Sip Ave.


I used to live down in that area. Saw that happen more than a few times.

Posted on: 2019/7/18 13:35
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Re: The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City
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Montclair?


My wife had a thing for moving to Livingston for a while. Her friends bought homes there for the school system, which they all praised.

Moving to a suburb partially in a floodplain and putting up with a long commute to work was not exactly thrilling for me.

Posted on: 2019/7/18 13:34
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Re: Flooding
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How does flooding happen in the Heights?
Doesn't all the water roll off down the pallisades?

Robin.


My corner three sewer lines merge into one. It also sits in a slight bowl. Before the sewers were repaired a moderate thunderstorm would fill the streets to the point water was sloshing against my building and my roof drain would backup.

Pre repairs, the buildings downsteam from me would flood. There is a line of houses with garages and rooms partially below grade. More than once I saw people hauling out destroyed rugs and furniture. Curious if I will see that today.

Posted on: 2019/7/18 12:25
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Re: Flooding
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Checked a weather station in JSQ. 2 inches of rain in about 30 minutes.

Posted on: 2019/7/18 0:48
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Re: Flooding
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Pump just started about 10 minutes ago, we'll see....


I think my neighbor just lost their hot water heater. Their basement filled up and is draining into mine through every available crack / crevice. Not the first time that happened

Posted on: 2019/7/18 0:47
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I have the worst street flooding I have seen in over a decade here in the Heights.. and the sewers up here had major repairs / relined since then (which pretty much ended street flooding until tonight).

How are you people in the downtown doing?

Posted on: 2019/7/18 0:30
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Re: The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City
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MDM, there's a lot of middle class people keeping their kids in the public schools, even if just till middle school, which makes them better just by itself. After that there's A1 and MS4 if they can get in.



My one tenant that had two kids moved because of the public school (Heights). The school was safe, but his son was going insane with boredom. He was already doing long division and fraction whilst the rest of the class was still trying to learn addition / subtraction, etc.

I think he tried to see if he could get him into PS16, but there was no room for an out of district kid. He decided moving was more affordable than private school.

My other tenant who has a kid has a god parent paying for her daughter to go to St. Nicholas in the Heights.

I am looking to put mine in one of the Montessori schools (budget willing). There is a group trying to open a Montessori charter school (grades K thru 3). They re-submitted their application after the Murphy administration blanket rejected all charter school applications. They seem to be making progress to getting approved now...

Posted on: 2019/7/16 20:13
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Re: The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City
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What makes a neighborhood great for families is typically a sense of community! Here are a few Jersey City neighborhoods that are particularly popular to raise a family in JC.

http://jcfamilies.com/the-best-neighb ... -a-family-in-jersey-city/


For my tenants, unless they can afford private school, they head for the suburbs when their kids hit kindergarten or 1st grade.

Posted on: 2019/7/16 18:54
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Re: Port Authority announces plan to increase PATH capacity, reduce delays
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Speaking of reducing delays... It looks like the new signal system has issues with thunderstorms and downpours. PATH signal system got knocked out btw JSQ and Grove St.

The morning commute took forever.

Posted on: 2019/6/25 13:53
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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When the Prius came out I thought all cars would be hybrids within a decade, it just made so much damn sense. Now it's more than 2, and they're still exotic. What a mess. You're right, every transit, fleet or local business vehicle on the road should be EV.


Electric cars would replace ICE if the energy storage issues could ever be worked out. Current technology based on lithium / cobalt is not economically viable, safe, or environmentally sound. The issues have been papered over via subsidies, tax breaks, and a lot of virtue signalling. Short of government mandating their purchase (which will have dire economic and environmental consequences)... when the subsidies / tax breaks disappear, so will hybrids and electric vehicles. The exception being expensive toys for wealthy people.

There are companies / groups working on alternative technology: Batteries based on aluminum have far greater storage capacity, but a very short lifespan. So far, they are reserved for special military applications.

There is also hope that graphene based batteries might work (there has been progress in this regard), but so far, none have been built that could economically power an electric car.


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Posted on: 2019/6/7 13:59
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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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The comments section is a fun read as it points out the many flaws in the PhD student's analysis.



One of the comments posted an interesting link:

40% of the Buildings in NYC couldn't be built today

Posted on: 2019/6/6 13:36
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Re: IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT MEETING (The Heights)
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MDM, The Franklin gives me a sad since I was a regular for the old place's espresso. Where's the next closest?



My wife likes Dulce de Leche on Central Ave for her caramel latte and spinach puff pastry. There is also hipster coffee place across from Fisk park, but haven't tried it yet.

Posted on: 2019/6/2 19:55
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Re: IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT MEETING (The Heights)
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Hopefully there will be more re-development projects like this one. I have watched with pleasure as the likes of $0.99 stores have faded away, replaced by new restaurants. These larger development projects have brought a wave of gentrification which has created a critical mass of people who can afford to patronize higher end establishments.

Whilst trying out a new Italian restaurant on Franklin Ave my wife commented we no longer have to go into NYC to eat at someplace nice.

When I first moved to J.C. Franklin ave was a mass of decrepit buildings and gang activity.

Posted on: 2019/6/1 16:08
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Is there a reason you can't fill your MTA card at an actual MTA machine?


Haven't been in a MTA station recently and just using PATH for now. Was hoping to avoid having to do so.

Posted on: 2019/5/23 14:14
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Any idea when credit / debit will be working again so PATH and MTA cards can be refilled? This is day 3 that the system has been down.

I have a full TransitChek card and an empty PATH & MTA cards.... The lines are long to pay cash :(

Posted on: 2019/5/23 13:13
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