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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Dolomiti wrote:
Guess what? Property values in DTJC haven't dropped yet. They might not drop at all. As pointed out so many times, supply in DTJC is extremely tight, and demand is very high. Don't hold your breath expecting a huge property tax break in any follow-up revals.

Funny, I was just chatting with a realtor who was saying the single family market is very soft right now. I have a Zillow alert that updates me about listings in the neighborhood, and I watch them post high, then drop. A neighbor's asking dropped from $1.3m FSBO to $1m by a broker.

Posted on: 5/23 23:43
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Re: Notice of violation & Order to correct - JCFD
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What is the deal with 'windowless basement'? Are the windows required as an alternative to escape a fire or something?

Newer buildings, yes. Older buildings it depends on several factors including the age of the building and the particular edition / version of code the building has met. It's not a simple black and white, yes or no, answer.


All my buildings have front and back basement egresses whether or not they have windows. Why isn't that taken into account?

Seems to me there's plenty of examples of code requirements being enforced that were non-existent at time of construction. Fire escapes, stairwell smoke detectors and emergency lighting come to mind, as well as the handrails I mentioned.

Posted on: 5/23 21:08
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Re: Jersey City Fire prevention Division violations
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This “Windowless basement” violation is a complete, total racket, and has been for 30 years. I’ve left you a lengthy pm with additional details.


I doubt anyone would object to your posting your lengthy pm here, I'm real interested in this subject! The state seems to have no qualms about citations on long existing conditions in Greencarded buildings, like suddenly requiring handrails on basement hatch steps or exterior backyard lighting. If the city is getting into the game, that's going to be a hassle. I think I've had one fire inspection in 20 years.

Posted on: 5/23 14:12
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Parkman, I'm with you. I have an 82 year old friend who, with his wife, bought a home in 1968, raised their kids & became a beloved neighbor to many. The house never had a major updating, it was their home with no thought to it becoming a goldmine. He doesn't want to sell ... it's his home, his neighborhood. A home is an emotional thing, sentimental, not always a money-maker as some see it. I realize that this doesn't mesh with today's reality but I just wanted to throw in my two cents.


And he can't part with some of his unexpected millions via reverse mortgage to pay his taxes because....?

Posted on: 5/23 11:51
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Re: Am I allowed to put up fliers informing neighbors about a felon who has moved into the neighborh
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Putting aside your personal safety concerns, it's surprising that any landlord would think that a convicted larceny criminal would be someone sure to pay their rent. It's so easy and cheap now to run credit and background reports, it's insane not to, if that's what actually happened.

For any other small time landlords out there, Cozy.co will run background checks and set up automatic rent payments. The latter has made life so much easier for both landlords and tenants!

Posted on: 5/22 14:54
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Re: Why are Bullitt Cargo Bikes not a thing here???
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Most people love their kids, thats why.


When my kids were tots we biked all over (despite owning a car), and I still see people biking their kids. If we want to encourage carless citizens, bikes better suited for city life rather than trails are a good idea.

Posted on: 5/22 13:03
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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In the 80’s a cobblestone was a hot commodity so much so that there was a shortest of them. In NY, Philly and Jersey City where a few cobblestone streets were still around thieves were ripping up whole streets and selling cobblestones.


When they were doing roadwork in LSP like 2000 there was huge pile of cobbles sitting near the LSP side of the footbridge for years getting covered in weeds. I eventually took some for the garden edges.

Posted on: 5/22 12:54
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Why are Bullitt Cargo Bikes not a thing here???
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These are awesome, they should have them for Citibike! They look so much more stable for kids or cargo than putting them high on the back of your regular bike in a seat or crate. I've come close to losing control a lot of times getting on and off with a heavy load.

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Posted on: 5/22 12:34
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Re: Fulop/wife pay cash for Rhode Island home
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Not to split hairs, but how is 3.5 hours too long for a weekend getaway? Just a few months ago I hit RI for a 3-day weekend, and going to Boston (at 4 hours) is not uncommon either. I think it's totally reasonable.


Fair nuff, personal taste. I guess you can easily spend 3.5 getting to the Hamptons, but I would not choose to for a 2 day weekend. And 95 SUCKS!!!!! The Merritt ain't much better. When we visit the BIL in Boston we usually head up by 684 to 84 to 90.

Posted on: 5/21 18:46
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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By Terrence T. McDonald tmcdonald@jjournal.com
The Jersey Journal

Bill would allow towns to delay revaluations to curb 'fiscal shock'

Jersey City lawmakers in the state Legislature want to halt implementation of this year's property revaluation until 2019, citing the "fiscal shock" faced by property owners anticipating huge tax hikes.

The bill, (S-2566), would allow municipalities who did not apply reval results to tax bills before April 1 to postpone doing so until Jan. 1, 2019. The delay would allow for towns to provide "revaluation relief abatements" or "mitigate fiscal shock" from steep tax hikes. The bill was introduced last week.

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All the homeowners expecting a 2018 reduction need to hire a class action lawyer.

Posted on: 5/21 13:07
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Re: Fulop/wife pay cash for Rhode Island home
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Is there a reason the Mayor can't make a real estate investment? At 3.5 hrs drive it's a bit far for a weekend getaway. Looks like a lot of work to me with those shingles, but waterfront property is great as long as you're above global warming flood level, as this appears. Fulop is shrewd buying in the Heights and there.

Could use some landscaping.

Posted on: 5/21 13:05
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Re: We need more liquor licenses NOW!
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You don't have to be a Nobel Prize winning economist to know that when a licence to do a certain business costs 6 figures, things are fucked up and costing the consumer money. Taxi medallions are a prime example. Every time you took a NYC yellow cab, a big part of that fare was going to paying a mortgage on a medallion that peaked at over $1m. That's a completely unnecessary economic friction. Ride hailing apps have reduced that cost by over 80%, bad for owners, good for riders, if there were actually a free market in taxis fares. But most riders now take Uber, so they just don't care.

Lets also see beer, and even wine, sold in groceries like most of the country and even other parts of NJ, the system that creates all these little booze bodegas is clearly also a unnecessary tax on the consumer. Plus we'd then get more open 24 hrs, since beer sales is what keeps them open in NYC across the river.

Posted on: 5/20 20:45
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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Facts are facts, I just reported the census, instead of name calling I suggest you look up the census record, but if you did that the air would blow out of your argument. You cannot stand to hear the truth. So check the census from the mid-1980s to now.


No one said your factoid was wrong, it's just that you have utterly zero understanding of economics, and the complex relationship between population, demographics, and economic growth.

Posted on: 5/20 19:33
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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What does affordable housing have to do with this? Most of these employees will be earning 100k+ salaries, I can't imagine affordable housing is high on their list of demands.


Basic economics. Dump a bunch of people into a market at any price point and it will disrupt it. Any increased demand will drive up prices throughout the price range.

Posted on: 5/20 14:30
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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There is a homeless problem in all urban areas because housing that traditionally went to the poor are being used by others. In the mid-1980s, the US population was 229 million, it is now 329 million, an increase of 100 million. This is due to legal and illegal immigration. Immigrants go to cities, the reason for the homeless people in many areas.


It's because of disgusting NIMBYs like Yvonne that cities can't build enough housing to make market rates affordable to lower-middle class families, regardless of population growth.


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High housing cost is primarily a zoning problem.

Posted on: 5/19 13:35
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Re: Commercial Signage Standards, Downtown
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Your signage keeps up great illustrations averages. and also, exceptionally nonspecific signage.


You guys realize this is either a bot or a really bad google translate?

Posted on: 5/18 10:58
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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2018 assessments are posted on the NJ website. Vacant land was missing from the previous lists. As I expected look low from the ones I checked downtown.

239 Montgomery: Assessed at 375k but the neighboring property the same size has a land assessment of 765k

63 Mercer: Sold in 2016 for 3mm but assessed at 774k

208 Columbus: Sold in 2015 for 1.45mm but assessed at 727k

131 Morgan: Sold in 2016 for 1.98mm but assessed at 775k


I've been saying for a while the land valuations were going to be a mess. Clearly they don't use comps for empty land and they use an ass-backwards subtractive system for developed land.

I had thought that since abatements are not on the land, just on the improvements, that we would see tax increases from abated properties. Solomon said no that's not the way it works. Funny, huh?

Posted on: 5/11 23:48
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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It must be endtimes, when even Gerry McCann sounds sensible on a subject. But LSP is obviously state land, and JC cannot make that choice. I liked the idea of the tip of Morris Canal Park though. That's a dramatic setting for a dramatic statue.

As for what to replace it with, how about a fucking flagpole and Old Glory? A symbol of unity rather than the endless divisive identity politics we currently suffer from all sides. No factions or niche constituencies, just US, the USA.

Posted on: 5/8 22:35
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Re: Architect for measuring floorplans
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Not quite an answer to the specified request, but measuring and sketching floorplans, or entire homes, can be done very easily with the freeware SketchUp, which was formerly owned by Google, but now is a stand alone company. It is not so hard to use and the results are impressive.

Check it out here: https://www.sketchup.com


While I'm a big fan of & user of SketchUp, I think the OP is looking for a document produced by a licensed professional involved here, since these numbers will then be used in future sales of the units. There was an article in the Times a while back about people suing because the actual footage of their condos was nothing like what was marketed.

Posted on: 5/8 9:14
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Re: New Jersey hospital bills patient $5,751 for ice pack and bandage
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Before even clicking the link I knew it would be these crooks. I honestly go to NYC over NJ hospitals for an emergency situation after having a similar personal experience.


Just avoid Bayonne, Hoboken and Christ and you'll be OK. They're owned by a "for profit" and this is part of their business plan. No one would go to them for elective surgery or the other things most hospitals profit from. So they basically refuse to be in network for most insurance, and bill whatever they want. They do serve the Medicaid community, and we should be grateful that they're there and not closed as was very close to happening.

Pro tip: I've heard from an insider tha they never send their outrageous bills to collections. Likely because someone would drag them into court and expose their extortion racket.

Posted on: 5/3 23:15
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Re: Bloomberg: Collapse of Public Pensions
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Murphy's primary platform as it related to spending was 1) fund the pensions, 2) fund the school formula, and 3) fix NJ Transit.


Realistically, in this election year Murphy could have run on a platform of roasted puppies for everyone and gotten elected over Guadagno. I'm saying this was an outlier. Had it been a year where Republicans could make their usual budget lies seem credible, Murphy might have had to tap dance more.

Posted on: 5/2 18:15
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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It's funny and sad that you can replace marijuana in this entire statement with alcohol and take a time travel back 100 years to alcohol prohibition. And see all the stupid arguments and why they didn't work. No one believes that alcohol being legal for adults implies that it's okay for kids, even kids don't see that.

What's interesting is that currently it's far easier for kids to get weed than alcohol because the marijuana market is 100% underground and no one's carding.

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Posted on: 5/2 15:09
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Typical liberal, Azul_the_Cat when called out, let's do personal attacks.


Typical right-winger, not getting the joke.


Quit picking on Yvonne! It's not her fault she was born without a sense of humor! Or she had it excised in some dark ritual....

Posted on: 5/2 11:27
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Whatever your thought/opinions on property rights, I think this can be filed under: Once you give someone something for free, it's hard to take it away from them.


We can agree on that for sure! But I disagree with the notion that by painting on his building the artists gained rights to it. It was HIS building to paint, notwithstanding the fact that is motivation to paint it was to remove the art that could potentially remove his property from his control.

But the outcome will be no one will ever let someone use their property for free for gardens or art or whatever if they think that will bite them in the ass down the road. And I think we all will be the poorer for that. I'm certain we would not have all these murals around JC if the building owners thought they would lose control of their properties by allowing it.

Posted on: 5/1 15:46
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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Talk about an overly simplistic assessment of what happened at 5Pointz


How so? From your article:

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When word got out that Wolkoff was planning to replace the warehouse with high-rise condos, the artists mounted a public campaign to save the building, and Cohen, the site’s de facto leader, petitioned the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission for landmark status.


He let them paint, and they tried to take away his property rights. The property was not notable as a landmark except for the graffiti. Reminds me of the property owners who let people create community gardens on their vacant lots, and then when the time was ripe to develop there, they had to fight those groups. File under "no good deeds go unpunished".

Posted on: 5/1 12:50
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Re: Okay, so who here thinks the Katyn monument needs to go?
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While I also appreciate it's bizarreness, I'm not in favor of a policy of "once you place public art, you can never, ever remove it". I used to live in Tribeca near Foley Sq, and the plaza at Worth & Lafayette was filled with a Serra "sculpture" called "Tilted Arc". It was hideous, looked like nuclear blast shield, and totally disrupted use of the park. I was glad when it was removed after much breast beating about the "rights of the artist".

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Now, it's not the greatest, could use some trees, but at least it's for humans.

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There was also the recent example of the graffiti in Queens. A building owner was rewarded for generously letting artists paint on his property by them trying to say he could no longer do with it what he wished. It cost him millions.

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In February, 21 artists who contributed 45 works to the legendary Queens graffiti complex 5Pointz won a landmark lawsuit. A federal judge ruled that the building’s owners, Jerry Wockoff and G&M Realty, had to pay the artists a combined $6.7 million for infamously whitewashing their works overnight in 2013.

Posted on: 5/1 11:04
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Re: Bill would require more affordable housing in Downtown Jersey City
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Asking a question with all the peace and love I can transmit in an Internet forum
is there a real world example where “affordable housing laws” cteated affordable housing on a systemic basis?


Not that I've ever heard, and this is an interest of mine.
It's a corollary of "highway projects never ease traffic on the existing roads." And the Jersey Avenue Bridge is definitely not going to ease traffic in Bergen Lafayette.

It's actually kind of funny and counter historical that we have the highest density in the fanciest neighborhoods of JC and lower density in the poor. That's how much we've screwed this up!

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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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I can't paint all neighborhood associations and their members with this brush. I was a member of HPNA for a long time and very few people took this position. However when I first came here in 97 the people in power did have these opinions and opposed building dog runs to boot. I'm certain when Yvonne ran VVPA not everyone agreed with her agendas either. Often these groups action really come down to two or three key people.

Posted on: 4/26 18:17
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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Nice post El. I might point out that some of the forces like HPNA back then were actively hostile to local commerce, doing whatever they could to push out the little storefront businesses. So many storefronts were converted to condos!

Posted on: 4/26 11:52
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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The only thing causing delays, backups, and inconveniences in the vicinity of the pedestrian plaza are the illegally parked vehicles that choose to park and double park in the most inopportune places, like the assholes that double park to patronize Torico's, or the many badge displaying cars that park in clearly marked "No Parking Allowed" zones in the triangle area between Bay, Erie, and Newark, or the people that park in bus areas along Newark Avenue, forcing buses to stop in the travel lanes. If officers would patrol the vicinity of Newark Avenue to prevent those things, then traffic would flow much better.


Sadly, law enforcement of any kind regarding vehicles seems a dead issue in JC. Cops don't ticket moving violations, and the Parking Authority's ticketing seems randomized. I've seen them stop at an intersection with 6 cars parked too close to the corner, ticket 1, and move on.

Everyone wants to engineer the traffic problems away, but that will never succeed with a complete lack of enforcement. As for buses, whether there's a car in the stop or not, they don't pull over anyway.

Posted on: 4/26 11:19
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