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Re: Clothing Donation Drop Box
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Thank you Pixie.
I was scrolling down the list to ask if St. Lucy's took clothing...I was happy to stumble onto your post. I think it is the only agency Downtown that is genuinely dedicated to helping the poor, Salvation Army iincluded.

I am also glad they take books because often even the libraries turn their noses up at them.

I am packing up a bundle of both clothes and books.

Posted on: 2010/9/12 14:02
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Re: PSE&G Supply Energy Question
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A possible downside is that while they demand a time commitment from YOU, they will not make a firm PRICE commitment.
Sounds a bit one-sided to me.

I would like to see clearly enunciated something like: "We guarantee you will save at least $.01 per Kwhr compared with PSE&G or you can cancel without penalty at any time...and keep the gift card." with my usage that would save me about $4 a month.

Or even, forget the gift card entirely.

Posted on: 2010/9/12 13:54
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Re: Homeless Man has Dog Taken Away
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When your job, your savings, your self respect and sometimes your sanity are taken from you, the concept of free will has no meaning other than in the addled brain of some dimwitted priest.

A society that cares more for its pets than its people is a truly sick society.

Anyone who has trouble differentiating between a dog and a baby should be kept FAR away from both.

Posted on: 2010/9/12 13:44
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Re: comcast Xfinity
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It is a new name for the same company. Comcast thinks that with a name change it can escape its reputation as the most despised company in the United States.
(Just like BLACKWATER changed its name to XE! and George W. Bush changed his name to Lady Gaga.)

Posted on: 2010/9/12 13:38
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Re: HUGE GAS LINE COMING? Companies look to run natural gas pipeline through Jersey City
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What is "fromal intervenor status" and how is it achieved? What additional powers does it confer upon the "Intervenor?"


I strongly suspect that, unless Obama is even more of a wimp than I currently think, he will issue a moratorium on further pipeline approval and construction at least temporarily.

Posted on: 2010/9/12 13:31
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Re: The Entire Board of Liberty Humane Society Just Resigned...
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What the country needs is a huge national campaign entitled YOU DO NOT NEED A PET!

Those 21 million people strolling around looking for 30 million more animals to add to the stockpile are a menace who need to be trained in sensible thinking.

But since we live in a money society, those breeding more and more and more of these animals and selling at huge markups make the call and subject the population to the "fuzziness" claptrap of pet ownership. Every little kiddie is brainwashed into thinking his life is incomplete without a dog.


We have the excess animals we have and they should all be adopted out and there should be NO OTHER source of pets besides these adoptions. The situation will solve itself and people will be lined up at the adoption centers at least until the ad campaign knocks some sense into their heads. Every animal who still has a head and 4 limbs will have a quick adoption.

"No Kill" makes no sense unless it is intimately tied to "No Breed, No Sell!"
Exception can be made for "working dogs."

Posted on: 2010/9/12 12:56
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Re: Can landlord 'force' me to renew my lease?
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An option is to stay without signing a lease. He can throw you out or accept your payment. If he does the latter, you are on a month-to-month tenancy.
It's a risk.

I believe this is correct.

A lot depends on your likelihood and the timing of your move. If you are moving next August, then sign the lease and at worst eat next September and October's rent.

Another option is to ask him for a six month lease for which you will pay more.

Posted on: 2010/9/11 14:26
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Re: Greenville: Tears of joy at ceremony dedicating first home built by Habitat for Humanity
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I think Habitat for Humanity is a WONDERFUL organization. I also think that the corner of Stegman and Ocean is one of the very worst corners of the city.
Neither statement negates the other, neither reinforces the other.


Unlike some people I can keep two dissimilar ideas in my head at one time without exploding.

Posted on: 2010/9/11 13:05
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Re: Greenville: Tears of joy at ceremony dedicating first home built by Habitat for Humanity
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That's the corner of Ocean and Stegman. I cannot think of a worse place in the City. Even at $277 a month mortgage, it's not much of a bargain unless she never plans to leave the house.

Posted on: 2010/9/10 11:33
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Re: Homeless Man has Dog Taken Away
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Such a society:
Dogs are to be cared for but people are allowed to live under bridges.

Posted on: 2010/9/10 10:59
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Re: HUGE GAS LINE COMING? Companies look to run natural gas pipeline through Jersey City
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The San Bruno Pipeline that blew overnight was 24 inches is diameter but people are dead and homes are immmolated. Jersey City would expect a MUCH larger blast and fire. San Bruno is tract homes and Jersey City is a tightly populated city.

If this newest blast doesn't stop the building of the Hudson County pipeline, nothing can.

Gotta love the reports that residents had been complaining for weeks about "smellling gas" and PG&E's recommendation was to "stay inside and close your windows."

Posted on: 2010/9/10 10:45
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Re: State report criticizes tax abatements, cites deals in Bayonne, Hoboken, Jersey City
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I notice that the DIMWIT who kept saying that abated properties have always paid MORE than they would have WITHOUT abtements has long ago shut his mouth. I guess lies start to taste funny after a while.

Does the name JCLAW ring a bell? Or was he/she the Deputy Mayor currently in prison?

Posted on: 2010/9/9 20:57
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Re: Please stop the huge 9/11 memorial at LSP - it will ruin the park's views of the Manhattan skyline!
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Two buidings were destroyed. They were memorialized with 2 wars, the destruction of the U.S. economy and probably 200,000 dead.
Enough memorializing already.

There are precedents: Hitler memorialized the burning of the Reichstag with a World War and 50-70 MILLION people killed.

With fewer "memorials" the world would be a better place.

Posted on: 2010/9/9 16:37
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Re: Japanese ingredients in downtown JC?
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IF you work in New York you will not be able to beat Han Ah Reum at 25 East 32nd...a half blockl from PATH on the North side of the street. It is centered in Little Korea but will be able to provide any Japanaese essentials you need, and lots more. It has never disappointed me.

It will also let you shop without the car.

Posted on: 2010/9/9 13:24
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Re: Mistake might have cost NJ federal education grant of $400,000,000
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Only 2 mistakes were involved in New Jersey blowing the $400 million: Christie and Schundler.

One jackass was fired, but the other will remain to make a pig's breakfast of the state. Perhaps Christie's salary could be attached until such time as the $400 million is paid back?

Well at least now both can remain true to their beliefs that the Federal government shall have nothing to do with education...at least in New Jersey.

Gotta LOVE Schundler begging for Unemployment Compensation. Too bad it can be done online these days; it would have been heartwarming to see him stand in line for a half hour for his check. "Please, please give me public money...I need my Safety Net!"


(I must admit, I thought the previous poster was making a joke about the Unempoyment until I read the same thing in the Times. It was the best laugh of the week. )

When he was first running for mayor weren't we all bombarded about his business prowess on Wall Street and how he made a BAZILLION dollars becasue he was such a boy genius. Now he's whining about a mortgage and tuition???? Something doesn't add up.

Posted on: 2010/9/6 13:33
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Re: NEWPORT BEDBUGS
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According to the bedbug registry, Newport's infected buildings include THE ATLANTIC (31 River Court,) THOMAS JEFFERSON, JAMES MADISON, (30 and 40 Newport Parkway and and JAMES MONROE CONDO!!!!!!!!!!!(45 River Drive.)

Here's the entire pile reported for Downtown JC:
http://www.bedbugregistry.com/locatio ... 10/Jersey-City/River-Dr-S

Posted on: 2010/9/6 13:10
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Re: Horrid new weekend light rail service
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It sounds light the Light Rail is striving to achieve the same standard of weekend service that we get on the PATH trains.

Posted on: 2010/9/5 11:48
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Re: C-Town Being Sold
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If I had a choice betweeen two stores to be near my home: one, the Shop-Rite on Marin and the other the Trader Joe's on 14th (magically whisked into the BJ's lot) it would not take me a SECOND to realize the Shop-Rite is the better choice.

Also, if the Marin Shop-Rite was magically transported to 14th and Irving Place, both Trader Joe's AND Whole Foods would be driven out of business.

Manhattanites shop in these tediously overpriced, overcrowded stores only because they MUST and their other choices are ugly bodega-types like C-Town. (Anyone who thinks Trader Joe's produce looks good must spend time in a dumpster.)
And for gorgeous produce, and it truly is, anyone who can spend $40 a pound for morels at Whole Foods is NOT living on Third and Coles.

So many people on this board are fond of market driven economic decisions but when it comes to a simple food store, economic considerations magically disappear. The reason the Shop Rite will crucify all comers is that it MUST...it is the perfect store for the perfect place at the perfect price level, and suits the demographics perfectly. Yesterday morning, there were 17 out of a possible 21 cashiers open at SR busy ringing up orders. MW usually has 2, A&P 1 or 2 (and the auto check outs.)

That we HAVE a Shop-Rite I consider pure serendipity. Before they opened I had to drive to either Kennedy Boulevard (new A&P) or to ShopRite Columbia Park. Both good stores but a schlepp.

When I go, I will miss 2 things badly: the Waterfront Walkway and the easy walk to the superb Shop-Rite.

Posted on: 2010/9/4 13:15
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Re: PSE&G Supply Energy Question
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Thing is, T-Bird, they were quoting prices only for ELECTRICITY which usually shows an inverse to Winter-Summer costs and useage relative to gas.

Except, of course, for goofy complexes like Newport with cheezy motel style resistance electrical heaters in every apartment billed to every renter or owner (James Monroe.) We get crucified in Winter.

Oh, how I have crunched my brain to figure ways to heat and cool my apartment with gas but the logistics and safety factors make it untenable.

Does anyone else remember gas refrigerators and gas air conditioners?

Posted on: 2010/9/3 21:51
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Re: 20% rent increase allowed in Jersey City?
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Thank you scottacus. I stand corrected.

Seems a lot of people are not very happy with residency at The Pier:

http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/ ... City-Pier-Apartments.html


Best way to deal with an unwarranted rent increase in this market is to say that you will move rather than pay it...and be willing to go. If a landlord senses you are in earnest, he will back down rather than add yet another empty apartment to the pile.

Posted on: 2010/9/3 21:36
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Re: PSE&G Supply Energy Question
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cub,

I was wondering about the Constellation mailing also. To be honest it is very confusing and when I feel confused I check to see if someone has his hand in my pocket.

Flags go up on:
"UP TO 12% lower than utilities current WINTER tarriff rate"
(what about Summer?)

"Target gift card UP TO $150" (but that's for a 30 month contract which include 2 indeterminately priced Summers.)

And then something about "7% use tax applied after June 2010 not included"...That 7% will eat up a lot of the "up to 12%" Winter Savings.)


If I didn't know better I might think that Constellation is owned by COMCAST judging by their billing.


Another wrinkle: they quote 10.3 cents and 10.1 cents depending on length of contract, and compare it with 11.5 cent "current utility...PSE&G. They say they will then add taxes to the Constellation charges BUT from my judgement the 11.5 cent charge INCLUDES taxes on the PSE&G rate.


Has anyone taken them up on the offer?

Posted on: 2010/9/3 14:51
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Re: C-Town Being Sold
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I have never seen an area so awash with good grocery stores. That's why the marginal ones fail and that's why another one is totally unnecessary.
(The book has long been closed on the mom and pop type bodega-type stores except along Bergenline Avenue.)

Any sensible financial decision about Downtown Jersey City MUST take all that into account.


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It was a lot easier when I set up my lemonade stand.

And that's the reason you didn't open between a Minute Maid Factory Outlet and a Tropicana Factory, you opened somewhere where lemonade was hard to find!

It still boggles my mind why Associated though it prudent to open a Morton Williams where they did. The bottom line on that store must be horrific...maybe that's why the store manager always looks to be on the verge of tears.

Posted on: 2010/9/3 14:37
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Re: 20% rent increase allowed in Jersey City?
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JC Ali,

Taking a step back here, THE PIER is a tax abated condominium complex, not a rental complex. Thus tax increases are likely not to enter the question of rent increases. BUT as a condominium, are you renting from an individual who owns "investor held units?"

Who is your landlord?

Posted on: 2010/9/2 12:44
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Re: C-Town Being Sold
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Shoprite maybe good for center store/grocery items but their other depts are horrible with regards to quality. The A&P in Jersey City and Hoboken are both trending well ahead of their company averages with 2-4% sales decreases. The store in JC would be one of the last of 500 to ever get closed. The JC Shoprite is trending almost 7% down in sales and that is a fact.


Jackie,
Do you have the sales volume numbers comparing the Eighteenth Street A&P with the Marin Boulevard Shop-Rite?

It would surprise me if Shop-Rite did not do double or triple the sales volume of the A&P.

As for service, I have found that the A&P regualarly overcharges, even on the third or fourth days of the week and then makes you FIGHT to get the item free in spite of a huge sign just behing the dimwits in the office. Shop-Rite gets prices RIGHT.

I find the deli, though crowded, better at SHop-Rite, and I find the fish slightly fresher at SR because they sell more of it. I find it infuriating how often the A$P is out of sale items.

The A&P spent a great deal gussying their store (and consequently their prices) and got a really good bakery out of the deal. They got more upscale clientele as a result of prettifying the store but not enough to contribute to corporate profit (IMHO) and now that Morton Williams is even skimming off a lot of that "upscale" who will pay more so they can impulse buy right in the middle of Newport.

Judging from my experience, I see Target hurting business at the A&P far more than at Shop-Rite.

Crowds? Yes there are always at least 4 people in Shop-Rite for every ONE at the A&P but they have 5 times as many working clerks so the waits are comparable because order sizes
are larger at Shp-Rite.

Posted on: 2010/9/2 12:18
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Re: C-Town Being Sold
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Shop-Rite is slaughtering the A&P, and Morton Williams (Associated) will be lucky to make it to lease end. Shop-Rite makes C-Town and ANY competitors an economic impossibility...it even makes the Grand Street Pathmark untenable.

Any food retailer who picks up the C-Town lease had better ready to fire its CFO.

One might not like Shop-Rite (I love it) but it has the largest store with the largest stock at the best prices with easy parking, and thus gets all the customers and d it's the only major food retailer with a liquor store.

The C-Town site will best be turned into a parking garage. I DO hope someone doesn't plug in a medium rise condo complex...got entirely enough of them.

Posted on: 2010/9/1 23:57
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Re: Jersey City Keeps Busy Re-Inventing Itself
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So because it comes across as advertising hype, it'd be better if there were no mention of Jersey City? That's ridiculous.


And those two sentences actually makes sense to you in some language???? Come on, fess up...you just strung together random words, right?

Posted on: 2010/9/1 23:40
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Re: Questions for owners at 140 Bay
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Why would someone CHOOSE to buy into a building with a leaky roof that one strongly suspects will cost a million or more to repair and the WHO of responmsibility is not settled?
There HAS to be more product out there in better condition.


If they made a pigs' breakfast out of rooftop additions, one might suspect MANY other foul-ups to be found later.

Sounds like walking away has a lot going for it.

Posted on: 2010/9/1 23:36
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Re: 20% rent increase allowed in Jersey City?
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ianmac is correct,

Waterfront high rises are exempt from rent control (top of 4% or the CPI whichever is less.) I am certain The Pier is NOT rent conrtrolled.

Only "unconsionable increases" for non-rent-controlled apartments can be rolled back by court order and "unconscionable" has generally been accepted as +10%.

With the U.S. government claiming a CPI in the vicinity of zero, a good lawyer could make an argument that some figure far less than 10% is still unconsionable in this market. But lawyers aren't free.

Posted on: 2010/9/1 15:02
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Re: C-Town Being Sold
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I walked through C-Town yesterday (first time this year.)

In their defense it's a bit cleaner and less cluttered than it used to be and doesn't stink so much of spoiled meat.

And then I went to Shop-Rite to buy groceries.

Posted on: 2010/9/1 14:33
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Carpet Cleaners
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Can anyone recommend a good reasonable carpet cleaner. I don't wan't wall-to-wall shampooing but rather to have someone come andd pick up a 5 x 8 Oriental-Type (not valuable but beautiful) wash it, dry it and bring it back rolled up?
It's too nice to toss but too dirty to keep/move as-is.

It used to be commonly done, but not so much today.

It's a niice carpet and I'd try it myself if I owned a home but Lefrak would blow a fuse if tenants started hosing off their carpets on HIS grounds. Doing it IN the apartment seems a non-starter.

TIA.

Posted on: 2010/9/1 13:15
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