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Re: Jersey City fire inspector admits to taking bribes from prostitution businesses
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...."In addition, Procaccino agreed to take 10 percent of a separate prostitution business' future profits in exchange for a certificate of occupancy. He also offered to provide one day's advance notice of any police activity targeting the business, Fishman stated."....
This is why we cant have nice things.

Posted on: 2014/11/13 14:48
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Re: Journal Square Development and the JCRA
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I agree crossing the busy streets surrounding the Journal Square plaza on foot is way too difficult and DANGEROUS. The timing of the lights allows no room for error when trying to cross at any of the intersections. It doesn't help that all of the intersections are complex ones with multiple lanes of traffic and traffic islands. But clearly whoever set the timing of the Walk/Don't Walk lights was heavily biased towards the needs of the vehicular traffic. If there are recognized urban planning standards for the ideal amount of time Walk signs need to stay illuminated for safe crossing over given distance, I am CERTAIN our lights are set to the absolute minimum, if not below that number. Given the huge numbers of pedestrians who have to use these intersections, I find this situation unforgivable. The timing should CERTAINLY be set in favor of the pedestrians. Let the cars wait at the light, their personal safety is not in question and if they are slightly inconvenienced then as a harried and harassed Jersey City pedestrian I am disinclined to care. It isn't the pedestrians who are making our city streets dangerous.

Posted on: 2014/11/9 13:11
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Re: Journal Square Development and the JCRA
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I hope that there are people that actually live in the neighborhood and understand the needs of the community making decisions about this project. For instance the Kiss and Ride ( or whatever you want to call it): Implementing a plan WITHOUT some sort of pick up/drop off arrangement would indicate to me that the people in charge had no idea about the reality of the area they were trying to redevelop. Pretending people won't need a spot to pick up and drop off commuters would be a litmus test for Urban Planning competence. Any plan that omits this feature would be a red flag saying "We Are Incompetent!" And I say this as a person who in general is down on cars and the role automobile owners play in this community (I dislike them) but I UNDERSTAND they exist and I am not going to stick my head in the sand.

Posted on: 2014/11/7 14:15
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Re: Jersey City eyes $2 billion coastal defense plan to prevent catastrophic flooding
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Two Billion dollars would buy a whole lot of Ice Nine.

Posted on: 2014/11/3 18:01
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Re: Hudson County to spend $7.5 million on upgrading Jersey City's Lincoln Park
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Its simply too much money. One million should cover the fountain AND the rest of the improvements. if I had read they budgeted only One Million for the fountain I would STILL insist its too much money. WTF? Who is at the controls on this foolish expenditure?

Posted on: 2014/10/1 2:05
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Re: PATH is down again today!
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Bringing the conversation back to PATH service, at least one train left Journal Square for World Trade Center on Saturday the 27th at around 9:30 A.M. and I got on it. As usual a 33rd bound train was waiting in the station and the usual inbound train from Newark stopped and everyone got off and ran across to the 33rd St train. Except this time not EVERYONE got off and there was no "this is the last stop on this train" message and the lighted sign on the outside of the train remained illuminated with the words: "World Trade Center" so I took a gamble and got on. Nobody aboard knew if the train was going to reach WTC or go dormant. We DID go to WTC and in that station I asked a few uniformed people and they knew nothing then I asked some train guys and they were perplexed too. I have no idea how long the service was in effect.

Posted on: 2014/9/28 12:16
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Re: Mana Contemporary Art Center
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If you have not yet been to Mana Contemporary you are shortchanging yourself. Regardless of the program they present whenever they have an event ( And these are ALWAYS as good or better than any contemporary art on offer in Manhattan) The physical spaces of the place are worth the trip by themselves. If you have not seen it yet then you will not believe the vast classy enterprise going on in this otherwise 'wrong side of the tracks" part of the city. You have no idea, really.

Posted on: 2014/9/13 13:08
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Re: Bike riding the wrong way on a one-way street
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Among bike riders the practice of riding the "wrong way" is know as "salmoning" since salmon swim upstream. Its considered bad behavior and probably a person salmoning is selfish and has an overdeveloped sense of entitlement. I don't see it as much in Jersey City but there is a rude cyclist doing it every minute of every day on every block in Manhattan, even on busy one way streets like 6th Ave and Broadway. its mostly food delivery guys and in fact it is in my experience extremely rare to see a Domino's Pizza delivery guy riding the "right" way, ever.

Posted on: 2014/8/10 14:11
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Re: Jersey City pencil company going strong after 125 years
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Not surprisingly this building emits the pleasant smell of a pencil being sharpened. Anyone know where we can buy a box of these local pencils?

Posted on: 2014/8/8 1:24
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Re: In Jersey City, a sidewalk memorial honors a cop killer
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The American flag at the PATH plaza at Journal Square was NOT at half mast when I walked by Tuesday night, WTF?

Posted on: 2014/7/16 0:26
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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I saw some language on here earlier to the effect that pouring money into the Loews and allowing a for profit company to run it will somehow spur development of the area. Wouldn't it make more sense for the city to directly put some energy and money into fixing the crumbling infrastructure in Journal Square first? Instead of adopting some kind of wishful thinking policy that city money handed over to a private company will result in an improvement, why not spend some of that money directly on fixing things in the square? It would employ locals and DIRECTLY and unambiguously improve the quality of life of those of us in the neighborhood. Isn't that what city governments are supposed to do? Rather than bullying our local grass roots cultural organization the FOL, who have done more to keep things civilized in Journal Square than anyone else, maybe the city could acknowledge they have been letting things slide in Journal Square for a very long time and announce an intention to take responsibility and get back to work on the problems.

Posted on: 2014/6/29 13:59
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Re: How would you have planned JC's waterfront?
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This is as good a place as any to relate this anecdote of what happened to me on the J.C. waterfront “gold coast”. I’m an artist, I paint landscapes and I happened to notice some lovely cherry trees in bloom along the pedestrian walkway North of the marina closest to Newport, the condo complex with the fake lighthouse.
I have a folding easel and a backpack which holds my paints and stuff. I set up on the sidewalk and worked for several hours painting the cherry trees. Late in the day a security vehicle pulls up and two uniformed security guys get out and ask me what I am doing, and do I have a permit, and why do I have so much equipment, ect. They tell me I can’t paint there, that its private property. When asked, they refuse to tell me what management company they work for, but it’s clearly the only security company in the area and they all have identical vehicles.
I’m amazed this sort of thing happens anywhere at all but I’m even more amazed it could happen in a park opppen to the public. Sure its privately managed but do they have the right to stop you from making a painting? How about if I was writing a poem, would they be able to prevent me from doing that?
The larger questions are about what exactly IS a park for, don’t cultural pursuit play a roll? I will point out that there was no sort of “this painting is for sale” vibe, I was only painting a picture not trying to sell it.
“How would you have planned the JC Waterfront? For starters I would allow the freedoms granted under the constitution and I would want art and culture to be ENCOURAGED not prohibited.

Posted on: 2014/6/25 14:24
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Re: Pedestrian Cross Signals in JC
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Are there any Urban Planners on JCList? I would love to hear what the industry has to say about conventions and practices for crosswalk protocol. For instance is there an accepted formula for the timing of a Walk sign? I hope there is. I picture an equation that takes into account the traffic density (both vehicular AND pedestrian) and the width of the intersection and turning lanes adjusted for the average speed of the slowest walkers. Whoever set the timing of the Walk signals at Journal Square must have been using the speed of the most fit and speedy young healthy walkers since from the moment the Walk sign illuminates there is just barely enough time to skip across to safety if you hoof it at top speed. Sucks to be you if you are mobility impaired in any way. Apparently your basic safety needs were deemed secondary to the needs of the automobile owners.

Posted on: 2014/5/12 13:15
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Re: should Jersey City create and implement on-street bicycle lanes?
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Unless you are a small child or a very aged person, there is no excuse for riding a bike on the sidewalk, there is NO EXCUSE. Traffic too scary for you? Too bad. I agree JC drivers are selfish negligent slobs but this is no excuse to give them the road. That road is yours too and you have to use it. The more cyclists use the road the more the awareness of cyclists is raised in the caveman brains of JC auto users.

Posted on: 2014/5/7 14:32
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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Twice the article claims Friends of the Loews only screen "silent movies" which shows a misunderstanding of what the Friends do.

Posted on: 2014/5/1 17:52
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Re: Loew's Jersey Theatre Project. An Insider's View.
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I wanted to put in my two cents on an issue new user JC1948 raised concerning volunteerism. I have the greatest respect for volunteers and I truly believe that there is very little worthwhile in our culture that can happen unless volunteers are making it happen. That said I don’t share the view JC1948 seams to be espousing that volunteers can be self governing or that they necessarily can assume a roll in management on projects they volunteer on. Volunteers are great but they tend to start to believe that their opinions outweigh the opinions of the people managing them by virtue of the fact that their hearts are in the right place and they work for free. On the surface this seams a fair and reasonable opinion but in actual practice you can’t have a self appointed body of part time enthusiasts step in and make decisions on any important project they take in interest in. Volunteers tend to have an arc in which they have great enthusiasm and attendance at the start of their involvement but they peak early and burn out fast. They are nearly always armatures with little or no experience in the field when they begin to volunteer, they always require training and guidance. At some point they may begin to consider themselves experts at what they are doing, but they tend to put that label on themselves before they are really ready. There ARE volunteers who become deeply engrossed in a project and these people often do step into management after they show they are capable. But there is not and there should not be any AUTOMATIC mechanism to allow volunteers to become managers simply by showing up enough times. When volunteers feel they are not being taken seriously as contenders for management, they very often factionalize and add a negative political facet to the volunteer experience, which is always disruptive and divisive and wastes volunteer energy. And I think we see a little bit of this in JC1948’s post. I’m worried what I have written will be misunderstood so I will add again that I think it was the Volunteers who saved the Loews and I would like to see the Volunteers play a roll in the future of the Loews. I just know from many years of experience with volunteering (on the volunteer side and on the managing side) that volunteers NEED someone in charge directing their efforts, and should NOT be allowed to apply their energy without having that energy being contained and focused by management.

Posted on: 2014/3/9 15:07
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Re: Jersey City out of road salt?
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And since I am naming and shaming I'm just going to ad that the soon to open Taco Bell is NOT sending the right message about what roll they will play in the neighborhood if they are not even fully shoveling their sidewalk. In general business owners need to step up their game and clear ALL THE SIDEWALK THEY CAN. Its been several days now and there is no excuse.

Posted on: 2014/2/17 14:59
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Re: Jersey City out of road salt?
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I have heard there are laws or statutes or whatever requiring property owners to clear their walks and I would like to see them enforced and/or fines given. But I wonder what is the exact letter of the law? Do these rules go as far as to mandate the width of the shoveled out sections? I hope they do and I would hope its something on the order of 5' in residential areas and 15' in commercial areas. This notion that a property owner can shovel out an 18" wide track and call it a day is absurd. In honesty I have to say some of the usual offenders have been better this year than in years past ( I am looking at you Newark Asian stores ) but they need to go a lot farther. AND THEY NEED TO CLEAR EVERY FIRE HYDRANT. The idea that a chain store like Rite Aid on JFK Blvd can invest thousands of dollars to install a new sign ( two days ago) but NOT shovel out their entire sidewalk beneath it should raise some official eyebrows somewhere.

Posted on: 2014/2/17 14:50
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Re: Keeping a reproduction musket in JC
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in my opinion, hand forged flintlock smooth bore muzzle loading firearms would be the only firearms the 2nd amendment allows civilians to own. I agree with those calling for you to render them inert. Its highly unlikely they are going to get stolen and used in a crime, but to protect yourself from fines or arrest its the way I would go if it was me.

Posted on: 2014/2/17 14:11
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Re: Snow
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Yesterday (Thursday) I saw a dedicated snow removal mini snowplowing vehicle driven by a building maintenance worker down the sidewalk adjacent to the parking garage North of the PATH station on JFK Blvd. this is the large modern building on the West side of the street North of the tracks. Minimal effort to drive this thing down the sidewalk but it turns out this person only made one pass and the swath he cut through the snow is not as wide as the sidewalk nor was it wide enough for two people to pass each other. 24 hours later the sidewalk is covered with commuters on foot slogging home and the walk has seen no further snow removal and is not wide enough to allow two way foot traffic. Unacceptable. This is a property that OWNS A SNOW PLOW DESIGNED FOR THE SIDEWALK. They have employees who can operate it but they didn’t fully clear the public sidewalk? Looking over at their vast parking facility 100 yards away I could see acres of cleared pavement, plowed clean to allow for paid parking. Unacceptable. If the large managed properties show this sort of contempt for their responsibility to clear the sidewalks how are we going to get the small business owners to do the right thing and clear generous amounts of sidewalk so the rest of us can at least walk around our town like its civilized?

Posted on: 2014/2/14 23:54
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Re: Cooked in Library
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I certainly have a lot of issues with the JC Library, In fact if you look at my posting history you will find I have something negative to say about the system at least once a year, the place is a mess. But I have to say in their defence that every library requires I.D. to get a card, its a logical and universal policy

Posted on: 2014/2/10 2:41
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Re: SuperBowl?? More like SuperRidiculous-
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To add insult to injury, the NFL is a not for profit organization and pays NO TAXES. I hate having the football game here.

Posted on: 2014/2/1 20:36
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Re: SOUP SWAP 2014!
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Commenting just to bump this back up to the top of the list. If you want to take part in the Soup Swap Sunday your will need to make some soup now so you will have time to freeze it and bring to the swap! The soup deadline!

Posted on: 2014/1/24 3:42
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Re: Chopper in heights
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I saw the helicopter too, around 1:00 Thursday. Its passing North to South over the Journal Square area, flying very low. It has two large silver lozenge shaped objects affixed to either side over the skids, I have never seen it before nor have I ever seen a helicopter fly so low. The fact that its flying in a pattern suggests to me that the pods are some sort of measuring or scanning equipment and its on some official business.

Posted on: 2014/1/23 18:22
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Re: Where can us artist folk promote our creativity on JCL?
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I find this breakdown of venues helpful, it lists current exhibits around town. Hats off to whoever provides this website! http://jcartist.org/venues

Posted on: 2014/1/22 13:55
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Re: Forbes relocating to JC
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I checked out the Forbes musum on 5th ave a week or two ago and the collection is GONE. I had heard they had sold off the Fabrige egg collection ( scandal!) but I hadn't realized they had gone ahead and sold off everything else too. I spoke with a guard, hoping it was all in storage but no, they sold EVERYTHING. All those tin soldiers, the tinplate toy boats, the vintage and in some cases original Monopoly games, the paintngs the jewelry, The Normandie panels, everything. No more Forbes museum.

Posted on: 2014/1/16 3:51
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Re: SOUP SWAP 2014!
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SOUP SWAP!!!!!! I love the Soup Swap, so exciting, you never know what soup you are going to take home with you, each one is a surprise!

Posted on: 2014/1/10 18:10
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Who can recommend an accountant for a freelancer?
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income coming from all over the place, filing quarterly, that sort of thing. Anyone here know a person they recommend?

Posted on: 2014/1/10 14:05
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Re: VERY rich friend divorcing; wants 2 BR luxury rental
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I'm not afraid to think big and I propose the bold plan of putting the entire Beacon complex ON WHEELS and rolling it down the hill to a nicer neighborhood. In fact, why not use the Embankment since its pointing right at a nice waterfront location?

Posted on: 2014/1/2 14:30
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Re: What are your New Year's Eve traditions?
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In the southern United States, eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoppin'_John

6 slices bacon, chopped
1 (1- to 1 1/2-pound) boneless ham, cut into 3/4-inch-thick planks
1 onion, chopped fine
2 celery ribs, chopped fine
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
4 cups chicken broth
2 lbs black-eyed peas
2 bay leaves
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
3 scallions, sliced thin

1. BROWN PORK Cook bacon until crisp, about 8 minutes. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot and brown ham, about 3 minutes per side.

2. COOK VEGETABLES Add onion and celery until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme. Add broth, peas, bay leaves, and browned ham and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until beans are just tender, about 20 minutes.

3. SIMMER RICE. stir into pot. Simmer covered until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with fork. Stir in scallions, bacon, and ham. Serve.

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