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The solar eclipse: Where you can safely watch it and get free viewing glasses
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The solar eclipse: Where you can safely watch it and get free viewing glasses

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 04:11PM

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- "It's the first one in a hundred years that's gone from West Coast to East Coast," said Patrick McQuillan who works at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. "It will be the most viewed solar eclipse ever."

McQuillan sounds a little star struck when he talks about the upcoming solar eclipse. That's because he's helping to plan a big viewing event at the science center.

From Jersey City, about 71 percent of the sun will be covered up by the moon. In other parts of the United States, the eclipse will be total. Everything will go dark and people will be able to see the sun's corona.

But, no matter where you are, you need to protect your eyes. Never rely on your naked eye or even sunglasses to look at the sun.

"Sunglasses are not safe ever," McQuillan said. "If you put 70 glasses on top of each other it's still not safe, you'll damage your eyes. You don't want to see this once and then never see anything again."

But, you can wear a pair of eclipse shades to view the solar eclipse safely. The Liberty Science Center is giving them out for free. You won't be able to see anything out of them other than the sun.

Of course a large telescope with a protective lens could also do the trick. You won't need one as large as the one at Columbia University.

Professor Joe Patterson will be setting up a few telescopes on the Columbia library steps. The eclipse will be on display from about 1:23 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 21st.

"It's like going to a world series game," McQuillan said. "It's different than any old baseball game."

The solar eclipse is sure to be an event that's a home run in the world of astronomy. ... he-solar-eclipse/2294679/

Posted on: 8/16 23:16

Re: Jersey Citu Chinese food
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I think he wants fried rice made with soy sauce instead of yellow food coloring.

I find Satay Malaysian Cuisine authentic.

Satay Malaysian Cuisine
99 Washington St hoboken, NJ 07030
Tel: (201) 386-8688

Posted on: 8/10 14:45

Edited by Annod on 2017/8/10 15:03:20

Re: 3rd QT (8/1) tax bill still missing from JC website
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Nomorobo blocked a call from 201-547-4900. The city has to register any numbers used for robo calls especially for emergencies such as hurricanes.

I did get an email from Jersey City OEM about it.


From: Jersey City OEM <>
Sent: Monday, August 7, 2017, 10:38:02 AM EDT
Subject: City of Jersey City - Delayed Tax Bills

The 2017 final tax bill has not yet been mailed.

Due to changes made by the State of New Jersey to the awarding of State Aid to the school districts statewide, the City of Jersey City Board of Education has had to revise its budget. The revised budget was adopted by the Board of Education on July 27th, and forwarded to the State of New Jersey for approval. Once the State of New Jersey approves the revised budget the County Tax Administrator will be able to certify the tax rate that will be used to create the tax bills.

When the bills are mailed there will be a notice included that will let you know when the extended grace period ends.

It will be at least 25 days from the date that the bills are mailed.


It was in the Jersey Journal: ... _jersey_city_hoboken.html

Posted on: 8/7 12:11

One Journal Square
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By the way, this is the real "1 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306".

Good luck with the Post Office if you are planning to rent at "One Journal Square".


US attorney subpoenas Kushner Companies over EB-5 ... er-cos-over-eb-5-program/

Trumpites’ terribly tangled web: Connecting dots between Kushner, Giuliani, Mukasey and assorted other characters ... led-web-article-1.3385158

Posted on: 8/6 11:04

Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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Someone updated the calendar.

Bolivian Parade & Festival

August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

One of the liveliest and most colorful events in Jersey City, the much-anticipated Bolivian Parade & Festival is taking place

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Watch amazing, eye-popping costumes make their way from Brunswick Street over to Christopher Columbus to City Hall Plaza. At the finish, there will be tons of food, drink and even more dancing!

Posted on: 8/4 17:29

Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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How do we find out about these things? It's not in the fancy schmancy new and improved Jersey City calendar.

Posted on: 8/4 10:49

Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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I am aware of it. Thank you.

Posted on: 8/3 17:57

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Kushner Companies subpoenaed over use of visa program: report

BY MAX GREENWOOD - 08/02/17 08:53 PM EDT

New York federal prosecutors subpoenaed Kushner Companies, the real estate development company owned by the family of President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, over its use of a visa program that offers green cards to wealthy foreign investors.

The subpoena was received by Kushner Companies in May, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, and regards the company's use of the EB-5 visa program to finance a development in Jersey City, N.J. called One Journal Square.

It isn't clear what potential violations the Brooklyn U.S. attorney's office is looking into.

The EB-5 visa program offers green cards to foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in U.S. businesses that would create at least 10 permanent, full-time jobs for American workers.

The company launched a marketing campaign in Beijing and Shanghai in May seeking Chinese investors. That campaign promised green cards for as many as 300 people who invested the requisite $500,000 in One Journal Square.

Kushner Companies came under fire in May after Kushner's sister Nicole Meyer, a principal at the company, mentioned her brother's service in the Trump administration during a pitch to investors in Beijing.

The company later apologized for the remarks and said that Meyer's statement was not intended to use Kushner's work in the Trump administration to attract investors. ... -of-the-eb-5-visa-program

Posted on: 8/2 23:36

NYTimes: Uneasy Welcome as Ultra-Orthodox Jews Extend Beyond New York
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Uneasy Welcome as Ultra-Orthodox Jews Extend Beyond New York


JERSEY CITY — To the gentrifying stew of bankers, artists and college graduates who are transforming this once blue-collar city across the Hudson River from Manhattan, add an unexpected flavor.

In a heavily African-American neighborhood, 62 families from a number of Hasidic sects based in Brooklyn and rarely seen here have bought a scattering of faded but roomy wood-frame rowhouses whose prices are less than half what homes of similar size would cost in New York — roughly $300,000 compared with $800,000.

These families are pioneers in a demographic and religious shift that is reshaping communities throughout the region. Skyrocketing real estate prices in Brooklyn and Queens are forcing out young ultra-Orthodox families, which are establishing outposts in unexpected places, like Toms River and Jackson Township in New Jersey, the Willowbrook neighborhood on Staten Island and in Bloomingburg, N.Y., in the foothills of the Catskills.

The influx, however, has provoked tensions with long-established residents, as the ultra-Orthodox seek to establish a larger footprint for their surging population. Residents complain that investors or real estate agents representing the ultra-Orthodox community have been ringing doorbells persistently, offering to buy properties at “Brooklyn prices.” Jersey City, Toms River and Jackson have all passed no-knock ordinances barring such inquiries under the threat of fines or have banned solicitations altogether.

The mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, said his town took pride in its diversity but had been concerned about “very aggressive solicitation.”

“They literally go door to door and can be very pushy trying to purchase someone’s house,” Mr. Fulop, a grandson of Holocaust survivors and a graduate of yeshivas, said in an interview. “It’s not the best way to endear yourself to the community, and there’s been a lot of pushback.”

New York City and the surrounding suburbs are home to the largest concentration of Jews in the country and because of their high birthrate — five or six children are common — Hasidic and other ultra-Orthodox Jews represent the fastest-growing subset. They are now estimated to number about 330,000 in New York City alone — one-third of the city’s overall Jewish population.

They have become a more muscular political and social force and have turned the generally liberal profile of the area’s Jews more observant and conservative. Lakewood Township, near the Jersey Shore, voted for Donald J. Trump last year by the largest margin — 50 percentage points over Hillary Clinton — of any New Jersey community, according to an analysis by NJ Advance Media.

Squeezed out of their traditional neighborhoods, ultra-Orthodox Jews have taken steps that have raised concerns as they settle into new communities.

Michele Massey, a former Jersey City councilwoman who is the executive director of an organization that oversees a commercial corridor along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, said Hasidim had opened a synagogue on the avenue despite a recent zoning change forbidding new houses of worship.

“It’s not because they’re Jewish,” Ms. Massey said of her opposition. “It could have been any other religion or group. It was simply the zoning law. I’m a person of color. Obviously I don’t care who lives where.”

The Hasidim contend that they have been primarily buying boarded-up or vacant homes and that solicitations have come from outside investors, not from the families that have moved in. They support the city’s no-knock law and point out that the Hasidic families that have moved into the Greenville neighborhood are a minuscule fraction of the area’s 47,000 people, half of whom are black.

“We’re not looking to push out anybody,” said Mordecha Feuerstein, a volunteer for a Hasidic organization that helps people find new homes in affordable places like Jersey City.

What Hasidim have opened in a boarded-up dry cleaner on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, he said, is not a synagogue but a small community center that, like many Jewish institutional buildings, is also used for prayer and study. Next to it is a narrow grocery stocked with kosher foods and Yiddish newspapers. Some Hasidim point out that within a few blocks along the avenue are a Catholic church, a mosque and a storefront church called the Sanctified Church of Jesus Christ. Those were grandfathered in under zoning rules and officials are weighing whether the community center violates the rules.

Underlying the objections of many municipalities is an often unspoken worry that ultra-Orthodox Jews will transform the character of their communities. The ultra-Orthodox may not explicitly raise the specter of anti-Semitism, but they do see a bias against their unconventional lifestyle, modest dress and customs. Orthodox Jews, in general, live in tight-knit communities because of their need to cluster around an infrastructure that includes a synagogue within walking distance, kosher butchers, yeshivas for boys and girls, and ritual baths.

One community that is rapidly changing is Bloomingburg, on the edge of Sullivan County. A developer, Shalom Lamm, started building a complex of 396 townhouses that he marketed to Hasidim. Opponents claimed the development would quadruple the village’s population of 420 and significantly alter its tranquil, rustic ambience. Thirty homes are occupied and another 70 or so are in various stages of building. Vacant homes nearby have been bought for Hasidic tenants, while a boys’ yeshiva, a ritual bath and a kosher store have opened.

What the village will look like is in limbo, however, because Mr. Lamm pleaded guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process by signing up ineligible voters to elect a village government friendly to his project. He will face sentencing in September.

Lakewood is also feeling the impact of a fast-growing minority group. Decades ago the area was rural, filled with hardscrabble egg-raising farms owned by Jewish Holocaust refugees, a few grand hotels and an estate that had once been owned by John D. Rockefeller.

But a yeshiva for post-high-school students, Beth Medrash Govoha, which opened in 1943, began drawing scores of ultra-Orthodox Jews. It became the largest yeshiva in the United States, with 6,500 students, and a community swelled around it.

Lakewood’s population is soaring, increasing to nearly 101,000 residents in 2016 — two-thirds of whom are Jewish — from 45,000 in 1990. The township is soon expected to become New Jersey’s fourth largest municipality, bigger than Trenton and Camden, and eclipsed only by Newark, Jersey City and Paterson.

With adequate homes hard to come by in Lakewood, Orthodox and Hasidic families have been buying properties in nearby Toms River and Jackson. Complaints of aggressive solicitation have followed.

“They were ringing doorbells, telling people, ‘We want to buy your house,’” Toms River’s mayor, Thomas F. Kelaher, said. “‘You won’t have to pay a commission, and if you don’t sell to us you won’t get the Brooklyn price, you’ll get the Lakewood price.’”

Feelings were so intense that 1,400 people showed up at one hearing on a proposed solicitation ban that eventually passed.

“People felt threatened,” Mr. Kelaher said. “This has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. This is strictly based on the type of behavior. We welcome people to move in legitimately.”

In March, Jackson adopted an ordinance banning school dormitories, which seemed aimed at yeshivas that draw students from afar. Agudath Israel of America, an umbrella group for ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic organizations, filed a federal suit in May arguing that the ordinance violated federal land-use laws intended to protect religious groups against burdensome local restrictions.

Jersey City, a manufacturing hub well into the 20th century, never had a significant ultra-Orthodox presence. But a few years ago, leaders of Brooklyn’s Hasidic communities, realizing that rising real estate prices were making continued expansion in the borough untenable, began scouting locations outside New York, and Jersey City emerged as an ideal place. It can be reached from Brooklyn by public transportation, and driving is relatively easy outside the rush hours.

An ad hoc organization known as Ya’azoru (Hebrew for “We will help you”), made up of 60 volunteers from Brooklyn and Jersey City, helped settle the newcomers, even busing men to make a minyan of 10 so prayers could take place.

The other day, a Hasidic woman, Gitti B., was standing on her stoop watching several of her five children play with the children of a neighbor, Chaya H. Gitti said she was able to buy a house with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large dining room and a playroom for the same cost in mortgage, taxes and insurance as her $1,600-a-month, two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn.

She and Chaya both said they had to lean on their Hasidic neighbors because they no longer lived among parents, siblings and cousins. When she had her last baby, Gitti said, her Hasidic neighbors pitched in, taking care of her children and preparing meals. Their non-Jewish neighbors have also been helpful.

“They told us when we have to put out our garbage, and they introduced us to their pets so we shouldn’t be afraid of them,” said Gitti, who, like Chaya, did not want her last name used to protect her privacy. “They’re nice people.”

Eddie Sumpter, 34, a black neighbor around the corner who was able to buy a bigger house by selling his previous home to a Hasidic family, said he welcomed the newcomers.

“We live among Chinese. We live among Spanish,’’ said Mr. Sumpter, who is a cook. “It don’t matter. People is people. If you’re good people, you’re good people.” ... s-hasidim-new-jersey.html

Posted on: 8/2 9:20

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Man seriously hurt in fall at World Trade Center Oculus


MANHATTAN — A man was seriously hurt Tuesday when he fell inside the Oculus at the World Trade Center, FDNY said.

The victim plummeted about 25 to 30 feet inside the transit hub and shopping center, fire officials said. He suffered serious traumatic injury.

FDNY said they received an emergency call shortly after 12 p.m. EMS transported a patient from 185 Greenwich St., the address of Westfield World Trade Center, to the hospital in serious condition.

Additional details were not immediately available.

A witness shared video from inside the Oculus, showing a wide police perimeter set up inside the transit hub around what appears to be a messenger bag.

In February, a woman died after plunging 30 feet off the side of an escalator at the Oculus. ... orld-trade-center-oculus/ ... estigation-437893993.html


More pictures: ... nhattan-article-1.3374756

Posted on: 8/1 13:17

Re: Fulop foe loses tax appeal targeting mayor's home
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Matsikoudis, who has been assisting Kuzas with her tax appeal of the mayor's home, has hammered Fulop on the campaign trail for delaying the reval.

Isn't Matsikoudis running for mayor? Will he do something about it? Until he buys a house with low taxes.

Posted on: 7/21 15:44

Re: Fulop foe loses tax appeal targeting mayor's home
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If I was the neighbor, I would ask for my taxes to be reduced, not ask that my neighbor's taxes be raised.

Posted on: 7/21 14:51

Re: Fulop foe loses tax appeal targeting mayor's home
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When we appealed our taxes at my previous condo, we hired a lawyer that specialized in it. The lawyer had to provide examples of taxes of surrounding properties.

Posted on: 7/21 7:58

Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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Exclusive: Jared Kushner's White House connection still being used to lure Chinese investors

By Drew Griffin and Curt Devine, CNN Investigates
Updated 9:22 PM ET, Thu July 20, 2017

Jared Kushner's status as a top aide to President Donald Trump was used to lure Chinese investors to his family's New Jersey development, even after his family's company apologized for mentioning his name during a sales pitch in May, CNN has found.

References to Kushner are part of online promotions by two businesses that are working with Kushner Companies to find Chinese investors willing to invest in the 1 Journal Square development in exchange for a US visa.

The promotions are posted in Chinese and refer to Kushner Companies as "real estate heavyweights," going on to mention "the celebrity of the family is 30-something 'Mr. Perfect' Jared Kushner, who once served as CEO of Kushner Companies."

More: ... -kushner-visas/index.html

Posted on: 7/20 21:55

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Leaky Ceiling Still A Problem At WTC Oculus

July 20, 2017 5:44 PM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There were sunshine and dry skies Thursday, but, still, water was leaking from the ceiling at the World Trade Center Oculus transportation hub.

It also happened in May, but the Port Authority said the problem had been fixed.

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, a worker mopped up water while buckets collected the stuff dripping from the ceiling.

“It leaks when it rains,” said Oculus visitor Janet Parson. “No, it’s not raining (Thursday), but it’s worse when it rains. But there’s always a leak, almost always a leak.”

It’s a blemish on what some consider one of the great public spaces in the world.

The leaky ceiling is just down the stairs from the great hall of the Oculus, the soaring space was designed by star architect Santiago Calatrava, which came in seven years late and $2 billion over budget.

One informed estimate has Calatrava collecting more than $50 million for his design work at the site, one of the greatest paydays in the history of architecture.

Critics say his ambitious designs often lead to problems. The facade at a Spanish opera house had to be stripped because tiles kept falling off, while the owner of a winery sued Calatrava over the leaky roof.

“His designs are pretty cool, but he had a lot of problems with overcost, especially like it always costed more than what’s expected,” said Albero Armenbariz, a tourist from Calatrava’s native Spain.

The Oculus was an enormous and complicated project. But the Port Authority says the leaks aren’t a consequence of the design, blaming “outside third party construction work,” apparently at 3 World Trade Center next door.

The Port Authority says engineers are working on a fix.

Until then, buckets are an unintended addition to the spectacular space.


Posted on: 7/20 21:43

Re: LOW H2O pressure this morning in Village Neighborhood, anyone else?
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SUEZ Water NJ heard from Greenville. Tell them about your neighborhoods.


#jerseycity SUEZ is investigating reports of low water pressure in the Greenvile area, please standby for further info.

8:35 AM - 19 Jul 2017

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Re: LOW H2O pressure this morning in Village Neighborhood, anyone else?
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Posted on: 7/19 7:54

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VIDEO: Bob Hurley, former St. Anthony basketball coach, honored at ESPY Awards

Nicholas Parco
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 10:09 PM

He isn’t coaching hoops anymore, but the accolades keep on coming for Bob Hurley.

The former head of the storied boys basketball program at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, which closed earlier this year, won the Best Coach Award at the ESPYs Wednesday night.

Hurley, one of two Basketball Hall of Famers who only coached at the high school level, went 1,162-119 and won 28 state titles to go along with four national championships in his 45 seasons running the show at St. Anthony’s.

“It’s really a great honor to be here tonight,” Hurley said during in his acceptance speech. “Getting this award alongside all these iconic coaches, but even more specifically it’s a great honor to be representing all these great coaches.”

He then thanked his family, including his sons, URI head coach Dan Hurley and Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley, who were in attendance, for making what he has always referred to as “the miracle” of St. Anthony’s possible.

“It’s a great honor to be representing all these coaches in the high school ranks,” Bob Hurley said. “Because every athlete that has come up on this stage tonight, no matter what sport they play, each one of them had a coach in high school, junior college, or maybe even before who played a critical role in their development as an athlete and it’s the whole person part that I have always taken a lot of pride in.” ... d-espys-article-1.3322143

Posted on: 7/13 7:44

ESPYS - Hurley wins Best Coach Award
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Posted on: 7/12 21:05

Krispy Kreme
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From Krispy Kreme Jersey City Facebook page:

Check this out!!! Shaquille O'neal visits Krispy Kreme Jersey City for a surprise birthday party in celebration for the 80th birthday this Friday!

Posted on: 7/12 15:46

Re: Trump Our New President
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I chased this story for a year and he just...tweeted it out.

I...worked on this story for a year...and...he just...he tweeted it out.

Like. I spent hours and days and weeks and months. And his son just, hit tweet.

I tracked down sources. Followed so many dead leads. Labored over this. And then, he just, you know, tweeted out the proof.

Like, so many people out there were trying to track this down. And it delivered on a tweet. What the hell.

Posted on: 7/11 23:54

Re: Last-minute furniture pic-up/donations
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Posted on: 7/11 21:30

Re: LA Times: Jersey City is a case study in the perils of politics and real estate for the Kushners
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JCMan8 wrote: Media never cares when Democrats do it. Wonder why?

This board is about Jersey City. Can you name one in Jersey City?

Posted on: 7/7 10:39

Re: Jersey City Fireworks Celebration Changed to Exchange Place In Jersey City
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Posted on: 7/6 19:35

Re: Jersey City Fireworks Celebration Changed to Exchange Place In Jersey City
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So... looks like JC actually did better $ w/Exchange Place vs LSP. Most expenses were a wash but we doubled $ from the Carnival. Go figure

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LA Times: Jersey City is a case study in the perils of politics and real estate for the Kushners
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Jersey City is a case study in the perils of politics and real estate for the Kushners

Until he stepped aside from his real estate business to become a senior White House aide, developer Jared Kushner was a major player in the gentrification of Jersey City, where former railroad yards and waste sites are being transformed into luxury housing.

His company built a high-rise branded with the name of his father-in-law, Donald Trump, featuring a gold-hued marquee and skyline views of lower Manhattan. It was embarking on a twin-towered $800-million compound that would have dominated downtown’s Journal Square, and bidding on a 100-acre industrial site to build 8,000 homes to be marketed to Orthodox Jews.

But being related to President Trump is not a blessing here.

Since the presidential election, Jersey City has turned sharply against Kushner. Opposition to Trump runs deep here, and the city has been taking out some of that hostility on the Kushner Cos., withdrawing political support for high-profile projects and shining a spotlight on the company’s business practices.

Mayor Steve Fulop, a personal friend of 36-year-old Jared, abruptly yanked his support for a tax abatement at Journal Square in May. Several other Kushner projects have run into intense public opposition, with community activists accusing the Kushners of hiding campaign contributions, abusing a federal program designed to promote development in poor areas, and selling visas to Chinese investors while the Trump administration is cracking down on immigration.

“Trump is toxic in Jersey City,” said Bill Matsikoudis, a lawyer and former city official who is running for mayor against Fulop.

Historically steeped in Democratic-machine politics, the city now has a large population of immigrants, young professionals and minorities. Few of them voted for Trump, who got 14% of the vote here in the presidential election.

Plenty of people here also hold a grudge against Trump because of his claim during the presidential campaign — soundly debunked — that “thousands and thousands” of people in Jersey City were cheering on Sept. 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center came down.

“The Kushners are woven into the fabric of a lot of communities in New Jersey, but the problem for them is that none of those communities like Trump,” said Matt Hale, a political scientist at Seton Hall University in Newark. If you anger someone in New Jersey, he added, “You don’t get the tax abatement. That’s the transactional nature of New Jersey politics.”

Fulop has said his decision to pull his support for the tax abatement had nothing to do with his friendship with Kushner, from whom he said he received no campaign contributions.

The mayor’s “support or lack of support” for the project, said spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill, “is based on what is financially best for Jersey City.”

Kushner Cos. officials have emphasized that official support for projects in Jersey City has always come not in response to campaign contributions, but in recognition of their developments’ potential to provide tax revenue and jobs.

Kushner has stepped down from his CEO role at his family’s company. But the fact that he retains ownership in some of its properties has raised questions here about whether there are inherent conflicts in being a real estate developer while holding a high federal position.

Despite the glamorous image presented by Kushner, especially posing next to his wife, Ivanka Trump, his family has been known for years in New Jersey as bread-and-butter developers who owned small apartment complexes, industrial lots and a trailer park. They were generous philanthropists, especially for Jewish causes, and donors to Democratic politicians and causes.

New Jersey can be a perilous place to do business, and developers often are expected to make political contributions and form political alliances in order to get their projects off the ground.

In 2004, Charles Kushner, Jared’s father, was indicted for making illegal campaign contributions and tampering with a witness — his own brother-in-law, whom he set up with a prostitute to retaliate for testifying against him. The case cemented a long-running family feud and earned Charles Kushner a two-year prison sentence.

That left Jared, just a few years out of Harvard, to run the company as chief executive officer. He stepped down before taking the White House job, but retains an interest in some of the Jersey City projects, including the Bay Street project, according to his financial disclosure statement.

Even recently, his company was showing tremendous potential in Jersey City. The young developer and the mayor seemed a perfect match, publicly heaping compliments on each other at the 2014 groundbreaking for the Trump Bay Street project. “I wanted to say to Jared specifically, it’s been really great. We have been able to develop a terrific friendship here,” Fulop said. Kushner returned the praise, calling the mayor “a big advocate for development ... and for doing what’s really right for the city.”

But the political tide in town began to turn against the Kushners in Jersey City shortly after the presidential election.

Some ordinary citizens, unhappy with Trump’s election, began publicly voicing opposition to his son-in-law’s development footprint in Jersey City.

“Many of these buildings being built literally shadow over the populations that Trump is attacking in Jersey City,” said school Principal Oscar Velez of PS 22, where immigrant pupils were in tears after the election, fearing their parents would be deported.

“Trump can’t go and spew venom about these people and Jersey City and then have an organization using his name ask for tax abatements and favorable treatment,” he said.

The Kushners also were sharply criticized after a sales conference last month in Beijing’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where Nicole Meyer, Jared’s sister, appeared to drop references to the family’s relationship to Trump in an attempt to attract financing for the Journal Square project. In her speech, she mentioned a federal program that gives preferential visas in exchange for investment. The Journal Square project “means a lot to me and my entire family,” she told potential investors.

Another branch of the Kushner family also seeking low-cost financing for a Jersey City project was even more explicit in using its Trump connection, running a promotion in Chinese that advertised: “Work hand-in-hand with Trump son-in-law Kushner.”

The pitches by the Kushners drew protests from ethics watchdogs, who have been vocal critics of the first family’s business interests.

Hale, the Seton Hall political scientist, said that social media in New Jersey “exploded at the horror of the Kushners looking like they were selling visas to finance their real estate in New Jersey.”

Kushner Cos. hastily issued an apology: “Ms. Meyer wanted to make clear that her brother had stepped away from the company in January and has nothing to do with this project,” the firm said in a statement. But the damage was done. Fulop had already announced on Facebook that he had dropped his support for the tax abatement and other state and municipal subsidies.

Kushner Cos. also withdrew its application to develop the 100-acre housing tract for Orthodox Jews.

The China episode cast a spotlight on the Kushners’ use of the federal visa program known as EB-5, which was designed to attract foreign investment to economically depressed areas by offering green cards to people who invest at least $500,000 in places where the unemployment rate is at least one-and-a-half times the national average.

The Kushners were seeking additional financing to expand their 50-story luxury compound, Trump Bay Street, in one of Jersey City’s most prosperous neighborhoods. The property is just a few blocks from the Hudson River and caters to young Wall Street professionals and tech workers. The cheapest apartment rents for $2,795 a month.

To qualify for the foreign investment program, which would allow them to borrow cheaply, Kushner Cos. submitted a map that linked the upscale neighborhood to poor census tracts up to four miles away.

“There are many distressed urban neighborhood in this city that need development, but not this one,” said James Solomon, a political scientist who lives in Jersey City and is one of the organizers of a group called Evict Trump-Kushner from Jersey City. “They gerrymandered the documents to make it look like there was high unemployment.”

Gary Friedland, an expert in real estate finance at New York University who has called for reforms in the EB-5 program, said the manipulation of census tracts is so common that “if it was not the Kushners, you wouldn’t be writing about [it].”

Still, he added, “It is an abuse of the whole concept of the program. This special incentive was supposed to be reserved for areas that cannot attract conventional capital, particularly rural areas and distressed inner cities.”

Such abuses have led to a bipartisan drive in Congress to abolish or reform the EB-5 program, but the president extended the program in May when he signed legislation to fund the federal government budget until September.

Ethics watchdogs complain that conflicts of interest are inevitable because members of the first family haven’t adequately separated themselves from their business interests.

Kushner has not entirely divested his portfolio, but has sold it to a family trust. And he still owns interests in several Jersey City projects, including the headquarters of the local newspaper, the Jersey Journal, and the luxury apartments called Trump Bay Street. With that development, the Kushners are in the process of trying to raise $250 million in financing to pay off the construction loan and the Chinese investors, which might mean tapping international lenders.

“Members of the Trump family are going to have to take remedial steps [to divest], and until they do, it is going to be a source of controversy for all of them — the president, daughter and her husband. It casts a pall over every decision they make,” said Norman Eisen, a former White House ethics czar who now runs Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The Kushners’ higher public profile also has reopened a festering controversy over secretive campaign contributions from 2015 when Fulop, a former Goldman Sachs executive, was considering a run for state governor.

At that time, a political action committee reported to be supporting a possible gubernatorial bid by the mayor received $400,000 from a nonprofit called Progressive New Jersey Inc. that didn’t disclose its donors. One of them was later revealed to be Kushner Cos., which had given $100,000.

That campaign contribution, which has since been returned, has become an issue in a contentious mayoral race. Fulop challenger Matsikoudis says the contribution was made as the Kushners were negotiating to develop the vacant 100 acres and looking for tax abatements and help applying for state loans.

“To me it is 100% corrupt to give a secret campaign contribution that way,” said Matsikoudis. “I can’t say that it was a quid pro quo bribe, but everyone was aware what was at stake for the Kushners in Jersey City at that time.”

Fulop himself declined to comment, but Morrill said the mayor had not received any campaign contributions from the Kushners and denied that the PAC was for his benefit, or that the friendship between Jared Kushner and the mayor had any bearing on development projects.

Kushner Cos. declined to comment on the donation. A spokesman, James Yolles, said the company remained committed to Jersey City and especially the Journal Square project.

“We are committed to moving ahead with this meaningful investment in the long-term future of Journal Square, which will provide nearly 4,000 union construction jobs, a memorial plaza, and $180 million in tax revenue for Jersey City over the next 30 years,” he said. ... rsey-city-2017-story.html

Posted on: 7/5 16:14

Re: Jersey City Fireworks Celebration Changed to Exchange Place In Jersey City
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Exchange Place is packed. I think you will have just as good or even a better view from Newport and Hoboken.

Standing room only at Exchange Place. Please don't bring your grandmother.

Posted on: 7/4 19:08

Re: Can I withdraw after seller accepts my offer
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I hope you have a lawyer.

Google "attorney review".

A contract of sale is a legally binding document that sets forth the terms of the home purchase. If you started the negotiating process with an offer to purchase, the contract of sale will include the contents of the offer to purchase, as finally agreed upon by the parties, plus any additional details and terms. If the contract of sale is prepared by a real estate licensee, it must contain a provision known as the “attorney review clause,” which provides that the buyer and seller have three (3) business days from the date that the completely signed contracts are delivered, to consult with an attorney. During this three-day period, if you choose to use an attorney, he or she may propose revisions to the contract on your behalf or render it null and void.

Posted on: 7/4 14:54

Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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A parking meter is about four feet tall. You can lift the chain up and take the bike.

Posted on: 7/3 21:55

Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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Someone chained a women's bike to a parking meter near Exchange Place.

Posted on: 7/3 19:57

Edited by Annod on 2017/7/3 20:15:48

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