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Re: Wonder Bagels in the Heights..
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Yayyyy! Can't wait! I've missed WB since moving up to The Heights.

Posted on: 2015/9/6 23:54
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Re: Pants Alterations
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The cleaners on the corner of Newark and Coles $8-10 per pants! Great job every time!

Posted on: 2015/9/2 23:30
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Re: Unable to contact JCParking Authority
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I've been trying to obtain no-parking signs for moving from the JCparking Authority since last week. Nobody has returned my emails or phone calls, and as of yesterday afternoon, I'm getting a 'call cannot be completed as dialed' and 'not in service' prompts, even though I am calling the exact number listed on their website, which was working up until yesterday.

Anybody else having issues contacting them? Or advice to get through? Really nervous about getting my request in, as PSEG is still doing a ton of work in the neighborhood and I fear the spots in front of the buildings I'm moving to and from will be taken. (I'm moving next Friday)


I popped in last Thursday to get No Parking signs for my move on Sun and it was really easy. You pay and the guy prints them out on the spot. Super easy! Just go to the second floor at their Central Avenue location. They take credit cards too.

Posted on: 2015/7/9 19:14
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Re: Home Inspection Recommendation
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Hi - I just bought a house in The Heights and used Willy Dittmar from DICO Building Inspection. He was EXCELLENT, very thorough AND was very willing to talk to us several weeks after the inspection. We had some questions when hiring a contractor and Willy returned my call within 2 hrs and happily went over what I needed to ask the contractors.

I highly recommend him!

Dico Building Inspection
42 Lenape Ave
Newton, NJ 07860
973-857-4220

(I had asked this same question on nextdoor.com - that's why I chose him. You can look it up and ask any of us about our experience. I can't say enough praises about him.)

Posted on: 2015/7/2 1:55
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Re: Amazon Fresh
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I had my Amazon Fresh delivery this morning. I'm a FD subscriber (I think I paid about $120 for unlimited DeliveryPass) but tried AF since it's free for Prime members during this trial.

My initial reaction is that while AF does carry some gourmet-y items, they seem more like A&P. I'll probably stick to FD though I can see myself using AF (if they have a reasonable delivery charge that's not subscription based) if I need same day service.

My FD guys are really nice, they always walk the 3 flights of steps with me to bring my boxes to my apt door; AF did not today. Not sure if that's standard or not. I was disappointed since I had already added a $4 tip online.

Someone in this thread posted a pic - my perishables were in a clear plastic bag that was put into a Styrofoam cooler with dry ice, which was in the green bags. I didn't order any meat so can't comment on the mixing of products though I did have one Synergy Kombucha bottle in a plastic bag by itself put into a big Styrofoam box. Seemed like a waste of resources.

Other things:
1. they didn't have the Kombucha flavor that I wanted so they substituted in a different flavor. I think I would have preferred they tell me and not give me a substitute.
2. I ordered fresh veggies and while they were fine, they weren't as pretty and fresh looking as FD.

I was excited to see the big green Amazon Fresh delivery truck but he showed up in a white unmarked van. He was wearing a neon green vest to identify him as AF.


Posted on: 2015/4/14 19:02
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Re: LoLo loved ones love organics-- what is this place?
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I ordered a Greek Salad (vegan) from them on Seamless and really enjoyed it. I went back after work and picked up another 5 other items. Enjoyed all of them except for the kale summer rolls.

The staff are SUPER NICE! They have samples to taste too :)

They have locations in the city and in Brooklyn, I believe.

Posted on: 2015/3/26 17:26
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Re: Flooding Columbus & Monmouth?
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jc_dweller wrote:
I'm looking at an apartment on Monmouth near Columbus. Can anyone confirm that Sandy & Irene (or any other flood events) didn't affect that area (lower level unit...)? The maps of flood prone areas that I have found online through JC List seem to indicate that it's good, but a first-hand confirmation would be even better.


I live on Wayne and Monmouth, and during the hurricanes, there was no flooding on Monmouth and Columbus. There was flooding under the Extension onto 78.

Posted on: 2015/1/2 13:12
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Re: Pasta Dal Cuore
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I stopped in yesterday and everyone was super friendly. They said they are getting ready to have cooking classes and a restaurant/eatery sort of spot. While it may not have had a large selection, I'm pretty excited to see what happens here.

Posted on: 2014/11/8 13:41
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Map of JC with Neighborhoods?
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Hi, anyone have a map of DTJC with all the neighborhood boundaries marked?

Posted on: 2014/10/22 22:05
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Re: possible to get prepaid bus tickets on jitneys?
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Thanks for posting the map. I find that not all drivers stop at the JSQ terminal which is fine but where do I catch it to go downtown?

Posted on: 2014/10/21 17:53
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Re: Downtown Jersey City businesses take on local farmers market
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I can't help but think it's all about money for the nonprofits and govt agencies involved. Seriously, look at the Jersey City Project where the city explicitly says they are in partnership. Why don't they just call it the Kannibal Home show? Oh sorry I mean the Kannibal Home show starring her Brooklyn vendors. (sorry, I don't mean to start a whole other discussion)

Jersey City markets, include jersey city businesses!


Posted on: 2014/10/9 19:59
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Re: UBER - car service in Jersey City
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tommyc_37 wrote:
I'd like to learn more about Lyft. $22-24 from Manhattan is fantastic. How much can I expect to pay Lyft from the Gowanus section of Brooklyn to Grove Street area?


I'm not sure. Their rates are not posted anywhere. I was going to take it to Atlantic Terminal, I think it might be $30-34. But I don't have any rhyme or reason to think that. I don't know if Uber allows you to change how much you will pay like the way Lyft does but I think if I were going to Atlantic Terminal, I'd adjust the payment to $30ish.

Posted on: 2014/9/24 16:44
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Re: UBER - car service in Jersey City
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bill wrote:
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sookaw wrote:

Into Manhattan $12


That's not including toll right?


He didn't charge me toll to go into the city. He said Lyft was running a promo that Lyft picks up the tab on toll. Now, on my way back, that was a whole different experience. They guy told me right off the bat that I would have to give him the toll to get back into Manhattan b/c Lyft doesn't reimburse him.

I paid it b/c I was desperate to get home asap! I then contacted Lyft about the whole incident for some clarity. They said they'd get back to me; that was almost 4 weeks ago and I haven't heard from them.

If you want to try if for free, download the app. It will require you to put in your cc info, but then also use this referral code KAREN1995 (this is me!) and you can try it once for free up to $25. I'll get a free ride too which I would love :) Haha.

Posted on: 2014/9/24 16:40
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Re: UBER - car service in Jersey City
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Does anyone have much experience with lyft in jersey city?


I use Lyft. I've taken about 15 rides in the last couple of months - mostly in JC and once to Manhattan.

I used to LOVE it. The business model is that it's less town car feel and more, friendly upbeat and fun. It was awesome and cheap! I would take it from Dixon Mills to Home Depot for $6, Dixon Mills to Journal Square $8, Dixon Mill to NJCU $12. Or to Union City was $18. Into Manhattan $12 but from Manhattan to JC $22 or $24.

It was amazing when I first started using it 2 months ago, then recently all the NYC medallion drivers came to NJ and it started to become like one of the car services that you call up. I'm disappointed in that since Lyft's business model was deeply rooted in the feel of catching a ride with someone who "could" be a friend.

I still use it. I think I've read too many slamming articles on Salon.com about Uber to try it.

Posted on: 2014/9/24 15:25
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Re: Buying an apt with tenant in place
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Kelcey wrote:
I would ask the seller to take care of it. When we bought, a part of the contract was that the building was vacant at closing. The burden was on the seller to get the renters out (they all happened to be on month-to-month leases, and it was pretty uneventful).

If the seller is motivated, s/he will buy out the tenant or what have you to end the lease early. Otherwise, you'd be taking the tenant on, and it's possible that you wouldn't be able to move in for some time. Renters have a lot of rights in NJ, and it may not be as easy as assuming that they will simply vacate when the lease is up. If they have a great deal and it's a competitive rental market, they won't have any incentive to make your life easier so you can move in.

An example...someone bought our neighbors building, and he wanted to remodel the apartments and jack up the rents. The renters were on month-to-month but liked their space as is, and it was super cheap and they wanted a long term lease similar to what they were currently paying. They could have strung the new landlord on for many, many months. So the renters proposed a buy out. I think it was in the neighborhood of $2k (plus their security deposit) to move out asap. It worked out great for both parties. Not sure if all three apartments worked out that deal or just the ones that we knew. But potentially, the new landlord had to pony up $6K to clear the place out.


Thanks for sharing this - I hope the seller is motivated to sell and get the tenant out. Thanks for sharing the numbers too b/c I've seen this happen in Manhattan & Brooklyn and the buyouts were more in the $10k and up range for a $1500 apt. The apt here is a one bedroom and the rent is probably less than $1500.

Posted on: 2014/8/27 15:51
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Re: Buying an apt with tenant in place
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sookaw wrote:

Hi neighbors, I'm looking for some info--- I'm not finding much online.

I want to buy an apt in JC that is currently being rented out to a tenant. My plan is to buy and have it be my primary residence. Do you know what the laws are around this in JC (e.g., do I have to wait till his lease is up, etc)?

Anyone experience this and willing to share?

Many thanks!


I would really consult a lawyer on this one - no doubt the issue will come up at closing anyway - but it is my understanding that under New Jersey law, only the tenant can actually decide to leave. You can't make them leave after the lease ends, you must give them the option to stay, even if means putting them on a month-to-month lease. If they quit paying rent, whether under the old lease or the new one you set up, then you can initiate eviction procedures, but of course that takes time in New Jersey, which is a very pro-tenant state.

Other people may claim different experiences with this type of situation and know more about the laws, but that is my understanding. Talk to an attorney on this one because you could be walking into a serious legal nightmare. I've heard a lot of horror stories on the subject.


Thanks for this insight. I really want this apt, and I'm betting that the current owner has no incentive to get the tenant out (yet). I know a couple of building owners with 4-6 units and they boast about how the state is pretty fair in terms not being pro-tenant like NYC. It's really good to hear other people's perspectives. Thank you!

Posted on: 2014/8/27 15:48
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Buying an apt with tenant in place
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Hi neighbors, I'm looking for some info--- I'm not finding much online.

I want to buy an apt in JC that is currently being rented out to a tenant. My plan is to buy and have it be my primary residence. Do you know what the laws are around this in JC (e.g., do I have to wait till his lease is up, etc)?

Anyone experience this and willing to share?

Many thanks!

Posted on: 2014/8/27 15:01
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Re: Blue Lotus
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I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner there. I've been there twice in the last two weeks, and I think the pricing is well suited to the portions, the atmosphere and the service. The first time I went, I had the goat curry, which was $18 and the last time, I had chicken tikki masala which ran about $14. Both very reasonable! Someone in this thread commented that for cheaper fare, Journal Square is your destination. I completely agree, or try one of the places on Grove St, where it's more fast food.

I really enjoyed the garlic naan too! So happy that Blue Lotus has arrived. I used to order from Amiya and for some wacky reason - and this was a couple of years ago - they did not serve naan on weekends/Sundays for delivery. I thought that was odd! I started going to Spirit of Laxmi which was pretty awesome too.

Posted on: 2014/8/8 21:35
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Re: Cherry Pick - Ice Cream
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FYI It was written as "Cherry Picked" by the store itself then I guess they realized they should lose the past tense and make it Pick.

That's why folks - myself included - was referring to them as Picked.

Posted on: 2014/7/30 14:30
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Re: Can Anyone Help Decipher Jury Duty Notification Message?
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I've had awesome friendly service at the county clerk's office filing for court papers including filing court papers, dmv, and jury duty.

Coming from Manhattan and Brooklyn, where service was just plain awful, I'm happy to be a Jersey girl now!

Posted on: 2014/7/30 14:27
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Re: Cherry Picked - new ice cream shop on Grove
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I thoroughly enjoyed my ice cream from Cherry Picked. I went three times last week b/c I really really liked it.

Had the Butter Brickle all three times :)

On their chalkboard wall, they explained why it's "premium" --- which I think means it has a higher fat content and I think, means super creamy! I definitely noticed a difference between the creaminess of their ice cream compared to say Torico's.

They don't have as many flavors as Torico's which may or may not be a bad thing.

Posted on: 2014/7/12 22:52
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I spy new organic food store coming to Newark Ave - Lilian's Organics!
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Finally, an alternative to Subia's (aka the mean organic store).

It's on the same block as Union Republic.

Lilian's Organic sign

Posted on: 2014/7/12 22:37
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Re: JCPL - Jersey City Public Library needs to get Bloomberg terminals and ...
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Or, the solution could be providing subscriptions to electronic databases, like the kind we used for research in college and grad school.

Posted on: 2014/5/5 14:09
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Re: Question on Safety of Brunswick Btwn 2/3rd
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Yes, that's me :) Thanks!!!

Posted on: 2014/3/12 20:26
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Re: Question on Safety of Brunswick Btwn 2/3rd
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I opened my business on Newark between Monmouth and Third, and I LOVE THE NEIGHBORHOOD. I live in the Van Vorst area but these last few months here have really shown me that when a community cares, things get done around here.

What's so interesting about this JC Village area is that there are a core group of folks who are working hard to make this a great community. And they're laid back and chill about it.

There have been so many businesses that have opened since my shop Pig & Pepper opened in November:

Union Republic
Tea NJ
Third & Vine
Kasa Buddha
Raven Gallery & Boutique
Oma Duran Salon

Wait till the music venue opens!


Posted on: 2014/3/12 16:33
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Re: Changing name in NJ?
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I luckily changed my name when I got married. On a sidebar note, once you get your legal document saying you can change your name, the first thing to do is go to the Social Security Administration office on Newkirk Avenue. It was incredibly efficient though the wait room is quite an awful experience. I was there only about 15 minutes but the best part, I got my new ss card in the mail in 2 business days!

Good luck!

Posted on: 2013/11/21 0:04
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Re: Tattoo Removal in JC?
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:) Saw your response to the first response...

I love all 14 of my tattoos and don't regret any of them. The one I'm planning on getting removed is just to lighten it so I can get another one. I studied tribal arts in grad school so for that guy who thinks tattoos are foolish acts in our youth... well, I guess he didn't realize there are actually people who do it consciously and have no regrets.

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Ever done anything you regret doing?

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Better idea: Don't get a tattoo in the first place. You really believe you're going to like that drawing of a flying unicorn 30 years from now?

Posted on: 2013/11/19 0:26
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Re: Tattoo Removal in JC?
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@SWTGRL81 Thanks :)

Posted on: 2013/11/18 21:22
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Tattoo Removal in JC?
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Anyone get a tattoo removed here in JC or downtown Manhattan? Any info on a place to do it would be appreciated.

Posted on: 2013/11/18 19:47
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New Pedestrian signs on Jersey Avenue and other streets! YAY!
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There are big yellow pedestrian signs on Jersey Avenue from Columbus to at least Montgomery.

Cars are still being jerks but it's good to know that our city government is hearing us speak up about what we need in the community!

Thanks!

Posted on: 2013/2/4 1:35
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