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Re: Jersey City marketing campaign: ‘Make It Yours’
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What's sort of ridiculous about this article is that it implies that a staycation in Jersey City is terrible becuase it (bizarrely) counts on the fact that you somehow will decide to not actually leave the boundaries of Jersey City. But that's silly. I LOVE staycations here. In addition to all the cool JC things you can do, you can spend every day trekking across the river to NYC or driving out to great hiking areas. The idea that you can't leave your city's borders on a staycation is just emblematic of the stupid criteria that these polls have to enact. I think (and I think that at least some others would agree) that we live in one of the best staycation cities anywhere!

Posted on: 2015/5/29 1:25
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Re: Journal Square Vs. JC Heights
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Pebble wrote:
Ok, sure... please state, specifically, what is scary about the Lafayette area bordering Liberty State Park.

Have you been over to NuBar? Have you traveled to Pacific Flea? Have you departed the Light Rail at Liberty State Park? Have you taken a look at the Foundry?


Thank you, Pebble. I look forward to meeting you one day.

I often feel that people write about Lafayette without firsthand knowledge. I've lived here close to six years, and frequently walk around on my own with zero problems -- yes, even at night. On top of that, I really like my neighbors. And Lafayette has a great community vibe, including Nu Bar and Pacific Flea. I encourage you to check it out. Come by Nu Bar one evening and ask around. Or not.

Posted on: 2014/12/24 3:17
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Re: Nu Bar
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The Lafayette holiday party at Nu Bar was great, but in general Nu Bar just keeps getting better. The food, the wine and beer options (reportedly cocktails.too, for people who like them), and the crowd. They also play cool music at a reasonable level. It's a laid-back neighborhood bar, which I say as a 40-somethimg who has bitched about restaurants in that space in the past. Nu Bar is a great addition to the neighborhood.

Posted on: 2014/12/5 4:04
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Re: Paulus Hook Brick Oven Pizza is Closing
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ReadJunk wrote:
Razza's is excellent but like you said, not deliverable plus it's pricey. What other brick oven pizza joints are in the downtown area? Krispy isn't one right?


Abbondonza has brick oven pizza and delivers. It's also BYOB if you eat it there.

Posted on: 2014/11/19 17:37
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Re: Pasta Dal Cuore
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I'm excited to have a fresh pasta shop in town. We stopped by this past weekend and bought two kinds. The fat spaghetti (with the fancy name I can't remember) was good, but the spinach/ricotta ravioli was truly memorable with just a simple olive oil, salt, pepper, and parm topping. I'm hopeful about this addition to JC, and will definitely return. (They should get stickers for their plain boxes that give the cooking times.)

Posted on: 2014/11/13 3:39
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Re: Mural in Greenville
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Gorgeous! Will walk up there soon to check it out in person.

Posted on: 2014/8/22 3:48
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Re: What does the future hold for Lafayette?
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As a former resident of the Bergen part of B-L and a current resident of the Lafayette part, I can confirm that many people in both neighborhoods agree with the general division outlined by my neighbors here. There's a swath of industrial buildings, etc. that currently provides a clear divide between the residences and businesses in both areas. Of course, this may change as Berry Lane Park is developed.

So, keeping in mind that I'm talking about Lafayette as defined by my neighbors here, I'll go ahead and respond to nemobeatz's original post: "I'm curious about what other folks in the neighborhood think about it's progress."

Having lived here for over five years, I do see progress. There are continually new buildings being constructed in vacant lots; more of the vacant lots are being kept up; and more neighbors are getting involved in the community. In fact, I just saw that Lafayette (as defined here) is the first neighborhood in JC to get to 200 members on the online Next Door community. This sense of community is reflected in the many friendships I have with my Lafayette neighbors, both long-time residents and new ones.

That said, I agree with Rebecca S that it would be great to have more amenities. I'm pleased with Nu Bar as it is being run by Dorian and Jessica, and we've got some great bodegas and little Puerto Rican and Dominican restaurants. It's also great to have the Pacific Flea once a month! But it would be nice to have some other places and activities. I think it will come in time, but in the meantime, I'm happier living here than I have been in a lot of other neighborhoods in which I've lived, which includes downtown JC, the East Village, and several other cities in the US and overseas. The genuine sense of community here is hard to find.

Posted on: 2014/8/13 18:26
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Re: Taqueria Viva Mexico Kitchen Cafe - 133 Morris Street
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I was walking by on Friday and was told by workers that they were replacing the floors and reopening on Monday. I hope that's true.

Posted on: 2014/6/15 13:08
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Re: Bergen Lafayette?
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bodhipooh wrote:
It's not just one station, though. From the BeLa area close to the LSP station, you can gain quick, easy access to LSP (a very short walk) in addition to still being walking distance to DTJC. Yes, it is a long walk, but many people actually walk it from time to time.


Agreed. It's only 20 minutes to the Grove Street PATH station from much of Lafayette. I walk it all the time!

Posted on: 2014/5/13 1:06
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Re: traffic at 440 & Communipaw is insane! Did they change the light timing?
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This has also been my experience. The lights are not timed well. There are two stoplights between westbound Communipaw and the 1/9 truck route. The first one turns green well before the second one, so only a few cars can go. And cars often end up blocking 440 while waiting for the second light. Even before 7 am, westbound Communipaw is backed up. This problem is new as of the Pulaski closure.

Posted on: 2014/5/6 1:56
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Re: America’s Most Popular Bars In 2013
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rycor wrote:
Really? Im not sure I would rank that place the best in NJ. I am doubtful they even clean their tap lines regularly. All the beer tastes off to me.


Agreed. I used to go to Zeppelin on the occasional summer late afternoon, but the drafts are consistently off. Worse, the bartenders push back when I point this out. I would pick many places as the best bar in JC ( never mind NJ) before Zeppelin, starting with the New Park Tavern.

Posted on: 2013/12/28 4:05
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Re: Low water pressure 8th & Erie?
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Low on Halladay St. in the Lafayette neighborhood, too. I was worried my pipes were frozen. This is preferable.

Posted on: 2013/12/18 12:42
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Re: Greenpoint's WORD Bookstore coming to Jersey City
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SilveryJessica wrote:
Because the pleasure of bookstores is being in a bookstore. Surrounded by all of that material. Touching books. Leafing through them. Seeing what other people are looking at. Noticing titles I didn't know about. Asking people questions. I don't understand how it is any more anachronistic than food shopping is anachronistic in the days of Fresh Direct. If you like the experience you get from buying books online, great. I've bought books online. It isn't a binary world: buy books in person/do not buy books in person. If I need a textbook, I order it online. If I want to see what strikes my fancy, I want a bookstore.

If you don't go to readings or meetings or signings or any other kind of gathering that might take place in a bookstore, and you're going to make your coffee at home and everything else, then yes, you're not going to get it and that's fine. Bookstores attract other business. They suggest a level of income and education in that area that gives confidence to other small business owners. They typically serve as de facto community gathering places because they DO host events and showcase local artists and writers, and they are good distribution points for other cultural events.

If you don't like or value bookstores, that's perfectly fine. Just because it's 2013 doesn't mean bookstores can't succeed. When people are struggling, they don't buy books. They go to the library. When people are flush, they buy books.


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Thanks, Silvery Jessica, for saying exactly what I wanted to say. I'm glad that JC is getting its second bookstore. And yes, Nemobeatz, I like Tachair, too!

Posted on: 2013/12/16 2:35
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Re: The Torch House has arrived
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Monroe,
The last couple of times I just had drinks. Wine is now just $6 or $7 a glass, and beer is lower, too, in some cases. And $2 off during Happy Hour. I'll have to check abou the food.
Susan

Posted on: 2013/11/10 22:53
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Re: The Torch House has arrived
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The Torch House is starting to figure things out. The burger is still good (and they'll actually cook it rare!) and they still have a nice selection of craft beers on tap. But they've listened to feedback and lowered the prices, and created a more mellow vibe. It has a nice neighborhood bar feeling. It's great for Lafayette to have it.

Posted on: 2013/11/9 22:53
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Re: Vintage flea market
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I stopped by for the first time this weekend and, like other recent posters, I was impressed. Cool, interesting stuff -- not junk. And lots of room to expand. They said they plan to stay open through November, then re-open in the spring, hopefully with more vendors.

Posted on: 2013/10/28 14:21
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Re: The Torch House has arrived
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The staff said it will be open to the public tomorrow night (Saturday) after 8 p.m. They will stay open until 11 or so. Five or six good craft beers on taps, and an eclectic menu. I'm hopeful. See you all there!

Posted on: 2013/9/6 20:41
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Re: Car detailing and minor body work
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We've used Ziggy's on 7th Street a couple of times for minor dents. They've done a great job at keeping the costs well below what we expected, and it looked good.

Posted on: 2013/9/6 20:28
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Re: Green Villain Jersey City Takeover
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user1111 wrote:
The beer was amazing wow.


Yes! And the barbecue by Lafayette's new catering company, Metropolitan Barbecue, also was amazing -- especially the pulled pork and the spicy beans! I'm crossing my fingers that they'll open a restaurant here.

Thanks to the community garden and Green Villain for this great summer series. Looking forward to next year!

- Susan

Posted on: 2013/9/1 18:59
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Re: Swimming
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OneSkirt wrote:
That's great. Does it go until 10am? I ask because the city's listing say 9am, and I'd prefer the later time if possible.

Thanks!


Yes, the Lafayette pool has adult swim until 10 a.m. I was there this morning from about 9-9:30. There were 6 or 7 of us swimming laps and another 4 or 5 socializing in the pool in a corner. All adults. Very quiet and relaxing. It's also clean (at least in the morning). I hope more people will start going because today was one of the busier mornings I've experienced, and if that doesn't keep up, I fear the hours will change. I don't want to lose the adult swim time on weekday mornings!

(And if you go, bring your ID. The woman at the gate recognizes me now, but still checks my license every time.)

Posted on: 2013/7/18 19:01
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Re: Swimming
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The Lafayette pool is wonderful on weekday mornings for lap swim from 7-10. It's quiet and pretty empty then.

Posted on: 2013/7/16 15:16
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Re: Online petition calls for Jersey City Mayor Fulop to make art maven Brauser art ‘ambassador’
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I have to start by saying that I'm not friends with Uta, although we've exchanged pleasantries at art openings. I like her based on those brief exchanges and the projects she's forwarded.

But it seems to me that Uta is a huge supporter of the arts in JC and a driving force behind Creative Grove. I'd love to see many more like her.

Whether that qualifies her for a job or a post or a title, I can't say. But I'm grateful for Uta and others like her (including Thomas and Tony). People like them, and the projects they conceive, are a big part of why I like JC so much.

- Susan N

Posted on: 2013/7/10 4:35
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Re: Liberty State Park 4th BBQ
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There are big electronic signs on the Turnpike extension that say there are no fireworks at Liberty States Park on the 4th.

Posted on: 2013/7/3 20:22
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Re: ABCNEWS “The Lookout” auto repair rip off in JC….
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I've had great experiences with Star auto repair at 1 West Side Ave. Joe and his staff have worked hard to find used parts and keep my costs down. Repairs often cost less than I would have expected, and I've never had to return due to a botched repair. They've even driven me home on occasion when repairs will take a while.

Posted on: 2013/6/21 16:48
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Re: Cat Sitter - Pet Sitter
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CatmanJC is a great cat sitter. We've hired him several times, and highly recommend him. I think our cats would, too, if they could. He's reliable and professional, and also clearly loves cats!

Posted on: 2013/6/14 23:19
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Re: The Dopeness
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This ad is seriously over the top and gross. No desire to go to The Dopeness based on this. So many other great places that don't advertise with pictures of dead girls.

Susan.

Posted on: 2013/6/9 21:35
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Re: From a Moving Van to an Arts Complex
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jcgurl wrote:
Saw this article in the Times and was thoroughly surprised. Has anyone been here? What's it like? At first I thought they were talking about one of the warehouses in the PAD but it's up past India Square, right?


Yes, it's near India Square. I've been to a few of their openings. It's an incredible place! The space is enormous and you can spend a whole afternoon there without seeing everything. At a typical opening, they have had several different shows in their large galleries, but you can also watch dance rehearsals, visit artist studios, and listen to live music in the cafe.

In terms of the art, some of the art has been really high-level (although not all), including some big names (e.g., a Keith Haring show, pieces by Carsten Holler). The Middle Eastern Center for the Arts (MECA), which is part of Mana, has had intellectually interesting shows, too, including one by Israeli artists from five or six different religious backgrounds that explored Middle Eastern politics.

It's also really professionally done. They have complimentary wine in the main gallery, food for sale in the cafe, professional catalogs/newsletters, and a space for children (which was great when I brought my young nephews).

I plan to be a regular at their openings, and also to bring out-of-town guests there on Saturdays. It didn't used to be open on the weekends at all except for openings, so I'm excited that that's changing. Mana is a huge boon for JC.

Posted on: 2013/5/17 18:36
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Re: Fulop signs being placed on houses without owner consent
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OneSkirt wrote:
Take photos of these and post here with the location (street name will suffice).


I love OneSkirt's posts. And I totally agree with this one, but there's no photo to be taken if the sign is gone. Ours was stolen Saturday night. We've requested a new one, but I think they're running low. We had noticed many Fulop signs in our Lafayette neighborhood over the last few weeks, but a stroll around the neighborhood today indicated that most of them are gone -- I'm guessing stolen like ours because who would take down a political sign that you asked for before the election. Sad.

Posted on: 2013/5/6 0:50
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Re: ‘Secret’ Urban Art Gallery Green Villain Hosting Concert
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We stopped by Green Villain's last party for a bit. Their building is in Lafayette, a quick walk from the corner of Pacific and Communipaw, as is the block party (although not on the same block). It was really fun, and the space is amazing. (I'm too old to have stayed more than a bit!) I'm looking forward to the block party and am hoping lots of people come out!

Posted on: 2013/5/2 1:22
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Re: Bergen Lafayette?
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I've weighed in a few times before about B-L, so won't say much more here, but I wanted to reiterate that many of us love B-L. Obviously, not everyone will, but as a woman who has lived here for almost five years and who often goes jogging or walking solo, I don't buy the super-scary warnings. I suggest spending some time wandering the streets here, and see how you feel. I suspect that at least some people will fall for the good location, beautiful housing stock, and friendly vibe.

And if you don't, no judgment from me.

- Susan

Posted on: 2013/4/25 3:38
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