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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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Sounds like property taxes will go up again?

Posted on: 9/11 16:09
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Re: Looking for wooden pallets
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Looks like I'll need a few more pallets.

If anyone sees any around the VVP area, can you please post a quick note here for me to go and pick up?

Thank you guys so much!!!

Posted on: 9/7 20:35
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Compact Front Loading Washing machines
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Hi all - my compact front loading washing machine just died, and I'm looking to buy another compact washer (laundry closet only fits 23.5 in wide machines max).

I'm considering the following brands:
GE (just died)
Whirlpool
Electrolux
Bosch

Anyone has feedback with the compact models from these brands?

Also, which brand generally has the "longest lasting" washers?

TIA

Posted on: 9/2 17:02
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Re: Caterpillars in Trees.
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Saw a few trees starting to show these yesterday on Montgomery between Grove and Barrow.

Spreading fast!!!

Posted on: 9/2 13:58
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Re: Looking for wooden pallets
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Thank you @jcneighbor!!! Going now to ask!!! Appreciate the heads up!

Posted on: 8/30 12:58
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Re: Looking for wooden pallets
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Thank you @thirstyquaker - but unfortunately, we don't have a car right now, so it will be quite a trek for us to lug the pallets home on foot to VVP.

I'll keep this in mind though - next time we rent a car, I'll know where to pick up a pallet.

Thanks again!

Posted on: 8/21 18:43
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Looking for wooden pallets
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Hello - looking for wooden pallets if anyone is throwing away a few.

Can pick up in VVP / downtown area (no car).

Thanks in advance!

Posted on: 8/17 21:08
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Re: Public Transportation - Bayonne Pool -> downtown jersey city
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Thanks @Ralph_Abutts - googleMaps says it's about 15-16 minutes walk to either 8th Str or 22nd street Light Rail. Do you find that accurate? Which one would you say is a "better" walk?

Thanks!

Posted on: 7/3 13:47
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Public Transportation - Bayonne Pool -> downtown jersey city
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I need to go from the Bayonne Pool (at 155 16th Street in Bayonne) to downtown Jersey City, via public transportation. I've looked at Google Maps and did some research, and looks like the below are my best bets. I'm wondering if the locals can help confirm these methods - I'll be traveling with kids so I want to make sure my directions are correct:

- my best choice would be the 81 or 81x (during rush hour) bus, at Ave C at 16th Street all the way back to downtown (dropping us on Jersey Ave)

- I can also take the light rail but that would involve walking 15+ min to either 8th Str Light Rail or 22nd Light Rail. I know there's Bus 10 but I rather not wait for bus

- do I have other options with public transportation? I know there's also the 80 bus that can take me to JSQ for PATH - but I want to make it easy and use only one method of transportation

- anyone know how much it would cost to uber? Will need to be UberX since there's 3 of us

- does anyone know how much the 81 / 81x bus cost? Are they the same cost, or is the 81x more expensive? I actually have a tough time finding the fare info

Thanks in advance!

Posted on: 6/30 16:59
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Re: Gothamist: The PATH Is A Packed, Slow-Motion Nightmare For NJ Commuters This Morning
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Is the PATH train for real? Every time I thought it couldn't get any worse - guess what? The PATH train manages to surprise me yet again!

Waited 40 min for a train this morning - finally gave up.

JC could be such a more pleasant place to live if the PATH trains would just be a little better.

I'm not asking much, just a little better, and more reliable, please!!!!!

Posted on: 6/9 10:31
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Re: Real Estate lawyer recommendation
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Thank you for all the recommendations so far. Will research every one of them!!!

Posted on: 5/28 18:52
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Re: Real Estate lawyer recommendation
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@bodhipooh - yes, you're right. I'm the same one who posted that thread previously.

The other unit owner is aware that the roof is deeded to us. However, instead of asking us directly, they are going to ask the condo association / owners for a vote on this (we happen to have a condo meeting coming up).

So - I have a feeling this may get messy, so I just want a lawyer's contact handy, in case we need to go down that route.

I have looked through our bylaws and deed, and what I saw so far is that:
1. the roof is defined as a "General Common Element"
2. the right to construct a roof deck is "limited and reserved" to our unit only

However, the bylaw/deed does not explicitly say that other units cannot put anything up there. Our neighbor is taking the route that if they can obtain majority votes, then they can put the compressor up there?

====>>>>> Therefore - I'm not sure if we (as owners of the deeded roof) can conclusively say "No" to the neighbor and their compressor. I would have assumed that since the roof is deeded to us, then we should be able to say No, and that's the final word???

That's why we don't know how to handle this, and therefore may need to get a lawyer involved.

If anyone has any insights or experience into this, we'd greatly appreciate it - feel free to comment here, or direct message me.

Posted on: 5/27 19:58
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Real Estate lawyer recommendation
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Looking for good real estate lawyer recommendation - especially pertaining to deeded roof rights, and the right of other building owners to put compressors on roof (deeded to a different unit owner).

Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 5/27 10:45
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Re: contractor for Ductless, Mini-Split Air Conditioner/Heat Pumps
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Thanks - will give them a call!

Posted on: 5/18 17:05
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Re: contractor for Ductless, Mini-Split Air Conditioner/Heat Pumps
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I know that all installations are different and therefore pricing can differ a lot, but I'm wondering if anyone can provide a ballpark quote for a 3 bedroom / ~1300 sq ft ductless AC install? It is a single-floor condo unit.

A range would be fine too (eg $10k-15K) - just want to get an idea if the price we were quoted is fair.

Thanks in advance.

Posted on: 5/17 15:35
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Re: Deeded Roof question
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Thank you for all the replies. There's a lot to think over and consider - but at least now we have a better idea.

Posted on: 5/17 12:03
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Re: Deeded Roof question
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Thank you for all the replies!

To answer a question asked earlier:
- yes, there is a shared backyard, but the contractor said it's more efficient to have the compressor on the top vs street level (less "pushing")

- sounds like noise and vibration could be a big concern

@I_heart_JC - how is the noise and vibration from your apartment? Is it directly above your unit?

- we will definitely get a lawyer involved if this is going ahead - however, too many concerns at this point...

Posted on: 5/14 12:57
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Deeded Roof question
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We own the top floor of a small brownstone building, and the roof is deeded to us - we have the right to build a deck there (with condo assoc approval). Currently, there's nothing on the roof, and it is 100% maintained by the condo assoc.

A downstairs neighbor is looking into installing ductless AC and may need to put a compressor on the roof - which is deeded to us.

This is new to us, and we're wondering if anyone can provide insight into a situation like this?

- Any reasons for allowing this (besides good neighbor relations)?

- Any reasons to not allow this?

- Pitfalls?

- if we allow this, what do we need (and ask for from the neighbor) to make sure we are protected - from a legal and monetary perspective?

We assume we will need to get a lawyer to get all responsibilities written down on paper, and signed if we go ahead with the neighbor?

Thank you in advance for any feedback!

PS also want to note that we may, or may not, also install a separate ductless AC unit along with the neighbor. We are in the "exploratory" stage and just got a contractor here for the initial visit together. Still haven't decided if it is a "go" for us or not.

Posted on: 5/13 13:17
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Re: Sheriff Sale? (foreclosure)
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Is the list posted online somewhere, or is it only in the papers?

Posted on: 3/12 23:07
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Re: Looking for REPUTABLE General Contractor
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I'd be interested too if you don't mind sharing your electrician and plumber contacts - needs some work done in our apartment too. Thx.

Posted on: 3/4 15:41
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Re: Where to buy leather products such as dyes, leather glue, etc?
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@JerseyCityFrankie - thank you!!! I'll go check it out!!!

Posted on: 2017/5/7 19:35
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Re: Where to buy leather products such as dyes, leather glue, etc?
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Thanks - i'll check it out.

Posted on: 2017/5/6 20:13
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Where to buy leather products such as dyes, leather glue, etc?
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Hi all - I have a few handbag repair projects that been sitting there for a while, and I think it's time I finally get to them. I need to get some leather related products as leather glue, dyes, conditioner/balm, etc (to repair a rip job, and dye another badly discolored bag).

Are there any such places in NYC (perhaps in the garment district somewhere?), or NJ (as long as it's public transportation accessible), that I can go to? I've found a few online places to make the purchase. However, if I can buy them "locally", I'd prefer to do that.

Thank you in advance!

Posted on: 2017/5/5 18:01
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Re: Homeowner's Insurance
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@MDM: are there good books, blogs or discussion forums that you recommend for wanna-be future real estate moguls?

I'm very new to real estate / landlord thing, but want to read more about it to educate myself - so one day when I do have the capital, I can invest - and do it right!!!

You sound like a pro - can you recommend a few learning resources for newbies???

TIA!

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NJ Manufacturer's insures homes up to 2 family in size. I had them when I lived in a 2 unit. No issues and very comprehensive coverage.

I use them for "renters" insurance since I technically rent from my LLC. They even give me earthquake coverage.

Posted on: 2017/3/29 22:43
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Re: Homeowner's Insurance
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Just wondering:

for a three bedroom, 1300 sq ft apartment in an old brownstone walk-up building, how much would insurance be roughly?

I understand it would vary depend on a lot of different things, but just want a ball park figure for how much the basics would be.


Posted on: 2017/3/29 17:26
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Re: FSBO 1Bd @ GullsCove South Facing
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Post flyers around the neighborhood?

Also, all the parks have bulletin boards - post a flyer there too.

Do you plan on doing open house by yourself on weekends? Perhaps that would be useful too?

Good luck!

Posted on: 2017/3/28 15:42
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Re: Water damaged wall and ceiling
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Makes sense - I'll do that. Thank you!

Just wondering: is there a downside to notifying my own insurer and it ended up not doing anything (i.e. the unit above ends up paying for everything)?

Does it put a "dent" on my insurance record (like car insurance)?

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Dinger wrote:
Not sure how bad the damage is. You should give notice to your insurer. Unless you know for sure the cause of the leak or what's covered I'd err on the side of reporting to the condo's liability insurer. Generally, you job right now is to make sure you give notice directly to the insurers. Let them tell you their policies don't cover. Not your job to figure it out right now.

Posted on: 2017/3/26 16:16
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Re: Water damaged wall and ceiling
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Is the "management company's insurer" the condo association's insurer? Sorry, never done this before, so not sure who's who.

Also, should I also notify my own insurance co? If the owner of the leak or his insurance company doesn't come through and cover everything, wouldn't I go through my own insurance co. to chase them?

Not clear why the condo assoc's insurance would come in - as I thought they cover "common elements" only?


thanks for any clarification!!!

Posted on: 2017/3/25 8:24
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Re: Water damaged wall and ceiling
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Ok - now management is telling me the owner with the leak has involved his insurance company, and therefore an agent will be coming out to inspect the damages.

Has anyone dealt with insurance agents on such matters before?

Any advice on how to deal with them? What to watch out for?

This is SOOOOOOOO stressful!!!!!!

Posted on: 2017/3/24 18:09
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Re: Water damaged wall and ceiling
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OK - so the management company sent over a contractor to look at the damage. He claims that it's what they call a "flash flood/leak", and there's no ongoing humidity, and therefore they don't expect any mold. he recommends just doing a paint-over with stain remover/primer/paint.

I'm not sure if I can believe him!?!?!?!

The management co. also told me that it was a toilet overflow (it was a lot of water!!! Started in 4th flr and went down all the way to 1st - not sure if a toilet can overflow that much!?!?!?), so it's a one-off and not an ongoing issue.

There's no window in the bathroom, but there's an exhaust fan that pipes to the outside.

Posted on: 2017/3/24 10:00
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