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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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Bill DeBlasio is probably a more inept and less effective mayor than Fulop and will still cruise to reelection with a crushing margin. I don't see why that won't be the case here.


Thank god we have Fulop and not de Blasio! I'm an ultra-liberal democrat, but if NYC avoids a big mess in the next four years, it will be despite the best efforts of that self-proclaimed progressive asshat.

Posted on: 10/28 0:27
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Re: Organized local group bike rides
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Lots of my bike racer friends have gotten LT tests done at EnduranceWerx in Manhattan:
http://endurancewerx.com/blood-lactate-threshold-test/

Have heard good things about the sports medicine dept. at NYU Langone. If your concern is more about determining if you're in shape to undertake a training regimen, rather than determining what your HR/power zones are for training, a place like that is a better bet. Probably $$$, tho. http://nyulangone.org/locations/sport ... ports-performance-testing

Posted on: 8/5 21:33
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Re: Where can I buy decent used snow tires for my jalopy?
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There are a bunch of shops that sell used tires, and mount/balance/repair tires, on Fairmont Ave, just off Grand St. The shop I've used several times is Luigi's - I think that's the kind of place you're looking for. There are several others on that block if you want to shop around.

Good luck!

Posted on: 12/17 21:06
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Re: WeWork, Kushner mulling WeLive in Jersey City
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This sounds like posturing / spin on a deal gone bad. WeWork was supposed to be a tenant in the One Journal Square project:

http://therealdeal.com/2016/06/20/wew ... ng-welive-in-jersey-city/

I'm sure we'll find out more, soon...

Posted on: 2016/10/12 0:29
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Re: FULOP, DEAL WITH PEDESTRIAN & BIKE SAFETY!!
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JC has drivers who don't know how to drive, pedestrians who don't follow traffic rules, bikers on the sidewalks, no one obeys traffic signs and lights.

Everyone is to blame.


I agree that all parties contribute to what can be a chaotic environment on the roads, but it's drivers going 20, 30 mph over the posted speed limits that are responsible for DEATHS in these cases.

You think this guy hit by the cab would fly 50 feet through the air if the cab were driving the speed limit, or close to the speed limit?

I walk or ride my bike on JFK 7 days a week, and it is terrifying.


Posted on: 2016/9/29 23:46
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Re: 9th and Coles Tavern closing. Last day party is Friday 9/30
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Here's a little more background on why the current owners are selling, from the 9C Facebook page. Even if you don't agree with their cause, I think you've got to admire their dedication to it. I always enjoyed my visits the last few years. Best of luck to Greg and Tony in their endeavors, and to the new owners of the tavern.

"As many of you are aware Greg and I are actively looking to sell 9th and Coles Tavern so that we can focus on Broome Animal Sanctuary, our at risk animal sanctuary in Broome, NY and to further our mission of raising awareness of farm factory cruelty. In December we committed to completely removing meat from our menu and to use only produce grown on our farm. We were very excited about the feedback we received; however as time went on our concept of thinking outside the box and with a heart did not seem to catch on. As part of our commitment we stated that if we were not able to successfully reach our goal by September we would sell 9C.
As September approaches we are honoring our commitment because we believe in this cause and want to do whatever we can to help at risk farm animals. While we are in the process of selling it will be business as usual at 9th and Coles Tavern. We will remain open for business until we have a buyer. Stay tuned for updates and trust us there will be a party to celebrate Family & Friends of 9C Tavern to say thank you for sticking it out with us over the years.

Posted on: 2016/9/27 21:34
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Re: Hard Grove Cafe
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It's just a block from the new Cathedral Hall concert venue (FKA St Bridget's). So: maybe not so crazy after all.

Posted on: 2016/9/6 23:35
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Re: Hard Grove Cafe
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"I'll bet we could make a lot of money if we sold new condos here."

"Yeah, let's do that."

"There's a 4-story building with a cool historic facade on the site. We could make even more money if we got rid of that building and replace it with a new 6-story one."

"Yeah, let's do that."

Poof, gone! Goodbye. Diabolical? Let your conscience be your guide.

Now let's watch 143 Newark - the historic building that was to have housed Hard Grove. The renovation plan was for 17 housing units. Now that the facade "can't be saved" - I wonder if the new plan will call for an equal-size development? or more units / bigger / more expensive units? What's your hunch?


Posted on: 2016/8/27 0:51
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Re: Organized local group bike rides
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if you can work up to doing 3- or 4-hour rides, Jersey City is not a bad place at all to live as a cyclist.

Piermont via 9W and/or Henry Hudson Parkway (aka “River Road”) is a very popular destination for NYC-area riders, about 50 miles round trip from JC. So that’s probably a couple hours up, coffee/muffin/pee break, then a couple hours back. If you’re leaving early (i.e., 7 - 8 am) on a weekend, traffic on the way up will be quite light. Traffic will be heavier on your return trip, but after you’ve done it a few times you’ll probably get used to it - or you can allow a little more time and jump on and off the completed sections of the Hudson River path to minimize your exposure to traffic.

If you’re comfortable doing rides of that length, NYCC is a great option for group rides, at any speed / ability level.

If you’re looking for places to do shorter rides locally, Lincoln Park is really good, with the new 2-way protected bike lane around the main 1.3-mile loop in the park, and the lovely and easy off-road trails in the western part of the park, and along the Hackensack River waterfront through the new golf course.

Liberty State Park and the waterfront path south to Port Liberte is also excellent and very scenic.

When the Bayonne Bridge was open for bike/foot traffic, I did quite a few rides to Staten Island. That bridge was about 2/3 the distance as GWB, and less traffic, but once you got to Staten Island, you had to ride a few less-pleasant miles before you got to the good stuff. So those ended up being 3+ hour trips - with the option to take the SI Ferry and PATH from WTC or ferry back to JC if you desired.
Not sure what timing is now for Bayonne Bridge bike/ped facility to reopen - I’d guess a couple years & not holding my breath.

iGreg - correct - it is beneficial to carry some simple tools and learn how to use them, so you don't have to call your mommy if you get a flat or a boo-boo on your ride. Also, after you've done a few rides, you quickly learn where the glass/crap tends to be in the road, and how to avoid it - lessening the likelihood of flats / boo-boos.

Posted on: 2016/7/18 22:39
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Re: Cycling Clubs around JC
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Plus-1 on NYCC. Quite a few rides start or can be joined on the NJ side of the GWB; as mentioned there is fantastic riding accessible via NJT and Metro North.

Bike JC does the Ward Tour every June, plus occasional rides around town. Great way to connect with other local riders. http://bikejc.org

Posted on: 2016/5/26 1:32
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Re: A casino in Jersey City? Venture capitalist wants to make it happen
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There is almost a 100% chance that Fulop's sudden change of heart has been prompted by $$$ for his governor campaign in some way.


+ $1,000,000


Posted on: 2016/4/13 23:31
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Re: Bike Share Flap Pits JC vs. Hoboken
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i don't see a problem with other bike companies using a jersey city bike rack. It's not as if it were purchased by Citibike. The racks should be a convenience for all residents/visitors.


The problem is, the purpose of the racks is for local folks to have a place to securely lock their own bikes. If a private company brings over a bunch of their bikes in a van at 6 am and takes all the open spots in the rack, the people who should be able to use the rack are denied that opportunity; they most likely end up locking up in a less-secure, less-orderly manner (bad for them, and the other users of that public space).


Posted on: 2016/3/28 17:25
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Re: Parking while on vacation
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Always great to see my tax dollars at work, warehousing vacationers' cars.

(I'm busting on the system - nothing personal with anybody here. Y'all are playing by the rules, as they are written.)

Posted on: 2016/3/23 21:19
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Re: Best two words in Fulop's world are 'super PAC' | Political Insider
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It’s disgusting and makes pay-to-play look like child’s play - but this specific type of activity was legalized by the Supreme Court six years ago. You can agree or disagree with that characterization - but it’s the law of the land right now.

Very disappointing to see a politician who a few years ago advocated for campaign finance reform slink away from that position. Makes me wonder if Councilman Fulop’s chest-thumping over pay-to-play was motivated by a sincere belief that it was wrong, or if he saw it simply as a means to get leverage over those who were employing it?

Seems like Fulop is just reaching for the cloak of progressivism when it's time to write a press release. Rest of the time, it's all realpolitik.

Posted on: 2016/2/2 0:53
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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I like Steve Fulop, but that was five minutes and forty-three seconds of serious bullshit I just watched.

He’s saying to maximize growth, we need to continue subsidizing the taxes of owners of million-dollar homes in Hamilton Park, on the backs of homeowners in Bergen Lafayette. He said that!

is the appeal of Hamilton Park so tenuous that if taxes go up, a well-off family who would've bought a $1.2M townhouse with low taxes, will not buy the same home for $1.1M with higher taxes?

Would the seller of such a home be devastated by the loss in sale price?

Hearing such an assessment from a Goldman Sachs banker - yeah - that might be the best way to maximize growth.

Coming from a politician who seeks to be a leader in liberal / progressive values - nope. Wrong. Fail.

That homeowner in B-L who could be pocketing the extra $200 or $300 a year - Ok that's chump change - but it starts to add up after 10, 15, 20 years.

Mayor Fulop, how long do you suggest we wait before making property taxes in Jersey City equitable again?

Posted on: 2016/1/28 1:54
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Re: Jersey City tries out 'day lighting' to boost pedestrian safety
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I drove down Morris St last night, which has really nice permanent bump-outs at its intersection with Greene St, and people had parked along not one but both bump-outs. Nice!

I'm a cyclist first, pedestrian second, and driver third - so I really understand the purpose of daylighting, and hope these efforts succeed - but there clearly needs to be messaging/education and enforcement to go along with the paint and delineator posts.

Posted on: 2016/1/18 22:02
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Re: Any recommendations for an oil change?
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Epic is great, very professional - I've been using them for basic maintenance (oil changes, alignment, mounting tires, etc) the last few years.

Not sure if they're set up to do quickie on-demand oil changes all the time. I'd say call ahead - if they say they can get you in & out when you want to go, go for it.

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Outside of downtown - haven't been there - but I've heard good things about Epic.

http://www.epicautocare.com/services/

Posted on: 2015/12/28 20:08
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Re: Chris Christie 'Suspiciously Connected' To Revenge Traffic Jam
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So, you're conceding that Christie knew about it, but think that the actual inconvenience to motorists and threat to public safety was no big whoop?

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Trump gets this wrong, the bridge wasn't shut down, only a couple local access lanes from Ft. Lee. And it didn't take six hours to cross the bridge at any point whatsoever.

Posted on: 2015/12/8 23:02
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Re: In case you missed the news.. major cooridinated Islamic terror attack in Paris
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Wow, this thread is on fire!

I'd suggest we all take a step back for a moment and carefully consider the words and spirit of the following sentence:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Posted on: 2015/11/17 23:05
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Re: In case you missed the news.. major cooridinated Islamic terror attack in Paris
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Dear JCMan8 -
Your reaction of hatred and fear is exactly what these despicable acts were designed to achieve.

The goal of these terrorists was not so much to kill a few dozen or a couple hundred people, but to activate the biggoted elements in Europe/US to escalate the persecution of Muslims in their communities, making it easier for the bad guys to radicalize and recruit new members.

I am not saying, don’t do anything about it. Of course the perpetrators need to be found and held accountable. There is not much you or I can do directly to help that cause, but here are two things we can do, right now:

We can keep the innocents who lost their lives, and their families, in our thoughts.

We can push back against hatred and persecution of Muslims in our community. If we fail to do so, we are walking into the trap set by the terrorists.

Yours,
Sully

Posted on: 2015/11/14 1:04
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Re: Speed bump between 8th and 9th on Erie.
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Looks like the city's making another stab at speed bumps/humps. I saw a crew installing one near JSQ this morning, on Van Reypen St. I didn't see the finished product but there were already a couple street signs up warning of its presence.

Hopefully that's a signal of better thought-out plans for installing these things this time around.

Posted on: 2015/11/11 1:08
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Re: New Thai place on Baldwin
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Thanks for the tip, will check this place out.

Regarding the name. It looks like they went for a clever type treatment as their logo: Pr&ince

See how that works? "& I" is embedded in the middle of "Prince."

Maybe not the best business decision, if a lot of people are confused by it. If the food is good, hopefully they'll have a chance to better resolve stuff like that.

Posted on: 2015/11/10 0:06
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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This doesn't sound good (as of 12:53 am - 10/3/2015)

Due to a track condition, PATH is operating 33rd-Hob, Nwk-Jsq and Wtc-Ex. Place only. NJT will cross honor PATH passengners.

Posted on: 2015/10/3 1:21
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Re: Four months on Hudson County payroll gets Jim McGreevey lifetime benefits
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Posted on: 2015/9/22 15:13
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Re: Steuben St parking
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This is a great thread! I live in Zone 11, which is really really small - so the opportunities for free, on-street, entitled parking are extremely limited!

I'm only entitled to park in places I could easily walk to from my home in a couple minutes - what good is that??? OUTRAGEOUS! How can I possibly get by???

Plus, people in Zone 2 can park in an area larger than Hoboken, that really chaps my ass!! Totally unfair!! I demand that the city council immediately make Zone 11 much larger!!

Yvonne, if you will support my cause to make Zone 11 as large as Hoboken, I'll support your effort to get a Zone 2 sticker.

Posted on: 2015/9/20 23:34
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Re: How will YOU help end homelessness in Hudson County?
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Mother of God - is there something in the water tonight? Full moon? Pod people? Daleks?


Mercury is in retrograde...

Posted on: 2015/9/19 20:14
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Re: Vacant Buildings
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Now that the hysteria has died down, the one takeaway I see is that the original plan appears to have worked as intended.

Yvonne herself said that the buildings on the 1999 vacant list that she checked out are now among the nicest looking properties on their respective blocks.

Posted on: 2015/9/16 0:32
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Re: Vacant Buildings
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This document is on the city's Planning Studies page:

http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... 2004%20-%202015%20RDP.pdf

(last link on the page:)

http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/data.aspx?id=15623

Perhaps these are properties that were vacant years ago - in 2007, when the plan was last amended?

Posted on: 2015/9/15 16:12
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Re: Hudson River waterfront needs vast improvement
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Please remember that when redevelopment of Newport and Exchange Place began, the Hudson River shoreline (on both sides, NY and NJ) was an industrial / post-industrial wasteland. The Hudson was a polluted mess. NYC was recently out of near-bankruptcy, full of crime and drugs. Having the PATH station within a block or two of your apartment or office would've been very attractive back then - as it is now - but overall it was a very different environment.

That said, no excuses for the poor planning / no big picture vision after those dark early days passed. As Brewster mentioned, Hoboken has done a much better job developing special public spaces on its waterfront.

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why is jc allowing a tremendous asset - its Hudson river waterfront - to languish? there are great views of the manhattan skyline, one of the best skylines in the world? why aren't there more cafes, restaurants where one can sit and just enjoy the view? maybe have some outdoor musicians every so often

Posted on: 2015/9/12 0:04
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Re: Man found dead draped over fence
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There was a piece in the news a couple months ago about a cyclist in Queens who hit a huge pothole, crashed, got up, stumbled around, fell over, and impaled himself on a fence. Obviously different circumstances, but yeah - stuff like this happens.

Posted on: 2015/9/9 22:58
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