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Re: Construction permits
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If you go to the Buildings Dept (30 Montgomery), you will see all the various permits in bins on the wall. I would guess that you would have to have it inspected afterwards as well. I just had an inspection from the city and it cost me $200.

Posted on: 7/25 11:29
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Garbage Pick up?
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Anyone else having problems with their garbage being picked up in the Village area or Downtown? We put out nothing special- one can with a hefty bag on curb-no special items. Everyone else on block- garbage taken. Another time- every other resident's taken. Another time ours taken, neighbor's not...completely random. The first time- we just thought they missed it- no biggie. Now it's happening at least three to four times a month. What's up Jersey City!!

Posted on: 4/25 8:57
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Re: St. Anthony's High School is Closing
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Quote:

WhoElseCouldIBe wrote:
All else being equal (and I know JC Public Schools are not "equal"), I've always thought it was a waste for children to be taking religion classes instead of math, science, technology, history, language, etc.

And I went to Catholic schools. Could have learned so much more during that time.

Maybe it's possible that some parents want an education that discusses and entertains ideas beyond a purely academic one. With that said, St. Anthony's did not raise their tuition throughout the years and were not able to offer or sustain a solid academic program that supported their mission.

Posted on: 4/6 18:30
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Re: JC parking permit renewals- not being mailed?
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Yes- they are not mailing them any more- I got caught by surprise last year. The woman behind the desk told me it was a budget cut. This year as I was looking for something else I came across the form they had usually sent out (luckily I had printed it out which prompted me to mail in on time.) I received my sticker in the mail right away. You can go to this link to print and send. http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... 0PERMIT%20APPLICATION.pdf

Posted on: 2016/11/28 14:15
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Re: Blood on Fifth and Monmouth
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How do you know it was blood? Do you think it could be something else? Just wondering...hope it wasn't.

Posted on: 2016/3/20 19:08
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Re: Is anyone else having a problem with parking permits
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The woman at the office was embarrassed that the city didn't even deem it important enough to alert people that they would not be given notice to renew anymore.

The form can be downloaded on the parking authority site. I called them (and they did answer) and said it might take a while to get one (I was already past deadline) so I went there in person. If you have over a month left- you might be OK. I say give them a call. They were pretty friendly and aware of the pathetic situation that most people were waiting for a renewal alert and did not get one.

Posted on: 2015/10/17 15:53
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Re: Is anyone else having a problem with parking permits
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Yes- we did not receive one (renewal notice) either in the mail. We realized it weeks after it expired. I had to go to the office on Central Avenue. But, if you mailed it in- you should have received it by now....Did you send to proper address?
When I went there the woman at the office said they had budget cuts and were not going to mail them out anymore....

Posted on: 2015/10/17 9:00
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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JC Guys- Oh yeah- Newport is a travesty-it's like a displaced "OZ". I had to go there once for a baseball uniform for my son- and I was like WOW- where am I? It has a surreal experience that I guess appeals to some.
And yes- I don't want parking garages or lots either (renting spots)- so what do we do? I say if building under ground is super expensive- re-think your plan in an area that can't absorb it. But- what area can? You could fairly counter.
Around the PATH- hmmm... people with $$ will expect that- and they will get it. You can't ask for progress and not expect a parking area too- there are a million in NYC-not here. I worked in SoHo for 8 years. When I went to someone's loft on Mercer St- they got their car out of another tony building and when they opened the large door-it had stacked cars- I was like -oh-wow-them be cars in this building! So- for those that cite and want NYC- get ready. Cuz that's what they're doing.

Posted on: 2015/7/1 19:20

Edited by schmearwurst on 2015/7/1 19:42:34
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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Absolutely its a matter of costs. That is why it is not happening (on site parking).
I love the idea of “renting” a parking spot , as Brewster does to ensure/ secure a parking spot. Should we then say that we should require that of all homeowners in a residential neighborhood, just as he has? That way we can stop the “demanding” of the public to provide it, and always have a spot available 24/7. Does privatizing parking (renting) make things better than people who live in a residential neighborhood and use available street parking? At least when I move my car, that public spot becomes available to anyone that needs it- unlike all those spots that are privately rented (taking up precious urban space). Really- I don't know...
I definitely need to find out where his off street paying parking is (really)- because there's nothing I know of in the Village-which really is a part of this equation (which I have specifically noted several times) and should have been considered. When I said we have nowhere to go-we really don’t -including any new residents-that will have cars. Should we build a whole bunch of new public lots to accommodate 50 unit buildings? (No!) But I want what Brewster has! I’m willing to rent- but where? I guess his neighborhood/area has that option already. We don't.
This ambitious project is not great for this piece of irregular land that is flanked on three sides by a small residential neighborhood. Even Torrei has acknowledged the unique challenges of building here. I think we all want what is best for JC in the long run-and what determines "best" has many perspectives. Many question the “free” parking entitlement- but not the amount of units. Interesting….
Regardless, great comments from both sides- real food for thought. Yes, it is a privilege to be able to have residential street parking. Absolutely. And no- I am not entitled to that. No one is.
If the city was more mindful and had expectations from the developers to provide at least some parking, we wouldn't be put in the position to now make a parking spot "yours".
As residents and homeowners, we need to be vigilant over new construction that greatly impacts an area. The retail is great- and sorely needed. I think the number of units could have been lessened (when he wanted a variance to not add parking) and we still would have the beginnings of a new vibrant community that honors what is there while also bringing it forward.

Posted on: 2015/7/1 16:44
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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Brewster: if you have a car- then I guess you are an "entitled free parker" too! (Urbanism term for "street parking"). And, living very near this will impact people differently than those who don't. I think if something such as this was happening immediately near you- I doubt anyone in Paulus Hook, Harsimus Cove or VVP would feel the same. Let's just call a spade a spade and enough with the patronizing "bubble" remarks. I have fought for buildings outside my neighborhood. We don't have to agree here- just understand that there are a lot of cars already here- where is everyone going to go? I guess the Village has to sell their cars- or- whoops- look for spaces on your block. Looks like we'll be in your "bubble"? This could have been alleviated by him offering on site parking- but he doesn't want to give up precious space for that- he loses money. I am really trying to be open minded here- but its hard when some of us feel like the residents are secondary to retail- which is the harsh reality, I suppose.
I have not been in this neighborhood for 20 years and love all the cool changes- I just haven't been given any solid reasons on why Ben Torrei was granted a variance to not supply parking for his large building in an area that has zoned street parking (no public garages either!)- that's all. Nothing else! I think a neighborhood deserves that? I am not one to get into the quaint thingy either- that is surely a losing battle and well- progress happens. Should we just get rid of zoned street parking for all of Downtown? Perhaps- and I do hope that supplying no parking does indeed deter people with cars to want to live there.

Posted on: 2015/6/27 16:37
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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Bohdipooh- I have no interest in persuading you about anything. There is no argument to be made: 50 units, 7 stories, no on site parking provided.
And I'm pretty sure parking takes place in neighborhoods...

Posted on: 2015/6/27 13:42
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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I don't live in NYC.... Nor do I think having 6 residential floors on top of retail space is necessary for this plot of land in this particular area. I welcome the retail- not just all that is coming with it! I suspect you don't live in this exact neighborhood or you would at least understand any possible concerns.

Posted on: 2015/6/27 13:06
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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To even remotely suggest that I expect a parking space right outside my urban front door is ridiculous. I also mentioned that there isn't even a paying lot anywhere in the Village (as far as I know). Any lots that did exist- he has bought spaces and is renting out the Holy Rosary lot. So, we can't have cars now because developers want to make money? This building did NOT have to happen in this way. He has gotten variances because the neighborhood isn't about the Galleon-type of buildings. I have lived in JC since '93 and in every location have dealt with major construction and development. I get it and welcome progress- esp in the Village. But, this is a small neighborhood that is being severely compromised. Hunting for parking is a reality here. So why are we being burdened even more? For what? A bunch of shops on the bottom floor of his building? More residents that sadly will be in the same galleon? (couldn't resist...) What are the benefits here really- for something of this scale- and exactly WHO is benefiting? I think we all know the answer to that.....

Posted on: 2015/6/27 12:36
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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The zoning board was incredibly irresponsible for granting variances to this developer. While that property definitely needs to be developed, a 50 unit residential building that provides no parking in an already saturated area is disastrous. If Torrei couldn't figure out how to supply parking spaces- he needed to scale down the building. I agree with the poster who said that if you overpay to get variances because of your purchase- there is a problem. There are no public lots anywhere around this area for residents to even TRY to rent a space. Just where is everyone going to park? This project wreaks of the typical greedy developer that presents his project as if he is doing everyone a favor. I am amazed at the naivete of some residents that are seduced so easily by his plan. And those in the community that approve this either have a business nearby yet live in another neighborhood. Well, let's see how that goes when they realize at 7pm that they have no where to park in this neighborhood....literally nowhere. But hey, that well-designed building will look cool as they circle it multiple times in their cars hoping that a space opens up!



Posted on: 2015/6/27 9:42

Edited by schmearwurst on 2015/6/27 9:58:34
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Re: Racist text messages sent to St. Peter's Prep student running in school election: cops
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Brewster, why you decided to take a shot at St Peter's Prep was unnecessary. Both high schools (McNair) are excellent and offer their own view on a high school experience. The issue at hand reflected a very bad mistake made by a young man that could happen in ANY high school-public or private. To make comments about a school that supports a particular way of thinking and then to judge the entire entity when it appeared to not meet the standards they set for their students - was judgmental and snarky.
You certainly made the right decision by declining their offer.

Posted on: 2013/9/2 14:07
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Re: Please stop the huge 9/11 memorial at LSP - it will ruin the park's views of the Manhattan skyline!
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perfectly said! i was at the memorial- and it was quite moving and beautiful. we brought our son and his friend to honor those lost and their families and friends. it seems as though many people are focusing on the structure (as i did as well- which really is NOT the issue). please everyone, keep in mind the lack of democratic decision. also- to the person that posted that the names of those lost were only around 6 ft high- that is so the families can see and touch the names that are engraved on the steel walls. ( maybe someone has already pointed this out)

Posted on: 2011/9/20 20:13
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Re: Please stop the huge 9/11 memorial at LSP - it will ruin the park's views of the Manhattan skyline!
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As others have previously stated- I am also an avid park user- we're talking EVERY day- biking and running the waterfont where i have seen this behemoth try to come to life. At first, I was remorse that it was to happen after the SUPREME efforts of LSP Pres Sam Pesin and other concerned citizens were ignored in their legal pleas to do things as the people might have wanted. I know as a Jersey City resident- there was no asking what we thought.... But, as I watched it progress- I hoped that maybe , just maybe it would redeem itself in some way- be effective enough to warrant blocking the view of where it specifically happened (the most potent visual memorial).
Regardless- REALLY? As I see it come to completion- I wonder : maybe the overhead architectural rendering looks good on bristol board- but WOW- when you see this from reality- view-sapping cement horizontal hulk- you gotta say again: REALLY? As I pedal or run by, many passers by point and say:what is that? And I always say "the 911 Memorial, Empty Sky". The response is always the same: EMPTY STARES.... and then I point to where the planes hit- and guess what- that is where people choose to look and reflect.
hey- thanks for taking more precious LSP land away from the innate natural beauty that is Liberty State Park and adding something that seems quite alien and unecessary to the one of a kind union with the Hudson River.

Posted on: 2011/8/21 20:32
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