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Re: Ex-Con Fleeces JC Residents Out of Thousands - Bamboozled/Star Ledger
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How did people not see this as a CON? They pay 35% of your bills from magic grants? And those magic grants came from magic beans?

Posted on: 2014/8/12 13:45
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Re: The Torch House has arrived
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My understanding from the past two debacles (and, perhaps it is also true for MLounge, making it the third in a row) is that the landlord/owner (Cesar?) starts making demands about being made partner in the operations once they gain some traction and becomes very meddlesome. What a shame. Every time I hear of something opening in that corner I simply assume it will crash and burn. In hindsight, MAE was remarkable in how long it lasted.



Really, this makes no sense? Torch House has been open a maybe a month. Wouldn't a new owner at least try to last three months to at least cover some cost? Something more fishy has to be happening here. Would love a byob in the neighborhood too! Like a Madame Claude

Posted on: 2014/6/20 15:38
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Re: Total House Gut
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Can anyone recommend a licensed contracting business who can handle a total house gut (new electric, some plumbing issues, new heating/Central AC install)?


This team definatley can, did my whole place in McGinley and a friends place in Greenpoint. The guy used to be part of Williamsburg Construction but has started out on his own I believe. His name is Nedo and his number is 646-338-8008.

Posted on: 2014/1/27 16:56
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Re: Excessive Construction Noise -- Downtown
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Is this coming from the construction on C. Columbus Avenue?
I am having an issue with it. Does anyone know the legal hours work can be done? The work crew near me was out and working at 7am today.

Posted on: 2014/1/16 16:28
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Re: VERY rich friend divorcing; wants 2 BR luxury rental
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I have a rental in downtown Jersey City that is in a row house, 2 blocks from the Path, stainless steel appliances and a modern lay out. Message me if you want details.

Posted on: 2014/1/4 4:14
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Grove Square
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We haven't been to Grove Square Bistor before but have tried the pizza (pretty good). I looked at the menu today and was wondering what is the cuisine? There is friend chicken and oysters? Also, is it anygood when its so vast?

Posted on: 2013/11/5 14:10

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Looking to rent fitness space
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Hi All: I am looking to rent a space to do personal training in. This could be a room in a yoga studio that I would rent out by the hour or something more creative like a artist studio that is not being used in the evenings. Would love any suggestions...please post or email me.

Posted on: 2013/9/11 13:28
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Re: Council person Osborne presents Pedestrian plan
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OneSkirt wrote:
I know its now technically Ward F, but please make sure you address Jersey Ave. between Grand & Columbus. Blvd. I couldn't tell to what extent, if any, that piece of roadway was in your plan. I've been complaining about it for years.

This stretch of Jersey Ave. is a crucial piece of what has become the "Downtown Speedway" for drivers cutting through DTJC to get to the Holland tunnel & waterfront. Its an incredibly dangerous 4-6 blocks. Without fully integrating this piece of roadway into the solutions you hope to enact, it will only push worse driving to this stretch of road while those drivers try to avoid the places you focus the fix on.


I swear C.Columbus use to be easier to cross since the lights were not green for so long. From what I heard, C. Columbus was repaired with monies that made it an evacuation route and alternative to the helix to the Holland, this created the stop light issue. Are we saying we saying she is trying to reverse this? If so great, but what about the federal dollar issue.

Posted on: 2013/9/9 14:00
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Re: NYTimes article "Moving deeper into Brooklyn for lower home prices" -- getting lots of JC comments
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RUinHamiltonPark wrote:
Property taxes in JC are high, they are much higher than Hoboken.

You can find places in Hoboken around 300k taxed in the 3-4k range, not so in JC (and if so in for a nasty surprise in the recent assessment).

I'm in the process of purchasing in JC, and looked in Hoboken as well. In some cases the property tax difference made Hoboken practically the same price.

The schools and services in both are equally questionable.

However, both pale in comparison to say, Union City, where taxes in that range are often 9k.

The issue IMO is that property taxes in towns with good, well regarded schools are similar. I'm a single individual, but at least for resale value, in those places you can argue a value that you cannot in JC. The value in JC comes from location, and it's very silly to argue that we should have higher taxes for access to the PATH with is a bi-state agecy, or being by the river...we pay high taxes because we overpay for corrupt public services..

In any case, in NJ you don't have NYC income tax, less, in some cases, much lower sales tax, the PATH costs less...NJ is cheaper still.


And property values are still about 30% less than Brooklyn, which makes up for the tax difference. The people on this board need to stop complaining and do something sometimes or if they hate JC just go to the much loved and far from the city neighborhoods of Brooklyn they so much wish JC was. JC is what it is...for all of us it is home.

Posted on: 2013/8/28 14:58
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Re: NYTimes article "Moving deeper into Brooklyn for lower home prices" -- getting lots of JC comments
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Sometimes walking around Grove and the littered PATH station makes me feel it is a third world country....


Jesus Christ. What is it with people on this board and the PATH stations. I'm curious how many people have actually lived in NYC that complain to no end about the supposed crowding and how dirty the PATH is. Do we take the same trains??? The PATH is at least as clean as the NYC subway and not as crowded. I commute in every morning at peak rush hour between 8:00 and 8:30 and it's not nearly as bad as even underutilized MTA lines which I took for years before moving to JC.

Maybe I'm wrong but I feel like there's a lot of people in JC that begrudgingly moved from the suburbs to be closer to their jobs in the city. That's the only reason I can come up with for all the complaining. Seems like people who just don't like cities in general or have never lived in one.

JC and the PATH aren't without their problems but c'mon.


Agreed, most people who move from NYC say how less crowded the train and platforms are and how much cleaner they are.

Posted on: 2013/8/28 14:54
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Re: NY TIMES: Have New Yorkers finally discovered Jersey City?
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Ian, the ride from Grove to 14th street is 15 minutes, not sure what you mean by Path can't do that.


I'd like to see that happen just once.


I've never gotten to 14th Street in more than 15 minutes, unless there was a rare massive problem like police activity or something.


I make it daily from Grove to 42nd in less than 25. So Grove to 14th in 15 if you caught the trains is VERY feasible. It is during rush hour.

Posted on: 2013/8/20 13:03
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Re: A total of 111 arrested in three Jersey City police sweeps
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The big question now is how many of these arrests lead to actual jail time? And how many of those who end up in jail will be there long enough to keep the streets clean for awhile? I have a feeling that alot of those arrested will be back out on the streets in a year or so unfortunately...


Agreed, but I believe the plan is to have enough arrests and chaos happen to drive the activity out of the city. Or to get more control of the situation and make neighborhoods feel safer.

Posted on: 2013/8/15 17:21
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Re: An open letter to the Dog Owners of DTJC (brace yourselves)
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Just saw this sad but true quote in an article:

"Peninsula Park is a great parcel of land that has unfortunately been deteriorating for years and acts solely as a local non-fenced dog park these days. "

Link: http://thejerseycitylife.com/?p=384

We have a glorified dog park in one of the best locations for a beautiful park imaginable that actual PEOPLE could be enjoying.

It's a park that no one would want to picnic or relax in because dogs would be racing by and over you and because you would be eating on top of a dog toilet.

And we have dog owners that would literally oppose development of the park if it meant that the construction of a fenced in dog run area.


This may sound weird...but I think there is another park close by with the same view??? LIBERTY STATE PARK which is HUGE.

Posted on: 2013/8/15 17:15
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Re: Homeless on Christopher Columbus
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Good for him. It doesn't change the fact that sleeping on the streets is illegal and not fair to taxpayers



Wow. I bet you also complain about social security and welfare being unfair to taxpayers as well. Get a clue.

I'm happy that you are fortunate enough to have your health, a job and a considerably secure lifestyle because if you should ever happen to fall on hard times you might be subjected to social excommunication by somebody like YOURSELF.


He said illegal...very different than legal social programs that help people in need. It is frustrating to pay MUCH higher taxes than NYC but not to be able to offer any services for that. Actually NJ pays less for social security and disablity, with higher taxes. I do not have any issue if you pick on someone denying social programs but when something is illegal there is a reason for it. Or do you prefer that we be okay with murder also and muggings?

Posted on: 2013/8/6 16:50
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Re: Homeless on Christopher Columbus
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I used to live in Beacon Hill in Boston which is one of the nicest and most expensive neighborhoods there. John Kerry lived 4 blocks from me for reference. There were probably a dozen or more homeless who spent their time on Cambridge Street, which is roughly equivalent to Columbus Drive in downtown JC in terms of size, traffic, location, etc.

Part of why they were there was A. foot traffic and B. proximity to services. There were 3-4 food pantries/soup kitchens in the neighborhood including the nationally recognized Project Bread.

Homelessness is an URBAN issue, not just a downtown JC issue. Gentrification won't fix it, services alone won't fix it. If you're not willing to accept it as the reality, donate to a cause that aims to address the issue or volunteer yourself. I do both and it helps me feel like I'm doing more than just complaining.

Just Complain List is definitely an apt name...


My whole idea was to get the names of those so I could help. Can you please provide the details of where you believe volunteers can help...this was the whole reason for the ask.

Posted on: 2013/8/6 16:45
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Re: Homeless on Christopher Columbus
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Is there an agency to contact or would this be a City Hall agenda to try and get these people to safer, less eye soar locations? .


Well, the area surrounding the path at grove and newport is pretty safe, so I'm guessing you're more concerned with they "eye soar" aspect of things? Good luck with that.

I consider Paco + Taco and the Fishermen to be part of the local color at this point. And hard hat guy.


I didn't ask to be judged I asked if anyone has found a route that can help these people. And no I don't like walking past fisherman guy getting dressed in the morning...sorry if that makes me sound like I am crazy for wanting a nice morning commute. Taxes are HIGH. Much higher than NYC. Does no one have a contact to help the city and help the people of our town? (It seems like people can judge and complain about gentrification but no one actually wants to be involved).

Posted on: 2013/8/6 13:15
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Homeless on Christopher Columbus
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I hate taking my morning walk to the path and passing an increasing number of sleeping/just waking homeless people. I am not sure what makes that street more appealing over others? Is there an agency to contact or would this be a City Hall agenda to try and get these people to safer, less eye soar locations? Are the shelters reaching out or are there any services that we do or should offer? As our city gentrifies, I only see this problem growing.

Posted on: 2013/8/5 21:25
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Re: Bank/Account Recs
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Credit Union, I pay no fees. JC has tons of CU's around. They also give better rates on mortgages. Good Luck!


Do you have a few you know are recommended?

Posted on: 2013/6/25 21:09
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Re: Is LITM up for sale for 1.5 mil?
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When you rent commercial space sometimes a tax and insurance fee is in the price. That is probably the 5k litm is responsible for.

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I wonder why the owner is selling? Must be a personal reason - that place is packed every night.


I can think of 1,500,000 reasons, although the price seems way out of line for just the business. Recent tax records show, as others have pointed out already that the owner of the building is the Helens Pizza people, leading me to assume that the 1.5M price is just for the business/liquor license/equipment. The $5000 tax bill is still the mysterious part of that listing, something is not right here.

Posted on: 2013/6/11 20:42
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Re: In need of a dog walker
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Love Gina...we have never trusted anyone more and she goes above and beyond. Plays with dogs in home if too hot outside, ext.
551-655-3353

Posted on: 2013/5/31 19:35
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Re: HopsScotch
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Are they closing?


Wouldn't be surprised. Went once, very corporate. Love it when it was pizzaria uno. We got horrible unattentive service with no personality. And the food we got took forever and seemed to come straight from a BJs/Costco package.

Posted on: 2013/5/30 20:09
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Re: Jersey City election 2013: where the race stands
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I am voting for the mayor who has kept taxes stable, the mayor who has put the people in the right places so that crime is continuing on a downward trend. I am voting for the mayor who is a regular guy who is accessible to the public. I am voting for the mayor that has help develop this city into what it is today.

I am not voting for a 1 percenter who wants to turn our schools into financial windfalls for his buddy dave tepper and the other white collars at the expense of our children.

I am not voting for the guy who tried to silence absentee voters by changing the address on the ballot applications.

I am not voting for the guy who has been accused of voter fraud time and time again

I am not voting for the guy who wants to put part time police officers on the street.

I am not voting for the guy who wants to price the regular joe out of Jersey City.

I am not voting for the guy who is clearly trying to use our city as a stepping stone for a bigger job in Trenton.

I am not voting for a republican who says hes a democrat.

I am not voting for him for those reasons. I am voting for Healy. He was never accused, arrested or charged in that big rig thing. You can insinuate whatever you want, just as I can do the same on the fraud issue, but no one was charged.

And yes, many of you think you are smarter than JC people and want to force your ideals down our throat. Take it to manhattan.

You call the guy inept. How so? Didn't Moodys upgrade our rating? We have not laid off one cop or fireman when everyone else did. The city is still developing.....

tell me this.

Do you even have an idea of who is on Fulops team besides his council people. Who will run the departments? Do we know? We do not, why is he keeping it private?

Any idea?


So the devil you know versus the one you don't?
As for corruption, they all are but if your a HUGE part of your council is charged with corruption and you were not part of it...does that mean you weren' t part of the corruption or that you are just so out of touch with the people that work for you that you had no idea what they were doing under your nose? (Not sure which is worse)

Posted on: 2013/5/14 13:33
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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I would think it would be going too far for someone to put up a fake sign. At least I would hope so. That side of Jersey Ave is part of the redevelopment zone, not historic. I found this out at a city zoning meeting. As for parking, i heard the developers were going to purchase the car service and laundry mat on Christopher Columbus, maybe that is where the parking will be.

Posted on: 2013/4/12 14:26
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Re: Whole Foods IS coming!
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Can you be more descriptive where is this empty lot?


It's the old Boriquen (sp) hardware store. On Jersey Ave between Newark and Christopher Columbus Aves. Right next to Choc o Pain.

Posted on: 2013/4/12 5:10
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Whole Foods IS coming!
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Official sign just went up in empty lot that used to be hardware store.

Posted on: 2013/4/12 4:20
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Re: Horror Stories in a 2 unit Condo building
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I've heard that there are bidding wars now? Is that true?


True...I have been in 2. There is little inventory and a lot of demand since values are still 25-30% less than Brooklyn.

Posted on: 2013/4/5 21:02
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Re: Europa Polish Deli
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JustJames wrote:
I think there are two units to the left of the shoe repair place, Jack's Toys, Fish With Braids, a unit one up from FWB and now Europa, I guess another one.
That block is dooooomed.
We can harp on all we want about wanting a Trader Joes or putting retail spaces on the outside of the mall, but this city cannot sustain businesses like this. We're an odd little commuter town, a stones throw from one of the world's shopping meccas and a short drive to numerous big box stores, mega malls and retail parks.
As somebody who owns property here I'd dearly love that things were different, but as an investor it is better to face reality and plan accordingly.
I wish Choc-O-Pain the best but that store is in its fourth incarnation in 5 or 6 years.
No business of note will ever move into that block and I predict that most of those store fronts will become residential within five years.


Goodness gracious negative Nancy. I believe that the street will be okay with retail. Choc o Pain is doing great, there is a new food place opening up next to the Shoe Repair. With 30 Acres getting such good press I think it may take a turn.

Posted on: 2013/4/5 20:42
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Re: Golden Cicada, Taqueria, Edwards
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Any one know when we may see Edward's reopen? Website keeps saying soon :(

Posted on: 2013/4/1 18:37
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Re: New French Bakery on Jersey Ave.-Choc O Pain
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Asif wrote:



I am going to give this place a try but am a little annoyed that they don't post prices........nor specifics on what they have on their website. I am always on the Look out for good challah, rye or pumpernickel loaves....and of course any whole wheat or multi-grain french bread is a must. Since I mostly avoid bread....once in a while i like to treat myself with said carb(y) goodness....along side some soup or stew...or just some good old EVO. Yum!

I emailed them last week....and not a peep.


I get the annoyance on the website, but they have two locations and may price differently, so I understand. That being said we do now get consistent hours, tasty food and nice employees. Seems to be a recepie that works since the line was out the door Saturday morning.

Posted on: 2013/3/25 18:44
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Re: Zoning Board Meeting TODAY
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asny10011 wrote:
I think if development is for improving unslightly buildings and bringing more interesting retail and conveniences, i'm ok with that. Most people don't drive so i don't know if parking is essential, if it is, i'm sure the developer has made plans for it already. I think they should be allowed to build as long as it maintains the consistent feel/style and height of contiguous buildings.


What they are changing is the height, from 2/3 story to 5.

Posted on: 2013/3/21 21:15
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