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Re: Alternatives to zipcar
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I gradually went from using zipcar weekly or more to only a few times a year. I found other ways to do what I needed to do cuz I grew to detest zipcar. Now I use it, or used it, to make minor trips a few times a year which encompass up to 6 hours.

I thought of Enterprise, the car rental, and that seems a viable alternative. However, they don't provide 24/7 and I think the location by me is closed on Sundays, the one on Communipaw.

Based on the reviews I read and TheBigGuy's experience, I think I'll stay away from Enterprise Carshare. I wonder if the bad experience on Montgomery is the same lot that Zipcar uses. I had problems there. The attendants are nice enough but neglectful.

Maven seems like a possibility for the futurewhen they get bigger. It seems very similar to goshare.

Has anyone had experience with Goshare? The reviews are mixed, but it seems like a good option.

Posted on: 5/9 20:47
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Alternatives to zipcar
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Not to get into the dirty details, but after 7 years, I'm dropping zipcar. I see Enterprise Carshare offers almost an identical program to zipcar with 3 locations in JC. However, yelp reviews (for NYC) aren't good, though only a few. Anyone have experience with Enterprise Carshare or another zipcar alternative?

Posted on: 5/9 14:28
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Re: Citing chain store ban, Jersey City aims to block new CVS
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Two Boots Pizza is also a chain. And some of the worst pizza I've ever tasted...

Their locations: http://twoboots.com/locations/


I don't know how relevant it is, but some 2Boots are franchises including the one in JC; most are owned by the founder.

Posted on: 5/7 15:36
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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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In regards to customer service, I messaged them with a suggestion to put in a bike rack. An hour later I got a response that it's in the works. I like this place.

Posted on: 4/26 18:45
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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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I went this morning when the place was uncrowded. I normally order groceries online - when Pathmark closed, I only missed the convenience of having a place to buy essentials when in a pinch. I am also not very familiar with Asian groceries.

Having said that, I was totally blown away by the store! What a welcome addition. I never heard of many of the items much less knew they existed, but between the fresh food sections and the produce section, I'm sold. I just hope that the wonderful customer service doesn't fade with time. What a refreshing change from Pathmark.

Posted on: 4/26 12:16
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Re: UberEATS, the ride-hailing app delivers
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It's been a long time, but I used to order occasionally from UberEATS at work in Manhattan when they first started. It seems to be a different setup now. At the time, the choice was limited to 1 popular place that normally didn't deliver. I was thrilled to order from Katz's Delicatessen among other unique places. The delivery fee was reasonable if several people from my office ordered. Delivery took a while and the food wasn't always hot, but it was still nice to be able to order from such places as Katz's.

Now it seems they're no different than any other delivery service except it's a much worse deal. I don't get why anyone would use them now.

Posted on: 4/26 12:08
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Re: UberEATS, the ride-hailing app delivers
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It's been a long time, but I used to order occasionally from UberEATS at work in Manhattan when they first started. It seems to be a different setup now. At the time, the choice was limited to 1 popular place that normally didn't deliver. I was thrilled to order from Katz's Delicatessen among other unique places. The delivery fee was reasonable if several people from my office ordered. Delivery took a while and the food wasn't always hot, but it was still nice to be able to order from such places as Katz's.

Now it seems they're no different than any other delivery service except it's a much worse deal. I don't get why anyone would use them now.

Posted on: 4/26 12:08
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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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I've been holding off checking them out due to being anti-social and hating crowds. ;) Is it safe to go there yet? Long lines?

Posted on: 4/24 13:49
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Re: Ample Hills Creamery Coming to JC
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I never heard of Ample Hills but am always happy to hear about ice cream stores opening. ;)

Let's not forget Torico's though. Homemade, family run, local, great stuff and they've been here seemingly forever.

Posted on: 4/18 18:52
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Re: Uber, Lyft, and traffic
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Quote:

Annod wrote:
I thought the advantage of using Uber is that we don't have to tip.


I'll preface this by saying that tipping is always voluntary though customary for many services.

Uber has not been transparent about tipping and led customers to believe that a tip was included in the fare. It took me a year for me to realize this wasn't true -- a driver had a sign in the back seat that tipping is appreciated. That led to a discussion and to my awareness that the tip is not included. I am totally with the Uber drivers with adding a page to the app for a tip, just like Lyft. Under the present system, a tip can only be left in cash.

Posted on: 4/17 15:21
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Re: What is up with RIVEREDGE MANAGEMENT?
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I'm surprised to hear they're still in business, rebranding or no. About 7 years ago, I was on a condo board and we interviewed management companies, including Riveredge. Very good presentation. However, I personally checked references for all the potential companies and Riveredge got horrible reviews from references they gave us. I usually don't pay much heed to references given by a company since they're generally not reliable. I find my own references to check. Same deal when hiring an employee. But that wasn't necessary for this company.
No board that does due diligence would even think of hiring them.

Posted on: 3/29 9:44
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Re: Woman filmed as he undress in JC Penny at Newport
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Hello Yvonne,
I generally try to stay away from the more controversial matters on this list and use it merely as a tool for info. For that reason, I rarely read the threads that you are involved in. I thought the posts of yours I perused in the past were simply misguided but with good intentions. After reading your comments here on this thread, a mistake, I’m now of the belief that you are either a menace or unbalanced. Take your pick. I wish there was a function to on this site so one could ignore certain users.

Posted on: 3/14 15:27
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Re: Newport Mall
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SRhia wrote:
@anonymess what app do you use to reserve the seats? Also, do they charge a fee for doing that? thx.


Do a search on your phone for AMC stubs. It's basically a rewards membership. You have the option of joining for free. The paid membership comes with better rewards and free smartphone reservations. If you aren't a premier member, I think it costs about 50 cents to book a reservation. I'm a premier member since I go often enough. It doesn't pay if you don't go frequently.


Posted on: 3/14 8:39
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Re: Newport Mall
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Malls are an out of date idea - but Newport Mall should close the food court and the movies - and mimic upscale malls like Shorthills.


I don't keep up to date on the subject and have no idea what is meant by malls being out of date. Having said that, I always hated malls and generally avoid them. That applies or has applied to the Newport Mall. It has always been ghetto, less so now, and I don't mean that in a racist sense.

HOWEVER, I am a huge movie fan and see a minimum of 1 movie per week. Since the renovation, the AMC at the mall is now among my favorite theaters in terms of comfort. That includes Manhattan, where I regularly see movies. It's too bad AMC's movie selection sucks and is limited. I'm in a position to see early weekday matinees when the theater is free of kiddies and nuisance. I for one, would be very unhappy to see the theater gone. Love that $6.49 early bird price.

Just make sure to use your smartphone get a reserved seat in advance and arrive 20 minutes after show time to avoid the commercials and previews. And bring your own jumbo drink to fit in the jumbo drink holder.

Posted on: 3/13 23:34
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Not to digress, but I thought in the interests of all of you who keep track of such things, this tread is on a pace to have 76k+ comments in 4 years... all by a handful of people. And if DJT manages to swing 12 years (by ruling the 22nd amendment fake?), there will be 230k+ posts. Thanks for the entertainment.

Posted on: 3/6 13:40
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Re: Question about management company
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SRhia wrote:
Thanks for the replies so far.

My main question is: by changing the monthly maintenance fees without notification to all owners (as specified in the bylaws), wouldn't we be breaching our own bylaws???

I mean - are we trying to fix one breach (the inaccurate monthly fees) by breaking another rule in the bylaws (by not having proper notifications to everyone)?

PS @JadedJC - yes, we do have meeting minutes from that meeting, and it was distributed to all owners afterwards. But sounds like that wouldn't matter anyway, as we need to adhere strictly to the bylaws anyway?


You're damned if you do, damned if you don't. I don't think I would use the term breach though in changing back the fees. When you changed the fees without changing the bylaws, that might be breach. You're better off fixing the improper change immediately and giving an explanation to the owners. You can't be held liable for fixing something done improperly. However, the board is liable for making the change in the first place.

You say it's a small 5-unit building. I would hope that you could all get along and let this be water under the bridge.

Again, I'll emphasize that I'm not an attorney and my statements are opinions.

Posted on: 3/3 17:34
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Re: Question about management company
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I am not a lawyer. However, I think I can safely answer the question based on my experience on a board for a number of years. Something somewhat similar happened.

I think the management company did you a service by changing the fees to adhere to the bylaws. The fee change by the owners was improper. Perhaps the management company should have given notice and explanation, but I doubt they did anything legally wrong. It is the Board/owners that screwed up by changing the fee structure without changing the bylaws. That is a major big deal. It is irrelevant that the change was voted on and agreed. Changing bylaws is not a simple matter. What about a new owner that moves in? He/she might be basing part of the purchase decision on what he/she believes the fees are as stated in the bylaws.

In any event, I would let it go since you all agreed to abide by the management company's decision anyway. In my opinion, the management company did a smart thing.

Posted on: 3/2 16:27
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Re: Best internet or internet+tv options
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I had another tech come out today. My phone was dead. He went into a long detailed explanation which I didn't follow, but the bottom line is that the equipment that serves 20 units is outdated and needs upgrading. Tomorrow, Verizon will replace the faulty card for the phone. My neighbors' phones are out too as a result of the faulty card.

The tech commented about the set up in the equipment room. He said the same as the other tech said. Each unit should have their own box. Otherwise, problems will continue. The Internet speed I have now is as good as it's gonna get with the present equipment. That is, ranging from 38mbs to 50mbs download, generally closer to 38mbs.

The good news is he gave me the local phone number for engineering, the department in charge of upgrading equipment. You have no idea how hard I've tried to get this number. Perhaps this will be the end of the issue, for now anyway. However, I'm totally jaded about Verizon and somehow, I don't think the issue is gonna get fixed until their good and ready to fix it.

FIOS is a great thing when it works. However, if there is ever a problem, it is the worst nightmare dealing with Verizon. I was one of the first to get DSL in JC centuries ago. It was the same situation then - it was great when it worked, a nightmare to get fixed when it didn't. And this characterizes how Verizon has always been.

Enough griping. Perhaps there's light at the end of the tunnel and I've complained to enough people.

Posted on: 3/1 18:18
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Re: Best internet or internet+tv options
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Quote:

GrovePath wrote:
It sounds like your router settings might be wrong or your router might just need to be replaced -- they can fail -- but try unplugging it for 15 minutes.


Nobody believes me, oh well. Two technicians said it was the equipment that serves 20 units, installed in 2011. At times I get 50mbs but it averages 20% or 25% less. I hadn't checked the speed for years so this may have been the case for a long time. The only reason I recently checked was because downloading some large files, something I don't often do, was extremely slow.

Anyway, went through the entire drill and more with Verizon on the phone - reset modem, router, unplugged both for 5 minutes, changed all cables, etc.

Posted on: 3/1 10:45
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Re: Best internet or internet+tv options
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bodhipooh wrote:

Actually, your issue is most likely with the building, but not its wiring or the equipment installed in 2010/2011. As you know, we used to be neighbors, and I started having issues with FiOS connectivity after they started renting roof space to the cell repeating antennas, which causes interference with wireless networks. I know it was that because, if I connected to the router via hardwire (direct cable connection to the router) I could get the advertised 25/25 speed, but as soon as I went to wireless, the signal would drop to 5 Mbps, sometimes 1 Mbps. Before blaming it on FiOS, or the building wiring, I would rule out the interference issue. PM me if you need some more information or help.


Nah, my computer and TiVo are hardwired to the router and the problems are noticeable with both. I pay for 50/10 download/upload, the maximum speed available for my area of the building. Before the tech came out, I was getting on average 17/2.5. After he did a patch job, the speed varies tremendously but averages about 38/8. While I experience less buffering with my TV after the tech came, it's still present.

While you may be correct about the building wiring, that's not the issue, at least for residents in my part of the building. The main building apparently is okay with speeds and residents are able to get much faster speeds - 200mbs or more, I forget what the manager mentioned. That's because newer equipment is installed. Management is not holding back on upgrading the Monitor St. apartments, or the poor side of town as I call it - they have tried to work with Verizon. Even though upgraded equipment would benefit all parties, Verizon is an incredibly poorly run company and they don't think in such terms.

The reason for my post was not to gripe but hopefully to get a phone number of someone at Verizon who could address the problem.

Posted on: 3/1 6:31
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Re: Best internet or internet+tv options
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I hate talking about this stuff; it only gets me riled up.

But... I had a problem with FIOS. The speed was a fraction of what it was supposed to be. Long story short... the tech came out, did a temporary fix and the speed is better, though not what I'm paying for. As it turns out, the equipment is already outdated (installed 6 years ago) and needs to be updated. I live in a mid-size condo bldg. and building mgmt has no idea who to contact at Verizon. They tried.

In any event, I don't want to pay for a speed I don't get. I spoke with seemingly someone at Verizon who gave a hoot, a supervisor in tech support. He said he would deal with the upgrade issue as well as having someone from billing call to adjust my account. He also left a number where I could reach him, though he said he would contact me the next day, a week ago now. Never happened. The phone number he gave me just rings endlessly.

Par for the course, nothing promised happened. Billing tells me there's nothing they can do and no one knows who the heck to talk to about upgrading the equipment for my section of the building. I've banged my head against the wall enough times with Verizon FIOS and don't feel like jumping through hoops again. However, it's highway robbery to have to pay for an Internet speed that they cannot provide. Unfortunately, the only competition is just as bad, if not worse. Help!

Posted on: 2/27 16:12
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Re: Thoughts on Foundry
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PM sent.

Posted on: 2/27 8:21
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Re: Light Rail Reduced Fare
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Quote:

135jc wrote:

You can do it right at the machine. I helped someone with it last weekend. Senior tickets I believe are 1.10 per ride


I must have overlooked that option. Thanks.

Posted on: 1/27 14:39
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Light Rail Reduced Fare
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Does anyone know how to buy reduced fare tickets in the machine or any other way? I don't see an option to do so. There's no info on the NJT site how to do this and they are impossible to communicate with... all I get is recordings and I leave messages that don't get returned. The main switchboard for Jersey City had the same contact info as me and couldn't help. Thanks for any assistance. [I have my senior card stating I'm eligible for reduced fare.]

Posted on: 1/27 13:00
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Re: Turntable repair
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Thanks for the response. It's the 701, a rare model - https://www.vinylengine.com/library/dual/701.shtml.

My cats went bonkers one day and knocked it onto the floor. My heart sank. The only thing noticeable is that the tonearm needs adjustment. I tried doing that but still can't get the tonearm to sit properly on records. It probably needs a thorough tune up after getting knocked over. I am far from mechanically inclined and wouldn't think of messing with it.

Of all the gear I own, the turntable is probably my most cherished piece. Do you think I can trust Danilo with it? If it needs any parts though, I'm probably out of luck.


Posted on: 1/15 12:52
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Turntable repair
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I have a refurbished 1970'ish top of the line Dual turntable in need of repair. It's irreplaceable to me and I have no desire to junk it for something new. Is there a reputable place in the area? I don't want to lug it to and from NYC. I don't have a car but can take Uber or use zipcar.

Posted on: 1/15 10:38
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Re: Any recommendations for reupholstering of sofa cushions?
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I second J Jammal. Tickatoe, I had similar work done to a cherished love seat and sofa 2 years ago. Jammal was ideal for the job in every respect, including reasonable price.

Posted on: 1/14 6:35
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Re: Trump Our New President
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"The man eats his steak well-done!" ~ Anthony Bourdain

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Re: Grocery shopping
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07310 / MikeyTBC - I defer to you guys, you're both correct. I had some time and spent about an hour in Eataly. I'm sure people spend lots more time browsing. This is not a place to go for anything but unusual or unique items. Prices are crazy not to mention there is no prepped fish. I could only find 1 item.

Although I've passed through the oculus dozens of time, today was the first time I took a look around at the stores. Nice stores, but the layout is crazy. I also stopped at Daniel Bouloud's Epicere, the cafe just after you exit the PATH. Pretentious and a ripoff. $4.54 for a small hot chocolate! I guess Westfield knows what they are doing, but it seems to me their target customer would be the commuter, not the tourist. Frankly, I take the old PATH hodgepodge of stores over this. I miss Sbarro! But I digress.

Posted on: 12/21 14:33
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Re: Grocery shopping
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I would probably be better off hiring a concierge to do my shopping considering the amount of time and money I spend. But then again, I'm beginning to think this is one of my sick joys in life.

I forgot to address jet.com. I ordered from them once. They screwed up my order like no one else has screwed up an order. I got part of my order and someone else's order. When I called, their customer service reps simply read from a script. They were unhelpful though polite. They further screwed up my order when they tried to fix it and did exactly the same thing again... sent part of my order and someone else's order. In the end, I got everything I ordered plus duplicates and triplicates (at no cost). I dread the thought of dealing with them again.

I'm surprised no one mentioned Eataly since they're now conveniently located in the WTC. I've only been there once (the Flatiron store) and they didn't pass my banana test, a very scientific barometer of prices, haha. They had the highest prices I've encountered anywhere for bananas $1.29/lb or about 79 cents for a medium banana. I'm going to be at WTC today and will check out their fish.

Posted on: 12/21 9:31
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