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Will JC taxpayers foot the bill for being a sanctuary city?
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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ag-jef ... ies-doj/story?id=46404503

My understanding is that as of earlier this year, JC became a sanctuary city. So if threats to cut DOJ federal funds to sanctuary cities come to pass, what funding will we now lose and how will our taxes be affected? What's the impact of funding for police?
Thank you Fulop for your foresight -- Now, what is it gonna cost me?


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Re: Which Jersey City council member has the best attendance record?
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Personally, I can speak to the fact that Michael Yun also attends most the Heights Hope community meetings as well. He has also made himself incredibly available to residents in his district. Need more like him.

Posted on: 3/3 16:54
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Re: Fulop state-of-the-city speech-a-thon kicks off Tuesday
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"Speech-a-thon" is the correct phrase -- No Q&A - Just Fulop talking about how wonderful his administration is.

Yes, you can tell election time is coming around -- Can't remember the last time Fulop made some town halls.


Posted on: 3/3 16:49
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Re: Hit & Run Injures 3 - Man Arrested - Sip/Tonnelle
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Unf*cking believeable -- This guy should be locked up for a long time -- Not watching where you are going to an extent that you hit 3 people. Then, of course, when you realize what you did, take off.

Posted on: 2/12 23:30
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Re: Woman dies falling off escalator inside famed World Trade Center Oculus while reaching to grab hat
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The Oculus is a death trap waiting to happen. If there is ever a situation that causes a panic there, it will be terrible. The stairs leading to the Path trains are terribly designed, the flooring and stairs are hard marble, and there are far too few open exits. The side exits are short escalator, stairs, and another set of escalators with lines to get on the escalators any time around rush hour. Commuters are always walking into one another's way. I compute there each workday and everyday I look to see if they have opened more exits (they have not). It was designed for an open concept and for shopping, but it a terrible commuting hub.

Posted on: 2/12 23:26
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Re: The Disaster that is Jersey City Recreation
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I have to agree with the original poster - The Recreation Dept. has become a major JOKE, and has only gone downhill under Fulop's administration. Forget about the water temperature at Pershing Field Pool -- how about the showers ?? They are dirty, disgusting, with paint that has been peeling for almost a year ... and their solution has been to put up a sign asking patrons for their patience. I guess patience is needed when the same blob of hair can sit in the floor drain of the shower day after day.

Fulop should be embarrassed and finally put someone in charge who is qualified and committed. I called the Recreation Department about different matters several times and Williamson is never there. One time the person answering the call seemed puzzled as to why I was calling with a complaint about Pershing Pool -- and I actually had remind them that the Pool comes under the Dept of Recreation. Seems like they don't even want to be bothered overseeing their own facilities / programs. Word is Williamson is spending more time selling insurance (his REAL job) instead of doing what the City is paying him $117,000 for. Not sure why he spent time looking for the City's car around his neighborhood except if he forgot where he parked it or lent it to someone else??

I'll add that many cities' Recreational program include services / classes for adults as well as youths. In this "6th Borough" of New York, forget about recreational programs for adults - they are almost non-existent.

Bottom line: Get rid of the incompetents in Recreation, hire people who truly want to improve the City (not just their own pockets), and get back to the job of creating and maintaining goods programs for your all JC Residents (youths and adults).

Posted on: 2/2 11:51
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Re: Party Sub?
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The Blimpie's on Central Ave. is probably one of the best remaining Blimpies and makes a good sub. (Forget about the one by Journal Sq.). If you want higher end, Andrea Salumeria on Central just won the "best hoagie/sub" in JC.
http://www.nj.com/jerseysbest/2016/12 ... hoagie_shop_showdown.html

Posted on: 12/28 18:33
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Re: PERSHING FIELD POOL- WORLD'S LARGEST HOT TUB
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Hi Mao,
OK, thanks for the apology - after all there are members who do not fit into the categories you descri4bed
Also, did not know about the early AM hours.

Posted on: 12/28 18:27
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Re: PERSHING FIELD POOL- WORLD'S LARGEST HOT TUB
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Mao,
While I agree that, at times, the pool may be too warm, this is a COMMUNITY pool and, therefore is meant to be used by "arthritic elderly, for infants, and for water exercises for women who cannot swim" and for any other Jersey City resident who want to swim in accordance with the pool rules.

Your categorization of pool members is obnoxious. Get off your high horse.

I have no problem if the Masters Team want to pay extra for EXTRA hours, but any time that would used for the Masters should NOT AFFECT or OVERLAP existing member hours (e.g., Master Team hours should be finished by 7AM or only begin after 8PM on weekdays). And, I must ask, if funding was so good, why did Stevens shut down the program?

Posted on: 12/27 13:00
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Re: Good physicians / opthalmologist
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Thanks for the recommendations! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Posted on: 12/25 22:15
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Good physicians / opthalmologist
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Any recommendations for a good general physician and a eye doctor?

Also my company offers insurance through VSP - I found that if anything is wrong with your vision their "free eye exam" does not cover you and instead your insurance is billed or you need to pay out of pocket. Thinking their coverage is crap - but curious of others feel the same or differently.

Posted on: 12/21 16:08
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Re: What's going there? (Heights edition)
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Anyone know what is being built on East side of JFK Blvd around Cliff (where the taxi place used to be)? Seems like a large bit of property that is being excavated.

Posted on: 12/12 13:51
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Re: Buy this beauty - and pray the reval never happens!
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The inspections seem have already hit a bump:
http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... or_jersey_city_reval.html

Posted on: 12/11 10:19
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Any update on inspections for current round of re-evaluations?
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The last I heard was that inspections for the current property tax re-eval were to begin this month and continue for about a year(?). Has anyone seen a plan on timelines for different areas of JC?

Posted on: 2016/11/28 16:36
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New Art Classes in the Heights
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Just wanted to let others know that Elaine James is now giving semi-private and private art lessons in her studio on Central Avenue in the Heights. Great teacher who already has a good following. Many of you may already know Elaine from Jersey City Studio Art Tour (Pershing Field Venue), from this summer's VineArt classes at the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery, and from various other shows in Hudson County.

For more information, see PaintingWithElaine.com

Hope to see you.

Posted on: 2016/11/22 22:33
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Re: Battle against the "Bayonne Box" in The Heights
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Re: Parking -- Michael Yun's team was putting together meetings on various "parking" topics (e.g. illegal parking spots). Not sure if they have started the meetings, but contact his office for more information.

Posted on: 2016/11/22 12:46
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Re: Light bulbs in a rental unit
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Ok .. I can't resist. See link and take your pick:

http://www.cs.umd.edu/~gasarch/HUMOR/lightbulb.html

Posted on: 2016/11/21 9:44
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Re: Buying in Heights??? Good investment.
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Heard of plans for a larger multi-unit building on Beach


Do you know where on Beach this would be? l live on this street and can't picture where this would be.

I did see that up on JFK that Ace Taxi is gone and the adjoining lots had house demolished so something must be going here/


I believe the address is 64 Beach - the house with the large parking area that has been empty for over a year -- Between Kennedy and Montrose. I heard, after the fact, that there was a meeting on plans for this property -- Lot of concerns about parking. I believe Rich Boggiano may have been involved in getting the community meeting together.
Not sure what is replacing Ace Taxi - it would be nice to get some more restaurants on the Blvd. Vinnie's Pizzeria reopened under new management and is pretty good.

Posted on: 2016/11/7 22:39
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Re: Buying in Heights??? Good investment.
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It's not the transit that keeps down the density, it's the R-1 zoning. You can have a lot in the middle of 4-5 floor 4-10 unit buildings that once had a similar building and only be able to build a 35' 2 family without a variance. When was the last time a new 20+ unit was built in the Heights, not a factory redevelopment? There's plenty of lovely older buildings like that, but none new to my knowledge.

Not sure if this is beginning to change - Heard of plans for a larger multi-unit building on Beach and and looks like there'll be some rebuilding where Hudson Market (?? if that's the name of the large gardening and fruit place on Kennedy Blvd). Have not heard anything recently on the multi-unit building that was being planned on Central Avenue.
Personally, I actually like the fact that the Heights does not have the density of other parts of the JC. At least for now, there's a much nicer vibe as you leave JSq, get past 139, and start to enter the Heights.. more of a neighborhood feel.

Posted on: 2016/11/7 17:11
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Re: Buying in Heights??? Good investment.
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I know that a couple of years ago there were some problems with kids at Dickenson High School on Palisades. But, I have not heard of any major issues there lately. There was a recent "meet and greet" with North District police officers over at Wonder Bagels on Central Ave. and one of the officers I spoke with mentioned some work he was doing with teens at Dickenson. -- Perhaps such outreach is working?

I cannot speak to the issue Jersey Mom had over on Franklin and Palisades -- Again, I like the Western section of the Heights better. Having said that, I know the Eastern end of the Heights is getting a lot of attention from realtors. Not sure if it's related to rebranding (Arts District) or the 100 steps, etc. but it seems to be changing for the better. In general, I do not think that gangs is a major problem in the Heights. If you go to Heights community meetings, most of the complaints are on Parking and speeding cars. The article that JerseyMom linked to cites other areas of JC (South of Montgomery and West of Kennedy).

Anyway, the best way to get a feel for the neighborhood is to walk around at different times. That's what I did. I've seen incredibly beautiful houses in other areas of JC, but felt the vibe very quickly change for the worst within a 2 block walk. I'll stick to the Heights.

Posted on: 2016/11/1 23:25
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Re: Buying in Heights??? Good investment.
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I moved to the Heights about 11 years ago and am very happy. As Brewster mentioned, prices are definitely on the rise but it is one of the JC areas that (1) is still affordable and (2), perhaps as important (if not more so), is fairly safe without the major crimes that other "on-the-rise" locations have.

The east side of the Heights is getting a lot of attention lately (steps/light rail elevator to Hoboken), but I like the western end of the Heights much better. Many blocks have a good neighborhood feel and people know one another. Also, have nice resources (Pershing Field Park/Pool, Reservoir, etc.). Walk around at different times and see where you feel more comfortable. As Heights mentions, some good neighborhood associations too.

Lot of new places starting to pop up (Gelato and Wonder Bagels on Central, Croissant place on Summit Ave). Hopefully, many more to come.

Buses and frequent jitneys to/from Journal Sq and Port Authority so I find transportation is pretty good. While the jitneys can kind of feel gritty, they run frequently and are cheap (I think it's now $1.50 to JSq an $3.25 to NY with discounted tickets available at Port Authority) .. and they ran even when the PATH was down during much of Sandy. If you are on the lower end of the Heights (e.g. under Manhattan Ave. or so), then even the walk (or bike ride) to JSq is pretty easy.

As for a RE crash, who know what will happen?? Others will say a stock market crash is more likely (so real estate may be a better move?). Not sure what effect the election will have. But for now, mortgage rates are still great. Your real challenge may be inventory -- Not a lot on the market.

FYI - there is a city-wide property reassessment underway -- Not sure what will come of it. Rumor is Downtown JC will be hit the hardest. But, if you find something with very low taxes (e.g., under $6,000??), then factor in taxes may be increased.

Posted on: 2016/10/25 14:35
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Re: Mortgage Lenders
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Unfortunately, just confirming your experience. I recently closed on a house where some finishing touches were underway on electrical (PSE&G to hook up line to street). City had already signed off on work. Was told the lender will not close if any issue is open. They basically want to know everything is in order in case they need to take the house. If the lender knows of the issue, they will not close.

Posted on: 2016/9/6 19:17
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Re: Jersey City councilman signals shift on long-term tax breaks
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Is he getting ready to run for Mayor?

Posted on: 2016/8/19 17:26
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Re: New to JC Heights
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Welcome to the neighborhood! I moved here 11 years ago and the area has a lot going for it .. the Reservior, Pershing Field and other local parks/recreational facilities, Central Ave shopping (which is slowly improving), etc..
If you ever wanted to paint, there's an art class at the Pershing Field Community Center - free and no experience needed. If you want to just check it out, come by on Thursday evenings (5PM to 8PM).
Enjoy the hood!

Posted on: 2016/8/8 10:08
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Re: Home/Apartment Inspector Recommendation
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John Moss, http://www.inspexbuildinginspections.com/
is excellent - Have used him for 2 inspectons and a friend also used him. Our lawyer even commented on the thoroughness of his report. Cannot recommend him more highly.

Posted on: 2016/8/4 12:07
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Re: Democratic Convention
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So now, DWS is the honorary chair of Clinton's 50-state program. ... Reward for a job well-done and for her longtime friendship.

You just can't make this shit up. I've been a registered Democrat since I was old enough to vote, but this just sucks.

Waiting to see what else Wikileaks will be posting.

http://fortune.com/2016/07/24/wasserman-schultz-clinton-campaign/

Posted on: 2016/7/25 12:31
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Re: Is Central Ave ready for a retail and co-working space for creatives and makers?
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I think the potential is there - There are a lot of artists in the area - You may want to speak to the Riverside Neighborhood Association (http://riverviewneighborhood.org/ and http://www.jcheights.com/Community-Arts-District.shtml) as I believe they were instrumental in pushing through the "arts district". There is also a painting class that is run by the Recreations Dept and meeting at the Pershing Field Community Center Thursday afternoons and evenings. Finally, for a retail perspective, there's a little cafe/cooperative on Summit Ave (may be around Griffin or so - its on a south west corner) that recently opened and sells french pastries, coffee as well as skin products. May be worth talking with them as I think the question may still be getting buyers -- but it does seems like the Heights are getting more people who are priced out of Brooklyn and DTJC.

Posted on: 2016/7/5 17:39
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Re: Jersey Journal Poll: Would Jersey City Councilman Michael Yun make a good mayor?
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I have been to a number of community meetings with Michael Yun and I would support him. He reliably has questioned the tax abatements that developers continue to get in the waterfront and downtown areas. He also hosted a meeting questioning many points regarding funding of the "hub" -- where JC would end up contributing heftily to the construction costs as well as rent and maintenance even if construction falls behind schedule. He also has made himself very available to Heights residents at all times and has personally assisted with several quality of life and recreational issues in the area.

I think he would bring some common sense the the city. Let him shake things up.

So, if you haven't guessed, Michael's got my vote if he does run. If he has houses elsewhere, I don't care because he has made himself accessible to residents in his ward. Hell, Fulop bought a house in the Heights but he hasn't done anything notable to improve the area.

Posted on: 2016/6/23 13:09
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Burning rubber smell - Friday nights in the Heights?
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For the past couple of Friday nights, we've smelled what seems to be burning rubber on the lower west end of the Heights. Not sure if it's coming from 1/9. Anyone have any knowledge of what it may be from?

Posted on: 2016/6/19 17:15
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Re: Jersey City, Newark among worst places to marry
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Just a note for those looking for a quick, no-frills, marriage.

We tried to get married in Jersey City in December. Getting the license at City Hall was easy enough (note: you need to have one witness with you for the license; 2 witnesses for the ceremony). However, calls to some of the City-managed options for the actual nuptials, especially the one on Summit Ave., were never returned. Eventually, found out that all sites were booked into January. Appointments are required. Went to Summit Ave personally after calling for 3 days and never getting a response. Woman took down my information (could not give me any information) and then never called me back anyway -- I hate to say it but at least at that location, the contacts for wedding ceremonies exemplified the "public sector job holder" stereotype where they don't care about the residents of their own towns and don't seem to give a shit about their jobs.

If you are looking for a simple wedding, I recommend NYC - it was cheaper, faster, more efficent, 24 hr wait period (instead of 72 hr) -- no frills, but the officiant was very friendly and made the ceremony as personal as possible given it takes about 2 minutes in total.

Posted on: 2016/2/3 11:21
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