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Re: Jersey City Fireworks Celebration Changed to Exchange Place In Jersey City
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it was crowded but i was able to get near the waterfront around 9ish. Had a nice view of the fireworks. It looked fun with the rides and food trucks - I wish I had gone earlier to enjoy the full day. Overall I had a good time

Posted on: 7/5 16:18
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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^^ ok thanks that helps. I wonder if the reval will serve to stabilize prices in DTJC (or even lower them). Then again, people seem to be getting wrapped up in a real estate bubble again so I wouldn't be surprised if condo prices keep increasing, even if the tax bills will go up by a few thousand $$/yr

Posted on: 6/30 10:53
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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i have a question about how property taxes are handled now (pre reval). If i buy a condo that had been paying $5k/yr in taxes, will my property tax rate go up based on my purchase price?

Then when the reval is done, could it potentially go up again?

Posted on: 6/30 10:18
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Re: Something Major is happening in the Heights right now...
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Supposedly a car chase and crash ? Near tonnelle and north

Posted on: 6/4 23:58
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Re: Bus from Journal Square to LaGuardia Airport?
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Jersey city to LGA or JFK is a pain. any $ savings in the flight is almost surely wiped out by either A) the price of transportation to/from the airport, and B) the time wasted to/from the airport. If you live in NJ, it's recommended to pay extra to fly out of EWR.

If you are traveling alone, I would take the recommendation from the poster above - bus into Port Authority, then take the NYC airporter.

If you are traveling with someone else - consider just taking a yellow cab once you get to Port Authority. The price for a cab from Manhattan to LGA is around the same as 2 shuttle ride payments.

Posted on: 5/1 11:09
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Re: Jury duty questions
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Thanks for the replies. Here are some thoughts on my experience:

- I drove since I was running late (dumb), and parked in JSQ PATH since I wasn't sure if the small lot across the street from the courthouse would have spots. It is better to take the bus or PATH, and if you have to drive, park in the lot across the street - they should have spots

- I wasn't able to get one of the small desks to sit in, but I did get a seat in the far right hand corner of the room in a folding chair. The seat is next to a window so you can set your bag/coat/food on the window ledge, and you are close enough to the power outlet at the desk next to you so you can plug your laptop or phone in.

- I didn't wind up getting called for a case, and they dismissed everyone by 3pm (and we were told not to come back for the 2nd day)

Posted on: 3/29 12:15
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Re: Jury duty questions
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Quote:

Azul_the_Cat wrote:
- The instructions said to call the night before after 5pm. What are the chances that I get dismissed at that point? - Slim to none. You will most likely need to show up.

- assuming I show up the day of - and assuming the lawyers don't like me as a potential juror, am I free to go? Or will I just get recycled as a potential juror for another case? - You will be sent back to the jury pool to wait for another case.

- Is this a minimum 2 day commitment? Or if I don't get chosen on the 1st day, I can go home and go on with my life? - If you are chosen to work a case, you would work that case. If you were chosen to work a case, but dismissed by the judge or lawyers, you go back to the jury pool. The last two times I did my jury duty they let us all go home after the first day saying there were no more cases on the schedule.

- Can I bring a work laptop to jury duty to do some work? - yes you can. There are little desks with outlets you can work at. There is also wi-fi. Get there early if you want one of those desks. They fill up fast.

Thanks in advance


Thanks - sounds like I am in this for the long haul. I will be sure to show up early to grab a desk

Posted on: 3/23 11:21
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Re: Front yard parking
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dumb. Just allow home owners a front driveway, and also change the law to allow a second car parked on the street in the driveway spot. That way you get 2 fewer cars looking for parking spots around the neighborhood (the car parked inside the driveway + the car parked on the street in front of the driveway). Everyone else on the block benefits as there is less competition for the remaining spots.

Posted on: 3/23 10:50
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Re: Jury duty questions
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bump - anyone served on a jury lately? I've also been summoned for the first time - due to show up next week.

- The instructions said to call the night before after 5pm. What are the chances that I get dismissed at that point?

- assuming I show up the day of - and assuming the lawyers don't like me as a potential juror, am I free to go? Or will I just get recycled as a potential juror for another case?

- Is this a minimum 2 day commitment? Or if I don't get chosen on the 1st day, I can go home and go on with my life?

- Can I bring a work laptop to jury duty to do some work?

Thanks in advance

Posted on: 3/23 10:43
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Re: Jitney Bus
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I wish the jitneys would run an express route into manhattan.

start at JSQ, go down JFK Blvd, then turn right at Congress and head into the Lincoln Tunnel via the Hoboken viaduct. It would cut commute times by about 15-20 mins.

Not every bus would be an express bus obviously, but maybe one every 5-10 mins during peak hours.

How do we go about recommending this change?

Posted on: 3/21 22:10
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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JCMan8 wrote:
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thor800 wrote:
Quick appraisal of every property in town ?

Is that even possible ?


It won't be quick. If history is any indication, the process will be protracted and painful. But it is necessary.


any idea how long it would take before taxes change post-reval? 6 months? 1 year? 2 years?

Posted on: 2016/5/2 10:23
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Re: estimated cost of demolishing and building new 1 or 2 fam
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the question was purposely open ended with the hope that someone more familiar with it could fill in the missing pieces.

Posted on: 2016/3/6 20:43
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estimated cost of demolishing and building new 1 or 2 fam
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anyone have a ballpark estimate of what it would cost to demolish an existing 1 or 2 family house and rebuilding a new one? i know it can vary depending on design, features, etc....but ballpark what are we talking about? $50K? $100K? thanks

Posted on: 2016/2/26 15:31
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Re: Exclusive Buyer Agreement?
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thanks for the replies. what is a typical % commission rate that should be included in the contract? how do i know if i am getting a good deal or not? i don't want to be left on the hook owing the realtor a ton of $$$ if their percentage fee is too high.

Posted on: 2015/12/3 15:23
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Exclusive Buyer Agreement?
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Has anyone who has purchased a home or condo around here signed an "Exclusive Buyer Agreement"? A realtor I am working with now has asked me to sign it, but I've never heard of this until today and the limited research I've done has turned up mixed results (sign it / don't sign it!).

Would love to hear any firsthand experiences, etc. regarding such a contract. Thanks

Posted on: 2015/12/3 0:02
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Re: Chick-fil-A, on the way!
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trambone wrote:
If I didn't want to eat in the mall on a sunday i'd go to Bergen county. This not opening on sunday crap shouldn't fly this close to NYC.


lots of Italian deli's in JC/Hoboken do the same thing. Plus, the chick fil a store in NYC does it as someone just mentioned above.

Posted on: 2015/11/4 15:19
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Re: 11/3/15 Live Hudson County Election results...link
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I'm a life long Democrat but voted for the republican county exec and the independent assembly people. I knew there was no chance in hell they'd win but I think the HCDO has been too powerful and full of too many cronies for too long.

On the bright side, I also voted yes on the question, only later realizing that it was a non binding referendum.

Posted on: 2015/11/4 8:26
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Re: Jersey City school board election 2015
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what time do the polls close tonight?

Posted on: 2015/11/3 11:44
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Re: Chick-fil-A, on the way!
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i've had Chickfila before during travels down south, but i had it again recently at the NYC location and i've gotta say that their spicy chicken sandwich is delicious.

i don't think i'll try to be one of the lucky 100 on line, but i will definitely frequent this newport location once it opens

Posted on: 2015/11/3 11:43
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Re: NY Times: Searching for the Best Bar Burgers in New Jersey
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i've tried both Krugs and New Park and found them to be comparable to one another, but nothing that i would go out of my way for in the future.

Posted on: 2015/9/11 9:38
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Re: The Beacon
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Quote:

JCSHEP wrote:
We just moved out of the Beacon after many years there (trying a house in JSQ now). Before the Beacon we lived in Paulus Hook and then Grove St area. Out of all these we enjoyed the Beacon the most, met lots of great friends there, less people with chips on shoulder vs DT, NO noise (condo bldgs, not rental), amenities, community, etc, etc. Only thing we hated was valet parking. To each his own....

Oh and we sold out unit at the Beacon so I am saying this with no personal skin in game.


how did the shuttles work? i'm guessing they run on a schedule during rush hour. what about late nights or off-peak hours?

Posted on: 2015/9/2 17:18
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Re: The Beacon
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bump - looking for more recent opinions about the beacon. HOA fees seem high but they include most utilities i gather? I think it's a bit ridiculous that parking costs so much extra per month, however.

will the knocking down of montgomery gardens positively affect living at the Beacon? they were already abandoned, no?

Posted on: 2015/8/31 21:21
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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will the new JSQ towers be rental only? or condos?

any word on when they will be finished / potential pricing?

Posted on: 2015/8/31 13:42
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lawyer for new condo purchase
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looking for any recommendations for a reliable lawyer to use for a new condo closing in Hudson county. thanks

Posted on: 2015/5/3 18:21
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Re: possible to get prepaid bus tickets on jitneys?
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Thanks - wound up buying the prepaid tickets for the jitney at window 23 at Port Authority. The tickets were 2.50 each and expired after a month I think. I bought a week's worth at a time ($25), which saved me $5 per week. The window is cash only so I'm going to have to get creative to utilize my commuting benefit at work using pretax dollars.

If anyone else is interested, I believe the window to buy the prepaid fares is only open from 2pm to 830pm

The jitney is crwded but near JFK Blvd it absolutely beats NJ Transit for getting to NYC. You don't need a schedule since the buses seem to run every 2 mins in the mornings

Posted on: 2014/10/23 21:06
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possible to get prepaid bus tickets on jitneys?
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The past couple of days, I've seen people pay with tickets / vouchers on the jitney from JC to Port Authority in NYC. How / where can I buy these vouchers? I'd like to buy them using pretax money if at all possible, and I'd prefer the jitneys to the NJ transit buses due to the greater number of jitneys running by me. Thanks

Posted on: 2014/10/1 19:29
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Re: Area between Tunnel and Hoboken
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RUinHamiltonPark wrote:
I did end buying in that area...though closer to Hoboken, not by the projects.

The litigation against the developer at Zephyr is concluded.

700's garage should be done in the fall. Not sure if there are any assessments over there.

Marin is that area has not flooded in some time. Hoboken installed pumps.

I am very happy. Best of JC and Hoboken over there, IMO.



thanks very much for the update!

Posted on: 2014/9/17 15:01
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Re: Area between Tunnel and Hoboken
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Hi - how is flooding in this area? Still bad? What about the 2 big properties in this area? (Zephyr and 700 grove). Are there any lingering issues from Sandy? I read above they were suing the developers of one of the buildings?

Posted on: 2014/9/12 11:01
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Re: "Bar Rescue" in JC
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The old spot was super divey. Went once just to check it out. Kinda sucked. Curious to check out the new version

Posted on: 2014/9/5 20:25
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Re: Is 75 Liberty Avenue in Journal Square safe/fun for 20 somethings
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it's safe but not fun. sadly, most of jersey city is not really "fun" for 20 somethings (save for parts of downtown).

Posted on: 2013/4/11 17:21
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