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Re: Jersey City Bike Lanes... WTF is wrong with bike riders
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Ditto all of the above.

When I ride (which isn't much lately), I'm fully equipped with lights, horn, and rear view mirror. If I want to be treated as a vehicle, I should behave like one. Unfortunately, too many riders don't and it affects how people view the rest of us.

I thought someone was going to say "bikes need to be in the bike lane" but I see that it's really "bikes need to be off the sidewalk"! I'm accustomed to taking the traffic lane when needed (to prevent drivers from passing too closely, to avoid potholes and debris) and that means I'm visible and moving predictably, whereas there are some protected bike lanes I would rather not be in because of hazards and visibility at intersections.

(Yes, hazards such as vehicles parked in the bike lane that I can't just steer around because of the adjacent "protection" of parked cars. Good luck getting enforcement to care though.)

Posted on: 2/10 18:18
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Re: Parking rules this week
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In past updates, "all" has been clarified as meaning meters, zone, and street sweeping. When it says "alternate side suspended" (a.k.a. street sweeping) but doesn't say "all" and doesn't mention meters or zone, I would take it to mean that meters and zone/permits are still enforced.

With that said, everyone on my street was off the sweeping side today and the sweeper came. 1) No one knew about it and 2) if people are allowed to park, wouldn't it be useless for the sweeper to come?!

https://twitter.com/JCParking/

Posted on: 12/24 2:07
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Re: Active Shooter in JC?
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I watched a CBS news video of a press conference. The explanation given was (paraphrase) the perpetrators stopped the vehicle in front of the kosher market, got out with weapons in hand, and started shooting at/into the target, "bypassing other targets" such as people on the street and neighboring buildings. Did they look up the market ahead of time and it was the specific destination, or did they cruise the street looking at target options and decided on that one? It's a tragedy regardless, but these are different definitions of "they targeted the location".

Posted on: 12/11 18:45
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Re: Street Sweeping Monday for Rosh Hashana?
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I assume standard regulations because there's no word on https://twitter.com/JCParking

Posted on: 2019/9/27 12:35
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Re: Improper storage of trash?
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Wow, I lived downtown on a busy thoroughfare for 5 years and always had the trash can in the front (rowhouse with a little gated area). I did get a warning once though when a snowstorm had covered up the trash at the curb, and after everything melted, the trash was noted to be "put out too early".

I don't live downtown anymore and am certain they wouldn't care around here.

Posted on: 2019/9/19 3:38
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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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I'm not a regular ferry rider so I only just noticed that after arriving to Harborside from Brookfield, it goes to Paulus Hook. I would think that after checking your ticket at Brookfield, they won't care to check that everyone who boarded with the "free transfer" actually gets off at Brookfield. Likely, you could stay on the boat (if Paulus Hook is closer to your destination) but not do it reverse - they are probably not accepting the ferry transfers for boarding at Paulus Hook.

Posted on: 2019/1/28 15:15
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Re: PATH WTC to close on weekends for 2 years!
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Quote:

heights wrote:

So for the price of a single PATH fare you get a round trip ferry ticket ?

I already said it twice and this is my 3rd time, YES. (I didn't say it made sense.)

New info for those who haven't ridden - there is wording on the ferry ticket to the effect of, only valid during the weekend issued.

Posted on: 2019/1/19 23:57
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Re: PATH WTC to close on weekends for 2 years!
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Quote:

mastablasta wrote:

I haven't tried to use the ferry yet on the weekend, but let me get this straight. I live by Exchange place and even if my commute is just from Exchange Place to WTC, they still make me pay a PATH fare even if I don't have to ride PATH to get to Exchange Place?

Correct, you pay a PATH fare at Exchange Place to get the round-trip ferry ticket, and on the way back, you don't pay another PATH fare.

I assume you can still buy single ferry tickets (more expensive than PATH fares) or use your monthly pass.

Posted on: 2019/1/18 16:27
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Re: PATH WTC to close on weekends for 2 years!
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Quote:

bodhipooh wrote:

Thanks for the clarification/confirmation!

While this is a "solution", it is still quite easy to game the system: for someone wanting to ride the ferry into lower Manhattan, it would be cheaper to walk into the Exchange Place station, pay the PATH fare, grab a transfer ticket, and then walk right out. I wonder if they have thought of that.

The transfer ticket is for a round trip (2 tear-off portions) so if you are just going to Exchange Place and walking, you don't even need to pay a return PATH fare. (For me, the trade-off is a longer walk on both ends.)

Posted on: 2019/1/14 14:27
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Re: Leaf Collection Schedule
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I picked up the printed schedule from city hall today. Saturday bag distribution supposedly started on Sept 29 and collection on Oct 4 - don't know why they haven't posted this stuff online somewhere.

Saturday distribution locations are as BennyInDaHeights said, 12-3pm. The paper implies there will be Nov/Dec Sat distributions. You can also pick up bags at:
Municipal Services Complex 13-15 Linden Ave East, M-F 9am-4pm
City Hall Resident Response Center 280 Grove St, M-F 8am-8pm

2018 collection schedule:
(set leaf bags curbside on Wed evenings for early morning Thurs collection)

South & West zones:
Oct 4, 18
Nov 1, 15, 29
Dec 13, 27

North & East zones:
Oct 11, 25
Nov 8, 22
Dec 6, 20, 27

There used to be a website where you would put in your street name and find out your zone, but it seems the current trash/recycling collection info doesn't use the old zone terminology anymore:
https://www.cityofjerseycity.com/cms/one.aspx?pageId=7221869

Posted on: 2018/11/1 5:01
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Re: Leaf Collection Schedule
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Do we know if leaf bags are being given out? Maybe that information is with the collection schedule.

Posted on: 2018/10/8 12:48
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Re: Where is my August 2018 Property TAX bill?
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Quote:

CoolCats wrote:
Where is my August 2018 Property TAX bill? I looked online but seems like it is marked 0?

http://taxes.cityofjerseycity.com

It's updated now.

Posted on: 2018/8/3 15:28
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Re: Alternatives for getting to JFK airport from Jersey City Thanks in advance.
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Quote:

light12v wrote:
I have a friend who travels to Asia several times a year & she takes a bus that departs from Hudson Mall & goes directly to JFK.
I will ask her for more details if you are interested.


Just for future reference - alas, this shuttle is only for EVA Air:
http://www.evaair.com/en-us/managing- ... ice-to-connect-pa-and-nj/

Posted on: 2017/11/21 3:12
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Re: Property Tax Appeal - Comparable Sales
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I had gone to a property tax appeal workshop last year and after poking around, decided to have a lawyer do it. To get comps, I had contacted my agent who I had worked with on the purchase (2015), but I was wary of doing it wrong and failing vs. lawyers handling appeals take a cut of the first year's savings, which you wouldn't have had if you did nothing or if your appeal was unsuccessful.

I had gotten unsolicited mailings from law offices to take my case (no doubt, they were checking public records for the info) but I went with a recommendation from a friend for Peter Cecenini and ended up with a 30% reduction (we'll see what happens with the reval...). The only issue was I had asked to be informed of the trial/hearing date because I wanted to see the process and I guess they forgot to tell me (maybe most of their clients don't care), then a few months later I found out the happy news. After the fact, he had said something to the effect of, this year (2016), unlike previous years, JC was making it very difficult for people to file or succeed or something their own appeals (I forgot the exact words/explanation).

Posted on: 2017/3/22 16:19
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Re: Grocery shopping
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I moved and drive mostly now, but when I walked/biked more, I never bothered with delivery since I'd rather have saved the cost and gotten a good walk or ride. My usual stops were:

Trader Joe's in Chelsea - pack my rear panniers full and bike to WTC. Once I biked to TJ in Edgewater but that route should be thought of as a leisure trip, not a grocery trip.

ShopRite on Marin - bike or walk with a grocery cart for buying bulkier items. Target has lower prices on some things but costs more time.

Lee's grocery/convenience store on the way home from Grove PATH (and a meat market while it was still open) - for things I ran out of in between grocery trips.

Posted on: 2016/12/20 16:36
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Re: Amazon US Post office delivery issues
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Quote:

MDM wrote:
Well...

A few minutes after my previous post, the postman hand delivers the package.



The USPS truck almost never comes down my street. My guess is they leave the truck somewhere, do the tracking there, then walk over with the box. Sometimes I'm outside and I don't see the tracking scanner device thing in their hand (like with UPS/FedEx for example if they ring for your signature).

There was a brief, aggravating period where UPS was delivering packages to an "Access Point" merchant if I wasn't home. In that case, you have to pick it up there or let it eventually return to sender; UPS won't make a 2nd attempt to your door. I complained to Amazon that the shipping address was in effect changed by UPS without the sender's or receiver's permission. I'm not a Prime member so no late credits anyway, just the inconvenience of having to pick up the package when I ordered it for delivery.

Posted on: 2016/12/17 14:36
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Re: Parking tickets not received
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This happened to me once. I ended up going to court and getting off for other reasons, and when I tried to ask about the ticket not actually being on the car, the judge said, forget it, since he had dismissed it completely.

I guess you could go to court and dispute the late fee portion, but if you were going to pay it anyway, would you really reschedule your day for the sake of $10? Yeah.

Posted on: 2016/12/3 1:56
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Quote:

jcgurl wrote:
Yes, upon doing further research (i.e.: talking to my dad who is the mayor of a small town in New York and who has overseen 2 property revals), from what I understand, they are not seeking to raise substantially more taxes but simply redistribute them fairly. The city will still be collecting the same gross amount of taxes more or less, but if they collect $2000 more per year from me, they will be collecting $2000 a year less from another property owner (to oversimplify). Therefore, I'm supposing that my tax bill isn't going to triple as I had assumed. Right now I'm paying $5000+ a year on a property worth about $600,000 but only assessed at $73,000. (Thanks GrovePath for the link!)

Please feel free to correct or confirm this train of thought. I am still quite nervous.


Yes, it's basically redistribution. 2.216% (JC 2015 effective tax rate) of 600k is $13296 so double and a half. On the other hand, my 230k property assessed at 94k paying 7k taxes should reduce to ~5k. The ~2k reduction for me and 3 neighbors would "balance out" your 7-8k increase (a slightly more detailed version of oversimplification).

I attended a property tax info session in March and the presenting attorney said, obviously people file appeals to reduce their taxes. (I'm hoping to get my 2k this year and have it not be changed too much.) But he said, once he came across a case where someone who didn't like/was angry with/etc. his/her neighbor had filed an appeal to increase the neighbor's taxes!

Posted on: 2016/4/15 21:50
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Quote:

thor800 wrote:
Do properties in greenville really pay $6k in taxes on a $150k value property ? Hard to imagune these were ever valued highly enough even at a 1% rate to warrant that.


When I was house hunting, I saw one in Greenville at around 200k with over 7k taxes. I ended up buying about 15% higher (West Bergen according to Google) with about the same taxes.

Example of disparity with downtown: My assessed value is 77% of the AV of where I used to live (rent) downtown, yet my market value is only 20%ish (in other words the downtown property is now worth 5x as much vs. 30 years ago it was only 30% more).

25% would be a fair reduction for me, but there was no telling when the reval would actually happen and even then it would probably take a few years...so in the meantime, attorneys get to make money doing appeals for people.

Posted on: 2016/4/15 15:59
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Re: Homeowner's Insurance
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I guess "historic" is the nicer word for "old"? I went through a Weichert agent and the only option I got for old home with flat roof was Narragansett Bay.

Posted on: 2016/2/19 18:47
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Re: Chase branch closing in Old Colony Mall
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That's unfortunate - I just started using that Chase recently instead of downtown since I drive more now and there's a parking lot.

99 Ranch (Asian grocery) is planning to move into the Pathmark space:
https://www.reddit.com/r/jerseycity/co ... wins_bid_for_jersey_city/

Posted on: 2016/2/17 14:50
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Re: HELP! Where can I print something in DTJC on a Saturday?
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Sent you a PM - I clicked save to my outbox but it doesn't seem to have saved. Let me know if you didn't get it.

Posted on: 2015/3/1 18:52
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Re: HELP! Where can I print something in DTJC on a Saturday?
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The FedEx at Exchange Place isn't open on weekends but you can plug in a USB drive to print your stuff. I haven't been there in a while but at the time it was 29 cents per page (compare to 10 cents at the library - alas, if it were open). I can't remember if the machines at Staples take USBs (and you do have to load some money on a Staples copy card), but I'm pretty sure both of them don't have public use computers.

For future reference - I just remembered that a UPS that I use a lot in another town allows you to email them stuff to print (vs. you using their computers). I never bothered to ask if the Newport UPS does that because they don't offer a volume discount whereas I get 6 cents per page at the other UPS. (I'm usually printing/copying a lot more than a few pages so it matters.)

Posted on: 2015/3/1 3:37
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Re: HELP! Where can I print something in DTJC on a Saturday?
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Five Corners branch is walkable from Journal Square but might be closed by the time you get there (5pm).

The UPS Store in Newport also closes at 5, I believe, and you probably have to pay to use the computer.

Good luck

Posted on: 2015/2/28 21:13
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Re: Looking for a guitar instructor/teacher for kids
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Of course a music school or retail restablishment would take a "cut" of the advertised lesson fees. They are running a business and have rent, utilities, maintenance, accounting, administration, advertising, insurance, taxes, etc. Metropolis has been around for a while and practically everyone knows their name - they didn't get there by turning all the lesson fees over to hourly labor teachers.

(I run a home music studio as an independent teacher (not guitar though), plus rent a separate location one day a week, in order to have the flexibility to execute on my own educational vision, and that comes with the responsibility of taking care of business logistics myself. It comes down to value: a store/school's services in arranging evening and weekend lessons is not just worth it to me, but it could be for others. I've also taught at places where there were problems with accuracy or timeliness of paychecks, poor communication about scheduling, or excessive cancellations thus wasting time that could have gone to a more committed student or anything else I needed to do besides waiting around. These show a lack of respect for the teacher and aren't worth it either.)

By the way, speaking on behalf of music teachers everywhere, please do your teacher the courtesy (RESPECT) of giving notice and having the closure/transition of a last lesson. Don't be the one that emails or texts after the fact or, worse, that doesn't even show up to the next scheduled lesson, or two, and has to be asked! Better yet, have a discussion in advance about goals and where your teacher sees your progress going. Personally, it will be years before my students outgrow me, and when that time comes, I'd be proactively searching my network for someone to take them on. It's a great deal longer than 6 months, but I can't be that invested in a kid's growth without caring about where they're headed.

Posted on: 2015/2/20 16:21
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Apparently no one at the ferry knew either - there were so many people that around 6-7pm you had to wait for the NEXT ferry. At least it was better to wait the 15 min than to bike up to Christopher or worse, 33rd for the elevator and accessible turnstiles, only to have to come back. (Of course, why would they helpfully direct people to WTC PATH when they could collect the ferry fare.)

Posted on: 2014/9/22 5:31
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Re: Is too much to ask for recycling pick-up 2x a week?
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From http://www.jciaonline.org/recsteps.php
Milk cartons are allowed but they go with plastic/glass/cans and not with other paper.

Posted on: 2014/9/5 19:57
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Re: Flooding around Grove St between Grand and York
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On, May 8, 2013 at 8:27am (~6 months after Sandy), I stood on the Taqueria corner and took a picture of the water on Grove lapping over onto the sidewalk. The water level didn't quite reach the doors of the parked cars on the west side of Grove but it was close.

I don't have any picture proof since then. It doesn't seem to happen THAT often but once is enough to be a pain.

I don't know about the church either but you might have some noise from Taqueria patrons.

Posted on: 2014/8/30 14:15
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Re: BIKE LANES in Jersey City
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I've been out in some of the new lanes - they are in the door zone and I'd rather ride farther out. The average car driver won't realize that though and would probably think I should be in the bike lane.

Posted on: 2014/7/19 23:33
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Re: Bike Storage
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I have an outdoor semi-enclosed space but also have space inside (better protection from elements). If you're using it regularly, it would probably be inconvenient having to arrange with Grove Street Bicycles.

Posted on: 2014/6/14 14:43
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