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Re: Dear Person Stealing Tiny Flower Pots from Our Stoop...
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Back in the '90s in Hoboken, my friend had his flowering plants ripped out of their planters. He replanted with new ones, and sunk several razor blades into the dirt surrounding each one. A few days later, he found one plant partially dislodged, and a trail of blood drops down the sidewalk. No further vandalizing of his plants ever occurred.

Posted on: 5/16 19:34
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Re: One solitary voting booth at Cordero School polling station
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A second voting machine arrived at Cordero around 8:15 a.m., which helped matters immensely.

Posted on: 2016/11/8 9:53
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Re: If you found the wallet this morning at Hamilton Park...
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On_The_3rd wrote:
Doesn't really matter is JCMan is racist or not. It's not illegal to be a racist, just as it's not illegal to hate gays, or jews or whomever. What if he hates cherry cola? What if he hates Toyotas? Expressing your beliefs isn't illegal in itself, but actions that are influenced by them can potentially be.

While I don't agree at all with what he is saying, I'm pretty sure the last time I checked – at least in America – we have the freedom to express our opinions.

Should he have kept it to himself?… maybe… but he hasn't broken any laws by expressing his point of view.

And everyone here has the freedom to express their opinion back, and to draw whatever conclusion they desire.

Posted on: 2016/11/4 13:57
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Re: If you found the wallet this morning at Hamilton Park...
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JCMan8 wrote:
There is absolutely nothing racist with what I said here. You are a child, unable to deal with the world as it is so you lash out at those who point out highly relevant truths that make you uncomfortable.

Hopefully for your sake you will mature in time.


Perception is more important than intent. It doesn't matter if you think you're a racist. It matters if the rest of us do.

Posted on: 2016/11/3 11:17
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Re: Buses from DTJC through Holland tunnel to lower Manhattan
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hero69 wrote:
with everyone talking about path reaching saturation, i was wondering if perhaps jc should find a way to allow buses to run direct routes from dtjc (near newport) through the holland tunnel, with dedicated lanes during rush hour.

also, i frequently notice that there seldom is much traffic using the outbound tunnel from manhattan to jc during morning rush hour, and vice versa for evening rush hour. why not dedicate 1/2 of underutilized tunnels to buses.


The tunnel ingress/egress on the NYC side are separated and the feeder lanes are configured in such a way that would make that currently impossible.

Posted on: 2016/8/4 13:31
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Re: Downtown Dangerous Freight Trains -- Almost had a Spill Today.
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Bike_Lane wrote:

There is still a Conrail Corp based in Philadelphia that is jointly owned by NS and CSX, and (correct me if I'm wrong), this Conrail Corp manages the "shared assets" that NS and CSX jointly own after they took over and split the old Conrail.

The National Docks line through Jersey City is one of these "shared assets"

http://www.conrail.com/system-map/


Yes; you are absolutely correct.

Posted on: 2016/4/30 9:18
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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How out of whack is it, minus the (obvious) fairness issue? Like, if Downtown were an actual separate city on its own, would the property taxes be too low to sustain public services for itself?

Posted on: 2016/4/6 13:13
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Re: WORD Bookstore
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I'm suspecting the King appearance will be limited to a finite number of purchasers. Othewise it'd be bedlam.

Posted on: 2016/3/10 17:37
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Re: 15th St Deli
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moobycow wrote:

Christo's is amazing because whatever I need they seem to have tucked away somewhere.


This. They will sell you anything they have, even the stuff they have on-hand for making prepared food (a head of lettuce, for instance).

Posted on: 2016/3/2 14:07
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Re: Monty's Public House
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bodhipooh wrote:
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I_heart_JC wrote:
there really should be a limit on how long lots can stay vacant.

that hole that DelForno dug on Newark Ave....the location of the Grove Street fire....Monty's.....

can't they be charged an "eyesore tax" or something?

especially in the summertime, when the DelForno Ditch fills with stagnant pools of mosquito-nursery water.


100% THIS. While I am always against any form of governmental power to punish or take away personal property, I think this is very much justified. That hole next to "future home of Hard Grove Cafe", the unfinished Hard Grove construction, and the Monty boarded up place, are eyesores and it really is unfair for Restaurant Row, and the community at large, to allow those conditions to continue as such. There should be some sort of penalty for unfinished construction that would spur the owners to complete their projects, or to sell to someone else.


Agreed; though if it wasn't written very carefully, the ordinance could encourage even more corruption/graft/kickbacks. "You're almost out of time....want to pass inspection? 20K or you lose everything!"

Posted on: 2016/2/19 16:59
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Re: Prospective new restaurant opening in Hamilton Park
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Perhaps this is a simple difference between one person thinking of the Hamilton Park neighborhood, and the other thinking of the actual park?

Posted on: 2016/2/3 15:50
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Re: BURGER EATERY on 1st & Erie
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Yeah.... those two "reviews" are painful to look at; they remind me of the time my well-meaning mother wrote a raving review of my band's EP, of which I couldn't delete fast enough. I'm certain that the owner wouldn't be so directly obtuse; it's more likely an anxious relative/friend.

Anyway, back to reality.

I had a positive experience there yesterday, which will bring me back again. I opted for a double cheeseburger with Gruyere, and a plain order of fries. The burger was still pinkish in the middle (yay!) and was well-seasoned. I chose Gruyere in the off-chance that the patty was under-seasoned (Gruyere having a slightly saltier taste), and was pleased with how everything worked together. The Martin's roll held up to the burger's juices very effectively, and I like potato rolls, so bonus points there.

The fries were cooked to order, and they asked if I wanted them salted or not, which was much appreciated. They're not hand-cut, but are of a quality vendor, thicker than a julienne/shoestring... somewhere between a baton and batonnet. They were crispy and well-cooked.

The staff was eager and hard-working. I only waited a few minutes for the food.

Overall, is it the greatest burger around? No. Is it a very good burger? Yes. Is it better than Five Guys? Yes. Will I be back? Sure, absolutely. They're using quality products, they're trying hard, and I like hamburgers.

Posted on: 2015/12/23 11:13
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Re: Burger opening Mon 12/21 on 1st & Erie
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bodhipooh wrote:

Amateurish, rookie move on having the site up without it being finalized. The menu looks good (particularly the Erie Street and Bob Cobb) but I wish they would keep it simple and just focus on burgers without detouring into sandwiches, which only increases overhead and inventory costs. I will probably be there Monday night to try it out.

Agreed on both counts; the current Lorem Ipsum state of the site is silly-looking. They should just redirect the URL to a Facebook page while they're building it. I'm hopeful they don't overextend themselves with the menu selection. My biggest concern is the "Spreads" section of the menu; that's the slippery slope that leads to underseasoned beef.


Posted on: 2015/12/19 21:25
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Re: Burger opening Mon 12/21 on 1st & Erie
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They were in the midst of a friends-and-family event today as I walked by; I had the opportunity to glance at the special menu they had prepared for the occasion. Assuming even half of it is what will be on the normal menu, it should be a good place. One other good omen: there was a Pat LaFrieda meat truck parked out front beforehand.

Edit: Here's the menu from their skeletal website: http://www.burgereatery.com/menu/


Posted on: 2015/12/19 13:28
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Re: Burger opening Mon 12/21 on 1st & Erie
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All I'm hoping for is a well-seasoned, decently-sized burger made from fresh ground meat, served on a quality bun. It doesn't have to be a 12-oz. bar burger that's 2 inches thick, or offered with lots of zany toppings.

If I see prefab frozen patties separated by paper, I'll be disappointed.

Same goes with the fries; it's probably too much to ask for fresh hand-cut with their limited-sized location, but if they can get a supplier with a flash-frozen version, that'd be swell.

Posted on: 2015/12/18 12:39
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Re: Should tipping be eliminated at eateries?
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JCCoffee wrote:
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hamhock wrote:

Are you paid a salary at your current job?


Many jobs include a salary PLUS a "performance based" bonus. I would question how well incentives are aligned if you're at a job where this is not the case (within the context of American culture - other countries may be different, i.e., Japan).


That's a good point, and I see no reason why a restaurant server couldn't be offered something similar. For instance, many sales jobs offer base salary + commission. Any restaurant with a POS and CC terminal can track each server's nightly sales (it's how a server calculates what they tip out to the food runners, bus-ers and bar staff). If a server still has a "the more I sell, the more I can make" scenario, that should off-set the worries of the "but how can I stiff them for bad service?" crowd.

Posted on: 2015/10/16 15:22
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Re: Should tipping be eliminated at eateries?
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nafco wrote:
Ive only in my life not tipped maybe once or twice, but it was because the service was beyond awful. Im all for the wait staff to get the money they deserve, but it does kind of eliminate the need for the staff to try when they know they have that guaranteed tip coming their way. Just saying.


Are you paid a salary at your current job?

Posted on: 2015/10/16 12:33
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Re: Bike Share System
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elsquid wrote:
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jcman420 wrote:

As far as recommended locations go, I think it should be a no-brainer to have a docking station on the Newport waterfront right next to the Jersey City/ Hoboken city border. Since we don't share a program with Hoboken, it would at least make sense to allow people to bike right up to the city-line and continue through to the Hoboken train station on foot. Especially since a lot of people in Newport use the Hoboken station as their primary station. Right now, the closest Citi Bike to Hoboken is outside Morton Williams, which is about a 10-minute walk to the Hoboken terminal.


Yeah, we hear that one a LOT, and we say it too. Hoping it happens in the next wave.


I also remember hearing that Hoboken's bikesharing system (which will not use docks; unsure how they'll be doing that, but whatever) will have a station of bikes in that same vicinity. This will have the added benefit of letting people from one system rent easily from the other on a whim without worrying about venturing too far from their home system.

Posted on: 2015/9/28 16:59
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Re: Bike Share System
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If anything, using CitiBike was to Jersey City's advantage; the maintenance and support network for the docks and bikes is already completely built up thanks to NYC's program. Jersey City got the newest bikes and the newest docks (which were based on the trial and error of the past 2 years of NYC's program).

Down the line, more station locations will add to the convenience factor and help relieve dock/bike congestion points through redundancy (for instance, where I work there are 5 different docking stations within a one block radius).

Posted on: 2015/9/24 14:09
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Re: Bike Share System
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JCbiscuit wrote:

It also seems like it'll hold way more bikes than necessary. It's the size of the station on Christopher Street, which is a lot more bike-friendly.

Still, I'm psyched about CitiBike, in general.

More docks than necessary is a good thing, as nothing stinks more than riding around from station to station in search of an open dock. Ideally there should be twice as many docks as bikes.

Posted on: 2015/9/4 11:42
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Re: Please Help Prato Bakery
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bodhipooh wrote:
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I_heart_JC wrote:
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hamhock wrote:
I'm still not clear on how Prato having a backyard seating area will bring the neighborhood to its knees, while Dames Espresso's existing backyard space does not. Ditto to how said backyard space will negatively impact a neighborhood with noise, while the tire shop a half block away on Erie does not.


the Dames location is zoned for backyard seating, and has been an eating establishment with garden tables through several name changes. anyone who buys a house near Dames knows that they'll be privy to the noise of outdoor diners.

the tire shop has been there probably since the Coolidge administration.

the Prato bakery is zoned as a takeaway establishment. they knew that when they signed the lease. their neighbors purchased their houses next to a business with a dormant, quiet backyard.

why is this so hard to understand?


It isn't. People are just being willfully ignorant. Those of us being rational about the whole thing would like to see a good, sensible compromise. I don't think ANYONE is actually advocating for Prato going out of business. They have a great product, good employees and are an overall PLUS for the neighborhood and immediate area, but they violated their zoning. Zoning is there for a reason. Any variance should be requested through proper channels, reviewed, discussed, and then granted or denied.


I was singly referring to the "save our children from backyard predators" rant, not being willfully obtuse. I completely agree that Prato should apply for a variance, as that's the smartest way to proceed legally going forward.

Posted on: 2015/8/10 12:43
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Re: Please Help Prato Bakery
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I'm still not clear on how Prato having a backyard seating area will bring the neighborhood to its knees, while Dames Espresso's existing backyard space does not. Ditto to how said backyard space will negatively impact a neighborhood with noise, while the tire shop a half block away on Erie does not.

Posted on: 2015/8/10 11:51
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Re: Bike Share System
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skatee123 wrote:
Will be interesting to see how many people start utilizing it on a daily basis in certain locales as part of their daily commute to the PATH. I mean, if people in my neck of the woods, near Lincoln Park, think oh, I'll just bike to Journal Square, where are they going to leave the bike when all the other people in the surrounding area near JSQ think the same thing. There are only so many parking spots for those bikes - would suck to ride there and realize you have nowhere to leave it.

That is always a delicate dance during commuting hours, and CitiBike would be wise to deploy re-balancing crews during rollout like they use in Manhattan. Using the app will help somewhat to foresee the status of available docks.

I'm thrilled that they added a docking station at Hamilton Park; this will shorten my commute by 8-10 minutes each way.

Posted on: 2015/8/5 15:52
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Re: Bike Share System
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cinergee wrote:
If you are a current Citibike NYC member, will you need to pay extra, or renew your membership, in order to use the Citibike JC bikes? Or is it truly ONE SYSTEM?

One system. You can't take a bike between them (example: you're not allowed to check out a bike by the Grove St. PATH, take it on the PATH train, and dock it at Christopher St. in NYC), but otherwise the membership works in both cities.

Posted on: 2015/8/5 15:49
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Re: Please Help Prato Bakery
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Sommerman wrote:
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nightgownposse wrote:
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Sommerman wrote:
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nightgownposse wrote:
There are 2 restaurants further up the street on Erie that aren't disturbing the peace and they are open later.


Where did you get that information, because I beg to differ - more litter, more loud pedestrians late into the night.



I got my information from living there. Where did you get yours chicken little?


From my house on Erie off First


Seems like the two of you are referring to opposite directions, then; I interpret "further up the street" to mean northbound on Erie (Blue Lotus, Basic, Ahri's Kitchen), and not southbound on Erie (Talde).

Posted on: 2015/7/24 21:09
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Re: New Cafe Ordinance - Call to Action
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heights wrote:
What's a bodega ? Can someone translate the word?


A little convenience store that seemingly sells everything you need. Like Christo's on 8th Street/Coles.

Posted on: 2015/7/18 20:07
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Re: JC Bike Share Will Roll Out Citywide
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Sully wrote:

I think the point of this is to enable travel between neighborhoods. If you're downtown and it's a 10-minute walk to where you're going, just walk.

I think the point is multi-faceted, respectfully. A large use of the system in NYC is "the last mile"; i.e., the mile between one's home and the train, or one's work and the train. That's exactly how I use it in Manhattan. I'd much rather take a 3-minute bike ride than a 12-minute walk.

Posted on: 2015/7/17 22:04
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Re: JC Bike Share Will Roll Out Citywide
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There was a proposed map of stations on the mayor's Facebook page or something; I remember being underwhelmed by the proposed station locations. For example, in Downtown, the only locations were at the PATH stations, rendering it entirely unusable for Downtown residents.

Posted on: 2015/7/17 9:42
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Re: Please Help Prato Bakery
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I_heart_JC wrote:

today, it's a quiet bakery, with bakery hours. in five years, it could be a restaurant, and suddenly the neighbors are dealing with "indoor" noise and crowds until midnight.

Which is why the neighbors should be attempting to support Prato get a single-instance variance to help them succeed, rather than watch them fail without seating, only to be replaced by something far worse that might bribe their way to getting a permanent zoning change.

Posted on: 2015/7/14 14:33
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza -- Reopening?
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PremiumContent wrote:
The green paint does a great job of absorbing heat.

You mean reflecting heat, right?

Posted on: 2015/7/7 10:09
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