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Re: Please Help Prato Bakery
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NEWS FLASH....PRATO BAKERY IS CLOSING AT THE END OF 2017!!!

Their lease was not renewed and as a result they are moving to a different location in Jersey City with more foot traffic.

I am soooo proud that the neighbors in the community and Harsimus Cove made sure the zoning board understood their grievances were about quality of life and privacy against the buildings landlord and not about Prato, coffee or baked goods!

BRAVO TO THE HARSIMUS COVE COMMUNITY FOR STANDING YOUR GROUND!

We will be sure to take the same fight to the front lines when a new tenant tries to move in and the landlord tries to do the same thing, although now that the "cafe law" is written in JC code the rules are clearly defined...

Dear Prato - we love your coffee and your baked goods and we do wish you much luck in your new location....it was never about you or your products. It was always about your landlord who we punched in the nuts for their douchiness... Prato was dragged into it because the landlord was not honest with you about the zoning laws before you moved in.

The landlord figured that because they are tight with the Mayor they could bully their way through without heading to the zoning laws and they used Prato to try and get their way. Good for you Prato for moving to a better location...!

Epic fail by the landlord!! (we're watching you)

Good luck Prato!!

To be continued...

XOXO

Posted on: 2017/7/26 18:21
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NO RESTAURANT AT 61 ERIE STREET
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Dear Neighbors,

Please help us to keep the retail space at 61 Erie Street from being granted a level "d" schedule 2 variance to operate as a full scale restaurant.

A hearing regarding the approval of a use variance for a full scale restaurant to operate at 61 Erie street will take place tomorrow before the Zoning Board of Adjustment:

The Meeting Date is:
Thursday October 29th at 6:30 pm in the City Council Chambers, 2nd floor of City Hall

It has come to our attention that the owners of 61 Erie Street (location of Prato Bakery) have recently filed an application to request a Category 2 Restaurant Use Variance. The owners are trying to acquire a zoning variance for a full scale restaurant which would allow for greatly expanded in-door seating, rear yard seating, curb side seating, additional ovens and exhaust pipes and vents and allow for the serving of liquor.

61 Erie Street is the current location of a quiet community bakery with plans for seating inside. The bakery-retail use has already been approved by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Zoning Officials.

61 Erie Street is NOT zoned for a restaurant use and it is surrounded by a quite neighborhood of tree lined streets and well kept historic townhouses. Why aren't the owners of 61 Erie Street, 61 Erie Street Associates LLC (not Prato) asking for approval of a cafe use which would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood and would allow Prato to continue to operate and benefit our community with expanded seating amenities inside the cafe?

If 61 Erie Street Association, LLC is approved for a Category 2 Restaurant then there is the potential for strain on our residential neighborhood including increased noise, safety concerns, access to surrounding yards, increased foot traffic, trash and food smells.

If 61 Erie Street is approved for a restaurant it will bridge with Newark Avenue where fights, noise, drunken behavior and car break-ins have become a problem. We do not want this in our neighborhood!

Please help us send a clear message to The Jersey City Zoning Board that we are not comfortable with a full scale restaurant at 61 Erie Street. We do however, support Prato, a small neighborhood bakery and cafe with interior seating, which is a quaint gathering place for the neighborhood - this is what the location should be approved for.

A full restaurant at 61 Erie Street is not in the best interest of the Historic Harsimus Cove community; remember: a variance is attached to the property: not the business. If Prato were to close there are few limits as to what kind of a restaurant could take over and we can never stop it once it is approved.

If a restaurant is approved at 61 Erie Street then what's to stop any current deli, bakery, or vacant retail space from becoming a full category 2 restaurant anywhere within our communities? An approval for a restaurant in the middle of a neighborhood would not bring any benefit to the communities.

Please call the Jersey City Division of City Planning at: 201-547-5010 or 201-547-5050 and ask to speak with staff of the Zoning Board of Adjustment for more information and to voice your concerns now before it?s too late!

Please help us and get involved because your voice and your opinion does matter!

Join us on Thursday 10/29 at 6:30pm in City Hall

Posted on: 2015/10/28 19:46
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New Cafe Ordinance - Call to Action
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Dear Neighbors,

The city of Jersey City is attempting to push a new Caf? ordinance through the planning board then rubber stamp it off for a vote and adoption over then next two weeks. The city is counting on you to do nothing; they are expecting you to ignore this. Do not assume that others will speak up for you! Jersey City is OUR city so read below and consider your options.

The language in the new Caf? ordinance proposes to grant additional rights for current and future caf??s, bakeries (like Prato), restaurants, bodega?s etc., to add expanded seating inside their establishments as well as add additional seating to their storefronts and in their rear back yards!

Additionally, this new caf? ordinance will allow for an increase in the amount of ovens, exhaust systems & expanded hours of operation and become a gateway for future liquor licenses. If you are familiar with Hoboken then you will understand how badly this will affect our neighborhoods forever.

If the new ordinance passes it will affect everyone who currently lives near or around a caf?, bakery, restaurant, bodega etc., as it will not only increase foot traffic, but it will allow access for thieves, predators, pedophiles and crowds into our homes through presently off limit rear yard entry points.

The new ordinance is being forcefully pushed through by Mayor Fulop and supported by Councilwomen Osborne as a means to add dollars into city coffers by taxing businesses for this new privilege with few restrictions. I can assure that the smell of fresh bread or easy access to a croissant sounds nice but when the baker moves and a bar moves in you will quickly change your tune?.by then it will be too late!

YOU CANNOT IGNORE THIS CALL TO ACTION! YOU MUST NOT ASSUME IT WILL JUST GO AWAY?IF THE ORDINACE IS PASSED IT WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND AFFECT YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SAFETY FOREVER!

The time to act is NOW so if you have any desire to protect your safety, your children?s safety, your pets, your quality of life and your property then you MUST act now!

The new Cafe Ordinance is being introduced for public input on July 21st at 5:30pm at 280 Grove Street, 2nd Fl. JC.

Please show up and voice your concerns and objections so Mayor Fulop, Council Women Osborn, Zoning, the Planning Board and the rank and file of JC government hear you loud and clear.

WE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE ? WE NEED YOUR HELP T0 KEEP OUR COMMUNITES AS THEY ARE ? CLEAN, SAFE AND QUITE. KEEP OUR BACK YARDS OFF LIMITS & NUSANCE FREE AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF JERSEY CITY WHO WORK HARD AND ENJOY A PEACFUL EXISTANCE.

Please immediately email and/or call Mayor Fulop, Council Women Osborne and Nick Taylor in Zoning to express your displeasure with the proposed new Cafe Ordinance before Tuesday. If you cannot attend the planning board meeting on July 21st then please use the contact information below before it?s too late.

This has absolutely nothing to do with a few tables in a Bakery it has all to do with keeping back yards OFF LIMITS and keeping restrictions intact! Those of you who do not live next to a property that may become a backyard eatery try wearing the hat of someone in JC who does! It's that simple!!!

Mayor Steven Fulop
Email: fulops@jcnj.org
Phone: 201-547-5200

Council woman Osborne
Email: cosborne@jcnj.org
Phone: 201-547-5315

Zoning Officer - Nick Taylor
Email: ntaylor@jcnj.org
Phone: 201-547-4832


Posted on: 2015/7/18 20:31
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Re: Please Help Prato Bakery
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Dear Neighbors,

The city of Jersey City is attempting to push a new Caf? ordinance through the planning board then rubber stamp it off for a vote and adoption over then next two weeks. The city is counting on you to do nothing; they are expecting you to ignore this. Do not assume that others will speak up for you! Jersey City is OUR city so read below and consider your options.

The language in the new Caf? ordinance proposes to grant additional rights for current and future caf??s, bakeries (like Prato), restaurants, bodega?s etc., to add expanded seating inside their establishments as well as add additional seating to their storefronts and in their rear back yards!

Additionally, this new caf? ordinance will allow for an increase in the amount of ovens, exhaust systems & expanded hours of operation and become a gateway for future liquor licenses. If you are familiar with Hoboken then you will understand how badly this will affect our neighborhoods forever.

If the new ordinance passes it will affect everyone who currently lives near or around a caf?, bakery, restaurant, bodega etc., as it will not only increase foot traffic, but it will allow access for thieves, predators, pedophiles and crowds into our homes through presently off limit rear yard entry points.

The new ordinance is being forcefully pushed through by Mayor Fulop and supported by Councilwomen Osborne as a means to add dollars into city coffers by taxing businesses for this new privilege with few restrictions. I can assure that the smell of fresh bread or easy access to a croissant sounds nice but when the baker moves and a bar moves in you will quickly change your tune?.by then it will be too late!

YOU CANNOT IGNORE THIS CALL TO ACTION! YOU MUST NOT ASSUME IT WILL JUST GO AWAY?IF THE ORDINACE IS PASSED IT WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND AFFECT YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SAFETY FOREVER!

The time to act is NOW so if you have any desire to protect your safety, your children?s safety, your pets, your quality of life and your property then you MUST act now!

The new Cafe Ordinance is being introduced for public input on July 21st at 5:30pm at 280 Grove Street, 2nd Fl. JC.

Please show up and voice your concerns and objections so Mayor Fulop, Council Women Osborn, Zoning, the Planning Board and the rank and file of JC government hear you loud and clear.

WE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE ? WE NEED YOUR HELP T0 KEEP OUR COMMUNITES AS THEY ARE ? CLEAN, SAFE AND QUITE. KEEP OUR BACK YARDS OFF LIMITS & NUSANCE FREE AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF JERSEY CITY WHO WORK HARD AND ENJOY A PEACFUL EXISTANCE.

Please immediately email and/or call Mayor Fulop, Council Women Osborne and Nick Taylor in Zoning to express your displeasure with the proposed new Cafe Ordinance before Tuesday. If you cannot attend the planning board meeting on July 21st then please use the contact information below before it?s too late.

This has absolutely nothing to do with a few tables in a Bakery it has all to do with keeping back yards OFF LIMITS and keeping restrictions intact! Those of you who do not live next to a property that may become a backyard eatery try wearing the hat of someone in JC who does! It's that simple!!!

Mayor Steven Fulop
Email: fulops@jcnj.org
Phone: 201-547-5200

Council woman Osborne
Email: cosborne@jcnj.org
Phone: 201-547-5315

Zoning Officer - Nick Taylor
Email: ntaylor@jcnj.org
Phone: 201-547-4832




Posted on: 2015/7/18 20:28
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Re: US Masters / Dixon Managment
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Mr. Dixon,

Allow me to begin calling you a mindless twit! You have played exactly into my hands as I predicted you would in my first blog. Congratulations! You have won the jackass of the year award! Cheers to you mate!

I figured it might take you at least a week or maybe two to engage and respond but you surpassed my expectations after only three days. Wow! I am not sure if I should feel sorry for you or if I should be impressed by your cunning tenacity!

You are so worried that more folks in Jersey City might actually conclude that they should be concerned about what companies like yours represent that you rushed in like a yabbo to save the day?Fail!

If you don?t mind, I'd like to take this opportunity to respond to your bits of information:

1. On more than three occasions you have chopped up a perfect one family home into a two or more family home. I have the proof in my hands thanks to my good friends at the Jersey City Housing Commission. Let?s save this one for a later conversation, shall we?

2. While I do not have any records of any illegal apartment to date, I am however in the midst of my research. I will get back to you on this one.

3. I have heard from multiple resources in the downtown area alone that several of the tenants you have placed have actually created problems for many of the surrounding neighbors in the past 6 months. Furthermore, I know of three of your tenants who admitted that they used someone elses name and credentials to get the apartments they currently rent from you. They could not get it on their own...so your screening methods are clearly flawed. Perhaps we should call this a poor reflection on your staff at Dixon Management?

4. I have recently been in two brownstones that you are renovating where your contractors (if you want to call them that) are tearing apart beautiful interior arches, ornate plaster moldings and precious details that date back to the mid to late 1800's. A tragedy to say the least, but hey, at least you?re putting in a stainless steel dishwasher! Good on you!!

5. I give you credit for admitting that you clearly choked on the aftermath of hurricane sandy...so I will grant you a pass on this one as well.

6. You have raised rents significantly on many tenants, particularly in the downtown area; so as free markets go you give them little to hope for by way of services, clean properties and routine building assistance. My dear sir, once you gut and rent you clearly disappear! I know of folks in four of your buildings who, have not seen or heard from your "management team" in months despite many calls and letters that have been sent to Dixon Management. If you want to impress everyone in Jersey City then put your money where your mouth is pal!

7. Yes, you have renovated and rented out dozens of houses that were abandoned and may have assisted in the revitalization of our communities, however the quality of work that you put into the buildings are borderline slum lord specials! Be careful before you call attention to this fact or pat yourself on the back so quickly.

And Mr. Dixon... Allow me to bring you up to date on the current methodology regarding how "forums" work...it is clearly a form of freedom of speech here in the United States of America! I am not sure how you do things Down Under however in the USA we are allowed to say whatever we want and you know what the beauty of it is...we don't have to reveal who we are. Welcome to the 21st century kiddo!

As our first President; George Washington once said, ?If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.? I dear sir simply cannot allow the good people of Jersey City to be deluded by false promises or desultory intentions without speaking up.

Respectfully,
Squeeg

Posted on: 2013/5/22 3:33
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Re: US Masters / Dixon Managment
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So how long have you been working for US Masters?

I heard from a dozen real estate agents that you guys troll Jclist often and you're prompt to respond credulously when anything negative is written about US Master or Dixon Management. Congratulations, you have take the bait so now let the fun begin...expect to hear from us on a daily basis so stay tuned.

Those of you who have never lived next to or near a property owned by US Masters bite your tongue. Until you have seen things through the same lens as those of us who are living through their lack of accountability for the community then you should wait until it happens to you... Take our word - it's a nightmare!!!

On the surface it seems like US Masters / Dixon Management's intentions are auspicious and rah-rah, goody-goody for the neighborhood, however, peel back the layers and what you get is a vile rot infested organization filled with false promises and lies.

Let the education regarding the truth about US Masters / Dixon Management begin

To be continued...






Posted on: 2013/5/20 2:02
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US Masters / Dixon Managment
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I want to point out to everyone here to walk away from US Masters and Dixon Managment at every opportunity...no better yet RUN away!!!!

They are destroying our neighborhoods...they are purchasing homes with cash which keeps families and young couples from purchasing, fixing up and integrating themselves in to our neighborhoods. Instead, we get transient renters, drifters and folks who don't care for their property or for our community.

Lets go into a little more detail shall we...US Masters will buy your home for cash. They will pay more than asking. Good for you, now that your moving to the Carolinas you can leave JC behind with money in the bank. Now, lets take a look at the consequences....your brownstone, townhouse, building etc., will be gutted, it will be carved up and the historic details will be demolished to make your two family home into a three family home. Nothing will be done to the exterior so your decision to leave the upgrades to the new owner before you sold will never be realized. Your neighbors and the neighborhood will then have to deal with more cars fighting for parking spots, renters that can care less about the property and the added bonus of knowing that the new owners (US Masters / Dixon Management) WILL NOT DO ANYTHING THEY TELL YOU WHEN YOU CALL THEM OR CONFRONT THEM.

Let me be clearer....they are about one thing and one thing only! Making money for the Australian fund that is being used to purchase JC properties. (see link below)

http://usmastersresidential.com.au/index.htm

This is a business - plain and simple...this is not about resurrecting a community or contributing in any way shape or form towards quality of life or to a better future for JC that we all dreamt of.

How it works:
Australians with money to invest in the fund are financing property purchases through US Masters who will buy our properties for profit. Plain and simple!! Do they care about anything else other than money? Do they care about the neighborhood? Absolutely not! Hey, I'm all for capitalism but when it comes to community and quality of life someone has to say something to the good people of Jersey City with hopes that we will all WAKE UP AND SPREAD THE WORD!

US MASTERS / DIXON MANAGEMENT is destroying our hopes and dreams of a better Jersey City!

I have had the opportunity to speak with many members of US Master and the Dixon Property Management team and I have learned that they are hell bent on ripping into Jersey City communities with absolutely no regard as to the outcome. It is sickening to say the least!

I am begging you to tell your friends, speak with your neighbors and share this information with anyone you know who is considering selling a building to please stay away from this company...make a few dollars less and sell your building to someone who cares, someone who wants to make a difference in our community. Please Please Please consider the outcome when selling your homes...please do your best to make a family or a young couple happy instead of contributing to a fund for profit and destroying our neighborhood in the process!

by all means...RUN FROM US MASTERS & DIXON MANAGEMENT!

PLEASE PASS THIS ON....

Respectfully,
A concerned neighbor


Posted on: 2013/5/19 15:36
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