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Re: A Postcard View of Manhattan
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This commercial for "bring all the cars to JC" is annoying AF. Our problems are exacerbated by all these influx of cars. Awful. And these people live in freakin' NEWPORT - the last place in JC you NEED a car.

Why is the NYT advertising "Bring all the Cars to Jersey City"?!?!


they aren't. they're telling you about one couple's reason for moving to Jersey City from Manhattan. It's a pretty matter of fact reason.

And they don't live in Newport. They live in Liberty Harbor. That may be pretty much equivalent with respect to your rationale, but if you're going to ding someone, at least get the facts right.

Posted on: 2/1 17:56
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Re: Willar Upholstery on Grove Street Closing/Relocating?
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i think a lot of these older businesses consider their real estate the key to their retirement at this point. so they'll work until they don't want to, then ride out the rest of their years on the back of the ridiculous return they end up making on selling their storefront.

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Re: Coffee beans...
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Sprove on Columbus has several barrels of beans laid out, ala Whole Foods. They also have a ton of pre-packaged ones of top notch brands.

Also, Beechwood sells by the weight, and it is pretty good typically.

Posted on: 12/17 19:11
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Re: fresh meat and seafood
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I'm looking for a store where I can get fresh meat and sea foods around grove street area. Any recommendations are appreciated!


99 Ranch; Asian supermarket that is a ten minute walk from the corner of Grove and Grand.

Posted on: 2017/9/24 19:10
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Re: Did PATH finally increase frequency?
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I am often amused with the display of the "Union Saunter" as I wait for the crews to switch ends of the train. I think I have see glaciers move faster.


That's not the bottleneck, though. The trains run on a schedule. It's not like if they haul their asses down to the other end faster, that they would be departing quicker. The PATH schedule is actually fairly predictable, when there aren't technical issues and it's inclusive of checks that they need to do when they arrive at a terminal.

Not to mention that at least at this very moment, PATH is probably the most reliable commuter system in the region.

Posted on: 2017/8/25 3:33
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Re: Did PATH finally increase frequency?
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JSQ to 33rd running every 10 min on the weekend. Same with WTC line. Weekdays seem slightly less packed, and there are thousands of people switching to PATH due to NJ Transit/Amtrak's Summer of Hell. Is it true? Did the Port Authority voluntarily increase service on PATH?


The cars are less packed, but I would chalk that up to everyone taking the last few weeks of the summer for vacation. Generally summer camps are done and school doesn't start for a few more weeks, so people tend to get out of town. My office is pretty empty also.

Posted on: 2017/8/24 7:34
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Re: Grove Street Path Elevator
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Is it just me or doesn't it seem as though they could have located it better? Maybe as part of the Jetsons entrance on the NE corner of Marin and Columbus, where it wouldn't have been nearly as obstructive? What they've done is put a hulking box that takes up half of a very busy sidewalk, a big chunk of the main entrance/ticketing area and the platform below.

It almost - almost - feels like a petulant response to being forced to have to put in an elevator....


It probably is a petulant response. It's amazing that an elevator got put in at all, despite there being a lawsuit forcing the PA to do so, because if they didn't comply with the terms of the verdict, what is the court going to do? Jail the entire PA governing board? Cut off state funding? There was no real way to enforce this verdict.

The PA claimed that the "new" entrance on Marin and Columbus was not really new but had been designed years before, before any ADA laws existed and was just an old entrance being reopened. How they could not find a way to accommodate handicapped people when the new entrance was built just shows how rotten they are, but I guess they figured they had a good chance of getting away with it, and they almost did.


The bit that will be sure to annoy me going forward is that the style of the existing entrance and the handicap elevator will be adjacent and inconsistent at the same time, and thus thoroughly garish. They can throw another 100k at it, and re-do the above ground part of the existing entrance on the south side of Columbus.

Posted on: 2017/6/27 15:10
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Re: chalk messages around downtown.
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it's harmless, and for some it is cathartic. it is a healthy and practical channel of non-violent protest. it provides a way for some group to engender or get a sense of the size of their community. having a problem with this is tantamount to having an issue with democracy, free assembly and the free spirit that inspires love for this country and our way of life.


it's not effective at all. those that already agree with the sentiment don't need to be reminded, and those that disagree are being annoyed, angered and alienated. so much for the inclusion and unity these peeps purportedly stand for. if these people truly feel some kind of way about their issues, there are way more appropriate & significant ways to truly 'protest.' endlessly writing the same blah blah stuff on the ground is redundant and pointless. they're preaching to the choir, and essentially saying "screw the rest of 'em!"

i wonder if those defending people baring their chalky souls out on the streets would defend the flip side of their right to free speech. what if people spoke their views against things such as gender neutral bathrooms, or wrote "PIZZAGATE!" in pink hearts all across the city? free speech though, right?


Nobody is talking about uniting people. They're talking about expressing a point a view. The extent to which you object to seeing it, is the extent to which people find it reassuring if you agree with the message. Consistent reinforcement has value.

Writing something like Pizzagate around town is clearly different; it would be tantamount to writing something about the Russian kompromat material. It's a non-verified story (and most should agree the pizzagate story is completely false).

Writing RESIST is equivalent to writing SUPPORT 45.

Posted on: 2017/5/8 22:29
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Re: chalk messages around downtown.
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it's harmless, and for some it is cathartic. it is a healthy and practical channel of non-violent protest. it provides a way for some group to engender or get a sense of the size of their community. having a problem with this is tantamount to having an issue with democracy, free assembly and the free spirit that inspires love for this country and our way of life.

Posted on: 2017/5/8 19:38
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Re: Recos: Delicious Restaurants in Downtown JC for Groups?
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Abbondanza works well for a group, plus it is BYOB so can actually get away without breaking the bank!

Posted on: 2017/4/4 22:38
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Re: Passport photos
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I use epassportphoto.com, then just go to duane reade, print out a 4x6 print, and cut them out. It has worked really well every time so far.

Posted on: 2016/12/22 14:06
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Re: scammer walking up/down montgomery
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Hi, has anyone have experience with a scammer recently that walks up and down montgomery from the waterfront to grove path?

He has a fake story about just moving here from LA or some place, got lost and need money for ticket home.

He came up to me at least 5 or more times so far over the last 2-3 weeks repeating the same story, without realizing i am the same person (guess i am pretty forgettable). My wife also got harassed by him and said he was pretty forceful when asking for money.

The dude is late 20s/early 30s, african american, very muscular (like a body builder), average height ~5'11" and always wore a t-shirt when he came up to me.

Looks like he does this almost daily during lunch hour since i encountered him so many times.

Can police help here? or it's not considered a crime to lie to scam money.

Thanks


yep, i've had this guy come up to me. He's pretty intimidating. It's not a comfortable feeling, for sure. I got the story that he was like an MMA fighter or something, and he was looking for $20?

It's not even like he's loud or anything. He's actually pretty quiet, which adds to the shadiness of it. He definitely encroaches on your personal space. It's a close feeling encounter.

Posted on: 2016/11/7 17:52
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Re: Reasonable tailor in Jersey City or Manhattan
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Daniel's on Grove, and Alterations to Go on Washington

Posted on: 2016/9/5 15:14
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I'm not sure this counters my point, right? A lot of what you itemized is outside of the scope of the oculus itself, and would still be required, regardless of whether they built the Taj Mahal on the site, or just borrowed from the Waffle House design manual and erected a little shack.

I'll cop to lets say half the principal construction fees, Calatrava's fee, hlaf the admin, and all of the steel. Even so, that's like a 1.3bn dollars, and I think that's a generous estimate.

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I think it is important to note that the figure is closer to $400 million, not $4 billion. At least for the part of the station that people have an opinion of (the oculus)

It's a bit more than that. As best determined from public sources:

• Temporary PATH station: $323m

• Principal construction fees: $980m

• Infrastructure for adjacent sites: $400m

• Building around the 1 Train: $355m (demanded by Pataki)

• Calatrava's fees: $80m

• Exterior / landscape design team: $400m

• Administrative costs: $655m

• Steel for the project: $474m

• Speeding up construction for the 10th year anniversary: $78m (Bloomberg demand)

• Sandy damage: Not specified, probably hundreds of millions


Posted on: 2016/9/1 14:01
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I think it is important to note that the figure is closer to $400 million, not $4 billion. At least for the part of the station that people have an opinion of (the oculus)

A lot of what is required to support the entire site is folded into that $4bn number. the only way to not spend the money is to leave a hole in the ground.

4bn is the pop-culture number, not the actual number. 400mm isn't nothing, but its a lot less. 90% less, in fact.

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I like the minimalist look, but was underwhelmed that the whole edifice was 4billion. I guess the infrastructure and building around the working trains was a large part of the expense, but i was hoping for more interesting offerings besides run of the mill shops you can find in soho/ short hills or westchester mall. Nothing really stood out. And the Lacoste display in the middle of the belly looked pretty sad and sterile. And, if I'm not mistaken the only retail was on the 2 levels of the carcass and the passageway to WTC4?

Posted on: 2016/8/31 14:51
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Re: ATM's with $100 bills
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I have an online bank also, but what I usually do when I need laundry money is go to the BCB on Washington and Sussex, use their ATM, then walk in and ask for quarters.

They're fine with it because you just used their service and paid for it.

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JcDevil wrote:
Not aware of any in JC proper, but I know some TD Banks have really awesome ATMs now that let you pick your own combination of $100s, $50s, $20s, $5s, and $1s. So much easier to take out a useful $500 with 5 $20s, 2 $50s, 3 $100s than dealing with a massive stack of $20s that are uncomfortable in my pocket.

I go to the one on 23rd and 7th and hop on the PATH, but that's not exactly convenient if you already aren't in Manhattan.

Posted on: 2016/3/9 20:27
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Re: PATH-Weary Jersey City Wants to Build a Pedestrian Bridge to Manhattan
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wouldn't it just be cheaper both with respect to initial investment and ongoing maintenance to subsidize the ferry down to a buck or two?

Though realistically, need to make the PATH and ferries all cost an equal amount, to take cost out of the equation so that decisions are based on what is most efficient. Something like this would end up being a whole lot cheaper than building bridge, especially one high enough not to completely suffocate the economy of upstate NY.

Posted on: 2015/11/22 11:06
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Re: Jersey City writer hates new Shepard Fairey mural
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Shepherd Fairy was on Colbert last night. Seems like a pretty chill guy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npd5sLbwedQ

Posted on: 2015/11/17 10:29
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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PATH installed 8 6x5 billboards permanently affixed to the middle of the Grove station. Unbelievable taking up so much space on an already crowded platform not to mention the reduced space for their two year elevator project. PATH "Tear down this wall !"


Isn't that where the second elevator is going to the track level?


I like the billboards. Gives you something to lean on while you wait.

Posted on: 2015/11/6 15:01
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Re: Jersey City Flag
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Ignoring the sarcasm for a second, flags aren't supposed to have text. So, you know, that wouldn't work.

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It should have an image of the pie in the sky pedestrian bridge to NY and incorporate '6th Borough' somewhere in the text.

Posted on: 2015/10/31 12:18
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Re: Jersey City Flag
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Not sure what to do with the state flag, but it seems like a city flag is a practical thing, something that we can do by getting buy in from a realistic quantity of stakeholders.

I suppose the big issue here is that I have no idea what the hell it would look like. Ha.

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The NJ flag is horribly as well. Buff might work well on clothing but it's hideous on a flag. People wear the flags of California, Texas, Colorado, etc but nobody is proud of the flags of NJ, NY or others. Our flags are a footnote. A nicer looking flag would be a great boost to state pride.

Posted on: 2015/10/30 8:40
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Re: Other Than JC Where Would You Live ?
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Montclair, Astoria, Westchester nearby.

Austin, Raleigh-Durham, Minneapolis a little ways away.

I don't think I could deal with a city outside the US long term. Maybe Vancouver, Montreal or Toronto but I don't know a ton about them.

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Nearby:
Hoboken, NJ
Edgewater, NJ
LIC, NY

Within US:
Seattle, WA
Portland, OR
Denver, CO

Globally:
Any major European and Asian cities

Posted on: 2015/10/27 14:03
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Jersey City Flag
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I've been listening to a design podcast called 99% Invisible lately. they had this episode about the flags that city fly and how horrible they are, but how a flag done right could be a surprisingly uniting symbol.

The Jersey City flag breaks several of the principals, perhaps most abhorrently the idea that you shouldn't have lettering or a seal on your flag.

My question is, if we had to re-create the Jersey City flag, what would it look like, and how would we get people to rally around it?

Totally think this should be the next design competition driven by the city, btw.

[url=https://www.ted.com/talks/roman_mars_why_city_flags_may_be_the_worst_designed_thing_you_ve_never_noticed/transcript?language=en]Here's a link to the episode that he re-purposed as a Ted Talk. [/url]

Posted on: 2015/10/27 13:54
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Re: Jersey City announces plan to plant 2,020 trees citywide by year 2020
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This sounds great, but reading the article, it sounds like the investment from the city is $60,000, which is a little less than $30 a tree... seems like that's a small fraction of what would be needed.. or do I just not know how much a tree cost?

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Jersey City announces plan to plant 2,020 trees citywide by year 2020

By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
October 23, 2015 at 7:48 PM

JERSEY CITY -- Mayor Steve Fulop and the Jersey City Parks Coalition announced a plan to plant 2,020 trees citywide by year 2020 earlier today in Arlington Park, calling the plan "Bigger Dig 2020."

The initiative's name is based on an annual community service and beautification event in the city called the "the Big Dig," which was launched by the Parks Coalition in 2011 with support from the City of Jersey City, according to a press release.

"Four years and 238,000 daffodils and tulips later, the Parks Coalition and the City are going bigger and taller with a plan to fill parks, streets and public spaces with more than 2,020 trees by 2020," the release stated.

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... plant_2020_trees_cit.html


Posted on: 2015/10/24 13:03
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Re: Bike Share System
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I bet this is a hard one to do. They probably like having the docks in places where they can easily get their trucks to, so they can load balance with ease.

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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.

Posted on: 2015/9/28 18:47
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Re: Moving Company and No Parking Sign
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I moved last month. Talked to some dude named Dave Wise. You give them dates, they take payment information. A couple days before your move they post up the signs. And they ask that you take them down when your done. It was all pretty drama-free.

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I've just called them, and they say that I need to come to their office to pick up the sign. So as of now, that's how it is done.

Posted on: 2015/9/14 19:15
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Re: Engagement Rings
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H&H Jewelers did right by me.

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BobNesta wrote:
wanna get ripped off? go to a jeweler in the mall. Wanna pay what you should pay, go to a trusted jeweler in a place that sketches you out.


Any advice for a "trusted jeweler in a place that sketches you out" then?

Posted on: 2015/7/21 18:13
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Re: Two new hotels slated for Jersey City
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There's a Hyatt House being built across from the elevator section of the Exchange Pl PATH station. It's in that partially condemned building where some roof or ceiling collapsed a few years ago.

Posted on: 2015/5/26 19:32
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Re: All NJ Transit train and bus tickets can be bought through agency app starting Tuesday
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Functionality is what it needs to be, but from a design perspective, this thing is such a dumpster fire. The NY Waterway app is a great reference point of where this should be at a minimum.

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In case anyone is interested in downloading the app to their iOS device: iTunes link.

Posted on: 2015/4/29 9:32
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Re: Dress alterations in downtown JC?
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Alterations to go, on Washington between Sussex and Morris.

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YankeeChic21212 wrote:
I'm looking to get two dresses altered - one taken in and the other shortened by about 2-3 inches. They are for upcoming weddings. I've never used a tailor in the area so I was wondering who stands out for quality and price. Oh and they are both needed in a month!

Posted on: 2015/4/26 18:22
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