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Re: Buying to live in Bergen-Lafayette a good idea?
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Bela in general, yes. I bought here and love it. Like in any area, you have to look specifically at the block you'd be living in, and the blocks you'd walk for your commute. The advice on walking around at different times is spot on.


Posted on: 3/18 1:58
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Re: NJTV News on JC gentrification
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Yeah, Earl Morgan made some "interesting" comments here.

Posted on: 2016/3/22 9:24
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Re: Wolves in Liberty State Park
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I saw two of them once from the light rail, behind the jcmc, eating a moderately sized animal. Probably a raccoon. It was so weird to see this in the middle of the city! To me they looked like some type of spitz dog.

Posted on: 2015/12/8 23:01
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Re: Exclusive Buyer Agreement?
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No one made me sign an exclusive contract last year when I was looking at houses, and I'm glad because the first agent sucked.

Posted on: 2015/12/3 12:50
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Re: UBER - car service in Jersey City
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I feel safer with Uber/Lyft. The app knows which car and driver I'm with and I don't have to fight to get the regulated fare.

When I take regular taxis anywhere in Hudson county, the taxis rarely turn on the meter unless I ask. And one even got so angry with me that he yelled at me and started driving very fast and made me feel very unsafe. That was when I thought, no one has any idea what car I'm in, who this is, and anything could happen to me.

I realize there are still dangers with Uber/Lyft, but I feel safer when I can see the picture of the person on the app is that of the person in the car, and the car is the one identified in the app, etc.

Posted on: 2015/11/3 10:18
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Re: regarding commercial property as a neighbor
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I've lived next door to bodegas twice in my life and it was awesome for reasons stated above: easy access to needed products. Never had an issue with dirtiness or foot traffic.

Posted on: 2015/10/28 13:06
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Re: 16-Year-Old Girl & Boy Shot on Forrest Street Saturday - Girl Criticial
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Oh my god, this is children killing children!! It makes me so sad and so angry. Is the City doing any sort of violence prevention, especially with youth??

15 years old...

Posted on: 2015/10/26 12:18
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Re: Oil tank sweep
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Quote:

Frinjc wrote:
If the tank is buried in front of the property and that area is paved, what is the big deal?


Well, it depends on whether they soil is contaminated, and whether you care if it is. Or if your neighbors care, since the pollution can reach their property and make them liable for it. Also, once the contamination test is done and comes back positive, the state will make you pay for the soil cleanup, which can cost anywhere from 5k to over 50k. The person who owns the property is the person responsible for cleanup, regardless of how long the tank has been in place or out of commission.

So, I suppose it all depends on whether the can of worms is opened by testing the soil. And it can be opened by a neighbor or by a future buyer who doesn't want that kind of liability.

At this point in time, it looks like homebuyers are being advised to do a tank sweep during the home inspection timeframe and to refrain from buying until the tank and any contaminated soil have been removed. I know I was so advised, and all my friends who bought in the last year were too. Our lawyer expressed that oil tanks have become the dealbreakers in over 50% of his residential transactions (of those that don't close).


Posted on: 2015/10/15 18:50
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Re: Oil tank sweep
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I used Tadco. They were good, particularly because they knew where to look for tanks on my street as they had done sweeps on various houses on my block (unbeknownst to us before hiring them). Another company hadn't located the tank, and if we had gone only with that first company, we would still have an oil tank in there.

Interestingly, after having bought the house, I was looking up the address online to see what I found, and found that the house had had a permit for an oil tank removal about 10 years ago. !!! I called the company that did it, and they verified that they had indeed removed another oil tank ten years prior.

Morals of the story - 1) make sure you hire a company that knows what they're doing or they'll miss the tank, 2) old houses may have more than one tank. Don't stop the sweep after finding one, make sure they sweep the whole property.

Hope you don't have a tank!It's so stressful.

Posted on: 2015/10/15 18:25
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Re: Arlington Park farmers market 'big win' for residents
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People who live nearby, come check it out! Get local far produce, meats, prepared foods, honey, etc.

It's also a great place to meet other neighbors.

Posted on: 2015/9/29 9:18
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Re: Safe to live in the Heights (Concord & St. Paul's)?
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Completely forgot to mention Central Ave! It is a treasure trove of Latin Food. Excellent Mexican at Los Chilitos, Puerto Rican at El Sabroso or Isla Bonita, Thai at NoodleFan. Also various Italian places. Great sandwiches at Andrea's Salumeria.

I'm hungry now.

Posted on: 2015/9/25 14:41
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Re: Safe to live in the Heights (Concord & St. Paul's)?
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You have Mod Cup coffee shop on palisade ave, across from riverview park. An awesome farmers marker on riverview park. Lots of JC Friday activities. Excellent neighborhood association (riverview neighborhood assoc). Fox and Crow restaurant on palisade and congress. The Corkscrew bar and grill on Congress and ny. And other things I can't remember now. The Heights is definitely getting pricey too, meaning, personal opinion is that yes, houses will appreciate. However, I'm no expert.

Posted on: 2015/9/25 12:19
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Re: Moving into town - few questions
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Morriseey's is great, have used them several times

Posted on: 2015/8/17 9:58
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Re: HVAC broke.
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Hi Aled, How much did they charge for the refrigerant? My hvac is also not cooling and think that's what it needs. Thanks!

Posted on: 2015/6/21 17:22
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Re: Brooklyn Rent to Greenville JC Home; Nervous about recent crime
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Def talk to the neighbors about the area and see what they have to say. What's very important is the route you take to the light rail, if that route is safe then you have a good start.

Spotcrime is not good at all. I know of 4 shootings in my area and only one made it to spotcrime.

When you move in , make friends with your neighbor s. Thanks to mine now I know where to walk ny dog ( which is really the vast majority of the area, it's just good to know the hotspots)

I agree that soon these areas, close to light rail, will become less and less affordable.

Posted on: 2015/6/6 14:05
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Re: 2 Jersey City shooting incidents 30 minutes apart
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And it's useless to look at a study and instantly dismiss it.
Knowing about what they found in Richmond and Chicago makes me extremely curious about what the answer to that question looks like in JC: What proportion of the population is actually engaged in violent behavior, specifically gun violence? And who are they?

There was no causal study involved in those 2 statistics. The researchers simply used existing data to determine the proportion of people who engaged in those behaviors.

And if it is in fact a very small proportion of the population, and if you can identify who these people are, and if you can use those indicators to prevent more violence (a lot of 'Ifs' I know, but they have done in the cure violence programs), then that would be very useful.

If the big marketing companies can use 'big data' to find shopping patterns, and public health programs can study social networks help prevent illnesses, why not use the same techniques to predict/prevent violence?

Posted on: 2015/5/19 15:13
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Re: 2 Jersey City shooting incidents 30 minutes apart
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Here's the evaluation of the Cease Fire/Cure Violence program in Chicago, and other neighborhoods in other cities. I didn't say that the program was implemented across all Chicago.
http://cureviolence.org/results/scientific-evaluations/


The story about Richmond is one case study that can help others, myself included, give some more thought to how, why, where gun violence occurs. Similar statistics have been found in other cities, where the gun violence can be attributed to very small groups of people. Another example, from Chicago, "70 percent of nonfatal injuries occur within networks containing 6 percent of the city's population." http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953614000987

The fact that the cities are different doesn't make it useless, unless you say learning and thinking is useless. It helps us ask different questions, such as, who is actually doing this, how many of them, and how can this be prevented?


Posted on: 2015/5/19 11:54
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Re: 2 Jersey City shooting incidents 30 minutes apart
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There are some programs that have been successful in reducing gun violence, look up cease fire in Chicago. They use public health tactics, including marketing campaigns, street outreach, community awareness and mentorship to target the very specific people, usually very young,who engage in this violence. 

In Richmond California the y found that 70% of shootings came from the same 17 individuals. Which makes sense to me because I've met a lot of my neighbors and they're great, so I was wondering who the hell are the people who are engaged in the shootings?? It's a very, very small minority. And they seem to benefit from targeted social work interventions. Would love to see something like that here. But wonder how innovative the city is willing to be.


Posted on: 2015/5/18 21:52
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Re: 2 Jersey City shooting incidents 30 minutes apart
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This is the fourth shooting in Arlington park since February but the only to have made the news. The neighborhood association is meeting with the police captain to strategize. Hope we can come up with something good because this is crazy. A week ago the shooting happened on a Friday night with the park full o children playing.

Posted on: 2015/5/18 18:04
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Re: Buying "Hold" Properties in JC Ghetto
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I agree, JC has some great housing stock along the light rail lines that should be great for people who want a house within one hour's commute of NYC but can't or don't want to pay the DTJC prices. If the trend of families choosing urban vs suburban continues this should influence JC a great deal.

However, something needs to be done about crime, shootings in particular. I know it can happen, many communities in JC have worked on cleaning up their areas. Would love to learn more about what they've done. Maybe I'll start another thread for that.

The other day one of my coworkers was bragging about her new old rowhouse in Bushwick Brooklyn, how she had a spare bedroom and a small backyard... I stayed quiet but in my head I was like, I have a renovated single family with 2 spare bedrooms! Huge Yard! Garage! Fireplace! And it's not like Bushwick doesn't have it's own crime and transportation issues. So, if people get over their perception of BK or bust, yeah, JC should be doing better soon.

Posted on: 2015/5/13 12:52
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Re: Whitlock Cordage Interrupted?
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Oneskirt, it says affordable to low income, not affordable and low income. Either way, I believe in mixed income neighborhoods. Concentration of poverty leads to low quality of life in almost every area. That is where a big development of low income housing in an area that's already low income becomes worrisome.

So I do hope it's mixed income to include middle income, we definitely need that.

And, no need to get snippy. I didn't make any judgment statements, just asked a question. You have no idea who I am, what my passions are, and what my knowledge is.

Posted on: 2015/4/20 22:08
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Re: Whitlock Cordage Interrupted?
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https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source ... 35frdXI_czgdrrXLcv5PUq7og

See pdf from the nj hfma in the link.
Apparently the state owns it now and was looking for potential buyers to submit proposals by 3/15/15. It also says it's a low income housing development, with some (about a third) market rate units. Excuse the long url.

Anyone know anything?


Posted on: 2015/4/18 16:56
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Re: Heights Survival Guide - buy car vs. car share/UBER?
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For travel within JC, Uber is my go to option. It's just fast and very economical when compared to owning a car. And if you don't have to worry about drinking and driving, and finding a parking spot.

For shopping or road trips, if you know beforehand, an actual car rental is much cheaper than Zipcar, usually around $30 for 24 hrs. The Budget at 500 Kennedy (border of Heights and Union City) is walking distance.

Now that I have a garage I want to get a used car for those weekend/shopping trips. But I'll still use Uber for the 'out in the town' nights.

Posted on: 2015/3/9 9:51
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Re: Possible wedding venue?
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My friend's brother had his wedding at LITM, downtown on Newark Ave.

They rented the place on a Saturday night. They loved it, had a great time. They did think there wasn't enough food though, but this probably has more to do with planning.

Another friend had the ceremony at a park (forget where), and then the party was on a boat that left from one of JC's marinas, also forget where.

You could also see if someone rents out their house to you. A beautiful brownstone wedding! Or, one of the gorgeous Victorians to be found throughout the city!

Now I want to get married again.

Posted on: 2015/3/3 11:49
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Re: TALDE JERSEY CITY
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I went this Wednesday and the food was fantastic.

I made reservations using Open Table, for 2 people at 9PM. We arrived at nine and were seated promptly, at a table, not the row seating.

Service was excellent, nice and prompt.

We ordered the lobster robata - delicious butter basil sauce. The branzino, perfectlt cooked, very yummy. And then the blu crab fried rise - OMG, super delicious. Wish they delivered so I could order that over and over again.

The ambiance was nice, rustic modern decor, 90s music. I didn't think the place was tooloud, but I was seated at a table to that probably helped.


Posted on: 2015/2/20 12:03
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Re: Need Help With Oil Tank Removal - Recommendations?
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Yes, definitely makse sure they remove tank and any contaminated soil.

I went through this process and it was horrible. The sellers refused to remove the tank, and ended the deal. We were heartbroken. It took them another 2 months to realize that they were not going to be able to sell the house with a buried oil tank. At that point, they removed the tank and contaminated soil, and contacted us again to see if we were still interested.
So, definitely stick to your guns here.

We used Tadco, the guy was great. He had actually removed the tank from our next door neighbor so he knew exactly where to find our tank. Which was super helpful, because the sellers had paid someone else to do a tank sweep and said there was not tank... because they didn't look in the right place! Asif from Tadco knew where to look.


Posted on: 2015/1/23 12:07
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Re: Have you seen this man?
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Thanks for posting this. It is very important that crimes like these are not overlooked.

Posted on: 2015/1/22 9:31
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Re: Downtown JC to Downtown NYC dollar vans?
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Doesn't look like that line exists. There is one from JSQ to Port Aithority.

http://www.jerseyjitneys.info/wp-cont ... ads/2014/07/jitneymap.png

Posted on: 2015/1/20 14:19
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Re: Light Rail- West Side Avenue
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Finally! It sucks to be without light rail access.

Posted on: 2015/1/14 12:41
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Re: Is 'Gentrification' good for Jersey City?
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I agree that it is the schools. JC is actually cheaperthan the suburbs when you consider list prices, property taxes, much cheaper transportation into NYC, and much less need for a car.

In fact, the New York Times had an article abotu this: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/03/you ... mpare.html?pagewanted=all

Posted on: 2015/1/6 13:32
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