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Re: JC Heights neighborhoods
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The Heights is a pretty big chunk of Jersey City and it definitely has different neighborhoods.

There's the Riverview neighbor, centered around Ogden (where Fulop just bought). Great access to Hoboken. Great Manhattan views. The lightrail to the PATH.

There's the Western Slope, the streets between Kennedy + the 1 and 9. Settled, traditional Jersey City.

There's the oldtime upscale Sherman Place (with some gorgeous Victorians) and also a few blocks of Summit and some very nice houses on a few of the surrounding blocks. Take the jitneys on Kennedy to Port Authority.

There are still other neighborhoods but those are the 3 I know

Posted on: 2015/9/2 22:57
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Re: An Open Letter to You, My PATH Nemesis
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Posted on: 2008/6/4 16:42
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Re: Any one buy/know about 333 Fairmount Ave
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http://www.nj.com/news/bythenumbers/

Check the Star Ledger crime map for JC. You can drill down by street address. At a glance this area of Fairmount generates a lot of police activity...but I did not drill down into the numbers or incidents.

Incidents aren't always what they seem, either. Put in my street address on Sherman Pl and you see two assaults across the street...both happen to be part of a cycle of spousal abuse. Sad indeed, but no real threat to the neighbors.

Posted on: 2008/3/21 13:23
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Re: Anyone know a good tree guy?
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We've used Hufnagel, too. Very satified with the work. Will use them again.

Posted on: 2008/3/14 14:17
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Re: how dangerous is the heights?
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I live on Sherman Pl and this particular block (west of Summit) is very safe and has been for many years.

http://www.starledger.com/str/indexpage/crime/neighborhood.asp

The Star Ledger JC crime map is an interesting took. Plug in any address and you see the crime history.

Posted on: 2008/3/10 16:48
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Re: Local Veterinarian
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We took in a stray last year and since have made a number of trips to Downtown Vets. We are happy customers, and the cat is very healthy, too.

Posted on: 2007/12/3 18:54
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Re: Need Pet Sitter This Weekend
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Any updates -- new info -- re cat sitters? I need one for fpur days next week.

Posted on: 2007/7/13 20:33
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Re: Cat Vet
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Thanks all, good advice. Looks like Liberty Humane will do the job.

Posted on: 2007/6/16 20:10
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Cat Vet
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Any suggestions for a vet to spay, give shots to a wildcat (who had once been a house cat -- very docile)> She shows up for a meal every day and I'm happy to pay for shots, surgery, etc but I want recommendations.

Posted on: 2007/6/15 1:04
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Re: American Can/ Canco Lofts
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Posted on: 2007/4/5 19:41
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Re: Please Stop Cutting Down Trees in JC
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There have been various free tree plans in Jersey City in recent years. I know around 20 trees were planted on Sherman Place in late 2005, compliments of various agencies.** I believe blocks around Lincoln Park -- where residents spearheaded these efforts -- have gotten more trees.

The New Jersey Tree Foundation sponsored this program. A Weichert realtor named Dan Pelosi was instrumental in hooking up JC with the Foundation.

**For our part, we had to provide bags of mulch and help out with physically planting the tree. In return we got healthy, fairly big trees (mine was around 5 years old, if I recall correctly). This program really was terrific.

Posted on: 2007/3/5 14:14
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Roofer (Small Job)
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Any suggestions for a roofer who will undertake small jobs? I have a leak in a flat roof...but I'm not sure which of the seams is bad. Probably will just the whole roof re-sealed.

Posted on: 2007/3/2 17:42
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Re: Downtown Harvest CSA - Meet our farmer and learn about Community Supported Agriculture in JC
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I was in it last year and am re-upping for this year. It's good value.

Posted on: 2007/1/24 17:01
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Re: Save Riverview Park!
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OK, I filled out the CitizenSpeak form.

Ruining that park is a remarkably stupid idea even within the benighted context of JC politics.

Posted on: 2007/1/24 0:45
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Re: POWER PLAY? "This would kill urban areas like Hudson County," Manzo said - Fulop is not so sure.
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"They're protecting dual jobs," he said. "Reform to the Hudson County delegation is like Kryptonite to Superman. It's deadly."

Steve clearly has the best line in this debate...and he is right.

Personally, I think real reform just might invigorate the state's urban centers and, by any measure, the status quo has produced little to brag about (vide Newark, Trenton, Camden, Elizabeth).

Posted on: 2007/1/19 14:25
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Re: Holiday question: What do you tip your super?
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I get a lot of mail. I tip my mailman...probably $50 this year. At other locations, I've sometimes tipped nothing. It entirely depends on performance and, right now, I have a top performing mailman.

Posted on: 2006/11/20 12:46
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Re: Washington Post: Menendez Seeks to Bury Image of a Shady Dealer
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I have never voted for a Republican -- and I first voted for George McGovern in 1972 -- but tomorrow I will vote for Kean. He may be dumb and boring but he isn't Menendez and that is a good thing.

Posted on: 2006/11/7 0:52
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Re: Washington Post: Menendez Seeks to Bury Image of a Shady Dealer
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Looking to Menendez and Corzine to help clean up JC politics is a little like asking the Hells Angels to help with security (Altamont).

Posted on: 2006/11/6 16:11
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Re: Washington Post: Menendez Seeks to Bury Image of a Shady Dealer
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One public poll asked voters what jumps to their mind when they hear the candidates' names. Kean? He's the son of a former governor.

As for Menendez? The greatest number of poll respondents -- 21 percent -- say the words that come to mind are "corruption/crooked.">>

Wow!

Posted on: 2006/11/5 18:33
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Re: Councilman Steve Fulop runs 26m race for nonprofit: the Hudson County Child Abuse Prevention Cen
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Thanks for posting this.

I just donated $131 ($5/mile) to support Steve's effort.

He makes it very simple to donate, in pretty much any amount -- http://www.stevenfulop.com/

Note: I do not work for Steve, don't even live in his district, but I admire his willingness to run a marathon to help abused kids.

Posted on: 2006/10/23 14:36
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Re: Jersey City School Superintendent takes heat on 'obscene' compensation and five-star London trip
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Personally...I like what the Jersey is doing to Epps (because he did this to himself). I do hope that they take heart from this and dig into abuses by other political-governmental figures. Epps needs to go -- from both of his jobs. But he isn't alone. There are plenty more abusers, I suspect, and I'd love to see more aggressive reporting on the Jersey's part. Hudson County needs a good muckraking paper.

Posted on: 2006/5/30 11:38
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Re: Jersey City School Superintendent takes heat on 'obscene' compensation and five-star London trip
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THIS ARTICLE MAY SAY IT ALL. NOW EPPS IS UNDER ATTACK FOR POSSIBLE THEFT OF STATE FUNDS!

EPPS HAS GOT TO GO.

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ALMOST 21 GRAND
Aide got even more $$$ back than Epps after London trip
Friday, May 26, 2006
By JARRETT RENSHAW
JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

That London trip had Epps sleeping in king-sized beds

The final tally is in: $20,995.49.


That's how much taxpayers shelled out for Jersey City Schools Superintendent Charles T. Epps Jr.'s trip to England in 2004. The school board had approved spending the "all inclusive rate" of $8,195.

Meanwhile, a Republican member of the Assembly's budget committee is calling on the state Attorney General's Office to investigate Epps for a possible "theft of state funds."

The final tally arrived at by The Jersey Journal, based on receipts and other documents obtained through the Open Public Records Act, includes airfare for Epps and Associate Superintendent Adele Macula; tuition to attend the conference; and food, lodging and transportation Epps and Macula paid for that was then reimbursed by the district.

The Jersey Journal has previously detailed Epps' spending on the trip, but additional receipts obtained yesterday show Macula splurged even more than her boss: He was reimbursed $5,179.46, but she got back $5,456.03.

Neither Epps or Macula could be reached for comment yesterday. Epps has pledged to return the money; Macula hasn't said what she'll do.

Macula, who was accompanied by her husband Joe Macula on the trip, stayed at the same luxury hotels as Epps during the nine-day trip, racking up $4,280.22 in hotel bills, according to the expense report she submitted to the district.

District officials say Epps was alone on the trip, but receipts from two hotels in London indicate Epps reserved a room for two, with one king-sized bed.

Macula submitted $849.87 worth of meal receipts, but apparently did not ask to be reimbursed for her husband's meals - though Epps did when he picked up the tab.

Even though the top of the form indicates a $70 daily limit on meals, Macula exceeded that amount on four different days - including $200.99 for dinner on their first night in London.

In addition to the $10,635.49 paid in reimbursements to Epps and Macula, taxpayers also paid $2,385 apiece for two round-trip, economy class airplane tickets on Virgin Atlantic airlines, leaving from Newark and landing in London. The tuition for the convention cost $2,795 each.

Meanwhile, a Republican assemblywoman who has helped shed a spotlight on alleged abuses in education spending proved yesterday that "Londongate" will continue to be a lightning rod for critics of Abbott Districts.

"The DOE did the right thing in calling for this money to be returned, but someone needs to determine whether there should be additional sanctions against Assemblyman Epps," said Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, R-Sussex, Morris, and Hunterdon. "The attorney general should be looking into whether or not these personal expenditures constituted a 'theft of state funds' and, if so, taking appropriate action."

Posted on: 2006/5/26 15:24
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Re: Jersey City School Superintendent takes heat on 'obscene' compensation and five-star London trip
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Obviously you have a lot of time on your hands -- 5 book-length posts in one day!. Satisfy your curiosity by reading the Jersey's unusually good reporting re Epps, Abbott, and fiscal abuses.

Here's a link to get you started:
http://www.nj.com/search/index.ssf?sc ... 3&xpath.any=epps&x=19&y=8

Epps needs to go.

Posted on: 2006/5/26 12:24
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Re: Jersey City School Superintendent takes heat on 'obscene' compensation and five-star London trip
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Congrats! Today's Jersey has this letter --
http://www.nj.com/opinion/jjournal/le ... 48461816208390.xml&coll=3

The paper also has more revelations about Epps' waste of Abbott monies.

Shame, shame, shame.

Posted on: 2006/5/24 11:43
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Re: Jersey City School Superintendent takes heat on 'obscene' compensation and five-star London trip
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Why does Epps have to go? Poor judgment. Poor job performance. Poor ethics. He might "bust his hump" but, really, so do some Latin Kings who sell dope on Palisade. Hard work at the wrong thing is no prescription for winning applause. Epps quite simply has to go. His existence is an insult to every NJ taxpayer and an affont to the intelligence of Jersey City's residents.

Posted on: 2006/5/23 19:19
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Re: Jersey City School Superintendent takes heat on 'obscene' compensation and five-star London trip
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hyndman@rci.rutgers.edu

That's the email of the president of the state Board of Education, Arnold Hyndman. (He also is dean of Livingston College at Rutgers.)

Write him about Epps.

I sent him an email urging that Epps be fired. Today.

Officials like Hyndman have to hear the extent of the outrage.

Posted on: 2006/5/23 17:25
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Re: Jersey City School Superintendent takes heat on 'obscene' compensation and five-star London trip
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His usage is incorrect...but, hey, Epps would argue that a well-spoken super would be worth even more!

Guys like him are destroying this state.

Posted on: 2006/5/11 19:22
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Re: Tax abatement for Newport this Wednesday
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Certainly I can support Steve Fulop's position that a 20 year abatement makes better sense for the American Can Company project.

I am for abatements for that project but by no means do I want to be viewed as deadset on a 30 year deal.

The only points of which I am certain: abatements make no sense along the Hudson River or downtown; abatements might be good economic development tools in the rest of the city (even on the other waterfront, the Hackensack Rivr) but, yes, we need to look at the totality of the offer.

As a case in point: I toured the Beacon recently (as part of the Art Deco Tour) and I am in awe of the enormity of that undertaking. If they pull it off, good for them (and great for JC!).

I think the American Can Co faces similar steep hurdles...but I am happy to defer to Steve Fulop's 20 year deal as the smart move. Now...if only I had a vote on the City Council!

Posted on: 2006/4/25 19:47
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Re: Tax abatement for Newport this Wednesday
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Not that much money, not in J Square. Developer is talking about starting prices in the 2's, which sounds right for J Sq.

http://www.hudsonreporter.com/site/in ... =461&dept_id=523584&rfi=8

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Yes we 'can'!

American Can Company to become 202 condos; may see 600 in total



Ricardo Kaulessar
Reporter staff writer 12/09/2005


‘CAN’ TASTIC – Ward C City Councilman Steve Lipski addresses the city’s Planning Board at their Nov. 29 meeting regarding the American Can Company rehab project. Standing behind him are Ward C residents and community leaders.
At its Nov. 29 meeting, the Planning Board approved a 202-unit luxury condo project at the site of the old American Can Company located between Dey Street and St. Paul's Avenue. Another 398 units may be built in future phases of the residential project.

The American Can Company left the property in 1974 after having occupied it since 1929 (see sidebar). The building has held various commercial tenants since that time.

The new project, tentatively named Hudson Lofts, will be the first major development to occur in the recently designated MWORD, or Marion Works Office/Residential District.

The nine-block district is located west of Journal Square near Tonnele Avenue, an area that for years has been the home of factories and other industrial operations. In April, the Planning Board approved a new redevelopment plan that would allow residential buildings to be constructed there between St. Paul's and Newark avenues.

What 'can' be possible?


The American Can Company was spread over a series of five buildings on St. Paul's Avenue. Only two of the five buildings will be turned into the 202 units right now, although another 398 units may be built in the other three buildings in future phases.

In the two buildings, a total of 382,041square feet will be residential and 1,200 square feet will be retail.

Of the 202 condos, 137 will be one-bedrooms and 65 will be two-bedrooms. They will be constructed on the second to eighth floors, with a parking garage of 140 spaces on the first and second floors. There will be another 15 parking spaces at the end of Dey Street, near the current entrance to the complex. Also, a one-story penthouse will be constructed.

James McCann, attorney for New York City-based Coalco Construction Services, the developers, said construction is expected to start at end of March 2006. That was confirmed by Coalco Director of Marketing Edward Yorukoff, who said there should be units available for sale in January 2007 with occupancy expected by the summer of that year.

Coalco purchased the entire American Can Company complex this past summer. Yorukoff would not offer the purchase price for the building or how much the total project will cost.

Yorukoff also said the project will see a total of 600 units built in the five buildings in the next couple of years.

Yorukoff said the prices of the units range from $200,000 to $600,000 for 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. He said they are being priced lower than condos on the Jersey City waterfront to attract prospective residents immediately.

"People are looking to live in Jersey City because it's an up-and-coming place with all the development happening, but they see high prices on the waterfront and feel they can't live here," said Yorukoff. "It's also a nice opportunity to see development of an area that has been neglected for quite a while."

Yorukoff also mentioned some of the unique elements of the rehab project, including lofts with ceiling heights from 14.5 feet to 27.5 feet. Also, there would be amenities in the building such as a dog run, a pool, a kids' room, and a screening room.

Coalco Construction Services was formed in 1997 as a subsidiary of Coalco International, a global investment and development company with experience in the U.S., Central European and Russian real estate markets. The president of the company is Mihkail Kurnev. The Jersey City project is their first in the city and in Hudson County.

Among their completed projects are a 13-unit luxury apartment building in the SoHo section of Manhattan and several renovated buildings in Lower Manhattan that are leased by New York University for student housing.

'Can' not be happier



At the Planning Board meeting, Ward C City Councilman Steve Lipski praised the development effort. The American Can Company buildings are located in Lipski's ward, and only blocks from his residence.

"[It is] a huge re-use project involving a cornerstone of a solid part of Jersey City's history. It's something that can contribute to an area that can use some rejuvenation," said Lipski.

Lipski added, "Ward C and especially Journal Square are ripe for the development and the renaissance that Downtown [Jersey City] has seen."

Lipski also looked forward to the American Can Company rehab project jumpstarting other potential development projects within his ward.

"Once developers see this project going forward, there will be action on the Hotel on the Square and the old Mueller's factory site on Baldwin Avenue," said Lipski. "Developers will also look more inward and see the potential of Ward C and Journal Square."

He compared developing the American Can Company buildings to the redevelopment of the old Jersey City Medical Center at Baldwin Avenue and Montgomery Avenue, now known as the Beacon Condominium project. That project includes the rehabbing of most of the 10-building complex with 1,200 units to be built over the next several years starting in 2006.

Lipski added, "Those two [American Can] buildings will attract a new, more affluent class of people who, along with those in the community, will help transform this part of town."

Lipski made the correlation between the culture of Downtown Jersey City (Ward E) and the amount of development and city attention that ward gets for projects such as the Sixth Street Embankment.

"Ward E gets what they want because they have an educated group of people who are able to organize and squeak as loud as they want," said Lipski.

SIDEBAR

What was American Can (Canco)?



On top of the American Can Company building, there used to be a sign displaying the company's name, greeting drivers approaching the Pulaski Skyway to and from Jersey City. The company was stalwart like Colgate Toothpaste, Mueller's Macaroni and other factories of the city's industrial past, when locals could find a job for life and earn enough to raise a family.

The American Can Company, known back in the day as Canco, built the factory in 1929 for $5 million. The company operated out of Jersey City until 1974 when it closed operations and move to Connecticut and New York.

In its heyday, the company was responsible for making aerosol cans, milk cartons and glass bottles with brand names such as Dixie and Marathon. It also employed over 3,000 people, many of whom were bitter over the closing.

Then-Mayor Paul Jordan, as quoted in a 1979 New York Daily News article, called the closing "the cheapest shot" during his administration.

Bob Leach, head of the Jersey City Historical Project and a lifelong city resident, remembered the mark the company and its building left on the city's residents.

"My grandmother lived on Corbin Avenue when I was a kid, not far from American Can, and she would take me to see the building and the size of it was overwhelming," said Leach. "Also, when I was a teenager, I recalled people telling me to get a job there because it paid $2 an hour, which was a big deal back in those days."

After the closing, a succession of tenants occupied the complex. The first two buildings were slated to have been utilized as a cyber hotel until the Internet boom of the 1990s went bust by the end of the decade.

Coalco Construction said currently there are tenants in the other three buildings that are not rehabbed yet, but their lease will expire by late 2006 and will not be renewed. - Ricardo Kaulessar




©The Hudson Reporter 2006

Posted on: 2006/4/25 18:40
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Re: Tax abatement for Newport this Wednesday
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Personally...I support the American Can Company abatements, just as I supported giving the Beacon abatements. Some areas of the city need stimuli to spark growth.

What I cannot understand at all is giving abatements to Hudson River projects. It's just crazy. The JC waterfront is some of Hudson County's most desired residential real estate. People don't need to be cajoled and coaxed to live there. 20 years ago, abatements made sense in Newport. Now they are simply giveaways to the affluent.

Posted on: 2006/4/25 17:21
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