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Re: Jersey City Proposes Legislation to Legalize Airbnb
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Yvonne wrote:
This legislation was introduced by Osborne, I spoke against it, yet this shows how this administration is using fees or create higher fees while stating taxes are not going up. It is only a matter of time before this city starts taxing people for regular rentals.


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They are not receiving the same service as a hotel such as maid service or breakfast bar. This is just a tax that the small homeowner must eat.


you've got to be f**king kidding me. It's a tax on sales you're generating. The customer pays it. There is just no pleasing you.

Though I do hope that it will limit the frequency or something. I would be really upset if my downstairs neighbors had a constant flux of strangers in and out of the building.


That should be a condo association issue. Not a City issue.

Posted on: 2015/10/12 15:30
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Re: Jersey City Proposes Legislation to Legalize Airbnb
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They are not receiving the same service as a hotel such as maid service or breakfast bar. This is just a tax that the small homeowner must eat.


I never support new or increased taxes on anything--ever. But your logic doesn't make sense to me.

The price of accommodations is established on the market, typically by the type of accommodations and services being provided. If you get less, then you pay less. The city is just taxing the dollar amount. So if you pay less in accommodation fees then you also pay less in taxes.

Posted on: 2015/10/12 15:03
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Re: How can I fight this parking ticket?
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Call the parking authority. In my experience, they take a picture of the car at the time of the ticketing.

Posted on: 2015/6/17 17:31
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Re: JC mayor purchases house in the Heights (PHOTOS)
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The real question is - does this property come with parking? The house next to his has parking, is that part of his property? Or will he rent a garage on Mountain Road? The mayor has been eliminating parking for regular folks all over JC.


You can pay for parking if you want.

Posted on: 2015/6/17 17:28
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Re: Bad idea to buy property near embankment?
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The park is extremely speculative at this point. The related litigation has been going on for years.

Posted on: 2015/5/5 16:17
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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I think they *know* there is a dearth of condo options in DTJC and hoping to capitalize on that.


Yes--developers are indeed aware of the law of supply and demand.

Posted on: 2015/5/4 19:21
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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kencares wrote:
Yes. Now is the time to sell, not buy.


To pay rent that is also inflated?

Posted on: 2015/5/4 15:08
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Re: $4M Grove Street PATH station elevator
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K-Lo wrote:
Does this elevator go all the way down to the platform? Cannot figure out the logistics.


I don't see how this elevator can make it to the platform from where it is being built. As far as I can tell, the platform is running under Christopher Columbus Drive in that area. I say this based on a mental projection of the two stairwell entry points over by Grove and Columbus (from the North entrance you have to travel to the South to the reach the second set of stairs, and from the South entrance you travel North to reach the same set of stairs) so I am missing something. Unless, of course, they are building two elevators, and the ride from street surface to platform will involve a transfer.


A few do-overs are factored into the budget.

Posted on: 2015/4/22 17:52
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Re: Worth it to fight street cleaning ticket in court?
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You can show up and say, yes, I parked, I'm so sorry, but it's an extreme hardship to pay $50 (dress for court and be respectful). If you do show up and they find you guilty, I believe you end up with your ticket costs PLUS court costs.

They can read BS excuses from a mile away so avoid those - and I've seen some judges tear people up when the BS gets thick. You can always make a payment plan and just pay the $50 in increments.

Make sure you get a receipt and proof of payment of the ticket. KEEP THIS - for a while. These things sometimes don't get recorded in the municipal computers correctly.


You are lucky you didn't get two parking tickets for the same thing at the same time. I've seen that happen in good old Jersey City.

Posted on: 2015/4/21 16:07
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Re: $141M residential tower planned for Jersey City waterfront; developer seeking tax abatement
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heights wrote:
$1800 seems kind of high for "affordable" the average rent in Jersey City is hovering over a grand if not less. I would think $800 would be the better number. Perhaps it is the market value for the neighborhood income.


Average rent in that particular area is much higher then $800. $2k++ I would say.

Posted on: 2015/4/21 12:46
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Re: Real estate agencies
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I would like some input from folks on jclist if you have time.

If you knew that a real estate agent was held in an ethics violation for dishonesty, and was then PROMOTED by the real estate agency, would you trust that agency going forward?

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this question.


As long as they didn't steal money, the ethics violations don't really matter because you cannot trust *any* broker unless they are family or a close friend. The reason for this is that their interests are generally adverse to yours in building and closing a deal. For example, when a deal is being made, it's best to limit communication with them to things you would be comfortable saying to the counterparty for negotiation purposes because they will use any information they have to try to get the deal done (under any circumstances). If you have concerns or are working with actual deal mechanics you should speak to your lawyer. Keeping that in mind, brokers can (and should) be used as helpful gophers and babysitters. They can let you into condos or watch your apartment for you while potential buyers view it. They can also send you listings, but in this market you probably need to be proactive in finding listings yourself as soon as they go public.

Posted on: 2015/4/21 12:36
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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Fulop's proposal seems really strange. At this point, does ANYONE feel as though downtown is being overwhelmed by chains? That would be news to me. I think the prevailing view is that, thus far, all of the new retail development has been positive.

Also, what happens when there is another economic bust? Does the city really want to be turning away new a business because it's a "chain" when others are not jumping to fill the same space?

Posted on: 2015/4/8 15:00
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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As it stands, real estate taxes might just as well be applied completely randomly. Virtually identical properties throughout the city are taxed at enormously different rates. It's not just unfair-- it also unjust and fraudulent.

From the article re: Weehawkin:

"In 2013, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop canceled a contracted citywide revaluation, citing that it would result in unaffordable tax-hikes."

So Fulop's justification for not doing a reval is that the people who are unfairly paying less will be required to fairly pay more. What a joke!!!

Posted on: 2015/3/26 16:19
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Re: Property values skyrocket in Hoboken, taxes skyrocket in Jersey City.
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re: JC compared to Hoboken

You're comparing what are literally order of magnitude differences in city size (1.3sqm / 15sqm). I'm sure a more accurate comparison worthy of assessment would be all of downtown to Hoboken.


Exactly. Bad journalism strikes again.

Hoboken is really just one neighborhood like a Harlem or a Tribeca, even though it's, legally speaking, a city.

My DTJC home is up almost 60% in value since I bought it 3 years ago.



That doesn't negate the obscene rise in taxes.

Posted on: 2015/2/9 20:55
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Re: Lamp Post closing
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DARN! Where will I play photo hunt?!?!

Posted on: 2015/1/9 17:57
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Re: Legality of Airbnb in Jersey City/New Jersey
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It's pretty irrelevant since there is no way to prevent it. Whose to say that someone is not a guest of the resident?

Posted on: 2015/1/7 22:55
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Will Marriott construction cause temporary closure of Grove PATH entrance on Marin and Columbus?
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Is construction of the new Marriott above the Grove PATH entrance on Marin and Columbus going to cause a temporary closure of that PATH entrance?

See the first picture that pops up at this link: http://minnowasko.com/

Based on the photo it seems likely, which would be annoying.

Also, does anyone know when construction is going to begin?

One positive is that the hotel design looks nice.


Posted on: 2015/1/7 17:13
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Re: Jersey City Must Eats
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How did we get 14 posts in without anyone mentioning the great Taqueria Downtown?


I was also shocked!

Posted on: 2015/1/6 22:12
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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Monroe wrote:
I don't differ often from Bodipooh, as I don't think the Shop Rite on Marin is bad at all. And while some would say that a WF going into Newark shows it can be done, it's just not going to happen here.


The Shop Rite location is being leased by the supermarket, right? With the value of that land climbing, Shop Rite's days (at least in its current form) are numbered.

Posted on: 2014/12/12 16:16
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Re: 50 Columbus Luxury Rental Building Suprasses 75% Leased In downtown Jersey City
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I did. They are the absolute worst. I knew going in that they had a bad reputation and returned the apartment in pristine condition. I also documented the apartment very thoroughly upon taking possession.

They ended up charging me $600 for the most ridiculous things (to the point where I didn't have any pictures of the items from when I moved in).

-$200 for a tiny, tiny chip on one of the kitchen tiles.
-$200 for a tiny chip on the bath tub enamal
-$200 for a tiny scratch on the washing machine.

I am fairly certain all of the items they charged me for were present when I moved in, but I did not note the items on my move-in inspection (as I likely didn't notice them) and didn't take any pictures of the tiny chips / scratches as I didn't think twice about them. They were all comically small. They also tried to charge me for not having the carpet cleaned before moving out. I knew this was something they focused on and was luckily able to show them the receipt from the carpet cleaning person I hired and they reversed the charges. The worst part is I am pretty certain they didn't end up fixing any of the items they charged me for and will likely ding the next person for them.

I don't like calling people out, but property manager Erin is not a nice person and does not treat her tenants fairly. She has a bad reputation among most people I know that live there (as well as some of the employees if you ask them).

I would say that unless they are trying to get more than $800 out of you, its likely easier to just give in to them and get the rest of your deposit back. You can try to take them to small claims court and will likely win if you have a case, but its just not worth the time, money and risk that you will lose and have to pay them even more.

As you can see from their online reviews, they clearly don't care about having this reputation. I heard from someone I know still living there that they are asking for current residents to put up more money in the security deposit upon renewing leases. They are the worst!

I enjoyed living there, but would seriously think twice about recommending the building after how they handled my move out and security deposit.


I lived there a few years back. It has an awesome location, pool and gym. I didn't have the problems with my security deposit that the above poster mentioned.

My biggest issue was the draft coming through the windows in the winter--it made the apartment freeeeezing cold all the time despite very high utility bills for the heat. The windows seem to be paper thin and the building apparently has terrible insulation or none at all. Most other residents I spoke with had the same complaint to varying degrees.

Posted on: 2014/12/3 19:43
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Re: Front yard parking
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Yvonne wrote:
The city never wanted to address the issue of parking, this is unfortunate. When land was available, I urged the city government to build municipal garages. I knew people who left JC due to parking, between work, school, and doctor's appointments, they could not live in JC, even though their roots go back over 100 years.


If the demand for parking increases, people will invest in building private lots. If people cannot afford parking, the solution is not to take money from others to pay for it. That's messed up--it's harmful to the city and it makes us all poorer.

Posted on: 2014/12/2 21:20
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Re: Jersey City teachers protest outside parent-teacher conferences
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At first I thought they were objecting to moving up the time for the conferences, but found out talking tonight to a teacher that the district wanted to add another 1/2 hour to the workday.

A change like that has to be negotiated in a contract. The teachers, in this instance, didn't behave badly.


The issue is that those contracts exist in the first place. Most educated professionals in the NYC area on salary are required to work as long as it takes to get the job done and please their boss/clients. It's as though these teachers see their work as an entitlement rather than a job.

Posted on: 2014/11/21 19:23
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Re: Any Real insight on PS 16?
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nylucy wrote:
I believe the original post asked for "any real insight on PS 16". I think that if you do not have any personal experience with the school you should keep your own (uninformed) thoughts to yourself. I do have a child at this school and we have been very happy with our experience there. I love the diverse, neighborhood feel of it. The principal and CPA are wonderful and super-involved. I think this school will just keep getting better as parents continue to become more and more involved in the community.


Do you live in PH? Or does your child come from another zone/district? I'm curious: what % of the kids would you say live in the PH area?

Posted on: 2014/11/19 17:45
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Re: Paulus Hook Brick Oven Pizza is Closing
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My understanding was that the landowner (owner of the liquor store-like place next door) pushed Rustique out (who built the oven in the first place) and hired his employee... This, and their copying but not matching Rustique pizza was the reason I hardly ever frequented PH (even though it's an easy location for me).

From my POV, this is either karma coming to bite back the landlord/liquor/fake-pizza guy or he decided he can hire better people do sth else more profitable with the space. Not a fan of this guy at all...



I remember that the owner jacked up the rent and pushed out the Rustique owner. I tried Rustique pizza after they relocated and the pizza was not the same most likely due to the oven.

I wonder if the owner is pulling the same trick of raising the rent again.


I don't think you understand the history of what happened. The owner that pushed out Rustique is the guy running PHBOP. He IS the owner of both the wine/liquor store AND the pizzeria space. So, unless you think the guy is bipolar and raising the rent on himself, your statement makes ZERO sense.

While I found the whole episode distasteful, there was plenty of blame to go around. The Rustique owners were just plain dumb in terms of business acumen. They decided to have a custom made oven built into the space. Actually built INTO the space. It can't be moved, or taken out. They decided to do THAT right towards the end of their lease agreement. Any savvy business owner that doesn't own its space would have negotiated a lease extension/renewal AHEAD of such an investment. They didn't. When it came time to negotiate a new lease agreement, the wine/liquor store owner negotiated (in bad faith, by most accounts) by raising their rent and pushing them out. I used to patronize the wine shop from time to time when I would pick up wine to take to Satis if I had forgotten to bring my own. Alas, Satis is no longer BYOB, so my needs for wine in the area have ceased. But, truth be told, the whole Rustique debacle was a big turn off and I really stopped patronizing either store. Too bad for me, as I really thought the PHBOP pizza was good.


Wow--I bet there is more to the story. Like, they thought they had a verbal agreement or something to continue the lease at a similar rate. Which would also be stupid, just not as insanely stupid.

Posted on: 2014/11/18 23:13
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Re: Jersey City councilman wants to pull the plug on red-light cameras
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This is why cities will oppose things like the google cars that are driven by a computer and never run red lights.

Cities actually WANT law breakers and they want ways to catch them and fine them.

Posted on: 2014/11/18 17:00
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Re: Paulus Hook Brick Oven Pizza is Closing
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Poncho11 wrote:
With the current rise in rents, many places will be closing.Business's who own their own place are set, but then again, who owns their own property ? Stella's, Helen's,
Torico's,LaConguita, Unless they have a good , long lease their under a threat of someone else taking over. Retailers, such as, Morlees, Village liquors, Postnet , Downtown Hardware will stick around. Other then Village Liquors the other three have been around a long time.


I want to mention that this is NOT at all why Paulus Hook pizza is closing.

The guy who runs the liquor store next door also owns the Paulus Hook pizza business and is holding on to the space (I'm not sure if he has a lease or if he owns). Apparently, he feels that the space can be better used for something else--it's an entrepreneural decision to make a change.

By the way, my information on this point and the closure comes from the guy who works at the pizza place.

Posted on: 2014/11/17 21:57
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Re: REV. ALEXANDER M. SANTORA-Fulop needs to drop this gubernatorial quest
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I don't care much about this issue one way or another.

But I want say that many of the points that Rev. Santora views as a negative for a politician are a positive in my book. Especially socially awkward and inexperience as a politician.

Posted on: 2014/11/17 21:16
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Re: How will new high rises affect the rental market?
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Lets not kid ourselves, many of these new high rises are being built by the same developers and investors and will often use the same realtors as other developers to rent out these properties.
It wouldn't surprise me that there is a simple formula used to maintain a certain price - Not for one minute would there be any price war or lowering of prices and realtors would push tenants into developer owned rentals then privately own rentals.


A simple formula?? This isn't voodoo. Rental prices are determined on the market, on the basis of supply and demand.


Dude, don't bother. Conspiracy theorists are impervious to logic. He is convinced there is a fix, and not enough is being done to keep DTJC poor or lower middle class. That's his main concern right now. The rental market in DTJC is RED HOT. This is not some sort of conspiracy theory. Lots of people are flocking to DTJC and the prices reflect that. Every building coming on the market is leased up within a month or two, at pretty much asking price. The best "deal" you will score is a free month's rent with little room for negotiating. If you don't want it, someone else will. I see no slowing down any time soon. The way buildings are coming onto the market, there is little competition between them: as one rents out, the next opens up for leasing. Warren at York was 90% leased in a month, and so was The Art House.


agree - the more people who move here, the more people move here. When colleague move here and tell their co-workers about the commute, the restos, etc. more people check out dtjc and maybe other 'hoods as well. As far as a price fixing conspiracy among landlords, remember: there is no honor among thieves.


Putting other problems with the theory aside, collusion-based price-fixing wouldn't even get off the ground in DTJC with all rental options in nearby areas. The very fact that DTJC prices remain lower than other areas, despite the quick commute to NYC completely destroys the theory.

Posted on: 2014/11/17 21:07
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Re: Paulus Hook Brick Oven Pizza is Closing
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vrug wrote:
For lovers of this place, check out rustique in the hamilton park/harismus cove area. Just don't order delivery (according to the reviews).

Also worth a crack is Krispy Pizza.


Krispy pizza is new to the area and is a short block away from the Paulus Hook pizza location. Krispy is fine, but no where near as good as Paulus Hook pizza.

Posted on: 2014/11/17 20:56
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Paulus Hook Brick Oven Pizza is Closing
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I heard that Paulus Hook Pizza is closing and that a deli is opening in its place.

Too bad. I thought they had the best take-out pizza in town.

Posted on: 2014/11/17 16:49
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