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Re: DOWNTOWN JC Dog Owners - Grass Area On Bay Street (across from Departed Soles)
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.... When the developer came in to build the 2nd tower, the dog walkers LOST. THEIR. MINDS. that "THEIR" grass (meaning grass that nobody had kicked them off of for a few years) was now being built up.

Eye roll.


Who was more angry? The dog owners who lost their grass or the people in 1st building who lost their view? :)

Posted on: 11/9 22:13
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Re: Ward E for Sale - How Dixon $$$ bought Symes a candidacy.
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Rebecca Symes purchased a waterfront condo in Hoboken when she moved to NJ in 2013 and began working for Dixon Advisory.

In August of 2015 she rented a two bedroom Dixon owned duplex with garden, 3 blocks from Grove Street, for a sweetheart rent of $2000 pcm.

http://clients3.weblink.com.au/pdf/URF/01680858.pdf

It is hard to say when she actually moved from Hoboken because she kept and still owns that apartment and was filing campaign contributions for Hillary Clinton using her Hoboken address as late as July 2016.

http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?201708319071273670

What is clear is that Rebecca Symes declared her Ward E candidacy 1 year and 10 months after her earliest possible claim to residency in Jersey City.

August 2015 was a busy month for Rebecca as moving to Jersey City coincided with her being appointed by Mayor Fulop to the Jersey City Library board.

August 2015 also saw Dixon Advisory give $200,000 to Fulop's Coalition for Progress

https://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespe ... 0582841&type=A&cycle=2016

Within three months of moving to Jersey City Symes was appointed secretary and board member of the Harsimus Cove Association.
This came a few months after the association had begun to receive sponsorship money from Dixon.

http://www.harsimuscove.org/event/hca-general-meeting/2015/04/13

A snapshot of HCA sponsors from the month she was appointed show 16 local businesses.

https://web.archive.org/web/2015111523 ... harsimuscove.org/sponsors

Under Symes tenure the number of sponsors reduced to Dixon Advisory and 3 others, as it remains to this day.

http://www.harsimuscove.org/sponsors

Nothing but facts.

However well meaning she may be it is difficult to view Symes presence in Jersey City as anything but a cynical and calculated play for power, one backed financially by her employers and the interests of real estate.





This timeline totally makes sense if you wanted to place a puppet in place. Seems like they rushed it. If she was planted 5-6 years back in JC, might have been the clear winner yesterday.


Posted on: 11/8 10:38
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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However, once Menendez get convicted, this city will say bye Fulop as Murphy will give that seat to him. So, everyone of his fans better take pictures of him now.


You sure about that? Saw on MSNBC last night that beach whale called Christie is going to appoint himself as the Senator if Menendez is convicted. :) just kidding. just kidding.

Posted on: 11/8 10:32
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Re: Fair current value for a home with low taxes.
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Have your realtor make an offer with which you're comfortable. If the buyer gets a higher offer the listing agent will call your realtor to let them know, so long as your offer is reasonable. Again, using Hoboken as a metric, I don't think the reval is going to cause a big problem with regard to values. I personally think the bigger issue is a sense that there may be a downturn in the economy.


Disagree that reval is not going to make that much of a difference. There will be some exceptions where a property that is nicely renovated in a great location, block etc. but that is an outlier.

Didn't the mayor use the excuse that reval would cause non-abated downtown property values to take a nose dive and cause a chain reaction in prices across the city for initially postponing the reval when he took office?

In an economic downturn everyone will take a haircut which will keep things the same across. If I need to sell my current place for 10% less to buy the next place, then the new place would be 10% lower(assuming same area) and it would be a wash ratio wise.

As I said before just trying to figure out a formula for the price I am comfortable with that you mentioned. I am thinking of using projected total monthly cost of low taxed property compared to total monthly current cost of property with adjusted taxes. What do you think?

Posted on: 10/26 14:39
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Re: Fair current value for a home with low taxes.
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Yes, the question is in regards to an older condo/home in Hamilton Park/ downtown area.

Heard from a realtor that it is so difficult to sell brownstones in downtown due to reval and guess most buyers know about this. Like Brewster said there is always a chance for an uninformed buyer to get screwed.

What is the motivation for the seller now? People move all the time for a job/kid's school/retirement/downsize etc all the time. Not everyone is willing to sit on it, rent out and be a remote landlord.

Guess suggested lower bid of 10-15% seems within the normal current offer range for me unless it is a very unique piece of property that comes on the market once in a blue moon.

Will do my own calculations based on total monthly projected cost of a property if no one here has any educated guess. Saw some tax rates thrown out 1.8 to 2.0% as a guideline. Worst case it will get rejected.

Posted on: 10/26 11:48
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Fair current value for a home with low taxes.
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Any real estate gurus out that can recommend a way to figure out true future value of a home in JC post reval that is paying low taxes now but we know for sure will skyrocket after reval.

Thinking about buying a bigger place that is not a new condo without tax abatement but not willing to pay current asking price which does not consider future tax hike that could be 2-3X current taxes which we all know going to bring the value down.

Have 2 options now, either sit tight and wait for the reval to happen next 1-2 years and have prices settle, reflecting new higher taxes or try to get something for sale now but offer something that would be considered very lowball by the seller.

In the latter what would be a fair price? For example, listing for $1.75M, current tax assessed value 130K paying only 10K a year in taxes. According to my math assessed value should be at least around 320K for this property with taxes 35-40K with current tax rate.

I am not even considering most likely Fed hikes and higher mortgage rates.

Posted on: 10/26 0:54
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Re: Gulls Cove 2 Condos
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Gulls Cove area is at the borderline zone of PS16 so don't count on it to be there long term unless your kids are school age now and can attend soon. When I spoke to the principal of ps16 about the overcrowding due to new development she mentioned rezoning might be necessary in the future.


Posted on: 10/25 23:52
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Re: Hoa fees in jsq condos
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I recently came across a condo with fees of almost 500 dollars per month. It includes heat and hot water but no amenities like door men fitness rooms and the like. It's for a10 unit building. About a half mile from the path if that matters
This seems very high to me. It's for a 3 bedroom, will this fee make this condo hard to sell or is that the fees are around jsq?
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Is there in-living super or other employees like porters, security etc? If it is just paying for hot water/water, sewer & garbage then that does seem a bit high for the sqft with no amenities. For comparison I have a 1050 sqft 2bd in St John's condos in the area and pay $578. In addition to hot water, heat, AC includes 24hr doorman, security guard, package room and onsite supers. Extras are fios/comcast, parking, gym & pool.

Posted on: 10/25 23:43
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Re: Can Anyone Recommend an Affordable/Decent Real Estate Attorney???
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Could some investors recommend an attorney who specializes in REO- bank owned properties. Called a few on this thread and they don't take REOs.

Posted on: 2016/11/21 17:38
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Re: Buying a car for 1st time in years - where to start?
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Also check out autotrader.com for single owner clean carfax vehicles.

Posted on: 2016/11/4 0:22
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Re: Helicopters over the Hudson
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Few months ago Yonkers banned all tourist helicopter operations and passed a local law. Helicopter Flight Services aka heliny.com which operated from Goldman Sachs heliport in JC until Dec 2013 wanted to buy some land there and restart their night flights(9:00AM-9:00PM 7 days) to make it miserable again for all of us that live around Hudson River.
With help of Stop The Chop NY/NJ we educated locals in Yonkers which helped push the ban in Yonkers.

Now there is another Bill in NJ Assembly and received following email below from our President. These helicopters do not only disturb people on the waterfront but they fly over JC many times a day by following Newport-> Target-> Rt 139 -> Journal Sq route at very low altitudes as they travel back and forth between Hudson River and Kearny Heliport .

Please show your support by writing few sentences from links below:


"Dear NJ Members and Friends:

We received the below email from NJ Assemblyman Giblin about an important bill which would ban the helicopter tourist business from operating anywhere in the State of New Jersey. As all NYC tourist helicopters currently park overnight in New Jersey (the Downtown Manhattan Heliport at Wall Street has no overnight parking facilities), this legislation, if passed, would be a real game-changer. For too long, the State of New Jersey has born the large majority of the noise pollution but none of the (miniscule) economic benefit from NYC tourist helicopter business. Time for NJ to stand up for itself. If you live in NJ, please contact your assemblyman and state senator and demand that they support this bill. You can do it through our web site:

http://www.stopthechopnynj.org/how-you-can-help.html

You can also learn more about the pending legislation here:

https://legiscan.com/NJ/bill/A1998/2016"

Posted on: 2016/9/11 17:10
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Re: Condo maintenance fee
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My question, for readers who live in condos and/or are involved with managing them, is twofold - looking at Jersey City more widely, how does our maintenance fee compare? ..?


JSQ- about 275 units. $6.50 p/sqft a year. 24 hr union doorman + security. Seasonal pool, parking, gym all extra. Includes hot water, water, heating/AC & cooking gas. Reserves need improvement.

Downtown- more than 300 units. $9 p/sqft Luxury building. 24 hr concierge, gym, seasonal pool,hot water, water/sewer, gas, great common indoor/outdoor space, included. parking extra. Good reserves.

Suggest start looking at cost cutting on utilities with multi-year low rate contracts for gas & electricity if not already done so. + LED bulbs, auto on/off bulbs etc. Add move-in out fees to offset wear/tear from renters.

There was a talk from the board about changing the toilet flushes in the JSQ building to save water because it is a 50+ year old building with not all units updated. Nothing really came out of that idea considering old ones flush 5+ gallons vs some new ones only 1.5!

Posted on: 2016/6/26 23:39
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Re: Bike JC's 7th Annual Ward Tour & Festival June 5
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It would be more successful if it can flow better from start to end. I recall 3-4 stops and lots of waiting each time last year.

Posted on: 2016/5/20 23:22
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Re: Is this for real? In the Heights???
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SRhia wrote:
I love the staging furniture. Does anyone know where I can get furniture like that (e.g. brand, and such)?


try design within reach and Natuzzi

Posted on: 2015/7/26 22:51
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Re: Bike JC's 6th Annual Ward Tour & Festival Sun. June 7!
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signed up.

Any chance of changing min age to 7 for next year for individual riders? My 6 year old can ride 11 miles already and hoping to do it with her next year.

Posted on: 2015/6/1 0:18
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Re: Newport: The Time Is Now
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Do they use bait and switch tactics like Liberty towers(LT) or 70 Greene at Newport? They offer lower rents first year followed by 15% plus increase each year after. I know a family at 70 Greene who moved 3 times every single year within same building to avoid rent increase. They were considered new tenants by moving to a different unit. What a pain. I have a friend at LT who's rent went up %14 this year. Let's see what happens when downtown market is flooded with new rentals next year.

Posted on: 2015/5/10 18:42
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Re: Need catering recommendation
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Hudson Greene Market and Au Bon Pain should cater. They have a healthier menu than hot dogs and fries for kids.

Posted on: 2015/4/19 23:31
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Re: Cheap moving cannot truck needs May 1st and 2nd.
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There are usually day laborers hanging out by Uhaul by the 1&9 circle when you rent the truck. You can hire 2 guys online after reading their reviews. Uhaul site gives you this option to 3rd party hourly helpers.

Posted on: 2015/4/19 23:18
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Re: Jersey City hotel tax expanded to include Airbnb, other short-term rental services
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I am surprised no one is talking about negative side of AirBNB in a neighborhood. We should be discussing stopping illegal hotel rentals instead of how we are taxing them!

"A fast-growing global phenomenon, airbnb’s biggest and most lucrative market is reportedly New York City.

Councilmembers heard overwhelming complaints about how airbnb is helping deplete the city’s affordable housing stock, while also creating building-wide security, safety and nuisance issues. Meanwhile, many noted, the city’s enforcement unit for dealing with the problem of illegal rentals is tiny and can’t keep up with the mushrooming underground industry."


http://thevillager.com/2015/01/22/foe ... b-share-views-at-hearing/

Since we are next to NYC we will get some of this side-effect as well. I could see why JC City Hall not having an issue with it since increased property values will yield higher property taxes. This opens the the door to investors coming in and artificially increasing already high housing pricing and over bidding regular folks since they can make double the rent vs. traditional yearly lease. Ask yourselves if you want to have a hotel room next to your apt or private home with total strangers showing up each week?





Posted on: 2015/4/11 23:39
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Re: Manhattan woman dies after being hit by falling construction
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Has anyone seen the tentacles coming from that construction above chili's on Washington St. 2 days ago during high wind? Cops closed of the road one day last week during high wind. There is always crap flying off that building. Now that is negligence waiting to kill someone.

Posted on: 2015/3/20 1:05
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Re: 3/9/15: FIX potholes on Grand between State and Fairmount ASAP!!!!
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I changed my sitting position (seat raised high all the way up, normally I like to sit as low as possible) and also driving style due to potholes. I leave more distance between the car in front of me so that I can dodge them better. Worst are on the highway where they are between 2 lanes and you look at your side mirror while changing lanes. Lost 2 tires like that past few years. Now I have to leave many extra car lengths before changing lanes and after making sure not cutting off someone and then look ahead between lanes for potholes. Driving has become more defensive due to these suckers.

Posted on: 2015/3/9 23:02
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Re: $37.2 million tax break lures retailer to Jersey City waterfront
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Its a race to the bottom. Companies don't pay taxes anymore but employees do from their paychecks. They should make these companies sign a contract that says you can't pack up and leave to another State for X number of years after your tax break runs out only for tax break reasons.

Posted on: 2015/2/20 15:22
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Re: Jersey City councilman masters the art of the flip-flop
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I wonder if we give him the nickname "Havaianas" it would stick?

Posted on: 2015/2/14 18:11
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Re: North Bergen woman indicted in death of Jersey City bicyclist, report says
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The driver was at fault - 100%.

But was the cyclist wearing a helmet? Did he have lights and reflectors? And riding on river road at 10PM. Not a smart move if you value your life.



Wow. 300g compressed foam cycling helmet against a 5000LBS hummer.

Posted on: 2015/2/10 16:49
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Re: Liberty State Park advocates fighting state bill, ballot measure they say will harm park
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hey Monroe,

Did you call and tell the governor to partially veto the bill? just curious.

Posted on: 2015/2/4 11:30
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Re: Carjacking on Marin?
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Silly Brooklynite driving a Benz in Jersey City. I am unsure why the two drivers that fled were not caught.


If you look at the license plate from pics it was a TLC limo/ high end cab/UBER etc. I assume he was waiting there for a scheduled pickup somewhere near by as I do see them on regular basis there when I go there for food shopping.

I hope they can get some prints of these cars and catch them.

Posted on: 2015/2/2 13:12
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Re: Council votes to approve measures naming Jersey City's 100 Steps, mandating repaving of city streets
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Forget the steps. Ride your bike up our local Alp d'huez switchbacks.

Posted on: 2015/1/29 0:49
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Re: Massive PATH and Hudson River Crossings Toll Increase
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I think we, JC residents should get a special discount to Holland Tunnel just like Staten Island folks get for Verrazano but I know it is a pipe dream. My reasoning is that our local streets and residents have to deal with constant HT traffic and pollution.


Posted on: 2014/12/9 16:30
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Re: Historic Downtown Jersey City among nation's most expensive neighborhoods for renters: report
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You guys remember the candiate who ran for NYC mayor under " The rent is too damn high" party. Vote for that guy :)

Posted on: 2014/11/23 20:57
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Re: Women Begging with Children on NYC Streets
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These people are professional panhandlers. Some of them use children and others put their bodies into very handicap forms to make more money. I remember reading a story about a guy over 15 years ago who used to beg by the Lincoln Tunnel entrance around 41st & 10 in NYC. They ran a story on him and found out that he lived in a very nice home in nice NJ town. He used to pull in more than 20-30K just during holiday season part time!

Posted on: 2014/11/17 23:18
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