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Re: PERSHING FIELD POOL- WORLD'S LARGEST HOT TUB
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Wow, thank you for that info! They certainly aren't advertising it.

Posted on: 2016/12/28 18:12
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Re: PERSHING FIELD POOL- WORLD'S LARGEST HOT TUB
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So...it's open at 6 am or just open for the Masters team members?

Posted on: 2016/12/27 18:42
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Re: PERSHING FIELD POOL- WORLD'S LARGEST HOT TUB
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Mao, hats off to you and your never-ending battles to have the pool temperature lowered. It's pretty perfect. I could go even a few degrees colder, but I'm tentatively excited about coming to Pershing over Stevens.

2 things:

1) Is the pool officially open at 6 am now, or is 7 am the earliest I can go?

2) My ONLY issue is that while I was swimming, I saw a clump of hair float by. I had to leave right away after that. I wish we could get a pre-shower mandate instituted. I know the chemicals should take care of all that but it's just flat out disgusting.

Posted on: 2016/12/27 16:28
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Re: Do you recommend particular Roofer?
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Sorry to have been out of touch. S&S did the roof perfectly. I do feel that you have to sometimes call Seymond a bit to get him to finish up the last elements of the job. He also installed multiple windows for us in the house, vented the kitchen externally and had one of his guys do some tiling work in the kitchen. If I remember correctly the total cost was 15k to 16k.

As noted, our roof was not just at the end of its life, it was actively falling down on our heads in the middle of winter. The culprit was flat pieces of glass posing as skylights on our flat roof. The cost of the roof replacement included 5 domed skylights.

Posted on: 2015/8/30 18:05
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Re: As American Cities Grow, New Urbanism Must Be Inclusive
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I've debated replying here...I was a HUD lawyer for a very long time. Then at some point being a Fed killed my spirit and I doubled my paycheck in the private sector.

Anyway, I didn't handle the CPD funds to the Housing Authorities, which is how I think HUD funnels money for mixed use RE development. I focused mostly on hospital and healthcare real estate financing-but having worked in parallel regulatory programs for as long as I did-the main issue is that a lot of MF housing stock is built using a complex combination of local, state and federal funds-and in some instances, even private sector funds. However, when HUD disburses funds they issue programmatic requirements and part of that includes mixed use development. Simply put, HUD has largely turned its back on the old school Cabrini-Green style developments, and it's pretty unlikely that cities will be able to build housing stock with federal assistance if they insist on developing it using the older model of huge, ghetto-ized developments. Maybe JC is building these largely on their own, I don't know, but I also know that almost all the local and state regulations tend to model themselves on HUD, so whether or not federal dollars are being sought here, chances are that there's been a trickle down effect in the regs anyway.

Also, when people talk about mixed income developments, I do believe they're largely talking about building MF housing with a mix of market rate and subsidized units. That might slow the stream of poors that are apparently going to overwhelm DTJC and giving some of you the shivers. Really, has Fulop said there's going to be an exclusively low-income housing project that is being relocated to DTJC or Newport or something?

Posted on: 2014/6/18 19:06
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Re: Wires crossing all over our property-contractor says they are infringing, how to check?
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A very positive development: as noted, we called Verizon and Comcast yesterday and told them we suspected that their lines were imposing on our property as well as causing a serious hazard to contractors conducting on going repairs to our home-basically the message was if the repairs ruin your wires, or if they cut them to avoid falling off the roof, don't come around asking to put them back.

Well, today Verizon sent someone out for inspection and removed all their cables themselves. Apparently they are obsolete and have been hanging around for no good reason.

Hope this is of help to anyone else suffering janky wiring all over their property.

Posted on: 2014/5/27 23:31
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Re: Wires crossing all over our property-contractor says they are infringing, how to check?
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Thanks everyone for your responses. The wires are currently posing a serious hazard to our contractors as they work on our property. I don't want someone breaking their neck on this job. We have called up and informed all cable companies that we will not tolerate our contractors tripping on our property due to the way they have slung the wires, and that we have given the workers instructions to protect themselves as needed. That's the first step, we'll worry about the rest later.

Posted on: 2014/5/27 14:22
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Wires crossing all over our property-contractor says they are infringing, how to check?
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We're having the roof on our home completely redone and our contractor (S&S/Seymond) told us that he thinks that the multiple wires crossing our deck and strung across our roof are basically infringing on our property and a potential fire hazard to boot. They're not electric wires, they seem to be cable or something along those lines. This is a single family carriage home in the Heights.

How does one check to see whether all this janky wiring required our permission to string across our property? Is there a particular city office I could contact? We already called Verizon and they weren't very helpful.

I tried searching for the thread on the ducts hanging over the property line but it seems to have been erased during the big data crash-the one slung across our deck is particularly fug, irritating and potentially dangerous to us. It's low enough that a tall person could probably graze it with his head. And the contractor says they're not very well insulated.

Sometimes I stare down Palisade Ave in the Heights and I'm reminded of Indian telephone poles.

Posted on: 2014/5/26 15:03
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Re: Parking in the Heights?
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We have lived in the Heights since last November, right in front of Riverview Park. Our home did not come with parking either. My brother-in-law lives within a mile of us (in another HC city though) so we garaged our car at his place during the winter, because he had 2 spots and at the time both of us commuted to work via public transport. We haven't imposed on him since about March.

Finding parking is still really really easy-even more so now that my husband commutes to work by car every day (got a new job), because we no longer have to do the street cleaning shuffle if we get lazy about driving the car to my BIL's house. The only scary thing is the idea of dealing with another winter like we just had with my husband as a car commuter. Our most miserable hour was not finding street parking, it was digging our car out of frozen ice the one day that we tried street parking it in the middle of winter and ended up in the middle of a storm.

I also researched garaging our car in the area (for when my BIL moves). It's about a 10 minute walk from Riverview Fisk, but people who have condos in the building in front of the 9th street light rail (Hoboken), and even the big coop complex in UC right above the 9th street light rail (forget the name) rent out their spots for about $125 to $200 a month. I discovered these parking spots for rent on Craigslist last November. I have not searched seriously for a spot since then because my BIL has been so nice about letting us park.

I hope that helps. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Posted on: 2014/5/22 20:28
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Re: Flooding tonight - don't flush?
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Heights resident here too. Both my sumps are going overtime!

I was at the Shoprite in Hoboken and saw 2 cars parked nearby that looked like water was already up to the doors.

Posted on: 2014/5/1 2:18
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Re: Do you recommend particular Roofer?
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Christine: thank you so much for the personal recommendation, we are going to call them as well as Capitol and Simpson Bros. (already had S&S out there this weekend). They were really busy at the time the initial inspection/cost estimates were made and we only asked about the skylights, but I still wish they had been like "oh, you might need a whole new roof!" But who knows? Maybe they did tell the seller/our RE agents but it was never communicated over since everyone knew that our decision to buy the house was contingent on the roofing estimate. And maybe this awful last winter had something to do with the damage accelerating in an already not-optimal situation.

Like you, we now know that we have been completely screwed over on the roof but nothing can be done but to fix it and move on. At this point all I want is an honest roofing company that will do a good job so we're not looking at constantly calling up to honor the guarantee.

I'll come back and update on who we picked and the price so people know cost estimates for this type of job. I have Angie's List, but could not find ANY of the local contractors mentioned here on there so this thread has been a lifesaver.

Posted on: 2014/4/7 12:54
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Re: Do you recommend particular Roofer?
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Bumping because our roof situation has come to a head. When we bought the house we were told that the skylights (all 6 on 2nd floor) were improperly flashed and the repair cost would be between $5500 to $6000 (All City Roofing).

I got S&S up there today and he told us that our whole roof is messed up, was probably improperly installed with the recent winter adding significant damage. Seymond quoted the cost of replacing the skylights + roof at 15K. The leak in our bedroom has already created a hole, we went and looked at the other rooms today and it looks like there is more water damage.

At this point we know we are in for a 10K to 20K replacement. My concern is quality of work and the strength of the guarantee-the home is only 9 years old and we're replacing a roof! Has anyone else done a whole roof replacement/fix and have a preferred contractor who hasn't played games on the guarantee? We have the additional workmanship issue related to skylights-they're in every room on the top floor.

I've read through this whole thread and I've narrowed my search down to Capitol, S&S (Seymond) and Simpson General Contractors. My husband wants to go back to All City Roofing as well but I'm concerned that they didn't tell us the roof was in as bad shape as it was when the initial post-inspection estimate was done.

Posted on: 2014/4/6 16:47
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Re: Legal to record passers-by?
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I'd get used to getting your photo snapped...I've been researching remote entry systems for my house as it's gated. Even a lot of the smart home devices, like the wireless doorbells and remote operation smart locks are coming on the market with cameras that instantly snap pictures or start recording anyone who comes within a certain distance of the door/device.

I'm looking forward to getting photographs of all the neighborhood stray cats sent to my mobile.

Posted on: 2014/4/3 17:26
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Re: NJ Food Trucks: Dark Side of the Moo offers exotic game sandwiches. Yak burger, anyone?
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I'm pretty sure these are the guys that park in front of Modcup on weekends (Saturday I think) if Heights folks are interested in trying the food. I've seen them there a couple of times now.

Posted on: 2014/3/27 0:00
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Re: What's going there?
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Quote:

malorytowers wrote:
Does anyone know what's going on at 433 Palisade in the Heights? They've been working on it for a while and finally put in the new windows, opened it up and stuck the permit on the door.

I tried asking one of the workers but unfortunately I don't speak Spanish-the most I got out of him was "City Offices" which surprised me.


433 Palisade is going to be an office/HQ location for a state assemblyman.

Selfishly speaking I probably would have preferred a business that engaged the community (like a Modcup), but I'll take occupied and upgraded commercial spaces over empty storefronts any day-god knows there's more than enough to go around.

Posted on: 2014/3/24 15:57
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Re: King Szechuan Palace in the Heights- not your usual takeout
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This has become my go-to place for Chinese food-they're friendly, the Yelp reviews can point you to their interesting dishes,and they execute my husband's regular request (Chicken and Broccoli) very well. Thanks for the head's up!

Delivery is pretty fast, it's something like a 10 to 12 minimum with a $1 delivery fee.

(ETA: My delivery location is in the Heights)

Posted on: 2014/3/14 15:10

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Re: What's going there?
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Ah...I was really confused. We're probably amongst the newcomers he'd hate then. Hipster minorities.

Posted on: 2014/3/6 20:49
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Re: What's going there?
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This morning there was a sign that said "Ciudado" and they'd blocked off the ability to go up and squint at the permit. I know everyone is pretty curious and trying to figure it out.

Posted on: 2014/3/6 20:19
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Re: What's going there?
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You are puzzling me, actually-I don't understand what you're trying to say.


Posted on: 2014/3/4 18:06
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Re: What's going there?
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Does anyone know what's going on at 433 Palisade in the Heights? They've been working on it for a while and finally put in the new windows, opened it up and stuck the permit on the door.

I tried asking one of the workers but unfortunately I don't speak Spanish-the most I got out of him was "City Offices" which surprised me.

Posted on: 2014/3/4 16:49
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Re: New Coffee Spot in Heights
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They're so nice-I met them at the last Riverview community meeting/networking hour.

Grand opening is 8 am to 8 pm on Saturday and they're doing soft opens 8 am to 2 pm all this week. I switched to taking the jitney from in front of my house by or I'd buy a cuppa on my usual walk to the HBLR.


Posted on: 2014/2/20 15:54
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Re: Boxes
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I'm 99% sure we have a bunch in our basement from our recent move that I am dying to get rid of-I'll confirm tonight. I had bought a bunch at Uhaul and I think my husband felt really bad about throwing them out so he has them all packed up nicely down there.

You can have them if you want. PM me your email.

Posted on: 2014/2/7 19:42
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Re: Is there a number to call to complain about a NJ Transit bus not stopping to pick me up?
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Here is the contact information I received to complain about the issue.

Posted on: 2014/2/7 19:38
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Re: Palisade Avenue - going downhill?
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The abandoned/foreclosed real estate needs to be sold and developed if it hasn't been already. It bugs me to no end that our gorgeous building is right next door to an abandoned home.

We live right in this stretch (agree on the beauty of the views and the park) and the disheartening thing is that the responsible condos (the ones that have actually beautified their fronts etc.) will be right next door to the rundown and abandoned buildings. You probably wouldn't even notice the nice ones because of the a) garbage on the streets b) graffiti and c) abandoned buildings that are totally out of control.

That said, something is going on in 431 Palisade-it's the red brick one with the fish painted on it with the windows covered up with paper just like ModCup's were until recently. I peeked in the windows walking home and I can see people working in there refinishing it and it is beautiful. There is a full exposed brick wall...maybe it's going to be a restaurant or something.

The Riverview community association is aware of the problem. I think it's supposed to be one of the priorities for the coming year.

First impressions count. We were surprised by how high end everything was in our condo building (nice appliances, super nice floors, beautiful interior with slate and glass tile etc. etc.) because we judged it by the original facade-they finally updated it in November and it looks lovely now. Whoever owns Van Vorst Farmhouse lives under a perma-cover of rotting leaves...there's just a lot of variation in how much people care about their real estate compared to Ogden Avenue.

I don't get why there's garbage on the JC stretch of Palisade day in and day out when you cross the border to Union City and it's much cleaner and less sketchy looking.

(still like the neighborhood and love our home, but yes, agreed that it looks a bit downtrodden over here)

Posted on: 2014/1/17 19:46
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Re: Your favorite grocery shop?
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Supremo in a pinch because we live within walking distance of it, and we also go to Newark Street/India Street because my husband and I are both S. Asian so it's pretty easy for us to go there for spices and things we want for our native cooking (and it's cheap).

However, we do our major shopping at HMart and Costco, further up in Clifton and Fort Lee.

Posted on: 2014/1/9 18:16
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Re: Gay In Journal Square?
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We live on the Eastern end of the Heights-right by ModCup coffee/Riverview Fisk Park etc. etc.. We bought our home from a gay couple who lived here for several years.

I think this neighborhood is ok. There is a very organized neighborhood association (the residents refer to this end of the Heights as Riverview) and lots of stuff going on in the summer in the park. Farmer's markets, festivals, yoga in the park etc.. I think most of the younger families live on Ogden. You see most of them in the park (my nephew lives down in Hoboken and I used to take him to the park before winter). We are a few years away from having kids and I'd be fine having them in this neighborhood.

Overall I'd say it's a pretty quiet place but I would probably not wander around outside late at night without my husband. I'm sure that I lean towards being conservative about these things-mostly because I used to live in Los Angeles and had a traumatic mugging there about 5 years ago. There's probably way too much traffic/police presence on Palisade Ave. for serious crime and this place is no worse than where I used to live in Alphabet City.

Gym situation is dismal. More restaurants/activities in Hoboken, which is about a 15 minute walk away. You've got bus, HBLR to PATH for commuting options.

Posted on: 2014/1/3 2:35
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Re: What does the future hold for The Heights?
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We finally went to the Trolley Car Bar and Grill yesterday. It was quite nice-I guess we have 1 decent bar within stumbling distance (for when people visit). Now if some enterprising soul was willing to open a coffee shop on the way to the Congress light rail...maybe those Yoga in the Heights women will oblige at some point.

Posted on: 2013/12/15 15:45
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Re: What does the future hold for The Heights?
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Oh man. I convinced my husband to move to The Dirty Jerz with the argument that we'd have to hear less of "I'm a Native New Yorker and..." and now I'm in the Jerz and still having to hear it. Glad to hear we've found our place with the auslanders in the Heights though. LOL.

Posted on: 2013/12/13 20:07
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Re: What does the future hold for The Heights?
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I am not in fact a native New Yorker. I only live here for my husband. But I should point out that I laid out my commute, which doesn't involve a bus or a jitney in elaborate detail.

I also want to say that I find GV to NYC in 21 minutes kind of unbelievable since I ride the HBLR and PATH every day! Sometimes 2 stops takes 10 minutes. The Hoboken line is the worst in terms of creaking delays, for both HBLR and PATH. I cut down my commute to 35 minutes only after I started taking the West Side avenue train to Exchange Place and taking the PATH for 1 stop.

Posted on: 2013/12/13 19:50
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Re: What does the future hold for The Heights?
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I live on the eastern end of the Heights, almost directly in front of Riverview Fiske park. The views are so amazing (and our home is huge) that it's hard to believe we paid as little as we did for it. We moved from Astoria-looked in Hoboken, Union City and DTJC before we bought our place.

I'm not sure about what the situation might be like deeper into the Heights, closer to Central Ave or further, but I work right by the Freedom Tower and my commute door-to-desk is 35-40 minutes. That breaks down into a 10 minute walk to the light rail (Congress), 10 minutes of Light Rail riding, 5 minutes of PATH and then 10-15 minutes total of waiting. I could just as easily do the 100 steps but I recently injured my leg so I'm staying with Congress for now. My husband works in mid-town so he takes a jitney or the 123 bus from in front of our house to PABT and then walks. He says he's at about 45 minutes but that's largely because he doesn't want to pay for the 2nd metro fare for what is effectively 1 metro stop. Getting into Manhattan ranges between 15 to 20 minutes for him via bus.

So transportation, on the eastern end of the Heights isn't as bad as it's made out to be but the lack of small business on the street itself sucks. Washington Street in Hoboken is literally a 15 minute walk from where we are (though we are very fast walkers) so we have options, but it would be nicer if we could just stroll down Palisade or Central. for things like restaurants, bars, gyms etc.. What we ended up missing the most was a real gym. We just ordered a real gym quality squat rack and treadmill because neither one of us was willing to walk to Hoboken for what are sure to be constantly crowded and overpriced gyms.

That said, here are a few reasons we thought things might be starting to change:

Farms in the Heights, Yoga in the Heights, Riverview Community Association

the Supremo market is not at all bad outside of the meat dept-the produce is excellent, giving us a walkable grocery store option (we have a Costco membership but we buy produce at Supremo)

Distillery Gallery

Trolley Car Bar

Good pizza places and little shops on Central Ave

Good bike shops

Beautiful relaxing views and a nice park/green space

Palisade Lumber for our home projects

Nice neighbours

Honestly if you gave me a coffee shop on the way to Congress and a gym my satisfaction with this neighborhood would be complete.

Posted on: 2013/12/13 19:33
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