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Re: 42-story residential tower on tap for Journal Square
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Your brutish reply doesn't really deserve a response. I made my point.

But I do have to acknowledge two good features in the Newark Avenue area:

Vitta's Haberdashery -- there for fifty-seven years.

The GrapeVine Bar -- best dive joint in Jersey City.

Posted on: 2/20 8:57
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Re: 42-story residential tower on tap for Journal Square
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Of course it is. The quality of life in Journal Square is increasing as more properties are built, and more amenities move in.

I say that as a forty year resident of Summit Avenue by Journal Square.


I was up in the Square for a while yesterday. Your world of alternate reality is a sad delusion.

Posted on: 2/17 8:53
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Taxes are services, plain and simple. My former downtown neighbors did not spend millions on their homes. Some worked two jobs to buy their homes in the 1970s and 1980s. Their tax bills are similar to their purchase prices. Everyone generalize, some were used as one family homes, others could not rent due to damage from Irene and Sandy. When people read about these big rents, everyone generalize and that is wrong. My fear is these good people will lose their homes.


And that Yvonne, as I've said before plain and simple, is economic violence. These people bought homes, raised families and were good citizens. All they wanted was to live out their lives in their city. Shame on the administration.

Posted on: 2/15 11:05
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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When the 1988 reval happened, it also only affected downtown JC. Here are the results, Hispanic and senior homeowners were not able to sell, they lost their homes in liens. It is the reason Schundler created the bulk lien sale in the early 1990s because there were thousands of properties not able to pay. At least in those days, you had 3 years to pay before you went into lien. Now it is the same year. All taxes and water must be paid by the December due date which is on the tax bill.


Thank you Yvonne. Makes sense. I remember how messy downtown became after the sixties. It was a long climb out from the messiness.

Posted on: 2/14 20:44
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Can someone explain ?--if there is an explanation: if all the city's properties were evaluated way back when, how did uptown properties come to suffer with higher evaluations and therefore higher taxes?
What parameters were employed that created this inconsistency?

Posted on: 2/14 16:02
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Re: 42-story residential tower on tap for Journal Square
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I differ with your view.
I feel that the ultimate aim of developments like this is to push residents from their homes and neighborhoods and as such it invites a new kind of blight into an area. A seemingly compliant administration aids and abets the push. Does JC have the infrastructure to accommodate this acceleration of growth?It seems to me that NYC is annexing Jersey City by degrees. The transfiguration of the downtown area is now beginning its creep upward along Newark Avenue and will spread in all directions as it gathers strength.
At this point in time the Island area is like an oasis within the turmoil of change in JC. Yes, I may be wrong, and only time will tell.


Our infrastructure is definitely lacking, but guess what? This is the part that is conveniently ignored by so many: Jersey City is actually 15% smaller today than it was back in 1930, when it had its largest population. Heck, we are still smaller than we were back in the late 60s. We are not overpopulated. We are simply growing. Lack of historical perspective does not equal facts.


The only historical fact that should be recognized is that with the smaller population you are claiming the city is fast becoming a logistical nightmare. Is quality of life improving?

Posted on: 2/13 16:47
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Re: 42-story residential tower on tap for Journal Square
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I differ with your view.
I feel that the ultimate aim of developments like this is to push residents from their homes and neighborhoods and as such it invites a new kind of blight into an area. A seemingly compliant administration aids and abets the push. Does JC have the infrastructure to accommodate this acceleration of growth?It seems to me that NYC is annexing Jersey City by degrees. The transfiguration of the downtown area is now beginning its creep upward along Newark Avenue and will spread in all directions as it gathers strength.
At this point in time the Island area is like an oasis within the turmoil of change in JC. Yes, I may be wrong, and only time will tell.

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Re: 42-story residential tower on tap for Journal Square
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Is this the beginning of the assault on the Island area?
Imagine the shadow 42 stories will cast.

Posted on: 2/12 19:10
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Last house on there. Facing Van Vorst, on market for $3mm with a $41k tax bill (previously $16k). Who on earth is going to pony up for such a place?? The astronomical values of high end places like this one along with complete gut jobs on the market for $1mm downtown will have to be corrected down to realistic levels...fast.


Don't worry about that. The real estate sharks are in the water already. They sense panic and feed on it. There are some beautiful areas in JC that NYC people with real money will gobble up.


Posted on: 2/8 13:09
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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I wonder what the likelihood is that some JC politicians are browsing this forum.
Have any newspaper articles appeared that anyone can point out that explore the disruption in the lives
of the aged? These people only seek to live out their lives in the buildings and neighborhoods to which they've become accustomed. They've been good citizens, obeyed the laws, raised their families to do the same, and are now faced with the hardships of ridiculously high tax rates which make no sense whatever. The politicians of New Jersey should be ashamed for abandoning these seniors in the waning years of their lives.
And for those of you who offer economic reasoning and proffer same solutions to the panic in the lives of these citizens, remember: "what goes around comes around".

Posted on: 2/7 9:29
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Governor Murphy
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After months and months of lambasting New Jersey citizens with campaign promises, our Governor is strangely silent as of late.
There has been the occasional move into the progressive liberal direction, but where are the pronouncements of strong initiative to right New Jersey's wayward pathways?

Posted on: 2/4 8:05
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Some time back I called what is transpiring in Jersey City in as far as this real estate madness as economic violence. Now, more than ever it has revealed itself as extreme. I have looked at the assessment tables and focused on The Village area of downtown, since it was my father's neighborhood. There are elderly tenants still inhabiting many of those wood frame, attached buildings. We're talking about structure built in many cases before the twentieth century.
Valuations are in a large number of them north of three quarters of a million dollars with the attendant taxes now imposed. What in the name of decency is going on in Jersey City ? Is there no one who is going to stop this insanity? Jersey City was once a wonderful city in which to live instead of an investment vehicle or a bedroom community for NYC workers. The last remnants of those who remember that are now under a vicious attack by the forces of the real estate market.
Pity the poor and the aged. true economic violence now reigns supreme in Jersey City.

Posted on: 2/4 7:58
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Re: Big crime scene on JFK near JSQ?
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Did a crosstown shuffle yesterday with an old friend, from uptown to downtown--taking in the sights, stopping here and there. I've gotta say, overall, it was pretty sad to see the shape of it all. I think it should be referred to as Jersey Shitty until the place gets its act together.

Posted on: 1/24 14:02
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Re: Whiskey Fest coming back to Jersey City on Feb. 2
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Lines, lines and more lines.

Wanna drink?--go to a neighborhood bar.

Posted on: 1/12 16:23
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Re: Jersey City Staple Rita & Joe's {Closing This Month}
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Try Abbondanza downtown--it's more homestyle than Joe & Rita's which could never hold a candle to IlVento's on West Side Avenue.

Posted on: 1/12 8:35
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Jersey City's approach to legalization:
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Steven Fulop@StevenFulop

I’m a supporter of legalization of marijuana + in next few weeks our planning dept is going to clean up JC zoning laws so that we can get ahead of where we’ll allow/not allow dispensaries, grow facilities etc. we want our zoning to be clear w/community input + to avoid lawsuits

Posted on: 1/11 10:03
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Please remember to feed the birds.
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Throw some bread out for them. That'll bring the sparrows. Put some seed out and you'll be surprised at the variety of birds that will show up.
$4.99 for twenty pounds at Shop Rite this week.

Posted on: 1/4 13:19
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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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Anyone remember when the cop had a little house on the Boulevard up where Kensington Avenue intersected with it?

I can remember how cool it was in the shade under the trestle on Rail Road Avenue on the hot summer days.

Posted on: 12/31 10:44
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Re: Nobody’s Above the Law - Mueller Firing Rapid Response
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And these relate to Jersey City in which way??

Posted on: 12/16 20:30
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Re: Pipe Bomb went off in Port Authority in Mamhattan - only bomber injuried
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Do Mammies come from Mamhattan?

Posted on: 12/11 20:45
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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Ha...children, children,,,,

!5 bucks an ounce for Panama Red or Acapulco Gold back in the late sixties.
Only papers around were ZigZags.
Mexican borders were shut down in 1969. After that South America weighed in and everything changed....

Posted on: 12/7 21:29
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Re: Jersey City development
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It was in last Sunday's Ledger.

The library will have it on hand.

Posted on: 2017/10/14 18:42
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Jersey City development
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Today's Ledger has a five section pull out on coming and ongoing building projects.

Posted on: 2017/10/8 10:27
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Re: Hurricane Irma possible: Next Tuesday thru Thursday
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Pffffft.

Posted on: 2017/9/11 7:43
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Re: Hurricane Irma possible: Next Tuesday thru Thursday
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Another slow news day on the forum??

Sheesh....

Posted on: 2017/8/25 7:32
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Re: Shooting on Newark Av
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Characterizations and name calling are reaching new highs in this thread.
Moderator--would you please insist on civility in discourse amongst the posters?

Posted on: 2017/8/16 10:45
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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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?WE GREW UP IN JERSEY CITY--great list!!


YOU KNOW YOU'RE FROM JERSEY CITY IF YOU REMEMBER:
*Al's Diner on Communipaw Av.
*Walking home from school for lunch from PS 24.
*Going to the Rialto on Westside Av on Fri night.
*Getting into the park thru Olean Av.
* Sal's Bakery & Pizzeria, West Side Av.
* You knew the best pizza was ZUPPAS, in Greenville.
* Kennedy Blvd. was Hudson Boulevard, and had islands.
* You knew all the troublemakers, before they became cops.
* Everyone knew where the K9 was.
* Martin Luther King Drive was Jackson Avenue
* Christopher Columbus Drive was Railroad Avenue
* Luiz Munoz Marin Boulevard, was Henderson Street
* Manila Avenue was Grove Street .
* Roosevelt Bowling Lanes & Putney's Pub
* Annual Holy Name Parade along Hudson Blvd.
* The color scheme of the city bus lines .... Brown: Central Avenue; Red : Montgomery & West Side; Green: Bergen/Lafayette and Orange: Bergen Avenue.
* Getting Easter Sunday suits at Robert Hall.
* Bettingers on the Square.
* Uncle Milties, Bergen Point, at the Kill Van Kull in Bayonne.
* Played 'kick the can' and 'hide and seek' on your street at night in the summers.
* Played stick ball and box ball.
* Outdoor, summer time, family movies provided by Och's Electric Store, at P.S. 33 school yard.
* You shopped in Woolworth's on Journal Square, and then went to the Griddle or Driftwood after a movie.
* The Hudson Mall was a Jersey City garbage dump, at the foot of Clendenny Av..
* You could actually swim in the Heights Reservoir (on the sneak) .
* The giant roach in the exterminators window on Westside Avenue.
* Floor shows at the Canton Tea Garden Chinese Restaurant at Journal Square.
* You knew where the "China Clipper" Restaurant was.
* You've said "Youse guys" about 100 times in one day.
* The best hot dogs at Boulevard Drinks, Journal Square.
* Orange Julius at the Square.
* Charcoal burgers at Tippy's.
* 'Car hops' at the Blue Manor on Tonnele Av.
* The Tube Bar on the Concourse, and Red the owner, at Journal Square.
* The Oyster Bay, Murtaghs, the Alps, Robinsons Steak House, and the Blue Piano
* The PATH train was ..30 cents, and before that they were called the Hudson Tubes (was 5 cents).
* The Happy Birthday Truck from Schneider's Bakery.
* The Public Service Bus Terminal, Journal Square & Concourse with 3 Guys Pizza, Universal, Horn & Hardardt.
* The shortcut through the escalators to Magnolia Avenue.
* Eating lunch at Liss Drug at Journal Square.
* Minor League Baseball, Stock Car Racing & Ice skating at Roosevelt Stadium.
* That St. Al's Academy was known as 'snob hill'.
* The Bergen School.
* The YMCA, CYO, OLM, St. Michael's, Mt. Carmel and Holy Family dances.
* Going through Lincoln Park, over the Rt. 440 overpass to the "back."
* You hung out at the VIP or The Colonette after a night of partying, and before that the Colony Diner.
* The football Giants practicing at Roosevelt Stadium.
* Every Roman Catholic lived in a parish.
* J.M. Fields at Journal Square.
* Brummers Ice Cream Parlor at the Junction.
* Schroeder's and Myers Ice Cream Parlor on Central Avenue.
* Schluer's Home Made Ice Cream, West Side Av.
* Your neighborhood walking beat cop's first name.
* The Captains Table Restaurant at Roosevelt Stadium.
* Fischer-Beer's.
* Drive-in movies at Roosevelt Stadium, and sneaking under the fence.
* You sat on the Buffalo at Mosquito Park on Hudson Blvd., and rode your sled in winter there.
* Nedicks and Bickford's Cafeteria on the Square.
* Monteleones, Five Corners and the Paris Bakeries.
* In grammar school you walked home for lunch, and your Mom made it for you, 'cause she was there.
* You lived in a house/apartment/cold water flat, with at the least one aunt, cousin and/or grandparent living on the same street.
* You lived within 1/2 mile of three Catholic churches (with schools attached).
* Track meets and boxing matches at Pershing Field in the Heights.
* The pool at North Street Park (and never called it Washington Park).
* Battle of the Marching Bands, annually at Roosevelt Stadium.
* Your dad would take the whole family to the Roosevelt Drive-In, but if you were over 12, he'd hide you in the trunk.
* You've eaten at Jule's, IIvento's, or the Rodeo Steakhouse.
* You remember buying candy at Liss's and then going to one of the 3 movies on the Square.
* You went to John's Bargain Store for clothes pins and underwear.
* You hung out at the Hilltop on Newark & Baldwin Ave. after high school everyday.
* You ate zeppoles and took chances for the 50/50 at the Mount Carmel feast & carnival.
* You shopped Great Eastern on 440 before it was found to be a toxic PCP dump. Ditto 'the back' at
Lincoln Park
* You could see the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building from your house and never visited them.
* You played basketball or hockey in Country Village
* You had a coconut drink at the Canton
* You learned to drive in Roosevelt Stadium or Bayonne Park, and 'make out' at 11 PM.
* You swam at Bayonne/ Boulevard Pool and skated at the roller rink next door.
* You saw headliner rock groups and fireworks in Roosevelt Stadium.
* There was a time when the PIX Theater didn't show porn.
* There were three colleges in Jersey City to choose from, Jersey City State,
St. Peter's, and Rutgers University.
* You delivered the Jersey Journal door-to-door, and no one worried you'd get mugged or kidnapped by a neighbor.
* You could sneak into the back door of the Stanley for a free movie, before the Jehovah's Witnesses took it over.
* You remember going to the State and Loew's movie theaters at the Square
* You and all your friends were born in the best maternity hospital in the state, the Margaret Hague, (best on the East coast at that time).
* You went bare ass swimming in the lake in back of Lincoln Park, Hackensack River & Newark Bay.
* Going to Palisade Park was a big adventure.
* You knew which houses on your street were 'haunted'.
* You went to the "Shore" after your prom.
* You remember 'turf wars' between Sterling, Ocean, the Heights, West Side, and Marion.
* For $2.00 you could take the "Tubes" to Greenwich Village, buy an Orange Julius and a chili dog, and then take the "Tubes" back, and still have change!
* You knew what time the Mosquito truck fogged the block with diapason, so you could run behind in the thick smoke.
* The water truck that soaked down the dusty cobble stones and streets every week.
* Lay-aways at Journal Square stores.
* Every one spoke English, except at home, if you were Italian or Polish.
* Cops would kick your butt if you answered them back or returned after you were told not to.
* You knew the neighborhood 'bookie' and could play a number for 15c, with a 10c combo.

Posted on: 2017/7/14 4:13
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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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I'd just like to know who stole the hand railings from the stairways.

It's shameful--such a grand old place when we were kids. The FOL have made a laughable mockery of the restoration -- that ridiculous organ!! Walk down the Boulevard to the old Stanley to see what can be done. I spent a lot of time as a kid in all of JC's great movie theaters. It really hurts to see what they've become. But then again--look at the city itself. No longer a place where homes and families are the norm, rather an investment opportunity. All about the bucks....

Posted on: 2017/6/30 15:57
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Re: Jersey City Reservoir Visit
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Thanks much for the observations!!

Posted on: 2017/6/28 17:26
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Jersey City Reservoir Visit
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Has anyone toured the facility? Is it worth a visit? I 'd like to hear some commentary from anyone who's been there.

Posted on: 2017/6/27 16:10
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