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Impact of pandemic on JC real estate
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Curious what the impact of the Pandemic is on JC real estate market. I hear people are fleeing NYC -- not sure if similar trend is happening in JC or if New Yorkers still see JC as an alternative?

Posted on: 8/22 15:46
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Re: JC DMV - Anyone Try this Lately?
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For issues with licenses (e.g. lost license; renewals), JC office has been sending people to Bayonne which apparently reaches their limit by the early morning. Not sure what JC office is actually doing?

Posted on: 8/22 15:43
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Re: Evict a tenant of illegal (not zoned) apartment
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I agree with JerseyMom on this one. Give her a couple of thousand contingent on her moving out. You are laying yourself open to a lot of potential issues with renting out a basement apartment (Insurance; problems with the city if illegal apartment is reported; etc.). I believe the Mayor's Office also has a task force on illegal rentals. Insurance companies will look for any way out if you do have an issue with the building -- A friend was told me he had problems because his dog injured someone on the property. He spoke to his Insurance Company and since he had not told them about the dog, he was personally liable and the company cancelled his policy. It was a big headache because the person needed plastic surgery, etc... And that was just a dog, not a tenant in an illegal apartment.

If a fire were to break out in the building, you have a BIG problem.

The few bucks you may be making are not worth the potential trouble you are laying yourself open to.

Pay her off -- if she's young, she'll likely take the money and just move. Get her out, and don't rent the basement again.

Posted on: 7/17 18:03
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Parking spot in Heights
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If anyone has a parking spot in the Heights for rent, please PM me. Thanks!
Have a Happy and Safe 4th!

Posted on: 7/4 13:45
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Re: 10 Best Hiking Trails for Families Near Jersey City
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Thanks - these look like a breath of fresh air. Does anyone know if any are accessible by public transportation (have bikes, so can bike from a train station)?

Posted on: 5/15 22:34
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Re: Music blasting through to Western Slope
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On and off again this afternoon

Posted on: 5/11 0:01
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Music blasting through to Western Slope
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Does anyone know the source of the music blasting through the Western Slope of Heights all day -- Happens in the middle of the night as well and echos down all of the blocks.

Posted on: 5/4 0:23
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Re: Councilman Michael Yun - Dead from Coronavirus
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Truly a loss for the Heights specifically and Jersey City in general. Michael was dedicated to residents and was also always willing to go the extra mile if you had an issue. His approach was based on common sense, business acumen, and a strong desire to do the right thing for residents ... and actually reading and researching proposed ordinances, abatements, etc.. He walked the walked and my family will miss him greatly.

We send our deepest sympathies for his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Rest in Peace - you are missed.

Posted on: 4/9 3:23
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Re: What does the future hold for The Heights?
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When I first moved to Jersey City, I avoided looking at the Heights because of the distance to the PATH. However, I went to an open house at the lower end of the Heights (Sparrow Hill) and immediately felt a better vibe than in many other parts of the city including Journal Square. If anything, I think the area continues to improve. There are a lot a amenities that are lacking in other areas (numerous parks, Pershing Field, Pershing Field Pool, the Reservior, shopping on Central Ave -- although it could be improved, high elevation -- our baseement has been dry throughout all the storms). The North District Police Department is very active in keeping the area safe. Finally, the location has the advantage of having Jitneys that will get you directly into midtown Manhattan in 30 minutes and for $3.
The location is hard to beat for the price.

Posted on: 2014/5/13 22:08
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Re: McGinley Square? Kensignton ave safe?
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I have looked into moving into this area in the past, but I always get turned off as you get to Bergen and further east. You can check Spotcrime.com -- there have been a number of shootings on Bergen in the past (I think JCPD has stopped providing stats for Spotcrime as I don't see anything recent). When I have asked people on the street, they have indicated that it has gotten a lot better since they closed housing projects that were on Duncan. Some of the houses in the area are just beautiful, but, I would stay on Kennedy as much as possible.

Posted on: 2014/5/13 21:58
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Re: Lincoln Park Area - Good area to buy or walk away?
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Many thanks for the comments. Welcome any others.
Thanks !

Posted on: 2014/5/2 20:47
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Lincoln Park Area - Good area to buy or walk away?
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Looking at some houses in the Lincoln Park area (e.g. Bentley / Harrison; Bergen/JFK). Walking around get a very mixed vibe - Bergen seems so-so, if not dangerous?? JFK - seems nice. Not sure if the area is getting better or will be the same for years to come. We have a family member who works late at night and not sure about safety in the area.
Any information is appreciated. Would you invest / live in the area? Do you like the area?
Many thanks!

Posted on: 2014/5/2 16:01
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Re: Australians investors buying up Jersey City housing
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Definitely call the Residents Response Center (201 547-4900). Make sure you get a case reference number so that you can follow up. Dixon bought a property by me and also rented out the basement with the first floor saying it was a "duplex" and legal -- it wasn't. The family had about a dozen people living between the 2 floors and created a lot of noise issues. RRC was very helpful and persistent in getting them to stop living in the basement. Dixon representative we spoke to was absolutely useless -- just tried to defend that it was legal (wrong) and that they can make as much noise as they want (wrong again). Eventually, once they were unable to sleep in the basement, they were evicted (probably stopped paying their rent). The process took about a half-year, was very frustrating at times, but was well worth it.
I will say it left me with very little respect for Dixon. They just want to cash in and don't care who they rent to (until they stop paying the rent).
Hope you have similar success - it's worth a fight to make sure you have decent neighbors.
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...and they are obviously are renting to people without any care or consideration in regards to people who live in surrounding areas.

They purchased the building next store to mine on Milton Ave. Basement apt (which may be ilegal to rent?) went to two young latin girls who already are hanging out on the stoop with their boyfriends...and a couple on the first floor who ignore things like keeping the front of the house clean, sweeping or even putting out their own trash. Since these ppl moved in the place looks like a pigsty and the noise level has grown.

Posted on: 2014/4/2 17:41
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Re: Home Depot - Holland Tunnel vs Route 440 location
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I would definitely check out Best Buy. As mentioned, they do their best to "close the deal" -- staff is good, although check-out is a pain (tends to be slow). Also, they fairly regularly have floor models at great prices (ask if they can do better). Delivery is on time, professional, and quick -- was actually very impressed. Not sure if it makes sense for appliances, but their guarantee (yes, I can hear the groans about guarantees -- this is the only place I buy one) is very good -- just bring the product back and get a brand new one (no mailing back, no waiting, no hassle).

Posted on: 2014/3/7 23:21
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Re: Super Bowl renting?
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Just be sure you are working with a licensed agent. I was at a Super Bowl planning meeting and the State Police warned for various game-related scams. One being phony real estate agents who promise high returns for a one-tim, up-front fee. Once they leave with your money, they are gone forever (and so is your money). Have not seen or heard of this in practice; but Police said it is a scam used during every Super Bowl.

Posted on: 2014/1/14 14:51
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Re: Groundbreaking on JFK Blvd by 139 - what's being built?
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Thanks for the info -- do not catch your previous post. Glad to hear they are finally building something new on this strip. Welcome any retail stores as well. The bit about the building names is cute.
Stay warm!

Posted on: 2014/1/3 22:38
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Groundbreaking on JFK Blvd by 139 - what's being built?
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For the last several weeks, there has been construction going on next to the Public School on Kennedy Blvd between 139 and St. Paul's. It's nice to see some activity there since it's just been empty lots for years. Does anyone know what is being built? ... hopefully, not another gas station.

Posted on: 2014/1/3 19:08
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Re: To JC Bikers Who Ride on Sidewalks...
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You cannot ignore the infrstructure constraints that Jersey City has. Yes, some streets are too narrow to "share the road" safely, but ironically some of those are identified as ones bikers should use. Many of the single lane, two way streets force bikers to take the lane, frustrating drivers behind them, -- or -- to try to share the road by coming up very close to parked cars and risk getting doored or sideswipped ... Not great alternatives for bikers. Wider streets (e.g., Kennedy Blvd.) have drivers who are speeding, are not used to sharing the road, plus those who are busy texting, having phone calls, eating and/or doing anything else that may be done behind a wheel.

While not downplaying the need for "biking classes" (the Tucson program does look very good) -- driver awareness about sharing the road and steps to create safer conditions for cyclists on streets is needed. You can have the safest, experienced cyclist on the street doing everything right and that cycllist is still at the mercy of drivers who are frustrated that a cyclist is "in their way" or who are just not paying attention to their surroundings.

While not condoning riding on the sidewalk... If you want cyclists to use the roads, make it safe for them to do so. Jersey City needs more car-alternatives -- people complain about traffic, parking, etc.. all the time. More and more cities are encouraging "green" alternatives and are getting funding for such programs. It would be nice if Jersey City got more serious about developing such programs, including ones directed at increasing bike safety. As someone who has cycled NYC streets for decades, I would not have envisioned years ago the lengths that NYC took in promoting bike-riding (from dedicated, sectioned-off bike lanes to the Citibikes initiative) ... but they took the plunge, made the streets safer for cyclists, and everyone wins. I don't expect the same level of actions from Jersey City, but, I would love to see it take even baby steps in this direction over then next couple of years.
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i see a lot of ambling people on bikes just cruising on the sidewalk around here and it's obvious it's a symptom of having zero bike infrastructure.


I think it's more a question of bike culture than infrastructure. Sure, exclusive bike lanes are awesome and Hoboken's are even comfy (I do use them and have seen other use them too), but they are not viable in many of our narrow streets. Still, that doesn't mean you get to ride on the sidewalk, or that you should squeeze against parked cars so that angry driver behind you can pass you and clip you on the way -- you take the lane. Most of those narrow streets have very low speed limits (25 mph) and dealing with a cyclist who forces you to slow down is one of the perks of living in a city like this. The suburbs have wider streets, higher speed limits, and less cyclists, so that's an option for those who want speed around town.

With the exception of young kids, nobody has any business riding on the sidewalk. Those who do so are afraid, don't know how to ride safely on the street, and not equipped to deal with the harassment from a--hole drivers. Even if the city made it "OK" to cruise at walking speeds on the sidewalk (what were they thinking????), as our population grows following the city's current high-density model, the only place for bikes is on the streets.

Tucson, AZ has a series of programs aimed at promoting "share the road" and street savviness for cyclist that would be worth adapting/replicating: http://bikeped.pima.gov/allsafetyclasses.html
(No corporate sponsors required).

Posted on: 2014/1/3 17:25
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Re: Jersey City cops file lawsuit against city, police chief
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What is easier to believe - (1) 4 cops first all got wind of some future reassignments (which may not have even been planned yet), then conspired to create some "set-up", investigated a staffer who they then tracked and laid in wait to give her a ticket, -- or -- (2) an arrogant staffer who thinks she is above the law.
I'll go with #2.

Posted on: 2013/12/31 19:54
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Re: PSE&G Scammers?
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If they are from another energy company .. then OK, it's the usual energy scammers making their rounds.
However, I'm more concerned if this is just a robbery set-up that has also popped up periodically. The scammers are usually not so insistent on coming into the house and usually they do have some type of ID -- also don't remember if they travel in pairs.

Too often, this type of set up results in the home owner being asked to get something from another room (old bills, etc..), while the pair pocket what they can ... or worse.

If they do come back, I would urge you to call the police. Warn your neighbors not to let them in. Unfortunately, "T'is the season".

Out of curiosity, what area do you live in?

Posted on: 2013/12/13 16:46
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Re: What's going there?
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Anyone know what is going up on Kennedy Blvd. between St. Pauls and 139 - right next to the school?
Had been an abandoned car lot for years. But, they are finally breaking ground there?

Posted on: 2013/12/13 16:39
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