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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Not sure about this. We live in McGinley Square, a good 15 minute walk from the JSQ Path. Between Uber, ZipCar (the ones housed at The Beacon), Amazon, and Fresh Direct, we have yet to see the cost benefit of owning a car and paying for parking, gas. But my husband and I really enjoy walking and we don't have small children.


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I lived in the bubble of downtown for over 15 years before moving out of the downtown area. I too believed cars were unnecessary in JC. I carried groceries home on foot, had places like Lee's and Tender Shoot for smaller needs, and restaurants all around (well, at least for the last 5 years). I had zipcar for the times I needed to get more than I could carry, or for the occasional trips to Ikea/Target etc.
Earlier this year, I moved out of Downtown. I'm still under a 15 min walk to the JSQ PATH for my work commute, but you know what? There is no zipcar within walking distance to my place now. There is no grocery store, no place to get kitty litter. Yes, I can order online, but that gets old and complicated with waiting for deliveries around my work schedule/how my building is set up (delivery drivers don't use the intercom!). I cannot get to the farmer's market at the PATH station before it's packed up due to my work hours. There's a whole number of reasons I recently caved and got a car. Thankfully, my building has parking. My plan was to rent my space, but after a few months, I realized that I could really use a car.
If you think you don't need a car in ALL areas of JC, you must live in the bubble of the downtown, where yeah, you totally don't need a car.

But Perrine Ave is not like downtown, and until there are grocery stores, produce markets and/or other amenities in the neighborhood, some people will have cars there.

Posted on: 2016/12/10 17:39
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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With ZipCar membership and in walking distance to the Path, we've never needed our own car.

Posted on: 2016/12/9 23:42
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Re: Large Explosion in Chelsea - 135 W. 23rd - Dumpster Destroyed
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Waiting to collect facts before making an official pronouncement regarding cause is the responsibility of all public officials. While private citizens can speculate all they want, we hold elected officials to a higher standard. Waiting for facts doesn't mean justice isn't being served. It's called not being reckless.

Posted on: 2016/9/18 22:02
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Re: Large Explosion in Chelsea - 135 W. 23rd - Dumpster Destroyed
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Historically, the term 'terrorism' refers to a deadly act done in the name of political, racial, or religious ideology. A large-scale killing perpetuated for the sake of violence is not the same thing as terrorism, although both are reprehensible and both cause terror.

For this reason, it is customary for most officials to wait to label it until a motive is established.

It is fine to dispute the need for such distinctions, but you can't pretend that this distinction doesn't exist.

Personally, I don't see the harm in waiting to make pronouncements until more information is available. It's not as if every lead won't be examined, etc. To me, this just shows prudence and level-headedness on the part of authorities.




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We don't have a clue who did it, but Comrade de Blasio has no clue if he's saying that there is no link to terrorism. It may not be Muslims, or some right or left wing nutjob, but it was meant to cause terror.


I thought the same thing... on the one hand he states in no uncertain terms that the device and explosion were on purpose, but then goes on to deny it has any links to terrorism. I don't think he understands the meaning of that word. Perhaps he meant to say that there is no known link to terrorist organizations, or Islamic terrorism, but a premeditated bomb explosion is terrorism, no ifs or buts about it.

Posted on: 2016/9/18 21:36
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Re: The Beacon
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And I *just* noticed today a new coffee shop on the corner of Bergen and Duncan called Harry Street Coffee. It has a very cool vibe.

https://www.facebook.com/harrystreetcoffee/

Posted on: 2015/12/30 19:45
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Re: The Beacon
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My husband and I bought a McGinley Square condo in 2013, and there have been slow, but visible improvements to the area.

Just a few years ago, several of the pedestrian lights were perpetually broken on Bergen. In the last 12 months, these have been replaced, and major work has been done to the streets/sidewalk along Bergen Ave. I'm also heartened by the attractive renovation of Boyd McGuiness park.

I wish the pace were faster, but I do feel like things are moving in the right direction.

Best of luck with your new place!

Posted on: 2015/12/30 14:48
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Re: Letter: Hamilton Park music events too loud for nearby residents
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The Journal Square farmer's market now plays loud music, which in my mind changes the entire mood of the market. This music, in addition to being tacky, just adds needless noise. Cities have so many unavoidable noises, but blaring sound systems are a choice.

I realize there are more serious/pressing issues to confront in JC, but regulating loud music played in public spaces is such an easy problem to fix.

Posted on: 2015/10/1 2:07
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Re: Shelly's Market - Bergen Avenue - closed?
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I see they took down the Shelly's sign last week, does anyone know if the building has been sold? Would love to see something new move in.

Posted on: 2015/9/29 1:03
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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Aren't real estate increases in places like Queens, Brooklyn, Jersey City partly reflective of people moving out of the suburbs and into urban areas? Jobs are now predominately in cities, and increasingly, this is where young professionals want to build their lives: http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/ ... e-suburban-exodus/359714/

As long as this trend continues (and the market isn't completely flooded with new housing stock), it's hard to imagine a serious real estate bubble in NYC and its environs.

Posted on: 2015/7/25 18:23
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Re: Anti-gentrification activist
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No, we both moved from other cities with even higher real estate prices today (Boston + London).

Posted on: 2015/6/13 22:37
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Re: Anti-gentrification activist
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My husband & I purchased here in 2013, after being priced out of Brooklyn. Of course we would have wanted to buy in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where we had been happily renting for years. But because of life decisions we made (neither one of us works on Wall Street or in the NYC tech scene, for instance) we simply could not afford to purchase an apartment in our beloved Brooklyn. We were sad about this, but realized it was an inevitable development. We didn't resent the wealthy individuals who could afford to live in the most desirable neighborhoods. Envious? Sure. But the apartments they purchased were rightfully theirs, and we didn't feel like we had a "right" to live there in place of them.

Personally, I'm less concerned with displacement, having been displaced myself and found a reasonable alternative. I'm more interested in seeing that a city or neighborhood develops with intention and foresight. Cities can reach a saturation point, when too much wealth and commercialization, combined with unimaginative zoning (strip malls, casinos) will seriously diminish the vibrancy of a place. I don't think JC is anywhere near this point, but it is something to watch out for.

Posted on: 2015/6/13 22:18
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Re: Coming Soon - Carvao BBQ in McGinly Square
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Agreed. I cringe when I see TV screens in bars or restaurants. It is certainly not a draw for me or my friends, even though I love BBQ.

That said, I am excited for new establishments in McGinley Square, and welcome this addition!

(As as an ex-Brooklynite, I selfishly hope that JC restaurant/bar owners scope out the kind of places that are doing so well in Brooklyn, i.e. spaces not catering to lowest common denominator.)

Posted on: 2015/4/26 14:37
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Re: Know Your Public Question Position for Tomorrow's Election - Here's Help
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Your response here makes it sound like voting "yes" on #2 is a vote to raise taxes on businesses, but I don't believe that's true.

My understanding is that the amendment is about allocating taxes already collected, and the increase is only 2%

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news ... allot-questions/17958273/

"The Constitution now dedicates four percent of the money collected from the Corporation Business Tax to help pay for some environmental programs. This amendment raises the amount from four percent to six percent beginning on July 1, 2019. It also changes the amounts allocated to some of the programs funded by the existing dedication beginning on July 1, 2015.

The money from the new dedication would be used: (1) to preserve and care for open space (Green Acres), farmland, historic sites, and flood-prone areas (Blue Acres); (2) to improve water quality; (3) to pay for polluted site cleanups; and (4) for underground tank removal and cleanup.

Lastly, the amendment requires that money received from leases and certain other uses of State-owned preserved open space be used to pay for open space, farmland, and historic preservation."

Posted on: 2014/11/3 20:44
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Jersey City man deals drugs twice in same week: police
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How is someone caught with 30 bags of heroin allowed back on the street the next day?? And then out on bail after the second arrest?

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... arrested_for_selling.html
By Patrick McGovern | The Jersey Journal
on August 08, 2014

A Jersey City man is accused of dealing heroin just two days after being caught for the same offense, according to police.

Conrad Mack, 53, of Communipaw Avenue, is charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy, distribution within 1000 feet of school property, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

On July 30, Mack was caught by police with 30 small plastic bags containing what is suspected to be heroin, according to a criminal complaint. Mack was caught with the suspected drugs within 1,000 feet of Snyder High School, police said.

Then, just two days later on Aug. 1, Mack was nabbed selling drugs with a partner, Kearney Powell, 44, of Carteret Avenue in Jersey City, according to the complaint. They were caught selling suspected drugs within 1000 feet of School 29, according to police.

Powell is charged with possession with intent to distribute, distribution within 1000 feet of school property, and conspiracy.

Mack and Powell, both out on bail, appeared before Judge Kelly Austin in Central Judicial Processing court in Jersey City yesterday.

Posted on: 2014/8/9 13:08
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Re: How can JC become the best mid-sized city in the US?
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Agreed--but not only parental involvement in their children's education, but in their entire upbringing.

Posted on: 2014/8/3 15:32
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Re: How can JC become the best mid-sized city in the US?
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Great public schools. My friends/colleagues with children won't even consider moving to JC because the schools have such a terrible reputation.

Once we have a family, my husband and I will leave JC too. Unless there's a big improvement in the next 5 years....

This is a huge problem for the city.

Posted on: 2014/8/3 15:04
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Re: Jersey City Artist Initiative
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Great idea!

Posted on: 2014/7/20 22:28
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Re: Korean restaurant
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Yes definitely! My husband and I love Korean food.

[Also, please consider opening in McGinley/Journal Square :) We're frustrated by how few restaurants are here, even with the sizable commuter population everyday on the Path. There is a growing population of professionals here who don't shop at dollar stores and 7-elevens.]

Best of luck with your venture, and let us know if you open something!


Posted on: 2014/7/18 14:21
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Re: Noisy City
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Having just moved to McGinley Square, I find it totally perplexing that stores on Bergen are allowed to blast music all day on the street with external speakers. I pass two of these on the way to the JS Path--I think one is a dollar store and the other sells phones.

Is it legal to have store speakers on the street like this? It certainly doesn't help the mood of those blocks.

Posted on: 2014/2/18 1:45
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Re: Wall St. Journal story today on Fulop JC Rebrand attempt
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It was a NY Times article about a year ago on Fulop's efforts at rebranding that made my husband and I consider JC as a place to buy. Before that, as Brooklynites, JC wasn't even on our radar—we were looking at Co-ops in Ditmas Park and Jackson Heights.

So I speak from experience: the recent media attention is attracting young NYC professionals (in our case artists/academics) to search beyond the 5 boroughs.

Posted on: 2014/1/26 19:38
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Re: Cable and internet options
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**update** We did decide to close our Comcast account and switch to Fios. I have to say that Comcast customer support was great and didn't charge us a thing because they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. We had Fios installed yesterday, and we now get perfect WiFi coverage in every room. The Fios package will be a good $20 a month more, but (in our apartment) the difference in WiFi service is night and day.

Posted on: 2014/1/25 13:24
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Re: Cable and internet options
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We've had Comcast Xfinity for a week (we just moved to JC) and we're thinking about canceling our subscription. We have their internet package, but we can only get Wifi if our laptop is literally adjacent to the modem/router. We've had 3 technicians come out in the last week, and they've tried swapping out the modem, etc.

At this point the only feedback they can give us is that there is some interference in the building out of their control.

I think we were spoiled in Brooklyn with Time Warner which was super fast and reliable--although at the time I thought the price was just ridiculous.

Should I make the switch to Fios? I'm willing to pay a bit more if it means reliable Wifi.

Posted on: 2014/1/19 14:06
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Re: Moving to Journal/McGinley Square
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Thanks for the warm welcome and very useful advice everyone!

Posted on: 2014/1/5 15:19
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Re: Wood Floor Repair - Not Refinish/Sanding
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Would be very grateful for a recommendation too. Thanks so much!

Posted on: 2014/1/5 15:16
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Re: Moving to Journal/McGinley Square
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Thank you for these tips!

Posted on: 2013/12/23 14:27
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Moving to Journal/McGinley Square
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Hello JC Residents-

My husband and I have just purchased a 2-bedroom pre-war unit in Journal/McGinley Square. [We were priced out of Brooklyn--we've been renting in Fort Greene--and felt our money went further in JC than most parts of Queens. We're pretty thrilled with our apartment, which feels palatial to us!]

I'm wondering if anyone here can recommend food stores or delis with fresh produce? A hidden bakery we've overlooked? We're prepared to rely heavily on C Town and Fresh Direct, but I wanted to see if there were other options.

Thanks in advance!




Posted on: 2013/12/22 22:14
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