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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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I didn't see $2.5/lb for octopus.
The place is clean, well stocked, and a great addition.




It might have been $3/lb, but was still very cheap. It was frozen and wrapped in one of the coolers, not on the fish counter itself.

The chicken hearts I'm sure of because I bought like a pound and a half, roasted them up, and sat on the couch with a bowl of them like popcorn sharing them with my dog.

Posted on: 4/26 10:45
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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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$2.50/lb octopus, $1.99/lb chicken hearts, a staggering array of frozen dumplings, and a dim sum bar? Be still my heart, this place rocks.

Moreover, when I went to ShopRite on Saturday to grab a bottle of wine, the grocery checkout lines were manageable, which is very rare for a Saturday afternoon, hopefully some of the excess capacity is making the drive over to 99 Ranch.

Posted on: 4/24 13:40
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Open gangway cars can increase capacity by 10% and then, with said open gangway cars, you can probably add an extra train car, maybe even two. If you can just walk into the next car, trains can be longer than the stations.

Posted on: 4/7 14:14
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Re: 18 Park?
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It's nice enough, finish levels are good, but the walls are absolutely paper thin and the hallways look like something out of a dystopian future.

Posted on: 4/3 12:28
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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The problem also is that the PA loses money on the PATH every year, even with growing ridership. So, they probably don't want to invest as the future returns are not there.

It's beyond me why an expensive expansion to EWR needs to happen. They have the AirTrain from NJT already. I just think adding a bunch of people with big suitcases (esp at rush hour) would make the overcrowding worse.

Separately but related - The PATH has been a disaster on weekend mornings lately, especially going to 33rd. Has anyone else noticed this? Last w/e, I eventually took the train to WTC and subway up to midtown since it didn't appear that any trains were going to 33rd at all after waiting close to 30 minutes.


This isn't a business, it's a public service. Making money isn't the point.

Posted on: 4/3 12:26
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Re: Green Party of the US - 2016 Presidential Candidate
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And, while we're at it - puppies for everyone! And free beer every Thursday! And replace cars with flying unicorns!

Jill Stein is a crazy person who believes in homeopathy and believes that Wi-Fi is frying our brains. Her candidacy simply shows how wacko the Greens are.

Posted on: 2016/10/3 12:28
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Re: UNION REPUBLIC
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Ugh indeed. They were great, service was always mediocre, though, and it was just too far away from the crowds, I guess?

Posted on: 2016/9/7 17:06
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Re: Dullboy for sale
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or they're places like alex's, which are trash


I don't get that hate. If I don't want a coal oven / fresh mozz style pizza like Rustique, I tend to order from Alex's. Their sauteed Rabe is good as well. Haven't gone into the rest of their food, though, but it seems like a standard, solid pizza place to me.

Posted on: 2016/8/23 14:01
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Re: Dullboy for sale
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You do you, but I'll pass on the liquor license/lease that's dependent on courting the wanderer demographic.


This is all such an asinine argument. Dullboy is busy most weekdays and packed most weekends. Orale is also packed most days. The only reason the other restaurants on that block aren't crowded is because they're takeout/delivery places.

Posted on: 2016/8/22 10:15
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Re: Monty's Public House
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The problem with Raval is that the menu is limited and boring. The original menu was at least a bit less limited (still boring) but overpriced. If you don't like paella, it seems tough to have a full meal there. I see no barrier to a tapas place that actually has a full tapas menu with some interesting dishes succeeding in the area.

Posted on: 2016/8/15 14:58
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I guess we should look on the bright side - if this latest play pen for Manhattan's 1%'ers is a success, maybe the Calatrava money pit won't be as big a fiasco, and further drag down PATH with it!


Probably just as much a play for the tourist swarm. What better way to honor the memorial and those who died in the 9/11 attacks than to buy some Ferragamo loafers!

Posted on: 2016/8/11 13:18
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Re: Where to buy a blow-up bed?
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Target? Amazon same-day?

Posted on: 2016/8/11 10:53
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Re: Rainbow to be replaced by Hoboken restaurant group responsible for 1 Republik
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Sigh... just what we need is yet another Bar. How about something we don't have...like a real Mediterranean Restaurant or a real Japanese-owned restaurant (enough of the asian fusion places). I would like anything that would be good for a more diverse group other than just sports minded people.


Rumi is great and the spot is waaaaaay too big for a sushi restaurant.


I was going to say the same... DTJC definitely has a great Mediterranean restaurant in Rumi. Or, for a quick bite or take out, there is Gipsy Grill which is hands down one of the cheapest lunch spots in all of DTJC.


I wouldn't mind a good Greek restaurant. Somewhere I could get my grilled octopus and retsina on. There are some very large tavernas in Astoria, but JC would not support a huge one. Too bad It's Greek to Me was vile.


Much of their food is just okay, but the grilled octopus at Battelo is really good. Looks good at Dolma, too, I haven't been, yet, though.

Posted on: 2016/8/10 15:57
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Why would you think the PA will complete this project by the stated deadline? Call me jaded, but I am very much inclined to believe this will continue well into 2017. But, I guess time will tell.


I sure hope so. The increased frequency of WTC trains, along with the new WTC station, Fulton Center, etc, is super convenient... and I'm usually going to 14th or 33rd St. Sure, it costs a MetroCard swipe more, but it's faster to some places since there's no stop in Hoboken.

Posted on: 2016/8/10 14:39
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Re: Rainbow to be replaced by Hoboken restaurant group responsible for 1 Republik
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Sigh... just what we need is yet another Bar. How about something we don't have...like a real Mediterranean Restaurant or a real Japanese-owned restaurant (enough of the asian fusion places). I would like anything that would be good for a more diverse group other than just sports minded people.


Rumi is great and the spot is waaaaaay too big for a sushi restaurant.

Posted on: 2016/8/10 13:25
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Re: Rainbow to be replaced by Hoboken restaurant group responsible for 1 Republik
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This is really lame. That end of Newark Ave is becoming pretty shameful. It brings the exact element seen in Hoboken. It's not a good element.

BTW, why is Republik spelled with a K like that?


Oh come on. That store is gigantic, what else could it really be than a big sports bar/lounge thingy? JC can support places like that *as well as* places like Pet Shop and The Archer.

Posted on: 2016/8/5 12:01
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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They are replacing the gigantic parking lot that currently exists with a parking garage on top of a Whole Foods and people are still whining? I guarantee that this was a requirement by the residents of Metropolis Towers - it's not like they're going to agree to a redevelopment plan that gets rid of their parking spaces permanently.

Posted on: 2016/7/14 9:44
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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is there an easy connection between PATH and 1 trains, like the one that existed before 9/11?


Not yet, they haven't finished rebuilding the Cortlandt St. station yet. When they do, it should be an easy transfer.

Posted on: 2016/6/13 10:06
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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At least we have a $4,000,000,000 dino carcass to arrive in!

Posted on: 2016/6/10 10:10
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Re: The Draper
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Well.... that was a short lived experiment. Brian has done great in JC all these years. I wonder what went wrong this time. The Gastropub was actually pretty good, and it seemed like a good fit for the neighborhood, certainly better than when it was York Street Tavern, which was also fun (and great for cheap, happy hour) but probably not the best of neighborhood fixtures. Kinda sad to see that space go bust.


Gastropub had good food, but the drinks were terrible, and when they reopened as The Draper, the drinks didn't improve. I suspect that they tried to operate a cocktail bar without the expert in mixology needed to actually stand out as such. Archer had Natalie Jacob, Dullboy had the guys from The Garrett...

Posted on: 2016/6/8 14:01
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Re: Jersey City to JFK and LGA
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Thanks for the responses.

Call me a wuss, but I have an innate fear of getting lost or confused with connecting to the airtrain or messing with busses. It's been 2 forevers since I lived in NYC and am no longer familiar with mass transit except for subways and some busses. My fear is that I'll miss the flight.

Otoh, I like the idea of taking the PATH to the city and then a taxi. Then again, the fare is fixed to JFK at $52 which means about $60 with tip.

I was hoping to find a convenient shuttle. Anyway, I think I'll book the best flight regardless of airports and hope to figure out the best way to get there without getting lost.

I could take EWR, but that means connecting flights and a minimum of 13 hours from A to B.


I mean, if you have a "fear" of connecting from the PATH train to the LIRR, I don't understand how you live your life on a day to day basis.

Also, if you're worried about missing your flight, trains and subways are far more reliable (even if they take longer on average) than traffic through the East River crossings, which can throw an hour or more randomly into your trip due to an accident, not to mention the BQE.

bodipooh's suggestions are exactly right, although personally, I prefer to grab an $8 Uber at the Roosevelt St stop to avoid dealing with the Q70, but that's just due to an illogical aversion to buses.

Posted on: 2016/6/3 10:26
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Re: Underground Passageway linking PATH to Fulton Center Opens Today (May 26, 2016)
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I believe they are planning direct connections to the 1/E/R. Those parts are very behind schedule, mostly because there was a big dispute between PA and MTA as to who would actually pay and do the work, which lasted years. Turns out MTA is responsible for the buildout and construction, so it's on them as to when those things will open up.


They are, and remember that the WTC E station is connected underground to the Park Place A/C/2/3. When that opens, it will assuredly be faster and easier than going above ground.

Posted on: 2016/5/26 13:26
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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I was hoping there would be more of a redevelopment of the site. I always thought WF would occupy a base of one of the new towers going up around town. Why have a stand alone store in what basically will be a strip mall.


Hope what you want - it's a co-op. The idea that the shareholders would be willing to be homeless for a decade while they completely redevelop the site is absurd, no matter what sort of money they'd be making. Getting rid of the parking lot and replacing it with a garage and ground floor retail is the best we could hope for, and having a Whole Foods be part of it is even better than what we could have reasonably hoped for.

Posted on: 2016/5/6 11:34
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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How would any self-respecting real estate agent agree to list this place at such an absurd price?


The listing agent has a long and successful track record in DTJC, particularly in the higher end of the market. No, I don't work with her or know her on a personal level, but I am familiar with her work.

That said, I was a bit taken aback when I saw the location, too. I was expecting Crystal Pointe at that price.


It's mediocre now, but will probably be one of the better places to live in JC in 5-10 years. That stretch of Marin will be totally transformed by the new high rises, and it will probably take a bit longer to finish the ShopRite conversion, it will cease to be the blight it now is and will have both significant green space and lots of street-level retail.

Now, of course, it's still probably overpriced, since nearly $1k/sqft is very high for Waldo (or most places in JC), but it's not as insane as some are making it out to be.


Agreed on most points. But, one quibble: $1K/sf is definitely too high for Waldo Lofts. That's a building that hasn't aged all that well. I recently saw some units in there and the common areas and hallways make the place look decidedly dated. $1k/sf is the going rate at The Oakman. But, that is going to be a MUCH NICER building that Waldo Lofts, with much better amenities and the units will have nicer finishes and much more upscale details.



Agreed that the hallways are due for a refresh (I think the lobby is quite nice), but the unit in question has been upgraded like crazy. Other than a couple of outdated features, that is a very high-end renovation (just look at the doors, the bathrooms, that closet, the fireplace, all really high quality stuff) which is nearly assuredly well above the Oakman's standard finishes. And the 22-ish foot high living room definitely adds to the value pretty seriously.

There are obviously more amenities at the Oakman, but a lot of people don't really *want* a doorman. I find it awkward. Sure, a common roof deck/pool would be nice, though, but tends to add significantly to the common charges. I wonder if the Oakman has a direct-access garage. Having lived in a lobby-access garage before, the difference in convenience between the two is massive.

And, despite a lot of positives, the Oakman is falling into the whole tiny-living-room trap that a lot of newer buildings fall into. I want my bedrooms tiny, and a huge living room for, well, living.

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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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How would any self-respecting real estate agent agree to list this place at such an absurd price?


The listing agent has a long and successful track record in DTJC, particularly in the higher end of the market. No, I don't work with her or know her on a personal level, but I am familiar with her work.

That said, I was a bit taken aback when I saw the location, too. I was expecting Crystal Pointe at that price.


It's mediocre now, but will probably be one of the better places to live in JC in 5-10 years. That stretch of Marin will be totally transformed by the new high rises, and it will probably take a bit longer to finish the ShopRite conversion, it will cease to be the blight it now is and will have both significant green space and lots of street-level retail.

Now, of course, it's still probably overpriced, since nearly $1k/sqft is very high for Waldo (or most places in JC), but it's not as insane as some are making it out to be.

Posted on: 2016/4/14 13:15
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Re: Is Jersey City Real Estate in a bubble?
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I mean, it's probably priced over, but it's enormous, duplexed, and that finish level is absurdly high. They must have put at nearly $1M into that renovation. Any $1.7m 3/3 in Manhattan with that square footage is either waaaaaaay North or waaaaaay LES/Chinatown, and would cost at least another $1M+ to get to that level of finish ($400/sqft is actually probably LOW for that level of work in Manhattan).

Posted on: 2016/4/14 11:41
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Re: free public wifi
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Not sure how "piggy-backing" would work here. It is an infrastructure project and a question of if the company is willing to complete the project and maintain the network for the money the city is willing to pay. Either way, there is no "free lunch" here and nothing NYC did is likely to make it cheaper for Jersey City to build a similar network.

In terms of whether it would be worth it - how many people are there that do not have access to either good cell data service or that wouldn't just go in a cafe, pretty much all of which have free wifi? What are the real use cases here? Would this be seen as a way of providing poorer residents with an internet connection? What happens if some people decide to use it that way and would the network be reduced to dail-up speeds? Who is going to evaluate the data security of the network?

Just points to think about.


The main point is that NYC is paying the operators of LinkNYC exactly $0 for installing and operating them. They are being paid for by advertisements on the sides. As JC has nowhere near the pedestrian traffic as Manhattan, the advertising revenues would be minuscule comparatively, making the economics totally different.

Posted on: 2016/3/21 12:23
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Re: Hamilton PORK
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Dinosaur's is really good BBQ. Their original location in Syracuse is a most-visit for 'cue aficionados. Their Rochester location is money, as well. The stuff they make at the restaurant is Texas style: smoked, with a dry rub. And, brisket reigns supreme. The location in Newark is OK, but not great. I much prefer the one in Harlem.


I guess I've only been to the Newark one, but have been super unimpressed with their BBQ. Their sauces are above average, good even, but their rub isn't very good and their meats have little smoke flavor.

Compared to Hill Country, Mighty Quinn's, Delaney... it's not even close.

Posted on: 2016/3/8 16:23
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Re: A casino in Jersey City? Venture capitalist wants to make it happen
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Sure, why not a casino? They've worked out so well in Atlantic City.

Does anyone really still believe that casinos are good for anyone except the guys with their hand in the till?


I mean, Atlantic City was a casino town for the car era. It's a pain to get to/from unless you're going for a weekend. It's why Macau grew so quickly during the Chinese boom - it was a very short trip from Hong Kong. A high-end JC casino would get a huge amount of traffic from visitors to Manhattan, and it would probably provide free 24/7 ferry service to get them here.

Posted on: 2016/3/8 16:19
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Re: ATM's with $100 bills
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Not aware of any in JC proper, but I know some TD Banks have really awesome ATMs now that let you pick your own combination of $100s, $50s, $20s, $5s, and $1s. So much easier to take out a useful $500 with 5 $20s, 2 $50s, 3 $100s than dealing with a massive stack of $20s that are uncomfortable in my pocket.

I go to the one on 23rd and 7th and hop on the PATH, but that's not exactly convenient if you already aren't in Manhattan.

Posted on: 2016/3/8 16:12
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