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BGT Enterprises bringing "peace & prosperity" by closing a business
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this was the subject of a very lively discussion on BGT's facebook page (some of the most condemnatory posts seem to have been removed), but am surprised it hasn't hit jclist yet

as I was walking my dog last week on 2nd street, I saw a large professionally printed banner on the Latin Lounge building, took a picture of it but don't know how to upload it here. this is what it said:

"Peace and Prosperity Returns to the Village,
Latin Lounge closed!
Brought to you by BGT Enterprises"

clearly someone at BGT gave enough thought about this to spend money to have it printed up and hung, but not enough thought about how it was going to be look to a lot of people. Racist? Smug? Weird?

I only went into Latin Lounge a few times, and found it to be a fun, normal bar. Though I can understand not wanting to live next to any kind of bar, there were no celebratory banners posted when the Lamp Post across the street from Latin Lounge closed down. I was really shocked to see it.

BGT apologized after getting hammered on facebook and took the banner down.

Not sure what is going to replace the Latin Lounge, but probably a large apartment building, since that's what's becoming the norm in the Village.

Posted on: 4/10 10:06
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Re: Midnight Market down on the water front last night....
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I question anyone who feels "ripped off" by an outlay of $5.

It was really crowded, and there were lines, but if you got there early, like my friends and I did, then there was a lot of great food. And clearly the turnout shows that there is a huge interest in having a low-cost, fun gathering place.

Even when we were on line the atmosphere was still fun, with lots of conversations and music that wasn't too loud.

This is an incredibly promising enterprise, and all of the problems seem very solvable. The organizers just need to allow for many more thousands of people, and the food vendors need to figure out how to serve quickly and at high volume.

I am really looking forward to the next one - it should be even better.


Posted on: 2016/11/7 19:26
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Masterplan meeting at City Hall tonight
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Am surprised I haven't seen more talk about this on JC List. But maybe I am not looking in the right place.

Am not sure I can make it to City Hall tonight. If anyone goes, can they please post a report?

http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/masterplan/

Posted on: 2016/9/15 17:11
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Re: Will David Bowie mural grace side of Jersey City building?
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what building is this? what neighborhood?

Posted on: 2016/5/8 15:39
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Re: We need your help in the village!
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Quote:

Tino wrote:
The developers presented on this project at the Village Neighborhood Association a few months back and while the lawyer for the developer was obnoxious and rather douchy, the reaction from the people who live across the street from the property was so over-the-top, so NIMBY, so embarrassing, there is no way to take the opposition to this project seriously.


So: douchy on one side trumps embarrassing on the other side?

Did any of the sides make any valid or convincing factual arguments at the meeting? I wasn't there, so I can't evaluate the level of embarrassment versus douchyness, but in most cases I find I am generally anti-douche.

Posted on: 2016/4/6 9:04
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Re: proposal for changing R1 zoning to R5 in Downtown JC
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I wasn't able to go to the meeting. Does anyone have a report?

Posted on: 2016/3/11 11:44
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Re: Serious accident on Newark Ave near 4th/5th Streets
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Saw this last night. No one seemed to be hurt. Amazingly, the car landed upside-down in the street a couple of feet away from a group of parked cars, which didn't get a scratch.

The fire department had the car righted and hauled away within about an hour and everything swept up.

Posted on: 2016/1/30 9:09
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Re: what's the status of White Eagle Hall?
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Have walked by several times in the last few months and definitely saw signs of construction work going on

Madame Claude's sign has been installed on the 4th Street side, behind the White Eagle, so that's progress

Posted on: 2016/1/7 19:21
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Re: NY Times: Searching for the Best Bar Burgers in New Jersey
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the burger at The Kitchen at Grove Station!
best I've had in JC

Posted on: 2015/12/17 14:22
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Re: Jersey City announces plan to plant 2,020 trees citywide by year 2020
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While 2,020 trees is obviously better than none, I can't help but compare the effort to NYC's which just finished Mike Bloomberg's promise of 1 million trees, two years ahead of schedule.

NYC is much bigger than JC, but even a pledge of 20,200 trees would put us well behind New York's levels.


Posted on: 2015/10/24 15:21
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Re: fighting to keep existing height and density zoning in The Village
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a 45 unit building is asking for variances, and we are just hearing about it hours before that happens? really?

is it that they think they don't need to inform us, or that they don't want us to be informed?

Posted on: 2015/10/13 13:49
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Re: Carrino Provisions
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Quote:

MikeyTBC wrote:
Quote:

VillageIdiot wrote:
I heard that they are turning the whole space into a restaurant - maybe a sports bar.


yup, username checks out.


You are so right! I *am* an idiot! Somehow I clicked onto a previous page, thought the last posting was still speculating as to whether or not Carrino Provisions was going away.

To quote the great Rick Perry, "oops."

Posted on: 2015/9/25 16:25
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Re: Carrino Provisions
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I heard that they are turning the whole space into a restaurant - maybe a sports bar.

Posted on: 2015/9/25 15:25
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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yeah, from what I understand, they can give height variances if they fit with the character of the neighborhood, and now that the character of the neighborhood has changed...why would any future developer pass up the opportunity to maximize their profit?

Posted on: 2015/6/19 11:09
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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I thought I could be there tonight, but now I have to work late and won't make it.

Fight the good fight, Erobinsonh! And let us know how it works out.

Posted on: 2015/6/18 14:13
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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My understanding is that variances are granted when there are real physical problems with the development, so I think a variance for providing 50 parking spaces on that triangular piece of land is probably legitimate. Though I have to wonder where everyone is going to park, and there will be dozens of people moving into this building who will have cars.

But you can't ask for a variance just because you want to make more money.

And I don't think that the city should be in the business of giving out extra floors just for because the building looks nice. It might have looked even nicer at 12 stories!

Posted on: 2015/6/15 18:54
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Re: the game of escalating variances in The Village
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I like the architecture of the Chrysler Building, but I wouldn't want it in the Village. But if they want to build it on the waterfront, I'm all for that.

I'm okay with this design of the building, but I don't think something that is twice as tall as the buildings around it will blend in with the rest of the Village.

Posted on: 2015/6/15 14:41
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Re: fighting to keep existing height and density zoning in The Village
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I moved to the Village because it was a funky, interesting neighborhood, with a great mix of people who actually talk to each other, not the kind of alienating existence that people lead in huge tall buildings -- and I used to be one of them.

The one thing I don't really like is that it can be tough to find a parking space, and if a whole lot more people move in, I hope they don't bring too many cars with them.

I am happy to show up at the meeting tomorrow -- where exactly is it? -- though I am not sure what I can bring to the discussion other than an antipathy towards the idea of this building.

Posted on: 2015/4/15 18:30
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