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Re: Newark ave new lane marking near cemetary entrance
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Cops were parked in the new zones and cones were placed along the swerve lines this morning. What exactly are they repairing or building there to do warrant this change to normal traffic?

Posted on: 2017/12/6 9:49
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Hazzuh! I called the Tax Assessor's office and spoke to a very nice woman who gave me this website: http://asinj.com/revaluation.asp?p=current&id=359

Type in your address to see if your property is colored in, indicating it has been inspected. Obviously if it is colored in and you had no idea it had been inspected, that's bad and you should call the asinj company. For those of us not yet colored in, I was told to sit tight.Quote:

iGreg wrote:
2017 Reval Info

Posted on: 9/27 9:30
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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JSQ here. My building was inspected yesterday.


Seconded. I'm eastern side of JSQ and got mine yesterday too.


Did you guys get notifications beforehand, or they just rang your doorbell?

Posted on: 9/24 9:35
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Where are these inspected properties? I live in Journal Square and haven't gotten any postcards or updates regarding the re-eval and as far as I know, no one in my building has been inspected yet. What's the timeline to inspect Journal Square?Quote:

AMo wrote:
Here's the latest from the state.

Approximately 50% of properties have been inspected. The work should be completed within the next few months.

Preliminary assessments will likely go out in February. Property owners will have a period to informally challenge the assessment. The final tax list will be published by March 15th. If one doesn't like that number, they can file a formal appeal within 45 days. (Double check on this.)

Posted on: 9/22 8:55
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Re: Woman dies falling off escalator inside famed World Trade Center Oculus while reaching to grab hat
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Oh no, this is sad. Some reports online report this was a suicide attempt... Jumping in front of trains, jumping from highrises, now jumping from the Occulus...

http://nypost.com/2017/08/01/man-plummets-from-oculus-balcony/

Posted on: 8/2 9:10
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Re: Street Sweeping ???
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Haggis wrote:
We saw the lady in the golf cart writing tickets to cars that were not moved btwn 1-3 today on our block, but there was no sweeper or road work being done..


I saw this in JSQ area once as well. Shameless.

Posted on: 6/27 8:57
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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bodhipooh wrote:
That article is being bandied about on the NextDoor site. The article is poorly written in that critical facts were left out of the narrative. Before getting all riled up, look at the facts. The taxes did not rise 111% because of the appraisal errors. The guy is looking for sympathy based on half truths.


What is incredibly frustrating is how the reporter absolutely sticks by her misreporting despite multiple comments stating that this story is bullcrap. She keeps insisting that the owner was bamboozled because of an incorrect bathroom/bedroom count--however, multiple people have sourced the original MLS sheet showing 6 bedrooms as well as the owner's OWN for rent listing showing 6 bedrooms. She completely ignores his purchase price. I would bet good money that the house is not 1500 sq ft as he claimed, anyone with eyes can see that. Several comments have calculated square foot based on Google Earth/dug up property records that show around 2600 sq ft. I could go on and on.

The article and journalist either have an agenda... or are incredibly dense. Neither of which is good in media.

Posted on: 3/21 21:43
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Re: Registration/School
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No there is nothing you can do. There are caps on class size. Once the cap is reached, there is a lottery for the remaining spots (minus sibling spots, etc). You will find out in June once registration completes and any applicable lotteries are held which location your son will attend.

Posted on: 2/24 13:50
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Re: Woman dies falling off escalator inside famed World Trade Center Oculus while reaching to grab hat
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dtjcview wrote:
When you die, your student debt goes with you. It's not inherited. What am I missing?


Private co-signed loans are not automatically forgiven, depends on the company and fine print of each individual loan. Cosigned government loans are automatically forgiven.

Posted on: 2/14 9:10
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Re: Woman dies falling off escalator inside famed World Trade Center Oculus while reaching to grab hat
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Federal loans automatically discharge... Even if they were private loans, the family has galls I'll give them that. If it were me, I would go dig a hole and hide from embarrassment.

It just gets dumber and dumber. I hope the security guy doesn't feel bad. What, was he suppose to shut down the entire elevator and his post for 30 or 60 min to retrieve a hat?

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/m ... -plunge-article-1.2971732

Posted on: 2/14 6:19
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Re: Learning Community Charter School
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Honestly, my wife paid more attention than me to the kvetching and that was her opinion. There was some bizarre stuff like not letting kids carry full size backpacks around school, but sports were expanded and an attempt was made at math tracking. The school is remarkably successful given what a wide demographic it serves, both in ethnicity and income.

There's a lot of outcomes you expect, kids from educated parents do well, but a lot of kids from less wealthy but striving homes also do well. The school put great effort into steering parents through the HS application process for both magnet and private schools so kids can avoid the worst of the JC high schools.

Another thing to keep in mind is that wherever your kid attends K-4, you can apply to the AEP accelerated middle school programs at MS4 and Academy 1. What's interesting is that only half of those picked kids get into McNair, while usually at least 25% of LCCS's lottery chosen kids do.


Thanks. RE McNair, how much of that is due to the racial quotas suppressing the Academy I results? Can you talk about the fundraising complaints I see online? What are the fundraising obligations that people are so up in arms about and how much worse are they than other schools?

Posted on: 1/26 12:32
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Re: Learning Community Charter School
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Amen. LCCS punches way above it's weight getting kids into the magnet schools. My kids had a great experience, both are in McNair. There's a lot of politics and "empowered moms" behind the disgruntlement. Fact is some things changed, and many of the changes were for the better.


Brewster, can you elaborate on the empowered moms and disgruntlement?

I find that review sites for charter/private schools are inherently biased and no sites seem to have recent reviews across all schools. Your posts are always fair and well-informed, so very interested in your take on LCCS and any other JC schools you have knowledge about.

Posted on: 1/26 10:45
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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yorkster wrote:
So, I was just informed by the insurance company that the car was recovered yesterday. I would have expected at least a courtesy call by JCPD to inform me rather I got attitude when I inquired with them as if it was my fault the car was stolen. Then they proceeded to inform me that my car is being held as evidence because it was involved in a shooting. Seriously...WTF? They proceeded to tell me that Hudson County Prosecutors Office will reach out to me once they are ready to release the vehicle (no time table provided). Not sure if I want the car back now. I have a feeling this is going to be a long process.

As a side note, any one know where I can find information of the shooting incident? I did a quick Google search but did not find anything.


OP, is this your car? I don't think you want it back in that condition either. :(

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... e.html#incart_river_index

Posted on: 1/4 12:28
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Re: Amazon US Post office delivery issues
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I got a new one. "Your UPS SurePost package was transferred to the wrong post office. This is being corrected now. Estimated delivery date unavailable."

Been stuck in this state since Wednesday.

Posted on: 12/19 14:59
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Re: Need a car blocking my driveway towed
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On a related note, I've noticed that the number of cars blocking driveways has grown obscenely in Journal Square over the last few months. I don't know if the owners are renting out their parking spots and then parking in front of their driveway, but it's extremely unfair.

A prime example is the pink brick house on the corner of Romaine and Sip. goo.gl/1D0waw It has a 2-ish car garage, which has a curb cut out-- fine. It also has a 2 car curb cutout for its backyard for 3 parking spots in the backyard. This mean he has 5 private parking spots, plus the 2 spots the owner makes himself by parking in front of the cutouts.

But he is an ultimate jerk, because he park in the garage, it's for storage. And he doesn't park in the backyard. He parks all his cars in the stretch of road in front of his house, leaving 1/2 car space separating each car. When his family members/tenants get home at night, then they start moving street parking spots, then into the backyard, and then parking in front of the driveway, in that order.

Essentially, that entire 150 foot stretch of road is completely taken by that one house's cars.

How is that legal--who authorized this???

Posted on: 12/7 16:53
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Re: 555 Market gone!!!
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MDM wrote:
555 was looking really sad for the past year... poor selection of veggies, a lot of items not in stock. Some years back a tenant of mine told me he expected 555 to close up shop (his wife worked there).


Agree. When Asian Food Markets first opened up, their produce was quite sketchy and 555 was consistently fresher and cheaper for the veggies/fish/ingredients I usu bought. Then 6 months in, Asian Food got their act together and 555 produce started to be quite wilted. I miss 555 before the decline :(

H-Mart got really expensive over the last two years... Esp their meats yikes. A lot of things are double the prices of local shops and 555.

Posted on: 2016/10/11 9:46
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Re: Historic district may come to Jersey City's West Side
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Couple seeks $18M from Jersey City in lawsuit over historic district guidelines

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on October 05, 2016 at 12:28 PM, updated October 05, 2016 at 12:46 PM

JERSEY CITY — A Bentley Avenue couple is seeking as much as $18 million from Jersey City, alleging in a six-count lawsuit that the city violated their constitutional rights when it ordered them to stop construction on their home in a newly designated historic district.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... t.html#incart_2box_hudson



According to the report, the family had a valid work order and permits from the city, so those must have been filed before the Historic District vote was passed. Why does the city not honor their own permit? If JC does not go back and force residents to undo previous "non-historical" renovations, why does it stop this previously approved renovation, if the couple eked in prior to the deadline?

Another blemish to Fulop's administration in my eyes. These things should be cut and dry... only allow work that is already permitted, but anything that has not been issued as of the date of the law cannot be done. So if they for example, received permits already for siding, but not for windows, then they cannot buy Home Depot plain windows and need proper historic colored windows.

Posted on: 2016/10/5 16:12
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Re: $14.2M dispute between Jersey City, developers lands in court
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Fulop is a disgrace, just when I thought I couldn't regret my vote for him any more... this is just more legal fees added to the city budget on a frivolous case that seems cut and dry. Buyer's remorse Jersey City? Grow up.

Posted on: 2016/9/27 9:28
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Re: Any recommendations for an oil change?
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jcneighbor wrote:
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brewster wrote:
Anyone have an update to this list, preferably Downtown?


I've used Joe's Auto Electric for at least 10 years but they just recently moved down to the south end of Bayonne, so not handy.

Suggestions welcome-

(Definitely avoid Sears at all costs. Terrible work and not cheap)


Absolutely avoid Sears! I paid for Mobil 1 oil change two years ago, they used freaking conventional oil. I only realized when my engine started to seize up. I only change my oil once a year (since I drive so few miles a year) and it was a huge headache.

Was also a big fan of Joe's until they switched owners.

Now I use Flash Lube in the Heights. Haven't had a problem yet.

Posted on: 2016/8/22 13:23
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Re: Property Management
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I cannot say enough BAD things about ARK Management in North Bergen, who manages my building.

It is impossible to get anyone to do anything and the Management company dimes and nickels the residents. It takes 3-8 weeks to get a new or replacement laundry card. It's been over 6 weeks and they still have not fixed my key fob. It just stopped working one day and every time I call they take a message and say they will get on it but I still am locked out. Every year they implement more ridiculous policies to make life difficult for residents... sheesh.

Posted on: 2016/8/9 15:15
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Re: Crash on Jersey Ave, Friday Night Aug 5
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Not sure but last night at least 5 motorcycles roared around my block several times and I mean roared, woke up the entire family. Started around 8pm and went all the way until 4am. I've never heard so much motorcycle noise in all the years I've lived here. My husband and I were just wondering this morning if motorcycle drag racing was a new thing to the area lol.

Posted on: 2016/8/6 13:26
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Re: Fulop: no tax hike in 2016 Jersey City budget
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hudson57 wrote:
the next 4 quarterly bills are already online. find yours here:
http://taxes.cityofjerseycity.com/

i checked and mine went up 2.85% (sum of last 4 quarters vs. sum of next 4 quarters). not sure why the headline is "no increase", can someone enlighten us (municipal vs. county/school)???


Just checked mine and went up almost 4.16%!!! What gives?! Grrrr.


This happened: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ike_taxes_in_seven_t.html

Only around 50% of your taxes are City taxes. The rest is Hudson County and school tax.

The County tax bill went up 4.2%. And given the numbers game played with equalization - Jersey City's portion of the County tax bill went up 10.15%. (It's actually down to the fact that JC property values increased more relative to other munis within Hudson County). IMO It's also down to the fact that we've too many layers of government in NJ - and the public doesn't hold them fully accountable for spending.


In that case, how come people are getting different rates of increase? My assessment hasn't changed...

Posted on: 2016/8/1 14:22
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Re: Fulop: no tax hike in 2016 Jersey City budget
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hudson57 wrote:
the next 4 quarterly bills are already online. find yours here:
http://taxes.cityofjerseycity.com/

i checked and mine went up 2.85% (sum of last 4 quarters vs. sum of next 4 quarters). not sure why the headline is "no increase", can someone enlighten us (municipal vs. county/school)???


Just checked mine and went up almost 4.16%!!! What gives?! Grrrr.

Posted on: 2016/7/30 13:50
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Re: Corbin Ave near journal square
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Are you talking about the 1 bd condos on Corbin? That location is safe, fine for a commuter. It's a pretty hilly walk up to the PATH, but can be done in about 10 minutes, less if you're really fit. Parking is also easy on that street, it's one of the widest in the area.

Posted on: 2016/7/28 12:12
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Re: Downtown JC ObGyn
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1. The three below are in the same clinic--Bimonte is head of JCMC OB dept, so he's the boss of pretty much all the OB's that have offices in 377 Jersey, including Yousry. I've seen Bimonte in my second trimester and his office staff are very nice and efficient. Bimonte himself is a bit traditional.

Michael Bimonte
Cheryl Carter
Long-Gue Hu

2. As others have said, Yousry is a great doctor. Wonderful bedside manner and very knowledgeable. However, his practice is ridiculously oversubscribed. I was his patient until halfway through my second trimester (Dec. 2015) when I couldn't handle the wait times anymore. I have never been seen with less than a 2 hour wait. Usu. it takes 3 to 3.5 hours from my signing in until I leave. I see so many third trimester mommies waiting with me and verbal fights with the reception staff often. His staff are unprofessional to say the least, check Yelp reviews. Also, Yousry himself does questionable billing practices--even though I was pregnant and under global pay, he still billed my insurance for "nausea" visits at every checkup so he can double dip, which his billing staff said was common and she gets many angry calls from patients about. Just FYI.

3. I had a procedure done at JCMC in my first trimester. Their L&D nurses are very nice, the food is pretty decent, facilities are fine. Only thing to keep in mind is JCMC does NOT have a nursery, babies MUST room in with mommies. Obv this doesn't apply to NICU, but if you have a bad C-section and will be in the hospital for several days, just keep in mind that you prob will want family or help with you most of the time because of the nursery thing...

Finally, JCMC L&D was waaay better than Palisades when I delivered, in every single way. Migliaccio practice delivers at Palisades and Englewood. Stay away from Palisades until their Hackensack merger is fully in effect and practices improve.

Posted on: 2016/3/29 7:31
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Re: Kids in 11 N.J. Cities Have Higher Lead Levels Than Flint
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Is this due to drinking the tap water?


Article states the lead exposure in NJ is due to lead paint, not water. Although I'm not too sure our tap water is that great either after the recent Suez fiascos.

Posted on: 2016/2/2 16:21
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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But the parking there is really quite pricey. I can't justify paying for parking to buy groceries. :( I was really impressed by claims in the Cheesecake Factory post that the Newport location was the third highest grossing restaurant already--every time I've asked my friends to go there, they've proposed another Cheesecake location because they didn't want to pay $10+ for parking.

Posted on: 2016/1/27 8:57
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Re: NYTimes - The Hunt: In Jersey City, a Room of Her Own (Well with 2 sisters)
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Sighs, I hope this girl knows she is blatantly advertising breaking occupancy regulations. Although I doubt LeFrak cares. 3 single adults living in a 1 bd apartment (and most of those high rise 1bd's are 700-800 sq ft) is pretty abysmal.

I used to live in Montgomery Towers and that building frequently posted public notices about NJ state occupancy rules and how the violations in the building were a health hazard... and how the building couldn't properly exterminate and fumigate because all the violators refused to allow the exterminators in. It got quite disgusting by the time I moved out.

I personally hope the state/city starts cracking down on blatant violations... that will help lower the rents slightly in the high rises

Posted on: 2016/1/25 10:08
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Sommerman wrote:
A while ago, someone pointed out that two elevators would be needed because a single elevator from street to platform would bypass the turnstiles. I'm guessing this is an elevator to the platform and that we will soon see the turnstiles rearranged - just a guess.


I still don't get why they need to do this. Two examples:
1) Newport. The first elevator is after the turnstile. Then you walk all the way around the building and go to the second elevator. Very crappy elevator design indepedent of turnstile placement.

2) JSQ. The first elevator is the parking garage elevator, again very very far from the second elevator. The second elevator has its own turnstile by the Duane Reade's. Why can't they just make that elevator go up another story and put the turnstile there to be handicap/stroller friendly?

Posted on: 2015/11/6 9:37
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Re: HM news: Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet….
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They do have sushi, but it was almost all various crabmeat/salmon/spicy salmon/veggie rolls. The salmon varieties had so little fish that all I tasted was rice. Definitely don't go there for sushi lol. Tokyo Hibatchi in Secaucus has much better sushi variety for $15.

Posted on: 2015/11/4 9:16
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