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Re: Do Prospective Home Buyers Look at Both JC & Hoboken?
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We recently had a real estate agent tell us not to compare JC to Hoboken. She made it sound like buyers either specifically want JC or Hoboken.

Posted on: 9/4 2:51
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Do Prospective Home Buyers Look at Both JC & Hoboken?
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If one was looking to purchase, would one consider both Hoboken and Jersey City whilst perusing?
Or are buyers strictly dedicated to either city?

Posted on: 9/3 15:31
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Re: Navy Seals Swimming Across the Hudson Tomorrow Morning!
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Posted on: 8/2 19:17
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Navy Seals Swimming Across the Hudson Tomorrow Morning!
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7AM.
#NavySealSwim
Cheer our Seals on as they swim across the Hudson to honor America and end homeless Vets.
@GIGoFund

Posted on: 8/2 18:17
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WHEN HOME IS AN OLD BUILDING IN JERSEY CITY By MARILYN PELO FEB. 7, 1985
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WHEN HOME IS AN OLD BUILDING IN JERSEY CITY
By MARILYN PELO FEB. 7, 1985

The article as it originally appeared.
VIEW PAGE IN TIMESMACHINE
February 7, 1985
The New York Times Archives

''IT'S finally our turn,'' Jack Nover, a downtown Jersey City tavern owner said recently. ''Hoboken and Weehawken are running short of buildings to renovate. We're just getting started.''

Redevelopment of this old city directly across the Hudson from Lower Manhattan began about a decade ago, and in the past five years there has been an accelerating interest in renovating Jersey City's 19th-century town houses and row houses and in converting its commercial buildings.

The renaissance was sparked, as it was earlier in neighboring Hoboken and Weehawken, by young professionals seeking affordable apartments, urban families wanting to be homeowners and artists searching for large working and living lofts: all spaces currently in very short supply in Manhattan.

Now the hammer-and-saw cacophony of renovation all but drowns out the lively music from the corner cantinas in the downtown historic districts of Paulus Hook, Van Vorst Park, Hamilton Park and Harsimus Cove.

''Last fall,'' said one Paulus Hook resident, ''I stood on my roof and counted 15 houses and small apartment buildings being worked on.''

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In the downtown area, signs of change are evident. A gourmet food store, an art shop and two new restaurants have recently opened not far from the Grove Street PATH Station, in a neighborhood still served by Polish butchers, Italian fish markets and Spanish produce stores.

Not unexpectly, housing prices are on the rise in Jersey City. According to Antoinette Boyne, president of Boyne Realty, ''Now, a livable house in one of the historic districts, depending on condition, can run from $140,000 to $220,000. But a shell that needs a lot of work might be only $70,000.'' There is the feeling among some residents new to downtown Jersey City that the house-hunting gods led them here just in time. ''If we had not bid first, we would have lost it,'' said Jon Zahourek, an artist who in 1981 purchased an 1890's firehouse at public auction to convert to a home for his wife, Rorry, and their 9-year- old son, Jon.

''We didn't know at the time that the guy we were bidding against had the same top price as we did,'' Mr. Zahourek said. ''I just said '$80,000' first. He couldn't afford to go higher.''

Having the last word gained the Zahoureks a dilapidated two-story building whose exterior still has the graffiti and no-parking signs.

The 3,000-square-foot first floor, where the fire wagons and horses were housed, was, with some work, a made-to-order studio for Mr. Zahourek, a sculptor and painter. ''The skylight in back was already there, the space is big enough to accommodate several large projects and the garage door makes it a cinch to move them in and out,'' Mr. Zahourek said.

The 2,000-square-foot living area on the second floor still has the original pressed tin walls and ceilings. It is furnished with an eclectic mix acquired largely by barter or moved from previous homes in Denver and Manhattan.

The Zahoureks and their Jersey City architect, John Winckelmann of James N. Lindemon, sought to preserve as much of the firehouse atmosphere as possible. For example, flanking a sitting area are a pair of fire officials' offices with 15-foot ceilings. One is an office for Mrs. Zahourek, a psychiatric nurse and therapist, and the other a bedroom for their son.

Some recent homeowners discovered Jersey City by chance. ''I'd never even heard of Jersey City until 1980 when I started looking for a Victorian town house,'' recalled Julian Hamer, a Manhattan graphic designer. ''I looked in Brooklyn and was frustrated that I couldn't find one there that I could afford. I bought a house one week after I found out where Jersey City was.''

What he found for $36,000 was an 1872 brick town house that had been haphazardly converted into a four- story rooming house. An incurable collector of all things Victorian, Mr. Hamer set about to restore the building to its 19th-century elegance.

To that end he has ''rescued'' authentic fireplace mantels and hardware from demolition sites, decorated the rooms in period wall colors and papers, and filled - perhaps even overfilled - his home with Victoriana. He has even created a Victorian back garden with dwarf plants and cast-iron benches.

With the exception of stripping paint and repointing the bricks on the facade, Mr. Hamer did most of the renovation himself, which included digging out discarded tires and radiators from the yard.

''I know I saved a fortune doing the work myself but I've spent at least $12,000 a year on materials,'' said Mr. Hamer. And to his mind the place isn't finished yet. ''There's still a lot of junk buried in the backyard,'' he said ruefully.

Arthur Prestia hasn't finished his four-story building either, partly because, as a Jersey City contractor, he is too busy working on other people's homes. But, bit by bit over the last two years since he bought it, he has turned the lower two floors of the former bakery in the Paulus Hook Historic District into a duplex apartment for himself.

Like many other Jersey City properties his purchase was in need of major restoration. ''The place was filled with garbage and was a wreck,'' said Mr. Prestia. But he saw the potential charm in the bakery storefront, the facade of which he has restored, adding a Dutch door flanked by window boxes. The first floor has a living-dining room, small kitchen and bedroom furnished ''mostly with things I picked up in the course of renovating other buildings.''

The second floor, which has two fireplaces, a pair of French windows and a second kitchen, is still largely unfurnished. But he has completed a large bathroom lined diagonally with cedar. ''I haven't decided what this floor should be, let alone how to furnish it,'' he said.

Mr. Prestia converted the upper floors into two apartments. Arthur Diskin, who owns a flower shop on Journal Square, rents a one bedroom floor-through on the third floor for ''about $600.'' After more than a decade of living in Manhattan, he moved back to his hometown last July to be closer to his business.

An Art Deco enthusiast, Mr. Diskin has furnished his apartment with 1930's pieces he has found in Jersey City's second-hand shops. ''There's lots of good rummaging around here,'' he reports, ''because of the renovations going on.''

Mark Munley, who is director of the Jersey City Department of Housing and Economic Development, wanted to be close to work too, so in 1980 he bought a condominium in a converted turn-of-the-century bank building.

''When it was done about l976, it was one of the first such projects in town, and they did a beautiful job of it,'' said Mr. Munley, who trained as a city planner at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

''They kept the best details of the sturdy old building, like the bird-cage elevator, but the apartments are completely modern,'' he said.

Furnished in comtemporary style, both his living room and bedroom have windows that nearly touch his 18-foot ceiling. Above the dining room and overlooking the living room is a large home office. Mr. Munley's maintenance is ''less than $300 and that includes off-street parking.''

Parking no doubt will soon be one of Jersey City residents' new problems, as more and more buildings are renovated and sold or rented. Already Audis and Saabs jockey for space with beat-up Chevys. As Mrs. Boyne puts it: ''Jersey City is a town of changes. It's a block by block situation. If you turn the corner, it can be an entirely different neighborhood. And it's still changing.''

Posted on: 6/24 2:42
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Re: Anyone planning to appeal 2018 property tax increases?
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07310,
We rec'd ours in the mail a while ago, a simple postcard reiterating the amount.
Sure you didn't get it?

Posted on: 5/8 1:07
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Re: Campfire cooking gear
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Keep in mind it's spring and hungry bears just woke up.

Posted on: 4/19 17:56
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Re: Parking ticket worth fighting?
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Want to make sure I'm following.

You parked in a "no parking anytime zone"
You rec'd 2 overnight parking tickets
The ticket itself is not congruent to the code of violation printed on said ticket.
There are "no parking anytime" signs however.
You feel it may be worth "fighting the ticket" because the officer cited you on a code that doesn't pertain to your offense.
Something to do with cones.

Posted on: 4/16 13:03
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Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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Posted on: 3/18 16:45
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Re: Durable Flooring
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Greg,
What did you end up doing? Curious...

Posted on: 2/21 23:30
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Re: Anybody had their fire extinguishers dinged in a green card inspection?
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A bit off topic, but FWIW,
Our last building inspector said all 6 storage doors in the basement (6 unit building, each unit has an enclosed built in storage, not caged storage) would need to have louvers installed on each door in order to pass future inspections.
He would "let us go" this time, but not next.

Posted on: 12/18 14:25
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Temporary Handicapped Parking Placard in NJ Question?
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The spouse is having feet surgery (both) in near future. Absolutely will need help, looking at 3+month healing time.
Will be using a wheelchair.
How far in advance of the actual surgery should we apply for a Temporary Handicapped Placard?
How long from application to arrival in the mail does it take?
Thanks.

Posted on: 12/11 15:09
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Re: Durable Flooring
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I have heard many positive things about COREtec.
https://www.flooringinc.com/vinyl/planks/usfloors-coretec-plus.html

Posted on: 12/6 22:53
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Re: Small fire pit in backyard, 07302, is it legal?
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Thank you Kelcey, was having a hard time finding anything.

Posted on: 2018/10/15 14:07
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Small fire pit in backyard, 07302, is it legal?
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Greetings,
We have a small, deeded backyard in 07302, with the crisp and chilly weather upon us, can we put a small fire pit to sit around at night?
Would it make a difference if it's wood or propane?
Hate to get something only to find out we can't use it.
Does anyone else have or use something?
Many thanks.

Posted on: 2018/10/15 12:34
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Re: Building Inspection?
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We also live in a 6 unit rowhouse condo conversion, the board president told us about the pending inspection (sticker left on front door of building) as this was happening during our renovation.
The one interesting thing the inspector told us was that we needed to put vents on the doors on the individual storage units in the basement in order to pass the 2019 inspection.
We didn't have a beef with the inspector, but saw him in a bitter feud with a neighbor out on the sidewalk as they refused him entrance to their building. Not sure why...

Posted on: 2018/8/30 13:15
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Re: JC Street Sweep and Parking Petition!
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UHM....No

Posted on: 2018/8/15 0:08
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Re: 4th of July in JC @ Exchange Place - Featuring Snoop Dog
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Was this supposed to be a "concert" or a "performance?"
Notice that Kelly Clarkson and all the Macy's 4th of July entertainment is called a "performance."

Posted on: 2018/7/7 14:50
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Re: contractor for Ductless, Mini-Split Air Conditioner/Heat Pumps
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Phone: 201-434-0315
chris@royalheatingandcooling.com

Call Chris Croft and ask him if he can pop over and give you an estimate so you have a starting point. Chris and his dad are great, they did our work.

Posted on: 2018/5/18 13:22
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Re: Deeded Roof question
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Honestly, you and your neighbor together should go down to 30 Montgomery 4th floor and have a list of questions ready.
Good luck.

Posted on: 2018/5/13 18:31
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Re: How long to get reval results?
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STILL waiting our ours..and we're downtown.

Posted on: 2018/3/1 13:41
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Right?
Do it all over again in 2019?
I'm still waiting for this one, not a peep, nothing.
Just want to know at this point. Sigh...
And I'm downtown...

Posted on: 2018/2/24 14:55
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Does anyone know how many owners have not rec'd their reval yet?
Haven't seen my property on any list, mailbox filled daily with useless spam.
Just want to know at this point.
Thanks mates.

Posted on: 2018/2/15 1:11
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Have not rec'd anything in the mail.
Is there a link or something to see how much the increase is?

Posted on: 2018/2/2 15:41
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Best NJ Indian Food-Per Robert Sietsema
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Posted on: 2018/1/24 21:31
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Re: Snow Storm Wednesday into Thursday?
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Refueling all vehicles.
Testing generators at utility locations.
Really?

Posted on: 2018/1/4 3:47
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Re: Philip Van Doren Stern
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229 Jewett Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304
Lincoln H.S

Posted on: 2017/12/26 23:49
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Re: Beware of Symes Volunteers Infiltrating Your Building
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Hello,
Call JCPD and report that you have trespassers in your building, they are not guests of any resident, they are in your hallway and acting in a frightening and aggressive manner.
201-547-4900

Posted on: 2017/12/2 22:07
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Re: Landlord question
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Posted on: 2017/11/27 17:55
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Re: These New Yorkers Bought a House (in JC) & Went Homeless to Pay for It
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I'm friends with a guy whose Dad and Uncle came to the U.S in the 1970's, bought a house together in Boston, and then lived in their car for 2 years while they rented it out.
By the time they moved in, they had enough cash to open their own business, refinance a lower mortgage, and start families.

Posted on: 2017/11/22 14:56
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