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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Nice to see we've gotten back on topic and getting useful responses-

I bought 2 houses in DT in 1986, both for under $200k apiece. With the 1988 crash, which went pretty deep for the reasons already mentioned below, I might have gone slightly underwater. But I was in for the long haul.

According to my research, 54 DT brownstones were sold in the past 12 months. That's not a lot, and they aren't making any more. And there's definitely demand from the people with the assets/incomes to afford them. Living in a brownstone is definitely different than apartments, and they're throwing those up faster than I can count. Hoboken is a decent comp. What I'm hearing from Realtors is that the demand is often from people coming from Brooklyn where the house prices are higher but the taxes are far lower than what we pay now. For someone who's looking at $1.6M properties, the additional $20k/year in taxes is only 1.25% of the purchase price. It all comes down to the bottom line...

The old adage of Location, location, location still applies. If you're a short walk to the PATH train and work in Manhattan, then DT most definitely has strong appeal. I think we might see a small dip in pricing and more brownstone sales in the near future as some longtime owners with low or fixed incomes can't afford to stay.

Posted on: 5/26 12:08
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Brewster, Great info in Post #136. I knew Yvonne was blowing smoke, as usual, citing "people lost their homes" and "aggressive foreclosures" without a shred of proof or even direct citation. I was looking for the details on rights of the lien-holder vs. the property owner but you beat me to it. If you can't pay your bills, you sell and pay those bills, including back taxes/liens. It's simple unless you sit on your can and wait until the shit hits the fan and then it's too late. You snooze, you lose...

Yvonne, I'm actually glad the Webmaster didn't take down this thread even though Brewster called you out in some pretty harsh terms. I'm gonna guess that those of us who've been around this Forum for a bunch of years mostly agree with him. You can dish it out, often with a bunch of anecdotal comments or references, but you can't take it when someone fires back with facts. You need a reality check-

Posted on: 5/25 15:37
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Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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tern wrote:
I don't think you can clip a high-end hardened steel D-lock like the Kryptonite in Brewster's picture with bolt-cutters, not with 3' ones, perhaps with 6' cutters you could (6' bolt-cutters will snip most chains too!)

On You-Tube there are videos of cropping low-end Kryptonite locks, and even then, watch the struggle they usually have.

I think Brewster's photo has been cut with an angle-grinder or hacksaw, look how smooth the cut is, when something is cropped it will have the depression indents where the jaws bit, and be more uneven.

If someone can find evidence of a hardened D-lock being cropped I'll stand corrected, but I have not seen or heard anything first hand.

Robin.



And this guy isn't even big or strong-looking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csw5e2s0GeY

Regardless, a fancy bike is a target.
A cheap lock is a target.
Quick-release wheels or seats are targets.

Lock it or lose it. And even a spokesman for Kryptonite admitted that there are multiple brute-force methods that work relatively quickly. Read the article in the link above if you want the details-

Posted on: 5/17 16:13
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Re: Where can I rent a bicycle for a 9 year old in JC downtown area?
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Since you asked about rentals, I assume you're looking for short-time need. When my kids were around that age and my siblings were visiting with same-age kids we'd just call around to local friends and borrow a bike and helmet for a ride in LSP and we'd lend ours out in return. Worth a shot if Grove Bikes can't fix you up. Maybe someone here has one they could lend? This thread has already been viewed over 300 times, so maybe?

Posted on: 5/17 15:26
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Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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A pair of 3' long bolt cutters slice through those U-Locks like a pair of scissors cutting a sheet of cardboard. We're talking mere seconds and bye-bye bike. Hex chains made of hardened steel put up a fight, but not impossible. I carry the chain, despite it weighing a ton-

Posted on: 5/17 15:02
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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mfadam wrote:
I'd say it's best to let them in. They're certainly not going to make estimates that lower your value when they have to guess...


Yup. And you might want to hold off on those major home repairs/improvements until they've come and gone...

Posted on: 5/17 14:16
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Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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bodhipooh wrote:
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mbrad52 wrote:
I had a kyrptonite chain lock and my bike still got stolen!


You need not be theft-proof, you just need to not be the easiest one to steal.


Nor, as iGreg pointed out, the nicest/shiniest/most-expensive bike on the block.

I've used those NY chains for many years on both bikes and mopeds and never had an issue. I just shake my head at all the "decent" bikes at Grove St PATH with el-cheapo sub-$20 locks that are basically worthless...

Posted on: 5/17 12:31
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Re: JC Family Booted Off JetBlue Flight Over Carry-On Cake
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I was denied my lemon meringue pie coming back from Kentucky last week. I'm surprised they even got past the security check point.


Ignoring Trump and Sharpton (neither of whom I have even the least bit bit of respect for) I'm still salivating about that confiscated lemon meringue pie. My favorite

Posted on: 5/15 15:19
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Re: Basement flooding even after new check valve installed...
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iabide wrote:
Science is fun!!!

On that note, as KOCTEP hints, if the back-up in your "house" water (rain + flushes) is higher than whatever the sewer system is seeking, it will find that level somewhere in your house. As a downtown resident, I sometimes get the feeling that level is somewhere halfway between me and the Heights during the intense storms like Friday's.

Also, all this assumes static water pressure; dynamic pressure from movement on the city side may affect check valve functionality at near-neutral pressure, depending on which kind of check valve you may have. Finally, the house water can absolutely accumulate in your pipes (like roof water from Friday's intense dump) faster than it can equalize with where ever the sewer system's "level" may be (1/2 way up to the Heights?) ...thus, again, encouraging it to "level" in your house. To paraphrase Keynes, the pipes can remain out-of-level longer than my floor can remain dry.

Also, jcneighbor: a gentle suggestion to go easy on the snark. Your description of fluid dynamics is incorrect. Static water pressure is not a function of the volume of water, just elevation. A 6" swimming pool of water draining through a straw exerts the same amount of pressure as a 6" test tube at the same elevation draining through a straw of equal diameter. Even if the swimming pool weighs much, much more.

If my science is off, please do let me know. I would appreciate being corrected.

Thanks for the chat everyone and have a safe, dry weekend.


Oh boy, I knew this wouldn't go away easily...

As both Brewster and I already observed, volume has nothing to do with it. You're correcting me for something 2 of us already stated?? I fully understand the different influences of static vs. dynamic pressure, and the fact that "relative" pressure is the issue here. If the pressure in your house pipes is greater that the pressure in the sewer system it will drain. And I also observed that the diameter of any vertical pipe determines what the pressure is at the bottom of that column, measured in pounds per foot of vertical rise. Here's the table:

http://www.kellypipe.com/common-pipe- ... foot-lengths-of-pipe.html

As far as KOCTEP is concerned, a 2" pipe shooting 2' high means that 1) he/she doesn't have a check valve and lives in a very low lying area and 2) a 2" diameter pipe is 3.14 square inches and that would require a pressure of roughly 6.7 PSI to generate that amount of lift. So if you're crazy-enough to live in a low area without a check valve and the street pipes get under pressure (as they always will in those deluges) which exceeds the pressure of the water in the pipes in the house then yes, you will flood. There's a reason why most people don't put toilets or sinks 5' above the sewer line...



Posted on: 5/12 17:51
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Re: Basement flooding even after new check valve installed...
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Just to clarify with a little physics, water seeks its own level. When your upstairs neighbor flushes, the level in the drainpipe will not rise above the level of the street sewer, it WILL drain, even if you have a check valve. If that sewer level is above your basement toilet or sink, then you have problems already, but they can become shittier.

As for BK, the trendy areas around Park Slope are on relatively high ground.


I was actually waiting to see if there were any other crazy theories besides the rain/gutter runoff or the "don't flush the toilets" or if someone intelligent would chime in with a reality check. Brewster wins!

And I'll add a bit more: It's all about the weight of water in a column. Let's say your vertical sewer drain pipe (or gutter downspout) is 4" in inside diameter. That means that for every foot of vertical rise there is a weight of 5.45 pounds. Now flush a toilet on the ground floor (above a basement) and you're draining about 10 feet down to the sewer line out to the street. Call it 55 pounds of pressure. Ain't no way, NEVER, the main sewer line is even remotely close to that pressure. Your check valve will happily pass it through-

Posted on: 5/11 16:30
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Re: Taping/Speckling Job - Ceiling (Contractor)
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Bob is great but I also know he's in Colorado for an extended work gig so you'll need someone else. Sorry I don't have a specific person in mind. There's always DIY, and this isn't a difficult job at all nor does it require expensive tools...

Posted on: 5/9 14:51
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Re: Diminished Value Claim - private company recommendation
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No personal experience with a claim of that nature, but I know the Ins. Co. is gonna put up a fight and I don't blame you for letting someone else do the negotiating. Here's one thought:

http://njdiminishedvalue.com/diminish ... ed-value-fact-vs-fiction/

Posted on: 5/8 14:54
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Re: Clothing Moths
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Had those once but several times in the food pantry where they go after flour especially so I bag things tightly now.

You can buy specific Closet Moth Traps at places like Home Depot. Seem kinda pricey at around $7 for a 2-pack but put one in your closet and keep the door closed as much as possible and they'll be gone in a week or two. The last thing I would want is an exterminator spraying around my clothes closet!

Posted on: 5/8 9:01
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Re: New York Times -- The Death and Life of Jersey City (5/5/17)
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They're laws actually. Not rules.


Last I heard laws were a type of rule. Congratulations, you win the Pedant Award!


I think you mean the Pedant Medal. Last I heard, medals are a type of award!

Posted on: 5/7 20:55
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Re: New York Times -- The Death and Life of Jersey City (5/5/17)
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TAQsmp wrote:
They're laws actually. Not rules.


TAQsmp, If I recall correctly, you're with a brick and mortar restaurant that ALSO has a (legal) food truck. But if I also recall correctly, you were one of the 20 or so restaurants that lobbied along with Two Boots to have those laws enacted in the first place to eliminate your competition to the detriment of anyone living in JC and to increase your own profits. Am I wrong?

Posted on: 5/7 18:45
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Re: Citing chain store ban, Jersey City aims to block new CVS
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Two Boots pizza tastes like protectionism. Apparently, their pizza isn't good enough to stave off the food trucks, so they led the food truck ban.


Fair nuff, all I'm saying is it's not the worst pizza out there by a long shot. Hyperbole usually is self defeating as it loses you credibility.


Nor did I say it was the worst. I said "some of the worst". That wasn't hyperbole; it was just my opinion. Pizza is like ice cream -- pick your flavor and enjoy...

Posted on: 5/7 17:18
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Re: Citing chain store ban, Jersey City aims to block new CVS
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Two Boots Pizza is also a chain. And some of the worst pizza I've ever tasted...

Their locations: http://twoboots.com/locations/

Posted on: 5/7 14:34
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Re: New York Times -- The Death and Life of Jersey City (5/5/17)
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And the great irony of this story is that the crappy pizza place on the Newark Pedestrian Mall, Two Boots Pizza, is actually a chain store but yet is featured with a photo in this piece. See their locations: http://twoboots.com/locations/
And a few posts away at the moment there's a thread about a second CVS Pharmacy being denied a permit. Just because they were two blocks from being outside the restricted district, and despite the need for such a store in that location.

Just remember that Two Boots was largely responsible for banning the food trucks, something that served a lot of people very well, including fun events like Groove on Grove.

Posted on: 5/7 14:29
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Re: Flooding in Jersey City
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Might get a bit more later.
Local stations don't all have rain gauges but I just looked at Caven Point and it was reporting 3.69" so far today. Wow-

Posted on: 5/5 14:48
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Re: no motorcycles or scooters in jersey city?
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Chanpion13, This forum can be really helpful when the trolls stay away from the subject at hand!

If you can't find a local spot on a neighbor's property, which would be cheap (or even free if you offered to shovel snow for them over next winter try RSS Cycle Storage at 397 7th Street. It's over near the highway overpass, close to Newark Ave. Easy walk from the HP area. Indoors space, very cool crowd who keep and wrench their bikes in there. Talk to Henry, the owner, who's a great guy. 917-816-0042

Ride on!

Posted on: 5/4 15:09
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Re: no motorcycles or scooters in jersey city?
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OK, we got that sorted out. The OP mentioned his wife in post #9, and seems to have little experience in NJ, so I was just trying to clarify the passenger rule things for him should he buy a new ride.

Posted on: 5/3 15:50
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Re: no motorcycles or scooters in jersey city?
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pacoYtaco wrote:
I have a Genuine Buddy International 50 and it is registered as a motorcycle, however it falls under the low speed vehicle classification since it's supposed to max at 35mph. No endorsement required. NJ does not have a Scooter plate,
only Motorcycle and Moped and scooters do not fall under the Moped category ever. It's low speed motorcycle. If you get pulled over, show them it is under 50cc.

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chanpion13 wrote:
thanks all. useful info for sure!

also thanks jcneighbor, that was actually incredibly useful, especially with the parking/locking info. i think my only option now is to do permit parking on the street. honestly i wonder if crime is even bad still in DT JC?

i was wondering how people were getting away with scooters without an endorsement with the recent changes in law. i see now it actually starts at the dealer for classification.

so far i've been to a placed called motorcycle mall a little north of here. it's pretty big, but i didn't see what i wanted exactly.

my wife definitely wants a retro european look, so we've been looking at vespas there. also have genuine scooters on our list, but they don't seem to have a dealer near us.


Paco, as I mentioned below the laws have changed around here at least 3 times in the past 20 years, and I've been riding and wrenching through all of them. And the current law is that anything under 50cc CAN be registered as a moped. Doesn't matter if it's a moped or a scooter, or whether it has pedals. 50cc Scooter owners may OPT to register as a motorcycle so that they COULD carry a passenger. The one thing that hasn't changed is that "carrying a passenger" requires both a motorcycle registration AND a license endorsement REGARDLESS of displacement. So carrying a passenger on a 50cc scooter registered as a motorcycle without an endorsement is illegal. Correct me if I'm wrong-

Posted on: 5/3 14:36
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Re: The Lutze Biergarten - Harborside
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I wonder what they're paying for monthly rent...

At those prices it's hard to imagine them ever being "busy"...

Posted on: 5/3 13:16
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Re: no motorcycles or scooters in jersey city?
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If wifey is going to be on the back then it's a motorcycle and you'll need the endorsement on your license.

Part of the confusion at the DMV is because moped laws here in NJ have changed several times in the last several decades. At one point NJ was pretty lax. Then things really tightened up and even a 50cc (49) was considered a motorcycle UNLESS it had pedals and could be pedal-driven. Then that was relaxed to under 50cc regardless of pedals for Moped classification. But still no passenger allowed.

Crime? My buddy's Ducati 650 was swiped last year and recovered in Queens, NY. Two guys and truck, like I said-

My only caution on scooter shopping is to not be tempted by the cheap Chinese knockoffs. They're basically Honda engine clones but made with a bunch of cast (not machined) parts. They'll work fine for a year or two then you'll need a full engine rebuild. Trust me on this one...

I know a local guy who's looking to sell a Vespa 150 that needs a bit of work, if you're interested-

I've never bought a new bike. I'm good with a wrench and fixing up/riding bikes 25-50 years old is just my thing. Plus, any business miles I do (roughly 500 per year) earn me $0.535 per mile as a Federal Deduction so I actually make money while grinning past my earlobes...

Posted on: 5/1 12:12
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Re: no motorcycles or scooters in jersey city?
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Paco is correct on the endorsement question. Some dealers (for new bikes) will automatically register it as a Motorcycle. Just insist that it be registered as a MOPED. Then you get a license plate that says Moped on it. That classification is a LOT less expensive for insurance purposes. If you register it as a Motorcycle you are legally allowed to carry a passenger. Moped is solo-only in NJ.

The Vespa shop on 10th Street closed several years ago.

For parking, I ALWAYS chain my bikes to a strong object with a hardened steel chain and lock. If two men could pick it up and have it in the back of a truck in about 15 seconds then it's not worth the risk of losing it. I park my daily rider in the small stoop area in front of my house, locked to an iron fence. When I'm out and about I chain it to a sign post or a telephone pole or a parking meter. And FWIW I've never gotten a ticket. I ride roughly 1,000 miles per year at a total annual cost (including insurance) of $100.

Personally, I prefer mopeds with larger-diameter wheels over the small-wheel scooters.

Posted on: 5/1 6:45
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Re: no motorcycles or scooters in jersey city?
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Sold my last motorcycle 30 years ago and have been riding old Mopeds here in JC ever since. There are a bunch of us moped collectors, actually, and several of us own more than one. I also know a number of Vespa and big bike riders here in the Downtown area.
Food deliveries around here tend to be electric bikes for the local stuff and by car for deliveries farther away or in bad weather.

Was it just an observation on your part or are you a rider looking for folks with a common interest?

Posted on: 4/30 16:17
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Re: Main Library - reopening on May 1...
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They've pushed back the estimated completion date so many times I don't even pay attention anymore. I live 100 feet away and they're spending all this week putting up scaffolding. It's LOUD around here. Parkman must be going nuts since his house is next door-

Posted on: 4/27 6:25
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Re: challenge to terrence mcdonald on earth day
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Seeing as how the challenge is coming from somebody who has 50 posts in the past 15 days since joining this forum and currently has 6 of the top 10 most-recent posts I'm gonna guess he'll ignore your verbosity along with the rest of us...

Posted on: 4/24 19:22
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Re: Man Fatally Struck by Light Rail in JC
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Huge second on Dolomiti's comments below.

The one great irony in this whole discussion is that HBLR was ASSURED by the City of JC that the south end of Jersey Avenue would never be opened to vehicular traffic into the park. Now it seems firmly in the plans, and not only will it be traffic crossing the Morris Canal Basin to Jersey Ave., it will be a ton of commuter traffic, all jumping to the exit/entrance just north of the main toll plaza, thinking it will be faster than going to the next exit by Montgomery. The signs there are currently minimal and the biggest issue has been joggers and bicyclists thinking they can "beat the train" and ducking around/under the barrier. Seen a bunch of close calls...

Posted on: 4/23 20:28
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Re: The Lutze Biergarten - Harborside
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jcgirl wrote:
Jeez at least wait until it opens before you trash it


First of all, this is a tough crowd, and if you can't handle the heat you should stay away.

The marketing release was beyond awful. Drag in every cliche and buzzword you've ever heard, and hope it sells? And for a place that plans to open in roughly 2 weeks to not even have their menu up so people who see the pre-opening announcement can get an idea of what to expect is just a plain failure at marketing 101. Do I plan to rush down there for a $9 beer and a "backyard experience"? Nope, I can do that in my own back yard with friends. And I can take in the view almost anywhere I want, and anytime I want, for free-

Posted on: 4/23 14:55
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