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Re: WORD Bookstore
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It may not actually be in the bookstore. Here is the information:

http://www.wordbookstores.com/event/jc-word-presents-stephen-king

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Re: Congratulations - Mayor Fulop gets engaged!
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I would like to hear from Dina Matos on this issue.

Posted on: 2015/12/23 20:57
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Re: Would bars revitalize Ocean Avenue in Jersey City?
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There is one constant in the universe: "the community" is afraid of change, regardless of how good or bad that community is.

Posted on: 2015/12/17 1:50
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Re: Bike Share System
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Even if its not actually illegal to park commercial bikes at public racks, its a small system without much of a budget. Hoboken might be able to file a lawsuit to get the JCPD to stop, or it might bankrupt the bikeshare system before it gets that far. Even so, the duration of a few months should be enough time for the council to actually make it illegal to park the for profit bikes at public racks.


Isn’t one of the relative benefits of the Nextbike system used by Hudson Bike Share that the bikes can be locked to any rack using their integral cable locks during the rental period? That seems as reasonable as the freedom to park a rental car in a public space.

If HBS is stationing un-hired bikes at public racks, that’s different, but in order to make the distinction, law enforcement would have to pay close attention and create an ongoing public expense in the process. Or... we could just spring for more public bike racks.


Again, in this case, legality probably doesn't matter. It will take a lot of time for the Hoboken bike share to pursue a legal remedy. Meanwhile, their bikes will continue to be impounded.

Posted on: 2015/12/1 3:06
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Re: Bike Share System
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Seems like a pretty easy solution is to simply have the JCPD cut off the locks on the Hoboken bikes and impound them.


I was thinking the same thing. I am not seeing how this is an issue to the extent that it has a very simple solution. Surely there is some sort of statute in the books that prohibits the use of public property for private gain without proper approval. The Council should petition the mayor to direct the JCPD to impound all the offending bikes. That should get the attention of Zimmer and her cohorts. Pretty ballsy on their part to suggest a "solution" of CitiBike placing stations in Hoboken. Hoboken really, really made a mistake in choosing to go with a different system. The logical solution was the one adopted by JC: align yourself with a system already in place across the river which has already worked out the early kinks of any such implementation and which has the added benefit of being of use to potential customers across both sides.



Even if its not actually illegal to park commercial bikes at public racks, its a small system without much of a budget. Hoboken might be able to file a lawsuit to get the JCPD to stop, or it might bankrupt the bikeshare system before it gets that far. Even so, the duration of a few months should be enough time for the council to actually make it illegal to park the for profit bikes at public racks.

Posted on: 2015/11/30 21:36
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Re: Bike Share System
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Seems like a pretty easy solution is to simply have the JCPD cut off the locks on the Hoboken bikes and impound them.

Posted on: 2015/11/30 20:40
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Re: Light at the end of the tunnel?
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I must have hit a nerve for Monroe to use ALL THREE of his accounts to discredit what I said.

Posted on: 2015/11/12 19:20
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Re: Light at the end of the tunnel?
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That was the reason he cancelled it, and now we have a much better deal. I guess some hate Christie so much they can't stand getting a great deal for NJ taxpayers. Go figure. Even Senator Booker is giving him props! As for the overrun, all the Feds offered was low cost financing-now they're going to pay half, and NY will pay their quarter. Win/win NJ!

http://www.politifact.com/new-jersey/ ... s-would-have-been-new-je/



25% of $20b is $5b.

$5 billion is > $3b.

So I'm not totally sure how this is a "better" deal.


Also, ARC would have been owned by NJTransit exclusively. No rental fees to Amtrak, no rental fees to Port Authority. No scheduling conflicts with MTA or Amtrak. Just NJTransit.

Oh, and ARC would have been completed in 2017. If Gateway breaks ground before 2020 I would be surprised. So there is all the lost wages and lost land values.

So "better" I guess is a relative term.

Posted on: 2015/11/12 17:31
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Re: Light at the end of the tunnel?
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New Jersey's annual budget is about $40 billion dollars. That's about $6,000 in spending per person.

The original state contribution to ARC was $3 billion over 7 years, which is about $500 million a year, or .0125% of the annual budget.

That comes out to about $75 per person per year in spending.

However, since the project would have created construction jobs during that time and most of that money would come back to the state as income tax -- and some of that money was also Federal tax dollars -- the cost per person isn't as high.

The main reason the ARC was cancelled was not with regards to the tunnel, but because Christie wanted the Port Authority's contribution to ARC ($2.7 billion) to go to Pulaski repairs ($1.8 billion). He also was under the impression that the federal transportation dollars would still be awarded to NJ even though it wasn't being used for the original project, either because of ignorance or delusion. That was not the case, and the Federal government sued for $271 million dollars. NJ ultimately paid out $95m.

Posted on: 2015/11/12 16:05
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Re: Light at the end of the tunnel?
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New York still has not actually put any money in. The only thing Cuomo has actually is said is that abstractly, at some point in the future, when he is no longer governor, New York will contribute some amount of money not yet determined. Meanwhile, there are 8 million NYC voters who are looking at the underfunded Second Avenue subway asking for money for that project. There are other NYS voters looking for better train access along the east side of the Hudson River. Long Islanders looking for more funding for LIRR. I wouldn't count your NYS dollars until the check clears.

Posted on: 2015/11/12 15:04
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Re: Sign the Petition to Preserve Downtown Resident Parking
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AMo wrote:
Hi,

Some of you may already know that Councilwoman Osborne has submitted for City Council approval, a plan to extend free, non- resident parking from two to three hours in the Downtown. This plan will not only turn the Downtown into a massive "park and ride" lot where out-of-towners park and hop on the PATH train to shop and dine in Manhattan (three hours is plenty of time), but will reduce parking space turnover, meaning spots will open up less often for residents. The plan defies common sense and everything we know about curb-side parking. (See Shoup, The High Cost of Fee Parking).



The zones were 4 hour parking in many zones up until about 2007 when the last of those signs around Hamilton Park were replaced with 2 hour zones.


Posted on: 2015/10/29 16:15
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Re: PATH / MTA transfers
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Personally me, I pathed to the L -- walked up stairs from path out to the street, went to the right, and right down the L train stairs


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Posted on: 2015/10/20 19:29
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Re: What is up with RIVEREDGE MANAGEMENT?
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File a complaint with the Board of Public Utilities in NJ. They are responsive can help you get the power back on, especially if the party responsible for electricity bill is the property management company, or if the metering equipment is incorrectly labeled.

http://www.bpu.state.nj.us/

Also as a tip, in my experience, telling PSEG that there is a baby residing in the apartment can get the power turned back on or at least turned back on more quickly. Hint: I've never lived with a baby.

Posted on: 2015/10/9 19:25
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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Query: how would you describe a Brooklyn resident such as yourself who obsesses over a JC message board? I don't think "trailer trash" is an apt description, but I'm sure we can come up with something. Obsessive? Neurotic? Pretentious?


I lived in Jersey City long enough that I don't have to justify my interest in the city to you.

Posted on: 2015/10/7 16:43
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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Why is the BYOB thing such a big deal for people? Is the price that much different? Personally I like not having to lug what I want to drink to a restaurant. ...

But anyway, it seems a little weird to me that people would stop going to a restaurant, that they otherwise enjoyed, just because they could no longer bring their own booze. Is there something else I'm missing?


Lots of people are trailer trash, which also explains why they don't appreciate high quality food. Maybe an Olive Garden will satisfy them.

Posted on: 2015/10/7 16:35
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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Presto's in Paulus Hook is BYOB. Its been around as long as I've been in JC and that is at least 20 years. Good food at a reasonable price.


...and this is why Jersey City can't have nice things.

Until you get a customer base that moves away from this attitude, there is no way Jersey City is going to be able to support a fine dining culture.

Posted on: 2015/10/6 16:29
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Re: Proposed Recommendations to Downtown Parking
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alastor wrote:
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Furthermore, public policy in New Jersey has not incentivized mass transit.


Charging market rate for parking would be the first step in incentivizing mass transit as it would make parking a privately owned vehicle more representative of the cost of owning that vehicle rather than artificially decreasing the cost of ownership.


Totally incorrect. That's not an incentive, it's a penalty--one that many people cannot afford. Again, you're not thinking about public policy or the public interest. You're not thinking about the social or economic implications of your penalty. And you're not thinking about how the principle behind your penalty has deleterious consequences for the way in which we structure our society. For you, only the wealthy are entitled to mobility.



Ending one subsidy -- low cost parking -- is the first step in shifting policy. Charging market rate is not a penalty. A penalty would be charging above market rate to discourage the behavior.


Posted on: 2015/10/2 17:16
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Re: Proposed Recommendations to Downtown Parking
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alastor wrote:
Furthermore, public policy in New Jersey has not incentivized mass transit.


Charging market rate for parking would be the first step in incentivizing mass transit as it would make parking a privately owned vehicle more representative of the cost of owning that vehicle rather than artificially decreasing the cost of ownership.

Posted on: 2015/10/2 16:34
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Re: Proposed Recommendations to Downtown Parking
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Car owners are getting something for free / below market rate cost. Non-car owners are subsidizing their free / low cost parking. If you can't afford market rate costs for your car, then you don't need the car.

Posted on: 2015/10/2 15:20
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Re: Indian females lack of assimilation
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Why is it that a sizable segment of the older people in JC refuse to assimilate and continue to dress in their traditional suit and ties as if their still living in the suburbs? Would it not behoove them tremendously to attempt to make at least a token effort to dress like a hipster so as to ingratiate themselves to the hipsters of Brooklyn they ostensibly want to be citizens of?

I'm sorry but the way they dress reminds of the mall at short hills and in my view contributes to the suburbanization of New York City. HELLO you're no longer living in a freakin cul-de-sac (which you should thank urban planners for!!!!) so unless you're just visiting here for goodness sake could you please just make some kind of effort to incorporate elements of hipster style into your everyday wardrobe? Is that asking to much?! HELLO we're an exclusive club of fashion forward young people after all now get with the program already!!!!

....and don't even get me started on Hoboken girls in Uggs!!!!!!

Disclaimer: I'm NOT a trust fund / tech bro / iwatch wearing Bay Area make it an app or leave it type.

Posted on: 2015/9/27 16:03
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Re: Reroute Center St!
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Center Street was reworked so that Columbus could be turned into a 6 lane highway to help suburban commuters get to the office district downtown. The city wants everyone to use Columbus to get to and from the Turnpike. But don't worry! Since they widened Grand Street and turned that into a speedway, they are going to build a 4 lane bridge connecting Jersey Avenue to the Turnpike by Liberty State Park so that suburban commuters will have to highways to get to the office towers downtown.

Posted on: 2015/9/23 14:17
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Re: Steuben St parking
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Sully wrote:
This is a great thread! I live in Zone 11, which is really really small - so the opportunities for free, on-street, entitled parking are extremely limited!

I'm only entitled to park in places I could easily walk to from my home in a couple minutes - what good is that??? OUTRAGEOUS! How can I possibly get by???

Plus, people in Zone 2 can park in an area larger than Hoboken, that really chaps my ass!! Totally unfair!! I demand that the city council immediately make Zone 11 much larger!!

Yvonne, if you will support my cause to make Zone 11 as large as Hoboken, I'll support your effort to get a Zone 2 sticker.


Actually there was talk for a while of dividing zone 2 into multiple zones.

Posted on: 2015/9/21 16:08
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Re: Steuben St parking
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Yvonne wrote:
I brought this up at the last council meeting. My husband and I have family all over JC. We are also being denied a permit when we had a permit before. That means we cannot go a wedding, wake, or any family function that is more than 2 hours. At the last council meeting I said this to Candice respectfully, you only have a minor child and no extended family members in JC, you have no idea about the impact to families. Years ago, I took my mother to her doctor and was there for 3 hours. The problem is - JC is ignoring an ordinance that stated all new construction must have parking, they are allowing 20% to 25% for parking so the new residents are parking on the street and long time residents that had permit parking are being squeezed. Also, former parking lots and garages now have buildings. The rules are unfair. This also means you cannot have a medical procedure that is more than 2 hours in your zone.


There is too much parking downtown. There are too many vacant spots. I think the correct word you are looking for though is there is no longer FREE parking downtown. That's the cost of a car, and it doesn't even begin to reflect the social and environmental costs of car ownership. You should be happy that current parking fees for private lots aren't required to reflect the real cost of car ownership.

Posted on: 2015/9/19 15:54
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Re: Downtown Showdown’
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Oh who gives a shit about this pedestrian suburban crap? People in suburbia have these things so they can feel good about their 90 minute commutes and the dull lives on cul-de-sacs.

Posted on: 2015/9/17 18:07
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Re: PATH gets United CEO fired?
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JCMan8 wrote:

Perhaps they are just using common sense. Weinberg is 100% right. It makes a hell of a lot more sense to spend that $2 billion on a new rail tunnel which will benefit the entire state, rather than this unnecessary extension which will not benefit the majority of Jersey City residents at all (as most are probably not flying out of Newark very often).

At best, the more affluent residents here who travel on a regular basis through Newark Airport will benefit, but even then they can just take an Uber or cab. It is a total waste of money and unconscionable when that money can be contributed towards a new rail tunnel.


The problem is the Port Authority isn't a state agency. Its a bi-state agency. New Yorkers have plenty to gain from a faster ride straight from lower Manhattan to Newark Airport and arguably, much less to gain from spending money on a rail tunnel to New Jersey, particularly after New Jersey's government wasted hundreds of millions of dollars and turned down $3 billion in federal aid.

Posted on: 2015/9/15 20:44
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Re: Anyone hear about the 100 floor tower Goldman Sachs is planning on the waterfront?
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Posted on: 2015/9/15 15:01
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Re: Hudson River waterfront needs vast improvement
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If Fulop has his way, the entire waterfront walkway will be the Can't See the Hudson River Over the 30-foot-high Storm Surge Berm with High Rise Development Walkway.

Posted on: 2015/9/14 16:12
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Re: PATH gets United CEO fired?
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Let's review: 3 Bergen County senators who represent constituents who will not benefit directly from the PATH extension want the Port Authority to spend money on a bus terminal that their constituents must use because of poor rail connections or a new rail tunnel that would provide their constituents more reliable access to Manhattan.

It should be pretty clear that their interest in redirecting the Port Authority money is not about whether the PATH extension is a good project or whether it was illegally lobbied for. They are rightfully arguing to spend money on their constituents rather than residents of Essex, Hudson, or Manhattan Counties.


Posted on: 2015/9/10 20:46
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Re: PATH gets United CEO fired?
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The plan is to have it open to Newark so the neighborhood can use it.

In a perfect world I think the better idea would have been to somehow extend the light rail to EWR. They already have a connection to NY and Newark Penn St with the existing connections (just need to open it up to the neighborhood).



Technically speaking, the Port Authority has not confirmed that the station will have access to the neighborhood. The whole project still needs to go through the design phase. There has been a lot of debate regarding that issue and it is by no means resolved one way or the other.

The Newark Light Rail was supposed to connect to the Airtport as well as into Elizabeth. The original plan name was the Newark-Elizabeth Light Rail. For now the Elizabeth remains much like the Bergen in the HBLR: a misnomer.

Posted on: 2015/9/9 18:19
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Re: PATH gets United CEO fired?
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JCGuys wrote:
Other areas?! LOL!!!


The second the PATH extension to Newark is killed, the money will go to the World Trade Center, LaGurdia Airport, new PABT or if it does stay in Jersey, the skyway bridge!

No, the $2 billion will not be reinvested in PATH If the EWR extension is killed. Let's take the extension and then gun for capacity improvements so the PA will have fast, reliable service between Manhattan and Newark Airport.

The AirTrain people move has reached the end of its useful life. This is an excellent opportunity to improve the link between PATH and the new AirTrain.


Also its a very important investment in revitalizing the city of Newark. Even though it remains unclear whether the airport station will initially be open to street (rather than just the monorail and NJTransit station), the big cost is the link, not opening it up to Newark. Once its built, lobbying to open it up to the city becomes much easier and it will serve as a catalyst to developing another area of Newark.

Posted on: 2015/9/9 16:24
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