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Re: Griffith between Central and Palisades
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We've been living here on Webster Ave nearly 4 years after 16 years living downtown. For all its shortcomings, we love living up here and love the neighborhood. All the people who seem "sketchy" are essentially harmless. You might even find that if you're in a time and position of need, they'll offer their help. Yes, they tend to be loud, obnoxious and generally not as respectful of the neighborhood as you are and that's frustrating....we get it. But, we've really come to like it here so much. It's definitely home.

As others have suggested, it's just a matter of time before you find your comfort zone here.

Welcome!

Posted on: 9/12 6:39
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Re: Journal Square Vs. JC Heights
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I recently re-located to the Heights after 16 years in downtown JC. I can say that while the Heights isn't downtown and doesn't have as "easy" access as downtown does, I love the neighborhood, love my home, and love that I got so much more for the money up there.

The light rail is usually the best alternative to connect with the PATH in either Hoboken or Newport to get to NYC. But I find that just walking to the Hoboken station from the eastern slope/Riverview Neighborhood is just as quick (with waiting on the platform factored in) as taking the light rail to Hoboken station. I don't really find the difference in access vs. DTJC to be a problem at all because I don't use or count on any of the bus service for transporation.

Here and there throughout our Heights neighborhood, we're seeing new businesses pop up and like me, there are many new faces that have moved "up the hill" from downtown. Hoboken is a very easy and quick walk. I think you'll find the value up here to be worth a deeper investigation.

Posted on: 2014/12/23 9:40
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Decent Gym In The Heights?
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Wondering if anyone can recommend or knows of a decent gym (or any gym) in the Heights?

Posted on: 2013/12/30 6:39
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Re: Low water pressure 8th & Erie?
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9th between Erie & Manila too. Also on hold with United Water for 20 minutes. "Heavy call volume."

Posted on: 2013/12/18 7:02
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Re: AT&T 4G LTE Coverage In Jersey City
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Thanks, that's really helpful. How about your call quality? Can you make and hold calls?


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CatDog wrote:
I've got AT&T 4G LTE and have never had any problems. Faster than my wifi, in fact.

Posted on: 2012/9/13 8:40
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AT&T 4G LTE Coverage In Jersey City
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I'm currently with AT&T wireless and have been seriously considering shifting over to VZW. Up until recently, AT&T 3G voice and data have been pretty bad here in downtown Jersey City. I was informed by AT&T that they put a new cell repeater in neighborhood and the 3G signal has been noticeably stronger here.

Can anyone provide any feedback on how their AT&T 4G LTE speeds are in downtown JC? I'm thinking that if it's pretty good and considering that AT&T has boosted their 3G signal in the area, maybe I'll stick with AT&T after all. I know that VZW's 4G LTE coverage in this area is pretty good. I'm specifically interested in AT&T LTE reviews. Thanks!

Posted on: 2012/9/13 6:13
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Re: The Foundry - Condos at Liberty State Park
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Thanks for your opinion!

Posted on: 2011/6/19 9:24
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Re: The Foundry - Condos at Liberty State Park
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I would be very interested in some current owner opinions on the Foundry. I just recently saw an impressive 2 bdrm unit there with an equally impressive list price. I currently live in downtown JC and understand the Bergen-Lafayette situation and it's relative isolation to downtown JC and the neighborhood's transitional status. What do current owners thinks about their home at the Foundry? Construction quality? Commute via light rail to Exchange and Newport PATH? Neighbors and neighborhood? Utility expenditures?

Thanks!

Posted on: 2011/6/16 6:23
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Re: Foundry Lofts
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I would be very interested in some current owner opinions on the Foundry. I just recently saw an impressive 2 bdrm unit there with an equally impressive list price. I currently live in downtown JC and understand the Bergen-Lafayette situation and it's relative isolation to downtown JC and the neighborhood's transitional status. What do current owners thinks about their home at the Foundry? Construction quality? Commute via light rail to Exchange and Newport PATH? Neighbors and neighborhood? Utility expenditures?

Thanks!

Posted on: 2011/6/14 10:08
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Foundry Lofts
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I would be very interested in some current owner opinions on the Foundry. I just recently saw an impressive 2 bdrm unit there with an equally impressive list price. I currently live in downtown JC and understand the Bergen-Lafayette situation and it's relative isolation to downtown JC and the neighborhood's transitional status. What do current owners thinks about their home at the Foundry? Construction quality? Commute via light rail to Exchange and Newport PATH? Neighbors and neighborhood? Utility expenditures?

Thanks!

Posted on: 2011/6/13 6:15
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Re: Bergen Lafayette?
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Thanks for your insight, Natalie. Very helpful information. I'd love to hear other opinions as well. Any owners out there willing to share?

Posted on: 2011/6/11 7:04
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Re: Bergen Lafayette?
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I would be very interested to hear thoughts on living at the Foundry. I recently took a look at a couple of impressively large units there. It's a lot of apartment for the money. I understand the neighborhood's relative isolation to downtown and its transitional status.

How do owners at the Foundry feel about their homes? Are they happy with the space? Are they pleased with the trade-off of content/value vs. transitional status of the neighborhood?

I currently live downtown and am weighing all of these things as I look for another home in JC.

Thanks!

Posted on: 2011/6/10 8:47
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Re: Property value trend at The Beacon
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Thanks for your opinion, Billc.

I only posted the question because I recently saw a unit at The Beacon and was very impressed with it along with the entirety of the complex. As impressed as I am, I was equally concerned about the neighborhood and potential upside. I too, would not be speculating. It would be my sole dwelling and wanted to solicit opinions of owners. I already own downtown but am looking for something bigger/nicer and liked what I saw at the Beacon for the money.



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billc wrote:
I have lived at the Beacon since the beginning. There are some short sales, and just like everywhere else, it is playing havoc with valuations. But as any informed person knows, the valuation in a short sale is imaginary until the bank approves the sale, and they are only interested in avoiding a forclosure, not a good measure of actual value. I know that in the single home market that short sales are being advertised that are below what it would cost to build the house. Once the economy rebounds a bit I expect to see values stabilize, and then maybe increase at the level of inflation.
Except for recent sales and those that purchased during the auction, I would guess that most of the owners at the Beacon are likely under water on their mortgage to some extent. I know I am. On the other hand I did not buy on speculation, this is my sole property and I live here. I'm not expecting to move for at least another 6 or 7 years, so any loses are strictly on paper at this point.
I think if you got an honest answer from most condo owners in Jersey City, if not most of the country, you would hear a similar story, which is why I'd say that there is no story in this news, so let's just move on to the next issue. At least that's my opinion.

Posted on: 2011/5/26 13:51
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Property value trend at The Beacon
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Can anyone tell me how well (or not so well) condo units at the Beacon have held their value? I've seen a number of advertised short sales for multi-bedroom units with very attractive prices there, but I would imagine these units were worth much more 3-4 yrs ago.

Are their any Beacon owners out there who wish to chime in? Good investment? Bad investment? Updside? Downside?

Thanks!

Posted on: 2011/5/25 17:33
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Re: HDTV over the air reception
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I use two Terk HD antennas for both of my HDTV's and also use an Apple TV streaming box. By and large my HD OTA receptions is quite good. The bedroom set in the front of the building has reception that's pretty flawless and consistently so. The antenna faces Southeast. The set in the back of the building in the living room gets good reception, but less consistent and faces Northeast. This antenna needs to be adjusted every now and then particularly for "High V" or higher VHF channels like chnls 7 & 11.

Channels 2 and 4, are consistently strong and mostly because after the digital transition, they switched to UHF frequencies, which are much better for HD transmission.

I cut the cable TV cord in January and don't miss it at all. Very please with the OTA/Apple TV set-up.

Posted on: 2011/2/25 6:25
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The Demise of South City Grill
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It appears this longtime downtown staple has been closed since before the Xmas holiday. Windows are papered-over and no signs in the window. Anyone know what happened?

Posted on: 2011/1/15 8:55
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Xfinity (Comcast Hot Spots)
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Why is it that Comcast has no public wifi hotspots in all of Jersey City but has dozens of them in Bayonne and Hoboken, where they are NOT an available cable option?

Posted on: 2010/8/22 10:43
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Re: Pavonia PATH Station design
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I think this kind of explains the history of the station:

http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/abandoned/pavonia.html

Posted on: 2009/8/4 14:14
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Re: Michael Anthony's at Newport Marina
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I think anyone would be hard-pressed to criticize the location of this place. It's quite nice. The bar service was quick and courteous and the outdoor location was really cool even with the weather not being that great last night.

With that being said, I would agree with 07302's experience. I ate there last night and it wasn't very good at all. In fact, it was downright disappointing and yes, I realize it's still finding its legs after less than a week of being open for business.

We ordered a Tuscan plate appetizer for two, which after 40 minutes of waiting, never arrived. Instead, our two entrees came out, both of which were only lukewarm. They were both beef dishes and both tasted like they were just recently thawed. We asked the waitress for two steak knives and she immediately rushed away to get them, never to actually return. When we brought these things to her attention, she was only mildly apologetic.


I can't help but compare this experience to another recently opened establishment right across Washington Blvd. from Michael Anthony's...Fire & Oak. Barely open three months and we've eaten there three times already and we ate there not long after they initially opened. The folks who run this place REALLY KNOW how to run a restaurant. They didn't miss a beat during our initial visit and haven't missed a beat at any subsequent visit. In addition to the service being spot-on, the food has been absolutely delicious and impressive. The management seemed to circulate in a subtle way around the restaurant making sure patrons were satisfied.

There was none of that at Michael Anthony.



First time/last time.








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had lunch there today - friday. the location is amazing; the view is one of the better ones on this side of the river.

the place is definitely in the soft opening mode. the menu has two parts, a part that is fusion-tapas and a part that is traditional italian. my food sucked - the chef must have dropped a few pounds of salt in my pasta. the service was ok. i do hope that my experience is either the exception or just typical rough edges that will disappear with time, because south city grill is getting boring and the food there is increasingly uneven.

so on a scale 1 - 5, where 1 is "the place from hell" and 5 is "the most amazing food ever", this is a 3.

Posted on: 2009/7/12 7:52
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Re: Downtown/Waterfront: Fire and Oak, fine dining at a nice price, $15-26 for an entree
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Ate here last Saturday and it was fantastic! The atmosphere was very cool, the food was quite good with reasonable pricing. The big star here though is the service. It was spot-on, courteous, and attentive without being intrusive.

Posted on: 2009/6/24 8:18
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Re: Buon Appetito - new restaurant on Grove Street
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Had their pizza for the first time last Saturday. Surprisingly very good! That space has been occupied by several pizzeria-type businesses, but it looks like this one's a keeper.

Posted on: 2009/6/16 5:55
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Re: What's Going on at The Embankment?
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They will be closed today and next Monday. I believe they're having their wood floors replaced. They've been planning it for awhile.

Posted on: 2009/6/1 13:36
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Re: Pavonia Ave between Erie and Manila
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Outside of the school, Pavonia between Erie and Manila is a pretty laid back block and can be fairly tranquil as far as Jersey City goes. There isn't any kind of "downside" that you refer to. With the Hudson City bank on one end the dry cleaners on the other, the block is filled with decent-looking rowhomes that are fairly well-maintained. The block is well-gentrified in other words.

The homes you think might be "low income" are actually part of an older housing development that is occupied by renters and owners. It has a high Philipino concentration as does most of Manila Ave. I've been living on the next block ten years and the people living there have always been decent.

Posted on: 2009/5/26 16:45
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Re: Pavonia Ave between Erie and Manila
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I live right around the corner from this stretch of street. I would agree that during the school year, it can get noisy and congested in this area. However, if you're out of the house in the morning to go to work and aren't home before 3PM, you're going to miss all of this mayhem.

They only time you're going to experience it is if you're at home during the day while school is in session. If you're working from home, the noise and congestion are something to consider. The previous poster isn't exaggerating.

Posted on: 2009/5/26 6:34
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Re: Hamilton Park Renovation - Update
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I agree as well. The petition is a silly waste of time. Accept the temporary "inconvenience" and walk your dog on the sidewalk. It's really quite simple. In the end, you'll have a brand new park to enjoy.

Posted on: 2009/4/24 17:03
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Re: JPMorgan Chase buys WaMu
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There is also a Chase branch on Washington Blvd in the base of one of the JP Morgan Chase office buildings over in Newport.

Posted on: 2008/9/26 15:32
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Re: 9th & Marin crosswalk
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I appreciate this post as well. The crosswalk at 9th and Manila and the corner of Erie and 9th streets are equally as dangerous. The ingress and egress into the Hamilton Park area has been overrun by overflow traffic from the Holland Tunnel.

The only time drivers ever stop at the stop sign located at the 9th and Manila crosswalk is when there is a cop present and that's a rarity. Drivers who encounter pedestrians in this particular crosswalk often just drive around them. It's ridiculous.

Just yestrday morning there was a massive accident at the corner of Erie and 9th streets. One car barreling down Erie ran a red light and plowed into a car making a turn onto Erie from 9th. One car plowed into the St. Francis Garage and the other into the side of the Newport Pharmacy. Both drivers were lucky to have walked away.

Numerous times a day (particularly during rush hour), cars will travel the wrong way up Erie street from 12th st and many of them come from the tunnel.

Clearly this area is out of control.

Posted on: 2008/7/24 6:23
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Re: John's Pizza
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My boyfriend and I went there for dinner last night. We also had a couple of drinks before-hand and I'll get to that in a minute. We enjoyed the fried calamari as an appentizer and ordered a large cheese pizza with a few toppings. Both were terrific! With the pie, we also ordered a half carafe of white and red wine, which proved a good value. The service was very friendly, courteous, and prompt.

What I think we'll both pass on the next time we go however, are the $14 martinis at the bar. WOW. I think you'd be hard pressed to find that price at the most expensive place here in JC...or even NYC for that matter. Yes, it was top shelf liquor and I drink them all the time and don't ever complain about the price really. It just seemed totally out of place there.

That said, John's a long-needed good pizza place for downtown JC. They deliver too!

Posted on: 2008/4/6 7:38
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Re: Favorite NYC Italian Restaurant?
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Da Andrea on Hudson between Perry & W 11th is an absolutely terrific Northern Italian restaurant...owned and operated by Italians with an Italian chef and servers.

Posted on: 2008/4/2 13:32
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Re: The Embankment Restaurant
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I ordered one of the daily specials, the Surf and Turf with monk fish and pork chunks and some exotic mushrooms and veggies. It was delicious, the pork almost melted in my mouth, and the size of the portion was perfect. We also ordered the soup of the day (a cream of mushroom) which was really good. The waiters were serving the soup to every table in a cappucino cup as a treat from the Chef... nice touch.



I had this dish [Surf & Turf] on Saturday night and I couldn't agree more with everything you said. It was terrific!

Posted on: 2008/3/19 11:45
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