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Re: Front fence Hamilton Park
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The good folk of Jersey City are over the heavy-handed abuse of these regulations. And they need to be on the look out - last I heard the City was trying to turn Astor Place into another Historic District.


All too often, historic districting is a blunt weapon of gentrification - a way to get rid of lower-income residents in a neighborhood (who are typically the elderly on fixed incomes or minorities) because they can't afford to comply. Historic districts = Stuff White People Like. This is an interesting article about the controversy over the historic districting attempt in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in L.A.
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-ad ... -park-20150719-story.html

Posted on: 6/28 23:23
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Re: Grove Street Path Elevator
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So, the article says the elevator is set to open July 2. I predict it will be out of service by July 5.

Posted on: 6/26 18:21
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Re: Grove Street Path - Evacuated by Police with Guns Drawn
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driverjase wrote:
Update: Found this on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/guriel/status/870684573729824768

Seems to have all been triggered by a fight on a train. Seems a bit excessive on the force front.


Maybe. But after what happened in Portland just a week earlier, better safe than sorry.

Posted on: 6/3 15:58
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Re: Clothing Moths
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It's not the moths that will eat your clothing, but their larvae. They'll go after wool, cashmere and silk. They don't like strong smells, so you can deter them my storing bars of deodorant soap (like Irish Spring) in your drawers. I also keep my sweaters in ziplock bags.

Posted on: 5/8 9:45
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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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Ha! My mother's favorite dish of all time. But even Europeans know the key to a kick-ass fish stock (for bouillabaisse, for example), you gotta use the fish heads.

Posted on: 4/26 11:18
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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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Bill463 wrote:
Went yesterday - wonderful! I do feel bad for the small fish store on Jersey. When the mayor comes to cut your ribbon on your new wonderful small business he never mentions this! So many ribbon cuttings on shop small but how many last here?


I don't feel bad for them. Different customer bases. Something tells me most of the customers of the "small fish store on Jersey" woudn't be caught dead buying their fish in a supermarket, let alone an Asian one. I can't picture them standing in line sandwiched between loud Chinese grandmothers buying huge bags of fish heads - or even knowing what to do with a bag of fish heads.

Posted on: 4/26 10:57
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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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jerseymom wrote:
How is the bakery?


The bakery looks fairly decent in terms of selection: the typical breads, pastries and cakes that you would find in any Asian bakery. I did pick up a mocha swiss roll (the swiss rolls were one of their grand opening specials) and it was good. The line at the bakery was too long over the weekend, or I would have gotten a little mango mousse pastry from the case. I am curious to see how it stacks up to Fay Da in Chinatown. To me, Fay Da is the gold standard of Chinese bakeries.

Posted on: 4/26 10:45
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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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Got to get over there to check it out! I'm excited at what people are saying about the fish dept. I'm sure that small business on Jersey ( fish ) will be impacted. What ever happened to the mayor saying no chains downtown and all that silliness?


The ordinance specifically excludes grocery stores, but even if it didn't, 99 Ranch wouldn't fall under the definition of a chain store because it has only one other location on the East Coast. Also I'm pretty sure Old Colony falls right outside "downtown" as defined by that particular ordinance. The fish department is amazing. I was there over the weekend - incredible selection, everything fresh and very reasonably priced. That fish stand on Jersey Ave will probably be OK, because JC now has a critical mass of people who think paying much more for a limited selection of artisanal fish sold by hipsters is how you become a discerning seafood consumer.

Posted on: 4/24 12:07
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Re: Anyone know of a peditrician who is anti-vaccine or vaccine neutral in JC?
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bodhipooh wrote:
Aw, how cute... another dipshit, crunchy, granola parent drinking the koolaid of the anti-vaxxers brain-addled brigade.

Vaccinate your kid and stop the nonsense, and please stop buying into the fraud that is the anti-vaccine movement. It is 100% based on false science and they have done incredible damage to society at large.


Exactly. The parents today who freak out over vaccines were themselves vaccinated as kids and never got to see the ravages of horrible diseases like measles and polio. My parents grew up in 1940s Asia, when most kids weren't vaccinated. They remember cousins and playmates being struck by such diseases and think parents today are complete idiots for choosing exposure to terrible - and sometimes deadly - diseases. Not only are measles highly contagious, but by selfishly choosing not to vaccinate your kids, you're putting those too young to be vaccinated and those with weakened immune systems at risk. Funny how many of the same liberals who blast conservatives for ignoring climate science are themselves just as guilty for denying vaccine and public health science.

Posted on: 4/17 19:38
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Re: Property Tax Appeal - Comparable Sales
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MDM wrote:
Years back I had a tenant who was a real estate agent. She pulled a mass of comps from the MLS guide on my behalf, which I used in my appeal.

Got any friends with access to MLS?


When I appealed back around 2008, I just walked into one of the local real-estate agent offices and asked if anyone could help me. Granted, business was considerably slower for realtors in 2008, so they were happy to help me out. I offered to pay for their time, but they declined payment and asked me to remember them the next time I wanted to buy or sell a home (which I did).

Posted on: 3/22 15:52
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Re: Newport Mall
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Malls are an out of date idea - but Newport Mall should close the food court and the movies - and mimic upscale malls like Shorthills.


Speak for yourself. Before they renovated the movie theater, I used to schlep into Manhattan to see movies. Now, it's nicer than most theaters in the city. The food court is also much improved and I'm not above getting fast food every so often.

Posted on: 3/13 23:23
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Re: Question about management company
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I am not a lawyer. However, I think I can safely answer the question based on my experience on a board for a number of years. Something somewhat similar happened.

I think the management company did you a service by changing the fees to adhere to the bylaws. The fee change by the owners was improper. Perhaps the management company should have given notice and explanation, but I doubt they did anything legally wrong. It is the Board/owners that screwed up by changing the fee structure without changing the bylaws. That is a major big deal. It is irrelevant that the change was voted on and agreed. Changing bylaws is not a simple matter. What about a new owner that moves in? He/she might be basing part of the purchase decision on what he/she believes the fees are as stated in the bylaws.

In any event, I would let it go since you all agreed to abide by the management company's decision anyway. In my opinion, the management company did a smart thing.


+1000. The bylaws are the legal, governing document for the building. The management company has to act according to the bylaws, otherwise it would be opening itself up to liability and negligence claims. If you're going to change the fee structure for maintenance, you can't simply discuss and vote. (Did you even have minutes of that discussion?) You have to properly amend the bylaws.

Posted on: 3/2 18:39
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Re: Christophobic Webmaster Strikes Again
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Wait - the Webmaster has something against Christo? I agree, his art isn't for everyone...

Posted on: 3/2 18:28
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Re: Dolma Restaurant
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Agree with all the enthusiastic reviews. I've eaten there twice in one week. The lamb chops were superb and perfectly done and seasoned, and the moussaka is indeed fantastic. They don't have a big menu, but what they do, they do very well. The staff is is so warm and welcoming, too.

Posted on: 2/14 10:54
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Re: Grand Opening date for Krispy Kreme February 7th 2017
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Anyone else notice how an already bad intersection is made even worse by the idiots who park/stand on Marin right outside KK now, with their hazard lights flashing? One guy was even parked into the crosswalk. I was driving south on Marin and had just cleared Columbus when I had to slam on my brakes to avoid being sideswiped by some asshat who abruptly pulled out without checking for traffic. It goes without saying that the cops directing traffic right at that intersection appear to be oblivious or indifferent to the Krispy Kreme congestion.

Posted on: 2/13 17:17
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Re: Grand Opening date for Krispy Kreme February 7th 2017
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135jc wrote:
Quite honestly this seems to be opening in a timely manner. Many businesses in the past took much longer to get through all the red tape. The most famous being atomic wings. Looks like Fulop has streamlined some things.


Or they greased the right palms right away.

Posted on: 2/4 15:28
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Re: Jersey City rally in support of immigrants
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France did indeed use SECAM (thank you for the memories) but it was (arguably) not a protectionist measure. They just pick the wrong standard but had no choice based on the broadcast technology they choose to initially go with...


France has never made an economic or industrial policy decision that wasn't rooted in protectionism or nationalism or a combination of the two. How else do you explain the state continuously bailing out/subsidizing Bull, arguably the WORST computer ever made. Or the continued existence of the Minitel well into the internet era.

Posted on: 1/31 21:09
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Re: Jersey City rally in support of immigrants
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You're parsing the effect, which was no visas were processed for 6 months.

Reminds me when the French tried to protect domestic TV production. They just said all foreign TV's had to be inspected to make sure they met French standards. I think they put two guys in a warehouse in Marseille, and between the two of them they could inspect a dozen TV's a week!


What are you talking about? The French government tried to protect the production of French TV content, not of TVs manufacturing.


Actually, they did. But Monroe is wrong about the inspection of foreign TVs bit. Foreign TVs wouldn't have done you any good in France, unless you were smuggling one in from Belarus. The French adopted the SECAM TV broadcast system. The only other countries using SECAM were Russia and the former Soviet states. The rest of Europe used PAL, while the U.S. used NTSC. The French did that so you couldn't go to Germany or Britain to buy a cheaper and better TV, or in my case, bring over a multi-system TV from the States (which worked for NTSC/PAL but not SECAM). Not sure if these systems are even still relevant in the age of digital broadcasting and streaming, but it certainly was back in the analog days.

Posted on: 1/31 19:27
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Re: Property Registration
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LoraJ wrote:

Yes, it was from the Landlord/Tenant department. I said we didn't have 5 units under rental and no one owns more than one unit and he said it didn't matter I still had to fill out the form and send in $10 per unit. And I told him nothing on the form applies to anyone in my building we are a non-profit Condo Association. And he was telling me well the owner would be the President, and I was like, ahhhh I don't think that is how it works and he told me well then I can go to court then and pay the $2500 fine. :/

Maybe I will ignore it, I do feel like I got this in the past and ignored it because of the 5 unit thing. I feel like it was worded differently this year which set off alarms.

If they want me to register my building (which I am sure it is somewhere), then it shouldn't be coming from the landlord/tenant department.


I get the impression that entire department is staffed by patronage f*ckwits who enjoy misleading people. I never got another mailing from them after I ignored the form the first time. Everyone I know (I don't know anyone who owns more than five rental units) has blown it off. They can't fine you/drag you into court for disregarding an ordinance that doesn't apply to you. If you read that form and the ordinance carefully, there is no obligation for you to do anything if you're not a landlord. I just got a very bad vibe from speaking on the phone with them - that if I unnecessarily filled out any forms for them, I will NEVER get them off my back.

Posted on: 1/27 0:35
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Re: Property Registration
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JadedJC, things may have changed recently. Nice new revenue stream for the City and Fire Department.

The property registration form may arise from Ordinance 14-117 (new since 2015) establishing a Fire Prevention Bureau in the JCFD. Requirements include registration, annual fees and annual inspections of even small multi-family properties. See sub-section §3-88.2, et seq., for details.

§3-88.2. Non-Life Hazard Use Registration.
All premises not classified as "life hazard uses" pursuant to the Uniform Fire Code (with the exception of owner-occupied detached Use Group R-3 structures, used exclusively for dwelling purposes) shall be classified as "Non-Life Hazard Uses". Non-Life Hazard Uses shall be registered and have an annual registration fee with the Jersey City Fire Prevention Bureau, which will conduct annual periodic inspections.


Here's the link to the Ordinance: https://www.municode.com/library/nj/je ... _ordinances?nodeId=688951

Use Group definitions (fyi):
http://www.bridgewaternj.gov/wp-conte ... ads/pdf/other/Use-Occ.pdf


The OP wasn't clear which city department sent the notice. I'm aware of the fire prevention bureau and the registration fees that come with it regardless of whether you are a rental or condo building. Since the OP mentioned landlord/tenant issues, I'm assuming it was the form that was first sent out in the waning days of the Healy regime that required landlords who owned more than 5 units in a building to register with the city (I think the fee was around $10 per unit). There was even a section on the form requiring landlords to list and justify their rent increases. Ostensibly it was a way for the city to track landlord compliance with rent regulations, but in reality it was a way for the city to add some revenue to its coffers without raising taxes heading into an election year (and perhaps for Healy to score some political points with renters).

Posted on: 1/26 19:47
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The form only applies to owners of at least five rental units in one building. I ignored my form years ago, despite them telling me to fill it out when I called to ask about it - even though I was exempt. No repercussions for ignoring it. I just think you do yourself more harm filling it out if it doesn't apply to you. Once you do, you create some file in a city agency and I can easily see a Kafkaesque situation every year in which you're forced to prove to the city that you don't own five units in your building. Fwiw, friends who own single-family homes also got the form and ignored it as well.

Posted on: 1/25 18:41
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Re: Vogue Cafe - new French cafe on York & Marin
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If I recall correctly, exorbitant pricing was what did in Made With Love (used to be in the space where Choc-O-Pain now resides). They, too, had quality organic ingredients and delectable treats. Unfortunately, they greatly overestimated what people were willing to pay for a croissant.

Posted on: 1/17 18:11
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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JadedJC wrote:
I've been in JC 14 years now, and property crime seems to be much worse downtown than I've ever seen it.

It isn't. It's not even close.

Burglaries have dropped in half since 2002. Thefts are down by 25%, auto thefts by about 66%, robberies are less than half their peak in 2005.

http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Jersey-City-New-Jersey.html


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JCPD has warned of a surge in bicycle thefts this past year.

OK, and...? It's not like bike theft is a new crime.


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Anecdotally, I'm hearing of more people experiencing burglaries and break-ins.

Anecdotes are completely meaningless when it comes to crime.

They don't give you objective numbers, they don't properly identify trends, and perceptions of crime are way out of whack with the reality.


I'm not going to argue numbers with you. To anybody who has been the victim of a break-in (I was in the past year), stats won't change your personal perception of something you've experienced firsthand. It's made worse by my experience - and that of others - that the JCPD doesn't give a shit and will expend zero effort to investigate property crimes. In some cases, they will even victim-blame ("This is what you get when you move to Jersey City. You won't ever catch me living here" was what one cop told my friend in the VVP area when she reported a smashed window and burglary.)

Posted on: 1/2 20:53
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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heights wrote:
Time to be less politically correct and more on guard. If something looks suspicious act on those senses...if they still exist. Many towns are pricing people out in order to weed out desperate people. Less rental properties and absentee landlords would assist in this situation as well.


Thank you for that helpful suggestion! Our super recently caught a guy who had snuck into our garage to steal bicycles. The guy lives in Bayonne and his name suggests Italian heritage. Going forward, I will certainly be less PC and assume all Italian men from Bayonne are bicycle thieves.

Posted on: 1/2 11:59
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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Thanks jerseymom and bodhipooh for the input about Tile. I'll admit I don't know much about it and assumed it was something akin to the Find My iPhone app. My parents use it on their key rings because they're at that age where they're misplacing a lot of things, especially keys. With keyless ignition systems now standard on cars, replacing a "lost" key is no longer simple or cheap.

I've been in JC 14 years now, and property crime seems to be much worse downtown than I've ever seen it. I think the influx of affluent people with the latest housing boom has made this a target-rich environment. JCPD has warned of a surge in bicycle thefts this past year. Anecdotally, I'm hearing of more people experiencing burglaries and break-ins. Even if you live in a building with a garage, don't assume your car is safe. A lot of thieves will follow cars into garages and even if they're not stealing a car outright, they are breaking into them looking for valuables.

Posted on: 1/2 11:04
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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Sorry to hear about your car. It's got me thinking it might not be a bad idea to put a Tile tracker in my car. I've heard of people locating stolen cars this way. Certainly cheaper than installing something like Lojack.

Posted on: 1/1 23:21
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Re: Hidden Hospital Costs Leave Some Patients With Sticker Shock
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Somehow, I just KNEW before I clicked on this thread, that Bayonne Medical Center would be involved. I'd rather risk death going to a different hospital than go there.

Posted on: 12/3 11:19
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Re: STARBUCKS: HOMELESS SHELTER (Grove)
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MFJC07302 wrote:
Thanks for all your wonderful input. The homeless issue will be rectified and the store cleaned this week when a board member from Corporate in Seattle comes !! What a relief :)


You really are a delusional idiot, if you believe anyone at the board level gets involved with issues at a single store. Most of the directors aren't even based in Seattle, but I suspect you don't even have the first clue how corporate structures at publicly traded companies work. But keep sniffing that artificial caramel mocha flavoring if that makes you happy.

Posted on: 2016/11/22 13:02
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Re: STARBUCKS: HOMELESS SHELTER (Grove)
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Well, I have won the fight against the homeless and the store being filthy. I reached out to corporate in Seattle, Washington as I have been writing on the JC List and they are coming to the store to do a "clean sweep" of the management and get the store back to it's original mission statement.


I go to that Starbucks a couple times a week. Yes, there may be a homeless person or two in there, but they're never bothering anyone. Leave them be. There was a homeless guy there yesterday. He wasn't even occupying a seat - just standing in a corner looking out the window. He was probably trying to stay warm and draw as little attention to himself as possible. This Starbucks is just fine the way it is. It's not any more filthy than any other busy coffee shop, just some straw and sugar wrappers on the floor because the staff hasn't had time to sweep.

You must live a sad, unhappy life to brag about complaining to corporate HQ to get some unfortunate people kicked out into the cold. If a cup of coffee is that easily ruined for you, I'd hate to think what your other day-to-day experiences must be like. P.S. the number for PATH customer service is 800-234-PATH, and for the MTA it's 511. Wouldn't want all those homeless people in the trains and stations to ruin your PATH and Subway "experience" either.

Posted on: 2016/11/22 11:58
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Re: 555 Market gone!!!
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Edit: just looked at that "jobs fair" post. It does not bode well for good management. Posted on 6th for an event on the 8th & 9th, and applicants for a job in JC needed to get to Edison. Either not serious, or incompetent.


I just checked the Chinese-language site, and it looks like the job fair info was posted on 10/6 as well. I wouldn't be surprised if someone in corporate put it on the website as an afterthought. Word was probably out well in advance through the unofficial job boards that Chinese immigrants use and through local employment agencies. But I agree it's bad that someone in JC would have to schlep out to Edison.

Posted on: 2016/10/10 17:54
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