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Re: Council person Osborne presents Pedestrian plan
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Does anyone have a video or at least some information from Wednesday's Complet Streets Meeting with the police department ?


See the Harsimus Cove Association twitter feed for a play-by-play from the meeting:

https://twitter.com/HarsCoveAssoc

Posted on: 2013/11/22 14:24
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Re: LOTS of new Stop Signs Downtown
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Just took a stroll around to check them out. Stood at First & Erie for about 10 minutes just to see how cars were reacting. It was pretty good for the first day--I'd say at least 3 out of every 5 cars going straight came to a near or complete stop. The cars turning right from Erie onto First though, just about every one of them swung right through at full speed. Oh, and whoever was driving the Silverman smart car blew through it going straight on Erie. "Walkable," indeed.


At First and Jersey, things weren't so good. I'd say 4 of 5 cars drove right through without stopping or even slowing down at all. Being so close to the traffic light at Newark does make the situation a little more difficult. I saw at least one driver begrudgingly slow down on Jersey travelling north, but after getting through the intersection he peeled out and zoomed up to about 40mph to make up for lost time.


At this time there aren't any additional painted stop lines on the roads, so once those are in that should help train drivers to notice the signs. The crosswalk lines on Erie at First are almost totally worn away and are certainly due for repainting as well.



Posted on: 2013/11/22 14:12
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Re: new lil shop near Gia's Gelato
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I stopped in last week. Reminds me a bit of Vivi Girl or Mxyplyzyk--some small gift items but not a whole lot of selection. Worth checking out as there aren't any many options for kids' gifts since Jack's Toys closed down.

Posted on: 2013/11/20 13:03
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Re: Can we keep Manila unpaved?
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Totally agreed. I noticed the exact same thing on Erie St when there was paving on the cross streets through Harsimus Cove.

A couple of bumps in the road and drivers really do slow down--and guess what else? Once they've slowed down for the bump, they are a lot more likely to stop for a pedestrian waiting in the crosswalk!

Posted on: 2013/11/18 10:37
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Re: Energy scammer in the nabe
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Had two different people ring our doorbell in Harsimus Cove today. This morning it was someone from "Commerce Energy," and I told them I wasn't interested.

And just a few minutes ago, the bell rang again and the visitor announced himself as "Electric & Gas Company." I asked what company specifically he was from, and after some back and forth he eventually replied "Liberty Energy."

I didn't even open the door for either of these guys, so I don't know if they're legitimate alternate energy suppliers or just crooks casing the neighborhood. Either way, keep your eyes open.

Posted on: 2013/11/8 17:23
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Re: Governor Christie landslide
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I spend more than 50% of my time in JC, but I'm a legal resident of Essex County, in a city who pays over 85% of the cost of educating our own children and has the highest taxes in NJ because of our tax money being diverted to cities like JC. So I feel helping to pay to educate JC children I'm entitled to post here since it's partly on my dime.


If seeing your taxes going to the education of children is such a burden, you can always move to an over-55 community in South Jersey, or better yet, somewhere out of state.

Posted on: 2013/11/6 8:39
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Re: Jersey City Halloween Quiz……
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I was impressed by the number of Trick-or-Treaters who came by last night. I sat out on the stoop (in costume) distributing treats from about 5:30 to 7pm, at which point we ran out of candy and I had to call it quits. After that the doorbell only rang once--at close to 9pm--to which I had to apologize for having nothing else to offer. They apologized in return for coming by so late, and thankfully didn't feel the need to "Trick" us or our jack-o-lanterns.

On the whole, I thought the kids and adult accompaniment were very gracious and appreciative. There were a few older kids in questionable costumes but they were greatly outnumbered by the little ones.

Worst of the night was probably the group of four adults pushing an infant in a stroller. They said "Trick or Treat!" and when I put a piece of candy in their bucket, the dad encouraged his (likely under 6-months-old) baby to say Thank You. Which, clearly, the baby was not capable of. The mom looked embarrassed by the entire act. Seemed like an overly elaborate ruse just to collect some candy...


Posted on: 2013/11/1 17:01
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Re: Council person Osborne presents Pedestrian plan
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The road paving in Harsimus Cove presents a good insight into how speed humps might work to calm traffic. Since 4th & 5th Streets were milled last week, a rough patch of pavement was left on Erie St at those intersections. A large orange "BUMP" sign is there to warn drivers of the dip.

And guess what? I have noticed car after car come zooming down Erie and then SLOW DOWN for the intersection! It's like a miracle. Cars are even stopping for pedestrians in the crosswalk--it's amazing how much more alert drivers are when they have to reduce speed and pay attention to the road.

If it's too expensive to get the humps installed along Erie, maybe they can just leave the milled section there. So far, it is doing the job wonderfully.

Posted on: 2013/10/2 10:08
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Re: Best Vegetarian Vegan
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Subia's is the one true vegan spot downtown and the food is fantastic, but the service is incredibly slow. Call and order ahead or stop in to place your order and then take a walk in Van Vorst Park. http://www.subiasorganic.com/


Orale Mexican: Kale and squash enchilada is amazing. Looks like the menu changed and they may not have the seitan tacos any more though? http://www.oralemk.com/


Posted on: 2013/9/4 16:07
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Re: Good shoe repair downtown?
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Bob's on Jersey Ave is the best around. He has repaired and resoled innumerable boots and shoes for me, as well as cleaning a designer leather handbag that had been stained with coffee.

His shop recently moved from between Newark and Columbus over to Jersey & First, right across from Bouquets and Baskets.

He also works fast and for extremely reasonable prices.

Posted on: 2013/8/29 15:02
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Re: Public Service Announcement - Raccoons
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Quote:

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Ps: I'm thinking of proposing a skunk/raccoon hybrid to be Jersey City's mascot.


Maybe something like this?

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Posted on: 2013/8/26 9:53
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Re: JC police officer doesn't even know pedestrian law
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trambone wrote:
This also means pedestrians need to follow the Walk signals. They are always ignored at Columbus and Grove and at the entrance of Shoprite.


Most of them are broken.


That's not really the problem, at least at Columbus and Grove. The sequence is confusing to the point that at almost every single light change, the pedestrians cross before they are supposed to. That ends up delaying the cars turning left from Grove onto Columbus eastbound and it exacerbates and already bad situation.

See the excellent presentation on the Harsimus Cove Association web site:

http://www.harsimuscove.org/news/hars ... tions-for-traffic-calming

This bit explains the problem perfectly:

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Quick wins: Reconfigure the lighting sequence so that northbound motorists get the green light first. The pedestrian walk signal is tied to the northbound light. Since the southbound motorists get the green light first, pedestrians are subconsciously prompted to walk since they see traffic moving in their direction. For those that aren't acting sub-consciously, they may rationally conclude that the cycle missed them. The fact that the intersection has a pedestrian request button further communicates this if they haven't pressed the button themselves.



Posted on: 2013/8/20 14:51
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Re: JC police officer doesn't even know pedestrian law
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Yes, it does. The law as written on the official website delineates the difference. I'm not trying to be argumentative, I'm just quoting the site.

- Marked crosswalk = intersection with a painted crosswalk and sign (driver MUST stop)
- Unmarked crosswalk = intersection with a painted crosswalk and no sign (driver must yield)
- Unmarked, unpainted crosswalk = plain old intersection. Pedestrian must yield.

It's pretty clearly written on the website, so....

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arcy wrote:
It was a marked crosswalk. The crosswalk was painted and therefore marked. The sign has nothing to do with whether the crosswalk is marked.


nyrgravey9, can you provide a link to where you found that clarification? I can't find it anywhere on the NJ or US DOT web sites.

I have always taken "Marked crosswalk" to mean one with painted lines regardless of any other signage, and "unmarked crosswalk" to mean a corner crossing where a crosswalk would usually exist, but did not have the painted lines.


Also, I would like to print up a few of these cards to hand out to those drivers who blow through the crosswalks in deference to any pedestrians:

http://www.nj.gov/lps/hts/downloads/C ... alk_Warning_Palm_Card.pdf




Posted on: 2013/8/20 13:23
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Re: Pulaski Skyway Update For Commuters
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Thanks for the update. People are still gonna bitch like all hell when the closures happen, regardless of how much advance notice is given.


For the record, the Pulaski will be closed this weekend from something like 9pm Friday to 6am Monday. Plan accordingly.


Posted on: 2013/8/20 9:20
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Re: Boy hit by car at Hamilton Park
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Let's see, so far we have blamed:

1. The driver
2. Cars parked too close to the corners
3. The boy's parents
4. SUVs
5. The city for its apathy toward pedestrian safety

Anything I missed? I would like to point out that the boy or driver might have been distracted by unleashed dogs in the park. Or by all the noise and trash from the basketball courts.


In all seriousness, that intersection is certainly in need of some added safety measures. A stop sign for drivers turning left from 8th St onto Jersey Ave would go a long way.

Posted on: 2013/8/19 10:46
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Re: Reliable company for new windows
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Yes, it's for real.

We had all the windows in our historic brownstone replaced by Pella and they did a fantastic job, but at a price. The street-facing windows had to be wood with a custom arched top as shown in the historical photos. Vinyl windows were allowed in the rear so those were certainly much cheaper.

The new windows looked so nice that our neighbors came over to ask about the installation afterward. I gave them a card from our installer, and amazingly, they had all new windows installed a week later. Incredible, because it took us months to go through all the historic permits.



Posted on: 2013/8/19 10:42
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Re: Downtown JC Ticket Frenzy
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This is great! Hopefully, like I mentioned, if it's changed it's accompanied by painting the curbs yellow, to make it obvious.


On most corners downtown, the curbs are already painted red to indicate the area where no parking is allowed. However, in many spots the paint has worn away over time.

To start, how about repainting the curbs where they already show the No Parking areas and using that as a guide on where to enforce?

Posted on: 2013/7/18 14:01
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Re: Aggressive homeless man in downtown Jersey City
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I saw at least two questionable characters downtown yesterday afternoon.

One was an older, disheveled-looking man sitting on a stoop on Erie between First & Bay (more or less across the street from Balance Hair.) He looked like he was nearly passed out and when I walked past I noticed his pants were ripped wide open at the crotch. Did not bother to stick around for a closer look. (I have seen more homeless-guy penis than I would prefer already, thanks.)

Then as I got to Newark, I saw another guy shouting who may have matched the description natalia22 posted earlier. At first I thought it was the vuvuzela/hardhat guy, sans hardhat, but it may not have been him. Again, I didn't stick around to ask any questions.


Posted on: 2013/7/18 13:57
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Re: Drivers and Crosswalks
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Several new crosswalk signs have been installed along Jersey Ave at First and Second Street--including a special "Crosswalk Ahead" warning!)

Hopefully it's just the first step in a more comprehensive approach to pedestrian safety.

Posted on: 2013/7/9 14:47
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Re: Trash, 4 old tires, TV + more put out on curb Friday night
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Check out the SeeClickFix site. You can log the infractions and it will be reported to the appropriate city agency.

http://seeclickfix.com/downtown_hudson

Visit from your mobile phone to download the free app. It's great for getting little issues like that taken care of.

Posted on: 2013/6/30 20:27
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Re: Jersey City bicyclist in serious condition in hit and run: cops
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Just feet from her restaurant, you can see the bike lanes on Grove Street.

The city has plans to put in miles more.

But there are problem with the lanes, for starters, double parked drivers.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?sec ... cal/new_jersey&id=9153156



I hate to co-opt this sad story with so much talk of bicycle safety, but I just had to share this photo I took YESTERDAY right across from City Hall on Grove Street:

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There are no less than four cars and trucks parked in the bike lane. And as usual, ZERO enforcement. All within a few steps of Kraverie's front door.

Posted on: 2013/6/27 9:30
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Re: Rash of Suspected Feral Cat Poisoning in Downtown JC
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Not a poisoning, but one poor kitty lost his life yesterday morning after being hit by a car on Erie Street just before Third Street. I came across the scene shortly after it happened and a good neighbor was directing cars around the body.

I don't know if it was a house cat or a feral, but it was very sad to see. Rest in peace, kitty.

Posted on: 2013/6/6 11:19
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Re: "Empty Sky" - NJ State 9/11 Memorial in Liberty State Park
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Yes, it's a horribly ugly memorial and a tremendous waste of money. But the worst part is that the entire concept doesn't even make sense any more.

Sure, there was an "Empty Sky" for all those years while Ground Zero sat idle as a giant hole in the ground. But finally, the One WTC skyscraper has been rebuilt and we now have a new NYC skyline to admire. Except...this idiotic memorial is pointing at a section of sky that is no longer empty!

The shortsightedness of this entire memorial is truly appalling. Here's how it looks now from the "money" angle:

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Also, note my post in this thread from two years ago when this monstrosity was in the process of being built. I called it then: http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=272830

Posted on: 2013/6/6 10:58
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Re: Garbage on the ground and sidewalks everywhere
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Would love to see this money really going to enforcement, but I am not holding my breath.

I have witnessed a Jersey City cop stop his cruiser, open the door, and toss a Dunkin Donuts cup (I swear I am not making this up) into the street.

Posted on: 2013/5/15 17:56
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Re: Steven Fulop for Mayor - MAY 14, 2013 JERSEY CITY ELECTION
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Here's another video of Steve taking the stage at Zeppelin Hall last night. It was a wild scene...and you may want to turn your speakers down. :)




Posted on: 2013/5/15 10:18
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Re: Healy signs and “workers” every where this morning…..
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Just saw three Healy signs on the street signs and light poles at the corner of Wayne and Jersey:

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Posted on: 2013/5/14 15:05
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Re: Small 24" washer (front loader) - any recommendations?
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We have the Whirlpool WFC7500VW. It has been great for the last 14 months but just started to have an issue with the spin cycle. Have a technician coming today to service it.

http://www.amazon.com/Whirlpool-WFC75 ... able-Washer/dp/B001A5F1YE


Posted on: 2013/5/14 10:26
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Re: Beechwood (& Shadman)
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I stopped by Beechwood for the first time in months yesterday to see that they revamped their entire space. The front counter has been moved back, and the little shop in front has been mostly cannibalized to make room for more seating. So there are now tables in both rooms, as well as a long set of communal tables in the main dining space.

Not sure if there has been any change to the menu or service otherwise, but I am glad to see any restaurant that is willing to grow and change with the demand (a la Park & Sixth.)


I was also pleased to see that Shadman across the street finally revamped their dining space. They always had decent food at a low price, but the ambiance in there was like a middle school cafeteria. Looks like there is new seating, lighting, and a great big mural to go along with the cleaned-up counter top.

If all the competition from the new restaurants in the neighborhood are forcing the established ones to up their game, that is definitely a good thing.


Posted on: 2013/5/9 14:52
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Re: Cultural events causing congestion at Grove Path Station.
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Quote:

JustJames wrote:

...it is selfish, anti-social and quite frankly dangerous.


Let me get this straight: This public event, available free to anyone who wants to go, is selfish?

An open-air concert with food services and independent artists that brings hundreds of people together is anti-social?

A large gathering in the middle of a public square is dangerous, because it impedes your access to get to one of three separate entrances?


And c'mon people, let's be nice here. English Majors need to get to work too.


Posted on: 2013/5/3 16:40
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Re: Wireless tower to be built on top of a building on 5th Street
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What I find strange about this is that it's a Verizon antenna going in. I live in the area and I have never had a problem with VZW coverage--never less than 4/5 bars (and usually 5) and a full complement of 4G LTE download rates.

I wonder if Verizon is planning to replace a different antenna, or this is just going in for network growth and to provide expansion for expected data usage.



Posted on: 2013/3/18 10:24
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