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Re: Hard Grove Cafe
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Thanks, HappyInHarsimus. They definitely need to improve their search results, since googling "Hard Grove Jersey City" doesn't result in that page at all!

Posted on: Yesterday 13:42
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Re: Hard Grove Cafe
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Anyone know if the new Hard Grove has a website or menu online? Looking to see if they have vegetarian options. The only menu I can find online lists their address as on Grove St. so I assume it's completely outdated.

Posted on: Yesterday 10:39
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Re: Hard Grove Cafe
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Bread wrote:
Lucky the new location is next to their law offices and not 328 Montgomery St.

So will it be just a restaurant or will they try for the Nite Club at their new location.

Are all their permits in order?

Was that their plan all along.

Out of spite, demolish of an historic building on Newark Ave, transfer their liquor license three times (3) ... Newark Ave, Montgomery St and finally the Porto... well they are lawyers so they don't have to pay anyone but them selves... so to speak.

Well good luck to them. Not that they would be so nice to anyone else.


Not for nothing, but they didn't demo the building. The building next door burnt down (which is a whole other conspiracy that I won't get into here), the demolition of which undermined the structure that Hard Grove was going in to. I can't imagine a scenario where Hard Grove would rather be at their current (new) location than in the heart of the pedestrian plaza. They lost a TON of money because they were so close to opening on Newark that the spot on Grove was closed and they were therefore out of business for years over this.

I have no reason to defend them but your post clearly has some ill will and is factually incorrect.

Posted on: Yesterday 10:39
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Re: Shooting on Newark Av
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Yvonne wrote:
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Yvonne wrote:
Neither were you the one stuck in traffic for over a hour with alternative roads block off. Our roads are not like NYC, they are basically narrow. The problem is- nicky, you are nothing but a snowflake and cannot handle the truth. No citizen should be stuck in traffic without alternative roads available.


It is astounding how selfish you are.

Also, read a book. Your grammar is terrible.


Look, terrible things happen, but if a road was blocked in NYC there would have been alternative roads. That is not the case in JC. So yes, I did bring up the city's plans to narrow the lanes for bikes because it will only bring more congestion to this city. Even the turnpike and parkway allow for movement of traffic when there is an incident. The truth as they say will bring freedom. Do not be afraid of the truth.


Well I guess we know in advance that the fat slob Yvonne will probably fight against the Grand St. redesign with her lies. I wonder if she's ordered the VVPA to officially oppose it yet.


And the world knows your parents were a failure at raising a young man with no manners. Thank God, we are not related, I would be embarrassed by your Godless behavior.


It takes some nerve to call someone Godless when not more than a handful of posts up you were CERTAINLY not loving your neighbor.

Posted on: 8/14 10:02
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Re: Have you been to Gringo's in Jersey City?
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the tacos seem a little high priced (I'd expect $8-10 for 3, not $5 ea), but the "for the table" section seems on point, price-wise.

I'm looking forward to checking this place out sometime soon.

Posted on: 8/9 9:37
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Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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Yes, this year the route was set from Brunswick, down columbus to grove. Hope you caught that post update in time to see the parade.

Posted on: 8/7 10:33
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Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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For some reason, parade hasn't started yet...

Posted on: 8/5 12:24
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Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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seems the route is different this year. Bummer, but still going to be fun https://www.facebook.com/CRBNJ/photos/ ... 767444213/?type=3&theater

Posted on: 8/4 20:02
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Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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I bet you're right, it was Columbus. I just recall being surprised by it after coming up from the PATH which is why I said Newark. Good correction.


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How do we find out about these things? It's not in the fancy schmancy new and improved Jersey City calendar.

http://jerseycityculture.org/events/


Agreed. Such things should be better advertised. This one is simply on the radar of the public more than other events due to the fact that it's actually really good. Word of mouth should not be the only source of info.


Also agree on the lack of publicity. This is about the only one worth spectating, IMO. And IIRC, last year year they went down Jersey then East on Columbus (not Newark) or maybe it was East on Newark to Barrow then south to Columbus. Not through the pedestrian plaza...

Posted on: 8/4 16:51
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Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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Annod wrote:
How do we find out about these things? It's not in the fancy schmancy new and improved Jersey City calendar.

http://jerseycityculture.org/events/


Agreed. Such things should be better advertised. This one is simply on the radar of the public more than other events due to the fact that it's actually really good. Word of mouth should not be the only source of info.

Posted on: 8/4 11:38
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Re: 34 Coles Street, Dunkin Donuts?
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also I think the chain store thing has been scrapped, due to a lawsuit by CVS.

Posted on: 8/4 11:37
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Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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Parade is tomorrow!
Route used to be - I THINK - south from Hamilton Park, east on Newark, south on Grove. Is this correct/still true? Don't remember if the ped plaza on newark changed that.

Posted on: 8/4 9:00
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Re: Jersey City taps Downtown woman to be city planner
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I agree with all of this EXCEPT the wide streets. Wider streets are proven to be less safe to cross, subconsciously encourage faster driving, etc. Certainly all new streets need to have bike lanes (in fact, protected bike lanes) and in almost all cases parking on both sides. But that should be done in the narrowest way possible.


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Its a good time for a change. I hope she addresses some of the concerns that have been emerging as the city seems to be growing faster than the existing planners have seemed to keep up with. There are things that can help the city grow, but also seem more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing to people on the streets.

1. More of an effort to eliminate the Bayonne Boxes which have been an eyesore on so many outskirt neighborhoods of transit hubs over the years.

2. Smarter transitioning of neighborhoods to reduce the likelihood of a 50 story building to stand next to a 2 story house. Im all for development, but there should be more of an easing in to a high rise section of town from a low-rise house section as well.

3. Wider streets that provide parking and bike lanes on both sides in completely new sections of the city. It boggles my mind why developers are making super narrow streets and sidewalks when they have a blank slate to work with. there is plenty of room to still build tall buildings but allowing more space to move for cars and people will reduce traffic and look more pleasing than tight narrow streets.

Theres a ton of other things, but either way, I wish her the best for the future of the city.

Posted on: 8/3 15:53
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Re: Please Help Prato Bakery
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The NA NIMBYs claim another scalp. These worthless organizations need to be dissolved.

Oh, whatever

I don't know what squeeg knows, but it sounds like it's the landlord who has chosen not to renew the lease. Prato has been doing a good business for quite some time now. Just last month, the owner of Prato was saying he liked being part of the neighborhood, and knowing their regular customers:
http://jerseycityeats.blogspot.com/20 ... et-vendor-prato.html#more

I see no indication that the neighborhood chased them out.


Perhaps that's not the case and if so, I'll stand corrected. The OP (squeeg) seems quite elated they're leaving and is lauding the HPNA, indicating they had something to do with this decision.

So they drove out a very popular bakery that closes in the early evenings that most of the neighborhood really enjoyed. Wonderful. I hope the NA is happy with the hair salon/real estate office/some sort of preschool they'll wind up getting in its place.


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Posted on: 7/27 9:36
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Re: Violation - On Street Resident Only Parking
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DMV has nothing to do with traffic court.

That said, not that I'm a regular at court but had my first experience there just this past spring and it was fast (maybe an hour of watching others plead their case), unexpectedly interesting, easily accessible by JSQ PATH, and the judge was top notch. I guess YMMV.

Posted on: 7/26 16:10
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Re: Violation - On Street Resident Only Parking
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Depending on the judge you'd likely get mercy and the reduced $60 ticket. I wouldn't even bother asking for it to be entirely dismissed since you were at fault.

Posted on: 7/26 12:09
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Re: LOW H2O pressure this morning in Village Neighborhood, anyone else?
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I'm in HC and it was fine, so it must be fairly isolated...?

Posted on: 7/19 10:03
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Re: Illegal parking on Newark, the message is anything goes in JC!!
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Cops do move the cars out of the way, but for whatever reason, the entitlement attitude prevails here. The rules just don't apply to those drivers, of course! Didn't you know?

I wonder if there is some way to include the stores in this effort. It's not hard to see that the illegal parkers are patrons of just a few of the stores.

In the meantime, a few a-holes continue to impact the rest of us.

Posted on: 7/10 15:30
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Re: Front fence Hamilton Park
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HPC is not under the purview of MLUL. That guides planning and zoning. Not preservation. Thus, it makes perfect sense that they don't follow it.


This is 100% incorrect.

For those who may not be aware the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance is part of the Zoning Code.

The City's Historic preservation ordinance (345-71) is a section of the City's zoning and development code – aka the JCLDO – “Jersey City Land Development Ordinance”. It is found at Chapter 345 “Zoning” in the Jersey City Code of Ordinances.

The NJ MLUL is the enabling legislation that permits the HPC to regulate “preservation.” The HPC draws ALL of it's authority to regulate from the relevant provisions of the MLUL. In respect of preservation, the intent and purposes of MLUL provisions, as stated in the legislation are:

“j. To promote the conservation of historic sites and districts,...” NJSA 40:55D-2.

Other sections of the MLUL provide details of how this must be accomplished in order to be compliant with state law. Both make for interesting reads given the abuse of power by the HPO and HPC.


You are right, I got ahead of my self. What I was trying to convey was that the MLUL does not set forth the rules and/or guidelines for historic preservation. Yes, it enables that historic preservation bodies may exist. But the Secretary's Standards are not part of the MLUL or the JCLDO.

So why do they get to have a "say" on sites when an historic element has been removed? Well since you brought up the MLUL, it defines historic sites as "any real property, manmade structure, natural object or configuration or any portion or group of the foregoing of historical, archaeological, cultural, scenic or architectural significance." This means anything within a district contributes to the preservation of the district as a whole. And yes, sometimes that means replacing something that was inappropriately removed.

Legal interpretations go on to say that Commissions must deal with the question of "whether a particular proposed alteration or construction blends aesthetically with existing buildings in the vicinity in order to retain the character of the particular streetscape." That is why it matters, and why the Commission is allowed to regulate, what kind of fence goes up.

Posted on: 6/28 14:42
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Re: Front fence Hamilton Park
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Of course Dan doesn't follow the City Ordinance – he and the HPC never have, issuing demands that go way beyond the authority granted them by the enabling NJ MLUL.

Their regulatory powers are limited by law to “preservation” - that's the language in the legislation. However, Dan and the HPC operate by withholding permits until owners give into their demands for extensive, expensive, “restoration” and “reconstruction” work. The enabling law does NOT give the HPO or HPC authority to demand restoration or reconstruction of things that were removed or destroyed years ago. If a historic feature was removed – it's gone, and there is nothing to preserve. You can't preserve something that doesn't exist.

Go and carefully read the statue and the City Ordinance. You'll find that neither contains any language that compels owners to undertake “restoration” or “reconstruction.” The complete absence of such language is significant, as it indicates the law or ordinance was not written to compel these particular activities. If an owner wants voluntarily to do that type of work they can do so after permits are issued, and in doing that work they must follow the Ordinance. But it is beyond the City's authority to force any owner to undertake any activity other than “preservation”, if the owner doesn't want.

Bottom line: if you have a historic fence, you'll need to proceed with preservation. However, if your fence is NOT historic, then Dan is beyond his authority in demanding you “recreate” a historic fence. Some other requirements come into play – chain link fences aren't allowed, but those requirements aren't for historic purposes.

Unfortunately, as I've noted before, it will take a law suit run by a smart, knowledgeable attorney to stop the arbitrary, and “ultra vires” abuse by Dan and the HPC.


HPC is not under the purview of MLUL. That guides planning and zoning. Not preservation. Thus, it makes perfect sense that they don't follow it.

With regard to the City code, I'll refrain from any comment having not read that section in a very long time and I don't have the time to do it right now.

Posted on: 6/28 9:31
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Re: Front fence Hamilton Park
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2 20 plus apartments went up on Erie in the last two years, how is that historically correct?


Dude, that's not how the historic district works. They don't care about infill construction, some of the true believers actually don't want it to look old fashioned because then the museumgoers might be confused about which are the "real" historic homes. Those are the ones subject to the historic board.


Got ya


Right (mostly). It's not that they don't care about infill, but it is considered "wrong" to have make-believe old buildings. What is important is respecting the scale of the neighborhood.

For what it's worth, all of the rules are spelled out by the Secretary of the Interior. (you can find it online.) DAN doesn't make the rules, the federal government does.

Posted on: 6/27 8:27
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Re: Street Sweeping ???
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Street Sweeping was NOT suspended for the holiday (according to the twitter feed) however I did come home to keep an eye out for the sweeper and it never came.


This will be going on for weeks - it would be nice if JC's Twitter could update and say where and when street sweeping and milling will really be happening. Better if they just ended street sweeping till all is done.


Agreed. They could easily put out a blast saying Zone 5 street sweeping suspended until further notice.

Posted on: 6/26 17:13
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Re: Street Sweeping ???
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Street Sweeping was NOT suspended for the holiday (according to the twitter feed) however I did come home to keep an eye out for the sweeper and it never came.

Posted on: 6/26 15:05
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Re: Front fence Hamilton Park
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JoeGee wrote:
Walk down either Jersey Ave or Erie, changes are made consistently and the developers put up new buildings how the see fit.



this is patently false

Posted on: 6/26 8:13
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Re: Front fence Hamilton Park
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1. Do not try to bypass Historic. You will be caught, most likely by neighbors. It's really not that much of a hassle.

2. The historic PROCESS is not expensive. At times, historic MATERIALS are more expensive (eg. windows). But it is likely that going from wood to iron is bringing the property into historic compliance in which case you were planning on spending the money anyway, it seems.

3. I have no idea what this means: "with all the changes is this still the case". What Changes?

Posted on: 6/25 17:42
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Re: Street Sweeping ???
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Many downtown streets were milled last week for the repaving process. There are no signs up indicating that they'll be closed for repaving tomorrow (Monday). If common sense prevailed, this would mean no street cleaning because a street sweeper should not drive on a milled street. But then again they might just ticket cars for the fun of it.

Nothing on the JC Parking twitter feed mentions this.

Anyone have the inside scoop as to if alternate side of the street parking will be enforced between the milling and paving phases?

Posted on: 6/25 14:31
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Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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gordonh wrote:
Confirmation received!! Parade and festival is August 5 2017

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I can't find any info about it, but following the historical trend, it would be on August 5. I have reached out to Cultural Affairs to get confirmation and to get it on the events calendar. Last year, it took 3 emails and 3 phone calls before I got a response. I will let you know when I get additional info.

It wouldn't hurt for others to nag Cultural Affairs as well. CULTURALAFFAIRS@JCNJ.ORG (201) 547-6921



Thanks for the effort, gordonh!

Posted on: 6/22 10:55
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Re: Bolivian Parade - Best Parade ever!
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anyone happen to know when this will be this year, 2017?

Posted on: 6/21 11:19
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Re: The Lutze Biergarten - Harborside
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This business needs to take a little pride in themselves and their community. Early-morning runs along the waterfront reveal litter everywhere from its patrons. Plastic beer cups, discarded cigarette packs, etc. line the benches just outside of, and stretching north from, Lutze. While in a perfect world slobs would clean up after themselves, the reality is that in the absence of such common courtesy, Lutze should be cleaning up after their patrons and/or refuse to let customers leave beer cup-in-hand.

Posted on: 6/21 10:48
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Re: Most of DTJC 2nd St. Closure next couple of days?
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weirdly, certain streets (example: 3rd btwn Coles & Jersey) have this signage too, though it was just milled and paved like a month ago. They better not be going through the expense of doing it again. What's there now is NOT a temporary paving, it's final...stop lines painted and everything.

Posted on: 6/20 16:52
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