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Re: Drunk driver hits cars on 5th st.
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The police came to the site and didn't seem to indicate that there were any police cameras, and in fact the officer was also looking for private cameras.

As an aside, I was hit by a car running a red light earlier in the year, at an intersection with cameras. When I tried to obtain footage from the police, I was told there was no footage. I don't know if the cameras weren't working, if they're fakes, or if the police didn't want to share. I put in an OPRA request and everything. Ultimately the other driver was found guilty based on eyewitness accounts so I didn't really go after the police with a lawyer because I was exhausted. But, moral of the story - don't count on police cameras.

Posted on: 10/16 8:17
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Drunk driver hits cars on 5th st.
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Saturday night (well, technically sunday) around 12:30am drunk driver hits several parked cars on 5th between Coles and Monmouth. Possibly farther east as well. If anyone has camera footage of incident, or of erratic car (to see license plate or car make/model), please advise!

Posted on: 10/15 8:22
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Re: Cory Booker Feels A Tit
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So they were making out and when she indicated by moving his hand that he was going too far he stopped?

Posted on: 9/24 9:08
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Re: Man died of brain injury after he's hit by van in Jersey City
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The sad thing is all this could of been avoided if the police chase these panhandlers away. They are all over 440 & the highway & the Communipaw Ave bridge.
They are all agressive pandhandling and everyone needs to call this in to JCPD 201 547 5477 to chase them away!


You're a gem, aren't you? Chase them away? How about improved social services? "Chasing" the poor, homeless, addicted, etc. from one town to another solves exactly nothing.

Posted on: 9/10 7:45
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Re: Recommendations - Cat Boarding?
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Any updates on this since the last post was 2014? I just contacted Club Barks per the prior recommendation, but just want to make sure I'm aware of my options. I checked Unleashed and their prices were quite high.


My cats never did well with boarding. I stopped that years ago. jc-dweller maybe one of the local dog walkers can do a in house visit for cleaning the litter box, feeding etc. Possibly Maryanne P. from Facebook dogjc or Jessie from critter sitter can offer some recommendations or help.


Normally I do exactly what you suggest. However, he's dealing with some health matters right now and needs to be given meds and monitored a bit more than a cat sitter could do. :(

Posted on: 7/22 23:00
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Re: Recommendations - Cat Boarding?
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Any updates on this since the last post was 2014? I just contacted Club Barks per the prior recommendation, but just want to make sure I'm aware of my options. I checked Unleashed and their prices were quite high.

Posted on: 7/22 17:03
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Re: coworking space/shared workspace in JC, are you interested?
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There are already 4 (?) coworking spaces in downtown JC. I wonder when this market will be saturated?

Posted on: 7/20 15:44
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Re: White Eagle Hall *UPCOMING SHOWS*
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Thank you for the legible post. Last month (or a few months ago) a list of White Eagle Hall shows was posted in a completely unreadable manner. This is sincerely appreciated.

Posted on: 6/28 11:58
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Re: Zoning Question
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You do not want to rezone your property. In fact that would never fly, as it requires planning board and city council approval. What you are contemplating is reconfiguring your property from multi-family to single-family.

If your zone allows single-family residences, all you need to do is get the proper permits. Unlikely that you need any board approvals, though the zoning officer will have the final say on that.

If your zone does not allow single-family residences, you need a use variance approval from the zoning board.

Posted on: 6/28 11:57
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Re: MVC Notice of License Expiration
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the MVC on the Bayonne border has always been decent when I went. Hit or miss, I suppose. Once I was in and out in under 25 minutes.

Posted on: 6/20 7:33
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Re: MVC Notice of License Expiration
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you need to call MVC. It's highly unlikely that anyone here is going to be able to tell you why you got his notice or what you need to do to resolve. You can't very well say you didn't renew your license because JC List said not to bother.

Posted on: 6/19 8:42
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Re: Traffic Camera
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thanks!!!!

Posted on: 6/13 9:43
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Traffic Camera
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Does anyone know what the deal is with the traffic cameras in general? I put in an OPRA request for footage of an accident and it immediately came back as "no records were located". At the scene the police did tell me to submit an OPRA and I said, "are these cameras actually filming anything" and they did say, "yes."

So what's the deal? Isn't there a rule about keeping footage? Incidentally the accident was only 3 days ago so it's not like I'm asking for old data.

Posted on: 6/11 15:13
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Re: 485 is here
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Good lord that price for a studio is bonkers. But hey, more power to them if they can get it.


Every time a new building starts leasing, someone will come in here and make (more or less) the same statement. And yet, here we are: buildings continue to get built, and filled up.



Agreed and understood. Like I said, more power to them if they can get it. I have to assume they know the market better than I do as to what renters are willing to put out. Said renters aren't me, cause I found a steal!

And also agree with the others that the building is hideous. And what's with putting .com on your building name? Last I checked the building isn't a website, it's an actual physical place. Facing Marin is awful, but backing up to more or less to HP will probably be their selling point.

Posted on: 6/6 15:22
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Re: 485 is here
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Good lord that price for a studio is bonkers. But hey, more power to them if they can get it.

Posted on: 6/5 15:14
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Re: Lost Husky in JC
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She has been found!
She made her way to Secaucus and is now headed to the vet with my girlfriend then back home for a proper meal and well deserved rest.
Thank you all!

Best JC List post of the day! <3

Posted on: 5/31 16:28
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Re: Hamilton Park facilities
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Interesting characterization. I would think that many people would object to the idea of Hamilton Park being a "neighborhood" park, and not a *city* park.

I once read in a thread here that most parks with water fountains (including LSP) had those shut off to deter homeless people from camping out in them. Not sure if that is true, or not. If true, I think that would also explain the dearth of bathroom facilities at all the local parks. Even LSP is mostly devoid of bathroom facilities, and it is a very large park that could really use more of that.


City park generally refers to ownership/responsibility rather than a classification.
Neighborhood park is a park classification and generally refers to purpose/audience and/or size.

In park planning lingo a neighborhood park is one intended to serve the immediate area. There are statistics for how far a person should ideally be from various park types (10 minutes from a neighborhood park), etc. Neighborhood parks typically have little or no parking, are smaller, and cater to the specific interests of the people living in the immediate area (think Hamilton Park). Parks that serve a larger audience (think Berry Lane) often have parking, fields to accommodate teams from outside the neighborhood, often times concessions, etc.

I'm not going to get into a debate about who does or does not go to any given park, but the functions of HP are quite local.

Posted on: 5/31 14:38
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Re: Hamilton Park facilities
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I would assume/hope that was discussed (and apparently nixed) when the park was re-done just a few years ago. Not that I hate the idea, but inasmuch as it's intended to be a neighborhood park (not a regional park) it's fair to assume that most people live close enough to go home to take care of business. I know...kids....yadda yadda.

Posted on: 5/31 13:34
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Re: Hoboken - contesting a ticket advice
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Two quick things:

1. Remember that AAA offers a defensive driving course that shaves 2 points off of your driving record every five years:

Learn more here.

2. Yes to the dashcam! People lie - cameras don't. Just got one recently at BestBuy and installed it myself (and I'm an electronics idiot.)


Thanks. I'll research the dashcam. Considering this is my first situation like this ever I wonder if it's worth it, but then again, it would save me a lot of headache right now so maybe it is.

I know you can scratch 2 points off your record with the defensive driving course. Interestingly, insurance doesn't base your premium on DMV points, but apparently they use their own system based on what the ticket was for.

Apparently my option (or, what most people experience) will be (a) accept the $85 ticket and pay $xxx? insurance increase for 3 years, or (b) pay $250 for a downgraded "unsafe driving" guilty plea, plus court costs, which has 0 DMV points and I THINK 0 insurance impact (nobody has been able to confirm this for sure). Although I am NOT guilty I see no way of proving it, much less without wasting my life away.

Posted on: 5/30 22:36
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Re: Hoboken - contesting a ticket advice
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I'm surprised a single 2 pt ticket will have any effect. I don't think a nonsense one I got in Hoboken last year affected us, and we changed insurance recently.


Brewster, thanks. I called Geico today (who has always offered me the best price by far, and I shop around every year or so). They were unable to say exactly how much it would change my premium, because apparently that function is done by underwriters once it entered the system. The customer service guy tried to run the numbers but it just wouldn't let him proceed. But he said based on his experience at the job, I was looking at $20-$25/month increase. I have no tickets or points on my record, stellar credit (which supposedly matters, bizarrely), etc. So maybe he was wrong. Fingers crossed.

Posted on: 5/30 21:06
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Re: Hoboken - contesting a ticket advice
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I can tell you it's worth fighting. Yes, you pay up front, but they literally reclassify the ticket. I paid a lawyer (I believe Jean Baptiste was his name), who got me out of a big ticket, from 4 points to no points, and no hit to insurance. It's definitely worth it, because insurance premium raises are for years. This is a one time whack that's worth it. Good luck! Damn the man; save the empire.


HeightsNative - Did you have any evidence aside from he-said she-said? Unless they actually have dashcams, I can't prove anything (and calling the cop a liar is probably shooting myself in the foot, true as it may be). It looks like over the 3-year insurance penalty period I'll spend $700-$900 in increased premiums. Was your lawyer plus court fees less than that? WHen I was googling around it seemed court fees and the fine alone were going to be over $600.

Posted on: 5/30 18:31
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Re: Hoboken - contesting a ticket advice
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In my general experience, not specific to Hoboken, the municipality wants their money and could care less about the points. So you can probably negotiated down to there, but simply calling the cop a liar is probably not going to get you much traction.

Summary dismissal if the cop doesn't show is a myth, I had a cop not show up for the hearing of a completely bullshit ticket in Lyndhurst, but the judge would not dismiss.


Thanks Brewster. Apparently this is a 2-point offense. I called my insurance co. and apparently the points do not affect my rate, however the ticket "classification" does. So in other words paying Hoboken off (which is what people seem to do according to my online sleuthing) to get my 2 points eliminated will cost hundreds of bucks but will not stop my insurance from going up. UGH. Assuming true I might as well just deal with the points on my record. I have never had any points so this is all new territory for me.

Posted on: 5/30 15:35
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Hoboken - contesting a ticket advice
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I was issued a ticket by Hoboken PD for failing to yield to a pedestrian. This is an utter lie. What actually happened was that a line of cars was traveling down a side street and a PO was at the intersection, I assume getting impatient. He was easing his way into the intersection bit by bit and nobody was letting him in (we had no stop, he had a stop). By the time I got to the intersection he was at least 1/3 way into it and I didn't stop and let him in. Maybe I deserve a ticket for being a snot, but that's it. There were no peds at the intersection. Literally none.

My questions are as follows:
1. Do hoboken police cars have dash cams that I could get footage from to prove my innocence?
2. Does pleading not guilty (without dashcam video) backfire if and when all I can say is that the cop is a big lair?
3. Do points go on one's record for this (I care less about the fine and more about my driving record. If no points and fine is low, I might just suck it up.)
4. If I plead not guilty, do the officers really usually show up to court and if so/if not what happens?

Advice appreciated.

Posted on: 5/30 13:59
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Re: Real Estate lawyer recommendation
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Without knowing the details, you may have private roof deck and/or roof deck access, but the deck cannot take up 100% of a roof so that may mean that the other condo owners are entitled to use non-deck areas. Also, be careful what you wish for, if you say that roof is all yours you may need to be prepared to pay 100% of the costs if and when it needs to be repaired/replaced.

Posted on: 5/29 21:29
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Re: Where to practice driving
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It's the same with my motorcycle. I got used to city streets as soon as I could, and started out with a bike that wouldn't launch me into parked cars with a little too much throttle.

When you are learning to drive, you need to learn in condition similar to what you will see in your later daily driving. Take a day or two to practice fundamentals in a deserted area, but get into the streets as soon as you can.

And learn how to parallel park. Never nose in.. always back in.


Agreed. For the first few days practice in an vacant parking lot or empty streets (the industrial area by Liberty State Park might be good). Once you get the basics down (like how hard to push the gas/brake) hit the streets. Baptism by fire.

Posted on: 5/29 10:06
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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My wife just informed by the owners that P&K food market will close due to the pedestrian plaza. The rely on people pulling up and double parking to get groceries.


Surely you aren't suggesting that progressive urban development shouldn't happen so that a store, or at least a store's customers, can partake in illegal parking? Bay Street was a traffic nightmare that should have been enforced a decade (or more) ago. That they'd jump ship so soon (if this rumor is true) is shortsighted, and that they think they're above the law in order to generate business is laughable.


I'm staring that the owners said they are going to eventually close due to the plaza. Nothing more than that!


Fair enough. Then per the rumor, the STORE is claiming that their customers should be allowed to illegally park so that they can stay in business. Absurd.

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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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My wife just informed by the owners that P&K food market will close due to the pedestrian plaza. The rely on people pulling up and double parking to get groceries.


Surely you aren't suggesting that progressive urban development shouldn't happen so that a store, or at least a store's customers, can partake in illegal parking? Bay Street was a traffic nightmare that should have been enforced a decade (or more) ago. That they'd jump ship so soon (if this rumor is true) is shortsighted, and that they think they're above the law in order to generate business is laughable.

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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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4. After 9 PM, this Newark Restaurant Row turns into a nightmare for residents who have lived in the general proximity for years. How about we close your block and open up bars?



This makes no sense.

First of all, I don't care for the scene on Newark Avenue "after 9pm" either. So guess what, I don't partake. That doesn't mean I think it shouldn't exist. Occasionally I walk home through it if I've been out late, but there are alternate side streets to choose from should I wish to avoid the crowds.

Second, prior to Restaurant Row, there would have been very few reasons to even be hanging out on Newark Avenue, so how has this ruined things for you or created a nightmare? I highly doubt that you were spending your evenings there in tranquility and enjoying wine al fresco.

There were VERY few restaurants, basically limited to Skinner's Loft and some counter service places. After restaurant row came to be, I forget the exact number I counted at the time but something like 8 restaurants appeared in just a few months. The claim that "Newark Restaurant Row turns into a nightmare for residents who have lived in the general proximity for years," neglects to mention that even 10 years ago walking from Grove down Newark meant LITERALLY dodging rats and being on a walk more or less void of any people which is not the safest scenario. Would you really rather there not be this abundance of restaurants and "eyes on the street," so that you can go to Helen's and walk home in silence?

Seems to me that people are awfully quickly forgetting what this area used to look like and/or are unwilling to walk on a parallel side street if the activity on Newark really is so offensive to their sensibilities.

Posted on: 5/25 15:20
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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some cobblestones would enhance he character of the pedestrian zone imo


I agree, but that's $$$. I think they are repaving the street at some point (eliminate the curb), but even that undertaking was a big budget item last I heard, thus the delay.


Interesting all they have to do is remove/peel the blacktop that was used to cover the cobblestones. (there must be some sort of machine that can do that) As you probably know all of JC’s streets were cobblestone at one time. In the 80’s a cobblestone was a hot commodity so much so that there was a shortest of them. In NY, Philly and Jersey City where a few cobblestone streets were still around thieves were ripping up whole streets and selling cobblestones.

1984: How, and why, did somebody steal Mifflin Street?

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/re ... steal-Mifflin-street.html


Yeah when they repaved most of the downtown streets a year or do ago and milled the asphalt down to the cobblestones I had daydreams about how nice that would be.

The reason they can't just mill down Newark to expose the cobblestones is because on a plaza the intent is for the cartway (the part that is green now) to be level with the sidewalk. Tripping hazards as well as the subconscious car/pedestrian conflict remains even when the street is cordoned off as long as the street and sidewalk are different.

Posted on: 5/22 12:17
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Re: Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Expansion
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some cobblestones would enhance he character of the pedestrian zone imo


I agree, but that's $$$. I think they are repaving the street at some point (eliminate the curb), but even that undertaking was a big budget item last I heard, thus the delay.

Posted on: 5/21 16:15
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