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Re: Jersey City taps Downtown woman to be city planner
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This is great news!

Posted on: 2/13 17:32
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Re: Battle against the "Bayonne Box" in The Heights
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How refreshing to read a thoughtful thread on this board, with no rants on national politics.

Happy Thanksgiving, neighbors.

Posted on: 2016/11/23 16:31
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Re: Chris Christie 'Suspiciously Connected' To Revenge Traffic Jam
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"Mr. Christie remained the offstage villain, the Mephistopheles of Trenton, but it was impossible for even casual trial observers not to discern, from witness after witness, the evident viciousness and grubbiness of the governor and his administration. He does exert a strange gravity, like some lonely planet, pulling lesser moons into orbit while greedily circling other bodies of greater mass and density: first the White House, and then the decaying gas giant Donald Trump."

From a brilliant New York Times editorial today, "Gov. Christie's Shadow Over Bridgegate," found here.

Posted on: 2016/10/27 12:31
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Re: Vote No for 2 city questions
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Voting YES to both!

Posted on: 2016/10/21 12:39
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Re: Latham House
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We went back and had a fantastic dinner. I wish them success! I hope people on this board will go check it out.

Posted on: 2016/7/25 12:38
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Re: Latham House
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We went a few days ago and had a very good meal. Service was good too. We'll be back.

Posted on: 2016/7/20 15:36
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Re: State of the city rebuttal
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Healy instead bonded for terminal leave and Councilman Fulop also said the city should use the surplus. When Fulop became mayor he started to bond for terminal leave.


What does "bond for terminal leave" mean?

In any event, I sure don't remember any debate suggesting that Healy and the council agreed to a larger than necessary tax increase before the election in 2013 so that whoever won would be able to not have tax increases the following years. That just doesn't make any sense.

Posted on: 2016/3/30 14:39
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Re: State of the city rebuttal
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It seems pretty silly to blame Fulop for a tax increase that the prior mayor, Healy, put in the budget the last year that Healy was in office. Yes, Fulop was one of 9 council members at that time, but it was Healy's budget.

And if I recall correctly it was Councilmember Fulop who was pushing reform of pay to play laws and that it was Healy who resisted. Healy assisted by his henchman Matsikoudis.


Posted on: 2016/3/29 11:49
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Re: Fulop wants to change the election from May to November
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It makes sense to move the municipal elections to the first Tuesday in November. And we should go to instant runoff too.

For all the reasons already given by JPhurst, CatDog, T-Bird, PhilRivo, Limpiar el Sucio, and Pebble.


Posted on: 2015/10/30 16:34
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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News report that the operators of Batello are taking the space and will open "The Kitchen Step" in early 2015.

NJ.com link

The Kitchen Step will be a neighborhood joint with a wide-ranging but affordable and market-driven modern American menu — from a brick-roasted chicken to mahi mahi tacos to an Asian-spiced tuna tartar to a burger.

He tailored the concept to the 45-seat space in the Grove Street neighborhood — DePersio has been itching to do a wood-fired oven trattoria, but Jersey City doesn't need another Italian, he says.

"We want to feed the neighborhood," he says. "We want for people to feel like they could here every week."





Posted on: 2015/10/16 16:58
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Re: redevelopment plan for city hall
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I'm not surprised to see the linkage of City Hall with the parking lot across the street. This could be a very smart way to get the developer to pay for City Hall renovations in order to get the right to build on the parking lot. But isn't it a bit odd that the City Hall Study Area includes one single row house on York Street?

Posted on: 2015/7/14 19:58
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Re: Meeting on Jersey Avenue Turnpike Extension - June 22
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Sam, are there any drawings or renderings of the planned bridge?

Thanks.

Posted on: 2015/6/15 18:17
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Re: Brownstone Stoop and Facade Work in JC
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Check out this thread for a discussion of possible contractors

Posted on: 2015/5/4 11:02
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Re: $4M Grove Street PATH station elevator
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Cool drawing.

But there isn't much room between the existing stairs and the tracks. I hope they don't plan to make the stairs more narrow.

Posted on: 2015/4/29 13:32
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Re: $4M Grove Street PATH station elevator
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The news report says "The new entrance will have an elevator from the street to the mezzanine, and then a vertical-lift platform from the mezzanine down to the train platform."

I can't yet envision how and where the vertical-lift platform is to be installed.

Posted on: 2015/4/28 18:04
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Re: Jersey City Mayor Seeks to Limit Chain Stores Downtown
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I bet first reading next Wednesday, adoption on May 13.


The ordinance is already on the agenda for the April 22 meeting. It's item 3.c.

You can now read the ordinance for yourself and see the point others already made: It doesn't limit formula businesses to no more than 30% of the commercial space downtown. Instead, it limits the use of formula businesses to 30% of the space within a single structure or a single tax lot.

You can see the language of the ordinance itself by clicking here and going to PDF pages 58-69. The language is on page 68.

"All commercial retail areas within each structure or within a single tax lot shall limit formula business establishments ... to a maximum of 30% of ground floor gross leasable commercial area."

What that effectively means is that all of the small tax lots downtown are off limits to chains. Look at a typical storefront on Newark Avenue or Grove Street or Jersey Avenue, with 20-25 feet of frontage. How are you going to subdivide that tax lot so that no more than 30% is rented to a formula business? You can't.

So it would have barred the owners of the old Hard Grove space from leasing it to PNC Bank. The banks and the Chipotles and the H&R Blocks and even Two Boots would have to go the new apartment towers, which have tax lots large enough that a 30% subdivision is actually workable. Or to other large tax lots, like the financial building at 95 Columbus with several storefronts on Grove Street.

Would Duane Reade have been allowed? It depends how you do the math. If you count the Grove Pointe parking structure, Duane Reade probably is 30% or less of the ground floor. If you don't count the parking, the Duane Reade space is probably more than 30%. But is parking part of "ground floor gross leasable commercial area"?

Posted on: 2015/4/17 13:09
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Re: Jersey City Emergency Preparedness Survey
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Good luck with the survey.

2 years seems not a useful cutoff for the questions about CPR and first-aid training. It may have been more interesting to ask whether the person has EVER had CPR and first aid training, and then follow up with whether it was within the past 2 years. Then you would have a better view of how many people know the basics, but also whether they have refreshed recently.


Posted on: 2015/3/5 17:08
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Ha ha, I logged on to post the same thing but you beat me to it. LOL.

Posted on: 2014/12/2 14:39
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I've never seen anything about an existing platform or station there.

There was another thread here that had discussion about a possible Marion station near Westside Ave., and there were a couple of items about whether a station could be added near Brunswick or Cornelison.

If you research PATH history, you'll find that there were formerly stops at 19th St. and 28th St. You can still see the platform at 19th St.

Posted on: 2014/11/24 12:17
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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From: alerts@paalerts.com [mailto:alerts@paalerts.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:22 PM
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11/19- Due to maintenance activity short trains will operate JSQ-33(HOB) 1:30am-5am. Expect additional passenger congestion.



Just wonderful. It doesn't make much sense to me how maintenance work would be helped by running shorter trains -- as opposed to running trains even less frequently than they do overnight.

And then we can certainly "expect additional passenger congestion" when 2015 rolls around and they start de-salination work on the uptown tubes. That will be fun.

Posted on: 2014/11/18 16:31
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Re: Eminent Domain on Metropolis Towers
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That's super interesting. Would be cool to see a picture of Columbus pre-Gregory Complex.


A great source of historical photos is the photostream on Flickr posted by Andy Blair. Here is a link for the following photo of the location of the Gregory Apartments (now Metropolis Towers), and you should read all the commentary at the link. The view is from what is now Marin at the end of Wayne Street. The two diagonal streets are Gregory St. (in the foreground) and Newark Ave. (farther back). Off to the left is Railroad Ave. (now Columbus) with the elevated railroad tracks, and in the distance is the Harborside building.
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And here's a Flickr link to a picture looking east on Columbus from the corner of Grove, when the railroad tracks were being demolished in 1965. He also posted this Flickr link showing an aerial view of Harborside, Exchange Place, and the First Jersey National Bank on Hudson between Montgomery and Columbus, in 1970. It's worth browsing through his whole photostream.

To see the layout of the streets, here is a map from 1848.
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And here is a link to the 1928 map.

Finally, here's a pic from 1973 that I believe is Columbus (then Railroad Avenue) looking east from about Jersey Avenue. You can see 30 Montgomery (the Ukrainian National Association building) in the distance on the right, and then the World Trade Center in the background. It's a screengrab from this YouTube video. Check out that whole section of the video, from 3:11 to 3:26.

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Posted on: 2014/10/29 19:03
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Re: Eminent Domain on Metropolis Towers
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Let's say the Mayor hated brownstones. After all, they are relics of a bygone era, and do not fit into Jersey City's modern, increasingly vertical aesthetic. ....

Further, removing every brownstone in favor of higher-density development fits your economic development standard: While brownstones (and the 1/4-acre or so of land on which they sit) are generally assessed between $500K and $1M, buildings like 50 Columbus and Grove Pointe are assessed at between $20M and $30M - just for the building(s).


Understand your point, and agree with your eminent domain argument, but your math is off by a factor of 10, at least. No brownstone has a quarter acre.

A generous brownstone lot would be 20' x 100' = 2000 square feet. An acre is 43,560 square feet. That brownstone lot would be 4.6% of one acre. That's less than one-twentieth of an acre.

Cheers!

Posted on: 2014/10/27 22:31
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Re: Join us in Fixing the PATH (Directly reply to join)
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Was anyone able to attend the meeting at the Barrow Mansion? Was there anything of interest said?

Any discussion of the inevitable closing of the uptown PATH tunnels? It's going to have to happen. Didn't they get flooded too?

I still think one of the important changes that has to happen to alleviate rush hour crowding is to extend the rush hour: Continue "frequent" service between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. That's an easy fix that doesn't require more infrastructure.

Posted on: 2014/10/14 15:49
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Re: New York waste transfer deal to bring $10 million to Jersey City
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There are many posts here that overlook this point:

"The expansion of Greenville Yards will remove 800,000 tons of waste currently driven through Jersey City streets. It will instead be transported in sealed containers of barge-to-rail, never entering the Jersey City community, the city said in a press release."

On a closed rail car, even if not hermetically sealed, has to be better than in an open garbage truck driven through our streets.

The real stink is when open garbage is put into the barges -- and that happens at the transfer stations in NYC, including one on the Upper East Side.

Posted on: 2014/10/14 15:42
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Re: Jersey City resident heralded as one of world's best dance artists
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Congratulations! Well done!!

Posted on: 2014/9/10 20:09
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Re: Jersey City: Newark Avenue - Pedestrian Plaza
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No need to get surly. You can see his pic here.

Posted on: 2014/9/8 17:17
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Re: New PATH Station - Marion
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There’s no need to combine the idea of a Marion stop with the idea of skip-stop service. They are two different ideas, and should be considered separately.

The idea of a Marion stop seems like a fine idea. It could be built without excavation, which should keep the capital expense from becoming exorbitant. It could help development of the west side. (Maybe it would even encourage Mana to be open to visitors on the weekends. )

Everyone should realize that the Marion stop would add a minute in “dwell” time, which is the amount of time it takes for the train to slow down, stop, open doors, unload/load passengers, and start up again.

The idea of skip-stop service on a one-track system only makes sense if the operator uses the decreased dwell time to run all trains more frequently. When NYC Transit ran 1/9 skip-stop rush-hour service in uptown Manhattan between 1989 and 2005, the theory was that the decreased dwell time in those stations allowed the system overall to run 28 trains an hour, rather than 25 trains an hour. Here is an interesting article about why 1/9 skip-stop rush hour service was implemented, and why it was discontinued.

In JC, skip-stop service at Grove and Newport doesn’t make much sense when those tracks already service two lines each. (NWK-WTC and JSQ-33 at Grove; JSQ-33 and HOB-WTC at Newport.) Passengers at those stations already have the equivalent of skip-stop wait times because only every other train is going to their desired destination.

Yvonne’s skip-stop service idea also doesn’t make sense because the Marion stop is most logically a stop only on the NWK-WTC line. You can’t economically build a whole terminal at Marion, with the extra tracks to enable switching between inbound and outbound trains. Unless you extend every JSQ-33 train to the Newark terminal, Marion trains wouldn’t be going to Newport at all.

Here’s a different idea: An easy way to alleviate congestion at Grove and Newport would be to extend the rush hours when JSQ-33 trains roll every 5 minutes. Between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m., those JSQ-33 trains are ridiculously crowded. It is far worse at 9:45 a.m. inbound than at at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Does anyone disagree? And this suggestion would not require any additional capital spending – just more operational spending.

I won’t comment on the idea of an additional stop at Brunswick. But here’s another idea that might stir the pot: Add a stop at Cornelison and Academy. This would require re-routing the train to use the rail spur that loops to the south of the current tracks, just west of Merseles Street. A Cornelison stop would open up development near the county office building and along Montgomery. It would make The Beacon much more attractive. It probably would help McGinley Square.

And someone mentioned the Cast Iron Lofts. That entire area from 15th to 18th is ready to pop. HBLR should add a stop at 18th and Coles.

Fire away, folks!


Posted on: 2014/8/12 13:31
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Re: New bike path from Lincoln Park to Newark
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El Squid - I've been looking at the Google map and ECG website. Just double-checking this: When you leave Lincoln Park (headed west to Newark) and approach the Hackensack bridge, do you ride on the sidewalk?

ECG says that at Hackensack Ave. in Kearney, cross at the crosswalk and ride on the sidewalk on the south side of the Lincoln Highway. You do that? Or ride in the road?

And then on the Newark side of the Passaic bridge, are you still on the sidewalk until you get to Raymond?

Thanks!

Posted on: 2014/7/29 16:27
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Re: Federal judge orders Port Authority to make Grove Street PATH station handicapped-accessible
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This pic is from the 2014 Port Authority Capital Plan. Go to page 18 for the details on Grove Street. Phase 1 is interim ADA compliance, and Phase 2 is expansion to accommodate 10-car service.

On page 30 it says that “the ADA portion of Grove Street Station Redevelopment is forecasted to be completed in 2017. ”

I don't know how the recent settlement of the lawsuit affects this plan, which was released in February 2014.

Posted on: 2014/7/18 12:01
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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From: alerts@paalerts.com [mailto:alerts@paalerts.com]
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 10:28 AM
Subject: PATHAlert

SUN 7/20: 33-JSQ(HOB)stopping in EXPL for turnaround due to single tracking at Grove St. EXPL will remain closed. Allow extra time.



What a mess coming up Sunday. PATH will go from JSQ and Grove to Exchange Place but you can't get out to take the ferry. Then it will go to Newport, then Hoboken, then finally to Manhattan. Lovely.

Posted on: 2014/7/18 10:59
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