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Re: Sound Proofing Company-Recommendations
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we are also looking for some options to do some soundproofing in our condo - as we have 10-12 ft ceilings we don't really mind a 2-3" drop as it won't be very noticeable

my issue is that I am worried that it is "energy transfer" as the main "culprit" of the noise is an active toddler who lives upstairs though loud TVs and cell phones on vibrate (I assume place directly on their floor/my ceiling) can also be heard

we looked into getting one of the fancy sound proofing co from the city come in but they want $2K just to look at it and then you still need to hire someone else to do the work.... if the green glue and sheetrock will do it then I don't want to shell out the extra $2K just to have someone tell me that

I don't need it to be recording studio silent just rather not have to hide in my basement to be able to take a work call because its so distracting

Posted on: 4/17 17:21
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Re: New to JC/places to eat outside during lunch
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I don't think that too many places have their outside seating up yet but during the summer past I believe that skinners & roman nose definitely had seating on the pedestrian plaza, latham house around the corner from the PATH & grove bistro right in the path plaza - also choc o pain and the kitchen step on jersey.

I don't think that most of the "cafe" type places (TEANJ for example) have much of an outside area




Posted on: 4/12 11:22
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Re: Amazon US Post office delivery issues
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past 3 months UPS and fed ex have just gotten worse than ever (I assume seasonal help)

I have an account with both with specific preferences listed on what to do if I am not home yet I keep finding packages just sitting on the sidewalk in front of my house (I don't have a stoop so they are literally just on the sidewalk) when my instructions clearly say put at the back door or over the fence into my yard.

Many times they don't even ring the bell any more and just dump the package on the street with no warning (I work from home and the family upstairs is a SAHM so there is someone to answer the bell here 99% of the time)

now they have this fun little thing of having one guy go down the street ringing the bell in advance of the truck to see if you answer and then if you come to the bell you have to stand there any wait 5 minutes for the truck to roll up, them to find your package etc which is a bit annoying since the first few times it happened I just answered my bell to noone there and assumed it was some kids doing ding dong ditch?

Posted on: 12/21 10:12
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Re: Grocery shopping
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I am pretty much a Fresh Direct user .... after my initial $0.01 delivery pass ran out I would just wait for a free delivery coupon to come (usually every other week or so after you miss 2-3 weeks) but then they ran some 50% off deal and I renewed it so I have it for 6 more months or so. I really like their fish and meat... veggies less so since I have had a few issues (soft/rotten cucumbers usually are the main culprit) - I find that while yes individual items are priced higher than shoprite it is definitely a higher quality (ie no hormones/natural/organic etc) and there is more customization available (steak thickness cut to order etc) - also because I have to actually search for each item there is less of a chance of me getting 4 bags of old halloween candy "cause they were on sale" or something like that which is good for my wallet and my waist line

which brings in stop #2 for me (summer time) which is the farmers at grove - usually I will go at least one of the days and if I forget something I will hit up either van vorst on sat or hamilton park on wed (since I am usually there to go to the gym wed evenings).... I try to take my bike but often I have to drive it since I have issues with nerve pain in my hands and I can't manage carrying bags full of lbs of tomatoes, onion, etc the half mile back to my house. During the winter, this type of stuff I mainly get at FD but in limited amounts since I don't eat a lot of veggies when they are not in season (instead do things like mushrooms or broccoli where it doesn't matter to much)

then I still hit up shoprite every 6 weeks or so (or if I am having a party) to get things like paper goods, random ethnic items they don't carry on FD, the coffee creamer my husband likes etc

and finally there is always the oh #$)% trips to key food to get limes in the middle of making guac or a bit of milk etc

Posted on: 12/21 9:11
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Re: Lead in Water - Replacing Lead Water Service Line
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I am also very interested in a whole house filtration system and would be really interested in hearing any info people have as most internet info seems to be mainly focused on well water. While lead and other metals in the water concern me I also get really grossed out by how quickly our water gets moldy in the toilet tank etc - I replaced one of our seals less than 2 years ago and it needed an entire new "fresh" water line about 18 m later and when I opened the tank and saw what was in there.... ughhhh

Posted on: 2016/9/30 14:07
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condo board mediator or lawyer?
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hello - we are having some trouble with the other tenants on our board and they keep going against what the board has decided and when confronted they basically start screaming its not fair and just do it anyways (changing condo fee, building in common area) We don't know what to do at this point and think that we need a 3rd party to come in and try to help us settle this because at this point it's a mess (we have a very small condo board so it becomes a he said/she said)

any mediators/lawyers/other suggestions that anyone here might have?

Posted on: 2016/9/24 10:33
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Re: When did the parking meter times change in the Heights?
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I would think that the meters would help businesses - it cuts down on people parking there for the night and leaving their cars there right after work (or paying for the 1 hr from 5-6 pm and then leaving it till 8 am)

if you are suggesting that having to pay for metered parking (which is usually about $0.25/15 min so about $2 for a normal 2 hour dinner) would discourage people from going to a restaurant then I think that you don't give the restaurants much credit.... I can't imagine going someplace for dinner and seeing a meter and saying oh I guess I will just go to burger king instead since it has parking and I don't want to pay the $2 for a meter.

Posted on: 2016/8/30 9:39
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Re: iPhone Glass Repair
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regular 6 - I think they said it was also LED or something but like 99% of the time they need both parts however I thought he said that was only $10 difference

either way I was happy with the repair and it was convenient

Posted on: 2016/8/21 12:26
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Re: iPhone Glass Repair
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hmmm we just got an iphone 6 done two weeks ago at yufixit and it was $140..... not sure why the difference in price from above but we are happy with the repair and it did take like 15 min max

seems like the central ave shop is the main location if you want to get it done quick

Posted on: 2016/8/21 10:54
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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I have no idea about the parking situation in 50 columbus but I can say that every time I have parked in the grove path building you have to go almost to the roof to get a spot.... not sure where these rumors of it being unused come from.

perhaps at night its different but 9-5 working days it is pretty packed in there from my perspective

Posted on: 2016/7/13 17:06
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Re: Recommendation for Caterer? (In-home engagement party)
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Hi I have a friend who does some party planning and might be into it....http://www.datenightplanners.com/

Posted on: 2016/6/11 16:15
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Re: Construction traffic apocalypse
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it is so bad in the mornings that waze generally routes me to newark via 78 and then back north on 95 to go to places like edgewater lately because getting across downtown (I am in the village) is so bad


Posted on: 2016/6/10 16:55
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Re: Lasik in JC?
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Quote:

ilsalmi wrote:
While it is true there can be side effects, like in any surgery, I think the key to minimize the risk is to choose the best possible surgeon with the most amount of experience, not look at the price or convenience alone.

I went to Dr. Hersh in Teaneck (about 20 min drive) and could not be happier, you need someone to pick you up only two times - for after the exam and after the surgery. No issues whatsoever, vision still perfect after 3 years.


another very happy patient of Dr Hersh ... yes he was about 2x the price of a lasik clinic type place but he was awesome and the staff was amazing. No issues past the first day or two (sensitive to light and some anxiety from the steroid medication) and I had a semi-complicated case that couldn't use traditional LASIK (I had LASEK instead I think) Sept will be years #9 and my vision is still amazing

Posted on: 2016/5/19 14:45
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Re: Security lines at EWR
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I actually find early morning to be one of the worst times as the TSA pre-check line at terminal A united (gates 23-28) does't open till 9 am and there are a lot of business people there to make the 6- 7 am flights

this week was actually better than last week in my estimation however it really just depends on what airlines, what terminal and what time.....

I mainly go out at 6 - 8 am and then return at 3 - 7 pm and I find the lines much longer in the AM then they are in the evening when I return (but maybe that is also cause I am just passing them by and not standing in them)

I find that pre-check at terminal C is always full (snaked at least 2-3 times) but its pretty fast line as there are 2-3 lanes open once you actually get to the front

Posted on: 2016/5/17 10:48
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Re: The Village has Gone Crazy - R5 zoning but not in my backyard
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Remember that some of this area of the village has a 6-9 foot flood zone elevation so every building already has to start that far up off the ground. So when you add that to the other stuff (for example a 4 story building needs an elevator which needs a bulk head on the roof another story tall) things start to really add up and that 44' building ends up being more like 60' or more and that does dwarf neighbors and start blocking more and more light.

I know personally that I don't mind if people build a story or so more within the standard lot coverage (and I definitely don't mind more options back here or some of the older crappier houses gone) but things seem to keep getting taken out of control and the 3 stories allowed end up being 6 story ask. Right now there are constant variances to allow 6 story in the current 3 story so what happens when 4 are allowed... does that mean 7 stories + 9 ft flood + bulkhead on the roof/stair wells to roof deck = ??? that would be closer to 100 ft and all of a sudden my 30' house is sandwiched in a block like the UP house

to be honest though, I would be fine with the new regulations if that was actually the end to the variances but the way things are in this city it worries me

Posted on: 2016/5/15 23:01
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Re: Curvaceous new building is planned for the corner of Newark Ave & Third Street
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dtmot wrote:
The density of this area is lacking. I welcome the new neighbors and new life to the neighborhood whom will look for businesses in their immediate area to patronize. The businesses will adapt to their needs once there is a strong base of people here that they can do business with and be able to survive


I guess I am not sure how the density is any different than many other areas of JC? there aren't many big buildings in this area (but then again besides the immediate area around the PATH and waterfront that is true of most of JC) and what businesses have failed? some random niche clothing shops that don't really carry much of anything? a lot of people move to this area cause they don't want to live in a giant tower with 200 neighbors.... I don't see why the goal is to make every block of JC a giant tower with zero charm and family appeal
(that being said while I don't love the building look personally I am not against thing project either.... I think that corners are areas that are the best options for taller buildings vs infill among other 2-3 story houses)

Posted on: 2016/5/5 8:30
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Re: TALDE JERSEY CITY
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my friend is a huge top chef fan and is visiting for the weekend and I think that we are going to head over (I have been a few times when they first opened.. I agree with PP - it's not bad but the bill turned me off to going there as a casual "hey let's grab something cause I don't want to cook tonight" place and put it into "date night" area which it wasn't the best atmosphere for)

any thoughts on a crew of like 6 people going there Saturday night at like 7/8 pm? do they do reservations? we wanted to just get an appetizer or two and a drink (the idea is to do a bit of a "bar crawl" around JC since her and husband are from the burbs w kids and "never do anything fun")

also thinking of a taco and margarita (or tequila shot) at Orale and maybe a drink and the bacon wrapped onion rings at Southhouse (never eaten there but heard that app is good and the drinks are great)

any other stops you think that we should make (mainly on Newark/Grove restaurant row since its going to be a little cold Saturday night and I rather not be walking all over town)

figure if we are still hungry after that we can always get a pizza or something late night

Posted on: 2016/3/16 12:06
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Re: Water Bills up 500%
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Quote:

MDM wrote:
1. Did the condo get hit with estimated bills previously, then only getting an actual bill now? (the previous quarter estimates were too low)

2. Do you have a condo wide preventative maintenance program that involved replacing the flappers on toilets on a regular basis?

#2 was an issue for me in the past. My normal bill of about $300 per quarter hit $1,200. Turns out my tenants in one apartment (2 bath) used those chlorinated tabs that go in the top tanks. The chlorine wrecked the flappers causing leak by. The toilets were filling 24/7 for 4 months.


my condo building also saw a doubling in one quarter due to the toilet flaps too.... went from $300 to $450 to $600 in 6 months - we replaced two flaps and it was back to $300 the next bill and has been for a year now

$6 fix that takes literally 2 minutes (and often times since the toilets are all installed at the same time many will go around the same time so its not unusual to have to replace all of them)

Posted on: 2016/3/9 9:16
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Re: Plan to lower parking minimums in Jersey City spurs anger
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also remember that with the current rules many people who use a car for work don't actually need to get a permit (since they are gone from 8am-5pm when the parking rules are in effect) so regardless of the ability to get a pass there is likelihood that some people who live in that building will park on the street over night

I know that there was some push to change that but currently you don't even need a permit if you work a normal 9-5 Job

(I would know as I lived here for 3 years without one since my car was leased by my company and JCPA wouldn't let me register it here as the registration wasn't to a JC address but in the end it didn't matter .... I just got a few visitor parking passes for days I was home sick)

Posted on: 2016/2/24 7:52
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Re: Plan to lower parking minimums in Jersey City spurs anger
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Quote:

JCGuys wrote:
It's sad that our culture views a developer that wants to produce less parking that was previously agreed upon as a bad thing. Folks on JJ are talking about pulling the abatement.

If the developer wanted to build more parking than was previous agreed, would folks celebrate on JJ be celebrating. Would JCListers still defend keeping to the original agreement without changes.



personally I would still be asking what has changed.... any changes to the original agreement (more parking, less parking, more units, less units, more open space, less open space, roof decks etc) should come with compromise. Its not like the developer here is taking out some parking spots and putting in a nice community garden or a citi bike station. They are probably going to squeeze in another unit or something like that which means more money for them and "less" for the community. Will they be reducing over all height? or adding more green space? having additional services for the community? putting in permeable ground cover to decrease run off issues? doesn't sound that way to me

If it makes you feel better replace parking with any other amenity - the bottom line is there was an agreement based on one set of conditions and now they want to switch that up but don't want to change anything else and that to me isn't ok

Posted on: 2016/2/23 9:29
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Re: Plan to lower parking minimums in Jersey City spurs anger
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Quote:

ProdigalSon wrote:
Is the developer going to give something back to the community for this release from the agreement? I don't understand how they can get so close to being finished and then asked for these roll backs.


I agree with this comment -- the fight about should we have parking or shouldn't we and how much should have been had long ago (and probably was) with the planning board but unless there has been some crazy big change on the site that was impossible to expect (and no bad soil, contamination and flooding isn't in this category... that is pretty much a known issue here) then why are they getting out of the agreement that was decided on?

This is the biggest issues we have here IMO.... developers are able to get away with whatever they want and the public and the government do not hold them accountable.

Posted on: 2016/2/23 9:06
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Re: Parking garages/lots?
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Quote:

WhoElseCouldIBe wrote:
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sillyscorp wrote:
I bought a condo that had parking because I am one of those horrible people who need a car for work but still enjoy living in jersey city and have no intention of going out to the suburbs (especially since my husband works in the city) and while its nice to show all those lots I have to say its not realistic to ask someone to pay $250 a month to park almost a mile away from their house.

Even in NYC which is obviously much less 'car friendly' there are garages on almost every single block so that you can park in decent proximity to your home.... I don't understand how a parking garage that is at the PATH station helps someone who lives at Monmouth and 9th

Even when I used to live at 4th & jersey and wanted to pay for parking there wasn't anything within reasonable "carrying a week worth of groceries and a baby in a car seat" distance which is why we had to move.


Why is it not realistic to pay $250 a month to park in the city?By the way, you can find lots for $125-150 per month less than a mile from downtown - which is more than reasonable for urban parking.

1. Living in a city
2. Having access to a car
3. Not paying for parking

Pick 2


I am totally fine with paying for parking (as is the OP and again I do - I bought a condo with a garage and my unit was much more than the same unit without a spot) but the thing is that its actually right here.

But if you have to use your car daily walking even half a mile every day to/from your car is not reasonable (because while many people work in NYC not everyone who lives in JC does... and judging by the crowd on the PATH every morning you should be thankful for that).... the comments about taking an UBER is fine for the occasional use people but some of us have to actually drive far places on the regular and we are still actual real live residents of JC too (and to be honest those people sort of get me too... I don't get why people maintain a car to just drive home to their parents on christmas once a year or something)

I do wish that there were more PAID parking options in the village or in harismus cove (and even in the heights) because it would have allowed us to have a lot more options since for me paying to park at the PATH and then walking 10-15 blocks home at all hours/weather is not reasonable.

My only comment is that in NYC there are more parking options - yes they are paid (which IMO is fine) but they are actually close and convenient to people's homes.

I am not fighting for free parking, or a spot for every unit or taking away bike lanes (I actually use a bike too at times but I can't bike to work in CT or PA depending on where I have to be that day) just options for all of the different people who make up JC.

Posted on: 2016/2/22 17:58
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Re: Parking garages/lots?
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I bought a condo that had parking because I am one of those horrible people who need a car for work but still enjoy living in jersey city and have no intention of going out to the suburbs (especially since my husband works in the city) and while its nice to show all those lots I have to say its not realistic to ask someone to pay $250 a month to park almost a mile away from their house.

Even in NYC which is obviously much less 'car friendly' there are garages on almost every single block so that you can park in decent proximity to your home.... I don't understand how a parking garage that is at the PATH station helps someone who lives at Monmouth and 9th

Even when I used to live at 4th & jersey and wanted to pay for parking there wasn't anything within reasonable "carrying a week worth of groceries and a baby in a car seat" distance which is why we had to move.

Posted on: 2016/2/22 15:29
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Re: Residential construction question : Side window and extension
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are you working with a licensed architect? These are all very complex code questions based on what area you are in (ie downtown R1 vs historic R1 vs Commercial district all have different rules and the zones can change 3 times on one block)

there are rules about set backs, air and light, egress etc that you need to consider

it scares me that you are asking these questions on this site you need to hire and architect and likely go before the planning/zoning board

Posted on: 2016/1/11 12:17
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Re: BURGER EATERY on 1st & Erie
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I liked the burger when I tried it a few weeks ago. I do like that they are serving a different style of burger (smashed thin patty) than most of the other places in the area so IMO it is a good addition.

sometimes you just want a quick burger for lunch not a 1/2 lb of meat covered in toppings that you need a fork, knife and 10 napkins to eat and this fills that spot for me

I probably waited between 5 -10 minutes for my order (burger and truffle fries) but it wasn't anything too crazy. It would be nice if they had a call in option though so that I could grab and go if I had to run an errand and wanted to just grab something quick that was still good quality. (and my digestive system can definitely tell the difference between pat la frieda meat and random ground beef)


Posted on: 2016/1/8 14:09
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Re: Suggestion - where to get old light fixtures re-wired?
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I used the guys that are up on hoboken ave (139 upper) - I had a good experience with them and the work was done well and in a few days... can't really speak to the only review they have but I was happy with everything (I didn't love the price but to be honest I have no clue what the going rate is for what I had done so I can't compare if it was a 'rip off')

http://www.yelp.com/biz/torino-design-jersey-city

Posted on: 2015/12/21 20:32
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Re: Cheapest Longterm Parking Newark Airport
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I have used Park Plus before and its been decent - I usually use Parking Spot for work but its really expensive for personal use (IMO)

https://www.parkplusairportparking.com

I did notice that since they have a smaller shuttle I did have a really long wait once (of the 3 or so times I used them) when we got in late at night and I assume there might have only been one driver on - it really annoyed me at the time (since my flight was already delayed and it was after midnight) but in retrospect the 20 min extra wait might be worth the $50+ saved for the weekend (which would be even more compounded for 2 weeks)

Posted on: 2015/12/21 20:26
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Re: fighting to keep existing height and density zoning in The Village
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I am happy to see that it seems that some people on the board actually understand what the people are saying and voted this project down. While I can't speak for everyone, I am not again nice new modern building, even ones slightly larger than what is here. To have a bunch of shills come out last night and say how this building will help all the families of Jersey City and save all the struggling businesses and that the people against this development are just scared of change and if everyone was like us we would still think the world was flat. This was just an insult to every one in the room.

This building is/was almost all tiny one bedrooms - it isn't going to help jersey city families and given the state of the current property I think its fair to say that it would be a run down slum within a few years. Not really the cornerstone of the jersey city revitalization that the developer would like to have you think.

I think that we should have new development and I think that we should tear down old crappy houses that are bringing down the look of the area but lets not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Why aren't developers being made to donate to citibike or host zipcars or have a beautiful public atrium or a play structure or a cute little store in the ground floor? When we compare our zoning to NYC or brooklyn we are actually much more permissive - we should have just as high of a standard if that is what we are trying to become. We should be "dressing" for the job we want not the one we have.

I am not anti-development or anti-developer I am anti- setting the bar so low that this city and the people who already live here get screwed at every turn in order to make another buck for some already rich person who has shown they don't give 2 cares about anyone but their bottom line.

Let's have some standards people..... this isn't a slum or a ghetto - people want to live here and buy here - we can actually make developers do things to make the whole area better rather than just giving them everything they want and more just so they will grace us with some new shoddily constructed building with some metal and glass on the front. Are we a bunch of toddlers who are so distracted by shiny things that we can't see what is really happening here?

Posted on: 2015/12/1 10:22
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Re: Sign the Petition to Preserve Downtown Resident Parking
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if people are opposed to free parking by anyone wouldn't meters just solve that? not in the residential areas but along more of the downtown area

for example in hoboken all of the side streets off washington for 1 block on either side are meters until like 9 pm or something

I think that there also needs to be something done near the path station to stop the disaster/accident in waiting.... I feel like a designated pick up lane with like 5 or 10 min spots would be helpful too

Posted on: 2015/10/26 20:52
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Re: Sign the Petition to Preserve Downtown Resident Parking
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also if you were doing this for dinner you would already be able to since parking ends at 5 pm (and technically you could park starting at 3:01 so your free 2hrs ended right when the rules ended)

I think that all parking within say 0.3 miles or so of grove st (ie restaurant row/ grove & newark intersection) should be meters with a 2 hr or less limit. Long enough to run into a store and buy something but not long enough to hang out for the day (or just leave your car there regardless of resident parking status)

honestly I give myself about an hour to get into or out of the city because unless you time it perfectly and get a spot right outside the station (and your destination is right outside the PATH) it takes 10 minutes to walk to the station, then 10 minutes of waiting, then 20 minutes to get into city and then 10 minutes to get to your destination = 50 minutes .... you would have to have a really short errand to be able to make it back in time without really pushing it

Posted on: 2015/10/26 16:47
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