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Re: I am thinking of moving to Jersey City
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It also depends on a few other variables, at least in my opinion. Where in the city will you be working? If you are working in Midtown, it would be better to move to an apartment walkable to Grove St or Newport since you don't have to change PATH trains, nor transfer to a NYC subway and incur an extra fare. If you're working downtown, I would say near Grove or Exchange Place PATH stops because, not only can you walk to the PATH but you could also walk to one of the ferry stops which, while is a more expensive commute is also a quite enjoyable and civil mode of commuting. I'm not knocking living near Hamilton Park because it's a really nice neighborhood, but my issue with it is that to get to the Newport/Pavonia PATH you need to walk through the Newport Mall. To me, walking through that mall is a total buzzkill. I'm sure some folks will want to shoot darts through my head for saying that on a public forum. I mean no harm, fellow JC peeps! Just a humble man's opinion.

Both Hamilton Park and Van Vorst neighborhoods truly are neighborhoods, meaning they are vibrant, diverse, and full of restaurants and other services. Newport is not a neighborhood so much as a development that is, in my opinion, cut off from the rest of JC. Most JC residents who don't live in Newport never go there. Paulus Hook (close to Exchange Place) is pristine, pretty, but somewhat sterile compared to Van Vorst Park and Hamilton Park areas, though it's very convenient to a commute downtown and has some really nice buildings.

Good luck.......

Posted on: 2016/5/29 12:49
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Re: 700 Grove
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The guy is genuinely just trying to ask questions. Does it make you feel better about yourself to publicly humiliate someone because his concerns aren't yours? Jeez!!

Posted on: 2015/11/17 12:41
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Re: Great Rye Bread?
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I would say that this is a perfect time to leverage our proximity to Manhattan. IT's clearly why most of us live in Jersey City, anyway. Having lived here for ten years, I too love JC. BUT having lived in the city for ten years prior, I can also acknowledge when there are short-comings. Good rye bread and good bagels are two of them! Orwasher's bakery on E. 78th St near First Ave has some of the best rye bread I've ever tasted. Not to slam any more local vendors........but if you were compelled enough to post a request on JCList regarding where to find good rye bread, then I say invest the time and energy in heading up to the UES and try ORwashers.......just one man's humble opinion.....

Posted on: 2015/6/25 11:26
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Re: Jewish Business Leaders meet with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop
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My response was not to imply that religion and race are the same thing. It was simply to point out that, if you are going to suggest that a politician should not "mix" religion with politics (as is FAT ASS BIKE's assertion), then how is doing so any different from a politician pursuing any other demographic? Race is just one example, but it could be any other: gender, socio-economic class, married vs single, sexual orientation.........

Posted on: 2015/1/14 2:43
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Re: Jewish Business Leaders meet with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop
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It's simply not possible to state a broad-brushed comment like that and not compare it to similar assertions, which others have already pointed out. You shouldn't mix politics with race, then either. Good luck trying to find any politician, political party, or active citizen of any municipality in this country who isn't currently in possession of a clear opinion on the state of race relations in this country.

Posted on: 2015/1/13 23:55
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Re: Jewish Business Leaders meet with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop
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I don't see a problem with this, either. In this case, I see "Jewish" as a descriptor implying the minority status, which would be no different than if he were supporting LGBT, or African-American-owned businesses.

Why does it bother you so much?

Posted on: 2015/1/12 13:03
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Re: Grove Street development
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I know, for sure, it's a rental. I know it was humor, but I do wish something Whole Foods'ish would move in. I heard a rumor that there will be a take-out version of, imagine, Thirty Acres. I can only assume if this is true that the type of food offered would be dramatically different than what they serve at the restaurant. Take out sea urchin sandwiches anyone?

I would love to know what is on the top floor of the building, in the blue. Maybe a gym for building residents?

Posted on: 2015/1/1 15:13
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Re: 10 Hardest Working Zip Codes In America - Jersey City # 8
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There is virtually no credibility to this statistic. First, how is it at all possible that not one neighborhood of NYC, nor any suburb of NYC, is cited as another of the top ten. No one can convince me that of ALL the zip codes across the country, JC possesses a zip code which depicts a population that works HARDER than some of the most affluent neighborhoods of much more major cities than JC.

Posted on: 2014/11/14 1:29
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Re: Jersey City marketing campaign: ‘Make It Yours’
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And I should have sent a shout-out to Tommynyc, as that is the person I was referring to in "couldn't have said it better".....

Posted on: 2014/10/11 13:42
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Re: Jersey City marketing campaign: ‘Make It Yours’
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Couldn't have said it better! Well stated.......

I'll also add that it isn't going to help that the local news media has made significant recent coverage of the weekend PATH interruptions which may, or may not impact perceptions of the target demographic currently living in the boroughs which have constant subway access.

Posted on: 2014/10/11 13:41
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Re: You can tell a lot about a person by the way he treats the waiter
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For any one, in this day and age, to log onto a public forum such as this one and willingly post something to the effect of "Jews are really lousy tippers" clearly has an axe to grind. More than likely your axe has nothing to do with the core topic in the first place and your rationale is more to justify posting such an incendiary, bigoted, comment cloaked in "well it's a great chart, and the facts speak for themselves". If the anonymity of the internet didn't exist and you were visible in a crowd, I guarantee you wouldn't have the balls, courage, nor GOOD SENSE to articulate such a comment.

Is it a scientific fact that spineless bigoted pussies tend to post bigoted comments on public blogs? I believe I've conducted all the research to confirm it to be so!

Posted on: 2014/7/28 0:11
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Re: Sugartown Bakery Cafe - Van Vorst Park
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I actually had a detailed conversation with someone who works for a competitor in the area (wanted to keep the name anonymous out of respect). Sounded like the owners of Sugartown only intended for the bakery to be a short prelude to their ultimate goal of procuring a liquor license. They likely figured "cakes and cupcakes? Easy!" to generate revenue until they can do something bar-oriented. Not sure how long this bakery business model will persist. Certainly, if business doesn't continue who knows if they'll be able to continue until the liquor license gets acquired/purchased. Not familiar with that process. Just the messenger, here. Not intimately familiar with the goings-on......

Posted on: 2014/5/1 16:33
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Re: Riverside Medical Group in Paulus Hook
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I arranged a visit for the first time, here, yesterday because I've had a lingering cough/congestion for quite some time. I decided to check it out given my primary care physician is up on the UES and didn't feel like schlepping up there. I have to say that this was a very well run facility! I was in and out in 25 minutes, the facility is spotless, the doctor spend a good amount of time with me (Dr. Taubman), she was pleasant, and encouraged questions. This doctor also does not get rotated around to other offices, so you can develop a relationship of sorts, if repeat visits are warranted/needed. Great addition to the neighborhood.

Posted on: 2013/12/4 16:13
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Re: Club Metro v. Base Gym
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I can't attest to the boxing gym, nor to Club Metro, since I've never been a member of either. Therefore I can't intentionally malign either. However, I am a member of Base, and was a member of Club H, as well. I can fully attest to the improvements made to the Base facility since its transition. It's almost always spotless (I say almost, because there have been a few times when the steam room was kind of funky, but it was during peak times, so I give them a pass). They are upgrading the cardio equipment between now and the end of the year, they brought back the shake bar, there are always ample towels, and I find the staff friendly and helpful. I've yet to be there when it was too crowded to get in a good workout.

Hope that helps.

Posted on: 2013/11/24 15:00
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Re: Kosher (or Kosher style) Deli in or around JC?
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As someone has already stated, Jersey City did indeed have a sizable Jewish presence probably up through the 1960's (I know for a fact that there was a Yeshiva school through the 70's). However, the observant population has not remained in numbers, so kosher eateries are rare. I believe there are a handful in Elizabeth which still has retained an orthodox presence. There are also kosher establishments on Staten Island, which is probably even closer than Elizabeth, depending on where on SI.

As a cultural Jew, I'd love it if someplace opened in JC which had authentic and good kosher/kosher-style cuisine. The closest thing anyone suggests is Wonder Bagels which is (I know I will get hate mail for this) SO not authentic! There, I said it. But, I certainly still want them to prosper as a business .


Posted on: 2013/8/27 23:59
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Re: Orale Mexican Kitchen
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I ate here last night for the second time. Food was equally delicious and the restaurant was equally crowded, which made me happy. This is such a great addition to the neighborhood. My sole critiques are as follows: the service is definitely spotty. Perhaps it's because it is crowded and, given they have only been open just over two weeks, they may still be ironing out kinks. I'll forego that since the food is so good, and original. The second critique is minor, as well. We ordered the mexican fondue as an appetizer (forget the spanish term used on the menu). Quite tasty. However, when they serve the fondue, accompanying it in its own basket is an unopened bag of DORITOS! Come on! Maybe it's for kitsch impact? It doesn't work! Simply use the other (tasty) tortilla chips that you serve with all the other appetizers, please.

That said, you must go!

Posted on: 2013/4/21 14:15
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Re: Possible Gun Shots Last Night Fired/Heard Around 3:35 AM
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I live near City Hall, and was in bed when I heard the noise. If my bionic ears were functioning properly, I'd say the shots were coming from north of where I am, say off of Newark Ave somewhere, perhaps. But no, I have no proof of that. I just recall from a timing perspective that, when Jordan's Lounge had that shooting last year, it was around the same time (close to closing time), and when I heard that gunfire, it sounded about the same distance and occurred around the same time. But I am NOT saying that is the source of the gunfire (before someone accuses me of starting rumors). I do think, however, that it was gunfire.

Posted on: 2013/4/21 13:36
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Possible Gun Shots Last Night Fired/Heard Around 3:35 AM
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Did anyone else hear, somewhere downtown, the unmistakable sound of about five gun shots fired?

Posted on: 2013/4/21 11:27
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Re: Thirty Acres
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I ate here for the first time (shame on me) since its opening, last evening (Sat night). I'd say it's definitely a welcome addition to the neighborhood. I don't envision this being the kind of place you'd eat at more than once or twice per month, though that's certainly okay. The food was absolutely excellent - every bite was teeming with flavor. Contrary to what others have said, I had no issues with the portions brought to the table. The waitress clearly explained from the onset that the items on the menu are meant to be shared, and most tables order a few, where as the two "entrees" are just that.

My biggest issue with the restaurant is that they were blasting 80's music rather loud in conjunction with the acoustics of the restaurant. When the tables are packed and everyone is chatting away, it's hard to hear what your neighbor is saying when Poison's "Something To Believe In" is resonating through the speakers. The other issue is, given they don't accept reservations for parties under five, you have to be really flexible in terms of time allotted to dinner, if you want to eat there during peak times.

But I'd certainly go, again, but might attempt to go during the week, instead.

Posted on: 2012/6/17 13:20
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Re: jordan's lounge
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I heard the shots, too, at about 2:35 this morning. There is no mistaking the sound of gun shots. I live near City Hall, and the shots were loud enough, by me, that I thought they were emanating from a gun much closer to City Hall. I was also astounded by how much time elapsed before I started to hear sirens headed to the scene.

Posted on: 2012/3/10 13:28
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Re: Cabs from Manhattan
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I more or less get why the laws were created back in the Great Depression. But I think that, in the span of 80 years, society can stand to review and revise their laws to accommodate the evolution of society!

I do wonder how lucrative of a business it would be to develop a license/medallion that would allow livery drivers to pick up pedestrians on this side of the river and take them to the city. I mean, certainly during rush hour I don't think anyone would do that given the inbound Holland Tunnel traffic. I think the likely traffic would be for Manhattan cabs willing to drop off folks who live in JC vs. the reverse. Furthermore, if that would be the predominant revenue generator for NJ-based fares, I don't know if, in the scheme of things, it constitutes enough revenue for anyone in Albany, NYC, or even NJ, to make enough of a concerted effort to develop and lobby for a policy accommodating such.

Much to my chagrin, of course.

Posted on: 2011/6/26 12:31
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Re: Cabs from Manhattan
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I thought I would resurrect this topic given I just read this article in the NY Times. I certainly wish something like this could be lobbied in New Jersey for Hudson County!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/25/nyr ... html?nl=nyregion&emc=ura1

Posted on: 2011/6/25 13:17
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Re: Cabs from Manhattan
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That's a very salient point, and a well stated one I might add. I have often wondered why folks who live in the same proximity of Manhattan as those of the other boroughs don't have access to the same taxi services. Certainly the population density is the same in Hudson County as the boroughs, so the ability to generate revenue through pedestrian traffic COULD exisit if laws were passed that institued the ability to hail a taxi on the streets of, say JC or Hoboken.

You probably are aware of this, but NYC Taxi Medallions are regulated by, I believe the TLC. The TLC imposes huge penalties if a vehicle not associated with a licensed medallion picks up a fare on any NYC street.

But I'll sign a petition to try to change that!

Posted on: 2011/5/19 14:50
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Re: C-Town Being Sold
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Unless TJ's is willing to erect a parking garage where CT currently is, there is no chance that a TJ would sign a lease, or purchase the property. There is simply not enough parking - street, garage or otherwise - to draw patrons from outside the immediate downtown JC area. If parking isn't available, it makes no business sense for a national chain like that to plunk down significant dollars and resources when it is doomed to failure based on their own factors for success.

As for the folks who indicated that SR is a better supermarket than A & P, that is subjective. I can see how some might argue that the selection is better. But time is money! If I have to invest an hour to buy my week's groceries, vs half that time in the A & P, and my senses are not assaulted in the process, I am happily willing to shell out $1.49 for my two-liter soda vs .89 at SR. I have yet to even go by the SR parking lot when there isn't a packed lot. I deplore every shopping experience, there, and am happy that the A & P exists.

I am anxiously awaiting all of the anticipated yuppie retorts, now.

Posted on: 2010/9/2 14:43
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Re: Potential Convenience Store on Grand St. Feedback welcomed!
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I live right by there, on Montgomery and Grove. I often walk by there en route to work, as I walk to the Liberty Harbor marina, as might others who do the same. That said, certainly offering a variety of coffee options in the morning would be good.

I saw your inquiry into lists of products we prefer. While it's incredibly nice of you to ask, I will insert my two cents. I almost NEVER buy health/beauty products from convenience stores unless it's a dire emergency. And when I do, it's the basics, with no frills. I think almost everyone realizes that the mark-up for things like health/beauty products is astronomical in those stores. I would save yourself the time, money, and energy, now, and focus on other products, other than the perfunctory toilet paper, bars of soap, and toothpaste. Now, if you were going for more of an apothecary theme, which would require you to have interesting options, then that is a different story. But it doesn't sound like that was your goal, which is cool. Someone had commented that you should get Wonder Bagels in your store. I completely disagree. First, I think you should be DIFFERENT from the options already available. Second, Wonder Bagels may be the only game in town in JC, but they aren't good. Having lived in the city and Long Island for years, there is no comparison to an authentic NYC JEwish bagel and the ones at Wonder Bagels. Maybe getting bagels from Tal Bagels in the city would be a nice option!

I do think that the location will have a propensity for attracting a lot of kids, however, given the proximity to the Boys Club, as well as the couple of schools in the area.

Good luck!

Posted on: 2009/8/18 11:07
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Re: More Gunplay: Suspected crooks open fire at JC cops -- July 21st
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Whether it's an acute crime wave that, for whatever reason, is getting lots of media hype, or a continuation of a typical ebb and flow, I see no reason to mitigate the seriousness of the fact that JC has a real problem on its hands. Let's not forget that the 7/21 incident was sparked by a botched robbery ACROSS THE STREET FROM CITY HALL. Granted, it was 4AM, but how brazen are these criminals, now, where even in a location that one would assume would be proliferated with cops, they would still inflicit harm on innocent citizens? And, for the record, I'd have this reaction whether the robbery occurred across from City Hall, or on some desolate street somewhere else in JC. Just trying to make a point that the criminals clearly aren't thinking about getting caught, or what the ramifications are IF they get caught.

Posted on: 2009/7/22 13:56
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Re: 4 Day Weekend Ideas
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Many of these ideas are great. What you ultimately have to ask yourself is "what am I trying to accomplish by leaving NYC and going away on vacation?". If you are trying to avoid large summer crowds and/or sitting in traffic DO NOT go to Ogunquit. While I love it there, and am in fact headed there Labor Day, to drive there means sitting in traffic. From this area, you have to go through the NYC summer traffic AND Boston area summer traffic to get there, and then once there, there are lines for all the restaurants. Again, if that doesn't bother you, then it could be fun. But if you are trying to dodge that, I suggest going elsewhere.

Montreal is a fabulous idea. In fact, if you flew up there, you could rent a car and drive from Montreal up to Quebec City, too, if you REALLY want to get away. And in September, if you are driving, the traffic will not far less tedious than in August when everyone is driving up the Northway to Saratoga.

Saratoga is nice, BUT in September, much of the things that make it a destination have begun to wind down (like the thoroughbred racing, the performing arts center) so it's more a college town with some history.

I grew up upstate, so am quite familiar with the pros and cons.

Also, Niagara Falls? Certainly worth a visit once, but four days, there? You'll regret it. Unless you combine it with Toronto, which is just an hour and 45 minutes from NF!

Have fun.....

Posted on: 2009/6/15 11:16
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Re: JC Downtown Business Wish List
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Something Whole Foods'esque. Green Cow never came close. The new place in Liberty Towers is just really an expensive and more expansive corner store with a big salad bar. Between Hoboken and downtown JC, you can't tell me that the demographics don't indicate that a Whole Foods wouldn't do well.

Posted on: 2009/5/29 11:33
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Re: Van Vorst Park Dog Run
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Parkman's efforts rock. I think the flowers look beautiful. My partner who lives in the city on the UES always remarks on how well manicured VV park is, and he is comparing it to Central Park which is one block from his place.

Nice job, Parkman.

Posted on: 2009/5/29 11:28
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Re: Paulus Hook Park
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I totally agree. I don't care what breed you have, how adorable and obedient your dog is, or any other trait that you as the owner tout as why your dog is deserving of being off-leash. It's not all about you and your dog! Dogs CAN and WILL be unpredictable at times. Whether it is with other people, or other dogs. I have a small dog who is always on a leash. I have had multiple incidences with dogs who are off-leash but much larger, who truly are just playing, but are SO big that it intimidates my dog. WTF? WHY does your dog HAVE to be off-leash? Are you as the owner physically incapable of holding onto a leash? Are you THAT arrogant that you can't get over how cool and intimidating your dog is off -leash ,to just deal with walking him ON his leash? Will your dog be MAD at you if you put him on his leash? There is virtually no good reason why an owner should elect to walk his/her dog without a leash. Period. Dog park runs should be the ONLY place. And not until they are in the fenced in part.

Posted on: 2009/5/29 11:23
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