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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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If only there was a food hall conveniently placed indoors, around a bunch or retail stores, with a cinema, and parking.... Oh right the FOOD COURT at the mall.


Im going to go out on a limb and say the crowd that wants to have gourmet food with a perfect view of NYC isnt the same thats sitting at a suburban mall Popeyes next to a screaming family.

What I thought would be a great alternative is if they ever repurpose the Powerhouse to be an indoor shopping center and food court, but not holding my breath for that one.


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Re: Colonette Diner comes back to life as La Mexicana….
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What I wish would be demolished is the awful suburban-style Newport mall thats an eyesore, divides downtown and takes up a huge swath of valuable land.


I wouldn't hold your breath! I bet the operator has like a 50 year lease. I guess people go there, though I can easily go a year without setting foot in it. Especially since the Cajun place in the food court went.



When the mall first opened (1989 if I recall correctly), with the exception of a couple of new high rise buildings, Newport was still rotting piers and moonscape with an adjacent neighborhood that was in poor shape. There was nothing nice around the area. You couldn't even drive to downtown because Washington St. terminated in the Waldo area. The road was blocked by a huge mound of dirt that used to be an elevated freight rail line.

The Newport PATH station was a disaster area, as it had been mostly abandoned since the Erie railroad station was torn down in the 1950s. I remember walking over sheets of plywood with mini rivers of water running under the sheets when exiting the station. The light rail was barely in the planning stages.

So I can see why the builder made it like a suburban mall. At the time, they expected people to drive there and take advantage of the 3% sales tax rate... which is what happened. NYC sent agents to the mall at one point, placing "reminders" on cars with NY license plates that anything purchases in NJ would require the payment of NY use tax.

I also miss the Cajun food place. That was my favorite food stop in the mall. I went to the mall a lot less when it left.

Newport circa 1987:

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Thats a cool shot. Amazing how much has changed in a short time. I understand why the mall was a good idea at the time, but I think it served its purpose and its time to slowly reincorporate that swath of land back to the city the way the BJ's/Pep Boys site will slowly be turned back into a city grid over time.

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Re: Colonette Diner comes back to life as La Mexicana….
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Kmart + NDW is a whole lot of space available. They should move the Target there, where it is Downtown is a remarkably poor use of extremely valuable real estate. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to see a Walmart, they seem to feel there's no such thing as building them too close.


As Newport expands to the edge of Jersey City, Target will naturally be replaced with high rises as well. What I wish would be demolished is the awful suburban-style Newport mall thats an eyesore, divides downtown and takes up a huge swath of valuable land. At the very least, they should top off the massive parking deck with turf so the city can get a public park in that space. Most of that goes unused anyway unless its the holidays. But ulitmate dream is that they tear the whole thing down

Posted on: 3/6 16:44
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Re: PATH WTC to close on weekends for 2 years!
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this is where the real protest should be. not for some dumb wreath hanging over the Holland Tunnel. What can justify another 2 year closing at WTC? Is there zero accountability?

Posted on: 12/28 16:39
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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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wtf. how do they get away with doing this sandy repair work every year? this is clearly save money for a service we are paying to use.

Posted on: 12/6 14:11
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Re: Jersey City bursting at seams with population surge
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Be happy youre not LIC

Posted on: 2018/11/16 12:24
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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wonder if this will bring the Light Rail Proposal in LIC through Bk back to life

Posted on: 2018/11/13 17:25
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Not only should fares rise, but they should add a peak-hour premium to whatever is needed to reduce overcrowding and to encourage folks to go a half hour earlier or later. Unpopular opinion, but PATH is a fraction of the costs associated with driving.



Hell NO.... PATH is only 1/3 of my three zone commute. I first have to get to PATH, then PATH into the City, and then the NYC Subway to uptown Manhattan. I'm not the only one with a 3 zone commute. We don't need more highways clogging the the two tunnels and the GW Bridge into NYC. We need more public subsidies for mass transit to help alleviate traffic conditions all over the tri-state commuting area.


New Jersey is broke and taxes are already sky high. Were are we going to find additional subsidies? I hate it that no one is realistic when it comes to public finance. And to be honest, fares could triple on all three of your segments and I bet it will still be cheaper than driving when considering cost of tolls and parking in NYC. Plus it's going to be physically impossible to add any more cars to the tunnels, so I don't see that as a viable alternative either.

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And last, but water under the proverbial bridge, we should not have wasted billions on WTC PATH station. We PATH riders pay a premium for that debacle every day.


Agreed 1000% with you here - The Oculus was a terrible business decision $4 billion wasted for a shiity mall with poor egress. The port authority should have just sold the air rights for the site to the highest bidder and use the funds for trans-Hudson rail improvements. I wish NYC would bring the 7 line into New Jersey with a stop in Hudson County.


I cant believe people are still so butt hurt about the Oculus. Let it go. We tried that once where we didnt give a shit about commuters and put a massive building over what couldve been a beautiful train station. Its called Penn Station. You already got one. So let the rest of us finally have a nice station again like how it was in the heyday of travel.

Also, the subsidies from that mall help cover the costs of the station, and not to mention, literally every infrastructure project costs $4 billion now. Thats a problem with how we build, not with the PATH specifically.

Posted on: 2018/11/8 11:58
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Re: Monday 6/18/2018 JC schools will close at 12:45....excessive heat
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Smart. Lets get them out there at the hottest peak of the day.

Posted on: 2018/6/18 9:42
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Re: Legal Weed Is Coming to New Jersey
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Since marijuana does not send users into homicidal rages, nor does it encourage users to steal rampantly to pay for it, it makes no sense to claim that Colorado's homicide rate increased slightly because marijuana was legalized.


Did u bother to read the article?

Yes. Did you?

The CBI and and Denver PD offer no theories. One police officer mistakenly says it's due to economic conditions (patently false, as crime rates did not soar in 2007-2009). One lawmaker who tries to pin it on pot also acknowledges a surge in opiate use.

Spare us the FUD, kthx.


The article points to crime increasing to outsiders coming to Colorado for the pot laws. They have increased crime in the state! And say what u want driving high is the same as driving drunk and when there is no accurate way to test than it should not be legal. Period. Its common sense.


in what world is driving high at all the same as driving drunk? how many high drivers plow into other cars and kill people? anyway, the information can be spun anyway you want to hear it, but the fact is, if weed (which people are going to smoke either way) was made legal, it reduces the drug sales from people who support cartels and the like and puts money into state taxes and local growers which sounds like an obvious choice to most logical people.

Posted on: 2018/4/19 13:29
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Re: Hap Investments to Buy 1 MSF Development Site in Jersey City for $400M
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I understand that the wacky zoning should probably better control having a tower next to a three story house, but at the same time, theres a 70 story tower across the street, so people cant really argue that its changing the area. also, its a city, and cities grow. people who want it to be all low rise buildings are better suited in a place like montclair

Posted on: 2018/3/1 12:26
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Re: VIP Diner Jersey City Being Flipped?
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the diner could be better, but id rather it be a diner than another pharmacy. theres literally 3 pharmaciess within a quarter mile of that site.

the area def needs better eateries in general so losing any, even if not the best, is a loss.

my thoughts though are that as JSQ grows, this site will get gobbled up. its close to the PATH and a relatively large lot. but hopefully they utilize the full site and dont waste it with a giant parking lot.

Posted on: 2018/2/1 12:15
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Re: Jersey City Staple Rita & Joe's {Closing This Month}
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the last thing JSQ needs is to lose one of its very few good restaurants. Theres far too many fast food joints, and as much as I love Indian, there needs to be a little variety. I hope someone has the nerve to try something new in the hood as new development comes in.

Posted on: 2018/1/12 8:36
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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i hope you arent banking on any investment is public transit (especially in NYC) in the next 4 years since this administration is the most anti-public one thats been in office in a very long time.

Posted on: 2018/1/8 12:08
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Does anyone know what % of the first Journal Square tower is rented out?

I wonder when some interesting retail & restaurants will come to the blocks right around JSQ. The cynical side of me says "never" and the block from the PATH station to Tonnelle will always be exactly as it is now. The glass half full version of me says "be patient, it will happen."



Ethnic ain't interesting ?

You want shit for white ppl ?



Eh, i get it. Have you ever actually tried to eat in JSQ? Besides a few good Indian joints on Newark, there really isnt much thats good OR interesting. It has nothing to do with ethnic. Its honestly just nothing you would want to venture out for with a date, or friends.

But to answer the previous question, yes I do think some good options will start to trickle in soon

Posted on: 2017/11/7 12:33
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Re: Corgi Spirits distillery - Jersey City
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if this city really wants to thrive, it needs to seriously loosen up on some of these antiquated regulations that kill new businesses before they ever even get off the ground.

Posted on: 2017/10/31 12:30
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Re: Jersey City to Install Electric Car Charging Stations in Every Ward
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...Nothing? C'mon guys, where is the cavalcade of callous commenters??

I guess I'll start:

Ummm.. something something, electric cars are terrible, something something, climate change is a hoax, something something parking!1!!!, something, Fulop and his developer buddies are to blame, something something, property taxes.


Something Something Damn You Yvonne!

Posted on: 2017/10/12 13:56
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Cool.

Fast forward 12 more years...

Posted on: 2017/9/28 12:44
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Re: Protected Bicycle Lane
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adding bike lanes on both sides can both allow a safe lane for travel for bikers while also reducing the width of the driving lanes (without eliminating parking). Narrower lanes naturally slow the speed of traffic since people psychologically drive slower in narrow spaces and faster in wider ones. its a two-fold and simple step to helping the pedestrian issue and speeding issue.


I know that the "narrower lanes lead to reduced speeds" philosophy is taken as an absolute truth, but recent changes to the layout of 1st Street have resulted in the exact opposite. The southern side of the street between Marin and Provost was modified to remove diagonal parking and parallel parking spots were implemented over the road surface, creating a narrower traffic lane, and yet through traffic has increased in speed and, weirdly, also in volume.


perhaps im misunderstanding but how do parallel spots take up more room than diagonal spots? wouldnt parallel spots instead of diagonal widen the through lane?

Posted on: 2017/9/11 12:27
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Re: Protected Bicycle Lane
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adding bike lanes on both sides can both allow a safe lane for travel for bikers while also reducing the width of the driving lanes (without eliminating parking). Narrower lanes naturally slow the speed of traffic since people psychologically drive slower in narrow spaces and faster in wider ones. its a two-fold and simple step to helping the pedestrian issue and speeding issue.

Posted on: 2017/9/11 10:05
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Re: Jersey City taps Downtown woman to be city planner
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I agree with all of this EXCEPT the wide streets. Wider streets are proven to be less safe to cross, subconsciously encourage faster driving, etc. Certainly all new streets need to have bike lanes (in fact, protected bike lanes) and in almost all cases parking on both sides. But that should be done in the narrowest way possible.


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

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

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

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

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


Well, focus could be more on the sidewalks being wider and allowing for street parking which is scarce, in addition to bike lanes. but not actually adding anymore lanes of traffic. Wider sidewalks can allow more businesses to have outdoor seating and more landscaping without becoming too claustrophobic to the pedestrians.

Posted on: 2017/8/9 11:43
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Re: Meeting set for input on future of Casino in the Park
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wow, they sure know how to ugly up a great looking building. i hope the new owners can at least restore some of the character of that original building thats been wrapped up in that garbage 70s-80s exterior.

Posted on: 2017/8/8 16:26
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Re: Jersey City taps Downtown woman to be city planner
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Its a good time for a change. I hope she addresses some of the concerns that have been emerging as the city seems to be growing faster than the existing planners have seemed to keep up with. There are things that can help the city grow, but also seem more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing to people on the streets.

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

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

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

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

Posted on: 2017/8/3 12:35
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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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some people can want a museum piece that plays host to mostly national (mass commercial) performances. that is fine. my family would likely attend an event/performance once every few years.

But presently, we go to the Loews 10-12 times a year, some years more for movies, theater, music and even the post JC St. Patricks Day Parade Party and every year we help with the JC Landmarks Conservancy Awards Ceremony and have seen numerous Art House and other performances.

The current situation serves my family much more than AEG would. We should matter also, not just development for developments sake. So, we will support the FoL and a more balanced path.


Dan, I understand your point, and respect that but I think youre an outlier and most people, especially as the area grows with a younger crowd would prefer a proper venue rather than the options currently provided at Loews. The programs currently dont provide much for 90% of the citys population, and though i love the charm and think a few of these events should be preserved, the city could benefit from a bigger venue with real artists on a regular basis.

Posted on: 2017/7/5 9:11
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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This is the wrong thread for this subject as it pertains to KRE's Journal Squared, NOT KABR's One Journal Square.
Well the thread is for Journal Squared, but the article referenced 1 JSQ which is the empty vacant lot. Regardless, the point is that the property has been vacant for far too long. But youre correct. Wrong thread.

Posted on: 2017/5/10 12:14
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Re: Journal Squared Project to Begin
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I pushed 8 years ago, to turn this site into a large scale outdoor flea market which is in a great location due to the access to the PATH. I was told the site was owned and would be turned over for development very soon. That was 8 years ago. I think its time to revisit new options for that site again.

Posted on: 2017/5/10 9:57
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Re: Fulop to solicit proposals from for-profit companies to replace FOL in running the Loew’s theater
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As the saying goes, if they love it, they must set it free. They have done a great job but the FOL can only go so far with minimal funding and resources. Its time to pass the torch as JSQ begins to have its renaissance as a small arts district.

Posted on: 2017/4/28 13:19
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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i think JSQ or something close to a PATH station or hub makes more sense. I know they will require parking which will exist as part of the new towers parking garage, but also it needs to be a well trafficked area. I feel like the Sears and Harborside which is dead for most of the week would not benefit WF which needs a lot of constant foot traffic.


The Sears location is as trafficked as you van get: a mall, with parking on site, as well as being serviced by the light rail and the Newport PATH station is across the street.

Have you ever been to Harborside? Because your statement makes no sense... it's packed and crowded during the week from about 8 AM to 6 PM. Come out between 11:30 - 1:30 during the week and you will see that people all along the waterfront and in the Owen Grundy pier enjoying lunch or a midday break. It is also serviced by the light rail, and the Exchange Place PATH station is right next door. On weekends it is not that crowded, but that's mostly because there is hardly anything open down that way. A supermarket like WF could be transformative for the area.


yeah, that was kind of my point with Harborside. Its pretty dead on the weekends and thats when markets make a lot of sales. They likely want it to be a busy area 7 days a week which JSQ is. Maybe Sears is busy since its by the mall, but on a sheerly accessible standpoint, its a little awkward for the general public to get to. Though it may be busy enough to keep it alive.

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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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i think JSQ or something close to a PATH station or hub makes more sense. I know they will require parking which will exist as part of the new towers parking garage, but also it needs to be a well trafficked area. I feel like the Sears and Harborside which is dead for most of the week would not benefit WF which needs a lot of constant foot traffic.

Posted on: 2017/4/13 12:00
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Re: Wow - LSC's Updated Plans for SciTech Scity
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good! glad its going forward. criticizing the city for "giving away" undesirable, unused land that would otherwise sit vacant anyway is myopic when factoring the long term financial and educational benefits of this project.

Posted on: 2017/3/24 9:47
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