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Re: Question about Dixon Mills
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1) Reddit and Facebook are more relevant to most people and are easy to use phone apps.

2) People (ok, me, but I'm sure there are others) got sick of the back and forth between what seemed like the same 12 people who didn't seem to understand that a forum means people can express their opinion and no matter how bat crap crazy you might think it is, there's no need to devolve into cursing, name calling, etc.

3) People who love to narc on their neighbors (and you know who you are) can now do it more effectively with the Neighborhood app and See Click, Fix.

Posted on: 10/27 15:58
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Re: my 4th quarter property tax went up 20% anyone know why?
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I thought her response was quite sensible and suggesting the mayor and city council get their act together to pass a budget on time is not exactly in the category of political mud slinging.
Just sayin'

Posted on: 10/22 12:53
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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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People said the same thing about the JC Museum, it was just a couple of blocks from the PATH. But here are some facts, events are in the evening, around 8:00 PM, when it is icy and cold. I used to go to the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ which is near a train station but, instead, the playhouse own parking lots were used. They had more than one lot due to the demand. People used their cars, not the train, nearby. It is the reason this Playhouse survived.


comparing a museum to a theater. LOL you're meds are off today.


Unnecessary response, I already addressed this.

Posted on: 6/17 12:31
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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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The Lowes Theatre showed Phantom of the Opera (I think that was the movie) and had a live organist last Halloween. I had one friend from Queens and one from Brooklyn take the Path there.
I don't think you can compare the draw of a museum, particularly a very specific museum like the Jersey City museum, sorry but not many people from outside JC (and not many in JC) have any desire to go there, versus a theatre.
Second, they could fill that theatre every night just with acts and movies from India.
Last, White Eagle Hall which has zero parking seems to do okay and it's not particularly close to the Path, they just have acts people want to see.

Posted on: 6/16 19:32
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Re: Jersey City Bike Lanes... WTF is wrong with bike riders
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Has anyone else noticed bike riders not using the spaces just for them? Can they be cited by traffic regulations?

I know... you can't fix rude, stupid and dangerous.


Has anyone else noticed that cars are now driving and parking IN the protected bike lanes forcing riders to move out into traffic? Because I have on a daily basis.

Yes on Montgomery, but I think the bigger problem is people parking in the vision zero spaces. All up and down Newark Avenue this happens and I've seen it in other places. People just drive right over the poles.
I don't think anyone mentioned e-bikes. I almost got creamed crossing the street by a delivery guy on an e-bike, in the bike lane, but going in the opposite direction.
Long story short, none of this matters because there's never going to be any enforcement.

Can they be cited by traffic regulations?

I know... you can't fix rude, stupid and dangerous.


No, not in my neighborhood. Your point is what?

Posted on: 2/11 14:13
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Re: JC teachers who made 99K or more in 2019
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Does anyone know why the state allowed Jersey City to break the law for 30 years by not ever doing a reval? How did all the mayors, including Fulop get away with it?

You can blame people for not saving up for a rainy day when they knew their taxes were low, but I'm sorry it's not right for someone's taxes to go from $4k to $20k overnight. Every single one of those mayors should have gone to jail for breaking the law. "oh get a reverse mortgage, just sell the home you lived in for 40 years....."
People suck.
And teachers should make $100k if they have 20 years of experience.
I feel better now.

Posted on: 12/17 14:48
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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What's that sad lady from the tv commercial gonna do now? Oh I know maybe rent out her apartment to long term tenants while she lives in her second apartment?

Posted on: 2019/11/6 14:31
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Re: PATH Train: New fares for SmartLink Multi-Trip & Unlimited Passes effective 11/1/19
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JCGuys wrote:
Out of curiosity, how many people here use the SmartLink card compared to Metrocard?


To me the main advantage of Smart Link is being able to replenish online, and never having to use the machine.

Posted on: 2019/10/30 18:03
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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While tossing out the election pamphlets this week, one did catch my eye about Rebecca Symes and The Australians throwing THOUSANDS of JC residents out on the street after stealing their homes


...by paying above market prices in cash?


THOUSANDS?????


On the STREET no less!

Posted on: 2019/10/29 15:04
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Re: Embankment park is coming
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Bike_Lane wrote:
The heart of the legal dispute was whether Conrail had the right to sell the Embankment to the developer without the intent to have it remain a railroad.

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) must rule on abandonment of rail lines (this responsibility is handed down from the predecessor agency, the Interstate Commerce Commission). In this case "abandonment" does not mean trains haven't run on the line for x years, it means that the rail line would change to another use, and thus, cease to be a right of way for rail transportation (aside, some rail lines are not subject to STB rulings, such as New Jersey Transit owned rail lines).

Conrail's assets are subject to the STB, and therefore Conrail was/is required to apply for an STB ruling when abandoning a rail line. Here's an overview of the process: https://www.stb.gov/stb/public/resources_abandonment.html

Had the STB approved the abandonment ahead of time, Conrail could have offered it to the city or sold it to the developer free and clear. That didn't happen, and therefore, the long legal battle ensued.

Other former rail lines downtown, such as the 10th Street Embankment, went through the legal abandonment process before ownership was transferred.



This is a little confusing. Did the law requiring Conrail to give first rights to Jersey City only become law AFTER the dispute had started? I don't know if I'm reading this correctly. If so it seems like the wife bought the land fair and square and then the city got Corzine to pass a Hail Mary bill. I'm sure there's more to this.



N.J. law could help settle Jersey City embankment lawsuit
By Melissa Hayes/The Jersey Journal
January 19, 2010, 5:37PM

A law signed in Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s final hours in office could be the push Jersey City needs to settle a seven-year land dispute. The law, signed Monday, could potentially impact the city’s negotiations with developer Steve Hyman, whose wife purchased a parcel of land called the Sixth Street Embankment from Conrail in 2005 for $3 million.

The law, sponsored by former Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith, D-Jersey City, Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, D-Jersey City, Sen. Nicholas Sacco, D-North Bergen, and Sen. Brian Stack, D-Union City, requires railroad companies to negotiate in good faith with municipalities before abandoning a property. Jersey City has argued that Conrail did not do that when it sold the land to Hyman.

“We think this is good legislation,” Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said in a statement. “The railroads obtained these right of ways and these properties a long time ago for nothing or next to nothing and we think it is apropos that the various governing bodies have the first crack at obtaining these right of ways with an eye toward enhancing mass transportation whether it be by light rail or some other mode.”

At issue is a 6.5-acre elevated parcel of land on Sixth Street between Marin Boulevard and Brunswick Street. Hyman wants to build housing on the site, but the city wants to see a portion preserved as open space and the rest become part of the Light Rail corridor.

Healy said as the site could serve as a conduit for the Light Rail, with passengers coming in from the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction, through a four-mile stretch of rail track in the Palisades called Bergen Arches. He said riders could get off in Journal Square or continue to the Pavonia PATH station and downtown. "This has the potential to keep thousands of cars off our roads in the morning and afternoon rush hours,” Healy said.

The city filed a lawsuit in 2006 arguing that under federal law Conrail should have offered the site to the city before selling it to Hyman. In 2007, the federal Surface Transportation Board, which has jurisdiction over rail sites, agreed with the city. But Hyman took the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals, which threw out the board's decision in June, saying it didn't have jurisdiction to hear the case. The city and Embankment Preservation Coalition have asked the appellate court to reconsider its decision.

In the meantime, Jersey City Council moved in November to hire former Supreme Court Chief Justice James Zazzali to mediate the disagreement and both sides are working to reach a settlement.

Posted on: 2019/10/24 20:50
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Re: New Rent Control Ordinance
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JCBORN wrote:
We only read about the tenants side of things.

Why didn't Nina just move instead of paying $1,300 if she was so unhappy?

Now that her rent went down to $435 is she ok with sweeping the mouse droppings?

I'm interested to see if that website will also post what the owners have to say about it. It always seems to be one-sided.

I see they posted this about newark
https://www.nj.com/essex/2019/10/housi ... nt-control-ordinance.html


Really? Moving costs money. It's not that easy to pick up and move. I would have told Nina to do what I did, adopt a cat. End of problem.

Posted on: 2019/10/18 13:10
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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The law, approved in June, allows homeowners who are on-site to share their home 365 days a year and calls for an annual 60-day cap for short-term rentals if the property owner is not on-site. It prohibits short-term rentals in buildings with more than four units and phases out existing short-term rental contracts in those buildings by Jan. 1, 2021. It also prohibits renters from serving as short-term rental hosts.

Homeowners ON SITE can still share their home 365 days a year. I have no problem with that. Those people that need the money to get by still have no issue if they are ON SITE.
I am in a high rise and I do not want 4 apartments on the floor rented to random people all the time. That's my problem. Not to mention the landlord has zero incentive to keep me, and/or keep me and the super awesome rent of $2550 per month.

Posted on: 2019/10/14 13:12
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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Yvonne wrote:
A number of people are confused by the flyers on the Airbnb. The wording on the ballot is confusing. A no vote is what the signatures were about, it is a removal of the city council ordinance. A yes vote, is to keep the city council ordinance. It is a shame the wording is confusing to voters. I am not an Airbnb renter and have no dog in the fight but I do not like the confusion for voters.


100% agree. Intuitively you would read it as "NO" means ban Air BNB and "Yes" means keep Air BnB, not the other way around. This will be very interesting.

Posted on: 2019/10/4 13:06
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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And VVP being elaborately and expensively renovated without including a playground. Good times.


Wow... never knew that happened (I don't use VVP since i am not in the downtown). The playgrounds are one reason I like living in J.C. My kid has 'his gang' that he meets daily at the playground on Ogden ave (Pershing Field gets a bit insane with the crowds). Having playmates at that young of an age was something I missed out on (Gen X baby bust in the burbs... no kids in my neighborhood... or playgrounds).

I take it the VVP planners didn't have kids...


I don't know all the details, but yeah, people who wanted a fancy garden had control, till at some point it all came out, and they had to retrofit in the 2 play areas. There were people in HP who would have gotten rid of the playground and ball courts in the reno if they'd had their way.


OK that I do see. The NA's seem to have a lot of control over what goes into those parks. I think they are getting rid of the skate park in Enos Jones where I see tons of kids every single day. Also, the basketball courts are in constant use, so maybe they should consider more of those? I know there are quite a few people who would like a cricket pitch (whatever that is), and of course more play space for the kids. The upside is the demographics of the city are changing and hopefully so are demographics of the NA's. Does the city not have anything to say about what goes into the parks, or are they just glad to offload the responsibility?

Posted on: 2019/10/3 14:57
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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You know what else is lost? Party goers coming and going at all hours of the night. The feeling of insecurity you have when strangers are constantly in your building. Having to become the de facto concierge for out of towners. There is a true quality of life issue here.


I don't have a dog in this fight (I don't do AirBnB). My main concern is the creeping micro-management of property owners by the city. I am a cynic who believes politicians are on the whole, bought and paid for. I don't think for a minute "quality of life" was the motivating factor. The city was fine getting millions from AirBnB until someone I suspect from some lobbying group offered $$$ in campaign contributions (or other forms of compensation) to do a 180 and get rid of AirBnB.

So far my only bad run in was a AirBnB guest who blocked the garage I rent, when I needed to take my kid to the emergency room. Other than that, the AirBnB critters are well behaved.

My 'bad experiences' were mostly neighbors (before the neighborhood gentrified) strung out on booze, drugs, etc. creating all sorts of issues. Thankfully most of the bad actors are gone now.*

*One humorous incident when some guy high on who knows what was on all fours, barking at my bushes like a dog. He subsequently passed out on the sidewalk in the pouring rain.

A huge part of this is the Air BnB is in the high rises too. It's very unsettling to have complete strangers coming and going who treat the apartment as a one night stand and anything goes. I lived next door to a guy who was ahead of his time, he rented his apartment out nightly on Craig's List years ago.
I do feel like homeowners who are living on the property and want to rent out a room or a basement, have a vested interest in the place, given they live there. That is different and I get their problem with the ban.
Point is there are real and valid issues despite the fact that there are evidently hotel lobbies involved.
Most people are capable of thinking for themselves, and already have strong feelings that I don't think a direct mailer is going to change. Let the vote, whatever the outcome, prevail.

Last, I hate to be a drama queen but that amusing guy could've just as easily been an OD because nobody has any idea who they are renting to.

Posted on: 2019/10/3 13:01
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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The sad thing is that with AirBnB regulated out of existence, rents won't be reduced by much, if at all. As long as multi-family buildings are torn down and replaced with Bayonne boxes, the rent market will continue to face shortages (at least until the next recession).

What will be lost is the revenue paid to the city by AirBnB. Wasn't it around $9mil a year?



You know what else is lost? Party goers coming and going at all hours of the night. The feeling of insecurity you have when strangers are constantly in your building. Having to become the de facto concierge for out of towners. There is a true quality of life issue here.


What nonsense. Any of the issues complained about here can also occur with long term tenants and owners. Future, Airbnb tourists aren’t putting kids into the school system and draining resources and they’re not taking up peoples precious parking, they’re either using ride share or public transit.

Let’s also not forget that this entire initiative was started by wealthy VVPA NIMBYs that didn’t like seeing people with roller suitcases on their block and feel they should restrict property rights for the entire city based on one incident.


The party goers and concierge issues are all over the place, just ask around.
The air bnb's in the larger buildings mixed in with the long term renters are a huge problem, which you apparently can't imagine, and I personally know people who have moved because of this.
At least with long term renters you can try to mitigate the problem with the landlord. With the air bnb-ers that really isn't possible.
Also, how have the neighborhood associations hurt you? You seem to be obsessed with them. In my experience (12 years in HP) they haven't shown themselves to be all that powerful.

Posted on: 2019/10/2 18:12
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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MDM wrote:
The sad thing is that with AirBnB regulated out of existence, rents won't be reduced by much, if at all. As long as multi-family buildings are torn down and replaced with Bayonne boxes, the rent market will continue to face shortages (at least until the next recession).

What will be lost is the revenue paid to the city by AirBnB. Wasn't it around $9mil a year?


You know what else is lost? Party goers coming and going at all hours of the night. The feeling of insecurity you have when strangers are constantly in your building. Having to become the de facto concierge for out of towners. There is a true quality of life issue here.

Posted on: 2019/10/2 16:48
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Re: New Bike Lane !!
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135jc wrote:
Passing Montgomery st during rush hr it was grid locked. With only one lane heading east now cars were backed up behind cars trying to enter Edison fast park. There is no longer a second lane to allow traffic to pass any obstruction. Looking west Montgomery was also grid locked for as far as I could see. Can anyone explain why 3 bike lanes in each direction for a total of 6 is needed? Any green benefit is surely off set by hundreds of idling cars polluting the air.


In addition to the above, in the morning I have been sitting on the bus for 10-20 minutes while trash (I believe it's commercial) is picked up. The trash guy was running back and forth like crazy to do it fast but businesses can rack up a lot of trash. I don't know if night pick ups are possible over there, maybe they have to look into that.

Also,since there's no no place for people to double park while they pick up and drop people off illegally they often pull into the bus stops to do it, so the bus then blocks traffic, and that creates a back up and on we go.........
I realize there is a parking issue in the city, and I don't have any answers, but I agree, any green advantage from the bike lanes on Montgomery in particular, is negated by all the idling traffic.

Posted on: 2019/9/9 13:20
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Re: ‘Unsettling’: Six Exchange Place food trucks impounded for multiple violations...
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All the food trucks continue to be where they always were at Exchange Place and they continue to be about 1 foot apart from eachother lol so much for that.
Hundreds of people buy food there everyday, never heard of an issue, I have gotten Incredi-Balls, and burritos from Victoria's lots of times.
If you think regular restaurants have higher standards, you are probably right, but not by much.
They are on a side street not bothering anyone and were here before most of the fixed location food places opened. Hudnut needs another hobby.

Posted on: 2019/8/14 18:08
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Re: Learn About How Chocolate is Made and How to Taste Chocolate!
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Hi Everyone!

I am Glenn the owner and founder of Chocotastery, a chocolate education and tasting experience company based in Jersey City.

We have been having classes at Indiegrove monthly and wanted to share here that we will be having another class on Friday, August 30th at 6-8pm.

During the class you will be able to learn about how chocolate is made and where it comes from and how to mindfully taste craft chocolate bars from around the world! You really get to discover for yourself a whole new world of chocolate. You even get to take home your favorite of the 4 bars that you taste during the class! Classes are $35 per person.

To get your tickets and to sign up go to our Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to- ... olate-tickets-66810537115

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me directly at glenn@chocotastery.com!

Lookong forward to meeting you all there!

Glenn


Hi Glenn:
I would be very interested in the next class. Aug 30 is the Friday of Labor Day weekend. Just mentioning this in case you didn't notice, or maybe you did an it was purposeful. Regardless it sounds interesting.

Posted on: 2019/8/12 13:35
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Re: 245 Newark Avenue - Fire Alarms in the middle of the night
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This might sound dumb but have you tried reporting it on SeeClickFix?

Posted on: 2019/7/31 13:40
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Re: Neighbor illegaly paved over front yard for parking
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The city should make this the next stop in their pilot "Parklet" program.


Thanks for a little humor. This made me laugh out loud.

Posted on: 2019/7/15 12:55
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Re: Neighbor illegaly paved over front yard for parking
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Somebody moved into a house a couple of months ago on my block and completely paved over their front garden, cutting down some trees and flowers and putting in place a cheap concrete job. Now they are parking their car in the makeshift driveway, eliminating a street parking spot.

I know it's illegal to do this in Jersey City without a zoning variance or a grandfathered curb cut. Who can I call to complain about it?


You sound like a great neighbor.


You sound like an ass. In a row of houses with a front yard you can't just shitty pave over it and put your car or whatever other shit you have on it. You sound like a shit neighbor.

Posted on: 2019/7/12 12:57
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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The issue is that if you are living in a building where lots of units are Air Bnb then they need to let you know up front so you can decide if you want to live with that.
If you have a building that's completely AirBnb then it needs to have signage indicating that so once again, people can decide if they want to live there.
I wouldn't live in a building with strangers constantly coming in and out, and neither would a lot of other people.
Second, how do people not see what this does to the housing market? Not to mention neighborhoods.
There is a big difference between people renting their house here and there or even a room, particularly if it's owner occupied.


But, again, this measure is overly aggressive in trying to solve this problem. If I want to spend the Summer away and rent out my unit to a friend, or even a stranger, for the month or two I will be away, I would not be allowed to do so legally, even if I had the consent of my landlord, as I live in a building with 5+ units. Where's the harm in that scenario?



When I sign a lease I'm making a commitment. I just want the landlord to do the same and keep rando's out of the building. If you want to run a hotel, run a hotel. This isn't about the one off renting your apartment for the summer, which in my opinion shouldn't be allowed either. This is about a cash grab, pure and simple.

Posted on: 2019/6/11 18:43
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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The issue is that if you are living in a building where lots of units are Air Bnb then they need to let you know up front so you can decide if you want to live with that.
If you have a building that's completely AirBnb then it needs to have signage indicating that so once again, people can decide if they want to live there.
I wouldn't live in a building with strangers constantly coming in and out, and neither would a lot of other people.
Second, how do people not see what this does to the housing market? Not to mention neighborhoods.
There is a big difference between people renting their house here and there or even a room, particularly if it's owner occupied.

Posted on: 2019/6/11 13:09
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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I'd love to know the real story behind Nick's rabid hatred of Neighbourhood Associations.

Owner of a a small business that was stifled? Former Vice President who lost out in a bitter power struggle over the park flowerbeds?

Robin.

We should organize a meet-up, I think alot of people would like this information. Somebody has clearly hurt him (sarcasm intended in case it's not apparent.)

Posted on: 2019/5/7 13:54
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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tern wrote:
I'd love to know the real story behind Nick's rabid hatred of Neighbourhood Associations.

Owner of a a small business that was stifled? Former Vice President who lost out in a bitter power struggle over the park flowerbeds?

Robin.

We should organize a meet-up, I think alot of people would like this information. Somebody has clearly hurt him (sarcasm intended in case it's not apparent.)

Posted on: 2019/5/7 13:54
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Re: STARBUCKS ON GROVE
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First world problem.....suck it up!

Posted on: 2019/5/2 13:42
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Re: Commuter gondola plan gets off ground....
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brewster wrote:
Hmm, seems pretty silly considering how underutilized that bridge is. Just make a shuttle bus route over it from a commuter lot on SI. Google says it's less than 10 minutes @8am.

Now a Hudson Gondola from Xchange Pl to WTC is an awesome idea.


How is that a good idea? Because so many people get off the Path and take the ferry now? Because it's so easy to get to Exchange Place on the bus and then you want to get off and get on a gondola? Given the number of people that can get on gondola, how would that even be remotely cost effective or efficient?
I think rentable jet packs would be awesome. You would dock them like Citibike on each side of the river. At least getting to work would be fun. So what if you lose a few people in the river? There's more where they came from.

Posted on: 2019/4/23 13:34
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Re: Should inmates be allowed to vote?
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As usual the whole "forum" concept eludes a lot of people. I don't care about anyone's actual opinion, I just think they should be able to express it without (too much) abuse.
I mean the occasional "you're a nut" or "what's wrong with you" might be ok, but beyond that is just ignorant (in my opinion, lol).

And there is no shortage of misinformation in these forums, so that's not an excuse for abuse either.

Posted on: 2019/4/17 19:45
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