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It's not just Concert Goers
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Posted on: 2008/11/12 12:58
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Re: Car being broken in?
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ansky wrote:
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JCbiscuit wrote:
Can somebody please, please tell my why they're still making cars with car alarms?

Does anybody even respond to them? (I mean with anything other than anger.)


An alarm is still better than nothing. Anything that draws attention to the vehicle can help.


My first job out of college was repossessing cars for banks. I served the papers and two other guys took the car. I never saw a single instance where anyone came out to check on a car being repossessed whose alarm was going off. One guy stuck his arm out of his apartment window with his key fob and shut it off and never looked to see that we were towing his car. People walk past cars with their alarms going off.

Car alarms are worthless noise nuisances and don't stop anybody from stealing a car.

Posted on: 2008/6/10 15:16
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Re: Commute from JC to other parts of NJ
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I've commuted to New Brunswick for 3 years while doing my doctorate. I've always taken the train. Buying the pass gets the train ticket down to cheaper than gas (right now) and you get a little discount for a reverse commute (well, you don't pay $3.75 to go to NY Penn Station). The train drops you right downtown. I took a couple of classes at Princeton and they practically carrying right onto campus. The new NJT cars are comfy and you always have a seat to yourself.

Posted on: 2008/6/8 12:10
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Re: Lincoln Park/St Peters College Area: Head injuries for man after being struck by car
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The real bitch is that the driver of the car, who in any normal state in this country, would call his insurance company to get the scuff marks the JAYWALKING pedestrian made buffed out. Nope. Not in Jersey. He had better hope he has good insurance because his ass is getting sued. No matter if he didn't get a ticket. He's gonna get rung up for the whole nut. It happened to my uncle. He whacked a guy who ran out into traffic while being chased by the police. So a skel who had just done something horrible is getting chased by the cops, runs out into Kennedy up in Union City and my uncle was found liable. $250000 later and 6 years later, if the guy he hit (not my uncle's fault) gets a cold, my uncle gets served with papers.

Posted on: 2008/5/1 11:43
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Re: Fine JC Policing
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The other four:

*Jaywalking: If a person is walking down the sidewalk in Jersey City, drivers must assume that this person can and will bolt across the street at any point, for no apparent reason. Slamming on your brakes, honking and screaming at the idiot is met with blank stares. Hitting the idiot results in lawsuit against you the driver even if you weren't ticketed.

*Litter: Never, ever admonish someone for throwing trash on the street in broad daylight. This makes you either a racist ("You only saying that 'cause I'm black/white/asian/indian") or ignorant ("DO YOU KNOW HOW I AM?"). I really love the appeal to "Paying taxes" when someone justifies throwing an entire bag of mcdonalds' trash out of their car window.

*Jitney Buses: Covered here on JCList a lot, but these things are a nightmare. I don't care if they are cheap, they suck.

*Informal "Industries"; Forget about dope dealing. I am talking about people who rebuild transmissions in front of your place and pour the used transmission fluid on your trees killing them. Not just once but several times. THen there's the guys who swap merchandise from a large semi into their vans to distriubute hither and yon. Or the bodega that sells exactly no food but has more foot traffic than Macys.

Posted on: 2008/4/27 21:54
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Re: Fine JC Policing
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Double parking should be punishable by summary execution. It is one of five things that make life miserable in JC.

Posted on: 2008/4/27 14:17
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Re: An Open Letter to You, My PATH Nemesis
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I stand on the PATH. I don't even fight it. But I have a theory about the insane behavior to get a seat: For a lot of people, this is the best thing that is going to happen to them each day. Seriously, getting a seat on the train is the best thing that happens each and every day to a lot of people. Personally, I value other things. They can have my seat. Now if people just wouldn't clip their nails on the train....

Posted on: 2008/3/13 21:31
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Re: Driveway line laws?
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I had a guy towed two weeks ago for parking in my driveway. He's swung by to ask me for the tow charge or he'll sue. Seriously. It'd been a long time since I laughed in someone's face.

Posted on: 2008/3/7 21:53
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Re: shoe repair recommendations
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Quote:

justjoe wrote:
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metulj wrote:
Peter's on Bergen across from Hudson Catholic.
Hope you don't mind a helpful correction. Peter's is on the west side of Bergen, a few steps north of Glenwood, directly across from St. Aedans RC Church. The Hudson Catholic High School you refer to takes up most of the next block south of St. Aedens.

If you taking public trans, coming from downtown there are two buses from Grove Street (Mont. / West Side and the Newport Mall) that stop a block away at Montgomery and Bergen. Also, the #80 from Grove or #87 from Hoboken, stop a few feet south of their door.

Closed Mondays. They charge $35 to make my $120 shoes look and feel new for 3 or 4 cycles.

If you are lucky, you'll get there on a day when the wife is handing out freshly baked cookies or Greek bread. They've been in biz about 50 years and their 6-days a week labors supported educating their son. He is now an Orthopedic Surgeon at Johns Hopkins. They are the American Dream in vivo.


They are great people. Thanks for the correction. It's right there by the Old Bergen Reformed Church. I stumble by it on my way to the train after dropping the kids off at Primary Prep.

Posted on: 2008/3/5 1:09
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Re: shoe repair recommendations
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Peter's on Bergen across from Hudson Catholic. They are cheap and very, very good. I just had zippers and soles/heels put on my jump boots. $65. That's cheaper than a new pair.

Posted on: 2008/3/4 19:35
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Re: Unable to find anything in Greenwich Village, Saint Vincent’s Leases 64 Luxury units at Grove Po
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Quote:

friendoflois wrote:
This is good news. Why do several of you feel the need to complain about this? Having doctors and nurses living in the Grove Street area can only be a good thing. Maybe we'll finally get gourmet grocery store!


My brother starved during his fellowship at NYU. His idea of a splurge at $50000 a year was a slice of pizza and one (1) Milwaukee's Best.

Posted on: 2008/2/28 20:47
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Re: weekend getaway ideas
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The Inn At Sugar Hill in Mays Landing.

Posted on: 2008/2/26 1:37
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Re: Violent Home Invasion - Coles & Monmouth
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"The whole point is that the right to bear arms in self-defense comes with a heavy responsibility. "

The 2nd Amendment does not mention self-defense as being the reason the right exists.

Posted on: 2008/2/9 14:26
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Re: Lincoln Park Area (i.e. Harrison Ave. b/w Kennedy and West Side Ave.
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I live on Bentley and it is great. We have a double lot and grill out all the time in the summer. We work at home with our consulting business. There is a good private school 15 minutes walk from our house (Primary Prep). Our neighbors are great. The police have zero tolerance for stupidity on the Gifford and Bentley blocks and a call to the precinct produces cops on foot most quick. I teach at Rutgers and can be in New Brunswick in 30 minutes. It has improved vastly since we moved here. Houses are huge. What we paid for our place here you were looking at $1.5 million in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn with a longer commute and tougher street life. I have found that if there are kids out on the block at night, just going out and saying "Hey, I call the curfew wagon and they are on their way" disperses them. As for break ins on cars, most people on our blocks have off the street parking. There are people who walk 20 blocks from Greenville to park to be able to park on a safe street. I had a JC cop tell me that car thieves tend to stash their cars over here too. Lots of high end cars with NY tags are always parked on Bentley....

I agree though about crossing Communipaw. Anything near Bergen and Ege is totally sketchy. There are few restaurants worth a damn, but we do have Four Brothers Pizza with the only decent Brooklyn-style crust in JC.

Posted on: 2008/1/15 2:04
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Re: Car registration question
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Avoid the Journal Square MCV any other time than between 10:17AM-11:14AM on a weekday as it is a bleeding nightmare. There is a ritual killing at Noon and it really helps if you act out, scream and tell people that "You know people."

Paperwork: If you are a non-US citizen/immigrant, bring as much documentation as you can including your dead grandmother's left index finger. Any other digit is acceptable as long as it is notarized and included with a sworn affidavit from the mayor of your ancestral village and/or Placido Domingo.

Tltle: Be sure the title is clear or a complete disaster. Anything else will prevent the MCV from cutting you a NJ title. Even a new car title won't necessarily cut it as you still have to bring 6 forms of ID and a box lunch for the line at JSMCV mentioned above.

License: You will need this so JCPA can revoke it with hundreds of mystery tickets given to you even though you park the car in your building's garage.

Inspection: This is similar to the title in that a brand new car with 1 mile on it will fail 20 times in a row, but the ginormous 1984 Town Car that insists on blocking your driveway and smokes like Marlene Dietrich will pass with a 2 year inspection sticker.

Posted on: 2007/11/19 21:39
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Re: Bomb Scare on 5th street.
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Robotjustin: Ontological.....

So a grenade is everything that it isn't?

Posted on: 2007/10/27 1:39
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Re: Bomb Scare on 5th street.
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"Obviously they suspected I might try and detonate the grenade by phone, which if you ask me is pretty implausible."

The only thing that is obvious is that you have stated that the grenades were not live based on your belief that they were not. Implausibility: As an eyewitness to a bombing attack in Kosovo, I can tell you that sending a text message to an old Nokia cell phone with leads wired to the ringer is an excellent way to detonate a bomb remotely. They aren't overreacting. It bothers the hell out of me that you can use your cellphone in the Amtrak tunnels to Penn Station.

Posted on: 2007/10/25 14:13
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Re: Dollar Buses
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I live in Westside and I have waited 45 minutes for a 10 to Journal Sq only to have 3 with "Bus Full No Passengers" on them. Coach USA sucks.

Posted on: 2007/10/14 2:07
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Re: Parking Tickets ... WTF?!
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You better pay those tickets or get in front of the judge as JC will suspend your license. That's an extra $100 to get it back.

Posted on: 2007/10/12 0:35
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Re: JC Parking Code of Ethics
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JCPD was on my block (WestSide) yesterday towing cars (3 cars). I asked them what's up and, get this, all of the cars were stolen. Seems that car thieves like to boost a ride elsewhere and stash it on "nice" blocks then come over to get it when they need it. If it gets towed for being a stolen ride, its hard to pin it on a regular actor in the nabe and they can always spot a stakeout on the car.

I have always wondered why I'll see 19-year-olds in 5 series BMWs parking on our block and walking up to JFK to catch the 99 bus. Well, now I know.

To put this on topic: They often pull in to spots in such a way to keep other cars from parking between them and the driveway cut outs.

Posted on: 2007/10/10 23:57
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Re: JC Real Estate Market Recent Activity
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Look, our decision to move to Jersey City involved a lot of factors none the least of which was that renting in Brooklyn for a family of 5 involved forking over $4200 a month (Prospect Heights). A $5500 a month mortgage payment here is actually a savings after the tax write off, even with the property taxes. We also have a place to cook out and I don't have to set my internal clock for Alternate Side Parking. AND the commute to midtown for my wife is 30 minutes shorter and I don't have to suffer on the MTA to Penn Station to go to New Brunswick to teach. Now if only the kids from across Bergen Ave wouldn't roll in a wolfpack on Friday nights looking to kick ass on yuppies.

Posted on: 2007/10/3 1:59
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