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Re: Jersey City council repeals chain store restrictions
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Jersey City council repeals chain store restrictions

Today 4:22 PM (05/09/2019)
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY — The City Council repealed the city’s four-year-old chain store restrictions on Wednesday after city officials told them the rules would not withstand legal scrutiny.

The council voted 7-2 in favor of repeal, with council members Rolando Lavarro and Jermaine Robinson voting against. The two men said the restrictions have helped small businesses.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/05/jers ... n-store-restrictions.html


This was a dumb idea from the get-go and would have been very difficult for landlords to comply. Not that I particularly sympathize for large retail landlords but I think it is up to the customers in a free market to decide what stores go in the large commercial buildings. That 30% rule that didn't make a lot of sense to begin with would have stifled competition and furthermore, while I'm not exactly a fan of big box stores either, would our city leaders rather have empty space in a lot of buildings and fewer jobs? Many people identified this proposed restriction as a "solution in search of a problem" and as it happens, they were right.

Posted on: 5/10 18:49
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Re: Post Office Blues....
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Here's a famous old thread you'll probably want to look at, if you haven't already:

http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewt ... 19&keywords=office+afraid

As far as phone numbers to the post office go, try 201-915-7139, it was a phone that was actually answered sometimes, although that was a few years ago.

Posted on: 5/4 2:18
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Re: Jersey City council pay would nearly double under new plan
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Newark Council members receive around $100,000 per year.

Jersey City Council members receive around $35,000 per year.

Both serve populations of ~270K / 280K residents.

Jersey City residents deserve a strong full time Council that can focus on the business of the City and that get paid accordingly.


I agree with you completely, but does this increase in pay mean the council members with multiple public positions will resign from one of their other public positions? Will they truly put in more work into being a council member? Not saying they should put in twice as much time on twice as much of a salary, they were underpaid for their work, but I really despise the fact that people can hold multiple public positions in New Jersey, and part of the aim of this salary increase should put an end to it. Holding a separate private sector job or running a business is far less of an issue and common with locally elected officials around the country.

Posted on: 5/2 16:56
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Re: STARBUCKS ON GROVE
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This feels like deja vu. Wasn't there another thread about this a couple years, also with the subject line all in caps, of somebody complaining about the management at the same Starbucks? Too bad the search function of this website is still on the fritz.


I thought the EXACT same thing when I read the post.


Here's that other famous thread, from around three years ago - read for your amusement! Sounds like the exact same person, though the user name is different:

http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=36607

Seems like a member of higher society who is normally just too important to post on this board - except when they have issues with Starbucks.

Posted on: 5/2 14:58
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Re: STARBUCKS ON GROVE
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This feels like deja vu. Wasn't there another thread about this a couple years, also with the subject line all in caps, of somebody complaining about the management at the same Starbucks? Too bad the search function of this website is still on the fritz.

Posted on: 5/2 1:41
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Re: Jersey City council pay would nearly double under new plan
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Full time job not a bad idea.


Will these council members actually treat their jobs in Jersey City as being full time, like they do in Newark, or will they continue to have multiple jobs and just enjoy the extra money? Some council members have had as many as three different public positions at the same time and I don't see them quitting two of them just because the Jersey City council job is now "full time".

Posted on: 5/1 14:45
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Re: Murphy pulls Mississippi flag from LSP
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Glad to read it. I've seen that flag flying over LSP for years and always wondered if it bothered anyone else.


Better remove that Alabama flag too, it's got bars (although no stars) just like Mississippi. Same with Florida, we can't have that, so offensive. While we're at it, take down Hawaii, it's got the flag of Great Britain in the upper left corner, that's an insult to our independence as a nation. That Washington, DC flag, with three red stars and two red stripes, looks kind of communist, don't know if we should have that either. Oh, and the flag of Iowa, with a blue, white and red vertical stripe would make me think it's the flag of France were it not for the eagle in the middle. People might have issues with that too.

So glad our governor has his priorities straight.



This one act probably took him and his staff (the ones not raping women) months to figure out.... This one act probably took him and his staff (the ones not raping women) months figure out.... which completely took them away from their business of running the state.

So I guess there is a positive benefit to this foolishness..


Well it obviously took about 16 months to notice the flag, since he's been in office since January of last year. If he's better at deciding which flags are more offensive than others, perhaps he should seek out a position in Washington, DC with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Posted on: 4/30 1:17
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Re: Murphy pulls Mississippi flag from LSP
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Glad to read it. I've seen that flag flying over LSP for years and always wondered if it bothered anyone else.


Better remove that Alabama flag too, it's got bars (although no stars) just like Mississippi. Same with Florida, we can't have that, so offensive. While we're at it, take down Hawaii, it's got the flag of Great Britain in the upper left corner, that's an insult to our independence as a nation. That Washington, DC flag, with three red stars and two red stripes, looks kind of communist, don't know if we should have that either. Oh, and the flag of Iowa, with a blue, white and red vertical stripe would make me think it's the flag of France were it not for the eagle in the middle. People might have issues with that too.

So glad our governor has his priorities straight.

Posted on: 4/29 23:52
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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I don't care one way or the other about this - never stayed in one, nor have I noticed any effect from any AirBnB's in my neighborhood (have no idea if there are any) but won't Jersey City miss the nearly $2 million in added tax revenue? How do they propose to replace that money?

Posted on: 4/26 1:54
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Re: Should inmates be allowed to vote?
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Here's the more obvious question - why is Senator Cunningham even bothering with this B.S. ? This is another case of cart before the horse.

Voter turnout among people who actually are allowed to vote in the USA is abysmal - around 55% in national elections (49% in the 1996 presidential election!). Even less in local elections that don't run concurrently with national elections - Jersey City mayoral and city council races of 25, 30% if we're lucky. Former mayor Healy loved the low turnout because it's exactly what kept him in office for three terms. When turnout went up a few percentage points more in 2013, it was enough to get him out of office. School board elections? Unless they are concurrent with some other election, fuhgeddaboudit.

If turnout is so pitiful among people with clean background checks, can you imagine the turnout among people who have felonies on their record, can't find jobs and some of whom (not all) are contemplating a return to crime? This whole effort is a total waste of time and won't bring very many more people to the polling stations.

Rather than focusing on something that will do nothing, politicians and their constituents should be focusing on increasing voter turnout in this country and strive for the 70 to 80% levels that Canada and Europe have had (maybe not quite that high now but I can assure you both places are still significantly higher than the United States). Then we reach the voter turnout levels we should be having, that's when this issue should be addressed. Of course no politician is going to make an effort toward such a goal unless it increases their own chances of being elected.

Canada and Europe don't criminalize such a huge number or people we do. Even China and Iran don't.


But for the people in the USA, Canada and Europe who actually can vote, the voter turnout rates are by far the lowest in the USA. Voter turnout is only measured by people who are eligible to do it. Furthermore, I have no idea whether convicted criminals in Canada or Europe can vote.

Posted on: 4/17 22:42
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Re: Should inmates be allowed to vote?
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Here's the more obvious question - why is Senator Cunningham even bothering with this B.S. ? This is another case of cart before the horse.

Voter turnout among people who actually are allowed to vote in the USA is abysmal - around 55% in national elections (49% in the 1996 presidential election!). Even less in local elections that don't run concurrently with national elections - Jersey City mayoral and city council races of 25, 30% if we're lucky. Former mayor Healy loved the low turnout because it's exactly what kept him in office for three terms. When turnout went up a few percentage points more in 2013, it was enough to get him out of office. School board elections? Unless they are concurrent with some other election, fuhgeddaboudit.

If turnout is so pitiful among people with clean background checks, can you imagine the turnout among people who have felonies on their record, can't find jobs and some of whom (not all) are contemplating a return to crime? This whole effort is a total waste of time and won't bring very many more people to the polling stations.

Rather than focusing on something that will do nothing, politicians and their constituents should be focusing on increasing voter turnout in this country and strive for the 70 to 80% levels that Canada and Europe have had (maybe not quite that high now but I can assure you both places are still significantly higher than the United States). Then we reach the voter turnout levels we should be having, that's when this issue should be addressed. Of course no politician is going to make an effort toward such a goal unless it increases their own chances of being elected.

Posted on: 4/17 19:36
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Re: Baby found dead in suitcase on PATH tracks
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Well, he probably won't roam very long in prison. People who committed crimes against children get their ass kicked on a daily basis and usually killed, eventually. Only pedophiles would rank lower than him on the prison totem pole.


Have you actually served time or are you echoing the received wisdom of Hollywood, which we've all undoubtedly encountered thousands of times at this point?


No I never served time. My uncle, however, is a retired prison guard.

Posted on: 4/11 23:27
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Re: Baby found dead in suitcase on PATH tracks
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WTF.....People like this are allowed to roam this earth??!!


Well, he probably won't roam very long in prison. People who committed crimes against children get their ass kicked on a daily basis and usually killed, eventually. Only pedophiles would rank lower than him on the prison totem pole.

Posted on: 4/10 13:22
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Re: Springsteen’s son could land firefighter gig in Jersey City
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Is his son a Jersey City resident? I'm sure they checked up on that and made sure that requirement in the city code for all city employees (with a few exceptions, firefighters are not among them) was being followed. >sarcascm<


411: there's no city residency requirement


There used to be, and I think it's lame that the city didn't even enforce when the law was in effect and lame that they don't have such a requirement now.

Posted on: 3/28 16:03
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Re: Springsteen’s son could land firefighter gig in Jersey City
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Is his son a Jersey City resident? I'm sure they checked up on that and made sure that requirement in the city code for all city employees (with a few exceptions, firefighters are not among them) was being followed. >sarcascm<

Posted on: 3/27 17:17
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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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i wonder if co-living buildings will be coming to jc anytime soon...it seems to be gaining momentum.

https://sf.curbed.com/2019/2/27/182432 ... s-starcity-housing-crisis


It has become all the rage in DC and Boston. I really don't get it...

It's high-density, it's efficient, it's cheap, it's like getting a big apartment without the hassle of finding roommates and hoping they pay their share of the rent. The JC units are prefurnished, the building includes laundry and a gym.

I'd add that several cities now have a major problem with affordable housing, and increasing density is one of the few options.


It's all of those things you mention except cheap. I've looked at the rental prices being charged on the various websites and the differential between either getting your own studio or living just a little further from the city center and I'm not seeing more than a few hundred dollars a month savings, at most.

I suppose you have a point about finding roommates and hoping they pay their share of the rent though - if one of the people in these spaces quits paying, it's not your problem, and that can be a major headache for someone whose name is on the lease but sublets a room to someone, especially in New York City. I know someone in New York City who sublet a room in the apartment he was renting and the person suddenly quit paying and it took six months to get them evicted. Six months without getting their share of the rent, not to mention the attorney fees.

At the end of the day it's like those old SRO/boardinghouses they had in NYC which were mostly gone by the 70s, with private bathrooms for each unit and a communal kitchen instead of a full-service dining room. What goes around comes around, I guess.

Posted on: 3/1 21:00
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Re: Judge OKs site plan for controversial 'micro-unit' project in Jersey City
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i wonder if co-living buildings will be coming to jc anytime soon...it seems to be gaining momentum.

https://sf.curbed.com/2019/2/27/182432 ... s-starcity-housing-crisis


It has become all the rage in DC and Boston. I really don't get it... seems to be nothing more than a long-term youth hostel, or a glorified rooming house (much like those SRO buildings they used to have in NYC). I've seen the websites of Oslo, WeLive and Ollie, and they really make it look all so glamorous and wonderful... at the end of the day, there's no privacy unless you're asleep in your bedroom. The rents don't seem that cheap, considering you don't have your own kitchen space.

Co - working I could do. Co - living? Hell no!

Posted on: 3/1 3:35
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Re: Overheard at Word
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Because of the title of this thread, I feel the need to insert the clip featuring this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gc4QTqslN4

On another note, it's amazing a bookstore can make any money at all these days in an age of Amazon. The only time I ever even enter a bookstore these days is to buy Christmas gifts. The owners can do whatever they want I suppose, but seems like listening to your customers' requests seems more important than ever.

Posted on: 2/28 23:20
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Re: Early Dismissal at 12:45pm on 2/20 for JCBOE
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Back in *my* day, they didn't close school unless there was actual serious snow and ice on the ground and the roads were truly impassible (and that was often a very touch call). Closing based on an "anticipated snow storm" ? Ha!

Posted on: 2/20 16:24
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Anybody around here go to the ill-fated Fyre Festival, or know someone that did?
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I figure with Jersey City's close proximity to New York there must be some people around here who either went or knew somebody that did. For those who don't know, it was supposed to be a large, luxury music festival in the Bahamas with several headliners including Blink 182, with luxury villas on a beautiful beach located on a private island, with top-line catering and all kinds of things that would make it a five star experience. Then people got there and the accommodations were these unsecured disaster relief tents on a mostly gravel beach, port-a-potties and three portable showers, none of the promised headliner music acts, and a local caterer that served these crummy boxed lunches. People desperately tried to get back to the USA but ended up locked in a small airport for something like 12 hours with no food or water (some people passed out from the heat). It was something like Lord of the Flies meets Woodstock, except the music sucked.

It happened almost two years ago but is now back in the news because of two different documentaries released about it.

If you walk around New York long enough you either meet someone who went or meet someone who knew someone that went. Anyone out there care to share some firsthand accounts? Just curious.

Posted on: 2/11 19:04
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Re: A new N.J. bar’s dress code was called racist. The owner says it was ‘an oversight.’
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There are signs in many shore restaurants that says: No Shirt, No Service. That means restaurant owners can discriminate.


Yes, that means they can discriminate against people who are not wearing a shirt. Being shirtless is not a classification subject to any legal scrutiny.

Posted on: 1/16 22:14
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Re: A new N.J. bar’s dress code was called racist. The owner says it was ‘an oversight.’
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How was this dress code racist? I've seen people of all races wearing the items described on the list. It is within the owner's rights to say what he doesn't want people wearing inside his establishment. Did somebody see some kind of subtle overtone from the list and get offended? Just don't patronize the place if you have a problem with it.

Posted on: 1/16 18:00
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Re: JC Council to Vote on Canceling Two Abatement Deals for Non Compliance
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"The city told Shuster in an October notice that it had not met requirements of local employment required by the tax abatement and could not prove it made a “good faith” effort to hire locally. In one instance, Shuster offered as proof a Craig’s List post seeking Jersey City laborers that was posted online in the final weeks of construction, according to the city."

A Craigs List posting in the final weeks of construction, I love it! Yeah, they really went all out to hire local residents. This story just made my day.

Posted on: 1/10 18:51
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Re: Owner of JC Massage Parlor Arrested for Promoting Prostitution
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Though I have to say it is pretty funny the place was right across the street from the courthouse. Lady should have had a less conspicuous location.


There was another one that operated for years right across from the courthouse. It was in one the buildings that was recently demolished. They had a neon sign in the window advertising services at one point.


Oh right, I kind of remember. I guess demolishing the building was the only way they could get rid of the business! Ha

Posted on: 2018/10/5 19:28
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Re: Owner of JC Massage Parlor Arrested for Promoting Prostitution
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Glad that law enforcement has its priorities in order. I feel so much safer in Jersey City now! :) :eye roll:

Though I have to say it is pretty funny the place was right across the street from the courthouse. Lady should have had a less conspicuous location.

Posted on: 2018/10/5 18:26
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Re: The Rivet
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Can't speak to the amenities, they seem decent enough at the place, but the map showing the so-called shopping and dining near the place is hilarious. Nearby shopping consists of Acme, Walgreens, Home Depot and the Hudson Mall. Nearby dining consists of Wendys, Jollibee and Wonder Bagels. Oh boy! Sign me up, I can't wait to move in.

The monthly rents are insane for that area, and the place has no pool, but they are waiving the application and amenity fees, so I guess that's something. They must be banking on the place being so new inside to attract renters.

Posted on: 2018/8/24 4:13
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Re: Eyebrow help
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This place isn't cheap, but he and his employees are very good at what they do, and it is not that far away from the 9th street PATH station:

https://joeyhealy.com/

I believe Joey Healy himself charges a premium over the over stylists, being more experienced and booking an appointment ahead of time is probably a good idea. You can book the appointment online or call.

Posted on: 2018/6/14 15:36
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Re: Am I allowed to put up fliers informing neighbors about a felon who has moved into the neighborh
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Perhaps the one thing nobody has mentioned here is that even though the guy is a convicted felon, he is not a sex offender, so Megan's Law doesn't apply and there was no obligation to inform the building tenants ahead of time, nor any issues with the guy living within a certain distance of children.

If the guy is truly causing problems in the building and the landlord is not doing anything about it, you can always call the police.

Posted on: 2018/5/23 15:00
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Re: Am I allowed to put up fliers informing neighbors about a felon who has moved into the neighborh
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You can put up whatever you want in the building, if the landlord allows it. Whether you can post this in a park or some other public area, I don't know, but I see peoples' posters for all kinds of things in public areas throughout the city all the time (although not for something like this). You could always put it up and see how long before a city worker notices it, and takes it down. Once the cat is out of the bag, it doesn't go back in so easily.

Posted on: 2018/5/22 21:22
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Re: Logistics of 2 Family Home in the Heights
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I'll put in my 2 cents here, hopefully it helps.

When looking at a 2-family home like the one you spoke of, because the duplex shared a sewer line, a realtor told me the law required an HOA to be formed and an outside management company to handle payment of water and sewer bills. I don't know if there is such a law, and though it seems silly to use an outside management company just to pay a water bill for 2 units (because there probably won't be much else for them to do), but I think it is a necessary evil because the water/sewer bill has to be paid somehow and who wants to deal with the awkwardness of asking your neighbor for money every month.

Posted on: 2018/4/10 16:28
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