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Re: Good Thai Food
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MDM wrote:
I am lucky in this regard. If I want authentic Thai food I just let my wife cook. She makes a really good Pad Thai and fried pork belly.


Lucky you! My wife has tried but can't quite nail it. I think she's reluctant to use enough fish sauce and lime. I've nailed a great Thai recipe for steamed fish with cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, ginger, fish sauce and lime. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water.

Bad as some of the Thai is around here, it's better than most of the country. I had a Nur Yum in Oregon that was so pathetic. My gold standard was the place at Bayard & Baxter where it was real sliced steak.

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Re: Required in unit building inspection notices around 07302, what gives?
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My latest inspector had a thing for floors. I have ceramic floor tiles with hairline cracks (tenants dropping something heavy on the kitchen floor).
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That's just nuts. There's places in this town that should be condemned, and they're fussing over that!! As for the lighting, that's why I try to be there at least for the 1st round, deciphering the report can be impossible. Do you have a backyard light?

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Re: Gardeners in Jersey City, I have questions...
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Chris_NJ wrote:
I have tried other things but in small space I get the most bang for the buck with kale/tomatoes/basil.


Chris, if you have the room consider a bean barrel, it's great return for the space. Take a "wine barrel" style container, screw a trellis to it and plant green beans densely, I put 30 vines in a 2 ft barrel. You can easily grow more beans than you can eat! Wish I had pics for you.

Posted on: 2/17 23:34
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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135jc wrote:
residents will be flooding the tax office with appeals.


That raises an interesting question in my mind. So the way this is expected to play out is higher taxes cause a price drop creating grounds for appeal based on post reval comps. Never mind the fact this will take years to happen as sellers are very reluctant to drop prices and it will only really take hold when "must sell" transactions establish a new comp level.

What if they accounted for the the expected price drop in the assessments thus heading off the appeals? It's not hard to figure out what a tax hike would do to the monthly nut of the typical mortgaged buyer. It seems stupid on the face of it leaving money on the table by underassessing, but it would take some of the volatility out of the market.

Posted on: 2/17 23:23
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Re: Gardeners in Jersey City, I have questions...
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jerseymom wrote:
Maybe it's an old gardener's tale, but it just wasn't the warmth of the soil, it was the longer days and sunlight exposure that went into the Mother's Day planting formula. Just a thought.


There are some season sensitive crops, but a lot are not. They're planting stuff now in the bay area, and can grow cruciferous crops year round. That's about the same latitude as DC.

My readings about growing in our soil indicate it's pretty safe as long as you don't eat leafy vegetables. Fruits don't take up metals well but leaves do, you get iron from spinach but not zucchini. That said I only grow perennials like fruit vines, berries, and figs in the ground.

Posted on: 2/17 18:56
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Monroe wrote:
Well, that ship has sailed, there won't be a phase in, and soon everyone will be paying their 'fair share'. It'll seesaw back for a few years then stabilize.

But to keep it fair we will need an ironclad law calling for rolling reval and a regular one every decade. This can't be allowed to be a political can to kick down the road continually ever again. This whole thing is an artifact of gutless leadership and a local press content to be mostly stenographers.

Posted on: 2/17 17:19
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Well said bodhipooh. I no longer have the stomach to feed this troll.

Posted on: 2/17 15:33
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Re: Hot Water
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jcneighbor wrote:
I agree with Brewster as well. But as for the law (and I would NEVER run my 1-family house at these temps), this was from the NJ Housing Code:

Utility requirements

The hot water temperature should be
maintained at a minimum of 120 degrees and a
maximum of a 160 degrees Fahrenheit.


Interesting. 120 can still scald, but you need to be pretty slow. The standard tempering valve plumbers install runs 70-120 so it's tamperproof.

Eggz, do you have access to the water heater, and does it have one of these or something like it?

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If it's there, it's possible its simply malfunctioning due to scale buildup. I just replaced one that was giving lukewarm water, and have done several more in the past couple of years.

Posted on: 2/17 13:52
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Re: Gardeners in Jersey City, I have questions...
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Honestly, I think the zone/last frost data for our area is obsolete due to warming. I think the Mother Day line needs to be moved up a few weeks. That said, I do pepper starts for the mini-sweets that you can't find in the garden center but grow true from saved market pepper seeds. I'm thinking March 15th to start them indoors this year, but I need to do more research.

Posted on: 2/17 13:40
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Ralph_Abutts wrote:
Have you considered that the "overpayers" consume less of what they are paying for than the "underpayers"?

If so, then the use of those terms seems rather contradictory and I think it is best to rethink what it means to be an "overpayer".


That argument is a nonstarter as far as the US tax system is concerned. No one has gotten out of paying property tax because they don't have children for example. You're desperately reaching for some justification to continue having someone else pay your fair taxes.

Posted on: 2/17 13:34
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Please tell us how you explain to owners who have been overpaying for many years, that outnumber the underpayers


If a homeowner thinks they are "overpaying", they are free to move. The choice is freely theirs to make and there will always be someone to purchase their property.

And if you truly understand a reval, you would know "overpayers" do not exceed "underpayers".


Nice. "Hey neighbor, get the fuck out if you don't like being ripped off". What you don't seem to understand is when an expensive property is paying 1/3 the rate of properties worth far less, it takes more of them to balance the books. A $1m home paying 1% needs 3 $333k homes paying 3% to balance their nice low tax. If those homes all appealed their assessments it would take a tax hike to keep the proportional rate low on the $1m house, so EVERYONE ELSE would be overpaying. It's zero sum game! Do you even know what that means?

Posted on: 2/17 10:54
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Re: Hot Water
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eggzbenedict wrote:
Anyone know what temperature hot water should be at legally for a residence?


Are you talking max or min? Don't know min but max should be 120, 115 is better. Best practice is a heater set to 140 or so to kill Legionella, and a tempering valve to mix it to 115. You get more hot water this way too.

Posted on: 2/17 10:45
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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135jc wrote:
You can't use Newark or Patterson as a comparison either. Their property values are much lower and they employ the same services as JC. Also aside from sales tax what other taxes do NY city residents pay? The outer boroughs have extremely low taxes and tremendous services.


How about NYC income tax?? They also have a stupendous commercial tax base, you simply can't compare anywhere to NYC. But the biggie is they simply tax small properties at a fraction of others. Here's their tax page, class 1 is 1-3 units, anything more is one of others. It's pretty byzantine, having different equalization rates and tax rates for each group.

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/taxes/property-tax-rates.page
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Your Assessed Value is based on a percentage of your Market Value. This percentage is known as the Level of Assessment or Assessment Ratio. Your Assessment Ratio depends on your tax class.

Assessment Ratios
Tax class 1 6%
Tax class 2, 3 and 4 45%


Here's a page that tries to explain it. http://commongroundnyc.org/nicemess.htm

Have you ever checked out tax rates elsewhere? We're actually right in the middle for North Jersey. Try Bergen County http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/lpt/gtrber15.pdf

Posted on: 2/16 22:09
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Jersey City market values are driven by it's close proximity to NYC. I can't stand when someone pretends that a 700k brownstone is the equivalent of a 700k house in the suburbs sitting on 2 acres of property. The brownstone in JC sits on a 25x100 lot if lucky. There is a larger tax base here plus tremendous business and industry to offset taxes. The truth is those in cities should pay less then those in sparsely populated areas. If u want to use NYC as a comparison go ahead. Taxes on similarly valued property are a fraction of what people in JC pay even using the old assessed values.

And Brewster you are constantly playing devil's advocate. Judging from the fact u are a long time resident of Hamilton Park you may just be in for a surprise when the reval hits.


The budget line differences between real cities and suburbs is tremendous. Everything from uniformed services to road work cost more due to more usage. Even our roads decay much faster from the beating they take. You can't compare to NYC, it chooses to tax residential property artificially low and compensate in other taxes. Compare instead to any close-in city in Bergen, or Westchester or Nassau and our taxes look normal.

And no, I won't be surprised, but neither do I think I should be getting special treatment because I somehow deserve it. On the other hand my taxes are not as low as many round here so I don't think they'll quite double. But they might.

G-P, there are people paying 3x the effective tax rate of some Downtowners, because their assessments are way too high. FMV comps will lower them, I got one of mine lowered 2 years ago.

Posted on: 2/16 20:36
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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GrovePath wrote:
Most on here who want the reval are real estate speculators who bought buildings in the last 10 years and got good deals because the taxes were a bit high and now they want to get a brake on those taxes.

Please stop acting like you want to help the poor.

GP, you usually don't post this silly. Any RE professional who buys an overtaxed building immediately appeals the tax. It's the uneducated homeowners who are getting ripped off.

Posted on: 2/16 15:06
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Ralph_Abutts wrote:
I'm not proposing how that be done, but it should be done, and only a one time exception. *Every* property owner and the city itself will be much better off with that approach than following the current statute, which under the current scenario will wreck havoc on the city.


Please tell us how you explain to owners who have been overpaying for many years, that outnumber the underpayers, that it's in their best interest to overpay a few more so others can continue to underpay?

This has been in the works and the press for quite a few years, everybody should be properly braced by now. Some like DanL and Yvonne have sold (leaving much gain on the table), but it'll be a surprise to few. Dragging it out further is pandering.

Posted on: 2/16 12:02
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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135jc wrote:
Has anyone heard that any tax increase from the reval would be stepped in over 5 yrs? I was told this the other day but can't find info on it.


And how is that fair to people overpaying? Seems a great way to create a class action suit. I'm amazed there isn't one already over the long delayed reval. I'm not lawyer, but surely you can sue for being overcharged for many years because the city ignored the state law requiring a reval when the equalization drops below 85%.

Posted on: 2/15 20:01
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Re: Hoboken Announces Procedures for 100 Units New Affordable Housing
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A Hoboken friend familiar with both their and our development policies was appalled at how little JC gets from developers in exchange for variances and abatements. They said Fulop is simply giving away the store.

Posted on: 2/15 19:57
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Re: Hard-Wired Fire Detectors
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Bamb00zle wrote:
Inspector arrives at your doorstep with the records and says – look it has right here that you have AC connected smoke alarms, where are they?


At that point I would tell them to find the permit application for the renovation electrical work to this nonconforming property. No permit, no hardwiring, right?

Posted on: 2/9 22:23
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Re: Hard-Wired Fire Detectors
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Haggis wrote:
I hate them.


The detectors, inspectors, or both?

What were you required besides smokes in the bedrooms, a CO outside of them and a smoke "near" the kitchen?

Posted on: 2/9 20:51
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Re: Hard-Wired Fire Detectors
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brewster wrote:
I would speak with the NJDCA inspection office about this, sounds fishy, to my knowledge is only required as part of a major reno.


I wouldn't bother asking NJ DFS anything. I spoke to them a few years back about a “fishy” issue arising from “over-enthusiastic” interpretation of the fire code by JCFD officials. The response from NJ DFS was even more fishy than the JCFD's. It took me several trips to Municipal Court to educate the Fire folks and Court about the code they are responsible for enforcing, and have the violations and several thousand dollars in fines withdrawn. In retrospect, it seems to me they use the code to harass homeowners into undertaking expensive, unnecessary work in order to keep up a flow of income for their contracting businesses and buddies.


Sounds about right. I was suggesting speaking to the inspecting agency, the NJ Dept Consumer Affairs. +1 for your post of the relevant code.

I once took a floor plan to the firehouse and tried to get a JCFD inspector to tell me where to locate detectors. She told me there should be a monoxide detector in the kitchen in case the pilot light went out. I gently informed her that there would be no combustion and therefore no CO in that case. The rest of her info was on par. Far as I can tell these days they want smokes in just about every room and CO's outside the bedrooms.

Posted on: 2/8 23:47
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Re: Whistling Crossing Guards
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CatDog wrote:
Oh my god yes, the crossing guard at Monmouth and 7th does this too. I don't know why all these crossing guards think they need to direct traffic, they just cause a lot more traffic than if they let the stop signs take care of it. I guess just walking in the intersection when kids are crossing is too boring for them. He seems like a nice guy and isn't all that bad, but I'd prefer he just let traffic handle itself naturally.


He's stood with his back to 7th and waved me on, with a car coming through the stop. I don't trust him at all.

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Re: Hard-Wired Fire Detectors
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I would speak with the NJDCA inspection office about this, sounds fishy, to my knowledge is only required as part of a major reno. I've found great variation in their inspectors competence. After that you'll likely need to go to the office of the Code Official, not Fire. Whether you're grandfathered in or not is is a building code issue.

Posted on: 2/8 20:24
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Re: Liquor License Cost & Availability?
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Guillo's is officially back on the market.
If you have a spare $2.8M lying around, please act now, haha!

http://www.delfornorealestate.com/category/investments/


The taxes are only $10,450.26!! It's a GREAT deal!!

Posted on: 2/8 12:48
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Re: Seeking House Painter Recommendation
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Dinger wrote:
You don't need a painter, you need to have those walls skimmed by a plasterer.


I didn't think such an animal existed anymore! Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there no point in that unless you're going to strip the wall down to bare plaster 1st? That's usually many layers of paint and a few of wallpaper. As I've heard it, not having actually priced it, the cost of that plus the plasterer (and fixing unkeyed areas) is higher than demo to the studs and new drywall, so unless you're an obsessive restorer, it's not worth it. OTOH knowing someone who could put new plaster over the old lath and allow saving of the old trimwork when the wall is beyond skim coating would be valuable.

Also, in my experience, the paint and wallpaper is all that's holding the old plaster walls together. Some of the original building quality here was crap, recently I had to pull down a plaster ceiling that was unsavable because it was only 1/4" thick over much of the ceiling, that's browncoat and skim.

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Re: Carting company with 1/2 yard rollaway debris bins?
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jcneighbor wrote:
Sheetrock over lath can be a challenge if your lath is warped and your sheetrock panels are off at the edges. Doing it on the ceiling is a drag. Call in your buddies for beer and pizza and tell them to bring their screw guns! Heck, we've gone this deep, I'll even help!


It's done, rented a panel hoist and paid my 17 yo son and his buddy for a couple hours. Showed them how to use the screwgun, then got to stay on the floor and kibbitz. Oh yeah, left out the most important part, they shlepped that 5/8 rock up to the 4th floor too! Was fun to tell them "stay in school you'll be doing real work like this every day". Not that either of them are at risk of that.

Now I'm sculpting the walls and moldings flat. Mud, sand, mud sand. Ready to shoot myself, but it'll look great when I'm done. Classy tenants love grand moldings.

Posted on: 2/2 18:29
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Re: Carting company with 1/2 yard rollaway debris bins?
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jcneighbor wrote:
My experience? There's always more debris than you thought there would be. And if that ceiling is plaster and lath it's WAY more. I had one job on one of my rental properties and I figured I could parcel it out over a couple of weeks but it was more than I thought so I asked the local JC Trash Driver if he'd work with me. Borrowed some heavy cans from my neighbors, loaded them up and two days later I dropped the driver $20 and $10 to each of his two helpers and it all magically disappeared. It was probably 400 lbs. total. Time to get creative


I left the lath up partly for this reason. I've heard about paying off the workers, but I'd rather not encourage any more corruption in JC than we already have. Soon you'd need to be paying them just to take your regular garbage.

Posted on: 2/2 16:44
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Re: Carting company with 1/2 yard rollaway debris bins?
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jcneighbor wrote:
The more you have, the cheaper the truck looks. How many 1/2 yard bins do you think you'd need? [My back hurts just thinking about the last major demolition I did, including a ceiling with about 5 layers...]


It's only the plaster from an 11x11 ceiling and cutting a doorway, and thin crappy plaster at that, 1/4" in spots!! Not much volume, less than a yard IMO, but heavy as hell. In retrospect I should have just put the 5/8 rock over it. You can get your regular pickup to take small bundles of scrap lumber if you dribble them out, but they'll never take 40 lb bags of plaster.

So, $100/yard is cheaper than $200 minimum.

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Re: Carting company with 1/2 yard rollaway debris bins?
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jcneighbor wrote:
Brewster, My neighbor's having trouble logging in to JCList but she suggested the following:

Falesto Brothers. 200 Merseles St,. Jersey City, NJ 07302. (201) 653-3295.


Thanks, that's who I used last time. I wonder how the prices of the guys who look at your pile and quote you compare?

Posted on: 2/2 11:28
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Re: Public info session tonight on Turnpike Extension 14C project(1/31/17)
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JCSHEP wrote:
Is it just a coincidence that the turnpike elevated highway into JC, the Pulaski skyway into JC, and the Whitpenn bridge into JC are all under construction at the same time? Or is this some coordinated upgrade? Is the 1/9 bridge the only E/W artery into here not under construction?


You left out the Bayonne Bridge. Yes, this is stupidity. Though not quite as stupid as the DT multiple road closures that send you in circles.

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