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Re: Required in unit building inspection notices around 07302, what gives?
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MDM wrote:
My previous rounds of inspection went for the cover plates in the basement also. My last one a few weeks ago was pretty much smoke detectors, CO detectors, do the fire rated door springs close the door, etc... If I get an inspector that was looking and horrible shit hole buildings previously, they have commented at being pleasantly surprised when they get to one of mine. This has been less so since the housing has improved so dramatically in the past 15 years.

The only inspection I got hosed on was the state, after ruling differently over a decade earlier, decided I had to have a fire escape on my building. Turns out the original decision that it didn't need one was in error. This came at a time I was really short on funds. $23k later I had a fire escape.


Ouch, that's brutal. Guess I got off easy just having to put in a backyard light, paint the fire escape (needed it) and add a stupid handrail on a basement hatch. I also have had inspectors think my place was a condo it was in such nice condition!

Posted on: 1/20 23:16
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Re: What legally constitutes a bedroom?
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Tictaktoe: While that is code for new construction, older nonconforming buildings are grandfathered in. For example few older buildings have 36" wide windows for fire escapes as the code requires, but they're not in violation.

Posted on: 1/20 11:45
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Re: JC Cop Drama on Netflix - Filmed In...Mount Vernon!
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Whatever. Not that long ago it was unusual for a show set in NYC to be filmed there. You could spot palm trees in poorly framed exterior shots. In turn even LA set shows were filmed in Vancouver to save money. Ever wonder why all the planets in Star Trek looked deserty and the ones in Stargate looked foresty? There might be a dozen reasons for that location, including it's closer to a showrunner or director's home in Westchester.

Posted on: 1/19 23:05
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Re: Required in unit building inspection notices around 07302, what gives?
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These "Green Card" inspections vary tremendously. I've had them just check that emergency lights and detectors are working, and I've had them come up with laundry lists of "violations" that have been that way for many decades of them inspecting.

I had one last year that had a trainee with her, it was brutal. She cited an outlet in ceiling of the unfinished basement that was missing a cover plate.

Posted on: 1/19 19:44
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Re: Roberto Clemente Field Just Sold?
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It would be very expensive but appropriate in this case. Underground parking as a condition of approval.


Who in their right mind would park underground in DTJC? It's not safe from flood on half the streets!!

Posted on: 1/19 15:12
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Re: What legally constitutes a bedroom?
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About new construction, as evidenced by the previous Modera Lofts, I do think they have been playing fast and loose with the definition of bedroom for a long time now. I wonder how they got COs for all those units and if any current resident has ever pushed back on what is being leased to them. Perhaps the long, storied tradition of stuffed envelopes may still be alive in Jc.


The only thing that occurred to me is they get a variance due to being way more fireproof than old construction and thus not needing a 2nd egress. But probably not, and they're advertising 1BR as 2BR.

Posted on: 1/18 21:16
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Re: Roberto Clemente Field Just Sold?
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It says pretty clearly in the plan that the developer will "reconstruct" the field, whatever that means. I'm happy about restoring 7th to Marin, the superblocking all over DT was stupid, I'm still annoyed they closed off Coles to Grand.

While I appreciate what Little League does, I've always felt that field being essentially their private property was serving a far smaller population segment of a very dense area than it being an actual park. Hamilton is getting overstressed being the only sizable park with open area Downtown, except perhaps if you count Morris Canal pk. Yet we have 7 baseball diamonds here.

Posted on: 1/18 21:03
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Re: What legally constitutes a bedroom?
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is there something that stipulates or deals with the implications of "bedrooms" that must be traversed to reach another area or room?


I think it depends on who you're asking. NJDCA grandfathers in railroads, but I don't think you could build one today. Same for the city CoO. Section 8 is fine with calling railroads multibedrooms too. But advertising is different, and I guess like the window thing, YMMV.

Posted on: 1/18 18:15
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Re: What legally constitutes a bedroom?
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Bedrooms are required to have windows. Modera lofts could get themselves into hot water by calling those bedrooms. They are dens.


I always thought so, and yet they are doing brisk business. I wonder what the deal is, really.


I had thought realtors & other pros were held to higher standards than mom & pop. The last time I let a realtor list a unit of mine (again unsuccessfully) he called a 6 room railroad with windows in every room a 1 Bedroom, since there was only 1 room that didn't require you to walk through another.

Posted on: 1/18 12:17
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Re: Legal Definition of a Bedroom
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Is your water heater gas fired? If so, I would double check the International Fuel Gas Code (used by the State of NJ), but I'm pretty sure that gas fired appliances are not allowed in sleeping areas. I'm not an expert on NJ codes, but in NYC that would be a violation.


Interesting enough comment that I dug the relevant passage up. Bothersome it doesn't mention vented water heaters.

https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/ibr/icc.ifgc.2012.html

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303.3 Prohibited locations. Appliances shall not be located in sleeping rooms, bathrooms, toilet rooms, storage closets or surgical rooms, or in a space that opens only into such rooms or spaces, except where the installation complies with one of the following:
The appliance is a direct-vent appliance installed in accordance with the conditions of the listing and the manufacturer’s instructions.
Vented room heaters, wall furnaces, vented decorative appliances, vented gas fireplaces, vented gas fireplace heaters and decorative appliances for installation in vented solid fuel-burning fireplaces are installed in rooms that meet the required volume criteria of Section 304.5.
A single wall-mounted unvented room heater is installed in a bathroom and such unvented room heater is equipped as specified in Section 621.6 and has an input rating not greater than 6,000 Btu/h (1.76 kW). The bathroom shall meet the required volume criteria of Section 304.5. 18
A single wall-mounted unvented room heater is installed in a bedroom and such unvented room heater is equipped as specified in Section 621.6 and has an input rating not greater than 10,000 Btu/h (2.93 kW). The bedroom shall meet the required volume criteria of Section 304.5.
The appliance is installed in a room or space that opens only into a bedroom or bathroom, and such room or space is used for no other purpose and is provided with a solid weather-stripped door equipped with an approved self-closing device. All combustion air shall be taken directly from the outdoors in accordance with Section 304.6.

Posted on: 1/17 18:53
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Re: Street Cleaning 10th/Coles
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The entire zone north of 10th & west of Jersey is a wild west fustercluck of illegal or unmarked parking, usually by PA personnel.

There's also a tremendous number of cars parked by the Cast Iron Lofts, possibly tenants there who don't want to pay for the garage or even Downtowners or Hobokeners taking advantage of the fact that the city hasn't marked the streets there and they can park for weeks at a time.

Posted on: 1/16 19:40
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Re: Damage from falling tree branch
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This time CRC answered that, according to NJ Tort Claims NJSA 59:2-3, "a public entity is not liable for the exercise of discretion when, in the face of competing demands, it determines whether and hot to utilize or apply existing resources, including those allocated for equipment, facilities and personnel unless a court concludes that the determination for the public entity was palpably unreasonable." What in the world does this mean?


It means "fuck you, get out of here unless you got a good lawyer". You'd think that they would be happy all you want is the deductible.

Posted on: 1/15 23:30
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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So you are stating that taxes are low due to the market value of your area based on your income ?


No, I'm stating the effective tax rate (how I and most people define "high" vs 'Low") for JC is average for North Jersey and the Metropolitan Area with the exception of NYC with it's subsidized taxes. If you want to state a different measure that's fine, but define it rather than just saying "the taxes are too damn high!"

Dan, to base an argument about taxes on the notion that all the properties would have been built anyway is quite a big assumption. It's an accusation that the entire abatement program is corrupt top to bottom, beginning to no end in sight. I doubt that's true, though certainly the most recent DT abatements are unnecessary. But something like the NJCU project sounds like what the program was meant for, development in a "blighted area".

Posted on: 1/14 20:25
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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brewster, my information comes from the county administrator, we pay his salary to come up with his facts that I quote. It is not my facts at all.


You see, this is the evasion and doubling down that makes you look like an idiot. I'm certain the county administrator did not tell you that JC's taxes are "high". "High" is a relative term, you do know what that means Ms Former Teacher? I believe it's covered on Sesame Street. The answer you are unwilling to address is what is our taxes are "high" relative to. When I say they're not high for our area, you burble, say nonsense, repeat yourself at the first opportunity, and then wonder why people think you're disingenuous and/or a fool.

Posted on: 1/14 12:37
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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She also says again and again that "taxes are high" without justifying it even when called out on it repeatedly. Not to mention always injecting the abatement issue into the reval discussion, when they actually have absolutely nothing to do with each other. We'd need a reval even if the Yvonne the Witch of the West (bank) waved her wand and made the abatements disappear, since the reval is about fairness between the taxpayers.

It truly appears she lacks the wits to understand these issues, and when called out always doubles down like her man tRump.

Posted on: 1/13 23:28
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Re: Your Cashless Society
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The Indian gov simply botched getting counterfeit notes under control by rushing the process.


My understanding was it wasn't about counterfeit at all, but the black market, corruption, and unreported income. People who had a lot of "old cash" suddenly had to account for how they got it to turn it into "new cash". The tax collection rate in India is abysmal.

Posted on: 1/13 12:18
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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Market conditions change. It just so happens that real estate market conditions in JC have improved tremendously over the past two years, with year-over-year valuation going up over 15%, while the city budget has grown very little, so the total tax rate needed to cover government costs has continued to drop.

To explain it a different way, the rate is determined by what total tax, the Levy, is determined to be. They don't just keep the same effective rate as the values go up and let the cash roll in.
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The high property tax issue for JC is the reason that we should enact a payroll tax.


So now I have to say this to you as well as Yvonne: Prove JC taxes are high!! They're average for North Jersey, and after the reval might actually be on the low side. You can find on this page the rate of every town in NJ http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/lpt/taxrate.shtml

Posted on: 1/13 12:13
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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There are a few pockets in DT that are "just enough" higher that they didn't have standing water during Sandy. I think this links properly:

https://project.wnyc.org/100yr-zones-p ... ml#15.24/40.7225/-74.0380


For Sandy - the map may be correct wrt basement flooding. But street-level flooding has been nowhere near as extensive anytime in the past decade - at least not west of Marin and north of Columbus. In this area, Sandy would have looked more like 3-4m on this link: http://geology.com/sea-level-rise/new-york.shtml


The sewers were the conduit for much of the flooding allowing the water to bypass high spots.

Posted on: 1/12 20:51
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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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I've seen plenty of clueless cyclists and we've got a shiteload of bad drivers, many of whom are cutting through DTJC at rush hour and they're in a pissy mood 'cause the traffic sucks. Sharing isn't even remotely in most drivers' minds. I ride, I drive, I walk, and I've come to the conclusion that all have become a matter of defensive navigation.

Enforcement around here is a joke. Practically none at all.

I was waiting to cross Jersey Ave this afternoon (in a marked crosswalk), and there was a woman with a baby stroller next to me. We saw a JC Cop car approaching and figured he'd stop. Nope. He was on his cell phone held up to his ear, not wearing a seat belt, speeding, and one of his head lights was out. 4 violations right there, 5 if you include the failure to yield...

Resident parking enforcement? Nope. 1/4 of the cars on my block all day are commuters without permits.

Parking too close to the corner? All the time. Sometimes even into the crosswalks. The worst offender BY FAR is the main public library -- they'll park a big-ass truck into the crosswalk almost every day and you can't see around it without going into the traffic lane. No tickets...

Been here 30 years and it's worse than it's ever been. Do we need more cops? Maybe, but how about we start with existing cops doing their job?


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Re: Legal Definition of a Bedroom
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I think the non-negotiables here are min sq ft and a window. No window is what creates most of these "offices" or "dens". One of my bedrooms in my own home is 6' wide and 14 long, I doubt it would be a sale problem as it has a window and 2 closets

Posted on: 1/12 15:54
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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How did you arrive at the total tax levy of $448.7 million?

See page 2 http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... tion/CY2016_USF_Intro.pdf

Another tidbit from that doc, the properties that Yvonne is always howling about getting a free ride paid $129m in 2015 PILOTS, vs $212m they would have paid in tax. But compared to the legacy properties paying 50% or less of their market based tax, these developments at 60% are actually paying a higher rate than Yvonne did for her fabulous brownstone on VVP!

Posted on: 1/11 23:22

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Re: Maternity ward at JCMC
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For our 2nd we decided the Manhattan OB and hospital thing was just too much hassle, went with Dr Brescia in Hoboken and gave birth at then St Marys. Perfectly nice experience for a low risk birth, and so many local friends were able to drop by my wife got a little tired of it! Now, that was 15 years ago when their unit was brand new, don't know if it's gotten ragged or not.

Posted on: 1/11 20:59
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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SAG, Thank you! I'm so tried of the complete and utter BS from the fearmongers and the ignorant. I saw a news report the other day saying it's a double edged sword because the reval will hurt people, but will also generate more money for the city.


Must have been a "reporter" acting as stenographer for Yvonne.

Posted on: 1/11 20:50
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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hero69 wrote:
i don't dispute that taxes will and should rise, but $36K seems high. doesn't hoboken regularly conduct revals and their taxes are high compared to nyc, but not so amazing compared to other towns.

am i missing something?


Yes, Hoboken's tax rate is pretty low for NJ, 1.6%.

Posted on: 1/11 12:36
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Re: 30-year tax breaks planned for Jersey City college projects
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I'm confused. Shouldn't a state university property be off the tax rolls? Is this for students or the general market?

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According to the State Constitution and various State statutes, property exempt from taxation includes property used for religious, educational, charitable or cemetery purposes as well as property used by exempt organizations such as volunteer fire companies, veterans’ organizations and historic sites. I


http://nj.gov/comptroller/news/docs/report_tax_exempt.pdf

Posted on: 1/11 11:11
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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now, what would carrying costs be for such a house in brooklyn? and, no, i don't consider bed-stuy as a comp for any part of dtjc


You can't make that comparison without factoring in all the other variables like NYC income tax. NYC non-commercial property taxes are subsidized by the city and are absurdly low. JC's are comparable with all the towns surrounding NYC.

Posted on: 1/10 17:12
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Re: Complete Streets - Bike JC's Grand Street Vision
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* 4 to 3 road diets have been shown to actually move the same amount of traffic, just slow down and at more steady rate.


Linking to this data will make your statement more credible. My problem with this is concern that it won't work in JC's environment of double parking and buses not bothering to pull into the bus stops. Then there's one lane, just stopped.

Posted on: 1/10 12:21
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Re: USA added to list of persecuted Christians
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Mao wrote:
Sorry about the paragraphs! When I posted it refused to accept to then I cut and pasted onto Word and then recut and pasted it. It looked fine in Word but was a mess on the site. But if I edited it, I repeatedly got a message that I had timed out.

And, Whoelsecoulditbe, that is the exact time of snarky condescending quip that is evidence of what we're talking about. Would you make such anti Islamic statments? Or anti Jewish statements. Maybe- but probably not.


Isn't it an amazing coincidence that the humorless are also always the persecuted?

And if it times you out just preview your post and then all is good.

Posted on: 1/10 12:16
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Re: USA added to list of persecuted Christians
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ROFLOL!!! Christians have been the persecutors so long they think being a tiny bit less dominant means they're being persecuted! The country is 83% Christian. All that has happened is just a little less of you being generally allowed to push your religion in the faces of the religious minorities. Boohoo.

Posted on: 1/9 23:42
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Re: home maintenance
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Careful just putting LEDs in regular fixtures. I just had an LED bulb burn out in a standard glass globe ceiling fixture, they say on them not to use them in fully enclosed fixtures but I've got a lot of these in my common hallways & stairwells. Don't know if they make special ones that can take the heat.

Posted on: 1/7 18:08
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