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Re: Dixon Leasing Cheating JC out of Taxes with the help of Rebecca Sysmes
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I thought that if you did enough work to justify an abatement, you got it because they were resetting your assessment to adjusted "market" as part of the process. Getting an abatement without first resetting WOULD be ridiculous and a scandal.

Posted on: 4/17 15:45
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Re: Getting to EWR for a 6:30pm weekday intnl flight?
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Can anyone tell me if it's rash to make my 1st ever Uber ride an airport trip? Does the passenger rating system mean I might be less likely to get a timely ride with no record?

Posted on: 4/13 11:17
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Re: The Cliff - Opening in the Heights - Saturday 4/22
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It's about time that area started to pop. I've been waiting for the old carpet space next door to get a great restaurant or something. It's huge. I was sad when he closed, I was a customer.

Posted on: 4/13 0:04
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Re: Getting to EWR for a 6:30pm weekday intnl flight?
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Thanks. Penumbra, you've got stones leaving the house with 90 min. We've nearly missed flights arriving at the terminal with 2 hrs and checking luggage.

Bohdipooh, isn't the section under the covered roadway still hell? I've been staying away from there like the plague for like 5 years.

Posted on: 4/12 23:56
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Getting to EWR for a 6:30pm weekday intnl flight?
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Anybody have some wisdom about which car svc to use & when have the car pick me up? I have no idea how long an airport run at around 4 pm will take.

Not doing public.

Posted on: 4/12 22:11
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Re: fulop's crony is a convicted fraudster!
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typical fulopland.


Typical JC you mean. To paraphrase one of my favorite movies, JC was a going brothel long before Fulop came to town. The bar is really low, but while ethically challenged, he and his are choirboys compared to the previous administration. At least there's no bribery convictions yet.

Posted on: 4/10 11:22
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Re: St. Anthony's High School is Closing
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developers will be salivating to get that land between 6 and 8 Street / Marin to Manila ! I've lived next to St A for 13 years, this sucks. Coach H always stopped to chat.

I'd say there is a pretty good chance it will stay as a school.

St Mary on 3rd Street closed as a Catholic school in 2011, and the building is now used by the French American Academy.


It'a been well publicized that there's a redevelopment plan for that entire superblock, including the firehouse. The ball field will stay.

Posted on: 4/6 19:35
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Re: St. Anthony's High School is Closing
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Yvonne wrote:
The school closed because there are now more charter high schools in Jersey City.


Lemme get this straight. Boohoos that the city created schools that families actually want their kids to go to instead of having to pay for private school?

Another stunning piece of hypocrisy from Ms Y.

Posted on: 4/5 23:29
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Re: Organic vegetable garden plants
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I very rarely spray anything except dilute milk for powdery mildew. Nature takes what nature wants, thankfully my living doesn't depend on my crops!

Posted on: 4/4 20:11
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Re: Organic vegetable garden plants
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linky wrote:
Does anyone know where I might buy organic tomato, cucumber, and pepper plants?


If your concern is purely health, the amount of chemical residue that would be in a mature fruit from a commercial start would be undetectable. Think of the mass of that tiny start compared to a mature plant and it's fruit. I also believe most of the health benefit of organic comes from no pesticides rather than the type of fertilization used. If you just want everything you touch to be organic, whatever.

I grow organically from either seeds or commercial starts, usually from Hudson Market on JFK. Are they still there? There was talk of them being sold.

Posted on: 4/4 16:25
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Re: Tab for public workers' unused sick days tops $2 billion
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I never understood why employers (private or public) should pay for sick days. The way sick days should work is if you're sick, you don't come to work and you're still paid your salary (or equivalent compensation). Paying people later for unused sick time is nonsensical.


Makes sense till you follow the breadcrumbs. Employers can't allow that for unlimited days, so they set a cap. But then you have the healthy employees seeing people getting paid for not working, and say "that's not fair!! He's making the same as me for less days of work!!" And so you negotiate this nonsense.

The best answer is simply set the number of days people work a year, what they do with their days off is their business, but they better plan well if they don't want to lose paid days. If they vacation all their off days and then get sick, they don't get paid for that day. I suppose this is more or less the same as "use it or lose it", but making no distinction between types of off days.

Posted on: 4/3 12:59
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Re: April 4th the Landmark Loew's Theatre to Screen George Orvill "1984" National Screeing Day for 1984
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3 typos in the headline Newsboi? Slow down a little, eh?

Posted on: 4/2 11:31
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Re: Where to buy bulk garden soil
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Linky said "bulk" not bags.

I don't know if such a thing exists, especially as you're asking for a completed product, not topsoil, which usually needs to be amended for beds with drainage and water retention stuff like sand and peat. If you find bags labeled "garden soil" usually they're mostly compost and other organics that are designed as an amendment. http://www.miraclegro.com/smg/goprod/ ... prod11730025?locale=en_US

I have never worked out why containers and beds need different soil formulas, there's a lot of conflicting info out there.

Posted on: 4/1 13:47
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Re: Fulop drops out of 2017 race endorses longtime foe Bill Matsikoudis….
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Posted on: 4/1 13:34
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Re: Package thief recorded
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mfadam wrote:
JC also needs to make an example out of this duo and prosecute...


Sadly, they'd be out ridiculously soon. A neighbor of one of my properties in the Heights was caught breaking into another neighbor, he had 8 prior convictions for burglary, 15 prior arrests and he also has criminal convictions for escape, criminal mischief and child abuse. He was out in months.

Posted on: 3/31 14:15
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Re: FSBO 1Bd @ GullsCove South Facing
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135jc wrote:
Or use a knowledgeable local Realtor.


No such thing.


Even I'll say that's not true, they're just rare birds in overheated markets where anyone with a pulse and time on their hands goes and gets their realtor license. The good ones get diluted to the point of obscurity.

That said, in a hot market a brokers job is 90% done when they secure your listing. At that point the only way they can lose their 3% is by overpricing your home. And if they steer their buyers there, 6%.

Posted on: 3/31 14:05
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Re: Homeowners Insurance
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HPYC wrote:
Not happy to pay flood insurance premiums because I think the whole thing is basically a scam, but we have to have it to get a mortgage, so we do.


C'mon, somebody's got to pay for all those shore houses getting washed away again and again! As I understand it, our Flood covers nothing but the actual structure, it has to wash away, which doesn't happen here. So we're getting scammed. I explored applying for foundation damage, but it did not look promising.

Posted on: 3/29 11:56
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Re: Door recommendation for open Den area
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Haggis wrote:
We just got done with a gut reno on our condo, a few things..
Building permits in JC are devilish.
You need to bring 2 copies from your NJ licensed architect to the building dept where they will get stamped.
You need an extra copy at your residence at all times.
It is costly and time consuming.
If there is anyway you can avoid it and simply go with a sliding door and a transom (we have interior transom windows and love it) go that route.
Look at the top of page 4, if your project can be "ordinary maintenance" you'd be better off.
http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes ... /pdf_regs/njac_5_23_2.pdf

Good luck and post pictures!


While technically almost anything where you install 2x4s requires a permit, in reality this is the kind of thing that a contractor would never apply for one. Of course if some busybody calls Buildings on you the situation changes, but there is really not that much material in this job to get anyone's attention. You should see what goes on in this town!

Posted on: 3/29 11:39
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Re: Jersey City 'no knock' registry to target pushy real estate brokers
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I'm sure these decals will be every bit as effective as the "no advertisements" decals that are ignored. We can't prosecute the advertisers for littering and Do Not Call is a joke. Toothless laws breed contempt for the law on one side and despair in our government on the other.

Posted on: 3/28 12:36
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Re: Door recommendation for open Den area
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If that is your air return on the wall to the right you will need to put the door beyond it to not mess up your airflow. If it's to be a bedroom, you don't want a glass transom, that will be annoying if there's lights on when the person (kid?) is trying to sleep. Assuming that's a window on the left wall, it makes it a legal bedroom, or at least closer. I think the min sq footage is 70.

From what I see you should just keep it simple and have a contractor build a 4" wide wall with a regular door in it. It's not like this is a dining room to parlor opening where it's the focus of the room.

Posted on: 3/25 0:20
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Re: Door recommendation for open Den area
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07310 wrote:
I agree with Brewster, hire a professional to do this it is not DIY project.


It's totally doable DIY, I've done several similar doorways, but it's not for beginners, which the OP sounds like. In fact I'm dealing with one on my current reno, a 42" x 92" opening. I have no idea what was there to begin with, perhaps french doors, but it's an awkward width for them, you'd have to open both because 21" is an uncomfortable squeeze for a bedroom door. What I did on another floor was make an 80" transom with a flat panel and bring in the sides with lumber & molding to create a 30" doorway.

Another unit had a 60" wide archway with no doors. I added jambs and used flexible PVC moldings to put a jamb and stop across the arch. I then took hollow core doors, cut them to fit and glued in lumber where it was hollow on the arc.

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Posted on: 3/23 21:23
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Re: Door recommendation for open Den area
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Is there a budget? Keep in mind pocket doors require tearing apart the walls on either side. French doors can be done with a transom of some sort done tastefully. Perhaps you should hire an architect familiar with the visual vocabulary of these things and what would fist best with the existing detail in your home, if any. A photo of the wall with the door would certainly make suggestions easier.

Posted on: 3/23 13:41
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Re: Wow - LSC's Updated Plans for SciTech Scity
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I gotta say I'm not seeing a great argument against the leasing idea even if the payment is only nominal. In the event the whole thing goes under, covenants attached to the sale seem to be much harder to enforce than terms of a lease.

Posted on: 3/22 15:19
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Re: Wow - LSC's Updated Plans for SciTech Scity
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Interesting post Mao. Putting aside the reality of those numbers, I have to ask is maximizing ratables really the highest priority we have? We could do that also in other ways, like by doing away with R-1 zoning, but no one is on board with that. So clearly there are other factors to consider. Does JC really want a new forest of high rises bordering LSP there?

BTW, the "average" JC homeowner will not be paying $20k, just the Downtowners with properties worth over $1m. The "average" JC home is worth far less. As I've said many times, our tax rate is perfectly average for our area, we are not highly taxed.

Posted on: 3/22 12:16
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Re: Property Tax Appeal - Comparable Sales
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HamiltonParker wrote:
The deadline for appeal is quickly approaching. Where would I go to find comparable sales for a time period? Thanks, in advance for any advice.


Honestly, if I were doing it again I'd let a one of the lawyers that work on commission handle it. We just don't have access to the proper data in usable form. I walked in there with a handful of unusable comps and didn't know it.

Posted on: 3/21 20:19
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Re: Jersey City mayor-elect orders end to citywide reval
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My experience with appraisals is that they're bullshit from top to bottom. I was trying to refi and had banks do 2 different appraisals. I held the tape measure for 1 guy. His gross sq footage came out 20% under. The other guys was 15% under. I could see the bogus measurements in the drawings. A rowhouse with a 1 floor extension is easy, it's 2 boxes. The banks said tough shit, that's what it's worth.

What they apparently do is decide what the number should be and then fudge using the measurements and subjective numbers like GRM to make it come out. One appraisal even had the 3 methods, comp, replacement and rent, all come out within a couple of thousand of each other. What do suppose the odds were?

Now take that process, and for the reval make it even faster and shittier. Should be fun.

Posted on: 3/21 20:12
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Re: Stop Sale of Public Land to Developers, Promote a Green City
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Except when they don't, like in the case of SciTechSCity, in which case opponents will say "You should just sell it to the highest bidder and give taxpayers relief!" (Not saying you fall into this category).


Not I. I think much of that is just using any excuse to harass Fulop. I tire of the cries of "high taxes" too, our tax rate is perfectly average for our area.

Posted on: 3/20 22:35
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Re: Stop Sale of Public Land to Developers, Promote a Green City
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It's really simple. Until we pass a law excluding funds from the sale of city assets from being used in the general budget, there will be an incentive to sell city assets to balance the budgets and make the current administration look good. This has been going on for decades.

Some years ago the Parking Authority was running in the red and sold a parking lot to balance it's budget. It's like the milkman selling his cow, right?

Posted on: 3/20 12:46
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Re: Buying to live in Bergen-Lafayette a good idea?
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Not saying ole Harry here isn't B-L born-n-raised, but it's kinda funny how many people want to slam the door closed after they move in. From our Gold Coast to the Pacific Northwest, people move somewhere and then get all up at the other people who are coming and "ruining it".

Posted on: 3/17 18:25
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Re: Storefronts not shoveled
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Where's the sanitation inspectors? Isn't this their turf? Gerry McCann can give me a bullshit ticket because he says my tenants aren't putting out recycling, but where is he when people's lives are at stake?

I was walking past Dickinson today over unshoveled walks, and 2 cops are standing there, and one says "careful" as I nearly go down. WTF?? How about enforcement instead of spectating the carnage?

Posted on: 3/16 22:43
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