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Re: Advertising a rental... Craigslist not working so well now
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Thanks for the feedback. I will have to get some pictures of the bedrooms. I re-looked at the drawing and the smaller one was 7'3" X 10' 9" - wouldn't that be more than 70 sq feet or is there a loss factor that is supposed to be calculated?

Huh, that dimensions I read as 73"x 109" in that low rez image because there was no marks indicating ft & in, but some of the others seem to, so I guess you're right. Never mind and good luck. Nice looking place, and I assume you got it cheap if it was a while back.

And yes, CL has gone to hell for getting tenants, there's too many scammers, repeat postings, and deceptive location descriptions. From the renter POV the signal to noise is low.

Posted on: 9/20 2:23
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Re: Advertising a rental... Craigslist not working so well now
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I am advertising now an apartment on Romaine Ave for 1st time in 5 years. I had always used Craig's List and got a fair amount of interest and would always get a lease signed with good candidate within a few weeks.

After a kitchen renovation and general upgrade I put it up Sunday at $1,875 and only got a few responses. Not sure if Craig's List is not as effective as it used to be or if price was on high side I just relisted at $1775. I also for 1st time just put on hotpads which seems to connect to Zillow/Trulia. Any constructive criticism let me know. I think I need to get better pictures.

As I remember Thursdays were a good day to put up as people make weekend plans of what they want to check out.

Https://newyork.craigslist.org/jsy/apa ... 2br-condo/6981911742.html


Good on you for posting the plan of the unit, but just to be a pain I'll point out the front "bedroom" is too small to be a legal bedroom. Min is 70 sq ft, that's 55 according to the drawing.

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B.Required space in sleeping rooms. Except as required under Subsection C, each room utilized for sleeping purposes shall have a minimum dimension of seven (7) feet and a minimum net floor area of seventy (70) square feet for the initial occupant, fifty (50) square feet for each additional occupant, except that children under one (1) year of age shall not be counted as occupants for the purpose of this section. In existing structures built prior to 1951, if any dwelling has no room at least ten (10) feet by twelve (12) feet in size, two (2) persons will be allowed to sleep in the largest room therein so long as it is nine (9) feet in size at least.

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Posted on: 9/19 15:46
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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Actually, yes, that is within their mission. But it seems like their primary job is being non-responsive so as to make whatever it is the citizens problem. They will not even return a call. Even the nice workers at LHS admit as much. Lord help you if instead of calling them 10 times till they send someone with a trap you rescue a cat yourself but are unable to keep it. You might as well put it out on the street again, even the cat rescues won't take it. Ask me how I know, the kitten is making our elderly cat miserable.


Couple things: If you bring the kitten directly to LHS, they will take it. Or PM me, and I'll try to hook you up with a local rescue. We are lousy with kittens over here...so what's one more?

Not true, we have fostered over 3 dozen kittens for LHS and they still refused, told us to call AC, who never followed up. Jersey Cats also refused to take her. At this point we've had her for 2 months and I guess she's staying, but we felt forced into it by the lack of support and will be very reluctant to be proactive and rescue a cat ourselves if we don't want to keep it.

Posted on: 9/12 17:56
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Re: Illegal gambling at County Schools
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Who gives a crap(s) about staff running a lottery pool?

Of all the problems and corruptness in Hudson County, this is what you call out?

Robin.


The thing was written confusingly, but as I understand it, it wasn't a group buying state lottery tickets and splitting the winnings, someone was using the published state numbers to run a private numbers game. Classic numbers racket. Still relatively victimless, but definitely criminal.

When I was in high school, kids of mobsters were running sports betting in the school, printed slips and all. It was the town where Henry Hill lived.

Posted on: 9/11 22:10
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Re: Illegal gambling at County Schools
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Not shocking at all given that the HCDO operates like the mob in all other respects. Now we'll see if Omerta holds. It should, they're pretty good at taking care of their "Made Men", ask Steve Lipski.

Posted on: 9/11 19:44
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Re: Skunks out of control in Lafayette!!! City Sides with Skunks!
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I really hope that last post is a joke. But, if it isn't... why would anyone think/assume/believe that Animal Control can and should locate, trap, and dispose of random wildlife making its way into private property?

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Ill be sure to call Animal Control the next time a bird flies into my place!
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Actually, yes, that is within their mission. But it seems like their primary job is being non-responsive so as to make whatever it is the citizens problem. They will not even return a call. Even the nice workers at LHS admit as much. Lord help you if instead of calling them 10 times till they send someone with a trap you rescue a cat yourself but are unable to keep it. You might as well put it out on the street again, even the cat rescues won't take it. Ask me how I know, the kitten is making our elderly cat miserable.

http://www.libertyhumane.org/animal_response_team
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The Animal Response Team serves Jersey City, Hoboken and Bayonne. If you live outside of these areas you need to contact your municipal Health Department or Police Department for assistance in reaching your animal services provider.

Contact the Animal Response Team Anytime If:

-You have found an injured or sick stray animal (this includes wildlife)

-You have found and confined a stray domestic animal

-You are witnessing possible animal cruelty or neglect

-There is a stray animal who appears to be dangerous

-There is a wild animal in your living space that cannot escape

Posted on: 9/11 18:32
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Re: 7 On Your Side helps keep New Jersey hot dog shop on a roll after check fraud
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How did "Angelo" know they had at least $6,333.69 in the account? Luck?

#insidejob?


I would be suspect of any business that didn't have at least $6k in reserves. Its a business, not a 20 something without a pot to piss in.

Posted on: 9/11 0:38
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Re: 7 On Your Side helps keep New Jersey hot dog shop on a roll after check fraud
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I was thinking about this story, there's just so damn many holes in it.
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he deposited it by taking a photo of the altered check which the bank cashed.


Cashing is not remote depositing. AFAIK to do a remote deposit you need an account! They require at least several forms of ID to open a bank account, and then cashing a check requires funds equal to the check to be held till it clears. Also, if "he deposited it by taking a photo of the altered check" why bother altering the physical check, just photoshop it. The whole thing doesn't add up, but it could be the usual bad reportage.

Posted on: 9/9 17:10
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Re: 7 On Your Side helps keep New Jersey hot dog shop on a roll after check fraud
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The fraud sucks, but what business can't handle a temporary $6300 hit? That's not really a lot, perhaps not even a months rent even for that hole in the wall. Any business should have reserves for the unexpected.

Posted on: 9/7 17:11
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Re: Do Prospective Home Buyers Look at Both JC & Hoboken?
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Surely it depends on your price point. All things being equal I'd buy in Hoboken as long as it wasn't ground floor in a flood zone. The JC school tax fiasco is only going to get worse and since Mayor Zimmer their governance is less corrupt.

Posted on: 9/3 20:01
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Re: 8 Things You Can Do Now to Help Your Child Get Ready For School
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9th Item popular with my tenants who have kids:

Move to the suburbs for the schools


The DT K-8s are flooded with middle class kids now where 15 years ago PS37 was less than 10% white. Just give the Heights a few years, you'll see.


I noticed the test scores for the grade school near my apartment scores have finally gone up. They were in the bottom 25% for years. Still not great.. but improving.

I am keeping eyes on the Montessori charter that is attempting to get going in JC. Unfortunately, where they are looking to open up is nowhere near the Heights.


Sometimes you gotta suck it up and drive. We did when LCCS moved from DT to Lincoln Park. Carpooling helps. Also, most of these schools start to fall behind in middle school more than k-5. Apply to the AEP magnet schools at that point.

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Re: 8 Things You Can Do Now to Help Your Child Get Ready For School
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9th Item popular with my tenants who have kids:

Move to the suburbs for the schools


The DT K-8s are flooded with middle class kids now where 15 years ago PS37 was less than 10% white. Just give the Heights a few years, you'll see.

Posted on: 8/28 20:49
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Re: Notice: JC Proposes to Dispose of .98 Acres of Two Parks
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Funny, my wife was just commenting today about what a shame that the 16th st park was so awful. Guess Holland Gardens doesn't even get a crappy park. The residents should give Solomon & Fulop an earful.

Posted on: 8/5 2:27
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Re: JC plans new North precinct, and officials want your suggestions
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Ah, "public suggestion theater'!!! How to make people feel less powerless without actually giving them any power. When I was in HS there was a plan to put a sculpture in the lake behind the school. A "professional sculptor" was brought in and student suggestions solicited, but it soon became clear that it was all about the "artists vision". Ironically it never got installed because they never actually got town permission for it.

What I'd like to know is why this precinct needs to be on very valuable retail and residential Central Ave property. There could be quite a nice high tax base building there on that R-2 lot and the precinct almost anywhere. The East District seems to manage tucked away on 7th St.

Posted on: 7/28 19:07
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Re: Choosing OBGYN / Delivery Hospital
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Why don't you search the site? There's been plenty of discussion of this.

site search for obgyn

Posted on: 7/18 16:30
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Re: Flooding
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Pump just started about 10 minutes ago, we'll see....

Posted on: 7/18 0:37
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Re: The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City
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My one tenant that had two kids moved because of the public school (Heights). The school was safe, but his son was going insane with boredom. He was already doing long division and fraction whilst the rest of the class was still trying to learn addition / subtraction, etc.


It baffles me why tracking is a PC non-no in many schools while magnet schools, tracking on a broad scale, are OK. The main criticism I could make of LCCS was no tracking, particularly for math. My kids were better prepared in Science than the AEP kids, but were a year behind in math, which basically meant they couldn't take calculus at McNair without taking a double math year in preparation.

We were lucky getting into LCCS, but I've spoken to parents who are perfectly happy with k-8 schools like #5, 16 & 37. I'm not as familiar with the Heights, but no doubt it's similar or getting there, as families like Chris's stay.

Posted on: 7/16 22:22
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Re: Neighbor illegaly paved over front yard for parking
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Seriously though, I think the easiest way to deal with this is for the city to go to each illegal curb cut and paint "PUBLIC PARKING ALLOWED" in the spot.


One would have to care little for their car to take advantage of that. Old school JC folks tend to take matters into their own hands. The city would have to install bollards!

Posted on: 7/16 19:51
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Re: The Best Neighborhood To Raise A Family In Jersey City
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Why would any family settle in JSQ? There's no parks at all. So much for "city planning". If you can't afford DT, the Heights has the best quality of life.

MDM, there's a lot of middle class people keeping their kids in the public schools, even if just till middle school, which makes them better just by itself. After that there's A1 and MS4 if they can get in.

Posted on: 7/16 19:48
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Re: Neighbor illegaly paved over front yard for parking
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Let's see if it was permitted first. Ok? But go ahead and tattletale on your neighbors. What goes around comes around.


You're a fool. This isn't like he added a bathroom without a permit, this affects everyone on the block both in parking and in making the area uglier.


Brewster you are an unconscionable blabber mouth. Let's see what you have to say if it was a permitted drive.


Insult so nice you needed to say it twice? And what I would say is it was still affecting parking and aesthetics, but if it's legal there's nothing to do about it. But from everything I've ever heard on this issue, that's unlikely. This stuff is a plague, I've seen houses where they have 3 cars parked in front of one 25' lot, one with a hydrant out front!

Posted on: 7/14 21:04
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Re: Neighbor illegaly paved over front yard for parking
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Let's see if it was permitted first. Ok? But go ahead and tattletale on your neighbors. What goes around comes around.


You're a fool. This isn't like he added a bathroom without a permit, this affects everyone on the block both in parking and in making the area uglier.

Posted on: 7/13 18:11
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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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The McNair kids previously were educated quite well and will continue to be so.

There is a serious funding issue due to the Sweeney Screwjob. Credit is due to the district for covering this year's gap, particularly because they had to cover the $71 million Lyles gap that occurred a year before the funding cuts even took place.

And Lyles's personnel policies were indeed part of the financial problem. Insisting on going outside to add superfluous hires and creating a praetorian guard of loyalists bloated the budget.


I'm not a defender of Lyles, but to paraphrase from a favorite Paddy Chayefsky movie, JC's District was a going brothel long before Lyles came to town. It's completely disingenuous to try and blame her for decades of failure and mismanagement. Her insiders cost what, $2m tops? In a budget of $600m!

The district has chronically shortchanged students and infrastructure to pay labor top dollar. Why should JC be paying the most in the state with other people's money? Because no one stopped them, including the state flunkies when they controlled the district. It seems the only thing worse than a manager who tries to take on the unions is one who doesn't.

And the McNair kids will thrive despite the school, not because of it. They're what makes it special. Drop them as a group in any school anywhere and they'd excel. My daughter has told me stories of teachers simply not showing up to class, and the students taking attendance and quietly doing their work.

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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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The above three posts all share a theme that in order to be truly effective, one has to harbor a sneering contempt of people with experience and community ties.


I do not have contempt for unions in general, just distrust of public unions where good faith bargaining is not really possible given the leverage politics gives labor. As a labor attorney you are hardly an uninterested party as I am.

Recognizing that talented, intelligent people can originate outside JC has been a major flaw of the unions. McCabe is not the only Ivy trained educator that has been forced out of McNair and the JC District. "Community ties and local experience" around here unfortunate more often than not means being part of a corrupt system. We are a city of 250k in a nation of >300m, excluding everyone not already indoctrinated in "JC ways" for management seems a road to hiring if not mediocrity, then certainly not the best available.

The fact that these management feuds and vendettas are the priority of the JCEA at a time when the system is failing to educate children and facing an existential funding crisis is illustrative of where their priorities lay.

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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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What basis have you determined that she was either good or smart?

Personal conversations with her and kids in the school.
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And how does "Cost saving measure" equate to "JCEA Assassination"?

See comments below published by JCEA on their Instagram page. Clearly she rubbed the wrong people the wrong way, and was shown the door for it at the 1st opportunity. This sounds like the immune system of the organism called the 'JCEA' has acted against a threat to "business as usual".

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Low student morale is due to an overabundance of uninvolved and untrained teachers, and lack of basic resources. My daughter's Web Design class consisted entirely of Khan Academy while the "teacher" killed time. Teachers and janitors are basically the best paid in the nation while there's no money to print the student written magazine because the District funds extracurriculars in the bottom 10% of NJ peers.

We had an accomplished person with 2 Ivy degrees running our flagship school, who no doubt will be replaced by a proud grad of NJCU who was in a superfluous district job. And the district will continue to be run by and for the Union, any education being incidental to the mission.

Any observer of JC's municipal unions will notice this pattern of outside management hires being hounded as incompetent and morally bankrupt by the unions they were hired to manage. They only want "one of their own, who knows how things are done".

Posted on: 7/9 22:25
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Re: McNair Academic Ranked #1 in NJ!
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Does anyone have a confirmation of the firing of Ms McCabe and why?

EDIT: Part of untenured staff laid off as a cost saving measure. A JCEA assassination. She was too good and smart for JC, where mediocrity is rewarded.

Posted on: 7/8 16:53

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Re: Was the website down for a couple of days? (6/29/2019)
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I thought maybe Falcon was finally putting it out of it's misery and pulled the plug.

Posted on: 6/29 15:41
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Re: Window washers spray nesting peregrine falcons off JC building
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OK, I'm going to catch a pile of shit for this, but here goes. Odds are these workers were not American born, and had not grown up in a culture of environmentalism and respect for nature. In many places nature is the enemy, places where they're still burning rain forest and eating endangered species. It's just a fact, a matter of class and culture, not race.

Most likely these workers were just doing what they had always done, getting nature out of their way so they could do what they believed they needed to. Without further info, I'm going to blame the building maintenance supervisors for not properly briefing these workers on the presence and status of these birds.

Posted on: 6/20 15:41
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Re: Dixon Leasing renovated Fulop's Ogden home for free.
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At this point I'm not a huge Fulop fan, but your headline is fully slander/fake news. At no point in the linked article is it even alleged Fulop did not pay for the renovation. They merely state they don't know who paid what to whom when.

Posted on: 6/18 16:28
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Electric cars would replace ICE if the energy storage issues could ever be worked out.


I agree, but hybrids are different animal than EVs. You get the braking regeneration, huge in the city, and added acceleration from the battery so you can downsize the IC engine. A massive amount of fuel waste comes from the oversized engines of modern cars, they're vastly overpowered compared to older vehicles. My 1991 Caravan had 150 hp, and was just fine, I drove it at 90mph across Montana and up and down mountains all over Appalachia. The 2001 had 180, my 2010 Odyssey has 244 hp, the 2019 has 280. All that engine development could have given better mileage rather than more power. This is why people are hitting 45 mph by the middle of a 400 ft long block.

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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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One of the comments posted an interesting link:

40% of the Buildings in NYC couldn't be built today


Not surprising at all.

Dan, a "tenement" is simply a building intended as a multifamily, as opposed to many brownstones that were single family converted to multi. They were built for the middle and working class who could not afford single family homes. I cannot find any reference that says any were built for the poor, though some were so cheaply made they rapidly became undesirable for anyone but. It's extremely hard to make money from the poor for obvious reasons. Anyone doing it today is getting government money in some form. I find no evidence anyone "built for the poor" in the 19th century.

http://ci.columbia.edu/0240s/0243_2/0243_2_s1_text.html
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When the buildings were new, when the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street was new in the 1860s, it probably provided a decent place for immigrants, and the early residents were largely German in this case because most immigrants to New York in the mid-nineteenth century were German and Irish. But by the late nineteenth century, as little maintenance was done on the building as it deteriorated and as more and more people lived in the building, conditions got even worse.


FWIW, when people describe the building where I live as a brownstone I correct them and say it's a tenement.

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