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Re: Give Mayor Fulop the hat trick with wins in Wards A, B, and C on Dec 5th, 2017
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Nope. I think a rubber stamp is the last thing Fulop needs. I'm not in favor of the Healy-Matsikoudis camp, but more independents would be good to keep Fulop on his toes and really thinking through his shit. What's the point of having a council at all if it's a rubber stamp for the mayor?

If I had my way the council seats would be spread among as many elections as possible to reduce the "slate effect".

Posted on: 11/16 23:05
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Re: Steam Heat - pipes banging. Any recommnedation for plumber that knows how to rectify
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Is there no diminution of heat when you reduce the pressure like that?

Posted on: 11/12 12:11
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Re: Steam Heat - pipes banging. Any recommnedation for plumber that knows how to rectify
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JCSHEP wrote:
I had terrible banging in our system but now have it working silently. It all came down to 1) ensuring a low operating pressure/cutoff (Honeywell vapourstat) and 2) proper pipe pitch (back to boiler if single pipe).


How do you get bad pitch in a 100 year old building? Settling?

Posted on: 11/11 12:46
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Re: The $7.4B freight tunnel that could ease tri-state area traffic
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Well that's completely 'back to the future' isnt it? The Port Authority was formed to move away from that particular model by building a Trans Hudson Freight Rail Crossing, something they have neglected to do for a century.

Posted on: 11/10 22:03
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Re: Steam Heat - pipes banging. Any recommnedation for plumber that knows how to rectify
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ProdigalSon wrote:
Come on it was being installed 120 years ago and the premise still works.


Perhaps so, but when I hear terms like wet steam and dry steam my head wants to explode.

Posted on: 11/10 16:14
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Re: Steam Heat - pipes banging. Any recommnedation for plumber that knows how to rectify
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Quote:

MDM wrote:
If you don't get a plumber recommendation:


The Lost Art of Steam Heating


Amusing the used copies are same price as new. Steam is pretty near voodoo as far as I can tell. Truly stupid system and implementation. If you add hardwood floors there's simply no elegant way to raise the radiator valve to match. You're stuck using 2 45s or, like the previous owner, drilling holes in the new floor for the feet.

When I need help I go to https://forum.heatinghelp.com/categories/strictly-steam. Found a good contractor there, but he stopped doing residential.

Posted on: 11/10 12:56
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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I'd like to remind those who are newer here that 20 years ago HPNA was utterly controlled by dog people and was the force keeping dog runs OUT of Hamilton Park, since they had the run of the place and that suited them just fine. One needs to be careful who one hands power to.

Posted on: 11/8 18:11
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Re: Symes / Solomon runoff
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JPhurst wrote:
I fear for the future of this forum.....

Too late for that, this place was moribund before the election anyway.

IMO this notion of letting activist incumbent residents decide what happens in their neighborhood is absurd. In almost all cases they will vote for no development. No one has a right to a static neighborhood. Many of the same people howling about high housing costs are the ones preventing higher density.

Here's a thought experiment: convert Summit into a Bus Rapid Transit lane from Journal Square up to 495 through to the Port Authority, and rezone the heights area along it for midrise higher density. You would lose parking on Summit but thousands of new affordable homes with great mass transit and no need for cars would take its place.

This type of "New Urbanist" growth vision would absolutely be vetoed by existing residents, but potential residents have no vote.

Posted on: 11/8 14:27
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Re: Are Symes and Solomon winning in Ward E
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JPhurst wrote:
Presumably he is saving some money for the runoff.


Wait, I'm confused. I thought the move to Nov ended runoffs.

Posted on: 11/7 23:02
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Re: Couldn’t vote listed as “mail in”
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Yvonne wrote:
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K-Lo2 wrote:
I repeat, there was plenty of room for more names if needed.


The font on the questions are so small you cannot read them. But according to you there is room for more names.


Gee Yvonne, maybe instead of less democratic participation like you want, the answer is an update to our antiquated voting machines so it doesn't have to be on one big confusing page?

Posted on: 11/7 12:30
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Re: Fair current value for a home with low taxes.
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One has to remember that prices have gone up so far so fast that even a 15% retreat is less than 2 years of appreciation.

Posted on: 11/2 16:00
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Re: What happened to all the plumbing supply shops??????
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MDM wrote:
There is a White and Shauger on Oakland ave for heating, domestic hot water, and A/C plumbing related items. They are pretty good about ordering what they don't have in stock.

I found the big box stores to be frustrating as hell when buying a good amount of PVC fittings. Empty bins, missing components, etc.

If I have a large order, I place it with this outfit:

https://www.pvcfittingsonline.com/


Good to know about W&S, I had no idea, they don't come up on a search for plumbing supplies. They don't mind retail walk-ins? Most of my plumbing mail order goes to Supplyhouse.com, used to be Pexsupply. Get your order in by 6 and you'll have it the next day, and very good prices.

Major DIY victory today: fixed the dryer in the 3 family basement after a minor lint fire. Learned a LOT about dryers, like CLEAN THE VENT DUCTS!!! It wasn't the thermal fuse, just a couple of melted wires that didn't look that bad at first sight.

Posted on: 11/1 20:34
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Re: What happened to all the plumbing supply shops??????
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Quote:

iGreg wrote:
They can't compete with the Home Depot


Maybe so for homeowners, but not for the pros. FFS I couldn't get a 1" steam valve at HD.

Posted on: 10/31 17:42
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What happened to all the plumbing supply shops??????
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Holy crap, they've been dropping like flies. 2 in the Heights, Modern, and now RiverWest. WTF? With all the building and reno how can these places be going out of business? Yeah, I know the best internet suppliers, but sometimes going there was the best way to get what you need.

Except for the skanky little place on Central, it's now either General in Bayonne or Hudson in NB.

Posted on: 10/31 17:22
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Re: Parking ticket with completely misleading info, is this a new thing?
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bodhipooh wrote:
She just kept telling me I was parked within 50 feet of the STOP sign, but I kept trying to explain that my car was in a marked parking area, and that it doesn't make sense for the city to paint lines for legal parking, and then turn around and ticket someone for using that spot.


I would have lost my shit right there! I think everyone needs to have an easy to start in your pocket voice recording app for these situations. I have a recording of a JC building inspector telling me it wasn't any of his business that the roof he was inspecting leaked, I should have gotten a better contractor and he was going to close the permit.

Secret Voice Recorder for Android will start with 3 pushes of the power button.

Posted on: 10/31 17:16
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Re: Child fatally struck by car in Jersey City, sources say
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animalrelated wrote:
Right after they reopened the streets, cars were flying through the intersection running red lights. The blood hadn't even dried on the pavement yet and not a cop in sight to get people slow down. This has always been a problem, why aren't they ticketing people?! I have seen cops parked on the corner of Columbus and Barrow no even look up when cars whiz past. I don't understand.


My theory is this is some sort of contract blackmail. "Look, we're not big enough nor paid enough to even give traffic tickets!"

Posted on: 10/30 10:58
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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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MDM wrote:
If I pull the level for the mayoral column will because I dislike Fulop's opponent way more than my level of disappointment with Fulop's term as mayor.

In my lifetime I have rarely had the pleasure of voting for someone without holding my nose. It's just the way it is if you don't want to throw your vote away on a fringe candidate. Sad that a realistic re-election slogan can be "I could have been a lot worse like the previous guy!"

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jimbehrle wrote:
I've gotten zero Matsikoudis' flyers. The only Matsikoudis' sign I've seen over here is attached to a chain link fence in front of an abandoned lot. Something tells me he's just running for name recognition next time.


Could be the La Cosa HCDO mandarins told him he needed to do this for the party. Once you're a "made man" in the HCDO they take care of you, but expect loyalty.

Posted on: 10/29 22:11
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Re: Over/under on mayor's race
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iGreg wrote:
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Margaret Thatcher.


Maggie


It doesn't get said better. Have you caught Dave Wakeling and the new incarnation of The Beat on their recent tours? Saw them in 82 and they're just as good. A theater full of old farts like me dancing their asses off.




Posted on: 10/29 19:57
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Re: Possible Nor'Easter for us late Sunday through Monday
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DTMercer wrote:
Surprised that this thread is not more active. What should we
be expecting? When is high tide? MDM where are you?

Radar's are looking pretty scary? How is everyone's basements?


Wet and the pump is busy. Just another typical Downtown rainstorm.

Posted on: 10/29 17:10
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Re: Child fatally struck by car in Jersey City, sources say
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bodhipooh wrote:
More than anything, the city needs consistent enforcement of the rules we already have.


THIS!! And enforcement for pedestrians. I've seen many parents jaywalking with their kids, particularly ignoring turn lights for cars, so if you want to know where the kids get their disrespect for traffic signals, look there. JCPD has basically abdicated traffic enforcement. They always complain they're undermanned, but by any comparisons to similar cities, they're not.

Posted on: 10/29 12:45
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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07310 wrote:
The appraiser came in to look at my condo he spent all of 2 minutes looking at the entire place. Can they really take an accurate assessment in that time?


Condition A,B or C?
Room and bathroom count?
Done.
NEXT!

Posted on: 10/27 12:31
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Re: Possible Nor'Easter for us late Sunday through Monday
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Man the pumps lads!

Posted on: 10/26 17:39
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Re: Fair current value for a home with low taxes.
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Quote:

JC_rider wrote:
I am thinking of using projected total monthly cost of low taxed property compared to total monthly current cost of property with adjusted taxes. What do you think?


It works as long as there are no other variables like a cash buyer whose monthly expenditure picture is completely different, or interest rates changing. Rates going up would drive down prices even more.

Posted on: 10/26 15:03
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Re: Fair current value for a home with low taxes.
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Sure you could take your best shot at reading the tea leaves and lowball offer, but what is the motivation of the seller in this market to take it? All they need is some schmuck whose realtor and attorney conveniently "forget" to tell him about the reval. Happens all the time. I just read a story about a guy who bought a 2 family in N Bergen and no one told him ALL rentals in NB are rent controlled. Caveat emptor.

Posted on: 10/26 11:06
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Re: Co-op not allowing Christmas Decorative Lights on the Balcony - Is this legal?
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Quote:

GrovePath wrote:
I thought that the Metropolitan Towers by Grove Street were co-ops.


Seems you're right, though there's a crapload of rentals, I thought coops hated subletting. Or are there different things in different buildings?

Posted on: 10/24 20:25
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Re: Co-op not allowing Christmas Decorative Lights on the Balcony - Is this legal?
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Quote:

Haggis wrote:
I HATE co-ops, one of the reasons we specifically bought a condo.

I'd bet the OP misspoke, and it's a condo. I don't recall there being any co-op hi rises here.

Posted on: 10/24 18:54
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Article: Dense zoning is the solution to housing costs
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Short excerpt from this long article: Https://www.buildzoom.com/blog/paying- ... d-from-construction-costs

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When home buyers are paying for dirt, someone is being excluded, and the solution is to densify

High home value to replacement cost ratios are a good indication that the housing supply is restricted, meaning that people who are willing and able to pay enough to support new housing construction are being excluded by limits on density.

Both expensive coastal metros and affordable expansive ones would benefit from the relaxation of restrictions on housing density, but for slightly different reasons. Whereas the former need greater housing density to combat a full-blown housing affordability crisis, the latter need it in order wean off sprawl without creating an affordability crisis of their own.

Doesn’t upzoning just raise the value of land?

A common objection to increasing a lot’s permitted housing density or – loosely speaking – upzoning it, is that it simply raises the value of the land in reaction to the increase in density rather than resulting in cheaper homes. Although there is truth to the observation, it is a poor argument against raising density. When upzoning raises land values it indicates that the scarce factor drawing a premium is not land per se, but the units zoned upon it. It is mistaken to think that upzoning will reduce the land value component of homes simply by dividing a fixed land value over a greater number of units. The value of land depends on its characteristics, one of which is the number of units it is zoned for – i.e. the number of households allowed to call it home – and changing that number affects the land’s value. But upzoning also increases the number of zoned units in the housing market as a whole, and in so doing will contribute to easing their scarcity.

For upzoning to meaningfully suppress housing prices, it must be applied en masse. Upzoning a limited number of lots – where “limited” means small compared to the relevant housing market – will raise the value of the upzoned land without measurably influencing home values. To suppress housing prices, upzoning must substantially ease the scarcity of zoned units and, for this to happen, upzoning must be applied at sufficient scale vis-a-vis the relevant housing market.


Another interesting artifact highlighted in this article is the ratio of replacement construction cost to land price. 07302 is 4.81:1 according to the data provided, yet that's the reverse of how our property is appraised. The land is always the minor cost. If this were done accurately, a lot of the abated properties would be taxed much higher, since the value of the land is not tax abated. In the Heights (3.14:1 ratio) where double lots are closing on $1m a single lot is appraised by the city at around $80k. (A $20k assessment) These fictions can't be good for tax fairness.

Posted on: 10/24 12:40
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Re: Solomon has no resume
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Quote:

JPhurst wrote:
As I've said before Yvonne, I do not care how many council meetings or other meetings you attend if you don't listen. You don't bother to listen or read what people write.


Preach brother!

Posted on: 10/20 23:58
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Re: Auto Inspection Recommendations?
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Quote:

bodhipooh wrote:
Even on a Saturday morning, in a line extending onto the road, the process can be quick.


That's because they barely inspect anything anymore after Christie cut the budget. Just emissions I think. Not tires, lights, etc like they used to.

Posted on: 10/17 10:17
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Re: Dixon Redevelopment Plan
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Yvonne wrote:
If you need to understand then I suggest you attend the caucus and council meetings.


ROFLMAO!!!!

You're like someone shouting "FIRE!!" and when asked "where?" you say "why should I tell you? Go find your own fire to shout about".

You're a riot.

Posted on: 10/12 22:11
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