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Re: Commuter gondola plan gets off ground....
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Hmm, seems pretty silly considering how underutilized that bridge is. Just make a shuttle bus route over it from a commuter lot on SI. Google says it's less than 10 minutes @8am.

Now a Hudson Gondola from Xchange Pl to WTC is an awesome idea.

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Re: Campfire cooking gear
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The MVP in my kit is a 12" nonstik aluminum flat bottom wok. Great for everything from al fresco pasta sauce to scrambled eggs. After that is an 8 qt pot for boiling stuff, an assortment of smaller stainless camping pots, and a 10x10 square nonstik griddle with a handle. I usually use a an ancient Coleman 2 burner gas stove, and I don't typically grill meat, so if I'm expecting a campground without a cooking grate I bring a wire shelf kept from a trashed range.

Most of my camping dinner recipes are sautes or stir frys tossed over pasta or rice noodles. Real rice is too tricky to cook over a fire. Make sure not forget the stuff you're used to having in the kitchen, like oil, salt, and seasonings. Back in the day I used film cans for spices (remember those???)

Posted on: 4/19 16:09
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Re: Parking ticket worth fighting?
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the judge didn’t care that the ticket clearly showed that two hours had not elapsed. His reply to me was “well, do you have proof that you did move the car and that it did not in fact stay past the two hour limit?” I was flabbergasted


That's awesome. Guilty till proven innocent! Go JC!!! FWIW big brother could have gotten you out of that ticket. I have Metromile insurance with a GPS dongle that tracks my every trip, and the time it was made. Think how fabulous that would have been to whip out the phone and show that prick you had left.

Guilty or innocent, we're just meat in their machine. I learned that for sure with the sanitation tickets.

Posted on: 4/17 16:32
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Re: Should inmates be allowed to vote?
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D_Nasir_McClain wrote:
The scariest thing I have gotten out of this exchange is the fact that you do have the right to vote. You are clearly a part of the upper echelon of the uninformed, do not understand how the basics of government work and seem to be an ardent denier of facts even when placed at your feet. With all due respect, at the present moment you are far more dangerous to our society than any convicted felon having the right to vote.


Congrats, it took you only 5 posts to come to the truth about Yvonne!. She's terrifying.

On the other point, you seem to not know there are vast numbers of US workers who do not normally get paid on holidays. And that ignores the increasing numbers of "gig" or self employed. Your idea is simplistic, reminds me of all the healthcare arguments from people who have always gotten it through work and have no understanding of what it costs.

Posted on: 4/16 23:51
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Re: Should inmates be allowed to vote?
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D_Nasir_McClain wrote:
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For some, not voting is their way of protesting the choice of candidates in a race for office, i.e. all the Bernie supporters who just couldn't bring themselves to vote for Hillbilly, I mean Hilary,


Yes, that worked out well for them. Grown-ups hold their nose and vote for the least bad candidate rather than stay home like petulant children.

The problem with your "holiday" idea is that increasing numbers of Americans do not hold traditional "jobs" at all. The gig economy and numerous low paid jobs do not give paid holidays, so you're taking a day's pay from them.

Posted on: 4/16 16:39
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Re: $2M state funding for Grand Street redevelopment
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Actually, TBG's usage of "beyond the pale" is quite appropriate, The Pale was literally the stake marking the boundary of civilized lands. Bravo!

Posted on: 4/15 16:40
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Re: $2M state funding for Grand Street redevelopment
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TheBigGuy wrote:
Gezz... No problem, did not mean to make you answer my simple question about the photo location with such a whiny smug response.

And thanks for the geography lesson, it is nice to know there is life beyond the pale of the turnpike extension.


Nothing whiny or smug about it, you asked a question that made it clear your concept of JC ended at the Tpk, that you'd never gone beyond, like "there be dragons". Don't take it out on me.

It's like the classic New Yorker cover, except the Tpk is a stand-in for the Hudson.

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Posted on: 4/15 2:48
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Re: $2M state funding for Grand Street redevelopment
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All great news...but an odd question, the photo the link does not look like Grand Street east or west bound at any point... Am I correct?


I hate to have to break it to you, but there's more to both JC and Grand St than Downtown. That section is up by Arlington Park. The plan as described sounds very much like the changes to Observer Highway in Hoboken east of Marin. Wasn't the end of the world, but I think there's more traffic on Grand.

Posted on: 4/14 4:03
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Re: A little history for those who weren
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pretty sure the Turnpike forced most of the village out, per the original post.

I think that's probably a stretch, take a look at this 1919 map, the TPK did not take out very many residential blocks, certainly not the heart of the neighborhood. There was not much other than the RR north of what is now Columbus. And it wasn't built till 1956.

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Posted on: 4/11 21:10
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Re: A little history for those who weren't here back when:
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I just got lunch at Peccoraro's. Place is like time travel, including the prices!

Posted on: 4/11 18:01
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Re: Should inmates be allowed to vote?
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papadage wrote:
either you are lying, or your civics teachers were terrible.


Why not both! Welcome to 21st century America, where voting is a privilege but assault rifles are a right.

Personally I do not have a problem with the currently incarcerated having their franchise temporarily suspended as part of their loss of freedom and rights. It's the states that have permanent loss to those who have served their time that is very disturbing.

Posted on: 4/11 16:47
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Re: A little history for those who weren't here back when:
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Look at all the stores and bustling street life Brunswick st. Used to have. It’s too bad the VNA forced everything out.


LOL. The VNA is less than a decade old! But the HPNA was adamantly against storefronts 2 decades ago. I never figured out why. I think there's a lot of suspects in this 'crime', but nothing conclusive. Was it increased car ownership, rise of big boxes like supermarkets instead of local butchers, greengrocers & bakers, profitability of converting storefronts to condos, or all of the above?

Posted on: 4/11 15:54
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Re: A little history for those who weren't here back when:
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I was told by the Italian neighbors my building used to be a butcher shop. The whole ground floor and brick storefront was rebuilt as an apartment around 1950. I think there was a fire.

Posted on: 4/11 0:41
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Re: Fulop wants to charge NY’ers their own congestation pricing
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If they credit us for our toll I don't see the problem that Fulop's trying to solve. The real issue is the GWB should get the credit too, or else it will drive traffic to the tunnels.

While the east river crossings aren't our problem, this seems to perpetuate the shitshow of inequity between the free bridges and the tunnels if you're only charged on the bridges going inbound and the tunnels charge both ways.

AAA bitching about getting no money for roads from the deal is pretty funny. They really don't get it!

Posted on: 4/3 22:31
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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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That's a dead-end link.


Yeah, why should they make following the bread crumbs easy???
Go here: https://www.state.nj.us/education/guide/2018/district.shtml and type Jersey City into the "Search for a District by Name:" field.

Posted on: 4/2 16:12
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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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It would be interesting to see some more stats about amount of admin, non-teaching staff numbers as a ratio to students, and as a ration to teachers, and average salaries. Surely this data could be cobbled together from some source. It would be interesting to compare across districts in NJ, and against districts in other states. I am pretty sure the results will be predictable, but having cold, hard numbers would be nice.


You can find that information here:
https://rc.doe.state.nj.us/
However, the NJS Dept of Ed stopped reporting school financials, post 2011.

You can still get school district financial stats, albeit from year 2011 and earlier at this link:
https://www.nj.gov/education/reportcard/index.html


Much of what they want is here;https://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/csg/18/csg.pl

Basically we spend more on everything than almost anyone else, except extracurriculars, in which we are 11th Percentile.

I have a modest proposal. Why don't we simply stop sending kids to the school system. It's clearly what they would like, the district is being run by and for it's employees, any education is merely incidental. Alternatively, the District should declare bankruptcy like GM as a way to shed absurd union contracts and retirement obligations. Or maybe get rid of the district and go all charter like New Orleans. What we're doing is simply not working for anyone but the staff and contractors.

PS: Among the things being cut for next year at McNair is many non-STEM AP classes. Anything that could not create at least a 30:1 teacher/student ration is gone.

Posted on: 4/1 21:13
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Re: Recommendations & Advice - Gut Renovation of Brownstone (one floor)
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Good luck to you. The really good general contractors seem to be too busy and not really available for awhile.

And they're not shy about giving eye popping bids because they feel they can. What you have to watch out for is a "good contractor" who takes on workers to be able to take on more jobs. I've gotten crappy work from a previously good contractor even though I gave him a more or less open schedule.

The problem with getting this kind of work done is everything looks so great compared with what was there before, that they're paid and gone before you really see the crappy details. I've had to rip out work and do it myself.

Posted on: 3/28 17:06
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Re: Loud construction noise disrupts learning at JC schools
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Funny, the years and years of construction on 139 could be heard for miles, but no one ever shed tears and beat their breasts for the students at Dickinson.

Posted on: 3/22 21:40
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Re: JCBOE Employee Tells Muslim Woman to "Go Back to Her Country"
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What a piece of work this one is. Nothing like being inconsiderate and then being belligerent when called out on it. She claims she was blocking a drive way for only a few seconds, yet the video lasts 5 minutes.

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Parker said the other woman, who she claims she had never seen before, recorded her and her daughter for around five minutes before the situation escalated.

You can't say boo now-a-days. Mention to someone the errors of their ways and you'll be the one to get a scolding.


We live in the land of the entitled, and no one is more entitled than when they're in their car. How many times have you seen someone double parked right next to a parking spot that they couldn't be bothered to pull into? My favorite is when people double park on both sides of the street making it a slalom course because God forbid they have to cross the street.

Posted on: 3/21 0:49
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Re: JCBOE Employee Tells Muslim Woman to "Go Back to Her Country"
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What a piece of work this one is. Nothing like being inconsiderate and then being belligerent when called out on it. She claims she was blocking a drive way for only a few seconds, yet the video lasts 5 minutes.

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Parker said the other woman, who she claims she had never seen before, recorded her and her daughter for around five minutes before the situation escalated.

Posted on: 3/20 16:55
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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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jc_dweller wrote:
Fortunately, no business needs or expects everyone to go there. Since the list of restaurants includes the likes of Left Bank burger and Ani Ramen - fairly priced restaurants that are already successful in the area - I think they will be ok. It's not expensive food at all, but if you want a $2 burger at McD's, yes you'll have to go elsewhere.


I normally balk at spending over $8-10 for lunch, and judging by scenes like the trucks at Greeley Sq this won't be in that range. Thankfully, for now, there's still plenty of places in JC away from the waterfront that are.

I was extremely disappointed in the new smokehouse on Tonnelle where 555 market was, and told them so. For the $8 they charged for a meager pile of pulled pork on a hamburger bun, I could get twice as much pernil with a pile rice and beans at dozens of JC establishments.

Posted on: 3/19 17:59
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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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Nice, but looks too rich for my habits.

Posted on: 3/18 22:08
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Re: Liquor Store on Jersey Ave and 8th Street
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Adonis wrote:
I hope the owner and his family owned the entire building and I hope they sell it for uber dinero.


I must assume that's the only way it's been there this long. Yes, they will make a fortune. I actually just looked up the property to see what it was purchased for. That's not on the sheet, but it seems Walt owns the house next door too! I think they'll be OK, LOL. Odds are he paid well under $100k for each.

Posted on: 3/16 17:14
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Re: Liquor Store on Jersey Ave and 8th Street
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Wow, end of an era. It means something but I'm not sure what. I've been here 22 years and have only set foot in the place once. It was enough. I hope it doesn't get turned into residential. A coffee & pastry shop there with outside seating would make a fortune if the rent was reasonable.

Posted on: 3/15 21:53
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Re: I got sanitation violations for garbage that someone illegally dumped
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brewster wrote:
tenants to screw with you.


As if I remember you had happen involving fire extinguishers.


No, that was more general Green Card paranoia on my part. I did have a tenant call all sorts of agencies on me once though. Gone, thank God, all my tenants are pretty decent now, all but one high functioning.

My biggest concern now is this new FD inspection activity. That's going to be a shitshow. A perfect storm of poor training and aggressive behavior.

Posted on: 3/14 17:27
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Re: I got sanitation violations for garbage that someone illegally dumped
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Uggh. Even with a motion cam like a Wyze, you don't even know there's an issue till you get a ticket weeks layer. Then you need enough memory to keep weeks of captures, and have to dig back through them. Even if you know the day, on a busy street that's a whole lot of screening.

Lets take an "Originalist" POV on this: what could we possible do to protect ourselves before this cam technology? Surely any good legislation can't need to be based on the latest tech to be fair? One thing I'm glad of is most people don't know how nasty these fines are, what an opportunity for disgruntled neighbors and tenants to screw with you.

Posted on: 3/14 17:01
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Re: its official: entire heights must buy resident parking permit
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Yvonne wrote:
When the Jersey Journal published the addresses and houses of the city council for their reval story, many or the majority had personal parking. So they are making up laws that affect the majority that must park on the street. Something is wrong with that picture.


Poor reading comprehension Yvonne, they're actually improving street parking for residents at the expense of visitors.

Posted on: 3/12 21:10
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Re: Jersey City school board votes to allow members with conflicts of interest to vote on teachers union
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DanL wrote:
however, gone are the old days of board of education candidates winning elections with 2,000 votes give or take.

this past November, Marilyn Roman had 26k votes and all the winners were over 20k votes. The previous year, Amy DeGise has 19k, and in 2016, Angel Valentin and Suhan Thomas with 16k.

Hey, remember when Yvonne was howling that moving the board election to Nov was going to be the end of the world?

Posted on: 3/12 17:46
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Re: its official: entire heights must buy resident parking permit
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MDM wrote:
Curious if JC will do what Hoboken did: Make the entire city pay parking for non-residents, which requires using a smartphone app.

I expect this at some point given the revenue potential.


It's not the entire city, just certain blocks, and often just the one side that was previously 4 hr visitor parking and the other is still resident only. Gotta say it does free up more spots for visiting. There's a plan to really bump up the cost though.

Posted on: 3/12 17:42
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Re: I got sanitation violations for garbage that someone illegally dumped
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MDM wrote:
Only one appearence.


Huh, must be only if you actually plea "not guilty" that you have to come back. Decades ago I drove 2 hrs to upstate NY to contest a speeding ticket and they had the nerve to say I had to come back! Some racket.

Posted on: 3/11 17:30
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