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Buses to Manhattan
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Looking at alternatives to the Ferry for commuting to Manhattan for work. Are there any express buses to the city from downtown jersey city? Anything from the Grove St area?

We are still in exile till the power comes back on but planning for the extended PATH and Holland Tunnel delay.

Thanks and hope all are safe.

Posted on: 2012/10/31 14:46
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Re: WTC and JC home prices/rents
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Values are up in DTJC and are getting close (not there yet) to levels before the crash. I'm in mortgages and I've seen values increasing for past clients since I've done multiple appraisals for them. The townhouse market is also very tight right now with virtually no inventory.

Posted on: 2012/9/28 19:34
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Re: Packages being stolen downtown again & seeing Spotters
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If the old school JC methods are too low for you “rich, classy” DTJCer’s (we all know your sh*t doesn’t stink) then how about working with FedEx, UPS, or the coppers. Put some of those red dye exploring bank money things in a package and leave it on your door step. Once it disappears the coppers just have to be on the lookout for a red scumbag…err a scumbag covered in red. Book’em Dano!



Dude you're sh!t is tired. Give it a rest.

Posted on: 2012/6/13 2:04
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Re: Harsimus Cove locality
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Posted on: 2012/6/5 3:17
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Re: Harsimus Cove locality
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vindication15 wrote:
wtf? the village? there is no such area such as the "village"

people need to stop coming up with these names.


It's always been called the Italian Village, what are you talking about?

Posted on: 2012/6/5 3:15
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Re: Tell Trader Joe's to come to Jersey City!
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You guys need to lay off tommyc. He's always promoting JC and wants nothing but good for JC.

Couple points I want to make.

I spent 5 years living in western NY about an hour or so away from Rochester. Rochester is "the city" up there etc.. My wife is from Western NY and a great deal of college friends are from and still live in Rochester. I'm in Rochester at least once and year and in western NY multiple times a year. I like Rochester but it's not a cultural wonderland by far.

Rochester is a dying city. It loses population every year. Kodak and Xerox were the main employers and both companies are dying.

Rochester has a bunch of colleges that help support the economy. Jobs outside the universities, kodak and xerox are far and few between.

Rochester is fvcking COLD and it snows all the time and you really have to drive everywhere. Public transit is a joke.

The cost of living is very cheap in Rochester but so are the salaries. Young ambitious people leave to get better paying jobs in NYC, Chicago, down south etc.. There is a reason why houses cost 100k in Rochester, salaries are 30k for good jobs with a lot of people making minimum wage or working seasonal jobs collecting unemployment for half the year. Yes, JC has a lot of residents below the poverty level but it's not because of location or access to jobs. That's another conversation for another thread.

The nicer parts of Rochester are actually in the suburbs and outside the city limits. Pittsford, Irondequoit, Webster so the comparison of city to city above is not exactly fair. It's kinda like LA, everyone says they are from LA but very few live within the city limits. If you tried to pull the same thing here people would be all over you. NY/NJ is very provincial with @ssholes from Manhattan believing they are at the top of the food chain.

Face facts JC is tied to NYC and forever will be. Part of JC's appeal is that it's so close to NYC. I know we want to be independent and say that we don't need NYC etc etc.. but we really do. JC would not exist the way it does today without NYC. That's neither a good thing or a bad thing it's just the facts. We don't need to compete with NYC and we should stop trying to.

I live in JC because I work in NYC. I like being 10 mins from NYC but also like the quiet neighborhood feeling that JC provides. I like not paying NYS/NYC income tax. I like being on this side of the Holland Tunnel when I want to go to the beach. I have family in NYC, Westchester, LI, and Jersey and like being able to get to everyone.

Better comparison would be JC to Brooklyn which has been done before. For years Manhattanites sh!t on Brooklyn until Brooklyn stopped trying to compete and did their own thing. Brooklyn's housing is now expensive and people are fleeing to JC for cheaper rents. We should take a cue. We are just about 10 years behind Brooklyn and fighting the old JC guard that used this city as their own personal ATM machine.

It sucks that Trader Joe's going to JC is just a rumor but that could change in the future. I think we would be better served by a Fairway or Wegman's anyway and should try to attract those companies. For the time being you have Whole Foods in Tribeca that will deliver to JC or Freshdirect. Mortan Williams or my go to A&P.

JC vs. Rochester-------- JC wins all day long

That's just how I see it.

Posted on: 2012/5/25 0:48
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Re: Shut the Front Gate
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5,4,3,2,1, go

Posted on: 2012/5/23 4:17
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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This place just shows that there is high demand for good quality food no matter how big the portions are at decent not exactly cheap prices. Face it the demographic that wants "new american" food now populates DTJC.

I personally think this part of Jersey Avenue is a great restaurant strip with the large wide sidewalks and new expanded restaurant row. Subia's is right there, now just get rid of the shady pharmacy and clinic and it's a great downtown spot. You've got a boutique wine shop, wonder bagels, nice hair salon, token bodega, laundromat, Big Chef, Sushi Tango and a few small random shops. I actually prefer this part of Jersey Ave over Grove Street.. call me crazy.

Posted on: 2012/5/12 5:50
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Re: EZ PASS issued by NY or NJ
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Erica wrote:
There's no difference in tolls for NY-issued vs NJ-issued EZPASS. (Obviously, you have to update your account to reflect your current address and license plate, etc.)

There are a variety of discount plans you can enroll in - most are only useful if you commute by car (although I believe there's one for hybrids). Just check the EZPASS NJ and EZPASS NY websites for lists of the plans and enrollment applications, if applicable.


There is a difference. If you have a NY EZPASS you get discounts on the tunnels and NY crossings. If you have a NJ EZPASS you get discounts on turnpike etc... I had mine when I lived in NYC and I called to make sure I keep the NY crossing discounts.

Posted on: 2012/5/1 23:47
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Re: The Jersey City Most Down Towners Never Witnessed First Hand (Please View)
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I feel sorry for these people. They don't respect themselves acting like this and wonder why their friends are dead or in jail. So damn stupid and they have no clue what a real man has to do to get by and provide for his family. Bad parenting and a culture that enables them only feeds the same cycle. Babies having babies doesn't help either.

Posted on: 2012/3/31 0:34
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Re: Jersey City Condo Sales Spurt Going into Spring
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I'm all for preserving history and remembering where we came from but [insert warning about a possible controversial remark] I am for getting rid of dixon mills and building something else. It's not like it was part of the american revolution (paulus hook). It was a pencil factory...come on people.

The rodent problem in dixon mills is probably so pervasive it is impossible to fix..

Dixon mills is so massive we could build an amazing structure in its place. It could rival 77 hudson and really transform the van vorst area.


Are you friggin serious? With all the vacant lots and crapholes around here you want to knock down a historical factory complex from the civil war era? The pencils they produced allowed soldiers to write home to their families if you want to use influential american wars as a basis for preservation. From your past posts it obvious you have a bone to pick with Dixon Mills. What's the deal?

Posted on: 2012/3/14 4:08
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Re: Advice for an investor moving into Jersey City
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Well Bedstuy has a crack house on every other corner, Greenville is huge so I don't understand when people say stay away from it, There is Country Village, Port Liberty, Society Hill, Danforth has some beautiful homes, all of these sections are Greenville, they all share the same zip code. If this guy is brave enough to live in Bedstuy(which I would not) he should not be afraid of Greenville or BL unless he's afraid of a large population of blacks, which I assume he is not since he lived n Bedstuy. Like I said many times b4 this place "Jclist" is pro downtown so you tend not to get honest reviews when it comes to other parts of JC.


Dude, when was the last time you were in BedStuy? I do a ton of business over there and every house that is being sold is getting gobbled up by dual income creative types pulling in 100k+ incomes. I'm serious it's totally different than it was 5 years ago. It's not all fine and dandy but I think it's safer than greenville. Also houses there are now going for close to 1 Million for a full 4 story 20ft wide house either near the Utica Ave stop or near the Clinton Hill border. 650k for ones that need work that are still full sized.

OP- Look downtown in JC, there are some deals out there in the western area of Hamilton Park, Harsimus Cove and the Italian Village section. The RE taxes are much higher than Brooklyn but you won't pay the NYC income tax either.

Journal Square isn't cheap enough for what you get amenities wise in my opinion but the OP may like it. Bergen Hill the section north of Communipaw has some nice houses but still a little far from the PATH if you need to be tied to transit to NYC that's convenient.

Posted on: 2012/3/13 0:54
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Re: Paulus Hook/Grove St
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Not true. There are plenty of condo buildings where you can but down 10%. 400k buys you a small/decent 2 bedroom or a huge 1 bedroom in 07302. Closing cost in NJ are much cheaper than NYC since there is no mortgage recording tax. FHA allows 3.5% down as well.
There are a lot decent 1 bedrooms in the low 300's so even with 20% down you are looking at 60k plus closing costs so let's round that to 65k total.

10% down 35K total
3.5% down 15k total

Rates are hovering around 4% give or take a few .125% depending on % down and programs for a 30yr fixed.

Don't buy just because you think you have to or because you think you can flip for a profit.

Posted on: 2012/3/7 14:41
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Re: Downtown: 3 rob rum, armed with gun and balloons.(5:00 p.m.)
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The thieves were caught! Waiting for more details!

Posted on: 2012/2/25 0:24
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I feel that it's getting more crowded every week. It's always been crowded and I definitely noticed an uptick about 1-2 years ago but again most recently in the past 6 months it's gotten unbearable. Coming home tonight from 33rd St was crazy.... like Tokyo Metro Crazy!

I'm not sure we are going to be make it ahead of the signal upgrades.

Posted on: 2012/2/22 2:01
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Re: Downtown: 3 rob rum, armed with gun and balloons.(5:00 p.m.)
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LoKo498 wrote:
Yea and nice description of the actors. If this happened anywhere else in the city I'm sure the description would be down to a T like last week how a witness knew what a hitandrun driver was wearing, even the type of pants he had on and underwear.


Actually the police are in possession of video. I wouldn't be surprised that these geniuses are caught shortly. I know the owner of the store.

Posted on: 2012/2/20 22:38
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Re: Permits for Snookie?
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I don't think you need a permit to build a closet or even put up a temp wall which what they are most likely doing. Not 100% about JC but in NYC you only need a permit if you are moving and existing wall, plumbing, etc..

Face it these two are bimbos plain and simple but is it really worth getting all worked up about? I'm not signing any petitions or calling my councilman over these two. There is a lot more important stuff to worry about. It will have no bearing on your property values. Get over it and enjoy the 6 week carnival. I bet you won't even notice these clowns.

Posted on: 2012/2/14 0:32
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Re: 'Jersey Shore' Spin-Off in Jersey City
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All this stupid b.s. aside, Jwoww is fine


Jwow is totally a dude bro. That girl is packing heat downstairs, check out her adam's apple.

Posted on: 2012/2/10 4:02
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Re: What's going there?
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Is this the space to the right of D&D? I've never seen anything in that space. Was wondering if the landlord was holding out for some big box national chain with a ridiculous asking price. It would be great to fill in those empty stores right outside Grove. Outdoor seating would be fantastic!!

On another note looks like those spaces across from LITM on Newark have started to get close to finalizing the retail space.

Posted on: 2012/1/31 0:30
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Re: 2 reported killed in car crash in Downtown Jersey City
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I've been told at the Heights police captain's meeting that there are not enough police officers to go around, that it would spread the force thin to cover every infraction pattern out there. Plus their jurisdiction only allow them certain levels of enforcement. The halls of justice are only as strong as it's weakest link.



I think the weak link is the JC public accepting that same old story from JCPD that there is nothing that they can do, not enough resources.


Then why aren't we inviting red light and speeding cam operators to set up more locations here? Enforcement plus cashflow to city with zero outlay. Seems like a no brainer. The contract and implementation just needs to be made to prioritize enforcement rather than cashflow. There should be signs at every major road entrance to JC: "traffic laws enforced by radar cameras", so everyone knows and it's not a "gotcha".


Yes, Yes... That is easy. Outside contractors would love to get the contracts. They and the city can rake it in and put down control over the major streets and intersections. It is also good to get REAL cops pulling people over, but they can't do it because they are too overworked and underpaid. (yea right)


I've been saying this for years. Put red light cameras on every major intersection, speed bumps at stop signs, and have auxiliary/parking authority cops during rush hour at the stop signs to bang out tickets for not making a complete stop. They could also check registrations. Ticket those that are too close to the intersection or block the box.
With the city taxing the hell out of property owners this seems like a no brainer to draw up revenue and send a message not to drive like an @sshole through JC.

Posted on: 2012/1/22 15:46
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Re: Thirty Acres Restaurant- Jersey Avenue
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I hope they're not going to use this video as directions to their restaurant... that's a very roundabout route.



Maybe they want people to avoid Wayne street.


I don't think that's the reason. More like they wanted to showcase how nice the Van Vorst neighborhood is. I'm sure they are going to try and get people from the city to make the trip to JC and this video shows how nice our neighborhood is. A lot of people from the city think JC is some crazy gang infested hood when it's rather nice.

Posted on: 2011/12/30 19:36
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Re: Whats being built?
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I wonder who would choose to live there ... kind of no man's land. I guess they could walk to Newport to grab the Path?


I guarantee within 20 yrs every lot in this area will have high-rises. Vacant land so close to the city is a blank canvas so to speak.

Every time I drive the back way to Hoboken I think someone is going to make a killing developing these lots. Give it time and watch it unfold. It's a real estate developer's wet dream to invent an entire neighborhood.

If I had a couple million laying around I would be building on these sites.

Keep it coming JC!!

Posted on: 2011/12/30 2:44
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Re: Downtown: Mother brings 15-year-old son into police station to confess theft:
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Those headphones run upwards of $400, forget getting robbed for your iPhone. I'm surprised people aren't relieved of them more often. Think about it, they are usually bright white or red and the person wearing them can't hear you coming.

Posted on: 2011/12/15 2:14
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Re: No smoking indoors?
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Abbey's has always been known as a hooka bar as long as I've known. So don't go there if you don't like smoking.
Are you on a mission to check every hooka bar to see if their permit is valid? Are you that hard up to go to Abbey's but their smoking is turning you off?
I don't see what the fuss is about?

Posted on: 2011/12/12 2:12
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Re: Is Van Vorst Park area safe?
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It's safe. Probably safer than a great deal of neighborhoods in Manhattan.

Posted on: 2011/12/4 5:23
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Re: How can Jersey City become more business friendly? A reporter seeks your thoughts!
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In my opinion the BYOB is always the best option.


Perhaps for customers, but certainly not for the restaurant.


True. Also, Not everyone wants to go to the liquor store before going to dinner. It would look rather tacky if I were taking business clients out to dinner and had to go to a liquor store first. It's nice from time to time but I'd rather have a full bar and wine list.

Posted on: 2011/11/26 18:23
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Re: Attempted Car Jacking starting from downtown to Westside Avenue.
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Especially off Communipaw because its a speedway between Newark and here.


So what exactly does this mean? The only carjackers come from Newark? Please tell me I'm wrong. Also to the OP , glad you came out ok after this ordeal.


Not the carjackers but that's where all the chop shops are.

Posted on: 2011/11/18 23:53
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Re: Grove Pointe ridiculous rent increase
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The issue is that the OP agreed to a discounted rent and most likely signed something to the fact. The rent increase is only $50. You knew when you signed the lease that the discounted rate had a set term.

Posted on: 2011/11/17 14:14
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Re: Path train
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Binky wrote:
Anyone besides me think that the new cars have a poor suspension system?
I find it much harder to stand and feel that my arms are constantly being jerked out of their sockets.

I agree my biggest decision is whether to sit or stand. If you sit you run the risk of someone being jerked around themselves and collapsing onto you and crushing your knee caps. Standing well that is why this thread is posted. I also do not like the air conditioner ducts they are too forward and have two vent areas which means even if you sit or stand you still get a draft of air constantly on top of your head.


Sit or Stand? I'm lucky to even get a seat during rush hour. I've seen people fight over a seat on more than one occasion. They pack people in like sardines. I luckily get on at 33rd on the way home and even then you are lucky to get a seat. Forget about it if your stop is 23rd or closer to JC. No way in hell you are getting a seat.

Posted on: 2011/11/11 16:39
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Re: Delenio's
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When pizza is ordered in my house, it's ordered through Delino's. The broccoli rabe, beans & red onions pie is the best.

Posted on: 2011/10/18 23:47
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