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Re: Pitbull and AKON to Headline at Jersey City 4th of July Festival 2019
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oh great. another performer who's notoriously late to his own shows. so we can expect the fireworks to start at, when.....midnight?

Posted on: 6/24 23:10
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Re: Window washers spray nesting peregrine falcons off JC building
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UPDATE: The missing fledgling has been found 4 blocks from the nestbox. Looks like the parents have been feeding her all week, and then she hit a building. She's been picked up and is being evaluated.

Posted on: 6/23 18:46
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Re: Window washers spray nesting peregrine falcons off JC building
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I'm also going to catch a lot of shit about this...

I don't care.


You know you are a DB and post anyway, do you need attention or something?

Congrats!


I have no trouble being called a DB, but a further explanation is owed. Obviously this is a horrible act. It just upsets me that a majority of the population has more empathy for the birds but little to none for the homelessness crisis, folks being pushed out of their home to do rising costs, the lack of education and economic opportunities in certain sections of the city,

The bird situation is a tradgety but so many more injustices happening every day and some never say a peep.


it is possible - really, it is! - to care about more than one thing at once. to say "I don't care about this, because there are bigger tragedies," is to say that you pretty much don't care about anything short of world annihilation, as every tragedy pales in the face of it.

plus, worse than being a DB, you just sound like an idiot.

Posted on: 6/21 23:26
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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I find the efforts to ban plastic straws to be particularly annoying...


https://reason.com/2019/05/07/new-jers ... ll-bags-paper-or-plastic/

State legislators have clearly heard this message, floating proposals to ban not just plastic grocery bags, but all single-use bags—paper or plastic.

Working its way though the legislature right now is S2776. As written, the legislation would ban food service businesses and other retailers who have stores larger than 1,000 square feet from providing their customers with plastic bags. The bill would also naturally ban plastic straws.

Violators would be fined anywhere from $500 to $5,000 depending on the number of offenses.


annoying but necessary. recycling is just a band-aid. we need to stop consuming single-use plastic crap.

Posted on: 6/17 12:24
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Re: New Jersey to require schools to teach LGBT history
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Y'all homophobes are a trip man.
"teach LGBT history" - what do you think this is going to consist of? It's going to be one page in a 400 page text book and a ten minute discussion about civil rights for all and the Stonewall Riots. Maybe one question on a test or quiz. None of your kids will "turn" gay if they weren't already.


I disagree with your assessment.
As with all of the social and cultural curricula in the schools and colleges, the focus will grow and grow until it becomes an expensive part of education It's the way of society today.

I'm a little concerned that marginal "historical" figures will become subjects to be studied as the curriculum grows. I may be wrong, but let's see.


I assume you mean "expansive," not expensive. And please explain that statement, and cite examples, if possible. Are you decrying the fact that slavery is now being taught as an atrocity, and not just a way of life for the south? Does it pain you that civil rights are explored? That the treatment of Native Americans is rightly seen as a genocide? That Columbus maybe isn't the hero we were all once taught?

Righting the wrongs of past curricula should be embraced, even if it means bringing formerly marginal figures to the forefront (when it turns out they're not marginal at all).

Posted on: 6/10 23:14
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Re: New Jersey to require schools to teach LGBT history
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....history will be rewritten to accommodate the gay agenda.


Are we still using "gay agenda" in 2019??
I'm not a fan of the Yvonne-bashing that goes on here, but now I see why it's so tempting.
Ten bucks says she was one of those people who read this satire piece as fact, and sent it to all her homophobic friends with the comment "I TOLD YOU IT WAS HAPPENING!!!"

https://www.theonion.com/98-homosexual ... e-nearing-goal-1819564785

Posted on: 6/10 16:56
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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I read the ordinance. The AirBNB spokeswoman is correct about it pretty much killing the business outside of owner-occupied 1 to 3 family buildings.

Non-owner occupied properties are essentially banned (over 3 units) or severely limited (28 days max a year). With the limits and the registration fees, AirBnB becomes non economical to do, which is I think the point of the regulations.



As the next-door neighbor of an entire apartment building that's being run as an AirBNB hotel, I applaud this restriction. The developer pitched this new construction to the neighborhood and zoning board as rental apartments, and then promptly furnished them and listed them all on AirBNB and comparable overseas short-term rental sites. He lives in the Hamptons, and his neighbors get to deal with the noise and confusion of a stream of transient visitors. (Confusion because, weekly, one of them sets off the fire alarm, and our street is filled with ladder trucks. Maybe label your system more clearly, absentee concierge?)
isn't there a limit of 5 units? why doesn't the city enforce the 5 unit limit first


Why allow 5 units in the first place?? That is insane.
Subletting your home while you're on vacation: awesome.
Renting out a spare room or mother-in-law suite: super.
Removing 5 rental units from the market to run your own ad hoc hotel in a residential neighborhood: hell no.

Posted on: 6/10 16:48
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Re: Spring Surprise: 50,000 Honeybees Discovered In NJ Apartment Building
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so awesome that the building's super called a beekeeper, and not an exterminator.

Posted on: 5/17 23:05
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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I read the ordinance. The AirBNB spokeswoman is correct about it pretty much killing the business outside of owner-occupied 1 to 3 family buildings.

Non-owner occupied properties are essentially banned (over 3 units) or severely limited (28 days max a year). With the limits and the registration fees, AirBnB becomes non economical to do, which is I think the point of the regulations.



As the next-door neighbor of an entire apartment building that's being run as an AirBNB hotel, I applaud this restriction. The developer pitched this new construction to the neighborhood and zoning board as rental apartments, and then promptly furnished them and listed them all on AirBNB and comparable overseas short-term rental sites. He lives in the Hamptons, and his neighbors get to deal with the noise and confusion of a stream of transient visitors. (Confusion because, weekly, one of them sets off the fire alarm, and our street is filled with ladder trucks. Maybe label your system more clearly, absentee concierge?)

Posted on: 5/9 13:44
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Re: SATURDAY - Newport Fiesta 5K - Road Closures/No Parking
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Why do they close downtown for a 5K when one could be run perfectly well in Liberty State Park or Lincoln Park? Or even along the waterfront.

Parks are great for jogging, that's part of what they are designed for.

Robin.


Because this is supposed to showcase DTJC, not a state or county park. If it were all the time like the festivals on 9th ave in Manhattan I'd be peeved, but it's not. I can't recall another day except perhaps the 4th that is such a mess.


Exactly this. The event was meant to showcase DTJC. It is part of an effort by NYRR to expand into hosting some races in NJ, and by the city administration to keep JC in the conversation. The race was a resounding success. Almost 7,000 runners participated, and many others came out to support the runners. I am sure it was good business for the local restaurants and shops.

I feel the city could have done a better job of getting the word out (I know it has been pointed out that it was feature prominently in social media, and via some electronic signs) but being in touch with the many NAs and buildings in a more timely manner could have helped in getting people informed. The social media thing will only reach someone if they are followers or actively scanning those outlets, and the electronic signs are only fully consumed if you happen to walk or drive past one, and slow enough to get all the information. It just seems like a lot of people were caught off guard: memos or print outs handed out to each building in the area could have gotten the word out to people more effectively. Still, I am glad the city made the effort to have the race hosted here, and I look forward to doing it again next year.


strategically-placed cops directing traffic wouldn't hurt, either, plus cops on hand solely to ticket drivers who make the entire situation way more unpleasant by laying on their horn for solid minutes. seriously, eff those guys.

Posted on: 5/6 14:58
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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How about China recycling every piece of plastic it sends to the US.


How about the U.S. quits buying plastic crap from China?


Lead by exanple


I do. It isn't difficult. Single-use plastic has been around for one generation. Giving it up will not send us back to the caves.

Posted on: 5/5 15:53
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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How about China recycling every piece of plastic it sends to the US.


How about the U.S. quits buying plastic crap from China?

Posted on: 5/3 17:13
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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Jersey City Up Front has an article posted today regarding details of the planned Whole Foods space:

http://www.jerseycityupfront.com/neig ... ullboy-expands-food-menu/

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Link to the original article on Jersey Digs:

http://jerseydigs.com/whole-foods-met ... owers-jersey-city-update/


I'm surprised no one has chimed in about the FIVE LEVELS of parking integrated into the building. That's a parking lot across from another (the one at 50 Columbus, which is usually mostly empty) and across the street diagonally from another parking lot (the one at Grove Pointe) that is usually somewhat empty, as well. I thought we were trying to move away from the idea of reliance on cars and towards more pedestrian friendly concepts.

In any case, I think it also speaks volumes that neither the Planning Board, nor Traffic Department, seem to think that traffic in the area is already a chaotic mess. WTF?


Normally I would agree with you, but this is a grocery store.

Do you intend to see folks walking across those major roadways with shopping bags in tow or pushing their carts to these other lots and then returning those same carts to the store?


Um, yes? It's a dense as hell city and this location is on top of a subway station. There is no need for parking, especially with other (empty) garages on the same block.

How much parking is allotted for the Trader Joe's in Brooklyn Heights? That's a neighborhood with similar density and similar % of car ownership to DTJC.


You need to escape your bubble and realize that most people need cars, especially when going to the grocery store.

No chance in hell to get any kind of major grocer in DTJC without plenty of parking.


Please stop speaking for most people. This person has been grocery shopping for a family of three, sans car, for years now.

Posted on: 5/3 17:13
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Re: STARBUCKS ON GROVE
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If this thread hadn't pointed it out, I would never have noticed the changes to Grove Street Starbucks. This is a storm in a coffee cup.

Posted on: 5/3 17:10
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Re: Plastic bag bans coming to Hoboken, Jersey City
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I wonder if its time to ban plastic eating utensils. i'm about to toss a bag full that Chinese delivery keeps bringing despite my requests that I don't need plastic ware


instead of tossing it, why not bring it back to the restaurant?

Posted on: 5/2 15:49
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Re: Murphy pulls Mississippi flag from LSP
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How sensitive Murphy is! So sensitive that, after prayer, it is now legal in NJ to off one's eldelry parent.

Uhhh no. Euthanasia is still illegal in NJ.

The bill Murphy signed is pretty specific. You need 2 doctors to sign off that the patient has a terminal illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less left of life; the patient also must be of sound mind and self-administer the drug. Sounds pretty compassionate to me.


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And funding "Planned Parenthood" [sic] was his first bill.

Some of us view funding a major women's health provider as a good thing.


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And he has spent what seems like most of his energy trying to overcome resistance by the Black Caucus to pot legalization.

Yes, as the majority of NJers want legalized marijuana, and those legislators have valid concerns.

None of this, obviously, has anything to do with removing a state flag that includes a symbol of the Confederacy from a state park.


Your facts and logic have no place here, Dolomiti. Away with you!

Posted on: 4/30 14:31
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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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-Tenants may not operate short term rentals and apply for short term rental permits, even if you have permission to sublet your apartment on Airbnb
-Full apartment rentals in buildings larger than 3 units will be illegal
-Property owners who live on site in 3 family homes are limited to one Airbnb unit



The first restriction is a bummer. Tenants should be able to sublet with landlord's permission.

But amen to outlawing full apartment building rentals.

There's a building on 1st Street that was advertised during construction as "New Luxury Rentals Coming Soon." Since opening, the entire building has been operating as an AirBNB hotel. A dozen units, off the table to long-term tenants.

The absentee landlord never intended to rent these apartments to actual Jersey City residents, and duped the city into giving him a hotel construction permit for the relatively cheap price of an apartment building.

In addition to lowering the number of available units and pushing the prices up of those that remain, this building's visitors are not neighbors. They are transients who do not treat the neighborhood with respect, and there is no landlord or resident on-site to oversee them. Ban this nonsense.

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Re: Baby found dead in suitcase on PATH tracks
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None of those articles said how the girl died, if it was neglect or murder, why is the father only facing such a minor charge.

How did this poor girl die, have they ever found the cause or killer


DAs bring charges they think they can win. Since so much is unknown about this little girl's death (how, and more importantly, where she died), charging her father with specifics is tricky.

Posted on: 4/16 15:07
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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?


pretty sure the Turnpike forced most of the village out, per the original post.

"The change came in the ’50s, when the New Jersey Turnpike wiped out a large chunk of the neighborhood and spurred an already growing exodus to suburbia. One by one, stores closed, as their elderly owners died, moved away, or simply shut their doors as business dwindled. With empty storefronts came vandalism and an ebbing of community spirit."

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Re: Baby found dead in suitcase on PATH tracks
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Well, he probably won't roam very long in prison. People who committed crimes against children get their ass kicked on a daily basis and usually killed, eventually. Only pedophiles would rank lower than him on the prison totem pole.


Have you actually served time or are you echoing the received wisdom of Hollywood, which we've all undoubtedly encountered thousands of times at this point?


this.

Posted on: 4/11 16:39
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Re: Jersey City to become First in the State to Require Illuminated, Identifiable Signage for all Ridesh
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I have had strangers at night walk up to my SUV and knock on the window to ask if I was their ride and they would have got in if I said yes. It was actually quite startling... I am sure it has happened to other drivers.


and yet your first instinct was not to stab them to death. this crime is so mind-boggling. did he premeditate this somehow? or was it really the random chance of her accidentally jumping into the car of a psychopath?

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Re: Fulop wants to charge NY’ers their own congestation pricing
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When I heard Fulop was floating a congestion pricing plan, I thought FOR SURE that meant he was going to add a surcharge to anyone who gets off the turnpike at LSP or Columbus, and then roars through downtown to the tunnel.

It would be simple: Anyone whose EasyPass dings at those exits, and then hits the tunnel within say 30 minutes, gets hit with a surcharge that goes straight into JC's coffers.

But no, that's not his plan at all. His plan is ass-backwards. And the most surprising thing is that I'm actually surprised.


Really hope there is a way to get this implemented, City should do a revenue share with Port Authority on this if it makes implementation easier...


Of course there is a way to get this implemented, assuming in terms of technology. But, it will never happen: first of all, you would have to get the PA on board, and given the mayor's previous antics, that is not going to happen. Also, this idea would be easy to defeat: anyone wanting to cut through JC could simply shield their EZ-Pass sensor prior to getting off in a ramp that leads into JC, then unshield it when approaching the Holland Tunnel. Also, what about cars that don't use EZ-Pass??

The idea sounds good until you realize that it really would be a mess to implement and enforce.


Drivers couldn't outsmart it if the actual toll readers were moved past exit 14C, to the fork, so they get ding'd (and charged) at Columbus, LSP, and the tunnel. Now that readers don't require an actual toll booth, it's not a huge ask, infrastructure-wise.

And then the reader at The Holland Tunnel is outfitted with a second reader, just for this purpose. Covering your easypass at either point means you just jumped a toll, which carries a much greater fine.

The PA could say no to the second reader, sure, but it would look like the petty payback it is, since that device would cost pennies.

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Re: Female Jogger Slain - Body Found in Lincoln Park Lake
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This is the result of Jersey City's "Sactuary City" laws and as far as I am concerned, every politicion who voted in favor ot then should be arrested for aiding and abbedding this criminal.

When are the citizens of Jersey City going to wake up?


Didn't take long for the Trumpers to latch onto this.

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Re: Fulop wants to charge NY’ers their own congestation pricing
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When I heard Fulop was floating a congestion pricing plan, I thought FOR SURE that meant he was going to add a surcharge to anyone who gets off the turnpike at LSP or Columbus, and then roars through downtown to the tunnel.

It would be simple: Anyone whose EasyPass dings at those exits, and then hits the tunnel within say 30 minutes, gets hit with a surcharge that goes straight into JC's coffers.

But no, that's not his plan at all. His plan is ass-backwards. And the most surprising thing is that I'm actually surprised.

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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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I was really excited about this until I realized it is targeted at the daytime work crowd and will only open during weekdays and closing at 7 PM.

Food halls have been a hot trend all over major European cities for years now, and most have hours that run into the late evening (at least 9 PM) and court everyone, not just a work, daytime crowd. I am really surprised Mack-Cali does not see the potential of such a concept to thrive at night (and, weekends!) by courting a large demographic.


After 5 pm that area is dead, the amount of foot traffic doesn't justify staying open.




Or, perhaps it is dead because there is nothing to attract people to the area.

Cities all over the world have used food halls to attract people and developers to forgotten areas of town, and led entire revitalizations of some areas based on that. Our waterfront has what is arguably the most impressive and coveted view in the entire world, and we somehow don't capitalize on that. Heck, the most recent venture to take the "risk" of opening by the waterfront (Lutze) opened with a crappy (and overpriced!) beer selection, and still manages to get packed on sunny days. A well executed food hall concept should be able to do just as well.


There's a food hall way over on the far western edge of Hell's Kitchen that's become a pretty hopping destination. It's blocks away from the scenester neighborhood, and looks like they made a good gamble.

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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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Amazing how Fulop stop the spending of funds for the FOL and the friends are blamed. It is equivalent to blaming rape victims for the crime committed against them.


Sometimes you really, really outdo yourself.
Your comment is outrageous, and heartless. I am sure if you (or, someone close to you) had ever been raped, you wouldn't make such an outlandish comment.


Yeah, that analogy was cringe-worthy. A better one would be: It's like withholding funds for much-needed repairs, and then blaming the FOL for not doing the repairs.

Wait, that's not an analogy. That's actually what happened.

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Re: Overheard at Word
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new user. two posts. I take his/her reporting with a huge grain of salt.


What are you suggesting? They work for another bookstore? Oooh! How diabolical. She posted her experience. Give me a break.


or they have a beef with the owner. or they're a troll. or (insert any one of a myriad of reasons why somebody would like to smear a small local business).

Posted on: 3/4 20:59
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Re: JC plans to install 80+ speed bumps in 2019.
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Recently a friggin bus blew through an intersection with me and a woman/carriage standing in the middle. That turned out great... a Jersey City cop behind the bus stopped, let us clear the intersection, turned lights went on and he caught the jerk down by Grand and Grove.


wait, a JC cop actually a) stopped for pedestrians, and b) went after somebody who didn't???

we are living in the upside-down.

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Re: Overheard at Word
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new user. two posts. I take his/her reporting with a huge grain of salt.

Posted on: 2/27 21:13
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Re: World Trade Center PATH station to close on weekends through 2020
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Yvonne wrote:
Two weeks ago some brain-trust engineers stepped forward with
a plan to prevent the 24 hour year long shutdown of the L train.
Only after a year of chaos particularly in Brooklyn where shops
closed, tenants left and properties sold. Where were these brain-
trust engineers for the last year? PATH should consult with this
team to see if the two year shutdown could be reduced so it's not
24 hour work.


this was crazy-making. and yes, PATH should/could find a reasonable workaround, but they have zero incentive.

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