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Re: UberEATS, the ride-hailing app delivers
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Also, some foods should not be delivered. Razza's pizza is one of them. It needs to be eaten hot out of the oven.


Thanks for the tip. I've done takeaway from Razza before and didn't find it substantially different from eating it on site. The Uber Eats delivery was pretty much the same after a quick reheat.

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Re: UberEATS, the ride-hailing app delivers
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Was gonna order something, but $4.99 is too high. lol


Maybe if you live downtown, but where I live the delivery pickings are slim. It's a fair price to get delivery from a place that wouldn't ordinarily deliver to me, and I'd have to visit in person to pick-up/dine in (with tip, etc.). I'm looking at you Razza.

Going to try this out this weekend.

Posted on: 2017/2/17 15:39
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Re: Vogue Cafe - new French cafe on York & Marin
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Stopped in yesterday and had to exercise considerable discipline to prevent myself from buying every single thing on the display. Settled for a pain au chocolat and a plain croissant - simply amazing. The bill was $7.00 - which I thought was completely fair. By comparison - has anyone recently purchased pastries at Smith & Chang - want to support them but pricing = crazytown.

The warm scent of butter hits you as you walk in and the space and it has been repainted and fixed up since Tommy's was there.

I love Choco Pain - but have to say that competition is a good thing and this new spot is certainly a welcome newcomer to the area. I wish them well and will be back again with a larger appetite.

Yay for all of us.



I think that's a fair price for the pastry. Butter's expensive, dammit, and I'll pay more for the good stuff. I like to encourage people who aren't cutting corners. Also, that coffee in the photo with the Pain aux Raisins is a pretty decent size. I'll be checking it out.

Posted on: 2016/11/17 17:29
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Re: Top 3 Places to Eat in Bergen-Lafayette
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I stopped by once at O’Lala Empanadas, but walked out when they said it would be at least a 10 minute wait. I think of empanadas as "fast food". Maybe they're different, but I didn't go back.

They don't have their food sitting under a heat lamp. Their orders are usually made fresh to go.


Their delivery takes FOREVER. I always complain...then I order again, Their stuff is that damn tasty. Also great value for the price.

Posted on: 2016/10/12 15:14
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Re: Supermarket delivery
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Whoever wrote that article was not well informed: the previous cost of AmazonFresh was $200 on top of the $99 Amazon Prime membership. So, all in, it was $299 for the year of Amazon Prime + AmazonFresh. Now, you are looking at $279 all in. A whopping amount of $20 in savings. Any way you slice it, it is still a very expensive proposition ($180 / year) to order from AmazonFresh, unless you intend to order a lot of times. Compared to FD's $6 delivery fee, you would have to order from Amazon at least 30 times just to break even in delivery fees.


A couple of considerations if only looking at delivery cost.

-- how often one orders - I'm going to assume weekly, or 52 times a year. I order at least once per week.

-- if one is already an Amazon Prime member, the $99 membership fee should not be taken into consideration when calculating Amazon Fresh cost.

-- FD delivery pass costs $119 per year for unlimited deliveries, or about $2.30 per delivery if ordering once per week. Amazon costs $180 per year or $3.46 per delivery based on the same criteria.

Based on these considerations, the difference in delivery cost is not that significant. However, the cost of Amazon Fresh products seems to be considerably lower. I compared a few staple items that I order. In the end, the total cost would be less with Amazon.

However, there are the intangibles like quality and service. My guess is that FD has significantly superior quality while service is not as good as Amazon. These factors are impossible to measure, at least for me. For those reasons, I'm going to try Amazon.

Having said that, I was surprised to get a call yesterday from one of the directors at FD in response to my complaints. He said that it took him nearly an hour to review my records from inception - something he decided to do after the incredible screw-up with my last order. He said he was shocked, made no excuses and vowed to remedy the delivery issues. He gave me a full credit for my last order ($100) plus another $100 credit. Quite generous. More importantly to me, he gave me his cell number and email address.


That's really excellent customer service from FD. I never had any issues with Amazon Fresh during the free trial period, so I can't really speak to their customer service. The stuff always arrived on time, undamaged and in the right quantity.

I'm an Amazon Prime member already, and I use the hell out of it, so the Amazon Fresh discount and monthly subscription option is appealing to me. I have Delivery Pass from FD, but I only end up ordering about once a month because I have to plan so far ahead for a feasible delivery time. So, the value of a cheaper price per delivery is lessened for me. I won't be renewing.

Same day service kicks ass. When I was using Amazon, I could place an order by 11 p.m. and the groceries would be there the next morning when I woke up. It's great to be able to plan your dinner in the morning and have the ingredients there by evening without dragging yourself to the market and hauling bags of groceries home on transit.

Posted on: 2016/10/11 15:43
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Re: Supermarket delivery
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Amazon Fresh is now available in Jersey City. Haven't tried it out yet, but I will soon as I agree FD has gone downhill. Their delivery times are not consistent at all anymore.


I didn't know that; it must be a recent change. I am going to give Amazon a shot.


Just be aware that Amazon Fresh requires a $200 annual membership fee. I was tempted to try it, but I am not tempted enough to shell out $200.


Luckily, Amazon just dropped their prices to $15 a month for Prime users. I tried it during their trial period at the beginning of this year, and thought it was a great service. The selection is pretty good, and they offer same day service for a lot of items, which FD doesn't. I got sticker shock after they charged me the over $200 yearly fee, so I canceled and went back to FD. Now that it's cheaper, I'll be renewing with Amazon Fresh ASAP!

Fresh Direct does have a lot of the local items I like, but I find it inconvenient to have to sometimes wait up to two days for a delivery slot.

Posted on: 2016/10/10 17:00
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Re: Historic district may come to Jersey City's West Side
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Couple seeks $18M from Jersey City in lawsuit over historic district guidelines

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on October 05, 2016 at 12:28 PM, updated October 05, 2016 at 12:46 PM

JERSEY CITY — A Bentley Avenue couple is seeking as much as $18 million from Jersey City, alleging in a six-count lawsuit that the city violated their constitutional rights when it ordered them to stop construction on their home in a newly designated historic district.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... t.html#incart_2box_hudson



What's with bitchy background fact #38 from the filed suit? If your case has merit, based on your authorization from the City, why drop dime on your neighbors?

38. Also, the Plaintiffs are well aware of property owners on their street who have
done extensive construction and alterations to their properties, alterations that are not only
disfavored according to Jersey City guidelines, such as using vinyl siding, but also alterations
which are strictly prohibited, such as using metal frame windows. One couple who conducted
alterations to their property without HPC approval were married by Mayor Fulop and, upon
information and belief, were significant supporters of Mayor Fulop's campaign.

Posted on: 2016/10/5 17:24
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Re: Bus options - from St Peter's Univ to City hall
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SRhia wrote:
Thanks for all the feedback so far - uber/lyft is definitely a great alternative.

Unfortunately, can't use the citibank option as I'll have two young kids, and I don't think biking up/down the hill in the dark (in the winter) is a good idea

Are there route maps for the Bergen jitney?


It runs along Kennedy on the 10 line route. It doesn't go into the JSQ bus station. It stops on Kennedy in front of Subway on the way to JSQ. Going in the Bayonne direction you can pick it up in front of Rite Aid on Kennedy. As far as scheduling goes, I find it usually leaves when it's full or just before the 10/119 shows up.

Posted on: 2016/9/14 13:56
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Re: Bus options - from St Peter's Univ to City hall
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Or PATH to JSQ then Citibike. If JSQ->St Peters is a long walk, the incline on Montgomery might be a challenge


Or PATH to JSQ then bus. There are a lot more options once you get to JSQ. The 80, 10 or 119 will take you to SPU on Kennedy (you can even get one of the jitneys to Bayonne in front of Rite Aid). The Bergen or 87 will get you within a block.

Posted on: 2016/9/14 13:25
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Re: Union Republic -- Impressive New Place on Newark Ave @ Third Street
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Another restaurant is going into the location, its supposed to be 70's/retro themed...whatever that's supposed to mean.


Maybe it will be like The Vnyl

Posted on: 2016/9/12 17:58
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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does anyone else find it way too coincidental that they timed this weekend service change at the same time the shops are opening at the WTC station/Fulton Center?

H'm, let's see.

The tunnels were extensively damaged by Sandy in 2012, resulting in a need to devise multi-year plans for repairs. This included closing the WTC tunnel on weekends for much of 2014. PA also has to meet a federal mandate to install positive train control by 2018.

Yes, obviously those devious fiends engineered a hurricane, a federal mandate and two major tunnel closures to... boost the number of people walking past a bunch of stores, in a facility that PA leases to someone else.

You should have gone with your first instinct. Please put the tin-foil hat away.


Hey, it's just a theory about the timing--not disputing the necessity. Though I'm sure the bad press generated by a $4 billion dollar empty carcass unable to fill their retail space would never rebound on the PA.

Posted on: 2016/8/8 10:33
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I may need to put my tinfoil hat away, but does anyone else find it way too coincidental that they timed this weekend service change at the same time the shops are opening at the WTC station/Fulton Center? It's basically funneling weekend shopping traffic directly through the station during the heart of the holiday shopping season. I mean, ridership is lighter during the summer isn't it? Why not start earlier in the season?

Also, they closed the other exit further down on Vesey Street, which forces you to walk through the station shopping area. Now, there may be a perfectly good explanation for this, but seems a little fishy to me.


So, the more I dig into this, the more plausible it seems that the timing of the signal repair is designed to benefit the vendors.

Shops have started backing out on their leases since the spring. Signal upgrades were announced shortly after the first few vendors skedaddled. To keep the anchor stores (Apple and H&M) and the smaller luxury stores from cutting bait, the PA probably guaranteed a steady stream of traffic during their opening months. The first stores are set to open next week.

Why is there no PA subsidized alternate service, such as ferries or buses, as there was during the WTC PATH shut down? It only benefits Westfield to have a single point of entry/egress to and from the city for all traffic from Newark, Hoboken and JC.


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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I may need to put my tinfoil hat away, but does anyone else find it way too coincidental that they timed this weekend service change at the same time the shops are opening at the WTC station/Fulton Center? It's basically funneling weekend shopping traffic directly through the station during the heart of the holiday shopping season. I mean, ridership is lighter during the summer isn't it? Why not start earlier in the season?

Also, they closed the other exit further down on Vesey Street, which forces you to walk through the station shopping area. Now, there may be a perfectly good explanation for this, but seems a little fishy to me.

Posted on: 2016/8/7 22:31
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Re: JC monopoly mural on/in newark pedestrian plaza
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The Problem with this program is that its located at Department of Public Works (DPW). This needs to be at Cultural Affairs handled by another person, that is familiar with artists in the city and a community input process, which mirrors what is done in cities like Philadelphia----NOT Brooke Hannson, who is in DPW.


Thanks for clarifying that. It seems really strange to have a project of this kind under Public Works--how does it even align? Garbage collection, recycling, road repair and, oh yeah, public art projects!? Do they think they're qualified to judge because they remove graffiti? Cultural Affairs should be taking the lead on this, with assistance from DPW where necessary.

Posted on: 2016/7/29 12:31
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Anyone been to Noodlefan yet?


I found the menu scant and the curry kind of watery, but it wasn't the worst I've had. I'll try something else next time. It's always packed when I walk by, so it's definitely popular.

Posted on: 2016/7/6 12:21
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Re: Two Boots Pizza
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Didn't someone steal a painting from their bathroom already? They need to have some sort of alarm on their artwork.

Posted on: 2016/7/6 12:05
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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At least we have a $4,000,000,000 dino carcass to arrive in!


Word. Every time I disembark at WTC I feel like Jonah inside the whale.

Posted on: 2016/6/10 15:16
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Re: NYT "The Hunt" Land a job in JC? Move to LIC!
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Long Island City has a scene, Jersey City does not.


It definitely has a strong arts scene, provided it's your cup of tea. As far as dining and other conveniences go, its main selling point is close proximity to Greenpoint and Astoria. That price tag is pretty high for what they're getting. Especially for a commute dependent on the occasionally fickle WTC PATH and the frequently problematic E train. The E always has issues in bad weather. I swear it's redirected over the F line at least once a week during my daily commute.

Posted on: 2016/3/19 21:52
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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Show me the ordinance that says no one can have free ice cream. You can't?


Yvonne - just answer the question so we can all move on with our ice cream


Ice cream is not on the agenda, what was on the agenda was permit parking to 11:00 PM.


I'm confused. I thought ice cream was always on the agenda.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 17:50
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Re: Sick Passenger on JSQ-bound PATH Feb 16th around 9pm
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While I don't know what happened, I imagine it's a whole lot easier to triage at 33rd than any of the other stops in NYC. There's an elevator there to get the equipment down and the passenger up quickly. It's also faster to go back to 33rd than risk the situation worsening on the ride to JC. There are also more hospitals uptown, so the ambulance response time may be marginally better.

Cynically, taking the train back to 33rd frees the track for other trains to get by, but I hope that was the most minor consideration.

Posted on: 2016/2/17 16:12
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Re: Where to Buy Spanish Turron in Jersey City???
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They sell it at CTown at 885 Bergen Avenue. I can't recall seeing it specifically this week, but I have seen it there regularly.

Posted on: 2015/12/15 17:20
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Advocacy groups sue Christie for campaign security dollars
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Looks like some folks are tired of ponying up for Mr. 3%.

http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/a ... ver-travel-security-costs


Posted on: 2015/8/21 12:13
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Re: Neighborhood Spotlight: Bergen Hill
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I found this link to the map of the Bergen Hill Historic District under Bergen Hill's wikipedia page. The fact that it seems to be a municipal historic district does suggest that there may have been a zoning overlay, at some point. Is Charles Balcer, who is listed as the Historic District Administrator and certified the district, a relative of yours, Yvonne?

Posted on: 2015/7/7 18:02
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Re: Burning the Confederate and Nazi banners in bustling Journal Square...
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I used to think Monroe was just misguided and spent too much time with his friends at FOX, but I have come to realize he is just a horrible human being.


You support the epidemic of black on black violence? I've called out the sub human who committed those horrible murders in Charleston. But run the numbers, bro. 9 killed is a slow weekend in Chicago, and it ain't white cops or racist skinheads doing the shooting.


Typical absurd deflection - guess it's part of your Fox talking points script. Why not beat on other causes of death like heart disease and suicide while you're at it? http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

And you have directly supported the endemic of black-on-black violence - with generations of segregation, sub-standard education, targeted criminalization, incarceration and turning prisons into gang recruitment factories.

Where's the affordable housing in Milburn?


Affordable housing in Millburn? I'm not sure, I'd imagine if anyone wants to pull themselves up by their bootstraps they could do what my grandparents did-raise 12 kids in an apartment above a retail store downtown-with no welfare or Section 8 support, while not speaking English. And trust me, immigrant Italians weren't welcome in Millburn/Short Hills in the early 1900's.


I read an interesting analysis of the assimilation of white European immigrants in contrast to the treatment of native born African-Americans in "The Condemnation of Blackness" . The author gives an abstract of some of the ideas in the work here. It's specifically insightful about the origins of the views on black vs. white criminality and how these inform access to social programs, education, employment, housing and other opportunities.

Posted on: 2015/6/30 18:54
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Re: Priced Out of Brooklyn? Try Manhattan
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Have not peeked into the waters of the Gowanus Canal since a kid, is it still bubbling with festering shit?

Oh the yuppies must luv that.'



This guy swam it and didn't emerge as Swamp Thing. Perhaps it's looking up.

Posted on: 2015/5/28 21:37
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Re: No affordable homes in jersey city... Mercer loop anyone?
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Thanks, we have a pretty far commute to work so are really trying to live within walking distance to the path. That mercer loop area is under 20 minutes walking distance to grove street, so seems like a decent option. Just wanted to see how safe it was and if anyone has any thoughts on the neighborhood. thanks!


Once the 25,000+ new apartments in DTJC are completed, the overcrowding on the PATH may become intolerable. You'd avoid the worst if you got on at JSQ.

Also, I think property values there will rise the fastest as it is the next area targeted for gentrification. May want to look around and see if you like what you see.


I agree. And there are lots of nice apartments still available around here if you get in now. This one looks really nice and spacious, and it's in the Hague, which is beautiful pre-war building at Duncan and JFK. Just a 10 minute walk to the JSQ PATH down JFK, and it's a 5 minute/$5.00 cab ride if you're late coming home. Also, the bus from PABT stops right at the corner.

Posted on: 2015/3/24 14:50
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Re: Carrino Provisions
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Whoever made the remark about the "veneer of quality and competence" is so on point.

I complained about the greasy overcooked whole chicken I bought for $18 (the next time I came in, I didn't bring it back) I just got a shrug. Mentioned it again the next time to someone else. Same response. I also find they just don't weigh correctly. If I ask for a pound I want a pound not .85. And I'm not correcting someone more than once. I asked about one of the vegetables antipasta dishes and the guy had no clue. I asked the price of a loaf of bread and got a bewildered look, as if it was a dumb question to ask (it was $8). It just seems like there is a whole lot of not caring going on.

Which is too bad because other than the chicken the items are decent (did not try the pasta but pasta at the del cure place excellent so no need to).
I also wish they would regularly have leaner ground beef available (the standard grind is super fatty). You can request a leaner grind but you have to call a day in advance. I'm sure if they just had it out and labelled it lean it would outsell the fatty version (which is tasty, but unnecessary when I'm making tacos).

On a completely unrelated note, can't anyone open up a salad place here? it would make a killing.




I agree on the salad place, and I wish someone would open a good cheese store/sandwich shop as well. Something like Barnyard in the EV would be ideal. Those guys have a dime sized spot and they manage to turn out some of the best sandwiches and prepared foods I've ever had, and their cheese and cured meats selection is phenomenal.

I wasn't really impressed with Carrino Provisions either. I thought the space was underutilized (and dark), and the specialty items were few and repetitive. I see that it may fill a need for those who don't have access to quality meats and pasta, etc.. I'll have to try the Osteria next time.


Posted on: 2015/3/17 14:14
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Re: Downtown Jersey City businesses take on local farmers market
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I wonder if the farmers have a concern about less prepared food cutting down on the people coming to the market. What if empanadas are the draw and kale an afterthought? I'm usually there by 6, are they mostly sold out by closing?



I also wonder if the non-food related businesses who also, presumably, pay fees to the SID, taxes, etc., were consulted about the actions against the food trucks.

My PATH stop is JSQ, but if I know the trucks and other prepared food are at the market, I'll sometimes pop out on my way home just to pick up something quick and cheap. Since I'm already there, I'll usually pick up a book or gift at Word, or some pet food at Fussy Friends, browse at Another Man's Treasure, etc. I wonder how other businesses in the area feel about cutting something that promotes that kind of foot traffic.

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Re: Downtown Jersey City businesses take on local farmers market
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The better solution would be to allow the food trucks (and other prepared food vendors) in a different area, managed in a different way.


Perhaps the Port Authority should let them set up shop at Journal Sq.


I'd love that, but they'd run the risk of damaging a local business like 7-Eleven.

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Re: 13 major development projects that could change N.J.'s skyline
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In the morning I think there are two WTC trains for every 33rd St train. The second WTC train is usually pretty empty, and the 33rd St train is always packed. This should be reconsidered.

Coming home in the evenings - and this has been complained about a lot - the Hoboken-bound trains are pretty empty while the JSQ-bound trains are really, really packed - especially after about 7:00 pm. Jersey City has grown exponentially more than Hoboken has in the past 10 years, and the ratio of trains has remained the same.

Seriously, the solution is simple, just send out more JSQ-33rd trains, even if it means lessening the frequency of some of the other lines. That line is where most of the growth is, and will continue to be.


The 33-JSQ trains are unbearable between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

I've suggested before that the trains from 33rd Street should all terminate in JSQ, meaning that the train on the Hoboken side should operate as the weekend train does (HOB/JSQ). There wouldn't be a reduction of service on the Hoboken side, since their stop is the first after NY, and it would relieve some of the crowding on the direct to JSQ trains. I think this would be the most logical solution for the increased ridership anticipated with the new developments.

Posted on: 2015/2/18 17:50
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