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Re: Top 5 Scenic Places To See Cherry Blossoms Near Jersey City
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After hearing over and over again how Branch Brook Park Newark has the most cherry blossom trees even more so than DC, I made it there this past weekend. It was quite disappointing as far as cherry blossoms are concerned. The Park is miles long and the trees are scattered about everywhere. And of course, you don't have the tidal basin and monument type backdrop.

Having said all that it was beautiful Park and the surrounding neighborhoods were really nice. Both my friend were surprised Newark had those kinds of neighborhoods.

Posted on: 4/18 18:29
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278 Grand st lot
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Anyone here have any idea of how roughly how much it would cost to build a 2 unit building such as this?

thinking it would probably generate good returns as short term rental / airbnb, if the building itself could be constructed for under half million

Posted on: 3/4 23:08
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Re: JC plans to install 80+ speed bumps in 2019.
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other than jaywalking and at intersections with lights, pedestrans have the right of way. how hard is that to understand. the moment a person puts their foot onto the street, cars NEED t stop.

Okay...
I personally prefer to apply and common sense and mindfulness to every situation whether as a driver or a pedestrian. However some people l do seem to think that they will be fine as long they apply their simple rules and formulas and declarations. They must the same people that decide to keep walking enter the intersection when a car going 15 miles an hour is only about 30 feet away.

For what it's worth, I am the driver that stop a good 10 15 feet away if I spot a pedestrian waiting to cross the street .

Posted on: 2/24 21:35
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Re: JC plans to install 80+ speed bumps in 2019.
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I am not sure how far this , 'the pedestrian can do absolutely no wrong attitude ' the city has adopted since the Fulop administration will take us. There has zero effort to encourage pedestrians to drop unsafe habits like jay walking, standing a good yard or so onto the road while waiting to cross the street.

Posted on: 2/23 21:43
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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who is still surprised at this point? She's quintessential of this day and age, huge personality and full of aggression and nothing to show for it.

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135jc wrote:
Wow. Amazing like many here she still doesnt get it.

https://nypost.com/2019/02/20/alexandr ... t-understand-amazon-deal/

Posted on: 2/21 2:44
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Re: Ellipse Lease Takeover
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JCGuys wrote:
$5,300 ?!?!?!?!


That's actually a reasonable rate considering what other buildings in DTJC are charging for 3bd units, when you can find them.


for just $200 less you can get this one bedroom on a mediocre Park Avenue NYC lol
https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/83938177_zpid/40.798671,-73.910437,40.632388,-74.184752_rect/12_zm/1_fr/

Posted on: 2/20 19:26
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Re: 139 summit avenue bridge finally open..
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anyone planning to take this road toward downtown today...don't! Not a grain of salt on it. as a result the road has nice layer of very slippery snow. I saw someone get rear ended I a myself almost hit the Subaru in front me even though I tried to keep a good 100 feet. In sheer desperation I put the car in reverse which slowed it down enough and stopped only 10 feet away . I think I might have damaged my transmission a little since there was this grinding noise.

Posted on: 2/20 18:25
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139 summit avenue bridge finally open..
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After what seemed like an eternity , summit ave bridge and 139 are open. cut about 4 minutes from my drive home

Posted on: 2/12 2:47
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Re: Any changes in what is considered "real property taxes " by IRS?
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Thanks everyone,
The 1098s I received for the past few years always had the correct tax amount. I had about $10,000 of mortgage interest so even with the $10,000 SALT limit, it still makes sense for me to itemize.

Posted on: 1/27 20:49
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Any changes in what is considered "real property taxes " by IRS?
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Hi guys, hoping someone here can shed some light on this. I just got my 1098 from my mortgage company PennyMac. First thing I noticed was box where they put real estate tax. It only had $922 dollar even though thousand more were paid into and out of the escrow account. In fact my property tax bill actually went up quite a bit this year even though I live a building with tax abatement. When I got in touch with PennyMac about correcting this figure here's what they said
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This year we updated what we report on your Year End Statement to exclude special assessments, and payments for services to or on behalf of your taxing authority such as assessments for side walks, water mains, sewer lines or similar improvements, trash collection, solar power or other electrical improvement loans, or water usage fees. Please note that these types of tax payments are not considered by the IRS to be real property taxes and are not required to be reported.


I am not sure how to deal with this. I use turbotax to do my taxes and obviously my tax refund decreases quite a bit.

Posted on: 1/26 18:15
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Re: Worst traffic ever
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I apologize, clearly not my intention to start a political discussion when I started this thread.

Back to the topic, I was thinking may we should have list of JC streets to avoid as soon as it starts snowing:

Here is what I can think of :
Newark Ave -> heading west
Montgomery Street -> heading west between Cornelius and Summit
Secaucus Road -> heading east between Tonnelle and JFK
Manhattan -> Heading west between Tonnelle and JFK

Any more to add?

Posted on: 2018/11/16 17:09
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Re: Worst traffic ever
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finally got home .3 hours and 4 minutes to drive 6.5 miles from Secaucus to JC. Don't go up Newark ave if you can help it. People are stuck at the bottom of the hill and some are taking desperate measure's like driving on the sidewalk. Actually don't drive if you don't have too.

Coworker just sent a photo from work . Route 3 is still backed up

Posted on: 2018/11/16 0:44
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Worst traffic ever
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Stuck on Patterson plank for over 45 minutes .. careful out there

Posted on: 2018/11/15 22:25
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Re: VOTE Today!
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Voted, waited in line for two and half hours before witnessing the clown show with same cast characters from two years, dawdling around clueless, no effort manage lines or speed things. A very frustrating experience.

Posted on: 2018/11/6 17:13
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Re: Abbondanza
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Abbondanza had pretty decent chicken marsala, far better than what I had at some the restaurants in Little Italy. Not sure if I should be using this particular dish to benchmark Italian restaurants but it's one of the ones I really love.

Posted on: 2018/10/23 21:45
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Re: (9/25/2018) Storm causes flooding across Hudson County
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Looking out of the office now. route 3 eastbound lanes are flooded with a couple of cars half submerged.

Posted on: 2018/9/25 17:12
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Re: Tiger Mart / Exxon Gas Station - Credit Card Skimming
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Sorry to hear about. I had a string of these kind of skimming incidents about three years ago.

If Exxon is where you get your gas always, best way to pay them to download their speedpass app and do it through your phone. You can activate the pump through the app and pay right through the phone. It's really the only reason why I actually fill up at Exxon.

Posted on: 2018/3/15 0:39
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Re: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
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hero69 wrote:
chile is fighting the war on obesity. if any of you travel much, you'll notice how bad the american diet is for obesity.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/07/hea ... m-well&WT.nav=bottom-well


American diet is just fine. It's just the portions the here. People tend to serve a lot more and eat everything that's served. Even within America, if you go to the rural areas where obesity is more prevalent, portions are far bigger than they are in place like New York City.
Locally, Brownstone Dinner for me an example of place where they serve huge portions and tend to have more obese customers as well.

Posted on: 2018/2/8 19:21
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Quote:

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Buildings (Improvements) are taxed abated but not the land. Not knowing each circumstances, yes perhaps some people have an increase if the land value did go up.


lol

Posted on: 2018/2/1 22:11
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Jersey City's 20 year tax abatements typically step-up in 5 year increments 20%/40%/60%/80%/100%, as a percentage of the property's assessed or "true value". That is, every 5 years your abatement tax will increase, with the first 5 years paying approx 20% of the tax it normally would w/o the abatement.



I think our building we are the total amount we are 1.67% of the purchase price. I have been paying that for the 9 years granted the value has gone up. Recent buyers in my building therefore a probably paying a higher rate than the 1.62% percent city has come up with

So much for this Yvonne lady's constant insinuation that that all the people in the abatement aren't paying taxes and are "unaffected" by this tax increase.

Also, the appraisal value is in my letter is about 5% higher than what similar units have sold for in my building the last few month

Posted on: 2018/2/1 21:41
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Nearly one third of Jersey City is a non-ratable, meaning they are not affected by the new taxes. Everyone is high because nearly $3 billion (2017) figure is not added to the ratable base. If taxes went up 3 or 4 times just multiply that $3 billion to $9 billion or $12 billion for the 2018 rate.


By none-ratable, do you mean the buildings with tax abatement? In that case, I don't think it's true that "they are not affected by the new taxes". I live in Liberty harbor which is supposed to have 20 year tax abatement and which I thought meant my taxes were supposed to change for 20 years . I got the similar letter telling me my taxes are going up too.

Posted on: 2018/2/1 20:56
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Re: Advice to avoid BS charges when buying from a used dealer car?
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Can you get them them agree on an "out of the door" price, which should include everything, tax, title, "documentation fee"? Also I think there might be law regarding how much dealers can charge for title and registration. I received a check from my dealer when I went to pick up my license plates because they had charged me too much. As someone mentioned already, preparing to walk away from any unexpected fees will do wonders. My dealer attempted to tack on a $400 detailing fee at final stages and removed it as soon as I got up from the desk.

Best of luck.

Posted on: 2018/1/3 18:18
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Re: Gas station Air & Vacuums... prices & locations
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I bought an air compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter of the car. It's the best $25.00 i've ever spent. It's saved me from having to change flats 3 times.


I did the same as well... agreed... a well spent $25.


Walmart currently has one on clearance for $15

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Air-Compres ... ctric-Pump-Mini/465984622

Posted on: 2017/12/12 16:45
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Newark ave new lane marking near cemetary entrance
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Anyone know whether the new lane marking on Newark Avenue hear the cemetery entrance is permanent ? It's barely visible and some people are following it while others are completely ignoring it. I think it's only a matter of time before someone following it collides with someone ignoring it.

Posted on: 2017/12/5 15:26
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Re: new city website
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At the top of every page is a tribute to him. It's like an online resume.


huh... where are seeing that ? I didn't see a single page with the mayor and I went through quite a few.

My main problem is the UI. That jagged bold font with with white on black and blank makes it very hard to read. Add to the that the layout, the navigation structure. Just a disaster.

Fulop's own website is so much better. Don't know why they didn't go with the same designer.

Posted on: 2017/11/30 19:20
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Re: new city website
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UI is just terrible on so many levels. Everything from the color scheme to the choice of fonts, spacing between the font elements, navigation structure.

Not sure what they're trying to attract, raggae band listening hipsters?


Posted on: 2017/11/29 18:43
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Re: Uber Driver Attacked in Jersey City ( Washington Blvd/Waterfront)
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They have a way of irking people around them. People are humans and react accordingly.


Seems like a lot of people here would say the same thing about you. I just hope you are just as understanding and nonchalant if one day you irked someone by mouth off and they decided to react to you in the same way as this violent criminal

Posted on: 2017/11/28 16:04
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Re: These New Yorkers Bought a House (in JC) & Went Homeless to Pay for It
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wow, i truly didn’t know dumpster diving was an option, but the two of them look a lot healthier than most of the people on the path train, so i guess it’s something to look into ..

Posted on: 2017/11/22 2:53
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Re: Auto Inspection Recommendations?
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Another vote for Secaucus DMV . It's quick and free, efficeint huge difference from when I used to live New York State where I had to make an appointment once a year, wait more than an hour pay about $30 when it was done.

This is one of the most under rated perks of living in Jersey IMO. :)

Posted on: 2017/10/20 21:28
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Re: Matsikoudis want to expand rent control?
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Hasn't rent controlled already been proven the world over to be responsible for dilapidated cities (Mumbai comes to mind)? Doesn't it cause landords to stop spending on the upkeep of their building? I am surprised anyone would propose this in 2017.

Posted on: 2017/10/2 19:11
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