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An Ode to Jersey City
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My wife wrote the following and I figured I'd share with everyone here, as I've been a forum member for several years and know I've enjoyed when people have genuinely nice words to say about JC.

Unfortunately, we had to move away as a job opportunity is taking us to a different part of the state.

Enjoy and thank you to everyone on the forums for all the insights/laughs/advice over the years!

"In April 2008, on the eve of college graduation, my husband and I got jobs in Newark and NYC and needed to decide where to live. I remembered how I took the PATH from Newark to the city for my internship the year before, and that it passed through somewhere called Jersey City. The map confirmed it-- JC was the perfect in between location! I think I gave my mom a heart attack when I told her this is where I'd be living (or dying, as she saw it!). Fast forward to now, and it's crazy that such flukey reasoning ended up as the catalyst for where I'd spend all of my adult life to date. For nearly five and a half years I've called Jersey City my home. I've done yoga on and run along the waterfront pier, biked and ran 5K races in Liberty State Park, visited Liberty Science Center, and eaten Taqueria more times than I'd care to admit. I've been there for the grand opening of Zeppelin Hall, Trattoria Abbondanza, and Ole Mexicana. I weathered Sandy there, the most horrific and incredible natural disaster I've ever experienced firsthand, and watched our city struggle and eventually persevere through, the businesses that closed slowly reopen. I've had the burger at Lighthorse Tavern, tropical drinks at Surf City on hot summer nights, happy hour martinis at LITM (without realizing for years exactly what kind of bar it was!) and sad, old man drinks at Astor Bar, all with great friends. I lived half a block away from where Officer Mark Dinardo was fatally shot and still remember the insanity and chaos of that morning, as well as the solemnity of his funeral procession and the hundreds of citizens that lined up on Bergen Avenue to pay their respects after. I voted for Mayor Steve Fulop and am proud to say I was still a JC resident when he took office and began to inspire positive change. We got our marriage license from City Hall and watched the July 4th fireworks over the Hudson from our apartment. I literally learned to run on the Lincoln Park track, was a gym member at St. Peter's University (which was only a college back then!), and I've cursed the PATH on a daily basis along with every other JC resident. I've slowly managed to convince family and friends (and amazingly, my mom!) that Jersey City is not Camden or North Philly and is, in fact, a great place to live, evidenced by the fact that when my husband and I moved here in 2008 we were the first of anyone we knew to do so, and now I have more friends living in JC than I can count! I could truly go on and on (and I know I already have), but I guess the bottom line is that JC, I'm really gonna miss you. I had no idea how much I'd fall in love with this city when I moved here nearly accidentally five and a half years ago."

Posted on: 2013/9/1 10:19
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Re: Kosher (or Kosher style) Deli in or around JC?
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I second Hobbies in Newark ... not far from PATH

Posted on: 2013/8/27 22:55
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Re: Dentist Recommendation
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Highly recommend Dr. Colucci on JFK and Fairmount. My wife and I have been going to him for 5 years. Easy to get an appointment, always very quick, and accommodating.

Posted on: 2013/7/28 20:37
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Re: Yoga and Meditation at Exchange Place Waterfront Pier, and Hamilton Park Festival
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Is this every Wednesday? And how much does it cost?

Posted on: 2013/6/16 21:00
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Gluten Free Pizza in JC?
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Hey all,

I know about John's, Two Boots, and sadly Dominos ... any other pizza places offer Gluten Free Pizza and deliver in Jersey City?

Posted on: 2013/5/27 12:20
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Re: City Diner - Wowwwwwww
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They are on seamless, but I ended up just calling them cause I had a few questions about the menu.

Posted on: 2013/5/4 8:44
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City Diner - Wowwwwwww
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Was VERY impressed with City Diner after ordering from them for the first time tonight. Actually did delivery, as got in late from a long flight home and most delivery options were closed.

Ordered the Cobb Salad and a Skirt Steak Wrap - both were huge portions, excellent in quality.

Additionally, I was impressed by how personable the individual on the other line of the phone was when ordering (asked a bunch of questions, wasn't distracted, took down all my info, etc), along with the fact that the individual who delivered the food (in less than 30 minutes - might have been someone from their ownership/management as it was pretty late and I do live just a few blocks away) being very gracious for me ordering from them, and told me not to even worry about a tip on the CC (that is something I wouldn't encourage if you order in the future, but he insisted).

Overall, was just very impressed with the whole thing and I look forward to going back and visiting in person.

Has anyone else been yet?

Posted on: 2013/5/4 1:17
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Re: Taqueria
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Bounty - Have to disagree with you. My wife and I would honestly say the tacos there are on the top 3 list of the best things we've ever eaten.

If you think there are better mexican options in the area (or even NYC), please let me know, I'd love to try them!

Posted on: 2013/4/13 9:27
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Hot shave around grove?
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Hello all,

Im looking for a good, old-fashion barbershop that does a hot shave the right way. Anyone know of any by grove st area? If open on sunday, even better, but i guess that would not make them old-fashioned!

Thanks!

Posted on: 2012/8/12 8:08
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Re: Moving Boxes
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MCGINLEY SQUARE SUBWAY!!! FREE!!!

Was awesome when we moved in December. Boxes of all sizes, barely used, and a never ending supply brought out each day.

We joked that our move was brought to you by Subway. Pack Fresh!

Posted on: 2012/5/31 0:58
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Re: wedding DJ
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DJ Blackjack did a fantastic job at my friends wedding, everything went perfect! I was involved in helping with entertainment arrangements. He was affordable, understanding of our needs, and was very dynamic. He can be a straight up party DJ or a Flashy crowd pleaser depending on what you are looking for. He is younger than a lot of the DJs that say they have 25+ years experience and brag about their abilities, but his range of knowledge and command of his music kept us on our feet the whole night. His professionalism was also beyond impressive! He is more professional than many other DJs we looked into.
www.DJBlackJack21.com

Posted on: 2012/2/28 8:48
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Re: Downtown Parking Lots (Grove Street/Exchange Place) for overnight/monthly parking
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Thanks - do you know the number/name of this lot? Also, what is the monthly rate?

Thanks again!

Posted on: 2011/12/20 9:10
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Downtown Parking Lots (Grove Street/Exchange Place) for overnight/monthly parking
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Does anyone park on a monthly basis downtown?

I mainly need a place to store the car Monday-Friday, as I barely use it then, but want to have access on weekends. Outside lots are fine. I know there are a lot of lots for $7-$10 a day around Grove Street Path - do any of them allow monthly, 24/7 parking?

Please let me know if anyone has any leads.

Thanks!

Posted on: 2011/12/19 22:10
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Re: Apartments at 61 Duncan Ave?
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My wife and I moved to Duncan between Bergen/JFK in 2008 and it's been fine. My wife (girlfriend at the time we moved in) are both 26 and haven't had any issues (been living here since we're 22 out of college)

Jersey City is a city, just like any other. Keep your head up, be smart, you won't have any issues in my opinion. The block itself does have a TON of families. I have no issues walking on Bergen/JFK - my wife prefers to take the bus, doesn't like the catcalls she'll get on Bergen. The public transportation is great.

She gets home late some nights and I park with her, but I see plently of woman ages 20-30 out at night, I just would agree with the prior poster to take a cab back from journal square if it's dark out ($6 ride w/ tip).

St. Peters community gym membership is real cheap too if you're looking for a place to work out.

Let me know if you have any other questions

P.S. just read back my post, we actually both did have minor issues with our cars - mine was broken into but the only thing that was taken was a bag of change, probably a junkie, and I left the window cracked (again, I was acquiring my street smarts). My wife's mirror was taken off her car, however, still not sure why her car was targeted, or if some asshole just knocked it off

Posted on: 2011/10/24 22:21
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Re: Body Shop in McGinley Square/Journal Square area?
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Hey,

Thanks for the tip, Howie helped me out, cleaned out my sunroof drains for $165 which seemed fair. Showed me what was wrong as well so I know what to look for if it happens again.

Thanks for the help!

Posted on: 2010/7/18 19:07
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Where to leave my car for a few days?
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Hello all,

I've had this problem several times when it comes to going out of the area for a long weekend and always having an issue with what to do with my car.

With the street sweeping rules, anytime I leave on a Wednesday and return on the weekend, I'm faced with the dilemma of where to leave my vehicle for a few days. Usually I end up going completely out of the way and making a bunch of plans to leave with friends in the burbs, but are there any places to leave a vehicle at a cheap rate for 4-5 days at a time, or places in JC where there are no meters/zoned parking/alternate side of the street parking.

I've actually thought about it, and sometimes the $42 ticket is the best option, as it comes out to just $10.50 a day.

Any suggestions (or offers of a driveway I can leave my car in for a few days for a small fee) are greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Posted on: 2010/7/7 12:41
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Am I getting screwed by the JC Parking Authority?
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Hello all ... my last post was about my car getting broken into on Montgomery Street (right next to St. Peters between JFK and Westside), and this time it's the other way around with me getting a ticket on the same street that I feel is wrong.

Basically the ticket says the parking meter had run out of time on October 11th, a Saturday. The sign clearly reads

"Meter Parking, 9 am-7 pm, Monday through Friday, 4 hour max"

I have been parking my car here EVERY weekend since May with no problems (except for said break in), as it has seemed like a perfectly legal place to park my car. Well, out of no where I get a summons to court for saying that on 10 AM on Oct 11 (a Saturday, when meters are supposed to be non-operational) , I had gone over the meter time. And then in chicken scratch on the front page, it said that my reason for a summons was "Wasn't aware of parking permit" ... I don't even understand what that means, as I don't believe you need any type of permit to park in this area, and the ticket itself is $29 for the overtime meter.


Now, I don't mind paying the $29 if I am IN THE WRONG, however, since I continue to park here every weekend, I want to know if I am or not.

I called the JC Parking Authority and the woman on the phone told me to either pay it or show up in court. If I do go to court (BTW, is it possible to change a court time and date, cause at the current time I can't make) are there extra court fees?

Basically, I know it's easier to just accept that I got screwed and pay the $29, but can't Jersey City just keep doing this to me again and again? I asked the woman if I was doing anything wrong and she wasn't even able to help me (I said, don't you have records of what the rules are on each street).

Anyway, some advice please ...

1. Was it an overzelous meter maid who wrote me a ticket and their in the wrong?

2. Should I just bite the bullet, pay the $29, and keep parking there

3. Go through the hassle of setting up a new court date (possibly paying court fees), and trying to fight for principle (as well as my $29)

Thanks all for your help!!!!

Posted on: 2008/10/28 19:14
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Just moved in/Getting around/Love the site
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Hello all. I just moved into Jersey City and so far have really enjoyed reading all the postings on the message board. Great information about places to eat, things to do, and the Jersey City community.

I was curious of two things that I was hoping I could get some help with:

1. I live by St. Peters College. Is there a way to get up to Grove St/Exchange Place that is quick and easy. Ideally I'm thinking of a bus that goes up Montgomery, but the Nj Transit Rt. 80 line seems to go out of the way (over to Journal Square first).

2. Has anyone ever heard of the Jersey City Poker Player's Club? I've seen a lot of links for it online, but am unsure if I want to go on my own to a poker game in a city that I'm unfamiliar with.

I look forward to all of your responses and my experience in Jersey City.

Posted on: 2008/6/4 23:01
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