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Re: Harry's Daughter
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Funny that people seem to conveniently forget the various other spots/incarnations that were attempted in between the much-missed MAE and this new place.

I do wish them luck, and I hope to be there soon. MAE was awesome, and way ahead of its time. That little corner is seemingly cursed, but MAE really almost made it and so many of us were enthusiastic patrons.

Posted on: Yesterday 12:38
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Re: Ribbon Cutting for Lenox New Residential Building in Jersey City
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MDM wrote:
How many people can afford these places? Do we have a bubble forming in the high end rental market? Or will these places be like what I have seen in the Newport Towers: Eight people stuffed into a 2 bedroom unit?


Meh. I hear the same comment every time a similar building opens up and yet they all lease up super quick. The truth of the matter is that lots of people can afford these rents nowadays, and a lot of those people are choosing to come to Jersey City.

Heck, in our building every three bedroom apartment is leased by a couple each, with the exception of two units, which are leased by a single person each, and the rents are about the same.

Posted on: 11/14 16:26
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Re: New store in Newport Mall… Flying Tiger Copenhagen
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JadedJC wrote:
Does this mean hygge has reached JC? We'll be all woolen socks, crackling fireplaces and mugs of gløgg this winter.


One could only hope, but no...
But, by all means, keep that glogg flowing! ;)

Posted on: 11/14 9:55
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Re: New store in Newport Mall… Flying Tiger Copenhagen
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EthanCrane wrote:
Seeing this made me so happy. I love the one in NYC, and I'm glad to have one here. I walked through it Saturday. It's full of bargains and you never know what you'll find.


Similarly, I was amused and glad to see this store open in the Newport mall. I didn't even know there was one in NYC. I have only visited a few overseas, and always find it a cool little diversion and, like you said, you never know what you may find that you actually need.

Posted on: 11/14 7:29
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Re: Bright Street -- Prone to Flooding?
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Bright Street is one of those odd streets where the flooding can be incredibly varied block by block. Just two blocks east (at the intersection of Grove/Grand/Bright) the flooding can be brutal.

Posted on: 11/10 8:42
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Re: DOWNTOWN JC Dog Owners - Grass Area On Bay Street (across from Departed Soles)
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KMont484 wrote:
Hi all. Downtown JC residents - there is a large fenced in grassy area on Bay Street (across from the brewery). I was recently told that anyone can go in there and let their dogs run around off-leash. I thought it was private property. Does anyone know the real deal?


It IS private property AND there are posted signs specifically prohibiting the use of that area for walking dogs or letting them run loose.

In practice, people do it often (mostly during the day) including a few professional dog walkers that bring three or four dogs at a time. I have only seen someone (presumably a management office lackey) come out and tell people to leave on two occasions. For the most part, they seem to turn a blind eye.

If you are a dog owner, and choose to go in there, please have the decency to clean after your dog. The management at The One would allow people to use their parking lot and grassy area across the street as a pseudo giant dog run, until a few inconsiderate asswipes started to let dogs dig up holes in the grass and plant areas and some would not pick up after their dogs.

Posted on: 11/10 6:46
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Re: Fulop wins lopsided victory in Jersey City mayor's race
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Yvonne wrote:
Do not kid yourself, nicky. Fulop had a landslide because it was the effect of the Democratic slide. Check the numbers, not that many voted in the municipal election of 2013. This was part of Fulop's plan. There is always street money available during state elections, you just piggyback your election as the sitting mayor and soak up the gravy. However, I hate to disappoint you, Rekha did not make it, great. and Yun won. So I am having a great day.


LOL WUT!?

You have become increasingly unhinged. Fulop's victory was a landslide unlike any seen in a LONG time. Your nonsense about going to court on a futile, quixotic attempt to try and block the elections from being moved was laughable, and sad. You wasted OUR money by pressing a case that flew against the wishes of the majority. Your constant railing about nonsense (like yesterday's rambling about being unable to read the ballot) are distractions welcomed by no one.

The public has spoken, and their voice was clear: good bye to the nonsense and corruption of the Healy years, and those that came before him, and time to get on with the job of moving JC forward to a better future. Over time, people like you will either move away, or slowly pass away, leaving this city free to achieve its full potential. Until then, we will continue to vote for progress and slowly chip away at your antics and nonsense.

Posted on: 11/8 9:43
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Re: Michael Billy Video warns of Rebecca Symes/Developer connections.
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K-Lo2 wrote:
CPC does gorgeous work. I'm still not understanding the crime here. (I do not live in Ward E.)


Like when a baby throws a tantrum, no amount of logic will satisfy or stop the likes of JCvoter from flailing and grasping at straws. They can't handle the fact that most of us chose progress over the nonsense from the Healy years. I just hope that during the runoff we get Symes elected. It would be PRICELESS to watch losers like JCvoter and Yvonne seeing their preferred candidates defeated and vanquished from the City Council.

Posted on: 11/8 9:38
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Re: Storage
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stillinjc wrote:
We got to the point where we need some storage (mostly for wardrobe, small items, etc). I think a smallest unit will be fine. What are the cheapest options around JC/Bayonne area? Thx.


Public Storage in DTJC is super cheap, and very, very clean. The staff is helpful and getting in and out is easy, with entrances on both 1st and 2nd Streets, plus you can drive in your car if you have lots of stuff to unload and wish to use one of their carts. The vehicle drive in entrance is on Warren, across from The One. You can book/reserve your unit on their website and just show up to finalize the paperwork and do your move in.

Highly recommend them.

Posted on: 11/8 9:36
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Re: Artichoke Basille’s Pizza - Jersey City
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135jc wrote:
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erstrecs wrote:
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asny10011 wrote:
another pizza place? Is it that good?


it would definitely instantly become the best slice option in downtown JC, assuming that's where it's opening. anyone know any details about location?


That's what they said about Two Boots!


People love to hate on Two Boots but, every time I walk past their location, it seems to be doing fairly well with lots of customers in there.

Posted on: 11/8 9:25
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Re: Police Pursuit ends in fiery crash in Jersey City Heights
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thatgirl wrote:
This whole incident was very sad. If the officers involved
did something wrong then let the authorities handle reviewing
and taking action.

I am concerned and disappointed with the trend of punishing the
police for enforcing the law. Specifically, if the police are pulling
over a vehicle or arresting a person, the person is required to
immediately stop and cooperate. NOT attack the officer/resist and
NOT speed up and run away. If there is further injury or damage
as a result of resisting arrest or resisting a stop, the blame should
lie with the perpetrator.

Seriously, do we want to tell police not to pursue criminals?
The person committed a crime but just let them go because we don't
want to hurt their feelings? I'm not for that.

Also the trend of hating on law enforcement or other first responders
because of the job they have or the outfit they wear bothers me, that is
just blatant discrimination. In general, first responders are heroes who
are not properly respected or appreciated. The media tends to be biased
against them most of the time and that is a very dangerous precendent.
They are the ones sacrificing their family time and working long hours keeping
our community safe and they should be well considered.

As with any group not every person in the group will be perfect and if there is an
individual case of wrongdoing, that person should be punished and not the
entire group.


I guess reading comprehension is not your thing. If the headline was not enough to inform you (4 Jersey City police officers indicted in innocent man's beating after fiery crash) I guess you failed to read the article. Or, perhaps you read the article but were unable to understand it? The police beat up an innocent man who was a victim of an accident as the actual criminal/perpetrator tried to evade police and ran into him. This innocent man was in his car, minding his business, when the criminal evading police ran into him, causing his car to burst into flames, and the police then pulled him from the car and proceeded to beat him up. And, lucky for him, it was actually caught on video, which was then reviewed by the authorities (as you stated you wish would happen) and they decide the policemen involved should be indicted.

So, please tell us how this could or should have been handled differently!?

Posted on: 11/6 13:39
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Re: Ward E for Sale - How Dixon $$$ bought Symes a candidacy.
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DanL wrote:
Dixon owns at least two dozen of the 485 properties on the list obtained by The Jersey Journal."


Or, put another way, 95% of the properties on that list were owned by people or entities other than Dixon.

I love how some of you sour grapes losers keep going on an on about Dixon and Symes, but your "facts", innuendo, and theories are tenuous (at best) and downright silly sometimes.

So, yes, Dixon benefited from a city policy, but they were a tiny minority of those that benefitted!

Posted on: 11/6 13:34
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Re: Parking ticket with completely misleading info, is this a new thing?
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I should have definitely gone to court. In the past, any such effort has been rewarded with outright dismissals of the disputed ticket. But, my last visit was literally like a Twilight Zone episode devoid of common sense or logic. I was contesting a ticket issued for a permit zone 2-hr violation, and the ticket clearly stated that the first observation of the vehicle was around 10 AM, and the second occasion (and, time of ticket) was about 90 minutes later. I tried to reason that the ticket was issued incorrectly as two hours had not elapsed from first observation to second one, and that it should be dismissed. The judge kept going on and on about needing proof that I had moved the car, but that seems completely irrelevant and an almost impossible bar to clear. What if someone just drove home. How do you prove that? The whole thing was annoying and I ended up having to pay the ticket, plus court costs, so I just decided not to bother with this last ticket. Just not worth the hassle...

Posted on: 10/31 11:31
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Re: Parking ticket with completely misleading info, is this a new thing?
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Sadly, parking enforcement can be maddening in JC: it's hit or miss, with crazy tickets thrown into the mix. I got ticketed a fe months ago for parking within 50 feet of a STOP sign. Mind you, I was parked in a parking spot with lines painted for parking and all. No amount of reasoning with the PEO helped. She just kept telling me I was parked within 50 feet of the STOP sign, but I kept trying to explain that my car was in a marked parking area, and that it doesn't make sense for the city to paint lines for legal parking, and then turn around and ticket someone for using that spot. Normally I would try and fight a ticket like that, but the last time I went to court to contest a ticket the judge was as obtuse as the PEO, so I not even trying with this one and paid it online.

Posted on: 10/30 21:52
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Re: Child fatally struck by car in Jersey City, sources say
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MattJC79 wrote:
They changed the way the signals work at that intersection a few years ago. Cars going north on Grove used to have a protected left turn onto Columbus, or a delayed green light. It was much safer then. Now, it has become a crazy free for all intersection. Marin and Columbus is just as bad. The city needs to look into smarter traffic signals and control on these streets. Grand and Grove Grand and Marin also needs attention.


More than anything, the city needs consistent enforcement of the rules we already have. Cars continue to turn north from Columbus onto Grove, which is clearly marked as BUS ONLY. And, all those delayed signals need to be enforced, along with STOP signs. Enough already. What else will it take for the city to take pedestrian safety seriously? And, for proper enforcement of existing laws? The streets all over JC are very, very dangerous and stressful. If I have to drive, I find myself heading out of town to run my errands just so I can try and avoid some of the craziness.

Posted on: 10/29 3:34
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Re: Fair current value for a home with low taxes.
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landshark wrote:
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jchouse wrote:
Apart from the reval, the other thing to consider is that the ability
to deduct SALT (state and local taxes) may be eliminated in the
proposed tax overhaul. If the tax legislation does indeed go through
(with a doubling of standard deduction), the economics of owning
a house in the tri-state region would completely change. Higher property taxes
in that environment (which is eventually gonna happen in downtown jc with the reval)
would certainly not bode well for the housing market in the area. I would be cautious of buying
with such uncertainties lingering around the corner, not to mention an incredible amount of
rental supply in the area!


Just want to point out for higher-end properties with high-earning owners it is likely they are subject to AMT for Federal taxes so are not currently able to deduct the local taxes paid anyway.


Bingo! The AMT is a bitch that snares more and more people every year.

Posted on: 10/26 19:00
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Re: Solomon has no resume
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Yvonne wrote:
I thank the Jersey Journal and Terrence McDonald for running this story about the $1.4 million that would have eventually come off the back of taxpayers with refunding bonds. One of the properties listed is Dixon. Symes has an association with Dixon Advisory. http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... sessments_homeowners.html



People wouldn't have so much disdain for you, if you didn't insist on twisting the facts and the truth to fit your narrative and delusions. Out of 480+ properties that stood to benefit from the city's actions, only two dozen were owned by Dixon. That's a whopping 5 percent.

You keep saying Dixon is a real estate developer, but that is also incorrect.

You keep trying to smear Symes by harping about her former employment with Dixon, and insinuating that she is guilty of Dixon's illegal actions and malfeasance. By your twisted logic, we should all consider you a child molester due to your association with the Catholic Church. Get a grip, old woman.

Posted on: 10/21 23:02
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Re: Solomon has no resume
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Yvonne wrote:
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StevieSizemore wrote:
Solomon also took a contribution from someone who worked for Bain & Co. Not really progressive to be taking money from a firm with controversial conservative business dealings. But that’s just the Solomon way - do as I say, not as I do. Reminds me a lot of a young councilman from Ward E who burnished many of the same credentials. Whatever happened to that guy?


And Rebecca Symes is closely associated with deep pocket developers, why isn't that mentioned? By the way, does that mean you will vote for Bill instead of Steve?


I wonder if you realize that by being so openly and staunchly vocal in your support for Matsikoudis that you will be steering voters away from him. Your reputation is so poor, and you are held in such low disregard, that I imagine many will cast their vote for whatever candidate you are not supporting.

Posted on: 10/21 15:57
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Re: Symes and her machine forcing the City to Endorse Her
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Simply: a vote for Symes is a vote for making downtown more affordable to developers.


I think you've got that backwards. You complain about the lack of affordable housing, and yet now developers create properties that are in high demand, in part due to a lack of supply. Thanks to Symes, folks are getting more of what they want a place to purchase in Jersey City.


That's the irony of the those that oppose development because "it pushes out" old timers: without additional supply, prices will continue to skyrocket. Obviously, Jersey City has reached a tipping point in terms of popularity and desirability: people will continue to flock here, so demand is already high, but supply is obviously not keeping up. We need more development, which will ideally include both rentals and condos, and spread out across the city.

Posted on: 10/19 10:15
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Re: Symes and her machine forcing the City to Endorse Her
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The newbies posting all that trash about Candace, and about Symes in the other thread, are obviously machine politics trolls. It happens during EVERY election cycle. Back in 2013, when Fulop was elected mayor, some of them even came in here and openly threatened reprisals against anyone that didn't toe the line and failed to vote for Healy.

It is a sad, pathetic attempt to claw back into power. I have only met Candace in passing a couple of times, and our interactions have been minimal, but she has always been nothing but pleasant and professional. The same goes for Symes, whom I met recently and she truly was a very pleasant person.

All this innuendo and smearing needs to be called out and stamped out.

Posted on: 10/19 7:23
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Re: New IRS & Jury Duty Phone Scams - HC Sheriff Warning
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jerseymom wrote:
By Michaelangelo Conte
The Jersey Journal

JERSEY CITY -- County officials are warning residents, especially seniors, about telephone scams involving a person posing as a law enforcement officer saying they face arrest if they do not pay immediately.

Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said his office has received complaints from people saying they were contacted by someone claiming to be a police deputy who says they face arrest for failing to report for jury duty or outstanding warrants unless they pay over the phone.

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I don't think this is said enough: thank you for always being thoughtful and respectful with your posts and by helping spread the word about things like this.

Posted on: 10/18 13:23
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Re: Building Management Failed to Disclose Parking Restriction and Violated Ordinance 257-6
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consejera wrote:
Thank you for the clarity. The Parking Authority informed us that our address is not eligible for a street parking permit. Therefore, I am assuming that the building was required to provide off-street parking as part of their plan.


Does your building have a parking lot/deck/area? If so, you are not entitled to a street parking permit.

Posted on: 10/17 22:16
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Re: Building Management Failed to Disclose Parking Restriction and Violated Ordinance 257-6
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MattJC79 wrote:
They dont seem to enforce over the weekends or after normal work hours.


Permit parking is only enforced from 8 AM to 5 PM, during weekdays. That, in turn, means that permit parking is only effectively enforced from 10 AM to 3 PM, as you are only in violation of permit regulations if you are parked within a zone for more than two hours. If you leave a zone before 10 AM, or park in a given zone after 3 PM, you are in the clear.

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Re: Building Management Failed to Disclose Parking Restriction and Violated Ordinance 257-6
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consejera wrote:
The building management where I reside did not provide notice, prior to us signing our lease, that their tenants are ineligible for the street parking permit as per the Jersey City Ordinance, 257-6. - "Disclosure of availability of zoned parking permits for residential buildings."
(Buildings with 5 units or more are ineligible for street parking, and the landlord is responsible for providing this notice in writing prior to a prospective tenant signing the lease.)

Link to the ordinance:
https://library.municode.com/nj/jersey ... PRTR_S257-6DIAVZOPAPEREBU

Consequently, we will have to park in a garage and pay $200 extra monthly. Despite the management now knowing that they violated the ordinance, they do not think that they are responsible and will not work with us to alleviate the cost of parking.

Has anyone had a similar experience? If so, what was the result if you took action?


Your assertion is incorrect: buildings with five, or more, units are NOT automatically ineligible for street parking! The residents of said buildings are only ineligible for street parking permits IF the building was required to provide off-street parking. Buildings that were not required to build off street parking as part of their approved plans are not restricted in any way.

Posted on: 10/17 18:33
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Re: Auto Inspection Recommendations?
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Dolomiti wrote:
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bodhipooh wrote:
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Dolomiti wrote:
Hey folks, just wondering who is good for vehicle inspections in JC. Any recommendations?


As covered in previous JCLIST threads: the best thing to do is to visit the NJS MVC vehicle inspection location in Secaucus.

Yep, that works for me

BTW, I did try to search, didn't find anything. Thanks


Glad to help. The previous threads on the topic may be gone now. I sort of remember a lot of the older threads getting lost after the site last crashed a year or two ago. BTW, the staff at the inspection station is very nice. Never an issue getting a car inspected there. Even on a Saturday morning, in a line extending onto the road, the process can be quick.

Posted on: 10/16 16:55
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Re: Auto Inspection Recommendations?
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Quote:

Dolomiti wrote:
Hey folks, just wondering who is good for vehicle inspections in JC. Any recommendations?


As covered in previous JCLIST threads: the best thing to do is to visit the NJS MVC vehicle inspection location in Secaucus. The inspection is free, and you should be in and out in a matter of minutes. If you don't mind the relatively short drive, and perhaps waiting 5 or 10 minutes for your turn, it is well worth the (small) extra effort.

https://local.dmv.org/new-jersey/branc ... nspection-center-secaucus

Posted on: 10/16 13:00
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Re: This N.J. city wants you to 'adopt' a catch basin and keep it clean
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MDM wrote:
The city's 150+ year old system is in dire need of a major rehabilitation. Money fixes everything.... the question is, where will the money come from?


This is the bigger issue. Clearing the basins can help/alleviate localized flooding around them, but ultimately, even if every basin was kept clear, the sewer will not be able to handle the volume of water during heavy downpours, and the water will back out and up from every possible place.

Posted on: 10/12 12:11
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Re: Gulls Cove 2 Condos
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JCbuyer wrote:
Yup I was referring to the new gulls cove 2. They said they have an abatement agreement at 1.65% as compared to 2+% for the city


OK. In that case, the taxes you will pay will be initially set at 19.8K / year, and will only change based on the abatement contract terms. Some abatements adjust every few years until completely phased out, while others only adjust if the total taxes deviate by a set percentage from the regular taxes you would have otherwise paid. The contract should have all the details.

All in all, 1.65% seems like a good deal given what is generally accepted will be the post reval rate, which most people think will be 1.8 - 2.0. But, it should be interesting to see what happens if the post-reval rate ends up being low (super unlikely, imo) as think your rate is quite common in some abatement contracts. What will people try to do if their "abated" rates end up being higher than the post-reval rate?? I don't think there is much of a recourse, as the contract is binding on both parties, as far as I know.

As for the rest of the post, only you can decide if you are OK paying 20K in yearly property taxes for subpar city services, so-so schools, and crappy roads. Personally, I think taxes at those levels are highway robbery for what we get in exchange, which is why I have sat out the real estate market altogether. But, to each their own, right? Good luck with the purchase, if you go through with it. I have friends in the original tower and they are happy now, but had all kinds of issues with the builder in the past.

Posted on: 10/11 10:56
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Re: Gulls Cove 2 Condos
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JPhurst wrote:
It is still under tax abatement. But the abatement is based on the unit's purchase price. So that sounds about right. It will not change post abatement.

I've owned in the building since 2008, and the taxes for my 2BR apartment are actually higher than the taxes that entire brownstones pay. BUT when the reval comes that will likely change.

It has been in the P.S. 16 zone ever since I have been there (as it happens my daughters to to P.S. 3).


He is talking about Gull's Cove 2. Do they have the SAME abatement setup as the initial tower? I have no idea, so I am not questioning your reply, and it is also the reason why I qualified my previous response with "unless they have an abatement contract". It would be interesting to find out if they have an abatement, and what is the set percentage of said abatement.

Posted on: 10/10 21:54
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Re: Gulls Cove 2 Condos
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JCbuyer wrote:
Hello,

I am trying to evaluate a condo purchase at the Gulls Cove 2. Although the prices do seem generally in trend with the overall JC market but the taxes seem really high.
For a $1.2 million condo the taxes were quoted to be around ~19-20k post tax abatement.

a. Is this generally the new tax rate in Jersey City?
b. I have seen taxes on older property considerably lower in Jersey City. Does that mean that taxes on these properties will also rise to equal the taxes on the new construction after the ongoing reval?
c. What do you all think of this as investment if I have a 5-10 year horizon?
d. Gulls Cove2 does currently fall under the famed PS16. Is there a chance of rezoning? How often does that happen?

Our budget would go for a toss if we had to pay for private schooling and the ~$19-20k in taxes every year.

I wanted to get your thoughts on this topic.

I appreciate all your help in advance!

:)


Welcome to the chaos that is JC RE taxes. Unless Gulls Cove 2 has an abatement contract in place, the property taxes post-reval should be higher than what you are being quoted. Even if the final tax rate comes out to 1.8%, you would be looking at almost 22K. If the tax rate comes out higher (say, around 2%) then you are looking at something higher. Nobody knows where the rate will end up, but I think the smart money is on something around 1.8 to 2 percent.

Older properties in DTJC are (and have been) underpaying and will get a big adjustment post-reval. Undoubtedly, some will see a doubling or tripling of taxes.

And, your post touches on a big problem regarding JC RE taxes and the level of services one can reasonably expect for such an expenditure: post reval, I would expect lots of DTJC homeowners to be up in arms demanding better roads and schools for the amount of taxes they are paying, as well as improved city services (more police? cleaner streets!)

Posted on: 10/10 15:45
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