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Re: End of AirBnB in Jersey City?
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The issue is that if you are living in a building where lots of units are Air Bnb then they need to let you know up front so you can decide if you want to live with that.
If you have a building that's completely AirBnb then it needs to have signage indicating that so once again, people can decide if they want to live there.
I wouldn't live in a building with strangers constantly coming in and out, and neither would a lot of other people.
Second, how do people not see what this does to the housing market? Not to mention neighborhoods.
There is a big difference between people renting their house here and there or even a room, particularly if it's owner occupied.


But, again, this measure is overly aggressive in trying to solve this problem. If I want to spend the Summer away and rent out my unit to a friend, or even a stranger, for the month or two I will be away, I would not be allowed to do so legally, even if I had the consent of my landlord, as I live in a building with 5+ units. Where's the harm in that scenario?

Posted on: 6/11 16:39
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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.


If you are right, that is a perfectly fine thing and perhaps this whole headline is just a grab for points with the base. Perfectly reasonable people would (or, should) be OK with what you expect. I think some people's reactions are based on the lack of information as to what all of this means, or what to expect. With some, like the Yvonnes of the world, there is nothing that would be acceptable to them.

Posted on: 6/10 19:44
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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


Personally, I am against the idea of forcing all public schools to teach "LGBT history" (how would it work? Part of the basic curriculum, alongside math, science, and literature? an elective?) just as I am against forcing schools to teach "creationism" as established fact (or, alternative explanation) along evolution.

But, I 100% support the sentiment that there is no such a thing as a "gay agenda" or that this is all some sort of nefarious plan put in motion by some centralized committee trying to influence the masses. I just think that Murphy is a fool pandering to his leftist base. I really wish we could keep politics out of public education, but that is the battlefield where the culture wars are now waged (and, has been for 20+ years) so I know I am also being naive to even hope for that.

Posted on: 6/10 18:33
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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.


The 5-unit limit to which hero69 alluded is about the provision that no one in a building with 5 units or more would be allowed to list their unit on AirBnb. I think that is an arbitrary, BS provision. Why should the local government get to tell me (or, anyone for that matter) what I (or, they) can do with a unit as long as other laws are not being broken? As you yourself mentioned, if I want to go on an extended vacation and rent out my place to recoup some of my costs, why should I not be allowed to do so? Personally, I am not sure I would ever open my place to complete strangers, but I have used AirBnb in many places around the world, and the experiences have been great: I often get to meet people (the hosts) that offer great ideas and suggestions, and have even made some good acquaintances in the process. It also allows for a more immersive experience when traveling. And, yes, I have also saved some money in the process.

This entire thing reeks of BS: the city "tabled" the previous motion, but they are now trotting out a clone of the original proposal, and a secondary one with more or less the same restrictions with the added "upside" of grandfathering previous AirBnb hosts in buildings with 5 or more units. Either way, I think this is a gross overreach by the local government. If the proposal is adopted, I hope they are taken to court and forced to roll back the law. Given the recent track record of JC in state courts, I would say the odds of losing are pretty good.

Posted on: 6/10 18:23
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Electric cars would replace ICE if the energy storage issues could ever be worked out. Current technology based on lithium / cobalt is not economically viable, safe, or environmentally sound. The issues have been papered over via subsidies, tax breaks, and a lot of virtue signalling."


And oil producers, refiners, pipelines, and automakers haven't benefited from subsidies and tax breaks? Not to mention the massive externalities they create and do not pay for. Please.

There is a misconception about insufficient battery life in today's electric vehicles. Many (not all) EVs offer 200+ mile range per charge. The misconception stems from people not understanding how they actually use their car 95+% of the time. For the vast majority of the people, the vast majority of the time, 200 miles per day is much more than necessary. I'm not telling anyone they should or shouldn't buy an EV, but if you honestly assess your needs, there is a good chance that battery life isn't an actual barrier to purchasing one.


My reaction was the same: to bemoan subsidies for EVs while the oil industry continues to enjoy unfettered support and subsidies from the government (both directly, and indirectly) seems a bit myopic, or downright disingenuous.

Hybrids no longer enjoy any sort of tax incentive (at least at the federal government) and the tax credit for EVs is quite limited (available to the first 200K deliveries for a BRAND/MAKER) so the overall cost to the federal government is much smaller than the cost of support and subsidies provided to the oil industry.

Anyone that doubts that EVs will someday overtake regular ICE vehicles is simply in denial. That person would have likely also thought that cars in general were a fad and horse-drawn carriages would prevail. Advances in technology have made EVs more affordable and more suitable for everyday use for the average person.

As I mentioned earlier in the thread, the only challenge to EV ownership for the vast majority people would be long road trips, and that's an issue that goes away for certain brands, such as Tesla and Porsche very soon. As other manufacturers adopt more advanced charging technologies, this will soon cease to be a concern. But, for the rest of population that seldom travels more than 100+ miles in a day, this is a non issue.

Posted on: 6/7 22:42
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Left unmentioned: will the charging stations that will be accessible to the public be free? Most small to midsized cities around the country have moved to provide subsidize charging stations that provide free charging to the public during non-business hours. This is a great way to encourage adoption of EVs by the general public.

Right now, the largest obstacle to EV ownership in JC, or any other urban city, is a lack of convenient charging solutions. Cities that deploy charging stations in government buildings and parking lots help address that problem by making them available for general use after hours, and most of them do so free of charge. It would be nice to see the same here.


Isn't the entire block of First between Marin and Provost charging stations? I'm not saying it's enough to shift the market, but there are a lot there and they're never fully occupied.


I did mention that stretch of charging stations in one of previous replies. But, it should be pointed out that there are two sections to the street charging units. The easternmost section (directly in front of The ArtHouse JC) are zoned for EXCLUSIVE use by EVs, and the municipal code stipulates that the cars must be plugged in and charging. There is a huge caveat, though: the charging stations are from the ChargePoint network, but only 2 of them are available to the general public. The others are actually "restricted use" and you must have a further membership with Greenspot in order to use them. The western section (the one in front of The Oakman) are actually NOT EV exclusive, so they are usually taken by regular vehicles. Of those stations, I think most (or, all?) are fully available to any ChargePoint customer. The rates being levied by ChargePoint at those stations are REALLY high.

In any case, whether 10 or 15 stations are available, this is very limited, and not entirely practical, unless you happen to live close by. There are 20 Tesla chargers at the Newport Mall parking lot, along with a few stations from other networks, and those see a lot of use. The city has not made a conscious effort to support an EV charging infrastructure, and so that makes the adoption of EVs locally more challenging than it needs to be.

As for the other concerns mentioned by the other poster, the matter of range anxiety is very overblown (most people only commute short distances and seldom require roundtrips longer than 100 miles) and newer standards and technologies allow some EVs to charge at very high rates, and battery capacity continues to improve. The only time an EV becomes impractical for the average person is when attempting a long road trip, as charging times make it entirely impractical, unless you are driving a Tesla, which are able to go longer, and charge in a fraction of the time.

Posted on: 6/6 14:45
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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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I would argue it is better to attract MORE residents than businesses, as residents would have an emotional and physical bond to the city, instead of the daytime employees that come here, clog our streets, speed like crazy, and generally have no vested interest in our communities.


But people like Yvonne disagree with that totally, as do places like Silicon Valley cities, who lure vast numbers of well paying jobs that bring in tax dollars, but refuse to allow adequate housing for those workers to be built driving home prices to astronomic levels. Everyone wins except the new workers who have to either spend all their salary on housing or commute 2 hrs each way.


The Silicon Valley thing is truly a mess: in between NIMBY types opposing more housing construction, existing overly restrictive zoning laws, and the booming dot-com / tech industries, the situation there will not improve anytime soon, if ever. Housing starts are not even half what they need per year, making it near impossible to ever recover. Sadly, the parallels with JC are many. It is no coincidence (nor at all surprising) that even previously shunned or ignored areas are seeing a huge influx of newcomers. Greenville will soon be no different than BeLa, as more yuppies come to JC but are unable to afford the DTJC rents. Many buildings in DTJC (mine included) now command 3.2K / month for a 1bd/1ba, and vacancies only last a short time before getting snapped up.

Posted on: 6/5 17:19
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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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All the no turn on red signs recently put up has been terrible for air quality.
...but a whole lot better for pedestrians. Every other driver never looked right for who was on the curb, stepping off.


Perhaps. But, a couple of problems: people continue to flaunt that type of signage (never have I lived or visited anywhere where STOP signs are treated as entirely optional) and enforcement is abysmal. Additionally, while drivers around here are overly entitled and downright dangerous, the pedestrians are not any better: lots of people jump off the curb from in between parked cars without seeming regard for their own person. And, add to that the many asswipes that ride on sidewalks and come out flying at intersections, and you have a recipe for chaos, which is exactly what happens. I have had a TON of people come off sidewalks on bikes at high speed and as a driver you are not expecting (or, looking for) cyclists to appear in a crosswalk as you are approaching or about to cross.

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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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All the no turn on red signs recently put up has been terrible for air quality.


Yet more reason to encourage adoption of EVs by the general population. NYC has adopted well defined plans to try and get a large percentage of cars on the road to be electric (desired goal is at least 20%, iirc) and while it may seem lofty, over in Norway they have achieved even greater numbers. In fact, during the past quarter (or, year?) the majority of new car registrations were for EVs. With the right policies in place, an entire country is being transformed in a few years. There is no reason why we couldn't accomplish the same. There are some very real and valid benefits to increased adoption of EVs, chief among them an improvement in general air quality. Currently, NYC has one of the highest pediatric asthma incidence in the nation, which has spurred the city into adoption stringent idling laws, and to push for EV adoption.

If we are serious about becoming the best mid-sized city in the US, we should be studying what other cities are doing and perhaps emulate some of their policies.

Posted on: 6/5 14:16
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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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Vacant land requires few services but people do require services: more police, more fire stations, roads, schools, parks and more public employees to handle services. Then there is the infrastructure for water and sewerage. Actually, in the Mount Laurel decision, there was a cost analysis of what new construction will cost that town. Then the township back in the 1980s had a cost of $35,000 for every new resident. That figure will probably be triple today. For JC, the immediate concerns is education. How do we pay for more schools and teachers with influx of families especially in Bayfront which expects 10,000 more residents. By the way, Bayfront will cost JC homeowners a bond of $170 million and that does not include the interest over the next 20 years.


Be that as it may, additional residents means additional revenue. Those people that will cost the city $170 million in a bond, will be contributing tax revenue for years to come, and if we can get the city to be more judicious about their spending, there is no reason why things should not work out in the end.

In the end, it seems to me like you would like JC to remain "as is" without any additional growth or changes. It is an unrealistic goal/desire: not only are people wanting to come here, but the idea that you can stifle growth and change is simply unrealistic and the logical conclusion of a city that doesn't grow or welcome newcomers is that it will eventually die off, as the existing people die or leave.

In fact, since you like anecdotes so much, here is a personal one from my recent trips all over Europe visiting small towns and villages: all over Spain, Portugal, and Italy, entire towns and villages are becoming essentially ghost towns as younger people flock to the large cities (Lisboa and Porto in Portugal, Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon in France, and Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga in Spain) and leave behind their hometowns. These smaller towns that have failed to attract business and people are literally dying off, as older people remain and then die, and empty storefronts abound. It is a stark sight to roll into a small town that is almost deserted and devoid of life. I wouldn't want that fate for Jersey City, and there is no reason for that to be the case. In fact, I would argue it is better to attract MORE residents than businesses, as residents would have an emotional and physical bond to the city, instead of the daytime employees that come here, clog our streets, speed like crazy, and generally have no vested interest in our communities.

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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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How can you have affordable housing when taxpayers paid $909 million to the county, school, and city governments in 2018? The way affordable housing is done is by passing off low income housing taxes onto the general tax paying homeowner who does not have a tax abatement. But that makes housing more expensive for that group of property owners. It is the equivalent of having a restaurant and charging one group a lower price, then inflate the price for another group to cover the group who had the reduced meal. Down the road, someone will pay the tab.


As usual, you find yourself out of your depth, but that doesnt stop you from spewing an uninformed opinion. You are conflating subsidized housing with the concept of "affordable housing". Affordable housing is about ensuring that there is enough supply to meet demand, so that prices are not driven up exuberantly because of competition for what little is available.

Affordable housing is about ensuring that a majority middle class is able to afford to live locally, and the working class is able to reside in relative proximity to where they work. So, instead of having $5,000 rents for a 2+ bedroom apartment, you end up with something lower. If instead of 1,000 units for 2,000 people you had 2,000 units for 2,000 people, competition is lowered and prices would not skyrocket. Encouraging the city to loosen zoning rules and limitations, along with approving development that helps alleviate the situation, is the smart thing to do: it is not subsidized, and it would allow us slow down the frenetic rent increases of recent times.

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Re: New Electric Garbage Trucks...
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Left unmentioned: will the charging stations that will be accessible to the public be free? Most small to midsized cities around the country have moved to provide subsidize charging stations that provide free charging to the public during non-business hours. This is a great way to encourage adoption of EVs by the general public.

Right now, the largest obstacle to EV ownership in JC, or any other urban city, is a lack of convenient charging solutions. Cities that deploy charging stations in government buildings and parking lots help address that problem by making them available for general use after hours, and most of them do so free of charge. It would be nice to see the same here.


This being JC, land of the entitled prick driver, what will you do when someone simply takes the spot, EV or not, and leaves their car there all day? You can't depend on city enforcement.


The "city owned" charging stations I have used in other places (Rochester, NY and Nashville, TN) are both accessible to the public during non business hours, and free to use (the city covers the cost) and if you try to leave a car parked at city hall, or at a fire station, it would just be towed. Seems easy enough to enforce, given that these are city lots where someone is bound to notice a non-city vehicle taking up a spot, especially if said car is a regular ICE vehicle that is not plugged in.

As for enforcement of non-city owned chargers (say, in public areas, like the stations along 1st St) the city has been spotty on enforcement: some days they come around and ticket vehicles that are parked on those spots without plugging in, and other days they ignore those vehicles. It doesn't help that half of the stations are "optional" EV parking (ie, not exclusive for the use of EV) and the Parking Authority PEOs dont seem able to keep things straight. So, yes, agreed that enforcement could/should be better in public areas, but the enforcement of charging stations in city owned facilites and lots should be a cinch.

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Re: Spotlight On: Affordable housing
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Here's why we have an inventory, and thus affordability, crisis: developers cannot today build what's on the left, only what's on the right. 56 homes, vs perhaps 8. Building "affordable housing" is still rationing it while we keep supply low with zoning to protect incumbent owners and the precious street parking.

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Bravo. A perfect illustration of why we have an affordability crisis. Not all that different than the situation in San Francisco, where zoning laws have prevented much needed large scale construction. The height restrictions encased in zoning laws have prevented much needed development. Jersey City will continue to get more exponentially expensive as more people flock here, and as more businesses open up or relocate here, while we continue to limit new construction. Even the much touted 34,000 units approved for construction will not satisfy current population growth trends. Current estimates are that JC has grown almost 10% since 2010. At this rate, we will need another 30,000 units by 2030 and those may not even be enough. It is way overdue that the city and its council take up the current zoning laws and make the necessary changes to enable JC to accommodate its projected growth.

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Left unmentioned: will the charging stations that will be accessible to the public be free? Most small to midsized cities around the country have moved to provide subsidize charging stations that provide free charging to the public during non-business hours. This is a great way to encourage adoption of EVs by the general public.

Right now, the largest obstacle to EV ownership in JC, or any other urban city, is a lack of convenient charging solutions. Cities that deploy charging stations in government buildings and parking lots help address that problem by making them available for general use after hours, and most of them do so free of charge. It would be nice to see the same here.

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Re: Excavation Begins For 25 Columbus Drive In Jersey City
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Wow... 750 units... more PATH overcrowding!


At this point, new construction in DTJC is not even the biggest issue/concern: as more and more construction is slated to happen in the JSQ area, the PATH trains will arrive in Grove St already super crowded. A few years ago, getting on at Grove was fairly easy but the people at Newport would have to scramble to try and get on. Now, trains arriving at Grove are often fairly crowded. As all those new buildings in JSQ fill up, I imagine that the situation at Grove will be no different than Newport today.

I know people that ride up to JSQ and then remain in the train before it turns around to head back towards 33rd. It is about the only way you are sure to get a seat, or be able to board a particular train car, during the morning rush. It adds ~15 minutes to your commute but, if you have the time, it can make for a much better commute.

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Re: Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Permitting Operation of Low Speed E-Bikes and Motorized Scooters
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Just get all bikes & scotters off the sidewalks - they are very dangerous to pedestrians.


I wish JCPD would step up enforcement of this. Too many grown up hipsters riding their bikes on the sidewalks. If you are too afraid to ride on the road, where you belong, then go ride in the park. Riding on sidewalks is incredibly rude and dangerous to you AND drivers. If you are driving a car you are not looking for, or expecting, a cyclist to come out flying through a pedestrian intersection crosswalk. I have seen a lot of close calls because of this.

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Re: Timestamp of messages all wrong
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Does anyone else see that the timestamp of your postings are all wrong? They are like 20 hours behind.

The time is 21:10 Wed 04/03/19.


Actually I think its GMT, +5. I guess we gotta get used to it like a pothole that never gets fixed. Ah, JC!

Correction: +4.


I thought this was obvious. And, yes, +5, except that we are in Daylight Savings Time, so that becomes 4. Not sure why the webmaster can't / won't apply the necessary fix to display the correct time, as it should be a simple software setting.

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Re: Anyone planning to appeal 2018 property tax increases?
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This is the topic that keeps on giving. There seems to be a second wave of indignant DTJC residents trying to organize a class action lawsuit. It just goes to show that some people STILL don't get it, and refuse to listen. The most common argument is that there should be a phase in period, but they can't seem to grasp that for that to happen, those entitled to a decrease would have to keep overpaying to make up the shortfall during a phase in period.

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Re: Selling a 1 bedroom - AS IS - in Journal Square
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whats the nearest cross streets?


Based on the description from the OP, the title of the videos, and what can be seen from the bedroom window in one of the videos, the address is 165 Vroom St (Van Reypen Arms) on the corner or Van Reypen and Vroom.

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Re: SATURDAY - Newport Fiesta 5K - Road Closures/No Parking
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Blocking an intersection so you can be inches from the car in front will not save you ANY TIME


Drivers follow through like that during gridlock, because if they don't then cars turning from the other direction will come in front of them further backing up the jam and they will never get across.

In heavy traffic situations, if you politely wait for the other side of the intersection to be clear before crossing, you would never get across.

Unless there is a cop there to direct traffic into taking turns (ignoring the lights), it is a no-win situation.

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This is simply a rationalization to excuse boorish behavior. Even during non-gridlock situations, people around here insist on blocking intersections because they are selfish pricks. Plain and simple.

But, even if this was a gridlock-only occurrence, your rationale is flawed: if there is truly a gridlock situation, no more than one car could possibly get ahead of you, as the traffic is at a standstill and simply not moving, so no more than one vehicle could possibly get in front of you. Meanwhile, in order to prevent that one vehicle from getting ahead of you, people will block the flow of perpendicular lanes for no good reason, which leads to more gridlock and frustration for everyone.

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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.

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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.


My biggest pet peeves are the asshats that are super selfish and purposefully block intersections. Blocking an intersection so you can be inches from the car in front will not save you ANY TIME and, in the meantime, you are making the gridlock worse, as others are stuck and unable to drive on since you are blocking them. The police could have definitely handled the situation MUCH better by having officers at intersections.

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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.

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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.

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Re: SATURDAY - Newport Fiesta 5K - Road Closures/No Parking
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MikeyTBC wrote:
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suzychapstick wrote:
What do you mean there has been "no proactive information to alert people to this happening."

The City has used all of their social media platforms to show road closures and parking restrictions (Twitter, Facebook, and their official website).

And the road closure signs and parking restriction signs are plentiful and have been up for nearly a week already.

I'm not a JC gov't apologist here, but as a resident of Paulus Hook, I can assure you that we're well informed.


Newsflash: most people are NOT in social media AND following all the JC channels/platforms. I have seen one electronic sign, and I suspect I only noticed that it said because I am doing the race.

Let's see if we end up with the crazy traffic jams and chaos that materialize every time there are road closures in DTJC for an event.


I for one, am looking forward to the lulz. Especially wanna hear from the poster that wanted to stop one of last years races periodically so that traffic could pass.


Exactly THIS. That was pure hilarity. That poster felt that the race should be paused to allow traffic to flow. What a loser.

Posted on: 5/2 19:04
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Re: Post Office Blues....
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K-Lo2 wrote:
Well, I guess this is devolving quickly into PO horror stories. No number works is the answer.


In all honesty, save yourself the aggravation and head on over. Parking is usually easy to find (the low time meters help) and they are actually quite helpful in that location if you go in person.

Posted on: 5/2 17:16
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Re: SATURDAY - Newport Fiesta 5K - Road Closures/No Parking
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suzychapstick wrote:
What do you mean there has been "no proactive information to alert people to this happening."

The City has used all of their social media platforms to show road closures and parking restrictions (Twitter, Facebook, and their official website).

And the road closure signs and parking restriction signs are plentiful and have been up for nearly a week already.

I'm not a JC gov't apologist here, but as a resident of Paulus Hook, I can assure you that we're well informed.


Newsflash: most people are NOT in social media AND following all the JC channels/platforms. I have seen one electronic sign, and I suspect I only noticed that it said because I am doing the race.

Let's see if we end up with the crazy traffic jams and chaos that materialize every time there are road closures in DTJC for an event.

Posted on: 5/2 17:15
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Re: Post Office Blues....
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K-Lo2 wrote:
Is there a working telephone at the main post office....as in a number that people might actually answer?


Ha ha ha! I have given up in trying to reach ANYONE via the main post office's telephone. I usually just walk over, or drive.

The most recent screw up was comical: they refused to deliver an Amazon package because they decided it was too heavy. No note, no follow up with the sender (Amazon) and no way to get anyone to give an explanation. I had to solve the mystery on my own by showing up and inquiring about a package that stuck "in transit" for close to a week and they located it in the back area and told me it was never delivered because it weighed almost 50 pounds. The JC postal operation is downright the worst I have ever dealt with in any city or region I have lived.

Posted on: 5/2 14:15
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Re: SATURDAY - Newport Fiesta 5K - Road Closures/No Parking
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Thanks for posting this! I am participating in the race and was thinking last night that JC has not learned its lesson: there has been no proactive information to alert people to this happening. I am sure it will be a MESS come Saturday. Thankfully, it is only a 5K, so it should all be over in less than two hours. NYRR is really good at setting up and wrapping up these events in an orderly manner.

Posted on: 5/2 13:08
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Re: STARBUCKS ON GROVE
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The outsized sense of entitlement of the OP is breathtaking. I am not sure what it is that people are expecting but Starbucks is, at the end of the day, a business. First they were pressured into making bathrooms free to use by any and all, and then they were chastised for asking people to purchase something if they are going to sit and occupy space all day. Honestly, I think they have been VERY accommodating (weak?) by giving into all these demands. In NYC, some locations have removed the electrical outlets to prevent people from squatting all day.

Yes, a coffee shop is at its best when it is welcoming to patronize, and acts as a social hub, but some people truly abuse the largesse of some of these companies.

Posted on: 5/2 13:06
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Re: Possible relief on the way?
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JPhurst wrote:
Based on prior constitutional mandates and court decisions, the BOE is correct.

And it was state law that a) imposed a property tax cap and b) required all PILOT payments to be made to municipalities. So don't blame the district for underfunding.


Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. The city (and, BOE) have decided to undertax JC citizens, and then turn around and claim poverty. We have one of the lowest tax rates in the State. The state average tax rate is 50% higher than ours. Perhaps we wouldn't be so desperate if there was an honest attempt to fund OUR local schools. But, as with everything in life, why make the hard choices when someone is willing to bail us out? The truth is that the local BOE never felt the need to be fiscally judicious, because someone else was covering the bills, so they failed to levy the proper taxes, and after years of graft, corruption, fiscal mismanagement, and out of control spending, the chickens have come home to roost. It is chutzpah, plain and simple, for the BOE to claim poverty now. No different than the joke about the guy who kills his parents but then pleads for leniency at sentencing by exclaiming "take pity on me, I am an orphan." This mess is of their own doing.

Posted on: 5/2 0:03
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Re: Possible relief on the way?
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"... It would lead to further overcrowding of our classrooms, which are already crowded because of underfunding over years."

Talk about chutzpah: the state covers almost 80% of our local BOE budget and yet its president claims the state is underfunding it.

Posted on: 5/1 17:45
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