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Re: How the jobless rate in poor Jersey City areas helped the Kushners
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C'mon, the Kushners just availed themselves of the program that began in the 1990's. It's been around for almost 30 years, and now is 'controversial'?? Marriott hotels built a 500 million dollar hotel in DC using the same 'poor jobless rate' qualification.

Interestingly, it was the Tea Party that opposed the granting of 'poor jobless rate' approvals! Chuck the Weeper Schumer is a huuuuuge fan of the EB5 program.


Exactly... much of the development that has happened in Houston and Miami has been supported and fueled by the EB5 performance program.

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Re: Dog Shit
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So what should I do about a neighbor that leaves piles of dog shit in his yard all week so it stinks to hell on a hot day? I'm thinking of just going to ask him nicely but I have a sneaking suspicion that the kind of person that leaves tons of dog shit in their yard isn't going to be the most personable guy.

Is this something that I can report to the department of housing, or health, or something? We're about to enter Summer and I'm not looking forward to the smell of dog feces wafting into my apartment every day.


Honestly, I feel this is the type of situation over which you are powerless. Obviously, the dog owner should *know* that picking up after his pooch is something you have to do around here so, so if they don't do it, they just don't care, and no amount of "friendly" heads up on your part will fix that. Personally, this is something I feel you should be able to report to the sanitation department. Sadly, I don't think they would care one bit.

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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If Tommy was sharper about real estate, he could have appealed his taxes, but only down to the effective rate of 2.1%.

What's the mechanism / reason for the limit on the effect of the appeal?


You can only win an appeal if you prove your FMV is more than 15% off your assessment/ratio (what they say it's worth). And even if you win, the effective rate only goes down to FMV/ratio, effectively around that 2.2% mark. That's still more than double what the legacy DT properties are paying.

According to Bamb00zle he was paying 0.7% before he sold. Well played sir. Maybe. I know if Yvonne had held on instead of bailing she and Mr Yvonne could have made another 1/2 million at least. That surely would have been more than the hit it would take for the taxes doubling.

Hmmm

So, I used the ArcGIS reval, and picked a house with a recent sale date.

2016 purchase: $1.3m
2004 purchase: $700k
1997 purchase: $280k
2016 property taxes: $11k (or 0.85%)
Current assmt: $146k

I presume that after the reval, assuming the house is still worth $1.3m, their taxes will go up to $24,700.

If so, then what is the likely basis for their current property tax? It seems too high to be based off the "current assmt" figure in the database.


I don't have the actual numbers handy in front of me, but the assessed values are just about one fourth of the estimated value. In other words, the city thinks that property is worth about 650K. That is why the reval is long overdue. The market realities don't match the BS values being assumed. As a result, that property is paying about 1.85% of the assumed value. But, as you have shown, the reality is that they are paying under 1%. That's the type of property that will see a hefty increase in property taxes in 2018, likely getting a bill that is more than double their current levy. I really do wonder what will happen: the more I talk to people, the more I realize they are in denial as to what is coming in 2018. I still hear people saying things like "it's impossible, there is no way the city will allow this".

Posted on: 5/22 14:04
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Re: Citing chain store ban, Jersey City aims to block new CVS
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153 billion in sales, I'm sure their lawyers made one phone call to Fulop and said 'er, no, we're opening where we want to'.


I suspect you are NOT wrong. It was only a matter of time before a company with deep pockets decided to face down the city council and make it clear to them that their actions were completely nuts. I totally get wanting to support "mom and pop" shops and "shopping local" but forcing that by artificially manipulating the market is not the way to go about it. If the city is so serious about supporting local mom and pop, they can find ways to enact incentives that can help level the playing field.

Posted on: 5/19 17:57
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Millburn pays the highest real estate taxes in NJ, with the exception of a town in South Jersey with 6 houses. Highest percentage? No. Highest dollar? Yup.


People with million dollar homes being asked to support education in less wealthy communities by paying the same tax percentage as everyone else? OUTRAGEOUS!!



Not to pick arguments, but aren't all those DTJC brownstones also "million dollar homes"? And, look how much of a stink they are raising over having to pay their fair share after 10 - 20 years of underpaying... I am sure in five years time, the city will be expected to shoulder a larger portion of the local BOE budget, and shit *will* hit the fan.

Posted on: 5/19 17:55
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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QFT...

So much resolve to fight the inevitable, and yet not a peep about demanding more accountability from our local government.

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The percentages don't lie brother. No amount of "it's not fair" changes this fact.

If you want to yell about something - how about demanding some accountability on where your tax dollars are going. I guarantee the JC schools could be run much better with far less budget if managed better. Yell at every poltiician who green lit some of the ludicrous pension deals for public servants without any regard to who/how it would be paid...

Posted on: 5/19 15:05
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Re: Citing chain store ban, Jersey City aims to block new CVS
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Could it be that the misguided "feelz before realz" mentality that has driven so many actions over the past four years is finally getting curbed?

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Jersey City to repeal law restricting chain stores Downtown

BY TERRENCE T. MCDONALD
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Jersey City's law restricting chain stores is headed for the chopping block, with the City Council scheduled for an initial vote next week to repeal the two-year old ordinance.

The move comes three weeks after the city said it would block a CVS from opening at 70 Hudson St., a Waterfront office building where the pharmacy giant had signed a lease for a 20,000-square-foot location.

The city enacted the ban in May 2015, when Mayor Steve Fulop was still eyeing a run for governor and looking for support in towns like Montclair where liberal voters say they favor mom-and-pop shops over chain stores.

At the time Fulop pushed the council to adopt the law, he said it was an effort to help Downtown retain some of its character. In a Huffington Post column from June 2015, Fulop wrote that "the commitment small business owners bring to a city helps make their communities more livable."

But the ban "may not hold up under strict scrutiny of federal laws," according to the ordinance set for approval next week that would start the repeal process.

John Holub, president of the New Jersey Retail Merchant Association, said the city's reversal is good news for businesses. The group opposes chain store restrictions, saying government officials should not try to control market forces in this way.

"It's encouraging to see that someone has clearly come to their senses," Holub said. "It was a misguided policy from the get-go."

Jersey City's law restricts chain stores from taking up more than 30 percent of ground-floor commercial space in any one lot in several noncontiguous areas Downtown.

Administration critics chuckled when it argued that the new Columbus Drive Krispy Kreme, the doughnut chain that opened this year inside the zone where chains are restricted, isn't really a chain store because it is a unique "factory" location that provides doughnuts to other retail stores.

The city has declined to say how many certificates of occupancy it has threatened to deny over the chain store ban.

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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I don't disagree, I just think that it's useful to understand the anti-reval perspective and not simply dismiss it as "people can't do math, and also they're entitled jerks." (I am strongly pro-reval, if that matters.)


But, we *do* understand what they are saying, and not just dismissing it out of hand. But, in the end, it is just a lot of whining and rationalizations to try and preserve the status quo which is an untenable situation.

It doesn't matter what people "believe"...! Lots of people believe they are paying just enough, and no amount of explaining will disabuse them of that notion. For those people, a conversation is an exercise in futility and a waste of time.

As for the other point about joining forces in fighting losing Abbott designation (unlikely to happen anytime soon) or an increase in school funding from local coffers (very likely) well... if they want to cut off their nose to spite their face, that's their choice. It would seem rather silly and self-destructive (not to mention highly unlikely) for DTJC homeowners to collectively decide to sit out opposition to increased local taxation to fund local schools because the state decreases funding.

Posted on: 5/19 11:29
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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the amount of nonsense I have heard from seemingly intelligent people regarding the inevitable DTJC RE property tax increases is staggering. Everything from, it's not fair...that's too much...why can't they phase it in...how is this legal?...etc. How about you were majorly subsidized for the past 20 years and you really need to STFU?

City Hall is completely to blame as the longer DTJC owners got away with a ridiculously low tax rate the more "anchored" owners became to those numbers. Now they're fighting and clawing as if they are the victim. Please.

I'm surprised a class action lawsuit hasn't been filed by every non-DTJC owner who has been overpaying for the past 20 years. I'd be willing to bet the average Greenville owner has overpaid to the tune of 60K per home since the last reval in '88. That ain't chump change...


100% correct.

You also you left out the various little bombshells statements from Fulop trying to justify and rationalize his decision to cancel the reval as something other than a politically motivated move. Among them:

- people arguing for the reval are disingenuous and are simply motivated by "hatred" of him

- the reval is not worth it because those overpaying were doing so by so little, so what is the big deal of saving a couple of hundred dollars per year, when DTJC could get crushed by the resulting increased taxes?

There have been other brilliant soundbites, of course. This whole charade is almost impossible to believe.

Posted on: 5/19 8:52
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Never underestimate the power of denial

Posted on: 5/19 6:18
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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You guys don't get it. What Brewster is saying is correct in that most dtjc will see higher increases but to say they are being carried by Greenville is not accurate. It is downtown that supports the city


So... what do you call it when DTJC homeowners are paying half or less of the tax they should be paying thanks to the residents of Greeneville and BeLa paying for that discrepancy through higher taxes than appropriate?

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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That's fine.however you are simply stating that Greenville due to lower property values might be paying a larger percentage of its property value to property tax. That hardly equates to Greenville subsdizing the downtown taxpayer. Over the last 10-15 yrs downtown has exploded it's is paying the lions share of Jersey City taxes . Without it Greenville would have a much higher rate.


Nope. That is not what I said. Greenville's property values appreciated at a slower rate than DT, resulting in them paying a far higher effective tax rate in the absence of a reval, which is supposed to correct this error every ten years. That rate is often 2x to 3x, meaning they are subsidizing DT, because tax is zero sum, if someone is underpaying, someone else is overpaying.

Many DT properties are paying <1% of their FMV when the effective rate is supposed to be 2.2%. Many Greenville properties are paying >3%, subsidizing those underpaying DT. Got it?


He will not get it, because many (most?) DTJC homeowners are in denial about the gravy train they have been riding for the past 10 years, or so. Every few months, some new yahoo comes here (or, Nextdoor.com) to explain how it is SO unfair that DTJC will see a tremendous increase in property taxes, and that all homes should pay the same. They put forth all kinds of rationalizations and twisted logic machinations, but the fact remains that DTJC is by and large paying effective rates of under 1% while most properties in Greenville, BeLa and elsewhere pay effective rates of 4 to 6 percent. But, sure, Greeneville and BeLa are not subsidizing DTJC...

Posted on: 5/18 20:55
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Re: Support and Survival of the Arts in Jersey City
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The NYC comparisons are so tiring...

NYC has 32 times the population of JC. Any number you throw out there when comparing JC to NYC should factor that in. Not to mention that due to economy of scales, their budget and other numbers/stats are entirely different than ours.

How much does our city spend on arts or arts-related programs? Is it more than 5.5 MM? If so, we are spending more than NYC. If it is less, perhaps we don't have the economy of scales to do better.

Hey, NYC had about 350 homicides each of the past few years... but we had about 25, more than twice as many per 100,000 residents. Why is that? We should have had about 21 instead.

As the saying goes... numbers don't lie, statistics do.


If Jersey City were giving $5.5 million to the arts - trust me - you would be seeing the biggest lovefest of artists and politicos that has ever existed since King Louis the XIV of France pronounced himself the Sun King and bankrolled spectacles of dance, music, scenery, and debauchery in his royal court. Were it so...

Reality check: I don't believe the City gives 1 penny in direct funding to the arts - unless you count the real estate marketing scheme that is the mural program...

But you're right: comparisons with NYC are so tiring... Economies of scale... We're too small to have one functioning professional arts organization. A museum is too much to ask. A professional theater group with a paid staff and actors? How presumptuous and demanding of us artists...


The thing about hyperbole and shrill posts is that it makes it easy to dismiss what would otherwise could have been good points.

Obviously, the city contributes to the arts, but you just don't like how they go about it, or (perhaps willfully?) ignore their contributions. Yes, there is the (much maligned) mural program, as well as the various subsidies and support provided to programs like Groove on Grove, or the Riverview Jazz Festival. There is, of course, the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the various programs and services they sponsor and support. There is the debacle that is the Loew's Theater, which for years got city support and is now mired in litigation. Examples of city funding of arts and arts-related programs and services abound. Heck, there are even development policies that have secured low cost housing for artists in some new buildings.

So, yes, I do think some so-called artists can be presumptuous and demanding.

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Re: Support and Survival of the Arts in Jersey City
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You think Fulop is going to hand over 100% of the hotel tax to an independent person to spend as an arts advocate? What exactly are you guys smoking to think that would ever happen?


Yes - Jersey City should dedicate the 3% hotel tax to the arts - that's $209,000. Not exactly a whopping number. New York City gives $178 million annually to the arts.


The NYC comparisons are so tiring...

NYC has 32 times the population of JC. Any number you throw out there when comparing JC to NYC should factor that in. Not to mention that due to economy of scales, their budget and other numbers/stats are entirely different than ours.

How much does our city spend on arts or arts-related programs? Is it more than 5.5 MM? If so, we are spending more than NYC. If it is less, perhaps we don't have the economy of scales to do better.

Hey, NYC had about 350 homicides each of the past few years... but we had about 25, more than twice as many per 100,000 residents. Why is that? We should have had about 21 instead.

As the saying goes... numbers don't lie, statistics do.

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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How would PILOT? My bldg. has tax abatement and even the recently sold apts (and hence the reflected current market price) are paying around 1%-1.2% in taxes instead ~2%. Would this reval impact such properties as well?


Tax abatements are assessed but has no impact until they are off the roles. Tax abatements are not treated as ratables but contracts. Another reason why tax abatements are unfair to the general small homeowner.


This is not entirely accurate. Depending on the tax abatement contract, the levy MOST LIKELY is a parcentage of sale value. For example, the abatement at The Oakman is 0.9% of sale. That number is low, but more or less in line with what other properties in DTJC are currently paying. The contract has stipulations that dictate when and how that abatement is adjusted to increase the percentage to be paid, one of which is how much of a differential exists between the established tax rate for properties in JC and the initial abatement rate.

Regardless, the idea that abated properties are getting a free ride has long been debunked. The city is getting a sweet deal at the expense of the county, and the BOE. Tht 0.9% is going straight to the city, which is a lot more money than why JC would have collected on those properties under a regular tax setup.

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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I was assesed at $450K for a HELOC by Wells Fargo recently. They did comps. Not sure what to believe though but pretty sure 1BR 1.5BA 845sf on Mercer is closer to $550K. I pay $7000 in tax now so if they value it like Wells I won't pay much more. Honestly I can't pay much more. This whole situation is pretty nervewracking.


Even if your valuation comes out at 450K, a realistic range for your future tax assessment would be 8K to 10K. So, if you are paying 7K at the moment, you are almost guaranteed to pay more in taxes in 2018.

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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I've heard arguments for both sides of the coin (letting in the inspectors vs. not letting them in) but neither being very convincing.
Does anyone have any strong opinions one way or the other, or experienced this in the past, here or elsewhere?


Duda said you cannot be rewarded for not letting in an inspector, so you will get the higher assessment for this action.


As per your own video, he clearly stated that if an inspector can't gain entry to perform their survey, that they will "guesstimate" a value based on data and outside observations and that the homeowner would be able to request a follow up visit to have the valuation adjusted if they don't agree.

He event went as far as saying (more than once) that their guesstimate will not be punitive and that it wouldn't be used as a threat.

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Live on Mercer Street downtown and haven't had an inspection yet. My assessment is currently $93,600 and my place I guess is worth around $550,000. Does anyone know if my taxes will go up?


If your valuation comes close to 550K, a realistic range for your future tax assessment is 10K - 12K, which is equivalent to a final tax rate of 1.8% to 2.2%. So, if you are paying much less than that, then yes, your taxes will go up.

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Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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A pair of 3' long bolt cutters slice through those U-Locks like a pair of scissors cutting a sheet of cardboard. We're talking mere seconds and bye-bye bike. Hex chains made of hardened steel put up a fight, but not impossible. I carry the chain, despite it weighing a ton-


THIS. The U-Locks are useless for a thief that knows what they are doing. Heck, some people are still using the old U-Locks that could be pried open with a pen cap. :o

But, the chains with hexagonal links are definitely much harder to clip, which is why thieves will not bother and instead move on to the easier target of improperly locked bikes. I just came back from a quick visit to Grove Street Bikes and walked past the various bike racks in the plaza, and so many of those bikes are locked with simple cable locks... I am surprised those haven't been swiped by now.

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Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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Kryptonite NY lock is not peace of mind. The below lock was left at Grove St. My solution is a cheap ugly bike from Costco. Someone tried to take the rear wheel some years ago, but I still have the bike after 18 years of often leaving it at Grove. I don't understand people who feel they need to ride a $1000+ bike around the city. I've seen them locked at Grove.

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But, that's my point Brewster: the u-locks are generally useless. The Kryptonite New York series chains are completely different and much harder to cut. Any thief will go for any other of the many bikes available for stealing rather than mess around with those chunky, hexagonal links.

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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I'd say it's best to let them in. They're certainly not going to make estimates that lower your value when they have to guess...


Actually, this is an interesting one... for people who have done extensive interior renovation work, or those running illegal boarding homes with lots of bedrooms and bathrooms, choosing to not allow the inspectors into their place may be a smart move. Worst case scenario, they overestimate your value and you just ask them to come back to re-inspect and your only loss is that of time. Best case scenario, you are underestimated and you can keep that valuation by not opening your mouth. I am *really* surprised by the way these rules are laid out, as they really make it all too easy to try and game the process.

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Re: Where can I rent a bicycle for a 9 year old in JC downtown area?
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Grove Street Bicycles should be able to help you.

They're currently in a temporary (but very cool) space at 163-165 Newark Ave. The entrance is actually on Barrow Street, alongside Barcade.


+1 on this... Grove Street Bikes is a great local shop. The staff is very helpful, and I have gotten both accessories and bike services from them in the past with no complaints.

As elsquid points out, the new space is very cool. It is only temporary, but they have done a good job with the layout they are using.

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Credit where credit is due: this was actually a good contribution. While there was little new information in the video, there was one little tidbit mentioned several times that I don't think was ever mentioned in other places: in addition to the basic information of each property (number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage) plus features (condition of kitchen and bathrooms, finished basements, mechanical systems such as AC, boilers, type of heat system) they will also take note of whether or not the property has views of NYC, and how good of a view it is. The guy doing the presentation also explained how they will determine if a basement is considered to be finished or not (two out of three surfaces must be covered, the three surfaces being floors, walls, and ceiling) and the amount of bathroom fixtures determines how the bathroom count is performed, not the actual number of such rooms. Thank you for posting the video.

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Re: Bicycle Theft Victims Unite
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I had a kyrptonite chain lock and my bike still got stolen!


What specific type and model? I have left my bike unattended (for days at a time, in some instances) all over NYC and JC and never had any issues when using a New York chain. Ultimately, there are no guarantees, but if you make your bike harder to steal than others in the area, you are ahead of the game. It's like the joke about evading zombies: you don't need to be the fastest, you just don't want to be the slowest one. You need not be theft-proof, you just need to not be the easiest one to steal.

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Not to pile on, but properly locking your bike will (almost) ensure that it is not stolen. It's a sucky lesson to learn the hard way, but hopefully you will now take steps to prevent any future reoccurrence.

When locking a bike for a period of time out on a street in NYC or JC, you should use one of those Kryptonite New York series chains (not a U-lock!) to secure the frame to a fixed object (a post, or solid bike rack) and ensure both wheels are also secured by the chain, or use a u-lock to the secure the wheels to the frame. Leaving the bike in a high traffic area does not afford you any extra security. If anything, it makes it more susceptible, as people are just passing through not paying much attention to anything. You can get a Kryptonite chain at Grove Street Bikes, or via Amazon.

Stealing bikes in plain sight in NYC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGttmR2DTY8

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Re: New York Times -- The Death and Life of Jersey City (5/5/17)
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1. Uber is fantastic. The amount of drunk drivers there are around here already is staggering. If you don't believe me, stay up until last call at 2:30. Sit on the street and watch the people leave at 3, then get into cars and weave their way up out of town. Pretty horrifying.

2. Eh, hey, so it goes.


You don't even have to wait until so late... I was coming home late last Saturday and, at around 2 AM, the amount of cars that were evidently being driven by impaired/drunk people was pretty shocking. It felt as if most cars were drifting into lanes as they made their ways on the road. Definitely staggering. I'm really surprised the JCPD is not out there every Saturday night cracking down on this craziness.

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Do the low lying areas in Brooklyn have similar problems with basement flooding? I'm assuming they have same old sewage infrastructure that NO politician ever upgraded...

It is kinda crazy to think about what DTJC accepts as "part of the deal". I agree that when taxes are 20-40K depending on rowhouse value there will be a lot more pressure on City Hall to get us out of the third world...


I can't speak for ALL of Brooklyn, but none of my friends that have houses in BK have ever complained of such craziness. I do know that the sewer backup phenomenon happens in the properties in the vicinity of the Gowanus. I am not sure about frequency, but I do know it has been written up before in some blogs. Based on the newsworthiness of such events, it would seem it only happens in rare occasions, but I have no idea.

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Re: Jersey City mulls law targeting puppy mill pet stores
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Definitely all show, no substance. Most people buying a purebred dog will continue to do exactly what they do today: get one from a breeder. For those who want to adopt a dog, go deal with the rescue groups, or Liberty Humane. Do we even have pet stores in town selling dogs or cats? Fussy Friends has adoption events for cats, but those are not animals for sale. Canis Minor, before it closed, would also have adoption events from time to time, but no animals for sale. Serious question: do we have pet stores in town selling cats or dogs?


There are a few real-life impacts from this I can immediately think of:

1. Prevents new puppy mill stores from opening up in JC. As development expands greatly throughout the city, it is not inconceivable that a puppy mill store would have opened. Now they won't.

2. As more municipalities adopt laws like this, soon the state will have a majority of municipalities with the same law, at which point the statewide effort starts to gain momentum. There are about 100 towns now with similar ordinances, and if not for Gov Christie a comparable state law would have been signed already. This then prevents puppy mill sales statewide which is a huge achievement.

3. Cosmetically/topically, it's good press. Maybe someone didn't know what a puppy mill is, but then they see Jersey City has banned their sales, and in turn they end up rescuing a dog.



I don't discount the possibility you are right, particularly about #3 (increasing awareness, and perhaps deriving some other benefits as a result of that) but with regards to #2, my impression has always been that most of the puppy mills from which animals originate were usually found in PA (that was until some state laws curtailed those operations) and from OH and some Southern states (KY, TN).

In any case, I am now genuinely curious as to whether we even have pet stores in town that sell dogs, or cats.

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iabide wrote:
One other potential source of flooding: when the sewers are full & your check valve is up, there's nowhere for the storm water from your roof to exit your building. (I'm assuming here you don't route your storm water directly out the alley or the front). I've had this issue from places where a high water table couldn't possibly be the culprit.



Totally agree. Other sources when the check valve is closed include waste water from inside the building (especially if there are multiple units in it), and sump pump discharge. When the city sewer is full and pressurized, there is nowhere for this water to go except backward, where it looks for the path of least resistance - which could be a floor drain, toilet, tub or any other opening in the line between you and the sewer. Tell your upstairs neighbors not to flush when it's raining ;)


In an affluent city, it is almost laughable that one would even consider resorting to asking upstairs neighbors not to flush when it is raining to avoid getting sewer backing into one's basement, or tubs. Shit like this (pun intended) is the stuff that will likely have a lot of DTJC owners up in arms once the reval is completed and new tax bills are mailed. I can't fathom paying 20K / year and having to deal with shit water in your bathtubs and basement on a regular basis.

Posted on: 5/11 12:51
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Re: Dog Shit
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Hamparkvet wrote:
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JCbiscuit wrote:
There's a new dog/awful owner in town, and that shit is HUGE.

In recent weeks, in a three block radius around Erie/Jersey/2nd, enormous piles of poop are left behind on the daily.

If you know someone who just got a great dane, and who's a jerk, please hip him/her to the poop scoop protocol.

Thanks!


Seems like your post and the post before yours might be the same guy?


How so? The previous guy is talking of shit over by the Embankment on Coles and 6th, and the other guy is talking about shit on 2nd between Erie and Jersey. Some dogs will poop two or three times in a walk, but not that far apart.

Most likely, you are just seeing young pups acquired during the holiday season growing into adult dogs and starting to poop more substantially. That, or perhaps newcomers in the immediate area. With luck, they will change. Otherwise, you are looking at a serious problem. One single bad dog owner unwilling to pick up after his dog will make a sidewalk nearly unusable in short time. We dealt with this some years ago in my previous neighborhood, where a single guy with a massive dog was refusing to pick up after his dog and, in a matter of weeks, the sidewalk was essentially covered from end to end, making it impossible to walk on it until heavy rains would wash it off.

Posted on: 5/11 12:46
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