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Re: 808 Pavonia Project Approved
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These building will bring in an additional 1,189 rental units.... maybe one person per or two people per unit. That number plus the existing monster white building plus the other building coming on line, plus all the building coming on line in Harrison.

Makes the PATH ever so crowded and way beyond capacity.

Makes for a very not well thought out city plan


The city will point the finger to the PA.
If we are lucky enough to get a reaction, the PA will throw up their arms and state they are busy with the PTC project, and the Sandy remediation, as well as the signal upgrade projects, so capacity improvements will have to wait until then.

The PATH can handle the additional load, if people also do their part and commute a bit earlier or later. In terms of population, Jersey City is actually about the same size today as 50 years ago. And much smaller than it was 80 years ago, and somehow all those people commuted by PATH, into the waterfront factories in JC, and the many other jobs in NYC. The PATH will be fine, particularly once the signal project is completed, and especially if the train platforms do get the 10-car elongation project.

Posted on: 7/19 18:27
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Re: 808 Pavonia Project Approved
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Can't you just have "culture" delivered by Amazon?


Yeah, that was a pretty obnoxious headline.

Let's hope the economy stays as hot and vibrant as it is currently; this is the type of project that tends to get stalled when things go south.

Also, it shouldn't take long before the likes of Yvonne start ranting and raving about the replacing of parking lots with new development. :/

Posted on: 7/19 15:41
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Funny, those of us apposing the methodology of property tax calculation are due to get a $36K bill and those in favor obviously are not. Just because a value of a home has risen doesn't mean that the individual that lives in that home has the means to pay $36K year over year.


Stop being self-servingly obtuse. There is nothing wrong with the methodology. it is the same one used ALL OVER the USA. If someone bought a home for 300K, and that home has now risen to 1.5 MM, and they can't afford the taxes now, they still have options that all those other that have been subsidizing them do not have. Namely, the person has 1.2 MM in (unrealized) profit into which the person can can tap to pay off the tax burden: borrow against the property, or sell, or find another solution.

Complaining about having to pay higher taxes on a property that has appreciated tremendously, and for which taxes have been under assessed for a decade or longer, is like complaining about being taxed on lottery winnings: it is petty and will not get you far.

Posted on: 7/18 13:59
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Re: 14-Year-Old Girl Stabbed at Berry Lane Park
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That video is a sad indictment on the state of civility in our city. Adults standing by as kids engage in fighting, some of them even egging them on, or partaking. Kids acting like that is just disappointing, but the behavior of the adults is even more reprehensible. The realist in me shakes his head and mutters something along the lines of "this is why we can't have nice things" and "yeah, not surprised at all". The city can't just throw a park in the middle of that neighborhood and expect it to work out dandily without supervision and/or constant patrols. This is not the first incident in the park for this Summer, and it will not be the last. The city ought to really evaluate the situation and come up with some measures to prevent more issues. Why spend all that money and let it all go to waste? There has to be a longer, more consistent commitment to the park than just the initial photo-op from its inauguration.

Posted on: 7/18 8:32
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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I have a question. Does being 65 yrs. old & retired help to keep the property taxes somewhat in check ?
Thank you


In some states (and, I believe NJ is one of them) there is a homestead rebate for senior citizens. I am pretty sure this was covered by someone else in one of the reval threads. May be worth checking with Google.


Posted on: 7/17 19:55
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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100% agree. Property taxes should not me based on market value rather it should be based on a formula taking to account the lot size and square footage of home. That's black and white and no room for interpretation unlike actual value of a home. Then the only time a property tax would have to be re-calculated is if an addition is added. If you have 2 identical homes and one is renovated and the other is not, why should the homeowner that invested HIS/HER money into their home be penalized. Both homes regardless of value are still using the same level of city services. Likewise, why should someone with a lot size 16x100 pay more than a home in another part of the city that is on a lot 50x100. Makes no sense.

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While I can certainly understand (and, perhaps even sympathize) with the concept that the tax increase will be hard (even impossible) for some to absorb, it should also be pointed out that people have had time to plan accordingly (as Pebble points out) and those same people that will get a huge tax increase have been getting a free ride for a long time, some even 10+ years. It is hard to feel bad for someone who has been saving 10-15 K per year by being under assessed and did nothing to prepare for what should have been an obvious future increase in tax levy.

I have heard people gloating about their insanely low tax bills in DTJC, so yeah... this increase will hit them hard, but they are now conveniently forgetting about the many years of riding the gravy train.


No one should have to pay close to 2% of this market value for a condo or a 25x100 lot. It's absurd with all the business here and such a large tax base. Those are suburban rates. Hopefully the reval will put some pressure on the Administration to cut waste out of the budget.


I dont understand this logic, at all. Should all 4-wheel vehicles, with four seats and the same dimensions, pay the same amount of tax? All over the US, housing is taxed based on its value. It's the most "blind" way of taxing real estate.

Posted on: 7/17 18:56
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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While I can certainly understand (and, perhaps even sympathize) with the concept that the tax increase will be hard (even impossible) for some to absorb, it should also be pointed out that people have had time to plan accordingly (as Pebble points out) and those same people that will get a huge tax increase have been getting a free ride for a long time, some even 10+ years. It is hard to feel bad for someone who has been saving 10-15 K per year by being under assessed and did nothing to prepare for what should have been an obvious future increase in tax levy.

I have heard people gloating about their insanely low tax bills in DTJC, so yeah... this increase will hit them hard, but they are now conveniently forgetting about the many years of riding the gravy train.

Posted on: 7/17 14:27
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Re: 11% Increase in luxury Downtown Power House District
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i am surprised, i thought the area was suffering from a glut of rentals that was driving down rents.


Not sure where you got that idea, but every building going up in the PAD is getting leased within weeks or a couple of months. My building is full, and I have heard the same is true of Morgan, Modera and The One. Heck, The Morgan now has asking prices that exceed that of other buildings with better amenities and finishes. It's truly mind-boggling. 1bd are asking mid 2K, 2bd are mid 3K, and the few 3bd you can find (a handful at ArtHouse and Morgan, none at The One, and not sure about Modera) are going upper 4K to 6K. Urby is asking ~4K for 2bd.

Posted on: 7/6 20:18
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Re: Dining Table and 4 Chairs from IKEA for Sale
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Hello,

I recently began cohabiting and have no need for two dining tables. I have an Ikea Bjursta table and 4 Borje chairs for sale. All are in good condition, the chairs need to have new fabric put on the seat as one has a stain and the table has a few small knicks but none of this takes away from pieces. The table is currently on Ikea new for $119 and the chair for $45 each. Since the set are a few years old I am willing to part with them for $100. I live on 9th between Coles and Jersey - message me for pics of them or any questions on how to buy them. Thanks


MY suggestion would be to join the Facebook Jersey City Swap/Sell Group. You can post this there, along with pictures, and asking price, and you will get more exposure.

Word of advice, though: in trying to sell all my previous furniture, I can tell you that you will get a LOT of lowball offers. Seemingly nobody wants to buy used furniture for a reasonable price.

Good luck

Posted on: 7/6 20:10
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Re: 11% Increase in luxury Downtown Power House District
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I just received a renewal for an apartment my business rents, it's a new luxury building in the powerhouse district. Rent went up 11% is this the general trend in the area, or should I negotiate a smaller increase?


Rents in the AD area are going up by leaps and bounds. The smart buildings that want to hold on to good tenants are only asking for small increases in the monthly rent, but I have heard of buildings going up quite a bit. Also important to keep in mind that some people are seeing larger than normal increases when renewing because they forget or fail to account for the promotional rates they were paying during the first year of a lease. If you have had a good relationship with the building management, you can definitely negotiate a lower rent increase.

Posted on: 7/5 21:16
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Re: Street Sweeping ???
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We saw the lady in the golf cart writing tickets to cars that were not moved btwn 1-3 today on our block, but there was no sweeper or road work being done..


The "lady in the golf cart" is damn near crazy. She went down 1st St ticketing cars for all kinds of different reasons late last week. It has gotten crazy as of late. Even designated parking areas are being treated and held to some ridiculous standards and cars are getting tickets for random reasons. Of course, there is no talking to them: all attitude and no willingness to engage with citizens.


Wait until you go to court. If it's still the same judge at night you will see what I mean. You will sit for hrs listening to people with warrants for 10 unpaid tickets getting off for pennies on the dollar. Once she sees you live downtown the simpathy ends. I was parked in a legal spot in Newport I showed pictures of it and she had the nerve to tell me "next time put it in a lot"


I pretty much found out the hard way that going to court is a waste of time unless the ticket is for permit parking and the PEO missed your permit. They will readily dismiss those tickets if you show your vehicle is properly permitted. Everything else is pretty much enforced, and you then pay not just the ticket fine, but also court costs. So, the entire thing becomes an expensive waste of time.

Posted on: 6/28 5:52
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Re: Street Sweeping ???
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We saw the lady in the golf cart writing tickets to cars that were not moved btwn 1-3 today on our block, but there was no sweeper or road work being done..


The "lady in the golf cart" is damn near crazy. She went down 1st St ticketing cars for all kinds of different reasons late last week. It has gotten crazy as of late. Even designated parking areas are being treated and held to some ridiculous standards and cars are getting tickets for random reasons. Of course, there is no talking to them: all attitude and no willingness to engage with citizens.

Posted on: 6/27 22:05
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Re: Grove Street Path Elevator
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It is downright ridiculous, appalling, and embarrassing, that putting an elevator at the Grove Street station has taken SO long, and that it has cost $4 MM. If anyone ever doubted that the PA is a cesspool of graft and corruption, I sure hope this latest debacle has disabused them of those doubts.


Posted on: 6/26 16:11
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Re: Come to City Hall this upcoming Wednesday to promote electric vehicle charging in JC #EVinJC
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BTW, this topic is another example of a NA wanting to run things like a fiefdom in which old ideas reign supreme. As with almost every other NA, the PADNA is obsessed with parking. It has become a very contentious issue, and it is disappointing to see some members actively lobbying the parking authority and the city to implement new rules that directly affect the neighborhood residents. Now, they want to see EV parking greatly reduced or completely removed, under the guise of parking availability, arguing that there isn't enough demand for designated EV parking. I hope the city holds the line, as we should be embracing and encouraging the use of such cars to help reduce contamination, and exhaust fumes, while also doing a tiny little part towards preserving regional environmental health. Ultimately, this is a chicken or the egg debate: do you wait for the demand to materialize? Or, do you encourage that demand by building out the necessary infrastructure? I say, let's be proactive.

Posted on: 6/23 8:47
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Re: Come to City Hall this upcoming Wednesday to promote electric vehicle charging in JC #EVinJC
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I am curious to know who pays for all these "free" charging stations?


Who said anything about free charging stations? The stations are "for pay". Rates are based on kWh.

Posted on: 6/23 8:40
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Re: Jersey City school officials fret over plan to cut $8.5M in state aid
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I'm pretty sure the reval is the first step in a series of school funding issues for the city.


Most of your post is reasonable, but this is not relevant. The reval is revenue neutral, the tax levy (the total take) is by law the same after as before. The reval is only about who already in the JC ratable tax base in pays what.


We normally agree 100% on the taxation and reval topic, but I think you are missing the point on this. I think the reval IS relevant with regards to school funding because if it comes out that our new rate is 1.8 (or, even lower, as some hope/expect) then it becomes much easier for other municipalities to argue that JC *is* getting a free ride at the expense of other towns with property tax rates that are much higher. Politically, I think it will be hard for JC to argue its residents are overtaxed and unable to absorb a school tax increase if the post-reval rate ends up being below two percent.

Posted on: 6/23 8:30
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Re: Cordero Principal Strynar retiring!!!
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I went inside that school a few months ago to register my kids for the pre-school lottery. I was very disappointed. The JC public schools are given an insane amount of money and yet the schools DON'T have central air conditioning???!! After all these decades???!!! That's crazy. The entire building looks like it's never been renovated at all after almost 100 years of existence. I checked out the Principles office. Nobody was in it. However I did notice that the office stunk like the bottom of an ashtray. What the hell is that? You mean to tell me this Principal is able to break the law by smoking in a public building (not to mention a building that's full of children) and keep his job for almost 50 years???!!! Sickening.


Sounds about right for local JC government. Do as we say, not as we do.

Posted on: 6/21 13:43
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Re: Trump Our New President
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Regardless of where you sit in the political spectrum, you ought to be asking yourself why is the mainstream media so out of touch with the realities of the current political winds. All the way until yesterday, most outlets were predicting a loss for the Republicans that would show how support for Trump had eroded and which could be harbinger of more bad news and perhaps even the beginning of the end for his presidency. Despite a reported $23MM investment by the Democratic Party, their candidate still lost. If that kind of money can't secure an election victory, there should be some serious soul searching as to why that is, and how to fix that problem.

Now, today, much is being made about the fact that the margin of victory was slim (just a hair under 4%) and the meaning of that, but what is being ignored by most (but, surprisingly, it was highlighted by an NPR analyst) is the fact that Handel made a HUGE comeback after garnering under 20% of the general vote during the first round of voting that led to this runoff election.

Ultimately, why are CNN, NYT, and all these other news outlets, getting it so wrong in forecasting these elections? Why is the "Trump voter" so underestimated or improperly polled or missed? These are all questions that will gain more importance and urgency as the mid term elections approach.

Posted on: 6/21 10:29
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Re: Jersey City school officials fret over plan to cut $8.5M in state aid
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If the city taxpayers are required to make up this $8.5 million, one one cent will come from tax abated buildings.


But, meanwhile, most of those abated taxpayers against whom you often rail are paying higher taxes than most of the DTJC homeowners. Ain't that something?! Of course, not a peep from you about that.

Posted on: 6/20 11:24
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Re: Former dominatrix fights to keep job as sheriff's officer
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I don't think anyone who loves giving pain and have the legal right to carry a gun should be a sheriff or police officer. Look at the recent incident where a man is on fire and a police officer kicked him. I am tired of paying these lawsuits. It is time to screen the sheriff/police officer candidates.


Amazing... your ignorance knows no bounds. Do you even REALIZE that saying a dominatrix should not be able to be a police officer (because she role plays as a dominant - and maybe also sadistic - person) is like saying that an actor that plays a sadist in a movie should be banned from ever being a police officer? It's ROLE PLAYING. It's not necessarily their public persona. And, seriously, the government needs to stay out of people's bedrooms and their sexual preferences. What happens between two (or, more) consenting adults, in their own privacy, is none of the government's business. Nor yours, by the way.


Some people who become sheriffs/police officers want to serve the community, but others want to control it, perhaps punish it. I think we have all seen officers who have behaved as though they are judge, jury and executioner. They have that dominatrix personality. I do not want that person with a gun with the legal authority to stop someone.


You STILL don't get it. A psychological issue that would make someone more prompt to violence, or a person with anger management issue, or lack of impulse control, does not mean that a person that likes to ROLE PLAY has the same issues. They are NOT equal.

Posted on: 6/19 17:39
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Don't be embarrassed. I have heard the same thing from other people. Something about the layout seems to throw off most people's sense of direction. I am able to make my way to/from but, off the top of my head, I can't come up with good, clear directions. I guess I will have to pay closer attention next time I am at Fulton. I do seem to recall some PATH "signs" being added recently to help with this problem. You know, the typical MTA signs that have a name and a "general direction" arrow.


Whew, I thought it was only me. There are signs for the PATH but I wind up outside on Fulton St., at least the signs I've followed. It's not a big deal but it would be nice not to have to go outside in inclement weather. I suppose I can figure it out by going to the downtown side of the subway from the WTC and trace my steps from there.


Just a few weeks ago I heard from two different people that instead of getting off at Fulton they ride the subway to Chambers, as they always get lost when trying to navigate from Fulton. So, definitely not just you.

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Re: Former dominatrix fights to keep job as sheriff's officer
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I don't think anyone who loves giving pain and have the legal right to carry a gun should be a sheriff or police officer. Look at the recent incident where a man is on fire and a police officer kicked him. I am tired of paying these lawsuits. It is time to screen the sheriff/police officer candidates.


Amazing... your ignorance knows no bounds. Do you even REALIZE that saying a dominatrix should not be able to be a police officer (because she role plays as a dominant - and maybe also sadistic - person) is like saying that an actor that plays a sadist in a movie should be banned from ever being a police officer? It's ROLE PLAYING. It's not necessarily their public persona. And, seriously, the government needs to stay out of people's bedrooms and their sexual preferences. What happens between two (or, more) consenting adults, in their own privacy, is none of the government's business. Nor yours, by the way.

Posted on: 6/19 9:00
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Re: Flooding in Jersey City
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Thank you for the heads up. Very much appreciated. After being offline most of the weekend, I had completely missed this information.

Posted on: 6/19 8:55
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Embarrassing question. I recently began taking the WTC PATH to the 4/5 train. I can't seem to find the underground passage from the downtown subway to the Oculus. I don't have an issue the other way, from the PATH to the 4/5 train. I never see any workers around to ask. Help!


Don't be embarrassed. I have heard the same thing from other people. Something about the layout seems to throw off most people's sense of direction. I am able to make my way to/from but, off the top of my head, I can't come up with good, clear directions. I guess I will have to pay closer attention next time I am at Fulton. I do seem to recall some PATH "signs" being added recently to help with this problem. You know, the typical MTA signs that have a name and a "general direction" arrow.

Posted on: 6/19 7:53
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Re: Debating Sprint vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile
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i would say go with tmobile, especially if you travel overseas a lot. tmobile has low voice rates and free data (2g) internationally. i can't tell you how many times tmobile has saved my no-prereparing, not printing out the directions, not booking hotel reservations before arriving cheap, lazy ass


Good to know about the free data allowance. I was not aware of that. I will need to take another look at T-Mobile, as I have been hearing good things from a couple of friends, and an overseas data allowance would be a very compelling feature.

Posted on: 6/12 11:14
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Re: Fulop: despite Trump, Jersey City remains 'welcoming' to immigrants
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You can hope but around here you get voted in by promising the most free stuff.


Everybody is for free stuff, until they have to pay for it. Even some of my more liberal friends in NYC are starting to grumble about all the proposed new taxes and revenue options being put forward by DiBlasio.

As Margaret Thatcher once said "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money".

Posted on: 6/12 8:07
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Re: Grove Street Path - Evacuated by Police with Guns Drawn
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Update: Found this on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/guriel/status/870684573729824768

Seems to have all been triggered by a fight on a train. Seems a bit excessive on the force front.


Turns out there was no "fight". It started because some lady got upset with a kid dancing on the train and told police he had a gun. So that explains the response but now I am curious if the kid was let go and the woman was charged?

I stumbled on the video because it was being shared on FB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeeAmDFgo6w&feature=share


At a minimum, she has committed a disorderly persons offense. Unfortunately, that is not considered a crime in NJ and can only incur a maximum 30 day jail sentence, or a fine, or community service. That kid is lucky all those passengers stood up for him and were able to inform the responding officers. It could have gone very wrong.

Posted on: 6/7 7:42
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Re: Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic - Liberty State Park June 3, 2017
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Can we trade this corny event for the return of All Points West, please?


Chances of another large scale music festival at LSP are slim... in addition to the crazy damage done to the lawns, the logistics of getting to the festival were a nightmare. Luckily, I used to live right across from LSP at the time it was held, so walking there was easy. But, the biggest issue with APW was that the organizers were relying on massive crowds coming from NYC, and there were a few problems getting people there:
- there weren't enough ferries, and it proved hard to get masses there by water.
- many/most took PATH to Grove and would then struggle to find their way to LSP on foot (that Jersey Ave stub into LSP is not just ugly, but also unintuitive for someone who hasn't walked the area)
- the few that knew to ride PATH to HBLR still had to figure out how to get to the park, which was almost a mile to walk to the festival from the HBLR station.

It would be great if LSP was easier to reach for everyone. I feel it would get even more visitors and use if that was the case.

Posted on: 6/6 11:48
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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I have no intentions of making a profit from the appreciation of mu property. I want to live here, not in the suburbs or anywhere else. Why should we be penalized for being in a location in which our homes appreciated 400%?

This reval should only apply to people who sell their property


You are being ridiculous. But, at least you are open and honest about your selfishness.

Posted on: 6/6 4:36
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Re: Kites, parachutes, Coast Guard demos: Liberty State Park is place to be
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Terrible tradegy. Makes you wonder if all this fanfare is worth it.


WHY?

Our military looks forward to these events for many reasons. In an indirect way, they help with recruiting efforts by getting a chance to showcase some of their finest units directly to the public. Perhaps more importantly, it also serves the purpose of bringing the military and public at large closer together, which is an important aspect of our democratic principles. When I was in the Navy, getting to participate in Fleet Week was a coveted assignment. It's the same with airshows, certain parades, etc. Accidents are few, and fatal ones even rarer.

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