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Re: Commuter gondola plan gets off ground....
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I hope the gondolas can handle the high wind gusts. Cycling over the bridge at times was a white knuckle affair.


This is a common concern, and a valid one. But, newer gondola systems can withstand really high sustained winds. It wouldn't be at all out of the ordinary for such a system to be rated to be able to hand 45+ MPH winds.

The biggest issue, as with any other potential solution, is getting the right of way (and, right of air) lined up for such a system. Where do you place towers? Would an existing building be willing to partner with the system to have platforms located there, making it easier for actual rollout? Can you get past (or, survive) the inevitable legal challenges? What's clear is that something needs to be done: we can't really run more PATH trains (a few more per hour in the morning will not fix the issues of the expected growth) and longer trains would require huge work at some stations, making unpleasant/unworkable. New tunnels could take YEARS and budgets that are not realistic given fiscal situation in NY and NJ. A pedestrian bridge will never happen. A gondola is truly much more achievable in the short term. Or, outsource the tunnel boring to someone like the Boring company and let them get it done in a fraction of the time that the local unions would allow. Just think of the Second Avenue "subway" which is two miles long, with service spanning just over a mile, and took almost 10 YEARS to get three measly stations opened up over ~25 blocks. A trans-Hudson tunnel would take just as long if you do it the traditional way, allowing for local unions and corrupt processes.

Posted on: 4/23 17:48
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Re: Commuter gondola plan gets off ground....
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Now a Hudson Gondola from Xchange Pl to WTC is an awesome idea.


How is that a good idea?


I guess you missed the previous discussion. It's really only a good idea by comparison to the pedestrian bridge notion some people actually insist is a good idea because they want to walk to Manhattan.


I don't know. I used to be pretty dismissive of the gondola idea until I did more research into it. The new, more modern gondola solutions are incredibly efficient at moving large amounts of people, and there would be the additional revenue source of tourists that will undoubtedly take it during the day to get that killer view of the Hudson from above.

In terms of money and cost per passenger, it could be feasible. Several other cities and countries have invested in these new gondola solutions with much success.

Posted on: 4/23 16:50
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Re: Parking ticket worth fighting?
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Apparently the only way to appeal is to plead "Not guilty" and go to court (and pay court fines if you fail). Not worth the effort for me.


This. Also, despite what Robin suggested, fighting tickets here is nothing like in NYC. My experience in JC is that the wrong statute being quoted will not compel the judge to dismiss the ticket. I have had tickets in JC dismissed after showing photo proof that a PEO had done something incorrectly (ie, failed to notice my permit) but it is 100% on you to prove an infraction didn’t take place, and it has to be solid proof.

I once tried (and, failed) to have a ticket dismissed in which (I felt) the ticket itself had all the necessary facts to have it declared invalid and dismissed: I was dinged for a 2-hour zone violation, but the ticket was issued about 1:40 after the PEO had first observed the vehicle. If you ever get a parking zone violation ticket, you would know that the ticket includes both the time it was first observed and the time of ticket issuance. I went to court to fight the penalty and the judge didn’t care that the ticket clearly showed that two hours had not elapsed. His reply to me was “well, do you have proof that you did move the car and that it did not in fact stay past the two hour limit?” I was flabbergasted. I had indeed moved the car and gone back home for the day, but how do you prove that you were home? I got stuck paying the ticket AND the court costs.

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Re: A Hudson lesson in the science of potholes: You can’t blame the snow this winter
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Instead of wasting 500K in a piss poor effort that leaves streets with a bunch of patches that get ripped year after the year, the city would be better served with a comprehensive repaving plan that actually rips out existing roads and paves them over smoothly. The current "solution is anything but... the city just re-did 1st Street and it looks as bad as before they came, and the result is just AWFUL: the surface is just a mess of bumps.

Posted on: 4/15 19:16
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Re: Cherry Picked is now Jane's Ice Cream
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Jane's Ice Cream is based up in Kingston, NY, and they were the supplier for Cherry Picked all along, so I suspect there is little or no change.


Ugh! I was hoping this would be an actual change of ownership/management. I really want to like this place and patronize it, but every time I have tried to do so (with one exception) it is always closed. They have some sort of schedule, but they are erratic at best. I simply stopped trying after a while.

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Re: A little history for those who weren't here back when:
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Thanks for sharing this! Really neat to see the pictures of the businesses and the people that ran and patronized them.

Posted on: 4/10 21:23
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Re: First female head of PATH system says she will improve rider experience
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I long ago gave up on using the PATH on weekends, and I used to love doing so. But, the aggravation is too much (frequent delays, overcrowding, limited scheduled service) and the cost differential is minimal when you factor in PATH + Subway vs. Holland Tunnel (with EZ Pass) and using on street parking once in NYC. And, if there are two or more people in the car, you definitely end up saving money by driving into NYC versus the cost of r/t PATH and Subway fares.


Interesting point. It's like PATH administrators intentionally try hard to make weekend service as crappy as possible.

Although many will disagree, I think the solution is to put a shitload of luxury condos and apartments on the PATH line, and eventually the overcrowding and crappy service will irritate enough voting rich people that the the Govenor will finally take notice and order the Port Authority to improve service. But we're not even close yet to that point. Maybe in 30 years...

Right now PATH riders are too small of a constituency for the politicians to give a dame.


Say what you want, but in a way the PATH management honchos are brilliant: they have beaten the constituencies they are supposed to serve into accepting extremely subpar service and solutions by lowering the bar SO MUCH that people will accept anything as "well, it is better than nothing."

For 2 or 3 years we had the limited weekend service due to cleaning of the tubes to 33rd St because of the Sandy flooding. Now we have at least one year of the same nonsense for the WTC tunnels. We have weekend service that runs every week 30 minutes and usually NOT on time. Trying to catch an early morning train at Grove Street on a weekend is like spinning a carnival wheel: will it show up on time? Or, will it show up late? Heck, will it even show up?? Will the station be mobbed? Just not worth it.

Weekday trains are often filled to the brim. I often watch people get left behind at Newport because they can't get into trains that leave Grove already full. If I was living in Newport, I would either walk to Hoboken and ride from there, or ride the PATH from Newport towards JSQ and then ride back to NYC, which guarantees you a seat. Of course, that solution will cost you at least 21 minutes, but perhaps it is worth it.

And, don't be so optimistic! It will not take 30 years for the PATH to get to the point of complete saturation: there are MANY new buildings going up in the JSQ area (so trains will likely arrive at Grove already full in the near future) and there is a ton of development happening in Harrison and Newark, so even those trains will likely start to get filled early on in the next few years. I am pretty certain things will get really bad in the next 10 years, or less.

Posted on: 4/8 16:01
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Re: New Payroll taxes
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Just wait until the new school payroll tax falls short of estimates and has to be increased.

Runaway as fast as you can.

I also wonder about induced demand. Does the hike in benefits encourage more people to go on "disability" than would otherwise not?

(I know there are plenty of people suffering with a disability but I bet there a ways to game the system for people that simply don't want to work.)

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I think the answer is CLEARLY NO.

The combined increase will be about $260, so about $10 per bi-weekly paycheck. It doesn't sound like a lot, but NJ Taxes are like death by a thousand cuts.

The part I found interesting is that the total revenue from taxes exceeds, by quite a bit, the amounts being disbursed: in terms of FMLA, they collect 200 MM and disburse half that, while the disability insurance fund collects 566 MM, but pays out 405 MM. So, combined, the state is collecting ~260 MM above what it pays out. Where is that money going? Is it being "banked" (I know, laughable idea) or is it being spent on other things?

I also find it somewhat unfair that a higher income person will be taxed much more, but is then capped in how much they can collect. The payments are capped at 85% of a weekly salary equivalent to ~52K / year. The state sees it fit to cap the payments to that level for everyone, but is more than happy to collect taxes on all income without limits.


Actually, that is just one of several reasons why the payroll tax idea is terrible: they already know, before it was approved and before its implementation, that it will not cover the budget shortfall. So, it is a solution that does not really address the problem it is purported to solve. The real problem is profligate spending by the BOE, including sweetheart pensions and salaries, long abetted by a populace that was paying a fraction of this while the rest of the state paid for it. The only REAL solution will involve budget cuts AND a school tax increase. It is a death knell for the re-election hopes of any mayor, which is why so many city administrations have turned a blind eye to the problem.

Someone else (was it Brewster?) made a good point when he mused why would the state allow this to continue while they had control of the local BOE? And, why did the state ever return control given the fiscal mismanagement?

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Re: First female head of PATH system says she will improve rider experience
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I long ago gave up on using the PATH on weekends, and I used to love doing so. But, the aggravation is too much (frequent delays, overcrowding, limited scheduled service) and the cost differential is minimal when you factor in PATH + Subway vs. Holland Tunnel (with EZ Pass) and using on street parking once in NYC. And, if there are two or more people in the car, you definitely end up saving money by driving into NYC versus the cost of r/t PATH and Subway fares.

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Re: New Payroll taxes
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I think the answer is CLEARLY NO.

The combined increase will be about $260, so about $10 per bi-weekly paycheck. It doesn't sound like a lot, but NJ Taxes are like death by a thousand cuts.

The part I found interesting is that the total revenue from taxes exceeds, by quite a bit, the amounts being disbursed: in terms of FMLA, they collect 200 MM and disburse half that, while the disability insurance fund collects 566 MM, but pays out 405 MM. So, combined, the state is collecting ~260 MM above what it pays out. Where is that money going? Is it being "banked" (I know, laughable idea) or is it being spent on other things?

I also find it somewhat unfair that a higher income person will be taxed much more, but is then capped in how much they can collect. The payments are capped at 85% of a weekly salary equivalent to ~52K / year. The state sees it fit to cap the payments to that level for everyone, but is more than happy to collect taxes on all income without limits.

Posted on: 4/8 13:30
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Re: Jersey City to become First in the State to Require Illuminated, Identifiable Signage for all Ridesh
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Uber and Lyft already provide the license plate # so it is the responsibility of the person who order a ride to check she/he got into the right car.


Not just that: they provide plate number, the car's brand, model, and color, and a stock picture of the vehicle! And, they also provide a picture of the driver, and their name.

No amount of legislating will effectively counterbalance people's willingness to suspend common sense and total dereliction of self-preservation.

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Re: Fulop wants to charge NY’ers their own congestation pricing
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When I heard Fulop was floating a congestion pricing plan, I thought FOR SURE that meant he was going to add a surcharge to anyone who gets off the turnpike at LSP or Columbus, and then roars through downtown to the tunnel.

It would be simple: Anyone whose EasyPass dings at those exits, and then hits the tunnel within say 30 minutes, gets hit with a surcharge that goes straight into JC's coffers.

But no, that's not his plan at all. His plan is ass-backwards. And the most surprising thing is that I'm actually surprised.


Really hope there is a way to get this implemented, City should do a revenue share with Port Authority on this if it makes implementation easier...


Of course there is a way to get this implemented, assuming in terms of technology. But, it will never happen: first of all, you would have to get the PA on board, and given the mayor's previous antics, that is not going to happen. Also, this idea would be easy to defeat: anyone wanting to cut through JC could simply shield their EZ-Pass sensor prior to getting off in a ramp that leads into JC, then unshield it when approaching the Holland Tunnel. Also, what about cars that don't use EZ-Pass??

The idea sounds good until you realize that it really would be a mess to implement and enforce.


Drivers couldn't outsmart it if the actual toll readers were moved past exit 14C, to the fork, so they get ding'd (and charged) at Columbus, LSP, and the tunnel. Now that readers don't require an actual toll booth, it's not a huge ask, infrastructure-wise.

And then the reader at The Holland Tunnel is outfitted with a second reader, just for this purpose. Covering your easypass at either point means you just jumped a toll, which carries a much greater fine.

The PA could say no to the second reader, sure, but it would look like the petty payback it is, since that device would cost pennies.


Your proposed solution would definitely address the issue I raised. It would of course require NJTA to relocate or remove the existing 14C toll plaza. Personally, I don't like the idea all that much, as it could impact local residents who may come home from somewhere, stop at their home for something or another, and then continue to the Holland and get dinged. But, I do agree that something could/should be done about the traffic flooding local streets. Marin Blvd is nowadays a shitshow of traffic in the mornings AND afternoons, Grand continues to be a death rally track, and the BeLa streets do get a ton of congestion in the mornings.

I also think (but, dont know for sure) that there might be some regulatory and legal complications related to any profit sharing between the PA, and the local JC government, as well as the matter of getting them both to the table to discuss and agree on a plan, particularly after the truck inspections, lawsuits, and all the other trash talking that has taken place in the past few years.

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Re: Female Jogger Slain - Body Found in Lincoln Park Lake
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I did an OPRA awhile back from the Hudson County prison. 50 to 60 percent of the people in the prison are non-citizens. The charges various from sexual assault, rape, drug/and or sex trafficking. The politicans are in favor of immigration due to the census. The more people, the higher the dollar amount and perhaps an additional congressional seat.


This is a perfect example of what happens when people quote numbers and facts without understanding them or their context. Something of which you are quite an expert!

The Kearny jail has an unusually large percentage of non-citizens, but that is because the county has a contract with the federal government to house ICA detainees in that jail. A more informed opinion would be to understand how many of the Kearny jail prisoners are there because of crimes committed locally and are not there as part of the ICE contract. Of course, that would take time, effort, and intellectual honesty. Much easier to spout numbers without logic or reasoning.


What you seem to fail to understand is that those locked up are criminals. As is the person who killed the jogger!


LOL WUT!? Kindly point out where have I ever said such a thing? I am stridently against illegal immigration. That doesn't negate expecting intellectual honesty in a conversation in which facts and numbers are being thrown around.

The problem with Yvonne's post (and previous statements on this subject, and others) is that she likes to confuse things by throwing out numbers without context, to try and bolster her argument or opinion. Her post was clearly meant to convey two ideas: that most criminals are illegal immigrants (not true) and that the illegal immigrant population in JC (and this area) is much larger than most people think or assume.

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Re: Female Jogger Slain - Body Found in Lincoln Park Lake
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I did an OPRA awhile back from the Hudson County prison. 50 to 60 percent of the people in the prison are non-citizens. The charges various from sexual assault, rape, drug/and or sex trafficking. The politicans are in favor of immigration due to the census. The more people, the higher the dollar amount and perhaps an additional congressional seat.


This is a perfect example of what happens when people quote numbers and facts without understanding them or their context. Something of which you are quite an expert!

The Kearny jail has an unusually large percentage of non-citizens, but that is because the county has a contract with the federal government to house ICA detainees in that jail. A more informed opinion would be to understand how many of the Kearny jail prisoners are there because of crimes committed locally and are not there as part of the ICE contract. Of course, that would take time, effort, and intellectual honesty. Much easier to spout numbers without logic or reasoning.

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Re: Fulop wants to charge NY’ers their own congestation pricing
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When I heard Fulop was floating a congestion pricing plan, I thought FOR SURE that meant he was going to add a surcharge to anyone who gets off the turnpike at LSP or Columbus, and then roars through downtown to the tunnel.

It would be simple: Anyone whose EasyPass dings at those exits, and then hits the tunnel within say 30 minutes, gets hit with a surcharge that goes straight into JC's coffers.

But no, that's not his plan at all. His plan is ass-backwards. And the most surprising thing is that I'm actually surprised.


Really hope there is a way to get this implemented, City should do a revenue share with Port Authority on this if it makes implementation easier...


Of course there is a way to get this implemented, assuming in terms of technology. But, it will never happen: first of all, you would have to get the PA on board, and given the mayor's previous antics, that is not going to happen. Also, this idea would be easy to defeat: anyone wanting to cut through JC could simply shield their EZ-Pass sensor prior to getting off in a ramp that leads into JC, then unshield it when approaching the Holland Tunnel. Also, what about cars that don't use EZ-Pass??

The idea sounds good until you realize that it really would be a mess to implement and enforce.

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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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Popcorn should be free


Why? They are already providing free entertainment in the form of a movie.

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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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I used to have the numbers, but I can't seem to find them. The number of support and admin staff today compared to 30+ years ago is MUCH HIGHER, even though the student population was the same or smaller.


This was the case back when I was a student in a suburban public school back in the '70s and '80s. The high school had a superintendent, deputy superintendent, principal, vice principal, dean, and a plethora of admin support staff. This was during the Gen X baby bust, where the number of students dropped about half from the previous generation.

My parents used to wonder what all those people did all day. They pulled me out and put me in private school (that was perpetually underfunded) the last two years of my education. The improvement in education quality was astounding, primarily because the teachers were people who just wanted to teach. Public school the teachers were constantly doing work slowdowns, sick-outs, threatening strikes, or just overall hated their jobs.


One of the biggest challenges is the resistance by entrenched teacher unions resisting (and, outright rejecting) any oversight or outside probing of the system. We are continually told "trust us, we are the experts" or "we don't need you sticking your nose into our business". But, it IS our business. It is certainly our money.

It would be interesting to see some more stats about amount of admin, non-teaching staff numbers as a ratio to students, and as a ration to teachers, and average salaries. Surely this data could be cobbled together from some source. It would be interesting to compare across districts in NJ, and against districts in other states. I am pretty sure the results will be predictable, but having cold, hard numbers would be nice.

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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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I used to have the numbers, but I can't seem to find them. The number of support and admin staff today compared to 30+ years ago is MUCH HIGHER, even though the student population was the same or smaller. The same goes for teaching staff. Certainly, it seems like there is enough fat to trim in staff numbers. Of course, that is never a move that is liked or easy to accept.

Also, we rank in the top 10 or 20 percent of salaries, for teachers and other admin staff. Something has to give, and now that residents are being told they will be shouldering the spending ways of the BOE, people are paying attention and demanding accountability. The problem with our setup of others shouldering our budget is that it encouraged the populace at large to be apathetic about the BOE spending.

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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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Yvonne, the result is a 2% increase in JC taxes. Considering how low JC taxes are compared to the NJ average your takeaway should be ‘how lucky JC taxpayers have been for decades’.


While I am not claiming to know any of the numbers here, if the BOE is talking a 50% to 100% tax increase and school taxes represent about 25% of our full tax bill, how can we only expect a 2% tax increase. It seems to me it's more in the ballpark of 12.5%-25% or perhaps even more. This is simple math.


Read the article: the current budget proposal is only for a 10% increase to make up the shortfall for this year. That ~10% increase represents only a little over a 2% increase for residents in their total tax bill. The dire predictions of 100% or 200% are about what will happen in the future. This year's increase is largely mitigated by the payroll tax approved by the legislature. As pressure increases in Trenton to cut back even more in the JC BOE subsidies, and as other cuts already announced get phased in, more money will be needed to make up the shortfall.

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Re: ‘Massive’ $120M budget shortfall is subject of special Jersey City BOE meeting
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The numbers and details are public information. The BOE claim is actually quite true: over time (and, perhaps in the near future) JC residents SHOULD expect an increase of 100% to 200% percent of their current school taxes, which currently account for about 26% of the total property tax bill, and only covers about ~17% of the BOE budget.

A 100% increase would have JC residents shouldering 33% of their local school budget, while a 200% increase would have us shouldering half of our budget. When you look at it that way, two things become clear: 1) this future tax increase is inevitable, and 2) this is not at all an outrageous expectation on the part of the state and other NJ municipalities. For far too long, JC residents have been complacent about the BOE budgets and wasteful ways because we have only had to pay 1/6 of our school taxes. When the reval came out with an outrageously low number, it became clear to other municipalities that JC was getting away with far too much, and so now everyone is asking / expecting JC to shoulder a bigger percentage of their local BOE budget. Why should JC get away with levying a 1.5% property tax, and get over 80% of their school budget subsidized, while other municipalities have to impose 2 - 3 percent property tax rates to pay for their school budgets AND ours?

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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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I was really excited about this until I realized it is targeted at the daytime work crowd and will only open during weekdays and closing at 7 PM.

Food halls have been a hot trend all over major European cities for years now, and most have hours that run into the late evening (at least 9 PM) and court everyone, not just a work, daytime crowd. I am really surprised Mack-Cali does not see the potential of such a concept to thrive at night (and, weekends!) by courting a large demographic.


After 5 pm that area is dead, the amount of foot traffic doesn't justify staying open.




Or, perhaps it is dead because there is nothing to attract people to the area.

Cities all over the world have used food halls to attract people and developers to forgotten areas of town, and led entire revitalizations of some areas based on that. Our waterfront has what is arguably the most impressive and coveted view in the entire world, and we somehow don't capitalize on that. Heck, the most recent venture to take the "risk" of opening by the waterfront (Lutze) opened with a crappy (and overpriced!) beer selection, and still manages to get packed on sunny days. A well executed food hall concept should be able to do just as well.

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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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I was really excited about this until I realized it is targeted at the daytime work crowd and will only open during weekdays and closing at 7 PM.

Food halls have been a hot trend all over major European cities for years now, and most have hours that run into the late evening (at least 9 PM) and court everyone, not just a work, daytime crowd. I am really surprised Mack-Cali does not see the potential of such a concept to thrive at night (and, weekends!) by courting a large demographic.


Hopefully if they're successful during the work day they'll expand their hours. Whenever I've gone to Harborside on the weekend (to Piggyback or whatever) it has been on the verge of "dead." I suppose it's a chicken & egg scenario. Do you open restaurants where nobody is (if you build it will they come?) or do you wait until you at least know you'll have customers.


Agreed: it is very much a "chicken/egg" situation. But, there is NO DOUBT that the right concept will bring people to Harborside outside of work hours, as Lutze is usually quite packed on Summer weekends, this despite the mediocre beer selection. A food hall is both a trendy concept and a practical solution, as it allows a group of 2 or more people to be able to patronize it and (hopefully) everyone can find something to his/her liking.

In addition to Lutze, the new Hudson & Co has opened across from Taphaus, so more options should help increase foot traffic on weekends.

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Re: Jersey City’s Hot Waterfront Lands a 13-Vendor Food Hall
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I was really excited about this until I realized it is targeted at the daytime work crowd and will only open during weekdays and closing at 7 PM.

Food halls have been a hot trend all over major European cities for years now, and most have hours that run into the late evening (at least 9 PM) and court everyone, not just a work, daytime crowd. I am really surprised Mack-Cali does not see the potential of such a concept to thrive at night (and, weekends!) by courting a large demographic.

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Re: Sweeney proposes slapping payroll tax on Jersey City businesses to fund schools
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Payroll tax upheld. The judge also upheld the non-resident clause though he could only link it to general use of city resources, not to the schools - and that tax is specifically going to the schools, not to the city general budget. I read part of the ruling and this is the only debatable argument I could find, the rest seems on firm legal footing based on what the state has carved.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/03/judg ... ax-is-constitutional.html


This ruling will (obviously) be appealed. The judge rationale is faulty. He had already made up his mind by the time the case was argued (he indicated so himself) and the ruling is based on the idea that not upholding the law as written would lead to teacher layoffs and other fiscal-crisis responses, but that has no bearing on whether something is constitutional, or not. This case will make it all the way to the State Supreme Court.

Posted on: 3/17 17:21
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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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Amazing how Fulop stop the spending of funds for the FOL and the friends are blamed. It is equivalent to blaming rape victims for the crime committed against them.


Sometimes you really, really outdo yourself.
Your comment is outrageous, and heartless. I am sure if you (or, someone close to you) had ever been raped, you wouldn't make such an outlandish comment.

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Re: its official: entire heights must buy resident parking permit
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Why not RESIDENT PARKING ONLY during the evening hours like they have in Paulus Hook?


WUT!? There is no such thing in Paulus Hook, except for one or two blocks, along the light rail track area. The vast majority of Paulus Hook is just like the rest of JC: 2-hr limit during the day, and no limit whatsoever at night. This COULD be changing in the future, as the city is now examining/debating proposals that could extend limits to late into the evenings.

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Do they check permits in other neighborhoods in JC?


I can only speak for my neighborhood, and they *definitely* check permits in the PAD. It used to be a free-for-all in our area, until residents started to complain and demanded stepped up enforcement. The PEOs come around at least three times during the day to check on permits, and they regularly ticket vehicles that are in violation of the permit rules. One drawback to this has been that some PEOs are very, very bad at their job and will ticket vehicles with valid permits because they don't get out of their carts when checking for them, and will miss permits that can not be spotted more easily if they had stepped out. The city should follow the lead of other cities around the world, requiring PEOs to take pictures of vehicles before issuing a violation. This would server two purposes: force the PEO to get out and really examine a vehicle to properly determine if a violation has taken place, and provide proof to enforce the fine when someone goes to court to try and get out from the ticket.

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Re: Jersey City Drops Lawsuit Against the Friends of the Loews Jersey City Landmark Theatre
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Tic-tock, tic-tock...2020 will be here before you know it.


It's sad that we have to wait another year before we can see real progress in the Loews saga. The FoL is a JOKE. Another 5 years wasted with little or no progress. We could have had something by now, but instead are stuck with a theater that continues to be in disrepair and that will likely cost much more to renovate in 2020 than it would have cost if work had started in 2014.

They [FoL] mean well, but they have shown (over and over!) that they are amateurs and not up to the task of getting the restoration or renovation completed.

Posted on: 3/12 14:58
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Re: Jersey City school board votes to allow members with conflicts of interest to vote on teachers union
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while I believe that this decision is not in the best interest of the education system and conflicts of interest come with a heavy cost, however, Jersey City teachers are NOT among the highest paid in the state. They make more than 88%, not 98% of districts. Median salary is $75,760, ranked 80th in districts in NJ, 3rd in Hudson behind, Hoboken and Harrison.

Ah, I misremembered, it's actually >93% of, as I said, equivalent districts. But since when is more than even 88% "NOT among the highest paid in the state."???

Per Pupil Ranking Within Group (2017-18 budget): 91|98
https://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/education/csg/18/csg.pl

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it bears repeating that JC residents have shown incredible apathy to these issues because they are shielded from the spiraling school costs as a result of our budget being mostly shouldered by the state. If for every $1 increase we only pay 16 cents, people just don't have enough of an incentive (or don't feel enough pain) to complain and demand accountability.

This actually bears a striking resemblance to how insured Americans have been indifferent to skyrocketing healthcare costs. I still don't fathom how the state returned control when we're so obviously spending out of control, and how they didn't rein it in over the >25 years they had control.


You are SO right in drawing that analogy with healthcare: for those of us who are covered by an employer plan, healthcare costs have always been an abstract subject. About five years ago, my company switched from paying 95% of the monthly cost of employee's health insurance to 80%, which of course spurred a lot of people to examine what was being paid for and what was offered or included. And, since that first change, a small (but, very vocal) group insists on negotiating of new rates, even if it entails switching plans. If the company ever switches to paying just 50%, I am SURE that most people would be VERY invested in how the plans are negotiated and what is covered or offered.

The irony is that if you ask most people on the street, they would tell you that our taxes are too high. When the reval was completed, a sizable portion of DTJC was up in arms about the new taxes, and there was no reasoning with those people. They insist they are being unfairly singled out. When it is pointed out to them that school taxes are too low and will inevitably go up in the next few years, people absolutely, positively lose their $hit and go on tirades about the unfairness of it all, this despite being told that we are only paying 16% of our budget, while other NJ residents are paying the rest. Tripling the local school tax is about the fairest thing that could happen, but people would be up in arms. The thing is... sooner or later, it will have to happen.

Posted on: 3/11 18:30
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Re: Jersey City school board votes to allow members with conflicts of interest to vote on teachers union
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Jersey City school board votes to allow members with conflicts of interest to vote on teachers union pact

JERSEY CITY — The school board voted Thursday to allow its members who were supported by the local teachers union to vote on the new union contract, which could be finalized later this year.

The approved measure is known as the doctrine of necessity, which is invoked when a quorum of the board has conflicts of interest that prevent it from voting on a specific matter. Absent Thursday’s action, only four board members would be able to vote on the teachers union contract because the other five have conflicts. The contract expires in June.

Thursday’s measure was approved with little discussion by a 7-1 vote, with Matt Schapiro voting no. He is one of the non-conflicted members.

https://www.nj.com/hudson/2019/03/jers ... -teachers-union-pact.html



The foxes are voting on who should be allowed in the henhouse. You can't make this shit up. We pay our teachers more than 98% of equivalent NJ districts. Why is that?


Why is that? Well, I think this has been explained before: in addition to the power of entrenched interests (and the obvious malfeasance of the BOE "taking care of their own") it bears repeating that JC residents have shown incredible apathy to these issues because they are shielded from the spiraling school costs as a result of our budget being mostly shouldered by the state. If for every $1 increase we only pay 16 cents, people just don't have enough of an incentive (or don't feel enough pain) to complain and demand accountability.

Of course, now that the reval was completed and the rate came out so low, the party is slowly grinding to a halt. In very short time, we will likely see a doubling of our school taxes, which will translate into a 25% increase of our property taxes. That should get people's attention. And, that would only amount to JC residents shouldering 33% of the local BOE budget. If we were asked/forced to pay half of our BOE budget, we could be staring at a tripling of our school taxes, which would equal a 50% bump in property taxes. Imagine the bitching and moaning then.

Posted on: 3/11 14:51
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Re: Bayonne Costco opening March 7th...
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iGreg wrote:
Any opening day perks?

They will be packed on weekends as Clifton is a madhouse.



There is ABSOLUTELY ZERO reason to go to the Clifton location: their Teterboro location is, at most, an additional five minute detour for those coming from JC, and it is HUGE, and never as chaotic as the Clifton location. I stopped going to Clifton years ago, when the Teterboro location opened. If I am ever in need of pocking up wine and liquor with my other purchases, I then head down to their Edison location, which carries wine, beer, and liquor.

Both the Edison and Teterboro locations have gas stations.

Posted on: 3/7 22:50
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