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Re: Embankment park is coming
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This is a little confusing. Did the law requiring Conrail to give first rights to Jersey City only become law AFTER the dispute had started? I don't know if I'm reading this correctly. If so it seems like the wife bought the land fair and square and then the city got Corzine to pass a Hail Mary bill. I'm sure there's more to this.


Whether the city gets first rights or not, Conrail didn't have the right to sell it to a non-railroad entity without first going through the STB abandonment process.

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Re: Embankment park is coming
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The heart of the legal dispute was whether Conrail had the right to sell the Embankment to the developer without the intent to have it remain a railroad.

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) must rule on abandonment of rail lines (this responsibility is handed down from the predecessor agency, the Interstate Commerce Commission). In this case "abandonment" does not mean trains haven't run on the line for x years, it means that the rail line would change to another use, and thus, cease to be a right of way for rail transportation (aside, some rail lines are not subject to STB rulings, such as New Jersey Transit owned rail lines).

Conrail's assets are subject to the STB, and therefore Conrail was/is required to apply for an STB ruling when abandoning a rail line. Here's an overview of the process: https://www.stb.gov/stb/public/resources_abandonment.html

Had the STB approved the abandonment ahead of time, Conrail could have offered it to the city or sold it to the developer free and clear. That didn't happen, and therefore, the long legal battle ensued.

Other former rail lines downtown, such as the 10th Street Embankment, went through the legal abandonment process before ownership was transferred.

Posted on: 10/24 17:34
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Re: Meet 10 of the 13 candidates running for JC Board of Ed: in 3 Parts
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The candidates spoke at the Journal Square Community Association monthly meeting yesterday. Here’s the stream. They stream all of their monthly meetings on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/jsqca/videos/701151270380518/

Posted on: 10/14 0:30
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Re: Jersey City Residents Say Chaotic Bike Lanes Send Cyclists The Wrong Way In Front Of A School, Churc
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There were a bunch of meetings. I went to two myself. And there was the demonstration project last October, when a temporary protected bike lane was installed on Bergen Av for four days to see how it worked.

I know it’s darn near impossible to reach out to every person in the city, but to suggest this was done in secret or suddenly is absolutely ridiculous.

Posted on: 9/28 0:03
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Re: Another top honor for JC - worse city to drive
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Yvonne, have you been to any of the “best” cities on that list? They don’t have PATH or NJT or anything near the transit system we have here. For all the troubles and all the complaints we rightfully make about transit around here, it is better than 95% of the rest of the country.

Posted on: 9/26 1:02
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Re: Another top honor for JC - worse city to drive
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Ooooooo “bottom 5 for car washes per capita...”

Not surprisingly, the cities at the top of the list are drive-thru obsessed sprawlburbs. Fortunately JC is not that kind of a city. We have good public transit (though of course it has its problems) and we’re a very walkable city. I can live here comfortably without a car, but that wouldn’t be possible in places like Raleigh NC and most of the top half of that list.

Posted on: 9/25 4:02
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Re: One of N.J.'s trendiest Asian restaurants has closed its doors
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The management, like the food, was salty AF.

Posted on: 8/27 13:59
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Re: One of N.J.'s trendiest Asian restaurants has closed its doors
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deuces

Posted on: 8/14 19:54
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Re: Police activity nearby Gringos 8/11 early evening?
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Does anyone know what happened yesterday around 6PM? Multiple police cars were blocking off the intersection by 1st and Coles.

I spoke to some neighbors sitting on their stoop and they mentioned that someone shot up the street (towards) Colombus. They mentioned 6 or 7 people, but only one with a gun.

I haven't seen anything mentioned anywhere. There were multiple police on the scene investigating.


There were posts about it on reddit, nextdoor, and the Harsimus Cove Facebook group last night. Teenagers, with a gun, shots fired, police picked them up.

Posted on: 8/12 12:24
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Re: Bye bye, Barcade?
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does that building hold no historic significance? we're a block away, and can't change our stoop railing, per rules. how can corporations just tear down these old beauties?


They're not in a historic preservation district, but in the Newark Ave Downtown Redevelopment Plan Zone (would have to look that up to see what you're allowed to do there)

They're on the Planning Board agenda for Aug 13. The agenda says "Multi-phase proposed project retains Newark Avenue and Barrow Street (partial) facades in accordance with bonus provisions of the redevelopment plan to construct a 7-story mixed use building with 51 residential dwelling units and 11,967 sf of retail space.
Deviations: Minimum Rooftop Amenity Space, Prohibited facade materials, Minimum floor to ceiling heights - upper floors, Minimum floor to ceiling heights - ground floor, Minimum building stepbacks, Maximum stories"

Sounds like they want to cram in a few more units than allowed. If you feel strongly about it, reach out to Matt Ward in City Planning or go to the Planning Board meeting.

Posted on: 8/7 21:36
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Re: Paulus Hook to midtown NYC via PATH
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The ferry is relatively stress free and more reliable.... and I think the bus that shuttles ferry passengers is free.

Why not take Path to WTC all the northbound MTA connections are there?


That's a lot of extra dough. If it were me, I'd just walk to Grove. Google walking directions take you to the entrance in the Grove St Plaza, but the Marin Blvd entrance is closer to Paulus Hook. I can't find a place in Paulus Hook that is more than a 12-14 minute walk (0.7 mi) to the Marin Blvd entrance, and most of PH is closer than that. That's not a bad walk, really, and less frustrating than relying on a light rail or subway connection. Oh, and a lot cheaper.

Posted on: 7/23 3:16
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Re: McLaughlin Funeral Home sold their parking lot.
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Yvonne wrote:
When Cotter spoke in 2015 it was Fulop speaking. Nothing has changed. Traditional zoning has been tossed for a new way of getting it done. Nothing need be codified if its stamped with the city seal. Unless challenged in a court it stands ala the Kushner case where Fulop reneged on an abatement because his very good friend Jared is Trumps son-in-law. It was a totally manufactured event for the public eye.


Ok, I see the problem. You don't understand the difference between zoning and abatements, because you're conflating them. Please read up, including the links I posted a few days ago, along with NJ MLUL.

Posted on: 7/22 14:49
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Re: McLaughlin Funeral Home sold their parking lot.
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Well fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) the real estate market isn’t moved by something the (former) Planning director said at a conference once. The land isn’t worth 100 stories of development right until that development right is codified in the documents I linked previously, or a site plan approval. Developers and speculators may believe that 100 story development right may come someday but they can’t pay 100 story development right prices for land with 5 stories of right today. They’d have to get the land at a much lower price today to account for that risk. I pray you understand that so that we can move on from this primer.

Posted on: 7/21 20:04
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Re: McLaughlin Funeral Home sold their parking lot.
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Yvonne, why the Board of Ed building was sold at a loss is a good question, but completely unrelated to whether or not the McLaughlin lot is worth $16 million.

The Board of Ed building is in the Neighborhood Commercial zone, which allows a maximum of 4-5 stories (depending on parking requirements of the lot itself). The McLaughlin parking lot is in the Homestead Extension Bonus zone of the JSQ Redevelopment Plan, which allows up to 27 stories (if the lot has sufficient square footage). That difference in development right alone can explain a difference of millions of dollars in market value for a piece of land.

Contrary to popular belief, you can't just build a 100 story building anywhere you want.

Here's the zoning map: https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/UserFiles ... ng%20Map%202019.01.04.pdf
The zoning code:https://library.municode.com/nj/jersey ... RTVZODEST_S345-45NCNECODI
The JSQ redevelopment plan:https://data.jerseycitynj.gov/explore/ ... lopment-plan/information/

Posted on: 7/20 22:07
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Re: Flooding
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Saw this on the tweeter. Flooded street in JSQ.

https://mobile.twitter.com/kevinaskevin/status/1151649810312769536

Posted on: 7/18 1:18
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Re: McLaughlin Funeral Home sold their parking lot.
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Yvonne, You asked for an explanation, and JCGuys provided a good one. To elaborate on his point, land in JSQ where the zoning allows tall buildings is far more valuable than a piece of land with a smaller existing building by the WSA light rail stop, that does not come with the same development right.

The value of land includes accounting for what the buyer can do with the land. That's why you see so many speculators grabbing up land, and then going before the zoning board or the planning board to get approvals for much more than what zoning allows, and then selling the land for a much higher price. The land is more valuable if you can build BIG than if you can't. And JSQ is a part of the city where you can build really BIG.

Posted on: 7/17 14:34
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Re: McLaughlin Funeral Home sold their parking lot.
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McLaughlin Funeral Home on Journal Square has sold their parking lot to a developer. Can't imagine why unless they are planning to close the funeral home eventually. It's important to have ample parking when mourners pay their respects. What funeral homes are left in JC that provide a dignified service with ample parking?


There’s 3,000 parking spaces in decks within a 2 block radius of the funeral home, including the big PATH deck right on top of the funeral home itself. Seems ample enough.

Posted on: 7/14 22:44
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Re: Neighbor illegaly paved over front yard for parking
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You are the ass. It's none of their business


nope, you're the asshole here, it's entirely the business of neighbors that live on that block to not have an asshole like yourself move in and take on street parking away via an illegal front driveway, there's a process involving getting approval if you hadn't heard


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Posted on: 7/12 14:19
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Re: Strawberry Picking Farms Around Jersey City, NJ
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Strawberry season has been over for a few weeks.

Blueberries and raspberries are in season now. Peaches will start in late July and carry into September, and apples will be pickable from September into early November.

Posted on: 6/24 14:42
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Re: New Jersey to require schools to teach LGBT history
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Good.

Posted on: 6/6 22:55
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Re: IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT MEETING (The Heights)
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Yvonne wrote:
Every meeting I have taped, disagree with you bike lane, they want parking. It is the reason why hundreds of people came out to speak against 107 New York Avenue.


Considering 40% of households in JC do not own a car, 1 space per unit (100% parking for new units) is not necessary. The "neighborhood association" in my neighborhood goes into hysterics about parking too, but only 52% of households here have a car. Going to any of these "important" meetings, you'd think EVERYONE has cars, and that EVERYONE coming into the neighborhood is going to have a car. But that's just not true.

Overbuilding the parking just drives up the cost of housing.

Posted on: 5/31 17:05
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Re: IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT MEETING (The Heights)
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Not the prettiest building I've ever seen, but what would the neighborhood prefer, a line of Bayonne boxes with driveways (and cars parked in the driveways blocking most of the sidewalk)? Also, 1 parking per unit is way too much parking in Jersey City.

Posted on: 5/30 21:29
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Re: IMPORTANT NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT MEETING (The Heights)
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21 units over 4 parcels (36, 38, 40, 42 Waverly) doesn’t sound all that “large scale,” really. What’s the height?

Posted on: 5/29 23:05
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Re: A relic from the past turns up just in time for the Bergen Square Festival
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That's pretty cool. Bergen Square's role in NJ history is underappreciated. Saturday's event will be worth checking out.

Posted on: 5/16 19:01
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Re: STARBUCKS ON GROVE
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Living "up the hill," is like living in a bubble. Seeing violent crime, homelessness, lack of supermarkets/access to healthy foods, etc., it's easy to forget the true problems facing this city, such as the removal of some seating inside a downtown Starbucks.

Posted on: 5/3 4:55
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Ling Long Xuan finally opened on Saturday! https://www.yelp.com/biz/ling-long-xuan-restaurant-jersey-city-5

Posted on: 4/23 21:02
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Re: Top 5 Scenic Places To See Cherry Blossoms Near Jersey City
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After hearing over and over again how Branch Brook Park Newark has the most cherry blossom trees even more so than DC, I made it there this past weekend. It was quite disappointing as far as cherry blossoms are concerned. The Park is miles long and the trees are scattered about everywhere. And of course, you don't have the tidal basin and monument type backdrop.

Having said all that it was beautiful Park and the surrounding neighborhoods were really nice. Both my friend were surprised Newark had those kinds of neighborhoods.


Well of course...If Branch Brook Park had a tidal basin and a monument type backdrop, it would probably be - Washington DC, not Newark!!!


Branch Brook Park is pretty great. It doesn’t have the Tidal Basin and monuments, but the pond and basilica backdrop give a similarly “monumental” feel, no?

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Posted on: 4/19 5:39
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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To think of all of the power brokering and envelope passing that has happened at that place over the years. An institution in Hudson County politics.

Posted on: 4/18 22:27
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Sagoto Bubble Tea finally opened this weekend at 652 Newark Ave (Five Corners area).

https://www.yelp.com/biz/sagoto-bubbletea-world-jersey-city

Posted on: 3/24 14:43
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Re: What’s going there? (Journal Square edition)
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Grubbs Take Away (from Hoboken) is opening a 2nd location on Newark Ave across from the courthouse (former McDonalds site)

https://jerseydigs.com/grubbs-take-awa ... urnal-square-jersey-city/

Posted on: 3/22 16:15
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