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Re: Removal of dying tree
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I used Tree Nanny (Chris) earlier this year to trim a large cherry tree. Was happy with both knowledge, service and cost. I don't have his number handy however his company and info is on Yelp.

Posted on: 9/26 12:00
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Re: Bed in a box recommendations ?
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We purchased one out of necessity. We wanted a king size bed however it would have been impossible to get a traditional mattress up to the second floor of my brownstone due to the tight turns etc.

Posted on: 9/9 9:32
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Re: Bed in a box recommendations ?
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I'd had done my research and the most complaint /concern from consumers and professional reviewers was that some of the other brands had a chemical oddor. Leesa was rated best at the time. In addition, I recall you can select your firmness level with Leesa and, at least at that time, that was not an option on many other brands. This may have changed since but as I mentioned, both my wife and I have been extremely happy and sleep soundly every night. Honestly, I'll never buy a normal mattress again. My kids can literally be jumping on my bed next to me and I would not feel the movement. Anyway, good luck and hope this helped.

Posted on: 9/8 20:22
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Re: Bed in a box recommendations ?
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We purchased a king size Leesa 1.5 yrs. ago and have been extremely happy.

Posted on: 9/8 11:13
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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No worries, I can afford the increase. It's my neighbors that I'm more concerned about. As is, we've already had a couple individuals leave after living here for 10-20 years. It's a shame because the appeal to me is that we have a good mix of new and old.

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I find it funny that you think others should carry your tax burden just because you failed to do your due diligence. When I bought my first home downtown the taxes were low, like most homes in DTJC, so we went to the assessor's office and asked about it. Yes I got hit with a huge tax bill in the following cycles, but it gave me time to plan ahead.

When the value of your home rises, but you can't afford the taxes, you need to move or find a way to afford your taxes. It's wrong, not to mention incredibly selfish, to think that you should get a break just because the value of your home went up.

Be an adult and deal with your problems. Stop trying to pass them off on anyone else but yourself. Then again, you're the one with opinions like taxes should be based on lot size rather than value, so I won't hold my breath you are going to do what you're supposed to do.

Posted on: 7/18 12:36
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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.

Posted on: 7/18 11:04
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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.

Posted on: 7/17 15:49
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Yes, based on an expected 1.8%, your taxes will be $28,800. Taxes will not be phased in. That amount will be due in 2018, however because City budget tends to not be set until end of 2Q, what is done is that for first half of 2018, you pay 50% of your 2017 taxes (e.g., assume 50% of $12k = $6k). Then in 3Q/4Q the balance is due. Which in your case would be $22,800. Hope that makes sense. I'm in similar situation so I expect a hefty bill 2nd half of 2018.

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I fall into the "I bought downtown with no intentions of leaving" column and I'm hoping someone can help me clarify all the info I've been seeing re: outcome of the reval.

Regardless of how much I paid when I bought, my taxes will now be based on the current market value of my home? So if our neighbors sold for $1.6 million recently am I to expect my tax bill to jump to the $28-$30k range as a result?

Do we expect this to be phased in or done in one swift move? A friend was told this week by the tax office not to expect any changes in tax bills until 3rd quarter 2018 and I find that hard to believe. Thought it would be in place by end of year 2017?


Posted on: 7/16 21:02
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Re: Come to City Hall this upcoming Wednesday to promote electric vehicle charging in JC #EVinJC
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Interesting topic. I'd like to purchase an electric vehicle but currently park on the street. Would I be able to pay for an electric station to be installed in front my house hooked up to my electricity? Obviously I'd set it up so I'd be the only one to be able to use it. That being said, it would essentially become my parking spot. Is there any guidelines if that can be done? I wouldn't even know where to start.

Posted on: 6/22 21:30
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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So if your assessment comes in at $1M but the FMV should be at $850K, a person does not have the right to appeal because it's not greater than >15%? If so, that homeowner would be overpaying their taxes by $2700 (assuming 1.8%). How is that fair?

Posted on: 6/7 15:40
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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As a DTJC homeowner, I don't have an issue with paying my fair of taxes, but for me, there is a clear line between fair and ridiculous. When I bought 10 years ago, I had accepted that my taxes would be eventually raised to $24K-$25K, but now that I'm hearing that it would be more like mid-$30K then that's when it gets into absurdness. I've done some comp in other parts of NJ (e.g., Chatham, Milburn, Tenafly, etc.) and their taxes on a property similar in value don't even come close. Mind you, these municipalities have the best school systems in the state.

Posted on: 5/19 12:38
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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So, I was just informed by the insurance company that the car was recovered yesterday. I would have expected at least a courtesy call by JCPD to inform me rather I got attitude when I inquired with them as if it was my fault the car was stolen. Then they proceeded to inform me that my car is being held as evidence because it was involved in a shooting. Seriously...WTF? They proceeded to tell me that Hudson County Prosecutors Office will reach out to me once they are ready to release the vehicle (no time table provided). Not sure if I want the car back now. I have a feeling this is going to be a long process.

As a side note, any one know where I can find information of the shooting incident? I did a quick Google search but did not find anything.

Posted on: 1/3 14:27
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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I had purchased with only a handful of payments remaining. The Blue Book value is 4x the amount I owed on it but nevertheless I was looking forward to not having a car payment for a couple of years. I've lived on the block for 10 yrs now and definitely first I've heard of a car being stolen in the neighborhood.

Posted on: 1/1 19:53
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Re: Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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I had been unloading a bunch of groceries the night before so I'm assuming I must have left the door unlocked. If it is on its way to Nigeria, then the new family will also get a nice child car seat and stroller. Hope they enjoy it.

Posted on: 1/1 8:27
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Car stolen from front of my house on York St.
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I'm still in shock to wake up with my black Acura MDX stolen (license UVP22K) which was parked in front of my home on York btw Jersey and Varick. I've heard of cars broken into but out right theft of the vehicle? Anyway, I know it's a long shot however if anyone sees the vehicle abandoned in your neighborhood, please let me or police know ASAP. Happy New Year!

Posted on: 12/31 22:41
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Re: Assault last night @ Varick & Barrow
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Varick and Barrow don't intersect.

Posted on: 2016/6/14 12:59
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Re: BMW stolen
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Idiot. Of course he had a lap top in the car as well. I'm surprised he didn't mention about his bag of diamonds and gold.

Posted on: 2016/4/12 11:17
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Re: Historical Preservation Society
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I just installed several Marvin Integrity Windows back of my house. Will be installing a few more once addition is complete. I looked at various brands but stuck with Marvin as their quality is top and kept it consistent with new installed historical wood windows in the front of the house. Never heard of the other company you mentioned.

Regardless of which company you go with, make sure contractor has experience installing windows in brownstones since it definitely is trickier than normal. Make sure to have the measures twice before ordering as well. Stating the obvious but if not installed properly or doesn't fit properly, brand of window won't matter.

Posted on: 2016/4/5 19:42
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Re: Garden shed
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If it will be a permanent structure make sure that the shed is at least 30 feet away from the back property line.


False.

R-1 for example requires this:
Minimum Accessory Building Setbacks:
Rear Yard: Seven and one half feet;
Side Yard: Two feet.



You may be right regarding R-1, however you are assuming the home is classified as such. For example, most (if not all) homes in and around Van Vorst Park are classified as R-2. Apparently there are other conditions such as the height of the building which dictates how it's classified. In regards to 30 ft set back, I just went through the zoning / building department to get approvals for an addition and unless you get a variance from zoning all permanent structures (including decks and sheds that have a foundation) require it to be 30 ft from the back property line.

Posted on: 2016/3/9 11:31
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Re: Garden shed
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If it will be a permanent structure make sure that the shed is at least 30 feet away from the back property line.

Posted on: 2016/3/8 13:43
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Suggestion - where to get old light fixtures re-wired?
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Hi All-

I have several old ceiling light fixtures that I'd like to restore and re-wire. Anyone have any suggestions where I can go to get this type of work done?

Thanks

Posted on: 2015/12/21 18:47
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Re: Does anyone know how much it costs to gut renovate a building downtown?
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A friend and I were trying to figure out whether it's better to buy a place already renovated or needs a gut renovation. Or maybe even buy a lot and build from scratch? We would like either two small single families or a large two family building.

Thanks.


A fair estimate is $300K minimum. I'm currently renovating my top 2 floors (not a complete gut) and after architect, permits, contractor, etc. it is costing approximately $150K. I have 2 more floors (which the kitchen is involved) so you can do the math. Of course, there are multiple variables (sq footage, floors, quality of fixtures, etc.) that can increase that cost dramatically.

The advantages of doing it yourself is that you get what you want whereas if you buy already renovated, you'll pay a premium for someone else's vision. That beings said, it is not a pleasant experience to go through a renovation and time consuming so that needs to be put into your decision.

Posted on: 2015/5/1 9:37
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Re: Recommnedation for pocket shutters
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Not sure if they do exactly what you want but this place is good:

http://www.windowsofmontclair.com/index.php


Reached out to the company above, received a quote for ~$15000 for 6 sets of pocket shutters. How is that possible? Maybe I chose the wrong line of business. back to the drawing board. Need to reconsider refurbishing the current ones I have rather than replacing them.

Posted on: 2015/4/29 21:13
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Re: Recommnedation for pocket shutters
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No, I was just poking around recently for shutter replacements and came across them. On line comments are decent but anyone can write those. My problem is I don't think any window space in my house is actually rectangular anymore.


Yeah, that's my fear as well. I just gave them a call and they seem to be very helpful and prices seem more in line with what i was thinking. I need to play with the site since they seem to have many interactive tools.

Posted on: 2015/4/27 15:34
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Re: Recommnedation for pocket shutters
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Thanks K-Lo. Have you used them before?

Posted on: 2015/4/27 15:16
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Re: Recommnedation for pocket shutters
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silly question, but have you looked into the big boxes? pretty sure hd and probably lowes sells things like that


I did not check big box stores. It may be worth a try, however the windows are not standard sizes therefore they would most likely have to be custom. I assume I'm not the first one to attempt to replace existing shutters. I located a company in Red Hook that also does them and they quotes me $0.79 sq/in which at first did not sounds too bad until I did the math cost per window. It's crazy that the shutters will cost me more than the windows themselves (historic Marvin). Yes, the windows are large however it's hard for me to justify spending $10K to replace the shutters. I was hoping others had already went throught his exercise with better success and found a supplier with more a reasonable price.

Posted on: 2015/4/27 11:36
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Recommnedation for pocket shutters
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Any recommendations of companies that produce and/or repair shutters for old brownstone windows? A contractor had recommended reaching out to Garfield lumber millwork and I received an insane quote for $2000+ per window.

Posted on: 2015/4/27 9:00
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Re: Coming Soon - Carvao BBQ in McGinly Square
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FYI - there are works for a BBQ joint near Hamilton Park in the old VESPA dealership building on 10th. Not sure when it will be opening, name, etc. however there has been work going on on-and-off for months.

Posted on: 2015/4/22 14:33
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Coming Soon - Carvao BBQ in McGinly Square
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Posted on: 2015/4/21 11:53
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Re: What's going there?
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The old Vespa dealership by Hamilton Park will become a BBQ restaurant. I overheard one of owners discussing it with Brian at Park & Sixth. I believe Hamilton Inn has a stake in the establishment. He told me that the chef was touring Austin to get ideas as we speak.

Posted on: 2015/3/9 9:27
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