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Re: You know you're a JC old-timer if you remember...
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Add to that list...

The Loewe's, the Stanley, the State, and the Pix -- all movie theaters!

Bowling at Roosevelt Lanes

Meyer's (ice cream, candy, and luncheonette) on Bergen Avenue

Cara Carson at the Square

Liss and SilverRod drug stores at the Square

Jules' and Ilvento's on West Side Avenue

"The La" ("The La Petite") on Kennedy Blvd.

Wenton's Shoe Store on Bergen Avenue

Paris Bakery, Five Corners Bakery

Barricini Chocolates

Johnson's Stationery Store on Bergen Avenue

Lee Sims Chocolates on Bergen Avenue (still there!)

...and that little costume shop on Bergen Avenue near Duncan, owned by the little old lady who was like a character right out of Dickens (the name escapes me now!)

Posted on: 2009/9/26 4:43
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Chinese buffet?
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Can anyone recommend a good Chinese buffet for a quick lunch in Jersey City and/or Bayonne?

Posted on: 2009/9/9 23:42
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Re: Atlantic City by Public????
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If you want to use public transportation to AC, forget the train -- too long a trip and no cash back.

No for the Academy buses from JC or Bayonne -- too many stops, too many locals.

Go into NYC and take an Academy bus from Port Authority. There are more frequent buses throughout the day (one every half-hour), only one stop on the way to AC (Cheesequake rest stop on the GSP -- length of trip about 2.5 hours from NYC PA to AC, including the one stop), cash back from the casino, and you are delivered to the door of the casino.

Posted on: 2009/8/19 18:17
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Re: ShopRite - the place where you feel safe!
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We stopped using this ShopRite after witnessing one too many confrontations among customers in the parking lot and the store itself. Many of the customers seemed very aggressive and angry. When some customers became unruly, the staff either ignored the threats made to other customers or disappeared. We prefer to spend our time and our money in a more civilized store, where we are not threatened or otherwise made to feel at risk.

Posted on: 2009/8/9 3:42
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Re: Tenants could be on street -- "hardship" increases possible if owner not getting "fair return"
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marybarr wrote:
Oh puhleeeeze. None of you have the slightest idea how hard it is to get a job. Especially when you don't have a degree, ( no matter what giant experience you have) if you are over 45 (YES that makes a BIG difference, ESPECIALLY if you are female) and let's not forget if you have any type of record or a bad credit history. If you are a 20 year old virgin college graduate you have a shot.


Amen to that! This country is going through a major economic transformation -- and that includes the need to adapt a large educated experienced workforce to a marketplace that consists of many fewer jobs, a greater portion of which are at lower earning levels. Very little about this situation is "temporary" -- as the ramifications of this transformation will have very far reaching socio-economic effects.

Posted on: 2009/8/4 20:53
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Re: Tenants could be on street -- "hardship" increases possible if owner not getting "fair return"
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So yes, I'm for welfare, but unless you're disabled it should be limited to 6 months. If that's ample enough time for unemployment benefits to run out, it should be just as sufficient for welfare.


Just FYI -- those who meet the eligibility requirements can now collect Unemployment Benefits for 79 weeks in New Jersey. That includes 26 weeks on the initial claim, and another 53 weeks in extensions.


Just as an FYI to you - this is temporary and is based on the current economic situation. The norm for collecting unemployment is 6 months.


"Temporary"? The first tier of Unemployment Benefit extensions currently in effect was enacted for claims effective May 7, 2006 -- followed by two more tiers put in place afterward, and a fourth tier now under discussion for enactment when Congress returns from recess in September.

So the "current unemployment situation" has been running for over three years -- with no apparent signs of improvement. Many economists now see a "jobless recovery" as likely -- due to the number of jobs eliminated in major industries that won't be coming back. How long does Unemployment have to be continually extended to change the 26-week "norm"?

Posted on: 2009/8/4 18:47
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Re: Tenants could be on street -- "hardship" increases possible if owner not getting "fair return"
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GnomeGeneral wrote:

So yes, I'm for welfare, but unless you're disabled it should be limited to 6 months. If that's ample enough time for unemployment benefits to run out, it should be just as sufficient for welfare.


Just FYI -- those who meet the eligibility requirements can now collect Unemployment Benefits for 79 weeks in New Jersey. That includes 26 weeks on the initial claim, and another 53 weeks in extensions.

Posted on: 2009/8/4 3:52
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Re: Jack Shaw found dead!
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Bogart wrote:
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jessieq wrote:
Why isn't anyone discussing the other possible--and far more likely-- scenario here-- homicide. Suppose this guy was about to flip on one of the accused and who knows who else-- it makes much more sense that someone would take him out via a faked suicide. It also fits in with what someone posted earlier about the photographer being assulted by some thug outside the guy's apartment-- perhaps someone trying to prevent the truth from being found? Suicide is way too convenient an assumption here, especially considering this guy may have been the only thing preventing further indictments. As far as the police quickly agreeing to the suicide scenario, are you really surprised? It's all one machine.


Let's see if there's a note.


JCPD announced today that no suicide note was found from Jack Shaw.

Posted on: 2009/7/29 21:27
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Re: Jack Shaw found dead!
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JCorNYC wrote:
gosh! i've lived in jersey city all my life but i never heard of Jack Shaw. hmmm


That just means he was good at what he did. He was a political consultant (political operative) in Hudson County for many years. These guys stay behind the scenes, under the radar, doing lots of stuff for politicians that the pols don't want to be seen as being involved in.

Posted on: 2009/7/29 3:00
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Re: Jack Shaw found dead!
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07 ... er-in-new-j_n_246633.html

Jack Shaw, a key figure in last Thursday's giant New Jersey corruption scandal, has been found dead in his apartment. The Jersey Journal is reporting that a "relative found the 61-year-old political consultant's body," and that "homicide investigators as well as the regular police contingent responded."
Meanwhile NBC New York reports that Shaw "was found with a bottle of pills next to his body... However it is not clear yet if he suffered a heart attack or may have committed suicide."
Shaw was accused of taking $10,000 in bribes and "charged with conspiracy to commit extortion under color of official right."

Posted on: 2009/7/29 2:33
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Re: Five Police Officers wounded in Jersey City shootout
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Reed Street is not near St. Peters.


uh... it's within 4blocks of both St. Peters College (i.e. see that brown area on the map) & the Beacon (the pink-ish area on the map)...


Lovely map -- but obviously submitted by someone who hasn't got a clue about the actual terrain. I've lived in Jersey City for more than 60 years, I've taught at St. Peter's, I've known people who were born and died at The Beacon when it was The Medical Center -- and I know from actually traveling in all parts of the city that the location is NOT within 4 blocks of St. Peter's. St. Peter's is actually more than three blocks from Bergen -- just traveling along Montgomery St. Factor in the trip down Bergen to Reed -- and that adds even greater distance.


I'm sorry but you are wrong the corner of Montgomery and Kennedy is exactly 3 blocks from Bergen not more then 3.

Also to get to Reed and Bergen from Montgomery and Kennedy you simply walk 2 blocks south make a left walk 1 block east to Bergen make a right and walk half a block south and you are there. That is 3 and a half blocks even less then 4 but I guess you could count that half block as an extra block. Taking Montgomery to Bergen is actually the long way since Bergen curves further east on that corner.


I'm sorry -- but you are astonishing narrow in your instructions. There is more than one way to get from Point A to Point B -- and not all blocks in Jersey City are of equal length.

That one block east you suggest walking from Kennedy to Bergen is Duncan Avenue. If you make the left from Kennedy one block earlier, you have to walk THREE blocks to get to Bergen -- and those three blocks are the length of the one block on Duncan.

Your route minimizes the distance to make your particular point -- as was done with previous postings. Using your condensed approach to measuring, St. Peter's is only one block away from Bergen -- depending upon the number of blocks you count on the north side of Montgomery St. versus the number of blocks along the south side of the street within the same distance.

The purpose of this aspect of the thread here was to give readers a sense of proximity -- not an AAA route. And there is certainly a difference in the distance of what you simply characterize as "about 4 blocks" and the reality of proximity depending on the nature of the terrain.

Sorry -- the world can't always be neatly wrapped up on line through googling.

Posted on: 2009/7/17 16:48
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Re: Crime is Down, but 4 Cops Shot on Bergen
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JerseyCityNj wrote:
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ASA-Alum wrote:
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SLyng wrote:
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Reed Street is not near St. Peters.


uh... it's within 4blocks of both St. Peters College (i.e. see that brown area on the map) & the Beacon (the pink-ish area on the map)...


Lovely map -- but obviously submitted by someone who hasn't got a clue about the actual terrain. I've lived in Jersey City for more than 60 years, I've taught at St. Peter's, I've known people who were born and died at The Beacon when it was The Medical Center -- and I know from actually traveling in all parts of the city that the location is NOT within 4 blocks of St. Peter's. St. Peter's is actually more than three blocks from Bergen -- just traveling along Montgomery St. Factor in the trip down Bergen to Reed -- and that adds even greater distance.

I'm sorry but you are wrong the corner of Montgomery and Kennedy is exactly 3 blocks from Bergen not more then 3.

Also to get to Reed and Bergen from Montgomery and Kennedy you simply walk 2 blocks south make a left walk 1 block east to Bergen make a right and walk half a block south and you are there. That is 3 and a half blocks even less then 4 but I guess you could count that half block as an extra block. Taking Montgomery to Bergen is actually the long way since Bergen curves further east on that corner.


There is more than one way to get from Point A to Point B. And actually, you make my point very well -- that one block east you suggest walking from Kennedy to Bergen is Duncan Avenue. If you make the left from Kennedy one block earlier, you have to walk THREE blocks to get to Bergen -- and those three blocks are the length of the one block on Duncan.

Your route minimizes the distance to make your particular point -- as was done with previous postings. Using your condensed approach to measuring, St. Peter's is only one block away from Bergen -- depending upon the number of blocks you count on the north side of Montgomery St. versus the number of blocks along the south side of the street within the same distance.

Posted on: 2009/7/17 5:23
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Re: Crime is Down, but 4 Cops Shot on Bergen
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SLyng wrote:
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ASA-Alum wrote:
Reed Street is not near St. Peters.


uh... it's within 4blocks of both St. Peters College (i.e. see that brown area on the map) & the Beacon (the pink-ish area on the map)...


Lovely map -- but obviously submitted by someone who hasn't got a clue about the actual terrain. I've lived in Jersey City for more than 60 years, I've taught at St. Peter's, I've known people who were born and died at The Beacon when it was The Medical Center -- and I know from actually traveling in all parts of the city that the location is NOT within 4 blocks of St. Peter's. St. Peter's is actually more than three blocks from Bergen -- just traveling along Montgomery St. Factor in the trip down Bergen to Reed -- and that adds even greater distance.

Posted on: 2009/7/16 23:45
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Re: Crime is Down, but 4 Cops Shot on Bergen
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LynnePatrice wrote:
Horrible. Isn't that right near the Beacon?

It is not right near but it is about the same distance away as Van Vorst to the end of the Ferris HS field. It is closer to St Peters then it is to the Beacon though.


Reed Street is not near St. Peters. It doesn't cross JFK and it doesn't cross Bergen Avenue. Reed is about 4 blocks south of Montgomery Street -- about half a block south of Duncan and Bergen. Reed runs east from Bergen Avenue, parallel to Montgomery. About half a block north on Bergen Avenue, Duncan Avenue begins and runs west to JFK.

Reed Street has been a notorious cesspool of drug dealing for more than 40 years in Jersey City.

Posted on: 2009/7/16 17:11
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Re: Save the Food Trucks of Jersey City
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Great idea! I've added my signature to your petition and will spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues!

Posted on: 2009/7/11 2:51
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Re: Medical / Dental insurance
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Showtime wrote:
If you are currently covered under an employer's plan, I think COBRA payments have been drastically reduced this year. You should be able to extend your current plan for 6 months with COBRA. When I did it 3 years ago, my COBRA payment was around $600/month and I had to drop that after 2 months and go without insurance until I got another job a few months later. It was ridiculous. But I hear COBRA payments have been significantly reduced, so look into that.


If you are eligible, under COBRA you can extend the same coverage you had with a former employer for up to 18 months. Normally, the premium would be over 100% of the cost -- your former contribution + your employer's contribution + service charge.

Most people who are unemployed can't afford those steep premiums. But now, if you cannot pay the full amount , under the new economic stimulus plan you only have to pay 35% of the high COBRA cost (your former employer pays the remaining 65%).

You are still eligible for COBRA for 18 months, but the reduced payments are available for only nine of those 18 months.

First, check to see if you are eligible for COBRA coverage; if you are, ask the COBRA administrator if you are eligible for the reduced rate under the new economic stimulus plan. Good luck!

Posted on: 2009/6/22 19:33
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Re: Grove St Path Torta Stand
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jcmj wrote:
I know this was a part of the long-running Taqueria discussion before but believe it deserves its own thread.


This DOES have its own thread: "New Mexican Food Cart Downtown" under Restaurants & Bars. There is lots of detail about the food, the hours of operation, and rave reviews.

Posted on: 2009/6/18 22:46
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Re: Atlantic City by Public????
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I've done Academy to AC for several years, and I still use it on occasion. Round-trip is $35, which includes vouchers from the casinos usually in the $20 range. If you buy your ticket at Port Authority, you have four days to make the return trip. They also have a frequent rider program -- after ten trips, your eleventh is free.

Just a few caveats:
(1) Check to see if the daily buses that pick up at local stops in Jersey have the same 4-day return option (if you are planning on staying overnight) and if they offer the frequent rider program.

(2) Summer weekends, the buses fill up quickly on the routes. Buying a ticket does not ensure that you will be able to get on a particular bus. Get to the pick-up point -- at the beginning and the end of your trip -- early. The lines to come back in particular can get pretty long, and it's not unusual to have to run to another casino to see if you can hop the next bus out.

(3) Because of the crowding and the heat, tempers can easily flare in the confined space of these buses. Be sure to pack your sense of humor, or you'll go crazy -- particularly when the second batch of riders jams on at Cheasequake.

(4) You'll see on the Academy website that the time you leave determines at which casino you'll be dropped off. You can hop a jitney or a cab from the drop-off point to another casino if you wish. But summer weekends in AC often mean the jitneys are jammed and you can wait a while for one that's not filled to capacity.

Have a good time -- and good luck!

Posted on: 2009/6/16 22:29
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Re: Shoprite / Chili's towing by EZ Douchebags
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What a bunch of Douche Bags!!!


Given your posting name, you apparently consider yourself of the same ilk. And it's never a good idea for outsiders like us to get embroiled in a family feud like you apparently have going here...

Posted on: 2009/6/14 21:10
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Re: TORICOS
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Toricos, what's up? I love you, the home-made ice cream, and the staff. But you're going light on the scoops. I just paid five bucks for a thimble of chocolate ice cream. What gives? I may have to start frequenting the shady joints in Journal Square. Is this just an unfortunate coincidence or is this new policy? Has anyone else noticed a difference?


Maybe it's time to reconsider the practice that used to be followed by old time vendors of homemade ice cream -- charging by weight!

In the days when ice cream was packed fresh by hand in local stores, the counter staff would weigh each container and charge by the weight. So whether your packer had a tendency to "scoop air" (roll scoops that weren't solid) or really packed it densely in those old waxed cardboard containers -- you paid for the ice cream you actually got!

BTW, am I the only one here old enough to remember having ice cream weighed??? LOL!!!

Posted on: 2009/6/11 5:49
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Re: Sandwiches from an Heirloom - Second Street Bakery
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My father (born 1917) grew up in Jersey City -- and he was introduced to the Second Street Bakery by his father. In turn, my sister and I have been customers as well for more than 50 years. They never fail to please -- except on those days when we are running too late at lunch and the JC firefighters or police (who have voracious appetites for great Italian deli) have purchased nearly everything in the kitchen! BTW, if you are dieting, they also make an outstanding Italian salad!

Posted on: 2009/5/29 21:45
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Re: Where Did These Nick Names Come From?
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Mosquito Park isn't infested with mosquitoes.


I'm too young to remember, as are most others, the world before DDT and other modern insecticides. Before the 40's or 50's, and before the meadowlands were drained to the degree they are now, the lowlands west of the heights were indeed infested with mosquitos, and they would rise up into areas like the park to feed in the evening.
All hearsay to me, as I'm too young and didn't live here besides, but that's what I read somewhere in a book on local history.
Perhaps a native can confirm that.


I've lived in the area for 60 years -- and this even predates me! My father (born in the area back in 1917) told us this story about Mosquito Park when we were growing up. In fact, many of his contemporaries still wouldn't go into Mosquito Park in the 1960s and 1970s when the weather was warm or humid, for fear of catching some disease that the mosquitoes who inhabited the area might be carrying.

Posted on: 2009/5/26 5:09
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Re: What Jersey City Restaurant Do You Miss the Most?
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Wow ASA. Forgot about the La. Don"t know Jerry's but I do remember Pipi"s in that area and also the Hilltop behind Hudson Catholic. I think the Alp's provided car service for the old gal's that ate lunch there. Does anyone remember Ray Grimes on the Blvd. in Union City. Great Steak sandwiches. How about the Driftwood next to the Stanley theater.


LOL! I'd forgotten about Pipi's! Loved their pizzas! Jerry's was around the corner from Pipi's (south of Montgomery Street). Yes, the Alps had a driver who drove their older customers to and from the restaurant for lunch and dinner. I remember them all decked out (including hats, white gloves, and pearls!), sitting in booths nursing their cocktails. And of course, the Driftwood. Ogden, do you also remember Paris Bakery on Bergen Avenue?

Posted on: 2009/5/18 0:39
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Re: Buon Appetito - new restaurant on Grove Street
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I'm a fan of the Buon Appetito in Bayonne. The food is always fresh and reasonably priced, the portions generous. I'm looking forward to trying the new one on Grove Street. Another place for great Italian sandwiches and salads for take-out lunch is The Second Street Bakery. It's very old, and very small, but there is ALWAYS a line there at lunch -- usually JCPD and JCFD -- and they sell out quickly!

Posted on: 2009/5/11 5:37
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Re: What Jersey City Restaurant Do You Miss the Most?
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Just to establish my era: my favorite restaurant was Robinson's Steakhouse at Journal Square. But my family were also regulars at The Alps on Bergen Avenue; the State diner on the corner of Bergen and Montgomery; The Glenwood on West Side Avenue; Canton Tea Gardens at Journal Square; Silverod's and Liss's (both pharmacies) lunch counters at Journal Square; Meyer's on Bergen Avenue for burgers, fries, and homemade ice cream; Lee Sims on Bergen Avenue (a few doors down from Meyer's) for chocolates. For Italian, definitely the Tripoli on Newark -- but does anyone remember Jerry's, a small dark Italian restaurant just off Monticello (in the neighborhood of The Astor Bar)? Great thin crust pizza and wonderful homemade tomato sauce! And how about The La on Kennedy Boulevard at Jewett -- the ASA crowd always filled that place with uniform skirts rolled up, drinking cokes (at a nickel a glass) and smoking!

Posted on: 2009/5/11 4:48
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