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Re: Opinions on Journal Square - Is it still up and coming?
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I personally don't think JSQ is ever going to be anything close to what Hoboken is. Nor is it ever going to be anything like what the JSQ redevelopment committee thinks it will be (e.g., JC's 'times square'). This is all because those places are just a train ride away. Why would anybody go to a watered down version or Hoboken or times square when you can just hop / stay on the train and go to the real thing?

JSQ already has quite a lot to offer. And there are new businesses opening up all the time. I think 3 new restaurants opened up on India Square in the past month. And a new mexican spot is opening up on Sip ave soon.

The issue with JSQ is that nobody with money wants to support and nourish what JSQ already has. It's all about creating sprawling new expensive crap these days, which isn't amenable to what JSQ already has.

In response to the original question, I don't see any plans out there right now which would lead me to call JSQ 'up and coming'. However, if the right person / people step in to nurture what it already has and promote small growth, this place could be awesome in, say, 5 to 10 years. But it won't be anything like hoboken.

Posted on: 2011/4/12 16:19
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Re: Opinions on Journal Square - Is it still up and coming?
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I've lived in JSQ for about 3 years now and I think what others have said is right. It may eventually come around, but it's going to take a long time (at least 10 to 20 years), and it will need another economic boom until those 'towers' get built.

That being said, I'm curious about what ends you envision by when you say 'up and coming'? I.e., up and coming into what?

Posted on: 2011/4/11 14:58
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Re: Would you support a ban on leaf blowers?
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Quote:

GrovePath wrote:
Chop those Leaves with your Mower

Mow over the leaves on your lawn. You want to reduce your leaf clutter to dime-size pieces. You'll know you're done when about half an inch of grass can be seen through the mulched leaf layer. Once the leaf bits settle in, microbes and worms get to work recycling them. Any kind of rotary-action mower will do the job, and any kind of leaves can be chopped up. With several passes of your mower, you can mulch up to 18 inches of leaf clutter.


id be cautious if you choose to do this. if you don't chop it fine enough, you'll kill all your grass. also, depending on how many leaves you have, it might take longer to mow them than to rake them.

however, the alternative of raking up your yard waste to put it in a landfill isn't very environmental.

is there a business or service that would collect and compost yard waste in jersey city? that seems like it would be a good idea...

Posted on: 2010/11/17 14:38
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Re: Would you support a ban on leaf blowers?
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i would not support that.

Posted on: 2010/11/15 21:40
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Re: What type of restaurant/bar do you want?
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i don't care what it is, as long as it's in JSQ. we're dying up here.

Posted on: 2010/10/7 19:44
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Re: Is it safe to walk on John F Kennedy blvd at night?
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Quote:

sweetykari wrote:
Hi All,

I am planning to take a place at the intersection of John F Kennedy blvd and Fairmount Avenue. How safe is Fairmount Avenue, and JFK Blvd? I heard that JFK is pretty safe if you walk from 6 am to 11 pm. Is that true?

Your advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks!!


Yes that area (st. peters college area) is quite safe. I'm assuming that when you mention walking along JFK, you're talking about walking to and from the PATH aka going from JFK and fairmount up JFK to the JSQ PATH station. If you're talking about that, then you have little to worry about. A lot of people walk that route, even late at night, so you don't have to worry about walking alone down a dark empty street.

If you're talking about walking south on JFK from fairmount, I don't know anything about that.

Posted on: 2010/9/23 14:13
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Re: Table Tennis (Ping Pong) in the area?
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There's a bar/ping-pong club in NYC called Spin on 23rd st, about 3 blocks east from the path station. There's alcohol and ping-pong, which is fun. But the place attracts an unsavory crowd sometimes on the weekends. If you're not averse to going on a weeknight or during the day on the weekends (it's cheaper to play before 6pm), I'd recommend it.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/spin-new-york-new-york-2

Posted on: 2010/8/16 14:12
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Re: New Journal Sq. Path Station Deli - Avoid
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Quote:

cyclotronic wrote:
I had an egg sandwich here this morning. The quality of the bagels isn't great, although they are better than the awful ones that Deli Plus sells. I'm not sure I see this place surviving. The location is really bad. Non-bus commuters would never even know it's there.


Bad location indeed. Despite taking the JSQ train everyday, I've yet to venture into the back of the PATH station. Anyone not taking a bus or buying a newspaper has absolutely no reason to go back there. Such wasted space.

Now if there were a bar back there, that'd be a different story...

Posted on: 2010/8/5 19:36
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Re: Downtown: Williamsburg's Barcade (Bar Arcade) Coming to Newark Avenue
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if this place opens ill never be able to do laundry or feed parking meters ever again.

Posted on: 2010/7/8 15:55
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Re: Jersey City's Gang Members Practice Safest Internet Browsing Habits in Nation
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i get it; everyone living in jersey city is in a gang! it all makes sense now!

newbie OP is newbie.

Posted on: 2010/7/7 14:04
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Re: broker worth it for rental?
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id say it depends on how active you want to be in your search. if you don't feel like combing through craigslist every day or walking around to find apts, then brokers are ideal since they'll do all the work for you. but if you're very active in your search, doing a lot of it yourself, and you want a sweet deal, then obviously getting stuck with a broker fee is lame.

if you're trying to cast the widest net possible, you can easily meet with a broker, see what they've got (which you should be able to get out of the way in an afternoon), then say no thanks if nothing stands out.

as someone already mentioned, broker fee's can be negotiable (i.e. you may be able to get the landlord to pay some of it). brokers are also good for negotiating with landlords, maybe even working out a lower rent. they do work for YOU after all.

some brokers try to sell you their services saying their apartments are a better value. The broker will say something like landlords typically have inflated views of the value of their apartments since they always think they're so great, so apartments without brokers tend to have higher rents. Then they say that brokers are able to appraise an apartment's rent based on the comparable rents around town (i.e. they know how much an apartment of a certain size in a certain neighborhood should cost), and if a landlord is asking too much rent for an apartment, the broker will make them lower it to the market rate. My guess is that this is half true; i'm sure some landlords have inflated views of their apartments, but on the same token, there are probably some out there that have deflated views of their apartments and are charging too little (probably not as much, but some). brokers would probably tell them to raise their rent to the going rate bc brokers get a cut of it (and obviously the higher the rent, the more the cut).

As a result of all this rent-adjusting, the story seems to go that broker listed apartments tend to have average rents; no great steals and no great ripoffs. but owner-listed apartments could go in any direction. and with owner-listed apartments, you're the one who has to sort through all that rough to find a diamond.

Posted on: 2010/6/10 18:49
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Smoldering metal at WTC platform
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This morning at the apex of the 2nd to last stairwell at the WTC path station there was a shower of glowing welding particulate raining down from above. As usual, lines to go up the stairs were stacked up, so commuters unfortunate enough to already be up the dangerous staircase had no option to turn around and go back down. They would wait on the stairs for the neon trickle to stop, then dodge through.

Many passengers reported the hazard to PATH workers, PATH police, and construction crews who seemed less than responsive.

Posted on: 2010/6/8 13:31
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Re: Walgreens wants to build pharmacy on VIP diner site, Jersey City Web site reports
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the vip is poor. but jsq definitely doesn't need another pharmacy.

i could go for a chipotle or qdoba or even a wendys, but who am i kidding?

Posted on: 2010/6/5 17:09
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Re: JSQ Monthly Parking
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Quote:

moxiebaby wrote:
because my spouse does not want to bike to central jersey every morning for work and would like a place to consistently park his car. Does anyone know of a parking garage?


i know of one that is close-ish, on sip between newkirk and bergen.

there's a bunch that i see around but i don't know if they are monthly or pay by the day places. one's an open lot on academy and van reypen and theres an open and underground lot on sip between garrison and romaine. you'd have to check those out for yourself tho.

Posted on: 2010/5/26 20:30
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Re: Downtown: (you pick the title, the best “ny post” type title to this thread wins)
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SHIT'S GOIN DOWN IN DOWNTOWN

Posted on: 2010/5/11 15:06
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Re: Square vision plan is introduced, 8-0 -- Unanimous vote for Square vision plan
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Regarding the big empty lot off of the JSQ path station, that would be zone 1, which would get the following treatment:

Quote:


The redevelopment area is broken into nine zones. The heart of Journal Square, bounded by John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Sip, Summit and Pavonia Avenues makes up one zone, which calls for any new buildings to have a minimum height of 65 feet, roughly six stories.

The zone allows for an array of uses including office space, housing, art galleries, day care centers, night clubs and bars, hotels and bed and breakfasts, and schools. The plans for this zone also call for the widening of Pavonia Avenue.



Also, from what I can gather from the proposal, it's not allowed to be a surface parking lot, anything with a drive-thru (bank, mcdonalds, etc), or gas station/service station/anything that caters to servicing cars.

Posted on: 2010/5/10 14:05
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Re: Where to park in JC while on vacation
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ill take that pesky car off your hands. for free too.

Posted on: 2010/4/6 20:23
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Re: Fire closes Bally's Total Fitness gym in historic Journal Square building
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Quote:

missmags wrote:
Here is the update.

Fire started from a boiler issue with Ashley Stewart and there is lots of water and fire damage to Bally's. My trainer thinks it will be 6 - 8 weeks before it is reopened but nothing definite.

Sorry folks - I know it stinks but Union City is our home for now. See you there :)


Anyone know where JSQ Bally's members can go that's near public transportation, preferably PATH and NYC MTA? Also, if Bally's members signed up for just a ONE-CLUB pass with the JSQ Bally's as their one club, now that it's burned down, can that pass be honored at other nearby Bally's?

Posted on: 2010/4/6 20:18
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Re: Tell me where to get Sushi please...
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another vote for honshu here, for reasons already named. i hasten to add that they also deliver to journal square even tho their take-out menu says they only deliver to downtown areas. oh and you can pay via credit card when getting delivery too.

Posted on: 2010/2/2 14:34
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Re: GRE prep
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Quote:

bill wrote:
If you can be self motivated and disciplined, the Barron's book will be all you need.


Yes, if you are self motivated and disciplined, a book is all you need. I got away with using only a Kaplan book, but I was fortunate enough to have the whole summer to prepare and a boss who WANTED me to study for the GREs at work. The book is a great starting point, but the CD-ROM inside the book was the most valuable tool for me. It had all sorts of exercises and even several mock-tests with time limits and difficulty-adjustment of questions and the whole deal.

Basically, if you're the type of person who can actively work on GRE prep all night after work and put in a solid 8 hours a day on your days off, then go for the book. Most libraries have it. However, if you might have trouble with that, i'd suggest signing up for a class.

Also, on a side note, when you sign up for a test, they'll send you a "prep packet" with a "mock test." Use these only as starting points to see what format the questions are in. That's their only use, bc the questions on the test are much more difficult. Wikipedia actually has better GRE test prep than the "prep packet" you'll get in the mail.

Posted on: 2010/1/25 14:35
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Re: Special Delivery: UPS Driver Finds, Returns $5,200
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Quote:

AmyJCNJ wrote:
Here's a link to the article. OMG you have to read the comments, it's just bizarre.


those comments are a riot. babbs takes the role of "completely batshit insane forum poster" to a whole new level.

Posted on: 2009/12/11 21:41
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Re: Journal Square: School board member & Ex-NBAer's bar Sanai's issued summonses after 50 people br
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im definitely going to this bar now.

Posted on: 2009/11/24 22:41
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Re: Wave of gentrification that leapfrogged the Hudson has reached new heights - Jersey City Heights
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Quote:

tommyc_37 wrote:

Some parts of the Heights are nice. But to claim that the Heights is as convenient, transportation-wise, as living Downtown, is in most cases just incorrect.


well there is also the car factor. for a person who couldn't own a car downtown, the heights at least gives you the option. with a car, your transporation becomes quite convenient.

Posted on: 2009/11/16 18:52
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Re: Ode to my lost home/ My first posting in 11 years of living here
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Quote:

flying_the_flannel wrote:
Might I ask a question?

Exactly what do you folks consider a hipster? I see that term used a lot around here, and I'm curious.


http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/

Posted on: 2009/11/12 16:58
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Re: Hollywood Video on Grand Street "Permanently closed"
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actually, i used to work at a hollywood video (not that particular one) back maybe about 5 years ago. if the systems haven't changed since then, you should be able to just keep your dvds. a store's inventory is local to the computers in a specific store; it isn't fed into a 'master database' spanning the country. that's why if you rent a video at one location (lets say jc) and accidently return it to another location (somewhere in manhattan), they'll probably call you and tell you that you need to pick it up and return it to where you rented it (before its due). since the store is closed, some corporate ppl may dig through the computer system to contact ppl who have dvd's out, telling them how to return their movie. more likely, they'll just scrap the computers and cut their losses (the effort to retreive those dvds is definitely not worth it, seeing as they buy them in bulk for about 5 cents a disc).

at least, that's how it was 5 years ago...

but if you haven't gotten a call by now id just move on with your life.

Posted on: 2009/9/22 16:02
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Re: Journal Square Escalators
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They're down a lot of times on the weekends and non-rush hour times to conserve energy.

But considering how its not that many stairs to trek in JSQ (imagine no escalators at xch pl or wtc) and how many stations don't even have them, it doesn't matter so much.

Posted on: 2009/8/6 16:53
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Re: N.J. to focus on supermarkets in poorer communities
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I was expecting to see Pathmark mentioned more than once by now. I was anticipating one of those "bomb the pathmark, drive out the riffraff, USA!" posts.

Posted on: 2009/7/22 19:52
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