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Re: Storefronts on Newark Ave
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RU, I guess we just have different experiences and different preferences.

I go to all of the Rutgers home games as well, and I take the train and am blown away by how convenient it is (I also meet up with friends to tailgate at Busch). Curious as to how it's cheaper to drive to Rutgers? It costs me I think $9 per way from Newark, which is a very simple transfer. With tolls, gas, and $20 to park how is it cheaper to drive? Door to door it takes me roughly 45 minutes to downtown New Brunswick, which is exactly how long it takes by car (without traffic). Added bonus is taking the train with friends and drinking beer on the train, both to and fro the game. As for tailgating gear, what do you bring? My contribution is 1-2 six packs of beer, easily carryable. For homecoming last year I also brought a moderately sized foil tray of slow cooked pork loin. And how about post-game? Very best case scenario you tack on 30 minutes to your commute back. Big games, add one hour. This coming season will be a sh*tshow for people driving, with all the high profile games. So aggravating. Sooo easy and enjoyable to take the train.

I used to take the train to the beach pretty often. Maybe it's just a preference, but again I'd rather sit by the window of the train, watch the world go by, or close my eyes and listen to the wheels on the tracks.

Maybe my preferences boil down to this - I'd rather spend a little more time relaxing, sleeping, or drinking beer in peace on a train than being trapped in a vehicle in traffic. A second HUGE reason I enjoy public transit is the safety over driving. People are CRAZY on the road, dude. Bad accidents happen all the time. My likelihood of dying on a train is basically zero; in a car, exponentially higher.

Efficiency is nice, and efficiency is what you SOMETIMES get with a car, but sitting on a train and watching the world go by, and people watching, and interacting with people (even conductors) is a very human experience. We've become such a nation of angry people zooming around in their angry and dangerous little cars, sitting in stifling traffic, giving each other the finger. It's just a pretty shitty way to exist. I used to live that way, but I honestly feel like I have seen the light - don't laugh, LOL. It's very, very liberating...I think others on this very message board have said the same thing.

To each his own, for sure. I think because you drive on a daily basis for work, you are probably more prone to a driving lifestyle in general. I have done both. Without knowing your industry, my advice is to seek a higher paying job in Manhattan or JC. With the exception of only a few industries, there is a higher number of jobs in Manhattan (and higher paying) than anywhere in NJ.


Want to make it a real fun trip? Take your boat to the game!

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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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You have missed the point. Goodnight.

Posted on: 5/18 23:47
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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I'd say that is happening all over the city in all neighborhoods?

Posted on: 5/18 22:51
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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You guys don't get it. What Brewster is saying is correct in that most dtjc will see higher increases but to say they are being carried by Greenville is not accurate. It is downtown that supports the city

Posted on: 5/18 21:50
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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Brewster,. The tax payers of Greenville are not subsidizing the downtowner tax payer. That statement is just absurd


I've proven this here with numbers more times than I can count. Do you just have a feeling?

Here, just for you I'll repost something I wrote a few years ago. The various tax numbers have changed:

Here's a quick primer on JC property tax. In theory all JC property tax should be based on the actual property value equaling assessed value times a "ratio" the city updates according to it best guess of property appreciation, currently about 3.3. The actual tax rate of 7.184 is applied to the assessment, that rate being the effective tax rate (~2.2%) times the adjustment ratio (http://www.hudsoncountytax.com/html/RatesRatios.aspx). But in the 25 years since the last reval (when the assessments were set to market value and the Ratio was reset to 0), many properties values have drifted away from this theoretical value. One thing I've discovered perusing the official tax records, (http://tax1.co.monmouth.nj.us/cgi-bin ... istrict=0906&ms_user=monm) is there's a data field for each property called "Ratio", which is not always occupied (I have not determined why). This field might as well be called the "tax fairness quotient". This Ratio = (assessment/sale price) x 100. If it's over 33, you're paying too much, if it's under 33, you're paying too little. In a tax appeal, up to 15% variance from the 33 Ratio is considered normal, but in a reval, everyone get set at the new Ratio using their appraisal.

While looking at recent sales I stumbled on a really juicy one. A magnificent townhouse on Montgomery sold to a hedge fund last October for $1,800,000; assessment $245,000; tax $17,601. That's a real rate of 0.98% versus the "theoretical" rate of 2.2% (7.184% / 3.272%) with a ratio of 13.61, rather far from the city's ideal 33. Were they paying the 2.2% that city says we all should be, their tax would be $39,600! Clicking at random on Zillow among the recent sales in 07304 it was hard not to find places well over a 40 ratio, 3rd try got one in Bergen-Lafayette with a 51.5! That makes a real tax rate of 3.7% per year. That owner pays $3.77 for every dollar the hedge fund owner on Montgomery does on the value of their respective properties. THIS IS THE STORY HERE!!!!! 6 owners of property worth $300,000 have to overpay as much as this one underpays to make up for this under assessment. There are real people on the other side of the equation paying the taxes owed by the undertaxed properties!

The research to substantiate what I say is easy. Go to Zillow.com, Trulia.com or any other real estate site, search a zip code for recently sold properties, pick one at random. Divide the assessment by the sale price, and multiply by 100. If it's over 33, they're paying too much, under, they're not paying enough. In general, Downtown historic properties are dramatically underpaying, and other wards are overpaying. This is not a intended to be a divisive argument, but why should the family who struggles to afford their little $250,000 house in the Heights or Greenville be paying the taxes of someone who can afford a million dollar Downtown home? If you're a property owner, find your tax card, divide your assessment by your best guess of your property value, and multiply by 100. If you're much over 33, this cancellation is going to cost you money. And if you're only moderately over, between 33 and 38, you don't even qualify for an appeal because of the 15% allowed deviation.

Whatever problems there may be with the reval contract, the answer is to fix it, not to perpetuate this injustice on the people who are often the least sophisticated about these tax issues.


That's fine.however you are simply stating that Greenville due to lower property values might be paying a larger percentage of its property value to property tax. That hardly equates to Greenville subsdizing the downtown taxpayer. Over the last 10-15 yrs downtown has exploded it's is paying the lions share of Jersey City taxes . Without it Greenville would have a much higher rate.

Posted on: 5/18 19:53
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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when I lived on Van Vorst Park, I paid the taxes the city mailed me.

No, actually you appealed your taxes again and again.

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No section of the city should be carrying the taxes for the rest of the city.

You seem to have had no problem with homeowners in Greenville paying the difference between your FMV and assessed taxes. You never spoke of it once in all your railing against revals that some people were paying effective tax rates 3x others. I have no problem with all the DT homeowners who had a great tax deal and kept their mouths shut. You have yapped for decades but have not stood up for actual tax fairness.


Brewster,. The tax payers of Greenville are not subsidizing the downtowner tax payer. That statement is just absurd

Posted on: 5/18 15:30
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Re: Jersey City has big plans for 100 acres on West Side along Hackensack River
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Well there you go. Political games by Fulop hurts JC in the long run

Posted on: 5/10 12:52
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Re: Man punched, robbed in Jersey City after night of drinking, cops say (Downtown)
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just think of all the Bro cred he'll get telling his Boken buddies about how he got robbed while hammered in Jersey City. "Dude I was so wasted I couldn't even tell the cops where it happened man..."

Sadly this story will serve as a case study for the JC hooligans showing how to rob drunk targets late night in DTJC...


You seem to have more of a problem with the victim the the attackers. I bet you're a great neighbor always keeping it real. Moron


99% this is black on white violent crime (robbery counts) and mfadam is a flaming "progressive," hence you see the blame the white guy victim strategy.
wtf? Way to take this thread on a complete 180. Could you knock it off with blaming liberals for everything wrong in your life for one freaking day?


They are pretty terrible.

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Re: Man punched, robbed in Jersey City after night of drinking, cops say (Downtown)
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just think of all the Bro cred he'll get telling his Boken buddies about how he got robbed while hammered in Jersey City. "Dude I was so wasted I couldn't even tell the cops where it happened man..."

Sadly this story will serve as a case study for the JC hooligans showing how to rob drunk targets late night in DTJC...


You seem to have more of a problem with the victim the the attackers. I bet you're a great neighbor always keeping it real. Moron


99% this is black on white violent crime (robbery counts) and mfadam is a flaming "progressive," hence you see the blame the white guy victim strategy.


Right there.


You are not reading it correctly. He states "99% of the time". That is the case not specifically this one though.

Posted on: 5/7 13:23
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Re: Citing chain store ban, Jersey City aims to block new CVS
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Just put whole foods there. JC makes exemptions for hipster chains.

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Re: Man punched, robbed in Jersey City after night of drinking, cops say (Downtown)
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just think of all the Bro cred he'll get telling his Boken buddies about how he got robbed while hammered in Jersey City. "Dude I was so wasted I couldn't even tell the cops where it happened man..."

Sadly this story will serve as a case study for the JC hooligans showing how to rob drunk targets late night in DTJC...


You seem to have more of a problem with the victim the the attackers. I bet you're a great neighbor always keeping it real. Moron


99% this is black on white violent crime (robbery counts) and mfadam is a flaming "progressive," hence you see the blame the white guy victim strategy.


Where does it say that the attackers were black or that the victim was white?


Where does anyone state that the attacker was black?

Posted on: 5/7 9:18
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Re: Man punched, robbed in Jersey City after night of drinking, cops say (Downtown)
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mfadam wrote:
just think of all the Bro cred he'll get telling his Boken buddies about how he got robbed while hammered in Jersey City. "Dude I was so wasted I couldn't even tell the cops where it happened man..."

Sadly this story will serve as a case study for the JC hooligans showing how to rob drunk targets late night in DTJC...


You seem to have more of a problem with the victim the the attackers. I bet you're a great neighbor always keeping it real. Moron

Posted on: 5/5 22:47
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Re: Yet another pit bull attack. Time for regulation of fighting dogs?
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It seems it is always a Pitbul. Probably a rescue that most people know nothing about the Dogs back ground until something happens. They are known to like belly rubs.



When animal control arrived to help secure the dogs, one of the officers immediately recognized the animals from previous attacks. The owner, 37-year-old James Grant, was arrested on 12 open warrants, including six failures to appear in court on charges of having unlicensed dogs, according to a police report.

Do you think quite possibly an owner with this track record could be the problem?

Posted on: 5/4 10:50
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Re: The Lutze Biergarten - Harborside
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Laws against public drinking are "don't be an asshole" rules. Just decant your suds into a fresh foam coffee cup and you're cool, and so is your beer.


Agreed. During the summer and fall, I tend to keep at home a stash of styrofoam coffee cups (with lids and all) and I will often take a roadie with me while I walk the dog. I like to think the lids lend more credence to the "don't mind me, I'm just having a coffee" ruse.


The police do not seem to care that people openly smoke marijuana out in public they should turn a blind eye to drinking too.

Posted on: 5/4 10:44
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Re: Tell Trader Joe's to come to Jersey City!
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The Trump building I believe has that space. The space the Italian meat market was to open in

Posted on: 5/3 3:35
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Re: Man Fatally Struck by Light Rail in JC
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Snyder said none of the approximate 300 passengers on board the train were injured in the accident.


Wait...there were about 300 people on the light rail train? 300?


300 on board but only 100 paid

Posted on: 4/22 0:33
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Re: Man Fatally Struck by Light Rail in JC
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While everyone will feel simpathy for the deseased, this is terrible for the conductor. He likely never saw the victim and now maybe st live with the guilt. Just terrible!

Posted on: 4/21 21:19
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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I remember that march, it went from City Hall to the County Building. I lost neighbors in that revaluation. Either they had to sell sometimes at loss or they lost their homes through the tax hike. You had to pay in advance to appeal. Many could not afford to pay in advance. This the reason I am against all tax abatements, even affordable housing. You are pushing someone's tax burden on another group. As it is now one third of the city do not pay regular taxes due to abatements.


Yes. God forbid the city use this as an opportunity to cut costs.

Posted on: 4/21 16:58
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Re: 99 Ranch Market Grand Opening on 4/21 at 9am - 420 Grand Street
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My sister lives in CA and it's her go to place for 90% of her grocery shopping. I will go tomorrow.


Let's hope it succeeds a few on this board felt this was a terrible location for whole foods.

Posted on: 4/21 0:36
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Re: h1b racket in jersey city about to crash
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i thought it will be news today, but terrence chose to be a prop at hcdo photo op on city hall steps yesterday instead.

president trump signed eo yesterday targeting h1b racket, including all 400+ in jersey city.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-o ... merican-and-hire-american

http://www.myvisajobs.com/Jersey-City-NJ-2017WC.htm

slumlords and fulop not happy.



you do realize Terrence works for a LOCAL publication covering LOCAL issues, right? maybe he'll get around to covering the issue AFTER it's had an impact on Hudson County and Jersey City businesses.


say what? 12 000+ taking our jobs in our city is not an existingproblem?

Nope.

They are not "TAKIN ER JERBS." They are legal visa holders who work, consume and most likely live in JC. They are our co-workers and neighbors.

Spare us the nativism, kthx.


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slums in our city created by overcrowding by h1b holders not a problem too?

Did you not read your own source? The average wage offer for those jobs is over $80k. Sure, rent in JC is expensive, but those visa holders are not living in "slums."

Meanwhile, what does the EO actually do? Not much. It is going to... generate reports on H1B visa holders. And suggest reforms!!!

It didn't demand an investigation of all H1B visas issued. They aren't going to drag every H1B visa holder to the nearest ICE office and grill them. They aren't revoking visas. It doesn't even reduce the number of H1B visas that will be made available; Congress sets the amount.

At worst, they will just add another layer of paperwork to the H1B program.

More noise, no substance....


Of course they are they are living 10 deep and sending the money home!

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Re: h1b racket in jersey city about to crash
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Hillary is done, stop saying what she WOULD do. Let's focus on what he IS(or isn't) doing.


The reason being is that it is a pattern with you libs. First George Bush was the worst. Then it was Jon McCain later it was Mitt Romney. No matter who the repubs put out they are the worse according to the libs. So who will the next Republican devil be? Better ask a liberal.

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Re: h1b racket in jersey city about to crash
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It's all smoke and mirrors about this topic.
The MAIN reason that we don't have enough blue and white collar jobs throughout the US has nothing to do with H1B visa's . Trump is diverting the true problem with this crap - see attached about the cause and effect ... basically corporations have invested their manufacturing and infrastructure in China and other 'cheap' labor countries that don't have the same labor and environmental laws as we do here ...


We actually been getting a lot of manufacturing returning to the USA in large part because we have some of the cheapest energy in the world , places like China aren't that cheap anymore, and a need to reduce transit costs associated with the supply chain.

However, the assembly line, low to moderate skill jobs aren't coming back with the manufacturing. I'll link to a case in point:

Textile (yarn) manufacturer headed for China in the '90s for the cheap labor. In 2010, the US plant was re-opened. In its previous peak during the 1980s, it employed over 2,000 people. Today: about 140 workers due to automation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/bus ... .html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


I often question the patriotism of US corporations and our politicians ... for me they have very little with politicians being complicit with their needs and wants ... campaign money always has a big voice on governance.



Are you speaking of US corporations and Australian politicians?

Posted on: 4/19 19:18
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Re: Ample Hills Creamery Coming to JC
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Far better than the existing ice cream options.


Jersey city has two local shops that made the states best 10

http://www.nj.com/jerseysbest/2016/07 ... 0_finalists_revealed.html

Posted on: 4/17 20:43
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Re: $512K payout for top Jersey City cop renews call for reform
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Fat Boy pledged to take care of this.


You can never appease greedy Democrats that support the unions.

Posted on: 4/15 12:39
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Re: Pulaski Skyway to close for 2 years after Super Bowl:
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What's more amazing is that it's taking 8 years to replace the Wittpenn Bridge.

I pretty sure there was a plan to build alongside the wittpenn bridge. Instead they chose to rebuild. So after 10 yrs of additional traffic and road closings we will be left with only the same ways in and out of Jersey city. In the end traffic congestion will be as it was before.

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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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There has been some chatter that the Whole Foods at Metropolis Towers is a dead deal. Apparently the shareholders of the Metropolis Towers thought they were getting a bad deal out of the project and voted it down. Whole Foods also just closed nine of their stores nationwide due to a poor fiscal outlook, so they may have just decided to not go forward with the construction in this particular location and are looking elsewhere in Jersey City (hence the rumors of a Journal Square location).. [/quote

If it's a dead deal it's nice to because of the shareholder vote. Those buildings are overwhelmingly owned by the coop itself to the tune of about 80%to 20%

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Re: Trump Our New President
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Where are all the libtards now that Trump is bombing Syria?

Posted on: 4/14 1:17
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Re: Getting to EWR for a 6:30pm weekday intnl flight?
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Can anyone tell me if it's rash to make my 1st ever Uber ride an airport trip? Does the passenger rating system mean I might be less likely to get a timely ride with no record?


Wow Brewster!. Get out of your bubble and expierience life. You sound like a millennial!

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Re: U.S. Sen. Menendez - new federal investigation
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I thought my point was pretty clear! Republicans are treated differently and held to a different standard then Democrats are.

Posted on: 4/12 12:04
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Re: U.S. Sen. Menendez - new federal investigation
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This scumbag has been avoiding prosecution for years on his shady deals. Meanwhile in Ft Lee a bridge closed.

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