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Re: Jersey City Residents Decry Offensive Murals Commissioned by the City
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There are no tigers or zoos in JC.


My soul hurts. Please make this stop.


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Re: Jersey City Paves the Way for a Restaurant Row in Bergen-Lafayette
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Restaurant Row in Bergen-Lafayette? hope they offer a side order of free life insurance.


Yes, you should definitely stay downtown and never, ever venture into B-L. There's nothing out here except certain death.

Oops, sorry - I meant to say "cool, interesting people; affordable, attractive and appreciating housing; and no DTJC attitude." But that's OK, you definitely shouldn't come out here. You'd hate it.

Posted on: 2016/8/31 17:25
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Re: WAZE App showed me the rest of JC
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The way you are generalizing everyone and thing outside of downtown is the douchiest thing I've seen in a while on here. I used to rent downtown and me and my wife decided to lay roots here by buying. I am a creative director in NYC and she is a registrar at an art dealer and the best we could afford was over near Lincoln Park. To imply that anyone outside downtown doesn't work hard or lives like sh!t is fuq'd up


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A good rule of thumb, given that you seem new, is that there are about ten regular posters from DTJC who channel Donald Trump. They've effectively taken over this site, and are terrified of everything. I've lived in Lafayette for eight years & have had a much better experience than in DTJC or, for that matter, the East Village when I lived there. Enjoy your area; it's beautiful.

Posted on: 2016/8/15 20:48
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Re: Longish-time JC resident interested in buying...somewhere
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Check out Lafayette - I've lived here eight years and love it. There's a great feeling of community and, despite what's often suggested in this forum, safety hasn't been an issue for anyone I know. (As anywhere, there are occasional annoyances, of course.) But maybe it's those perceptions that are keeping it from being "overrun by insane people" as you said?

As mentioned earlier, inventory here is a problem, but that may ease soonish as more projects come online.

I'm not a fan of the Foundry, but it currently offers units that are in both your price and size range, and is right on the Light Rail. And, although I believe all units are now spoken for, the long-delayed renovation of Saints Lofts seems to be nearing completion (http://www.saintlofts.com/). I looked at a beautiful ~800 sq. ft. loft there when it was available out of curiosity, and it was going for about $260K. It gives you a sense of what you can get out here!

Posted on: 2016/7/29 16:15
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Re: Downtown Roads...why so bad?
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4th Street is the worst. It was re-paved 2-3 years ago, but dug up and shoddily patched up many times since.


If you think 4th street is bad, come up to the the heights. Some of the roads looks like bombed out runways.


Lafayette in the house: having worked in postwar Iraq and Bosnia, I can aver that Johnston between Pacific and Woodward (by the new swimming pool) is worse than a war zone.

But credit where credit is due: Pacific was far, far worse until its facelift last year.

Posted on: 2016/3/30 18:26
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Re: Two Boots Pizza
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Seems like free markets are the answer for everything; until some guy in a food truck starts peddling tacos. Then the free marketers cry for government intervention.

I ate Two Boots all the time when I lived in the East Village and when they opened here. Haven't set foot there since all this came up. Their pizza tastes kind of bitter.

Posted on: 2016/2/29 23:53
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Re: Hipster vandalizing Charles & Co. caught on tape
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Look forward to his bitch ass going back to Ohio.


You realize that NJ is a national punchline, right? Maybe it's time to quit ragging on Ohio.

Nosi se u tri picke materine. A$$hat.

Posted on: 2015/6/24 16:06
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Re: Meeting on Jersey Avenue Turnpike Extension - June 22
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Seems like the bridge to nowhere to me as I just don't see how this will relieve congestion at all. During rush hour cars will quickly back up at the red light for the light rail crossing on Jersey Ave. When this happens, the traffic will go via Pacific again. Spend the $10 million some where it will do some good.


Only that's what's already happening with cars backing up at the LSP crossing at Phillip & Johnston. So there'd be no added incentive there to go via Pacific.

Another issue I haven't yet seen mentioned: as a morning walker, I've recently noticed a trend of drivers coming off of Pacific or Colden and cutting diagonally at high speed through the Pathmark parking lot to avoid the red light at Monmouth & Grand. This is crazy dangerous; I've experienced and have witnessed many near misses with pedestrians. Last week I saw an SUV driver swerve out of his way to run over a goose in an otherwise empty lot. Around 8:30 it's common to have up to a dozen cars in the lot backed up waiting to turn left onto Monmouth. (Which is how I was able to catch up to the SUV and photograph the driver & plates, and report him to Animal Control & NJSPCA.)

Not blaming the city; it's the shopping center management's penny pinching and hands-off stewardship that encourage this phenomenon. Nevertheless, it all points to an out-of-control, Wild-West commuter ecosystem in that part of town that requires urgent assessment and remediation. With other commonsense calming measures, this bridge could potentially represent a step in the right direction.

Posted on: 2015/6/15 23:08
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Re: New Residents..Stop Calling Police on Bars & Silencing Church Bells
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heights wrote:

I'm a bit leery of that 23%.


Feel free to check my data source, which I posted.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20 ... -born.html?abt=0002&abg=1

US census is pretty reliable. And, from some related writing I'm doing, ~40 million (legal) immigrants are among the current US population: that's 13% overall. So 23% in NJ, which is more of an immigration magnet, makes sense.

Source: http://www.census.gov/library/infographics/foreign_born.html

Posted on: 2015/6/10 20:15
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Re: New Residents..Stop Calling Police on Bars & Silencing Church Bells
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Amen! There are a lot SUV driving, double wide stroller pushing people that belong in the suburbs!



They need to go back to Ohio ASAP.

Or even Bklyn will do, as JC is full of these yuppie types.


Perfect irony: the guy who starts a thread titled "Buying 'Hold' Properties in JC Ghetto" (seeking input from "savy investors" [sic]) calling others out as yuppie types.

I'm sure I speak for many Ohio natives when I say it was a lifelong dream to move here and have you as a neighbor.

And - BTW - you're just wrong.

US Census data on migration into NJ (2012)

Born in NJ: 53%
Born outside US: 23%
Born in NY: 11%
Born in PA: 5%

Born in other states:
Born in South: 3%
Born in Midwest: 2%
Born in Northeast: 2%
Born in West: 1%

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20 ... -born.html?abt=0002&abg=1

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Posted on: 2015/6/10 18:36
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Re: Hallelujah…Phillip Street is finally getting paved.
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Both times I crossed yesterday (and four other times this week), d*bag drivers blew through at full speed even though I was in the crosswalk. LSP is a park to the rest of us, but to drivers on Phillip this is a high speed, no-stop shortcut to the Holland. The concept that a park entrance might just be a place to pay attention for pedestrians doesn't even register with these folks.

Don't they want to bridge Jersey Avenue with Phillips Street?


Yes, but I'm not sure what you're asking here? The drivers who ignored the stop sign and pedestrians were all turning left off of Phillips to go up Johnston towards Pacific.

If the bridge is ever completed, instead of turning left there, drivers would keep going straight into DTJC. They'll still keep blowing through the stop sign & crosswalk that are there currently.

Is that what you meant?

Posted on: 2015/5/15 15:45
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Re: Hallelujah…Phillip Street is finally getting paved.
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Getting back to the paving job….it looks like it is done. The street doesn’t look any wider I thought it did at first. I don’t know about sidewalks. The LSP side has grass seed with a straw covering. The LSC/car pound side just has dirt maybe they will continue the sidewalk on that side. There is an old sidewalk near the LSC parking lot.

There should be a walk way for the people who walk that route. Now with the new smooth paving it will be a surely be a race track. Forget about biking they will be run over.


100% correct. I run in LSP every day and enter via Johnston, meaning that I cross Phillip where it meets Audrey Zapp (the long cobblestone road that runs to the water). There's a stop sign there before the crosswalk.

Both times I crossed yesterday (and four other times this week), d*bag drivers blew through at full speed even though I was in the crosswalk. LSP is a park to the rest of us, but to drivers on Phillip this is a high speed, no-stop shortcut to the Holland. The concept that a park entrance might just be a place to pay attention for pedestrians doesn't even register with these folks.

Someone's going to get seriously hurt one of these days. Be careful out there.

Posted on: 2015/5/15 15:22
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Re: Hallelujah…Phillip Street is finally getting paved.
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Now if they will only do Pacific. Summit Ave. Grand St near Communipaw at the Junction.


I worked in postwar Sarajevo and the roads were much better than Pacific. I spend a lot of time in Detroit and Pacific is far worse than anything I've come across there.

Also Johnston from Woodward to Pacific - the blacktop has contoured to the undulation of the paving underneath. If you haven't experienced it, it's worth a trip to be reminded of the value of passable infrastructure.

But hey, Berry Lane Park, right?


Posted on: 2015/5/8 22:22
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Re: Australians investors buying up Jersey City housing
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I think the judgement is a little harsh, especially as it sounds it was no better before their purchase.


It's a question of perspective. Before, it was a vacuum; an orphan. People on the block pitched in to keep it minimally clean and normal when there was snow, broken glass, etc. There was no other choice.

Today, that same shell is owned by a multimillion dollar corporation that, apparently, can't be bothered to invest a penny in it or even nominally pretend it's a responsible neighbor.

I stand by my comments. I believe that Dixon should be held to a consistently high level of responsibility and accountability wherever it invests, not just within a couple of blocks of the PATH. I would expect the same of Americans investing in Australia.

Posted on: 2015/4/15 0:00
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Re: Australians investors buying up Jersey City housing
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Things may be sweetness and light with Dixon downtown, but my neighbors and I have a different perspective as Dixon neighbors one neighborhood out.

1) They purchased a house on our block more than a year ago. The house had been empty for 5+ years, and within a month or two of purchase Dixon put it back on the market.

The house is a major eyesore on the block, and Dixon has done zero renovation. The walls are stripped to the studs, and the residents on either side complain of freezing conditions in winter and elevated heating bills. One home registered internal temperatures as low as 34 degrees on the adjacent wall of the Dixon property during this winter's cold snap.

2) Upkeep is spotty. They send guys out to shovel when it snows, but that's obvious and easy. On the other hand, there's been a giant patch of broken glass on the sidewalk in front of the house for more than the past month. (I have time stamped photos.) This is on the same block as an elementary school, and little kids tramp past the jagged glass shards twice a day. I pointed this out to Dixon's security staff and there was no response.

3) Attitude. With the unit on the market, Dixon has sent out representatives to pitch the place; we've overheard loud discussions about how the neighborhood is "so ghetto." Not that it should matter, but we have Ph.Ds, JDs, and authors on our block; in addition to countless people who pull their weight every day.

So our perspectives and experiences obviously vary. But if you ask me, I see the Dixon operation as a classic example of carpetbagging. They've added zero value to my neighborhood.

Posted on: 2015/4/14 23:33
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Re: Murder and mahem in Lafayette under Fulop?
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Calling Diane Coleman...

Councilwoman Coleman, come in, we need you...

Repeat, Councilwoman Coleman, respond when in range...

Hmm, no one there.

Posted on: 2015/4/7 21:51
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Re: wasn't ted cruz born in canada. didn't heeven have dual citizenship
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Ted Cruz graduated Princton "cum laude". He was so good on Princeton's debate team that they named they annual championship after him? Could you remind me, what was Obama's GPA in Columbia?

There are three reasons you call Cruz "moron":
- longstanding Democratic tradition to declare every Republican candidate stupid,
- you have no idea how to argue on merit,
- racism, plain and simple.


Boris, why do you waste your time on people like us who are clearly your intellectual inferiors?

I declare you the smartest guy in town. Now, hopefully, there's no further need to engage us.

Posted on: 2015/3/28 17:45
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Re: Jersey City on list of 20 Great American Cities for Writers
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What resources does JC have for writers?


Simply itself. Even today it's a carnival of characters; flip through the Nick Tosches Reader for a magnificent elaboration.

Posted on: 2015/3/4 22:42
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Re: Anybody know the GRM (price/yearly rent) of typical Downtown condos?
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Ah, missed much of the dialogue and insight below. I'll butt out now. :)

Posted on: 2015/2/17 10:44
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Re: Anybody know the GRM (price/yearly rent) of typical Downtown condos?
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How do you mean? Generally, the GRM spectrum runs from high meaning "very desirable" to low meaning "war zone". But very high rents can drop it down. I think in general Bayonne IS considered safer and more desirable than Greenville. Or it could be Greenville rents are rising faster than Bayonne's. GRM is not the most accurate metric but it's relatively easy to obtain.


It's an interesting metric, though far from perfect as many point out. Keep in mind that GRM is a metric created for use by those considering an investment in rental property: it estimates how many years in rent it would take for the property to pay for itself. So lower is better.

The GRM discrepancy between Greenville and Bayonne is explained by one factor: they both have the same median rent, but home costs are higher in Bayonne.

I hope this doesn't set off a typical jclist s**storm about what neighborhoods are safer, and why someone would never set foot in another part of town. It's just math.

Posted on: 2015/2/17 9:58
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Re: Science fun? Book at Liberty Science Center teaches kids how to make fake guns
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So, are you telling me that the suspicious part is not an interest in the Constitution per se, but the fact that it is a [gasp!] recent interest? Does it mean getz011 and you feel safer when people who are ignorant about the Constitution stay ignorant?


I can only speak for myself, but actually Boris, yes: what you've just described is the Tea Party, and that's exactly who I'm referring to.

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Again, how can you (and getz011) possibly prefer kids who live in a house with guns to stay ignorant about those guns is beyond me.


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My question would be, have you actually read one of them books that you fear so much? Or did you learn about them from a New York Times article....


I think you'd be surprised how much I read, across the ideological spectrum.

Posted on: 2015/2/12 16:12
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Re: Science fun? Book at Liberty Science Center teaches kids how to make fake guns
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Yes, that's true, but I think there's a time and a place for certain things and the Liberty Science Center is not the place for a book like this.


In that case, the time to buy the book is "never," and the place is "not there."

Huck Finn had a slingshot and Cold War kids had cap guns and I played Asteroids. I've even read about kids destroying pinatas at birthday parties. Hardly the stuff of nightmares.

I'm much more worried about parents who take their kids to firing ranges, have taken a recent interest in the Constitution, and home school with Ayn Rand books. Let's maybe focus on that.

Posted on: 2015/2/11 22:38

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Re: Journal Square Vs. JC Heights
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whY YOU MAKING IT ALL RACIALIST MAN...NO ONE EVER BROUGHT UP RACE HERE EXCEPT FOR YOU. ARE YOU ASSUMING I'M A SCARED LITTLE WHITEY?


New to the internet?

Posted on: 2014/12/23 22:05
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Re: Jersey City, NJ: 10 Reasons NYC Food and Culture Hounds Should Cross the Hudson Now
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Union Republic = Hoboken wearing a Brooklyn mask, a really nice suit and tie.

Posted on: 2014/12/16 23:15
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Re: Nu Bar
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Nu Bar is building momentum. It's well managed, and the building owner has finally learned to back off - meaning that it's not likely to close abruptly in a month like the location's past three ventures.

The food is hitting its stride, the drinks are reasonably priced, and the setting is profoundly chill. It's a great neighborhood local, and a welcome escape from downtown's emergent scene.

Posted on: 2014/10/27 23:24
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Re: Johnston Ave Pool Open!
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they are very strict on IDs...


Sadly, no. I dropped by yesterday to cool off and the workers said that it's closed for the season as of today. Wish they'd let the weather guide the schedule as opposed to the calendar - it was too cold to enjoy a morning swim for much of the past few weeks.

Posted on: 2014/9/2 8:42
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Re: JC in NY Times article on "Life After Brooklyn"
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Not every one is scared of their own shadow, and afraid of brown people.


Wow! Nice to see anything but the accepted wisdom of dtjclist.com

I totally agree, but prepare for your reckoning.

3... 2... 1...

Posted on: 2014/8/26 23:35
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Re: How can JC become the best mid-sized city in the US?
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DevilsAdvocate: Don't assume. I am very familiar with Manhattan. My husband lived in a beautiful brownstone on the UWS 2 blocks from the park for over 15 years. We have both worked in Manhattan for a very long time. I know there are great neighborhoods. We have some fantastically wealthy family members that live in those most excellent neighborhoods. That being said, I no longer want to live there. Not everyone is as enamored with Manhattan as you may be. And for the record, I don't find the people in NYC to be particularly any more interesting than other areas of this world.


I don't even know what to say to this. There are objectively more people that are extremely accomplished in Manhattan than here. In addition to the numerous other advantages. There is just very little that JC does better without factoring money into the equation.


There are objectively more talented people than in JC in the following cities:

- Sofia, Bulgaria
- Ankara, Turkey
- Bratislava, Slovakia
- Novi Sad, Serbia
- Kuwait City
- Riga, Latvia

So move there.

For the record, I've lived in the East Village as well as JC. I prefer JC for exactly the reasons jcdd laid out. Looking forward to learning why I'm wrong.

Posted on: 2014/8/16 21:06
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Re: Mayor Fulop's Quality of Life Survey Available Online
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I'm a manager in a NYC city agency, and invariably surveys to assess public perceptions of any agency, it's policies and initiatives, are conducted by the city government itself.

When done well, this enables the government agency to control the questions in an effective way, i.e. avoid it becoming a forum for complaints, and instead have questions focus on specific tasks, initiatives, etc. that are in their power to control and fix.

This is a terrible survey, as there no specifics that we can comment on really. I responded to it anyway, to try and make Mayor Fulop aware of how overlooked the Heights really is.


My thoughts exactly. I'm a research manager and spend my day designing studies, writing surveys, and running/interpreting analyses. This is mostly for Fortune 500 companies, but I've done a fair amount of public policy research as well. This survey is crap and is not designed to identify service gaps or actionable solutions.

Like you, I plan to respond only because city services and governmental responsiveness in my neighborhood (Lafayette) have been an afterthought at best for both the Healy and Fulop administrations. I'm not expecting a thing to come of it.

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Re: How can JC become the best mid-sized city in the US?
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Very True. Our slogan should just be " Downtown JC, cause you can't afford NYC and don't want to be shot in Greenville"



You never miss a chance to take a dig at other people's neighborhoods. It's the hallmark of a provincial mentality.

Not to mention misguided. The average Manhattanite might say: "Queens, because you can't afford here and you don't want to be shot in Jersey City." That includes all of us.


Posted on: 2014/8/14 18:02
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