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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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ConstantReader wrote:
A big part of the problem is not necessarily the limits of the infrastructure, but poor scheduling decisions by the Port Authority. After 7pm on weekdays--when Vigilante was trying to squeeze his way onto a JSQ train--the 33rd-JSQ trains run only every 10 minutes. Seems like a no-brainer to run trains more frequently when they're that full.


Yes to this. The PA is so out of date - the view that mass transit authorities need to run service less frequently at off-peak times (evenings and weekends) in order to maintain profit levels is now understood to often be incorrect, even in areas where the population is much less accustomed to riding public transit than in greater NYC.

It turns out that running *more* frequent service at off-peak times encourages more people to switch away from cars or other modes and can actually increase profitability (the marginal cost of expanding off-peak service is generally low compared to the marginal revenue, so the increased ridership more than compensates for the added cost of running more trains).

In areas like JC where there's existing infrastructure and a high cost to the alternative - Holland Tunnel tolls will be 2-3x round-trip PATH fare by the end of next year - it would seem like a no-brainer to try to attract more ridership and increase revenues by offering better off-peak service.

But, alas, the PA chooses to completely cut an entire branch of service on weekends instead.

Posted on: 4/11 10:53
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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tommyc_37 wrote:
I'm in a taxi right now, it has been 30 minutes from west village to middle of holland tunnel, anybody know what's up? This is terrible.


They've been closing one lane of the Holland Tunnel in each direction overnight for maintenance (cleaning). The website just lists dates this week, but it was happening last week as well: http://www.panynj.gov/alerts-advisories/advisories.html

(And I can only speak to my experience last Thursday 4/3, but I got to the tunnel by about 10:30PM and traffic was almost completely stopped, so they had clearly started before 11PM. 1010WINS said it would be an hour to get through. Luckily, I was able to bail on the line and redirect the cab to WTC PATH.)

Posted on: 4/11 9:23
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Re: Bike Share System
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MikeyTBC wrote:
Does anyone have any links to bike safety and specifically helmets? Stats, numbers, types of helmets etc.
I'm googling and most of what I'm seeing is about kids and basic rules of the road.
Thanks


Lots of stats available from CDC, NHTSA, and the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.

But if the question you're trying to answer is "Do I really need to wear a helmet?", you might still be dissatisfied. Lots of people point to the Dutch experience - way more bikes than the US and almost no one wears a helmet, yet there are far fewer head injuries/fatalities - as evidence that adults don't really need bike helmets. But I think this is pretty misleading, since the bike cultures are very different. (Here's a pretty good summary of the differences: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/why-dutch-dont-wear-helmets.html)

So, for me, the answer is - it's probably fine to go without a bike helmet in the Netherlands, but it's almost certainly crazy to go without one in the US (especially places like JC/NYC with road cultures that are still quite unfriendly to bikes).

(If you need to buy one, I highly recommend the very nice folks at Grove Bicycles.)

Posted on: 3/21 15:05
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Re: PATH weekend WTC service shutdown
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In general, they're updating the signals primarily to increase not just safety, but also capacity and improve other efficiencies.

Most of the urgency is due to federal mandates. In 2008, Congress passed a law that requires that basically every single type of rail to switch to "Positive Train Control" by 2015. It's a system that improves safety and tracking, including using GPS. The motivation was a major train crash that killed 25 people. The recent Metro North crashes do show that safety can still be an issue.

Sandy is also a major factor. The signal upgrades were already in progress, but some of the new equipment was damaged or destroyed by Sandy. So obviously, that's a major delay.

This post says it all so I hope this puts this thread to rest along with the complaints on the various train schedule.


Except that:

1) No other system in the country is going to make the 2015 deadline (and PATH has admitted it won't, either), so the use of this excuse is simply false.

2) There are ways to do the work without ignoring the needs of tens of thousands of mass transit customers, including working on one tube at a time or shutting down service in both tubes overnight during the week when it's less disruptive.

3) However and whenever they plan to do the work, it is entirely unacceptable not to provide fee neutral alternatives - including but not limited to expanded 33rd St service, free shuttle service (preferably into and out of Manhattan but at least b/w Christopher and WTC), ferry, etc. - and a public authority should know this.

Two years (first WTC then 33rd) or more of weekend PATH service disruptions poses a very real and very direct threat to the economic well-being of JC and its residents. So saying "because federal mandate and OMG Sandy, don't worry about it" simply isn't going to cut it.

Posted on: 3/21 11:19
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Re: PATH weekend WTC service shutdown
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First, for anyone looking for an alternate route into Manhattan this weekend (especially to avoid the Hoboken LepreCon), the ferry at the end of Warren Street claims to be running to WFC during the day on weekends: http://www.libertylandingferry.com/weekend-schedule.aspx

Second, I really agree that we need our elected officials to push back a lot harder on this issue (especially since PATH will try to do the same thing next year on the 33rd Street line). And I would go farther and say the starting point of the negotiation with PATH is not how they'll make shutting down weekend service to WTC more bearable, but whether shutting down weekend service to WTC is justified at all.

I see no reason to accept that PATH needs to completely shut down the WTC line every weekend (nor the 33rd Street line next year).

There are two tunnels running into WTC – Tunnel E and Tunnel F. According to PATH’s own report, the 3 weekends they shut down the WTC line in November 2013 allowed them to power wash 25% (750 feet) of Tunnel E, completely clean all the drains and sump pumps in Tunnel F, and replace 12,000 broken rail clips in Tunnel F. They also installed and connected power equipment to the new WTC station.

All of this work could have been done by shutting one tunnel at a time, as they have frequently done in the past. And since much of the work they still need to do is similar, it could also be done by closing one tunnel at a time on weekends. Power washing the rest of Tunnel E does NOT require closing Tunnel F, for crying out loud.

(And if there is really work that requires shutting both tunnels at the same time, it would make much more sense for PATH to schedule that overnight during the week - say 11pm-5:30AM Sun-Th - rather than on weekends. Fewer riders would be impacted and it would be easier with less traffic to offer a shuttle bus between WTC and Christopher or, preferably, into Hoboken and JC.)

Yes, using just one tunnel all weekend results in slower WTC service (I believe trains can only run every 20 minutes), but I think slower WTC service coupled with increased (and separated) 33rd Street service would cause far less disruption to the lives and businesses of NJ residents, while still allowing PATH to complete necessary repairs.

Regardless of the work schedule at WTC, separating overnight and weekend 33rd Street service via Jersey City from Hoboken should happen immediately and permanently.

Based on the available information, it's not obvious that working on just one tunnel at a time would cause PATH to fall behind on its schedule. However, even if it will cause a delay in completing all necessary work, this is not reason enough on its own to continue with the current plan, which has enormous costs to local residents and businesses that have clearly not been factored into PATH’s planning process.

I am certain that even a half-assed attempt at cost-benefit or other analysis (of the sort that is usually required on projects like this) would show that providing a minimum of adequate service while conducting repairs would lower PATH revenue losses and diminish costs to NJ residents and businesses enough to make up for any additional costs PATH would face (including line items like increased staffing or penalties for missing the December 2015 federal deadline). The fact that they don't seem to have done this, but just decided that the livelihoods and convenience of tens of thousands of riders of a PUBLIC transit system are of no concern and it's just easier to shut down every weekend for a year, is an utter failure. And our elected officials should care about that, and be working to fix it.

Posted on: 2/28 16:09
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Re: is street cleaning suspended today?
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chainsawhand wrote:
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triscuit12 wrote:
For once I want to be like Hoboken. They are enforcing street sweeping starting tomorrow to plow out the spots.


I'd be content with it being like NYC where there is a twitter page that automatically updates twice a day giving you information on whether regulations are suspended or not.

"Until further notice"?

Where will this notice be? Nailed to the old tree in the town square?


Agreed on both counts. Alas, street cleaning is still suspended today (Monday 2/24).

FYI - the number is 201 432 4645 x675.

On an iphone, program it in as: 2014324645,675. The comma inserts a pause so that your phone will dial the number, wait a few seconds, and then dial the extension. Makes using our archaic system a little easier.

(I think inserting the comma is pretty standard across carriers, so it should work even if you have a different phone.)

Posted on: 2/24 8:41
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Re: Eviction. Tenants rights please help.
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Just chiming in that jerseymom and user1111 aren't right in this instance. NJ law is very clear that the end of the lease period does not end the tenant's right to occupy the apartment (the exception being an owner-occupied dwelling with 3 or fewer apartments). The tenancy either becomes month-to-month on the same terms as the original lease, or the landlord can offer a new lease. In the new lease, the landlord is free to change the terms of the lease (with some restrictions) - raising the rent is probably the most common change to the lease. The tenant can accept any changes to the lease terms and continue renting, or refuse them and move out (or decide they're illegal changes and go to housing court, but that's a different story).

In your case, since you are willing to pay a rent increase, the landlord cannot evict you and you do not have to move out. However, since both you and your roommate are on the lease (cotenants), it's likely that each of you has the right to continue to occupy the apartment at the new (higher) rent, so while she (and your landlord) can't kick you out, you also can't easily get rid of her.

I also agree that your roommate sounds like a jerk and you may want to explore other options, whatever your rights. I'd sit down with your roommate and say that, legally, she can't kick you out (and you can't kick her out) so you need to figure something else out. You can offer her a financial incentive to move out, or ask for one yourself. If I were you, I'd probably choose to move out, since dealing with a landlord who now seems not to like you could be a headache.

If you agree that you will stay and she will move out, I would make that clear to your landlord ASAP. I'd do this in writing and cite your previous conversation in which you agreed to the new rent rate, as well as stating that nonrenewal of the lease would be illegal, citing the relevant case law (from the links you and others have already found). Do this in writing, probably an email (for immediacy) and also certified letter.

If you agree that you'll move out, it's probably easier since that's what the landlord seems to want, but I'd still put in writing that you are terminating the lease agreement on x date and *get a signed response from the landlord* (or at least an email). You don't want to end up on the hook for any future rent payments.

Posted on: 2/10 16:23
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Re: PATH weekend WTC service shutdown
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radryan03 wrote:
I find the post to be extremely unclear...

Is the WTC station completely closed or is the Hoboken to WTC line still running on the weekends?


There will be no weekend service to WTC at all.

Since there is usually no weekend service from Hoboken to WTC, PA claims Hoboken service will be unaffected.

Posted on: 2/6 16:11
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Re: Clear the Sewer Grates JC
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I agree that individuals can (and should) clear out the storm drains and make sure the snow/ice-melt has a path to them. I do on our corner, if not out of the neighborly goodness of my heart, then because I don't want to be the one trudging through slush and/or slipping on ice until spring...

But why doesn't the city use street cleaning time to come around and remove snow all the way to the curb and from corners/crosswalks? I understand suspending street cleaning during an actual storm, when you want to discourage people from driving. But the roads are clear today, schools & offices, etc. are open, why not make people move their cars?

Having clear streets and corners would make life between storms so much better, for both pedestrians and parkers.

(I used to live in Cambridge/Boston, where it generally snows more than it does here, and that's how they do it. They also manage to have street cleaning just twice a month per side of the street, yet the streets look much better than JC's, but that's another thread...)

Posted on: 2/6 10:48
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Re: Super Bowl renting?
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Have you looked into Airbnb? I've used them as a traveler (staying in room, not providing) and have several friends who use them regularly to rent out their spare rooms.

They have a pretty detailed FAQ regarding liability and provide $1M supplemental coverage (via Lloyds of London). And, of course, you can see profiles and reviews/comments about people using the site. Much safer than just listing on Craigslist.

If you go that route, the more detailed your profile is, the more responses you'll get. (People won't feel comfortable replying to someone with an empty profile, especially since you've never listed before.) Good luck!

Posted on: 1/13 9:30
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Re: Donation Options for Holiday Season
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I like the New York Cares Winter Wishes program (fulfilling gift requests from children in need). It's a little late to sign up this year but if you'd be able to fulfill gift requests fairly quickly, it's probably still worth it. (I get the sense that most of the participating organizations will be holding holiday parties at which the gifts are distributed this week or next.) http://www.newyorkcares.org/winter-wishes

I'm also sponsoring a family for Christmas dinner through the Food Bank of Somerville (shopping for and delivering a meal of their choosing). I signed up through my mother's church - I tried to find out if one of the more local food banks has a similar program but couldn't find anything. I'd love to hear if anyone has more luck that I did finding a way to do this more locally.

Posted on: 12/10 14:58
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Re: Jammal Jim & Jacob Reupholstering
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I was very happy with the reupholstery job Jimmy Jammal did for me a few years ago. If you search "Jammal" on this forum, you'll find my longer review, as well as some other recs. Good luck!

Posted on: 2013/11/20 15:21
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Re: Credit Union Vs. Traditional Bank
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JPhurst wrote:
To get more technical, a charity is just one form of "exempt organization." Organizations with specified purposes in the code are exempt. This includes charitable organizations, social welfare organizations, chambers of commerce, labor organizations, and the National Football League, among others. Credit unions are specifically exempt though it depends how they are organized under state law (this is a touchy subject for the bank lobby, who believes that many credit unions, particularly large ones, are taking advantage of a tax exemption to undercut their products).


Ha! I didn't want to get too technical by also going into exempt vs. non-exempt but you are on it! It's actually still true, though, that nonprofit is the broader category. Organizations first establish themselves as nonprofits, and then apply for federal (and state, if applicable) tax-exempt status, the best-known of which is 501(c)(3) charitable organization. So all exempt orgs are nonprofits, but not all nonprofits are exempt.

And, yes, you're completely right that the federal tax-exempt status of credit unions remains a bone of contention, especially when they compete with for-profit banks. It'll be interesting to see what happens to credit unions long term - I'd argue that they still serve a useful public function of providing access to banking and credit to lower income populations (not that everyone who uses a credit union is low income, just that they're more available to low income populations than for-profit banks are by virtue of defining the criteria around membership based on something other than income). But I don't know if Congress and the banking lobby agree with me... (And, historically, other kinds of financial institutions have had their tax-exempt status yanked. The kind of building and loan that George Bailey runs in It's a Wonderful Life used to be tax exempt and then Congress decided that they weren't really providing a public service, just doing the same things for-profit banks do, so they wrote them out of the tax code.)

Posted on: 2013/11/13 12:13
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Re: Credit Union Vs. Traditional Bank
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JPhurst wrote:
A credit union is more accurately a cooperative, as opposed to a non-profit in the sense most people think of.


I'm not trying to be a snark, but the way that many people mistakenly use nonprofit and charity interchangeably is one of my pet peeves (I work and teach in the field).

Nonprofit is a broad category that includes any organization that is treated differently in the tax code. What nonprofits have in common is that they are generally prohibited from distributing profits to investors (note that this is different from being prohibited from earning profits, another point of confusion). So it's like squares and rectangles - all 501(c)(3) charities are nonprofits, but not all nonprofits are charities. (Note that if you're trying to make a charitable donation, you should make sure the organization is a 501(c)(3) and not a 501(c)anyother#.)

Cooperative ownership is separate from (but very compatible with) nonprofit status. It's what allows credit unions to distribute dividends - their member/owners = their customers by definition, so they're rewarding their customers whenever they reward their member/owners. (As opposed to a for-profit bank in which being a customer does not = being an owner (stockholder). So when a for-profit bank distributes dividends to investors, that's not a reward for their customers, although it's of course possible for customers to buy stock in their bank.)

Posted on: 2013/11/13 9:35
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Re: Bizarre Foods America: New Jersey's Phil Am Food Mart
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Jersey City got a LOT of love in this episode. He also visited Legal Beans (for the fantastic Filipino bbq) and Thirty Acres (for the locally-sourced awesomeness).

Posted on: 2013/11/13 9:07
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Re: Credit Union Vs. Traditional Bank
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cousin wrote:
Just to clarify: Banks are for profit, and credit unions are not for profit (not to be confused with non-profit/charitable institutions).


There's no substantive or legal difference between the terms "nonprofit" and "not-for-profit". (The IRS says not-for-profit applies to activities, while nonprofit applies to organizations, but that's really semantics.) Charitable organizations are categorized as 501(c)(3) nonprofits, while credit unions are categorized as 501(c)(1) nonprofits (I believe) - but they're both nonprofit organizations.

You're right to point out that nonprofit status is a key difference between credit unions and for-profit banks. Credit unions - like all nonprofits - aren't allowed to pay out any excess of revenues over expenses (profits) to share or stockholders. The surplus must be reinvested in the organization.

So, if a for-profit bank charges its customers more than it needs to and makes a profit, its stockholders benefit and there's little incentive to ease the burden on customers. If the nonprofit credit union makes a profit, it has to put that money back into the business, which is collectively owned by its customers (members), who then benefit from the lower interest rates, fees, etc. that running a surplus allows. The incentives are much more on the customer's side with a credit union than a traditional bank.

Posted on: 2013/11/12 15:47
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Re: Plumber?
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I wanted to add another positive review for Byron at Hutch Mechanical. My experience with him was excellent. I found him to be extremely professional, diligent, and responsive. He fixed an emergency issue (leak) for us and also did some routine maintenance on our boilers. He found another potential issue and pointed it out without creating any pressure to have him fix it - just gave us the information and let us decide what we wanted to do. Absolutely no drama or upsell. I really appreciated his honesty and work ethic.

I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking for an experienced plumber and will definitely be using him as needed again.

Posted on: 2013/10/29 17:50
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Re: Strage odor coming from crawl space
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What area/street are you on? I just noticed a strange odor coming from my basement (downtown on 6th Street). (But the basement is currently very smelly thanks to some other issues, so I can't 100% tell if this is new...)

Posted on: 2013/10/29 17:41
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Re: Friends visiting from Manhattan...
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It's weird to me where this thread went.


Weirder than asking for directions to your own home in order to help people who are pessimistic about visiting? Everybody has a different notion of "weird" I suppose.


Yeah this was an odd query. When I have friends visiting from anywhere out of town I just meet them where they are parked or where they get off the subway. Then I give them a little tour of whatever might interest them. Typically that includes Van Vorst park, grove street from grand to newark, and then the first part of Newark ave (usually I'll take them to eat at Skinners). If there's a farmer's market, art fair, etc. I'll show them that too.


Sure, I get that the OP's wording inspired the snark, I just meant that I don't think the underlying sentiment of wanting to figure out the best, clearest way to direct people is that crazy. (When my husband gives directions to our place he always forgets to tell people which stairs to come up, and more than one has ended up going through the tunnel to the other PATH entrance down Columbus and then being really confused about how to get back to where they're supposed to be.)

I also didn't understand all of the people suggesting tours of JC - if I'm having friends over for brunch or whatever, I don't feel compelled to prove that my neighborhood is cool by showing them around for half an hour first. (Of course, my NYC friends are more than willing to come to JC more than once, so I don't need to show them everything the first time.) It just seemed funny that people were giving the OP a hard time for not having enough JC pride and then bending over backwards to prove that JC is full of beautiful, hip awesomeness. I guess I just like my moves a little smoother - no need to hit me with every play all at once. ;)

Posted on: 2013/10/11 11:19
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Re: Friends visiting from Manhattan...
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Garden wrote:
...so, I live in Hamilton Park. I'm inviting some anti-JC friends from Manhattan to come visit (lived in Manhattan for 10 years and NO ONE can understand why I left (of course - I do, but......). What kind of directions do I give them so they have a pleasant walk to my house on 7th from Grove Street PATH station (I live on 7th between Erie & Manila)? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


It's weird to me where this thread went. I feel it's just common courtesy to give friends a heads up when they're coming to a new subway stop - especially in non-grid parts of town. My friends and I do this all the time (for lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, JC, etc.) Doesn't mean we hate our neighborhoods, just that we understand it's easy to get turned around when arriving at a station for the first time. (And you look like an a-hole - or worse, a tourist - if you have to stand there with your smartphone blocking the flow of pedestrian traffic while you orient yourself.)

My Grove PATH directions for people coming from the NYC side (slightly edited to fit the OP's location) are:

Come up from the platform using the stairs toward the front of the train. Look for the escalator and continue up to the street on that side. You'll come up into a plaza, facing Duane Reade. Turn left to face Newark Avenue and cross Grove Street at the light (stay on the right side of Newark). Walk one block on Newark and make the first right onto Erie. Cross Bay and then 1,2,3 etc. When you hit 7th, cross (or don't cross) and turn right. We're at #123, top buzzer.

Posted on: 2013/10/11 10:25
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Re: sourcing ingredients in or around JC
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Looking for loose (not canned) Mariage Frere Tea - especially Earl Grey French Blue, or a taste and quality equivalent.


This is going to sound crazy, but I order it from Paris (http://www.mariagefreres.com/). You can find tins at Dean & Deluca and Garden of Eden (sometimes also at Williams Sonoma and Barneys) but the selection is poor and the markup is huge. So, even with international shipping, buying in bulk straight from the source ends up being cheaper.

Posted on: 2013/10/8 10:31
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Re: November election
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I see there's a thread here on the school board. What about the other officials, where do I get info? And the public question? I have a mail in ballot and can't figure out when the deadline is. I have not kept up to date at all this year. I'm in Ward F, District 31. Thanks.


I like the League of Women Voters for things like deadlines and ballot questions. http://www.lwvnj.org/

Ballot Question 1: http://lwvnj.org/images/voting/2013_BallotQ1.pdf

Ballot Question 2: http://lwvnj.org/images/voting/2013_BallotQ2.pdf

Posted on: 2013/10/7 10:34
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Re: Gay marriage advocates lobby to override Christie's veto
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Yvonne - your concerns are absolutely not based in reality nor fact.

I am legally married in the state of NJ and my marriage is recognized by the US federal government (I'm straight). But the Catholic church wouldn't have let my husband and I hold our wedding in a cathedral and won't sanctify our marriage b/c we are not practicing Catholics. Both the state and federal government are fine with this. Religious institutions are not now and will not be forced to perform or sanctify marriage ceremonies that go against their tenets.

As for offering services such as baking a wedding cake to same-sex couples, I'm not sure what part of your religion tells you that's not okay. I'm also not sure how changing the legal standing of same-sex couples in NJ from civil union to marriage would make this issue worse, if the problem is simply interacting with gay people who, by definition, are not married in your church, no matter what the state says. I think you might be misinterpreting what your faith asks of you - I've never met a Catholic baker (or any other kind of worker) who has asked me if I'm Catholic or if I've ever committed any sins like having sex outside of marriage or working on Sunday before serving me.

[Also, just because I can't help but correct misinformation when I see it, Plan B is a contraceptive, not an abortion pill - it has no effect on an already-fertilized egg. The abortion pill(s) is an entirely different combination of drugs.]

Posted on: 2013/9/16 13:08
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Re: Gay marriage advocates lobby to override Christie's veto
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Yvonne wrote:
So NJ voters will be denied the right to have their vote matter.


What are you even talking about? A majority of NJ's elected officials (on behalf of NJ voters) favor ending marriage discrimination, as demonstrated by their votes on the bill Christie vetoed. AND polling shows that nearly two-thirds of NJers favor ending marriage discrimination. How is the will of the people being ignored?

(This is ignoring the fact that one of the greatest things about the United States of America is that basic civil rights are not doled out according to the whims of voters by majority rule, but are simply guaranteed to all. Your assertion that it should be otherwise is astounding.)

Posted on: 2013/9/16 11:49
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Re: Waterside "first date drinks" locale?
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tommyc_37 wrote:
How does a relationship get pear-shaped?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pear-shaped

As for the original question, lots of good ideas here but I'd need more info to weigh in. Is this a date with someone you really like? B/c that calls for a more fancy cocktails, quiet, candlelit, intimate vibe (maybe VU). Or is this a first meeting with someone you don't yet know if you like? B/c that calls for a more fun, busy vibe (Surf City if you want to go beer, maybe the outdoor lounge area at Maritime Parc if you want wine/cocktails). This is making me realize that JC needs more options that take advantage of the water.

Posted on: 2013/7/23 12:56
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Re: MetroCard Question
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This isn't exactly an answer to your question, but do you know about the EasyPay MetroCard? It's linked to your credit or debit card and automatically replenishes when you hit a certain threshold (dollars for pay per ride, date for 30 day unlimited).

I love mine. Now both my PATH card and my subway card automatically replenish and I never have to think about it. (I keep both linked to a credit card, not the debit card that's attached to my checking account, as I think it's easier to fight mistaken charges on a credit card. I've never had any issues, but I don't completely trust either PATH or MTA to not screw up.)

Info and link to sign up here: http://web.mta.info/metrocard/EasyPayXpress.htm

Posted on: 2013/7/2 9:20
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Re: March 18th snow: Healy unprepared
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ahab wrote:
Has anyone notice the street sweeper this morning, 3/19/2013?


Street sweeping is suspended today, Tuesday 3/19.

(FYI - the number is 201 432 4645 x675.)

Posted on: 2013/3/19 10:33
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Re: Greenpoint's WORD Bookstore coming to Jersey City
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JCmolly wrote:

Oh no.

From their website:

Finally, our favorite praise; the one that gets down to brass tacks: “This is that quaint-looking book store in Greenpoint where hot hipster moms take their kids.”


Yes. Heaven forbid attractive women who are also smart enough to read should come to Jersey City. ;)

I'm glad to see Newark Ave attracting some great businesses and wish them the best of luck!

Posted on: 2013/1/11 17:19
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Re: Catholic / Christian Priest needed for wedding ceremony at Liberty Harbor
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My brother became a Universal Life Minister for my NJ wedding. The process is very simple (probably something like 1 minute online) and my husband and I loved having our ceremony performed by someone we know and love (who knows and loves us). So if you don't already have a relationship with a minister/priest, why not look to your friends and family? (And if you do already have a relationship with a minister/priest, look to her/him for a recommendation.)

Posted on: 2013/1/10 9:28
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Re: Debris Removal, FEMA?
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If you scroll down to the very bottom of the Jersey City homepage, it says:

Update 11/2, 4:58pm: Dumpsters!!!!
The Jersey City Incinerator Authority will provide dumpsters to flood damaged communities upon request (supply permitting) for the disposal of storm damaged materials. To request a dumpster, contact JCIA CEO Oren K. Dabney Sr. at 201-432-4645 ext. 600.


From some posts by Steve Fulop shortly after the storm, it appears that the dumpsters are free of charge. But you can (obviously) figure that out when you call. (And let any of your neighbors in the same boat know that the whole block can use the dumpster.)

Posted on: 2012/11/20 8:36
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