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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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mfadam wrote:
I get his argument but it is irrelevant to the reval conversation. The Reval is revenue neutral to JC. JC won't get anymore money post reval.

Property tax is nothing more than a fixed percentage of the fair market value of one's home. Plain and simple: Home value x .019 = property tax.

Do you think Paulus Hook can make the case that they pay more than Van Vorst park and that is unfair? It is irrelevant.

It blows me away that such a simple concept like percentage is being made into such an existential argument.

DTJC owners- count your lucky stars that you have had a massive run up in value all the while enjoying an unfair tax advantage...


I don't disagree, I just think that it's useful to understand the anti-reval perspective and not simply dismiss it as "people can't do math, and also they're entitled jerks." (I am strongly pro-reval, if that matters.)

There are homeowners who believe that the property taxes collected from the neighborhood they live in already constitute the lion's share of the City's property tax revenues, so asking them to pay more strikes them as very unfair. (And, hyperbole aside, some of them, particularly older residents living on fixed incomes, will suffer real hardship when their tax bills increase.)

Again, I disagree with the anti-reval perspective and think there are both private (reverse mortgages, selling and using increased value to fund retirement in a cheaper area) and public (phasing in increases for seniors, legislating a better system for ongoing reval) solutions to alleviate any actual hardship caused by allowing the situation to get this bad in the first place.

But trying to understand that perspective makes it easier to understand why the opposition to such a simple and logical procedure is so vehemently felt. I think that understanding is important b/c without it we aren't as able to craft compelling arguments in our favor and run the risk of a vocal anti-reval group swinging the political pendulum back in the direction of ignoring revals for decades.

My deeper concern is that dismissing the reval opponents misses the opportunity to engage them on more important issues - like, for example, planning for the day when the Abbot designation goes away or the funding formula changes or NJ simply runs out of money to do anything but pay pensions (I hope I'm joking about that last one) and we need to come up with a way to replace lost state revenue. Making enemies on the reval seems short-sighted when we have a much broader and deeper discussion about property taxes and other sources of city revenue coming down the pipeline.

Posted on: 5/19 10:05
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Re: 2017 Reval ~ Property Inspections
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In fairness to 135jc, his/her logic is correct even though Brewster and others are also correct that (for example) Greenville residents are overpaying while Downtown residents are underpaying as a percentage of their homes' values (generally speaking).

I think what got lost is that 135jc was making a different point about the total value of all homes in the different neighborhoods and the total value of taxes paid - not as a percentage but simply as a whole number.

Basically, Downtown homes can be paying less than their fair share of taxes and Greenville homes can be paying more than their fair share of taxes in percentage terms, yet the absolute amount of money collected Downtown can still be greater than that collected in Greenville. (Both can be simultaneously true.)

I have no idea if 135jc's point is backed up by numbers b/c I don't know the total property taxes paid by non-Downtown residents vs Downtown residents. But, to use completely made-up numbers just to clarify the point, if Greenville property taxes total $400,000 (all homes in Greenville are really worth a total of $10M and are paying effective tax rates of 4%) and Downtown property taxes total $1M (all homes in Downtown are really worth $100M and are paying effective tax rates of 1%) then Downtown homes contribute more to the tax base than Greenville homes do *in absolute terms* since $1M > $400,000. Again, this doesn't negate the point that Greenville residents in this scenario are [unfairly] paying 4x more than Downtown residents, *as a share of home value*.

Posted on: 5/19 9:05
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Re: Door recommendation for open Den area
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We have double pocket doors separating our living and den as well. The feature is original to the house (mid-19th century rowhouse), but the doors that are there now are not. Many people use refurbished antique doors for decorative effect (but that's only worth it if you close them frequently, as they're otherwise not visible).

With tall ceilings, it's pretty typical for the space above to have some kind of transom. I've seen ones with very decorative etched glass, and others that have been filled in and painted.

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ETA: This picture is not my house, just an image I googled.

Posted on: 3/23 13:08
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Re: Downtown JC ObGyn
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Not trying to be a bummer, but many OBs won't take on new patients in the third trimester (I know the practice I use won't), so it might be worth your time to make some phone calls to find out different doc's policies before getting your heart set on anyone. Good luck!

Posted on: 2016/3/28 13:51
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Re: NJ W2 Tax Question
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SRhia wrote:
I agree - I don't understand why long-term domestic partnership (e.g. five or 10 years or longer, or something like that) is not legally binding (while civil union already is), in NJ.

What does a piece of paper mean these days anyways (given that divorce is so rampant!!!)???


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bodhipooh said:

You know, I find it interesting that the civil union statute/benefits remain in place now that gay marriage (I think the PC term is same-sex marriage!) is now allowed in NJ. It has been a little over a year, actually. So, right now, the civil union legal status and its tax implications is a benefit extended to same-sex partners but not to opposite-sex couples. What's the rationale there at this point?

And, to be clear, I am not trolling. I am actually asking this in a sort of philosophical, out-loud musing kind of way. Why should a same-sex couple (that has the right and ability to enter into marriage) be entitled to a benefit not available to an opposite-sex couple that may be in an equally committed relationship. As SRhia says, she lives with her partner and they have kids. Kinda hard to not describe that as a committed relationship.


I'm not sure what benefit you're talking about? Civil union status isn't just granted by virtue of living together - couples have to actively enter into it, just like marriage. So any couple in NJ can choose to fill out the necessary paperwork and pay the necessary fees and then their relationship will be legally recognized by the state.

Long-term domestic partnerships aren't automatically recognized b/c the state doesn't want to be responsible for checking on where you live, whether you have a joint checking account, etc. If the benefits of legal marriage are important to you, it's simple to get legally married. (From a strictly bureaucratic perspective, of course! If you and your partner aren't on the same page, or you want to be married during a lavish wedding, etc., those are different issues.)

Posted on: 2015/2/4 13:52
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Re: PATH is down again today!
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This is my favorite news quote so far:

"Port Authority officials aren't sure if Tuesday’s problems are also related to the fire, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported."

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/09/2 ... en-jersey-city-suspended/

Aren't Port Authority officials the ones who should know? WTF is going on?!

(Also, re: cross-honoring - I've found it generally works to show the conductor the PATH tweet or alert on my phone that says NJTransit and/or NYWaterway is cross-honoring.)

Posted on: 2014/9/23 12:59
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Re: R Train
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tommyc_37 wrote:
This would be about 4:00 pm on a Saturday, heading from near WTC to Union Street in Brooklyn. The R doesn't stop below Canal in Manhattan?


No, the R does stop below Canal - it's the N that goes straight to Brooklyn from Canal (during the day).

At 4pm on Saturday from Cortlandt, you should take the R. The confusing thing is that the N will also come through, which is not normal daytime N behavior. Don't take it - once it's past Atlantic, it will blow past all of the R local stops. Wait for the R.

Posted on: 2014/9/17 15:20
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Re: R Train
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tommyc_37 wrote:
Cool, so the N or the R - whichever comes first, would be my best bet? To get to Union Street in Brooklyn, from lower Manhattan.


No. Sorry I was confusing! I wasn't really thinking about the stops in Brooklyn beyond Atlantic, since that's farther than I usually go. For me, the N running on the R means I can take either. But since you're going past Atlantic, you still need to wait for the R.

If it's before 11pm, wait for the R. If it's after 11pm, get on the N.

(Or take either and change at/walk from Atlantic. ;)

Posted on: 2014/9/17 14:49
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Re: FISHERMEN VERSUS OUTDOOR WEDDING PARTIES ON PIER
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jcguy05 wrote:
do people actually eat the fish they caught from the hudson? are they suicidal?

i thought it's strictly catch and release, that noone is crazy enough to eat them.


Not recommended eating for children and women who might become pregnant, but men and women who won't become pregnant can eat limited quantities of fish from the Hudson. (And, since the guidelines are designed to be conservative, exceeding them is probably not going to hurt anyone.)

http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2794.pdf

I think it's great for people to want to eat what they catch, as it (hopefully) encourages them to support large-scale efforts to keep the river clean and to behave in small-scale ways that help (by, for example, not doing stupid things like throwing cigarette butts in the street).

Posted on: 2014/9/17 14:36
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Re: R Train
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Yes, the R runs on weekends, just not late nights (which I think is 11pm to 5:30am). BUT, the N picks up the R local stops late night, so it's like it's running...

However, I think this coming weekend the N is running on the R b/w BK and Manhattan all weekend. (It usually skips from Canal to Atlantic but it will be making those lower Manhattan R stops.)

So, basically, if you're at a station like Cortlandt that's usually R only and an N comes through, get on it. If you're at a station where both the N and R usually stop, and an N comes through, pay attention/ask the conductor which line it's running on to be safe.

Posted on: 2014/9/17 12:39
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Re: Looking for parking near Dixon Mills
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Not sure where near Dixon Mills you live, but there's a "Parking for Rent" sign on the front gate of one of the row houses on Columbus (between Monmouth and Coles) across the street from DM.

Posted on: 2014/9/15 14:20
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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JadedJC wrote:
I have a flight on Thursday morning and am planning to get to the airport via public transportation. Does anyone know if WTC-Newark PATH service will be affected by the Sept. 11 ceremonies? Of course, I can't find any useful info on the PATH website.


According to their website, the next scheduled holiday is Columbus Day. And, according to twitter, there will be normal PATH service this Thursday: https://twitter.com/PATHTrain

So, 50/50 chance trains will be running normally? ;)

Posted on: 2014/9/9 11:29
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Re: Who does eyelash tinting downtown?
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ilsalmi wrote:
Hello, does anyone know if any salon does eyelash tinting (dye, not extensions, not permanent make-up) in downtown JC? I tried several salons and they looked at me like I had two heads. I used to have this done abroad all the time, is it so unusual here?


Eyelash tinting is illegal in NJ (and NY), which is why you're having a hard time finding it. For the money, you might ask your doctor about a prescription for Latisse - it makes your lashes both longer and darker.

Posted on: 2014/7/28 9:37
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Re: Oil Tank - How do I find out if property has one?
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marullos88 wrote:
Ok, that's what I was thinking. We'll definitely get a sweep done. Any recommendations?

If we do find an oil tank, what do people do? Negotiate with seller and ask them to remove it? I would imagine that once it is known that there is an oil tank, they would have to tell any future buyers about it, and therefore it is in their best interest to just get it removed, no?

Meaning, I love this house I don't want to lose it!

thanks!


We used Lombardo Environmental for our search and were very happy with them. (We also did an OPRA search of the property records.)

Definitely don't buy it if there's a buried oil tank. The seller removes it (legally, with certification) or you walk away. Google the horror stories if you need convincing. (You're correct, though, that once they know they'll have to disclose to other potential buyers. The real risk is that they can't afford to sell at all, not that they won't sell to you b/c you don't want the tank.)

In any case, I believe you're unlikely to find a lender who will finance a house with a buried oil tank or an insurance co. who will insure it.

(My parents live in Somerset County and recently removed their buried oil tank because they were told the property is essentially valueless with a tank - since no one can borrow to purchase it or get insurance on it. Their tank was 40 years old and had been consistently insured and well-maintained. Despite that, they found a small leak and the removal cost several thousand dollars out of pocket (beyond what insurance paid). They now have a tank in the basement, since their property is not serviced by gas lines. This is just to say that even the best-case scenario of a known tank with insurance can cost more than you'd like - an unknown/abandoned tank can be a nightmare.)

Posted on: 2014/7/23 14:19
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Re: What should I do about a tenant using JCFD to harass me?
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1stStGuy wrote:

I ask this not to be sarcastic, but because I actually don't know the answer: What prevents you from not renewing the lease? Isn't there a way that you can choose not to have them stay?


You can't force a non-commercial tenant out of an apartment when the lease is up. You can raise the rent, etc. (assuming it is not rent controlled), but you can't force them to leave.


what do you mean? i thought as long as you send them a certified letter 60 days in advance letting them know you wont be renewing the contract they will have to leave, same as if they choose not to renew the lease, they need to send you the same 30 days in advance.

What you mean you cant force them out after the lease is expired? it's not rent controlled..


Nope. In NJ the Anti-Eviction Act states that a landlord must allow the tenant to renew the lease, unless the landlord wants to pursue eviction. The renewal allows for "reasonable" changes in the terms of the lease (raise the rent, etc.) but if the tenant wants to stay and isn't evictable, the landlord has little recourse. (This rule doesn't apply to small (2 & 3 family) owner-occupied buildings.)

Posted on: 2014/6/17 17:14
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Re: Parking space needed near Dixon Mills
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Sent you a PM - I think there's space available in the lot I use. (Didn't want to post the owner's phone number.) Good luck!

Posted on: 2014/6/3 9:25
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Re: What is your favorite street in Jersey City?
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cocopele wrote:
Sorry that I don't have a picture, but First St. between Brunswick and Coles and also Monmouth between Columbus and Second St. are very pretty tree lined row homed streets. They are especially beautiful from late April through mid May (or whenever the weather decides it is spring) as the Bradford Pears are in bloom. Now the flower petals have fallen and the trees are green. Still pretty, but not as great as those 3-4 weeks. Also, hurricane Sandy and a few bad winters caused the city to trim/prune a lot of those trees since they surrounded wires so they aren't as large as they once were. Actually the same type of pruning in happening along Columbus today between Monmouth and Jersey.

I agree with the poster(s) that mentioned Jersey Ave with the iron gates and stoops. At time reminds me of certain streets in New Orleans


PSE&G is out butchering the trees along First Street today, so this stretch won't be pretty for much longer.

(Seriously, WHY do they have to prune this way? I understand they're somewhat constrained by the fact that most of the trees weren't properly pruned as they grew, so they're not in great shape to begin with, but the way they prune - the tuning fork and/or lopsided trim approach - is not only incredibly ugly but it both weakens the trees and makes the power line interference WORSE.

Making a big opening in the middle of a tree will cause it to quickly sprout new growth there, since that area suddenly gets a lot more sun with a lot less competition from other branches. So new branches will shoot back out toward the power lines, recreating the original problem within a couple of years. Except that now the quick-growth branches are weaker and thinner/more spindly than the original, slower-growing branches were, making them MORE prone to breaking off into the power lines during a storm.

tl;dr Within two years, branches in the trimmed areas have regrown around the power lines, but the new branches are weaker and more prone to breakage than the original ones were. How is that helping?!)

Posted on: 2014/5/7 11:31
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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: 2014/3/21 15:05
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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: 2014/2/10 16:23
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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: 2014/2/6 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: 2014/1/13 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: 2013/12/10 14:58
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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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