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Re: Port Authority announces plan to increase PATH capacity, reduce delays
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the “lift” is always breaking downthere... i don‘t need it but i’m tired of seeing all their updates about the lift not working at Grove St.

Also, the weekend closures to WTC really suck. Why can‘t they run direct trains to 33rd on weekends??
ditto that about the grove street elevator. how is it that nj transit and nyc subway elevators work reliably for loong periods while there are problems with grove street elevator and escalators every month

I feel like these are make work projects for the contractors who fix them. One of the escalators in Newport station is under repair at least once a month.

Posted on: 6/29 16:23
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Re: First female head of PATH system says she will improve rider experience
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I understand the reason for cynicism here and myself do not expect much change. However we should use the change in management to send our feedback directly to the new head.

Does anyone know email/phone numbers which will reach the new head (Clarelle DeGraffe) directly or at least through fewer layers of bureaucracy?

I was able to find her on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clarelle-degraffe-9b155044/

Posted on: 4/9 20:44
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Re: Internet Connectivity only - what are my options?
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See the wirecutter article: https://www.amazon.com/ospublishing/st ... 1a07c849e8&qid=1551867779

Netgear and Motorola are generally good brands.

Posted on: 3/6 10:24
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Re: JC historic commission to vote Monday on demolition of St. Peter’s school buildings
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A little history on that property, first it was given to the Catholics who worked in Henderson pottery factory around the early 1800s. They would cross the river to go to St. Peter's Church in Manhattan. This was done by rowing. Rowing back and forth, the men became tired and they missed Monday's work. The reason for the free land. But they did not receive the best land, it was marsh land. During the construction of the first church, it fell down. The second church, something similar to St. Francis in NYC, with an upper and lower church. Eventually, the city condemned the church and it was torn down. The final church was built in 1960 and remained until it was sold to St. Peter's Prep. The Church and Grammar school are on marsh land. There are times during heavy rain that water would spring up from the ground. The basement of the grammar school had a wavy floor from buckling. It is only a matter of time that building (grammar school) face the same fate as the first two churches. I am surprised there are no pictures shown of the floor of the grammar school. That was my parish and my children attended the grammar school.


Yvonne,

Thanks for the historical information.

That leads to the question: Is this information about the marsh land included in the information for the vote? Also if the land is in such bad shape, is building a parking lot there worthwhile? Or should some other use be considered for that plot?

Posted on: 2/11 17:30
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Not only should fares rise, but they should add a peak-hour premium to whatever is needed to reduce overcrowding and to encourage folks to go a half hour earlier or later. Unpopular opinion, but PATH is a fraction of the costs associated with driving.



Hell NO.... PATH is only 1/3 of my three zone commute. I first have to get to PATH, then PATH into the City, and then the NYC Subway to uptown Manhattan. I'm not the only one with a 3 zone commute. We don't need more highways clogging the the two tunnels and the GW Bridge into NYC. We need more public subsidies for mass transit to help alleviate traffic conditions all over the tri-state commuting area.


New Jersey is broke and taxes are already sky high. Were are we going to find additional subsidies? I hate it that no one is realistic when it comes to public finance. And to be honest, fares could triple on all three of your segments and I bet it will still be cheaper than driving when considering cost of tolls and parking in NYC. Plus it's going to be physically impossible to add any more cars to the tunnels, so I don't see that as a viable alternative either.

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And last, but water under the proverbial bridge, we should not have wasted billions on WTC PATH station. We PATH riders pay a premium for that debacle every day.


Agreed 1000% with you here - The Oculus was a terrible business decision $4 billion wasted for a shiity mall with poor egress. The port authority should have just sold the air rights for the site to the highest bidder and use the funds for trans-Hudson rail improvements. I wish NYC would bring the 7 line into New Jersey with a stop in Hudson County.


I cant believe people are still so butt hurt about the Oculus. Let it go. We tried that once where we didnt give a shit about commuters and put a massive building over what couldve been a beautiful train station. Its called Penn Station. You already got one. So let the rest of us finally have a nice station again like how it was in the heyday of travel.

I wouldn't mind the mall and the expense of building if it weren't for the fact that it sucks as a commuter. I am sure people have said this before but repeating it to vent.
* the small, hard to read/find signs for the subways, PATH train platform.
* the lack of proper seating and signage on the PATH train platforms. Would it have killed the architect to put proper seats at the platforms that enough people could sit comfortable while waiting for the trains at nights or weekends?
* the long, circuitous routes to get from where you are to the platforms. esp. from outside to the PATH platforms.
* the long walk from PATH to the E train platform.

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Also, the subsidies from that mall help cover the costs of the station, and not to mention, literally every infrastructure project costs $4 billion now. Thats a problem with how we build, not with the PATH specifically.

Posted on: 2018/11/9 2:34
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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I hate to ever entertain, or partake in, conspiracy theories, but given the history of shenanigans related to this reval, and the powerful vested interests, one can’t help wonder if this botched implementation is perhaps a way to further delay the implementation of the reval results.

Too Machiavellian??


Intended or unintended, it seems like the administration is not motivated to do a good job of it. e.g. the city has not provided clear information on how to interpret the land + building values for condos in abated buildings. Figuring this out is my Saturday night activity.

Posted on: 2018/5/13 0:01
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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I was looking at the "Proposed Assessments" spreadsheet on
http://www.asinj.com/revaluation.asp?p=current&id=359. Does someone know what the "###" in the "2018 Taxes Estimated" column means? I could not find any description of it in the spreadsheet or on their website. Is it pending an assessment?

Posted on: 2018/4/4 22:22
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Re: JC Public Schools is short $70 million
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BTW how many students does JC have and what is our per student spending?

Posted on: 2018/3/30 21:08
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Re: New Tax Rate is Insane!
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Can we stop feeding the troll?

Since the basic points have been gone into already, lets keep replies to useful updates and new points to be discussed.

Posted on: 2018/2/27 1:14
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Re: New Amazon HQ
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I am surprised that Kearny was not considered, it has a large open spaces for development.

Good point Yvonne, many companies see the advantage that you noticed. Bindi the frozen Italian dessert import company relocated there from Totawa, they are on the Bellville Turnpike and open to the public.



Obviously, neither one of you understands what is important in deciding where to build a corporate headquarter for a technology company.

With the many choices on the list it's doubtful others do either, so please enlighten us bod.


Well, since you asked, I will try and disabuse you of your ignorance, a likely futile endeavor.

For starters, Amazon was quite clear about what it wants/needs in selecting a location for its new HQ2. Here’s a list of those requirements:
- existing buildings of at least 500,000 sf, and enough site space to grow to 8 MM sf.
- stable, business friendly taxes and regulations, coupled with local and state incentives
- strong labor pool, particularly in tech (of course) and, specifically, a strong university system offering relevant degrees, as well as K-12 schools that offer computer science programs.
- on site access to mass transit, easy access to an international airport (within 45 minutes) and major highways (less than two miles) with multiple transit options (including pedestrian and bike access)
- streamlined, quick building approval/permitting process (good luck with this one in NJ!) to ensure ability to be able to being construction almost immediately after selection
- likelihood of "culture fit" — which they defined as a diverse population, strong higher-education system, and local government that is “eager and willing to work with the company"
- and, last, the one requirement that really worked against many proposals: good quality of life, which they defined as a location where people want to live, that offers cultural and recreational opportunities, with high quality day to day living, low crime, availability of affordable housing.

To think that any given city, particularly Kearny, could be a contender just because it has "lots" of available space for construction demostrates a complete lack of grasp of what is being asked or expected.


See the article on Bloomberg listing pros/cons of the top 20 contenders.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/article ... ow-20-contenders-stack-up

One point it makes about cities with lots of space and cheap real estate that applies to Kearny: "The housing is cheap for a reason."

Posted on: 2018/1/19 13:02
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Re: pre-paying 2018 taxes
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So what are the steps for pre-paying the taxes? This is my first year as a home owner in Jersey City so not clear about the process.


Posted on: 2017/12/26 21:50
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Re: New owner/landlord isn't cashing rent checks
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You should really talk to some lawyers who help renters or look on boards dedicated to that purpose. Will get you better responses than JCList for such a critical topic.

Posted on: 2017/10/11 3:47
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Re: How Jared Kushner and others gerrymander to sell visas to foreigners — at a steep discount
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A perfect example why PBS should be defunded from Federal funding, as this is overtly political. Where the eff was PBS during the Obama administration on this subject? The program has been in existence for years and supported by many Democrats.


So you are fine with this just because it was reported by PBS?

We should hold all businesses/politicians to a high standard irrespective of ideology.

Posted on: 2017/6/19 4:37
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Re: Debating Sprint vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile
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Has anyone here used Google Project Fi? My brother in Baltimore likes it, saves him a lot of money on his phone bill. But I am curious if anyone in this area likes it?


I have used Project Fi (full disclosure I work for Google). Works well when you have coverage. It uses T-Mobile/Sprint networks depending on which one has a better signal. So your coverage will be as good/bad as these two providers. The phone choice is limited: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6 or the newer Pixel phones (https://store.google.com/product/pixel_phone). The benefits of the service are:
- ability to suspend/resume service easily (saving money)
- you are charged only for the data you use (so if you use 500MB you pay only for that)
- cheaper rates when travelling internationally

Posted on: 2017/6/12 4:52
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Re: Whole Foods in JC?
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It was announced today that Albertsons might buy Whole Foods. Albertsons also owns Acme. Hopefully this is good news?


This is not quite accurate. What was revealed is that Albertsons is considering making a takeover bid for Whole Foods. Albertsons is controlled by Cerberus. Jana Partners (a competitor of Cerberus) has also telegraphed similar intentions, going as far as accumulating a 9% stake in Whole Foods. Regardless of who wins out, this is not necessarily good news: these buyout firms can be brutal and vicious in their approach to achieve profitability.


Agreed. Private equity tends to load up the companies with lots of debt, pay themselves a huge fee for providing advice and reduce employee salaries and benefits. The helpful, cheerful employees you see will no longer be so if a PE firm acquires them.

Posted on: 2017/4/25 4:43
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Re: Question about selling my condo
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You are right that your agent will put it on the NJ MLS which will make it visible to all buyers in NJ. This will be picked up trulia, zillow etc.

Other options to consider which will save you money but require more effort on your part.

1. Use Redfin
https://www.redfin.com/why-sell
Lower fees than a traditional agent.

2. Sell yourself (by using one of the for sale by owner websites)
http://www.forsalebyowner.com/sellyourhome/

Posted on: 2017/4/23 2:55
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General contractor recos for condo work
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Looking for a contractor to do wooden floor (sanding and refinishing), painting and a little bit of electrical work (add wiring for and ceiling fan to a room). Need someone who has experience working in condo buildings in downtown JC and has the required contractor insurance.

Posted on: 2017/3/16 0:40
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