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Re: Thanks, Jersey City Heights
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Tell me about it! I have a very full rose bush in a retaining wall about four and a half feet above the sidewalk and people brave the THORNS and the up and over reach to deposit their garbage under it.

I also have the added bonus of removing cat poop from it on a regular basis. JC's feral cat problem is real and overwhelming.

I've started storing my trash cans, one sans lid, closer to the sidewalk and accessible to passersby. I'm actually happy to see mysterious trash in there.

That doesn't of course help the trash that accumulates in my driveway deposited by the wind.... or my cat poop problems.


Posted on: 2017/6/9 1:42
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Re: Privacy fence for nosy neighbors
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If you would prefer a company to supply and install it for you rather than DIY it, there are fence companies you can call for estimates.
I had these three come out to my yard. They will measure, show you the catalog of their offerings, and some will write up a proposal on the spot.
-http://www.janfence.com/
-http://www.artisticfencenj.com/
-http://www.bergenfence.com/

I know two people who used Bergen and were happy, they also came in least expensive for me.

If you want something totally custom and out of the box, call some landscaping companies - they may have the ability to design and fabricate something?

Posted on: 2016/5/25 18:59
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Re: Heights Renovation Worth It?
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The state still offers it, however only for municipalities that have an ordinance supporting it.
It sounds like Jersey City let our ordinance expire or took action to not re-adopt it.

"ยง 304-17. - Expiration (Sunset Provision).
[Amended 8-22-2007 by Ord. No. 07-146]

No application for tax exemption shall be filed for an exemption to
take initial effect for tax year 2016 or any tax year thereafter,
unless this ordinance is readopted by the Municipal Council in
accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:21-4."

https://www2.municode.com/library/nj/j ... Id=CH304TA_ARTIIIFIARTAEX

Posted on: 2016/5/20 14:58
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Re: Jersey City Realtor
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I second the importance of speed. I found the listing for my house and brought it to my realtor. I implored him to get an appointment immediately. I saw it the day after it came on the market and there were already offers in. Bidding war ensued.

This was almost 2 years ago now, in the heights. I can't imagine what its like now. I got lucky in that the sellers had a specific buyer in mind, they would not sell to anyone they thought would rent it out or tear it down.
So I would suggest your realtor be someone who can figure out what your edge is going to be to make your offer stand out and work it. Its not always about money, well it almost always is, but sometimes you get lucky.

I really like the website search alert suggestion.
Good luck.

Posted on: 2016/3/30 15:45
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Re: Cloud of dust being blown around the city
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I just drove through the source. Its coming off a freshly cleared dirt site west of the owens corning building on Route 7.
I couldn't see driving through it!

Posted on: 2016/2/13 21:01
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Re: ISO wedding venue
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Is Parlay still around? Didn't they rent thier space for events?

Posted on: 2015/9/24 1:29
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Re: Jersey City Zoning Inquiry
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I've never personally used the process you outline for an "official" interpretation.

The city's zoning map is accessed here:
http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... /RFP/ZoningMap28Jan09.pdf

The municipal code is here (Chapter 345, Article 5):
https://www.municode.com/library/nj/je ... nodeId=CH345ZO_ARTVZODEST

Redevelopment plans are generally also available online should your property fall into one, just google it.

If at some point you plan on building out the space you decide on and will need to hire a professional to do drawings in order to get building permits - consider bringing them into the process now. An architect can provide advice on space locations/potential, will be able to interpret the zoning maps and codes for you, and then also facilitate permitting.

Posted on: 2015/8/5 21:28
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Re: Need advice on feral kittens
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....rushing to the store to find tea tree and wild oregano oils! Thank you!!

Posted on: 2015/7/10 21:15
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Re: Need advice on feral kittens
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istabraq -

I feel like I could have written that myself; my exact situation! Two were fighting the other day and rolled right into my kitchen door, thank goodness it wasn't open at the time!! Scared the poop outta me.

My neighbor feeds them and builds them shelter in the winter.

I have looked into TNR...unfortunately the least expensive place still asks $50/ cat. With the amount of cats in my yard that really will add up!

Towns all over New Jersey have started municipal TNR programs. You report your colony - they come take care of everything. Where is Jersey City on this?! How do we get the city to at least offer some sort of assistance?

User1111 - What do you do with the oils? Spray them on your grass and patios? I feel like I've tried every old wives tale and all seem to do the opposite of what they promise!

Posted on: 2015/7/10 20:45
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Re: Fence Permit?
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Thanks jcneighbor!

Posted on: 2015/5/16 15:40
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Fence Permit?
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Does JC require a permit to replace a rear yard fence?

Posted on: 2015/5/15 21:17
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Re: Legality of Airbnb in Jersey City/New Jersey
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I had this going on in my old rental building and it was one of the reasons I moved...it was miserable to have to live sandwiched between two units that were essentially makeshift unregulated hotel rooms. Please consider your neighbors but anyway....

The zoning & building departments consider it a violation of their laws if you are not located in a district that allows hotel uses and in a building with the hotel use listed on its certificate of occupancy.



Posted on: 2015/1/7 21:48
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Re: Considering a move from DT to JSQ or Heights - any tips here?
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I rented for 12 years downtown and when I was ready to finally purchase something.... I found myself already completely priced out. As of this summer I am a happy resident of the Western Slope neighborhood in the Heights.
I work in midtown and take the jitney down JFK to JSQ to get there, easy as pie.
I have a parking space for my car, a front and rear yard, all of the walls of my home are mine and mine alone and I have absolutely lovely neighbors. All for the price of a 4th floor walk-up, 500sf studio, with a 15 minute walk to the train that I could have settled for downtown.
My neighborhood is by no means hip or happening and probably wont ever be, but I enjoy what that means for my peace and quiet. Besides I can always get downtown or further east up here in no time to enjoy all that stuff....

As far as tips go, for your car - look for a place with parking. As far as good streets or blocks go - its hit or miss, spend some time in the areas where you see things you like, sometimes the vibe is unmistakable as far as good or bad.
As far as architecture and tree lined streets, the more you look around the more hidden gems you will start to notice up here, not the same as downtown's brownstones, but certainly unique and sometimes you'll find a real beauty hidden underneath all this vinyl siding we have...

Do it! Good luck!

Posted on: 2014/10/21 1:16
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Recomedations for historic exterior restoration work
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More specifically could anyone recommend any roofers/carpenters/contractors to evaluate and repair/restore 100 year old built in box gutters?
Thanks!

Posted on: 2014/3/30 18:00
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Re: 5th & Coles
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I lived on 5th closer to Coles during Sandy. The water came in the streets from both intersections but did not reach my building at almost mid-block. We had water in our basement, but it wasn't a full height basement, so I imagine anyone there with one that is lower would have had some serious water. Monmouth was definitely suffering.

I heeded warnings (unlike for Sandy!) and left town for Irene so cannot offer a first hand account.

Posted on: 2014/3/26 2:34
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Re: Columbus Drive between Jersey Ave and Barrow. Is it safe for a single woman to live there?
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I was going to mention the high amount of "activity" and noise level on that block, but everyone beat me to it and you don't seem to mind.

...just don't plan on escaping to the back bedroom when you actually want to get some sleep - if I'm not mistaken the park on Wayne is mid-block behind those buildings on Columbus - which is also "active" and loud at all hours.

So it will be coming from all sides...

Posted on: 2014/3/4 21:56
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Re: What location was your bike stolen from (time, type of lock, etc)?
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To the owner of the yellow bike with wagon attachment always chained on East side of Barrow b/w Mercer and Wayne:

Check your lock, I caught a man using a blow torch to cut through it this morning. I asked him if it was his, I've seen this bike on the street and he wasn't the one riding it....when he saw me take out my phone he walked away.

Called the police, gave a description. Hope its still there....


Posted on: 2013/7/7 13:01
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Re: Flood Zone Real Estate
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How did we all do today in the rain?

Seems to have receded at this point, but does anyone know specifically if the corner of Grove and Grand was under water again?

Posted on: 2013/5/23 23:00
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Re: Wireless tower to be built on top of a building on 5th Street
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As a renter on 5th, certainly within 200FT, I have not gotten this letter. Perhaps my landlord has, but I doubt they would share.

Could you post all of the information you received about the meeting so that others like me can attend? Where will it be held?

Your first post makes it sound like the antennas are to be mounted at 72ft, not be 72ft tall as in your second post. I imagine 72ft is the height of that building and they will be on the roof or atop a bulkhead up there.

Either way, us neighbors should attend to see what they are proposing, and if it is indeed imposing, to have our opposition heard.

Posted on: 2013/3/16 20:32
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Re: Selling on Apartment Therapy
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The apartment therapy classifieds are powered by a site called Krrb.com and they are fantastic! I've been selling stuff through them since September, all buyers so far have been great.
Most buyers have been from Manhattan or Brooklyn. Since I sell smallish things, they mostly want to meet in the city somewhere to make the transaction. Since you are selling larger furniture pieces I think they would already know they'd have to arrange a way to pick up over here.

No spam like emails, no insane lowball offers.

I even got a hand written Christmas card from the Krrb.com employees!

AT features items from the classified like 3 times a week, if your item gets picked for that it will be sold within the hour. I had a woman drive up from Philly for a $30 table that was featured.

If you go to Krrb.com now they are doing a survey and giving you 50 free credits for completing it. You could probably list all you have and not have to pay at all.

Can't rave enough and no I do not work there.

Posted on: 2013/2/7 23:44
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Re: Wittpenn (Rt. 7) Bridge
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bridge will be closed this weekend, saw the signs on 280 last night...

Posted on: 2013/1/17 20:19
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Re: New neighbors....new....smells.
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thanks for the tips...

will try my hand at sealing off some stuff. we don't have ducted exhausted fans to the outside. all the kitchens have windows so hard ducting is not a code requirement and therefore was not done... i have noticed their window open and even once the door to the stair hall (!)

these air purifiers are filters you put in your AC vents, or stand alone machines? i am not familiar with them. any recommendations on a decent one or they are all pretty standard?

Posted on: 2012/1/10 1:59
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New neighbors....new....smells.
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with new neighbors have come their cooking smells. approaching the building, walking up the main stair, and inside my apartment.... you can smell what they have cooked. it is strong and constant.

i have always lived in apartment buildings and understand communal living and the very high tolerance level of all things that goes with it, but this is so far out of my experience and am afraid the smell is going to start to become part of me. i really don't want that.

i am pretty sure i know there is nothing i can do about it aside from move, but i have been here a long time and love my apartment, landlord, and other neighbors. anything at all anyone can suggest to do to deal? to at least keep the smells from getting into my place and things and lingering on my clothes?

Posted on: 2012/1/9 4:34
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Re: Dames Coffee - Jersey Ave betw 3rd & 4th
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I have picked up my morning coffee at Dames everyday since they opened. Best coffee in JC by far.

The woman there in the morning is a sweetheart.

Please stop in, check it all out, and support them!!

Posted on: 2011/8/2 3:46
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Re: Favorite current downtown weirdos?
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WEIRDO = older lady that drives around in her beat up ford escort with her headphones on and stops on my block to feed the stray cats...

anyone else see her on your block, or is she just entertaining us on 7th street. where the stray cat population is taking over...

Posted on: 2009/8/4 2:18
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Re: Sprinkler Req'd by JC for Brownstone Renovation
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i think an earlier post was asking where in the code or something about googling....

ta da! in the 'view the...' column of the center of the page are all of New Jersey's buildings codes.
http://www.state.nj.us/dca/codes/

i don't actually suggest trying to find what you are looking for in there. well you can try, but this is why it is very important to hire an experienced licensed architect. they go to school for 7 years, through nationally mandated 3 year internship, have to pass 7 exams and then typically don't even get to design thier own buildings for another 5-10 years all just to be able to read this stuff.

and tell you that a renovation of that scale = treated like new construction and 3 familes = sprinklers.

and that it is for you and your families safety.

and give you a realistic idea of whether you can afford all that you want and are required to do so that you won't get in over your head.

I'm very sorry for all the hardships you have experienced with your project and hope that things start to get easier for you. good luck.

Posted on: 2008/6/20 22:22
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Re: An Open Letter to You, My City Hall Nemesis
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Quote:

Justiceiro wrote:
Quote:

injcsince81 wrote:


I think this calls for citizen's arrest.

Lay in wait and nab the mofo, Justi...


To late. He's gone.

Looks like someone else chose to let him know that his scofflaw actions were not unobserved.

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God Bless the anonymous citizen who did this, whoever he or she is!


could we get this guy post these notes on illegally double parked (eh hem, police cars) on 7th street too?

Posted on: 2008/6/6 18:09
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Re: Recommend A Tailor?
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+1 on the Italmoda, Yvonne is great. Always does my jeans, original hem, $15.

Posted on: 2008/5/4 22:30
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Re: Downtown JC on north side of the Holland Tunnel gets a new nick name by Hobokenites: Welcome to
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Quote:

Garyg wrote:

Also, if Hoboken loses Abbot status, Hoboken residents will end up paying more in property taxes, but 700 grove won't.

What is abbot status? Thanks.


Abbot refers to the school district...Abbot schools are controlled by the state, if they get returned to the city they will most likely have to raise property taxes to pay for them..if I'm not mistaken.

Posted on: 2007/12/16 15:14
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Re: Wooden Stoops
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those buildings went so long with temporary stairs...all just to be replaced with a stoop just one notch above temporary.
i think they look ridiculous. and one has some sort of faux finish on it, looks like they painted it gray, but didn't like it and wiped it off....

just to throw my 2 cents in.

Posted on: 2007/8/24 22:08
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