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Re: Bergen Lafayette- How safe is this area?
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Wow, really Sam? Are these "friends" or enemies?
Where in JC do u live?
Haven't u noticed them houses that look like animal cages or jail cells?
Its either from keeping something from coming out or someone or something from going in!
And these 2 females plan or returning after 8PM?
I sure hope they don't plan on walking home to there.
Have u seen them corner stores in that area! O boy.
Need I say more.
Ps. Hope I didn't scare them off.
O wait, here's a nice vid... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exduow ... ture=youtube_gdata_player

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Friends of mine are looking at the area around Lafayette Park (Pacific / Johnston). 2 young women who typically work til about 8PM. Any feedback on how safe this area is is appreciated. Any sense if it's on the up-swing? Thanks.

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Hi--I moved to Bergen Lafayette from downtown two years ago and am really, really happy. We have a huge house on Pacific just south of Communipaw. I commute to Brooklyn and on a good day with trains and start in alignment it takes 50 minutes door to door. A bad day when I miss one train and then have to wait, etc., I know I need to save an hour and a half.

The neighbors are long-time, very friendly, and it's quiet!

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Thanks for the pool info!

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Our experience with the pool is the earlier you go the better off you are. It is open I think at 7am in the mornings for lap swimmers, in the beginning of the summer it is insanity on the weekends as you can expect its a great facility, we tend to stay away at peak hours.

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This thread is really helpful, especially the updates as things hopefully continue to change for the better.

I am looking to rent, but thanks for the tip!

Getz, that transport info. is very helpful. So is there any independent bus or jitney service over there? How the pool? Is it decent for grownups to swim laps, or are the kids too rowdy for that? That new Lafayette park looks wonderful!

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Is this thread still going?
Anyway, we're still living here but now with three kids.

oneskirt, if you are looking at single family homes, there's one here on Pine St. near Communipaw Ave. going for around $99,000. This is a 5 minute walk to the Liberty State Park Light Rail station.

http://www.weichert.com/35699990/

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OneSkirt: I work in midtown. I have three ways of commuting (time estimates are via Grove St., ending at 32nd St. PATH station):

1) Walk: 50 minutes
2) No. 4 bus: 40 minutes, assuming a ~5 minute wait
3) Get dropped off by spouse: 35 minutes

It's not amazing, but not at all terrible. In the evening I usually arrive at Grove by 7pm, so ~April through October, I'm happy to walk home. The no. 4 is also an option with 3 buses running between ~6:45pm and ~7:30pm. If I get home much later than that, I'll take a $6 cab, which is more than made up for by paying <50% on housing than I used to downtown. I wouldn't walk home at 11 from Grove, but could see myself biking.

Whitlock Mills is a wild card. If it were to finally open, it would create a lot of pressure for businesses on Communipaw to open & diversify, and would be likely to have a positive impact on many other quality of life issues. Work on it resumed last summer after years of dormancy, but seems to have slowed or stopped again. I'm certain that it'll happen one day - too much has been done for it to just sit unfinished - but I'm not going to hold my breath. Berry Lane Park, in the same general area, will also make a radical difference - but that, too, is a long way off given the extent of the cleanup required. Both will be very cool additions, but aren't reasons to move to Lafayette today.

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Thanks STC, Getz & Greenville Chick! Getz - do you commute to/from the city? How do you get there? How is getting home late at night (like after 11)? My BF works late nights, and gets home around 11-12.

I loved that place on the corner of Van Horne & Lafayette, overlooking the park.

Does anyone know anything about the time frame for the opening of Whitlock Mills?

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It looked really pleasant for our taste (we're in our 40's, have a basic car, don't go out too much at night, work in the city, no kids). So what is the latest on this area, both north of Pacific and south of Pacific? We're looking to rent a 2bd. for $1500 or less and plan to move in late fall, probably. The new Lafayette park seems lovely. Am I also correct in assuming/hoping that living by a large church and a grade school is a good area to be?

Note: I am a 15 yr. resident of DTJC in the Varick/Wayne st. area so I don't mind being a bit of an urban pioneer. But I do want to feel safe walking at night (not 2am, but evening), and street parking my car.


My wife and I have lived in that neighborhood for 3 years; we're not far from where you were looking (on Halladay). We really like our neighborhood and neighbors, and have a lifestyle that sounds similar to your own. We walk a lot (into the evening, but not late night), park a car on the street, and haven't had problems. The neighborhood has its share of issues, but by keeping our eyes open and using common sense, we've never had any bad experiences. Also, we've reached out to our neighbors and have gotten to know many of them quite well, which helps - not to mention improving our overall quality of life. That was not our experience living downtown at Wayne & Grove, where we found that people kept to themselves.

There are annoyances; it can get loud (guys cruising at all hours with stereos cranked), there's more trash than downtown, and the occasional shady character. No restaurant or place to grab a beer at present. The No. 4 bus isn't terribly reliable. But we're happier than we were downtown because we're getting a lot for our money, there's a good neighborhood feel, some really cool old architecture, and for the most part, people are pretty cool and friendly in return if you are too. And being this close to LSP is pretty amazing. Happy to answer any questions you may have!

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I live on the last block of Communipaw... we love it in that area, it is pretty quiet near the end of Commuipaw, our neighbors are awesome, everyone in the last I would say 6 blocks of Communipaw is for the most part very nice. Pacific and up going towards Grand if your not used to city life may be a little rough at night there is a private bar on the corner of Halladay that gets crazy on the weekends... but the further down Communipaw you go the quieter there is, the only thing we really lack is some food options that are close no chinese even in the immediate area but several places do deliver, also don't forget the new pool in lafayette park as well.. all in all an awesome area and it seems almost like a hidden gem of JC to me...

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I looked at a place on Pine street, but my bank would not loan on it, too bad though it was a great location. Bank passed on it due to the condition of the property, I really love the area.

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I've been living at Lafayette and Communipaw for almost a year and I'm happy. I've had no trouble with on street parking and I feel safe walking the street in the evenings. There are active neighborhood associations in the area. You might want to go on Facebook at check out the Lafayette United Neighborhood Association.

Being near Liberty State Park is great.

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I looked in BL but it lacks transportation. Near LSP is great because you have the Lightrail but further in your doomed.

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I read through this whole thread and its very helpful as I am considering moving to the Lafayette area near LSP or Lafayette park later this year. I looked at an incredible fully renovated building on Van Horne, at the corner of Lafayette, across from the church. Went walking around this past Sunday afternoon as well. It was really quiet and the few neighbors we saw were all very friendly and shared their experiences (all positive - 1 couple were 6 mos. new residents from NC, and one lady was a 30 yr. resident who had seen it all).

It looked really pleasant for our taste (we're in our 40's, have a basic car, don't go out too much at night, work in the city, no kids). So what is the latest on this area, both north of Pacific and south of Pacific? We're looking to rent a 2bd. for $1500 or less and plan to move in late fall, probably. The new Lafayette park seems lovely. Am I also correct in assuming/hoping that living by a large church and a grade school is a good area to be?

Note: I am a 15 yr. resident of DTJC in the Varick/Wayne st. area so I don't mind being a bit of an urban pioneer. But I do want to feel safe walking at night (not 2am, but evening), and street parking my car.

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Thanks CnD and BergenHill. Any comments on the surrounding area? There is a very nice row up for sale on 67 Summit but not sure if there is street parking on that block. Think it's being sold by Sotheby's.

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Unfortunately, there is currently no website for the Astor Place Association. Meetings are usually organized by word of mouth; however, I believe the president said that he was going to eventually create a Facebook page. If and when he creates it, I'll post a link here.

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Great, is there a website?
I'm moving to the area and would like to have more info.
From what i've seen and gathered the immediate neighborhood looks OK. Any advice?

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I have lived in the area for over 5 years now, and second Publius' observations. There was a lot of positive energy and the vibe of new construction all over the place when I first bought in 2005, which has certainly slowed since the economy tanked. On my immediate street, it is mostly homeowners, and therefore mostly neat and reasonably quiet. One landlord on the block went with Section 8, and it created a nightmare of a situation that the rest of us have been working at tamping down for over a year. Other than that, and your usual opportunistic wandering thieves, I don't have many complaints, feel pretty safe, and like my neighbors.

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It does we just had a meeting this past Sunday.

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Moving to Astor Place anyone familiar with the area? I also thought it had a neighborhood association but when I go to the site the last post was from 2006??

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I've lived on Communipaw and it was very loud.
Some of the dead-end streets off Communipaw are so quiet its like being in the suburbs.

Monitor is nice. Suydam(sp?) is probably an interesting bet to buy on because there are plans to tear down the warehouses there and build market rate housing.

There are two new 2-family bldgs being built right now at 183 Pine St. if anyone is interested. Looks like they're getting brickface in front. Could be nice.

Check out streets like Whiton, which has a lot of trees and some good renovation gems.

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sweet...which specific areas/streets are a better bet?

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Have owned and lived in a row house on Pacific since 2006. Expectations initially of a rapid makeover of the neigborhood are not realistic now. However, slow and steady improvement seems to be what is happening- and maybe that is better. Strangely, I have lived all over Jersey City, including Paulus Hook and Hamilton Park and this is the only neighborhood I have never had any issue. One thing that has been a bit of a problem is that some of the landlords who formerly rented to yuppies have opted for Sec. 8 which can result in a nuisance in your backyard

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I've lived in the lafayette neighborhood for almost four years now. We own a two-family. There are some great blocks and some not so great blocks just like any neighborhood. Things have definitely improved and now we have Maritime Parc and the beer garden that we can walk to, where before there was almost nothing restaurant-wise. Also Cesar's keeps saying they will reopen eventually. If you really want to investigate you should attend both the east district captain's meeting (there is one tuesday the 28th at the school on Bright Street at 7pm) and a morris canal redevelopment area coalition meeting (usually the first thursday of each month). You meet homeowners from the area and at the police captain's meeting you see that for the most part crime is actually lower in our neighborhood than in other parts of downtown.

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I'm absolutely giving this area strong consideration for purchasing a house. This is a great conversation, additional input from owners would be great.

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Thanks for your insight, Natalie. Very helpful information. I'd love to hear other opinions as well. Any owners out there willing to share?

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How is the neighborhood?
Do you feel safe?

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I'm a renter @ the Foundry and have been looking at apartments here to buy. I think it's one of the best values in JC. However, there are problems, the windows being among the biggest thorns. They're nearly impossible to open and close. For the life of me, I don't know why they never addressed this problem. There's also been complaints about the plumbing though I haven't experienced any. They renovated the apartments for the most part with a lot of class, but cheaped out in other areas. The management company is here to stay for a good long while, which is a good and bad thing. For the most part, they're responsive, but sometimes you have to pull teeth. Still, I find it a good buy.

As for the area, I wouldn't change a thing except to have a decent deli nearby. For the most part, you have to hop in a car to go shopping no matter where you live in JC, so it's no big deal to me to travel an extra few minutes. I love the isolation and that it's not inundated with people and traffic. The park is a short walk away, the biggest plus. I rue the day they complete the Jersey Ave. extension (if that ever occurs), bringing a lot more traffic and people to the area. Call me anti-social, but I like the relative privacy and relative safety of the area (just don't walk to Pacific Ave. or beyond at night!).

Looking forward, the area will eventually become more built up and am sure there will be more services. There's a condo building that will eventually be finished next to the Foundry, on Monitor. There are also other construction plans from what I understand. This will likely increase property values if that's important to you.

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