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what are they buidling near the nj turnpike overpass on newark avenue?


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That design was pre-crash from like 2006.

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what are they buidling near the nj turnpike overpass on newark avenue?

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Regarding the development on Jersey Ave between Columbus and Newark -- the ground floor commercial space is HUGE! If anybody would like a Trader Joe's to consider this space, please take 15 seconds and email them here: http://www.traderjoes.com/contact-us/location-request



I too was surprised at the size of that space. the ceiling height makes it appear cavernous. it's easily about 30% higher than its neighbors on either side.


I thought it was supposed to be another gym. If that's still the case then there may be less for rent than what one sees. For nostalgic reasons I hope it becomes a restaurant called Mike, Where Are the Plungers, Mike.

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Regarding the development on Jersey Ave between Columbus and Newark -- the ground floor commercial space is HUGE! If anybody would like a Trader Joe's to consider this space, please take 15 seconds and email them here: http://www.traderjoes.com/contact-us/location-request



I too was surprised at the size of that space. the ceiling height makes it appear cavernous. it's easily about 30% higher than its neighbors on either side.
the old borinquen hardware store had really high ceilings!

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I too was surprised at the size of that space. the ceiling height makes it appear cavernous. it's easily about 30% higher than its neighbors on either side.

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Anybody know what's going on with the old gray warehouse behind BJs & Shop Rite, 143 2nd Street? Walked past this weekend and noticed they were doing construction and they had the arches opened up along warren street and you could see them working on the interior of the building.


It's being restored (it's protected) in order to be used as a Public Storage location. There's a bit of a fight from the other self-storage companies, as they believe that it's supposed to be used only as apartments, but the restoration is going forward regardless, it seems.

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Anybody know what's going on with the old gray warehouse behind BJs & Shop Rite, 143 2nd Street? Walked past this weekend and noticed they were doing construction and they had the arches opened up along warren street and you could see them working on the interior of the building.

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Regarding the development on Jersey Ave between Columbus and Newark -- the ground floor commercial space is HUGE! If anybody would like a Trader Joe's to consider this space, please take 15 seconds and email them here: http://www.traderjoes.com/contact-us/location-request


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Brief update on the shell gas station on Erie and 12th. Spoke to a construction worker earlier, it's going to be a new shell with a drive thru McDonald's. Exciting, no?


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Brief update on the shell gas station on Erie and 12th. Spoke to a construction worker earlier, it's going to be a new shell with a drive thru McDonald's. Exciting, no?

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It's almost cute to see all these new business owners come to town with such high hopes and unrealistic timeframes. With the exception of Talde, I can't remember ANY business that has succeeded in opening on (or, even close to) their initially announced opening date. I really do wonder how Talde was able to do what no one else has been able to do.


I mean, after you've opened multiple restaurants in the regulatory hellhole that is NYC, I'd assume that JC was comparatively a walk in the park for those guys.

More likely, the fact that they are on TV played a role in them getting star treatment and avoiding the delays...


We seldom agree on much, but on this I think you are 100% correct. Regardless, it is such a shame. Lots of people cobble together life savings and family loans to take a chance on a business or restaurant, only to run into the nightmare of endless inspections and the other shenanigans of the JC Buildings Department.

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It's almost cute to see all these new business owners come to town with such high hopes and unrealistic timeframes. With the exception of Talde, I can't remember ANY business that has succeeded in opening on (or, even close to) their initially announced opening date. I really do wonder how Talde was able to do what no one else has been able to do.


I mean, after you've opened multiple restaurants in the regulatory hellhole that is NYC, I'd assume that JC was comparatively a walk in the park for those guys.

More likely, the fact that they are on TV played a role in them getting star treatment and avoiding the delays...


they basically admitted as much, at least as far as the apartment renovations go.

the cousin who lives upstairs was profiled about his fancy apartment, and mentions in the article that the building inspector laughed at his plans to put a shipping container on the roof.

hey, guess what's on the roof!

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It's almost cute to see all these new business owners come to town with such high hopes and unrealistic timeframes. With the exception of Talde, I can't remember ANY business that has succeeded in opening on (or, even close to) their initially announced opening date. I really do wonder how Talde was able to do what no one else has been able to do.


I mean, after you've opened multiple restaurants in the regulatory hellhole that is NYC, I'd assume that JC was comparatively a walk in the park for those guys.

More likely, the fact that they are on TV played a role in them getting star treatment and avoiding the delays...

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It's almost cute to see all these new business owners come to town with such high hopes and unrealistic timeframes. With the exception of Talde, I can't remember ANY business that has succeeded in opening on (or, even close to) their initially announced opening date. I really do wonder how Talde was able to do what no one else has been able to do.


I mean, after you've opened multiple restaurants in the regulatory hellhole that is NYC, I'd assume that JC was comparatively a walk in the park for those guys.

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Agreed, if the owners really wanted to open a business that's an oversaturated, several years late to the trend kind of food category, how about Ramen? There aren't that many places downtown to get that. Burgers there are a'plenty.

I am so puzzled by people who open businesses here sometimes, don't they do research on what's available already in the area?

Always nice to have a storefront occupied versus empty, but variety is key.


1. Spoke to the owner today - more than just burgers. Why not drop by today?

2. I was told that the store next to Gypsy Grill aka Moodie's is going to be a Ramen shop. I had hoped GG would expand into new space and offer more seating, but it is not.


RE: The place next to Gypsy, I talked one of the owners (very friendly guy) as I was walking by today, and he confirmed that it will be ramen as you had heard. The machines to make the ramen arrived a few days ago, and the chef is from Japan. The place will be called Miso, and the owner hopes it will open in mid to late July (though, you know...).


Mid to late July... 2016?

It's almost cute to see all these new business owners come to town with such high hopes and unrealistic timeframes. With the exception of Talde, I can't remember ANY business that has succeeded in opening on (or, even close to) their initially announced opening date. I really do wonder how Talde was able to do what no one else has been able to do.

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Agreed, if the owners really wanted to open a business that's an oversaturated, several years late to the trend kind of food category, how about Ramen? There aren't that many places downtown to get that. Burgers there are a'plenty.

I am so puzzled by people who open businesses here sometimes, don't they do research on what's available already in the area?

Always nice to have a storefront occupied versus empty, but variety is key.


1. Spoke to the owner today - more than just burgers. Why not drop by today?

2. I was told that the store next to Gypsy Grill aka Moodie's is going to be a Ramen shop. I had hoped GG would expand into new space and offer more seating, but it is not.


RE: The place next to Gypsy, I talked one of the owners (very friendly guy) as I was walking by today, and he confirmed that it will be ramen as you had heard. The machines to make the ramen arrived a few days ago, and the chef is from Japan. The place will be called Miso, and the owner hopes it will open in mid to late July (though, you know...).

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Not as of 11am today.

I'll report back at noon.


I liked both the previous tenants of that spot. Good guys, good sandwiches. Just a little too slow and the coffee was never good enough. Also, they opened too late to be my morning spot, despite living a couple doors down.

Hopefully the burger joint is solid. I'll probably end up eating there a couple times a week just out of proximity.


about 2 businesses ago, when Rosa was there making Arros con Pollo, that corner was my regular lunch spot.

the last guy who ran it was such a rageaholic I rarely went in. on more than one occasion I'd be approaching the entrance, only to be almost physically repelled by the sound of him inside screaming unspeakable obscenities at his wife.

even when he wasn't losing his mind in neck-vein-popping fashion, Eli seemed to be hovering in the realm of "pre-enraged."

the fellas doing the (endless) construction there now are so friendly. let's hope that extends to the business staff. that corner could use some better juju after The Angriest Deli Man.

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Not as of 11am today.

I'll report back at noon.


I liked both the previous tenants of that spot. Good guys, good sandwiches. Just a little too slow and the coffee was never good enough. Also, they opened too late to be my morning spot, despite living a couple doors down.

Hopefully the burger joint is solid. I'll probably end up eating there a couple times a week just out of proximity.

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Agreed, if the owners really wanted to open a business that's an oversaturated, several years late to the trend kind of food category, how about Ramen? There aren't that many places downtown to get that. Burgers there are a'plenty.

I am so puzzled by people who open businesses here sometimes, don't they do research on what's available already in the area?

Always nice to have a storefront occupied versus empty, but variety is key.


I blame the length of time it can take to open any establishment in JC, if you're not connected.

when work began at that corner of 1st & Erie, the neighborhood had maybe one place to get a good burger.

glad to know there will be other stuff there, though. is it really open today?

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this more a what was there question:

work is being done on one of the ugly little houses across from Key Food on Jersey. Do the ugly facades cover up four very old houses or were they infill after a fire or something else. They have the same proportions as the three wooden houses across from GVV on 2nd, and steep roofs usually indicate old: the Gregory row, Rolon's bar.

If these are old buildings, I'd love to see them all restored.

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"this sounds like they're getting forced out, but aren't they closing because they can make so much more money by renting the building - that they own - to somebody else?"


that's how i understood it so that statement is confusing to me? how can they be forced out when they own the building? they obviously made a decision to close because they felt they could make more money renting to white star but since they're the owners, they're forcing themselves out? wacky

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Agreed, if the owners really wanted to open a business that's an oversaturated, several years late to the trend kind of food category, how about Ramen? There aren't that many places downtown to get that. Burgers there are a'plenty.

I am so puzzled by people who open businesses here sometimes, don't they do research on what's available already in the area?

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1. Spoke to the owner today - more than just burgers. Why not drop by today?

2. I was told that the store next to Gypsy Grill aka Moodie's is going to be a Ramen shop. I had hoped GG would expand into new space and offer more seating, but it is not.

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Agreed, if the owners really wanted to open a business that's an oversaturated, several years late to the trend kind of food category, how about Ramen? There aren't that many places downtown to get that. Burgers there are a'plenty.

I am so puzzled by people who open businesses here sometimes, don't they do research on what's available already in the area?

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take-out burger joint. they really classed-up that storefront. I hope they succeed, if only as a reward for making that corner so much prettier than it was when it housed an endless succession of lackluster delis.


I never wish anyone anything but good luck when opening a new place, but I can't see how we could possibly need another place to get a burger in DTJC.

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La Conguita is officially closing: http://www.laconguita.com/



from the website: "The restaurant business is tough and sometimes you succeed and fail on a daily basis but we hope that our customers know that we always tried our best for you."

this sounds like they're getting forced out, but aren't they closing because they can make so much more money by renting the building - that they own - to somebody else?

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the space on first street at erie, right across from torico??? I peaked in one morning when the back door was open, i could see a bar.. they just layed tiles down on the front stoop. anybody have any more information than that? (sorry if it's already been discussed, i didn't see it)


Spoke to a guy a few weeks back who was working on it, and he said burger joint. I got to peek inside, it's this beautiful wooden counter. Maybe it'll be more of a pick up spot instead of restaurant, like Left Bank?


take-out burger joint. they really classed-up that storefront. I hope they succeed, if only as a reward for making that corner so much prettier than it was when it housed an endless succession of lackluster delis.

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whats going in the massive triangular-ish lot near the corner of Coles Street & Newark Ave ?

It looks like theres a big brick building being gutted and a new building going up in the previous parking lot area.

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La Conguita is officially closing: http://www.laconguita.com/


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the space on first street at erie, right across from torico??? I peaked in one morning when the back door was open, i could see a bar.. they just layed tiles down on the front stoop. anybody have any more information than that? (sorry if it's already been discussed, i didn't see it)


Spoke to a guy a few weeks back who was working on it, and he said burger joint. I got to peek inside, it's this beautiful wooden counter. Maybe it'll be more of a pick up spot instead of restaurant, like Left Bank?

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