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Re: Bike Share System
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What law prohibits bikes on JC sidewalks? I know that it's illegal in NYC, but didn't think that was the case in JC.


Jersey City law. As in most cities I'm aware of, bicycles are considered moving vehicles, therefore subject to traffic regulations and not belonging on the sidewalk with pedestrians. From the JC Municipal code:

? 242-9.1. - Definition; bicycle riders subject to traffic regulations; riding bicycles on business district public sidewalks prohibited. [Adopted 9-9-1998 by Ord. No. 98-105]

A. As used herein, "bicycle" means a vehicle propelled by human power upon which a person may ride, having two tandem wheels, either of which is twelve (12) inches or more in diameter, and may be any vehicle generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or rear wheels.

It's not enforced, of course. And I believe they make exception for children.

I do wish that grownups would make a reasonable effort to ride in the street. We're never going to change the culture if there aren't more riders out there. It can certainly be unsafe to pedestrians to have cyclists on the sidewalk. The bike share is a laughable idea to me, where bike safety and accessibility stands in JC right now.

Can the City please try a lane on Montgomery or Grand? It could be shared with buses. Can we start somewhere?

Sometimes we are forced to ride on Sidewalks. I guess we should go out of our way and find the next closest parallel street in proximity to the route we are taking. Baldwin Ave. between Academy & Pavonia is one example of a need for bike lanes. There is no shoulder especially on the east side of the street on that same side there are no businesses along the bridge. The sidewalk seems to be the only answer when riding there and competing with the pedestrian traffic is distracting and dangerous. One person got knocked off their bike by a hit & run driver. The rider was for the most part ok the bike was not, it was totaled. The city should meet the cyclists half way and provide adequate lanes in both directions of the compass in various of the city so bicycle usage will become more of a norm here in J.C.


You're never forced to ride on the sidewalks. You choose to.

Posted on: 2012/1/30 2:34
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Re: Late-night live music is now allowed in Bars & Restaurants
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Could very well be a case of "give them an inch and they take a mile". I would hope that places like 9C Cafe, Hamilton Park Inn, White Star and the new PJ Ryan's would definitely not be allowed to have live music as they are way too close to residential properties. I'm sure there are other places that I haven't mentioned that are just too close to people's homes to ever be allowed to have live music. Remember, it's not just about the volume of music but the patrons spilling into the streets at closing time. These things should never be allowed near people's homes.


If one doesn't like loud noises, they don't have to live near bars.

Posted on: 2012/1/29 3:48
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Re: Jersey City's last CD/DVD/Record Store going out of business
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Okay. But you contended that one of the reasons you're closing is because of the location. I get that. But if the business model is sound, it should be profitable in another location, right? If not, then maybe the business model isn't sound, and I, as well as others would contend, that it's primarily because of downloaders.

As far as tax writeoffs go, there could be a multitude of reasons that a corporate parent could keep open a branch that is losing. However, a tax write off is not one of them.

Losing money for a tax writeoff is giving someone $1 so that can give you back 25 cents (use whatever tax percentage you want). Tax writeoffs lessen the blow of a loss, but it's still a loss, and no one would prefer to have them or keep an unprofitable business open simply to generate them.


One of the reasons it is successful is the location, or rather what the location used to be. As a general demographic, physical media appeals to older people, less educated people and poorer people (often all 3) who don't own computers and/or know how to work them. This is something that Greenville has that many other sections don't have. We sell (sold. Well still sell) a ton of rap, r&b and gospel items - rock and pop are very small sellers, despite whatever they might be nationwide.

We cater to the neighborhood, and that was fine when the neighborhood had enough spare cash to go out to the mall. It doesn't anymore. Today is the nicest day of the month, 50 degrees and sunny on a Saturday. I've got about a 200 foot view from the angle I'm standing at. There's one person looking at the displays in the furniture store. Not another soul. Everyone's at Newport


I understand that. Again, I wasn't disputing that the location wasn't hurting the business.

Posted on: 2012/1/28 22:59
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Re: Jersey City's last CD/DVD/Record Store going out of business
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You explained the problem with your current location, but what about other locations?

I don't think you understand tax writeoffs, either. Losing money to get a tax writeoff doesn't make sense.


The owner doesn't want to be in a non-mall location due to security reasons. Also moves cost a fair amount of money, and at this point, there's no sense in throwing good money after bad.

Quite frankly as to the other point, I'm just gonna hope you can read between the lines here. I know for a fact what overhead costs. I know what they sell and can make very educated guesses on how much of it they do sell. I know for a concrete fact that many stores here are not making overhead, much less any semblance of profit. I know why places like Radio Shack and New York & Co are still open - they're corporate, so one store losing rent isn't that big of a deal, just the store being open is an advertisement for the brand.

I'm sure you can make some really good guesses why a small store would stay open despite being a money drain. Figure it out.


Okay. But you contended that one of the reasons you're closing is because of the location. I get that. But if the business model is sound, it should be profitable in another location, right? If not, then maybe the business model isn't sound, and I, as well as others would contend, that it's primarily because of downloaders.

As far as tax writeoffs go, there could be a multitude of reasons that a corporate parent could keep open a branch that is losing. However, a tax write off is not one of them.

Losing money for a tax writeoff is giving someone $1 so that can give you back 25 cents (use whatever tax percentage you want). Tax writeoffs lessen the blow of a loss, but it's still a loss, and no one would prefer to have them or keep an unprofitable business open simply to generate them.

Posted on: 2012/1/28 20:50
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Re: Jersey City's last CD/DVD/Record Store going out of business
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I guess I'll have to start going to the store at Hudson Mall, Jersey City's last last full time new and used music store?


uh... 'fraid I don't get the pun you're going for here, but ok.

Stillinjc: If the economy were better, we'd be doing just fine. Not fantastic, but we'd be making money. TONS of people were downloading just four or five years ago, and we were doing 3-4x the business we are now. There's no traffic here in this mall - it isn't just us.

My prediction on which other stores don't last the year, assuming the owners aren't just using the businesses as tax write-offs and don't care if it's losing money? The furniture store across from us, the men's store next to us, the boutique clothing store on the other side of us and the perfume store near the center of the mall.

None of those stores are affected by downloading, it's just that business is not good - people aren't shopping at this mall anymore. Combination of the neighborhood, poor public transportation compared to Newport, lack of destination stores, etc.


You explained the problem with your current location, but what about other locations?

I don't think you understand tax writeoffs, either. Losing money to get a tax writeoff doesn't make sense.

Posted on: 2012/1/28 19:46
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Re: Give Me Liberty Or Give Me PATH
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So asserting your preferences makes you a baby? Good for them.

Posted on: 2012/1/26 13:20
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Re: Chris Christie Eats...
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hope he finds a way to sue you.


Fortunately, we don't live in a country where government can censor criticism of its officials.


After the NDAA, it's only a matter of time, right?

Posted on: 2012/1/26 13:12
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Re: 2 reported killed in car crash in Downtown Jersey City
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I am glad no one is calling this an accident because it was not, it was murder. This dope addict took out 2 useful lives. 2 family men, with careers, one had a 4 year old son the other a daughter in a university. 2 men, who made worth while contributions in our world. 2 men, one going to work the other coming home from work. Such a loss that while in the headlines will be on our minds. Unfortunately when this blows over we will go on with our lives and something similar like this will probably occur again.


Murder requires malicious intent to kill, sorry.

Posted on: 2012/1/23 1:40
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Re: in light of the terrible Grand St accident, lets join together and DEMAND SAFER JERSEY CITY!!
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What would you like done?

Posted on: 2012/1/20 2:18
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Re: Congress might cripple the free and open internet
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I don't get people who are petitioning Congress. They already know how unjust SOPA is - so what's the point?

Posted on: 2012/1/19 1:56
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Re: Congress might cripple the free and open internet
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Even further proof that we are not free.

Posted on: 2012/1/18 12:54
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Re: Whats being built?
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I guess that will bring J.C. in full circle back to where it began. It's funny to hear of China, a communist country, having wage issues.


My wife's job requires her to deal a lot with China. Her employer has moved a lot of its manufacturing out of China (garments & textiles) due to the deteriorating situation there:

1. Inflation: The Chi-Coms have been printing money like mad to keep their economy going. China misallocated the billions in trade they received in order to keep the massive population of poor employed. Through their basically government run banking sector, they have loaned money to:

Build cities that nobody live in.
Build malls that have no stores
Subsidies inefficient state run factories that produce low quality products that nobody wants.
Build high speed rail lines that are not needed and kill their passenger.
Build sky-scrapers with steel that weighs a lot less than steel should (next major earthquake that hits a place like Shanghai will be 'interesting' to say the least).

As trade slows, the Chi-Coms just printed money to keep the whole circus running. As a result, workers wages no longer cover the basics like food. Factory owners are finding out they cannot deliver goods at prices quoted (garments are ordered over a year in advance) because they have to keep raising wages. Often, after holidays, workers simply don't come back to work, causing delays in delivery.

2. Currency Controls: The elite are exchanging Reminbi for dollars, euros, yen, and gold and leaving the country with it (same thing happened in Thailand in 1997 right before the collapse). The government has now instituted currency controls to stem the tide of foreign reserves leaving the country. As a result, the factories can't import the trims and other items they need to complete the orders (they have to pay for them with dollars, yen, euros, etc.). There is no way they can pay for the stuff. A work-around has been to setup shell companies in Hong Kong, where the currency controls don't apply.

3. The place is poisoned: China became a leader in delivering refined silicon (for solar PV panels) by skipping an expensive step... heating up the waste product (silicon tetrachloride) to 1,800 F to recycle it. Instead, it gets dumped around the plants, killing everything (it breaks down into hydrochloric acid). This has been repeated in other areas (mining). China is running out of potable water and arable land. Parts of their agriculture sector is now pollinating trees BY HAND! They managed to kill off every pollinating insect in the area. Without real tort law and property rights, a farmer sees his fields poisoned and he has no recourse.

China is going to have a very hard economic landing...


The US is doing it's best to crash the USD, too though

Posted on: 2012/1/18 4:19
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Re: Longshoremen's union rallies against plans to automate Jersey City-Bayonne port
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Ports aren't the only ones going automated....
office jobs.... almost everything that the human hands usually do , will be automated.

But the Powers-at-Be want job creation... BAH!

there will be more people without jobs because machine will take over our lives. we can blame our government for that.


You're ignoring the jobs that were created because of technology.

If technology is bad for people, we should scrap all machines and go back to an agricultural society, right?

Posted on: 2012/1/13 4:28
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Re: Man wearing headphones struck by Light Rail in Jersey City
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Hopefully he's okay..

Posted on: 2012/1/8 22:48
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Re: A Cat in Every Home Adoption Campaign Launched
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in every home?

Posted on: 2012/1/4 13:05
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Re: Do Away With Street Cleaning
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The street cleaners tend to move way too fast to really do a thorough job. Also there would be better results if people were hired to pick up trash manually as is done in many, cleaner European cities.

But as was previously mentioned, street cleaning here is not about cleaning streets, but generating revenue. If the city were worried about cleanliness, there would be more litter cans and there would be litter crews to clean up at least the commercial streets.

But when the citizens keep whining over how high their taxes are, the only option for government is to cut services to balance budgets and find alternative revenue streams.


Or, they could perform the services more efficiently.

Posted on: 2011/12/22 2:18
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Re: Jersey City towing company hit with $86,000 fine; says it will appeal
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The victims get nothing. The government gets the cash. Figures.

Posted on: 2011/12/22 2:17
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Re: Farting on train
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What are you supposed to do? Hold it in?


For a 15 minute train ride, yes.

Same unwritten rule applies for clipping your fingernails, brushing your hair, applying make-up, etc.

But hey, it's a city, we all mine as well live like animals shitting where we eat and having sex in public, right?


Your comparisons are weak because none of those things are bodily functions. Farting is.

Not farting gives me gas, so I'm gonna pass if I have to.

Posted on: 2011/12/16 1:38
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Re: Farting on train
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What are you supposed to do? Hold it in?

Posted on: 2011/12/15 12:12
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Re: Wayne Street Near Grove Street PATH
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I walk down that block every day during lunch break. I think its a lovely part of down with the historic brick faced buildings.

I've walked past that small park and see people "hanging" out there. The one day, one guy was smoking weed while the other was rolling a joint. This was like at 12 noon.

IMO, there's a lot worse they could be doing. I think people are blowing that block WAY out of proportion.


How do you think they pay for that weed? That's right, they steal stuff like GPS units from cars and just about any un-attended UPS package and anything else that isn't nailed down. People have to stop pretending that homeless drug addicts are charming and harmless. Do you people have any clue as to what is really going on in your neighborhoods?


So what's your point? People shouldn't be allowed to chill in a park?


They can chill all they want as they wait for you to leave your apartment so they can "go to work".


Um, ok.

Posted on: 2011/12/7 2:39
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Re: Wayne Street Near Grove Street PATH
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I walk down that block every day during lunch break. I think its a lovely part of down with the historic brick faced buildings.

I've walked past that small park and see people "hanging" out there. The one day, one guy was smoking weed while the other was rolling a joint. This was like at 12 noon.

IMO, there's a lot worse they could be doing. I think people are blowing that block WAY out of proportion.


How do you think they pay for that weed? That's right, they steal stuff like GPS units from cars and just about any un-attended UPS package and anything else that isn't nailed down. People have to stop pretending that homeless drug addicts are charming and harmless. Do you people have any clue as to what is really going on in your neighborhoods?


So what's your point? People shouldn't be allowed to chill in a park?

Posted on: 2011/12/5 3:42
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Re: Governor Christie: The War on Drugs Isn't Working
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I'm not a Christine fan but he's dead on with this. Consuming drugs shouldn't illegal. Violent crime should be.

Posted on: 2011/12/1 2:20
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Re: RIP Jersey City's Patrice O'Neal
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Sorry about his untimely demise but that clip Cory was not the least bit funny/entertaining to me at all.


It was to me. 1-1.

Posted on: 2011/11/30 12:47
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