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Re: N.J. mall bunny involved in brawl with customers
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Pathetic.

How long before Newport Mall is demolished and replaced like the new Hudson Exchange community? 10-15 years?

Why such a suburban mall next to PATH and a lightrail stop, 7 minutes from midtown and downtown Manhattan.


Are there any statistics on how well that mall's actually doing? From what I see, it's mostly mid-range stores I can find in teh city or any other suburb. I can't imagine anybody from outside of JC driving to visit it. If people wanna go to a mall, they'll probably go out for a nicer experience at Short Hills.

Though the movie theater is nice...they can tear the rest down and keep that.

Seems like it's another generational thing that'll be obsolete in 10 years. The mall rats generation is long gone, nobody wants to be cooped up in these things anymore.

Posted on: 2016/3/22 18:47
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Re: Liquor License Cost & Availability?
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Good point...and it probably makes more sense to convert the retail level into a living space as has been done with so many other buildings in the area...because there's not enough foot traffic, especially during the day, to support a retail store.

Hoping that someone will buy the bundle and flip the lisence then the building. Not sure ho wrong he's owned the place for but it can't be easy working 365 days/year, no break, vacation, etc.

Weird, though, because the For Sale signs were all removed a year or so ago.


I noticed that too. Hopefully it means he wants to stick around for a while and maybe hand the business down. Local spots like that are why I moved here and why I want to continue to live here. The more of these places that pack up, the less appealing the neighborhood is and the more it trends toward a bedroom community with a bunch of TGI Fridays.


I hope so too, there's not nearly enough retail outside of the main strips in Downtown. We need to make as much effort to preserve the retail outside of Grove/Newark and strive to add even more.

Posted on: 2016/3/22 15:45
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Re: proposal for changing R1 zoning to R5 in Downtown JC
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They have postponed the hearing on the R5 zoning change - not going to be on March 22nd.

Now not sure when it will be brought before the Planning Board - or in what form.



Looks like it'll be brought up in the April 5th meeting: http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploa ... a%20March%2022%202016.pdf

Posted on: 2016/3/18 20:31
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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Show me the ordinance that says no one can have free ice cream. You can't?


Yvonne - just answer the question so we can all move on with our ice cream


Ice cream is not on the agenda, what was on the agenda was permit parking to 11:00 PM.


I'm confused. I thought ice cream was always on the agenda.


I think it'd be hilarious if the city hired a world-renowned city planner and the first thing that person said is that parking minimums should be eliminated altogether. I can't imagine a bigger f-you to Yvonne and her parking nazi cartel. Her head might explode and we'd be rid of her stupidity for good.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 22:11
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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I personally do not like people using JC for their personal agenda.


Damn, I just choked and spit all over my screen.


Thankfully most of our elected officials and the vast majority of new residents are smarter than fat slobs like Yvonne. They do desire all the things she's against, like reduced dependence on cars, vibrant street life and walkable communities with fun things to do. Demographics and market forces are more powerful than she is, as are the realities of building a sustainable and economically competitive city in the 21st century.

She's already lost her war, she's just too dumb and too self-righteous to realize it.

I hope Candice sees this and realizes most of us are on her side.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 20:37
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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Bowling alley/brewery? Where is this going to be? Nice!!!

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another 99 year lease for one dollar a year for a bowling alley and brewery.


No. It's something young people might actually use and enjoy. It's not a medical office or a parking lot, therefore it must be stopped!

Posted on: 2016/3/16 19:22
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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Show me the city ordinance that says no one can have free parking. As I said before in my letter to the editor, if someone has to pay for parking to attend a public meeting, then it is similar to a poll tax. If Mayor Fulop and the rest of the city council can find redevelopment loans for developers plus 30 years tax abatements, then they can figure out a way to put the public first. And let's us not forget, giving 99 year lease for a dollar a year for a charging station on 2nd Street and another 99 year lease for one dollar a year for a bowling alley and brewery. These are the sweetheart deals. Parking for the public is not a sweetheart deal since cars have been parking on the streets since the beginning. By the way, the mayor and the city council have parking spaces. Let them lead by example.


Seriously - why do you keep living here? You don't have a single positive thing to say about this city or anybody living in it. If you dislike it here that much, why not pack up and move to an area where you'll be happier and people here who do want to have rational discussions on how to make things better can be spared from your misery?


You are telling me parking is not free. I said show me the ordinance. If not that is your personal opinion which has no value. As it is right now parking is free for local residents, especially after 5:00 PM. It is the law.


I'm asking you why you continue to live here if you're so miserable. Do you have a single positive thing to say about anyone or anything?

Posted on: 2016/3/16 18:26
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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Show me the city ordinance that says no one can have free parking. As I said before in my letter to the editor, if someone has to pay for parking to attend a public meeting, then it is similar to a poll tax. If Mayor Fulop and the rest of the city council can find redevelopment loans for developers plus 30 years tax abatements, then they can figure out a way to put the public first. And let's us not forget, giving 99 year lease for a dollar a year for a charging station on 2nd Street and another 99 year lease for one dollar a year for a bowling alley and brewery. These are the sweetheart deals. Parking for the public is not a sweetheart deal since cars have been parking on the streets since the beginning. By the way, the mayor and the city council have parking spaces. Let them lead by example.


Seriously - why do you keep living here? You don't have a single positive thing to say about this city or anybody living in it. If you dislike it here that much, why not pack up and move to an area where you'll be happier and people here who do want to have rational discussions on how to make things better can be spared from your misery?

Posted on: 2016/3/16 18:22
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Re: proposal for changing R1 zoning to R5 in Downtown JC
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I would be interested in starting a group petitioning for the rezoning of sections of the heights from R1 to R5. The neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying and the only construction we see is the teardown of older, more affordable homes replaced by crap like that at prices pushing $750,000. That's not affordable!

A zoning change to R5 would promote diversity in the community, increase the supply of available housing, and help keep things affordable for new and existing residents. This would probably attract interest from developers to build more housing.

The Central Avenue Redevelopment Plan is a great start, but more needs to be done. Aside from Ogden Avenue, there isn't as many NIMBYs fighting against any kind of change so common sense could prevail.




I'll go in with you on this, but it won't be an easy job. Yun I think will be on board. Not sure about Boggiano though.

Based on a meeting I had about the Central Ave redevelopment: there are a number of NIMBYs here. They are generally of the type that want a street filled with stores like an independently own organic juice and coffee shop.. yet don't want the number of people moving into the area to make that even remotely possible.


I get the same sense with Yun. He gets a bad wrap sometimes, but he does listen to the community. You're also spot on regarding Central Avenue Redevelopment meetings. Everyone wants a grocery store with quality retail lining the street, but what's missing is the discussion is the need for people to make that happened. There needs to be a critical mass of people in order for a grocery store to make sense. There is significant analysis that goes into selecting a location for any kind of retail store, and no sane business owner is going to open a new business without first having a high degree of confidence that there is enough residents in the area that will be customers.

MDM, let's start here and see where this leads. The next step is to start a website to get the word out.


What was the consensus in doing this Downtown? Are most neighborhood associations generally OK with it?

Posted on: 2016/3/16 17:55
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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Mass transit can get you to city hall within an hour from anywhere in the city.


There is NO mass transit in JC. Yvonne said so using her REAL NAME, so it must be true!


She will not rest until Jersey City mirrors her urban paradise of half-full surface parking lots and nothing but medical offices. All bars, restaurants and anything even remotely fun or interesting will be driven out in the name of his holiness, Parking, and anybody under the age of 40 will not be allowed to lease or purchase property if she had her way. Baby boomers with multiple SUVs and old people are the only "acceptable" residents to her.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 16:16
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman in tears
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I did not call Candice a racist, I said it is wrong for any taxpayer who do not live in the immediate Van Vorst or Paulus Hook area to have this ordinance. Public meetings have no time limit. As Councilwoman Watterman said when she voted, she understands why Candice proposed this ordinance but you are not giving a solution to the problem. The problem Watterman referred to where do people from other parts of the city park their cars? Voting yes on this ordinance means only the immediate residents of downtown counts, no one else matters. For the amount of money I have paid in taxes to JC, over the decades, I and others deserve better. My rights are just as important as others. Besides, I did not create the problem. The shortage of parking spaces lies with government. I have repeatedly spoken against the deals that do not address this problem. The ordinances that passed did not require developers to give parking as a courtesy. Instead, the developers who received lucrative tax abatements are charging for it. When Candice voted to reduce parking she is also part of the problem.I am only being attacked because I have the courage to speak my mind using my real name and people here on this blog, don't. They use phony names.


Again...just because you're "really old" and "you've been here a long time" doesn't mean it's incumbent on the city to keep supplying you with free parking. Society changes, demographics change, it can't stay 1970 forever. Get over your sense of entitlement and spare your parking holy wars for some city in the midwest or some other suburb in NJ.

Posted on: 2016/3/16 15:15
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Re: Mayor Fulop Tells Christie to Resign - Establishes Petition
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Yvonne wrote:
That is not true, he has attended many community groups telling them what a great job he has done in JC. I am not talking about going to Trenton. Fulop sends other people to attend those meetings. Unfortunately, Fulop is not forth coming with his calendar.


Your irrational hatred for this mayor makes you say and think some really stupid stuff.

If you're that miserable under his mayorship, why not just move?

Posted on: 2016/3/15 18:22
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Re: Mayor Fulop Tells Christie to Resign - Establishes Petition
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Fulop is also using public resources when he travel throughout NJ. He is still entitled to police protection and he is assigned a car.


He's conducting business related to city when he travels within the state. Christie galavanting across the country is not at all related to state business. Are you really that stupid that you can't tell the difference?

Posted on: 2016/3/15 18:14
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Re: proposal for changing R1 zoning to R5 in Downtown JC
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Thanks, although I need to really make an effort not to read/post here, it just winds up souring me on this area, which I just moved to.

I guess your explanation is why I see a shocking lack of local retail outside of Newark/Grove. I hope the city can amend zoning or incentivize buildings that originally had street front retail to convert.


Here's a map of the residential conversions I know of since 97 just within a few blocks of me.

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Interesting...is this data just from your personal observation/memory or from another source? I'd be interested to know what street level retail got removed in my area (VVP).

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Re: proposal for changing R1 zoning to R5 in Downtown JC
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I'm not totally familiar with residential zoning, but would this allow for ground floor commercial space? It'd be nice to see more commercial space crop up in these infill projects.


In the 18 years I've been in HP I've seen many storefronts converted to residential. both corner and midblock. It's never been clear to me wether they couldn't be rented, or selling them as condos was SO much more lucrative and immediate. Likely the latter. I do recall some of the neighborhood "leaders" were opposed to local retail for some reason. Likely parking, as always.

And DNR, welcome, I like your posts. (I'm assuming you're not a sock puppet)


Thanks, although I need to really make an effort not to read/post here, it just winds up souring me on this area, which I just moved to.

I guess your explanation is why I see a shocking lack of local retail outside of Newark/Grove. I hope the city can amend zoning or incentivize buildings that originally had street front retail to convert. Looks like the trend is correcting itself in the newer construction, but it'd be nice if the historic neighborhoods had more vibrant street life.

Posted on: 2016/3/11 23:02
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Re: Parking Permit to 11:00 PM
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Dr. Nick, this is not NYC which has mass transit. Get over the fact, that JC is NOT the sixth borough of NYC. Citizens has the absolute right to attend public meetings without getting tickets or having their cars booted. Not one governmental officials has offered to eliminate their parking spot. Fulop has a city car, a suv while he is telling everyone else to use Citibikes. A poll tax is where citizens had to pay to vote, passing an ordinance requiring citizens to have parking permits means only local residents can attend public meetings. It is a poll tax whether you agree or not. There is no mass traffic from Greenville or the Heights to City Hall.


Ignoring the fact that there are many areas of NYC that don't have subway access and are very underserved by mass transit...nobody is obliged to give you free parking.

Maybe, just maybe, you didn't realize that there's a large and ever-growing contingent of new residents who have just as much voice as you do and DO want a more urban, NYC-like experience? There are others who don't want city planning held hostage to the needs of a couple entitled NIMBYs who feel the need to hold any progressive development plans hostage to their desire to drive down any street unencumbered by any traffic and waltz into an easy to find, free street parking spot.

I just wish the councilwoman showed a little bit of backbone and pushed back against you and your nut job supporters.

Posted on: 2016/3/11 16:34
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Re: Permit Parking until 11:00 PM defeated
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Did you hear Councilman Boggaino? He is right, the people should riot it that sell the parking lot for development.


If it were up to you, every other block would a surface-level parking lot. You're not entitled to free parking in a section as dense as Downtown. Get over it.


Can you site an ordinance stating that? If you can't then you are giving your opinion. The issue is only about having access to public meetings. To favor one group over another group (the public) is wrong. Councilwoman Watterman said, she also understood the problem but in order to take way parking from one group you must give that group an alternative. There are no alternatives. I don't blame the residents who live downtown. I blame government for allowing this to happen. The reason many people do not park in the buildings' garages is the cost. Parking is provided in my building as part of the maintenance cost. No one pays extra, so people park in the building. Our government should have made that a requirement when they were giving away their sweetheart tax abatement deals.


Is NYC obliged to provide free parking for anybody that has business at city hall or the council building? No. Is NYC obliged to reimburse Metrocards and taxi fares for people wishing to attend meetings? No. And before you say we're not NYC, Downtown is now at about the same density as NYC, therefore city planning should reflect as such.

Your ridiculous comparison to a "poll tax" cheapens and demeans the real ordeals of people in red states that are right now having their voting rights assaulted and taken away for political gain.

And believe it or not, most people have real jobs and lives and don't care to moonlight as "community activists" for a living. Most people aren't at City Hall 5 days a week, squawking and barking hyperbolic arguments about god knows what because they think they're entitled to have things remain as they were in 1970. Most people very rarely, if ever, take public transit or have business in city hall that would last over 3 hours. Apparently, the people you managed to drag out to this had no particular trouble getting to city hall that day or else they wouldn't have been able to recite your force fed talking points.

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Re: Permit Parking until 11:00 PM defeated
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Did you hear Councilman Boggaino? He is right, the people should riot it that sell the parking lot for development.


If it were up to you, every other block would a surface-level parking lot. You're not entitled to free parking in a section as dense as Downtown. Get over it.

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Re: proposal for changing R1 zoning to R5 in Downtown JC
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I'm not totally familiar with residential zoning, but would this allow for ground floor commercial space? It'd be nice to see more commercial space crop up in these infill projects.

Also, yes, let's wait for all the neighborhood associations to screech about the horror of not having free parking.

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This sounds great! Increased density while following historical building patterns, attracting fewer new cars per capita.

NIMBY eruption in 3, 2, 1 ...

Posted on: 2016/3/8 20:09
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Re: Jersey City planning more initiatives to help small businesses grow
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I think a good thing for small businesses would be, I dunno, actually building retail space for businesses to move into? Once you start walking a couple blocks west of Grove St., the area is a virtual ghost town.

I see plans and renderings for all these proposed developments and I'm shocked by how little street level retail there is.

Posted on: 2016/2/27 16:19
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Almost a year later...are there any updates? Anything is more useful than a fenced off parking lot at this point.

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Re: Chase branch closing in Old Colony Mall
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I find it amusing, and quite ironic, that the same people clamoring for Old Colony to be redeveloped according to their wishes are the same type of people that would be losing their shit if the government suggested doing the same: taking someone's private land or property away to make way for "greater" good.

Plainly put, as highlighted by Monroe, that area is privately owned. If the owner wants to lease space to another supermarket (which he has) then so be it. Parks, parking decks (really!?) or any other public use idea would require a HUGE amount of money (to purchase the land, then to develop it) and the city has much bigger fish to try at the moment. Besides, VVP is literally three blocks away (not even a five minute walk) and Berry Lane Park will be a mile away. As for parking, there is plenty of that around there.


Agreed. I think the best best for that area is to replicate what was done with Metro Plaza, albeit with lower-rise buildings to better fit in with the area as well as a restored street grid. 99 Ranch is already coming in, but if a Whole Foods or another high-end store were to anchor the area, that's even better.

Who would be the best person to contact about future plans for the area? I wrote the Ward F councilwoman's office (where it technically falls into), but have yet to hear anything back.


I think you missed my point entirely. There is no one to contact at City Hall, or anywhere else. It is PRIVATE land. They can choose to hold on to it and rent to whomever they want, or they can sell it to someone, or whatever. But, unless people here are advocating for some eminent domain action, there is nothing for the city to do.

As for a Whole Foods, or any other type of supermarket, that it is very unlikely to happen. Usually, when a supermarket signs a lease, they make sure that no other such place can open in the same area by insisting on an exclusivity clause. Hopefully, whoever owns the land will go about attracting some additional new tenants. The McD was rebuilt a few years ago, and the DD is ALWAYS packed in the mornings. LOL.


Point taken. Though one thing the city could do is rezone the area to make it possible to develop in the first place, and DOT would probably have to get involved to break up the superblock and restore the street grid. But I suppose the owner's will ask the city to do that if they have a proposal.

Either way, let's just hope *something*, anything, happens soon. That area is quickly becoming a blight on the area and homeless hangout.

Posted on: 2016/2/19 16:54
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Re: Chase branch closing in Old Colony Mall
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I find it amusing, and quite ironic, that the same people clamoring for Old Colony to be redeveloped according to their wishes are the same type of people that would be losing their shit if the government suggested doing the same: taking someone's private land or property away to make way for "greater" good.

Plainly put, as highlighted by Monroe, that area is privately owned. If the owner wants to lease space to another supermarket (which he has) then so be it. Parks, parking decks (really!?) or any other public use idea would require a HUGE amount of money (to purchase the land, then to develop it) and the city has much bigger fish to try at the moment. Besides, VVP is literally three blocks away (not even a five minute walk) and Berry Lane Park will be a mile away. As for parking, there is plenty of that around there.


Agreed. I think the best best for that area is to replicate what was done with Metro Plaza, albeit with lower-rise buildings to better fit in with the area as well as a restored street grid. 99 Ranch is already coming in, but if a Whole Foods or another high-end store were to anchor the area, that's even better.

Who would be the best person to contact about future plans for the area? I wrote the Ward F councilwoman's office (where it technically falls into), but have yet to hear anything back.

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Re: Chase branch closing in Old Colony Mall
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Street parking is absolutely not a problem in that area. Perhaps a mixed-use building can include a garage in its basement, but a stand alone multi-level garage is a huge waste of space. If the area is redeveloped right and it gets actual useful stores, car ownership won't even be necessary.

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Is there anyone that can be contacted to put pressure on the owners of that lot to come to a redevelopment plan or sell to someone who will? I know there was this proposal from a few years ago, which ended up never coming to light for whatever reason: http://jerseydigs.com/one-bates-street/

The plaza is mostly abandoned stores at this point and a hangout for homeless. The only stuff left is a bodega, a Rent-A-Center and a Popeye's. A serious look should be taken at having some of the old street grid restored and having the whole area razed and redeveloped, like they're doing for the BJ's/StopRite plaza.

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