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Re: What's going on on south of the new Berry Lane Park?
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You mean this?

Posted on: 2015/4/6 3:02
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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Is Chico actually dumb? Or does he just look really, really, really dumb?


You don't remember Diplomagate?

Posted on: 2015/3/15 13:41
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Re: Jersey City councilwoman lands county job
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That's part of it - but double-dipping was one of the main drums Fulop beat for eight years in mastering his "reformer" pose. How can he possibly justify this without looking like an ass?

Collecting a pension and taking a job are not the same thing.

Posted on: 2015/3/15 1:45
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Re: JC councilman charged with drunken driving after three-car collision
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Could not have happened to a dumber guy. Funny - as much of a ruckus that was raised about Lipski (and that was a complete embarrassment), this is much worse. You aren't at risk of killing people when you piss on them. It'll be interesting to see how the chips fall on this one. Mr. Mayor?

Posted on: 2015/3/15 1:38
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Re: Jersey City: Moving beyond the 'Gold Coast'
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K, so - not hostile, just have a habit of calling bullshit when people make ridiculously optimistic claims about commutes. No one lives IN the elevator, right? It takes time to get from your home to the elevator. No one hangs out in Hoboken at the elevator door, either. Likely you are walking ten minutes or so - which means you are probably fifteen to twenty minutes, door to door, at least. I hope the Heights does well over time, but it's too isolated for me and the offerings, while improving, are still too one of each.

But the encampments are real. I'm a runner and several times as I've been running up Patterson Plank people have hopped over the wall and scared the wits out of me. If you look down from the sidewalk you can see tents and makeshift structures here and there. Probably moreso just north of the 14th street viaduct but they are in the southern stretch, too.

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La_Verdad: why are you so hostile about this. This is the part I don't understand. Why does it bother you that the elevator takes a person down to Hoboken in a minute?? So much so that you have to make things up about hillside encampments?!

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By living on the east side of the Heights I am:
1 minute to Hoboken (where most of my social life resides)


Really? 1 Minute? By "east side of the Heights" do you mean that homeless encampment on the side of the hill?

Posted on: 2015/2/27 1:45
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Re: Jersey City: Moving beyond the 'Gold Coast'
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By living on the east side of the Heights I am:
1 minute to Hoboken (where most of my social life resides)


Really? 1 Minute? By "east side of the Heights" do you mean that homeless encampment on the side of the hill?

Posted on: 2015/2/26 22:06
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Re: Fulop promises no tax increase in Jersey City budget
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Street paving will be aggressive.

Preparation for winter storms this year has been touted as "aggressive."

Police response to the murder of Officer Santiago last summer was "aggressive."

The "Stop the Drop" anti-litter campaign was "aggressive."

The administration's efforts in enrolling people under the Affordable Care Act have been, wait for it, "aggressive."

Audits of existing tax abatements were "aggressive." (although not so much, lately.)

Expansion of partnerships in pursuit of a model prison-re-entry program have been... "aggressive."

The administration's focus on attracting jobs to Jersey City has been "aggressive!"

Pursuits of grants AND the completion schedule for Berry Lane Park were "AGGRESSIVE!!"

Jobs! Science! Aggressive!

Abandon Buildings? Aggressive!

Aggressive property sales.

Aggressive diversity!

Jersey City could have its own version of the "Hey Bob" game.

Posted on: 2015/2/23 20:03
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Re: $37.2 million tax break lures retailer to Jersey City waterfront
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I remember when AIG, the site this business will take over, went bankrupt. News 12 was interviewing the employees. Some talked about returning to their country, AIG hired many foreign nationals. And we wonder why local citizens cannot find work. 90 Hudson St, received a tax abatement and that business did not hire American people as a rule.


Yvonne - name three foreign nationals who worked at AIG. Better yet, name three people who worked at AIG. I'd be surprised if you could name one.

Posted on: 2015/2/23 1:55
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Re: Jersey City named most diverse city in America: report
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More than anything, these surveys are usually intended to spark debate. As a result, the "findings" often are provocatively skewed. For instance, I have a hard time (having been to both places quite a few times) believing that Amarillo, Texas is more "diverse" than Seattle.

Posted on: 2015/2/18 20:00
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Re: PPG and Chromium in Jersey City - Garfield Avenue
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This seems like an attempt at a cash grab to benefit Flim Flam Forio.


Weird how you writhe around on the floor in tears if someone mentions the governor's physical immensity and yet you throw around childish names like "Flim Flam", "McSlimey", "Whizzy" and "Whiney". What's up with that?

However... I agree with your general thesis here. Helping Florio (and Bertoli) is in the mayor's political interests. Has zero to do with what is best for the city. This issue has been in front of him for a year and a half and suddenly he's holding press conferences and shutting down work. Hmm.

Posted on: 2015/2/12 16:41
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Re: Valentine's Day Deal: Newark selling sweethearts vacant lots for $1,000
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If you don't see how society is devolving then I don't know what to tell you. But feel free to look at the poll tracking people's impression of the direction of the country and tell me what you conclude from that.


It's been that way since the beginning of time. Older generations think (simplistically) that times were better in the past and that society is in an irreversible decline. Really more of a sign that people become rigid as they age and feel threatened by progress and being left behind rather than "society is going to hell in a hand basket."

Posted on: 2015/2/12 16:33
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Re: Fulop and Baraka: Odd Couple, or power couple?
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Fulop's father, Arthur, is 68 years old. His mother, Carmen, is 60. Unless there is another holocaust with which I am unfamiliar, neither of his parents are "holocaust survivors." Surprised, given your level of Fulop fetishism, you'd get that one wrong.

Speaking of fetishes, Politicker (or, more to the point, the Kushner family) sure seems to have a lot of love for our mayor. Unusual is the day that Fulop doesn't appear in there in some shape or form. Seems like they are right alongside DeCotiis, CME, Sanzari, et al in the "Let's Make a Governor" line dance.

Posted on: 2015/1/30 17:14
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Re: Jersey City Ranked 2nd Worst City in US for Active Lifestyle
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Yeah - people are always quick to point to Liberty State Park, but it's quite isolated and inconvenient for people who don't live near it. The biking situation, while improved the past couple of years, is still ridiculous and the bike culture barely exists. The parks tend to be passive. Most of the health clubs, because of the price of real estate, tend to be quite expensive.

And as for "those who exercise on their own accord... walk their dogs, ride their bikes or go running" - how is that different than anywhere else? And when you do those things elsewhere, the running trails, bike lanes and dog parks tend to be more attractive, better maintained, more accessible and greater in number.

I thought it was weird that the author pointed to "too many people" as a reason why Newark and Jersey City fared poorly in the survey when they are among the smaller cities in the 100 largest cities in the U.S.

Posted on: 2014/12/10 19:20
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Re: Jersey City marketing campaign: ‘Make It Yours’
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For a city such as JC, Ratings have a much greater effect on debt already issued and how it trades in the secondary market than it does on new issuance. JC probably issues around $20 million or so a year typically - the 10 to 15 basis point swing from the upgrade gets you $20k to $30k a year. Not a budget-changing kind of event.

Posted on: 2014/11/15 13:49
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Re: Parking Garages in DT
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On_The_3rd,

Where do you live? I'd assume, all else equal, you'd want the car to be close to where you live. Many of the condo buildings have people who sublet parking spaces - in my building they tend to run $150 to $175 a month. Secure, enclosed garage with an hourly pass through by a guard.

PM me if you want to discuss further.

Posted on: 2014/11/11 22:13
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Re: High-rise development at Metro Plaza (Shoprite, BJs, Pepboys)
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Those that have bought in the past 10 years will never gain any rise in property prices as new apartments are being sold for the same amount; but maintaining a profitable margin to build them!


Bingo!


Hey - Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum: Do either of you ever come up for air long enough to see what is actually going on? Or just stay down in your bunkers, issuing your anti-development, anti-downtown fatwas? I bought in 2007 - height of the market - and based on sales in my building the past six months and square footage extrapolations, I'm up ~ 30%, even after allowing for a sales commission. Give or take around the edges, but I'm up - substantially. Why? Because almost every single unit that has been built, is being built and is approved to be built but has yet to break ground, is a rental.

How is that going to hurt me? Besides - a good growth story, which DTJC currently is (won't last forever, but good visibility over the next several years), can override a simplistic, static supply and demand scenario.

Posted on: 2014/11/11 21:43
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Re: Man dies in freak accident at Jersey City construction site
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The union has filed complaints about Jersey City's construction site and those complaints are on filed in the state. If interested, I suggest to do an OPERA.


Something by Verdi, perhaps?

Posted on: 2014/11/4 13:54
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Re: Muhammed Akil, All white people have a little Hilter in them
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Who fired Akil in the Healy administration? My understanding was that he had a pretty senior role in the HHS department right through the end of the term.

Posted on: 2014/10/10 16:27
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Re: Jersey City teachers union seeks 19% pay hike over 3 years, sources say
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Is it true that Greco - the head of the Teacher's union makes six figures and he has no other job other than running the JCEA? No classroom responsibilities?

Posted on: 2014/10/1 14:11
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Re: Dave Donnelly new job
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Speaking of professionalism.... shouldn't you be doing work in the middle of the day rather than posting on JCList, Donnajc65? The taxpayers certainly have a right to expect that.

Posted on: 2014/9/19 19:58
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Re: City Employee Caught on Vulgar Rant
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Post of the week.

Posted on: 2014/9/19 13:32
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Re: East Village Apartments Sit Empty Because Rent Is Too High, Report Says
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Broad averages and general statements aren't very useful in real estate, especially in an area such as Metro NYC since markets tend to be quite localized - conditions can vary tremendously in the matter of a couple of blocks in some cases. Are you talking old vs. new? High rise vs. brownstone? Doorman vs. non? Views? Proximity to transportation? Safety?

For every (weak) sign you point to about how DTJC is overpriced, I'll point to something like this:

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/250 ... -NY-10013/120288977_zpid/

Or this:

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/54- ... NY-10013/2105256951_zpid/

Or this:

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/101 ... k-NY-10007/97496451_zpid/

Or this:

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/101 ... NY-10007/2136690168_zpid/

Or this:

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/50- ... NY-10007/2105343460_zpid/

Granted, DTJC is not Tribeca. Not by a long shot. But if it's trading at 20 to 30 cents on the dollar (compared to Tribeca), I'd say the sky isn't going to fall any time soon.

Posted on: 2014/9/15 13:56
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Re: FREE High Holiday Services
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Honest question - please forgive my ignorance, but in the headline of this topic you mentioned that the services are "free" - in all caps. I assume you mean no cost. Is there typically a charge to go to services?

Posted on: 2014/9/14 16:18
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Re: Chris Christie’s downgrades start to pile up
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Would Buono have placed "General" Samson in charge of the Port Authority to rob it via "consulting" for companies lobbying the Port Authority...?


No. She would have appointed somebody else to rob the Port Authority. Can we stop pretending that one party is more virtuous (or less criminal) than the other? NJ politics is rotten. Period. Democrats do it. Republicans do it. And because of the insane amount of local government here and the desire to preserve "home rule" at all costs, it will never change. Ever.

Posted on: 2014/9/9 13:41
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Re: Jersey City, Newark named 2 of worst cities in U.S. to retire: report
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Behind Detroit.

Posted on: 2014/9/4 20:53
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Re: NYT: "Brunswick Towers was a possibility -but Jersey City didn’t seem nearly as exciting as Hoboken"
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Posted on: 2014/8/27 21:51
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Re: A LETTER TO THE JERK OFF RIDING A BIKE ON THE SIDEWALK THIS FINE MONDAY MORNING
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It's strange - riding on the sidewalk seems to be worse lately than ever... and we now have bike lanes! On one hand, good that more people are cycling (which, I think, is what this means) but on the other... goddamn! Get the hell off the sidewalk.

I've started asking people to ride in the street, which is about as effective as trying to fly by flapping my arms. I'd say not getting run over by a bike on the sidewalk would be a basic characteristic of a good (not even anywhere near the best) midsized city...

Posted on: 2014/8/4 15:58
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Re: Drivers and Crosswalks
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The cops don't care if you blow through a stop sign but god forbid your windows are tinted to dark they will pull you over in a heartbeat.


Which is funny, because I've noticed a few of the cops' private cars (the ones they sit in when they are watching the construction hole, er - doing off-duty work) have dark tinted windows.

Posted on: 2014/8/2 20:16
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Re: Drivers and Crosswalks
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I've also been downtown plenty and I've never seen this supposed epidemic of reckless driving.


Not plenty enough, apparently. My wife and I walk up Marin to the PATH and there are mornings where I am almost struck (crossing in the crosswalk, with the signal) at all three intersections I cross that have traffic lights. Grand Street is ridiculous.

Separately - can anyone explain the purpose of the influx of cops standing on corners (not in the intersection, but usually up agains a building on a corner) during rush hours? Seems like they first appeared when the Skyway closed and I thought they were there to direct traffic but now they just stand around and talk on their phones or just stare off into the distance. I've seen at least a half dozen instances where someone blatantly runs a red light in front of one of these police statues and nothing.

Posted on: 2014/8/1 19:41
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Re: How can JC become the best mid-sized city in the US?
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I'm glad this thread popped up, because I've thought about it from time to time when the phrase is used. I think before you can ask "how can JC become...." you have to define what it is and who you are competing with.

Brewster mentioned Pittsburgh. That seems fair in that it only has a little more than 300,000 people - but it's metropolitan area is 2.6 million. What is the upper bound for "mid-sized"? 400,000 people? 600,000? If I said "Columbus, Ohio", some would definitely say "mid-sized" - but it has more than 800,000 residents, or about the same size as San Francisco.

Generally speaking, I think the city has a ways to go in areas like job creation (high paying jobs in growth industries), education system, sustainability (in almost every sense of the word), and a host of quality of life issues like traffic management, accessibility to quality, clean, safe parks, litter.

I know it gets thrown around on here a lot, but the whole "two Jersey Cities" thing is a factor too. When you drive around the non-downtown parts of the city, it's like you've gone back in time in many cases. I don't think any one group is to blame, but the city is quite segmented and as a result, it seems that big change is harder to implement here than in more vibrant, progressive, "newer" cities.

Even basic things here like the sewer and water system and the roads are poorly maintained and lag behind most of the rest of the developed world - partly, it seems, because of the high population density/overuse, partly due to budget limitations - but also a lack of overall planning and vision. The last mayor was disengaged. The mayor before him died in office. The one before him wanted to privatise everything - but more from a budgetary slight of hand than to improve efficiency. And the one before him went to jail. The current mayor has his sights set elsewhere.

The place definitely has potential, but I don't think it is as easily achieved as a simplistic marketing slogan would lead you to believe.

Posted on: 2014/7/29 16:48
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