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Re: McNair HS - #85 on Newsweek's Top 1500 Schools - Was 30 in 2008
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I agree with brewster that the methodology is crap.

McNair does very well because it is like Stuyvesant (selecting the top students from a large pool), but qualifies to be on the list because it's not quite as good as Stuy (selecting not quite as good of a selection from not nearly as large a pool).

Posted on: 2009/6/11 4:33
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Re: price gouging at newport towers
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Newport has some nice things going for it. Proximity to the PATH (is it 9 minutes from Newport to Christopher street on a weekday?), great views, and so safe it's boring feeling.

I certainly won't resign my lease, mostly because it feels so divorced from the surrounding community. There are only 3 businesses in Newport that I patronize with any frequency. Babo is nice for bubble tea, Komegashi is good on occasion but pretty expensive, and the Indian food trucks are good and cheap, but after that, you need to walk at least 20 minutes to get to anything else worth going to.

If they bulldozed the mall and had neighborhoody small businesses like Ibby's Falafel, Wonder bagel and a non-trivial amount open/green space, I'd be much, much happier living there.

Posted on: 2009/5/28 1:14
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Re: price gouging at newport towers
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Newport actually became much cheaper this year. I have a friend whose rent for a 1 BR was $2300 last year, and got a $300/month discount when he asked, and then another $50/month discount when he pressed again.

Posted on: 2009/5/27 16:00
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Re: New Path Trains
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I rode one a few weeks ago, but apart from different colors and better in train signs, it felt the same as other PATH trains.

Posted on: 2009/5/19 21:31
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Laws on where you can campaign during the election?
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A certain candidate was handing out fliers about 30 feet outside of the George Washington building in Newport at about 8:20 this morning. I also saw someone with a Healy sign about 100 feet from the entrance. Are either of them legal?

Posted on: 2009/5/12 14:18
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Re: Steven Fulop & Guy Catrillo, trying to turn it into a two-man Downtown council race; accusations fly
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You understand that the first amendment is about protecting citizens from being punished by the government for expressing their views, right? No one suggested that the person spreading rumors should be prosecuted. The first amendment does not say that expressing oneself (especially in a poor or incorrect manner) should not have consequences to ones standing in the community. The first amendment is irrelevant.

Posted on: 2009/5/7 20:03
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Re: Negative Campaigning in Municipal Elections
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So some Fulop supporter gets access to some private (!?) email that said untrue things about Fulop, and you are trying to spin the Fulop campaign debunking these things into something negative?

Posted on: 2009/5/6 6:10
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Re: Mayoral Candidate Threads
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I don't like the 50 post minimum to post in the mayor candidate threads, since it gives me an incentive to spam with trite messages.

But my biggest complaint is the "positive comments only" restriction. Political campaigns are not cheerleading contests. Having an honest dialog where politicians are pressed on their unpopular or poor decisions, potential conflicts of interest, and flawed campaign promises is intensely useful. Life is not all roses. You can't please everyone, let's not try to pretend that's how things work. I completely understand that the webmaster wants to avoid donaldj "So, have you stopped beating your wife yet?" style trolling, but cutting off all criticism makes the the threads barely worth reading for me.

Posted on: 2009/4/8 18:53
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Re: "We'll help you leave" High Tax Hoboken for Jersey City -- Honest, but Rude, Truth on Billboard
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It would be great if this sign stayed up and if Hoboken countered by putting a sign about JC crime rates somewhere in JC. Let's air out the problems and have the municipalities compete over residents, rather than brushing all the problems under the rug.

Posted on: 2009/3/25 15:01
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Re: Tourists still want to visit Manhattan, but don't want to pay Manhattan prices
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GrovePath wrote:
Bill LaRosa, director of cultural affairs and tourism in Hudson County, added: "A strong New York economy is good for us and even a weak New York economy is good for us because then we become valuable." He noted Hudson collects roughly $2 billion a year from tourism.


I am sorry, this is just simply non-sensical. It is either the case that he current Manhattan economic climate is at a local minimum for Hudson county (unlikely), or that he is spouting feel good bull (likely). I have a hard time believing that bad times for Manhattan are good times for Hudson county. The hotels in Manhattan can just lower their prices, and since they are still more desirable than Hoboken or JC, this will force the hotels in Hudson county to lower their prices to compete.

Posted on: 2009/2/23 19:34
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Re: New PATH trains, then more zip
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How is it possible for something so simple (a signaling system) to cost 500 million dollars?

That seems like at least 2 orders of magnitude too much money.

Posted on: 2009/1/28 18:24
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Re: Healy unveils details of Visionary Plan for Journal Square - "Major Makeover"
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I don't understand..

"incorporate my principles of making Jersey City greener, safer, more affordable and more prosperous.?

How can you simultaneously pull off (2 or 4) and 3? As an area gets safer and more prosperous, it becomes less affordable.

Posted on: 2008/10/16 22:24
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Re: Hilltop neighbors get peek at Square renewal plans
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So few of the people in Newport have school aged children. Are affluent people in general scared of sending their kids to Jersey City elementary and middle schools? I guess the yuppies just flee to the suburbs when their kids are about to enter elementary school? McNair Academic doing so well must mean that something is working.

Posted on: 2008/10/1 15:52
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Re: Nine units in Metropolis Towers up for IRS auction Nov. 13
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I guess since this is a coop, you actually need to be able to judge the probability that the coop will go bankrupt to correctly price an apartment. Do potential buyers actually investigate the coops finances? Ugh, seems complicated.

BTW, here is a listing for 225k for a 500 square foot studio in the building, http://www.trulia.com/property/106812 ... Blvd-Jersey-City-NJ-07302

My initial estimate of 220k doesn't seem so far off, given that listing.

Posted on: 2008/9/30 22:31
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Re: Nine units in Metropolis Towers up for IRS auction Nov. 13
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What do people think the places will go for? 220K for the 500 square foot studio?

Posted on: 2008/9/30 21:12
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Re: Vegetarian food in JC?
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This post was great, thanks!

I've tried Amiya before. It's quite good, but I think I'd rather go to India Square, where the food is also good, and though restaurants in India square don't have the ambiance, the prices are cheaper.

Sawadee's vegetarian mock duck is really good, but a bit too spicy. I tend to like spicy food, but this was just over the top. It's probably the spiciest food that I have consumed this year.

Ibby's falafel is pretty good. Cheap and tasty, a solid meets expectations.

The Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory is amazing. I am glad I don't live near VVP. I'd be a tank, consuming those yummy pancakes at least 3 times a week.

Sushi Tango was disappointing. Sadly, it was probably the worst vegetarian sushi I've had. I don't regret going, but I am sure I can find better veg sushi elsewhere.

Posted on: 2008/8/8 16:28
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Re: This old factory: Buying in Downtown Jersey City's Dixon Mills
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Isn't 350K an enormous price tag for a studio near Journal Square? I have one friend who purchased a studio in Chelsea for 325K, and I have another who bought a one bedroom in the Upper West Side for 400k.

Posted on: 2008/7/21 16:40
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Re: Vegetarian food in JC?
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I finally tried the Kitchen Cafe, it was well worth the visit. The food isn't totally veg, but there are lots of veg options.

Posted on: 2008/7/3 22:03
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Vegetarian food in JC?
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Are there any vegetarian places in JC besides Subia's and places in India Square?

Thanks,
Rob

Posted on: 2008/2/4 5:32
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