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Haven't seen much publicity for this show but Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile will be at @ Loews Jersey City on Nov 6th.  It promises to be fuzzy!

Tickets here:

Restaurants & Bars / La Mexicana
« on: 10-05-2016, 03:58pm »
Looks like some kind of Mexican joint is taking over the old Colonette Diner space on Route 440.  The pics look like fun.

Certainly more colorful than the old sepia toned/smoke stained craphole that the colonette was.

News / A Blues for Dale.
« on: 05-05-2016, 01:13pm »
Dale Hardman could talk the hind legs off a dead donkey.  Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
He wouldnt mind me using that analogy as his lack of legs and my lack of sight (Im blind, deaf and Scottish a triple threat) were something we joked about.  I looked up a text I had from him last year when we were meeting at Barcade for a beer.  It went like this:

Me: Hey Cripple Creek, where are you?  Yer late!

Him: Im sitting outside you blind Scottish bastid.  You walked right past me!

Dale was often the loudest voice in the room and at some point in a previous existence it was obvious he had kissed the blarney stone.  "Gift-of-the-gab" doesn't cover it.  If you walked into a bar and Dale was there, often you would hear him before you saw him. A booming warm Georgia drawl punching its way out of the background noise to welcome you and immediately make you feel at home.

I loved sitting and listening to Dale's stories and I used to think "Shit, I really should write some of these down" but I always knew I would be wasting my time as I would never be able to tell the story as well as Dale did himself.
We talked about how we both grew up in the Catholic faith but had since joined what Dale considered to be the biggest religion on the planet - "The Lapsedlics". People who had walked away from the Church.  Dale was an altar boy, I had tried out for the altar boys and failed to get in.

"You probably weren't pretty enough" was the consensus.

My religious upbringing left me bitter towards all religions, his religious upbringing was filed away in his brain as another learning experience to be drawn on when needed.  Dale might have thought it was nonsense but he didn't really do bitter, hence he was known to a lot of us as "Brightmoments".

We talked about music a lot.  The very first time I met him. 10 years or so ago, was because a few of us who knew each other online through a local community website, got together to talk about Captain Beefheart.  Dale instigated the night out and a lot more non-Beefheart fans showed up.  Most of the people who were there that night are still my core group of Jersey City friends and two of them have even since married.  Ill be forever grateful for his ability to bring people together.

He loved jazz.  I knew the big names in jazz (Miles, Monk, Billie, Ella, etc) before I met Dale.  By the time he was done I was checking out Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler and Sun Ra.  He taught me that the good stuff was often just below the surface and the effort involved in finding it and understanding it was well worth it.

Poetry was another love.  I had read a lot of the Beats like Kerouac and Ginsberg when I was younger and thought most of it was rubbish.  We argued about this a lot and eventually he persuaded me that if I wanted to understand them I had to go back further.  He gave me a book on Lord Buckley, who many see as a forerunner to the beats, and told me to read it.

I fell in love with Lord Buckley so I returned to read Kerouac, and, sorry Dale, I still think he is rubbish. 

I guess we will never resolve that argument now. 

Arguing was something else that Dale was also very good at.  Thankfully he put it to good use.

Growing up in the South during the civil rights era had a lasting effect on him as he never lost his taste for fighting the good fight and raising hell when he perceived something was unjust.  I think a lot of people reading this will know him from his omnipresent involvement in local politics so I dont really need to explain this part. 

If there was a cause he was often in the thick of it, if he wasnt in the thick of it, he was the first to give encouragement to those who were.

The last thing he really spearheaded was the No Gas Pipeline fight against Spectra Energy.  This was a natural gas pipeline expansion to New York City that runs through the heart of Jersey City.  As far as Dale was concerned it had no benefit to anyone other than Spectra shareholders and had an incredible amount of risk to life involved.
He educated himself on everything in the natural gas industry, all the way from the fracking process to the government regulators to the uses and abuses of natural gas. 

I remember talking to him at a couple of fundraisers for this group and being quite bamboozled at the amount of different things Dale could talk about at the same time.

It was a classic big guy vs little guy situation and although the big guy ultimately got his way, the little guy raised some serious hell and as far as I know (someone can correct me on this), there are still cases working their way through the courts.

I remember thinking at the time that he had no chance and it was a losing fight so why bother.  Thankfully Dale never thought that way.  He probably knew he was going to lose but he also knew he was right.

The amount of people who have written on facebook that he was their biggest supporter in their political and artistic endeavors speaks for itself.  I'm going to finish with the hope that this will be his legacy and we will all continue to hear that booming Georgia drawl in our heads for the rest of our lives offering us more "Brightmoments" when we need them.

Rest in Peace Dale

The flowers, the gorgeous, mystic multi-coloured flowers are not the flowers of life, but people, yes people are the true flowers of life, and it has been a most precious pleasure to have temporarily strolled in your garden.

- Lord Buckley

Journal Square / PJ Ryan's Squared
« on: 02-11-2016, 10:51am »
Coming soon to Journal Square PATH station.  On the north side of this Brutalist jewel by Pavonia Ave, directly across from the Beerhovah's Witness Hall in the Stanley.

Soon to be known by the PAPD as "The Break Room".

Arts & Entertainment / Yo LA Tengo @ The Loews
« on: 11-11-2015, 08:14am »
An Evening with Yo La Tengo, Saturday April 9th.

Tickets on-sale this Friday. 

Interesting that the show is being promoted by "Bowery Presents" and not Todd Abramson (of Maxwells - and who presented their last show there) or AEG (who Fulop wants to take the place over).

The West Side / 1st Annual Best Side Festival
« on: 10-06-2015, 11:57am »
Saturday, October 17! Music, Food Trucks, Park Tavern Beer Truck and more. 11-7

General / Disposing of an old Air Conditioner
« on: 09-11-2015, 01:03pm »
Does anyone know if AC's are subject to the same rules as old TV's?  Do I need to call JCIA for pick-up or can I just dump it with the regular garbage.

This thing is probably 30 years old so I know there has to be some nasty crap inside.

The West Side / McGinley Square Pub
« on: 07-06-2015, 11:48am »
McGinley Square Pub
755 Montgomery St
Jersey City, NJ 07306

The former Citizen Kane bar has reopened as a craft beer joint.  Nice to have this place in the nabe as every other Westside bar tends to specialize in beer of mass produced kind.  This place has around 15 or so taps and all of them are craft beers.  Pricing is good too at 5 bucks a pop.  Last few times I have been in it was pretty quiet but if they can figure out how to market themselves to the students across the road they could make a killing.

The West Side / Halftime Bar & Grill
« on: 07-06-2015, 11:18am »
Halftime Bar & Grill,
746 Westside Ave.
Jersey City.

Cool spot run by nice people (who also own Henry's Wok, the divebar/Chinese restaurant combination further down Westside Ave).  Standard beer selection, Bud, Yuenglings, etc, etc.  Still has a new bar smell that makes me wish they would bring smoking back.  Yes, I prefer the smell of rotting teeth and nicotime to the smell of wet paint.

Cheap and cheerful.  Happy hour deal includes $1 Miller Lites, which is still a dollar too much in my opimion but I know some people who like that kind of thing.  Also has a very funky lit-from-beneath bar that helps my blind ass out no end.

The West Side / 105th Annual Mt. Carmel FESTA!
« on: 07-06-2015, 11:02am »
It's like festa without the yuppies.

General / WTC PATH Station
« on: 06-14-2015, 02:38pm »
The new WTC PATH station is lovely.  The ceilings make it like being inside the rib-cage of a beluga whale!  Without the swishing sea water and Jonah obviously.  Also, it is so white   The only thing whiter is the population of Manhattan itself.

Anyway, now that the niceties are out of the way.  What's with the feckin talking escalators?  They NEVER SHUT UP and I doubt I have ever heard anything so asinine, repeated over and over and over and over and over again.  Not even on this website.

"Always hold the handrail".  What else am I going to hold?  My balls?  I'm not Michael Jackson.
"Always hold children by the hand!".  Oh I'm sorry, I was holding mine by the f^ckin throat!  I will stop that now.
"Please be careful when stepping on and off the escalator".  NO NO I AM GOING TO SWAN DIVE DOWN THIS F*CKER!

It's like my overbearing mother has been resurrected as a farkin robot.  I understand why they do these things (so they can say "I told you so") but does it really have to repeat every 30 seconds.  If you are in the station for more than 10 minutes it becomes feckin torture.

Restaurants & Bars / Puccini's - CLOSED
« on: 11-24-2014, 12:55pm »
Word on the street is that the Jersey City institution Puccini's will be closing at the start of next year.  The owner is retiring and the kids don't want to take over the business.

It'll be missed by the general public and corrupt local politicians alike.

Arts & Entertainment / Hewn Arts Center
« on: 11-12-2014, 09:41pm »
There appears to be some kinda new arts facility opening up in Journal Square at 140 Sip Ave.  Here is the blurb from Facebook:

"Explore 13,000 square feet of space that will be dedicated to the arts and entrepreneurs right in the heart of burgeoning Journal Square.

Located just a few blocks from the PATH station, this former Liberty High School/Hudson County Community College facility lends itself to the following:

+ Artist's studios
+ Small business offices
+ Events & fundraisers
+ Workshops.
+ Rehearsal space
+ Photography/video/film
+ Pop-ups
+ & much more

Spaces range in size and start at approximately 215 sq feet and prices per month are as little as $500. We welcome single occupancy and shares!

Hourly and daily rates available as well.

Or become a member and pay $50 per month and use our main space to network, brainstorm, chat & get stuff done!!

We offer WIFI, marketing & other amenities to help grow your business.

Join us for bites and beverages and help the arts & merchant community grow in Journal Square".

They are having an open house tomorrow.  You can RSVP here

General / Murder, Arson, Politics and Hairdressing
« on: 10-05-2014, 11:19am »
Strangest angle on promoting a business I have seen in quite some time


Much more than a hair salon, Capelli reopens months after murder, arson in upstairs apartment
By Mike D'Onofrio | The Jersey Journal
on October 04, 2014 at 3:37 PM, updated October 04, 2014 at 4:07 PM

A hair salon that has become an institution in a Jersey City neighborhood reopened today months after a veteran political operative was stabbed to death and his body left in a fire in the same building's second-floor apartment.

Gill Rossi, 84, the owner of Capelli hair salon, at 158 Mallory Ave., welcomed dozens of denizens and longtime customers Saturday to the re-grand opening of the salon. The opening was like a family reunion of sorts, with people from the neighborhood filing into the salon to eat, listen to music and chat. 

Dolores Megara, who has been a loyal customer at Capelli for more than 20 years, said the remodeling was "fantastic."

"I love it!" Megara said about the salon's new look, adding that she has already scheduled a hair appointment next week in preparation for her daughter's wedding.

For many, Rossi said, this was their first glimpse of the completely renovated beauty parlor after Michael Galdieri, 52, was found dead in his apartment in a two-alarm blaze on May 22.

Rossi, who watched his building burn from in front of his home across the street, said, "The feeling that we had was utter desolation. You can't believe the destruction that we had."

Galdieri was living alone in the upstairs apartment and was alone in the building at the time of the fire, authorities said.

The day after Galdieri was found dead, it was revealed that he had multiple stab wounds, authorities said. The preliminary arson investigation determined that the fire began on the second floor.

"Everything was burned upstairs," Rossi recalled. "It was torched." While the fire tore through the second floor, the first floor where the salon is located sustained major water damage and had to be gutted.

Galdieri was the son of the late former state Sen. James Galdieri. He worked on former Assemblyman Lou Manzo's campaign as well as Bret Schundler's campaign for mayor in 1993.

Galdieri also worked as a political operative on a regular basis in a number of other campaigns, including Steve Lipski's successfully run for Ward C Councilman in the 1990s.

No arrests have been made in the murder investigation, said Gene Rubino, spokesman for the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.

When Rossi was asked if the re-opening of the salon helped put the murder and arson behind him, Rossi said, "You don't put it behind you. It just doesn't go."

Among others mingling inside the hair salon on Saturday was William O'Dea, a Hudson County freeholder who lives on that Jersey City block.

O'Dea said Capelli's reopening was "a symbol of the ability to come back from a tragedy."

Capelli's has been on Mallory Avenue for more than 30 years, and was opened after Rossi moved from a location on Kennedy Boulevard where he was for 24 years.

The hair salon's renovation was a "complete" remodeling, Rossi said. In addition to modern equipment, the salon is "more open," Rossi said.

The reopening was also marked by a ribbon cutting by local officials.

Lisa Osorio, one of the two hair dressers at Capelli and self-identified "second daughter" of Rossi, said the salon remained open during construction in a small space in the rear of the building.

"It's amazing," Osorio said about Saturday's opening.

Elaine Bearinger, another resident who lives nearby, said, "I'm glad he was able to rebuild" the salon. A perennial customer for more than two decades, Bearinger said she continued to get her hair cut at the salon during the renovation.

Mary Anne Barrington, the other veteran hair dresser at Capelli, said, "We're like a family here." 

Osorio and Barrington have both been working for Rossi as hair dressers for decades.

Barrington said that the most recent incarnation of Capelli will "take a little while to get used to, but it feels good."

Crime & Safety / Officer involved shooting
« on: 06-26-2014, 09:59am »
I read this yesterday and thought it was just another sad incident but soon something started to bother me:

Shot in an unlocked shed in a backyard?  Why didn't the cops wait for back-up?  Why enter the shed at all if the suspect was contained?  Only one officer entered even though there was apparently another officer following in a car? 

Also, it's the same squad that was involved in the Reed Street shooting that ended in the death of two suspects and Police Officer Marc DiNardo.

Sorry but this shooting, or at least the procedures that led to it, sound very iffy.


Authorities release identity of 20-year-old man fatally shot by police

By Patrick Villanova/The Jersey Journal
on June 25, 2014 at 6:05 PM, updated June 25, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Authorities have released the identity of the 20-year-old man who died Tuesday night after he was shot by a Jersey City police officer during a scuffle earlier in the day.

Lavon King, of Jersey City, was shot in the chest by a police officer after he struggled with the officer in the backyard of an Ege Avenue home, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Gene Rubino said in a statement.

King, who according to Rubino, had several open warrants, died at 8:54 p.m. after undergoing surgery at Jersey City Medical Center.

The investigation is being conducted by the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office's homicide unit, which is standard protocol whenever there is a police-involved shooting, Rubino added.

According to the HCPO's preliminary investigation, a pair of Jersey City police officers from the Emergency Services Unit spotted King on Kearney Avenue at approximately 4:30 p.m. While one officer pursued him on foot, another followed in a police vehicle, Rubino said.

King was tracked to the Ege Avenue backyard, where he entered an unlocked shed, Rubino said.

As one of the officers entered the shed with his firearm drawn, King struggled with the officer and "attempted to disarm" him, Rubino added.

At that point, the officer fired one round, striking the 20-yeard-old in his chest, Rubino said.

Earlier today, a woman recounted the incident, having heard the gunfire from her window nearby.

"It happened really quickly," said the woman, who only provided her first name, Yvette. "I heard two gunshots, they sounded like firecrackers. Then I heard a man say, 'Why did you shoot me?'"

Yvette then looked out her window into the yard of 105 Ege Ave. and says she heard the police respond, "You shouldn't have been wrestling with us."

Rubino added that King had five open cases in Superior Court for drugs and theft, as well as a pending violation of probation.

The HCPO did not disclose the status of the police officer who shot King, nor did it release any additional information
about incident.

Arts & Entertainment / WMFU Ground Floor Performance Space
« on: 06-23-2014, 07:49pm »
From Brooklynvegan

WFMU opening performance space in Jersey HQ; Spectre Folk, Doug Gillard, Pampers & more playing grand opening

Last fall, WFMU reclaimed the ground floor space in their building at 43 Montgomery St in Jersey City, NJ with plans to turn it into a performance space. That's finally happening with the grand opening on July 12 featuring performances by Pampers, Watery Love, Doug Gillard, and Spectre Folk. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds go to benefit WFMU.


The West Side / Lincoln Park Farmers Market
« on: 06-03-2014, 06:34pm »
The Farmers Market at Lincoln Park opens Sunday, June 22 at 10am. I know nothing else at this point although I am sure someone from the county will chime in soon.  Here is the facebook page for updates and announcements!

General / Post something postive about the Port Authority
« on: 03-29-2014, 12:21am »
I predict this thread will end HERE

News / The Flooding Thread
« on: 05-08-2013, 09:25am »
We all know our town tends to go for an involuntary swim when the rains come.  If you are underwater you need to report it.  See this message from Steve Fulop:

"It is vital you call in any sewer related problems. Even if you think there will be no resolve, this gets reported quarterly to the EPA and shows where the problems are. I usually hear from the JCMUA that no one called in and the quarterly reports confirm this. We have made great headway from our office with the JCMUA and want to push as hard as we can to getting viable solutions in place. The pumps will have taken nearly 2 years to install (in August) so your voices being heard as soon as possible and as often as possible will create an important record for prioritizing future projects.
Call 201-432-1150 and press 0 for customer service.
This also takes the politics out of it. The JCMUA will tell the mayor's office that certain situations need attention and they will have the call log to prove it".

Government & Politics / Hudson County workers busted
« on: 04-26-2013, 09:51am »
Does anybody know if the Hudson County clerk to the Board of Elections has anything to do with the mayoral contest or is he only involved in County elections?  Either way, nice to see such high standards being maintained! Such cute looking guys too! 


Hudson County workers busted -- one for drunk driving, one for stealing county car, officials say

By Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal

Two Hudson County employees were busted in recent days by sheriff's officers -- one for driving drunk, the other for stealing a county car, officials said this afternoon.

The clerk of the Hudson County Board of Elections was charged with drunk driving outside a county building in Jersey City after ramming his vehicle into a wall on Tuesday, officials said.

Hudson County sheriffs officers arrested Michael Harper, 37, of Secaucus, in the parking lot of Hudson County Plaza and charged him with driving while intoxicated and drug possession and issued him three motor vehicle summonses, a report says.

Sheriffs officers arrested James Francis Post, 42, of Linden Avenue, in Jersey City over the weekend and charged him with theft and receiving stolen property, a report says.

At about 10:35 p.m. Tuesday, officers were alerted to a "heavily intoxicated man (later identified as Harper) about to get into his vehicle," in the lot and an officer arrived in time to see the vehicle plow straight into a wall, the report said.

"The driver then backed out of the spot at a high rate of speed and attempted to drive away," but was flagged down by the officer, the report says.

The officer said Harper was "severely slurring his words and appeared heavily intoxicated," and a search revealed what appeared to be three Xanax tables in his pocket, the report says.

Harper failed a sobriety test that was cut short "in fear of Mr. Harpers safety," the report says, adding that Harper refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

A Hudson County maintenance worker James Post has been charged with stealing a county vehicle in order to get home after missing his bus, officials said today.

On Saturday at about 1:30 p.m., a call went out over the radio to be on the lookout for a 2000 Ford Explorer that was believed to have been taken from Hudson County Plaza in Jersey City by Post, the report said.

Investigating officers determined several locations where Post might be found, and when they responded to Colombia Avenue at North Street they found the vehicle parked and set up surveillance, the report says.

When Post approached the vehicle to retrieve it, sheriffs officers took him into custody, the report says. While handcuffed, Post said "I took the truck because I didnt have a ride home," the report says.

A Jersey City Municipal Court judge set Posts bail at $30,000 with a 10 percent cash option, the report says, adding that officers also learned there was a warrant for Posts arrest out of Union City with a bail of $500.

Post was remanded to Hudson County jail in Kearny, the report says.

General / Buying Gas
« on: 11-01-2012, 11:48pm »
I have no idea how accurate this map is or how often it is updated but NJ OEM has published a list of operational-after-the-hurricane gas stations in NJ.

General / Ferries
« on: 11-01-2012, 08:26am »
Anyone know if the NY Waterways ferrys survived the storm and if so, are they running?  Their site does not seem to have any updates which makes me think the ferry boats are probably on dry land somewhere in Downtown Newark by now.

Arts & Entertainment / St Peter's Performing Arts Center
« on: 09-21-2012, 06:39pm »
I had no idea that St Peter's had an official performing arts center but apparently they do:

First up, cardigans and moralizing from Bill Cosby.  Nice to see they are really getting down with the hip indy acts that students love to go and see. :palm:

The West Side / Movies in Lincoln Park
« on: 08-31-2012, 09:36pm »
Apparently the movie Despicable Me is playing in Lincoln Park right now at the open grass area off West Side Avenue by Belmont Avenue.  Nice of them to advertise this fact absolutely nowhere


General / Quality of life thread - the small things.
« on: 06-18-2012, 10:13pm »
Use this thread to point out the small things that can be done to make living in Jersey City that little bit easier that won't cost a trillion dollars  Here's mine:

1. Fix all the pedestrian crossings.  Only half of them actually change, even when you press the button, the ones that have a button that is.  I've seen plenty with missing buttons and plenty where it looks like the button was never installed at all.

2. Pick up the garbage.  JCIA is 7 million bucks in the hole, what the hell did they spend it on?  Don't tell me, I don't really want to know.  All I know is that for 7 million bucks there is still a helluva lot of garbage lining the side of just about every road in town.  Start fining the crap out of litterbugs and start paying off that debt.

3. Pull the weeds.  The unsightly clumps of weeds that grow between the paving stones and around fire hydrants all over town.  I've come to the conclusion that weeds growing through the sidewalk is the ultimate sign of a municipal government that really doesn't give a shit.

4. Inspect the taxicabs.  At least 80% of the cars at JSQ are death traps.  We already had that tragic accident outside Taqueria a few months back, get the dangerous cars off the road before it happens again.  Also, start cracking down on cab sharing again.  A year or two ago there were cops enforcing the rules at JSQ, nothing has been seen of them since.

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