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Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / Re: CREMA jc
« on: 05-21-2018, 08:12pm »
Went here last night.  Lovely addition to the hood.  Had the lemon ice cream - was expecting a sorbet but instead it was creamy deliciousness.  Really really good.  They probably have about 10-15 different flavors to choose from, all home-made. 

They also have coffee and small sandwiches for sale and about 5 or 6 outdoor tables.  All in all a lovely wee spot that we will definitely be hitting up a lot over the summer.

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:

Not sure where to start with this place.

"High-end/lowbrow menu elevated street food" might be a good place.  Nice to know they consider working class food to be "lowbrow".  And "crumbled Cheez-Its", really?  Yeah because when you are hungry and poor you'd really rather eat potato chips all day long as opposed to real food.

I hope these elitist assholes lose a ton of money.

Journal Square / Re: Loew's Jersey Theatre
« on: 04-25-2017, 03:03pm »
AEG purchased Webster Hall and Bowery Presents (and associated venues) and just signed the lease on Forest Hills Stadium for the next decade or so.  The chances of getting them involved wit the Loews have probably dissipated with all the time this shit is taking

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.

Restaurants & Bars / Re: Coming soon: Mathews Food & Drink
« on: 10-04-2016, 07:40pm »
I hear they make a good hurricane.

Well that's good news.  I look forward to opening night of Hanukah with YLT then :P

I heard Todd Abramson pulled out as an investor.  Any idea if he will still be booking shows for them?

Who is Todd bro? Clearly he is some sort of ignoramus.

Former owner of Maxwells in Homophoboken.  You may have heard of it

Restaurants & Bars / Re: Würstbar
« on: 09-04-2016, 01:45pm »
Beer selection wasn't very interesting - a few different Allagash products and other things I have seen before.  In fact I ended up getting the exact same Allagash in the McGinley Square pub right after hanging at Wurst for quite a few dollars cheaper.

They also have the strangest barstools that are designed for people with 8ft long legs.  Very weird and uncomfortable.

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 wouldn’t mind me using that analogy as his lack of legs and my lack of sight (I’m 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: “I’m 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.  I’ll 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 don’t really need to explain this part. 

If there was a cause he was often in the thick of it, if he wasn’t 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

What happened to National Wholesale Liquidators?  And "Asian Food".  Has anyone told Donald Trump they are putting a wind farm next to the golf course?

Dining / Re: The Filipino Food Boom of Jersey City
« on: 04-20-2016, 01:06pm »
Does this mean that white people have discovered that the turnpike overpass is not like the horizon at the end of "The Truman Show" and that you can actually continue on up the hill?  Was it the big tower that went up in JSQ that tipped them off?

Calendar / Re: Harry Street Coffee Ribbon Cutting
« on: 04-20-2016, 12:56pm »
Aye - and some of you might know Ed from his previous ventures that included a consignment store on Bergen and the flea market which still runs at Hewen Arts in JSQ.  A great dude and I wish him all the best.

Dining / Re: The Filipino Food Boom of Jersey City
« on: 04-20-2016, 12:46pm »
Doesn't "boom" insinuate that something is sudden and unexpected?  Surely the Pinoy restaurants have been around forever and are mainstays.

General / Re: Psychic in JC
« on: 03-06-2016, 10:23am »
Newark Ave next to Saigon cafe

I knew you were going to say that.

General / Re: Psychic in JC
« on: 03-06-2016, 07:34am »
You don't find them, they find you.

Calendar / Re: Gallery A Presents "ORGANYC" | JC Fridays
« on: 03-02-2016, 10:45am »
Sounds nice but not quite what I was expecting.

ORGAN NYC made me think it might be about all the dicks that have taken over NYC.

But meh, I'm just a cynical bastard.

You live in a city... blah blah blah.  Get used to it.

Rich is the king of unnecessary honking.

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).


He noted that while the speed limit on Kennedy Boulevard is 25 mph, the average speed of vehicles on that roadway is higher than that. He said Spolizino was driving faster than average but his driving did not represent the kind of recklessness required to convict him of death by auto.

I find this really chilling.  They are basically saying that since everybody speeds on JFK then it is an okay thing to do.  To make this very argument alone supports a kind of depraved indifference.

He was going more than twice the speed limit.

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