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Restaurants & Bars / Würstbar
« on: 08-18-2016, 08:31am »
516 Jersey Ave
Jersey City 07302
(201) 479-8384

Soft-opened last night

Restaurants & Bars / Cellar 335
« on: 08-09-2016, 08:35am »
335 Newark Avenue (just below White Eagle Hall)
JC NJ 07302

Restaurants & Bars / Re: Pet Shop Bar
« on: 08-08-2016, 08:49am »
Apparently not.

Bram Teitelman | @Bramfilter 
August 6, 2016 | 8:00 am

The continuing gentrification of downtown Jersey City can perhaps be best summed up by the three blocks on Newark Avenue between the Grove Street PATH station and Jersey Avenue. A row of 99-cent stores and vacant storefronts a decade ago, it’s now become a cultural hub of the city, with bars, restaurants and other businesses opening and flourishing. And for the three longtime Jersey City residents that just opened Pet Shop Bar (193 Jersey Ave), they saw an opportunity to create a unique bar for the artistic community of Jersey City.

David Rappaport, Shen Pan and Eric Speck (pictured, from left) initially wanted to open a music venue. When they weren’t able to find a proper location to do that, they decided to take the space formerly occupied by Village Tropical, a pet store, and open an upscale rock ‘n’ roll bar serving vegetarian food to locals. “We wanted a place for the artists, musicians and weirdos that we hang out with, where music was important, the design was important, and everyone can feel comfortable,” Rappaport says. “Whereas other places that have opened here want people to come from New York or other towns to make Jersey City a party spot, we would like to make it a place that’s for this town.”

Pet Shop Bar delivers on all counts. A jukebox is stocked with releases by local bands, and among the framed posters hanging in the bathroom is one for Jersey City’s own Rye Coalition. And some of the staff are in bands, as are Pan (Coy Kids) and Rappaport (Babraham Lincoln). The layout of the bar, overseen by interior decorator Amanda Denesi, makes great use of the space. A long narrow bar to the left gives way to a large open area with tables and a backyard area with several picnic tables. Thrift store paintings and needlepoint of animals adorn the walls, with a neon version of their logo, a bird cage, on the back wall.

While Pet Shop is a bar first and foremost, they do have a vegetarian menu, overseen by chef Eric McGuire, which addresses the lack of vegetarian restaurants in Jersey City. “We’re really psyched to fill this niche,” Speck says. “We feel really good about it from a moral sense and a community sense.” Some of the dishes on the menu include “pulled pork” sliders made from jackfruit, a beet carpaccio, a trio of bean-based pate spreads and curry disco fries.

As far as alcohol, the beer selection ranges from mainstays like Coors Light and Labatt Blue to craft options by brands like Allagash and Kane. There are also about six signature cocktails, created by Pet Shop’s bar manager Lindsay Gomeringer, including twists on a rusty nail and mint julep, as well as several of her own creations.

The end result is a new hangout for Jersey City’s artistic community that’s upscale enough not to scare off newcomers. “You can’t fight gentrification,” Pan says. “The only thing you can do is invest in it before it’s too late.” As far as future plans for Pet Shop, they plan on having occasional live music, but not frequently enough to drive away those that know it as a bar. In the fall, they’ll be opening up the basement as an organic wine bar, with wine importer Chris Leo serving as sommelier. And eventually, they ultimately envision Pet Shop Records, a label to put out releases from local bands. As befitting their name, they also plan on getting involved with animal rescue groups and possibly donating proceeds from drink specials to them. The only downside? Despite the name, no pets are allowed.

Fulop clarifies stance on casino expansion after TV ad
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on August 05, 2016 at 7:02 AM, updated August 05, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is clarifying his stance on expanding casino gaming into north Jersey in response to a new television spot from a Bloomfield-based ironworkers union that blasts Fulop for seeming to waffle on the issue.

Fulop told The Jersey Journal Wednesday he supports expanding casinos outside of Atlantic City but is opposed to opening a gaming facility in Jersey City. Previous comments from Fulop that indicated he may oppose casino expansion entirely were "taken out of context," he said.

"My vote has always been in support," Fulop said. "Expanding beyond the borders of Atlantic City can be a good thing for the state of New Jersey ... people in Jersey City are really not in favor."

The new ad, from Iron Workers Local 11, urges viewers to call Fulop to get him on the casino bandwagon. It is one of at least two pro-expansion ads that began airing in New Jersey this week.

The anti-Fulop ad is a likely preview of the next gubernatorial race: state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, an ex-ironworker, is expected to compete with Fulop for the Democratic nod for governor in 2017.

A ballot question in November will ask voters whether the state constitution should be amended to allow two casinos outside Atlantic City. Supporters say the casinos would create jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to help save Atlantic City. Read more

Via Jersey Digs:

Hoboken Hotspot to Replace Rainbow on Newark Avenue
By Darrell Simmons - August 5, 2016

After hearing rumors for awhile, we finally have confirmation. It looks like the Rainbow clothing store at 145 Newark Avenue will be closing. The space won’t remain vacant for long, though, as the proprietors of Hoboken hotspot 1 Republik will be taking over the space.

A corporation going by the name 145 Restaurant Inc won approval to transfer a liquor license to the location. According to records, the new establishment will be doing business as 1 Republik/26 Below. It’s possible they are opening a new concept called 26 Below instead of another 1 Republik outpost.

1 Republik currently has two locations, one in Hoboken and the other in North Arlington. The popular sports bar is a well-known destination for sporting events. They serve gastropub style food and have a wide selection of craft beers. Read more

Restaurants & Bars / Re: Pet Shop Bar
« on: 08-05-2016, 09:51am »
Can I bring my dog?

Annual Italian festival returning to Downtown Jersey City for 113th year
By Nicholas Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal
on August 01, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Holy Rosary Church's La Festa Italiana is returning to the historic streets of Downtown Jersey City for the 113th time with five nights of music, dancing, food and fun for people of all ages.

La Festa Italiana honors the veneration of Maria SS. Dell'Assunta and St. Rocco and offers the downtown community the opportunity to party "Old World Italian-Style."

It all gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m., and runs through Sunday, Aug. 14, on Sixth and Brunswick streets.

La Festa Italiana runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The festivities conclude Sunday at 11 p.m. with the annual "Super 50/50 Raffle" drawing. Last year's ticket-holder won over $10,200.

This year's fair features live bands, fun activities for the kids, souvenir vendors and food made by Holy Rosary Church parishioners like hot zeppoles, limoncello and rice balls. Read more

Jersey City residents irked over parking spots lost to Citi Bike stations
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on August 03, 2016 at 7:02 AM, updated August 03, 2016 at 7:47 AM

Bike enthusiasts are happy about the recent Citi Bike Jersey City expansion, but not everyone is thrilled about losing parking spaces for their cars.

A group of residents who live on and around Astor Place managed to delay installation of a Citi Bike station on nearby Park Street over parking concerns, while residents who live around the Danforth Avenue light rail stop are pressing the city to relocate the bike station installed there.

"They took the parking from us," said Regina Johnson Green, of Princeton Avenue.
Her husband, Ralph, said Citi Bike gave residents no notice before installing the bike station, which houses about a dozen bikes and takes up two car lengths at Princeton and Danforth avenues. The station is one of 15 new stations planned as part of the Citi Bike expansion.

The Greens' neighborhood is a collection of mostly two-story, one-family homes, many with curb cuts so homeowners can park directly in front of their homes. The couple say residents often compete for parking spots with light rail riders who arrive early in the morning and park their cars on Princeton Avenue all day.

Citi Bike Jersey City launched in September with 35 stations and 350 bikes citywide. The recent expansion added 150 new bikes to the fleet.

Complaints about the bike-share stations replacing parking spots aren't new: residents criticized the loss of parking spaces when the system debuted last year.

Some of Jersey City's stations, like the one in front of City Hall, are located on wide sidewalks.

In a statement, cyclist group Bike JC said installing bike stations in the street "makes sense" in places where sidewalks are too narrow to accommodate them.

"Even after their recent expansion, Citi Bike JC docks have replaced an extremely tiny percentage of the city's legal car parking spaces. And they've created 'parking' for more vehicles — vehicles that are far safer, cleaner and greener," the statement reads. Read more


Development on Former Puccini’s Site Gains Approval
By Chris Fry - July 27, 20161

Jersey City’s west side has another approved development in the works, one that will replace both a beloved local restaurant and a relic of the city’s industrial age with new construction for the 21st century.

Last week, the city’s Planning Board approved a proposal for the former Puccini’s restaurant and a few surrounding lots. The Italian eatery, a favorite of politicos and locals alike, closed after 31 years in business back in 2015 after the property was sold to New York-based Amerestate Holdings.

The group, which purchased the property for $19.5 million, submitted applications to the city’s Planning Board through Broadway West Holdings LLC and actually gained two different approvals at last Tuesday’s meeting. First, the board approved the group’s plan to combine six lots at 1072 and 1075 West Side Avenue into one large lot, which essentially consolidates Puccini’s old building, a vacant former textile factory, one small apartment building and a parking lot.

The second application that gained approval spells out Amerestate’s plans for the property. The group was granted permission to build 3 new mixed-use buildings at the site. After razing the site while preserving the one existing mixed-use building, the new structures will range from 3 to 8 stories and include 25,452 square feet of retail.

The plans, drawn up by Matawan, N.J.-based Chester, Ploussas and Lisowsky Partnership, will include 486 residential units and 384 parking spaces. The plans do require a few setback and parking variances, but they don’t go above the currently allowable height restrictions for the area. The new apartments will technically be in the city’s Marion section about a 10 to 15-minute walk the Journal Square PATH station, although the Port Authority’s PATH tracks run directly behind the current buildings. Read more

Jersey City Loew's groups wins court victory over stripped grant funding
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on July 27, 2016 at 12:20 PM, updated July 27, 2016 at 7:45 PM

JERSEY CITY — Chalk up another win for the Friends of the Loew's.

The nonprofit that manages the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in Journal Square won a victory in court last week after suing Hudson County freeholders over roughly $300,000 in grant funding that was stripped from FOL by the freeholder board last year.

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey R. Jablonski on Friday reversed the freeholders' August 2015 decision to repurpose the grant money, first awarded back in 2005, from the Loew's to Berry Lane Park, the massive city park that opened along Garfield Avenue last month. The judge ordered the grant money reinstated to FOL and Jersey City.

"We were vindicated," said Roberta Tarkan, FOL's attorney.

A spokesman for the freeholders did not return a request for comment.

Jablonski's decision represents the second time FOL has won a court victory over Mayor Steve Fulop's administration, which pushed the freeholders last August to strip the grant funding from FOL. In May 2015, FOL won a separate court case that gives the nonprofit the right to manage the city-owned theater until February 2020, effectively killing Fulop's plan of having concert promoter AEG Live take over management duties.

Tarkan said she believes Fulop's subsequent push to strip the $300,000 grant from FOL was retaliation for losing that case. Read more

Restaurants & Bars / Pet Shop Bar
« on: 07-26-2016, 11:33am »
Pet Shop Bar
193 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
Instagram: petshopjc

Neighborhood bar serving booze, food, and tunes

Dining / Re: the race to open
« on: 07-26-2016, 11:26am »

Restaurants & Bars / Re: Golden Grille - CLOSED
« on: 07-26-2016, 11:16am »


Jersey City aims for inner city rebirth with City Hall annex plan
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on July 19, 2016 at 6:38 PM, updated July 19, 2016 at 8:13 PM

JERSEY CITY — Edwin Davis moved to Orient Avenue from Manhattan about a year ago and felt some initial trepidation about the area.

Located near the Hub shopping center on Martin Luther King Drive, the neighborhood struggles with poverty, unemployment and crime. Residents nicknamed the local McDonald's "Smackdonald's" because of drug addicts they see congregating there in the early-morning hours.

But Davis, 57, who was steered to the area by a real-estate broker, said he's "happy to be here." He's even more excited now that the city plans to open a new municipal building in the Hub plaza.

"This gives me hope that this will be a really interesting area and I'm here at the beginning of it," he said.

Davis was one of about three dozen residents and public officials who attended this afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony for the $20 million new municipal building, a City Hall annex that will house about 300 workers when it opens in February 2018.

City officials said the annex will remake the troubled Martin Luther King Drive strip it will call home by attracting commercial and real-estate development. Ward F Councilwoman Diane Coleman said the annex will be the "cornerstone" of the economic revitalization of the area.

"I knew this avenue when Miles Shoe Store and Adorable Teens was here and I look at it now and it saddens my heart to see what has happened over the years," Coleman said.

Mayor Steve Fulop said the building will be "nothing short of transformational" for the city's Ward F, which includes a swath of the struggling inner city.

"This will be the largest single investment in Ward F's history," Fulop said. "It will lead to coffee shops and pizzerias and economic activity throughout this area, which benefits everybody. Today is a really significant day not only for Ward F but for all of Jersey City." Read more

News / Re: Buttocks News and Information Thread
« on: 07-14-2016, 01:15pm »
Jersey City boy shot in buttocks
By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal
on July 10, 2016 at 4:56 PM, updated July 11, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Jersey City police are investigating the shooting of a 17-year-old boy late last night in Greenville. The Long Street boy was shot once in the buttocks around 11:30 p.m. at Winfield and Ocean avenues, Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.

The boy was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health for treatment of the non-life-threatening wound, Morrill said. The spokeswoman said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Jersey City council OKs 30-year tax breaks for $100M college campus project
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on July 13, 2016 at 1:10 PM, updated July 13, 2016 at 3:22 PM

JERSEY CITY — A nearly $100 million project that will help transform a largely vacant area on the New Jersey City University campus will receive a 30-year tax break after a unanimous vote by the City Council today.

The city will also issue $16 million in bonds to pay for infrastructure improvements to the area, located west of West Side Avenue just south of Carbon Place. The project includes two five-story mixed use buildings, with a total of 330 market-rate residential units and 21,520 square feet of commercial/retail space.

The council voted unanimously to approve a 30-year tax break for each building. The bonds were approved 7-1, with Councilman Michael Yun voting no. Councilwoman Diane Coleman was absent.
"This is exciting," NJCU President Sue Henderson said after the votes. "It will do a lot for the West Side."

The $97.7 million development is part of a roughly $400 million expansion of the NJCU campus that includes a new dorm, a grocery store, academic buildings, a gym, a pedestrian plaza and more. Henderson has said the mission is to create a "university village" benefiting the community and the public university.

The two buildings that were the focus of today's two-hour council hearing are closest to the existing neighborhood, Henderson noted.

"They will have more of the little shops, so you might well see a Panera Bread, a Subway, that I think will do a lot for the community," she said.


The abatements were criticized by two frequent administration critics, including West Side resident Daniel Sicardi, who called the deals "a piece of crap."

Sicardi's comment led to a mild scolding from Lavarro, who said, "Dan, I'm going to have to ask you to check your language."

"It is a piece of bovine fecal matter," Sicardi responded. "Is that better?"  Read more

Fulop's proposed ban on outside campaign cash raises eyebrows ???
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on July 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM, updated July 14, 2016 at 7:18 AM

JERSEY CITY — Since last July, Mayor Steve Fulop has reported receiving $343,120 in donations to his 2017 reelection campaign fund from donors across New Jersey and beyond.

A Paramus makeup artist donated $350 in February. An Annandale man gave $500 in November. The political action committee for the Seafarers International Union — based in Suitland, Maryland, about eight miles east of the nation's capital — contributed $1,000 in September.

One locale Fulop doesn't report collecting donations from often is the city he governs and calls home. Of the 314 donations listed in his last three quarterly campaign reports, 242, or 77 percent, were from people who live outside of Jersey City. Eight of those were from donors who reported working in Jersey City.

Fulop's reliance on out-of-town donations is not unprecedented, but it is raising eyebrows among his critics now that he has proposed banning outside donors entirely. Last week Fulop emailed Ward D Councilman Michael Yun and said he wants to add the ban to a package of bills Yun has proposed to close loopholes in the city's pay-to-play restrictions.

"It was mentioned that several people have made a priority of fundraising from people that don't live, or work, or have any ties to Jersey City," Fulop said in his email. "So that was an additional layer of protection as it begged the question why would someone with no interest in (Jersey City would) be donating huge money."

Allies of Yun, a frequent Fulop critic, believe Fulop's comment was a barb masquerading as a helpful suggestion. The councilman, first elected in 2013, also collects heavily from outside donors: his most recent campaign finance report shows 70 donations, 16 of which are from people who live or work in Jersey City. Last month he held a fundraiser in Fort Lee to raise money for a possible mayoral bid in 2017.

Yun said today he will not back Fulop's plan.

"It's unconstitutional so I cannot support it," Yun said. Read more


Rendering Credit: Studio V Architecture

Whole Foods Update: New Details on the Proposed Metropolis Towers Project
By Darrell Simmons
July 12, 2016

When the Whole Foods announcement was made, information on the project was scarce. Other than a general idea of its location, nothing further was released. Last night, the architect and attorney representing the project presented the proposed site plan to the Harsimus Cove Neighborhood Association and Van Vorst Park Association.

A representative from Studio V Architecture started the presentation with a brief history of the site. Prior to the site’s current incarnation, Newark Avenue extended beyond Marin Blvd and cut diagonally through where Metropolis Towers sit today. For much of its existence, the area was an active retail corridor bustling with small shops much like Newark Avenue a few blocks west. In the 1950-60’s a new urban renewal trend became popular that involved creating superblocks, where planners compiled multiple city blocks, removed the intersecting streets, and created a large continuous block. Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan is a prime example of superblocks.

That’s precisely what happened on the Metropolis Towers site. Streets were removed to create a superblock with two housing towers and a large surface parking lot. According to various reports, Metropolis Towers was the first urban renewal project in the US.

Now, the needs of the city and residents have changed and it’s time for a new urban renewal project for the site.

There are two existing co-op residential towers on the site that will remain. It’s actually the owners of these co-op units developing the project. Read more

Judge tosses lawsuit focused on parking tickets outside Jersey City Italian deli
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on July 11, 2016 at 3:07 PM, updated July 11, 2016 at 3:42 PM

JERSEY CITY — A Hudson County Superior Court judge has tossed a lawsuit filed two years ago by a Jersey City cop who had alleged political retaliation over motor-vehicle summonses he issued outside a deli popular with city workers and local politicos.

Judge Joseph Turula found that plaintiff Officer Khareem Miller's superiors did not violate the law by telling him not to selectively enforce parking rules outside Carmine's Italian Deli on Mallory Avenue, that Miller's refusal to obey did not constitute whistle-blowing activity and that there is no evidence police brass retaliated against Miller by transferring him to a different police precinct.

Miller "cannot establish that any retaliatory action was taken against him in the form of adverse employment action," Turula said, adding that Miller's transfer "did not affect plaintiff's rank, title, pay or his benefits."

Turula's June 23 ruling, obtained today by The Jersey Journal, puts an end to another one of a series of lawsuits that targeted former police chief Robert Cowan, who was a defendant in this suit along with the city, the police department and three other police officials, including one of Cowan's brothers, Capt. Mark Cowan.

A judge in February dismissed charges against Robert Cowan in a separate lawsuit alleging political retaliation (a jury in May decided in favor of the remaining defendants in that case). A third suit filed against the city and Cowan that claimed Cowan transferred cops to punish them ended in a settlement in April 2015.

When Mayor Steve Fulop demoted Cowan from the rank of chief in July 2014, the city said the move was inspired in part by Fulop's "growing concern over the number of lawsuits alleging retaliation by Chief Cowan."

Requests for comment from Miller's attorney and city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill were not immediately returned. Cowan told The Jersey Journal he believes Miller is a "hard working and competent officer.

"During the discovery process required for litigation it was evident that certain elements within the police department who had been resisting the change I had been implementing were ultimately responsible for encouraging the filing of this civil action as well as other frivolous actions," Cowan said.

Miller, a 13-year veteran of the police force, claimed in the lawsuit that the Cowans and others told him repeatedly not to issue summonses to motorists double parked outside the popular West Side deli. At one time, Robert Cowan told Miller that he couldn't write tickets while "the mayor is inside" the deli, Miller's lawsuit alleged.

But, according to Turula's ruling, Miller "admitted at his deposition that he did not get instructions to never issue tickets out of Carmine's by" Cowan. Read more

Matsikoudis Accelerating Groundwork for JC Mayoral Run
By Max Pizarro | 07/05/16 2:59pm

Bill Matsikoudis, the former corporation counsel for Jersey City during the Jerry Healy years, is poised to run for mayor of Jersey City in 2017.

Actively raising money, Matsikoudis – founding partner of Matsikoudis and Fanciullo, a law firm specializing in Environmental Litigation and Urban Redevelopment – opened a bank account in recent days and is in the process of filing with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Sources say Matsikoudis plans a more robust campaign kickoff in the fall.

A frequent and regular vocal critic of the administration of Mayor Steven Fulop, Matsikoudis has worked in the public eye to combat a Fulop-led effort to change the election schedule in Jersey City, and has also sought to put his fingerprints on modifying local pay to play rules.

Having worked in the Healy Administration, Matsikoudis and his allies going forward hope to be able to burnish connective tissue to the old born and raised firehouse crowd in New Jersey’s most populous city, while simultaneously chewing into Fulop’s yuppie/hipster base.

A source close to the developing story said Matsikoudis is prepared to take on any adversary next year, including Fulop, if the mayor’s gubernatorial bid runs aground and Fulop ends up pursuing reelection instead of in a statewide general election.

Other candidates who could run for mayor in 2017 include Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), Senator Sandy Cunningham (D-31), Freeholder Bill O’Dea, and Council President Rolando Lavarro.


30-year tax breaks on tap for $100M Jersey City college campus project
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on June 27, 2016 at 4:07 PM, updated June 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM

JERSEY CITY — A nearly $100 million project to build two five-story residential buildings on the New Jersey City University campus is slated to receive two 30-year tax breaks plus $16 million in city-issued bonds.

University Place, which is slated for a stretch of the university's western campus just south of Carbon Place, is designed to house 330 total residential units, 21,520 square feet of commercial/retail space and 344 parking spaces.

The $97.7 million development is part of a $350 million expansion of the NJCU campus that includes a new dorm, a grocery store, a gym and more. NJCU President Sue Henderson said last year she hopes the expansion will create a "university village."

The abatement would allow developers Claremont Companies to pay a set fee in lieu of conventional taxes, with the fee rising incrementally over 30 years. The city is expected to receive about $1 million in revenue total from both towers in the first years of their abatements. The land is currently tax exempt.

"This is a project on the West Side of Jersey City away from downtown and in an area that has never before seen this type of development," city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said. "This will be transformative for the area. Our goal is to attract investment away from the waterfront and this is consistent with that goal. Read more

100 Jersey City Drivers Blow Through Stop Sign in 90 Minutes, Video Shows
By Jen Maxfield
NBC 4 New York

When a stop sign wasn't enough to get drivers to slow down on a Jersey City street, one resident set up a camera and used a bit of online shaming to get officials to take notice.

Sean Popke, a former news photographer, started recording drivers blowing past a stop sign in a family-filled neighborhood at the corner of Jersey Avenue and York Street.

"I let it roll for an hour and a half, and when I got back, I started counting all the cars and I counted 100-plus in 90 minutes," he told NBC 4 New York Monday. The edited video posted online even shows a Jersey City police officer and a transit bus speeding through the stop sign.

Popke shared the video on YouTube and Facebook. It was met with swift action by officials in Jersey City.

"If you document something and show people the breadth of the problem, they will take action," he said.

Just two days after the video was posted, Jersey City Public Works trimmed the trees around the stop signs, moved one sign to a more visible location and added a stop-ahead sign.

Jersey City police were also taking action Monday: One officer was posted at the intersection and spent hours pulling over drivers and ticketing them for running the stop sign. Police are hoping the stepped-up enforcement improves safety at the intersection.

General / Timeline revealed for Jersey City reval
« on: 06-23-2016, 11:26am »
Timeline revealed for Jersey City reval
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on June 20, 2016 at 12:33 PM, updated June 20, 2016 at 1:36 PM

A new document reveals the timeline for the upcoming Jersey City property revaluation, which state officials have ordered must be complete by November 2017.

The city told the state in a compliance plan submitted last month that it intends to award a contract to an appraisal firm in July, begin the reval in earnest with home inspections starting as early as September and have notices of new values sent to taxpayers by Nov. 13, 2017. The new assessed values are required to be applied in January 2018.

The revaluation, ordered by the state in April, will square each property's assessed value with its true value. Assessments are used to calculate property taxes, but if a home's value has changed, the owner could be paying too much or too little.

Since Jersey City's last reval was in 1988, its ratio of assessed to true value is just 27.63 percent. State officials say any ratio below 85 percent violates state statutes regarding fair taxation.

A group of city pastors have alleged that the long-stalled reval is disproportionately affecting Jersey City's poorer and minority communities to the benefit of wealthier residents Downtown, where home values have risen dramatically in the last three decades.

Mayor Steve Fulop, a Democrat, has called the state's reval order "Trenton politics at work" — Gov. Chris Christie  is a Republican — a charge that rankled state officials who note that they also ordered GOP-led towns Dunellen, Westfield and South River to conduct revals.

The city missed an initial deadline to submit a compliance plan to the state, leading the state to declare it in violation of its April 4 order to reassess all its properties. The plan obtained today by The Jersey Journal was submitted on May 26. A request on June 9 to receive a copy from the city was not returned. The report was obtained from the state pursuant to a public-records request.


Here is the full proposed timeline for the reval:

Movies & Television / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: 06-13-2016, 09:12am »
I think those guys who killed Al Swearengen and his peacenik cult weren't with the Brotherhood Without Banners. Mark me!

Ha! I was half-right!

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