drkensaccount t1_jbklkdo wrote

Good point, I was considering the remaining 4 blocks each individual towers, but some inevitably will be double towers (the one currently being built is one tower). Since double towers are usually built sequentially, it'll one after the other so it definitely counts as 2 separate buildings. To be more accurate, it'll be 4 to 8 more towers in TSCFKAMP, plus everything else. Also, I forgot there's one more tower to be built on Marin, next to the (not Jared) Kushner building, so add that to the list. But once all those are built, we won't have to deal with piledrivers. I for one look forward to this time of peace and tranquility.


drkensaccount t1_jbi4k35 wrote

Not just them, We'll be hearing this from Newport to Harborside. But don't worry, there's only 4 more towers to go after this one. And then the 6th Street Pier Buildings, the Avalon tower, the parking lot in front of The Lively, The Evertrust parking lot, the rest of Urby, The tower going up where they have Smorgasburg, and the old 111 1st street site. But, once those are built, you probably won't hear any piledrivers. Unless the city builds that park over the river Soloman's been talking about. Then that should be it.


drkensaccount t1_jbdgkkz wrote

Take the Path to 14th street, go to 62 East St, it's called Union Square Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store. When I showed my ID, the security guy said "Jersey in the house!" and fist bumped me, which was cool. There's also one by Astor Place (Housing Works), but I didn't like it as much.


drkensaccount t1_jatd0az wrote

No high rise. But there will be a small building housing transformers for the PATH that's supposed to "blend into the neighborhood". Once they do that, they're taking down the old transformers in the Powerhouse. Then, they can start refurbishing it. This has been a very long time coming.


drkensaccount t1_jajzmq9 wrote

I was just thinking about where to get a slice of cheesecake in DTJC. The only places I could think of are Shoprite and The Cheesecake Factory. Shoprite barely qualifies as good (but certainly not bad) and there has to be better than Cheesecake Factory (despite them having pretty good cheesecake). I hope somebody here has a better place for you.


drkensaccount t1_ja5gfuo wrote

I had my last dinner from them last night when I learned they were closing. Now, the only place still open in the neighborhood from when I moved in is O'Hara's. I don't miss Chili's that much (although I though they'd rent that space out by now), but I'm going to miss Teppan.


drkensaccount t1_j9q851t wrote

That explains why real estate is so pricey in Nassau County, but it doesn't explain Jersey City, which is a completely different market. The suburbs are full of people who buy a house because of the school district it's in and the low density. There are also lots more people who would buy/rent an apartment in that district (The whole "Slums of Beverly Hills" thing), which is what the NIMBY's out there are trying to stop. Kill the great student/teacher ratio and they're not such nice, suburban schools anymore. Build too many apartment buildings and it's not even the suburbs anymore. That's not such a concern in JC as people move here because of the high density and (obviously) not the school district. If somebody's not building here, it's because they've decided not to for now, they don't have the money, or because the JC gov't doesn't think multi-million dollar town-homes qualify as blight for eminent domain. I suggest bribing them. They're pretty corrupt.

Also, the Citizen's Budget Commission may be "nonpartisan", but that just means it's not affiliated with a particular political party. But, their chair is from SKDK, a media consulting firm that works with Democratic politicians, so not really that non-partisan. Also, their board is primarily made up of people from banks, real estate developers, and construction companies. In other words, people who have a vested financial interest in building more high-rises. So, take everything from them with a grain of salt.


drkensaccount t1_j8p7s57 wrote

The previous owners (Roseland/Mack-Cali) sold off all their commercial property to concentrate on residential and the new owners aren't nearly as community oriented. I guess if they don't have a lot of people working on-site, they don't see the need to have lunch options for them. They forget about (or ignore) all the people who live around here who now work from home and would welcome a bunch of new places to eat.


drkensaccount t1_j6136re wrote

A plethora of rules is to be expected, but I've yet to hear an argument against letting them serve food. Yes, letting patrons bring in food or have it delivered would have been a good compromise, but only if there was any reason to not allow food service in the first place. Does anybody remember the rationalization behind the food service ban in the legalization bill? No homegrow is a terrible idea, but at least there's terrible logic behind it.


drkensaccount t1_j5gtuo6 wrote

My guess is that it's a different twist on the cantilevered floors Toll Brothers used on the other 2 buildings they built. Both of those have a few floors that jut out over the ones below it (a less extreme version of what Mac-Cali did with URBY. If you want better info, there's a rendering of what they're planning at the corner of Provost and Steuben.


drkensaccount t1_j5fvw8o wrote

That charity run dispensary is the closest recreational dispensary to Hudson County. It's a one seat (or at least one ticket) ride on the PATH and a short walk through Greenwich Village.

Downtown FLWR was originally supposed to open in Bell Mar, but decided to move to JC. My guess is they saw the huge vacuum in Hudson County and figured a major PATH hub where nobody else has an annual license would be a better place to be as they'll have the jump on everybody else. They just had to wait for the CRC to give them permission to change their name.

Harmony in Secaucus just got permission to expand to adult use, which will happen when they grow their inventory enough to satisfy the CRC. So, you can get there from JC via a 2 train ride (minimum), plus a 1 mile walk through a scenic industrial park. Had they done this when the rest of the MSOs did it, they'd get a lot of business, but Housing Works in the East Village is a better deal.

The president of NJ-NORML was told to expect a boom of openings in April. We'll see.


drkensaccount t1_j5800qz wrote

The closest weed to me (JC) is in Manhattan and it's run by a charity, Housing Works. Plus, it's cheaper. But there are signs of life. Harmony in Secaucus has been given a license to also sell recreational. It's near the train station, but it's in the middle of an industrial park. I haven't heard anything about their Hoboken location. Also, in Jersey City, Downtown FLWR put up a coming soon sign for their new space at 141 Newark ave, on the pedestrian plaza, close to the PATH. They moved from Bel Mar and are going to fill a big vacuum when they open.