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2005-04-04 01:36:12 PM
Actually, the wet-dog smell is preferable to what Jersey usually smells like, which is raw sewage.
 
2005-04-04 01:36:26 PM
This makes me glad I live in Fort Lee.

Wait! Fort Lee's in New Jersey?? *checks his drivers' license*

D'oh!

(subtext: Not ALL of NJ is bad, touchholes.)

/waits for the references to Rosanne Rosanadana
 
2005-04-04 01:39:47 PM
I literally have a man made lake behind my building now though, its pretty funny. They were digging out the foundation for a new highrise, and it completely flooded. This morning I watched as the contractors showed up to a 4 foot deep x 1 city block square pool.
 
2005-04-04 01:43:08 PM
"It was like someone was taking a squeegee and just pushing the water forward," said Bertram King, 20, one of about 15 people evacuated from a homeless shelter in Easton.

Did anyone else find some irony in this statement?
 
2005-04-04 01:44:24 PM
Line Noise I'm guessing you live in that converted swamp that the rest of us call Hoboken?
 
2005-04-04 01:46:32 PM
Hahahahaah. 'cause NJ stinks. I get it, submitter.
 
2005-04-04 01:51:13 PM
H31N0US:

Line Noise I'm guessing you live in that converted swamp that the rest of us call Hoboken?

I'm guessing over by Monroe & 9th?
 
2005-04-04 01:52:49 PM
hey_suburbia and Creekdipper,

Can't tell if you guys are slamming or what BUT, Creekdipper, try crossing from NJ into PA at the Calhoun Street Bridge and watch how NJ drivers cut off everyone else, try jumping ahead or bumber ride to get access to the bridge so they can buy smokes cheaper in PA and then notice the PA drivers respecting the whole "Alternating Merge" concept for a smooth traffic flow. THAT is how I have come to appreciate PA drivers. Granted, the SCHMUCKS from PHILLY on I-95 are a whole different story. Those asshats are worse then enduro racers on a mud track.

As for comparing one state to another, I am comparing REGIONS I am familiar with. Bucks County (Eastern) with most of new Jersey from Ocean County to the west and then North. Unless you wanna live in a shiat-box row house in trenton or a trailer in spotswood, there is nothing reasonable with affordable taxes to be found. And everything else is so far from real jobs as to be a joke.
As for cummuters? Yeah, they all go to Jersey on their way to somewhere else or so the Workers can get into and go home from Jersey.

I live 5 minutes from Trenton and the difference between where I live and the WHOLE if the I-195 corrider is like night and day.
 
2005-04-04 01:53:56 PM
palexc

And all the hoboken farkers come out of the woodwork. You are correct sir. (8th and Jeff)
 
2005-04-04 01:54:07 PM
PresidentPutz:

We started looking to buy a home there about three years ago and watched the prices climb to obscene levels ($450,000.00 for 4 bedrooms and 2 baths if you were within sniffing distance of the ocean) and the taxes on that home would be near 10,000.00 a year.

We should be so lucky!

/that's less than so. cal prices
//in the dirt-poor areas
///you'd crap your pants
////I think I just did
 
2005-04-04 01:55:13 PM
portnoyd
I remember people in boats having to come get us as our basement, street, and driveway was completely flooded.


Mother of God... Your basement flooded? Oh the humanity!

 
2005-04-04 01:55:18 PM
Hey, I used to know some very, very nice drug dealers in Hoboken.
 
2005-04-04 01:56:07 PM
route 23 is still flooded in passaic county, which means it's gonna take me an extra friggin hour to get to work... DAMN RAIN.
 
2005-04-04 01:57:25 PM
Diogenes
This ought to wipe out Bound Brook and Middlesex for good.

Don't be hatin' on Middlesex. I spent my callous youth--

WTF am I saying? By all means, go ahead.

/MHS grad
 
2005-04-04 01:58:11 PM
palexc:

H31N0US:

Line Noise I'm guessing you live in that converted swamp that the rest of us call Hoboken?

I'm guessing over by Monroe & 9th?



Or over on Hudson / Sinatra where they're doing the new "Maxwell Place Unattainable Luxury Townhouses". Ok I added the unattainable part. Line Noise has a good point about the sewers. The corners of 2nd and Hudson, 11th and Hudson can knock you off your feet on an especially pungent day.
 
2005-04-04 02:01:03 PM
ebmedia,

That is why I left San Pedro, CA 19 years ago and haven't looked back.

I loved that I grew up there but once I had to start looking for my own home and future, it became obvious even then that it was both expensive and, based on the riots, crime stats and such, dangerous.
 
2005-04-04 02:02:23 PM
PresidentPutz

I have a buddy that bought a decent house in Hamilton for a pretty reasonable price, and I myself lived in Plainsboro for a year. The night an day thing is what really turned me off to it. If I wanted to do anything, buy a quart of milk, go to a bar for a few drinks, etc, it required me getting in my car and driving 10-15 minutes to do it. Traffic down there blew just as much as it does up here, and the other general costs of living are about the same.

To each his own though.
 
2005-04-04 02:04:05 PM
PresidentPutz: new Jersey from Ocean County to the west and then North

South Jersey is more reasonably priced than North Jersey, another case for two separate states if you ask me. As for the PA driver thing, a few summers ago I worked at a place that required me to drive down 55 to and from work which is what every single PA driver going to the shore apparently takes. This experience (and driving on the Schukyll) is what has given me my opinion of them. People who get in the passing lane and refuse to move out of it drive me crazy and more often than not it was PA drivers doing that.

All this being said, do I plan on moving back to Jersey? Probably not. Philly and the PA suburbs appeal to me more.

Oh yeah and we go to Delaware for tax-free cigs not PA.
 
2005-04-04 02:04:26 PM
Palexc

Come on, the townhouses at Maxwell Place will probably start at like 500k for a studio, thats totally affordable. With 20% down its only 2600/month.

(9th & hudson, only smells are from the wanna-be frat house across the street)
 
2005-04-04 02:05:59 PM
I agree with the comparing parts of New Jersey to the whole, it just can't be done. I live down in Monmouth county near the beach. I am quite sure %99 of the farkers on here would just about kill their parents to live down here. I went to school in PA and when I brought people out here, they were very surprised how beautiful of an area it is.
 
2005-04-04 02:10:55 PM
Well, I am a PA convert. Don't regret anything about leaving Jersey (Except the beach being 40 minutes away).

I can't really express how enchanted my wife and I are and how thrilled our kids are.

As for Hamilton, we looked at a few houses in Hamilton and Hamilton Square. Average we saw last year was 325K for 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths and 1400 Sq Ft with a .12 - .15 acre lot between 3 and 7 blocks off of route 33. And getting anywhere from there was a 20 to 25 minute stop and go just to get onto a major highway to anywhere else.

We got .33 acres, 4 bedrooms, family room and woods at the end of our property for 250K and our taxes are 3200.00 a year.
And the school district is fantastic. Pennsbury. Look it up. Besides the great scores, the high school is considered a nationally recognized oddity for several reasons. There is even a book about it and a movie being made ("Wonderland") Seems their prom is a news worthy event every year. My sone graduates from there this year and he is ecstatic since we moved.
 
2005-04-04 02:12:14 PM
koniver: I live down in Monmouth county near the beach.
I've been thinking about Asbury or Long Branch for a long time now...who ever heard of a beachfront ghetto? Somethings got to give.

/Used to live in Howell

 
2005-04-04 02:12:58 PM
koniver,

I lived in Neptune, Ocean Grove and Shark River hills for 19 years. I don't disagree that it is beautiful but it is crap for affordabilit and hell to drive around in the summer. I'd rather visit and have a savings and my sanity than live there with traffic, noise and tax and mortgage expenses that cripple.
 
2005-04-04 02:15:11 PM
New Jersey, the (water) Garden State
 
2005-04-04 02:16:22 PM
LineNoise:

And all the hoboken farkers come out of the woodwork. You are correct sir. (8th and Jeff)


woot. What do I win? (You're a block away from me.)

Why hasn't there ever been a Hoboken Fark party?
 
2005-04-04 02:17:37 PM
H31N0US,

Don't even think about those areas. My father owns a house in long branch and he is dying to sell and get out as the taxes, regulations and city-wide push to "Land-Grab" to build beach front condos has turned it into a price hell.

As for Asbury, it is on the comeback but so far, it is not family friendly as the school are considered some of the worst in the state and it is still rife with drug dealing and violent crime. There is at least a good 10 years before Asbury reaches a point in its recovery where it might be safe but by then , the average home orice will top 650K, easily with most of the available shore homes hitting 500K for condos and 1 million for houses.
 
2005-04-04 02:18:17 PM
PresidentPutz

Jersey drivers are definitely..no..INIFINITELY worse than New Yorkers..but I'd prefer them to Connecticut drivers, who take the cake.

Oh, and you're a putz.

/have a nice day.
 
2005-04-04 02:22:37 PM
EmbodiedHate:

Jersey drivers are definitely..no..INIFINITELY worse than New Yorkers..but I'd prefer them to Connecticut drivers, who take the cake.

I think Jersey drivers are generally agressive and know how to take advantage of those who are less so on the road. I don't think that necessarily makes us bad drivers. We drive fast, we change lanes and we know how to navigate a circle. I'm glad I learned to drive in Jersey.
 
2005-04-04 02:23:07 PM
Anyone know how much the units in the Hudson Tea Building are going for, now that it's going condo?


(7th & Adams)
 
2005-04-04 02:23:27 PM
Thanks Prez, 'preciate the insight. I want a place in Hoboken for the week and one down there for the weekend, and from what you are saying, I might as well plan on bringing a new TV and stereo evey friday night...

Palexc Set one up! I'd prolly go...Willies or Mcmahons B'stone would do nicely...

/7th & Adams
 
2005-04-04 02:31:34 PM
Ya I go to college on the Deleware River and the local town got flooded out...the water levels were at least 5 feet higher than when Ivan hit...so being respectable college students we went down and took pictures. The water levels peaked at 1AM...bet the college is thrilled they decided to purchase land on the flood plane.

http://community.webshots.com/album/313823522GPsSXw

\feel bad for the people who lost everything for a second time in less than a year
 
2005-04-04 02:39:33 PM
PresidentPutz:

I loved that I grew up there but once I had to start looking for my own home and future, it became obvious even then that it was both expensive and, based on the riots, crime stats and such, dangerous.

I just turned 20, and I'm due to head off somewhere else, eventually (still living at home... in no hurry to pay rent). It breaks my heart to know that I can't afford to live here (LA) after I move out.
 
2005-04-04 02:44:27 PM
I remember Easton from my Lafayette College days and quite frankly, a lot of those townies could have used a bath anyway.

The damn Delaware never flooded once when I in college.

Gotta find someone to blame.
 
2005-04-04 02:48:12 PM
palexc:

Anyone know how much the units in the Hudson Tea Building are going for, now that it's going condo?

First I heard it was going condo; google doesn't help. I wonder which agency is doing the listing. That's a cool building, with much better views than mine. Thx for the scoop
 
2005-04-04 02:56:09 PM
koniver: Monmouth is on the New York Bight. That's some pretty polluted water.

After having done the summer thing at the Jersey Shore as a kid (grew up in Hunterdon), I'll take the FL beaches any day.
 
2005-04-04 02:58:25 PM
phartman: With the campus safely at the top of the cliff, I'd say yes -- that town could use a good cleaning of biblical proportions.
 
2005-04-04 03:01:43 PM
phartman: The damn Delaware never flooded once when I in college.

Nah, it just froze a few times. I was at Lehigh from 91-95 and I remember one winter where the barges carrying heating oil got stuck in the river and classes had to be cancelled at Lehigh since they only had enough heating oil for classes or dorms, but not both.
 
2005-04-04 03:39:31 PM
I'd do a hoboken fark party. 2 dollar yeungling on wedesnday nights at goldhawk!
 
2005-04-04 03:43:27 PM
LineNoise: I'd do a hoboken fark party. 2 dollar yeungling on wedesnday nights at goldhawk!

I've heard good things about GH but never been. Sounds good to me
 
2005-04-04 04:00:57 PM
Jersery smells like a wet dog, because it's a biatch
 
2005-04-04 04:09:35 PM
I haven't been through Asbury Park for several years, so I don't know how much it's becoming white again. How is it these days? It was almost totally black from what I can remember.
 
2005-04-04 04:09:50 PM
Wayne is freaking bizzare. They litterally have signs along the road that say "No parking - road floods" and others that tell you not to dump in the creek "The house you flood may be your own".

I don't get why they don't just dredge the damm river out a bit so it doesn't flood every freaking spring and fall.

Oh yeah, closed today by me:

* Rt 202 near Wayne.
* Two Bridges Road
* Rt 23 near poquanockqunack or whatever that place is.
* Random roads in Lincoln Park / Wayne.
* Rt 46 near Wayne.
* NJ transit's Wayne station - the station itself is practically under water and you can't get to it, period.

Oh yeah. Never never NEVER buy property in NJ that's advertised as having 'A river view' unless it's up on a nice hill above the river. I've been going around noting the water level markers and seeing what the minimum elevation I want in a home is. Figure add 10 - 20 at least...

This place is seriously bonkers.

Oh yeah, Wayne / Lincoln Park by the water? Redneck city.
 
2005-04-04 04:16:41 PM
[quote]"It was like someone was taking a squeegee and just pushing the water forward,"[/quote]

This is why them folks get flooded. It's God picking on the morons.

\live in jersey but won't admit it
\\hate jersey and the no talent assclowns here
\\\punching out
 
2005-04-04 05:05:00 PM
Shouldn't it be in a state of submergency?
 
2005-04-04 05:05:02 PM
Asbury is really becoming rainbow. The next affordable Fire Island, especially since the Gay/Lesbian population is A) usually tolerant of racial differences and B) normally not too concerned about the school system.
 
2005-04-04 05:08:11 PM
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9903EED6163CF935A3575BC0A9669C8 B63

Re: Asbury Park

(May require Registration)
 
2005-04-04 05:09:58 PM
BEKIRBY - What year??

I lived in Middlesex and Bound Brook most of my life.
Now moved on to PA. I like the living and cheap taxes, hate the amount of time it takes for me to get to anything like civilization.

//fellow MHS grajuit
 
2005-04-04 05:27:58 PM
tedkerwin:

Asbury is really becoming rainbow. The next affordable Fire Island, especially since the Gay/Lesbian population is A) usually tolerant of racial differences and B) normally not too concerned about the school system.

Interesting. I guess if they don't mind all of the crime all around them, then more power to them.
 
2005-04-04 05:42:23 PM
That sure looks like one biatching waterpark!

 
2005-04-04 06:29:19 PM
Well f*ck, all the roads out of here are backed up or flooded, looks like I'm stuck here.
 
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