Thursday, July 24, 2014

Down to the river at once!

Johnny just saw that Jersey City Jazz series has Carolyn Light gracing J. Owen Grundy Pier this afternoon starting at 12 bells and running until 2pm. It's a gorgeous day, there's a delightful breeze and it just feels like jazz by the river today.

Did you know then (most likely you did if Johnny is just seeing this on the Twitter) this jazz series goes on all the way through August. There's a poster and everything, right there.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Late night open thread

Tonight a Jersey City Desk original animated gif. We give you the new tall building going up over the Grove St. PATH station in the thunderstorm.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Brooklyn's surrender to Jersey City yesterday does raise one big question

The Brooklyn Bridge and the new World Trade Center have both now been accessed by base jumpers, teenagers and now pranksters with what sounds to be white spray paint over the USA flags on the Brooklyn Bridge. These are two of we'd guess the top four or five targets that would appeal to real evildoers. In both cases an alert NYPD officer or PA officer could have stopped each attempt at accessing the structures. Billions are spent on homeland security in the tri-state whether it be NYC proper or shipping or flights out of the three major airports. If security or police personnel aren't doing their jobs right then all the money in the world won't keep anyone safe.

Some over-the-top goofballs are trying to claim the white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge is some kind of terrorist act. Kindly remove head from ass. It's a prank. The powers that be are quite lucky all these events have been pranks or just for fun. They're getting a free lesson in how not to protect landmarks.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Instead of wasting your lunchtime break outside, try reading this

Besides it's hot outside. Better off reading inside.

A great report today from The Village Voice about a tip the FBI got in 1950 that Russia had secretly placed an atomic bomb in a consulate in New York City:

In the summer of 1950, an FBI informant whose name we still don't know arrived in Brazil. While he was there, the informant received the following tip, which he relayed to the agency. As the file puts it: "[T]he Soviets have placed an atom bomb in a consulate, the identity of which he did not learn, in New York City to be detonated at such time as the Soviets consider expedient."

Was any of it true? Were the Soviets looking to place a bomb or drop off bomb parts in the middle of the night? What DID the FBI find out? Well friends you'll just have to read that part over lunch.

Toll Brothers does a lot of business in Jersey City

Now, we're not saying they do it well; their workers are slobs and care nothing about the neighborhoods they work in but what we just read about in New York City which Toll are actively defending, well it's just beyond the pale.

Toll Brothers has built projects where they add a few low-income or let's call them "affordable units" to a new building so they can gobble up your tax money they don't need in abatement form (Somebody needs to tell companies like Toll that the world won't end if they stopped building their shitty buildings). Then they $egregate the building. They have and are now openly defending putting in separate entrances for poor people vs. rich people. They don't really want the poor people at all but the poor people are what gets Toll the abatements. They wouldn't piss on the poors if they were on fire but they'll USE them to gain advantage. THAT is Toll Brothers.

What does Toll Brothers think about the criticism over their (and others) $egregation? Here we'll let David Von Spreckelsen, senior spokesmodel for Toll Brothers tell you how they see the poors who will use the "poor doors":

“So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood.”

What an utter and complete piece of shit that David Von Spreckelsen is eh ladies and jellyspoons? What an attitude. But, again, THAT is Toll Brothers through and through. They are a classless company that we as a city should look long and hard at if we want to keep letting them do business here with their antiquated ideals. For now don't buy or rent from Toll Brothers properties. There are plenty of other choices around town that leave you feeling like a human being at the end of a day, not someone on a rope line hoping you can get into where you live because the riches are hanging out.

Has there ever been a better metaphor for what Toll Brothers really does to a neighborhood?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Late night open thread

It's gonna be 88ยบ rock and roll over degrees tomorrow, who wants to go to the beach and have some fun?

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

NYCFC is set to make some huge announcements soon

Now, Johnny's Spanish isn't all that great but he can hack his way through (same with French from all those years listening to Red Wings and Canadiens games on a French radio station -- guess you could say Johnny hacks away at three languages) and it means FC Barcelona would like to have Xavi Hernandez say his goodbyes (and nobody has ever earned more time to say goodbye than Xavi at Barca) and move to, as reported here months ago, to NYCFC where he will join former teammate David Villa and most likely Frank Lampost--er Lampard. These announcements should be coming along in a week's time if not sooner.

Your home for NYCFC news, right here, from time-to-time.

This really is the best blog in this price range isn't it?

Jersey City, we need to talk...

Today our Mayor Steve Fulop wrote an editorial to the Jersey Journal where he espoused a very scary ideology, one we as city residents need to reign back in.

Fulop, and we do not want to misquote him, said "With hindsight, if I could do it over, I would have shared with media the reprehensible action but asked journalists not to report the name of the killer."

Um, the reprehensible action is ALL our business Mayor. Remember us? Yeah we live here too. Ask journalists NOT to report his name? In what world of American press freedoms does THAT happen? In what concentric circle of hell does that take place? This mayor really has a messed up idea of what he's able to do under our constitution. He consistently quotes the Marines as if Jersey City should be run like an offshoot of the Marines:

"As we said in the Marine Corps, we can’t leave anyone behind, and in this case we are missing some people at some level."

No, the city government cannot run like, or be modeled after the Marines. In the same way every four years some candidate with puffed up credentials says they will run Washington D.C. like a business and bring America back, it's not a business. Sorry, American government cannot be run like a business. It's not set up to run like a business. The idea of government is not to make a profit and provide returns to shareholders. No more than a city or large scale government operation can't be a business it also cannot be run like a branch of the armed services. It just doesn't work that way.

As for the comments that he'd tell the media not to give a killer his or her 'due" Johnny thinks that 99% of the people here know the killer is getting no "due" at all but shame upon he and his family. Try having a little faith on our city mayor, it's one thing you have done an awful job of. We don't need nanny-mayor, we're big people. Deal with it.

On a side note your little dig in your editorial towards demoted Police Chief Cowan (to damaged morale in the police department,) was petty. You've said this time and again. Not the kind of thing that belongs in a "let's go forward as a city" letter.

We simply do not want or cannot have Steve Fulop thinking he can decide (or have any part in) which names get released. It's not his job, it will never BE his job. We have an independent press for a reason and we're quite shocked our current mayor doesn't seem to recognize it.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Late night open thread

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Time for Jersey City, After Dark