Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don't worry about my destiny.  -- Carl Sandburg

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thinkin' mon thinkin', on a windy Spring morning

The kind of morning Johnny remembers sitting in school back when the earth was in black and white and only wanting to get out of school to play baseball. Whether it be in an organized community or travel league, or just using tennis balls at the neighborhood ballpark. This too got Johnny to thinking as he was almost run down by an overeager cement truck driver (Johnny invited the gentleman down from his seat but the gentleman wisely declined) today, if we have all this goddamned land to throw at greedy promise breaking developers we have enough land for a minor league baseball park.

They have a great field in Newark, Johnny's been to a few ballgames there. What a waste of a gorgeous stadium. If smart people who love baseball or want another jewel in Jersey City's growing crown we can do this. We don't need any more 38 story rental buildings. Please. Seriously. No more. A ballyard is so doable. It doesn't have to be AAA ball, it could be a lower league. Just somewhere Jersey City can come together on a warm summer night and enjoy something together on a big scale. We don't have that. Raise your hands if you've been to a game at the Yanitelli Center or even know what that is. That'd be a very small sampling is our guess. Baseball with a view or baseball in a warehouse area with trains rumbling by would be grand.

Any takers out there ward councilmembers to have a minor league stadium in your neighborhood? Good family fun, a nice place to take the kids, inexpensive fun right here in JC? You know builders would say rabble rabble 10,000 jobs but Johnny's gonna tell the truth and say rabble rabble a couple hundred jobs for a while.

Location? We'll throw it open to you readers, where would you put something that would need the equivalent of say four city blocks? We're guessing downtown is out if for no other reason than sea level. What say you citizens? Would you like a minor league ballpark? Where might we put it?

Things to ponder on a windy Spring morning.

Sometimes Jersey City tries too hard to be NYC

The new administration and the city council (filled with yes men and women for the mayor) have decided that they too want to lose large chunks of money on a failed bike-share program just like NYC has with the abject failure there of the "Citibike" program.

The Jersey City Council is set to approve a new bike-share plan at tonight's council meeting:

If the contract is approved by the council at its bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, the next phase for the bike-share program will be to determine where to place dozens of docking stations around the city.

Hear Johnny now and believe him later, this is failure on a large scale coming your way with your tax money. People here already have bikes. The ones that get on say the PATH aren't going to ride a bike from the Grove St. PATH station to the Harsimus Cove light rail stop.

What does NYC's experiment with bike-share teach us here in Jersey City?

As The News reported Monday, the company operating the Citi Bikes, Bike Share NYC, has repeatedly failed to meet several monthly performance standards in its contract with the city.

And The Wall Street Journal reported that the program was losing money and was seeking to raise tens of millions of dollars to stay in business.

Well maybe the NYC experiment didn't teach Steve Fulop and city council a damned thing. They are so desperate to be NYC they are planning on making the same mistakes they do. Dropping off unwanted bike share racks all over town, maybe one next to where you live, whether you want one or not.

On a completely personal note to the city, plant one of these NJ Bikeshare LLC racks near Johnny's house and he and his neighbors will turn it into a block party bonfire.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Earth Day and you know what that means; The Hoboken Earth Day Tire Fire and BBQ!

Residents all over Hoboken are putting on their Tuesday best clothes and heading on down to Sinatra Drive for the annual Earth Day Tire Fire and BBQ!

The Hoboken FD has been collecting tires from the Hudson River all year for this year's Tire Fire theme: "Rubber in the River". Over 1000 tires will be lit as residents and visitors sing with special emcee Sooty the Clown to the Deep Purple classic, 'Smoke on the Water'. A spokesperson for the Hoboken Fire Department tells the Jersey City Desk this year's fire should set the record and burn past the June 5th record.

Other events are planned of course today all over Hoboken including a burning tire roll down First St., The Hoboken Conservatory of Science will have a special booth set up for kids called "So you wanna light your first tire..." full of tips on safe ways to handle gasoline and matches. The Cake Boss will deliver a special cake in the shape of burning smoking tires to Mayor Dawn Zimmer before the annual pushing of the burning tire pyres out into the Hudson River.

So come on out to FuHo today, bring the kids and tell the neighbors as this wonderful piece of Americana steps off once again. Free admission if you bring a tire.

File photo from 2009 Hoboken Tire Fire and BBQ©

Monday, April 21, 2014

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I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio.
-- Gerald R. Ford

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Johnny declares Spring open for business!

So let's get out there and enjoy it friends!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Jersey CIty!

Enjoy your day, it's a beautiful one so those pictures of the kids in their 'Easter Best' will look even better than say a rainstorm. Back with you tonight. Save some ham for Johnny.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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“Come with me into the woods where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.” 
 --  Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

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