Thursday, May 5, 2016

Late night open thread

Clothes are dry.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Little things often paint a bigger picture

As all our Jersey City Desk readers know, Johnny is not shy at making predictions. If you'll go back and look at his record, sure he'll be the first to blow his own horn, he's often times right. Let's put that to the test once again.

Walking his dog down Bay St. towards the Hudson River (Gotta stop and get a to-go-cup of that Intelligentsia coffee at The Warehouse Cafe) for the second time in two weeks he noticed a chunk of concrete has fallen off the Manischewitz building, protected historically by the city and PADNA. While Toll Brothers who own the property are busy trying to possibly de-bug the new Morgan building (The one a Toll VP said he couldn't defend the look of) and driving piles for their phase two portion at Warren and Morgan, while legally required to save the historic remaining front section, they are doing absolutely nothing to protect something they are required to.

So why must they protect the remaining part of the Manischewitz building? It's part of the Phase three portion of their abatement (heavily abated) which requires a giveback to the city in the form of a downtown theatre between their Morgan building and the Manischewitz building. The very fact Toll has done zero to protect or save the front facade tells us all we need to know. You can't go back and save a crumbled building. Johnny thinks therein lies their plan.

They're not going to build that theater, certainly not as planned. Never on the timetable. This is Toll Brothers people, they have a god-awful record of agreeing to something in writing then running back to city planning for variances that fuck over residents and benefit themselves. Sad part is because they are a big developer for decades Bob Cotter and the slack-jawed yokels at City Planning have simply agreed to whatever builders want.

So, we have a company not known for keeping promises already letting a historically protected building crumble before the city's eyes and and city planning department and a city council willing to cover for the sins of the builders.

So here's the prediction if you haven't caught on: Toll will never build the PADNA giveback theater because they'll say the building they were tasked with saving is beyond saving. They'll claim the money isn't there. They'll say it has to wait. They'll claim the cost of saving the building are too much and they'd simply rather pay their builder friends to build something else and "Jersey City Planning" and the Jersey City council will allow this to happen.

Johnny thinks you can make some good book on this prediction at the Atlantic City casinos.

Manischewitz Building--Jersey City Desk file photo

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Late night open thread

If you're going to quit the Presidential race why not pop your wife in the chops a couple times on the way out the door?

Time for Jersey City,  After Dark

Hamilton truly is a once in a generation play

SIXTEEN Tony nominations this morning, and yes, that sets a record. Lin-Manuel Miranda now owns Broadway. More on all the nominations (there were other plays this year surprisingly, many Johnny saw) at Gothamist.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Fight on you Foxes! Incredible 5000-1 shot Leicester City wins the Premier League!

Johnny thinks whether or not you follow soccer or even sports for that matter you can probably appreciate the utterly stunning fact that Leicester City, a preseason 5000-1 shot, won the Barclay's Premier League with room to spare after Chelsea scored a late goal costing Tottenham the points needed to stay in the race. This is what your first Premier division title in 132 years looks and sounds like:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Late night open thread

The Universe may have neither a center nor an edge, because according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, gravity bends all of space time around into an endless curve. Mull that one over trying to fall asleep tonight.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Jersey City, home of dog poop bag flower pots

Just feast your eyes on the uncollected trash in Jersey City as multi-colored dog poop bags and other assorted plastics create a flowerpot looking trash bin. Just gorgeous.

Jersey City, make it yours with dog poop performance art. The city is your canvas.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Late night open thread

Every so often, through all the little problems in life and the bigger miseries, it's nice to sometimes just have something nice you have a connection to go well. A small arena in Marquette Michigan, right on the shores of Lake Superior won this year's Kraft Hockeyville tournament from over 8500 community ice rink applicants. Johnny has played on that ice and been to many many games there while he attended Northern Michigan University, the homestanding team at Lakeview until recently. Marquette High School has won scads of state titles out of Lakeview AND the very first team to play at Lakeview Arena, the Marquette Iron Rangers had 3 players you perhaps became batter acquainted with in the movie Slapshot:

We've got entertainment for the whole family. Congrats Lakeview!

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Hats off to all the Jersey City volunteers last weekend on Earth Day

Last weekend hundreds of volunteers spread out across Cool City and collected (drum roll) 15 TONS of trash from the streets and neighborhoods of Jersey City. Very very impressive and once again Johnny will speak on behalf of all residents when he gives a hale and hearty thank you to all who gave their time.