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That big Parking lot right next to the bowling alley and the ice rink, in between Midtown Bridge St and Salem Street Extended, how does it work?
There are non-functioning meters, but there are also signs that say "Parking for reserved monthly leasing" or something like that. Can I just park there whenever for however long I want, or what? Is every space there rented/leased out, or just the rows with the signs, because not every row has that sign.
What's the deal?

While we're at it, there's a sign around the sections of one of the brooks near the retro fitness and other places that abut that brook that says "Historic fill, shallow soils contain organic contaminants". What the hell does that mean? I'm assuming that's a notice to people excavating (contractors doing work for the town or anyone) that the area is so old that while digging you may dig up bones, even human bones, but it's centuries old and they shouldn't worry if they run into that?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Smoking Ban/Public Parks
« on: April 01, 2014, 02:48:28 PM »
Why is it a smart move to include e-cigs? Have you ever been around somone who smoked them? They make almost no smell and it almost immediately disspiates, and that's indoors.
What public benefit is served by including e-cigs?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: City Smartphone App
« on: July 03, 2013, 12:07:59 AM »
How about traffic? Can I report traffic issues?
The other day there was a lady just stopped on Route 4 West in the middle lane. I had to call 911 to report it, but it wasn't an emergency, and New Jersey doesn't have a 311 as far as I know

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in need of Rehabilitation
« on: January 16, 2013, 12:40:09 AM »
I'll read the articles eventully, but meantime anybody got a summary?
State street from where to where?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Linden Street Construction
« on: January 14, 2013, 06:26:57 PM »
oh, of course not Hackensack, I was talking about the area in general, and it seems to be starting in Hackensack with the Avalon and 29 Linden St. Maybe Hackensack is so middle-class is why I like it so much. All the Hispanic people make for awesome little Hispanic-carribean comfort food restaurants, and the town is still actually walkable (not that the more hoighty-toighty developed places aren't walkable, but Hackensack's old development is even denser than the new planned mixed use stuff)

I'm just worried that our self-appointed overlords want to make EVERY town a yuppy hangout with a minimum of 2 Starbucks'. I don't want that, I can go somewhere else for that (like Edgewater, Hoboken, etc.)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Linden Street Construction
« on: January 14, 2013, 04:43:15 PM »
To each his own.

Figured someone would say that, problem is if one person's "own" is deliberately enforced on an entire area. So far all we've got in the tri-state area is super-gentrification. I remember once seeing some woman in Harlem or somewhere screaming that her low-income neighborhood was being kicked out, now I understand her frustration.

Part of the problem isn't just with the approvals for building, but also taxes and regulations making lower-income/smaller housing less profitable than it naturally would be.

Luckily, ultimately we have COAH in this state.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Linden Street Construction
« on: January 14, 2013, 10:38:53 AM »
Sounds like being spoiled to me. My parents live in Alpine and we lived in Tenafly before that and I never minded my 550 sq ft apt.

and no concern for the existence of housing for those poor struggling families? The poor should all just disappear?

OK, so nobody answered me.

Things I've found out:
Bergen county parks ban alcohol outright. If maybe some municipal parks allow it with a permit, I'm not sure

Somebody responded to my ad on Craigslist saying that Nyack Beach State Park up in Rockland County allows alcohol with permits. I have yet to go to them directly and check.

One place I know of for a bonfire night could possibly be the Closter Nature Center on Ruckman Road. Mark, the nature-bug guy who lives there, lets some regulars use the outdoor fireplace that's there built into the log cabin (which, again, he lives in and houses the nature center). I figure I could ask him one day if I wanted to host a campfire night.
Oh, and there's also the fireplace in the Ruins at the Alpine State lookout hiking area on the Palisades. But that you literally have to hike there, and I don't know if they allow night parking, I htink the park closes at sundown like many other parks.

Just some information should anyone want to host stuff like me...

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Linden Street Construction
« on: January 13, 2013, 03:46:42 PM »
OK, so I finally used a tape measure to meausre my place

about 552 sq ft. of use/general space, that is, the living area plus the hall plus the bedroom

59.5 sq ft kitchen, but that includes the counterspace and stove and fridge

25 squ ft bathroom.

my rent was $900/month the first year. They did bump me up 5% to $945/month this year.

that's $1.41 /sq ft / month of gross space.  $1.63 / sq ft / month if you disclude kitchen and bathroom. This is for a 1-bed 1-bath.

$1600 for 930 sq ft gross space turns out to $1.72 / sq ft / month. I still think it's exorbitant. I don't know who's renting these kinds of "upscale" places but it's silly, and I hope these greedy owners have trouble finding tenants.

The avalon developments, another of which is being built by the River Side Square Mall, have similar exorbitant prices. They boast things like fire pits and a gym or a swimming pool. Yeah, but with that much more money I could rent the usage of those things separately and STILL be ahead with my rent in a more reasonably priced place.

This is really for Bergen county in general. I figured some local yokels could help me.
I want to do Summer grill-outs. Ideally on the solstice, and maybe we play sports to celebrate the long day (since you'll have so much daylight to play sports in).

The only problem is most public parks don't allow you to serve booze, or so I thought! It turns out you CAN serve booze if you have a permit at the Alpine boat Basin, right near my parents house. Anybody else know more about this stuff? Do the Bergen county parks have something similar? Anybody know anything, any details?

Or anybody know a field or something privately owned I can rent for one day/evening?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Linden Street Construction
« on: July 12, 2012, 12:04:47 PM »
I may not be correctly remembering the size of my place. But it's sizeable in my eyes.

the question is.... did they try White Manna?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Linden Street Construction
« on: July 11, 2012, 05:40:17 PM »
OK, so they're leasing now, apparently

go to

Their most affordable unit is 930 sq ft... starting at $1600/Month!

I've heard similar ridiculous prices from other recent developments, like the Avalon at Wood-Ridge. What world are these developers living in?

My place is bigger than that, and I only pay $900/month, and have a parking space. Plus I don't pay water, hot water, or heat or cooking gas, just electric.
Only thing that place has over mine is a dishwasher and a "fitness room", and being very close to a station one station closer to NYC from mine. But I've got a gas stove (better than their electric), and I'm not that far from new bridge landing. And retro fitness is only $20/month, and you can use any of their locations

What the hell justifies a $1600/month price? Are young people my age renting these places? Who falls for this stuff?

lol, I love pics like this. Just random everyday stuff you see that reminds you of something. The other day I took a pic of some balloons floating in the dumpster at my apartment building. I figured you could make an overdramatic metaphor about the human spirit trying to soar no matter how trampled it gets, or something like that. Or I like to imagine that the balloons are trying to get out, and someone closed the lid, and they're like "helloooo...? We're trying to fly here. Why you closing the lid?"

what is it? Is there really a cave somewhere there?

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