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Monday, October 31, 2005


Time Capsule wants to play a game. Can you figure out where these funky stoops are located?

Sunday, October 30, 2005


Here's further proof that this town's going to the dogs. I'm bummed I missed it, but thankfully TimeBandit was there with his camera:

[via Time Capsule]

Friday, October 28, 2005


Friends of Hamilton Park and Fetch-It Pet Supplies are sponsoring a Halloween Pet Costume & Parade at Hamilton Park tomorrow night. Be there, and don't forget your camera!

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Jersey City Vibe has posted an updated list of registered sex offenders living in JC, following a post I made back in August. More importantly, JCVibe noted:

Do you know any of these people? Check to see if they are fugitive child sex offenders and get a $100,000 reward from Oprah if you provide information that helps capture them. Please go to Oprah’s Child Predator Watch List for the list of fugutives [sic!].



Melt is introducing a new menu item tomorrow (Thursday) night -- the Melt Quesadilla! If previous additions (ie, the Meltburger, the Meltdog, the TunaMelt and the Grilled Veggie Sandwich) are any indication, you can bet that Glenn and co. will once again raise the bar on grilled cheese products.

Starting tomorrow, the Melt Quesadillas will become a daily special with different cheeses and toppings featured daily. Tomorrow's special will feature cheddar, Monterey Jack, habanero cheddar, smoked turkey and roasted red peppers ... but wait! If you mention DoJo Mojo, you will get receive 50% off on Thursday and Friday.

That's right, folks! Mention this special promotional code word and you will receive a discount available only to my special readers [yes, all three of you]. Now, with the 50% savings, I suggest you try their special Mexican chocolate, and tell Glenn to make it extra spicy. Trust me, it's that good. And [coming from an ex-waitress] don't forget to tip your server generously.

Have a happy meltdown!


No, I didn't wear a DoJo shirt, but last night I braved the crappy weather and attended the JCList party at El Camino. I've already met a handful of 'Listers at previous parties, gallery openings, community meetings, and various music/arts events, but the g33k/party girl in me still enjoys meeting new people and matching faces with their usernames. The alcohol is just an added bonus, and last night's party was no exception. Good times!

[Photos courtesy of Time Capsule]

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


My craving for an Ugly American [the sandwich, not the drunken fool harrassing me at Barrow St. Bar] has finally been satiated with not one, or two, but three visits to Melt last week.

For several weeks, I'd been dreaming about warm, melted American cheese with sweet peanut butter, ripe bananas and orange fig jam sandwiched between two pieces of toasted Balthazar pain de mie. Because I had previously violated Melt Rule #982 on page 657, paragraph 3 [some crazy policy about not ordering the same sandwich in an allotted time frame], on my second visit I instead ordered one of their daily specials. It was awesome, but I still prefer the Ugly Am, which is what draws me to Melt time and again. I think I may just stop in again tonight. And dammit, I'm ordering an Ugly American!

Anyway, nothing beats Melt's comfort food this time of the year. If you haven't tried it yet, I suggest you do. And make sure you order their soup du jour and old-fashioned milkshake to wash down your sandwich and fries.

581 Jersey Avenue
ersey City, NJ 07302

Monday, October 17, 2005


The Good: Same sex couples gain city benefit

The Bad: Chromium expert changes tune on pit

The Ugly: Slew of dead birds puzzling

Sunday, October 16, 2005


Ward E Councilman Fulop posted the initial sketch for the VVP dog run on his website:

It looks great and it will surely appease the many dog-owners living in JC, but frankly, none of the initiatives listed on his website address the more pressing issues of crime, homelessness and shortage of cops in JC. I just think that all the time and money devoted to the dog run would've been better spent on those issues.

Saturday, October 15, 2005


Sure, many of us are still mourning the loss of Uncle Joe's, but music is still alive and well here in JC. Here are some local gigs for JC-based bands:

TUESDAY, 10/18

Fishbone frontman, Angelo Moore [aka Dr. Madd Vibe]
Waterbug Annex
7 Erie St, JC
$10 at the door


7:30 PM
158 Ludlow St, NYC

8:00 PM
Overlord with Tris Mccall
1039 Washington St., Hoboken


7:30 PM
Waterbug Hotel Words and Music
Waterbug Annex
7 Erie St, JC


Tris McCall & The New Jack Trippers
8 PM
105 Suffolk Street, NYC

SUNDAY, 10/30

JCLIR Listening Party
140 Newark Ave, JC

For more JC events, check out the following calendars:

Thursday, October 13, 2005


According to the Voice, and I'm sure NewYorksSixth will agree, JC is the Best Faux Outer Borough!

Best Faux Outer Borough - JERSEY CITY
Not far over the Hudson lies a fantasy-land where the subway only costs $1.75, sales tax is 3 percent, and a studio apartment in a decent neighborhood can be had for less than a grand. JERSEY CITY isn't a wasteland anymore. The ethnic diversity has Queens beat; even its far-flung Journal Square PATH station is only 20 minutes from downtown Manhattan; and it doesn't smell like toxic waste (that's Newark). You can also buy two homes with backyards and parking for the price of a co-op in the city. Don't be a snob; cross the river and, finally, live in a place where stretching your arms doesn't mean smacking two walls.
-Nick Mamatas

Tuesday, October 11, 2005




An article in today's Jersey Journal warns residents of charity scams, particularly a new door-to-door scam for an organization called "It's for the Kids." Apparently the address and phone number given by the solicitors are bogus. Apparently much of the quarter-million residents of JC lack common sense.

What I'd like to know is this: has anyone seen Teddy lately? In case you didn't know, Teddy is a frequent PATH train rider and ambassador for the Bergen-Lafayette Homeless Shelter. Whether he's legit or a con artist is beside the point [we do know the answer to that, right?] - our man has become a bit of a pseudo-celeb among JC residents and commuters with his, uhh, star presence on the PATH.

Photo by time capsule

Perhaps it's time to visit his so-called shelter and bring Teddy down once and for all?

Bergen-Lafayette Homeless Shelter
74 Fremont Street, JC NJ 07302
(201) 451-6511
(201) 547-6631

[via JCList]

Monday, October 10, 2005


Jersey City ranks #90 on ApartmentRatings.com's 2005 Renter Livability and Satisfaction Survey, sandwiched between NYC [#89] and New Haven [#91]. With all the complainers on JCList, and the NWA forums, plus all the crazies on NJ.com, I'm surprised we even made it to that list.

[via NY6 and Curbed]

Sunday, October 09, 2005


The luminous Christine Goodman is the founder and Director of Arthouse Productions, and she is looking for volunteers for her latest project. Please contact her at info@arthouseproductions.org if interested in pitching in with any of the following:
  • Running crew
  • Set load-in on 10/30 from 10AM - 10 PM
  • Scene-building and light set-up
  • Coat check
  • Ticketing
  • Makeup
  • Costumes
  • Mailing party
  • Flyer distribution


Fifteen years ago, paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, Vermeer and others were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA, leaving a massive hole in the collection of one of the world's foremost patrons of the arts. Although these works are valued at over $500 million, they are considered by many to be priceless. Due to stipulations in Ms. Gardner's will, the museum could not be altered after her death, leaving huge spaces of bare gallery wall where the art once hung.

Right now, Jersey City, NJ, is experiencing a similar sense of artistic loss. Due to struggles over space and property development, artists who once resided in the Powerhouse Arts District have been forced to vacate their studios and homes. The heartbeat and creative force of Jersey City lives on, but hundreds of artists who once lived and worked together do so separately now, and many have left town by necessity. The arts community is rebuilding with fervor, but there is no denying that Jersey City was wounded terribly by this loss within the Powerhouse Arts District.

In November 2005, Art House Productions will present The Heist Project, an exciting, collaborative, multimedia play exploring these two true stories. The Heist Project is a "living art exhibit" where modern interpretations of the stolen Gardner works come to life with actual actors inside of the paintings (dialogue to be created by area poets and writers). Ultimately, The Heist Project is meant to be a reflection of the value our society places on its art and artists.

The Heist Project will take place in Victory Hall's 4,000 sq ft. third floor space. The show will open on Friday, November 4, 2005 and performances continue on Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm. Performance schedule is as follows: November 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19. VICTORY HALL is at 186 Grand St. (at Marin Blvd.) in Jersey City (do not use this as a mailing address). For more information about Art House Productions, visit www.arthouseproductions.org.

Friday, October 07, 2005


We may not be seeing too many people wearing DoJo shirts or neighborhoodies anytime soon, based on the reactions of many a JCList poster:

  • Just say NoJo to DoJo. Good blog. Bad name.
  • As you seem to be the only proponent of "DoJo"l...pray tell just what does the "Jo" stand for? If it's for Joisey then that's all the more reason to resist it.
  • A) It is a bad acronym
    B) It is typical for a group of young white people to move to an established area and try to create a dumb catchy name to make it cool. DUMBO comes to mind instantly.
    C) Jersey City already has an acronym JC.
    D) It seams like it is self serving to the person who came up with the idea, so if it catches on they can claim that it was their brainchild. It's just a big ego trip.
  • Really, its CORNY!
Then again, I've already had a bunch of people ask me when I will start offering DoJo merch, so perhaps more than one person out there has retained his/her sense of humor?


I've been told time and again that Five Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History is a must-read for Jersey Citians like myself. It's supposed to be a funny and brutally honest autobiography of one Helene Stapinski, a Polish-Italian-American writer who grew up in the mean, dirty streets of JC with her family of swindlers, bookies, embezzlers, and mobster-wannabees. This Amazon review sums up the different feedback I've received:

Helene Stapinskis story of her Polish immigrant family is a real eye-opener into the way of life of a New Jersey family of crooks. Tony Soprano eat your heart out !

Fortunately, we have the honor of meeting Ms. Stapinski right here in her old stomping grounds tonight (Friday, 10/7) at one of my favorite DoJo restaurants:

Helene Stapinski, author of "Five Finger Discount: A Crooked Family History," and most recently, "Baby Plays Around : A Love Affair, with Music," will be appearing at Melt on 10/7 between 7pm – 8:30pm. Copies of both books will be available for sale and autographs. Helene is thrilled to be coming back to Jersey City for this occasion.

All proceeds from sales of the books will be donated to the Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Fund courtesy of Melt.

Good food, a good book and a good cause. What better way to start off the weekend?

581 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


I am always looking for new music, particularly from bands that are unsigned and of the indie, folky and heavy rock persuasion. I'm glad to see that JC's own Internet Radio is growing, though admittedly not as rapidly as I thought hoped it would.

If you or your friends are JC-based musician[s], please contact Vindog to be added to the playlist!

Spinning on JCLIR so far are:
I'm hoping to see (hear!) more JC musicians on JCLIR, especially those bands already linked on this blog.