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Working in Rutherford, NJ. Where should I live? Can I live in NYC?

I'm a single, college-educated, mid-twenties male who will very likely be relocating from the West Coast to the Tri-State area in a few months for a full-time desk job in Rutherford, New Jersey. I'd love to know your recommendations for affordable rooms, apartments, studios, etc. in safe and convenient neighborhoods. [N.B. I grew up in and lived in South Brooklyn for many years, so I'm familiar with the NYC area, but I've never lived in NJ nor ever considered living there in the past.] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2014 - 19 answers

 

Property taxes on a new house in New Jersey

Hi, I'm doing my 2014 taxes. I moved to New Jersey on Dec. 13, 2013 (from New York) and during the closing I paid the property tax for December, as well as 3 months of property tax in advance for the first Q of 2014. My question is: one my taxes, do I claim just the December taxes, or can I claim all the money I paid in 2013?
posted by to sir with millipedes on Apr 5, 2014 - 2 answers

What happened to the women and girls who worked for Thomas Edison?

Are there any journals in existence that were kept by women or girls who worked for Thomas Edison in the 1880s/1890s? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Feb 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Is Fort Lee, New Jersey, Within the Port District of NY and NJ?

This is essentially a legal question. Is Fort Lee New Jersey within the Port District of New York and New Jersey? The Port District is the area which the two states described the area that the Port Authority would be responsible for controlling on port matters when they set up the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. I want to know if Fort Lee, New Jersey, is within that area. The exact description, which I have no idea how to plot is below. I'm hoping someone can just point me to a document proving it or a map of the Port District with either Fort Lee in or out of the district. Or its so obvious I don't even need to have a map. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Feb 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Will the PATH (NJ->Manhattan) shut down if there's too much snow?

One of my coworkers said that the PATH will shut down if the snow accumulates past the height of the 3rd rail. But the line is underground (except outside where there are wires above head-height handling the charge) - could that actually happen. Has the PATH ever been shut down due to snow accumulation before?
posted by ch3cooh on Feb 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Best backpacking guide... book, website, whatever!

I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
posted by ancient star on Feb 7, 2014 - 11 answers

How does one start a restaurant in the US with a foreigner?

Long story short: I have a friend here in Japan who runs a ramen shop. His lifelong dream is to move to America and open a ramen shop there, and my wife and I are hoping to help him do this a few years down the road (my wife would basically run the business end of things and perhaps own it on paper, and he'd be in charge of the kitchen end of things). [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Jan 29, 2014 - 13 answers

False noise complaints and an eviction threat

My 80-year-old grandparents live in subsidized housing in New Jersey. The neighbor in the apartment next door has been repeatedly making false noise complaints about them, saying that he can't sleep because they play the radio loudly all night (completely untrue). They were even visited by the property manager to tell them to stop. Now they've received a "notice to cease," saying that they'll be evicted if they don't stop. How can we deal with this without a lawyer? More details below. [more inside]
posted by lolichka on Jan 9, 2014 - 21 answers

New Jersey "exit tax" questions. (Nonresident sale of NJ real estate)

How do I file to get the money back that was withheld at the closing of a condo in New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by bink on Dec 30, 2013 - 2 answers

This is New Jersey... there are bound to be tacky Christmas lights.

A friend and I live in Newark and Kearny, NJ, respectively, and go to school in Madison. We're both dating Brits who are captivated by the (relatively mundane) Christmas lights displays we've seen just driving around so far. Where's somewhere nearby we can go where we can show them ridiculously tacky Christmas lights, ideally set to music or something equally ridiculous? I've found mention of a house in Morristown online but was wondering if there was anything else, or any neighborhoods that tend to all go all out.
posted by naturalog on Dec 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Anything worth stopping for on a drive from Brooklyn to Emerald Isle?

Driving from Brooklyn, NY to Emerald Isle, NC — via the NJ Turnpike, Delaware 1 and US-13, and Route 17 past Norfolk VA into NC. Anything truly worth checking out along the way, or taking a reasonable detour for? [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Nov 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Watching Arsenal/Stoke game

I'm going to be in New Brunswick NJ on Saturday morning and I want to watch this game. Where should I go in New Brunswick that will be showing it? Bonus if it will be full of Arsenal fans I can troll in person.
posted by josher71 on Sep 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Best driving route Philadelphia to/from Long Beach Island?

Google is giving me several suggestions for driving from Philadelphia to/from Long Beach island... which is the best? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Aug 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Ride to abortion in NJ?

Hello. I have scheduled a pregnancy termination for this Saturday, August 17....my ex isn't returning my calls or emails requesting a ride/company, and I really don't want anyone else to know about it. I have been told that I will need a ride home and that I can't take a cab; the driver needs to wait for me. I was wondering if anyone happens to know of any volunteer organizations or similar organizations in NJ that might help me out. I'm happy to pay whatever it might cost....thanks!
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Comparing Proton Beam Therapy in New Jersey and Boston

A friend of mine has a 15 month old son who was diagnosed with anaplastic ependymoma (brain cancer). He had a complete surgical resection of the tumor, and the next step is proton beam therapy. She has her choice between pursuing therapy at MGH in Boston, or in New Jersey at either Procare in Somerset or Robert Wood in New Brunswick. The New Jersey facilities would be more convenient for her and her family, but if the Boston facility is better, she'll make it work. Can you give me any information about how these three facilities compare in terms of both effectiveness of the therapy and patient experience, particularly with very young pediatric patients?
posted by KathrynT on May 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Urgent: Cheapest wound care/tetanus vax near Howell, NJ?

Trying to coordinate help for a friend. She stepped on a nail, doesn't have current Tetanus vax. She needs to have the wound thoroughly cleaned and get a tetanus vax. Just the shot at Walgreen's would be $200 - she needs something cheaper (no insurance). [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Apr 26, 2013 - 14 answers

Paterson, New Jersey, or nearby temporary accommodation urgently needed.

The day after she graduates from nursing school in early May in North Carolina my niece has to take her 20 month old daughter for a five-week outpatient medical treatment in Paterson. There is no Ronald McDonald house nearby. Please help us find reasonably priced and safe accommodations for a young single mom and her baby. [more inside]
posted by mareli on Apr 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Did this bad New York State apple rot in prison?

How do I get information about a turn-of-the-century criminal? He was my great-grandfather. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2013 - 6 answers

EWR to Amtrak connection logistics?

Are either of these connections from Newark airport to Amtrak reasonable? Ground truths needed! [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble on Dec 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Birmingham to Boston Road Trip

What weather and road issues should I be aware of in my drive from Birmingham to Boston next Saturday, and what sights should I see? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Dec 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Riot in Newark City Council?

Can someone explain to me why there was almost a riot in the Newark, New Jersey City Council last night? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Nov 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Any good election viewing at any bars/restaurants in North-central NJ?

Any good election viewing gatherings at any bars/restaurants/whatever in North-central New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Nov 4, 2012 - 0 answers

Why is N.J. transit so delay-prone?

Why is N.J. transit rail so bad, so delay-prone? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Oct 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Help clarify my wife's pregnancy disability situation

In July, mrs. graymouser gave birth to a lovely little baby girl. I need help figuring out exactly what our situation is with regard to her disability and family leave. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Sep 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Tax collectors crossing state lines?

My dad tells stories of New York tax collectors hanging out in the parking lots of popular New Jersey malls and Ikeas and the like, writing down NY plates and sending estimated sales tax bills or "reminders" for the voluntary portion of their bill. Is this real or apocryphal?
posted by disillusioned on Sep 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Have dog, will daytrip.

Mefites, do you know of any nice, dog-friendly beach for a day trip in New Jersey or Delaware? [more inside]
posted by godshomemovies on Sep 5, 2012 - 1 answer

How to buikld an improv troupe - yes, and?

I am trying to form an improv practice group that will become (I hope) a performance group. I need tips across the board - how do we find rehearsal space for free/cheap, how do we run our practice sessions, how do we make the leap from practice to performance? What other questions am I not even thinking to ask? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Aug 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Favorite Portuguese restaurant in Newark?

Which is the best Portuguese or Spanish restaurant in the Ironbound section of Newark, NJ? [more inside]
posted by iconomy on Jul 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Wednesday in the park with Mom.

I'd like to take my 85-year-old mom to Delaware Water Gap for a picnic on July 4th. Mom has mobility issues (is unsteady on her feet) so our picnic spot and the route to it needs to be as short and flat as possible and preferably paved. But I'd like to get as scenic a picnic spot as I can. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry on Jun 24, 2012 - 3 answers

I need to know what to say in the Emergency Room.

Which address should I give when I go to the Emergency Room? This is turning out to be a surprisingly stressful and complicated question. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jun 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Perfect picnic in new jersey

Please help me plan the perfect anniversary picnic! Looking for lovely secluded locations in central jersey/bucks county/nj shore area to have a romantic afternoon. [more inside]
posted by khyaiin on Apr 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Other than stocking up on spray tan and big hair, what else do I need to know?

I'm moving to New Jersey! Unfortunately, I'm a 22-year-old midwesterner who's pretty clueless about New Jersey. I'm going to grad school in Madison, but am not sure where to live. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Mar 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Traffic Lights

Why are traffic lights in New Jersey horizontal in many cities and vertical in the suburbs? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Feb 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for great places doing great things in New Jersey

Move to New Jersey in the future (Princeton), I am looking for jobs but I have some specific interests. I know almost nothing about the area and what is based there. I am aware of its proximity to major cities but I would like to start with recommendations near Princeton and then outward. I really want to work in technology/creative groups. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2012 - 3 answers

One town forward, two towns back

My colleagues in New Jersey often refer to places as "the next town over" or "two towns down from me." I get the general idea, but as life-long Southern Californian, I feel like I'm not getting the full, nuanced meaning. [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Jan 26, 2012 - 27 answers

stylist with "curly scissors" in Southern New Jersey

Help me find a replacement hair stylist with "curly scissors" in Southern New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by tigrrrlily on Jan 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride

Long, long paved bike trails near NYC? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 18, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I become a legal guardian in New Jersey?

How do I petition the court to become my little brother's legal guardian in New Jersey? A little background: My mother has a terminal disease, which may also cause her to be mentally incapacitated at some point (thanks in advance for the condolences). My little brother is 15 and lives at home with my mom. My mom has made it clear to myself and people around her that she wants me to become his guardian after she dies. But, I have had little luck figuring out the actual legal process for initiating the process. [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Oct 24, 2011 - 17 answers

Two Licenses, One Cup

My husband, having lived in 4 states in 4 years, is trying to get a New York State driver's license. Only problem is that apparently two out of state licenses are still active, and the DMV refuses to give him a license. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 28, 2011 - 11 answers

More at stake than just trying to get laid...

I need restaurant recommendations for a really promising first date in North Central Jersey. [more inside]
posted by Finder on Sep 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Activities in Cape May, NJ

Cape May, NJ filter: We're visiting Cape May for the first time this Thurs-Sun for our fifth wedding anniversary. We were hoping to make this a beach/pool trip, but unfortunately, the weather looks pretty miserable. Any suggestions on activities/locations in the area that we can enjoy despite the rain? Restaurant suggestions also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Sep 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Moving to Southeastern Pennsylvania

Where to live outside Philly? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies on Aug 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Where to move for a job in west/central NJ?

Moving from Seattle to west/central NJ. Where should we live? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on Aug 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Routes through western Pennsylvania

What's the best driving route from Harrisburg, PA to Newburg, NY? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Jul 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Jersey Shore minus the cast

What's the quietest Jersey beach to spend a late summer weekend? [more inside]
posted by timory on Jun 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Train from NYC to Paterson, NJ in 1934?

In 1934, could you travel by rail from New York City to Paterson, NJ? What route would you have taken, with which train-lines? If you could not have traveled by rail, would there have been a bus route?
posted by Marquis on Jun 8, 2011 - 16 answers

No-brainer meal delivery in NJ

Recommended fresh/healthy/organic/diet meal delivery services in NJ? [more inside]
posted by MsVader on May 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Sshhh!!!

Looking for conflict-, cruelty-, blood-, ecocide-free engagement rings in central NJ. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Choosing NJ Car Insurance

Looking into auto insurance as a 22 year old male in NJ. What companies are affordable yet also reliable in the event I need to file a claim? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on May 12, 2011 - 16 answers

I don't want to be a slumlord, I swear!

About to become a landlord in NJ, would like some advice from the HiveMind. [more inside]
posted by pyro979 on May 2, 2011 - 7 answers

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