This monument is lashed to the fence surrounding a high school in Jersey City. Jersey City is a religious town… one of the reasons it is held in some contempt by the sophisticates of Manhattan.
The monument marks almost the spot where Maria Skupien was killed walking across Newark Avenue on her way to mass. Mrs. Skupien raised 11 children.
I can identify the Pope, the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ in the little monument, but I can’t identify the figure on the left. The candles inside the box are always lit. Note that, in deference to the larcenous ways of a big anonymous city, the box is padlocked shut.
Cars excite every bit as much animosity as passion… and for good reason. The price of a culture shaped by cars is violent death, by the thousands. Life always exacts a price, even for the good things.
Parking is a tough issue in Jersey City. PATH subway service runs to the World Trade Center and to midtown Manhattan. Suburban Jerseyites are tempted to drive into Jersey City, park their cars and take the PATH to work.
To prevent this, Jersey City restricts parking to two hours at the curb, unless a car has Jersey plates and a resident sticker on the windshield.
Elaborate and undecipherable parking signs abound in the New York City metropolitan area. Let’s see if we can parse this one on a Jersey City street.
“NO PARKING” seems pretty self-explanatory, but it isn’t. The signs below list all the parking prohibitions. If none of them are in effect, then parking is legal. Street cleaning takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, and at these times all parking is illegal. Two hour parking is allowed without a Jersey City zone sticker during the hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Violate these regulations and you’ll be towed away… believe me. The ticket and the tow will relieve you of 150 bucks… easy. At the bottom of the sign is the disclaimer. Jersey City residents with a Zone 2 Permit on the windshield can park for more than two hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
So, tell me, at what times can you park without restrictions? Second question… it’s 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Can you park and for how long?