Good times on Long Island

From CBS NY:

Long Island Housing Market Making A Serious Comeback

Bidding wars, competition among buyers and low inventory are driving up demand for homes.

And right now in our region the biggest rush for houses is on Long Island. Some acting fast are worried about interest rates and the new tax laws, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Thursday.

Susan Weber’s head is spinning. Her four-bedroom family home on the market in Melville received two full-priced offers almost immediately, but she declined a bidding war and just sold it for the asking price of $549,000.

“Have to move more quickly than anticipated. You have to make contingency plans,” Weber said.

The family is buying in Pennsylvania.

According to a report by Miller Samuel Appraisers, Long Island home buyers are giving the housing market the fastest start to the year since the housing boom of more than a decade ago.

“As long as we have this buyer demand, even if interest rates go up, which I think people are talking about more than even the tax bill, I think it’s a great time to sell. People will get the optimum money right now,” said Ann Conroy, the president of the Long Island division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Last year at this time the average numbers of days a home stayed on the market was 98. So far this year it’s 84.

As mortgage rates rise buyers have hurried to close deals.

“Homes are going to go super-fast because there is just such a lack of inventory of the better quality homes at the right price,” said real estate broker Howard Steinfeld.

“It’s just amazing. Any house that is a nice house will get scooped up really, really quickly for a fair price,” Weber added.

Reasonably priced and in good condition are the keys.

According to the report, Long Island’s housing market mirrors what’s happening nationally, with chronically low inventory and steadily rising prices, McLogan reported.

The Long Island region median home price just rose to $410,000, up 6.5 percent from last year.

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80 Responses to Good times on Long Island

  1. grim says:

    From Newsday:

    Hot real estate market: Long Islanders are rushing to close deals

    Long Island home buyers are rushing to close deals, giving the housing market its fastest start to the year since the housing boom of more than a decade ago, a new report shows.

    Across the Island, excluding the East End, homes sold in the first quarter of 2018 spent an average of 84 days on the market, from the listing date to the signing of a sale contract, the appraisal company Miller Samuel and brokerage Douglas Elliman said in a report to be released Thursday. That’s down 14 days from a year earlier, the report shows.

    Competition among buyers drove up the region’s median home price to $410,000 in the first three months of the year, an annual increase of 6.5 percent, according to the report. The number of closed home sales dropped by 1.3 percent annually, the first year-over-year decline in more than three years. Listings ticked up by 2 percent, to 11,022.

    Long Island’s housing market “mirrors what’s happening nationally, with chronically low inventory and steadily rising prices,” said Jonathan Miller, chief executive of Miller Samuel.

    One exception to Long Island’s generally faster-paced market was the north shore of Nassau County, where homes spent 109 days on the market, unchanged from a year earlier. In that region, the median price was $803,750, up 3.7 percent year over year.

    Home sales speeded up on the North Fork, too, where homes spent 136 days on the market, down 26 days from a year earlier, the report shows. Strong demand from buyers drove up the median price by nearly 18 percent year over year, to $612,500. The number of sales rose annually by 5 percent.

    In the Hamptons, the pace of home sales slowed to 154 days, three days longer than in the first quarter of 2017. Hamptons median home prices remained flat, at $995,000, and the number of closed sales dropped year over year by 6.6 percent, Miller Samuel and Douglas Elliman reported. However, the median price of luxury homes — the top 10 percent of sales — jumped by 27.5 percent, to $6.6 million.

  2. grim says:

    From CNBC:

    800,000 people are about to flee New York and California because of taxes, say economists

    Conservative economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore are predicting a new mass exodus of wealth from New York and California because of the new tax law. But academics who have studied taxes and migration call the forecast “pure nonsense.”

    In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal headlined “So Long, California. Sayonara, New York,” Laffer and Moore (who have both advised President Donald Trump) say the new tax bill will cause a net 800,000 people to move out of California and New York over the next three years.

    The tax changes limit the deduction of state and local taxes to $10,000, so many high-earning taxpayers in high-tax states will actually face a tax increase under the new tax code.

    Laffer and Moore say that the effective income-tax rate (what people actually pay) for high earners in California will jump from 8.5 percent to 13 percent. Wealthy Manhattanites would face a similar increase, they say. Those who make $10 million or more will see a potential tax hike of 50 percent or more, according to their analysis.

    Those hikes, they say, will cause an exodus of residents to move to lower or no-income tax states.

    “In years to come, millions of people, thousands of businesses and tens of billions of dollars of net income will flee high-tax blue states for low-tax red states,” they said. They say 800,000 people will move from California and New York over the next three years. Connecticut, New Jersey and Minnesota will lose a combined 500,000 people over the same period.

    Yet economist and sociologist Cristobal Young of Stanford, who co-authored the leading study on wealth and tax migration, calls the forecast “pure nonsense.”

    He said that California, New York and New Jersey have been high-tax states for decades and they still have the highest per capita concentration of rich people in the country.

    “There is no correlation between the top tax state tax rate and the number (or rate) of millionaires in a state,” he said. He added that the people most affected by tax rates are the “late-career working rich” and they are less likely to move because they are “embedded in place for a host of social and economic reasons,” from the location of their companies and jobs to their social lives, charitable boards and customers.

  3. Hold my beer says:

    First non grim

  4. leftwing says:

    Again, no fan of Trump (ever), but does anyone doubt that the happenings on the Korean Peninsula are a direct result of a very different approach to diplomacy?

    Does anyone believe that if we continued with incrementalism and mass State Dept involvement we would be at this same point? That is, we don’t get here absent Trump?

  5. Hold my beer says:

    A youtuber I watch sometimes named strictly dumpling is a New Yorker who moved to California for several months. He moved from California to upstate New York for the tax incentives for film companies. I think he did that pre trump. Wonder how the tax changes would impact his business. He runs 5 channels and must gross over a million a year since two channels have over a million subscribers each.

  6. Mike S says:

    I certainly have no plans to move due to the $10K cap.

  7. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    BRT,

    You think it is any different in private? I know people 7 years without a raise..and guess what? If they get one, it is not retroactive either. It is called leaving to find another job if you feel underpaid.

    Even when people are making tons of more money, the teachers don’t share in that prosperity through salary increases. No one argues for them to get raises. Yet they scream to lower their salaries in downturns. It shouldn’t go either way. Flat and reasonable is ideal.

    But to your statement, this is exactly my point. You shouldn’t want an environment where teachers leave to find another job. You lose all your top talent and the same people that usually say such things are the ones who traditionally complain about lack of quality in the field. You get what you pay for.

  8. Very Stable Genius says:

    Again, a fan of Trump (always) but the crew of
    lowlifes,
    grifters,
    morons,
    poseurs,
    criminals and assorted billionaire losers that he has gathered around him — including his family — is stupefying.

    The standard to serve our country at the highest levels is so low it defies description.

  9. Juice Box says:

    An international perspective…

    Donald Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

    The Nobel Committee has something of a fetish for awarding the Peace Prize to centre-Left American politicians, regardless of merit. At least former president Jimmy Carter had involved himself in decades of peace initiatives, however futile most proved to be, when he received the prize in 2002. Former vice president Al Gore, on the other hand, won the prize for his celebrity endorsement of climate-change doom-mongering.

    In Barack Obama’s case in 2009, the rationale was weaker still: he had not even been in office a year and had achieved virtually nothing for the cause of peace during that time. But he was a symbol of hope to centre-Left types around the world, who could not yet imagine the anarchy he would bring to Libya or the ceaseless wars he would wage with drones.

    This year’s prize should go to an American leader who has earned it, for once: Donald Trump. But will the Nobel Committee free itself from its ideological straitjacket to give it to him? President Trump is everything that Obama was not. He is a man of the Right, not the Left. He is brash and intensely disliked by much of world opinion, especially elite opinion. Obama had a soft touch and was loved almost as greatly as Trump is despised. Yet the only thing that should matter is what Trump has achieved, in contrast to what Obama did not.

    Rest of article below.

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/donald-trump-deserves-the-nobel-peace-prize-20180427-p4zc12.html

  10. Bystander says:

    Left,

    As much I as hate him, it is fact that South and North Korea are negotiating during Trump’s presidency. Not sure what promises US has made but we shall see. Rocket man got what he wanted…whatever it was.

  11. Fast Eddie says:

    Yet the only thing that should matter is what Trump has achieved, in contrast to what Obama did not.

    And thus, why the left hates him beyond description. ISIS is defunct, a red line with Syria wasn’t an option, North Korea has succumbed, Russian threats are laughable, the economy is sizzling, fixed incomes are back on the table for the first time in two decades, open jobs are plentiful and the world fears, envies and admires us again.

    The left knows it and is becoming increasingly frustrated that the daily onslaught of their petulance is doing nothing. Obama was and is a patsy that talked and talked and said nothing and did nothing.

  12. Juice Box says:

    re: “I certainly have no plans to move due to the $10K cap”

    Apparently, 50% of the mouth breathers don’t know their new lower TAX bracket and haven’t done any math using the new brackets.

    The Middle-class tax brackets dropped 3% or 4% or even 9% do to the income range changes from 2017 -2018

    From 25% to 22% – married filing jointly income range $77,401 – $165,000

    From 28% to 24% – married filing jointly income range $165,501 – $315,001

    Also old Bracket 33% was $237,951 -$424,950 – 9% drop for some filers between $237,951 and $315,001

    Source and additional details.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/22/nearly-half-of-americans-dont-know-their-tax-bracket.html

  13. Juice Box says:

    re: “Rocket man got what he wanted…whatever it was”

    Stay in power. The last thing he wants is this.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv299em44t4

  14. abeiz says:

    YouTube earnings are oft exaggerated. I’m not saying it’s bad business but after YouTube’s 55% cut, taxes, etc…
    https://socialblade.com/youtube/user/strictlydumpling

  15. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    Hey Grim? Why the Hitchhiker’s Guide headline yesterday?

    When things get me down, I just close my eyes and ears and imagine the “Mumbai-Pune Hyperloop.” Then I realize that somehow this project will be cheaper than a mile-long tunnel under the Hudson designed for 100 year old trains. So much for meditation.

  16. Hold my beer says:

    Abeiz,

    A few youtubers have said their earnings are roughly in the middle of social blade estimates. Others have said they make roughly $650-700 per 250k views in ad revenue not counting sponsorships and merchandising and $ for people clicking on the ad.

  17. Bagholder says:

    ‘Again, no fan of Trump (ever), but does anyone doubt that the happenings on the Korean Peninsula are a direct result of a very different approach to diplomacy?’

    Whoever collapsed their nuclear testing site should get the Nobel Prize.

  18. Hold my beer says:

    If our income stays the same, our taxes will be 4K lower according to the tax prep software we use.

  19. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Pronunciation guide: Lon Guyland

  20. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    The biggest house we’ve ever occupied was in Centerport, Long Island, September 1996-September 1997. I should have bought it. Our landlord was lawyer who moved with his wife and kids to Arizona. He was moving because his wife was following her boss there and was making a killing in the title insurance business. I asked the husband if he was going to take the AZ bar exam and practice law there. He said no, he was just going to live off his wife’s income. I wonder how that worked out?

    I could have bought that house for under the $200,000 ask. It’s worth about $600K today. Interestingly, nobody got burned by that house. It sold for $200K in 2000 and for $249K in 2001. I guess our landlord rented it after us for several more years. That guy was real nice. He gave us a ton of furniture for free, including our full bedroom set that we are coincidentally throwing out this week after using it for 20 years. I bartered away to the next renter a huge pit sofa set in the finished family room.

    As younger renters that was one of my favorite moves. I used to give away furniture to the next renter in exchange for not fixing dings in the walls and repainting. When we lived in Nutley I had acquired this faux leather couch from the next door neighbor. We had the second and third floor in the two family next door. I thought it would go great in my office at the top of the house. I got it *barely* up the first flight of stairs, but there was no way it was going to make the tight turn up the second flight. I thought about it a while and then studied the upholstery and figured that the two arms of the couch might be separate units. Using one of my favorite new tools, a long flexible stalk flashlight that ran on 3 AA batteries, I peeled back a little bit of that fishnetty stuff on the bottom of the couch and voilà! I could see four far-off hex nut bolts. I had just enough 3/8″ socket extensions and universal joints to reach those bolts, while holding the flashlight in my mouth. I disassembled the couch, got it upstairs and reassembled it, using black electrical tape to secure the bolts to the end of the socket extension contraption to get the bolts back into place. When we left 3 years later I bartered that couch away for not fixing the dings in the first flight of stairs where our massive platform bed would not make the turn. I wonder if that couch is still on the third floor confusing future owners and renters how it got there.

    BTW, that 300 lb platform bed that never made it into the house – I bolted it to the wall of the garage and turned it into shelving. My guess is that it still stands where I set it in Nutley too.

  21. chicagofinance says:

    Now that it’s spring, I grab a Sunday newspaper and a bagel and head for the park. That’s when you know you’re in LA too long: If you eat a bagel or a slice of pizza there and say, “This isn’t too bad,” it’s time to get the hell outta there!

    Actor Dan Lauria

  22. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    Lawn Guyland. You’ve been in New England too long.

  23. chicagofinance says:

    Obama was more arrogant than that……..he had to insult people who achieved by (subtlely) insinuating it was white privilege.

    Fast Eddie says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:19 am
    Obama was and is a patsy that talked and talked and said nothing and did nothing.

  24. Californicator says:

    You guys are idiots.

  25. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    That stupid platform bed was part of my wife’s bedroom set that she had for a zillion years and we shared from the early 90’s until I bolted it to the garage wall. I know what two hundred pounds feels like and that POS had to be 300 pounds. White formica over particle board, full platform, no box spring. In our first apartment, a fourth floor walk-up in Bloomfield – holy crap was that a chore to get up! Luckily I came up with great idea. The stairs were carpeted and I had this 20 year old nylon sleeping bag. We had my gf(now wife) and one of her friends pull on the sleeping bag while my buddy and I just put our shoulders to that white behemoth pushing it up the stairs without lifting it, the nylon sleeping back serving as stair “lubricant”.

  26. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    “You guys are idiots.”

    I resemble that remark!

  27. D-FENS says:

    Thread on parkland shooting by student investigative reporter

    https://twitter.com/kennethrpreston/status/989662094957129729

  28. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    LOL. I just thought of something. When the platform bed wouldn’t make it into our Nutley place I went out and bought a bed frame and a box spring. I bought the box spring from a mattress place that used to exist (still exists?) somewhere close to the old Anthony Wayne restaurant, right by the DMV. Anyway, I could tell that the guy who was selling me the cheapest double size box spring I could buy was far too educated to be selling mattresses and box springs. Just think of the complete opposite of Pumps. When he sold me the box spring (which I probably roped to the top of my Camaro) he told me about the 5 year guarantee. I asked him if I needed to return it would he guarantee that he would still be working there then. He said, “Oh God, if that happens just give me the Hemlock now.”

    The Anthony was in a horrible location in the armpit of where three major highways merged, and required dodging multiple lanes of traffic full of mall-seeking moms and teenagers headed for their driving tests at the Wayne DMV. You truly risked death to get one of their burgers, and it made them taste even better.
    https://thomaspluck.com/2010/04/08/an-ode-to-the-vanishing-char-broiler/

  29. Bloomberg News says:

    Folks on my block who hadn’t paid their mortgage since the financial crisis, after they Heloc’d the hell out of it, were finally evicted! Looks like AROS, LLC bought it..is that Sanzari?

  30. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I’m so stupid I should be dead by now. Anybody remember when regular guys used to tune up their own cars? Points, Plugs, Condensor, Distributor Cap? Mid 80’s I was several cars into my driving career, but I now owned by first automatic transmission car. A 1974 Buick Limited, the highest optioned Electra, probably 5,000 pounds of car. Four ash trays, three lighters, and an electric bench seat. A gift from my cousin. I was tuning it up and I read somewhere (pre-internet, either the owner’s manual, or I went to a bookstore and memorized the specs) that you set the timing and idle speed with the emergency/parking brake on and the gear selector in “Drive”. I guess that gave you your true idle speed under the load of the torque converter instead of the higher idle you would get in neutral?

    So, I’m doing like the book says, I’m all finished and the engine sounds pretty good. Forgetting that my new car is an automatic transmission, I did what I always do when I tune up a car. I grab the throttle and rev the engine. A 455 cubic inch big block V8 engine easily overwhelms the parking brake when revved. Had this been one of my previous cars I would have won a Darwin award because I would have been standing in front of the car as I commanded the engine to run my stupid body over. Luckily, this engine was so massive that I was standing at the side of the car adjacent to the driver’s side front wheel when I made this mistake. The car was parked in my Uncles driveway on Mount Prospect Ave in Clifton, just a house away from the stairs that go down to the park. Anybody who know the area knows exactly where this is. My uncle had filled in and walled back a street level parking area. Being an ex-marine and a heavy drinker he realized there could be complications with the 12-15 foot drop to the back yard from the parking area so he installed a huge guardrail, just like you’d see on an interstate.

    So the Buick just rams into the guardrail, probably only 8 inches away. No damage to guardrail or car. I think that car had at least 3 front fenders replaced after accidents, but it never needed a new bumper, they were impenetrable in 1974. To this day I think about what would have happened if I had been standing in front of the car. Nobody was home at the time. Both of my legs would have been crushed and I might even be hanging by my shattered limbs upside down over the guardrail until somebody happened upon me.

    “You guys are idiots.”

    I resemble that remark!

  31. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    And yes, I used to do all of my own engine work until the manufacturers made it too difficult to perform myself. Immediatelly after buying a car, I would run out and get the Chilton DIY Guide. $10 book saved me thousands!

    BTW, I used to live on Mt. Prospect in an unadvertised frat house. I know those steps well. That was the house where I rented out the basement (illegal in Clifton, with an oil burning furnace to boot) for $200 month and made the fake NJ Transit Monthly passes before they got all fancy with their foils.

  32. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I’ve been talking about this for years and years. I don’t know how widespread it is but I know for a fact it’s going on all over Morris County. My interpretation is that the banks don’t want to A.)Realize the Loss and B.)Crash the market. Nobody cuts the copper pipes out of a house while people are living there. Well, not East of Detroit, anyway.

    Folks on my block who hadn’t paid their mortgage since the financial crisis, after they Heloc’d the hell out of it, were finally evicted! Looks like AROS, LLC bought it..is that Sanzari?

  33. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    And one last thing. I’m apparently not the only Chik Fil A fan around these parts. I’m not sure why, but since I used the mobile app once when we were in Baltimore and then again (they gave me a free $10 if I did) in the Union Store, the owner has been giving me a free item (no purchase necessary) once a month for about the past 6 months. Yesterday, it was a free chicken sandwich (to which I added lettuce and tomato and cheese to) and a medium fruit cup for $3 total. Well, I knew it would be problematic when I couldn’t find a place to park and the line out the drive thru was blocking the entrance off of 22 East. Well once inside, the line to pickup the order was 50 deep and the ordering queue had to have another 30 or so in it. A little over one half an hour later, I received my delicious sandwich and fruit. Both were superb, but I almost missed the D’s speech therapy.

    I just submitted a tactful complaint to the store manager. I’m guessing he will invite the entire family out for a comped meal to make it up which is great since it’s located across the street from where Junior is playing Spring league hockey.

  34. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I just threw away yesterday my Chilton’s book for the Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Chevrolet Tracker. I used to own a 1989 Tracker. I guess I could have sold it on eBay, but I would feel really bad taking money from someone who still needs that book.

    The 1989 Trackers were badged as Chevrolets and made in Japan, They were Geos after that and made in Canada.

    Nobody could beat me in a drag race in the snow. BFG All Terrain T/A tires and 80 hp split between 4 wheels with a stick shift was the perfect combination. At a stoplight in the snow I could put a Ford Explorer in my rear view mirror in about two seconds.

    They were true body-on-frame mini-trucks. I did some dangerous trails in West Virginia with mine. If you put the 4WD in low range you felt like you were driving a formula 1 car because you could go up through the 5 gears in about 7 seconds topping out at 35mph in in 5th. You could also switch it into low range without getting out of the car and manually locking the front hubs to put it into 4WD. Why would you want to put it into low range 2WD you might ask? Cross Bronx Expressway Friday night traffic. In low range you didn’t need to push the clutch in until you were down to about 0.5 mph. I taught my wife to drive a stick on that car. We had a very steep driveway in Long Island. I didn’t want my wife to burn out my clutch going up so I used to have her do this:
    1. Stop at the bottom
    2. Put the car in low range
    3. Put it in first and just take your foot off the clutch
    4. When you get to the top push the clutch in, put it in gear, set the brake and turn it off.

    That thing would go up any grade without even touching the gas.

    Immediatelly after buying a car, I would run out and get the Chilton DIY Guide. $10 book saved me thousands!

  35. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    I remember those days of dealing with stop and go traffic in my manual Civic. Once, I got stuck in a traffic jam for two hours moving about 1 MPH. My clutch leg was shaking from so much use. It felt like I had run a marathon.

  36. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Lib – You might have lived in Uncle’s house! He had an illegal tenant in the basement. for years and years. As you came up the steps and turned left, was it the second house? I lived there for probably all of 1982. My Uncle was awful with Real Estate. He bought and sold so many houses in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, then he bought that house, worked on it for more than 10 years and sold it 1 year before it would have doubled in value in the mid 1980’s. Him and my Aunt rented for a couple years then bought a beautifully done Cape somewhere around Butler right at the top of the market. I think he broke even when he sold it and moved to Florida.

    BTW, I used to live on Mt. Prospect in an unadvertised frat house. I know those steps well. That was the house where I rented out the basement (illegal in Clifton, with an oil burning furnace to boot) for $200 month and made the fake NJ Transit Monthly passes before they got all fancy with their foils.

  37. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    The years when I drove a 1977 Camaro with a worked 350, Hurst shifter, and heavy duty clutch – My left thigh measured about an inch bigger than my right one.

    I remember those days of dealing with stop and go traffic in my manual Civic. Once, I got stuck in a traffic jam for two hours moving about 1 MPH. My clutch leg was shaking from so much use. It felt like I had run a marathon.

  38. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    The funny thing about driving the Tracker in low range was that you needed to get to a complete stop to shift back to high range when traffic started moving, otherwise you couldn’t go faster than 35mph. Even in high range that thing was geared so low. 65mph was somewhere North of 3500rpm in 5th gear. It wasn’t until we moved to New Hampshire and I used to do a lot of local driving at 45mph that I figured out that the Tracker, probably due to gearing and lack of aerodynamics, got it’s best mileage at 40-45mph, much higher than you’d get at even 55mph.

  39. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I still have a beautiful high gloss, black, two piece hard top for my ’89 Tracker in my garage two towns away. I don’t know if I should should try to sell it or try to find an ’89-’98 Tracker or Sidekick to put under it.

  40. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Heh-heh. The farthest leftists, still plagued by Trump Derangement Syndrome, will be the last to know this, but my call is that the assault on our president has reached it’s zenith…and now the public opinion pendulum is just about to start it’s acceleration in the other direction. Ironically, I think Comey is the catalyst.

    I have no idea how late night “comedy” is doing these days in the ratings, but I watch it just very briefly, with many weeks off in between. It’s not comedy. It’s late night hate. Same for SNL. My wife and I record it, watch it, and then agree with each other. “It’s just not funny anymore”.

    Here’s what’s going to swing it. Anybody who wants to be edgy, Kanye this week, has to go the other way from the lemmings. MAGA hats might just become as popular as Raiders hats once were.

    Hate begets hate and guess what party has now cornered the market on hate? It reminds me of the old Howard Stern sound byte of Howard’s father screaming at him: “It’s not funny, it’s not fun!!”

    I think Rob Schneider sums it up beautifully:

    “The fun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically,” he told the Daily News. “You kind of assumed they would lean more left and liberal, but now the cat’s out of the bag they are completely against Trump, which I think makes it less interesting because you know the direction the piece is going.”

    http://beta.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/rob-schneider-thinks-saturday-night-live-ruining-joke-article-1.3956596

  41. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    That wasn’t Howard’s father, it was Billy Crystal when he got mad at John Melendez for asking him a question.

  42. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Now I want to know how and why you knew about the stairs at the top of Mount Prospect. You lived walking distance to a zillion bars (my favorite was “Wit’s End”), why would you wander up a residential hill as a college student with better things to do?

    https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8649511,-74.1537543,3a,75y,123.29h,77.8t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1slYKqMq_H_p8FxuhrM1SumA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

  43. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I stand corrected, and thanks for that. My wife and I used to listen to Howard all of the time before he left for Sirius and haven’t heard his show since. I easily convinced her that it was his father, but we obviously melded the memories of “Shut up!! Sit Down!! with Billy Crystal’s sound byte.

    That wasn’t Howard’s father, it was Billy Crystal when he got mad at John Melendez for asking him a question.

  44. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    I went so far back with Howard that I remember both He and Imus calling each other while they were on the air. Imus did mornings and Howard did afternoons back then.

  45. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    My favorite times to go to Chik fil A are 3PM and close to 10PM. Lunch is always a zoo and I can’t imagine that it’s much better at dinnertime.

  46. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    BTW, sound byte had to start off as sound bite, right? Anyone remember Byte magazine?

  47. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Byte by far had the best articles, but I always spent more time with PC Magazine or Computer Shopper open in front of me.

  48. 3b says:

    SNL has not been funny since the 90s.

  49. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    Remember Byte. Loved it. Was more like Wired though. PC and Computer Shopper were price lists. Speaking of Howard, who I still listen to today. Our bus driver used to play him when I was in elementary school around 5th or 6th grade. Back then he was a DJ and I remember the whole bus singing the Wall which he played all of the time. Some of our bus drivers were incredibly questionable individuals. I was a safety patrol kid at the time. And it was definitely Ben Stern with the Shut Up, Sit Down, and the I told you not to be stupid, you moron.

  50. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    Lib – If you lived in Passaic County I could have been your bus driver as I am just enough older than you and I drove school buses from age 21-24. This might disturb Pumps, actually any decent person should be disturbed, but I used to have Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills hottie girls sit directly behind me. Whoever had the window seat could work my boom box (play cassettes, change the station, etc.), the middle girl’s job was to give me a back massage while I drove, and the aisle girl was allowed to talk to me. Every June I was invited to all of the graduation parties. The best ones were always on or close to Osborne Terrace.

  51. Juice Box says:

    re: SNL –

    More Cowbell! was in 2000.

    Magnolia cupcakes was 2005

    D**** in a Box was 2006

    There might be a few other skits but I stopped watching a decade ago..

  52. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    I couldn’t watch SNL once the androgenous Pat and the Coffee talk stuff started. Back in the good days of SNL, they used to not burn out every good sketch. Even when Belushi was alive, I remember them repeating a character, but each act was entirely different. In the more modern era, each character would come up with a catch phrase and they would just do the same exact sketch riddled with the catch phrase over and over and over until, well, I turned to Mad TV which was 100 times better at the time. Now talk amongst yourselves. See?

    https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/samurai-delicatessen/n8627

    BTW, they used to have balls! Today, all the kids who used to make fun of Pat are on a mission to make Pat the norm. Hypocrites. The Great Pussification continues. Can’t wait for us to swing back to normalcy.

  53. Juice Box says:

    Lib – Here is the owner. It is a religion for him….

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-strole-60209158

  54. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    Yes it is. I guess this explains why I keep getting free food. Nice guy actually. He emails me invitations to lots of crazy events.

  55. Juice Box says:

    Customer service there in the Union Chick-fil-A and the employees are far superior to any Chick-fil-A I have ever been in, and also given the crap choices on that highway is really is a gem and a real goldmine for the owner.

  56. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    You ain’t kidding. I was not exaggerating my story from yesterday.

  57. Hold my beer says:

    I once scored 4 touchdowns in a single game for Polk high.

  58. Fast Eddie says:

    I was a lineman for the county.

  59. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    I did center for the number one quarterback in the country. I also have a teammate with three SuperBowl rings.

  60. Fast Eddie says:

    Lib,

    Who and who?

  61. Bagholder says:

    ‘SNL has not been funny since the 90s.’

    Everything was better in the past.

  62. Juice Box says:

    I wasn’t Al Bundy but in HS football but we won Div 1 North Group 2 State champions when I played, we had kicka&ss parties for the rest of the year that was for sure. We haven’t won since, and the skinny kids growing up there now regularly go 0-4 and 1-in 4 in the conference and at best in the last 15 years best year was 6-4 overall.

  63. 3b says:

    No not everything but SNL was!

  64. Libturd questioning the gender of Hillary's Cankle fluid. says:

    Brian Forte was the QB, who wouldn’t listen to anyone and had an ego bigger than Trump’s and ended up not playing at the U against everyone’s advice. Our FG kicker became a pro punter. Nice Jewish kid went to Arizona. Josh Miller.

  65. Blue Ribbon Teacher says:

    I stand corrected, and thanks for that. My wife and I used to listen to Howard all of the time before he left for Sirius and haven’t heard his show since. I easily convinced her that it was his father, but we obviously melded the memories of “Shut up!! Sit Down!! with Billy Crystal’s sound byte.

    Was such a good show back then. Used to get me through my commute in college. One time, Artie and Gilbert kept going off on Ted Kennedy doing impressions and I had to pull the car over because I was laughing so hard.

  66. Californicator says:

    Harley is sold…..replaced it with an M3 (e46) convertible .

  67. Fabius Maximus says:

    “I did center for the number one quarterback in the country.”

    Was your butt fumbled?

  68. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    That ain’t workin’, that’s the way you do it.
    Good luck with the new wheels.

    Harley is sold…..replaced it with an M3 (e46) convertible .

  69. Fabius Maximus says:

    “‘Again, no fan of Trump (ever), but does anyone doubt that the happenings on the Korean Peninsula are a direct result of a very different approach to diplomacy?’

    Whoever collapsed their nuclear testing site should get the Nobel Prize.”

    This reminds me of Saint Ronnie claiming credit for the fall of Communism. It was falling anyway. They blew up the mountain, at this point they are just negotiating how much they will be paid to clean it up.

    As for the big handshake, its no different for the last few times they did it.

    Deja Vu all over again.
    https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/bill-clinton-visits-north-korea/7/

  70. Fabius Maximus says:

    This has to be the highlight of the NFL draft. All it needed was a camera on Jerry as he listened to it.

    https://twitter.com/espn/status/990031441806462976

  71. The Original NJ ExPat says:

    My younger daughter had her Spring concert at Boston Latin this evening. We went to Chik-fil-A afterward. My wife had the “Market Salad” and raved about it. I might have to try it .

    https://www.chick-fil-a.com/Menu-Items/Market-Salad

  72. 3b says:

    Fab you just can’t ever give it a pass. Ronnie s commitment to outspent the Russians militarily led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Would it have collapsed yes eventually but the process of out spending them militarily rapidly sped up the process. You remind of those silly Europeans and their fears that the USA was going to start World War 3 and we should engage the Russians. Leftists in the USA at the time believed that too. Now of course today the left in the USA believe the Russians are the bogey men. I never did find the term Ronald Ray gun funny. I love Europe but Europeans can be so silly.

  73. Fabius Maximus says:

    “Reiterating my comment about someone being the dumbest person who frequents this blog.
    http://njrereport.com/index.php/2013/02/18/new-homes-about-to-get-more-expensive/#comment-540623

    I think that post shows its actually you can claim that title. Now I have to say that trawling 5 year old posts ranks up there with ExPats cyber stalking, but that’s a side issue.

    “If you think for one second that there is one major industry left that doesn’t fully control its regulators, than you are the most naive and dumbest person on here”

    So how has this post aged over the five years? For me I stand by what I have always maintained ” one of the main points of government is to regulate when self regulation fails.” But to your point “If you think for one second that there is one major industry left that doesn’t fully control its regulators, than you are the most naive and dumbest person on here”

    Lets look at the EPA today. What you call a “Straw Man”, I call a “Bellwether”.
    67 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/05/climate/trump-environment-rules-reversed.html

    If the lobbyists controlled the regulators, then why is there anything to repeal under Trump? I would assume after five years all of the EPA regulations would be to the lobbyist liking?

    I think it shows that The Obama administration made some real change. Now we get to see Trump dismantle it.

  74. Fabius Maximus says:

    3b

    From 2014, I would assume the same back in 1980. Do i need to dig out the numbers?

    “Russia’s spending level stands at the same 4.4% share of GDP as in the United States. Given that Russia accounts for a little less than 3% of world GDP, while the United States accounts for 22%, Russia’s defense spending is much lower in absolute terms.”

  75. Fabius Maximus says:

    One of my favorite songs finally made it back onto youtube!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_gt-yg3DhQ

    This is particularly poignant with Merkels visit today. You can almost see her cringe in that that NATO is set up to protect American interests.

  76. Fabius Maximus says:

    This guy is hitting point after point and it is disturbing reading.

    https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/990040290907119617

  77. Californicator says:

    10:33 thanks! Daughter wants to drive it … Lordy

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