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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Caption This 12

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From a bikini with teeth, to ducks holding up traffic, to a ghostly message in an elevator – Jersey Joe crowns the winners of the latest round of Caption This.

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Name: Caption This

What: online Twitter and Facebook game on @JerseyJoe50’s feed



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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] One World Observatory

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Jersey Joe checks out the observation deck, One World Observatory on top of One World Trade Center in New York City.

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What: One World Observatory

Where: top of One World Trade Center

Location: New York City

Purpose: observation deck, tourist attraction

Floors: 100-102


This is a great tourist attraction in New York City.  I never got to visit the original World Trade Center before it was destroyed, but I’m glad this is open to once again allow visitors a chance to experience the view.

There are a couple of things to remember… first, expect airport style security.  They check everything going in.  It is exactly the same security as you would expect at the airport.  The only difference — you are not required to take off your shoes, but everything else is the same. Hats, jackets, belts… they are all coming off!

Secondly, if you want to visit the bar or restaurant, you must purchase an observatory ticket.  There is no way around this.  So, don’t expect to just ride an elevator for a view just to go to the bar — you’re paying for the full experience.

The World Trade Center area is still a construction site.  As of this post, there are still massive areas of construction and the main transportation hub for the PATH and subways is still not complete.  Expect to find many temporary walkways and partially opened entrances at this time.


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Elevator Rides from Hell

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Jersey Joe has a hilarious look at some elevator rides from hell.

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What: elevator rides from hell

Why: funny things that could happen in an elevator near you


Share some of your funniest elevator adventures!  Hit me up on Twitter @JerseyJoe50!

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Elevator Races

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Jersey Joe and his friend Simon embark on an elevator race at the World Trade Center PATH train station.  Place your bets — who do you think will win?

After being destroyed in the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, the World Trade Center PATH station reopened offering train service between New York City and Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey on November 23, 2003.  The second station was only to serve as a temporary station, utilizing the same design footprint and style as the original station.

Plans were quickly drawn up for a spectacular new station, that will serve as a tourist attraction and showplace of Lower Manhattan.  The new transit hub, currently under construction, will once again connect PATH trains with New York City subway trains, without commuters ever having to go upstairs into the elements.  Part of this new transit hub will include shops, restaurants, bars, news stands, and more for the thousands of commuters that will use this station on a daily basis.

The entire project is expected to open in 2015, but for now two small parts are open.  Those being a walkway that connects the PATH trains to Brookfield Place and ferries and Track 1, which serves commuters arriving and bound for Hoboken, New Jersey.  While work continues, all trains will often use this single track.

THE 411

What: World Trade Center Transportation Hub

Purpose: to connect PATH trains with New York City subway

Location: New York City

Open: PATH Track 1 trains from Hoboken to New York City

Open Since: 2014

Link to more information:


It’s not often that you find two glass elevators like this back to back, where you can have a race!

What is open of the station, so far, is really spectacular, but WAY over budget.  I just hope that somehow, all of this money flying out of my pocket to ride the PATH and support this station’s reconstruction, will be worth it in the end.

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Dogs vs. Elevators

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dogelevator2Dog owners in New York City apartment high rises all have the same duty, or doodie, each day – and that’s taking the dog out for a walk and a bathroom break.  Forget this once, and they’ll be rewarded with a nasty accident on the carpet.  Unfortunately, the only way down to the street is via the elevator.  While they’re generally safe for humans, for some dogs – an elevator can quickly turn into a nightmare!


In this first security camera video – a woman talks to a neighbor while entering the elevator.  Only, the dog stays behind!  However, the only casualty will be about two dozen eggs!



In Russia, this man is nothing short of a hero when a little pug runs out while the doors are closing.  This was taken from a local newscast.



According to the description, this guy is a New York City dog walker – isn’t his job to keep the dog safe?



The first elevators can be traced back almost two thousand years and were first put into use by inventor Archimedes around 236 BC.  Elevators (or lifts as they are called in the United Kingdom) are designed to transport people or goods from one location to another by means of a lift.

otis elevator plans

Original patent drawing plans for Elisha Otis’s safety elevator from the US National Archives.

In 1852, Elisha Otis invented the first safety elevator design that is generally in use today.  His elevator featured rollers that lock onto guides along the elevator shaft and will prevent the cab from a sudden fall, should a cable break.


The first passenger elevator was installed at 488 Broadway in New York City on March 23, 1857.  In 1870, the Equitable Life Building, also in New York, was the first commercial office building to feature an elevator.  Otis’ safety elevator made it possible for New York and other cities to build high into the sky.  His Otis Elevator Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of elevators, today.


Elevators also feature infra-red beams that are supposed to prevent the doors from closing when a person or object blocks it.  However, since dogs are small, they can sometimes not be detected by the beam, making it possible for the doors to close and the car to rise.


The National Elevator Industry Trade Association and the ASPCA offer a few tips for dog owners that help prevent a serious accident and proper etiquette when riding an elevator with man’s best friend:


• If the dog is small enough – hold it

• Sit your dog in a far back corner of the elevator car.

• Teach your dog not to jump on other passengers and children

• Train your dog or firmly grasp the leash, so they cannot to run for the doors as soon as they open, especially if the car stops on multiple floors

• Ask a fellow passenger’s permission before allowing your dog to sniff or lick them.  Not every person may love dogs as much as you do.

• Have a bag and/or towel in case the dog makes a bathroom accident


So, whether you are riding up to your apartment, traveling to a pet friendly hotel, or just checking this out for general amusement because you don’t live in a high rise; just take a few seconds to think before waltzing on into the elevator – and make sure your furry friend is safely along for the ride.


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What: Dogs vs. Elevators


Where: apartment high rises, hotels, and more


Warning: elevators can be dangerous to a dog




My first thought is to make sure the dog is inside and secure, before pressing the floor button, and then make keep a firm grasp on the collar.  I love dogs and my family has had one my whole life – but sometimes, dogs are animals, and they can have a mind of their own!


Hopefully, my blog this week will just as a simple safety warning to everyone.  I realize not everyone reading this has a dog, but after seeing some of the graphic videos of serious accidents that have been posted online (you have to Google that, yourself) we can all take a minute and make sure their secure before running for our floor.  We may not all have dogs – but at one point or another, you’ll most likely be taking an elevator ride with one.


Image credits – madabandon, pennstatenews, Neena.Ree Kroll