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The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the 389 Main Project
« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2018, 04:04:14 PM »
As mentioned in the previous post, the groundbreaking ceremony for the 389 Main project took place today (though the first 3 pictures were actually taken yesterday):


1. Parts of the E lot that were closest to the site were off-limits to all but the ceremony attendees.

2. A man who was walking on State St stopped to check out the banner.

3. I decided to document how the tent fit in the grand scheme of the neighborhood on the only late afternoon of its existence here.

4,5. An hour before the guests started arriving today, an effort was made to gussy up the reserved spaces. It doesn't appear to have helped. In fact

6. Just before the ceremony started, I got an idea of how many people might attempt to throw dirt at me.

The speakers (in order):

7. Jon Hanson, Founder and Chairman of the Hampshire Companies (and inducted just last Sunday into the New Jersey Hall of Fame)

8. Max Dorne, Director of Development for Claremont Companies (the people doing all the destruction/construction)

9. Bill Hanson, President of NAI James E. Hanson (the Hanson Realty office on State St was the first building knocked down for this project). He spoke for about 3 seconds - I was lucky to get this one shot of him.

10. John LaBrosse, Mayor of Hackensack

The Groundbreaking:

11. This shot includes the 4 speakers, most of the City Council, a certain HackensackNow Editor and 7 people I dont know.

12. The 4 speakers and 2 people I dont know


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Tuesday's wild, quickie storm
« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2018, 01:32:42 PM »
I didn't get to shoot the really good scenes of this because I was too mesmerized by the giant amounts of dirt that would suddenly head skyward.............."Oh, wait - I've gotta take a picture"................and this was the only halfway-decent shot I got.



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389 Main Project is on the way up
« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2018, 03:15:01 PM »
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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #34 on: May 28, 2018, 09:07:31 AM »
Jeez, how about a cross street or some other info to locate this project for those who don't know every inch of Hackensack.....

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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #35 on: May 28, 2018, 10:30:20 AM »
Jeez - how about actually reading the thread?

There might also be a picture or two to help you out.



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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #36 on: June 06, 2018, 09:11:27 AM »
So I guess every reader has to be a Sherlock Holmes. "Look, Mary, that steeple looks like the Presbyterian or is it the Catholic church ......"

Meanwhile, circulation of The Record has plummeted, thanks to your critique of the Sports section:

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2018/06/gannett-admits-circulation-of-record.html

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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #37 on: June 06, 2018, 04:12:05 PM »
So - for every picture - you expect me to provide cross streets and other information for every background building that has nothing to do with any of the rehabilitation activities in this thread? There's about as much chance of that happening as there is of you sneaking in a third plug in as many days for your Record article.

Of course, if you were to give me exclusive credit for the paper's plummeting circulation.....................nah, no one's dumb enough to think that.

All silliness aside, I'm glad that you're getting so much out of this thread - it's every writer's dream.


Well, that was a riveting diversion. Now, back to business.



The cement pumper truck arrived first thing Monday morning, unfolded its tentacle and did its thing.

I'm tempted to make reference to Jed Clampett's "CE-ment Pond", but I won't.


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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #38 on: June 27, 2018, 01:45:21 PM »
1. I had a lot to do on Monday, so was up early (early for me, anyway) and saw this guy already working on the site at 6:49am.

2. At 11:24am, I saw this looooooooong truck on Main St and knew that if it managed to maneuver the exit to the Ward-to-State tight road curvature, it would be perfectly-placed for a truck/site shot for a second or two as it rolled by. Somehow, it managed to back into the site perpendicularly a minute later.

3. Most people who walk by the site barely give it a glance, but at 5:54pm, these 3 spent a few minutes there. Future tenants? Still looking for a table at Alfonso's?

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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2018, 02:40:28 PM »
Love this thread.  Thanks Bob.


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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #40 on: July 12, 2018, 02:38:35 PM »
Chure, man. Here's some more:

1. They finally put a banner on the fence at Main and Ward to show what's coming.

2. Looking north

3. Looking south

4. Spray and shoot


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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #41 on: July 13, 2018, 01:36:56 PM »
This is a better version of the first shot shown in the post showing Hackensack's 4th of July 2018 fireworks (http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php/topic,3743) because the 389 Main hole in the ground has been brightened to show its illumination by the fireworks. And I'll probably post it again next year to show the huge difference with the 5-story building that goes in that hole.

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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #42 on: July 30, 2018, 04:31:11 PM »
The best of the last couple of weeks:

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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Reply #43 on: August 12, 2018, 04:31:18 PM »
From August 3 - 10:

(NOTE: A couple of these observations might be a bit less than accurate...............hey - I write what I think I see)

1. Driver waits in the pouring rain.

2. I'm not sure what the purpose of these large rectangular structures is. Anybody know?

3. With all the heavy activity going on, flowers still manage to pop up.

4. Metallic shrubbery

5. Make your own caption.

6. This was a REALLY hot and humid day, so you find shade wherever you can during breaks.

7. The upper guy just noticed that the bottom guy tied his shoelaces together.

8. Tommy TwoHats

9. On-site holding cell with no roof for sun protection.............cruel (and unusual)!

10. First, the cement truck - partially visible at the bottom - fills the vat on the ground. The vat is hoisted up to where it's needed. You can see the gray cement falling out of the vat just to the right of center.

11. I have no idea what the purpose of the silver material is, but I'm pretty sure it's not aluminum siding.

12. These are still sitting there, so I don't know what they'll be used for.

13. This vehicle was moving fairly quickly uphill, so I rushed to get a shot during the one second or so that the brighter white van was the wood's background.

14. I love this shot. Lots of people in close proximity, yet each side of the fence seems totally oblivious to the other.......................ob-la-di (you know the rest).

15. The long shot looking north

16. I'm not sure, but this may be the top of that "holding cell" shown earlier. The interesting part of this shot - at least to me - is that on either side, the "not-aluminum-siding" is shown from above and behind. Now it looks like those windows with slats of rectangular glass that open from the bottom as you crank their handle. But they're not windows either, so what are they?

17. Whatever they are, here are more of them being installed.

18. Part of the side of that incline was being taken down as Woody Woodstacker did his job.

19. I think you know what this is by now and here come some more..........

20. This is a photostitch that shows the before and after parts of the top of the wall. More interestingly, it also shows where an unfortunate stitch was made that cut a car in half in the upper left on Main St. The stitch itself is OK - it's just that a car (actually two side-by-side cars) drove into the edge of the frame as I was shooting and that frame was later properly stitched by the program. Damn careless drivers!

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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project (Part 1 of 2))
« Reply #44 on: August 21, 2018, 04:30:22 PM »
Since I have more than 20 images, I'll have to double-post today.

1. I just happened to see this skateboarder going the wrong way on State St on August 12 and something looked a little off, so I took a shot and what I got looks like he's saluting the project, but no one's there on a Sunday. I wonder if there's something other than water in his bottle.

2. Something else looked a bit strange the next day when I saw this woman on the wrong side of the fence, looking like she's about to step off the edge. Not quite...........it turns out that she's the project's site engineer, so her umbrella is probably made of hard hat material.

3. (August 16) The thin blue pieces are styrofoam. I don't know its function, but all this wall work was done in advance of concrete being poured there on Saturday, the 18th.

4. Later on the 16th - after everyone went home - a dozen or so fish crows took over the site. More on that in a later post............

5. On the morning of the 17th, I could see from my apartment a large pile of dirt on the public sidewalk side of the fence on Ward St, but a building was blocking part of my view, so it was time to head on over there to see what this was about. This is the view when I got there. If you look right above the head of the worker, you can see the end of a long black pipe and there's a shorter pipe just above that one. Those are............

6. ............water pipes - the reason the dirt below the sidewalk had to be dug out and temporarily piled onto the adjacent part of the walkway.

7. Continuing east on Ward, this view shows the wall area where the concrete will be poured tomorrow.

8. Turning onto Main St, I looked back toward the water pipes and saw that worker about to shorten the longer pipe.

9. After walking down Main St to the southeastern corner of the project, I looked back toward the pipes and saw I had a much better angle to shoot from. In this shot, this supremely-muscled man is about halfway through the pipe, while standing on what looks like very shaky debris.

10. He then switched to the other side and finished the job. I was waiting for this moment and took the shot a microsecond after the separation. The pipe has not yet hit the ground.

11. The ground has been hit.

12, 13, 14. As I headed back home, I took some shots of the ol water (pipes) hole, some construction materials and a pile of interestingly-colored dirt (I like the contrast).

 
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