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Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project (Part 2 of 2)
« Reply #45 on: August 21, 2018, 04:30:48 PM »
Saturday, August 18

15. The concrete pumper truck was the first thing I saw from my living room when I got up on Saturday. Its hard to miss something that looks like it could connect the two end zones at MetLife Stadium.

16, 17. Closeups of the pumped concrete being poured

18, 19.  The higher-than-the-horizon pumper truck obscures the fact that theres another crane lifting a vat of concrete for workers to pour (Im sure theres a more technical term for it, but until I learn it, its a vat).

 

Sunday, August 19

20, 21, 22. A short stroll to watch concrete harden (watching paint drying might be quicker), the vat hanging out with the pipes, and.milk curdling?

 

Monday, August 20,

23. Its Christmas morning for excited workers as they unwrap the concrete wall (with the help of crowbars and a bucket).


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
« Reply #46 on: September 06, 2018, 03:35:19 PM »
August 21 to September 1, 2018:

1. Things are cranking up, so this seemed like the right image to start with.

2. A waterfall of stones

3. Brand-new, wet cinder blocks

4,5,6. Work

7. Project picture frame

8. Not sure what the big blocks are for

9. Scaffolding going up on the first of two 5-story stairwells

10. The Ward St view - the smaller concrete structure will contain the two elevators.

11. The water's main purpose was to make cement, but on a day that felt like 101 degrees, it appears to serve a more refreshing purpose.

12. Early morning sun backlighting makes for a better picture when smoke is involved.

13. This stairwell was going up quickly and beginning to block my view of Main St.

14. 10 hours later - at around midnight - I noticed it was starting to block the Greater BCA sign.

15. The next morning, an 80-ton crane started hoisting steel beams for the basement

16. The day after that (9/1), the scaffolding was removed from the stairwell's exterior.

17. The 80-ton crane

18. The scaffoldless stairwell. In the background, you can see 3 of the upright steel beams.

19. The collected scaffolding

20. My still-clear view of the river.............how long will it last? And "Greater BCA" is now "Greater B".



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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
« Reply #47 on: September 08, 2018, 03:00:28 AM »
That stairwell is 3 stories above grade, so far. And how tall is the building going to be ? At least 5 stories, I'm sure.  Your fears are confirmed, goodbye river view from your penthouse apartment.

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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
« Reply #48 on: September 08, 2018, 11:01:27 AM »
The stairwell is at a second-story level now (plus one floor is in the basement). From my view, it's almost at the same height as the two-story buildings this one replaces. I could never see the Greater BCA sign or the Noches de Colombia restaurant before demolition occurred and now I'm going back to not seeing them - no big deal, but losing the river will be.................good ol' progress.

They're going to build everything up to the second floor before continuing with the stairwell, which will go up to the fifth floor - the finished building's height.





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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project - Part 1 of 2 (9-2-18 to 9-7-18)
« Reply #49 on: September 11, 2018, 03:00:44 PM »
9-2-18

1. You saw this stairwell at night WITH scaffolding in an earlier post. This is without.


9-4-18

2,3,4. The cement pumper at work in various locations

5. The only question I can think of asking about this iimage has this answer: to get to the other side.


9-5-18

6. This truck picked up the scaffolding and a bunch of other (excess?) building materials.

7. I wondered what all these wood frames were for. As far as I can tell, two long rows of them were built about a wall's depth from each other and concrete was pumped between them. The concrete hardened and the frames were removed. The result - as you probably guessed from my "wall's depth" remark - was a concrete wall.


9-6-18

8. The next day - with the sun almost directly overhead - I took this shot to show the basement definition created by its new walls.


9-7-18

9-19.  The big crane is back to hoist more steel beams into place (OK - one's not a steel beam and I had a little fun with the next-to-last one). In #12, Superman and Robin (huh?) showed up to watch.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project - Part 2 of 2 (9-7-18 to 9-8-18)
« Reply #50 on: September 11, 2018, 03:20:08 PM »
9-7-18 (continued)

20. Finally! Some color to work with! But it's short-lived - it's a liner to keep moisture away from the concrete floor that's scheduled to be poured tomorrow (9/12).

21. The last time you saw this shot, it was all wooden frames that resulted in this curved concrete wall.

22-33. Beamwork. Personal favorite: the Sign-A-Rama one. Distant second: the one that looks like a cross (but only because the crane operator is in the shot).

34,35. End of the day


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (Do you see what I see?)
« Reply #51 on: September 17, 2018, 02:05:36 PM »
1. Steel beams, a huge crane, concrete walls, giant blocks...............

2. I see something else. I have to start wondering if it's the last time I'm going to be fortunate enough to see another egret from home.



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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
« Reply #52 on: September 17, 2018, 02:45:24 PM »
Two cranes.

(although, it may be an egret).

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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
« Reply #53 on: September 17, 2018, 04:01:38 PM »
It IS an egret - in fact, it's a Great Egret.

Cranes are almost never seen around here.



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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (Part 1 of 2 - 9/10 to 9/12/18)
« Reply #54 on: September 18, 2018, 06:33:06 PM »
9-10-18

1. The night view with some steel beams up


9-11-18

2. The site, haze, 80-ton crane, fire trucks across Main St

3. The crane operator appears to have heavy steel beams hanging overhead and weighty concrete blocks underfoot - not a good place to be in a 2-dimensional world.

4. Basement beam-connecting


9-12-18

BASEMENT FLOOR CEMENT-POURING

5. From home: the concrete pumper truck and its ridiculously-long arm is being fed by a constant stream of cement mixer trucks.

6. The pumper's flexible arm is being manipulated to spread concrete on the yellow floor liner, but the most interesting part is the guy in the red shirt, who is controlling the crane via his pouch.

7. This small photostitch shows the Ward St view of the mostly-covered cement floor.

8. The view from Main St

9. Cement closeup

10. It looks like fun, but I hope this guy didn't wait there too long.

11. The last floor section and probably the last cement mixer truck

12. Cement closer-up

13. I like this shot not only because of the super-long handle, but the steel beam vaguely resembles a guitar neck.

14. The crew takes a break.............probably waiiting for the new cement mixer truck to get hooked up to the pumper. They're at the far southern end of the site and I'm on Ward St, at the far northern end.

15. The site engineer on a very precarious-looking perch

16. This looks like a fun ride at an amusement park (The Flying Fan?), but it's actually a motorized troweling machine - used to finish off concrete slabs.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (Part 2 of 2 - 9/14 to 9/16/18)
« Reply #55 on: September 18, 2018, 06:36:11 PM »
9-14-18

1. All the heavy concrete blocks got moved to another location on the site.

2. Time to go to another job somewhere

3. Hackensack meets Fort Lee (with Teaneck in the middle)


9-15-18

4. More vertical beams are in place, but my river view remains intact for a little while longer. By the way, I'm told that steel will only go up to the second floor and above that will be all wood.

5. Sun/Beams


9-16-18

6. The night view with some more steel beams up

7. The morning sun shows basement beam work.


SUNDAY MORNING PERIMETER SHOOT

8+9. As I understand it, on this level, the Main St side is residential and the State St side is garage. The bottom of #9 - a photostitch - has me a little worried. Sometimes, a stitch can cause bending on the edges. I'm hoping that's the case here.

10+11. Remember this? Since there's now some verticality, it's time to start taking similar shots as the structure rises.

12. Since the next image blocks the beautiful white steeple of the First Presbyterian Church, I wanted to include this shot so that my friend, Steve McClelland - the pastor - knows that there's still a nice view of his steeple from Main St.............at least for a little while.

13. This photostitch shows the current morning view of the entire Main St side of the project, as seen from E. Ward St.

14. This stitch shows such a great view of my neighborhood. It's s shame that it won't be visible from this Main St vantage point anymore (of course, it wasn't visible until about 8 months ago, so that's one reason I'm shooting what I can while it's still there).

15. For all you Sears freaks................

16+17. Site sights

18. This is where those heavy blocks were moved to. BTW - "CBH Care" (Comprehensive Behavioral Health Care) was the largest group affected by the change. They occupied most of the largest demolished building - the yellow-brick one that wrapped around Main, Ward, and State streets. The frames behind the blocks pop up in the next picture.

19. How nice of the construction company to leave these frames here for me to shoot through. There's usually something different left behind the frames every week for me to shoot.


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And, of course, all images and text in Parts 1 and 2 (and everywhere else) are Bob Leafe.



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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (9-18-18 to 9-27-18)
« Reply #56 on: September 30, 2018, 06:15:10 PM »
9-18-18

1. At the site: on the right is Max Dorne, Director of Development for Claremont Companies (site clearers/buiders) with bankers.

2. The 80-ton crane heads down State St.


9-20-18

3,4. We've seen these guys before - taking pictures of each other and spray-painting graffiti on the sidewalk.............cool jobs!

5. Trucks line up to dump dirt. Red is backing down to dump and blue is waiting for him to finish and leave so he can do the same.

6. 300 loads were needed to raise the floor 11 feet. The video shows a few of them.




9-22-18

7. Saturday morning. No one was around and then I saw this guy climbing a wall, tiptoe-ing through the tulips and then just hanging out. Turns out he was talking to another worker who was behind a wall.


9-24-18

8. Flattening out the dirt

9. Workers peel paper from the sticky side of anti-moisture wall liner - kinda like wallpaper.

10. Sub-standard fill that was too sandy for good compaction with the roller gets scraped up to be sent back.

11,12. Eight truckloads of that fill were returned.


9-25-18

13,14,15. The rain just got worse as the day went on.


9-26-18

16. Still too wet to get any work done


9-27-18

17,18,19. Twice a year - from my view - the sun strongly reflects off the river. Sometimes it's blindingly bright, but mostly it's a gorgeous sea of a zillion shimmering sparkles. It's so bright that you really have to limit the exposure, so the rest of the picture is dark. It occurs next in April, but I'm told my river view will disappear probably in December or January, so, unfortunately, this is it after 30 years. And after looking at the real thing, the pictures are comparatively dull.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (lit by lightning?)
« Reply #57 on: October 05, 2018, 11:23:03 AM »
Since I've photographed the 389 Main site in sunlight, darkness, rain and snow, I decided that I wanted to get a shot of it illuminated by lightning. Sunday night's rain/lightning storm gave me that opportunity.

Since it's not easy to guess when lightning's about to go off and shoot stills, I took the simple way out and just shot video of the dark site. After a few flashes - one of which I thought would make a killer shot - I pulled stills from the video. When I found the "good" one, I also pulled a dark still from one-tenth of a second before the lightning for the "before" shot.

Here are the results:

1. The before shot

2. The "sort-of-what-I-was-hoping-to-get" shot

3. What I actually got

Not exactly blinding, but it's my first attempt.

I'll learn.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (10-1-18 to 10-10-18)
« Reply #58 on: October 19, 2018, 03:07:17 PM »
10-1-18

Half a block of State St is closed because of water company digging - NOT because of the construction vehicles.


10-2-18

1. Lotsa dirt loads

2,3. Despite their alabaster covering, the Michelin Twins now work on a dirt truck.
 
4. The dumping

5. The piles

6. The flattening


10-5-18

1. Shouldn't the guy have the hat?


10-7-18

1. Traffic light colors!

2. The State and Ward crosswalk to the site

3. It's been a long time since this area was flat.


10-9-18

1,2. Pipes & Pix


10-10-18

1. More heavy equipment waiting to be unloaded

 2,4. Maybe a little too heavy - as this vehicle was backing onto the site from the street, I heard a popping/cracking sound. A few seconds later...............damaged driveway.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (10-12-18 to 10-19-18)
« Reply #59 on: October 29, 2018, 04:40:05 PM »
10-12-18 to 10-19-18

Various and sundry.

The only one worth mentioning is IMG_4216 from 10-15. All I know is that these are a new version of light gauge metal forms - instead of wood - for the footings. They get buried in those grave-like holes.

BTW - the last one contained the boulder thats already on the ground. I missed stopping it in mid-air (bad day).


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