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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (5-18 to 5-21-19)
« Reply #90 on: May 28, 2019, 04:55:25 PM »
5-18-19 (5)

- Early morning sunlight illuminates (right to left): 389 Main St, 7 E.Ward St, River St car dealer balloons (adds a nice touch, don't you think?)

- Street reach of 5th-floor flooring

- State St protection for the flooring delivery

- a piece of 5th-floor flooring

-  Man, they're just nibbling my view to death, aren't they?



5-19-19 (2)

- view across Passaic St from Parisian Beauty parking lot

- Over-the-fence STITCH


5-20-19 (3)

- removing tape backing

- Lunch!


5-21-19 (10)

- some walkaround

- truck containing the 5th-floor wood walls that will completely knock out my river view (I was thinking of hijacking it)

- The last 2 are STITCHES (@Ward and State, on Main looking up Ward)


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (5-22 to 5-24-19)
« Reply #91 on: May 29, 2019, 01:05:15 PM »
5-22-19 (7)

- Now you see it, now you don't

- Hey..........get away from my view!

- walkaround


5-23-19 (11) + one from 5/24

This is the day my view was officially stolen, once they put up a window frame on the river (and it was pouring rain in the next two shots - serves them right!). I know I've griped about it enough, but the truth is that when I asked the site boss last year when I would lose my river view, he told me it would happen in December, so I've actually had 5 more months than I expected. Still................

In the below video, I shot that window frame/wall piece that was being installed and, in the end, the weather gods voiced their opinion on my behalf. Thanks, WGs.





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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (5-25 to 6-1-19)
« Reply #92 on: June 05, 2019, 04:00:06 PM »
5-25-19

The site was closed on Memorial Day weekend, so I was surprised to see two guys who pulled up in a project-associated vehicle suddenly appear on the wrong side of a locked gate (first pic). It turns out that they had gained entrance through a..............let's just say "a weak spot in the fence" (second pic).

Click! Click!.............and sent to the boss, who, um, took care of things.

(Company name removed from truck to protect the not-so-innocent)



5-26-19

Walkaround




5-27-19

My apartment is 7 floors up. These two pictures were taken from my apartment's roof - 8 floors up - where I can still see a little bit of river...............but that won't last for long.



5-28-19

Don't know what this piping (?) is for, but it's an image I haven't seen here before.



5-29-19

Three more floors were illuminated at night, it had just finished raining, the sky was clearing and you could see the high-rises in Cliffside Park (horizon, center) and the The Modern 1 and 2 in Fort Lee on the left horizon.



5-30-19

Another load of wood arrives because they've still got to build three more floors on the Main St side. After that wood was stacked, I went for a walk and took one of my favorite shots from this project: the stacked wood leading to what it will become - stacked floors.



5-31-19

Not sure what the red stuff is..........cables? piping? Twizzlers? Whatever.................it's a new visual. I wonder what dance the guy's doing in the second pic - odds are it isn't the Safety Dance. In the third pic, I found that there's still the slightest bit of river view left from my living room.



6-1-19

Took a walk to see if anything had been built yet on the Main St side. I had seen a that a crane had been doing something from my apartment, but it had only brought up third floor components, so I drove over to Teaneck to see what the project looked like from Terhune Park. You can just barely see some of my building with its two chimneys.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (6-3 to 6-8-19)
« Reply #93 on: June 16, 2019, 06:43:43 PM »
6-3-19 (3)

1. As seen from Johnson Park

2. Out with the old, in with the new

3. Sunset


6-5-19 (3)

1-3. Loads


6-6-19 (2)

1-2. What they did with those loads


6-7-19
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1-3. More of the same.


6-8-19 (9)

1-9. Walkaround and from home (last one is a stitch)


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (6-10 to 6-15-19)
« Reply #94 on: June 24, 2019, 01:30:32 PM »
6-10-19 to 6-12-19

In the sixth shot, it looks like the building height might not be enough to block those blinding (at night) Foschini field lights.



6-14-19

It's interesting to watch someone using the controls in the bucket to drive the street vehicle section.



6-15-19

The bucket dodges the 165 bus, a festive balloon rises on River St, cutting up on the roof, uploading wood to the bucket, sticking his head out on the 3rd-floor corner, climbing from the roof into the bucket (stitch), putting that uploaded wood to good use.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (6-16 to 6-23-19)
« Reply #95 on: June 24, 2019, 03:43:32 PM »
6-16-19

The five floors are finished on the State St side, but Main St has three more floors to go.



6-17-19

I started taking pictures of people framed by red window tape. This is two shots of what I think this is the same guy.



6-21-19

1. The first windows on the State St side

2. While glass is what's happening on State, wood still rules on Main. ARBEC makes OSB (oriented strand board) panels. OSB and plywood are competitors.

3. View from the Passaic St side

4. The back ends of some trucks make interesting pictures.

5. The super-tall crane is done for the day and is shrinking down to size. A minute later, it was not visible.

6. Free ad for Ply Gem windows



6-22-19

1. Between the 3rd and 4th floors

2. It's hard to get TWO of them hanging outside of the windows at the same time, let alone 3..............

3. At the corner of Main and Ward



6-23-19

1. I took this from the NE corner of Main and Anderson (by Sears). It's kind of nice-looking..........

2. This is 2 stories of retail space at the corner of Main and Ward. Maybe I should lease it and sell my "before" pictures to the tenants.  ;-)

3. I saw this looking up on the Ward St side. Other than that, I have no comment.

4-8. Fun with color and composition as I walked around the corner from Ward to State. #8 shows what's going on where from the inside: wood in the front and glass in back.

9. The bucket rests its head on a wooden pillow.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (6-24 to 7-2-19)
« Reply #96 on: July 08, 2019, 02:30:23 PM »
6-24-19

This morning, a truck with video-screen sides and speakers all around parked across State St from the 389 Main project (it parked on the sidewalk) and started broadcasting something about tax fraud and union carpenters a bit loudly. I have no idea who their target audience was until I emailed the site boss:

"That van with large TV screens, blaring loud noise, was the Union Carpenters organizers, try to recruit carpenters to join the Union. I told them that if their film wasn't in Spanish, no one on this job will understand what it is saying."

Someone in a car apparently didn't like the noise, so they added to it by beeping their horn throughout.




THE PIX:

1. Lady complains about what's going on in the above video.

2. It's rare that I can get a hammer stopped in mid-swing from a block away.



6-25-19

3. Three loads of wood



6-26-19

4. Third floor at Main & Ward

5. This is my last stitch of the yard before a new office trailer moves in.

6. Stitch of Wood City



6-27-19

7. I'm not sure, but I think these rolls are what's on the south side of the building in the 7-2-19 shots.

8. The only benefit I expected from this view-blocking building was the fact that the blazing Foschini Park field lights would no longer be visible. I'm told that the building is now as high up as it's gonna get. It's just barely failed to provide that benefit............damn!



6-29-19

9, 10. Rain & Reflections



6-30-19

11. The view of the building from the northernmost part of my roof



7-1-19

12. Did someone on the roof notice me from a block away and smile for the camera?



7-2-19

13, 14. From home, I couldn't tell what these poles were there for, so I took a walk and saw that they appear to be the tracks for moveable scaffolding

15,16. The old office trailer was right by the State St entrance to the site. This new one is tucked way in the back, right against the fence where I normally shoot the yard stitches. The stitch shows the problem (and also the problem that this is a crummy stitch).

17. 18. On the Main St side, four floors down and one to go. I heard hammering when I took that shot, so if you look at it closely, you can see the guy in the next shot, hitting the nail on the head.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (7-3 to 7-6-19)
« Reply #97 on: July 08, 2019, 04:33:16 PM »
7-3-19

The guy on the roof should have his hard hat on............wood pieces are falling out of the bottom. And note that the biggest falling piece is under the dark "Play" button in the center.





The Pix:

1-9. Getting all the roofing materials up on the roof before the July 4 holiday kicks in. Is the guy on the left in the ninth picture taking a selfie?



7-4-19

"Even on the 4th of July, Bob?" Sure!

10-13. The roof at sunset with all that stuff on it made interesting stitches, but a couple of hours later, the Hackensack fireworks were magnificent. The east-facing tenants in this building will love them.



7-6-19

14-19. Except for the first one, they're all roof rain work shots, taken while I'm nice and dry in my living room.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (7-8 to 7-13 -19)
« Reply #98 on: July 22, 2019, 01:00:08 PM »
7-8-19

1-4. Framed pictures



7-12-19

5. Exterior window transportation/support

6,7,8. More framed pictures

9. The first view of lights on all floors (and the 10-millionth view of the Foschini Park field lights that will just THRILL the new tenants............when will someone get wise and have them pointed DOWNWARD toward the field or heavily-shielded?)

From July 12:





7-13-19

10-20. Pretty self-explanatory


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
« Reply #99 on: July 22, 2019, 04:42:56 PM »
wow, that construction really did destroy your view of the river.  That's a major loss for your photography sessions, and overall quality of life.  Well, at least THEY will have a stupendous view of the river, until the next one goes up on the other side of Main Street....lol

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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (7-15 to 7-24-19)
« Reply #100 on: July 26, 2019, 03:07:49 PM »
7-15-19 (3)

1-3. This is the week where the side of the project that faces me turns bright red.

The red material is called Resisto Redzone Stick VP and it's a self-adhesive, vapor-permeable, air-barrier membrane with a tri-laminated polypropylene complex on its surface..............or so says the Resisto site.

You can get out your redometer and watch the color increase as the week goes on.



7-16-19 [8]

4. This shows the first straight-on view of the top-floor work on the Main St side.

5,6. Window work continues.

7-11. Red-spread continues. #11 is a photo stitch of the roof edge.



7-17-19 (1)

12. This is what the red looks like in the AM without the sun being directly on it. There's also a lot of window reflection and window stickers, plus a crane at the bottom that's waiting to be unloaded.



7-19-19 (1)

13. Sunset



7-22-19 (1)

14. Early morning sun lights up the Ward St side.



7-23-19 (2 + video)

15. Very-slightly reminiscent of "Home Improvement" (which one's Wilson?)

16. Looks like someone from another planet moved into a 4th floor unit.

That someone is chameleon-like, according to this video. Assuming this is really a reflection, I have no idea from where, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's coming from some new display at the liquor store that's next to the car wash at River and Anderson.





7-24-19 (3)

17, 18. Working in the top-floor corner at Main and Ward

19. The red reflection at sunset is so bright that it lights up a CD shelf that's almost 20' from my LR window.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (7-25 to 8-1-19)
« Reply #101 on: August 05, 2019, 03:00:09 PM »
7-25-19 (4)

1. The five floors

2. The northeast corner at Main and Ward

3. I was surprised to see that the State St Cafe section of sidewalk is mostly still there.............but it's not staying.

4. Looking north toward Ward St, this stitch shows the temporary Window Warehouse.



7-27-19 (1)

5. A balloon on River St appears to be separating the work being done on the roof of 7 E. Ward (east side of Main St) from the new construction at 389 Main (west side of Main).



7-29-19 (3)

6. Street view of the Ward St work

7. Closeup double-view from home of a window installation

8. Here's a sight you don't see every day on one-way State St: a collapsed crane driving a front-loaded cargo of new windows against traffic.



7-30-19 (1)

9. This is a short-lived phenomenon: all the cars in the E lot have red roofs and trunks, thanks to the current covering of the State St side of 389 Main.



7-31-19
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10. Street view of worker unrolling his to-do list for the day

11. This might be the last time a giant crane is on-site to bring materials onto the roof.

12. The picture frame shots are becoming fewer and fewer as work progresses.

13,14. The red spreads to Ward St.



8-1-19 (3)

15. I can't see as many workers on the roof these days because the activity is all on the far (Main St) side.

16. There's a two-story-tall piece of what I think may be clear backing for the Resisto Redzone Stick VP material that's blowing in the breeze.

17. It appears that some sort of rope connected to the scaffolding is being secured to one of its poles at the end of the day down on the second floor.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (8-2 to 8-7-19)
« Reply #102 on: August 27, 2019, 05:51:12 PM »
8-2-19

1. The red starts creeping around onto the Ward St side.

2,3,4. Some pipe stuff I happened to notice on a walkaround.

5. Young and old workers: time to stretch



8-3-19

6. It's hard to catch two shovelsful of dirt in the air from a block away, 7 floors up and with a million wires in the way. I came close.

7. Yes - there's a street between the old brick building and the new one.

8. Yet another red-roofed car, courtesy of 389 Main.



8-4-19

9-14. Except for the last one, all were found on another walkaround.



8-5-19

15. When asked about this shot, the site superintendent said that this is the new construction drone.



8-7-19

16-20. More walkarounds are necessary because not much is going on on the State St side. As for all the pipes shots, here's what the site super had to say: "All those pipes will have the permanent power to the building. The power will come off that pole on State St., travel underground in pipes into site and make a right turn to a transformer in the back right hand corner. Then from transformer underground into the building basement under the electrical room. Then holes are cored out of concrete floor so the wires can be brought up thru floor into the electrical room above."

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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (8-9 to 8-16-19)
« Reply #103 on: August 28, 2019, 10:43:28 AM »
8-9-19

1. At  sunset, the building seems to make EVERYTHING red - even the clouds!



8-11-19

2. Almost the same shot as the one at the end of the previous post, but in this one, the tubes have caps (big deal, right?)

3. No comment other than "Really?".

4. The building is looking pretty formidable now.

5. The full shape of the Main St side is almost complete.



8-14-19

6. Roof work and almost-roof work.

7. That's some crane!

8. One little box



8-15-19

9. Three little boxes

10. Four little boxes

11. Four-and-a-half little boxes (four with sides)

12. Five-and-a-half little boxes (four with a roof)

13. Five-and-a-half little boxes (ALL with a roof)

14. Drinking and driving (the wrong way) on State St in a five-window convertible.



8-16-19

15. There's something upcoming called a Fraco mast climbing scaffold that these will be a part of.

16,17. This man is on the roof, right on the corner of Main and Ward - inches from death - and decides to swing a sledgehammer with his rear end hanging over Main St.

18. These guys are working one floor below a very interesting-looking window that I will show a bit further down the line.

19. Moon over Main


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (8-17 to 8-20-19)
« Reply #104 on: August 28, 2019, 12:42:40 PM »
8-17-19

1. Up on the roof

2. Spreadin' the red (with the help of a third pair of hands up top)

3. The view from Passaic St

4. More red on Ward

5. I think this is backing for the rolls of red.



8-19-19

6. Early this Monday morning, I got an email from the site super asking me if I happened to see or get any shots of unauthorized people on the site: "Our site got robbed and all the trades tools were taken from their lock gang boxes." Unfortunately, I didn't see anything. Even more unfortunately, it happened again two days later.

7,8,9,10. Construction of the Fraco mast-climbing scaffold begins.

11. This is the interesting-looking window I referred to in the previous post and also in the July 26 post. And I was right about it being a reflection from a liquor store on River St. Buy-Rite Liquors has a big red sign with yellow letters and I'm pretty sure that's what you see in that left window.



8-20-19

12,13,14,15. Another walkaround with cranes and creeping red. The truck in #14 is carrying rolls of white rubber roofing material - one of which you will see in an 8-23 video being carried in the rain on the roof.

16,17. Roof deposit and roof lunch

18. Nailing traffic cones to the street

19,20. More prep work for the Fraco mast-climbing scaffold


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