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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (8-21 to 8-26-19)
« Reply #105 on: August 28, 2019, 02:55:12 PM »
8-21-19








1-5. Stills shot during the creation/raising of one of the masts

6. A framed shot of a worker watching the mast work below

7. The red you see inside the widow is from a section of the project across the courtyard from this apartment.

8. As unhappy as I was about this building blocking my view, I wish they built it just a teeny bit taller to keep the blazing Foschini Park field lights out of my living room.



8-23-19

9. "June 10"? Maybe next year.

10. Life goes on on both sides of State St

11. Another part of a mast is put together.

12. Street side view of the Fraco mast-climbing scaffold. The entire platform moved to the top of the building by climbing the 3 masts (2 of which appear to be together from this angle).

13. Red has hit the Main St side and the Main & Ward topper is in place.

14. So here's the completed Fraco mast-climbing scaffold after the huge building-wide platform traveled up the 3 masts - each with its own motor - to the top floor. So what does it do? Sez the boss: "Guys are going to start brick work. They can put like 25 guys laying brick and move right up the building with that scaffold. They start bottom up." In reply to another question: "No idea what that monster weighs. Has to be a couple of tons."


8-24-19

15. Essentially the same as the previous shot, this was taken the next day when the sun was an an angle that caused the platform to cast a shadow across the entire 4th floor.

16,17. Carrying materials on the roof. #17 looks like the guys are headed for the Modern 1 and 2 towers in Fort Lee...............or maybe just to the houses in Teaneck.

18. Does that say "Genie" or "Ganja" on the side? Looks like a big bong.

19. This stitch shows most of the scaffold's platform, what's on the roof, the Modern 1 & 2 in Fort Lee and some of the high-rises in Cliffside Park.



8-26-19

20. I thought the mast's motor fell out, but I'm told it's a small masonry wet saw for cutting brick.


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The Fraco mast-climbing scaffold in action video (paint dries quicker)
« Reply #106 on: August 28, 2019, 04:30:00 PM »
I heard a lot of metallic moaning and groaning on August 26, 2019, and realized that it was coming from the 389 Main project - specifically, the building-wide, 5-story Fraco mast-climbing scaffold on the State St side of the project. It had been making its way down from the 5th floor with snail-like speed and I thought I should get video of this unusual sight. If I edit out all the time it stopped, it might be a speedy little vid that someone might actually want to watch.

I thought wrong.

By the time I finally got the camera and tripod set up and hit "REC", it was already down to the 4th floor. Did I miss my chance for YouTube glory?

Even after squeezing out as much dead air as I could, it still runs almost 10 minutes, so if you've got something else to do..............ANYTHING!..............do it.




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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (8-27 to most of 8-30-19)
« Reply #107 on: September 06, 2019, 04:00:19 PM »
8-27+28-19

1-4. Each day has similar shots that I've mixed for comparative reasons.



8-29-19

5. The company whose name is stuck on every window

6,7,8.  7 explains 6.

9,10. Creators of the Crimson Corner



8-30-19 (partial............continued in next post)

11. Brickwork begins.

12,13. The Crimson Half-Corner

14. I'm starting to like this as a red building. It might become the most distinctive building in town if it stayed that way

15. This man is facing the sun, which is reflecting off the section of building behind him, painting both man and machinery as red as that roll of Resisto he's carrying.

16. More brickwork on the State St side

17. Here's a sight you don't see every day.................or ever.

18. Brick dust

19. This stitch was taken toward the end of the first day of brickwork.

20. STRANGEST SHOT OF THE DAY: During my walkaround, as I approached the site while walking north on State St from Passaic St, I saw this on the dashboard of the first vehicle parked on State after the site entrance. There was no one in the vehicle and no one around........and I was TEMPTED, but...................


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (some 8-30 to 9-1-19)
« Reply #108 on: September 06, 2019, 08:42:11 PM »
8-30-19 (remainder)

1. First day of brickwork and the Fraco mast-climbing scaffold ready for second-floor work

2,3. Full building and closeup shots on the first night that I can't see through the first-floor window openings



8-31-19

4. 8-31 roof toss and 9-1 collection of roof tosses

5. The blue Genie arrives.

6. Window work has altered the angle of reflection of the building in the next image. I think it's an improvement.



9-1-19

7. This building is about 3 clocks away on River St.

8. The Ward St side of 389 Main, the First Presbyterian Church and a plane coming into Teterboro Airport

9-20. Another walkaround


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (9-3 to 9-6-19)
« Reply #109 on: September 09, 2019, 02:37:52 PM »
9-3-19

1,2. Bricks: onward and upward

3. This is when I wish my unit was 3 or 4 stories taller so I could try to figure out what he's doing.

4. (STITCH) First floor: red brick.............second floor: RED STICK

5. More cars with interesting tops/hoods/etc.



9-4-19

6,7,8. Lunchtime

9,10. A little redder + Resisto Red backing flapping in the breeze

11. No clue

12. Second floor brickwork



9-5-19

13. I thought it was some sort of mirror, but it appears to be a roof hatch cover.

14. Lifeline keeps him from being part of Main St.

15. Whatever it is, it's the first one I've seen on the roof.

16. It looks like someone lost a contact lens.

17. Getting ready to start laying brick on the Ward St side



9-6-19

18. Laying brick on Ward St. This was not an easy shot to see (or to time) without binoculars from a block away through a chain link fence to get both brick and trowel.

19. Not sure, but he might have been praying to either the trees of Teaneck or the high-rises of Cliffside Park before climbing down.


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (9-7 to 9-10-19)
« Reply #110 on: September 16, 2019, 02:22:36 PM »
9-7-19

The roof is at a 6th-floor level and I shot this from my 7th-floor apartment a block away. This was the day that they finally appeared to have completed the roof construction work at the 389 Main St project and cleared it. The video demonstrates a small part of it.




The stills:

1-7. The last of the roof's Resisto Red goes up, the garbage goes down the hatch and the big leftover pieces get carried down by the basket crane.

8. The cleared roof



9-8-19

9. Vandalism?

10, 11. Red state in front, blue state in back

12. Heavy-duty window protection from.............gnats?

13. The Ward Street Brickyard



9-9-19

14,15. These are spools of electrical wire.


 
9-10-19

16. Why State St was closed that morning

17. Roofing leftovers (see 9-7) being carted away

18. The final Resisto Red hang-up on the State Street side?

19. First floor brickwork stitch


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (9-11 to 9-18-19)
« Reply #111 on: October 09, 2019, 02:45:26 PM »
9-11-19

1. I'm guessing that the V that was half-created by the pole stands for "VERY unsafe"? The picture brings to mind an original Met: Ed Crane-pole.........oops, Kranepool.

2. The delivery guy gets his ducts in a row (groan) while the work crew brings in the carriers of heat and A/C.

3. Reconnecting the fence after the delivery

4. The Fraco thing is positioned to facilitate the 3rd-floor brickwork.



9-15-19

5. The view from the NE corner of Main and Anderson

6. I have no idea what this cylindrical concrete thing is or who created the red, yellow and black palette with the strategically-placed brick, but it was the first unintentionally-artistic piece I've seen on the site.

This just in from the site boss: "That big round piece of concrete slab that brick was on, is a core hole drilled out underground from the foundation wall where the water main line for the building comes in from the street water main."

7,8,9. More scenes on the State St side



9-16-19

10,11. More deliveries



9-17-19

12. Working their way around to the Ward St side

13. Sun reflection from one of The Modern's towers in Fort Lee



9-18-19

14,15. From home

16-20. Walkaround


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (9-21 to 9-27-19)
« Reply #112 on: October 09, 2019, 03:47:52 PM »
9-21-19

1. The view from across the river in Terhune Park in Teaneck (gotta go back at high tide).

2,3. The cylindrical concrete palette looks less artistic without the brick (and the yellow pat of butter that was in the center). I couldn't lift the cylinder, but I got the brick for a memento (its markings match the previous pic of it).

4. I'll probably shoot most the vehicles I see that have the red building reflection on them for as long as that situation exists.

5. Fall sunsets begin in Fort Lee and Hackensack (and nowhere else!).



9-23-19

6. Waiting for the brick delivery

7. Didn't have to wait long



9-24-19

8,9. I'll be shooting each stage of the brickwork. 9 is a photostitch, so click to enlarge.



9-25-19

10. Putting together the scaffolding on the Ward St side



9-26-19

11. After a light rain, the red building is reflecting off the two roofs of the small building across the street.

12. I was hoping for a rainbow over the building after the storm, but its timing wasn't right.

13. I DID notice that the roof hatch was open, but at this stage of construction, a little rain getting in isn't a concern.

14. The dark exiting storm and the bright sunset made it a good time to shoot a living-room neighborhood photostitch view. Who knows how many more opportunities there will be to do this while the building is still red. PLUS, you can see a project going up in front of Sears on the left that will block most of Sears from my view, so this may turn out to be a doubly-rare shot.



9-27-19

15,16. Night shots

17. Delivery of another floor of scaffolding components

18,19,20. Deliveries of brickwork components, including a tub of mortar


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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (9-28 to 10-2-19)
« Reply #113 on: October 09, 2019, 05:21:07 PM »
9-28-19

AM:

1,2. Netting deliveries, unentangling and unfurling


PM:

3. Windy afternoon

4. What started out as a sideways "U", became...

5. ... an (almost) sideways "I", blowing in front of the newly-netted Ward St scaffolding. This necessitated...

6,7,8. ...a one-block road trip to capture this one-day sight from different angles.



9-30-19

9,10. From over a block away, I'm guessing that bricks were being picked out on the building's SW corner and cut to fit specific needs.

11. Meanwhile, over in the NW corner, bricks are handed up one at a time. I had to take a few shots to get this right because you can't see detail this tiny in the viewfinder of a pocket camera.

12. A tub of mortar is being mixed and a shovelful is taken out.

13. I noticed something strange going on up on the roof. It appeared that sticks or branches were being inserted into the roof. What on earth could THAT be? Some kind of garden?



10-1-19

14. Oh, I know! He's going to cover them with animal skins and make teepees to cover the builder's low-income housing obligations. What else could it be?

15. The 4th-floor workers await delivery of something that's still on the first floor.

16,17. Playing "King of the Mountain" on his truck until some oncoming metal scaffolding chases him away.

18. Calling "Thank you" down to the crane operator for yet another tub of delicious mortar.


10-2-19

19. The tables are turned (slightly) as MY building reflects the sun off THEIR windows. It's nowhere near as dominant as their red is at sunset, but - unlike that red - it WILL be permanent for their tenants. Revenge is ours!

20. So it's not gonna be a garden, nor will it be teepees for low-income tenants, so WHAT THE HECK IS IT?

Oh, wait.......a Western Union telegram (Google it) just came in from the site boss: "Those are the water lines and refrigerant lines that will go into rooftop units for the units in the building. There will be big units that fit over those pipes on the roof where air conditioning & heat comes from to feed the units below."


How boring. I was looking forward to shooting the teepee tenants and related activities on that roof for years to come. Oh well - maybe the big units will block out the blazing Foschini Park field lights.

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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (10-3 to 10-16-19)
« Reply #114 on: November 06, 2019, 03:00:18 PM »
Various and sundry - of note: snap-in bricks (Legos?), lunch/siesta time, insulation delivery to the 5th floor and more.

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Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (10-17 to 11-1-19)
« Reply #115 on: November 07, 2019, 11:20:07 AM »
Look for reflective window art and reflective car art (10-19 & 10-24), "overheated generator" (according to the HFD on 10-26) and delivery of 25-30 apartment climate units to the roof (10-30-19).

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