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Well, almost.

You can see the Tappan Zee Bridge (with some new Cuomo Bridge mixed in) on the far left. After you click to enlarge and scroll all the way to the right, you can make out what appear to be Manhattan skyscrapers in the hazy distance. If part of the cliff was missing, you'd see the GWB.

This is a 9-image photo stitch that I took from the Stateline Lookout in Alpine two weeks ago when I attended the "Hawks Over The Hudson" event. There are plenty of glitches to be found in it, but considering the number of photos involved in a hand-held shoot of connectivity guesswork and changing brightnesses from image to image, I'm happy with it.

Hackensack Discussion / Hearing aids & meat
« on: October 15, 2017, 01:55:31 PM »
Talk about screwy junk mail! Actually, I'm not sure it's totally junk mail - it seems to be a legitimate company in Paramus.

It was addressed using my nickname and middle initial (who does that?) and to some apartment that's a couple of floors below me.

And what sort of professional medical group doesn't put their name on the envelope and tries to entice people to come in to get their hearing checked by offering "filets" in the form of a $10 store gift card (with which you could probably spend on anything)?

The only thing I can't hear is the explanation of what the connection is between hearing aids and meat.

Oh doesn't help when you write "except" when you meant "expect".

Who does their proofreading.............The Record?

Events & Calendar / For all you dogs out there............
« on: October 14, 2017, 03:33:00 PM » now have plans for October 22.

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Look it up.

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I've never seen a punk cloud before.

Click it.

On March 9, 1971, Black Sabbath played at the Century Theater at the Garden State Plaza.

No one could believe:

1. that they were playing in Paramus, of all places, and

2. that it was for a church

I HAD to go. As I recall, it was pretty much of a disaster. The band had sound problems, left the stage, came back and then walked off for good (though you can't tell any of that from the below video.........IF that video truly IS from the Paramus show).

The crowd was pissed.

Someone with the church came out on stage and tried to calm the crowd down and get them to leave, saying that refunds could be gotten at the box office. People rushed out to avoid a long line, only to find that the box office was closed and a sign was there saying that if you wanted a refund, you'd have to go to the church during weekdays. I decided that rather than get back my $5 for each ticket, my stubs would be more historically valuable to keep (see attached).

I don't imagine that the church made very much money from that benefit.

Hackensack History / From the Second Reformed Church photo archives......
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:31:18 PM »
I'm working with the Second Reformed Church - my next-door neighbor - on a project to digitize their photo archive.

These two 1907 images show the two houses that were on Union St between Anderson and Ward - where the front of the church is now.

I asked if I could post them here for the city's database and they were kind enough to agree.

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On Saturday, September 30 - and just a couple of hours after the water main road excavations in front of my building were filled - I heard a familiar sound.

It was another Ecuadorian parade/procession coming down Passaic St and turning onto Union - la the Our Lady of the Cloud one that occurs every January 1. The composition of the participants and their dancing/marching/costumes were almost the same.

I had no idea what this one was about until I took the fifth picture and I can't find anything that explains its significance ("Coro de San Miguel Arcangel"  translates to "Chorus of St Michael the Archangel").

They continued on to Anderson St, made a left and I presume they went on to Holy Trinity Church.

The next morning, I heard loud music coming from the direction of Anderson Park, but I couldn't see anyone there. Later that afternoon, while I was on Anderson St, I heard that it was coming from the Holy Trinity Church parking lot, so I walked over there, stood in front of lots of seated people and took a single shot.

I think the small statue behind the singer is the same one that was carried in the Saturday procession - St Michael the Archangel.

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Hackensack Discussion / For unhappy New York Giants fans
« on: October 09, 2017, 01:00:00 PM »
Smart kid:


That's not much of a suicide attempt unless he was counting on a mercury-laden fish to swim down his throat and kill him.

I don't want to wish ill on anyone, but I could probably think of a few hundred musicians I would miss a whole lot less than Tom Petty.

He was just a nice guy who could really rock out and wrote tremendous songs for a long period of time.

Here are some of my favorite shots that I took of Tom:

1. 1979 - at the No Nukes concert at Madison Square Garden with Clarence Clemons, Roy Bittan, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and Rosemary Butler

2. 1981 - at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford

3&4.  1985 - at the first Farm Aid Benefit Concert in Champaign, IL

5. 1987 - at Madison Square Garden

Hackensack Discussion / New(?) Historic(?) local Medical Center
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:33:40 PM »
The New Bridge Medical Center!

Just take the train to the New Bridge Landing station and walk a few miles.


Seen on a neighbor's property (any ideas what could have happened here?):

Hackensack Discussion / Anderson St RR track crossing repair
« on: October 02, 2017, 03:18:34 PM »
Anderson St has been closed at the tracks for the last few days. The repairs will make the ride over the tracks very smooth as they've already done with the same tracks where they cross Main St. I drove over those this morning and the difference is amazing - no more trying to find the sweet spot.

I took these yesterday.

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Hackensack Discussion / Former City Manager James S. Lacava, 78
« on: September 30, 2017, 10:44:01 AM »
This is in today's Record:

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