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Hackensack Discussion / Anybody want this?
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:07:41 PM »
They're gonna replace all the sidewalks around the 395 Main project, so if anyone wants to preserve the State Street Cafe sidewalk logo in your museum or for your new patio, let me know.

For the last 25 years or so, it's been the sidewalk by the entrance to Don Alfonso's Restaurant, which succeeded the Cafe.

I don't know when they're gonna do this - or even if it's spoken for (I doubt it) - so speak up if you want it and I'll put you in touch with the man in charge. Otherwise, it'll just wind up in the broken concrete pile.

Here's your chance to own a semi-worthless lump of Hackensack history. Don't miss out!

Hackensack Discussion / Late News: Midtown Bridge has re-opened
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:05:01 PM »
"Late" because it's been open for over a week. It was rededicated on Saturday, as you can see in the sign in the second pic.

At first glance, I wondered why the green plastic mesh was there. While walking across the bridge, you can see all sorts of openings where the metal design pops up through the sidewalk. You could get your foot caught in it, small children could get stuck between the design and the green guardrails..............I'm guessing that it could be a source of many potential problems.

The guy in the last picture looks a little disappointed, but I'm probably just projecting.

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Multiple New Jersey town names in a song goes all the way back to Dave Van Ronk in 1985?

Try 1959 and Tommy Facenda, who crammed a lot of New Jersey towns/schools in one of 30 local versions all over the country of a hit called "High School USA". The New York version was the hit around here (New York stations............what do you expect?), but here's the Jersey version that I'll bet ol' Homer remembers:

Since the last of the bricks and concrete chunks was carted away yesterday and they started adding............something (electrical conduits?) the Main St wall today, I'm guessing that the halfway point of this tear-down-build-up project has passed.

I didn't know that when I visited the site yesterday and stood in the middle of the pit and took 15 to-be-stitched-together photos while turning in a circular manner, but today I consider my timing to be fortunate: this photo marks the end of the demolition (and I'm half-done). It starts and ends facing Ward St and the glitches are minimal.

Click to enlarge, scroll all the way to the left to begin and then scroll slowly all the way to the right to see it as I did while shooting.

I took this shot a week before the accident. It includes the circled guardrail and the car's possible landing area, had there been no guardrail.

Sometime after midnight early last Saturday morning, I heard something that sounded like a crash, but couldn't see anything. A little later, I saw lots of emergency lights reflecting off buildings in the vicinity of Main and Ward, but couldn't see any vehicles because the building on the SW corner of State and Ward blocked the view.

I went out on my roof to the northernmost edge and could see:

1. Two police vehicles, a fire engine, an ambulance and some dark car that was partially-obscured by the ambulance.

2. Once the ambulance left, a police car replaced it, but I could see the damaged front end of the car.

3. As a tow truck pulled the car onto its flatbed, the heavily-indented guardrail came into view.

4. After a quick cleanup, everyone left and I did a long exposure at 2am and made it a black-and-white.

5. Later that morning, I went to the scene for a closeup of the guardrail that saved the 395 Main hole in the ground.

Im guessing the driver was another resident whos even more unhappy than me about having his/her cherished view of something taken away soon by this project.

What a protest! Im glad I didnt think of it.

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / My Flighty Sister
« on: April 14, 2018, 12:50:43 AM »
Make that "iFlighty".

This was NOT taken in the new Paramus iFlight facility. The story's with the video.

Hackensack Discussion / We're #62 in Bergen County!
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:55:00 PM »
And Teaneck is #61. There are a lot of comments to read on various subjects:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: April 09, 2018, 03:15:38 PM »
...content was replaced by articles from the Asbury Park Press, USA Today and other non-local sources...

As I mentioned above last month, I'm aware of the non-local nature of our supposedly local paper, but no matter where the contributors are from, grammar, spelling and sentence structure are constants (well, they were until this bunch came along). The READABILITY of the paper is affected every time your eyes hit one of these visual road bumps and the flow is interrupted. It's really annoying.

I don't know how an inanimate object can acquire human qualities, but this paper has managed to appear to be quite amateurly ignorant.

Just today, I plucked these two little gems from the same page in the sports section:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:25:31 PM »
More buffoonery (click to enlarge):

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: April 08, 2018, 02:55:02 PM »
Sad thing is that It aint gonna get any better.

Amen, brother! Here's more proof ((click to enlarge):

It isn't often that a shot of the moon lighting up the river presents itself (and the stupid 2 year-old lights from the Noches de Colombia rear parking lot really screw things up), so when I saw this, I realized that this just may be the last time I'll ever get this shot once the 395 Main St project rises.

I wasn't successful getting the restaurant to do the right thing and aim their PSE&G-installed lights properly, so I'll gladly pass that battle on to the richer, east-facing new 395 dwellers, who will really hate how obnoxiously close and bright these lights will be in their living rooms.

Maybe if they scream loud enough, this town will wake up and create a light-control ordinance and get PSE&G to stop installing 2nd-floor lighting that illuminates the heavens - something they always claim is "in compliance"! (with what?)

Almost 8 1/2 years later, the mystery may be solved, but the amateur look and lower case still throw me off.

Might this dealership be a predecessor of Hackensack Ford?

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack projects report on News12 NJ?
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:28:22 PM »
But you have the internet and News12 has a site and.........oh, look what I just found there:

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