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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 15, 2017, 05:15:03 PM »
Because I'll be out of commission for a while, this might be a good time to wrap this up. If "my favorite paper" doesn't get the point by now - and they clearly don't - they never will. Of course, if I see something in the future that's SO remarkably stupid, I reserve the right to share it with people who have at least a minor command of the language and its rules. Feel free to post any glaring miscues yourself.

Since I've already posted today's stumbles, I'll leave you with something that - while technically not incorrect - is something that the paper has been doing since the takeover that's SO lazy, limiting, annoying (and frequent), that I've been collecting them for for the last 3 weeks or so, just to see how many there would be and how often they resort to this cheap excuse for a story.

The answer is 22 (plus one bit of sarcomicastic relief). Unfortunately, I can only include 20 images in a post, so 3 were omitted.

If you want to write for The Record and your favorite number isn't 5, you're out, because everything can be explained, solved and used as filler through the magic of FIVE.

How else would you explain the over-dependence on this lazy tool?

Ready? (and why is there a period in the first one?, they doubled-down on 5 in the last image on a topic that grips the heart and soul of every reader)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:04:33 PM »
1. Wow! They actually remember that he was TALKING in this 18 year-old photo! And because he has a HEADSET on, he couldn't possibly be whistling, sucking on a lemon ball or grimacing as a Jets QB gets clotheslined. Remarkable!

2. Shouldn't there be a "to" after "close"?

3. "Everyday" is an adjective. It should read, "every day". An everyday activity is something you do every day.

4. This is the Jets' bye least I thought it was. But according to the writer, it's their bye year because he says that the next game is on September 26 (OK - bye 10 months).
Absolutely sloppy!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:05:15 PM »
From yesterday:

1. The QB's first name is Jameis - not James.


2. The caption on an almost-identical photo of McAdoo (see my November 8 post) said he was "reacting". Today, it's the dreaded "looks on". Both captions are uninformative, empty-headed and created without the benefit of a single brain cell.

3. They're "discussing a play"? Seriously?

4. The last letter of the last word in the last sentence of the last paragraph? SOOOOOOO close!

4a. If The Record wrote song titles...............

I saw this (bottom image) in the Shop-Rite lot in Paramus this morning and have already picked out the perfect song for its commercial (check out the bottom comment on the YouTube page).

Someone must have a picture of that.

I do! I do!

Picture and its caption:

As you may know, the world's largest hanging US flag flies from the George Washington Bridge on major holidays, like Veterans Day yesterday. It's impressive to drive under, but it's even better when you're on the bridge sidewalk near and under it. You should know that the flag is rolled up in the early afternoon (stupid policy), so if you go, go early.

If you haven't ever walked across - or just walked ON the GWB - you really should and it's easy to do.

Take Rt 4 east to the last exit before the tolls and then head east as far as you can go to Hudson Terrace. Make a left and park when you get to the meters.

Usually the south walkway - facing downtown Manhattan - is open and the north walkway is closed, but earlier this year, it was announced that because of the increase in people jumping to their deaths from that walkway, it would be closed while higher fencing is installed. That meant that the somewhat less accessible north walkway would now be open (lots of steps - two sets up and one down).

I've shot the flag many times, but never from the north walkway, so yesterday was my chance. It was also my last scheduled shoot for a while (will explain in a couple of days), so I was on the bridge before 9am to do a nice long shoot across the bridge to NY and back. It was cold out, but it was absolutely brutal on the bridge. I didn't even make it halfway across, but I got what I needed.

And here they are:

1-5. While still on Hudson Terrace: construction/destruction, lower level drivers who would miss out on seeing the flag, the closed south walkway entrance and more construction.

6. After navigating the multiple sets of stairs to the north walkway, I passed a cyclist coming into NJ and took a picture as he carried his bike up the stairs.

7. Before I got on the bridge, I shot this scene with the two new Fort Lee towers - The Modern I and II. I couldn't read what was on the lower, darker area of Mod1, but I took care of that later. I also hadn't noticed the "PIP RAMP" sign before. I know what it means, but it must look strange to any driver who doesn't.

8-10. Now on the bridge, I shot the Palisades, Ross Dock and a super-shadowed someone right below me on the road that goes from Ross Dock south and under the bridge.

11. In other words, keep to the right on your bike.

12 & 13. My face and shooting hand were already almost frozen and I really didn't see the point of getting further away from the NJ tower, so I headed back.

14. Now I'm back under the wind-blown flag and.............what's that small white thing attached to the dark cable?

15. The moon and the flag - the shot of the day! If anybody else has these two things in one shot, it was taken at night - not at 9:15am.

16. The cables on The Moderns

17. On the sidewalk around the NJ tower, this was the view of the flag through it.

18. The moon and the cables

19. Off the bridge and by the guardhouse, this mirror is installed in the cliff for the cyclists (or so said the guard). I think it's there for my selfie with the sun, the bridge and the flag.

20. Now in my car and about to get on Rt 4, I got this shot so we all could read what's on the side of Mod1.

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:00:00 PM »
1&2. The error is in the second one, but because that enlargement cuts out most of the headline, I've included the full headline first.

It's another article about how Puerto Rico is still struggling because of Hurricane Maria. The problem is that the sub-headline says that the storm happened 7 months ago, while the first line of the second paragraph states - correctly - that it occurred 7 weeks ago. While I'm sure it must feel like 7 months ago to those affected, this mistake is just thoughtless.

3. If it's inspired by Gulen, then you have to use a hyphen: Gulen-inspired.

4. Speaking of hyphens, the underlined "word" is in dire need of one: male-centric.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 10, 2017, 07:22:44 PM »
1. Major screw-up here when the paper has no idea what country the president was in last Tuesday.

2. Lesser screw-ups here. The first one should be "Derek" and the second one is extremely obbbvious.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« on: November 10, 2017, 06:32:34 PM »
I changed the thread name today from a longer one that only mentioned the State St side of it to the original link name of the rendering (and added "rehab project").

What's your suggestion? You're not still pushing "KNOW MORE VIEW", are you?  ::)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:56:08 AM »
These will be my final images before demolition starts. Since the red signs with the backwards slashes are now on all doors of the to-be-gone buildings, my guess is that demolition is imminent.

1. The view down Ward St

2. The view down Main St

3. The old view of 395 Main

4. The Main St stores that were spared - the 395 Main project fence ends to the right of EmbroidMe.

5. The State St side looks ready to go. This 2-pic stitch also shows the current 4-meters-for-3-parking-spaces view.

6. The Ward and State streets view (2-pic stitch)

7. The Main and Ward streets view (2-pic stitch)

8. The Main Street view (2-pic/1-glitch stitch)

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 09, 2017, 11:30:01 AM »
1. Once or twice a week, The Record print edition puts the Main and Sports sections inside a 1.5-page overlay ad, where the top of the half front pages are copies of the real pages and line up perfectly with the actual front pages. Didn't quite line up today.

2. "phrase" - not "phase"

3. "too" - not "to" (how did they manage to get it right just 3 words later?)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "The Current on River"
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:47:13 AM »
OK - I see it now. The rendering of that "driveway" and the Camden stores in the lower left - which look like they've also gone through rehab - throw things off.

I think the renderers need an upgrade. Remember that image of the 395 Main project that says "359"?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "The Current on River"
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:15:50 AM »
I think we've all seen this image and it's still not clear. Are you referring to the circled area under "THE CURRENT" sign as being the entrance? If not, please circle the actual entrance. If so, that corner location could only be in two places: the corner of E. Camden and Main - which isn't going to happen, but would place the entrance on E. Camden - or the corner of River and E. Camden, which would place the entrance on River St. If the latter, that street DOES look a bit wider than the side street and it would make sense that the sign for The Current on River be on the River St side.

It would help if the artist drew the streets to scale and/or - as Homer suggested - superimposed the street names on the rendering.

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "The Current on River"
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:57:57 PM »
Good to know, but if all the press releases say it's on River St, what would prompt someone to do a Google search to find out what street it's on?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:00:00 AM »
1. Why did the first question get a question mark and the second one didn't?

2. So where's the statement?

3. Ever hang a picture? Basically, you put it in a frame and hang it from a nail in the wall. I doubt that this "skyscraper-size image" - as the article refers to it - is hanging from a wall, as the caption infers.

The writer of the article is Steve Popper, who's written for The Record for quite a while. He is not a staff photographer, as what's under the caption states. He's a writer who covers the Knicks and took a photo while he was near the Garden. It's cheaper than sending a real staff photographer along with him just to take that picture (pictures of the game in The Record were taken by a USA Today photographer).

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