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Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack projects report on News12 NJ?
« on: April 04, 2018, 04:30:03 PM »
Through this morning's fog, I could see someone with a video camera on a tripod on the State St side of the 395 Main project (first pic). He later loaded his equipment into a News12 truck (second pic).

Thinking that maybe someone found the body that was stuffed into the piano, I emailed the man in charge (also in first pic) to ask what was newsworthy enough for News12 to be filming through the fog.

He said that they were doing a story on the redevelopment of Hackensack and were going to film at all projects going on in town.

Look for it.

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It really wasn't that much of a big deal and melted away quickly, but it did manage to get both the Yankees' home opener and the Mets game postponed.

As it looks right now, today's Yankees' rescheduled home opener may get washed away by rain.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Change of plans
« on: April 02, 2018, 12:27:34 AM »
Aw, what gave it away? That the vertical component of the cross was a smokestack in Bogota or maybe you once bought a car at Feldner Cadillac?

Hackensack Discussion / Change of plans
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:51:02 AM »
April 1 - It was announced today that the Current on River residential project will now become a church. I saw evidence of that from home in the picture below.

Since it already has a FIVE-story parking garage, the new name will be The Church of the Eternal Optimist.

Archbishop Feldner  - who used to own property across the street - says that the backup plan is to rent 4 floors of parking to nearby used car lots.

1. Under the River St RR trestle

2. "UCEDA SCHOOL"? No - I don't see da school.

3. Inside the school that I don't see is a second set of light switches and electrical boxes that aren't there (but a mirror is).

4. The interior of Geri's Deli on Main St

5. The four current city rehab projects that I can shoot from my living room

6. Hanging by a thread..........

7. Things that we won't be able to see this time next year: YOU - buses on Main St, ME - the entire scene

8. A little touchup needed on the River Walkway by Costco

9. Two of the old steeple windows from the First Presbyterian Church

10. ESB (NYC) - Smokestack (Bogota) - Crane (Hackensack)

11. Out of the church lot and into the E lot

12. I finally found a half-century-old little black book of mine that I had been looking for because someone you know signed it back then on 42nd St in Manhattan...............someone whose "new" name hadn't been fully accepted yet (and which I misspelled).

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Well, half of it anyway. This girl (a student, I'm guessing) walked up to the mic, didn't identify herself and announced that she would be singing the National Anthem.

I didn't decide to record it until after she sang a bit and sounded good. Plus, the sound system was near me and pretty clear. Unfortunately, she had to fight with a Public Parking sign for the attention of the camera's focus.

Another sound that got my attention - late, again - was a "Vote them out!" chant. I got the fading last 3 seconds of that and stuck it on the end of this video so it wouldn't go to waste.

1. As I walked from the Costco parking lot, I saw this sign outside the new parking garage next to the courthouse. I don't know if it was free, but if it wasn't, I'm sure it helped the kids pay for this event. I think the orange t-shirts may have been only for event personnel, as I didn't see any for sale.

2. Since I got there before 9:30 for the 10am start, there really weren't any significant crowds to shoot yet, so I concentrated on the signs.

3. After I took the first picture of these women, I realized that I'd have to do it again because they did something that came naturally to them. "Ladies, I have to re-take that shot because you all smiled and this isn't a happy event". I also superimposed a slightly larger sign that was a bit more legible over the one that the woman on the far left was holding (“Protect children - not guns”)

4. I looked around and everyone seemed to be smiling for photos, so I tried to tell each person I photographed not to.

5. I saw this photo gathering on the "stage" and horned my way in to get a quickie before I realized that EVERYONE was looking real jolly. The NRA won’t take these kids very seriously if they see a lot of smiley pix.

6. A future student worth protecting

7. There were moments of levity during the speeches, so I'll assume that this was one of them.

8. State Senator Loretta Weinberg

9. Yeah!

10. A student speaks.

11. An unidentified (I think) student came to the mic and announced that she was going to sing the National Anthem and did a pretty good job.

12. This girl was second from the left in that jolly group shot (#5), so when I saw a more appropriate look, I grabbed it. Look at THIS one, NRA!

13. Rep. Josh Gottheimer speaks……

14…….and Gen. Poor listens.

15. I’m pretty sure this photographer was from The Record. He does stills and videos, so when I noticed him close by and panning in my direction, I raised my camera in front of my face and kept shooting until he was past me.

16. I left my stage-ish vantage point to get some shots from other directions before leaving and immediately came across this little girl and her huge friend who was wearing an “#ENOUGH” shirt. This might be the shot of the day!

17. From across Main St and up the stairs

18. I had to get something with the courthouse in it.

19. Straight-on and zoomed-in from the back

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I took a lot of shots that I'll try to get posted tomorrow, but I DID want to post what I went there for  - the photo stitch of the entire event - today. I wanted to shoot it from the top step dead center, but I would have been a distraction, so I was lower and to the side. It's a 5-pic stitch.

I don't think a march was involved, but I didn't stay to the end.

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Hackensack Discussion / Kazimir's Pets closing
« on: March 23, 2018, 04:42:23 PM »
1. from their Facebook page

2. I took this while driving by today.


Join the Bergen County high school students against gun violence at the Bergen County Courthouse from 10am to Noon tomorrow. It's free and you don't need tickets, but they would like to receive donations to pay for this.

Hackensack Videos / Snow Nudge at 395 Main
« on: March 23, 2018, 03:15:00 PM »
If the waving arms inside the smaller vehicle are any indication, that guy's not too happy.

1. I can't help but wonder if there's any connection between the sign and, containers.

2. These ladies probably won't be able to use those containers.

3. Maybe they're familiar with the front entrance of this building.

4. Couldn't the customer or the delivery guy just walk the order over from the Noches de Colombia restaurant on Main St?

5. Slow day for deliveries (or maybe they're walking them over to Ward St)

6. In case anyone hasn't driven on Rt 4 westbound by Forest Ave in Paramus lately, this is what's replacing the Forum Diner.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Projects update ("Current on River")
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:31:01 PM »
From two days ago:

1. Waiting for the top piece to be lowered (hey - what's that guy in the lower right doing?)

2. Daring laddermen............especially the guy on the right

3. King Kong of New Jersey

(what's written on YouTube):

The Last Wurl (sorta like The Band's "Last Waltz", but WAY less musical)

A Wurlitzer piano - Model 2880 - was found inside the 395 Main St (Hackensack, NJ) demolition site.

From a distance, it looked to be in fairly decent shape, so efforts were made to give it away before it would have to be trashed.

There were no takers. A close inspection showed that it really wasn't as nice as we thought. You would need mega-musclemen to turn it upside-down and shake all the debris out of it.

When I was notified that today might be its last day, I went over to the site to hit the keys to make some know, give it a Last Wurl.

This video shows that it plays as well as I do.

Adios, 88s.

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