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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Cubby's: The Hackensack-Pyongyang Connection
« Last post by ericmartindale on March 12, 2018, 11:55:41 AM »
Egan has good advice for Trump.  I can't imagine it being tougher for Kim Jung Il to have to face off with Donald Trump.  Trump will be tough, he will sell Democracy, he will sell peace.  He will wield the carrot and stick.  I have high hopes that real progress will be attained.
Free Classifieds and Announcements / Free upright piano
« Last post by BLeafe on March 10, 2018, 09:25:36 AM »
Just like Uncle Floyd played on TV (this one's nicer).

Last Monday, I saw something new on the 395 Main rubble pile - a really nice-looking upright piano (see pix) that appears to be in good shape. I spoke with the man in charge there and he said he's trying really hard to give it away so he doesn't have to demolish it next week, when they finish the cleanup. He says it's solid oak, so the scratches on top shouldn't be difficult to fix. It DOES have one broken wheel, but I don't know anything about its internal workings.

He tells me that he'll be placing it close to the State St fence today, so anyone who wants to check it out today or tomorrow (or after) can stroll on over there.

They're working today, but not tomorrow. If anyone knows a group or organization that might want this - assuming it's in decent playing shape - send me a private message through this site and I'll put you in touch with the gentleman. The piano is free, but the recipient will have to lug it home.

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This video is comprised of 12 little destructo-segments - 7 of them from my living room (a block away) - that I shot from 2-28-18 to 3-3-18. One segment is out of sequence because it just didn't fit visually in the correct order and another was a spoken-word insert I made on 3-8-18 that explained something in the previous segment, using a still photo (and John Mellencamp).

On the Main St side, I had to hold my camera on top of the fence which was taller than me. With my arms fully extended and not being able to see the screen, I guessed where to put the flat camera on the round bar and didn't always maintain building perpendicularity to the ground.

The last short bit is sorta like fingernails on a blackboard, but metal teeth on a sidewalk is less annoying.

I didn't get EVERYTHING, but I did what I could.

For best effect (and countable views for me), crank up the volume and please view this video on YouTube. Just click on the View on YouTube icon at the bottom of the little screen (or copy/paste the URL in another window). Otherwise, it doesn't register as a view.

March 2

1. 395 Main loses its NE 2nd-floor corner office roof.

2. This is why I shot from home last Friday.

3. Just what we need on a cold, snowy day - a truckload of Pepsi. At least it puts some color into the picture.

4. On this snowy, windy day, a young woman had been walking along the site fence on State St, looking at the piles of rubble and then crossed the street to walk west away from it. She suddenly stopped, turned around, dug a camera or phone out of her bag as the wind blew her umbrella inside-out and took a shot.

5. I'm still getting used to this view I suddenly have of Main St (and that I may not have anymore after a few months).

March 3

1. Now that all the buildings are down, I took a walk around the perimeter to see what was there. This one was taken through the State St fence looking toward Main. I think this yellow-brick chunk was part of the last section of wall to be taken down on the State St side.

2. Yet another interesting-looking tank

3. Lots of good catches made by the fence on Main St.

4. This is where the 389 Main door ended up - slightly worse for the wear.

5 & 6. The excavator was used to drag all the big stuff off the sidewalks inside the perimeter fence and back into the pit. Later that day from home, I saw one of the workers sweeping the small stuff into the pit so that he and another worker could move the fences in and let people use the sidewalks again.

7. OK - all the buildings are down. Can we sneak in a nice park there or that new school thatís been mentioned recently (two-stories only, please) before the 5-story monstrosity is built? Somebody save me!

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1-6. State & Ward

7. 395 Main (front)

8. Roof collapse as workers watch from roof across the street

9-11. 395 Main (front)

12. Ward St side

13. Door on Ward St side

14. From a distance, these looked like wrapped-up bodies that were just pulled from the wreckage and stood up. Zooming in, you can (sort of) make out faces on them.

15-19. To pass the time, I followed the adventures of this in-ground tank. They tried to get it on a truck and eventually did. It was then driven across the street and around the municipal lot until finding an arrow to show them the way out.

20. Ward St photo stitch

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If thatís a rehab project, I would like to see what a clearance project looks like.
1. Minor glitches, but an incredibly-wide view from one floor up

2.  Ground-level

3. I shot the first stitch from the roof under the SIGNS sign and the second one from the point where that building meets the Main St sidewalk. The State St side of the 395 building is gone, except for a low section of yellow and dark brown brick wall.

This stitch made me realize that we have our own little in-line food chain going on here, because when you peel away the Don Alfonso Peruvian Restaurant (already peeled),  there's a Colombian restaurant (Noches de Colombia) right behind it. If you peel that second restaurant away, Chicken Supreme is behind that and if you peel THAT away, you still have the Poisoned Fish Store in the Hackensack River.

The lesson to be learned from this little observation? Too much rehab may wind up being the death of us all.

4. Late addition: This is a 2-photo stitch that I thought was interesting for some reason.

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