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Once the 395 Main project goes up, my 30-year, living-room view of the river - one of my favorite subjects - will be gone forever, so as these rare views present themselves, I'll post them while I still can.

1. For a couple of weeks each year, the sun sparkles up the river - sometimes blindingly bright - but this one is just right.

2. It's just another Chicken Supreme sunrise over a pink river (sounds like the Eagles' "Tequila Sunrise", but more colorful) with Fort Lee's The Modern 1 & 2 towers holding down the horizon. I took just before 7:30 this morning.

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Hackensack Discussion / Halloween on Clinton Place 2017
« on: October 31, 2017, 03:07:50 PM »
On my way to the Shop-Rite in Paramus this morning, I happened to take Clinton Place and................oh yeah - it's Halloween and I should stop by here on my way back to shoot the wacked-out displays.

1. I warmed up for the shoot in the Shop-Rite parking lot by taking a picture of a lot worker who apparently goes to Gap University.

2. This is not a good sign to have out on Halloween morning. By tomorrow morning, the exterior of the house will probably NOT be out of eggs.

3. This guy agrees with me.

4&5. #5 looks like he'll be needing some of #4 in the near future.

6-12. Various performers in tonight's show.

13&14. I think I've seen these before, but I'm not sure what they have to do with Halloween. I guess that's what draws my attention.

15. This is a 3-photo stitch of the Clinton Place Carved-Pumpkin Palace, featuring an ad for a 200-carved-pumpkin display on Lookout Ave.

16-19. My little Canon has a fisheye setting. It's not anywhere near as cool as an actual fisheye lens, but I thought I'd try it out on these guys.

20. By far, the house with the simplest display is the scariest.

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Hackensack Videos / Ebb & Flow (shot from my living room)
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:50:41 PM »
What waterway could this be and what causes the sudden reversals in direction?

Actually, the reversals are wind-caused and the waterway becomes clear at the end..........and it's only about a year old and was selected by my landlord...........hence, the "high quality".

Hackensack Videos / WHAT emergency?
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:15:09 PM »
It's been a pretty normal day, until I started hearing these loud announcements outside my window this morning - always with the same 3 statements, repeated twice more each time:

"The emergency is over. All Clear. Resume normal activities."

I've probably heard them at least 10 times over the last 5 or 6 hours.

No one seems to know anything about any sort of emergency around here.

Since I always missed recording the beginning of the first of the 3 repetitions, I combined two videos to simulate what each announcement sounded like.

Like I said.............a normal day in Hackensack.

Hackensack Discussion / Concrete Cutters
« on: October 24, 2017, 05:40:02 PM »
1. I saw this from my living room this morning behind 50 Passaic St.

2. No clue as to what was going on until I saw these two wheeling each piece around the corner to..........a dumpster? (I can't see too well around the corners of a building). One guy's shirt says, "S&J Concrete Cutting". The door was open in the back of 50 Passaic, so it appears that all these concrete slabs were cut out of the building's interior. Maybe they can recycle them as tombstones.

3. This slab fell off the second after I took this. You can see that it's not positioned correctly.

4. And this guy took away the leftover small stuff.

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Online Auctions/Local Images (Moderated by BLeafe) / Seen on eBay
« on: October 22, 2017, 07:52:06 PM »
Some of the more interesting Hackensack images seen on eBay today:

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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.

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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:

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