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I think I spent the majority of last week editing a couple hundred photos from 4 Hackensack rehab projects that I shot from home (plus a visit to each). It's too unwieldy to keep all these ongoing projects in one thread, so I'm gonna have to give each project its own thread (there is a small previous thread that contains all 4 projects).

After looking at a giant hole on the site of the old Oritani Field Club for the last 9 months, verticality has finally arrived! Different shapes of concrete slabs have been carried through the air by the giant crane and put together up to the 4th or 5th floors. Various sights that I've taken for granted over the last 3 decades are starting to disappear behind them. As of last Wednesday, I can no longer see the red "Bowler City " name over the entrance and traffic on Rt 80 over the river could be the next viewable scene to go.

There are 20 pictures to post now and others will be added as necessary. Dates are under each photo.

1. Last week was pretty cloudy, making the available light situation not so great, so a camera was on a tripod at all times when I shot from my living room, but this first shot with NYC in the background at sunset was one of the better ones.

2. I have no idea what this crane(?) did, but I knew I should get a shot of it while it was fully-extended upward for a short time. It was really puny next to the monster crane.

3. This was my last view of the Bowler City name above the entrance.

4. Later (double-pic), when this piece was installed, that view was gone.

5,6,7.  Two more pieces head for installation (6 and 7 are the same piece).

8. When the sky brightened slightly last Thursday, I headed on over to the site.

9. Earlier at home, I had heard air horns that I thought were coming from the much-nearer Middle School, but when I got to the site, I heard them WAY louder and saw two of them on the ledge of the top floor. A worker told me that they were sounded as a warning when the crane was about to move a large piece.

10. The aforementioned "large piece"...........

11. After I moved from the E. Berry St side to the River St side, I took this picture of what I think was that same large piece.

12,13. About a minute-and-a-half later, River St traffic was stopped so that this rather large delivery could be backed onto the site.

14. Still on River St..............

Staying sequential………….

15. Stitch1 (shrunk down - no scrolling needed)

(Stitch2 was dumped)

16. Stitch3 (E. Camden St side - best stitch of the day - scrolling needed)

17. Stitch4 (E. Camden St side - worst stitch of the day [telephone wires don’t connect] - scrolling needed)

18. Remember the view from Moore St looking north towards the Oritani Field Club? This is what it looked like last Thursday.

19. There’s a driveway that separates the site from the couple of stores on E. Camden that go up to Main St. This is the inside of the first store next to the driveway. Maybe I should open up a “pictures of your building being built” shop there for all the future CurRiv tenants to buy prints from (I’m told they make great holiday gifts!).

20. …and as the sun began to set a couple of hours later……….

Will post the other projects as soon as I can.

Click images to enlarge:

« on: January 27, 2018, 05:47:44 PM »
It's about 8 minutes long and is comprised of 28 segments from 16 small videos. If you would, kindly click on the YouTube icon and watch it there so I can register some views. Thanks.

The first photo shows a previously-unseen side window that was blocked by the rightnextdoor Hanson Real Estate structure that was demolished two days before the window itself was smashed to bits yesterday. It's quite interesting-looking. Too bad this was the only way to preserve it. It's also shown/mentioned/heard in the video of the demolition.

Most of the rest of the images are shown sequentially and can also be seen and heard in the video. Crank it up if you love the sound of breaking glass. NOT in the video are the third-from-the-end closeup of the front steps and handicap ramp that little kids loved to run up and down on and the last image two-photo stitch (scroll horizontally). The next-to-last shot shows what had been the identification canvas that stretched across the front of the building.

All images are ©Bob Leafe.

Click to enlarge:

Because of photo file size per post limitations, I had to make a separate post.

This crane sat right in the middle of E.Salem St because there was nowhere else to put it.

While I was on Moore St, I noticed some workers at the top of 210 Main - the old bank building (last picture). It's the first time I've seen any workers there.

It was slow driving on Main St in the Salem-Camden area on Thursday (and no driving on E. Salem or Moore St in the same area). I was there to photograph the two giant cranes that were dancing about the construction sites.

Part 1 concerns the HUGE crane that could be seen from all over town and seemed to tower over Manhattan in the view from my apartment, appearing to be ready to pick up the Empire State Building in the first picture.

In the next four pictures, it's preening in front of the well-lit city just after sunset.

The next morning, it's kind of middle-fingering the ESB. That's when I headed over to the Current on River construction site (can't they get a better name?) to shoot this colossus. It's quite impressive fully extended.

The last picture was taken Friday morning when it was in its sleeping position. It hasn't budged since.

Part 2's (next post) crane was two blocks away and caused some of the traffic problems.

Lotsa things flying toward/by the Courthouse in the last few days, including a couple in the last shot that are already out of the frame.

Click to enlarge:

25 ambulance picks up at The Ice House.

Some you've seen, some you haven't:

Hackensack Discussion / Projects update
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:33:09 PM »
Even with 14-degree temperatures and single-digit wind chill, I got a little cabin fever last Sunday and decided to go out and catch up on the progress of a couple projects.

I figured that since it's been months since I shot whatever was going on at the Midtown Bridge, its replacement must be up by now, but as I approached on the Approach, it was obvious that there was nothing to see, so I made the mandatory U-turn at the Ice House and headed up to Moore Street.

Lots of stuff going on in that neighborhood. But first..............

1,2. I walked over to the old Oritani FC site and took a shot through the fence at the corner of E. Camden and River and did a 3-pic stitch closer to Moore St (and over the fence).

3. Back up on Moore, I shot this 2-pic stitch from the parking lot behind Main St businesses and just south of the library.

4. Since this project wraps around to Main St, I walked toward E. Salem and took this shot on Moore to include the Wells Fargo Bank.

5. I took this crappy 2-pic stitch at Main and Salem. My shooting hand was frozen and it came out a bit lopsided (the stitch - not my hand). Straightening it out in post production chopped off the very top and most of the street. Better that than my finger.

6,7. Continuing with the wrap-around shoot, I made a 2-pic stitch from Moore and E. Salem and a 3-pic stitch from Moore, between E. Salem and E. Camden.

Enough! The cabin fever has been chilled from my body. I need to go home, warm up and take.........

8. ..........a crappy shot of what the Main and E. Salem part looks like from my living room WITHOUT cutting part of the top off.

Not exactly Hackensack-related, but you'll wanna see this one full-screen on YouTube:

Hackensack Discussion / Brendan Byrne
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:40:30 AM »
From my site:

Roseland, NJ 1986

I was hired by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to go to the former New Jersey governor's office and photograph the Honorary Chairman, for whom the Meadowlands Arena was originally named, with the CFF Poster Representative.

I arrived at his law offices and found him there with a sweet, beautiful little girl who was afflicted with this disease, though you couldn't tell.

The photo was used in a CFF benefit auction program.

Rest in peace, Governor.

Brendan Byrne and Eliza Joy Phillips:

No way I was going outside to shoot this, but I like what I was able to get from home:

1,2. The first thing I saw when I looked out the window on Thursday morning: a car with its trunk open and no one around. These were taken at 8:41am and 9:30am. You can see that the storm has intensified during that period and that the interior trunk snowfall accumulation has increased. An hour later, the car was gone................too bad.

3. Artistic arrangement courtesy of the Sanitation Department

4. Unused potential traction helper (is that a front-wheel drive car?)

5. Frozen river

6. Frozen person

7. Frozen engine

8. Some serious wind managed to push snow between my inside and outside roof doors.

9,10. Two days after #8, this is what was on the outside door. The last time I saw that was during the polar vortex in January, 2014.

11. Awwwwwww...............

12,13. Favorite mini-sequence: Someone parked a shopping cart in the municipal lot. Two days later, it was still there and the snowplows went around it, just like they did for every other 4-wheeled parked vehicle. Two days after THAT (today), it hasn't moved an inch.

14. Late addition (misplaced it): I saw this super-cool fashionista when it was super-cold outside and sandwiched him around what was posting at that moment (ZERO wind-chill).

As usual, click to enlarge.

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