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There'll be a better one next month..............honest!

And a Happy New Year to you all! I'm just glad to be here to see it.

The first 5:23 - the normal southbound way - is a bit of a snooze, except for the car at 1:40............which way will he turn? (dueling directionals)

Look how many cars are parked the wrong way at 6:28.

If you're familiar with driving on this street, heading northbound is a bit weird at first, but should feel normal pretty soon. Therefore, I predict that this video will have a shelf life of about a day.

That's what I thought I saw last Thursday morning, but I'm guessing that compost heated up and began to spontaneously combust.

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As soon as I got on the walkway, I noticed almost 100 geese emerging from the river, crossing (and leaving a deposit on) the boardwalk, strolling out onto the field and heading back to the river after going around a bench. They must have freaked out after hearing someone's footsteps and they all took off, settling into the river and its views of the Anderson St Bridge and the city's rehab projects.

Where the mallard (and the slight shake) came from, I have no idea.

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There's not much to do during breaks in a 4-hr nuclear stress test, so I tried a 4-image stitch of the view from the treadmill.

I concentrated on getting the horizon to line up - which it sorta did, but in a curved fashion - and this wreaked havoc with the bottom of the image, but it really only cut out part of Prospect Ave and left the corner of Prospect and Essex and the hospital entrance intact.

As you look north (right) up Prospect, you can see unavoidable reflections from the room I'm in, but it's not too bad.

And thank you, Coke truck, for adding a spot of solid color in the middle.

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So I was in HUMC undergoing something serious that rhymes with "whipple high class" (you remember Mr. Whipple, right?).

After a couple of days in the ICU, I had a small private hospital room with a view of the building that houses the ER, but all I could see was its green-mirror-windowed upper floors. Of course, I had my camera with me, but the photo pickins were slim. There were a couple of semi-interesting rooftop items and some of the window reflections were kind of trippy, but there was ONE cool shot that proved to be fairly difficult to get.

I'm sure you've seen helicopters landing at HUMC. It turns out that they land on the building that I was in. You could hear them when they arrived and departed, but it was nearly impossible to see one. I lucked out for a second or two when I saw a chopper reflection in the green mirror windows and just barely got a shot of it (last pic).

I have no idea why it looks like it was wrapped in netting.

To finish the story: After a couple of days in the hospital, they send you for a stay at a cardiac rehab facility for a couple of weeks and then you go home................and here I am.

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Hackensack Discussion / I need your help
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:00:00 PM »
Beginning tomorrow, I may not be able to post for a while. The length of time is undertermined and I definitely won't be able to do any photo shoots, including the 395 Main project, whose demolition could start any day now. I really wanted to shoot that all the way through from demolition through construction - especially since it's right in front of my living room window. I know I'll get some of it, but probably not the demolition.

It's important to document changes in the city: imagine if we had continuous documentation of something like Main St changing over from houses to a bustling commercial street. We can do this now for the citizens of the Hackensack of 50 or 100 years from now (and beyond) because every image posted becomes part of the city's database.

As you may know, I've already started the thread ("Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project"), so I'm asking anyone who might be in the area - whether it's one day or many - to take pictures and post them. There are 3 sides to shoot: Main St, Ward St and State St.

Suggestion: if someone is able to do this once a week, take the exact same shot from the exact same spot each week on all 3 sides and post them, like I did with the construction of the new Anderson St RR station a few years ago. Maybe we can make an animated flip-book gif from them, similar to ONE particular station shot that I took each week. The semi-passable gif of all those shots showed 54 weeks of construction in 54 seconds.

I know the Editor will be pitching in photo-wise, but he's a very busy guy, so I'm asking anybody and everybody who's in the vicinity to kindly help out. I'm hoping the Editor will be able to let you know when the demolition begins. I already have the "before" shots posted.

When I'm able to take over again, I'll let you know, but in the interim, I'd appreciate any photo assistance available.


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).

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.

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Hackensack Discussion / "The Current on River"
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:07:20 PM »
You know you're old when your building has a noun in its name - in my case, the Park Lane.

I realize that "River" is a noun, but this place is referred to as "The Current" - similar to "The Modern" in Fort Lee. I predict this trend will end when they run put of positive adjectives and the final structure in this line of building will be named "The Adjective"..............and it will be roundly criticized because "adjective" is a noun. Looking ahead, you may want to invest in adverb futures.

When this project was first announced, I couldn't imagine where on River St it might be, never thinking of the lot on which the Oritani Field Club was located, because the OFC's address was on the side street: E. Camden St. I guess the thinking now is why face a college and a library when you can face a Toyota dealership?

Maybe after they're all settled in, the well-off tenants will decide they don't want car dealerships across the street and THAT will be the spark that eventually gets rid of the automotive side of River St, beautifying the area and making the river more accessible.

It could happen.

Meanwhile, from my apartment, I had seen and heard piledrivers in that vicinity and drove over there last week to see if something was going up on the OFC site. My "a-HA!" moment occurred when I saw the "Current on River" sign, so I walked around the block and took some pictures - something I may do from time to time to stay Current on River (groan!).

The images are shown pretty much in the order I took them, except for the last picture, which is a 2-photo stitch. The third from the last image brings to mind a certain 1995 "trial of the century".

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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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