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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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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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I'm still trying to organize lots of stills, create stitches and consolidate videos.

Meanwhile, these are from the last week of February:

2/23 - Some of the old steel beams that are taken away by truck are just too long to fit in it, so they have to be cut in half with a cutting torch. The showers of sparks aren't as impressive during daylight, but these were taken toward dusk on a cloudy day. In the third picture, you can use your imagination to guess what might have been ignited by the torch.

2/26 - 1. Butting heads
          2. After 30 years, I can now see part of Main St at night that had been blocked by a building.

2/27 - 1. Recycling bricks
           2. 375 Main is down............on to 389.

2/28 - 1. What's left of 389 Main (the door with the small notice from the city will show up later)
           2. The State St side of the 395 Main building (also known as 404 State St) just lost its doors (big white/red Xs).

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(I just merged the two 395 Main topics so it will be complete back to last August.)

I am absolutely BURIED in jpeg files, video components, stitches, etc., from covering another week of multiple projects. Lotsa stuff going on with the further-away (from me) projects and after a couple of weeks of cleanup of the across-the-street properties at 400 and 402 State (Hanson Realty, Don Alfonso Restaurant), that crew has started in the same lot to take down the first Main St-fronting building from the back (State St side) - 387 Main.

Fortunately, I could still see most of that building from my apartment and continued shooting.

On Friday, they broke through to Main St. For the first time - looking straight ahead from home - I could see cars on Main, which now has a big gap in the block between Passaic and Ward streets.

So I went out and did some photo stitches.

The first one was done in November and posted in this thread back then, so I did a similar one on Friday that shows the block's new gap-toothed grin.

"Grin"? Well, look at the curvature of the road.

For a little variety, I got permission to go on the first-floor roof on the back of the building that says "Embroid Me" (Thank you, Bob Testa from the State Farm office in that building.............his name's on the red-and-white sign).

This glitchy stitch shows the yellow-bricked back of my building in the upper left and how far it really is how good the zoom is on my little camera in the pix of this project in other posts.

When the crew finishes the cleanup of the 387 site, they'll start on the wraparound - Main-Ward-State - main building of the 395 project. When that's done, I'll have my widest view of Main St for a short period of time before I lose nearly ALL the reason to look out of my living room window.

I’ll get all the other stuff posted……………..eventually.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack River Eco-tourism
« on: February 25, 2018, 12:12:13 AM »
SOMEBODY made a big boo-boo. Marie Warnke is well-known in Teaneck. She's the chair of the Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board and is the first person you see and hear in this video, yet her last name is shown in big letters as "Warmke". How did that happen? Why did no one correct it before releasing it?

Oh wait........the video was made by The Record.

Never mind.

Trust nobody, folks.

Trust your eyes and the knowledge that there is no 211 on Main St. If there was, it would block Banta Pl. Are you talking about the bank at 210 Main? I didn't take any pictures of the 210 Main entrance.

I DID, however, shoot the rear entrance on Moore St.

Does the architectural integrity statement cover the front AND back door?

The next time I'm there, I WILL take pictures of the front entrance to make sure all is well.

Wrong highway..........let me clear that up for you. I believe you're thinking of Zep's big hit "Route 66" that came out - coincidentally - in 1966 before they became a group. The best version - IMHO - of this Chuck Berry-written song was on the Rolling Stones debut album 2 years earlier.

On another note, someone once suggested that you should believe only half of what you read.

I've been trying to get this shot for a while.............

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Photography...........the way I see it (Moderated by BLeafe) / Hot wheels
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:56:29 PM »
Hey, Gene! Look what I found on State St!

What's the story?


There's a mention of Richard Nixon in Ridgewood in 1960, but not of his visit to Fort Lee in 1968. Fortunately, my mother took pictures of the event that day from the audience (though not entirely unofficially).

I'm also including a somewhat better version of the Reagan in Wellington Hall AP image.

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There've been no building takedowns during the last 3 weeks here. Most of the activity has been restricted to digging up foundations and sorting the building materials into recyclable piles to be carted away. There's also been a strong Verizon presense lately with usually two of their larger trucks in the E municipal lot with an HPD car sitting behind them, so most of these pictures are of wire work on the poles, curb hammering(?), catching a few winks, and having twice the number of excavators having 100% less work to do when only one was there.

So here's THAT photographic mish-mash (click to enlarge):

From my perspective, 210 Main - the old Bank of America building - is behind, above and somewhat to the right of the Main/E. Camden/Moore project. Aside from a two-pic shot of a wall section being raised, there's not a lot of photographic variety to be had from this distance, so walking around the area was a necessity.

If you look closely at that two-pic shot (first image), you can see someone observing the activity from a bank window - an accidentally-captured link of sorts between the two projects.

The closer shots are pretty self-explanatory with the possile exception of the purple-ish panels atop the bank. Zooming in shows "National Gypsum" branding on each panel, so I guess it's drywall.

The next-to-last image is a two-pic horizontal stitch that has been shrunken down - no scrolling necessary. The bottom section is kind of bowed-out because of the stitch. I have a single shot of the whole building that looks more normal, but I thought this image was more interesting.

Since I started with a double-image, I'm finishing with one as well - different days, different times of day = much different lighting.

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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.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: February 10, 2018, 01:23:15 PM »
Still don't think that The Record is obsessed with the number 5?

13 of the 18 examples below are from this year, which is a mere 6 weeks old.

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