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Hackensack Discussion / Projects update (Part 2 of 2)
« on: April 27, 2018, 04:39:26 PM »

10-13. Main/Salem/Moore Street projects images - taken from Foschini Park, corner of Main/Salem, Salem between Moore and River streets, Moore Street

14. Slightly redundant

15. Moore meets Salem

16. Salem meets Main (an interesting contrast)

17. You tell me.

18. I hate to say what this looks like, but I DID take my hat off and bow my head when I worked on the picture.

19. Colors, geometry, heavy metal..............what's not to like?

20. From the SE corner of Camden and River............starting to take shape. Let's change the name of E. Camden St to Current St: "The Current on River at Current and River".

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Hackensack Discussion / Projects update (Part 1 of 2)
« on: April 27, 2018, 04:34:20 PM »
(Although the total photos file size is within the per-post limit, it won't work for some reason, so I'm splitting them up again.)

I took another projects walk last Sunday to check on progress (or lack of same):

1,2. The Record - No recent activity. The fencing was put up a couple of weeks ago, but if you recall, the 395 Main fencing went up 3 months before any demolition began, so it could be a while before the action starts. The sign in front of the building indicates that asbestos remediation may be taking place now.

3. Main & Mercer

4,5. The hole at Main & Mercer - Stitches looking west and north.............still no vertical construction. You know the deal with stitches…… to enlarge and scroll away.

6. Meanwhile, right across Main St (and hidden from view)................

7. 210 Main St (rear), as seen from Foschini Park

8. 210 Main St (front), as seen from Banta Place

9. 210 Main St (front - looking up), as seen at the entrance

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Hackensack Discussion / Anybody want this?
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:07:41 PM »
They're gonna replace all the sidewalks around the 395 Main project, so if anyone wants to preserve the State Street Cafe sidewalk logo in your museum or for your new patio, let me know.

For the last 25 years or so, it's been the sidewalk by the entrance to Don Alfonso's Restaurant, which succeeded the Cafe.

I don't know when they're gonna do this - or even if it's spoken for (I doubt it) - so speak up if you want it and I'll put you in touch with the man in charge. Otherwise, it'll just wind up in the broken concrete pile.

Here's your chance to own a semi-worthless lump of Hackensack history. Don't miss out!

Hackensack Discussion / Late News: Midtown Bridge has re-opened
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:05:01 PM »
"Late" because it's been open for over a week. It was rededicated on Saturday, as you can see in the sign in the second pic.

At first glance, I wondered why the green plastic mesh was there. While walking across the bridge, you can see all sorts of openings where the metal design pops up through the sidewalk. You could get your foot caught in it, small children could get stuck between the design and the green guardrails..............I'm guessing that it could be a source of many potential problems.

The guy in the last picture looks a little disappointed, but I'm probably just projecting.

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Multiple New Jersey town names in a song goes all the way back to Dave Van Ronk in 1985?

Try 1959 and Tommy Facenda, who crammed a lot of New Jersey towns/schools in one of 30 local versions all over the country of a hit called "High School USA". The New York version was the hit around here (New York stations............what do you expect?), but here's the Jersey version that I'll bet ol' Homer remembers:

Since the last of the bricks and concrete chunks was carted away yesterday and they started adding............something (electrical conduits?) the Main St wall today, I'm guessing that the halfway point of this tear-down-build-up project has passed.

I didn't know that when I visited the site yesterday and stood in the middle of the pit and took 15 to-be-stitched-together photos while turning in a circular manner, but today I consider my timing to be fortunate: this photo marks the end of the demolition (and I'm half-done). It starts and ends facing Ward St and the glitches are minimal.

Click to enlarge, scroll all the way to the left to begin and then scroll slowly all the way to the right to see it as I did while shooting.

I took this shot a week before the accident. It includes the circled guardrail and the car's possible landing area, had there been no guardrail.

Sometime after midnight early last Saturday morning, I heard something that sounded like a crash, but couldn't see anything. A little later, I saw lots of emergency lights reflecting off buildings in the vicinity of Main and Ward, but couldn't see any vehicles because the building on the SW corner of State and Ward blocked the view.

I went out on my roof to the northernmost edge and could see:

1. Two police vehicles, a fire engine, an ambulance and some dark car that was partially-obscured by the ambulance.

2. Once the ambulance left, a police car replaced it, but I could see the damaged front end of the car.

3. As a tow truck pulled the car onto its flatbed, the heavily-indented guardrail came into view.

4. After a quick cleanup, everyone left and I did a long exposure at 2am and made it a black-and-white.

5. Later that morning, I went to the scene for a closeup of the guardrail that saved the 395 Main hole in the ground.

I’m guessing the driver was another resident who’s even more unhappy than me about having his/her cherished view of something taken away soon by this project.

What a protest! I’m glad I didn’t think of it.

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Hackensack Discussion / My Flighty Sister
« on: April 14, 2018, 12:50:43 AM »
Make that "iFlighty".

This was NOT taken in the new Paramus iFlight facility. The story's with the video.

Hackensack Discussion / We're #62 in Bergen County!
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:55:00 PM »
And Teaneck is #61. There are a lot of comments to read on various subjects:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: April 09, 2018, 03:15:38 PM »
...content was replaced by articles from the Asbury Park Press, USA Today and other non-local sources...

As I mentioned above last month, I'm aware of the non-local nature of our supposedly local paper, but no matter where the contributors are from, grammar, spelling and sentence structure are constants (well, they were until this bunch came along). The READABILITY of the paper is affected every time your eyes hit one of these visual road bumps and the flow is interrupted. It's really annoying.

I don't know how an inanimate object can acquire human qualities, but this paper has managed to appear to be quite amateurly ignorant.

Just today, I plucked these two little gems from the same page in the sports section:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:25:31 PM »
More buffoonery (click to enlarge):

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