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I just launched https://IAintJustMusic.bobleafe.com - a photoblog I've been working on for the last year-and-a-half to compile, but was actually almost 60 years in the making.

The title pretty much says it all and the main page explains the rest. I could just as well have called it "The Kitchen Sink".

I've posted a couple of the shots on this site before. Some others weren't allowed, but (don't tell the boss)..........I allow them.

If you can make it through this blogstrosity, great, but it's a lot to ask because I've created it as sort of a book (it's sequential, going back as far as 1957).

The blog's comments sections are open (he says, hesitantly).

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Anyone remember a picture of a marble (or granite) elephant in Ridgefield Park that I posted 6 years ago?

Well, he's now accompanied by a stylized friend with one tusk.





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After doing shoots of fireworks that are towns away, it's always an upgrade to shoot Hackensack's from blocks away. Here are some from last night. The last one was taken as all the smoke headed south..............blocking my view of the Macy's East River fireworks (that's OK - it was too cloudy to see them anyway).
 
I also made a short video out of pieces of 5 even-shorter vids. I'll put it on YouTube and post it here.

I noticed that the fireworks were a lot quieter - no BOOMs at the end of them. Did the city's dogs complain to the Council?


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I went out on the roof expecting to shoot Saddle Brook's fireworks and - if I was lucky and the weather was clear - Paterson's on Garret Mountain.

What I got was a half-dozen towns' fireworks - all within a quarter head-turn..................I didn't know where to shoot.

I'd line up one town's display and another one would shoot off something better. I can't tell you what town belongs to what shots. It was like Photo-Whack-A-Mole.

But I did get some good stuff.

The third from the last one includes a local landmark that's located atop a structure on the SE corner of Passaic and Summit. The last two are from that mystery town that I've been trying to ID for years. Wherever it is, it's never listed in the paper, but it shows up behind the high-rises every year. Since it started and ended later than the other ones, I was able to concentrate on it and do some long exposures. If you look closely on the first one, it appears to show someone on a balcony.

The west side of the high-rises gets a really good (and fairly close) show every year, BUT WHAT TOWN IS SHOOTING OFF THOSE FIREWORKS?


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Easy shoot...........both were directly out west from me - practically side-by-side - and I could just sit in a beach chair on the roof and fire away. The first two are the only ones I'm sure were from Maywood. You can see the one shot that has both towns displays in it (and part of 29 Linden). I think the two whited-out ones were the finales for Maywood and Paramus, respectively. Otherwise, I just bounced back and forth between the two towns.

After it was over, two lonely guys sitting on benches in Anderson Park at 10:15pm texted each other, wondering where all the noise came from.


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...............ta (taken while stopped at a light)


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At about 9:20 this morning, I saw these two safety-vested people walking up and down State St between Ward and Passaic, taking a picture every 30 or 40 feet or so - first of the rehab property from this side of the street and then aimed in my direction from the property side of the street. I wonder if he got a picture of me taking his picture. I wonder if they get double time for working on Sunday. How can I get in on this?

I'm just guessing this is connected to the rehab project and not to conversion of State St to two-way, which starts a week from this Wednesday.

Maybe I should start separate threads for whatever I shoot of both projects.

Whaddaya think, boss?


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......or so The Record would have you believe - twice - in today's paper (assuming you don't know how to spell):
(Sasson would like this one)

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This exactly as I found him in my building's trash. It's like someone positioned him so that the one eyeball would be visible.

Lucky for the photographer...............not so much for Lucky.


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This was a fairly sturdy double rainbow that stayed up longer than usual.

Of course, this picture shows none of that other that the sturdiness, but it does show midtown Manhattan.


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People take some ridiculous selfies in the E Lot for some reason.

Check this guy out.







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I took the second one from my car.


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CBH was the main tenant at 395 Main/400 State - the yellow brick building on the corners of Main, Ward and State.

Every weekday, they helped vanloads of disadvantaged people who came in the morning and left at 3pm.

Last week, I started noticing some of the workers carrying a box of papers or files to their cars. By Friday afternoon, moving guys were carrying chairs and file cabinets out of the building and rolling them to a truck (first picture).

There were very few cars in the parking lot this morning, so that kind of cinches it.

Why am I concerned about this? Totally selfish reasons. It means that work will probably start soon to bring down that building, the Don Alfonso Restaurant and ultimately, the Hanson real estate office, which appears to still be functioning. When that all happens, a 5-story monstrosity will go up that will totally block my view of the river and a LOT of other things.

The second image shows the before and after. In the bottom "after" section, EVERYTHING in that white rectangle - including the empty white panels - will be the new building. It measures the full 5 floors. I'll be lucky to see the horizon

I'm not happy, but I do understand progress.


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Well, maybe not.........


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Hackensack History / The Five Local Drive-In Theaters
« on: May 30, 2017, 12:00:00 PM »
In today's Record: http://www.northjersey.com/story/entertainment/movies/2017/05/30/bergens-long-gone-drive-in-theaters/348467001/

How many did you get to?

I'm not sure about Ramsey/Rt 17, but I know I hit all the other ones.


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