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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Ode to Hackensack (Seriously)
« on: August 19, 2006, 12:06:59 AM »
Many Thanks to Susan for your posted essay.
Bringing back many memories - You've captured Hackensack in a nutshell!

Hackensack History / Park Behind Hillers School
« on: March 01, 2006, 02:07:22 AM »
Behind Fanny Meyers Hillers school in the park off of Polifly / Sutton for a number of years- at least during the 1960's (and who knows for how much earlier) there was a barn.
Oddly plopped off to one side of the park in it's own little area of old period paving.

There it was: an old barn- flagstone floor, hayloft and all.
At one point when they redid the park, they tore the old barn down. The more I think on this today, the more it frustrates me.

What was it doing there to begin with? Why did the city (at least for some time keep it in the middle of a city park).
I would assume at least at some point it was considered of historical interest or why keep it at all. 
In that case why was that lovely old building eventually torn down?

Does anyone out there know anything of the history behind this barn?  When it was built, where it came from.  Pictures? Anything about it would be greatly appreciated. 

I would love to know!

What do you mean I can't feed the animal... ?
Now you tell me!

How am I supposed to return the pick up trucks worth of insects, mollusks & fish now?


Personally, I think it highly inconsiderate of you not to make this clearer sooner.

LOVE the photo!!

Hackensack History / Mayflower Diner
« on: March 19, 2005, 10:06:44 PM »
Does anyone remember the Mayflower Diner on Essex Street?
My sister and (future) brother in law met there -
if possible I would love to surprise them with a picture of it from back when.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Blue law exceptions (Can sell on Sunday)
« on: March 19, 2005, 06:42:07 PM »
Thanks to both Eric Martindale and the Editor for their explanation!

As I said I grew up with the Blue Laws. I loved them.
To this day each and every time I go to a store on a Sunday I feel... strange...

I no longer work in retail today. But I remember being grateful that we had the Blue Laws.
It gave me a chance, put me in step with the rest of the world. There was One Day that I knew that I was off, was not working.
One day that I knew I could count on; be with my family, go to church, a day of rest or whatever, a day when I knew I could do.... Do what I needed to do.

To this day: I still avoid the shops on Sunday. Whether you are religious or no. It is....
wonderful to know that you can count on that particular day off; whether it is to go to church, spend it with family or just laze in bed or clean your house.

This looks like a book I might like to get.
Can you describe it better please.

Number of pages, number of pictures: black & white, vs color. Table of Contents. Hardcover vs pb.
Perhaps a sample page or two.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: High School
« on: March 18, 2005, 02:48:46 AM »
I went to Hack High School -

And my experiences of the school were good.

I don't want to say things are better or worse now.
Frankly forgetting the Political Correctness, I think they are mostly the same.

But, I attended H HS during the supposed Race Wars.

LOL Being there -! -
I don't personally remember most of this but I have read horrible reports of my school years:
According to what I have read I should have been beaten daily.

That did not happen.

 Unfortunately  Bad language, cursing, rape, violence are there and always will be.
Times ebb and times flow and whether the news is good or bad, and how it is reported depends.

That said; I know parents sending their children to private schools;   rapes, abuse, drugs etc...

Tragically it happens. It doesn't matter where you go,

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Main St.
« on: March 18, 2005, 02:17:43 AM »
At one time - as someone pointed out Main Street was the place to be.
Researching it I have found pictures going back to the late 17th Century - ...
To the 18th Century - the 19th - the early 20th.

......  I grew up listening to tales of how it  Main Street 'was'.

I grew up listening to tales of my dad, a Sicilian immigrant  that grew up in Hackensack NJ back when most of it was farmland.
Of how it was when my my mom emigrating from Denmark during the war..

But one thing I do recall is: I remember the street fair on Main St.
Back then, they blocked off the street, carpeted it, had bands, sales, vendors - a Carnival. It was a major event.
People came from all over the tri state area to view it.

I barely remember it, and I still remember it.

 Bring back the old Hack Main Street St Sidewalk Sale the way it was. .

Go back to the 1960's, the 70's. Better yet go back to the late 1890's - early 1900's!!
Nostalgia- of whatever sort,  is big now.

In the 1980's is when Main Street really fell. Trying to compete with the Malls on their own level: Garden State Plaza, Riverside etc....
The Malls Climate controlled, convenient - Main St had no chance. I worked on Main Street in that time frame in the 80's.

I thought, and I still think that Main Streets only chance nowadays is to go back. Competing with the Malls on their own level it is doomed,
taking advantage of it's actual age - on the other hand.

Someone asked why do some of us want to save Main St - why do we care?

Because it has been around. Because we grew up with it. Because -
and most importantly - it has history -
not just another mall.... another street, not just another Main St., it is part of Hackensack History. Part of America's oldest History.

Much of it gone, too late. Lets keep what we can alive.

Keeping Main Street alive saves Hackensack from being just another boring bland old 'Mall', just another boring same as the rest of them county .... Another generic part of the greater metropolitan area that, and let's admit it blends into the same old, same old metro area.... .

Hackensack, NJ  one of the oldest states, counties in the USA, we should remember that and keep what we can.   

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Blue law exceptions (Can sell on Sunday)
« on: March 18, 2005, 01:09:31 AM »
This is something I have often wondered about -
I grew up with these laws, worked them and I still have a hard time explaining them.

I worked in retail for some years in Hackensack NJ.
Since then living in Ca, I have tried to explain the Blue Laws to people out here and have consistently flopped.

I remember shopping in Modells, Essex St - and certain areas being blocked off.
Working in retail for a while afterwards, I admit it. I loved it. But I still can't explain it.

Can anyone explain the Blue Laws? 

Hackensack Discussion / Re: BORGS WOODS
« on: March 18, 2005, 12:55:54 AM »
That brings back memories.
Foschini Park, that little rink blocked off and iced off to ice skating. I learned to skate there.

I'd like to think it only seemed like it snowed more back when but it did.

I remember cutting thru Essex / Kaplan Ave. when I was a kid. The snow seemed solid, but a solid looking thin crust over nothing-
it wasn't. Next thing I knew, I was buried in snow up to my eyeballs.
A White Christmas was the norm, not the exception.

The only comparable storm I can even think of since then is the storm of Jan 1996.
The snowplows pushing the snow aside: Essex St was a tunnel!

Hackensack History / Re: Hackensack Recollections: Article
« on: March 17, 2005, 11:23:01 PM »
I was born in Englewood Hospital during the snowstorm of 1962.
Briefly lived in the Royal Apts on Anderson St in Hackensack, then Essex Street in a house my grandfather / father built.
At the time they were building contractors.

Later my father ran the Pepperbox across from Palisades Amusement Park.

Having recently visited FLA, admired the architecture  my father/grandfather built the house on the top of the hill...
(Carnation pink with glittering mica flecks)

So, literally I grew up in the 'Little Pink House' in (who wants a house out in) Hackensack. I grew up on Essex St on the top of the hill. 


Hackensack History / Re: Brewster Mansion (Prospect Avenue)
« on: March 17, 2005, 09:37:24 PM »
One other thing I do remember about the Brewster Mansion -  At the time I heard that the wishing well behind the house had been stolen shortly before the house was demolished.

How this could have been done, I can't imagine.
At the time, though I believed it absolutely. I don't condone stealing but, then I just thought HOORAY! At least the well will survive somewhere.

Thinking about it now though, it's been a long time.  I don't know if that was an article I read in the Record, or if it was just a rumour that was passed around.

Anyone know?


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