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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Midtown Bridge (William C. Ryan Memorial Bridge)
« on: September 10, 2017, 04:04:46 PM »
I couldn't get any close shots because it was a workday (I usually do that on weekends). I wanted to see if any sort of a span was put in place yet, but I could see from Foschini Park that there wasn't.

If anyone is aware of when span placement will occur, kindly let me know so I can shoot it.

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Photography...........the way I see it (Moderated by BLeafe) / The Visitor
« on: September 10, 2017, 03:35:38 PM »
I saw this gentleman walking up State St and then making a right onto Ward, where he decided to visit Raffsonni (!) for some reason, but it was closed. I wonder where he went next.

If you're not familiar with Raffsonni's wares, click on the pics in this link:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: September 10, 2017, 03:00:40 PM »
I know about the upcoming parking pattern, but wouldn't it be more sensible to yank the old two-headed meters out first and install two new single meters BEFORE you paint the new space lines to avoid the confusion that currently exists?

Besides - wasn't this plan supposed to be for the new two-way streets to avoid backups due to lengthy parallel parking attempts, since drivers can't go around them? This one block of State St between Ward and Passaic is to remain one-way, so why change it and halve the spaces when drivers can still drive around parallel parking attempts?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 10, 2017, 11:30:00 AM »
1. Fairly obvious

2. First of all, neither "passer bye" nor "passer byes" makes any sense. The word is "passerby" (singular) and "passersby" (plural) - NEVER "passerbys". It's like the plural of "mother-in-law" or "attorney-general" - "mothers-in-law", "attorneys-general".

If anyone's interested, they're currently only selling field-level seats - nothing upstairs - for all 3 games (M and T are night games and W is a day game) and every seat they sell is only $25 with no added fees. I guess they're only expecting tiny crowds for this last minute switcheroo.

I smelled a big Yankee photo op for $25, so when tickets went on sale this morning, I got a front row ticket for W right behind the 3rd base dugout (the Rays are the home team). There appear to be thousands of tickets still available - all at field level.

This is a great bargain for a very rare game..............jump on it if you can. And they're REALLY stressing mass transit because of some music festival setup taking up parking spaces.

Looks like a 165 bus and a #7 subway adventure coming up on Wednesday.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: State St repairs begin
« on: September 09, 2017, 08:23:24 PM »
One driver is paying attention to the lines and one prefers the meter (where the ignored fourth space is).

Can anyone explain why there are now only 3 spaces for 4 meters?

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:21:30 PM »
"...we're play each day..."?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 08, 2017, 02:22:30 PM »

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 08, 2017, 12:37:36 PM »
".........and when his car broke down, he called a two truck."

Hackensack Discussion / Re: State St repairs begin
« on: September 07, 2017, 06:06:09 PM »
Something new today on State St to see from my living room - line scraping. While one guy tried to sand off painted-on street lines, another guy followed him with a broom. They didn't seem to be making much progress, but they kept at it and eventually semi-succeeded.

Meanwhile, another guy was trying to push curb water up a slight incline with a broom and for some reason, the water kept running back to the street.

Sometime later, I noticed that lines had been painted for 3 big spaces (top pic) in an area that has had (and still has) two two-headed meters (4 spaces) for decades. The first person to use one of the new spaces (red car, middle pic) seemed so completely confused that the car wound up parked with the front end over the line and with a 2-headed meter (barely visible) blocking the driver's door.

The next 2 drivers (bottom pic) managed to park inside spaces, but there's a whole space to the far right that's now not even in play anymore.

Is this some early step where the meters get replaced soon after by 3 individual meters?

If you go back to the shot of the guy pushing water - which is about 20 yards south of these spaces, you can see the dividing line between where it was just paved last week and the unpaved section between this point and Ward St, which includes where these 3 new spaces are.

Why are they doing any road improvement when there will be heavy equipment there soon tearing down those 3 buildings?

BTW, as of yesterday, the Hanson office was still open and doing business. It's likely the drivers of the pictured cars were there to go into Hanson, but I didn't actually see anyone go in today.

It's my understanding that asbestos remediation and demolition were scheduled for August/September, but I've yet to see any sign of either activity, so what's the updated schedule?

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Hackensack History / Where and when was your first Hackensack connection?
« on: September 07, 2017, 02:37:01 PM »
Born here? Moved here? Worked here?

What year?

I thought of this topic because I recently found an old family photo album that shows me that my first time in Hackensack occurred 70 years ago today - at the tender age of exactly 3 weeks old - when I was baptized in Holy Trinity Church (I was born and lived in Teaneck).

My thorough mother even included a picture of the priest - Father Edward Hennessey, who became a long-time family friend - as the page's centerpiece. You can see the date of the baptism in the upper right picture.

There was a humorous story associated with the baptism that occurred over the font just as the holy water was being poured on my head.

My father and his father were both named Norman, so naturally, my father thought I should be N3. My mother said, "Absolutely not!" (thank you, Mom!). She compromised and let it be my middle name.

The priest - of course -  was speaking in Latin as he performed the ceremony, but apparently hadn't gotten the update. As he started to pour the water, he said my name: "NORMANUS ROBERTUS..."

My mother started screaming, "NO! NO! ROBERTUS NORMANUS!! (too bad there was no such thing as personal video back then)

It all got straightened out. If it hadn't, my ID here would begin with an "N".

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 07, 2017, 01:47:01 PM »
In today's Record: Baseball and a bikes on a bridge:

1. (Ignoring the 6 missing hyphens and the one missing comma) When Orioles' manager Buck Showalter calls for pitcher Zach Britton, he is SUMMONING his closer - not SUMMING him.

2. Of the two states that the George Washington Bridge connects, the caption for this picture mentions the wrong one. Did anyone even bother to look at the picture? (and it's a WALKWAY - not a bike path, though bikes are allowed to use it)

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:33:32 PM »
Today's problems involve omission and pluralization, in that order.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 05, 2017, 03:30:01 PM »
So after taking Labor Day off, the Sports section gremlin was back in full force today. All errors are between the red quotation marks:

1. This would make sense if it said, "Rebounding from a three-game sweep by the Indians...".

2. This has two errors, but the first one is correct in the newspaper, where the two words are hyphenated, with the second word being on the next line. But omitting the hyphen online IS a screw-up. I don't know what happened to the word "Trenton"'s OK online and in the paper. "Aaron Hicks' absence..." somehow added an "r" to the next word.

3. "20 homer" sounds like an attainable level in a Simpsons beer-drinking video game.

4. This also has two errors............well, OK - one and-a-half errors -  in it. "(Green)" means that Girardi actually used another word - probably the pronoun "him" - when he was speaking and the writer made sure you knew to whom Girardi was referring, but the next word ("was") kinda kills whatever sense this sentence could have made. "swing-andmisses" suffers online (but not in the paper) from the same "missing-hyphen/partially on the next line" problem I described in #2.

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