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Events & Calendar / Re: Teterboro Meeting
« on: April 26, 2017, 07:17:16 PM »
Oct 11, 2010 plane flies into Strawberry warehouse in South Hackensack trying to land at Teterboro

Minor point: the incident occurred during takeoff.

I don't think the plane ever got off the ground.

I drove by today to make sure the they hadn't started on the front of the building yet and took a few shots.

1-4. King of  the Hill and close to the edge. They weren't picking up stuff and dumping it - they just seemed to be doing a lot on tamping down.

5. I wanted to get another shot of the front balcony (with its "OFC"). I'd like to see if anyone has an interest in preserving it. For all I know, it might be already spoken for, but if anyone has a good idea, let me know. After I took the first shot, I went around back to get some more pix of the pile. When I returned to the front, I saw little pieces of........something.....falling from a window. It turns out that someone was upstairs scraping away by that window. Suddenly, the balcony doors opened (second pic) and then I saw the worker (pic #3). I asked him for his best guess as to when the front might come down.

"Maybe toward the end of the week?"

It just as well, as it's supposed to rain for the next 2 days.

6. In looking at a shot I took yesterday, I saw something familiar - a brick that said "HB CO" (circled) - Hackensack Brick Company, which I wrote about last year (,3280.msg10960.html?PHPSESSID=608f84be1baba67948bc52bdf223118f#msg10960).


Here's what it looks like since Friday. The main building and the pool appear to be the only intact parts of the OFC left.

1. The view from E. Berry St (and Giant Farmers Market)

2. A 4-image photostitch............lots of scrolling to the right

3.On the left is the Hekemian notice posted on a wall between OFC and a parking lot for Main St stores. On the right, the wall is flat on its back.

4. I'd be doubly cautious.

5. This is all I could see of the pool.

6. The view from E. Camden St, near River St.

7. Growing through the chain-link fence

8. One of the lights on the River St side

9. The view from E. Berry by River St


0. I saw this crane early this morning in the OFC vicinity and was hoping it was there for some other purpose. It was. I found it in the Eastwick College parking lot.

1, 2. I parked near Giant Farmers Market and walked over to where I stopped shooting in the previous post. The fence and the "Entrance - Members Only" sign were already gone. I spoke with some workers about when on Saturday the front of the FC would be torn down. "Saturday? That won't happen until next week". They didn't mind that I wanted to take a couple of pictures, so I started with this 2-picture photostitch and then a closeup.

3. I took this one from Farmers. I wonder how long that sign will last.

4,5. I walked around toward the front on Camden St and saw this..............thing. Is this a Zamboni for clay courts?

6, This doorbell gets rung for the last time next week.

7,8. I'm guessing this is where Comfort Coal made their deliveries.

9. This "OFC" is part of the balcony above the front door (see previous post). I hope this gets preserved somehow. There's too much history there to lose it.


Hackensack History / Demolition of the Oritani Field Club has begun
« on: April 19, 2017, 05:15:35 PM »
I got an email today from member Skipx219 telling me that this was happening, so I took a stroll over there.

The tennis courts are being dug up and parts of the back of the main building and parts of another behind it are down. I shot what I could from 3 sides.

In the parking lot to the club's immediate west are signs saying that the building's demolition will take place this Saturday.

Thanks again for the tip, Gene!


Hackensack Discussion / The Black Crows eat at McDonalds
« on: April 17, 2017, 01:02:33 PM »
And each one has picked out its favorite.


Hackensack Discussion / And finally.............
« on: April 17, 2017, 12:55:45 PM »
And finally.............this was right in front of me as I parked my car today, so I shot it through the windshield.


Hackensack Discussion / Then there's this guy.............
« on: April 17, 2017, 12:50:59 PM »
.............(intentionally blurred) who did a series of gyrations with his hat as he crossed the street.


Dunno how he got up there and couldn't see him after the last shot.

Searching for Easter eggs, no doubt.


Hackensack Discussion / Two Sundays - Palm and Easter
« on: April 17, 2017, 12:35:53 PM »
(at the Second Reformed Church)


Looks like the birth occurred about a half-hour after I posted this.

I didn't see it live, but you can find it online if you're so inclined.

The cam's still running and the baby is trying to stay upright.

Hackensack Discussion / April the Giraffe is giving birth RIGHT NOW
« on: April 15, 2017, 09:27:43 AM »
I just found this. Apparently, millions have been following this and almost a million people are watching this live right now.

Two legs are already sticking out as she's walking around.

It looks like this could go on for a while.

I know - it's not the kind of post you usually see on this site, so maybe I'll delete it after it's over. But, on the off-chance that this is of interest to anyone, enjoy(?).

I knew that the artwork had changed there a while ago, but yesterday was the first chance I had to go shoot it, so here is a 6-picture photostitch of it. There's one obvious glitch (look for two "NZ"s and the roofline above them), but overall, I'm happy with it.

Click to enlarge and scroll away.

Hackensack Discussion / Midtown Bridge to be replaced
« on: April 11, 2017, 05:45:46 PM »
Looks like the artillery is in place.


1. Two World Trade Center rises.

2. My old Hitachi sits atop the VCR-Printer-Small Fridge snowy-peaked mountain awaiting the technology trash haulers.

3. This is the brightest and shiniest I've ever seen the First Presbyterian Church's steeple since its recent makeover.

4. The steeple photobombs the First Baptist Church's school flag.

5. Someone on the first floor of my building has apparently enlisted Divine Intervention in keeping those windows and doors closed (I know the landlord didn't do it).

6. Window installation

7. Stuffed bra

8. Interesting cloud colors on the moon

9. Photographing Ladies Liberty while stopped at the light at Mercer and Main. I love candids - especially when compared with the posed shot the Hackensack Daily Voice recently ran (no sun on one poor guy's face). Here's the Rutherford DV version:

10. & 11. Each truck gets four bucketloads...........always shoot on the fourth one.

12. & 13.The sun's blinding rays were reflected off this Jersey City building right into my living room on March 4 and 5.

14. Meanwhile, about a dozen feet west of the previous image stands this cool guy, who's about 7' tall. I think this is my favorite shot of the year so far.

15. This just in: after yesterday's storm passed, I saw the top few floors of 432 Park Ave in Manhattan sticking out above the clouds that appeared to hover over the Hudson River..........but it's hard to be sure about where the clouds actually were from looking at something that's 5-7 miles away in a two-dimensional picture. BTW - the illuminated building in the lower center is the Marlboro House on Main St in Ridgefield Park.


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