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Hackensack History / Old images (part 1 of 2)
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:25:23 PM »
I have this folder of local historical images that's been sitting on my desktop for ages. Since I'm home and a bit under the weather today and have nothing better to do, it's time to post them (2 posts).

Some of these exist elsewhere on the site, but I'm too lazy/cranky today to search for them all. On the plus side, some of these may be bigger/better that what we already have.

In no particular order, they are:

1, 2. 1906 PC of house at the corner of Passaic and First. If that's actually where this house was, it would have been on the SE corner.

3, 4, 5, 6. I KNOW some of these 1876 Bergen County Atlas pages are on this site, but perhaps these are bigger.

7. Hackensack Ford nameplate

8. 1911 Hackensack River by Oscar Bluemner (no location given)

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I didn't get to shoot the really good scenes of this because I was too mesmerized by the giant amounts of dirt that would suddenly head skyward.............."Oh, wait - I've gotta take a picture"................and this was the only halfway-decent shot I got.

It's NOT about a relative who misspells the family name and has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Hackensack:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Uncle Floyd on Main Street today
« on: May 14, 2018, 07:26:04 PM »
It's a 2-hour show that starts at the 0:02:13 mark. Like his 1990's "Uncle Floyd's New Jersey" show that visited Hackensack - which you can order here for $24.00 (it's Hackensack and Hawthorne) - most people ignore him. There are some interesting wackos, but it's a long two hours to sit through to locate them.

Try the 1:41:00 mark.

As mentioned in the previous post, the groundbreaking ceremony for the 389 Main project took place today (though the first 3 pictures were actually taken yesterday):

1. Parts of the E lot that were closest to the site were off-limits to all but the ceremony attendees.

2. A man who was walking on State St stopped to check out the banner.

3. I decided to document how the tent fit in the grand scheme of the neighborhood on the only late afternoon of its existence here.

4,5. An hour before the guests started arriving today, an effort was made to gussy up the reserved spaces. It doesn't appear to have helped. In fact…………

6. Just before the ceremony started, I got an idea of how many people might attempt to throw dirt at me.

The speakers (in order):

7. Jon Hanson, Founder and Chairman of the Hampshire Companies (and inducted just last Sunday into the New Jersey Hall of Fame)

8. Max Dorne, Director of Development for Claremont Companies (the people doing all the destruction/construction)

9. Bill Hanson, President of NAI James E. Hanson (the Hanson Realty office on State St was the first building knocked down for this project). He spoke for about 3 seconds - I was lucky to get this one shot of him.

10. John LaBrosse, Mayor of Hackensack

The Groundbreaking:

11. This shot includes the 4 speakers, most of the City Council, a certain HackensackNow Editor and 7 people I don’t know.

12. The 4 speakers and 2 people I don’t know

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The construction groundbreaking ceremony for this project will be tomorrow morning.

The project's official address is now 389 Main St, as evidenced by the banner put up today.

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While the "5" infatuations aren't really errors, these are.

Once again, let's start with today's stellar edition of the paper - another actual page minus the newsprint. I hope my non-concise replacement print is readable after clicking on the pic.

The Record's "5" fetish continues unabated.

In an effort to keep the comment with the image (in some cases), I've taken out the unnecessary newsprint and replaced it with the comment. Be sure to click images to enlarge them - especially where I've commented within the image. Otherwise, the print may be too small to read.

Let's start with something from today's paper. This is the actual page - minus most of the newsprint - with one "5" story on top of another.

There's another "5-stack" at the end.

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:

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