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Hackensack Discussion / Re: "The Current on River"
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:47:13 AM »
OK - I see it now. The rendering of that "driveway" and the Camden stores in the lower left - which look like they've also gone through rehab - throw things off.

I think the renderers need an upgrade. Remember that image of the 395 Main project that says "359"?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "The Current on River"
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:15:50 AM »
I think we've all seen this image and it's still not clear. Are you referring to the circled area under "THE CURRENT" sign as being the entrance? If not, please circle the actual entrance. If so, that corner location could only be in two places: the corner of E. Camden and Main - which isn't going to happen, but would place the entrance on E. Camden - or the corner of River and E. Camden, which would place the entrance on River St. If the latter, that street DOES look a bit wider than the side street and it would make sense that the sign for The Current on River be on the River St side.

It would help if the artist drew the streets to scale and/or - as Homer suggested - superimposed the street names on the rendering.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: "The Current on River"
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:57:57 PM »
Good to know, but if all the press releases say it's on River St, what would prompt someone to do a Google search to find out what street it's on?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:00:00 AM »
1. Why did the first question get a question mark and the second one didn't?

2. So where's the statement?

3. Ever hang a picture? Basically, you put it in a frame and hang it from a nail in the wall. I doubt that this "skyscraper-size image" - as the article refers to it - is hanging from a wall, as the caption infers.

The writer of the article is Steve Popper, who's written for The Record for quite a while. He is not a staff photographer, as what's under the caption states. He's a writer who covers the Knicks and took a photo while he was near the Garden. It's cheaper than sending a real staff photographer along with him just to take that picture (pictures of the game in The Record were taken by a USA Today photographer).

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 06, 2017, 03:00:06 PM »
1&2. Today starts off with an odd visual in the comics (print edition only). The colors start to get weird mainly in the right half of the three strips (a tan sweater becomes half-tan and half-pink and then all pink). In the second image (online edition), there are no such problems (except for the online controls that overlayed on part of the images).

3. Where did "at" come from?

4. Anyone have a clue how "Wej've" is pronounced?

5. It started off OK with the first comma, but forgot the second one after "Eagles".

6. Unless the game is still going on, the word should be "appeared".

7. "at" should be "and" (unless - of course - fans were agreeing with the jeering fans and cheered them on).

Hackensack Discussion / "The Current on River"
« on: November 06, 2017, 02:07:20 PM »
You know you're old when your building has a noun in its name - in my case, the Park Lane.

I realize that "River" is a noun, but this place is referred to as "The Current" - similar to "The Modern" in Fort Lee. I predict this trend will end when they run put of positive adjectives and the final structure in this line of building will be named "The Adjective"..............and it will be roundly criticized because "adjective" is a noun. Looking ahead, you may want to invest in adverb futures.

When this project was first announced, I couldn't imagine where on River St it might be, never thinking of the lot on which the Oritani Field Club was located, because the OFC's address was on the side street: E. Camden St. I guess the thinking now is why face a college and a library when you can face a Toyota dealership?

Maybe after they're all settled in, the well-off tenants will decide they don't want car dealerships across the street and THAT will be the spark that eventually gets rid of the automotive side of River St, beautifying the area and making the river more accessible.

It could happen.

Meanwhile, from my apartment, I had seen and heard piledrivers in that vicinity and drove over there last week to see if something was going up on the OFC site. My "a-HA!" moment occurred when I saw the "Current on River" sign, so I walked around the block and took some pictures - something I may do from time to time to stay Current on River (groan!).

The images are shown pretty much in the order I took them, except for the last picture, which is a 2-photo stitch. The third from the last image brings to mind a certain 1995 "trial of the century".

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:30:02 AM »
A half-dozen little annoying things, starting with one from yesterday:

1. So I'm reading the SATURDAY paper on SATURDAY morning, looking at the TV listings to see what's on that evening, when I see the picture and blurb for The Breeders' Cup at 8pm. But instead of saying "Tonight at 8pm", it says "Saturday at 8pm", as if the paper I was reading was from an earlier day in the week, meaning SATURDAY was in the future.

2. Did you know that Jimi Hendrix pre-formed something at Woodstock? Neither did I.

3. From today's TV Time weekly TV listings section: As everyone knows, the name of the magazine is "Rolling Stone".

On another note, TV Time recently underwent a makeover in which they decided that the day should no longer have 24 hours. Instead, they cut it to 16. According to TV Time, TV no longer exists from midnight to 8am ("but here's a bunch of useless junk to fill in the spaces to make it OK").

They fixed what wasn't thoughtful.

On to the sports section - the treasure error trove of the paper:

4. How do we know that this dull-as-dishwater, generic caption is accurate? Maybe he's on the sidelines. What indicates that he's "getting ready for a play"? What action on his part shows this in the photo?

5. You'd think they could have moved the schedule a tiny bit to the left to accommodate the date. There was plenty of room. Sloppy.

6. Look how many lines you have to read before you realize that it's a quote without the starting quotation marks.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 03, 2017, 11:34:59 AM »
1. Two stupid for words

2. How can anyone still not know when to use "less" and "fewer"? If the noun is a singular word that can be pluralized by adding an "S" (like "yard/yards"), you always use "fewer" - this case, fewer yards. If the noun can't be pluralized that way, i.e., a collective noun (like "yardage"), you use "less". Think of it this way: if you don't drive as much as you used to, you're using LESS gas (or FEWER gallons) than you used to. Does "fewer gas" sound right to anyone?

After a couple of decades, the people who write TV commercials STILL can't figure out that "less calories" sounds incredibly ignorant to anyone with a decent grasp of the language.

3. Can anyone figure out what this part of a headline is talking about? Did the Mets lose a long, 22-inning game to the Nats yesterday? How could that be? The season ended 2 days ago.

4. Well, here's your answer. When was the last time you saw someone's name not begin with a capital letter - especially in a headline?

Say what you want about the previous ownership of The Record, but these types of errors almost never occurred in the paper back then. Now that it's a near-daily, multiple occurrence, it seems that attaining a mastery of 3rd-grade-level spelling and grammar is nearly impossible.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 02, 2017, 10:40:00 AM »
1. Do you think they might have left out "think" as the third word?

2. While "games" is a plural word, "playing games" is a singular thing, so "don't" should be "doesn't". Just take out "on Thursday night" and see which sounds better.

3, 4. Over-punctuation strikes twice. Lose the apostrophe from "Thursday's" (never pluralize with an apostrophe) and the comma after "well" (there's no second subject after it).

5. This is NOT Record-related, but it's IN today's paper, so it's fair game. Isaac Newton is not Gorgh's ancestor - he's a descendant. An ancestor is one from whom a person is descended. Gorgh would be Newton's ancestor.

Important stuff, huh?

Once the 395 Main project goes up, my 30-year, living-room view of the river - one of my favorite subjects - will be gone forever, so as these rare views present themselves, I'll post them while I still can.

1. For a couple of weeks each year, the sun sparkles up the river - sometimes blindingly bright - but this one is just right.

2. It's just another Chicken Supreme sunrise over a pink river (sounds like the Eagles' "Tequila Sunrise", but more colorful) with Fort Lee's The Modern 1 & 2 towers holding down the horizon. I took just before 7:30 this morning.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 01, 2017, 11:20:02 AM »
The Record appears to have undergone a bit of design change and the last couple of days have shown fewer errors/omissions. I don't know if those two things are related, but let's hope they are.

A couple of errors a day DO add up, so here's what's accumulated since Monday:

October 30

1. Isn't "isn't" missing?

2. You can't put an apostrophe at the end of "can't". It sticks out like an even sorer thumb when the next two sentences do it correctly.

October 31

3. "jimmies"? Short, easy-to-make kicks are referred to as "gimmies"................unless, of course, ice cream cones were involved somehow.

November 1

4. You NEVER use an apostrophe when pluralizing words! (and that goes for every lawn sign that shows the family surname, like "The Smith's", which denotes singular possession) The Smith's.......what? The Smith's House? Even that's wrong. It should be "The Smiths' House".

5. Read the sentences next to each "X". It's pretty clear that the Jets will be playing the Buffalo Bills tomorrow night. So why is the last sentence necessary?

The TV Time Sunday supplement

Lastly, remember the problems I posted about concerning the paper implying that certain baseball playoff games might be unnecessary, when that were absolutely necessary? The TV Time section made if even worse for the two most important World Series games - Game 6 and Game 7 - which were scheduled for last night and tonight. Because these listings are prepared well in advance, they SHOULD have blocked off the space and added "if necessary" to the Channel 5 (FOX) listings beginning at 8pm each night.

Instead, there's no mention whatsoever of the possibility of FOX's biggest moneymaker of the year being played on those nights. Instead, they simply listed all the regular shows that run during those time periods.

This may not be The Record's fault because I think the listings are supplied by an outside source, but it sure doesn't help the paper's image.

NOTE: The October 29, 2017 date on each is the date that the TV Time was published - not the Tuesday or Wednesday listings dates.

Hackensack Discussion / Halloween on Clinton Place 2017
« on: October 31, 2017, 03:07:50 PM »
On my way to the Shop-Rite in Paramus this morning, I happened to take Clinton Place and................oh yeah - it's Halloween and I should stop by here on my way back to shoot the wacked-out displays.

1. I warmed up for the shoot in the Shop-Rite parking lot by taking a picture of a lot worker who apparently goes to Gap University.

2. This is not a good sign to have out on Halloween morning. By tomorrow morning, the exterior of the house will probably NOT be out of eggs.

3. This guy agrees with me.

4&5. #5 looks like he'll be needing some of #4 in the near future.

6-12. Various performers in tonight's show.

13&14. I think I've seen these before, but I'm not sure what they have to do with Halloween. I guess that's what draws my attention.

15. This is a 3-photo stitch of the Clinton Place Carved-Pumpkin Palace, featuring an ad for a 200-carved-pumpkin display on Lookout Ave.

16-19. My little Canon has a fisheye setting. It's not anywhere near as cool as an actual fisheye lens, but I thought I'd try it out on these guys.

20. By far, the house with the simplest display is the scariest.

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There's a Showtime documentary that just started airing called "Black Sabbath - The End of the End", which revolves around their final show ever on February 4 of this year in their hometown of Birmingham, England.

Maybe your brother will like that one better.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Union and Passaic Streets closed today
« on: October 29, 2017, 03:27:35 PM »
1. So the lone hydrant still being offered for adoption in front of my building for weeks was reloaded back onto the truck for a trip back to the Home for Unwanted Hydrants (HUH).

2. Here's what it looked like from above.

3. Ancient pipes on the street

4. The pipes (and an old hydrant) are ready to be carted away.

5. The entrance to my building is starting to look a little less slummy. Maybe when they finish cleaning up, the street will get repaved.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 29, 2017, 01:25:30 PM »
Why, why, why, why................

1&2. This symbol is used in connection with unidentified currency. Why was it used 3 times in this story? (click to enlarge if the symbol is too small in the story) And why is there no comma after "Of course"?

3. Why is "joined" capitalized?

4. Why isn't "storm-proofing" hyphenated in this front-page secondary headline?

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