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Hackensack Discussion / Brendan Byrne
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:40:30 AM »
From my site:

Roseland, NJ 1986

I was hired by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to go to the former New Jersey governor's office and photograph the Honorary Chairman, for whom the Meadowlands Arena was originally named, with the CFF Poster Representative.

I arrived at his law offices and found him there with a sweet, beautiful little girl who was afflicted with this disease, though you couldn't tell.

The photo was used in a CFF benefit auction program.



Rest in peace, Governor.


Brendan Byrne and Eliza Joy Phillips:


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No way I was going outside to shoot this, but I like what I was able to get from home:

1,2. The first thing I saw when I looked out the window on Thursday morning: a car with its trunk open and no one around. These were taken at 8:41am and 9:30am. You can see that the storm has intensified during that period and that the interior trunk snowfall accumulation has increased. An hour later, the car was gone................too bad.

3. Artistic arrangement courtesy of the Sanitation Department

4. Unused potential traction helper (is that a front-wheel drive car?)

5. Frozen river

6. Frozen person

7. Frozen engine

8. Some serious wind managed to push snow between my inside and outside roof doors.

9,10. Two days after #8, this is what was on the outside door. The last time I saw that was during the polar vortex in January, 2014.

11. Awwwwwww...............

12,13. Favorite mini-sequence: Someone parked a shopping cart in the municipal lot. Two days later, it was still there and the snowplows went around it, just like they did for every other 4-wheeled parked vehicle. Two days after THAT (today), it hasn't moved an inch.

14. Late addition (misplaced it): I saw this super-cool fashionista when it was super-cold outside and sandwiched him around what wunderground.com was posting at that moment (ZERO wind-chill).


As usual, click to enlarge.





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(if you're looking for 2017, it's in the "Hackensack Videos" forum)



There was no way I was gonna be walking around the neighborhood for an hour or more in this super-cold, windy weather, so I decided to take what I could get from my roof.

1. I actually got a shot from home of marchers in the Rite Aid parking lot preparing to step off - at least 4 blocks away.

2. Marchers on Passic St approaching Park St.

3. As the procession was turning onto Union St from Passaic St, I was just a tiny bit astounded to see two guys in a convertible with the top down! I think the wind-chill temp was around 5 degrees. Meanwhile, 7 floors up, the wind was absolutely BRUTAL on the roof - MUCH worse than at ground level.

4, 5, 6. Some of the characters were new and others were variations of ones from previous years. They DO seem to change things up a bit every year. The song remained the same, but it was amplified much louder and clearer.

7. Essentially, the star of the show.

8, 9, 10. So now the convertible is directly below me and the banner on the hood appears to say "Radar 74 TV", which I've never heard of. The only thing I can find online is an app with a similar name. The "TV" part explains the two other guys running alongside the car with the vidcam and mic, but I'm slightly baffled by the stylish look of the one passenger-side rear window being up. That's PERFECT for the video guy to capture blinding sun reflections and gives the other guy more opportunities to bump his mic into something. If anyone knows if Radar 74 TV is an actual TV station, please post.

11. This is the sound truck at the tail end of the procession. Last year, five people - including a singing guitar player - and a lot of equipment were jammed into the back of the truck, This year, there's just one guy running what appears to be (and sounds like) new and much better gear................a good upgrade.


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https://iaintjustmusic.bobleafe.com/?p=5645

There'll be a better one next month..............honest!

And a Happy New Year to you all! I'm just glad to be here to see it.






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The first 5:23 - the normal southbound way - is a bit of a snooze, except for the car at 1:40............which way will he turn? (dueling directionals)

Look how many cars are parked the wrong way at 6:28.

If you're familiar with driving on this street, heading northbound is a bit weird at first, but should feel normal pretty soon. Therefore, I predict that this video will have a shelf life of about a day.







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That's what I thought I saw last Thursday morning, but I'm guessing that compost heated up and began to spontaneously combust.


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As soon as I got on the walkway, I noticed almost 100 geese emerging from the river, crossing (and leaving a deposit on) the boardwalk, strolling out onto the field and heading back to the river after going around a bench. They must have freaked out after hearing someone's footsteps and they all took off, settling into the river and its views of the Anderson St Bridge and the city's rehab projects.

Where the mallard (and the slight shake) came from, I have no idea.


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Were it not for the cloudiness, the river reflection would have been blindingly bright.

Merry Christmas.


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And here's what it looks like before it becomes active on Tuesday:


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There's not much to do during breaks in a 4-hr nuclear stress test, so I tried a 4-image stitch of the view from the treadmill.

I concentrated on getting the horizon to line up - which it sorta did, but in a curved fashion - and this wreaked havoc with the bottom of the image, but it really only cut out part of Prospect Ave and left the corner of Prospect and Essex and the hospital entrance intact.

As you look north (right) up Prospect, you can see unavoidable reflections from the room I'm in, but it's not too bad.

And thank you, Coke truck, for adding a spot of solid color in the middle.


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2013 Hackensack Street Festival
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:17:44 PM »



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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2013 Hackensack Street Festival
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:46:59 PM »
This must be why I came back when I did.  ;D


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Hackensack Discussion / R.I.P. Pat DiNizio (Smithereens)
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:57:01 AM »
http://xrl.us/2013MainStFestival
Click on "Album Details" and read the story to view larger images.

I've taken down all of my Canon albums, so this no longer works.

Rather than post a picture that's similar to what's already here, I'm posting one of Pat that I took in 1986 when the Smithereens played the Capitol Theatre in Passaic.



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Thank you - it's good to be back.



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So I was in HUMC undergoing something serious that rhymes with "whipple high class" (you remember Mr. Whipple, right?).

After a couple of days in the ICU, I had a small private hospital room with a view of the building that houses the ER, but all I could see was its green-mirror-windowed upper floors. Of course, I had my camera with me, but the photo pickins were slim. There were a couple of semi-interesting rooftop items and some of the window reflections were kind of trippy, but there was ONE cool shot that proved to be fairly difficult to get.

I'm sure you've seen helicopters landing at HUMC. It turns out that they land on the building that I was in. You could hear them when they arrived and departed, but it was nearly impossible to see one. I lucked out for a second or two when I saw a chopper reflection in the green mirror windows and just barely got a shot of it (last pic).

I have no idea why it looks like it was wrapped in netting.

To finish the story: After a couple of days in the hospital, they send you for a stay at a cardiac rehab facility for a couple of weeks and then you go home................and here I am.


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