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Binge-watching - the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.

This article doesn't recommend watching multiple episodes of a television program.......... it says to watch one episode of 5 different shows - hardly binge-watching and hardly worth taking up 80% of the front page of the entertainment (Better Living) section.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Projects update - NOT HOUSEBROKEN
« on: March 16, 2018, 02:35:44 PM »
It's short and - please - no jokes about Hu Flung Dung.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Projects update (PART 2)
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:56:46 PM »

Main/Salem/Moore - 7 stills

Current on River - 8 stills, 2 stitches (#2118 shows what's at the very top of that huge crane and in the last image, the telephone wires don't line's a big glitch, but it's better than the previous attempt that cut a moving car in half)

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Projects update (PART 1)
« on: March 14, 2018, 04:47:14 PM »
These were all taken last Sunday and will be split into 2 posts:

The Hole - 1 still and 2 stitches

147 Main - 1 stitch (what's supposed to be built here?)

210 Main - 5 stills, including 2 of the FRONT of the bank that someone was concerned about. It looks fine.

Main/Salem/Moore - 7 stills

Current on River - 8 stills, 2 stitches

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:43:04 PM »
Another month of Five Jive from The Record (11 of 19 are just from the Sports writers):

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With all the buildings in the 395 Main St project having been torn down with only the cleanup left, I find myself with lots of little video bits that just didn't fit in elsewhere, so I have no real use for them.

Determined to find a way to inflict them upon you anyway, I separated them into two piles: one having to do with all the steel beams and the excavators that had to separate them out from the rest of the rubble to be recycled and the other one having to do with Sparky - the guy who has to cut the overly-long beams so they fit into the containers that haul them away.

When applied to steel, his cutting torch provides all the excitement that this crashing bore of a video can muster, making these two piles of vidbits into one big pile of flick.

Personally, I like the thumbnail better.

Free Classifieds and Announcements / Re: Free upright piano - UPDATE
« on: March 12, 2018, 04:01:45 PM »
The piano is finally standing (on 3 legs) inside the the demolition site gate on State St between Ward and Passaic streets. I went over and took some more pictures this morning. It's a Wurlitzer and has not been cleaned up at all. It's got that lovely crushed-concrete patina. The Model number is 2880 and it's circa 1986.

The video shows the same model being played.

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Free Classifieds and Announcements / Free upright piano
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:25:36 AM »
Just like Uncle Floyd played on TV (this one's nicer).

Last Monday, I saw something new on the 395 Main rubble pile - a really nice-looking upright piano (see pix) that appears to be in good shape. I spoke with the man in charge there and he said he's trying really hard to give it away so he doesn't have to demolish it next week, when they finish the cleanup. He says it's solid oak, so the scratches on top shouldn't be difficult to fix. It DOES have one broken wheel, but I don't know anything about its internal workings.

He tells me that he'll be placing it close to the State St fence today, so anyone who wants to check it out today or tomorrow (or after) can stroll on over there.

They're working today, but not tomorrow. If anyone knows a group or organization that might want this - assuming it's in decent playing shape - send me a private message through this site and I'll put you in touch with the gentleman. The piano is free, but the recipient will have to lug it home.

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This video is comprised of 12 little destructo-segments - 7 of them from my living room (a block away) - that I shot from 2-28-18 to 3-3-18. One segment is out of sequence because it just didn't fit visually in the correct order and another was a spoken-word insert I made on 3-8-18 that explained something in the previous segment, using a still photo (and John Mellencamp).

On the Main St side, I had to hold my camera on top of the fence which was taller than me. With my arms fully extended and not being able to see the screen, I guessed where to put the flat camera on the round bar and didn't always maintain building perpendicularity to the ground.

The last short bit is sorta like fingernails on a blackboard, but metal teeth on a sidewalk is less annoying.

I didn't get EVERYTHING, but I did what I could.

For best effect (and countable views for me), crank up the volume and please view this video on YouTube. Just click on the View on YouTube icon at the bottom of the little screen (or copy/paste the URL in another window). Otherwise, it doesn't register as a view.

March 2

1. 395 Main loses its NE 2nd-floor corner office roof.

2. This is why I shot from home last Friday.

3. Just what we need on a cold, snowy day - a truckload of Pepsi. At least it puts some color into the picture.

4. On this snowy, windy day, a young woman had been walking along the site fence on State St, looking at the piles of rubble and then crossed the street to walk west away from it. She suddenly stopped, turned around, dug a camera or phone out of her bag as the wind blew her umbrella inside-out and took a shot.

5. I'm still getting used to this view I suddenly have of Main St (and that I may not have anymore after a few months).

March 3

1. Now that all the buildings are down, I took a walk around the perimeter to see what was there. This one was taken through the State St fence looking toward Main. I think this yellow-brick chunk was part of the last section of wall to be taken down on the State St side.

2. Yet another interesting-looking tank

3. Lots of good catches made by the fence on Main St.

4. This is where the 389 Main door ended up - slightly worse for the wear.

5 & 6. The excavator was used to drag all the big stuff off the sidewalks inside the perimeter fence and back into the pit. Later that day from home, I saw one of the workers sweeping the small stuff into the pit so that he and another worker could move the fences in and let people use the sidewalks again.

7. OK - all the buildings are down. Can we sneak in a nice park there or that new school that’s been mentioned recently (two-stories only, please) before the 5-story monstrosity is built? Somebody save me!

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1-6. State & Ward

7. 395 Main (front)

8. Roof collapse as workers watch from roof across the street

9-11. 395 Main (front)

12. Ward St side

13. Door on Ward St side

14. From a distance, these looked like wrapped-up bodies that were just pulled from the wreckage and stood up. Zooming in, you can (sort of) make out faces on them.

15-19. To pass the time, I followed the adventures of this in-ground tank. They tried to get it on a truck and eventually did. It was then driven across the street and around the municipal lot until finding an arrow to show them the way out.

20. Ward St photo stitch

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1. Minor glitches, but an incredibly-wide view from one floor up

2.  Ground-level

3. I shot the first stitch from the roof under the SIGNS sign and the second one from the point where that building meets the Main St sidewalk. The State St side of the 395 building is gone, except for a low section of yellow and dark brown brick wall.

This stitch made me realize that we have our own little in-line food chain going on here, because when you peel away the Don Alfonso Peruvian Restaurant (already peeled),  there's a Colombian restaurant (Noches de Colombia) right behind it. If you peel that second restaurant away, Chicken Supreme is behind that and if you peel THAT away, you still have the Poisoned Fish Store in the Hackensack River.

The lesson to be learned from this little observation? Too much rehab may wind up being the death of us all.

4. Late addition: This is a 2-photo stitch that I thought was interesting for some reason.

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I'm still trying to organize lots of stills, create stitches and consolidate videos.

Meanwhile, these are from the last week of February:

2/23 - Some of the old steel beams that are taken away by truck are just too long to fit in it, so they have to be cut in half with a cutting torch. The showers of sparks aren't as impressive during daylight, but these were taken toward dusk on a cloudy day. In the third picture, you can use your imagination to guess what might have been ignited by the torch.

2/26 - 1. Butting heads
          2. After 30 years, I can now see part of Main St at night that had been blocked by a building.

2/27 - 1. Recycling bricks
           2. 375 Main is down............on to 389.

2/28 - 1. What's left of 389 Main (the door with the small notice from the city will show up later)
           2. The State St side of the 395 Main building (also known as 404 State St) just lost its doors (big white/red Xs).

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(I just merged the two 395 Main topics so it will be complete back to last August.)

I am absolutely BURIED in jpeg files, video components, stitches, etc., from covering another week of multiple projects. Lotsa stuff going on with the further-away (from me) projects and after a couple of weeks of cleanup of the across-the-street properties at 400 and 402 State (Hanson Realty, Don Alfonso Restaurant), that crew has started in the same lot to take down the first Main St-fronting building from the back (State St side) - 387 Main.

Fortunately, I could still see most of that building from my apartment and continued shooting.

On Friday, they broke through to Main St. For the first time - looking straight ahead from home - I could see cars on Main, which now has a big gap in the block between Passaic and Ward streets.

So I went out and did some photo stitches.

The first one was done in November and posted in this thread back then, so I did a similar one on Friday that shows the block's new gap-toothed grin.

"Grin"? Well, look at the curvature of the road.

For a little variety, I got permission to go on the first-floor roof on the back of the building that says "Embroid Me" (Thank you, Bob Testa from the State Farm office in that building.............his name's on the red-and-white sign).

This glitchy stitch shows the yellow-bricked back of my building in the upper left and how far it really is how good the zoom is on my little camera in the pix of this project in other posts.

When the crew finishes the cleanup of the 387 site, they'll start on the wraparound - Main-Ward-State - main building of the 395 project. When that's done, I'll have my widest view of Main St for a short period of time before I lose nearly ALL the reason to look out of my living room window.

I’ll get all the other stuff posted……………..eventually.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack River Eco-tourism
« on: February 25, 2018, 12:12:13 AM »
SOMEBODY made a big boo-boo. Marie Warnke is well-known in Teaneck. She's the chair of the Hackensack River Greenway Advisory Board and is the first person you see and hear in this video, yet her last name is shown in big letters as "Warmke". How did that happen? Why did no one correct it before releasing it?

Oh wait........the video was made by The Record.

Never mind.

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