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Not sure how that works, but I found this in today's Record. The article mentioned Main and Demarest, but not Essex.

I might be a bit biased, but I agree.  ;)

The article also contains a link to the original 2012 story in The Record.

Hackensack History / Re: Oritani Field Club sold - closes in 2015
« on: May 01, 2017, 12:10:00 PM »
Am I the only one here who never set foot in the OFC?

I never did either.

I wish I had the opportunity to document the interior at the bitter end.

This is bits and pieces of multiple small videos shot from the roof of the Johnson Public Library yesterday and sewn together by QuickTime without a lot of rhyme or reason.

Please use the option to view on YouTube.

The first pic is the 3-pic photostitch I shot yesterday as the last image of what was still standing of the OFC. You may need to scroll a bit.

What was standing yesterday was taken down early this morning and by the time I got there, this is what it looked like (second pic).

There wasn't much else to shoot except for the front steps, a rubble closeup and the last rites anointing with holy water (the truck couldn't get clearance for chrism [holy oil]).

The last image can be found in much better shape in my April 19 post. This one has more of a fitting finality to it.


As soon as I looked out my living room window yesterday and saw that the tiny bit of the OFC that I could normally see was not there, I knew it was time to drop everything and get right over there. Sure enough, some of the top parts of the front were already gone. E. Camden St was blocked off by the police and the on-site workers were shooing everyone away from the building.

Fortunately, I had made arrangements a few days earlier to shoot from the roof of the Johnson Public Library (thank you, Sharon!) and after I took the first shot from the street, I went right up there.

I brought two cameras and one tripod. The latter was for video, so I wouldn't have to get YouTube popups that told me my video was shaky and would I like them to fix it. When I thought something involving motion was about to happen, I just hit the button and let it run. I took 23 videos, ranging from about 5 seconds to 2-3 minutes each. The video I came up will will be in a following post.

Since this was a demolition, many of the shots are just destruction. I'm not proud to have documented the death of a revered building, but a big part of my photographic career has been about capturing candid motion, so in that sense, shooting rock concerts and demolitions are not that different from each other (I wonder who's going to be the clown who says they sound the same). Anyway, I enjoy the challenge.

I had been told that when they started on the front, the columns would be the first to go. I really wanted to shoot that, but I was too late. Hey - I'm lucky I saw what I did out my window or else I would have been even later. Anyway, the fourth picture shows the columns laying across the front area.

There are a couple of double images that show consecutive actions that belong together. The one I really like shows images #9026 and 9027, where a corner section on the second floor was knocked down and smashed into/knocked over a wooden fence. You can see the result of that in 9029.

When I first arrived on the scene, I asked a worker who was keeping the street clear and who also was in communication with the demolition guys to ask them to try to keep the balcony intact, if possible, rather than just rip it down, because part of the wrought-iron piece consists of the "OFC" initials, making it historically interesting. If you look at the 3 pictures after 9029, it appears that they did just that - especially in the third pic. They cleared the sides before they pulled it down. I was told early today that the piece was retrieved and put aside. It must be determined if it is already spoken for, before anyone else can ask for it.

After that, steel girders were cleared away, dust was hosed down and they stopped for the day . Most of the front of the first floor was still up, but since they were to resume work at 7am today (sorry - I can't be anywhere at that hour), I knew that these would be my last shots of the semi-intact front.

I made a final, 3-photo stitch of that front, but the file is too big to include in this post, so it will follow.


From my apartment, I could see that the small part of the rear of the building that I could see looked different: I could see see daylight through a white wall, which I knew was the front wall. Uh-oh............was that coming down?

It wasn't, but you can see that daylight in the first picture behind those second-floor French doors.

In the third shot, it looks like the entire metal structure is collapsing. The fourth shows a River St view of the clay courts and two openings in the building (and closeups of those openings in the next two pictures). On the far left is the corner of the library and its roof that I shot from two days later.

The last pic shows the blocked sidewalk - a sure sign the the front would be coming down soon.


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.


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