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The Christmas wreaths were installed along Main St today. The truck is pulling a trailer that had been filled with them, but there only a few left as it approaches Ward St. An assistant wraps the garland around the pole.

The steel beams tell you that I won't be able to take the first shot shot ever again from home. MAYBE the second shot will still be there, since it's right near the edge of the new building.





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Hackensack History / Re: Demolition of The Record building
« Last post by BLeafe on Yesterday at 05:00:04 PM »
1. As of today, they're very close to River St.

2,3. You can see open space behind the front windows on the right. The front of the building could come down tomorrow or Tuesday.

4,5,6. The view from the south

7,8. The view from the northwest (on River near Mercer)


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The Hole (Main and Mercer)

There's finally a bit of verticality emerging from The Hole (a name change may be in order soon).

These three stitches were taken on October 25 when I was on the block shooting the furniture store fire aftermath the next morning. The first two stitches were taken while bending over a concrete barrier on Mercer Street and trying to keep myself from falling, while dealing with a wind-blown tarp over the fence (all with one hand) and shooting through holes in the moving tarp AND between links in the fence, while trying to take shots that would line up well enough to stitch together (all with the other hand). Much to my surprise, it worked!

The third stitch was posted previously in the 153 Main St fire thread, but since the majority of it shows The Hole, it belongs here too.


Current on River

The Current on River shots were taken between October 26 and November 7, both from home and on the site. The sixth and seventh C on R shots show some progression as that small top wall is being constructed around the perimeter. The ninth C on R shot shows that the Camden St side of the library is now a construction loading zone while the tenth C on R image offers a possible hint of what the building's exterior will look like..............unless "face brick" is a misnomer.

I particularly like the third C on R shot because it looks like all of Manhattan sits/fits on top of the project.


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Hackensack History / Re: Demolition of The Record building
« Last post by BLeafe on November 08, 2018, 04:47:44 PM »
I went over to the Record site yesterday to see which way the progress was moving since I shot there Sunday.

It's east to west.

They appear to be working their way on the main building toward River St. Maybe they'll get to the front sometime next week?

They should re-install the name on the front of the building..............it'll make a better picture when that front falls.

Any former employees recognize that 3rd-floor set of stairs in the first two pix? They must have led to a roof door.


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Since they reconfigured the lanes just north of Passaic St, a large amount of water collected at the driveway entrance (on State) to 40 Passaic St every time it rained and never drained.

Daredevil kids would cautiously cross it (they could have easily walked around it), as you can see in the below sequence.

Yesterday, it got fixed. The street was ripped up and dug out for new pipes and a drain, which is shown sitting on the street on the far right of the last pic.

It's installed now and that should be the end of that.

Big news day, huh?


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Vote Tuesday: Open Space Referendum
« Last post by ericmartindale on November 07, 2018, 01:16:43 PM »
Great news on the landslide voter support for this initiative.  I'm going to try and appear before the Hackensack Environmental Commission and try to get support for either direct acquisition or conservation easement on the 3 hill lots adjacent to Borg's Woods, especially the one closest to Fairmount Avenue, which people think has street frontage to Fairmount Ave, but it does not. 

My guess is that the three lot owners would probably prefer a conservation easement, if they want preservation at all. And one with a guarantee that no trails will be lain out on the lots. At least a conservation easement will be less money to come up with. I'm guessing a few hundred thousand, tops, will be enough. In 1995, two other hill lots totally 1.0 acres were added to the land preserved in 1994, and those lots totalled $91,000. In 1994 money.  Land is worth more now, I'd say.

One of the owners is the house on Summit Ave that just spent a few hundred thousand on rehab (Summit west side near Poplar Ave), and recently cut down all the huge Sweetgums on the front yard. They are the most magnificient fall foliage tree in our area, and it was a loss for the beauty of Summit Ave. This house owns the "fenced lot" along the trail that parallels the ridge.  I am most doubtful of this owner, but you never know.
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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Lido
« Last post by johnny g on November 07, 2018, 09:13:03 AM »
Wow I wonder what it's going to look like...and what finally brought this on. Will they remove the payphone by the door?  :P
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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack Transit Connector
« Last post by ericmartindale on November 07, 2018, 02:26:50 AM »
Nice find.  Yes, it looks like a resurrection of the former shuttle route, but I'm betting that it will run up State Street instead of Main Street, because NJ Transit is removing all buses from Main Street, and moving them to State Street, as part of the 2-way conversion project.
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