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Sometime after midnight early last Saturday morning, I heard something that sounded like a crash, but couldn't see anything. A little later, I saw lots of emergency lights reflecting off buildings in the vicinity of Main and Ward, but couldn't see any vehicles because the building on the SW corner of State and Ward blocked the view.

I went out on my roof to the northernmost edge and could see:

1. Two police vehicles, a fire engine, an ambulance and some dark car that was partially-obscured by the ambulance.

2. Once the ambulance left, a police car replaced it, but I could see the damaged front end of the car.

3. As a tow truck pulled the car onto its flatbed, the heavily-indented guardrail came into view.

4. After a quick cleanup, everyone left and I did a long exposure at 2am and made it a black-and-white.

5. Later that morning, I went to the scene for a closeup of the guardrail that saved the 395 Main hole in the ground.

Iím guessing the driver was another resident whoís even more unhappy than me about having his/her cherished view of something taken away soon by this project.

What a protest! Iím glad I didnít think of it.

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Hackensack Discussion / My Flighty Sister
« on: April 14, 2018, 12:50:43 AM »
Make that "iFlighty".

This was NOT taken in the new Paramus iFlight facility. The story's with the video.

Hackensack Discussion / We're #62 in Bergen County!
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:55:00 PM »
And Teaneck is #61. There are a lot of comments to read on various subjects:

Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack projects report on News12 NJ?
« on: April 04, 2018, 04:30:03 PM »
Through this morning's fog, I could see someone with a video camera on a tripod on the State St side of the 395 Main project (first pic). He later loaded his equipment into a News12 truck (second pic).

Thinking that maybe someone found the body that was stuffed into the piano, I emailed the man in charge (also in first pic) to ask what was newsworthy enough for News12 to be filming through the fog.

He said that they were doing a story on the redevelopment of Hackensack and were going to film at all projects going on in town.

Look for it.

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It really wasn't that much of a big deal and melted away quickly, but it did manage to get both the Yankees' home opener and the Mets game postponed.

As it looks right now, today's Yankees' rescheduled home opener may get washed away by rain.

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Hackensack Discussion / Change of plans
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:51:02 AM »
April 1 - It was announced today that the Current on River residential project will now become a church. I saw evidence of that from home in the picture below.

Since it already has a FIVE-story parking garage, the new name will be The Church of the Eternal Optimist.

Archbishop Feldner  - who used to own property across the street - says that the backup plan is to rent 4 floors of parking to nearby used car lots.

Hackensack Discussion / Kazimir's Pets closing
« on: March 23, 2018, 04:42:23 PM »
1. from their Facebook page

2. I took this while driving by today.


Join the Bergen County high school students against gun violence at the Bergen County Courthouse from 10am to Noon tomorrow. It's free and you don't need tickets, but they would like to receive donations to pay for this.

Hackensack Videos / Snow Nudge at 395 Main
« on: March 23, 2018, 03:15:00 PM »
If the waving arms inside the smaller vehicle are any indication, that guy's not too happy.

1. I can't help but wonder if there's any connection between the sign and, containers.

2. These ladies probably won't be able to use those containers.

3. Maybe they're familiar with the front entrance of this building.

4. Couldn't the customer or the delivery guy just walk the order over from the Noches de Colombia restaurant on Main St?

5. Slow day for deliveries (or maybe they're walking them over to Ward St)

6. In case anyone hasn't driven on Rt 4 westbound by Forest Ave in Paramus lately, this is what's replacing the Forum Diner.

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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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Photography...........the way I see it (Moderated by BLeafe) / Hot wheels
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:56:29 PM »
Hey, Gene! Look what I found on State St!

What's the story?


There's a mention of Richard Nixon in Ridgewood in 1960, but not of his visit to Fort Lee in 1968. Fortunately, my mother took pictures of the event that day from the audience (though not entirely unofficially).

I'm also including a somewhat better version of the Reagan in Wellington Hall AP image.

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From my perspective, 210 Main - the old Bank of America building - is behind, above and somewhat to the right of the Main/E. Camden/Moore project. Aside from a two-pic shot of a wall section being raised, there's not a lot of photographic variety to be had from this distance, so walking around the area was a necessity.

If you look closely at that two-pic shot (first image), you can see someone observing the activity from a bank window - an accidentally-captured link of sorts between the two projects.

The closer shots are pretty self-explanatory with the possile exception of the purple-ish panels atop the bank. Zooming in shows "National Gypsum" branding on each panel, so I guess it's drywall.

The next-to-last image is a two-pic horizontal stitch that has been shrunken down - no scrolling necessary. The bottom section is kind of bowed-out because of the stitch. I have a single shot of the whole building that looks more normal, but I thought this image was more interesting.

Since I started with a double-image, I'm finishing with one as well - different days, different times of day = much different lighting.

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