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I got a tip from a certain Editor this morning that a modular house was being put together on Clinton Place, right next to the Holy Trinity Church parking lot. When I got there, I saw a man taking pictures inside the fence and asked him whom I should speak with to get similar access.

"Me - I'm the owner", said long-time local realtor David Beyer, who had a really bad 2020 when his house burned down just before the pandemic hit.

The ground floor was already in place. He told me that the second floor components were being brought in today and will be put together next week.

"How long do you think that will take?"

"About 3 hours."

I've never seen a house get put together that quickly, so I think I'd like to shoot that and add to it this thread. Let's hope I don't oversleep that day.

Today's pix (click the panoramic PANO shots to fully-enlarge):

1. (PANO) The ground floor

2. (PANO) I'm standing in the entranceway (or is it a picture window?). The slivers of wall that you see on the far right and left ends are the same wall in whose plane I'm standing. This is a 180-degree shot. The near steel beam is more curved than the distant beam because it's closer to the top - sort of like the effect you get with a fisheye lens.

3. Nice view of Holy Trinity's rear end.

4. Owner David Beyer (is that a second entranceway? It looks more door-like than the other one)

5. (PANO) The full side view showing three second-floor should be interesting seeing these flying through the air next week.

You may have noticed that I sometimes post blog links instead of stories and pictures. It makes sense to do that when the blog post is Hackensack-related (or just of general interest) because not posting pictures here saves a lot of The Editor's precious bandwidth. Why waste his bandwidth when a link will take you somewhere else where the same pictures are already using my bandwidth?

Don't be's not a vaccine (and no salesmen will call).  ;)

Yesterday's haul:

1. Did anybody see the rainbow? (Actually, a double-rainbow)

2. Rainbow Airlines coming into Teterboro

3,4. Another blazing sunset reflection (plus pink clouds)..........notice that the sun - which reflected off the tallest building two days before - has now moved a bit south as it continues its journey into winter.

5. Turning to the opposite direction, the sun has just set.

6-9. For the second Sunday in a row, did anyone hear/see fireworks last night? Last Sunday, it was Teaneck. Last night, it was the Lodi Fall Festival that the residents of the west-facing high-rise units on Prospect Ave must have enjoyed.

Click to enlarge.

Lotsa stuff to shoot this week:

- Seven floors directly below my bedroom window, a dumpster was being repaired. Lots of sparkage seen in the 1/6-second exposure, including one butt spark.

- The next day, the setting sun was reflecting off Manhattan.

- After the sun set, the moon was fighting to be seen through the clouds in the same frame as Jupiter (up top). At one point, it was seen coming out from behind the First Presbyterian Church's steeple at Passaic and Union Streets.

- The day (actually, evening) after THAT, the moon was visible in all its pock-marked glory.

Click to enlarge.

I wouldn't recommend a visit........

Anybody hear/see fireworks northeast of Hackensack on Sunday? (Good thing I had my windows open)

I had no idea who, what or why until I called around yesterday (shoot first - ask questions later).

It turned out to be "Teaneck Day" - Teaneck's belated 125th Anniversary (1895-2020) Celebration, held at Votee Park, which is about 2 miles away from me. This was the finale of the day's events.

Click to enlarge.

I take walks.

I take pictures.

I put the pix in folders and move on to other things.

I find the folders months later and have to figure out a way to post one shot from January, three from April and all the rest from September all together.

SEQUENCE! A flimsy, but functional excuse to do just that, so make believe you didn't read any of this and just (hopefully) enjoy some images of your city.

Note to Editor: Would you kindly look into some site adjustment that would make it possible to post a caption with its picture so that it's all caption/picture, caption/picture, ad infinitum, instead of 20 captions and then 20 pictures? That would make things SO much easier than trying to recall what a caption said when you look at picture #17 and have to scroll up and down to connect every caption with its picture. Thanks.

OK - time to commit all these captions to memory:

(Click all horizontal images to enlarge)

1. This dual-image shows what's replacing The Record building. The top one is from January 2 and the bottom one is from April 8. By the way - all dates are included in the image info under each picture.

2,3. Two sides of the 50 Main St project on April 18.

4-7. All taken from the back (SE) corner of the Ice House (Note: #4-18 were all taken on a September 2 walk).

8-12. All were taken from Olsen Park in Bogota.

13. This is a panoramic view of the construction by Bowler City after you're crossed the Midtown Bridge into Hackensack. Click twice to fully enlarge. You may need to scroll a bit horizontally.

14. The top half shows what I found on the ground. I had to flip everything over to read it. Was it worth it? No. And yes - they were panoramic shots originally, but weren't any more interesting large, so I shrunk them down.

15. Walking further west, I found this pole-mounted convex mirror to play with.

16. After crossing River St and heading toward Main, I saw this sign asking that you please keep dogs off the grass. Since it didn't say anything about garbage, someone felt free to do this (not me).

17. Oh, goody (yawn)

18. Having never seen this sign before, it just struck me rather oddly.

19. Early in that September 2 walk, I noticed this (top image). I live 3 blocks away, but had no idea that the River St McDonald's had been torn down and was being replaced..........oops, remodeling, as the sign says. I do remember hearing something about this in a conversation I had with Mayor LaBrosse a couple of years ago about the horribly-bright lighting units McDonald's put on poles that shone brightly into my 7th-floor apartment in a building that's on higher ground - again, 3 blocks away. As I remember the talk, it seemed that this problem would be taken care of when the building was replaced/remodeled.

I took the bottom 3 images from my apartment on September 8 (1) and 28 (2).

I guess they haven't gotten around to the remodeling-the-lights part yet, (I don't have a good feeling about this).

20. During this week, part of Union St to the immediate south of Passaic St was closed so some sewer work could be done. Yesterday, I took the middle image picture from my apartment - a block away and 7 floors up and noticed the light was yellow, so I took the other two to be complete and put them all together, leaving the top one intact to identify the location.

Gee - it's almost art!

These were shot from land, sea and air.

The "During" were taken from my apartment on Union St, as were all of the "After" shots

Hackensack Discussion / Tropical Storm Ida ruins HHS football field
« on: September 04, 2021, 11:55:00 AM »
So I hear periodic yelling coming from somewhere just south of me yesterday and saw the below images.

There's a story in today's Record about the fact that Tropical Storm Ida has flooded/ruined a lot of school football fields. Some will have to be totally replaced at great expense and will not be ready to host games until next year.

From The Record (regarding Hackensack):

Hackensack was slightly more fortunate in that its field may only be out of commission for two weeks.

"The FieldTurf company’s going to come in next week and start working on the areas that bubbled up and the areas that we have a couple of rips," athletic director Scooter Whiting said. "They have to patch up a few spots, and they’re going to sanitize it."

The Comets football team was able to move this weekend’s season opener against Kennedy to nearby Overpeck Park for a Saturday night kickoff. Their next home game is scheduled for Sept. 18.

But, as Hackensack football coach Brett Ressler pointed out, “Tom Della Torre Field is predominantly the primary playing surface for multiple athletic teams.”

The Comets field hockey and boys and girls soccer teams have been displaced as well. In the interim, they will be able to use the two grass fields adjacent to the high school, which is located across First Street.

“They actually have dried out,” Whiting said of the fields, “so they look pretty good.”

One other major issue to address is the fieldhouse that sits next to the turf. It contains locker rooms and a coaches’ office.

“We lost a lot of stuff in our coaches’ office,” Ressler said, “and we’re not just talking things that were on the ground. We’re talking things that were up two feet – stuff that was in filing cabinets that were at least six inches off the ground, plus things that were actually in desk drawers.”

The AD noted that the fieldhouse has a history of being flood-prone, and the district is exploring options for how to rectify the situation.

“Our superintendent, Mr. [Robert] Sanchez, is in the process of working on something where we could possibly get a new fieldhouse or we make some upgrades to the fieldhouse we currently have,” said Whiting, a Hackensack graduate. “We don’t want to knock it down, there’s too much tradition in it. We do want to try and make upgrades to it so it’s a little bit more floodproof.”

Apparently, the Hackensack Middle School's soccer field is the temporary practice field.

I just hope that these pictures don't give too much away to opponents' scouts.

Click to enlarge (unless you're an opposing scout).

Well, it's official - all my favorite drummers are gone. Charlie was great without being the least bit flashy.

Of course, being in back, the drummer is hard to get a good shot of, but when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are in front of you, not a lot of photographers are aiming your way............and I plead guilty to that.

This may be the only halfway-decent shot I have of him (with Keith) and I took it in 1975 at Madison Square Garden - the first time I shot the Stones (from 10 rows back).

RIP, Charlie.

The first two were shot through closed windows. The first one was early on, looking at the storm coming from the west. The second one was looking north (the building is 435 Main on the Anderson St side). A little while later - after it moved further east, I shot the third one through an open window. This would have been the best shot, except for the stupid Johnson Park field lights, 4-5 blocks away.

I wish the city would learn how to aim these lights to illuminate only the ground and not everything else. I still get blazing baseball field lights from Foschini Park - a half-mile away - that light up my 7th-floor living room. Doesn't anyone understand what light-trespass is?

Hackensack Discussion / Meet the HFD and HPD at the Middle School?
« on: August 05, 2021, 05:07:01 PM »
That's what it looked like from my apartment this morning.

Anybody know officially what was going on?

1,2. A little after 2:30 yesterday afternoon, I get on the Nordic Track in my back room because it's next to a window A/C, happen to look out the window and I see this.

3-6. So they strap it to a small crane on the back of a truck and get it upright a crosswalk?

7. It looks like it's standing on something the size of a pencil.

8. Three men appear to pick it up.

9-11. One man seems to be carrying it to its corner (with a little help from the crane).

12. Man carries new lights as officer watches.

13-15. Men put new lights together. (what is that figure in the top middle of 14 and 15? It looks like a hand.)

16. Bike rider eyes where replacement light will hang from.

17,18. Man and crane bring up light fixture to hang.

19. Lights are up, but not on.

20. Back to normal sometime around 5:30pm.

I didn't know what originally caused this all to happen, so I called the HPD and was told that there was a "motor vehicle accident at around 1pm". The light pole didn't appear to be damaged, so maybe it was one of those taps that was a little too strong.

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Two musical minuses
« on: July 10, 2021, 11:00:40 AM »
1. The Hackensack Record King is closing after 56 years for redevelopment!  :(

2. "Fillet of the Soul"? Egad!

FILLET OF SOUL has been a local institution for over half a century...........and they originated in Hackensack, no less. How could a Hackensack newsletter not get the band's name right?

The name has nothing to do with "the soul".............from their site: "They wanted the name to symbolize the best of soul music, hence the name Fillet of Soul."

Yeah - I know: minor stuff - but not if you're in the band and have given your all to Hackensack many times. Details matter.

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