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1. I shot this looking east at 6:46pm yesterday. I couldn't see the whole rainbow when standing inside near the window, so I opened it and stuck my arm out almost as far as I could and shot a wide panoramic (almost north to south) with my phone 7 or 8 times.

This shot was actually almost twice as wide - it included the Middle School - but I had to crop them all because of too much non-linear arm movement on both ends. Besides, I really only wanted the rainbow - which wasn't very bright - but was now centered.

The clouds on the horizon must be the cold front moving through. I've never seen one that was that clear before AND seemed to be connecting both ends of the rainbow.

2,3. Six or seven minutes later, I tried to get good shots of each end of the rainbow. I like the Sears one better (cloud color is WAY better that the other one), but that other one has something else going on. The Modern 1 and 2 (Fort Lee twin towers near the GWB) are reflecting the setting sun, but 2 is directly in line with the sun and REALLY reflecting it.

4. Five minutes later, here's all that's left of the right side of the rainbow. I don't recall ever seeing a strong-colored piece of a rainbow "suspended" in the air like that.

5. Now that all the action to the east is finished with, it's time to look west, where the sun has just set, but is still illuminating clouds.

6. At that moment, I noticed it was drizzling and that the colors shown in the previous picture were reflected in the roof puddle.

Fun shoot........

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Took a walk around the building yesterday................

1. The south-facing view from Anderson St

2. The east-facing view from the other side of the RR tracks near Walgreens

3. The northeast-facing view from the RR tracks

4. The north-facing view from behind the Hackensack Market

5. The west-facing view from my kitchen. It appears that someone from Guatemala has already staked a claim to an east-facing apartment with a view of my kitchen.

6. The Guatemalan flag - the scroll says "Freedom - September 15, 1821". I happened to take this shot two days ago on Saturday, September 16. Now you know the real reason the flag is there.

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Anyone notice a very blue and cloudless sky yesterday morning that suddenly got invaded by clouds coming from the east?

That was the outermost band of clouds from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Lee (see first pic - Hackensack is at the bottom and Manhattan is in the distance in the lower left).

The delineation between the two sky sections was rather striking, so - before I realized what it was - I took the shot.

Today, I found the satellite view (second pic) - taken yesterday afternoon. The outer band had moved further west by then, so I'm glad I shot this when I did.

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Hackensack Discussion / New Grocery Store Coming To Hackensack
« on: September 14, 2023, 05:23:40 PM »

HACKENSACK — A 3,500-square-foot grocery store is set to open on Main Street this fall.

Maharaja Hypermarket signed a lease for the space at 389 Main St., the ground floor of Crossroads 389, a five-story, 82-unit apartment building that opened to tenants earlier this year.

“This is a retail component that will definitely be compatible with the neighborhood and will be an adjunct to all the apartments going up,” said Anthony Cassano of NAI James E. Hanson, the commercial real estate firm that negotiated the lease. “People won’t have to drive. On their way home they can stop at the grocery store to pick up dinner and walk to their apartment."

Hundreds of new apartment units have recently been built or are under construction or planned near the building, which sits in the center of Hackensack’s downtown, on Main Street between Passaic and Ward streets.

Maharaja Hypermarket will be a full-service grocery store, Cassano said. The company has previously served as a wholesale supplier for other grocery stores, he said.

“This will help apartment building tenants wanting to avail themselves of its services, and it helps the city have fewer car trips and less congestion” by contributing to a more walkable downtown, he said. “I think it adds a needed component to the redevelopment in the area.”

Cassano, a vice president of the firm, represented the landlord, Sonehan Clinton Court Urban Renewal LLC, and the tenant, Primwayone LLC, in the deal.

There is no opening date set, but Cassano said the business hopes it will be within the next two months.

The Hampshire Companies, which constructed the mixed-use building in a joint venture with Cannon Hill, is currently building a 270-unit development at 321 Main St. that will be complete next year, and it is expected to begin construction of a 40-unit building at 295 Main St. later this year.

The company is also working with Russo Development on building the Print House, a riverfront development at the former headquarters of The Record that will eventually feature 653 units and 40,000 square feet of retail space spread across five buildings when construction is complete.

I guess as long as they'll put up the Tribute in Light from the WTC site, I'll be shooting it.

1. I didn't think I'd even get to see it when I took this picture at 7:15pm. Between the departing storm clouds and the ones coming from the PSE&G facility in Ridgefield, it wasn't looking very likely.

2. There was still considerable lightning going on behind Manhattan around 7:30pm.

3. Shortly after, however, the Tribute in Light was visible/shootable at around 8:15. The Main-Berry-State-Camden project was now partially in the way.

4. Might as well include the project, its crane and the PSE&G clouds too for 2023 authenticity.

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He wasn't one of my faves and I'd be hard-pressed to name a song of his other than "Margaritaville", but he was loved by a lot of people my age.

I never got to see him in concert, but he DID pop up one day in 1979 at a Robert Klein Radio Hour taping that I was shooting at RCA Studios in Manhattan.

People magazine liked the combination of him, Klein, Peter Tosh and John Oates (of Hall & Oates) together and ran the shot in their 9-17-79 issue.


1. The yellowed, 44-year-old People magazine page with other stories/images blacked-out

2. A de-yellowed People mag page that Robert Klein signed a few weeks later

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I saw..........something.........going on at the Middle School soccer pitch today, but I don't know what to call it.

A few tables/stations were set up here and there, a tent-like structure was seen that said "Parisian Beauty Academy" on it, occasional cheering was heard and 3 bodyless heads were getting their hair done.

Last 2 pictures: I saw an odd relay race that involved two teams, sponges and buckets of water (and while it was going on, I think some contestants in a 3-legged race strolled by).

Here's what Google says:

Sponge Water Relay Race – You’ll need two buckets full of water and two sponges. Divide the players into two teams. On “Go”, one player from each team soaks up as much water as possible into sponge and carries it to another bucket, squeezes out the water and runs back to hand the sponge to the next player. The team that fills their empty bucket to a pre-determined point first wins.

And here's what it looked like:

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This occurred last Monday, July 31, when it was low in the sky (and orange). It was full the next night.

The rare "blue moon" - "once in a blue moon" (which isn't blue) - is on August 30. All "blue moon" means is that it's the second full moon in the calendar month.

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OK - as I wrote to everyone I sent this to:

This one's a monster! (take small bites)

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