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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Last post by Editor on October 24, 2018, 10:22:47 PM »
For reference:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« Last post by BLeafe on October 24, 2018, 07:23:43 PM »
“Buy and Save 2 Furniture" (first pic - courtesy of Google))  at 149, 153, 155, 153-155, or 158 (the Internet can’t seem to agree on the address, but it can’t be 158………..not on THAT side of the street) burned down today.

I happened to be talking to Editor on the phone when he said he had to go to the scene and to meet him there. I looked out my window and (second pic)…….

I approached it from the back end because I knew Main St would be a mess and the billowing smoke headed across Main to the southeast. If you know where C-Town is on State St, the affected building is behind that on Main. Right next door is one of the 346 new Hackensack projects  and across Main is the seemingly forever non-vertical Hole.

Behind the engulfed building was a much better place to shoot. The roof of the next-door parking garage was a particularly interesting vantage point (see the stitch at the end).

Walking down Mercer to Moore was kind of a waste of time (I posted ONE picture  - IMG_4525). The Nixel notice popped up a minute before I took that shot.

Main St was WAY too congested to get decent shots. Besides, at a certain point, you couldn’t see anything because of all the smoke (next-to-last shot).

The rumor is that the building MAY be torn down tonight, so I might go over there and see if there’s any room on Main St for me and my tripod.

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Hackensack Discussion / 153 Main Street fire
« Last post by Editor on October 24, 2018, 06:45:04 PM » UPDATE: Demolition of Hackensack furniture store underway after fire
Five years ago, I posted the above link. Because the stated effect was probably visible at different times of the year anywhere in the county that had a view of the Manhattan skyline, I posted it on the Bergen County Historical Society's forum (which I also moderate) - hence, the BCHS link.

For over a year now, that forum has been down, due - supposedly - to some very minor-sounding problem. Months later, it still wasn't up, so I inquired when the "minor problem" would be fixed. I was told not to worry and that all the tons of historical content were there - as in "not lost".

It may be “not lost”, but it's still "not visible". All subsequent inquiries regarding the resurrection of the forum have been completely ignored. This is VERY disappointing, coming from an organization that takes great pride in unearthing and displaying local history. There must be some secret reason why they've buried this particular trove. Whatever that reason is, it can't be a good one if it lessens the amount of material that’s been available to the public for years.

So what I'm getting at is that - for some unwilling-to-be-discussed reason - the link doesn't work.

The “good” news is I’ve just posted a more fleshed-out version of the Hackenhenge effect on my photoblog:


Half a block of State St is closed because of water company digging - NOT because of the construction vehicles.


1. Lotsa dirt loads

2,3. Despite their alabaster covering, the Michelin Twins now work on a dirt truck.
4. The dumping

5. The piles

6. The flattening


1. Shouldn't the guy have the hat?


1. Traffic light colors!

2. The State and Ward crosswalk to the site

3. It's been a long time since this area was flat.


1,2. Pipes & Pix


1. More heavy equipment waiting to be unloaded

 2,4. Maybe a little too heavy - as this vehicle was backing onto the site from the street, I heard a popping/cracking sound. A few seconds later...............damaged driveway.

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That's what the "photographer" in the top row appears to be trying to do.

Her twin in the lower level seems to be trying to capture the foolishness of whatever it is going on directly above her OR maybe it's just the continued sequence of the top row.

Who knows? I just observe and document.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on October 18, 2018, 05:46:26 PM »
more Fives & Flubs

Only five 5s? I won't say they're finally cutting down because if I do, there'll be 20 next time.

Hackensack History / Re: Demolition of The Record building
« Last post by BLeafe on October 16, 2018, 05:15:17 PM »
1,2. The Record lost its name from the front a while ago, but not its address.

3,4. A little more destruction was evident on the south side.

5. Tagged by the wrecking crew?

6. Although I could hear a lot of destruction going on, I couldn't see any machinery or falling debris, but I could see evidence of it on the other side of this bay.

7. Behind the southeast corner was a large pile of discarded steel girders.

8. Meanwhile, on the flip side................

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Ling is listing...
« Last post by BLeafe on October 16, 2018, 04:37:26 PM »
1. From this angle, the Ling looks rather listless.........and loooooooong. This is - by far - my best shot/stitch of it.

Aside from the sub, there are 3 other projects in the picture: one new, one being renovated and one dying.

2. To be fair to the other side of the Court St bridge, I also took this while I was there.

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