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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Woolworth
« on: March 23, 2017, 04:01:11 PM »
Would look real nice in somebody's man cave

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Hackensack Discussion / Overcrowding in School District
« on: March 20, 2017, 01:37:50 PM »
This is somewhat reminiscent of what happened about 45 years ago when the Prospect Avenue high rises were a topic of discussion. There was a similar concern that these new buildings would flood the school system with new enrolees. The City requested the Board of Education provide yearly enrollment statistics from Prospect Avenue .
The number of students generated from the Prospect Avenue buildings was found to be insignificant.
Results from the City's redevelopment efforts will probably be similar; but, the coordination between the City Council and the Board of Education is something that should not be neglected as the redevelopment efforts proceed.

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If I am correct, a group from Peru opened a seafood market at that location. Didn't last too long.

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I always thought you bring these guys in on Election Day to count ballots.

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Hackensack History / Re: 210 Main Street (cornerstone)
« on: February 13, 2017, 04:46:28 PM »
Now, that's a great story.

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Hackensack History / Re: Hackensack Bars,Pubs & Taverns
« on: February 12, 2017, 07:43:36 PM »
This is only one of two known photos of  Homer in my youth.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Today's snow storm
« on: February 09, 2017, 04:36:10 PM »
I guess that the Weinberger law firm will represent you if you slip on the ice and get divorced.

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That's from an old Fabian songs in the '50's -- I'm a tiger.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in Need of Rehabilitation
« on: January 31, 2017, 05:31:59 PM »
Maybe with all the approvals being given by the Planning Board and Council, the Board should consider hiring a professional planning firm to look at the City's master plan and work with the Board of Education so that everything going on in the City is tied together and moving in the right direction. Sorta makes sense.

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I think that if Mr. Editor could reach out to former Mayor Kaz Wysocki whose business is across the Street at PMC , he or members of the family can give you all the details.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Phiefer's/Attili's
« on: January 07, 2017, 07:56:09 PM »
The guy on the bike would have shown up with studded bicycle snowtires.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Phiefer's/Attili's
« on: January 07, 2017, 06:50:19 PM »
Phiefers was the victim of the Double Whammy.
Shoppers used to stop in for a pleasant lunch when shopping along Main Street. When shopping trips along Main Street came to an end, the loss of the shoppers was Whammy#1.
Whammy#2 was the close of the UJB building at 210 Main. Now they were hit with both the loss of the breakfast trade, lunch trade and everything in between.
Anybody remember the delivery guy on the bike. When he was out on a delivery mission, you did not want to get in his way.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Johnson Park/Kayak Launch
« on: January 01, 2017, 09:14:29 PM »
I really don't think that a lake back then would have made Hackensack a tourist destination. What I do think though is that a well planned, and WELL MAINTAINED kayak launch and river park will become a marketing tool for developers attempting to encourage new residents to occupy rental or condo units in the City.
The Mayor and Council should work closely with the Freeholders to encourage other towns fronting the River to apply for grants for similar type riverfront improvements which can become catalysts for the reuse of waterfront properties and a new role for the Hackensack River as a recreational resource rather than a relic of past industrial uses.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Johnson Park/Kayak Launch
« on: December 29, 2016, 07:05:06 PM »
Too bad that you could only find one reference in the archives; so,in the interest of history we will have to rely on Ol'Homer's cerebral matter.
Back in the '60's the County of Bergen had a planning office which was run out of the former County engineering building at 29 Linden Street. The operation was headed by a fellow named Don Clark. Homer doesn't recall how or when the plan was initiated; but, there probably were groups of consultants here who put together the plan with a whole bunch of fancy drawings and brochures.
Now for the hard part. The Hackensack River is tidal up until around New Milford. The proposed tidal barrier would have controlled the ebb and flow of the tide in Hackensack creating a lake like effect north of the barrier.
Here's a curious element of the plan: Was there sufficient technical wherewithal fifty years ago to construct this barrier?. Apparently some agency thought so and required an environmental study. This study "concluded" that the operation of a tidal barrier on the Hackensack River at the site proposed would elevate the temperature of the Hackensack River in the Meadowlands by about two degrees which would have a devestating effect on the marine life in the Meadowlands. This caused the project to be scuttled.
At the same time, Public Service was constructing it's generating plant in Ridgefield Park along the River.  Guess that had no effect on Marine life along the River???????

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Johnson Park/Kayak Launch
« on: December 29, 2016, 03:41:30 PM »
This project is reminiscent of the old Lake Hackensack project from the mid 1960's. This was a County project where a tidal barrier was to be constructed north of the tracks above Mercer street. The RECORD was the last user along the River to accept barges that contained rolls of paper for use in printing the paper. Thus a tidal barrier would not affect any uses north of the barrier.
Ol' Homer remembers copies of the plan which showed boating as one of the principal uses at the proposed park.
And now half a century later some of this might actually be coming to fruition.
Maybe our editor can check the old files somewhere and dig up the old Lake Hackensack plan.

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