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I noticed last summer from my apartment that the north side of Current on River was unusually bright at night (Pic 1). I figured it was some sort of construction security lighting, but I didn't find any during the daytime when I visited the site.

More towards the end of the year, the nearby McDonald's put up 3 blazing lights facing north that cast shadows on my living room wall - 7 stories up and 4-5 blocks away (McD's was built on lower ground than my building was, so it's probably closer to 8 stories up). (Pix 1 and 2)

Perhaps McD's also had a similar bank of lights that I could not see on the other side of their building facing south toward C on R and lighting it up, so I decided to visit the scene at night and take pictures. (Pic 3)

But when I got there McD's DID have an involvement, but the biggest culprits were the Toyota dealership (by far) and - to a lesser degree - the Giant Farmers Market. (Pic 4 photo stitch - NOTE: after clicking to enlarge the stitch, you'll have to scroll from left to right to see the whole thing)

Just imagine spending a LOT of money to live in C on R and seeing this on your first (and every) night.

389 Main will also have the same problem (on the plus side, that building will block a couple of lights that shine brightly in my apartment). But this is just one observation from my one angle.  I imagine that all new buildings will have the same problem unless Hackensack pre-emptively enacts a city-wide retroactive light control ordinance with no one grandfathered in.

PSE&G is responsible for most of the problem installations, but only the property owners can get them to fix things - they will NOT listen to me. Any non-PSE&G installations may only require tilting the light or adding a shade, so it shouldn't be a major expense for those people or the city, which also violates light pollution sensibilities regularly. Wait'll the people on the east-facing upper floors of both buildings get a load of the Foschini Park field lights! (Pix 5&6 - taken from my apartment, which is not as close to those lights as 389 Main and ESPECIALLY Current on River).

The council has got to act before all these people move in and start complaining. Let's start them off with the great experience you've been touting all along.

I continue to offer a standing invitation to any council member who would like to see everything I'm talking about (and a lot more) from my location.

Any of you up for doing the right thing for all your new residents (and some of us long-time ones)?

As usual, click to enlarge.




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I try to get these annual "Best of"s posted by the middle of January, but this one was a bit overweight and took until this month to finish. That's because I added the Main St area projects to each monthly section, so if you've already followed that here, you can save some time and skip it.

Enjoy (but you'll probably need to pace yourself): 

https://iaintjustmusic.bobleafe.com/?p=6809



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Hackensack Videos / Inefficient overuse of road salt
« on: February 24, 2019, 04:42:44 PM »
The spaces had been cleared - for the most part - by plows. A few spots remained, but instead of manually throwing a bucket of salt where needed, a salt spreader was used. It made a couple of circular trips around the lot, which spread a lot of salt on the totally-cleared driving lane. It did concentrate on a couple of spots by just sitting there, but that tossed at least as much salt on clear ground.

In the end, it didn't do much good anyway.

Salt is environmentally harmful, so - in this case - it might have been a good idea to limit the usage to the few spots that needed it, rather than blanket the 90%-dry lot - especially on a day that reached 47 degrees.




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https://www.npr.org/2019/02/21/696864784/peter-tork-of-the-monkees-dies-at-77


I met him a couple of times when he made appearances on The Uncle Floyd Show - nice guy. I got to shoot the band at Pier 84 in Manhattan in 1986.

Here's a shot I took of him and Floyd on 8-20-82 during a UFS show taping. It's never been published before. There are a few other shots on my site.





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A crew was clearing snow from Anderson Park this morning and this guy was taking care of the perimeter sidewalk.

It probably wasn't necessary. An hour or two later, all snow was gone from all sidewalks, courtesy of the sun.


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Hackensack Discussion / Bischoff's goes high-tech (if this was the '70s)
« on: February 17, 2019, 01:08:12 PM »
http://tinyurl.com/ModernBischoffsGetsIntoThe70s

I once worked there with this guy's mother.





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When the sun sets behind a building and it's snowing slightly, the rays that get by either side of that building have something in the air to illuminate: the snow. Normally, there's nothing there but air, so it doesn't look like this. The high-rises were already slightly obscured because of the snow between them and my location and the rays that aren't blocked by the buildings are just lighting up that snow.

You may be able to see a few flakes in the center-tree area that's not illuminated.

Click to illarginate (bigger, but not brighter).







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I thought I heard something resembling fireworks last night - even with the windows closed. Sure enough, I could see something in the vicinity of Midtown Manhattan. I think all the buildings shown are new ones in the Jersey City area.

Here's all the info: http://www.ecns.cn/hd/2019-02-12/detail-ifzekwei6641100.shtml#1 and a GREAT picture.

I wish I was in Weehawken last night, especially if I could have gotten shots like that.


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I've never seen (or heard) as many fish crows as I did today at Foschini. Knowing a tiny bit about them, I'll bet they never got a permit from the city.

It's probably a pre-Super Bowl party and since they're so annoying, I know what team they're fans of.

Crank it up to hear all the profane cheers.




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I took this about 40 minutes ago.

Haven't seen one like this in a while.

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Two-parter: "If you sports-bet using your phone, you'll get hit by a train."

(unrelated note: these pix were taken 6 minutes apart during a quick run to Rite-Aid. I had to wait for a train in both directions.....might as well take pictures while I wait, right?)


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Hackensack Videos / Today's snow squall
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:55:40 PM »




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https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/kazmier-wysocki-obituary?pid=191398551

Kazmier Wysocki, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the age of 99 years.

Born in Harrison, he lived most of his life in Hackensack. He was a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He did graduate study at Columbia University in New York and was a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey . Prior to retiring, he was partner with his son Peter, in Progressive Machine Company, a family business operation for 100 years. He was also President of PMC Industries, an affiliate company, which manufactures automatic packaging machinery, which are sold worldwide. He was the holder of of many patents and designs of such machines.

Mr. Wysocki served as a three term Mayor for the City of Hackensack from 1961-1977. He also served as Chairman of the Hackensack Housing Authority, Hackensack Board of Education, Chairman of the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce. Former trustee of Bergen Community College, Chairman of the Friendship House, Governor's representative on Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, US State Department Delegate to International Trade Fair in Poland, Member of the National Committee on Community Development, and the Bergen County Republican Mayors Association.

He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, NJ Society of Professional Engineers, Packaging Professional Institute, Polish- American Congress, Sons of Poland, Kosciuszko Foundation, Polish University Club, and the Polish Institute of Arts and Science and collected Polish historical coins, art works and other memorabilia. A collector and restorer of vintage automobiles, he was a member of the Electric Auto Association, Micro and Mini Car Club and D A F Owners Club.

Mr. Wysocki was also instrumental in bringing the USS Ling to Hackensack . Mr. Wysocki was a member and Past President from 1947-1965 of the Hackensack Kiwanis Club.

Beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Witkewics) who died in 2017. Devoted father of Peter Wysocki and his wife Nancy of Haworth, and Suzan Altenkirch of Corpus Christi , Texas . Loving grandfather of Christian and his wife Erika, Elizabeth, Peter and Andrew.

The funeral service on Friday, February 1st , at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street , Hackensack , at 11:00 AM, Rev. Steven McClelland officiating with burial following at Hackensack Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 PM. To send condolences, directions, or further information visit www.gentilefuneralservice.com





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It was SO frickin' cold on the roof last night and SO hard to get these shots that I had to stop 8 minutes before the eclipse was full at 11:41pm. The moon was directly overhead, which made it difficult to use the tripod..........or even see the screen. I snapped the handle off the tripod trying to get it to bend all the way back.

But the cold........oh my God! The temp was 12, the winds were about 30 mph and the wind chill was 5. Even with a glove on with the index fingertip cut off so I could maintain the focal pressure on the shutter, it was nearly impossible. I couldn't feel my fingertip and thought it might be getting frostbit or frozen to the metal shutter button.

But I did get some semblance of what transpired over the course of an hour (and I was NOT outside the whole timeI may be dedicated, but Im not insane).

And I have no idea why the middle two images show a smaller moon. I thought I maxed out the zoom constantly.

Lets hope for warmer weather when it happens again in 2022.


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