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The Hole (Main and Mercer)

There's finally a bit of verticality emerging from The Hole (a name change may be in order soon).

These three stitches were taken on October 25 when I was on the block shooting the furniture store fire aftermath the next morning. The first two stitches were taken while bending over a concrete barrier on Mercer Street and trying to keep myself from falling, while dealing with a wind-blown tarp over the fence (all with one hand) and shooting through holes in the moving tarp AND between links in the fence, while trying to take shots that would line up well enough to stitch together (all with the other hand). Much to my surprise, it worked!

The third stitch was posted previously in the 153 Main St fire thread, but since the majority of it shows The Hole, it belongs here too.

Current on River

The Current on River shots were taken between October 26 and November 7, both from home and on the site. The sixth and seventh C on R shots show some progression as that small top wall is being constructed around the perimeter. The ninth C on R shot shows that the Camden St side of the library is now a construction loading zone while the tenth C on R image offers a possible hint of what the building's exterior will look like..............unless "face brick" is a misnomer.

I particularly like the third C on R shot because it looks like all of Manhattan sits/fits on top of the project.

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Hackensack History / Re: Demolition of The Record building
« on: November 08, 2018, 04:47:44 PM »
I went over to the Record site yesterday to see which way the progress was moving since I shot there Sunday.

It's east to west.

They appear to be working their way on the main building toward River St. Maybe they'll get to the front sometime next week?

They should re-install the name on the front of the'll make a better picture when that front falls.

Any former employees recognize that 3rd-floor set of stairs in the first two pix? They must have led to a roof door.

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Since they reconfigured the lanes just north of Passaic St, a large amount of water collected at the driveway entrance (on State) to 40 Passaic St every time it rained and never drained.

Daredevil kids would cautiously cross it (they could have easily walked around it), as you can see in the below sequence.

Yesterday, it got fixed. The street was ripped up and dug out for new pipes and a drain, which is shown sitting on the street on the far right of the last pic.

It's installed now and that should be the end of that.

Big news day, huh?

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Hackensack History / Re: Demolition of The Record building
« on: November 06, 2018, 02:15:24 PM »
I took a bunch of shots, but this stitch is all-encompassing of the demolition progress as of two days ago.

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Hackensack Discussion / WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T FORGET..............
« on: November 05, 2018, 03:40:16 PM »

All that jive you hear every mid-term that THIS one is the most important one of your life is finally true!

And don't overlook the Hackensack-only Municipal Question about establishing  a Municipal Open Space, Recreation and HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST FUND!! (personal emphasis on that last part - see ballot question below)

How many times has someone here mentioned saving and preserving some part of an historic building that has just been torn down, only to be told there's no money for it and nowhere to put it?

Passage of this referendum could provide the opportunity to change that.

Click to enlarge and vote in favor of preserving our history.

Hackensack Discussion / A Century of Progress (?)
« on: November 02, 2018, 05:00:50 PM »

(re 1920 Hudson River trains)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 31, 2018, 02:10:00 PM »
Happy Halloween! How come these things scare everyone but editors, publishers and investors?

1,2. These two headlines are bad enough by themselves, but...........

3. ............things sink to a new level when they're both on the same page.

4, 5. Change of seasonal ineptness as baseball fades and basketball rises

6,7,8. Blah, blah and blah

9. This shows that ALL the problems aren't restricted to the sports section.

As usual, moron-mania follows.

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Piles & Pipes, dusty dump, caught between the 165 (local) and a stony grave


1. Dirt, metal, stone closeup

2. Looks like a busted tailpipe.

3. No idea what this is.

4,5,6. The crew and the metal grave wait for the concrete truck.

7. Dirt, metal, stone side view

8,9. ART on a construction site!

10,11. The concrete finally arrives.


The river, the metal, the mudhole


1. CAThammering more big concrete chunks

2. Ships in the night day

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Saturday morning concrete


Sunday perimeter shoot, including fence left open on Ward St


Sequence I: pick up, carry, dump from high up


Sparks fly.


Sequence II: jackhammer big pieces, dump smaller pieces

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10-12-18 to 10-19-18

Various and sundry………….

The only one worth mentioning is IMG_4216 from 10-15. All I know is that these are a new version of light gauge metal forms - instead of wood - for the footings. They get buried in those grave-like holes.

BTW - the last one contained the boulder that’s already on the ground. I missed stopping it in mid-air (bad day).

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« on: October 27, 2018, 02:00:00 PM »
I took this 6 months ago. You can see part of the building's twin peaks and the old ad for the McCrory's that was a predecessor of the furniture store. I'm guessing that the ad is part of the rubble pile, especially since it wasn't visible at the time of the fire and there was no way to save it anyway.

I also have a stitch of the ad that includes the then-just-started-on new building next door at 149 Main.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« on: October 26, 2018, 03:40:13 PM »
The scene yesterday morning:

1 - I parked on Moore St and I'm glad I took this shot right away because the hose was turned off by the time I made it around to Main St.

2 - Once again, I was stopped by a cop who asked for my press credentials. Once again, I explained my story and - once again, it was a nice cop who walked down the street, spoke with someone and waved me in. I was not allowed by get any closer than 161 Main, so I couldn't shoot the whole pile straight on as I had done the night before. This was as much of the pile as I could get from Main St, but it allowed me to get the scene that resembled a battleground right next to the Battleground store. Oh yeah - there was one other reason they wouldn't let me get dead-center: a sinkhole had formed in the street at that spot. There were trucks on either side of the hole, so I couldn't get a shot of it. Maybe that's why Main was closed today.

3 - It's VERY fortunate that all this wood didn't burn up - ESPECIALLY since the gusty wind was pointed almost right at it.

4 - The men are standing on a dirt pile across the street at the Hole project (probably not the official name, but it's been appropriate for too long).

5 - Do NOT cross from the front of the box to the back!

6 - There will be a slight delay in completing the installation of the new building's diving board/plank-to-walk.

7 - "Fire in the Hole!" Well, across the street from it. (It's a stitch - start scrolling left to right)

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« on: October 25, 2018, 06:41:46 PM »
I had heard a rumor yesterday that they might be tearing the building down last night, burt no one seemed to know what time.

The last time I shot something like that, it was at 76 Main and - as I recall - that was pretty late in the evening. For some reason, I decided to go around 8pm.

I was over 3 hours too late. I could have shot it in daylight and maybe have gotten some good stop-action shots..............oh well - next time.

When I got there last night, a cop stopped me and was nice enough to get out of his car and walk down Main St to see if someone would clear me. While I waited - and in case, it was a "no" - I put my camera on something that was on the sidewalk that was two feet tall and flat, set the exposure and timer, zoomed in and took the first shot. Can't go home empty-handed, right?

The cop waved me in.

I set up the tripod dead-center in front of the pile. There's not a lot of shot variety to be had in shooting a pile of rubble at night, so I took the 2-photo stitch (second shot) and a couple of others and talked to a fireman, who turned out to be a contributing member. He showed me some of the practically-point-blank video he shot.

I urged him to post the video here, so we'll see if he's still a contributing member in good standing (no pressure, Mike!).

The pile was being water-hosed from behind because there were still some hot spots, but then they started hosing from the front, so the last shot shows both.

I went back this morning because Main St was still closed from Atlantic to Mercer and there was still some hot-spot hosing going on. There was a new problem: a sinkhole had developed on Main St in the vicinty of where I was shooting from last night. (It wasn't me, officer). I couldn't see it because trucks were in the way, but I shot other stuff that I'll post tomorrow.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« 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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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:

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