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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 50-52 Main, Demo
« Last post by BLeafe on February 11, 2019, 04:50:28 PM »
1,2. The first two images were taken about a month-and-a-half ago and the reason it says "Mansion House" is because of what stood there from 1751-1945. The Mansion House was Washington's HQ while his troops camped out on The Green after scuttling the British chase of the troops at the Hackensack River by burning down New Bridge near the Steuben House.

This was also the first stop on their retreat across NJ.

I just came across a 10 year-old post that said: "Still waiting for someone with deep pockets to buy 50 Main Street, knock it down, and rebuild the Mansion House !!!  I guess that'll have to wait till I become super-wealthy."

Well, you're in luck, JW. 50 Main just got knocked down. Got the bucks?

3-9. I approached this from behind after walking down Moore St and worked my way up Washington Pl, taking the stitch from The Green.

10. I saw this across from 50 Main, which I think will make a certain editor happy:

11,12. Continuing north up Main, I took these two shots on the corner of Bridge and Main:

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on February 11, 2019, 03:10:30 PM »
1. Your reading comprehension really needs some work. How else could you get "you claim one of your readers works at The Record and cares how the paper looks?" from "Hopefully, at least one of the people reading this works at The Record, is in a position of authority and does not appreciate how the paper currently looks..."?

Don't waste your time making up stuff because you're gonna get called out on it.

2. "There's the number 5 again"

Thank you, Captain Obvious, but you KNOW I've already got that one tucked away, right?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on February 11, 2019, 02:06:07 PM »

The readers of The Record's print edition are predominantly older, and I imagine many went into diabetic shock when they saw a huge photo on the Better Living cover last Friday, Feb. 8, of a French dessert called tarte Tartin topped with a scoop of ice cream, said to be served at a restaurant in Westwood.

The cover photo was part of a story on "5 new restaurants you need to try now" by Food Editor Esther Davidowitz, who single handedly has recommended more unhealthy or low quality, crappy food than any other single staffer at the paper. (There's the number 5 again, suggesting that is all the room the paper had on that Friday, when you include blown-up photos of the recommended dishes.)

Don't you resent some faceless food editor claiming you must try a restaurant and do it now? What arrogance. Davidowitz is one of the staffers who survived the Gannett takeover; the rest of the staff is made up of young, inexperienced reporters who don't know shit from Shinola, and can't possibly fathom some of the biggest issues in Hackensack, such as the impact of tax-exempt non-profits on the property taxes paid by homeowners and small businesses.

Two days earlier, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Better Living cover article carried these headlines:

"Urge to splurge"

"Treat yourself to fabulous food at these 14 restaurant"

Make sure your gas tank is full or that your electric car is fully charged, if you intend to eat at all of them. Although Bergen County is where the majority of readers live, eating at most of the 14 would be a road trip -- the recommended restaurants are in Princeton, Warren, New Brunswick, Merchantville, Swedesboro, New Hope (Pa.), Collingswood, Middletown and Asbury Park.

And, of course, if you went to any of those 9 far-off restaurants and wanted to enjoy wine with your dinner, you'd have to have a designated driver.

Davidowitz, the arrogant food editor, sniffs, "Here are 14 NJ restaurants where the food may be more than you're used to paying but it's often better -- much better -- than you're used to getting."

How could she possibly know that? And she wrote "the food may be more..." when she meant to say "the food may cost more..."

What she doesn't say is to assure readers she and the other reviewers whose bylines appear over the article actually paid for their meals; otherwise, the article would be little more than advertising.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on February 11, 2019, 01:22:04 PM »
You've been cataloging these errors for how long, and you claim one of your readers works at The Record and cares how the paper looks? No he or she doesn't or you wouldn't have anything to write about. It's getting worse, not better. As for the union truck parked in front of a no parking sign, were you suggesting it should be ticketed?

You are aware the paper isn't even edited in New Jersey anymore? After Gannett took over, more than 350 layoffs included nearly all of the remaining copy editors, the last line of defense against grammatical and factual errors, and the enforcers of style. The design studio for The Record was in Neptune, N.J., where Gannett's crappy Asbury Park Press was published. That place closed, and design of The Record was moved somewhere out of state where minions work on a number of Gannett papers.
These images run from February 2 to February 5 (busy days). Dates are under each picture.

This week seems to be dedicated to installing most of the corrugated metal floor decking, which had been started earlier on the Main St side of the first floor. After that, concrete will be poured into the decking to make the floors.The next post will have more decking installation images.

There are two photo stitches at the end from 2-3-19. One of them matches up well with one I took near the beginning of this thread before any buildings came down.

Click to make beeg.

Starting to get behind again (what else is new?).

These images run from January 15 to February 1. Dates are under each picture.

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Hackensack Videos / Fish crows find Jesus
« Last post by BLeafe on February 07, 2019, 03:00:45 PM »
Two days after surviving the Fish Crow Family Reunion in Foschini Park last Sunday, I encountered a slightly smaller version at home.

They were everywhere: sitting on chimneys, dive-bombing off my roof...........and a couple of peculiar places I hadn't seen them before.

As I took a picture of the steeple next door (pic 1), I saw a fish crow on both ends of the steeple's weather vane.

I zoomed in on them and noticed that they were alternating calls (pic 2). TWO minutes later, a bunch of them gathered in a nearby tree at the Young Men's CHRISTIAN Association (YMCA, pic 3), which is two blocks from the church (the First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack).

My guess is that this group missed the Foschini festivities because they were attending church services.

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Slight retrospective (to get everything in one thread):

1. This is my initial shot of the 435 Main (former Holman Moving) project demolition, taken across Anderson St from the Second Reformed Church's parking lot on 10-12-18. The crane had been sitting there for a couple of weeks and the sheeting (for asbestos remediation?) that was there the morning I shot this was gone by afternoon. This should have been the first shot in this thread.

2. I wish I could say I used a drone, but the second shot was actually taken from the top of the Sears tower on 5-17-12. Obviously, I wasn't aiming at Holman, but rather at my neighborhood, my building and the high-rises in the background. Fortunately, most of Holman made it into the shot.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in need of Rehabilitation
« Last post by BLeafe on February 06, 2019, 11:40:08 AM »
<< A six-story complex is now on the books for 430 Main Street in Hackensack’s downtown. Located at the corner of East Anderson Street, the property used to contain Pro Auto Repair until the business closed  >>

That repair shop was an Amoco gas station back in the 60s. Sometime around 1967, I worked there at night for a short while and half of the people I pumped gas for were girls I knew (or wanted to know) who also rode up and down Main St every night ("cruisin' the drag").

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