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I'm sure you've all been worried about that abandoned shopping cart, so here's an update:

The plows came back two days ago to remove the big snow piles and manicure the spaces, but they did not liberate the cart from the spot it's been in with no food (what's a shopping cart without food?) ) since at least New Year's Eve.

And it's still there.

I'd help, but my landlord has a strict "No Pets or Shopping Carts" policy.



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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Last post by BLeafe on January 11, 2018, 06:10:03 PM »
The original word I got on this was that the buildings were coming down in September. I was sure I'd miss it in November when I was unavailable and was positive that I had made it back just in the nick of time in December....................nothing.

This month, there's been occasional utility roadwork right in front on the State St side, but today brought:

1. Various fire vehicles

2,3. Fire officials going in and out of the restaurant and the real estate office.................and the water company showed up


After a couple of hours, everyone left, but I could see from home that each building had a new sign/sticker attached to it. Thinking that it might be a notice that demolition was imminent, I went out to see what they said.

4,5,6. The buildings are unsafe to live in.



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Hackensack Discussion / Projects update
« Last post by BLeafe on January 11, 2018, 05:33:09 PM »
Even with 14-degree temperatures and single-digit wind chill, I got a little cabin fever last Sunday and decided to go out and catch up on the progress of a couple projects.

I figured that since it's been months since I shot whatever was going on at the Midtown Bridge, its replacement must be up by now, but as I approached on the Approach, it was obvious that there was nothing to see, so I made the mandatory U-turn at the Ice House and headed up to Moore Street.

Lots of stuff going on in that neighborhood. But first..............

1,2. I walked over to the old Oritani FC site and took a shot through the fence at the corner of E. Camden and River and did a 3-pic stitch closer to Moore St (and over the fence).

3. Back up on Moore, I shot this 2-pic stitch from the parking lot behind Main St businesses and just south of the library.

4. Since this project wraps around to Main St, I walked toward E. Salem and took this shot on Moore to include the Wells Fargo Bank.

5. I took this crappy 2-pic stitch at Main and Salem. My shooting hand was frozen and it came out a bit lopsided (the stitch - not my hand). Straightening it out in post production chopped off the very top and most of the street. Better that than my finger.

6,7. Continuing with the wrap-around shoot, I made a 2-pic stitch from Moore and E. Salem and a 3-pic stitch from Moore, between E. Salem and E. Camden.

Enough! The cabin fever has been chilled from my body. I need to go home, warm up and take.........

8. ..........a crappy shot of what the Main and E. Salem part looks like from my living room WITHOUT cutting part of the top off.



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Hackensack Videos / Drone Video: The mostly-frozen Great Falls in Paterson
« Last post by BLeafe on January 11, 2018, 01:23:44 PM »
Not exactly Hackensack-related, but you'll wanna see this one full-screen on YouTube:



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For the life of me, I simply cannot understand WHY people feel the need to go out in freezing weather wearing shorts. I see it everywhere, people all bundled up on top... hat,gloves, etc. And shorts. I even saw one guy in Shop Rite in shorts and sandals
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Hackensack Discussion / Brendan Byrne
« Last post by BLeafe on January 09, 2018, 11:40:30 AM »
From my site:

Roseland, NJ 1986

I was hired by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to go to the former New Jersey governor's office and photograph the Honorary Chairman, for whom the Meadowlands Arena was originally named, with the CFF Poster Representative.

I arrived at his law offices and found him there with a sweet, beautiful little girl who was afflicted with this disease, though you couldn't tell.

The photo was used in a CFF benefit auction program.



Rest in peace, Governor.


Brendan Byrne and Eliza Joy Phillips:

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No way I was going outside to shoot this, but I like what I was able to get from home:

1,2. The first thing I saw when I looked out the window on Thursday morning: a car with its trunk open and no one around. These were taken at 8:41am and 9:30am. You can see that the storm has intensified during that period and that the interior trunk snowfall accumulation has increased. An hour later, the car was gone................too bad.

3. Artistic arrangement courtesy of the Sanitation Department

4. Unused potential traction helper (is that a front-wheel drive car?)

5. Frozen river

6. Frozen person

7. Frozen engine

8. Some serious wind managed to push snow between my inside and outside roof doors.

9,10. Two days after #8, this is what was on the outside door. The last time I saw that was during the polar vortex in January, 2014.

11. Awwwwwww...............

12,13. Favorite mini-sequence: Someone parked a shopping cart in the municipal lot. Two days later, it was still there and the snowplows went around it, just like they did for every other 4-wheeled parked vehicle. Two days after THAT (today), it hasn't moved an inch.

14. Late addition (misplaced it): I saw this super-cool fashionista when it was super-cold outside and sandwiched him around what wunderground.com was posting at that moment (ZERO wind-chill).


As usual, click to enlarge.




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