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Hackensack Discussion / Shooting the GWB flag from the north walkway on Veterans Day
« Last post by BLeafe on November 12, 2017, 04:21:23 PM »
As you may know, the world's largest hanging US flag flies from the George Washington Bridge on major holidays, like Veterans Day yesterday. It's impressive to drive under, but it's even better when you're on the bridge sidewalk near and under it. You should know that the flag is rolled up in the early afternoon (stupid policy), so if you go, go early.

If you haven't ever walked across - or just walked ON the GWB - you really should and it's easy to do.

Take Rt 4 east to the last exit before the tolls and then head east as far as you can go to Hudson Terrace. Make a left and park when you get to the meters.

Usually the south walkway - facing downtown Manhattan - is open and the north walkway is closed, but earlier this year, it was announced that because of the increase in people jumping to their deaths from that walkway, it would be closed while higher fencing is installed. That meant that the somewhat less accessible north walkway would now be open (lots of steps - two sets up and one down).

I've shot the flag many times, but never from the north walkway, so yesterday was my chance. It was also my last scheduled shoot for a while (will explain in a couple of days), so I was on the bridge before 9am to do a nice long shoot across the bridge to NY and back. It was cold out, but it was absolutely brutal on the bridge. I didn't even make it halfway across, but I got what I needed.

And here they are:

1-5. While still on Hudson Terrace: construction/destruction, lower level drivers who would miss out on seeing the flag, the closed south walkway entrance and more construction.

6. After navigating the multiple sets of stairs to the north walkway, I passed a cyclist coming into NJ and took a picture as he carried his bike up the stairs.

7. Before I got on the bridge, I shot this scene with the two new Fort Lee towers - The Modern I and II. I couldn't read what was on the lower, darker area of Mod1, but I took care of that later. I also hadn't noticed the "PIP RAMP" sign before. I know what it means, but it must look strange to any driver who doesn't.

8-10. Now on the bridge, I shot the Palisades, Ross Dock and a super-shadowed someone right below me on the road that goes from Ross Dock south and under the bridge.

11. In other words, keep to the right on your bike.

12 & 13. My face and shooting hand were already almost frozen and I really didn't see the point of getting further away from the NJ tower, so I headed back.

14. Now I'm back under the wind-blown flag and.............what's that small white thing attached to the dark cable?

15. The moon and the flag - the shot of the day! If anybody else has these two things in one shot, it was taken at night - not at 9:15am.

16. The cables on The Moderns

17. On the sidewalk around the NJ tower, this was the view of the flag through it.

18. The moon and the cables

19. Off the bridge and by the guardhouse, this mirror is installed in the cliff for the cyclists (or so said the guard). I think it's there for my selfie with the sun, the bridge and the flag.

20. Now in my car and about to get on Rt 4, I got this shot so we all could read what's on the side of Mod1.


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on November 11, 2017, 01:00:00 PM »
1&2. The error is in the second one, but because that enlargement cuts out most of the headline, I've included the full headline first.

It's another article about how Puerto Rico is still struggling because of Hurricane Maria. The problem is that the sub-headline says that the storm happened 7 months ago, while the first line of the second paragraph states - correctly - that it occurred 7 weeks ago. While I'm sure it must feel like 7 months ago to those affected, this mistake is just thoughtless.


3. If it's inspired by Gulen, then you have to use a hyphen: Gulen-inspired.


4. Speaking of hyphens, the underlined "word" is in dire need of one: male-centric.


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: "The Current on River"
« Last post by irons35 on November 10, 2017, 08:33:55 PM »
far right in the rendering photo shows the toyota dealer and you can see the grade going down the hill on east camden towards it.  the access driveway for the rear lot of the main st businesses is visible to the left of the entrance.
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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on November 10, 2017, 07:22:44 PM »
1. Major screw-up here when the paper has no idea what country the president was in last Tuesday.


2. Lesser screw-ups here. The first one should be "Derek" and the second one is extremely obbbvious.


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Last post by BLeafe on November 10, 2017, 06:32:34 PM »
I changed the thread name today from a longer one that only mentioned the State St side of it to the original link name of the rendering (and added "rehab project").

What's your suggestion? You're not still pushing "KNOW MORE VIEW", are you?  ::)


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Last post by Homer Jones on November 10, 2017, 03:16:38 PM »
I don’t know if the phrase “395 Main Street rehab project” is accurate.
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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
« Last post by BLeafe on November 10, 2017, 11:56:08 AM »
These will be my final images before demolition starts. Since the red signs with the backwards slashes are now on all doors of the to-be-gone buildings, my guess is that demolition is imminent.

1. The view down Ward St

2. The view down Main St

3. The old view of 395 Main

4. The Main St stores that were spared - the 395 Main project fence ends to the right of EmbroidMe.

5. The State St side looks ready to go. This 2-pic stitch also shows the current 4-meters-for-3-parking-spaces view.

6. The Ward and State streets view (2-pic stitch)

7. The Main and Ward streets view (2-pic stitch)

8. The Main Street view (2-pic/1-glitch stitch)


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