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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Anderson St neighborhood laundromat gone
« Last post by irons35 on November 28, 2022, 08:21:43 PM »
Lots of people will pay to live next to train tracks.  As far as the rest, its a disposable building that is not generating near the revenue that the new building will create.
Hackensack Discussion / Re: Anderson St neighborhood laundromat gone
« Last post by BLeafe on November 23, 2022, 12:35:45 PM »
that entire block is being torn down... 6 story apartment going there...

I had heard that some months ago, but nothing since, so I was hoping that maybe the Powers That Be saw the wisdom in keeping two important neighborhood mainstays: Walgreens - especially its pharmacy - and the laundromat. And who wants to pay thousands of dollars a month to live RIGHT next to railroad tracks?

I'm sure it won't be a welcome view for the people at the 6-story 29 Linden building right across the street.

C'mon, Powers That Be..............rethink this! Find a way to give the current neighborhood residents AND the new ones a good pharmacy on Anderson St...........and all of us currents need a laundromat.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Anderson St neighborhood laundromat gone
« Last post by irons35 on November 22, 2022, 09:03:39 AM »
that entire block is being torn down... 6 story apartment going there...
Online Auctions/Local Images (Moderated by BLeafe) / Re: Old local business matchbooks
« Last post by johnny g on November 20, 2022, 07:09:47 AM »
The Print Room one is a classic, I remember peeking in it as a kid but I never went there
Hackensack Discussion / Re: Anderson St neighborhood laundromat gone
« Last post by johnny g on November 20, 2022, 07:08:18 AM »
Wow that's the best of my knowledge I can't think of another one in that vicinity. And i'm not surprised Cedar Lane Grille closed, I went in there years ago for a nostalgic breakfast and it was terrible
Online Auctions/Local Images (Moderated by BLeafe) / Old local business matchbooks
« Last post by BLeafe on November 18, 2022, 02:00:01 PM »
I've just found a LOT of matchbooks that my mother collected. I'll probably be making a blog post about the whole thing soon, but I wanted to show four that came from Hackensack: two from recently-demolished Rudy's Restaurant, one from long-gone Packard's Print Room and one I've never heard of.

Is anyone familiar with Primrose House Hairdressers? The address would put it in the vicinity of the northeast corner of Union and Central.

Inside the Rudy's matchbook covers is what looks like a crudely-drawn map that I've enlarged (second pic).

I did come across other Hackensack matchbooks, but there's too much to go through again. You'll just have find them after I put the blog post together.

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Anderson St neighborhood laundromat gone
« Last post by BLeafe on November 14, 2022, 03:50:59 PM »
The washer/dryer machines in my building were too small, too expensive and too time-consuming, so I switched years ago to the laundromat next to the Walgreens at Anderson and Linden. It seemed to be the choice of most of the neighborhood.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a big truck and a stacked pair of washing machines on the sidewalk. I thought new machines were being installed. A few days later, I was in Walgreens and I heard someone asking someone else, "What happened to the laundromat?"

"They closed" was the reply.


THE PIX (click to enlarge)

1. I went next door and looked through both doors. This is the half of the laundromat that's closer to Walgreens:

2. Here's the other half that's closer to Linden:

3. Here's what both sides looked like last February from the back of the Linden side (PANO):

This is a blow to the neighborhood. I sure hope it's going to be replaced by another laundromat company and NOT by another residential monstrosity - especially since that would also deprive us of the neighborhood's sole pharmacy next door.

4. On a probably-directly-related note: As I was parking my car yesterday near my building, I noticed a woman putting flyers on all the cars. She was walking by as I got out of my car and handed me a flyer.

Think this might have anything to do with the subject of this post? The location is where the Cedar Lane Grille used to be by the northwest corner of Cedar Lane and River Rd.

Almost anything can be an excuse for my photowalks - even misfortune.

Back in June, some idiot at a T-intersection side street stop sign decided that the back driver's-side of my making-a-left-off-Teaneck-Rd car didn't have the right-of-way and plowed into it. If he was a bit less impatient and waited a second or two, I wouldn't be writing about it now. No one was hurt and the car was still quite drivable, but it looked like hell. The cop agreed it was the other guy's fault, so I thought insurance would be a breeze.

Well, it took nearly 4 months to get the repair started. My body shop of choice  - Class A Autobody - is at 40 Railroad Ave, about a block north of Essex St. I brought the car there early one morning in late September.

1. Since I hadn't yet photo-strolled Railroad Ave, I decided to walk the mile back home. There were some interesting sights to shoot, beginning with this building:

2. A closeup of the more-interesting half of the building seemed to show the bald eagle with an SUV in its talons:

3. Further north, you'd need a bicycle or motorcycle to use this railroad crossing:

4. A nice view of some hi-rises from the HHS vicinity:

5. A little further up, a train came in. I decided to use the reverse PANO pan to fit it all in one picture. Of course, that squashed the cars a bit:

6,7. On the corner of Railroad Ave and Ricardo Pl is a house that looks like a great retirement home for someone who's into watching trains and planes from the comfort of their gazebo. You've just seen the comes a low-flying private jet coming into Teterboro Airport that I photographed from that location:

8. Just before I got to the overhead tracks, I saw all this stuff behind a fence. I don't know what the company makes...............basketballs?

9. Here's where Susquehanna crosses Erie:

10. And just at that moment, a really squashed train goes under Suzy-Q. I doubt anyone's ever seen a PANO like this before:

11. My favorite shot from this walk has to be the bald eagle on the building, but because it was early morning and the building faces west, I couldn't shoot it bathed in sunlight (and without a car in the shot).

Two afternoons ago, I got the sunlit shot and went to town on the colors. I wonder how many people aren't aware of this local artwork.

And if anyone's interested, I'd recommend Class A Autobody. They did an excellent job on my car. 

As usual, click images to fully enlarge and you may need to do a little lateral scrolling on some of them.

Hackensack History / Japanese mini sub on Bond Tour in Hackensack
« Last post by jgoudsward on November 07, 2022, 05:52:52 PM »
Greetings All,

   I am looking for information, photos or personal stories about the time the sub came to town  as a Bond selling event. The first stop was in Paterson , N.J. in the morning and then came to Hackensack in the Afternoon. Any information will be helpful. Thank you
Now titled "Banded Together - The Boys From Glen Rock High", the documentary premiered at the Montclair Film Festival on October 29. Because of ticket demand, a second screening was quickly scheduled for the 30th at a larger facility.

You may recall that it starred New Jersey's own Uncle Floyd and his two brothers Jimmy and Jerry - both from the Conan O'Brien Show's band (guitarist Jimmy was the band leader and Jerry played sax..........and Conan's in the flick talking about them), along with 5 other extremely talented musicians, who played in several top-level acts that ranged from the Four Seasons to Broadway shows (and several others I'm forgetting). All were Glen Rock High School graduates and friends from a half-century ago, whose music teacher - Joe Sielski - molded them all into top-notch musicians.

The trailer may explain some of this better than I can:

50 years after the fact, another GRHS student from back then - Barry Rubinow, who became a Hollywood movie producer - put the guys back together with Joe and it was like no time had passed. They played magnificently together right off the bat, as evidenced at the reunion show last December.

The documentary was accepted by the Montclair Film Festival and was a big hit. After both screenings, there was a Q and A with the band members. I shots stills and video and this is my interpretation of the event:

I'm told that this film was just accepted by the Ridgewood Film Festival and will be shown on April 27, 2023. If you're into music, GET A TICKET!

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