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This would be the bridge that connects over Maywood Ave/Forest Ave, just south of Rt 4. It's gone.

I have no idea when replacement begins.

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Actually, two videos - the second one being the Rose Royce tune (with lyrics) I mentioned in the stills post:











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So I'm relaxing this morning, reading the paper when I suddenly heard a sound outside my window that I've never heard here before - a trumpet. I've heard bagpipes outside - more than once - but never a trumpet.

So I stuck my head out the window and my eyes followed my ears to a figure standing a block away on the State St traffic island at Passaic St in Hackensack, NJ, and tooting his own horn. WTF? (doesn't "heck" begin with an "F"?)

For a second, I flashed back to the Dancing Man who used to always be gyrating on the SW corner of Anderson and River Streets years ago.

I went out on my roof and noticed a car wash going on at the nearby Middle School. Could these two things be related? No way! Unless the trumpeter is well-versed in Rose Royce tunes for horn, how does a trumpet signal to you that there’s a car wash here that you should patronize?

Of course, curiosity got the better of me and I headed on over.

When I got there, I found that he wasn’t alone. There were young students on all the corners with signs, contributions containers and loud voices trying to convince all the drivers going by to get their cars washed for a good cause, which was………….?

The guy with the trumpet was taking a break, so I went over and spoke with him. His name is Joseph Wolverton, a junior at HHS and a member of the HHS Marching Band.

I told him that I’d be walking around and shooting from different angles and that’s just what I did.

The result is a few stills and an unsophisticated mashup of 10 MOV files that I put on YouTube.

Here are the stills:

1,2,3. These were the initial identifying images that were taken from my apartment, 1-2 blocks away.

4. Taken in case anyone was interested in where everyone was, relative to the World Trade Center.

5. I took this when I got to the scene and found Joe auditioning outside of Hackensack’s hottest club - the Parisian Beauty Academy - which charges $8 per car, according to the sign.


A couple of these can be clicked to enlarge them.




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I heard a rumor that F-18 jets would be flying into Teterboro at around 1:30pm today. I had a 1pm appointment scheduled at HUMC. I got there at 12:45 and explained that I needed to leave around 1:30 to run up to the HUMC roof and try to get shots of the jets. They thought that was pretty cool.

Seven minutes later, we all heard the jets fly overhead - damn!

I was not happy. When I was done, I told them I was going to Teterboro and was determined to get some shots...........and that's exactly what I did at 2:11pm.

The first image is a 3-photo stitch.

 I hadn't heard why F-18s were flying into Teterboro, but the second image shows that the plane on the right is practically in the Walmart parking lot, so that should tell you..............absolutely nothing.

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I haven't been on the walkway in a while, so I took some shots on Tuesday:

1. Start with a stitch: under the Anderson St Bridge at high tide

2. Stitch 2: Just before you go through the walkway's open gate at the northern end of the park, this is what's on the other side of the fence on your left.

3. This was an easy fix.

4. I saw this sign just before the Rothman Center. It referred to the pedestrian bridge over the river between the Teaneck and Hackensack campuses, but it turned out to be a sign that someone forgot to take down, because the bridge was open.

5. If it wasn't open, I wouldn't have been able to get a shot of this festival ad on the bridge's Equinox box. The show's next weekend in Dover, DE, if you're interested.

6,7,8. Wildlife


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Like the swallows at Capistrano, the Ospreys have returned to Teterboro.

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These are 10 old pictures from the Union St/Passaic St/Conklin Pl area plus one old postcard of Anderson St, looking west from Union St that I haven't seen before. I've cleaned them all up a bit.

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Hackensack History / Old images (part 1 of 2)
« on: May 18, 2018, 02:25:23 PM »
I have this folder of local historical images that's been sitting on my desktop for ages. Since I'm home and a bit under the weather today and have nothing better to do, it's time to post them (2 posts).

Some of these exist elsewhere on the site, but I'm too lazy/cranky today to search for them all. On the plus side, some of these may be bigger/better that what we already have.


In no particular order, they are:

1, 2. 1906 PC of house at the corner of Passaic and First. If that's actually where this house was, it would have been on the SE corner.

3, 4, 5, 6. I KNOW some of these 1876 Bergen County Atlas pages are on this site, but perhaps these are bigger.

7. Hackensack Ford nameplate

8. 1911 Hackensack River by Oscar Bluemner (no location given)


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It's NOT about a relative who misspells the family name and has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Hackensack:

https://iaintjustmusic.bobleafe.com/?p=6242




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Hackensack Discussion / Anybody want this?
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:07:41 PM »
They're gonna replace all the sidewalks around the 395 Main project, so if anyone wants to preserve the State Street Cafe sidewalk logo in your museum or for your new patio, let me know.

For the last 25 years or so, it's been the sidewalk by the entrance to Don Alfonso's Restaurant, which succeeded the Cafe.

I don't know when they're gonna do this - or even if it's spoken for (I doubt it) - so speak up if you want it and I'll put you in touch with the man in charge. Otherwise, it'll just wind up in the broken concrete pile.

Here's your chance to own a semi-worthless lump of Hackensack history. Don't miss out!




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Sometime after midnight early last Saturday morning, I heard something that sounded like a crash, but couldn't see anything. A little later, I saw lots of emergency lights reflecting off buildings in the vicinity of Main and Ward, but couldn't see any vehicles because the building on the SW corner of State and Ward blocked the view.

I went out on my roof to the northernmost edge and could see:

1. Two police vehicles, a fire engine, an ambulance and some dark car that was partially-obscured by the ambulance.

2. Once the ambulance left, a police car replaced it, but I could see the damaged front end of the car.

3. As a tow truck pulled the car onto its flatbed, the heavily-indented guardrail came into view.

4. After a quick cleanup, everyone left and I did a long exposure at 2am and made it a black-and-white.

5. Later that morning, I went to the scene for a closeup of the guardrail that saved the 395 Main hole in the ground.


I’m guessing the driver was another resident who’s even more unhappy than me about having his/her cherished view of something taken away soon by this project.

What a protest! I’m glad I didn’t think of it.


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Hackensack Discussion / My Flighty Sister
« on: April 14, 2018, 12:50:43 AM »
Make that "iFlighty".

This was NOT taken in the new Paramus iFlight facility. The story's with the video.





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Hackensack Discussion / We're #62 in Bergen County!
« on: April 10, 2018, 12:55:00 PM »
And Teaneck is #61. There are a lot of comments to read on various subjects:

https://www.niche.com/places-to-live/search/safest-places/c/bergen-county-nj/




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Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack projects report on News12 NJ?
« on: April 04, 2018, 04:30:03 PM »
Through this morning's fog, I could see someone with a video camera on a tripod on the State St side of the 395 Main project (first pic). He later loaded his equipment into a News12 truck (second pic).

Thinking that maybe someone found the body that was stuffed into the piano, I emailed the man in charge (also in first pic) to ask what was newsworthy enough for News12 to be filming through the fog.

He said that they were doing a story on the redevelopment of Hackensack and were going to film at all projects going on in town.

Look for it.



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