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Title: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on August 03, 2017, 09:15:01 PM
So today was the first sign of activity on the site of the big State-Ward-Main project that I am not looking forward to. The site includes the big Comprehensive Behavior Health Care (CBHC) building, the Don Alfonso Restaurant, the Hanson Real Estate office and some Main St businesses

This morning, I heard some mini-piledriver sounds and saw the below image by the CBHC. You can see someone carrying a big borer bit. I later saw similar activity on the Ward St side near Main St. I have no idea what they were doing...........maybe planting charges for the explosive demolition of the building? What a shot that would be!

This is the separate thread where I'll post whatever I see every step of the way. Obviously, I won't be be able to see as much of whatever happens on the Main St side, but I have a very good view of the State St side from my living room and will document my vanishing river view as the new building goes up.

Click to enlarge whatever I post here.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: irons35 on August 04, 2017, 09:21:51 AM
taking sample bores of the soil. 
Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: Homer Jones on August 04, 2017, 03:21:10 PM

That would be a pretty fancy name for the building.
Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on August 04, 2017, 04:47:48 PM
The only name I don't want to see on it is "RiverView".   >:(

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: Homer Jones on August 04, 2017, 05:45:02 PM
Since it is right up the block from the college, they could name it:

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on August 05, 2017, 12:30:02 PM
taking sample bores of the soil.

Thanks for the info, Mike.

1 - Last weekend, workers dragged all this cardboard out of the CBHC building. It sat there for a week.

2 - Yesterday, someone in a James E. Hanson truck came by and took it away.

3 - This is a wider shot showing the three main buildings: the CBHC, Don Alfonso restaurant and the James E. Hanson realty company that's not only carting away all the CBHC cardboard, but is also.............

4 - ............STILL OPEN! I saw at least a half-dozen people drop by to pay rent or whatever, while...............

5 - ............right outside their window, soil samples were being drilled out in their parking lot.

6 - A little later, a flatbed arrived to pick up the apparatus

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on October 07, 2017, 05:09:02 PM
Two months later, this is the first sign of change to the exterior of any of the three buildings.

These guys were here at 7am yesterday to basically erase the front of Hanson Real Estate. I took the third picture twenty minutes after I took the second one............all that was left of the sign was "RE". Eleven seconds later, that was gone. I took the last picture today.

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on October 18, 2017, 05:01:20 PM
1. Before the work started, they put up a fence in the Hanson Realty parking lot (but haven't closed it yet). This 3-image stitch was taken on October 1.

2. Since the gate was open, I went inside to do a 10-picture, greater-than-360-degree stitch while I still could. Some day soon, this view will never be seen again, since it might be the inside of a big building. One of the frames turned out to be out of focus, so I put my watermark there so you wouldn't notice it (yeah, right).

3. On October 12, I could see what I'm guessing was asbestos prep on the roof and the side windows of two businesses on Main St

4. By October 13, asbestos signs were up in the lot.

5,6. On the same day, I noticed vents atop one of the doors on the CBHC building. When I looked through the glass of the other door, I could see this hanging at the top of the steps.

7. Two days ago, workers were on both roofs.

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on October 20, 2017, 02:00:03 PM
I guess they're done.

The truck and the asbestos signs are gone. The roofs are clear of people and equipment and the windows on the Main St building lost their coverings.

The vents over the door are now just holes over the reflection of the First Presbyterian Church and the up-the-stairs look inside is back to normal.

A little later, an HFD Fire Prevention vehicle showed up, but I know not the purpose of the visit.

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on October 29, 2017, 01:15:07 PM
The asbestos remediation is done and a fence just went up around the project.

Can demolition be far behind?

This is a 4-photo stitch. Click to enlarge and scroll from the left.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
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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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
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.
Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
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?  ::)

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
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.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: irons35 on January 13, 2018, 11:18:12 PM
they had a substantial water leak in the one building.  buildings should be coming down shortly.
Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on January 18, 2018, 05:55:52 PM
Looks like somethin's gonna pop soon. Lotsa pretty Optimum trucks there the last couple of days - probably unrelated - and a big piece of equipment was delivered yesterday.

Some Creamer trucks and multiple cop cars there and in the E lot today.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on January 21, 2018, 04:07:30 PM
This stitch tells me to pick tomorrow in the office pool.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on January 24, 2018, 01:17:47 PM
Well, if you had today in the pool, you won.

The Hanson Real Estate building came down just before 10am. Fortunately, I just happened to notice when they started and shot this sequence from my living room.

The Don Alfonso Restaurant appears to be next. More later and click to enlarge:

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on January 26, 2018, 02:00:01 PM
This is THE video still of this morning's event. I have about 3 dozen small videos to edit down to one and a few hundred machine-gunned photos to wade through plus a couple of other things I shot this week, so it may be a while before I get to post it all.

Finished: See separate posts for demolition photos (http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php/topic,3662) and demolition video (http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php/topic,3663).

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on February 19, 2018, 12:30:11 AM
There've been no building takedowns during the last 3 weeks here. Most of the activity has been restricted to digging up foundations and sorting the building materials into recyclable piles to be carted away. There's also been a strong Verizon presense lately with usually two of their larger trucks in the E municipal lot with an HPD car sitting behind them, so most of these pictures are of wire work on the poles, curb hammering(?), catching a few winks, and having twice the number of excavators having 100% less work to do when only one was there.

So here's THAT photographic mish-mash (click to enlarge):

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on February 25, 2018, 08:38:28 PM
(I just merged the two 395 Main topics so it will be complete back to last August.)

I am absolutely BURIED in jpeg files, video components, stitches, etc., from covering another week of multiple projects. Lotsa stuff going on with the further-away (from me) projects and after a couple of weeks of cleanup of the across-the-street properties at 400 and 402 State (Hanson Realty, Don Alfonso Restaurant), that crew has started in the same lot to take down the first Main St-fronting building from the back (State St side) - 387 Main.

Fortunately, I could still see most of that building from my apartment and continued shooting.

On Friday, they broke through to Main St. For the first time - looking straight ahead from home - I could see cars on Main, which now has a big gap in the block between Passaic and Ward streets.

So I went out and did some photo stitches.

The first one was done in November and posted in this thread back then, so I did a similar one on Friday that shows the block's new gap-toothed grin.

"Grin"? Well, look at the curvature of the road.

For a little variety, I got permission to go on the first-floor roof on the back of the building that says "Embroid Me" (Thank you, Bob Testa from the State Farm office in that building.............his name's on the red-and-white sign).

This glitchy stitch shows the yellow-bricked back of my building in the upper left and how far it really is how good the zoom is on my little camera in the pix of this project in other posts.

When the crew finishes the cleanup of the 387 site, they'll start on the wraparound - Main-Ward-State - main building of the 395 project. When that's done, I'll have my widest view of Main St for a short period of time before I lose nearly ALL the reason to look out of my living room window.

I’ll get all the other stuff posted……………..eventually.

Click to enlarge and scroll from left to right.


Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on March 05, 2018, 03:20:47 PM
I'm still trying to organize lots of stills, create stitches and consolidate videos.

Meanwhile, these are from the last week of February:

2/23 - Some of the old steel beams that are taken away by truck are just too long to fit in it, so they have to be cut in half with a cutting torch. The showers of sparks aren't as impressive during daylight, but these were taken toward dusk on a cloudy day. In the third picture, you can use your imagination to guess what might have been ignited by the torch.

2/26 - 1. Butting heads
          2. After 30 years, I can now see part of Main St at night that had been blocked by a building.

2/27 - 1. Recycling bricks
           2. 375 Main is down............on to 389.

2/28 - 1. What's left of 389 Main (the door with the small notice from the city will show up later)
           2. The State St side of the 395 Main building (also known as 404 State St) just lost its doors (big white/red Xs).

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project - End of Feb. Photo Stitches
Post by: BLeafe on March 05, 2018, 04:17:59 PM
1. Minor glitches, but an incredibly-wide view from one floor up

2.  Ground-level

3. I shot the first stitch from the roof under the SIGNS sign and the second one from the point where that building meets the Main St sidewalk. The State St side of the 395 building is gone, except for a low section of yellow and dark brown brick wall.

This stitch made me realize that we have our own little in-line food chain going on here, because when you peel away the Don Alfonso Peruvian Restaurant (already peeled),  there's a Colombian restaurant (Noches de Colombia) right behind it. If you peel that second restaurant away, Chicken Supreme is behind that and if you peel THAT away, you still have the Poisoned Fish Store in the Hackensack River.

The lesson to be learned from this little observation? Too much rehab may wind up being the death of us all.

4. Late addition: This is a 2-photo stitch that I thought was interesting for some reason.

Click to enlarge and scroll where necessary.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: Homer Jones on March 05, 2018, 04:48:12 PM
If that’s a rehab project, I would like to see what a clearance project looks like.
Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project - March 1, 2018 PHOTOS
Post by: BLeafe on March 06, 2018, 04:33:06 PM
1-6. State & Ward

7. 395 Main (front)

8. Roof collapse as workers watch from roof across the street

9-11. 395 Main (front)

12. Ward St side

13. Door on Ward St side

14. From a distance, these looked like wrapped-up bodies that were just pulled from the wreckage and stood up. Zooming in, you can (sort of) make out faces on them.

15-19. To pass the time, I followed the adventures of this in-ground tank. They tried to get it on a truck and eventually did. It was then driven across the street and around the municipal lot until finding an arrow to show them the way out.

20. Ward St photo stitch

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project - March 2&3, 2018 PHOTOS
Post by: BLeafe on March 07, 2018, 04:50:25 PM
March 2

1. 395 Main loses its NE 2nd-floor corner office roof.

2. This is why I shot from home last Friday.

3. Just what we need on a cold, snowy day - a truckload of Pepsi. At least it puts some color into the picture.

4. On this snowy, windy day, a young woman had been walking along the site fence on State St, looking at the piles of rubble and then crossed the street to walk west away from it. She suddenly stopped, turned around, dug a camera or phone out of her bag as the wind blew her umbrella inside-out and took a shot.

5. I'm still getting used to this view I suddenly have of Main St (and that I may not have anymore after a few months).

March 3

1. Now that all the buildings are down, I took a walk around the perimeter to see what was there. This one was taken through the State St fence looking toward Main. I think this yellow-brick chunk was part of the last section of wall to be taken down on the State St side.

2. Yet another interesting-looking tank

3. Lots of good catches made by the fence on Main St.

4. This is where the 389 Main door ended up - slightly worse for the wear.

5 & 6. The excavator was used to drag all the big stuff off the sidewalks inside the perimeter fence and back into the pit. Later that day from home, I saw one of the workers sweeping the small stuff into the pit so that he and another worker could move the fences in and let people use the sidewalks again.

7. OK - all the buildings are down. Can we sneak in a nice park there or that new school that’s been mentioned recently (two-stories only, please) before the 5-story monstrosity is built? Somebody save me!

Click to enlarge.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project - THE DEMOLITION VIDEO
Post by: BLeafe on March 08, 2018, 06:25:17 PM
This video is comprised of 12 little destructo-segments - 7 of them from my living room (a block away) - that I shot from 2-28-18 to 3-3-18. One segment is out of sequence because it just didn't fit visually in the correct order and another was a spoken-word insert I made on 3-8-18 that explained something in the previous segment, using a still photo (and John Mellencamp).

On the Main St side, I had to hold my camera on top of the fence which was taller than me. With my arms fully extended and not being able to see the screen, I guessed where to put the flat camera on the round bar and didn't always maintain building perpendicularity to the ground.

The last short bit is sorta like fingernails on a blackboard, but metal teeth on a sidewalk is less annoying.

I didn't get EVERYTHING, but I did what I could.

For best effect (and countable views for me), crank up the volume and please view this video on YouTube. Just click on the View on YouTube icon at the bottom of the little screen (or copy/paste the URL in another window). Otherwise, it doesn't register as a view.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project - SPARKY & the BEAM BITER
Post by: BLeafe on March 13, 2018, 05:42:24 PM
With all the buildings in the 395 Main St project having been torn down with only the cleanup left, I find myself with lots of little video bits that just didn't fit in elsewhere, so I have no real use for them.

Determined to find a way to inflict them upon you anyway, I separated them into two piles: one having to do with all the steel beams and the excavators that had to separate them out from the rest of the rubble to be recycled and the other one having to do with Sparky - the guy who has to cut the overly-long beams so they fit into the containers that haul them away.

When applied to steel, his cutting torch provides all the excitement that this crashing bore of a video can muster, making these two piles of vidbits into one big pile of flick.

Personally, I like the thumbnail better.


Title: MIDPOINT: a 360º+ photo stitch from the pit of the 395 Main St project
Post by: BLeafe on April 19, 2018, 02:10:03 PM
Since the last of the bricks and concrete chunks was carted away yesterday and they started adding............something (electrical conduits?).............to the Main St wall today, I'm guessing that the halfway point of this tear-down-build-up project has passed.

I didn't know that when I visited the site yesterday and stood in the middle of the pit and took 15 to-be-stitched-together photos while turning in a circular manner, but today I consider my timing to be fortunate: this photo marks the end of the demolition (and I'm half-done). It starts and ends facing Ward St and the glitches are minimal.

Click to enlarge, scroll all the way to the left to begin and then scroll slowly all the way to the right to see it as I did while shooting.

Title: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on May 09, 2018, 04:37:07 PM
The construction groundbreaking ceremony for this project will be tomorrow morning.

The project's official address is now 389 Main St, as evidenced by the banner put up today.

Click to enlarge.

Title: The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the 389 Main Project
Post by: BLeafe on May 10, 2018, 04:04:14 PM
As mentioned in the previous post, the groundbreaking ceremony for the 389 Main project took place today (though the first 3 pictures were actually taken yesterday):

1. Parts of the E lot that were closest to the site were off-limits to all but the ceremony attendees.

2. A man who was walking on State St stopped to check out the banner.

3. I decided to document how the tent fit in the grand scheme of the neighborhood on the only late afternoon of its existence here.

4,5. An hour before the guests started arriving today, an effort was made to gussy up the reserved spaces. It doesn't appear to have helped. In fact…………

6. Just before the ceremony started, I got an idea of how many people might attempt to throw dirt at me.

The speakers (in order):

7. Jon Hanson, Founder and Chairman of the Hampshire Companies (and inducted just last Sunday into the New Jersey Hall of Fame)

8. Max Dorne, Director of Development for Claremont Companies (the people doing all the destruction/construction)

9. Bill Hanson, President of NAI James E. Hanson (the Hanson Realty office on State St was the first building knocked down for this project). He spoke for about 3 seconds - I was lucky to get this one shot of him.

10. John LaBrosse, Mayor of Hackensack

The Groundbreaking:

11. This shot includes the 4 speakers, most of the City Council, a certain HackensackNow Editor and 7 people I don’t know.

12. The 4 speakers and 2 people I don’t know

Click to enlarge.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: Editor on May 10, 2018, 07:38:52 PM
Title: Tuesday's wild, quickie storm
Post by: BLeafe on May 17, 2018, 01:32:42 PM
I didn't get to shoot the really good scenes of this because I was too mesmerized by the giant amounts of dirt that would suddenly head skyward.............."Oh, wait - I've gotta take a picture"................and this was the only halfway-decent shot I got.

Title: 389 Main Project is on the way up
Post by: BLeafe on May 21, 2018, 03:15:01 PM
Initial verticality:

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: vsasson on May 28, 2018, 09:07:31 AM
Jeez, how about a cross street or some other info to locate this project for those who don't know every inch of Hackensack.....
Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on May 28, 2018, 10:30:20 AM
Jeez - how about actually reading the thread?

There might also be a picture or two to help you out.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: vsasson on June 06, 2018, 09:11:27 AM
So I guess every reader has to be a Sherlock Holmes. "Look, Mary, that steeple looks like the Presbyterian or is it the Catholic church ......"

Meanwhile, circulation of The Record has plummeted, thanks to your critique of the Sports section:

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2018/06/gannett-admits-circulation-of-record.html (https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2018/06/gannett-admits-circulation-of-record.html)
Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on June 06, 2018, 04:12:05 PM
So - for every picture - you expect me to provide cross streets and other information for every background building that has nothing to do with any of the rehabilitation activities in this thread? There's about as much chance of that happening as there is of you sneaking in a third plug in as many days for your Record article.

Of course, if you were to give me exclusive credit for the paper's plummeting circulation.....................nah, no one's dumb enough to think that.

All silliness aside, I'm glad that you're getting so much out of this thread - it's every writer's dream.

Well, that was a riveting diversion. Now, back to business.

The cement pumper truck arrived first thing Monday morning, unfolded its tentacle and did its thing.

I'm tempted to make reference to Jed Clampett's "CE-ment Pond", but I won't.

Click to enlarge.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on June 27, 2018, 01:45:21 PM
1. I had a lot to do on Monday, so was up early (early for me, anyway) and saw this guy already working on the site at 6:49am.

2. At 11:24am, I saw this looooooooong truck on Main St and knew that if it managed to maneuver the exit to the Ward-to-State tight road curvature, it would be perfectly-placed for a truck/site shot for a second or two as it rolled by. Somehow, it managed to back into the site perpendicularly a minute later.

3. Most people who walk by the site barely give it a glance, but at 5:54pm, these 3 spent a few minutes there. Future tenants? Still looking for a table at Alfonso's?

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: Editor on June 27, 2018, 02:40:28 PM
Love this thread.  Thanks Bob.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on July 12, 2018, 02:38:35 PM
Chure, man. Here's some more:

1. They finally put a banner on the fence at Main and Ward to show what's coming.

2. Looking north

3. Looking south

4. Spray and shoot

Click to enlarge.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on July 13, 2018, 01:36:56 PM
This is a better version of the first shot shown in the post showing Hackensack's 4th of July 2018 fireworks (http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php/topic,3743) because the 389 Main hole in the ground has been brightened to show its illumination by the fireworks. And I'll probably post it again next year to show the huge difference with the 5-story building that goes in that hole.

Click to enlarge.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on July 30, 2018, 04:31:11 PM
The best of the last couple of weeks:

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on August 12, 2018, 04:31:18 PM
From August 3 - 10:

(NOTE: A couple of these observations might be a bit less than accurate...............hey - I write what I think I see)

1. Driver waits in the pouring rain.

2. I'm not sure what the purpose of these large rectangular structures is. Anybody know?

3. With all the heavy activity going on, flowers still manage to pop up.

4. Metallic shrubbery

5. Make your own caption.

6. This was a REALLY hot and humid day, so you find shade wherever you can during breaks.

7. The upper guy just noticed that the bottom guy tied his shoelaces together.

8. Tommy TwoHats

9. On-site holding cell with no roof for sun protection.............cruel (and unusual)!

10. First, the cement truck - partially visible at the bottom - fills the vat on the ground. The vat is hoisted up to where it's needed. You can see the gray cement falling out of the vat just to the right of center.

11. I have no idea what the purpose of the silver material is, but I'm pretty sure it's not aluminum siding.

12. These are still sitting there, so I don't know what they'll be used for.

13. This vehicle was moving fairly quickly uphill, so I rushed to get a shot during the one second or so that the brighter white van was the wood's background.

14. I love this shot. Lots of people in close proximity, yet each side of the fence seems totally oblivious to the other.......................ob-la-di (you know the rest).

15. The long shot looking north

16. I'm not sure, but this may be the top of that "holding cell" shown earlier. The interesting part of this shot - at least to me - is that on either side, the "not-aluminum-siding" is shown from above and behind. Now it looks like those windows with slats of rectangular glass that open from the bottom as you crank their handle. But they're not windows either, so what are they?

17. Whatever they are, here are more of them being installed.

18. Part of the side of that incline was being taken down as Woody Woodstacker did his job.

19. I think you know what this is by now and here come some more..........

20. This is a photostitch that shows the before and after parts of the top of the wall. More interestingly, it also shows where an unfortunate stitch was made that cut a car in half in the upper left on Main St. The stitch itself is OK - it's just that a car (actually two side-by-side cars) drove into the edge of the frame as I was shooting and that frame was later properly stitched by the program. Damn careless drivers!

(Scroll horizontally after enlarging to see the whole stitch)

Click horizontal images to enlarge.

Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project (Part 1 of 2))
Post by: BLeafe on August 21, 2018, 04:30:22 PM
Since I have more than 20 images, I'll have to double-post today.

1. I just happened to see this skateboarder going the wrong way on State St on August 12 and something looked a little off, so I took a shot and what I got looks like he's saluting the project, but no one's there on a Sunday. I wonder if there's something other than water in his bottle.

2. Something else looked a bit strange the next day when I saw this woman on the wrong side of the fence, looking like she's about to step off the edge. Not quite...........it turns out that she's the project's site engineer, so her umbrella is probably made of hard hat material.

3. (August 16) The thin blue pieces are styrofoam. I don't know its function, but all this wall work was done in advance of concrete being poured there on Saturday, the 18th.

4. Later on the 16th - after everyone went home - a dozen or so fish crows took over the site. More on that in a later post............

5. On the morning of the 17th, I could see from my apartment a large pile of dirt on the public sidewalk side of the fence on Ward St, but a building was blocking part of my view, so it was time to head on over there to see what this was about. This is the view when I got there. If you look right above the head of the worker, you can see the end of a long black pipe and there's a shorter pipe just above that one. Those are............

6. ............water pipes - the reason the dirt below the sidewalk had to be dug out and temporarily piled onto the adjacent part of the walkway.

7. Continuing east on Ward, this view shows the wall area where the concrete will be poured tomorrow.

8. Turning onto Main St, I looked back toward the water pipes and saw that worker about to shorten the longer pipe.

9. After walking down Main St to the southeastern corner of the project, I looked back toward the pipes and saw I had a much better angle to shoot from. In this shot, this supremely-muscled man is about halfway through the pipe, while standing on what looks like very shaky debris.

10. He then switched to the other side and finished the job. I was waiting for this moment and took the shot a microsecond after the separation. The pipe has not yet hit the ground.

11. The ground has been hit.

12, 13, 14. As I headed back home, I took some shots of the ol’ water (pipes) hole, some construction materials and a pile of interestingly-colored dirt (I like the contrast).

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Title: Re: Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project (Part 2 of 2)
Post by: BLeafe on August 21, 2018, 04:30:48 PM
Saturday, August 18

15. The concrete pumper truck was the first thing I saw from my living room when I got up on Saturday. It’s hard to miss something that looks like it could connect the two end zones at MetLife Stadium.

16, 17. Closeups of the pumped concrete being poured

18, 19.  The higher-than-the-horizon pumper truck obscures the fact that there’s another crane lifting a vat of concrete for workers to pour (I’m sure there’s a more technical term for it, but until I learn it, it’s a vat).


Sunday, August 19

20, 21, 22. A short stroll to watch concrete harden (watching paint drying might be quicker), the vat hanging out with the pipes, and…………….milk curdling?


Monday, August 20,

23. It’s Christmas morning for excited workers as they unwrap the concrete wall (with the help of crowbars and a bucket).

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on September 06, 2018, 03:35:19 PM
August 21 to September 1, 2018:

1. Things are cranking up, so this seemed like the right image to start with.

2. A waterfall of stones

3. Brand-new, wet cinder blocks

4,5,6. Work

7. Project picture frame

8. Not sure what the big blocks are for

9. Scaffolding going up on the first of two 5-story stairwells

10. The Ward St view - the smaller concrete structure will contain the two elevators.

11. The water's main purpose was to make cement, but on a day that felt like 101 degrees, it appears to serve a more refreshing purpose.

12. Early morning sun backlighting makes for a better picture when smoke is involved.

13. This stairwell was going up quickly and beginning to block my view of Main St.

14. 10 hours later - at around midnight - I noticed it was starting to block the Greater BCA sign.

15. The next morning, an 80-ton crane started hoisting steel beams for the basement

16. The day after that (9/1), the scaffolding was removed from the stairwell's exterior.

17. The 80-ton crane

18. The scaffoldless stairwell. In the background, you can see 3 of the upright steel beams.

19. The collected scaffolding

20. My still-clear view of the river.............how long will it last? And "Greater BCA" is now "Greater B".

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
Post by: ericmartindale on September 08, 2018, 03:00:28 AM
That stairwell is 3 stories above grade, so far. And how tall is the building going to be ? At least 5 stories, I'm sure.  Your fears are confirmed, goodbye river view from your penthouse apartment.
Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on September 08, 2018, 11:01:27 AM
The stairwell is at a second-story level now (plus one floor is in the basement). From my view, it's almost at the same height as the two-story buildings this one replaces. I could never see the Greater BCA sign or the Noches de Colombia restaurant before demolition occurred and now I'm going back to not seeing them - no big deal, but losing the river will be.................good ol' progress.

They're going to build everything up to the second floor before continuing with the stairwell, which will go up to the fifth floor - the finished building's height.

Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project - Part 1 of 2 (9-2-18 to 9-7-18)
Post by: BLeafe on September 11, 2018, 03:00:44 PM

1. You saw this stairwell at night WITH scaffolding in an earlier post. This is without.


2,3,4. The cement pumper at work in various locations

5. The only question I can think of asking about this iimage has this answer: to get to the other side.


6. This truck picked up the scaffolding and a bunch of other (excess?) building materials.

7. I wondered what all these wood frames were for. As far as I can tell, two long rows of them were built about a wall's depth from each other and concrete was pumped between them. The concrete hardened and the frames were removed. The result - as you probably guessed from my "wall's depth" remark - was a concrete wall.


8. The next day - with the sun almost directly overhead - I took this shot to show the basement definition created by its new walls.


9-19.  The big crane is back to hoist more steel beams into place (OK - one's not a steel beam and I had a little fun with the next-to-last one). In #12, Superman and Robin (huh?) showed up to watch.

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project - Part 2 of 2 (9-7-18 to 9-8-18)
Post by: BLeafe on September 11, 2018, 03:20:08 PM
9-7-18 (continued)

20. Finally! Some color to work with! But it's short-lived - it's a liner to keep moisture away from the concrete floor that's scheduled to be poured tomorrow (9/12).

21. The last time you saw this shot, it was all wooden frames that resulted in this curved concrete wall.

22-33. Beamwork. Personal favorite: the Sign-A-Rama one. Distant second: the one that looks like a cross (but only because the crane operator is in the shot).

34,35. End of the day

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (Do you see what I see?)
Post by: BLeafe on September 17, 2018, 02:05:36 PM
1. Steel beams, a huge crane, concrete walls, giant blocks...............

2. I see something else. I have to start wondering if it's the last time I'm going to be fortunate enough to see another egret from home.

Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
Post by: Editor on September 17, 2018, 02:45:24 PM
Two cranes.

(although, it may be an egret).
Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project
Post by: BLeafe on September 17, 2018, 04:01:38 PM
It IS an egret - in fact, it's a Great Egret.

Cranes are almost never seen around here.

Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (Part 1 of 2 - 9/10 to 9/12/18)
Post by: BLeafe on September 18, 2018, 06:33:06 PM

1. The night view with some steel beams up


2. The site, haze, 80-ton crane, fire trucks across Main St

3. The crane operator appears to have heavy steel beams hanging overhead and weighty concrete blocks underfoot - not a good place to be in a 2-dimensional world.

4. Basement beam-connecting



5. From home: the concrete pumper truck and its ridiculously-long arm is being fed by a constant stream of cement mixer trucks.

6. The pumper's flexible arm is being manipulated to spread concrete on the yellow floor liner, but the most interesting part is the guy in the red shirt, who is controlling the crane via his pouch.

7. This small photostitch shows the Ward St view of the mostly-covered cement floor.

8. The view from Main St

9. Cement closeup

10. It looks like fun, but I hope this guy didn't wait there too long.

11. The last floor section and probably the last cement mixer truck

12. Cement closer-up

13. I like this shot not only because of the super-long handle, but the steel beam vaguely resembles a guitar neck.

14. The crew takes a break.............probably waiiting for the new cement mixer truck to get hooked up to the pumper. They're at the far southern end of the site and I'm on Ward St, at the far northern end.

15. The site engineer on a very precarious-looking perch

16. This looks like a fun ride at an amusement park (The Flying Fan?), but it's actually a motorized troweling machine - used to finish off concrete slabs.

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (Part 2 of 2 - 9/14 to 9/16/18)
Post by: BLeafe on September 18, 2018, 06:36:11 PM

1. All the heavy concrete blocks got moved to another location on the site.

2. Time to go to another job somewhere

3. Hackensack meets Fort Lee (with Teaneck in the middle)


4. More vertical beams are in place, but my river view remains intact for a little while longer. By the way, I'm told that steel will only go up to the second floor and above that will be all wood.

5. Sun/Beams


6. The night view with some more steel beams up

7. The morning sun shows basement beam work.


8+9. As I understand it, on this level, the Main St side is residential and the State St side is garage. The bottom of #9 - a photostitch - has me a little worried. Sometimes, a stitch can cause bending on the edges. I'm hoping that's the case here.

10+11. Remember this? Since there's now some verticality, it's time to start taking similar shots as the structure rises.

12. Since the next image blocks the beautiful white steeple of the First Presbyterian Church, I wanted to include this shot so that my friend, Steve McClelland - the pastor - knows that there's still a nice view of his steeple from Main St.............at least for a little while.

13. This photostitch shows the current morning view of the entire Main St side of the project, as seen from E. Ward St.

14. This stitch shows such a great view of my neighborhood. It's s shame that it won't be visible from this Main St vantage point anymore (of course, it wasn't visible until about 8 months ago, so that's one reason I'm shooting what I can while it's still there).

15. For all you Sears freaks................

16+17. Site sights

18. This is where those heavy blocks were moved to. BTW - "CBH Care" (Comprehensive Behavioral Health Care) was the largest group affected by the change. They occupied most of the largest demolished building - the yellow-brick one that wrapped around Main, Ward, and State streets. The frames behind the blocks pop up in the next picture.

19. How nice of the construction company to leave these frames here for me to shoot through. There's usually something different left behind the frames every week for me to shoot.

Click to enlarge images. Clicking the photostitches usually enlarges them to a point where you will have to scroll from left to right to view the whole picture.

And, of course, all images and text in Parts 1 and 2 (and everywhere else) are ©Bob Leafe.

Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (9-18-18 to 9-27-18)
Post by: BLeafe on September 30, 2018, 06:15:10 PM

1. At the site: on the right is Max Dorne, Director of Development for Claremont Companies (site clearers/buiders) with bankers.

2. The 80-ton crane heads down State St.


3,4. We've seen these guys before - taking pictures of each other and spray-painting graffiti on the sidewalk.............cool jobs!

5. Trucks line up to dump dirt. Red is backing down to dump and blue is waiting for him to finish and leave so he can do the same.

6. 300 loads were needed to raise the floor 11 feet. The video shows a few of them.



7. Saturday morning. No one was around and then I saw this guy climbing a wall, tiptoe-ing through the tulips and then just hanging out. Turns out he was talking to another worker who was behind a wall.


8. Flattening out the dirt

9. Workers peel paper from the sticky side of anti-moisture wall liner - kinda like wallpaper.

10. Sub-standard fill that was too sandy for good compaction with the roller gets scraped up to be sent back.

11,12. Eight truckloads of that fill were returned.


13,14,15. The rain just got worse as the day went on.


16. Still too wet to get any work done


17,18,19. Twice a year - from my view - the sun strongly reflects off the river. Sometimes it's blindingly bright, but mostly it's a gorgeous sea of a zillion shimmering sparkles. It's so bright that you really have to limit the exposure, so the rest of the picture is dark. It occurs next in April, but I'm told my river view will disappear probably in December or January, so, unfortunately, this is it after 30 years. And after looking at the real thing, the pictures are comparatively dull.

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (lit by lightning?)
Post by: BLeafe on October 05, 2018, 11:23:03 AM
Since I've photographed the 389 Main site in sunlight, darkness, rain and snow, I decided that I wanted to get a shot of it illuminated by lightning. Sunday night's rain/lightning storm gave me that opportunity.

Since it's not easy to guess when lightning's about to go off and shoot stills, I took the simple way out and just shot video of the dark site. After a few flashes - one of which I thought would make a killer shot - I pulled stills from the video. When I found the "good" one, I also pulled a dark still from one-tenth of a second before the lightning for the "before" shot.

Here are the results:

1. The before shot

2. The "sort-of-what-I-was-hoping-to-get" shot

3. What I actually got

Not exactly blinding, but it's my first attempt.

I'll learn.

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (10-1-18 to 10-10-18)
Post by: BLeafe on October 19, 2018, 03:07:17 PM

Half a block of State St is closed because of water company digging - NOT because of the construction vehicles.


1. Lotsa dirt loads

2,3. Despite their alabaster covering, the Michelin Twins now work on a dirt truck.
4. The dumping

5. The piles

6. The flattening


1. Shouldn't the guy have the hat?


1. Traffic light colors!

2. The State and Ward crosswalk to the site

3. It's been a long time since this area was flat.


1,2. Pipes & Pix


1. More heavy equipment waiting to be unloaded

 2,4. Maybe a little too heavy - as this vehicle was backing onto the site from the street, I heard a popping/cracking sound. A few seconds later...............damaged driveway.

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (10-12-18 to 10-19-18)
Post by: BLeafe on October 29, 2018, 04:40:05 PM
10-12-18 to 10-19-18

Various and sundry………….

The only one worth mentioning is IMG_4216 from 10-15. All I know is that these are a new version of light gauge metal forms - instead of wood - for the footings. They get buried in those grave-like holes.

BTW - the last one contained the boulder that’s already on the ground. I missed stopping it in mid-air (bad day).

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (10-20-18 to 10-24-18)
Post by: BLeafe on October 30, 2018, 03:01:40 PM

Saturday morning concrete


Sunday perimeter shoot, including fence left open on Ward St


Sequence I: pick up, carry, dump from high up


Sparks fly.


Sequence II: jackhammer big pieces, dump smaller pieces

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Title: Re: Tracking the 389 Main St rehab project (10-25-18 to 10-29-18)
Post by: BLeafe on October 30, 2018, 04:40:36 PM

Piles & Pipes, dusty dump, caught between the 165 (local) and a stony grave


1. Dirt, metal, stone closeup

2. Looks like a busted tailpipe.

3. No idea what this is.

4,5,6. The crew and the metal grave wait for the concrete truck.

7. Dirt, metal, stone side view

8,9. ART on a construction site!

10,11. The concrete finally arrives.


The river, the metal, the mudhole


1. CAThammering more big concrete chunks

2. Ships in the night day

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