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Title: Projects update
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.

Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on January 22, 2018, 04:22:13 PM
I went for a nice, long walk on Main St yesterday and decided to check up on a bunch of projects, starting at 76 Main and working my way north:

76 Main

1. I took a 2-pic stitch through the back fence and it looks pretty much like it did a year ago, except there's a hole on the Main St side of the mural (you can see a parked car's sunlit taillight through it) and a couple of panels are off the Bridge St side and thrown on some debris.

2. A closeup stitch of those panels

3. The credits panel - has this been here all along? I've never seen it before.............it looks like it could be displayed better.

The hole at Main & Mercer

1,2. Also looks the same as last year

210 Main

1,2. Not much change to see on the outside. I'm sure it's a different story on the inside.


1-4. Front, back, inside and in-between all look quite different from my earlier post of two weeks ago.

Current on River/Old OFC site (continued in the next post so as not to exceed post's file size limit)

Click to enlarge - especially on the photo stitches, where you'll need to do some horizontal scrolling.

Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on January 22, 2018, 04:27:28 PM

Current on River/Old OFC site

1-5. The Current here also seems to be flowing fairly rapidly from two weeks ago.

Click to enlarge - especially on the photo stitches, where you'll need to do some horizontal scrolling.

Title: Re: Projects update (PART 1)
Post by: BLeafe on March 14, 2018, 04:47:14 PM
These were all taken last Sunday and will be split into 2 posts:

The Hole - 1 still and 2 stitches

147 Main - 1 stitch (what's supposed to be built here?)

210 Main - 5 stills, including 2 of the FRONT of the bank that someone was concerned about. It looks fine.

Main/Salem/Moore - 7 stills

Current on River - 8 stills, 2 stitches

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Title: Re: Projects update (PART 2)
Post by: BLeafe on March 14, 2018, 04:56:46 PM

Main/Salem/Moore - 7 stills

Current on River - 8 stills, 2 stitches (#2118 shows what's at the very top of that huge crane and in the last image, the telephone wires don't line up.....it's a big glitch, but it's better than the previous attempt that cut a moving car in half)

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Title: Re: Projects update - NOT HOUSEBROKEN
Post by: BLeafe on March 16, 2018, 02:35:44 PM
It's short and - please - no jokes about Hu Flung Dung.


Title: Re: Projects update ("Current on River")
Post by: BLeafe on March 22, 2018, 02:31:01 PM
From two days ago:

1. Waiting for the top piece to be lowered (hey - what's that guy in the lower right doing?)

2. Daring laddermen............especially the guy on the right

3. King Kong of New Jersey

Title: Projects update (Part 1 of 2)
Post by: BLeafe on April 27, 2018, 04:34:20 PM
(Although the total photos file size is within the per-post limit, it won't work for some reason, so I'm splitting them up again.)

I took another projects walk last Sunday to check on progress (or lack of same):

1,2. The Record - No recent activity. The fencing was put up a couple of weeks ago, but if you recall, the 395 Main fencing went up 3 months before any demolition began, so it could be a while before the action starts. The sign in front of the building indicates that asbestos remediation may be taking place now.

3. Main & Mercer

4,5. The hole at Main & Mercer - Stitches looking west and north.............still no vertical construction. You know the deal with stitches……..click to enlarge and scroll away.

6. Meanwhile, right across Main St (and hidden from view)................

7. 210 Main St (rear), as seen from Foschini Park

8. 210 Main St (front), as seen from Banta Place

9. 210 Main St (front - looking up), as seen at the entrance

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Title: Projects update (Part 2 of 2)
Post by: BLeafe on April 27, 2018, 04:39:26 PM

10-13. Main/Salem/Moore Street projects images - taken from Foschini Park, corner of Main/Salem, Salem between Moore and River streets, Moore Street

14. Slightly redundant

15. Moore meets Salem

16. Salem meets Main (an interesting contrast)

17. You tell me.

18. I hate to say what this looks like, but I DID take my hat off and bow my head when I worked on the picture.

19. Colors, geometry, heavy metal..............what's not to like?

20. From the SE corner of Camden and River............starting to take shape. Let's change the name of E. Camden St to Current St: "The Current on River at Current and River".

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Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on June 03, 2018, 01:17:19 PM
I took these from home yesterday morning. The second one is a 2-pic stitch.

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Title: Projects update: CURRENT ON RIVER 7-8-18
Post by: BLeafe on July 10, 2018, 02:20:13 PM
Sunday's temperatures were tolerable and I was overdue for another projects update, so off I went to shoot Current on River, Moore/E. Salem/Main, 210 Main (front and back) and The Hole at Main and Mercer combined with 147 Main across the street. Filesizewise (not  a real word),  I'll have to make a post for each of the four topics.


All the pipes you see in the first three shots weren't there last time I visited. Anyone know what this particular area is to become (or what is shown in the seventh picture)?

Click to enlarge all horizontal images and scroll the last two photo stitches from left to right.

Title: Projects update: MOORE/E. SALEM/MAIN 7-8-18
Post by: BLeafe on July 10, 2018, 02:30:52 PM

The rear entrances of some of the Main St stores (third and fourth images) are more interesting than the front entrances (a mop over the door that's held open with a rope AND a sign that gets the street name wrong?).

Speaking of getting things wrong, the last image is a failed photo stitch that's so bad, it's kind of comical.

Click to enlarge the horizontal images.

Title: Projects update: 210 MAIN (FRONT AND BACK) 7-8-18
Post by: BLeafe on July 10, 2018, 02:40:01 PM
210 Main (front and back)

1, 2, 3. EXCLUSIVE! The first tenant has already moved in to...........

4......... (where I removed the color from the building [not a big fan of the reddish/pinkish look of the bottom images])

5. The 210 alley that goes from Main to Moore

6, 7. Strange shapes taking place in the rear lobby of............


9, 10. Heading south and west to..........

11...................before heading............

12, 13...................north

Title: Projects update: THE HOLE AT MAIN AND MERCER & 147 MAIN 7-8-18
Post by: BLeafe on July 10, 2018, 02:45:31 PM
The Hole at Main and Mercer & 147 Main

1. Stitch looking west from Moore St

2, 3, 4. Three things I hadn't seen there before

5. Looking northeast from Main St

6. Meanwhile, directly across Main St: all this piping has been added since the last time I was here. Anyone have any idea what's coming to this space? I'm guessing that the McCrory 5 and 10 Cent Store sign is hidden again for another century.

Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: Editor on July 10, 2018, 09:28:43 PM
150-170 Main: 382 units over 7000 sq. ft. retail.  They started pouring concrete footings today (finally).
149 Main: 72 units over retail. They'll make an effort to replicate the old Woolworth's façade.

Thanks for the photo updates!
Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on August 29, 2018, 04:47:13 PM
Last Sunday, it was still too hot out, but I went over to the Current on River site anyway because a lot has changed since I was last there.

1. Starting at River and Berry, I took this almost-all-encompassing shot.

2, 3. Almost to and at River & Camden

4. While I was on Camden, I took this oh-by-the-way shot of the project on Moore St.

These are the stitches I took.........

5. On Berry

6. On River (too close, too wide and glitchy)

7. On River near Camden

8. On Camden between Main and Moore

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Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: Victor E Sasson on August 30, 2018, 12:58:11 PM
Will tenants be able to see the river or just River Street and and the Toyota dealer? Maybe from the top floors.
Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on August 30, 2018, 04:15:01 PM
Probably not the north-south part of the river on the east side of Foschini Park until the sea level rises, but maybe a bit in the winter, sans foliage.

The only visual I can offer you is the first picture below which I took from the second-floor roof of the Johnson Library during the demolition of C-on-R's predecessor, the Oritani Field Club. You can see some of the east-west segment of the Kipp's Bend section of the river, which might look a little better (minus the 90-bazillion cars) from the top floors - especially from residences closer to Berry St.

On a sort of reverse-related note, I will start to slowly lose MY view of the entire Kipp's Bend probably beginning next week, as the 389 Main Project has started to emerge from its basement (second photo).

I'll be posting about it in the "Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project" thread, starting with its next post.

And - yeah - I know I have to change that original street number in the title when I get the time and inclination (I like “395” better - it was the address of the previous Main/Ward corner building - than “389”, which reminds me of big old Pontiac engines from the ‘60s).

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Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on September 21, 2018, 08:52:09 PM
This post contains 15 images - 12 of whch are from the Current on River project. The other 3 are oh-by-the-way-the-Moore-Street-project-is-practically-next-door images, so let's do those first:

1-3. Not to sound dismissive or anything, but since I parked on Moore south of Salem, I had to walk north on Moore to get to Current on River and these 3 shots were readily available, so.....................

4. The reason I went to Current was because of this shot I took from home earlier that morning. Oh, no - were more floors being added? I needed to speak with someone there.

5. After my long hike of a whole block, crooked Current was in my sights (I could straighten it out a bit, but then I'd lose the top of the crane - it's bad either way).

6. A different, closer angle of what I had seen earlier from my living room

7-13. My usual clockwise shoot around the site. By the way, in #10, southbound traffic on River St is being stopped temporarily while a large vehicle utilizes the street to get from one part of the building to another. The is one of the reasons why there have been delays for the last few weeks for southbound traffic there.

14. Construction fever has spread across E. Berry St to the east entrance of the Giant Farmers Market, as seen in this 2-photo stitch. In the sequence of events, this should actually follow #8.

15. The last thing I usually do here is a 3-photo stitch of the SW corner of the site, standing on E. Camden St near the side of the library. The two gentlemen in the hard hats confirmed that what you see here is, indeed, the top floor of the building, so there should be no more loss of view from my apartment - at least from this project.

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Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on October 16, 2018, 02:20:08 PM
Four shots from 3 projects:

1. The very first shot of the 435 Main (former Holman Moving) project, taken across Anderson St from the Second Reformed Church's parking lot. The crane's been sitting there for a couple of weeks and the sheeting (asbestos remediation?) was only there the morning I shot this and gone by afternoon.

2. Current on River from home

3. The Tyvek-ed Current on River

4. 240 Main

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Title: Re: Projects update (The Hole and Current on River)
Post by: BLeafe on November 09, 2018, 04:15:41 PM
The Hole (Main and Mercer)

There's finally a bit of verticality emerging from The Hole (a name change may be in order soon).

These three stitches were taken on October 25 when I was on the block shooting the furniture store fire aftermath the next morning. The first two stitches were taken while bending over a concrete barrier on Mercer Street and trying to keep myself from falling, while dealing with a wind-blown tarp over the fence (all with one hand) and shooting through holes in the moving tarp AND between links in the fence, while trying to take shots that would line up well enough to stitch together (all with the other hand). Much to my surprise, it worked!

The third stitch was posted previously in the 153 Main St fire thread, but since the majority of it shows The Hole, it belongs here too.

Current on River

The Current on River shots were taken between October 26 and November 7, both from home and on the site. The sixth and seventh C on R shots show some progression as that small top wall is being constructed around the perimeter. The ninth C on R shot shows that the Camden St side of the library is now a construction loading zone while the tenth C on R image offers a possible hint of what the building's exterior will look like..............unless "face brick" is a misnomer.

I particularly like the third C on R shot because it looks like all of Manhattan sits/fits on top of the project.

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Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on November 20, 2018, 03:40:21 PM

76 Main

(taken on 11-14-18)

It's been over 3 1/2 years since this fire.

What's changed?

149/153 Main

(taken on 11-11 and 11-14-18)

The Hole

(taken on 11-11-18)

210 Main

(taken on 11-14-18)

Main & Salem

(taken on 11-14-18)

Current on River

(taken on 11-8,10,14-18)

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Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: Homer Jones on November 21, 2018, 11:31:35 AM
Important picture at Main and Mercer. Looks like they are beginning to set the monster crane.
Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on January 11, 2019, 04:00:06 PM
76 Main

1. When will something be built here?

149/153 Main

2. (Taken 2 1/2 weeks ago) 149's rising, 153's fire debris is still there after a month.

The Hole

3. Stitch showing both sides of Moore St.

4. Stitch of concrete pumper reaching from (almost) Moore to Main.

5,6,7. Christmas Day in The Hole

Moore St

8. Three projects seen from lower Moore St (l-r): 210 Main (bank), 240 Main (wraparound Main-Salem-Moore) and The Current on River at the end of Moore on Camden (and River St).

9. Insulation all over between 210 Main bank (rear) and its next-door neighbor.

10. This welcomed people at that next-door neighbor (I think).

11. Messy Moore St sidewalk

12. An alley I hadn't seen before next to/south of The Arc (two joined pix).

13,14. Main-Salem-Moore wraparound

Current on River

15. C on R (and 210 Main), as seen from the river at FDU

16. The "front" at Camden & River.

17. What does this say? "Call"? The first thing the chemist side of me saw was "CaCl", which is an incorrect chemical formula for calcium chloride (CaCl₂). Below the sign are sacks of Quikrete concrete. Calcium chloride is a concrete accelerator that speeds the rate of set, so maybe the sign DOES says "CaCl". Any other suggestions?

18. Stitch: from the Camden St perspective

19. Stitch: from the Giant Farmers Market perspective

20. From my home perspective

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Title: Re: Projects update
Post by: BLeafe on February 12, 2019, 02:30:38 PM
149/153 Main

1. A little more added on top

The Hole

2-5. One from 1-27 and 3 from 2-10-19

210 Main

6. All the plywood over the front glass is gone.

240 Main (+Moore St wraparound)

7. Main and E. Salem

8. The Moore St side

9. Behind the Moore St side (Stitch)

10. If you walk down the left of the previous picture and look up.....

Current on River

11-14. The four corners: SE, SW, NW, NE

The Record

15. Construction equipment multiplying like rabbits over two weeks

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