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I shot for most of the day yesterday and I've already done a bunch today, so I've got a couple hundred photos and a couple dozen videos to edit, so it may be a while before I catch up here. If you want to see the Holman building like you've never seen it before,  head on over to Anderson and Main (it's open again).

In the meantime, here are two from yesterday. After all the bricks were pushed off those streets onto the sidewalk, I took this at around 4pm. A couple of those bricks hit what appears to be a multi-directional light (fixed now).

I'm taking a break right now because the HFD just showed up at the site and things have stopped for the moment.

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As you Nixelers know, the intersection of Main and Anderson was closed today and will be closed tomorrow. The reason is that the main Holman building is and will be coming down.

The first 4 shots were taken on Sunday, when I did a final walkaround.

I got up early today, thinking that they may want to git 'er done right away, but it was after 10am when I happened to notice the big heavy yellow weapon of choice grinding around the corner from Anderson to Main. "Oh no - they're starting in front!"

By the time I got there, the upper right corner had a couple of dings in it - nothing serious. In the next hour or so they kind of munched around the top edge on Main and then did the same on Anderson.


In the afternoon, holes were punched out where some rooms were, and bricks rained down on Anderson St. so at the moment, almost half of the bricks are gone from that wall, but the empty rooms are all still there.

One of the workers was flying a drone, so that was fun to shoot (4 shots). IMG_7326 - almost straight up - is my new favorite shot of the year...........after the kestrel.

More to come tomorrow.

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It's been pretty slow lately, what with the holidays, the weather and who knows what else, so the scene hasn't changed a whole lot. I had expected to lose my river view by now, so I'm thankful for the extra time and river photo ops.

12-14-18 (2) Dumping gravel and sparking the beams

12-19-18 (2) Except for the Cats, these scenes haven't changed in almost a month.

12-23-18 (6) Last burst of activity in 2018 (I hope the building stands up better than its sign did.)

1-2-19 (first 4 pix) Starting the year right by closing Main St to dig up the road and install sewer pipe connectors. (5) Driving backwards around Main/Ward/State with a load of concrete Main St road pieces. (6) Dumping some gravel near the road pieces.

1-3-19 Uber for Cats

1-5-19 Raindrops on the wires

1-9-19 Blazing sunset hits the girders and the Noches de Colombia restaurantís lights sit in the background shadows.

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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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Hackensack History / Re: Demolition of The Record building
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:05:31 PM »
As of Christmas Day 2018, here's what's there. There's probably not much reason to go by there anytime soon (unless someone wants to rescue the 150 sign).   ;)

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:25:12 AM »
Brand new year, same old problems...............maybe THIS will be the year they wake up (and maybe a green sun will rise tomorrow morning).

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Hackensack Videos / My leftover video scraps from 2018
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:45:00 PM »
These are 17(?) little things I shot in 2018, put in a folder and never found a use for, except to combine them all just for the hell of it.

They range from 5 seconds to 1:22 minutes each and the whole thing runs just under 8 minutes.

It may be my best work ever.

Fortunately, no noise was involved..........

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Hard to believe, but that fire was 10 years ago today.

This was pure luck. Last Thursday, I saw this kestrel right outside my window sitting in a tree 6 floors up. I've featured kestrels before on this site, but never this close. Kestrels - members of the falcon family - are raptors, just like hawks and eagles..............they tear their prey apart with their hooked beaks.

The difference is that the kestrel is about the size of a robin. It's the tiniest raptor - and maybe the cutest.

His (I'm pretty sure it's a male) back faced me throughout, but he managed to keep a constant eye or two on me, thanks to his ability to rotate his head 180 degrees.

I'd be surprised if I ever get better kestrel shots from my living room again.

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Hackensack Discussion / Avoid "ROAD"!
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:31:46 PM »
Another detailed notice from the Hackensack OEM - avoid this area at all costs!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "Homer Jones"
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:41:09 PM »
I'm really gonna miss Ol' Homer too.

I never met the man, but we've had a long relationship on this site, both historical and comedic in nature. We've helped solve a couple of puzzles, but have also driven the Editor crazy with relentless punning games (see some of the below links). We were each other's comedic foil and probably could have taken our act out on the road.,959.msg2983.html#msg2983,1001.msg3210.html#msg3210 (nunsense),1387.msg4387.html#msg4387,1455.msg4555.html#msg4555,1505,1507

(this is an incomplete list)

He was also the only one in my age bracket (I'm two years younger) who understood my ancient rock references and came back with a few of his own, which I appreciated.

We also had an email relationship and, as recently as two months ago, he wrote to tell me about a music photographer in Ireland who has photographed Metallica, among others, and thought I should contact her.

"How the hell do you know about Irish music photographers?"

"I have dual citizenship: American and Irish and read some Irish papers on the web out of curiosity."

Ol' Homer: smart as hell, clever, kind and curious - great traits in my book.

Speaking of books, if any of you editor-types out there are thinking of writing one, you can start here -;u=1606;area=showposts;start=615 - all of his posts. Start at the bottom and work your way backward to the most-recent one.

On Wednesday, northbound Main St was blocked at Passaic St because part of the road was being dug up so sewer line connectors could be installed from the 389 Main project. I heard a comment from one of the construction company people about how many asphalt layers were on the road and that it appeared that they were never dug up prior to adding the next one.

I took a closeup shot (last picture) and to my untrained eye, it looks like about 4 or 5 layers.

Is this normal?

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