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I haven't shot here in probably 3 years, but they seem to be changing the murals more often, so I'd better start paying more attention, because there's always great stuff here.

Before I could even start, I got interrupted by a bunch of stupid fish crows who were trolling for food in the garbage. This seems to be the season for these dopey-ass birds, who sound as bad as they act.

1. This one flew from the garbage can to a fence with his prize piece of aluminum foil, started to shake it and then dropped it. I'm sure his friends were impressed.

2. The Bergen Bench Players put on a show for a spellbound audience, while............

3. .........this one watched from the garbage seats.

4,5. I moved on from the noisy amateurs to the stars of the show. These were the best entries on the east-facing wall and............

6. ........the entire south-facing wall was dazzling (it's a photo stitch - click to enlarge).

Events & Calendar / Free COVID-19 testing in Hackensack 10-19-20
« on: October 18, 2020, 02:20:58 PM »
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Hackensack Videos / March for Jesus? Ward St, Hackensack 10-11-20
« on: October 13, 2020, 02:36:47 PM »
I heard an amplified voice addressing Jesus on Sunday afternoon, looked out my window and saw this on Ward St.

I have no clue as to what, who, or why (when was 4:33pm).

Anybody know anything about  it?

RIP, Whitey.

I can't be the only one here who used to love watching this guy pitch (or can I?).

I took this shot of Whitey, heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney and Cooney's manager Victor Valle in the locker room of Yankees Spring Training camp (where he did NOT pitch this day) in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 1982.

Whitey looks absolutely thrilled to be there, doesn't he?

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Anybody know who Bella Hadid is? No? I didn't either, but she's apparently a big-deal model who came to Hackensack to sample the wares at White Manna and Cranberry Junction Cafe and posted it all on Instagram. Check out the 8 pix and two videos here:

No - not Eddie!

He was the most incredible guitarist I ever saw live..........MULTIPLE times, fortunately.

Though I have many better shots, I particularly like this one because it's rare - it's not from a Van Halen show.

I took this in 1985 in Champaign, IL, at the very first Farm Aid concert when he showed up to jam with Sammy Hagar's band. This was just prior to Sammy replacing David Lee Roth in VH.


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Hackensack Discussion / Pinwheels at the Bergen County Courthouse
« on: October 06, 2020, 01:25:26 PM »
Anyone know why?

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Last Friday evening (and other evenings), the Moon and Mars were visible.

The first shot - taken at 9:00pm - is way overexposed to bring out Mars.

The second shot - taken at 11:22pm - is more normally exposed and Mars' position in the sky has changed. The distant planet also received a little PhotoShop brightness boost, due to the lessened exposure.

Click to enlarge the first one.

Hackensack Discussion / Putting off getting your car inspected in Paramus?
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:35:43 AM »
My sticker said "02-20". Fortunately, the state kept extending the deadline. Unfortunately, the line to get in extended up Century Rd every time I attempted it. I'm not sure, but I couldn't find any mention of the deadline being extended past September 30, but I DID find a bar graph showing how busy this station is at different hours of the day.

The last bar (4pm) seemed to be the least busy, but they're only open until 4:30 and since the middle of the month is supposed to be the least busy time of the month, I decided to go last Tuesday - the 15th, aiming for 3:30pm, so I'd only have to wait an hour whether I got in or not.

Good thing I approached it from Rt 17. Just past the station was a ton of construction equipment and the road was blocked off. I didn't see any cars in the street, but I did see a blinking sign that said "Wait Time 3.5 hrs.", How could that be? The line would be halfway up Century Rd. Gotta be BS.

I pulled in and got my ticket immediately at 3:47pm. The line only filled 3/4 of the oval. This is nothing. The only question was whether I'd make it around by 4:30. I took the below stitch at 3:54 at the 1/2-way mark..............looking good.

I took the other picture at 4:11 and was out of there by 4:20 (passed!) with a brand new "02-22" sticker.

So if you've been hesitating to get the car inspected, try this time of day - just don't do it at the end of the month.

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I shot this project from my apartment through a dirty, unopenable window a block away from July 7 to September 8, 2020. The pictures are in sequence, so you can see what happened every step of the way. There may be more to come. If there's anything else that's significant to see, I'll post it.

Yesterday, I shot 16 little videos of sand infill (light) and ground-up little rubber bits (dark) being sprayed on the field with spreaders. In the stills, you can see big white bags on a truck coming down Union St and then stored in a Middle School parking lot over a month ago. I had no idea what was in them until yesterday. In the video, you'll see the contents (dark) of one of the bags being dumped into one of the spreaders and then sprayed on the field. The last pic is a stitch of 3 pix: pickup>dump>dispose. Click it and start scrolling to see the whole thing.

It wasn't easy editing two months of stills down to 20 - the post's limit - but I think this is a good representation of how an artificial turf field is constructed, as seen through a dirty window one block away and 7 floors up.

Due to the space limitation, the 16-little-videos-into-one video will be in the post that follows this one.

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1. The Union and Passaic streets intersection was a mess when the traffic lights were out.

2,3. A new dental office is opening between Union and Main right across from the 435 Main project.

4. Main St is a mess.

5. Lotsa red, but no smoke or fire.

6. Great name for a Black-owned business and the reviews all look good.

7. Business is slow for Geo's, located by the tracks.

8. You thought the new pipes on Main St were for water? Nah - they bring a steady flow of shovels, picks and other implements of destruction.

9. I think these drills are on their way to the new dental office on Anderson St.

10. Ever see so many crushed bottle containers?

11. If the sign on the door's too small to read, this is where Hackensack's center for crushed bottles is located. Dancers, beware!

12. These city-owned traffic cones are sitting on E. Camden St by the library. Oops!

13. Chicken Supreme on River St has apparently already gone out of business.

14. Bruce the Bed King has finally been boarded up.

15. The new and the old at Main and Anderson - BTW, early information said that Sears would be closing on September 12. More recently, I'm hearing it may be this Wednesday, September 2. Hurry over and add to the mayhem.

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Hackensack Discussion / Directional dysfunction
« on: August 07, 2020, 08:12:17 AM »
I think I see an error here: Salem can't go up to's an east-west street.

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