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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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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!

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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This year's version was a little more solemn and a lot smaller. Gone were all the fake animals, the dancing, costumed whatever-they-weres and the jumpy accordion music. The confusing clash of sounds (the front party atmosphere mixed with the almost-funereal rear group's vocals/music) was also absent. This year was clearer and more concise.

I stuck to shooting from the roof and it only took about 11 or 12 minutes - with stops - from when they approached Union St from Passaic St, made the left turn and then exited Union onto Anderson St to continue on to Holy Trinity Church.

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Hackensack Discussion / A stain on our station.........
« on: December 29, 2018, 03:35:29 PM » what the wood on the Anderson St Station needs. After 4 1/2 years, it looks horrible.

Is this something that New Jersey Transit would take care of?

Hackensack Discussion / Santa brings salt to E. Kansas St.
« on: December 27, 2018, 04:47:03 PM »
(and a second shed - on the left):

1. June 2018 photo: Google

2. Christmas Day, 2018

I guess it's better than getting coal..........the DPW must have been good this year.

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Hackensack Videos / Church leaves in garbage trucks
« on: December 19, 2018, 03:10:24 PM »
This begins with a .gif file that I first converted to a .mov file and then combined with another .mov file.

The landscaper of the church next door to me had a very methodical way of collecting and dumping half a dozen large loads of leaves from the property. The first 7 stills show one dump trip and the 8th still shows how many of those trips he made.

The rest is a video of the pickup 6 days later into a garbage truck.

Especially if you're in the Hackensack Market area:

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Might be a nice shot when the project's finished.

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On Wednesday, December 5, they finally started blocking off the sidewalks on the Main St, Anderson St and Maple Ave sides of the building and left no gaps in the fence-covering for photos. Fortunately, I can see what's going on in the back from my roof - 7 floors up - though it's a bit chilly up there lately.

The next day, demolition started. I had taken a shot of the Anderson St side of the fence-covering in the morning, but by the time I went out to do the ground-level shots, I noticed that the image of the new building in the covering -  which had been well down from Main St in the morning - had been moved much closer to Main by the afternoon. Better optics, I guess. Plus, there's a more captive audience stopped at the light as you get closer to Main.

Since I can't be on the roof on the other side of my building all day, I'm only going to be able to get bits of pieces of the demolition process, unlike the 389 Main project, which is straight out from my living room window, so I'm going to miss segments of the 435 Main progress.

I probably won't get over to Maple Ave much, so I made sure to get over there on the first day to shoot a stitch. It wasn't an easy one because I had to hold the camera above my head to clear the fence-covering. It's a pain to try to line up side-by-side shots in that situation.

On the far right of the stitch is the yellow-bricked former Holy Trinity School - the alma mater of Editor, me and many members of this site. I noticed that my current residence is also in the picture, so I took the last shot, which shows an angle I never saw before of the garden apartments of Anderson St, the Second Reformed Church, the top of my building behind it and the First Presbyterian Church's steeple.

Going back to the stitch, I can see that I’ve come a long way in 60 years…………….. 2 blocks!

From Wikipedia: A waypoint is an intermediate point or place on a route or line of travel, a stopping point or point at which course is changed......waypoints most often consist of a series of abstract GPS points that create artificial airways—"highways in the sky"—created specifically for purposes of air navigation that have no clear connection to features of the real world.

So the residents of this building can claim they live in the middle of something that has no connection to the real world? I guess that makes sense. After all, Sears is right across the street and they're in a similar situation..

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