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Hackensack Discussion / Woodstock's 50th anniversary
« on: August 17, 2019, 12:30:07 AM »
So, are you all sick of hearing about Woodstock's 50th anniversary this weekend? I'm not. Why?

Because TODAY is also the 50th anniversary of me turning 22 at Woodstock at the exact moment the Who hit the stage (both happened at 5:00am on a Sunday morning).

In 2003, I went back to the original site and took the below picture. The stage area is the non-green ground shown on the left above the fence. The sloping field was home to 4 or 5 hundred thousand new friends. In the foreground is the Woodstock monument.

If you can stand one more story about the event, here's mine:

(Note: the language is slightly R-rated)

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I found this on eBay here:

Seller's description: This rare playbill program was removed from a scrapbook started in 1918, but is dated 1924. It's a little rough, but all there. I cut the album page so it would not tear. That piece is still attached to the back. There is some glue residue and a tear on the back. Still a great historic item. Nothing came up in my search, so I don't know how long this was there under this name. It housed all kinds of drama of the day. 9 3/8" X 6 1/4".

There are 3 pictures (he shows one twice). I cleaned up the pictures as much as I could and made them into one large 1460x2132 image. On top are the back and front pages and below them are the opened inside pages.

It's got a bunch of Hackensack information I don't think I've seen before.

The seller will take offers if anyone's interested.

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(fully-stopped, of course)

1. Second St HUMC construction

2. Sister Emily's Maple Ave

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I took a cruise through the Hackensack listings on eBay for old times' sake recently and here's what I found:

1. a 1908 card addressed to someone on Teaneck Rd in Hackensack (?)

2. St Mary's Cadets

3. Anderson Park with houses where my building and the E lot are now.

4. Religious radio station at 300 Main St

5. Community Orchestra, Hackensack

6. Crazy patch of the Ling

7. Lots of old stars at Orrie de Nooyer (I should have shot this, if only for Les Paul)

8. First principal of Hackensack Academy (and a lot more)

9. First graduate of Hackensack Academy?

10. Hackensack Grammar School track ribbons

11. I remember Kartch's, but not Will Ware (that drawing looks very old).

12. Early 1971 plans for the Sports Complex

13. Spotless Car Wash coin

14. Porcelain vase from the library (it's only about 4" tall, so probably not good for your long-stem roses)

15. Sewing machine from the circus

16. Festive, bank style holiday greetings from over a century ago

17. Block-long Pontiacs from a Johnson Ave dealership

18. There's a bridge between Hackensack and Englewood?

19, 20. Two items from my favorite old rink

These are ALL available NOW! If you want something here, go to eBay and search the appropriate words, making sure to include "Hackensack". If you can't find it, PM me.

Grab 'em before the Editor does!.................and click to enlarge:

One tends to gather a couple of these in a career:

These two events took place last night after the Hackensack fireworks . They occurred about an hour and twenty minutes apart and maybe 50' from each other on Ward St.

The fireworks went off in the parking lot between 14 and 22 Ward St. The same thing also happened in the same place with the same kind or firework last July 4.

The fire was in a City of Hackensack garbage container stored by the front steps of Raffsonni Galleries at 14 Ward and was quickly extinguished by the HFD.

'Tis the season.........

Hasbrouck Heights clearly won the night as Hackensack's high-rises blocked most of Lodi's from view:

This is a 4-photo stitch taken from home. Besides showing Sears, parts of two churches, the Hackensack River, the YMCA and the Middle School, it also shows six numbered projects. After you click to enlarge, you'll have to scroll all the way to the left to begin (it's almost 3,400px long). The projects are:

1. 435 Main (The Holman/Waypoint project)

2. 389 Main (The Riverblocker, as far as I'm concerned)

3. Current on River

4,4. 240 Main (Meridia Metro - Main St and Moore St sections)

5. 210 Main (The old bank with the new rusty toupée)

6. 170 Main (formerly The Hole)

Currently, the sidewalk activity is confined to the east side of Main St in NOPASS (NOrth of PASSaic St) - specifically, between Passaic and Anderson).


Late that Friday afternoon, I noticed something unusual: some kind on monster saw vehicle being unloaded in front of 22 Ward, backed into the E municipal parking lot and parked across two spaces. Why was THAT thing there? I remembered meeting some surveyors in that lot a month or so prior. They told me they thought that the city planned on doing a major overhaul of the lot - something it really needs.


The next day, I took some pictures before the lot overhaul started.


By Monday, the vehicle was gone and no lot overhaul was begun.


A whole series of metered spaces closest to State St on the southern side of the lot was commandeered by a crew who dumped piles of crushed stone and left lots of construction equipment in those spaces. All this was right across the street from the entrance to the 389 Main site, but there didn't appear to be any connection between the two.

That was confirmed whenever any trucks came into that area of the lot, picked up or dropped off something and then headed south on State St.

I was walking up Passaic St from River St when I came upon the dug-up sidewalk in front of the YMCA and other businesses on that block - a project I hadn't heard about. I showed workers a picture of the saw vehicle and asked if that had dug up the sidewalks. It had.

It all started to make sense now. There really was no other place nearby to store piles of stone and needed vehicles other than the E lot - they just had to go around the block every time they needed something.


I went to Main & Ward to shoot some 389 Main images and saw that the sidewalk work had gotten started as far north as Ward. Back home, I took a couple of shots of the storage area and also made a video showing a truckload of stone being dumped.


This is a video of a small track vehicle clattering its way slowly down State St to go around the block to the sidewalks site.


At the storage area, a delivery of 15 space creatures was made. I have no idea what they are, but I'll bet somebody here does.............


We wrap up today's post the same way we started it (what's with this "we" stuff?): with the saw vehicle - this time, heading home. Had I known it was working that day, I would have headed right over to Main St. I'd like to see what this thing looks like in action.

More to follow.........

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I went through a 29-year-old VHS tape and found a video I shot on my full-size camcorder on the roof. It shows a mockingbird parked on an old TV antenna and he's singing (assuming it's a "he"). In the background, you can hear the sound of another mockingbird (or the same bird, as I imply in my comments) that I recorded on tape the year before. I'm playing it to see if the visible bird responds to it.

Boy, did he ever! In some parts he repeats what he hears. In others, he adds to it. In still yet others, it sounds like he's making suggestions that don't get reciprocated. In any event, he seems to be transfixed on this unseen bird. I like when he appears to tilt his head to listen.

The tape is pretty shaky because I've got a monster 500mm lens attached to the camcorder so I can zoom in on his head  - specifically, his beak - and I'm trying to follow his head as I try to balance this unit on my shoulder, but after I take the lens off near the end, it's better.

I don't get to engage in avian experiments very often, so I found this one fascinating and I'm glad I found it.

BTW - I played the VHS tape onto a large-screen TV and video'd that with my little digital camera.

Looks like a '66

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I saw this bird on the Hackensack River Walkway near the Rothman Center at FDU-Hackensack. It refused to stay on the same side of the tree as me - even when it was 20-25' up, but I'm fairly persistent.

I had never gotten a chance to photograph this woodpecker before. I wasn't sure what kind of woodpecker it was until I got home, looked it up and confirmed it with The Record's bird writer, Jim Wright.

I'm not even sure I'd ever heard of a Northern Flicker before.

On June 3, I saw yet another tall crane in town, but it wasn't along Main St. I wasn't sure exactly where it was.

I went out for a walk along the Hackensack River Walkway in Johnson Park and FDU and suddenly came upon it. Oh yeah - the scheduled summer replacement of the FDU pedestrian bridge! Not being in summer mode, I had forgotten all about it.

Shooting through the fence, I could see that the side railings were gone and the bridge's walkway was kind of chewed up. Just south of the bridge, a worker sat in a small boat, but I'm not sure why.

Continuing my walk up to Route 4, there was one opening where I could get  a flip-side shot of the crane and on the way back, I shot a stitch of most of the original bridge.

From what I can see from home, the crane's still there, although in a different position. I really need to get back there soon to follow the progression.

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Must be Sunday...............

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