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1-16. Last Thursday, I saw someone in the E lot behind my building surveying the entire lot and spray-marking everywhere, including Ward and State streets. It looked serious. "Oh no - they're gonna put up a twin 389 Main right behind the original in the E lot (and 20' from my living room window)!"

The next day, a couple of Bobcats were parked in the lot, ready to start digging it up.

Time to check in with The Editor: "What's going on?"

The reply: "Refresh: New curbs, paving, drainage, pay station. (No more meters)."


By the end of the day, 3 Bobcats and one police electronic sign were tucked into the SW corner of the lot.

17, 18. Yesterday, another piece of equipment was added.

19,20. I decided to go outside and see if the sign was functioning yet. It was, telling everyone that the lot will be closed on the 20th and that all cars must be removed. I think a lot of people will either not see that sign or read it incorrectly, so their defense might be, "But your Honor - the sign said 'TUSDAY'.........I thought it was missing two letters and meant to say 'THURSDAY'."

Click horizontals and 3-photo sign stitch to enlarge.

Last week from my apartment, I could see Rt. 80 under the World Trade Center. Under Rt. 80, there was some construction going on. Is that the near-Bowler City project or the one that's replacing The Record? More importantly, is it going to go any higher and block my view of Rt. 80?. I DID see a tall crane in the vicinity on most days, so that would be the clue.

Time for a photowalk. There's lots of construction going on in that area, so this would be worthwhile.

Pic info:

1. The aforementioned view from home

2. From River St, here's what the across-the-street-from-Bowler-City project looks like.

3. This is a photo stitch looking down the Midtown Bridge Approach on the left and River St on the right, where you can see the project on the former property of The Record................and a tall crane.

4. This is the crane I had seen on many days from home.

5. From River and Mercer streets, here's the whole project and the crane - PLUS an artist's rendering of the finished project. This is the construction I saw from home, it will not have more floors added and - for whatever it's worth - Rt. 80 should appear to be carrying traffic on the roof of this new building for years to come.

6,7. Two more project images from south of the building ("A New Record in Hackensack Living"? Oy!)

8. Geez - you'd think they could come up with their own sign instead of glomming onto the old Heritage Diner sign. Consolation: they appear to be open 24 hours a day for cocktails. That should make the residents' kids happy.

9. Meanwhile, two blocks to the west, 150-170 Main seems to be nearing completion (and looming very large over the Print House).

10. At the bottom of the previous shot, you saw buses. Here's why. And you may want to make sure you wear a watch if you need to catch a bus there. I shot these two pix at 1:55pm and 2:07pm. Not only is the bus terminal's clock not working, but time went backwards by one minute during that 12-minute gap.

11. Just south of the bus terminal is new construction on the NW corner of River and Bridge streets.

12. This is an artist's rendering of what's being built there - a rock-climbing facility!

13,14,15. A couple hundred feet directly east of that place is our old friend - the USS Ling............still there, but who knows for how long.

16. That last shot was taken from the Court St bridge. Court St becomes W. Fort Lee Rd in Bogota. On the other side of the street and a few more hundred feet east is the project that replaced the famous Hess oil tanks - the River Club. This is a 6-photo stitch that looks south and came out surprisingly well............except for one minor detail. Somehow, I managed to cut off a bit of the very first building I shot (far left). The first shot - by definition - is supposed to be the easiest.

17. Here's some of the natural beauty awaiting those River Club tenants with a northerly view.

18,19. Swinging over to Costco on the Hackensack side of the river, I shot these two River Club images. Strangely enough, the second image shows the first building that I mysteriously cut off in the previous photo stitch. Too bad it's the wrong side.

20. What better way to end this photo journey than with a seagull happily walking in shallow mud. Wished I could have done the same.

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As you may know, Comfort Coal & Lumber Co occupied the block where Walgreen's is currently located on Anderson St and burned to the ground in a spectacular fire in 1958. Hiram Blauvelt - owner of the famous Blauvelt Mansion on Kinderkamack Rd in Oradell - was the president of Comfort Coal.

I recently found a letter in my parents' possessions that I never knew existed. It's from (and signed by) Hiram Blauvelt and expresses condolences to my father about the recent death of his father. My grandfather died on August 20, 1947, and the letter was written on the 24th.

I'm not aware that anyone in our family personally knew Mr Blauvelt, but we were Comfort Coal customers, getting regular coal deliveries to our basement to heat our house. How did someone of Mr Blauvelt's stature find out so quickly about and react to the death of a customer? Did secretaries scour death notices in newspapers and cross-reference them with customer lists?

Whatever the situation, I have new-found respect for Hiram Blauvelt, whose Coal kept me Comfort-able throughout my childhood.

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Hackensack Discussion / How does this work?
« on: March 31, 2021, 09:35:01 AM »

Events & Calendar / Wave to the Easter Bunny this Sunday
« on: March 29, 2021, 11:53:19 AM »
9-11am and 1-3pm:

Actually, I saw a bald eagle perched high above the river in nearby locations on two visits this week!

Here's the story and the images:

Me too................until I saw this on

Attention Hackensack Residents
Hackensack Health Department has requested Covid-19 Vaccine from the State DOH and is planning several small clinics for Hackensack eligible residents
If you have not been able to schedule a Covid-19 vaccine and are an eligible resident:
Email- with your name, address, phone number, and date of birth
If you do not have access to the internet Call- 201-646-3967

I emailed them last Thursday, March 4, and got a call today for an appointment to be vaccinated this Thursday morning with the Moderna vaccine at the Health Department office at City Hall.

I've been on the State list for almost 2 months and got nothing. Hackensack came through in 1 week.

If you're eligible, take advantage of this.

Hackensack Discussion / All the cars in my garage since the '60s........
« on: February 24, 2021, 05:40:17 PM »
...........(minus the garage - I never had one).

There's at least one Hackensack picture and one Main St story buried within:

I REALLY needed to get out of the apartment, so I headed over to the Hackensack River Walkway. The first thing I photographed was the highlight of the walk (read the writeup on YouTube):

Below are the stills, including:

- 1 of the Rothman Center

- 3 of the geese/ducks

- 1 MLK in the snow

- 4 on the pedestrian bridge over the river, including 3 showing fine outdoor dining (1- No reservation needed, 2- Free water [yours for the catching], and 3 - Open bar). Nice views, too.

- 4 images from the Teaneck side (in 2 pix)

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Hackensack Discussion / Mixed messages
« on: February 11, 2021, 03:44:08 PM »
If you get Nixle notices, you've been getting a bunch lately about double-parking on Main St. But I saw something that didn't seem quite right, so I emailed them about it:

Dear HOEM,

You may want to make a slight adjustment on the below notice.

LAWS get strictly enforced - not violations of those laws. As written, it appears that violations might be OK.

So what's changed since then?


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Please hit the "Watch On YouTube" button. I get no hits if you don't...........besides, it's bigger.

Hackensack Discussion / It's finally over!
« on: January 20, 2021, 01:03:26 PM »
No explanation needed - you either felt it or you didn't about an hour ago.

I haven't had occasion to use the Midtown Bridge for quite a while, but when I visited Foschini Park on Sunday, I headed over in that direction and saw something I wasn't aware had even started yet: construction where the municipal parking lot across from Bowler City (Parking Area C) was.

Is there a catchier name for this project than how I titled this post? Did I hear "Gateway" somewhere?

I walked around the site and took some pictures - nothing very exciting.

The fifth picture is a blowup of something attached the subject of the fourth pic. For some reason, it's now my monitor's current wallpaper.

Y'all know the eighth image.

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