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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Ling is listing...
« on: Today at 10:32:00 AM »
Of course...the letter from the Hawthorne man is outdated.

Well, let's see what Reading Comprehension 101 says:

Ignoring the fact that it was written at LEAST two months ago (the lead time for a magazine - it's not The Record, you know), the man's letter was about trying to get the very wealthy to contribute mightily to the cause of saving MULTIPLE ships that are in desperate need of restoration/salvation. As an example that's literally close to home for him, he mentioned the Ling's predicament.

So unless ALL the ships in a similar situation have been saved in the week since the magazine came out, the letter is FAR from outdated.

Unfortunately, it may never become outdated...............and neither should good reading comprehension.

Hackensack Discussion / The Ling in "Sea History" magazine
« on: Yesterday at 10:40:08 AM »
My picture of it is too, so they sent me a copy of the magazine and I've scanned page 5's letter from a gentleman in Hawthorne.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 17, 2019, 11:45:05 AM »
No Fives, but Flubs as far as the I can see:

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The roof is at a 6th-floor level and I shot this from my 7th-floor apartment a block away. This was the day that they finally appeared to have completed the roof construction work at the 389 Main St project and cleared it. The video demonstrates a small part of it.

The stills:

1-7. The last of the roof's Resisto Red goes up, the garbage goes down the hatch and the big leftover pieces get carried down by the basket crane.

8. The cleared roof


9. Vandalism?

10, 11. Red state in front, blue state in back

12. Heavy-duty window protection from.............gnats?

13. The Ward Street Brickyard


14,15. These are spools of electrical wire.


16. Why State St was closed that morning

17. Roofing leftovers (see 9-7) being carted away

18. The final Resisto Red hang-up on the State Street side?

19. First floor brickwork stitch

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1. Stitch from next to the Family Dollar store


2,3,4. from the north (Maple Ave) side

5,6. from the west (behind Anderson St apartments) side

7.  from Main St (next to Family Dollar)


8. from my living room window (part of the Second Reformed Church is in the lower left)


9-15. The first 3 are from next to Family Dollar and the last 4 are from Anderson St.


16-19. All are from Anderson St (the blocking material on the fence has been gone most of the time lately).

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
« on: September 12, 2019, 06:33:17 PM »

Continuing August..........


Dump-BANG! Dump-BANG! Hackensack, NJ, 8-27-19

Load of broken sidewalks, Part II

Hackensack, NJ, 8-30-19



1,2. Truck stuff

3. Work at Main and E. Ward


4. I was gonna say something about a wood stapler, but I won't.


5. Digging up the sidewalks on the NW corner of Main and Ward

6,7. The truck from yesterday on the job and back in the storage lot


8,9. Hauling wood and dumping stone


10. Adding to the pile


11,12. The regular still and the "...broken sidewalks..." video still

13, 14. The NW corner of Main and Ward

15, 16. More storage area activity

(I hope this wraps up's kind of boring.)

Click to enlarge the stills.

As usual, most of this "sidewalk" imagery is of the storage area - a block away from the actual sidewalk work on Main St (though there IS some of that mixed in).

The videos from four different days:

How to park your Bobcat in a small space (move the cones!)

Hackensack, NJ, Municipal "E" lot, 7-24-19

Hosing your cement mixer (Hackensack, NJ, 8-1-19)

Loading the Cat on the flatbed (Hackensack, NJ, 8-8-19)

Load of broken sidewalks (Hackensack, NJ, 8-10-19)



1. This is the still I made for the "...park your Bobcat..." video thumbnail.


2,3. Making sure the Bobcat doesn't fall off the flatbed.


4. They put some dirt in the handicap space?


5. They put a LOT of dirt in the handicap space!

6. Somebody finally realizes that maybe this is not the right thing to do...........and it only took four days to figure that out.


7. The "Hosing your cement mixer" thumbnail still.


8. This stayed there until September 10.

9. East side of Main St, just south of E. Ward


10,11. Time to move the Bobcat to its next job.


12. How long before this area is used as a municipal parking lot once again?

13, 14. How to move whatever-they-ares


15. Working just north of E. Ward St, after........

16. ........finishing just south of E. Ward.


17. Giant intestines get tossed.

18. I thought a giant sofa was getting dumped/pulled off a truck.

19. The "Loading the Cat" video still


20. The "Load of broken sidewalks" video still

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:59:55 AM »
5 Fives and 5+5+5 Flubs

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1,2. Bricks: onward and upward

3. This is when I wish my unit was 3 or 4 stories taller so I could try to figure out what he's doing.

4. (STITCH) First floor: red brick.............second floor: RED STICK

5. More cars with interesting tops/hoods/etc.


6,7,8. Lunchtime

9,10. A little redder + Resisto Red backing flapping in the breeze

11. No clue

12. Second floor brickwork


13. I thought it was some sort of mirror, but it appears to be a roof hatch cover.

14. Lifeline keeps him from being part of Main St.

15. Whatever it is, it's the first one I've seen on the roof.

16. It looks like someone lost a contact lens.

17. Getting ready to start laying brick on the Ward St side


18. Laying brick on Ward St. This was not an easy shot to see (or to time) without binoculars from a block away through a chain link fence to get both brick and trowel.

19. Not sure, but he might have been praying to either the trees of Teaneck or the high-rises of Cliffside Park before climbing down.

And - as I must mention from time to time - all photos and text are ęBob Leafe. (if a question mark shows up before my name - as it does on my browser - it's a copyright symbol)

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8-30-19 (remainder)

1. First day of brickwork and the Fraco mast-climbing scaffold ready for second-floor work

2,3. Full building and closeup shots on the first night that I can't see through the first-floor window openings


4. 8-31 roof toss and 9-1 collection of roof tosses

5. The blue Genie arrives.

6. Window work has altered the angle of reflection of the building in the next image. I think it's an improvement.


7. This building is about 3 clocks away on River St.

8. The Ward St side of 389 Main, the First Presbyterian Church and a plane coming into Teterboro Airport

9-20. Another walkaround

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1-4. Each day has similar shots that I've mixed for comparative reasons.


5. The company whose name is stuck on every window

6,7,8.  7 explains 6.

9,10. Creators of the Crimson Corner

8-30-19 (partial............continued in next post)

11. Brickwork begins.

12,13. The Crimson Half-Corner

14. I'm starting to like this as a red building. It might become the most distinctive building in town if it stayed that way

15. This man is facing the sun, which is reflecting off the section of building behind him, painting both man and machinery as red as that roll of Resisto he's carrying.

16. More brickwork on the State St side

17. Here's a sight you don't see every day.................or ever.

18. Brick dust

19. This stitch was taken toward the end of the first day of brickwork.

20. STRANGEST SHOT OF THE DAY: During my walkaround, as I approached the site while walking north on State St from Passaic St, I saw this on the dashboard of the first vehicle parked on State after the site entrance. There was no one in the vehicle and no one around........and I was TEMPTED, but...................

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Still had no idea when the pedestrian bridge would reopen, so I checked it out on the 24th (closed) and 31st (open).


1,2.  Still closed, shot through the fence

3. Side view

4. There was some sort of orientation for new students (I think) on the Teaneck side. After checking out 8-24-19 on the FDU site, I found this:

"Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019

All new students and their families are cordially invited to participate in the Procession and the Illumination Ceremony on the Metropolitan Campus, an FDU tradition to welcome our new students.

The Procession will begin in front of the Student Union Building, wind through campus, and across the FDU footbridge to symbolize our new students crossing into the start of their college careers."

Could be a slight problem, considering that the bridge was still closed that day.


5. Open!

6,7.  The eastbound walk across

8-12. Westbound

13. Had to turn around to check out the #24 Clippers jersey that just strolled past me................yep, early-90s Seton Hall star Terry Dehere, who played for the Clips in the mid-90s.

14. Another side view.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 02, 2019, 03:37:34 PM »
What a mess The Record's been this Labor Day Weekend - ESPECIALLY the sports section! It only took 3 days to gather the same number of flubs that I usually find in a week-and-a-half (which, in itself, is extremely sloppy to begin with).

Saturday, August 31 - Sunday, September 1 - Monday, September 2, 2019

1,2. After the Five (the first of two), we start off with a big NON-SPORTS error from yesterday. I placed it here because it's a two-parter that ended today (8/31).

Everything else is sequential and the publish dates are below each image.

The last four images feature a familiar theme.

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