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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.

Click to enlarge.

This post comes one year after the previous post and SEVEN years after the top stitch in the pair of photo stitches from 1-19-14 and 1-10-21.

I'd say that Hackensack now has a much better view.

(click to enlarge)

..............doot in doo doo

Been getting a couple of blazers lately. The towers are The Modern 1 and 2 in Fort Lee near the GWB, 5 or 6 miles away from me. You can see the top of the GWB's New Jersey tower in the 6th pic.

I got up too late yesterday, so I went to a different window and caught the rising sun reflecting off one of the windows on the steeple of the First Presbyterian Church on my block.

All dates are below each image.

Click to enlarge all but the last one.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Gene "Skip" Puntasecca
« on: January 04, 2021, 12:41:59 PM »
I'm really sorry to hear this. He was a great guy and a knowledgeable contributor to this site.

He last posted just 2 weeks ago:,3982

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "THE SACK"
« on: December 31, 2020, 10:00:00 AM »
The Record has come up with the perfect way to end this God-forsaken year: a Top-10 list of "The Most New Jersey Stories of the Year". Look what made #9 (we also made #1):

Happy Sackin' New Year!

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I just noticed something about the monitors in front of Leslie: they seemed to have some weird writing on them. When I blew them up, it still just looked weird.

DUH! It's a reversed mirror image, so I flipped them. They're Ian's.

Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack's Leslie West: Dead at 75
« on: December 28, 2020, 01:20:54 PM »
I'm a little slow getting to this...........blame the holidays............yeah - that's it.

Another favorite guitarist gone. What the less-than-thorough Rolling Stone article failed to mention was that he was born and raised in Hackensack as Leslie Weinstein and attended Hackensack High School.

As you may know, I usually post a photo of the recently-deceased artist that I took during my career. Usually, it's been published somewhere, but not this time. I have never printed or scanned this slide until today, so no one's ever seen it before. It's a special shot, unlike any photo I've taken on any other night.

It was taken on September 11 (!), 1981 at Pier 84 on the Hudson River next to the Intrepid aircraft carrier (I shot a LOT of shows there).

It was billed as Leslie West & Corky Laing opening up for the Ian Hunter Band. Since I did a lot of work with Ian's management, they gave me some unusual access which I also used during Leslie's set. I was onstage toward the back of the stage and standing high up (on what, I don't recall). So I'm facing the back of the band, the audience, the Hudson River, New Jersey and a setting sun.

But I can't see the band directly because Ian's equipment is piled high behind them. However - and this is the strange part - there's a huge mirror high above the band. I have no idea what purpose it served. All I know is that I can now see Leslie, reversed and looking like a left-handed guitarist in that mirror. The band would normally be at the bottom of this picture, but - who cares?


I had NEVER taken a picture like this before. I had never seen (or imagined) a setup like this before. And I've never had occasion to publish  - or even SHOW it to anyone in almost 40 years, but now seems as good a time as any. I just hope there are a couple of Leslie West fans reading this who might appreciate it.

There's only one thing I question about this shot: in the upper right, is that a clear blue sky to the right of the mirror? If so, why does the sky look pinkishly cloudy under the mirror?

R.I.P., Mr. Weinstein.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 25, 2020, 02:34:04 PM »
I'll second that!

Hackensack Discussion / Easy last-minute Christmas lighting for your house
« on: December 23, 2020, 12:30:13 PM »

Hackensack History / Re: Here's something you've never seen before
« on: December 21, 2020, 08:40:16 AM »
I emailed the pastor of Holy Trinity Church to ask if there were any images of this bus in their archive. There weren't.

Holy Trinity uniforms? Go to Lowits at 160 Main St (where the 14-story 150-170 Main project is at Main and Mercer). Lowits closed in 2001.

Since it's Christmas week, this is appropriate:

Note that the store was at 154 Main whenever this item was made.

Hackensack History / Re: Here's something you've never seen before
« on: December 19, 2020, 02:03:29 PM »
That's not a silly question - I was a big fan of Hopalong Cassidy - but I wish I had an answer for you. I have no idea what's on that lunch box..........I don't remember and it's too out of focus to read.

Keep asking questions (and that goes for everybody..........that's the lifeblood of this site.)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: December 17, 2020, 01:14:54 PM »
Another stupid caption............

If this was really "setting for a pass", then he would be telling the defense what the next play would be................duh!

Captions for sports images should be done by someone with at least a basic knowledge of the sports they're captioning.

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