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The Les Paul Jr I have is an homage to him...back in the days when he would buy them from pawn shops for next to nothing.

Hackensack Discussion / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 25, 2020, 10:21:12 AM »
Hey gang, hope you all have a wonderful day :)

Hackensack History / Re: Here's something you've never seen before
« on: December 22, 2020, 12:46:29 PM »
Lowits yes! I couldn't remember that name. Good stuff :)

Hackensack History / Re: Here's something you've never seen before
« on: December 21, 2020, 06:57:52 AM »
That school bus is awesome too! Where did you guys have to buy your school uniforms?  Ours were from somewhere on Main St but I don't remember the name. They came to Immaculate Conception and measured us a few weeks before they'd be ready

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "THE SACK"
« on: December 06, 2020, 07:56:30 AM »
I hear your points Eric, but I don't see how simply working downtown equates to more retail customers in the independent businesses...From what I've seen most of the new businesses are food places, and since all the new apartments and condos being built are (in my opinion) to attract more people who most likely work in NYC what really does downtown have to offer in the way of being a "complete" city?
How many dollar stores does Hackensack have? Do the new residents really need probably a dozen barber shops? The years I spent in Lyndhurst I would definitely say that if you wanted to you never really had to leave the town. 2 supermarkets, plenty of chinese or italian spots, mexican or caribbean food as well..Carvel, Dunkin Donuts, TJ Maxx, places for pet supplies, bagel shops, etc...and it's absolutely a commuter town as well. Sadly I agree that Hackensack began to get a really bad rep in the 80's, I too remember one specific homeless shelter right on E Kansas St a few blocks from where I lived...the bus station was always cluttered with homeless as well, when I was at Guy Ross Chevrolet I saw them constantly. It's really a tough idea that up on Summit Ave there's million dollar homes and down on Railroad Ave and the surrounding areas it's still very rundown. How does a city bounce back like they're predicting, or expecting?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "THE SACK"
« on: December 05, 2020, 02:54:15 PM »
I've had this discussion with many people over the years, trying to pinpoint when the Main St businesses started to fail. Was it when the GSP became an indoor mall, and people didn't have to shop from outside anymore? Was it when they closed the Fox and the Oritani, and more people got cable TV and decided to stay home and watch second run movies, instead of going shopping, getting dinner and taking in a movie?
Was it when Woolworths closed? Cedar Lane in Teaneck always seems to be busy (am I wrong?) When it comes to Main Street, a Starbucks or even a Dunkin would probably be welcomed of course. A familiar name surrounded by independent businesses. I may be a bit out of the loop on the day to day downtown, but am I wrong? We all now what our Main St was back in the day...but will it ever be again? Was there less people around, therefore needing less parking? Did more people take mass transit? I'd love to hear opinions on this...

Hackensack Discussion / Found something interesting on eBay today
« on: November 29, 2020, 08:44:06 AM »
Unused book of matches from Guido's. I don't remember exactly when it became the Stony Hill but it must have been late 80's/early 90's I'm guessing?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "THE SACK"
« on: November 27, 2020, 07:53:17 AM »
I've heard that nickname before, it didn't really bother me although in the 80's when people would say "Crackensack" I would get annoyed. I've been hearing some radio commercials lately reporting the recent business growth in the downtown area and I believe the website is

Hackensack Discussion / The Record King
« on: November 22, 2020, 07:09:25 AM »
Took a ride into town yesterday to visit my old favorite record store again. Craig was his usual gentleman to me and my wife, our daughter is really into used vinyl so I got her a gift certificate for the store (i wanted to buy her a shirt too but he had no more). Anyway, Main St was all torn up for many blocks there...amidst all the dust we got a slice at the pizzeria across the street (which was a little disappointing actually, not as good as I remembered it)
His gift certificate was so cool, he put a little embossed stamp on it to prove it's authentic too! We'll probably head over there on Black Friday, this time I'll skip the pizza though... :-\

I got mine inspected back in November the day after wait at all that day, everyone was at the malls thankfully. If I had to get inspection now I'd pay to get it done somewhere, DMV in any capacity is a disaster these days  :-[

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 210 Main Street
« on: September 18, 2020, 08:59:06 AM »
No not looking to move, i just like to see what rents are going for these days...myself I haven't been in that building since the 70's when my dad had a checking account with that bank.

Hackensack Discussion / 210 Main Street
« on: September 16, 2020, 11:15:54 AM »
Just looking around on NJMLS I saw the "chic" new 210 Main apartment they are beautiful but really pricey! The description was "the new wave of living in Hackensack". Has anyone seen this new spot in person?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Heritage Diner closed
« on: July 07, 2020, 06:34:57 AM »
Last time I was there was probably in November or was empty. And i'm talking in the "dinner time" hours of 6-7pm. A shame

Your first picture reminds me of when DiSalvo's was on the left hand side almost across from the CVS

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Vincenzo Martino (Martino's Grocery)
« on: April 20, 2020, 09:18:17 AM »
That's sad news...I really like that place, been going there since I was a kid. RIP Paisan  :-\

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