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Last night's version (bottom images show part of the next building to the right).

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Hackensack Discussion / Putting off getting your car inspected in Paramus?
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:35:43 AM »
My sticker said "02-20". Fortunately, the state kept extending the deadline. Unfortunately, the line to get in extended up Century Rd every time I attempted it. I'm not sure, but I couldn't find any mention of the deadline being extended past September 30, but I DID find a bar graph showing how busy this station is at different hours of the day.

The last bar (4pm) seemed to be the least busy, but they're only open until 4:30 and since the middle of the month is supposed to be the least busy time of the month, I decided to go last Tuesday - the 15th, aiming for 3:30pm, so I'd only have to wait an hour whether I got in or not.

Good thing I approached it from Rt 17. Just past the station was a ton of construction equipment and the road was blocked off. I didn't see any cars in the street, but I did see a blinking sign that said "Wait Time 3.5 hrs.", How could that be? The line would be halfway up Century Rd. Gotta be BS.

I pulled in and got my ticket immediately at 3:47pm. The line only filled 3/4 of the oval. This is nothing. The only question was whether I'd make it around by 4:30. I took the below stitch at 3:54 at the 1/2-way mark..............looking good.

I took the other picture at 4:11 and was out of there by 4:20 (passed!) with a brand new "02-22" sticker.

So if you've been hesitating to get the car inspected, try this time of day - just don't do it at the end of the month.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 210 Main Street
« on: September 16, 2020, 02:10:01 PM »
Not in person (but I think I know someone here who may have).

You thinking about moving? That listing only showed available units on the 1st, 2nd and 4th floors. If I was gonna spend that kind of money, I'd want to be way upstairs.

This is the only picture of a room I have from that building and it's 9 years old.

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Not being sure if I could be around do this on the final day,  I picked the penultimate day. Maybe picking September 11 to do this wasn't such a good idea.

Nice final impression, Sears, from someone who first shopped there in the 1950s.

You won't be missed.

I shot this project from my apartment through a dirty, unopenable window a block away from July 7 to September 8, 2020. The pictures are in sequence, so you can see what happened every step of the way. There may be more to come. If there's anything else that's significant to see, I'll post it.

Yesterday, I shot 16 little videos of sand infill (light) and ground-up little rubber bits (dark) being sprayed on the field with spreaders. In the stills, you can see big white bags on a truck coming down Union St and then stored in a Middle School parking lot over a month ago. I had no idea what was in them until yesterday. In the video, you'll see the contents (dark) of one of the bags being dumped into one of the spreaders and then sprayed on the field. The last pic is a stitch of 3 pix: pickup>dump>dispose. Click it and start scrolling to see the whole thing.

It wasn't easy editing two months of stills down to 20 - the post's limit - but I think this is a good representation of how an artificial turf field is constructed, as seen through a dirty window one block away and 7 floors up.

Due to the space limitation, the 16-little-videos-into-one video will be in the post that follows this one.

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1-2. Two remaining walkaround shots from end of last post
3-4. Two from home


5-7. Three from Second Reformed Church parking lot


8. Last River St flag shot from home?


9. from home


10-13. Walkaround


14. from Union St
15. from home


16-19. from home

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1-9. Walkaround


10. Hot dog stand?


11. From the Second Reformed Church parking lot


12. Background FDU buildings and a flag that I soon won't see from home anymore


13-20. Another walkaround (a few more from this day will be in the next 435 Main post)

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Hackensack Discussion / Sears Closing sale: attention, big guys
« on: September 03, 2020, 09:53:10 PM »
If you're a large gentleman (size 12 or 13 shoe, 3XL jacket), get over to Sears' closing sale. I found a beautiful pair of work/winter boots and a sharp almost-leather jacket that would have cost me a total of less than $40, had I been those sizes.

Hackensack Discussion / Iconic Sears closing in Hackensack, NJ (Part 2)
« on: September 02, 2020, 01:55:58 PM »

1. The Union and Passaic streets intersection was a mess when the traffic lights were out.

2,3. A new dental office is opening between Union and Main right across from the 435 Main project.

4. Main St is a mess.

5. Lotsa red, but no smoke or fire.

6. Great name for a Black-owned business and the reviews all look good.

7. Business is slow for Geo's, located by the tracks.

8. You thought the new pipes on Main St were for water? Nah - they bring a steady flow of shovels, picks and other implements of destruction.

9. I think these drills are on their way to the new dental office on Anderson St.

10. Ever see so many crushed bottle containers?

11. If the sign on the door's too small to read, this is where Hackensack's center for crushed bottles is located. Dancers, beware!

12. These city-owned traffic cones are sitting on E. Camden St by the library. Oops!

13. Chicken Supreme on River St has apparently already gone out of business.

14. Bruce the Bed King has finally been boarded up.

15. The new and the old at Main and Anderson - BTW, early information said that Sears would be closing on September 12. More recently, I'm hearing it may be this Wednesday, September 2. Hurry over and add to the mayhem.

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Time to start catching up..........

(All images are dated - click to enlarge horizontals)

So I'm over two months behind, but the good news is that things are slowing down externally. It shouldn't take too long to catch up.


1,2. No idea what's going on in either picture.


3. Ladder giveaway day........


4,5. Dancing and enjoying the scenery (I feel like I'm intruding on a private moment).


6. Decorating the gym for prom night..........


7,8,9,10. North and south views on State St and Main St


11. Prepping State St entrance


12. East view on Ward St

13. Ward St-side broken window from last year still not fixed

14. South view on Main St

15. My back is to Passaic St

16. North view on State

17. South view from State St entrance

18. Newly-constructed rainbow


19. I was waiting for him to drop something, but he never did.

20. New sidewalk at State St entrance

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13 weeks later

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