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JUNE 2019

These images and stitches were taken during three walkarounds this month from :

- My roof (a leftover from April 30)

- the site's western border next to/behind garden apartments on Anderson St

- Maple Ave

- Main St

- a flipped mirror-image taken while playing in traffic on Anderson St

Check out the dapper dude in the last picture - his control box is remotely working the arm of the cement crane.

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Currently, the sidewalk activity is confined to the east side of Main St in NOPASS (NOrth of PASSaic St) - specifically, between Passaic and Anderson).


Late that Friday afternoon, I noticed something unusual: some kind on monster saw vehicle being unloaded in front of 22 Ward, backed into the E municipal parking lot and parked across two spaces. Why was THAT thing there? I remembered meeting some surveyors in that lot a month or so prior. They told me they thought that the city planned on doing a major overhaul of the lot - something it really needs.


The next day, I took some pictures before the lot overhaul started.


By Monday, the vehicle was gone and no lot overhaul was begun.


A whole series of metered spaces closest to State St on the southern side of the lot was commandeered by a crew who dumped piles of crushed stone and left lots of construction equipment in those spaces. All this was right across the street from the entrance to the 389 Main site, but there didn't appear to be any connection between the two.

That was confirmed whenever any trucks came into that area of the lot, picked up or dropped off something and then headed south on State St.

I was walking up Passaic St from River St when I came upon the dug-up sidewalk in front of the YMCA and other businesses on that block - a project I hadn't heard about. I showed workers a picture of the saw vehicle and asked if that had dug up the sidewalks. It had.

It all started to make sense now. There really was no other place nearby to store piles of stone and needed vehicles other than the E lot - they just had to go around the block every time they needed something.


I went to Main & Ward to shoot some 389 Main images and saw that the sidewalk work had gotten started as far north as Ward. Back home, I took a couple of shots of the storage area and also made a video showing a truckload of stone being dumped.


This is a video of a small track vehicle clattering its way slowly down State St to go around the block to the sidewalks site.


At the storage area, a delivery of 15 space creatures was made. I have no idea what they are, but I'll bet somebody here does.............


We wrap up today's post the same way we started it (what's with this "we" stuff?): with the saw vehicle - this time, heading home. Had I known it was working that day, I would have headed right over to Main St. I'd like to see what this thing looks like in action.

More to follow.........

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The five floors are finished on the State St side, but Main St has three more floors to go.


I started taking pictures of people framed by red window tape. This is two shots of what I think this is the same guy.


1. The first windows on the State St side

2. While glass is what's happening on State, wood still rules on Main. ARBEC makes OSB (oriented strand board) panels. OSB and plywood are competitors.

3. View from the Passaic St side

4. The back ends of some trucks make interesting pictures.

5. The super-tall crane is done for the day and is shrinking down to size. A minute later, it was not visible.

6. Free ad for Ply Gem windows


1. Between the 3rd and 4th floors

2. It's hard to get TWO of them hanging outside of the windows at the same time, let alone 3..............

3. At the corner of Main and Ward


1. I took this from the NE corner of Main and Anderson (by Sears). It's kind of nice-looking..........

2. This is 2 stories of retail space at the corner of Main and Ward. Maybe I should lease it and sell my "before" pictures to the tenants.  ;-)

3. I saw this looking up on the Ward St side. Other than that, I have no comment.

4-8. Fun with color and composition as I walked around the corner from Ward to State. #8 shows what's going on where from the inside: wood in the front and glass in back.

9. The bucket rests its head on a wooden pillow.

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6-10-19 to 6-12-19

In the sixth shot, it looks like the building height might not be enough to block those blinding (at night) Foschini field lights.


It's interesting to watch someone using the controls in the bucket to drive the street vehicle section.


The bucket dodges the 165 bus, a festive balloon rises on River St, cutting up on the roof, uploading wood to the bucket, sticking his head out on the 3rd-floor corner, climbing from the roof into the bucket (stitch), putting that uploaded wood to good use.

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I went through a 29-year-old VHS tape and found a video I shot on my full-size camcorder on the roof. It shows a mockingbird parked on an old TV antenna and he's singing (assuming it's a "he"). In the background, you can hear the sound of another mockingbird (or the same bird, as I imply in my comments) that I recorded on tape the year before. I'm playing it to see if the visible bird responds to it.

Boy, did he ever! In some parts he repeats what he hears. In others, he adds to it. In still yet others, it sounds like he's making suggestions that don't get reciprocated. In any event, he seems to be transfixed on this unseen bird. I like when he appears to tilt his head to listen.

The tape is pretty shaky because I've got a monster 500mm lens attached to the camcorder so I can zoom in on his head  - specifically, his beak - and I'm trying to follow his head as I try to balance this unit on my shoulder, but after I take the lens off near the end, it's better.

I don't get to engage in avian experiments very often, so I found this one fascinating and I'm glad I found it.

BTW - I played the VHS tape onto a large-screen TV and video'd that with my little digital camera.

3 Fives and 17 Flubs (and I'm not including the SUPER flub that was recently in the Obituary pages where one deceased gentleman's last name was changed to the town he lived in.....that poor family!):

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Looks like a '66

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I saw this bird on the Hackensack River Walkway near the Rothman Center at FDU-Hackensack. It refused to stay on the same side of the tree as me - even when it was 20-25' up, but I'm fairly persistent.

I had never gotten a chance to photograph this woodpecker before. I wasn't sure what kind of woodpecker it was until I got home, looked it up and confirmed it with The Record's bird writer, Jim Wright.

I'm not even sure I'd ever heard of a Northern Flicker before.

1. I went back to the FDU pedestrian bridge on Friday, starting on the Teaneck side.

2. The walking surface is now gone, but the old supports appear to be staying.

3,4. The rescue craft isn't in the water, so these guys are in big danger.

5,6,7. First look at the new components of the bridge

8. When no one was looking, I "borrowed" the boat and zipped over to the Hackensack side to take this picture (and if you believe THAT................).

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6-3-19 (3)

1. As seen from Johnson Park

2. Out with the old, in with the new

3. Sunset

6-5-19 (3)

1-3. Loads

6-6-19 (2)

1-2. What they did with those loads


1-3. More of the same.

6-8-19 (9)

1-9. Walkaround and from home (last one is a stitch)

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Hackensack Discussion / Speaking of clean communities.........
« on: June 13, 2019, 10:00:17 AM »
The Hackensack Mourning Dove Rest Room Arch is in need of a cleansing rain.

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On June 3, I saw yet another tall crane in town, but it wasn't along Main St. I wasn't sure exactly where it was.

I went out for a walk along the Hackensack River Walkway in Johnson Park and FDU and suddenly came upon it. Oh yeah - the scheduled summer replacement of the FDU pedestrian bridge! Not being in summer mode, I had forgotten all about it.

Shooting through the fence, I could see that the side railings were gone and the bridge's walkway was kind of chewed up. Just south of the bridge, a worker sat in a small boat, but I'm not sure why.

Continuing my walk up to Route 4, there was one opening where I could get  a flip-side shot of the crane and on the way back, I shot a stitch of most of the original bridge.

From what I can see from home, the crane's still there, although in a different position. I really need to get back there soon to follow the progression.

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Those 5s - they're just so darn helpful! How else would you know what to watch, what to take away, what to know, how to mark D-Day and those all-important restaurant openings you missed?

The flubs speak for themselves...................unfortunately.

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