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This was a fortunate 3-photo stitch:

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50 Main

1-4. The first picture was taken on October 24 and the rest on November 26. Pic #2 was supposed to look as good as Pic #1, but it's got an unfortunate glitch in the middle of it. #3's a little straighter and #4 is passable.

153 Main (from 9-29)

5. This is where the furniture store fire was last year. I heard a rumor that someone wants to buy this space and all the stores on that side of Main up to Mercer St so that another huge building - just like the one across the street at 150-170 Main - can be built. Anyone know if that's true?

210 Main

6,7. These were taken on 10-24 and 11-26 in the back (Moore St side). What's being built there?

8. Looking inside the back door of 210 Main

Current on River

9. The SE corner of the project on 10-24

10. The SW corner of the project on 11-26

The Record

11. Still pushing around dirt at 150 River St

The Hackensack Bus Terminal

12,13. While shooting the demolition at 133 River (white wall on the right), I thought I should take a couple of shots of the Terminal before it becomes another demo project. This place has more pigeons than passengers (but no passenger pigeons - they're extinct).

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These images were taken on September 29, October 24 and November 26:

1. Comparison of the first two dates' progress: two more floors.

2. The 9-29 view from the tracks on Main

3. And now, the view of Enlightenment Giving Power is gone.

4-6. Other 10-24-19 views

7. The view down closed Main St from Mercer

8-11. Various views from Mercer St of cranes, the cement pumper and an airplane

12. Consecutive photos of the same load with changing bottom reflection colors based on what covers the building's exterior at different heights

13. Different load - and crane and the load are pure heavy metal.

14. The view up Moore St

15. Why Main St was closed

16. Could be a fan-shaped custom guitar, but more likely it's the just-poured-cement-floor-smoother-outer we saw in the 395 Main thread (may not be its technical name).

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These are two interesting things I videod while taking stills around the building on 10-24:

Hackensack Discussion / Free holiday parking on Main St from M&C
« on: December 08, 2019, 04:35:45 PM »
Begins tomorrow and runs through Christmas Day. It says "Anderson St" too, but unless meters have been installed since I last parked there, there are none in the business section of the street.

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While I was doing a projects shoot, I happened to come across this one going on at 133 River St, right across from where The Record building was. This was a Bergen County administrative building that housed the Probation Department and was right next door to the Hackensack Bus Terminal.

In the background of the second image, you can see other equipment working on The Record site. The last stitch has a weird glitch in it.

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Hackensack Discussion / Charlie strikes again............bigly!
« on: December 02, 2019, 01:33:03 PM »
TWO inches long! Imagine what kind of damage that would have done!

(BTW.........I had to use "bigly" in the title to keep the connection with the previously-mentioned red hats.)

Click to enlarge big enough to choke a horse:

You need a break from all the projects updates (more of which I'll be posting soon). While I was out shooting construction at those sites in and around Main St last Tuesday morning, I also shot some unrelated interesting things.

1,2. I was fortunate to see this photo op at The Green when I was shooting the 50 Main site. Dunno who the gentleman is, but he was cooperative and posed. The second shot shows what he was doing there. I didn't get his information, so if anyone knows him, please let him know about these pix.

3. This is the first I've seen or heard about this place, so this doesn't look like Hackensack to me (yet). The name makes it sound like a fun place, but when half of the "enticements" appear to be cigars and hookahs, I think I'll pass.

4. Cleaning your nails (I'm guessing that's what he's doing) before lunch is always a good idea.

5. This is the first time I've seen bikes in the Fourth Watch lot.

6. Interesting-looking barbershop..............

7. These were scattered in front of some electronics(?) store on the west side of Main St, just south of Salem.

8-11. "Oh, look! Balloons! I have a sudden urge to buy a car!"  (Does that really work?)

Click to inflate.

I hope my watermark doesn't get pooped on.

Hopefully, that's not the holiday bird you have in your oven, but in any event, Happy Thanksgiving!

...besides for the fact that the street is too narrow for trees, it is scratching the crap out of every truck that comes in contact with them....

I just happened to be walking on Main St by E. Salem today and  - lo and behold -  a truck on E. Salem just happened to be stopped at the light. I just happened to have my camera with me and took a picture of the tree branches that just happened to be resting against the side of the truck.

The second picture shows the tree I photographed last week when it was being planted in front of the YMCA. The camera was held at eye level.

I'm now slightly less concerned about trucks getting scratched and more worried about corneas being scratched or eyeballs being popped out.

This project - and the type of tree selected - doesn't seem to have a ton of thought behind it. Somebody's gonna get hurt.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: November 25, 2019, 01:01:06 PM »
This is REALLY stupid.

If you look at last Saturday's "Dear Abby" column in The Record, you might see something you've never seen before. Who could make such an idiotic mistake?

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Hackensack Discussion / Fourth Watch Motorcycle Club on Moore St
« on: November 22, 2019, 03:56:34 PM »
1. Ever noticed this fenced-in building on Moore St?

2. Or this sign in front? Sounds slightly ominous, but they're all good guys (and girls).

About the Fourth Watch: The primary goal of this club is to share the common interest of motorcycling while developing a bond between law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics/EMTs and military personnel. Our members are both career and/or volunteer. ​We wish to remember the legacy of our fallen colleagues and assist our brothers and sisters in their time of need through fundraising and other activities.

3. Interested? Head for the monthly open house.

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1. The hole in Anderson St

2,3. The cement pumper from Anderson St and from Maple Ave


4. The temporary Anderson St patch

5. Oooo - art! (maybe)

6. Movin' on up


7. Anderson St stitch


8. From my living room

9. One more floor before Holy Trinity Church vanishes

10. Stitch from neighbor's parking lot

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Well, I thought we were done with this crew, but a day after I made the previous post:

1. This truck showed up with about 20 baby trees (and an oil-burning Cat)..........

2,3. ........and started occupying more spaces - this time on the western edge of the E lot, right under my window.

4. The trees were taken one by one, probably to Main St.

5. The loooooooong truck that brought them here backed out of the E lot and wound up facing the wrong way on one-way Ward St. It inched forward until oncoming cars wouldn't let it get through and it wound up having to back up to Union St and somehow turn around.

6. I decided to go to where I thought the trees' final destination was and - sure enough - I saw all these scrawny-looking things poking out of new Main St sidewalks between Passaic and Ward streets. Anyone have any idea what kind of trees these are and what they might eventually look like when they're untied and grown up?

7,8. They happened to be in the process of planting a tree right across the street in front of the YMCA when I was there.

9. On my way back home, I got a sunlit shot of a bunch of the remaining trees.

10. Later, I saw that they added a pile of dirt.

11. Three days later, they added a container of dirt to more spaces - this time about 30-40 feet to the east of the trees.

12. The same day, a lazy dirt hauler ignored the one-way signs on Ward St to take a shortcut, but managed to be overshadowed, stupidity-wise, by a New York driver who not only ignored the parking-within-six-inches-from-a-curb rule, but did so in front of a DRIVEWAY.

13. Here's what the spaces looked like after they removed the last tree (but not the dirt). They're still parking vehicles there overnight.

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