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Hackensack Discussion / Bischoff's goes high-tech (if this was the '70s)
« on: February 17, 2019, 01:08:12 PM »

I once worked there with this guy's mother.

When the sun sets behind a building and it's snowing slightly, the rays that get by either side of that building have something in the air to illuminate: the snow. Normally, there's nothing there but air, so it doesn't look like this. The high-rises were already slightly obscured because of the snow between them and my location and the rays that aren't blocked by the buildings are just lighting up that snow.

You may be able to see a few flakes in the center-tree area that's not illuminated.

Click to illarginate (bigger, but not brighter).

I thought I heard something resembling fireworks last night - even with the windows closed. Sure enough, I could see something in the vicinity of Midtown Manhattan. I think all the buildings shown are new ones in the Jersey City area.

Here's all the info: and a GREAT picture.

I wish I was in Weehawken last night, especially if I could have gotten shots like that.

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I've never seen (or heard) as many fish crows as I did today at Foschini. Knowing a tiny bit about them, I'll bet they never got a permit from the city.

It's probably a pre-Super Bowl party and since they're so annoying, I know what team they're fans of.

Crank it up to hear all the profane cheers.

I took this about 40 minutes ago.

Haven't seen one like this in a while.

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Two-parter: "If you sports-bet using your phone, you'll get hit by a train."

(unrelated note: these pix were taken 6 minutes apart during a quick run to Rite-Aid. I had to wait for a train in both directions.....might as well take pictures while I wait, right?)

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Hackensack Videos / Today's snow squall
« on: January 30, 2019, 08:55:40 PM »


Kazmier Wysocki, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the age of 99 years.

Born in Harrison, he lived most of his life in Hackensack. He was a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He did graduate study at Columbia University in New York and was a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New Jersey . Prior to retiring, he was partner with his son Peter, in Progressive Machine Company, a family business operation for 100 years. He was also President of PMC Industries, an affiliate company, which manufactures automatic packaging machinery, which are sold worldwide. He was the holder of of many patents and designs of such machines.

Mr. Wysocki served as a three term Mayor for the City of Hackensack from 1961-1977. He also served as Chairman of the Hackensack Housing Authority, Hackensack Board of Education, Chairman of the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce. Former trustee of Bergen Community College, Chairman of the Friendship House, Governor's representative on Board of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, US State Department Delegate to International Trade Fair in Poland, Member of the National Committee on Community Development, and the Bergen County Republican Mayors Association.

He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, NJ Society of Professional Engineers, Packaging Professional Institute, Polish- American Congress, Sons of Poland, Kosciuszko Foundation, Polish University Club, and the Polish Institute of Arts and Science and collected Polish historical coins, art works and other memorabilia. A collector and restorer of vintage automobiles, he was a member of the Electric Auto Association, Micro and Mini Car Club and D A F Owners Club.

Mr. Wysocki was also instrumental in bringing the USS Ling to Hackensack . Mr. Wysocki was a member and Past President from 1947-1965 of the Hackensack Kiwanis Club.

Beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Witkewics) who died in 2017. Devoted father of Peter Wysocki and his wife Nancy of Haworth, and Suzan Altenkirch of Corpus Christi , Texas . Loving grandfather of Christian and his wife Erika, Elizabeth, Peter and Andrew.

The funeral service on Friday, February 1st , at the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Home, 397 Union Street , Hackensack , at 11:00 AM, Rev. Steven McClelland officiating with burial following at Hackensack Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 PM. To send condolences, directions, or further information visit

It was SO frickin' cold on the roof last night and SO hard to get these shots that I had to stop 8 minutes before the eclipse was full at 11:41pm. The moon was directly overhead, which made it difficult to use the tripod..........or even see the screen. I snapped the handle off the tripod trying to get it to bend all the way back.

But the cold........oh my God! The temp was 12, the winds were about 30 mph and the wind chill was 5. Even with a glove on with the index fingertip cut off so I could maintain the focal pressure on the shutter, it was nearly impossible. I couldn't feel my fingertip and thought it might be getting frostbit or frozen to the metal shutter button.

But I did get some semblance of what transpired over the course of an hour (and I was NOT outside the whole timeI may be dedicated, but Im not insane).

And I have no idea why the middle two images show a smaller moon. I thought I maxed out the zoom constantly.

Lets hope for warmer weather when it happens again in 2022.

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Hackensack Videos / My leftover video scraps from 2018
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:45:00 PM »
These are 17(?) little things I shot in 2018, put in a folder and never found a use for, except to combine them all just for the hell of it.

They range from 5 seconds to 1:22 minutes each and the whole thing runs just under 8 minutes.

It may be my best work ever.

Fortunately, no noise was involved..........

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This was pure luck. Last Thursday, I saw this kestrel right outside my window sitting in a tree 6 floors up. I've featured kestrels before on this site, but never this close. Kestrels - members of the falcon family - are raptors, just like hawks and eagles..............they tear their prey apart with their hooked beaks.

The difference is that the kestrel is about the size of a robin. It's the tiniest raptor - and maybe the cutest.

His (I'm pretty sure it's a male) back faced me throughout, but he managed to keep a constant eye or two on me, thanks to his ability to rotate his head 180 degrees.

I'd be surprised if I ever get better kestrel shots from my living room again.

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Hackensack Discussion / Avoid "ROAD"!
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:31:46 PM »
Another detailed notice from the Hackensack OEM - avoid this area at all costs!

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