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Hackensack Discussion / New Year's Eve OVER Times Square, 1989
« on: August 04, 2018, 08:35:19 PM »
Do you watch the ball fall on New Year's Eve on TV?

A different angle (14 floors above Dick Clark): https://iaintjustmusic.bobleafe.com/?p=6433



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Hackensack Discussion / We don't want the rain to get wet
« on: August 04, 2018, 01:27:00 PM »
Why do we get Nixle notices from the Hackensack Office of Emergency Management when we've had pouring rain for days on end saying that "...Carver Park Splash Pad and Polifly Park Splash Pad are closed due to the inclement weather"?

Who is disappointed by this news? How many people did they expect to show up on rain-soaked days? What's the emergency?


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I couldn't initially read what this apparent musician was giving away yesterday - all I could see was "Free" - until he and the assembled multitude moved to the stage area for the sold-out concert.

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Hackensack History / Demolition of The Record building
« on: July 30, 2018, 03:42:07 PM »
https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/hackensack/2018/07/30/former-headquarters-record-newspaper-slated-demolition/783066002/


It's not scheduled to begin until September, but whenever it does, if anyone gets any decent shots, posterity asks that you kindly post them here.






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I saw the W.B. Mason truck blocking Ward St and noticed that there was no one in the driver's seat and took a picture. No sooner had I done that when an even bigger truck - without honking and waiting to see if the driver came out of the building - just drove right onto the sidewalk and around W.B.'s right side. He was more on the sidewalk than he was on the road and was still on the sidewalk as he passed the entrance to residential 22 Ward.

As you can see in the last picture, there was plenty of room to park in the parking lot of the building to which W.B. was delivering, so all this could have been avoided if he made the effort to park lawfully.

If these "driving" exhibitions annoy anyone in the HPD, I can't give you W.B.'s plate number because ANOTHER unlawfully-parked vehicle blocks it, but the delivery occurred at 3:03pm on July 20. Sidewalk Sam's truck, however, has lots of info on it.

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I saw this guy walk across the E lot, then walk on a sidewalk and finally cross the street - all with his left index finger firmly implanted in his left ear.

No press releases were handed out, so I can't tell you why.


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From my apartment, I saw this in the parking lot behind my building yesterday. It was about a half-block away and 7 floors down, so the pix are small.

From what I could tell, a fish crow got a letter, couldn't open it and a sharper-beaked friend stepped/flew in to help.

Normal neighborhood stuff................






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...to say, "Always expect a train".

Always expect me to say, "Click to enlarge".




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Hackensack Discussion / Weed Manna
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:51:04 AM »
I found this in a pile of papers that were mostly from the late 1990s. I don't recall ever seeing it before and I don't quite get its "logic".



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Well, it only took about 9 hours, but it's done. QuickTime's seamstress apparently doesn't like my new OS and other upgrades and took FOREVER to sew various combinations of a dozen video pieces together.

What else can I gripe about? Oh yeah - as I mentioned in the stills post, Hackensack started the show early, so I missed the opening barrage while still setting up. The finale was VERY short............I'm not even sure I got it on video, so I feel gypped on both ends.

Usually after a great finale, I can hear the Foschini Park crowd - from my living room (a good distance away) - immediately and enthusiastically cheering. After this abbreviated finale, I listened for it and barely heard a thing. Maybe the crowd was as stunned as I was.

As I wrote on the YouTube page, here are some of the other goodies in this video:

- a not-nearby baby yelling
- the autofocus bouncing in and out
- cheap fireworks that were going off downstairs
- car alarms
- an ice cream truck that was too dark to make out and that I failed to verbally identify (it had been playing ice cream truck music)
- Hackensack after-show traffic honking horns during a Macy's segment

Other than all that, everything was peachy.

Be sure to hit the full-screen option. Viewing it on this too-brightly-backgrounded page makes everything way too dark.






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HACKENSACK

Finally, some GOOD fireworks (although they didn't wait until the advertised 9:15pm to start, so I missed a few while setting up).

I wish the second burst was the one that went off when I took the first shot, which - by the way - will look quite different next year when a 5-story building fills the 389 Main hole. BTW - I noticed that all bursts were above the horizon from my perspective, so I should still be able to see all of the Hackensack display.

The last shot is the offspring of the two that precede it.


MACY'S

Given the hazy sky, this was an unexpected surprise.............for a while. As you can see, it started off nicely, but then it appeared that so much smoke accumulated that only the tops of the huge barge bursts could be seen from this angle.


LEONIA

I thought I had missed them when I was concentrating on Hackensack's, but it turns out that they didn't even start until around 10pm - well after Hackensack's were over. They almost lined up with Fort Lee's The Modern 1 & 2 towers. I like the last one because it looks like the towers are about to be rolled over by a giant ball of fireflies (instead of fireworks).


MEADOWLANDS FAIR

The last shot shows a new ride at the Fair this year that flies you over the fireworks for around 600 bucks a pop.


All images are ęBob Leafe and were photographed from my living room except for the Meadowlands Fair, which I shot from my roof.

I DID make a video, but that'll take a day or two to put together.


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The pix:

Maywood (7) - 7-2-18

Saddle Brook? (1) - 7-3-18

No idea where [8] - 7-3-18

Meadowlands Fair (1) - 7-3-18

First shot includes 29 Linden. Eighth shot (which I think is Saddle Brook) shows Hackensack apartment buildings in the vicinity of Passaic and Prospect. The "No idea" shots were not nearby and were north of me. Many show a thin cloud at or below their level - probably non-dispersed smoke from previous exploding fireworks. They looked more interesting than Saddle Brook's (or whatever town it was), so I stuck with them. The fifth from the last image looks like a comet with exploding sprinkles on it.

All were done by 9:45 - 10:00pm, except for the ones from the Fair, which started at around 11pm (as they probably will tonight).

Overall, the various towns' displays have been somewhat disappointing, compared with previous years, so I'm expecting big things from the hometown tonight. I think Leonia might be in the frame simultaneously. It'll probably be too cloudy to shoot the Macy's fireworks from here tonight.

This will be my last year of having unobstructed views of the Hackensack fireworks from home. The 5-story 389 Main St project will be completed before next July 4. I'll still be able to see most of the good parts. Hopefully, the building's exterior won't be all lit up.

I think I'll try to make a flick tonight in addition to stills since it won't look the same  - or as good - next year.


All shot from my roof.



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Lodi (3) - 6-29-18

? (2) - 6-30-18

Paramus (9) 7-1-18

All shot from my roof.


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I had seen this woman walking north on where Railroad Ave would be if it extended to Anderson St. From half a parking lot away, I noticed some unusual headgear, but before I could get a shot to identify it, she reached Anderson St and vanished.

A bit later, she returned and took the same route south. Her "hat" was a graduation cap, complete with tassel.............maybe from HHS?

Definitely an interesting (and matching) look that I can't recall ever seeing in town after graduation day.


And if you're wondering why I was taking pictures in the Rite Aid parking lot on Monday afternoon, I was waiting for my laundry to finish at the laundromat.





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Not really, but this photo makes it look like the HFD was participating in the "event" one day last month.

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