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This year's version was a little more solemn and a lot smaller. Gone were all the fake animals, the dancing, costumed whatever-they-weres and the jumpy accordion music. The confusing clash of sounds (the front party atmosphere mixed with the almost-funereal rear group's vocals/music) was also absent. This year was clearer and more concise.

I stuck to shooting from the roof and it only took about 11 or 12 minutes - with stops - from when they approached Union St from Passaic St, made the left turn and then exited Union onto Anderson St to continue on to Holy Trinity Church.

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Hackensack Discussion / A stain on our station.........
« on: December 29, 2018, 03:35:29 PM » what the wood on the Anderson St Station needs. After 4 1/2 years, it looks horrible.

Is this something that New Jersey Transit would take care of?

Hackensack Discussion / Santa brings salt to E. Kansas St.
« on: December 27, 2018, 04:47:03 PM »
(and a second shed - on the left):

1. June 2018 photo: Google

2. Christmas Day, 2018

I guess it's better than getting coal..........the DPW must have been good this year.

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Hackensack Videos / Church leaves in garbage trucks
« on: December 19, 2018, 03:10:24 PM »
This begins with a .gif file that I first converted to a .mov file and then combined with another .mov file.

The landscaper of the church next door to me had a very methodical way of collecting and dumping half a dozen large loads of leaves from the property. The first 7 stills show one dump trip and the 8th still shows how many of those trips he made.

The rest is a video of the pickup 6 days later into a garbage truck.

Especially if you're in the Hackensack Market area:

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Might be a nice shot when the project's finished.

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On Wednesday, December 5, they finally started blocking off the sidewalks on the Main St, Anderson St and Maple Ave sides of the building and left no gaps in the fence-covering for photos. Fortunately, I can see what's going on in the back from my roof - 7 floors up - though it's a bit chilly up there lately.

The next day, demolition started. I had taken a shot of the Anderson St side of the fence-covering in the morning, but by the time I went out to do the ground-level shots, I noticed that the image of the new building in the covering -  which had been well down from Main St in the morning - had been moved much closer to Main by the afternoon. Better optics, I guess. Plus, there's a more captive audience stopped at the light as you get closer to Main.

Since I can't be on the roof on the other side of my building all day, I'm only going to be able to get bits of pieces of the demolition process, unlike the 389 Main project, which is straight out from my living room window, so I'm going to miss segments of the 435 Main progress.

I probably won't get over to Maple Ave much, so I made sure to get over there on the first day to shoot a stitch. It wasn't an easy one because I had to hold the camera above my head to clear the fence-covering. It's a pain to try to line up side-by-side shots in that situation.

On the far right of the stitch is the yellow-bricked former Holy Trinity School - the alma mater of Editor, me and many members of this site. I noticed that my current residence is also in the picture, so I took the last shot, which shows an angle I never saw before of the garden apartments of Anderson St, the Second Reformed Church, the top of my building behind it and the First Presbyterian Church's steeple.

Going back to the stitch, I can see that I’ve come a long way in 60 years…………….. 2 blocks!

From Wikipedia: A waypoint is an intermediate point or place on a route or line of travel, a stopping point or point at which course is changed......waypoints most often consist of a series of abstract GPS points that create artificial airways—"highways in the sky"—created specifically for purposes of air navigation that have no clear connection to features of the real world.

So the residents of this building can claim they live in the middle of something that has no connection to the real world? I guess that makes sense. After all, Sears is right across the street and they're in a similar situation..

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...but apparently not great for Johnnie, who's behind by two lengths.

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1. Stamping out a love/don't love message in the snow to someone or something.

2. Part of the multi-county parking lot: State St from Main/Ward to State/Berry hardly moved at all. I'm sure it was like that all over town. (The middle of the 5 images is out of focus)

3,4. The morning after: the clouds begin to rise and reveal Midtown's skyscrapers and the sun lights up and melts stuff.

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Hackensack Discussion / "Pupuseria"?
« on: November 13, 2018, 11:43:00 AM »
I was on E. Salem, stopped at the light on Main, saw this sign I had never seen before, took a quick shot and googled "pupuseria" when I got home.

A pupuseria is where pupusas are sold.

The pupusa is a popular El Salvadoran dish made of a thick, corn tortilla filled with anything from meats to cheeses to refried beans to pork rinds. Pupusas can be purchased from pupuserias, as well as streetside vendors. Pupusas are also found in certain areas of Guatemala and Honduras.

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The Christmas wreaths were installed along Main St today. The truck is pulling a trailer that had been filled with them, but there only a few left as it approaches Ward St. An assistant wraps the garland around the pole.

The steel beams tell you that I won't be able to take the first shot shot ever again from home. MAYBE the second shot will still be there, since it's right near the edge of the new building.

Since they reconfigured the lanes just north of Passaic St, a large amount of water collected at the driveway entrance (on State) to 40 Passaic St every time it rained and never drained.

Daredevil kids would cautiously cross it (they could have easily walked around it), as you can see in the below sequence.

Yesterday, it got fixed. The street was ripped up and dug out for new pipes and a drain, which is shown sitting on the street on the far right of the last pic.

It's installed now and that should be the end of that.

Big news day, huh?

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Hackensack Discussion / WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T FORGET..............
« on: November 05, 2018, 03:40:16 PM »

All that jive you hear every mid-term that THIS one is the most important one of your life is finally true!

And don't overlook the Hackensack-only Municipal Question about establishing  a Municipal Open Space, Recreation and HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRUST FUND!! (personal emphasis on that last part - see ballot question below)

How many times has someone here mentioned saving and preserving some part of an historic building that has just been torn down, only to be told there's no money for it and nowhere to put it?

Passage of this referendum could provide the opportunity to change that.

Click to enlarge and vote in favor of preserving our history.

Hackensack Discussion / A Century of Progress (?)
« on: November 02, 2018, 05:00:50 PM »

(re 1920 Hudson River trains)

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