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Hackensack Videos / Snow Nudge at 395 Main
« on: March 23, 2018, 03:15:00 PM »
If the waving arms inside the smaller vehicle are any indication, that guy's not too happy.

1. I can't help but wonder if there's any connection between the sign and, containers.

2. These ladies probably won't be able to use those containers.

3. Maybe they're familiar with the front entrance of this building.

4. Couldn't the customer or the delivery guy just walk the order over from the Noches de Colombia restaurant on Main St?

5. Slow day for deliveries (or maybe they're walking them over to Ward St)

6. In case anyone hasn't driven on Rt 4 westbound by Forest Ave in Paramus lately, this is what's replacing the Forum Diner.

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Free Classifieds and Announcements / Free upright piano
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:25:36 AM »
Just like Uncle Floyd played on TV (this one's nicer).

Last Monday, I saw something new on the 395 Main rubble pile - a really nice-looking upright piano (see pix) that appears to be in good shape. I spoke with the man in charge there and he said he's trying really hard to give it away so he doesn't have to demolish it next week, when they finish the cleanup. He says it's solid oak, so the scratches on top shouldn't be difficult to fix. It DOES have one broken wheel, but I don't know anything about its internal workings.

He tells me that he'll be placing it close to the State St fence today, so anyone who wants to check it out today or tomorrow (or after) can stroll on over there.

They're working today, but not tomorrow. If anyone knows a group or organization that might want this - assuming it's in decent playing shape - send me a private message through this site and I'll put you in touch with the gentleman. The piano is free, but the recipient will have to lug it home.

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Photography...........the way I see it (Moderated by BLeafe) / Hot wheels
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:56:29 PM »
Hey, Gene! Look what I found on State St!

What's the story?


There's a mention of Richard Nixon in Ridgewood in 1960, but not of his visit to Fort Lee in 1968. Fortunately, my mother took pictures of the event that day from the audience (though not entirely unofficially).

I'm also including a somewhat better version of the Reagan in Wellington Hall AP image.

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From my perspective, 210 Main - the old Bank of America building - is behind, above and somewhat to the right of the Main/E. Camden/Moore project. Aside from a two-pic shot of a wall section being raised, there's not a lot of photographic variety to be had from this distance, so walking around the area was a necessity.

If you look closely at that two-pic shot (first image), you can see someone observing the activity from a bank window - an accidentally-captured link of sorts between the two projects.

The closer shots are pretty self-explanatory with the possile exception of the purple-ish panels atop the bank. Zooming in shows "National Gypsum" branding on each panel, so I guess it's drywall.

The next-to-last image is a two-pic horizontal stitch that has been shrunken down - no scrolling necessary. The bottom section is kind of bowed-out because of the stitch. I have a single shot of the whole building that looks more normal, but I thought this image was more interesting.

Since I started with a double-image, I'm finishing with one as well - different days, different times of day = much different lighting.

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I think I spent the majority of last week editing a couple hundred photos from 4 Hackensack rehab projects that I shot from home (plus a visit to each). It's too unwieldy to keep all these ongoing projects in one thread, so I'm gonna have to give each project its own thread (there is a small previous thread that contains all 4 projects).

After looking at a giant hole on the site of the old Oritani Field Club for the last 9 months, verticality has finally arrived! Different shapes of concrete slabs have been carried through the air by the giant crane and put together up to the 4th or 5th floors. Various sights that I've taken for granted over the last 3 decades are starting to disappear behind them. As of last Wednesday, I can no longer see the red "Bowler City " name over the entrance and traffic on Rt 80 over the river could be the next viewable scene to go.

There are 20 pictures to post now and others will be added as necessary. Dates are under each photo.

1. Last week was pretty cloudy, making the available light situation not so great, so a camera was on a tripod at all times when I shot from my living room, but this first shot with NYC in the background at sunset was one of the better ones.

2. I have no idea what this crane(?) did, but I knew I should get a shot of it while it was fully-extended upward for a short time. It was really puny next to the monster crane.

3. This was my last view of the Bowler City name above the entrance.

4. Later (double-pic), when this piece was installed, that view was gone.

5,6,7.  Two more pieces head for installation (6 and 7 are the same piece).

8. When the sky brightened slightly last Thursday, I headed on over to the site.

9. Earlier at home, I had heard air horns that I thought were coming from the much-nearer Middle School, but when I got to the site, I heard them WAY louder and saw two of them on the ledge of the top floor. A worker told me that they were sounded as a warning when the crane was about to move a large piece.

10. The aforementioned "large piece"...........

11. After I moved from the E. Berry St side to the River St side, I took this picture of what I think was that same large piece.

12,13. About a minute-and-a-half later, River St traffic was stopped so that this rather large delivery could be backed onto the site.

14. Still on River St..............

Staying sequential………….

15. Stitch1 (shrunk down - no scrolling needed)

(Stitch2 was dumped)

16. Stitch3 (E. Camden St side - best stitch of the day - scrolling needed)

17. Stitch4 (E. Camden St side - worst stitch of the day [telephone wires don’t connect] - scrolling needed)

18. Remember the view from Moore St looking north towards the Oritani Field Club? This is what it looked like last Thursday.

19. There’s a driveway that separates the site from the couple of stores on E. Camden that go up to Main St. This is the inside of the first store next to the driveway. Maybe I should open up a “pictures of your building being built” shop there for all the future CurRiv tenants to buy prints from (I’m told they make great holiday gifts!).

20. …and as the sun began to set a couple of hours later……….

Will post the other projects as soon as I can.

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« on: January 27, 2018, 05:47:44 PM »
It's about 8 minutes long and is comprised of 28 segments from 16 small videos. If you would, kindly click on the YouTube icon and watch it there so I can register some views. Thanks.

The first photo shows a previously-unseen side window that was blocked by the rightnextdoor Hanson Real Estate structure that was demolished two days before the window itself was smashed to bits yesterday. It's quite interesting-looking. Too bad this was the only way to preserve it. It's also shown/mentioned/heard in the video of the demolition.

Most of the rest of the images are shown sequentially and can also be seen and heard in the video. Crank it up if you love the sound of breaking glass. NOT in the video are the third-from-the-end closeup of the front steps and handicap ramp that little kids loved to run up and down on and the last image two-photo stitch (scroll horizontally). The next-to-last shot shows what had been the identification canvas that stretched across the front of the building.

All images are ©Bob Leafe.

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Because of photo file size per post limitations, I had to make a separate post.

This crane sat right in the middle of E.Salem St because there was nowhere else to put it.

While I was on Moore St, I noticed some workers at the top of 210 Main - the old bank building (last picture). It's the first time I've seen any workers there.

It was slow driving on Main St in the Salem-Camden area on Thursday (and no driving on E. Salem or Moore St in the same area). I was there to photograph the two giant cranes that were dancing about the construction sites.

Part 1 concerns the HUGE crane that could be seen from all over town and seemed to tower over Manhattan in the view from my apartment, appearing to be ready to pick up the Empire State Building in the first picture.

In the next four pictures, it's preening in front of the well-lit city just after sunset.

The next morning, it's kind of middle-fingering the ESB. That's when I headed over to the Current on River construction site (can't they get a better name?) to shoot this colossus. It's quite impressive fully extended.

The last picture was taken Friday morning when it was in its sleeping position. It hasn't budged since.

Part 2's (next post) crane was two blocks away and caused some of the traffic problems.

Lotsa things flying toward/by the Courthouse in the last few days, including a couple in the last shot that are already out of the frame.

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