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12-11-18 (1-9)

This was fun, sitting in my living room and taking pictures of huge steel beams flying over the 389 Main St project - sometimes 3 at a time - courtesy of the massive 110-ton crane and then seeing the workers become beam-walkers. The fifth shot looks like a DWI test.

12-12-18 (10-20)

But what I really wanted to shoot was the flying beams from on-site and on the sun side, so I did that on this day right after shooting brick walls being knocked down just up the street at the Holman's/435 Main Site. It was like when I used to shoot heavy metal shows 30 years ago - lots of  noise, lots of "danger".

Every once in a while, I like to try to see if I still have my concert timing. I noticed (next-to-last shot) that the worker was catching something small thrown from below multiple times. In the last shot, I zoomed in and you can see exactly what it was.

Timing intact!

Click to enlarge most of the images.

These were all taken on one interesting morning a couple of weeks ago:

1,2. Two from home

3. I've posted part of this here before, but not the whole scene.

4. I don't think I've gotten this angle before, but I'm glad I got it here.

5. On the pedestrian bridge between the Teaneck and Hackensack FDU campuses

6. The Current on River project from the river at almost looks on the river.

7. From the river walkway near the northern end of Johnson Park

8. I've posted part of the same sign that's by the tracks - this is the whole sign on Main St facing Sears.

9. This is a stitch of the Hackensack River taken from FDU.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Holman/Waypoint project (435 Main St)
« on: December 15, 2018, 04:41:34 PM »
I wondered about that too, because the Family Dollar cashier is in that nearest corner, but subsequent photos from my roof showed no bricks or other debris on the Familly Dollar roof. There was a cop stationed at Main and Maple, so maybe he cleared them from that corner at that moment................or............maybe not.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Signs around the city
« on: December 15, 2018, 01:00:02 PM »
If this was done by a vehicle on Union St, it would be leaning to either the right or left. If the vehicle was on one-way Ward St, it would be leaning backward.

So how..................?

Especially if you're in the Hackensack Market area:

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If I had to guess, I'd say it's because all of these projects are in the rehabilitation zone declared by the city in 2011 (see,2008.0.html).

Perhaps the Editor can flesh that out.

11-20-18 (2)

11-21-18 (1)

After taking a bucket of concrete from the tub, he pours it into the concrete blocks.

11-22-18 (3)

11-24-18 (1)

11-27-18 (1)

11-28-18 (1)

12-1-18 (3)

Drops off two, picks up one and cleans muddy track marks off the street.

12-4-18 (1)

Backing a load of steel beams onto the site (1 of 3 loads that day)

12-7-18 (1)

The biggest crane yet for this project - 110 tons - joins the 3 loads of steel beams. which will horizontally connect those standing beams on the left beginning in 3 days.

12-9-18 (2)

1. My Sunday walkaround: Closeup of the unextended crane and...

2. …a photostitch that includes the 3 beamloads, the crane and the to-be-connected vertical beams.

12-10-18 (4)

1. The fully-extended crane has just unloaded the 3 beamloads and placed them on the ground in neat piles.

2. The on-site side view

3,4. The first beam gets placed and the second one arrives.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Holman/Waypoint project (435 Main St)
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:35:51 PM »
12-7-18 (1-7)

12-10-18 (8-9)

12-12-18 (10-20)

9:03am - On my roof taking pictures of the Holman site from the back end

9:33am - Nixel notice comes in about Main St being closed at Maple for an hour. I know what that means.

9:34am - Back on the roof to verify activity and saw a bite taken out of the brick wall that fronts on Main - time to get out there.

9:47am - I'm on the corner of Main and Anderson by Sears shooting death and destruction (minus the death) for the next 17 minutes and then had to run down the street to shoot the 389 Main construction site and its flying steel girders.

In the last pic, you can see that the Holman sidewalk wall is now the same height as Family Dollar (brick wall, far left). As of today (12-13-18), the rest of Holman's sidewalk wall is gone. You can also see that a good chunk of the Sears parking lot is being used to sell Christmas trees, so hurry on down - it may be the last time you can buy a Christmas tree at this Sears.

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I was wondering how drivers on Main St would become aware of the free parking. The answer is pink plastic bags. If I was parking and saw a meter covered by a plastic bag, I'd probably think the meter was out of service and park elsewhere until..............."OMG! They're ALL out of service! Wait - it says something on the bag.............................nevermind".

I hope the city is environmentally-conscious enough to save the bags for future re-use.

Hackensack History / The Record building demolition is complete
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:51:01 PM »
The front part of The Record building finally came down today. I wasn't there, so if somebody else was, please post the pix. I found out when I drove by this afternoon, got out and took a few shots, but it's kind of empty and certainly anti-climactic to be shooting nothing, so here's a pair of before and after images.

Two trees appear to define the space where the front was and the heavy machinery seemed to enjoy playing with the remains. The stitch is head-on to where the front was. I think the best shot is the one from the side with the sun reflecting because the other local buildings are now unblocked.

Actually, EVERYTHING with The Record name on it isn't down yet as you can see in the last picture.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: December 10, 2018, 02:17:55 PM »
It used to take a couple of weeks to fill up a post of Record errors, but not lately. They're really screwing up and getting worse.

That said, the Fives & Flubs sad deluge continues:

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

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Holman/Waypoint project (435 Main St)
« on: December 09, 2018, 10:30:00 AM »
Sorry - that's my mistake.

All fixed.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Holman/Waypoint project (435 Main St)
« on: December 08, 2018, 07:47:25 PM »
Their high-end tenants will need SOMEWHERE classy to shop when Sears folds.

This is  a goldmine for Family Dollar.

Hackensack Discussion / The Holman/Waypoint project (435 Main St)
« on: December 08, 2018, 11:30:02 AM »
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 436 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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