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It's been over a month, so I have to split this into two posts.

2-6-19 (3)

These are all from February 6 - busy day. I put 3 photo stitches done that day together in the first image to illustrate how much of the corrugated metal floor decking was completed on that day. The next two images - also taken the same day - show how much work went into each section (and gave me a chance to capture the spark show).

2-8-19 (2)

Gotta include Homer's bucket, right?

2-9-19 (1)

The full site shot and the soon-to-disappear river

2-10-19 (2)

2-13-19 (1)

This shows what appears to be a custom snow shovel made to clear snow from the metal decking.

2-16-19 (2)

2-17-19 (2)

Includes a stitch from the Sunday walkaround (click to enlarge and then scroll to the right to see the whole thing. To shrink it back, use your back button).

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 08, 2019, 11:50:37 AM »
Today's pile of fives and flubs

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When I was there on Sunday, there were no more curved steel girders on the ground, so I guess construction is complete.

When I saw how rusty the girders were originally, I thought they would get coated or polished somehow before assembly to make the piece look classier. Rusty steel on top of an old building doesn't exactly scream "luxury". Today, it appears they've built some scaffolding in/by the sculpture (hard to tell from here), but I don't know for what purpose. Perhaps Mr. Editor knows if spiffing up is in the piece's near future.

The images:

1. March 2: The geese come back with friends

2-9. March 3: Walkaround

10. March 4: SNOW (looks better)

11,12. March 5: Scaffolding

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These are 18 pictures taken over the course of 7 1/2 hours - from 8:40am to 4:10pm - that document each step of the construction of the front banktop sculpture. I tried to get each steel beam being craned from the Moore St side to the Main St side, being placed, and the look of the piece after each addition. Rinse and repeat.

Of course, I couldn't sit by my window all day and I did miss a couple of the westward cranings, but then used the about-to-be-placed shots as the before images.

I'm not sure if the work has been completed and I wish it was a sunnier day for better shots, but I'll trade that for not having to trudge over there and stand around all day in the cold and be too close to see very much to shoot.

The sequence:

1. The main component arrives.

2. Finished. This shot wasn't taken until 2 hours later as the crane held the piece in place while it was being secured.

3. The first addition

4. Finished

5. The second addition

6. Finished

7,8. The third addition

9. Finished

10. The first geese to admire the project

11, 12. The fourth addition

13. Finished

14,15. The fifth addition

16. Finished

17. The sixth addition


Keep an eye on the people inside the red temporary fencing.

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They're in the process of putting together that crowning sculpture on the front rooftop of the old bank building, so if you want to get some shots before it's done.............

You'll need to put some distance between you and the building to see anything - that's why I'm staying home to shoot it.

1. What I saw from home: The Cranes (210 and 170 Main - the Bank and the Hole - but what's happening on that taller, Main St-facing part of the bank?

2,3,4. I went over there and saw these curved steel beams on the ground on the Moore St side.

5,6. I also saw a sign I hadn't seen before...............and Oratam on State St, shot through a closed-off alleyway on Moore St between 210 and 214 Main

7,8,9. After I got home, I saw the old bank vault open up and show what the curved beams were for.

Reminds me of an old Jefferson Airplane album called "Bless Its Pointed Little Head".

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: February 27, 2019, 01:10:12 PM »
The last entry in this post is NOT from The Record, but it IS related to the thread.

Hackensack History / Re: 430 Union St history
« on: February 25, 2019, 02:38:20 PM »

The second picture shows what was on the restaurant's doors. The doors are still there.

As of a couple of days ago, the doors are NOT still there, thanks to our history-clueless new landlord.

I was hoping they had been put aside, but I was just told that they were put in the garbage and taken away.

And I KNOW they understand that I'm concerned with the history of the'd think that maybe they'd at least ask me about what to do with the doors.

Just total thoughtlessness...............

Hackensack Videos / Inefficient overuse of road salt
« on: February 24, 2019, 04:42:44 PM »
The spaces had been cleared - for the most part - by plows. A few spots remained, but instead of manually throwing a bucket of salt where needed, a salt spreader was used. It made a couple of circular trips around the lot, which spread a lot of salt on the totally-cleared driving lane. It did concentrate on a couple of spots by just sitting there, but that tossed at least as much salt on clear ground.

In the end, it didn't do much good anyway.

Salt is environmentally harmful, so - in this case - it might have been a good idea to limit the usage to the few spots that needed it, rather than blanket the 90%-dry lot - especially on a day that reached 47 degrees.


I met him a couple of times when he made appearances on The Uncle Floyd Show - nice guy. I got to shoot the band at Pier 84 in Manhattan in 1986.

Here's a shot I took of him and Floyd on 8-20-82 during a UFS show taping. It's never been published before. There are a few other shots on my site.

I need one of those

Well, that's easy enough........just do the ol' slip-and-slide (ouch!) and you could have a fleet of them.

(just kidding, city officials)    ;)

A crew was clearing snow from Anderson Park this morning and this guy was taking care of the perimeter sidewalk.

It probably wasn't necessary. An hour or two later, all snow was gone from all sidewalks, courtesy of the sun.

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Well, at least not on Ward St............

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.

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