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(if you're looking for 2017, it's in the "Hackensack Videos" forum)



There was no way I was gonna be walking around the neighborhood for an hour or more in this super-cold, windy weather, so I decided to take what I could get from my roof.

1. I actually got a shot from home of marchers in the Rite Aid parking lot preparing to step off - at least 4 blocks away.

2. Marchers on Passic St approaching Park St.

3. As the procession was turning onto Union St from Passaic St, I was just a tiny bit astounded to see two guys in a convertible with the top down! I think the wind-chill temp was around 5 degrees. Meanwhile, 7 floors up, the wind was absolutely BRUTAL on the roof - MUCH worse than at ground level.

4, 5, 6. Some of the characters were new and others were variations of ones from previous years. They DO seem to change things up a bit every year. The song remained the same, but it was amplified much louder and clearer.

7. Essentially, the star of the show.

8, 9, 10. So now the convertible is directly below me and the banner on the hood appears to say "Radar 74 TV", which I've never heard of. The only thing I can find online is an app with a similar name. The "TV" part explains the two other guys running alongside the car with the vidcam and mic, but I'm slightly baffled by the stylish look of the one passenger-side rear window being up. That's PERFECT for the video guy to capture blinding sun reflections and gives the other guy more opportunities to bump his mic into something. If anyone knows if Radar 74 TV is an actual TV station, please post.

11. This is the sound truck at the tail end of the procession. Last year, five people - including a singing guitar player - and a lot of equipment were jammed into the back of the truck, This year, there's just one guy running what appears to be (and sounds like) new and much better gear................a good upgrade.


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https://iaintjustmusic.bobleafe.com/?p=5645

There'll be a better one next month..............honest!

And a Happy New Year to you all! I'm just glad to be here to see it.






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The first 5:23 - the normal southbound way - is a bit of a snooze, except for the car at 1:40............which way will he turn? (dueling directionals)

Look how many cars are parked the wrong way at 6:28.

If you're familiar with driving on this street, heading northbound is a bit weird at first, but should feel normal pretty soon. Therefore, I predict that this video will have a shelf life of about a day.







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That's what I thought I saw last Thursday morning, but I'm guessing that compost heated up and began to spontaneously combust.


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As soon as I got on the walkway, I noticed almost 100 geese emerging from the river, crossing (and leaving a deposit on) the boardwalk, strolling out onto the field and heading back to the river after going around a bench. They must have freaked out after hearing someone's footsteps and they all took off, settling into the river and its views of the Anderson St Bridge and the city's rehab projects.

Where the mallard (and the slight shake) came from, I have no idea.


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Were it not for the cloudiness, the river reflection would have been blindingly bright.

Merry Christmas.


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And here's what it looks like before it becomes active on Tuesday:


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There's not much to do during breaks in a 4-hr nuclear stress test, so I tried a 4-image stitch of the view from the treadmill.

I concentrated on getting the horizon to line up - which it sorta did, but in a curved fashion - and this wreaked havoc with the bottom of the image, but it really only cut out part of Prospect Ave and left the corner of Prospect and Essex and the hospital entrance intact.

As you look north (right) up Prospect, you can see unavoidable reflections from the room I'm in, but it's not too bad.

And thank you, Coke truck, for adding a spot of solid color in the middle.


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2013 Hackensack Street Festival
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:17:44 PM »



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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 2013 Hackensack Street Festival
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:46:59 PM »
This must be why I came back when I did.  ;D


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Hackensack Discussion / R.I.P. Pat DiNizio (Smithereens)
« on: December 14, 2017, 11:57:01 AM »
http://xrl.us/2013MainStFestival
Click on "Album Details" and read the story to view larger images.

I've taken down all of my Canon albums, so this no longer works.

Rather than post a picture that's similar to what's already here, I'm posting one of Pat that I took in 1986 when the Smithereens played the Capitol Theatre in Passaic.



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Thank you - it's good to be back.



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So I was in HUMC undergoing something serious that rhymes with "whipple high class" (you remember Mr. Whipple, right?).

After a couple of days in the ICU, I had a small private hospital room with a view of the building that houses the ER, but all I could see was its green-mirror-windowed upper floors. Of course, I had my camera with me, but the photo pickins were slim. There were a couple of semi-interesting rooftop items and some of the window reflections were kind of trippy, but there was ONE cool shot that proved to be fairly difficult to get.

I'm sure you've seen helicopters landing at HUMC. It turns out that they land on the building that I was in. You could hear them when they arrived and departed, but it was nearly impossible to see one. I lucked out for a second or two when I saw a chopper reflection in the green mirror windows and just barely got a shot of it (last pic).

I have no idea why it looks like it was wrapped in netting.

To finish the story: After a couple of days in the hospital, they send you for a stay at a cardiac rehab facility for a couple of weeks and then you go home................and here I am.


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Hackensack Discussion / Still alive and well
« on: December 08, 2017, 04:15:29 PM »
(and home)

Thanks to the buildings of the 395 Main project for not falling down during my absence.

I'm ready to rock (I think).





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Hackensack Discussion / I need your help
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:00:00 PM »
Beginning tomorrow, I may not be able to post for a while. The length of time is undertermined and I definitely won't be able to do any photo shoots, including the 395 Main project, whose demolition could start any day now. I really wanted to shoot that all the way through from demolition through construction - especially since it's right in front of my living room window. I know I'll get some of it, but probably not the demolition.

It's important to document changes in the city: imagine if we had continuous documentation of something like Main St changing over from houses to a bustling commercial street. We can do this now for the citizens of the Hackensack of 50 or 100 years from now (and beyond) because every image posted becomes part of the city's database.

As you may know, I've already started the thread ("Tracking the 395 Main St rehab project"), so I'm asking anyone who might be in the area - whether it's one day or many - to take pictures and post them. There are 3 sides to shoot: Main St, Ward St and State St.

Suggestion: if someone is able to do this once a week, take the exact same shot from the exact same spot each week on all 3 sides and post them, like I did with the construction of the new Anderson St RR station a few years ago. Maybe we can make an animated flip-book gif from them, similar to ONE particular station shot that I took each week. The semi-passable gif of all those shots showed 54 weeks of construction in 54 seconds.

I know the Editor will be pitching in photo-wise, but he's a very busy guy, so I'm asking anybody and everybody who's in the vicinity to kindly help out. I'm hoping the Editor will be able to let you know when the demolition begins. I already have the "before" shots posted.

When I'm able to take over again, I'll let you know, but in the interim, I'd appreciate any photo assistance available.

Thanks.



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