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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Change of plans
« on: April 02, 2018, 12:27:34 AM »
Aw, what gave it away? That the vertical component of the cross was a smokestack in Bogota or maybe you once bought a car at Feldner Cadillac?

Hackensack Discussion / Change of plans
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:51:02 AM »
April 1 - It was announced today that the Current on River residential project will now become a church. I saw evidence of that from home in the picture below.

Since it already has a FIVE-story parking garage, the new name will be The Church of the Eternal Optimist.

Archbishop Feldner  - who used to own property across the street - says that the backup plan is to rent 4 floors of parking to nearby used car lots.

1. Under the River St RR trestle

2. "UCEDA SCHOOL"? No - I don't see da school.

3. Inside the school that I don't see is a second set of light switches and electrical boxes that aren't there (but a mirror is).

4. The interior of Geri's Deli on Main St

5. The four current city rehab projects that I can shoot from my living room

6. Hanging by a thread..........

7. Things that we won't be able to see this time next year: YOU - buses on Main St, ME - the entire scene

8. A little touchup needed on the River Walkway by Costco

9. Two of the old steeple windows from the First Presbyterian Church

10. ESB (NYC) - Smokestack (Bogota) - Crane (Hackensack)

11. Out of the church lot and into the E lot

12. I finally found a half-century-old little black book of mine that I had been looking for because someone you know signed it back then on 42nd St in Manhattan...............someone whose "new" name hadn't been fully accepted yet (and which I misspelled).

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Well, half of it anyway. This girl (a student, I'm guessing) walked up to the mic, didn't identify herself and announced that she would be singing the National Anthem.

I didn't decide to record it until after she sang a bit and sounded good. Plus, the sound system was near me and pretty clear. Unfortunately, she had to fight with a Public Parking sign for the attention of the camera's focus.

Another sound that got my attention - late, again - was a "Vote them out!" chant. I got the fading last 3 seconds of that and stuck it on the end of this video so it wouldn't go to waste.

1. As I walked from the Costco parking lot, I saw this sign outside the new parking garage next to the courthouse. I don't know if it was free, but if it wasn't, I'm sure it helped the kids pay for this event. I think the orange t-shirts may have been only for event personnel, as I didn't see any for sale.

2. Since I got there before 9:30 for the 10am start, there really weren't any significant crowds to shoot yet, so I concentrated on the signs.

3. After I took the first picture of these women, I realized that I'd have to do it again because they did something that came naturally to them. "Ladies, I have to re-take that shot because you all smiled and this isn't a happy event". I also superimposed a slightly larger sign that was a bit more legible over the one that the woman on the far left was holding (“Protect children - not guns”)

4. I looked around and everyone seemed to be smiling for photos, so I tried to tell each person I photographed not to.

5. I saw this photo gathering on the "stage" and horned my way in to get a quickie before I realized that EVERYONE was looking real jolly. The NRA won’t take these kids very seriously if they see a lot of smiley pix.

6. A future student worth protecting

7. There were moments of levity during the speeches, so I'll assume that this was one of them.

8. State Senator Loretta Weinberg

9. Yeah!

10. A student speaks.

11. An unidentified (I think) student came to the mic and announced that she was going to sing the National Anthem and did a pretty good job.

12. This girl was second from the left in that jolly group shot (#5), so when I saw a more appropriate look, I grabbed it. Look at THIS one, NRA!

13. Rep. Josh Gottheimer speaks……

14…….and Gen. Poor listens.

15. I’m pretty sure this photographer was from The Record. He does stills and videos, so when I noticed him close by and panning in my direction, I raised my camera in front of my face and kept shooting until he was past me.

16. I left my stage-ish vantage point to get some shots from other directions before leaving and immediately came across this little girl and her huge friend who was wearing an “#ENOUGH” shirt. This might be the shot of the day!

17. From across Main St and up the stairs

18. I had to get something with the courthouse in it.

19. Straight-on and zoomed-in from the back

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I took a lot of shots that I'll try to get posted tomorrow, but I DID want to post what I went there for  - the photo stitch of the entire event - today. I wanted to shoot it from the top step dead center, but I would have been a distraction, so I was lower and to the side. It's a 5-pic stitch.

I don't think a march was involved, but I didn't stay to the end.

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Hackensack Discussion / Kazimir's Pets closing
« on: March 23, 2018, 04:42:23 PM »
1. from their Facebook page

2. I took this while driving by today.


Join the Bergen County high school students against gun violence at the Bergen County Courthouse from 10am to Noon tomorrow. It's free and you don't need tickets, but they would like to receive donations to pay for this.

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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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Projects update ("Current on River")
« on: March 22, 2018, 02:31:01 PM »
From two days ago:

1. Waiting for the top piece to be lowered (hey - what's that guy in the lower right doing?)

2. Daring laddermen............especially the guy on the right

3. King Kong of New Jersey

(what's written on YouTube):

The Last Wurl (sorta like The Band's "Last Waltz", but WAY less musical)

A Wurlitzer piano - Model 2880 - was found inside the 395 Main St (Hackensack, NJ) demolition site.

From a distance, it looked to be in fairly decent shape, so efforts were made to give it away before it would have to be trashed.

There were no takers. A close inspection showed that it really wasn't as nice as we thought. You would need mega-musclemen to turn it upside-down and shake all the debris out of it.

When I was notified that today might be its last day, I went over to the site to hit the keys to make some know, give it a Last Wurl.

This video shows that it plays as well as I do.

Adios, 88s.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 19, 2018, 11:18:52 AM »
More sloppiness: in today's Record, whoever writes the photo captions doesn't know the difference between "photographs" and "photographers"...............TWICE in the same article.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 18, 2018, 01:30:47 PM »
Compared to what it once was, I pity The Record too, but I pity their readers much more. Have you read all the online vitriol against what they've done to this paper?

"Absolute garbage at this point. As bad as a handout. It appears Gannett, and the shameful people they’ve installed to run the operation, couldn’t care less about the embarrassing product."

"It’s a slap in the face to those of us who counted on The Record for so many years to bring us localized journalism."

"...riddled with typos. I mean, come on, an occasional error is one thing, but every day I see several and it is annoying. Isn’t the business of editors to, well, to EDIT?!?"

"An example of the Record’s crappy editing: I was reading about a football game last weekend. There was no final score in the headline or body of the article, just intermediate scores during a comeback scenario. Bush league."

Other complaints: local coverage is skimpy, more than half of the GOOD staff were let go and their content was replaced by articles from the Asbury Park Press, USA Today and other non-local sources, the print is much smaller, customer service has gone WAY downhill, they will not re-deliver if they missed you, the paper it's printed on has recently become very low-grade, and they're asking for large increases in the subscription rate for all these negatives.

There's actually not ONE thing I can think of that I could call an improvement since the takeover.

Can you?

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