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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« on: October 27, 2018, 02:00:00 PM »
I took this 6 months ago. You can see part of the building's twin peaks and the old ad for the McCrory's that was a predecessor of the furniture store. I'm guessing that the ad is part of the rubble pile, especially since it wasn't visible at the time of the fire and there was no way to save it anyway.

I also have a stitch of the ad that includes the then-just-started-on new building next door at 149 Main.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« on: October 26, 2018, 03:40:13 PM »
The scene yesterday morning:

1 - I parked on Moore St and I'm glad I took this shot right away because the hose was turned off by the time I made it around to Main St.

2 - Once again, I was stopped by a cop who asked for my press credentials. Once again, I explained my story and - once again, it was a nice cop who walked down the street, spoke with someone and waved me in. I was not allowed by get any closer than 161 Main, so I couldn't shoot the whole pile straight on as I had done the night before. This was as much of the pile as I could get from Main St, but it allowed me to get the scene that resembled a battleground right next to the Battleground store. Oh yeah - there was one other reason they wouldn't let me get dead-center: a sinkhole had formed in the street at that spot. There were trucks on either side of the hole, so I couldn't get a shot of it. Maybe that's why Main was closed today.

3 - It's VERY fortunate that all this wood didn't burn up - ESPECIALLY since the gusty wind was pointed almost right at it.

4 - The men are standing on a dirt pile across the street at the Hole project (probably not the official name, but it's been appropriate for too long).

5 - Do NOT cross from the front of the box to the back!

6 - There will be a slight delay in completing the installation of the new building's diving board/plank-to-walk.

7 - "Fire in the Hole!" Well, across the street from it. (It's a stitch - start scrolling left to right)

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« on: October 25, 2018, 06:41:46 PM »
I had heard a rumor yesterday that they might be tearing the building down last night, burt no one seemed to know what time.

The last time I shot something like that, it was at 76 Main and - as I recall - that was pretty late in the evening. For some reason, I decided to go around 8pm.

I was over 3 hours too late. I could have shot it in daylight and maybe have gotten some good stop-action shots..............oh well - next time.

When I got there last night, a cop stopped me and was nice enough to get out of his car and walk down Main St to see if someone would clear me. While I waited - and in case, it was a "no" - I put my camera on something that was on the sidewalk that was two feet tall and flat, set the exposure and timer, zoomed in and took the first shot. Can't go home empty-handed, right?

The cop waved me in.

I set up the tripod dead-center in front of the pile. There's not a lot of shot variety to be had in shooting a pile of rubble at night, so I took the 2-photo stitch (second shot) and a couple of others and talked to a fireman, who turned out to be a contributing member. He showed me some of the practically-point-blank video he shot.

I urged him to post the video here, so we'll see if he's still a contributing member in good standing (no pressure, Mike!).

The pile was being water-hosed from behind because there were still some hot spots, but then they started hosing from the front, so the last shot shows both.

I went back this morning because Main St was still closed from Atlantic to Mercer and there was still some hot-spot hosing going on. There was a new problem: a sinkhole had developed on Main St in the vicinty of where I was shooting from last night. (It wasn't me, officer). I couldn't see it because trucks were in the way, but I shot other stuff that I'll post tomorrow.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 153 Main Street fire
« on: October 24, 2018, 07:23:43 PM »
“Buy and Save 2 Furniture" (first pic - courtesy of Google))  at 149, 153, 155, 153-155, or 158 (the Internet can’t seem to agree on the address, but it can’t be 158………..not on THAT side of the street) burned down today.

I happened to be talking to Editor on the phone when he said he had to go to the scene and to meet him there. I looked out my window and (second pic)…….

I approached it from the back end because I knew Main St would be a mess and the billowing smoke headed across Main to the southeast. If you know where C-Town is on State St, the affected building is behind that on Main. Right next door is one of the 346 new Hackensack projects  and across Main is the seemingly forever non-vertical Hole.

Behind the engulfed building was a much better place to shoot. The roof of the next-door parking garage was a particularly interesting vantage point (see the stitch at the end).

Walking down Mercer to Moore was kind of a waste of time (I posted ONE picture  - IMG_4525). The Nixel notice popped up a minute before I took that shot.

Main St was WAY too congested to get decent shots. Besides, at a certain point, you couldn’t see anything because of all the smoke (next-to-last shot).

The rumor is that the building MAY be torn down tonight, so I might go over there and see if there’s any room on Main St for me and my tripod.

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Five years ago, I posted the above link. Because the stated effect was probably visible at different times of the year anywhere in the county that had a view of the Manhattan skyline, I posted it on the Bergen County Historical Society's forum (which I also moderate) - hence, the BCHS link.

For over a year now, that forum has been down, due - supposedly - to some very minor-sounding problem. Months later, it still wasn't up, so I inquired when the "minor problem" would be fixed. I was told not to worry and that all the tons of historical content were there - as in "not lost".

It may be “not lost”, but it's still "not visible". All subsequent inquiries regarding the resurrection of the forum have been completely ignored. This is VERY disappointing, coming from an organization that takes great pride in unearthing and displaying local history. There must be some secret reason why they've buried this particular trove. Whatever that reason is, it can't be a good one if it lessens the amount of material that’s been available to the public for years.

So what I'm getting at is that - for some unwilling-to-be-discussed reason - the link doesn't work.

The “good” news is I’ve just posted a more fleshed-out version of the Hackenhenge effect on my photoblog:


Half a block of State St is closed because of water company digging - NOT because of the construction vehicles.


1. Lotsa dirt loads

2,3. Despite their alabaster covering, the Michelin Twins now work on a dirt truck.
4. The dumping

5. The piles

6. The flattening


1. Shouldn't the guy have the hat?


1. Traffic light colors!

2. The State and Ward crosswalk to the site

3. It's been a long time since this area was flat.


1,2. Pipes & Pix


1. More heavy equipment waiting to be unloaded

 2,4. Maybe a little too heavy - as this vehicle was backing onto the site from the street, I heard a popping/cracking sound. A few seconds later...............damaged driveway.

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That's what the "photographer" in the top row appears to be trying to do.

Her twin in the lower level seems to be trying to capture the foolishness of whatever it is going on directly above her OR maybe it's just the continued sequence of the top row.

Who knows? I just observe and document.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: October 18, 2018, 05:46:26 PM »
more Fives & Flubs

Only five 5s? I won't say they're finally cutting down because if I do, there'll be 20 next time.

Hackensack History / Re: Demolition of The Record building
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:15:17 PM »
1,2. The Record lost its name from the front a while ago, but not its address.

3,4. A little more destruction was evident on the south side.

5. Tagged by the wrecking crew?

6. Although I could hear a lot of destruction going on, I couldn't see any machinery or falling debris, but I could see evidence of it on the other side of this bay.

7. Behind the southeast corner was a large pile of discarded steel girders.

8. Meanwhile, on the flip side................

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Ling is listing...
« on: October 16, 2018, 04:37:26 PM »
1. From this angle, the Ling looks rather listless.........and loooooooong. This is - by far - my best shot/stitch of it.

Aside from the sub, there are 3 other projects in the picture: one new, one being renovated and one dying.

2. To be fair to the other side of the Court St bridge, I also took this while I was there.

Four shots from 3 projects:

1. The very first shot of the 435 Main (former Holman Moving) project, taken across Anderson St from the Second Reformed Church's parking lot. The crane's been sitting there for a couple of weeks and the sheeting (asbestos remediation?) was only there the morning I shot this and gone by afternoon.

2. Current on River from home

3. The Tyvek-ed Current on River

4. 240 Main

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1. You may remember this pre- and post-demolition posting from January 2015, taken from the Hackensack River Walkway by Costco.

The rest of the photos were taken last week:

2. (also from Costco) The cranes look very far apart in this photostitch.

3. Moving around the bend in the river to the walkway behind Pep Boys makes them look a lot closer.

4. From a little further north on the same walkway, I got this long stitch of the entire scene.

5. After crossing the Court St bridge, I got this really wide stitch of the site. You can see the red top of the same fence on both sides of the image.

I may come back periodically, but I have enough projects to shoot on my side of the river.

Click to enlarge and scroll away on the stitches.

Hackensack Discussion / SEARS has filed for bankruptcy
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:07:17 AM »

How will we ever live without this store that nobody goes to?

Maybe this one will survive, but if not, what would you like to see take over the building? Amazon? HUMC? Maybe the Family Dollar store across the street will expand to serve the new residents of the current 435 Main project next door and the nearby 389 Main project (and maybe the sun will be green tomorrow).

According to Ch.7's Eyewitness News:

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