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I'm always in the east-facing part of my apartment and the only reason I got that shot was because the shot I took right before that one (check the numbers) was this one to the east. When I see something like that, it tells me I'd better take a look at what's going on in the west.

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When the sun sets behind a building and it's snowing slightly, the rays that get by either side of that building have something in the air to illuminate: the snow. Normally, there's nothing there but air, so it doesn't look like this. The high-rises were already slightly obscured because of the snow between them and my location and the rays that aren't blocked by the buildings are just lighting up that snow.

You may be able to see a few flakes in the center-tree area that's not illuminated.

Click to illarginate (bigger, but not brighter).

I thought I heard something resembling fireworks last night - even with the windows closed. Sure enough, I could see something in the vicinity of Midtown Manhattan. I think all the buildings shown are new ones in the Jersey City area.

Here's all the info: and a GREAT picture.

I wish I was in Weehawken last night, especially if I could have gotten shots like that.

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149/153 Main

1. A little more added on top

The Hole

2-5. One from 1-27 and 3 from 2-10-19

210 Main

6. All the plywood over the front glass is gone.

240 Main (+Moore St wraparound)

7. Main and E. Salem

8. The Moore St side

9. Behind the Moore St side (Stitch)

10. If you walk down the left of the previous picture and look up.....

Current on River

11-14. The four corners: SE, SW, NW, NE

The Record

15. Construction equipment multiplying like rabbits over two weeks

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: February 12, 2019, 12:00:12 PM »
After the pair of Fives, the first picture is NOT from The Record, but rather from its local step-child - the Hackensack Chronicle. The Chronicle is a weekly rag that arrives with the Friday Record, though its purpose escapes me.

It only contains news that's at least a week old - news you've already read in The Record. However, this image was NOT in The Record. If it was, you'd already have seen it in this thread.


I've been under the same Route 4 bridge as these "Volunteers" (why is that capitalized?), but I've yet to come across the section that has the nice flooring, good lighting and decent, clean clothing (that still has a dry cleaner's plastic bag over it) that the image depicts.

Nice to see that the Chronicle is picking up on The Record's ghastly habits (keep it in the family) and here's the lastest installment of said gaffes:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:44:34 AM »
As for the union truck parked in front of a no parking sign, were you suggesting it should be ticketed?

Once again, you're missing the point. I'm saying that there are big attention-grabbing things in the center of the picture that was chosen to represent the story, yet they are not addressed in either the story OR the caption. Why run the picture if you don't explain what's in it?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: 50-52 Main, Demo
« on: February 11, 2019, 04:50:28 PM »
1,2. The first two images were taken about a month-and-a-half ago and the reason it says "Mansion House" is because of what stood there from 1751-1945. The Mansion House was Washington's HQ while his troops camped out on The Green after scuttling the British chase of the troops at the Hackensack River by burning down New Bridge near the Steuben House.

This was also the first stop on their retreat across NJ.

I just came across a 10 year-old post that said: "Still waiting for someone with deep pockets to buy 50 Main Street, knock it down, and rebuild the Mansion House !!!  I guess that'll have to wait till I become super-wealthy."

Well, you're in luck, JW. 50 Main just got knocked down. Got the bucks?

3-9. I approached this from behind after walking down Moore St and worked my way up Washington Pl, taking the stitch from The Green.

10. I saw this across from 50 Main, which I think will make a certain editor happy:

11,12. Continuing north up Main, I took these two shots on the corner of Bridge and Main:

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: February 11, 2019, 03:10:30 PM »
1. Your reading comprehension really needs some work. How else could you get "you claim one of your readers works at The Record and cares how the paper looks?" from "Hopefully, at least one of the people reading this works at The Record, is in a position of authority and does not appreciate how the paper currently looks..."?

Don't waste your time making up stuff because you're gonna get called out on it.

2. "There's the number 5 again"

Thank you, Captain Obvious, but you KNOW I've already got that one tucked away, right?

These images run from February 2 to February 5 (busy days). Dates are under each picture.

This week seems to be dedicated to installing most of the corrugated metal floor decking, which had been started earlier on the Main St side of the first floor. After that, concrete will be poured into the decking to make the floors.The next post will have more decking installation images.

There are two photo stitches at the end from 2-3-19. One of them matches up well with one I took near the beginning of this thread before any buildings came down.

Click to make beeg.

Starting to get behind again (what else is new?).

These images run from January 15 to February 1. Dates are under each picture.

Click to enlarge (usually just the horizontals).

Hackensack Videos / Fish crows find Jesus
« on: February 07, 2019, 03:00:45 PM »
Two days after surviving the Fish Crow Family Reunion in Foschini Park last Sunday, I encountered a slightly smaller version at home.

They were everywhere: sitting on chimneys, dive-bombing off my roof...........and a couple of peculiar places I hadn't seen them before.

As I took a picture of the steeple next door (pic 1), I saw a fish crow on both ends of the steeple's weather vane.

I zoomed in on them and noticed that they were alternating calls (pic 2). TWO minutes later, a bunch of them gathered in a nearby tree at the Young Men's CHRISTIAN Association (YMCA, pic 3), which is two blocks from the church (the First Presbyterian Church of Hackensack).

My guess is that this group missed the Foschini festivities because they were attending church services.

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Slight retrospective (to get everything in one thread):

1. This is my initial shot of the 435 Main (former Holman Moving) project demolition, taken across Anderson St from the Second Reformed Church's parking lot on 10-12-18. The crane had been sitting there for a couple of weeks and the sheeting (for asbestos remediation?) that was there the morning I shot this was gone by afternoon. This should have been the first shot in this thread.

2. I wish I could say I used a drone, but the second shot was actually taken from the top of the Sears tower on 5-17-12. Obviously, I wasn't aiming at Holman, but rather at my neighborhood, my building and the high-rises in the background. Fortunately, most of Holman made it into the shot.

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in need of Rehabilitation
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:40:08 AM »
<< A six-story complex is now on the books for 430 Main Street in Hackensack’s downtown. Located at the corner of East Anderson Street, the property used to contain Pro Auto Repair until the business closed  >>

That repair shop was an Amoco gas station back in the 60s. Sometime around 1967, I worked there at night for a short while and half of the people I pumped gas for were girls I knew (or wanted to know) who also rode up and down Main St every night ("cruisin' the drag").

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Nearly 4 months later: some verticality on the eastern side (nearest the Susie-Q tracks)

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: February 04, 2019, 02:20:00 PM »
Back to the sad, sorry show - and thank you to anyone reading this who manages to trudge through it all and understands why this all needs to be out there. Hopefully, at least one of the people reading this works at The Record, is in a position of authority and does not appreciate how the paper currently looks to anyone with a decent command of the language.

The Fives & Flubs carnage continues:

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