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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: August 22, 2018, 01:48:37 PM »
Welcome to the latest installment of "Fives & Flubs", starring The Record. The majority of the flubs are caption-related.

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Saturday, August 18

15. The concrete pumper truck was the first thing I saw from my living room when I got up on Saturday. It’s hard to miss something that looks like it could connect the two end zones at MetLife Stadium.

16, 17. Closeups of the pumped concrete being poured

18, 19.  The higher-than-the-horizon pumper truck obscures the fact that there’s another crane lifting a vat of concrete for workers to pour (I’m sure there’s a more technical term for it, but until I learn it, it’s a vat).


Sunday, August 19

20, 21, 22. A short stroll to watch concrete harden (watching paint drying might be quicker), the vat hanging out with the pipes, and…………….milk curdling?


Monday, August 20,

23. It’s Christmas morning for excited workers as they unwrap the concrete wall (with the help of crowbars and a bucket).

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Since I have more than 20 images, I'll have to double-post today.

1. I just happened to see this skateboarder going the wrong way on State St on August 12 and something looked a little off, so I took a shot and what I got looks like he's saluting the project, but no one's there on a Sunday. I wonder if there's something other than water in his bottle.

2. Something else looked a bit strange the next day when I saw this woman on the wrong side of the fence, looking like she's about to step off the edge. Not turns out that she's the project's site engineer, so her umbrella is probably made of hard hat material.

3. (August 16) The thin blue pieces are styrofoam. I don't know its function, but all this wall work was done in advance of concrete being poured there on Saturday, the 18th.

4. Later on the 16th - after everyone went home - a dozen or so fish crows took over the site. More on that in a later post............

5. On the morning of the 17th, I could see from my apartment a large pile of dirt on the public sidewalk side of the fence on Ward St, but a building was blocking part of my view, so it was time to head on over there to see what this was about. This is the view when I got there. If you look right above the head of the worker, you can see the end of a long black pipe and there's a shorter pipe just above that one. Those are............

6. ............water pipes - the reason the dirt below the sidewalk had to be dug out and temporarily piled onto the adjacent part of the walkway.

7. Continuing east on Ward, this view shows the wall area where the concrete will be poured tomorrow.

8. Turning onto Main St, I looked back toward the water pipes and saw that worker about to shorten the longer pipe.

9. After walking down Main St to the southeastern corner of the project, I looked back toward the pipes and saw I had a much better angle to shoot from. In this shot, this supremely-muscled man is about halfway through the pipe, while standing on what looks like very shaky debris.

10. He then switched to the other side and finished the job. I was waiting for this moment and took the shot a microsecond after the separation. The pipe has not yet hit the ground.

11. The ground has been hit.

12, 13, 14. As I headed back home, I took some shots of the ol’ water (pipes) hole, some construction materials and a pile of interestingly-colored dirt (I like the contrast).

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Geri's Deli
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:21:47 PM »
I was gonna suggest that you not attempt to eat the unappetizing building................but I won't.   ;)

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Goodbye, Geri's Deli
« on: August 19, 2018, 06:37:14 PM »
The awning is suddenly gone and so is the "For Lease" sign.

Assuming that the building's staying, anyone know what's replacing Geri's?

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: The Ling is listing...
« on: August 17, 2018, 07:07:07 PM »
... I'm wondering how flooding it made it list.

Where does it say that flooding made the Ling list?

From August 3 - 10:

(NOTE: A couple of these observations might be a bit less than accurate...............hey - I write what I think I see)

1. Driver waits in the pouring rain.

2. I'm not sure what the purpose of these large rectangular structures is. Anybody know?

3. With all the heavy activity going on, flowers still manage to pop up.

4. Metallic shrubbery

5. Make your own caption.

6. This was a REALLY hot and humid day, so you find shade wherever you can during breaks.

7. The upper guy just noticed that the bottom guy tied his shoelaces together.

8. Tommy TwoHats

9. On-site holding cell with no roof for sun protection.............cruel (and unusual)!

10. First, the cement truck - partially visible at the bottom - fills the vat on the ground. The vat is hoisted up to where it's needed. You can see the gray cement falling out of the vat just to the right of center.

11. I have no idea what the purpose of the silver material is, but I'm pretty sure it's not aluminum siding.

12. These are still sitting there, so I don't know what they'll be used for.

13. This vehicle was moving fairly quickly uphill, so I rushed to get a shot during the one second or so that the brighter white van was the wood's background.

14. I love this shot. Lots of people in close proximity, yet each side of the fence seems totally oblivious to the other.......................ob-la-di (you know the rest).

15. The long shot looking north

16. I'm not sure, but this may be the top of that "holding cell" shown earlier. The interesting part of this shot - at least to me - is that on either side, the "not-aluminum-siding" is shown from above and behind. Now it looks like those windows with slats of rectangular glass that open from the bottom as you crank their handle. But they're not windows either, so what are they?

17. Whatever they are, here are more of them being installed.

18. Part of the side of that incline was being taken down as Woody Woodstacker did his job.

19. I think you know what this is by now and here come some more..........

20. This is a photostitch that shows the before and after parts of the top of the wall. More interestingly, it also shows where an unfortunate stitch was made that cut a car in half in the upper left on Main St. The stitch itself is OK - it's just that a car (actually two side-by-side cars) drove into the edge of the frame as I was shooting and that frame was later properly stitched by the program. Damn careless drivers!

(Scroll horizontally after enlarging to see the whole stitch)

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: August 07, 2018, 01:32:25 PM »
Time to resume the doom.

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Hackensack Discussion / New Year's Eve OVER Times Square, 1989
« on: August 04, 2018, 08:35:19 PM »
Do you watch the ball fall on New Year's Eve on TV?

A different angle (14 floors above Dick Clark):

Hackensack Discussion / We don't want the rain to get wet
« on: August 04, 2018, 01:27:00 PM »
Why do we get Nixle notices from the Hackensack Office of Emergency Management when we've had pouring rain for days on end saying that "...Carver Park Splash Pad and Polifly Park Splash Pad are closed due to the inclement weather"?

Who is disappointed by this news? How many people did they expect to show up on rain-soaked days? What's the emergency?

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I couldn't initially read what this apparent musician was giving away yesterday - all I could see was "Free" - until he and the assembled multitude moved to the stage area for the sold-out concert.

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The best of the last couple of weeks:

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Hackensack History / Demolition of The Record building
« on: July 30, 2018, 03:42:07 PM »

It's not scheduled to begin until September, but whenever it does, if anyone gets any decent shots, posterity asks that you kindly post them here.

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