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Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:39:57 PM »
Note: If anyone cares, the title of "Mr. MetsScribe" will NOT be taken over by Mr. JetsScribe. Apparently, that was only temporary until someone else was found. It looks like that person has been installed and will become Mr. MetsScribe2.

Onward and downward with Fives & Flubs.................

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1-7. The State St-side stairwell tower is finished and the scaffolding is torn down on Saturday.

8-10. Time for a quick walk-around:
- two views with one showing door openings for floors 3,4 and 5
- collected scaffolding waiting to get back into action in two days
- collected steel mesh waiting for the next cement floor pour
- STITCH  (with GLITCH) looking north (and the last time I get to sneak my building into the shot)


11. Day of be cleaned up on Monday


12-15.  Cleanup, dryout, scaffolding back to work


16-20. The wood arrives (and some of it is pink!). Things will really be changing quickly now.

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1. That tower begins in the garage where I saw something that looked like an old fence until I saw it drive out of the site. This shows both images.

2-8. The visible part of that tower begins to take shape as lots of concrete blocks are brought in, as upward scaffolding is built.


9-15. As the tower rises, another crane is delivering steel beams to the Main St side. At one point, plane buzzes crane (maybe)............twice.


16,17. The Main St-side towers will soon start climbing higher and the State St-side stairwell tower nears completion

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1. Adios, Kates

2. Officer Squillace on the job

3. (top) The big cleanout.  (bottom) "You forgot something". (I had a feeling this would happen.............that's why I took the top shot)

4. EMERGENCY! No parking on the sidewalk!

5. As bingo fades away.............

6. Bed King (front)

7. Bed King (back)

8. From a distance, I thought this guy was a 389 Main project worker.

9. At the Second Reformed Church last Sunday

10. I see a potential pairing here.

11. This is my spare. I hope I don't get a flat because it'll stick out like a sore shiny thumb against my other wheels (it's too expensive to get them all done).

12. Yeah, I kinda expected that when the bell sounded, the lights flashed and the gates came down. BTW - you may recall that I posted a similar picture last July (,3746). I just noticed that this is the exact same rail car and banner (probably). Both looked a lot better last year (so did New Jersey Transit).

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The remaining 20 photos (continued from the previous post)

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There are 40 photos - 20 here and 20 in the next post.

4-1-19  6 pix

The first two pictures are sort of explained in this exchange with the site superintendent:

BL: Any idea what this guy was doing at about 9:30 this morning? My guess is measuring or marking something, but what?

SS: Yes, the bench mark for our height of finished floor is on that telephone pole. And we had a laser spinning up on the second floor. So on that pole he had a target that reads the spinning laser. When he gets close or on the mark, that laser target beeps loud and tells you how far you are to finish floor on the second floor. Make sense? You put the heights of floors on that pole and hold bottom of pole on your bench mark on the ground floor, then you work your way up each floor.

BL: It makes long as the pole never moves (this neighborhood is full of tilting telephone poles that used to be straight).

Since tomorrow is The Big Pour of the Second Floor, the corrugated decking has to first be covered with sheets of wire mesh to strengthen the concrete.............skinny-mini rebar, if you will. It was interesting trying to get photos of it because, from a block away, one or two carried mesh sheets were practically invisible unless you caught the sun hitting it just right for a split second.

The fifth picture is a photostitch, showing the whole floor covered with the stuff.

4-2-19  14 pix (20 more in next post)

I'm getting used to the drill by now: giant cement-pumping crane shows up early and goes through its unfolding sequence (first 8 pix), while a continuously-scheduled stream of cement trucks vie for parking spaces.

On this day, the pour started in the southwest corner of the building and worked its way around the second floor in a sort-of clockwise fashion. At the same time, another crane was hoisting steel beams over to the Main St edge for other work.

I tried to get a shot of every part of this floor being poured, though some may look like the same place. In the next-to-last shot, the guy driving the red Zamboni-like machine appears to have run into a concrete wall and just discovered that he has no reverse gear. The last shot shows the poured floor.

As usual, click to enlarge.

The Video

So while I was taking about 200 photos, I also shot 66 (I think) little QuickTime videos with another (tripoded) camera. After editing out some and editing down the others, I had about 5GB of videos left. But the good thing about QuickTime is that combining all the videos reduces the file size by about 2/3. This one is now 1.7GB. So now I always try to take two 30-second videos instead of a one 1-minute vid. The space savings are tremendous.

Unfortunately, I don't think this video is equally tremendous. It's too long. It takes the cement-pumping crane a couple of minutes just to unfold. You can look at the pictures of the same thing in a few seconds.

You know the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom? Once you zoom as much as possible optically, there's like another gear (digital zoom) that lets you get a lot closer. The problem is that it's not as sharp. You can see everything closer, which is good, but the quality loss is disturbing to me.

So - like the pictures - the video is pretty complete, but it feels like it could be edited better.

You decide.

3-27-19 to 3-30-19

These are pretty self-explanatory.

I don't often get the chance to go on-site and shoot video, but there was no crew working on this particular Saturday - only one site boss, who graciously let me roam around as long as I didn't climb any ladders or start the crane up. Thank you, sir!

Click to enlarge all but the video and some verticals.

As usual, I'm way behind on this. They seem to be ramping up the action, so I have a lot more photos to edit. Look for a few more posts in the upcoming days as I try to catch up.


1-3. A load on concrete blocks is delivered to the south wall and the workers pass and catch each one down the line. State Farm loses its north-facing windows and I lose my access to an interesting shooting angle. It was much appreciated while it lasted.

4. The second floor won't be flat for much longer.


5-11. From my apartment, on site and around the block (10 and11 are stitches - click to enlarge)


12-14. South wall almost done and a delivery from State St


15-18. Early morning sunlight, pouring cement into the blocks, worker throws a concrete block (circled and still in the air, creating Thud-a-Rama at Sign-a-Rama), south wall is finished.

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Hackensack Videos / 2 USS Ling videos: good and not-so-good
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:03:51 AM »
The narrator in the second one - who admits to having had a few beers prior, comes across a mine on the Ling site, reads the plaque that says it's an underground mine and then explains that it floats in the water and hits ships. He also wonders if he's allowed to walk up the chained-off ramp (which he winds up doing).

Thankfully, the first narrator isn't old enough to drink.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: March 31, 2019, 01:03:39 PM »
Note: Mr. MetsScribe is no longer with The Record. He has been replaced by Mr. JetsScribe, who will now become Mr. MetsScribe2. Better luck to you, sir.

Onward to this edition of Fives & Flubs:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Area in need of Rehabilitation
« on: March 31, 2019, 11:45:00 AM »

The story, reprinted in the Hackensack Chronicle on Friday, is so long that it jumps three times to inside pages, but I couldn't find the number of apartments that will be built there

SHAME on that devious writer for trying to hide the number of units by burying the information where no one could find it...............on the FRONT PAGE in the SECOND PARAGRAPH and cleverly camouflaging it by surrounding it with...........(gasp!).......WORDS AND PICTURES!

Hackensack Discussion / BRUCE THE BED KING CLOSING!!
« on: March 29, 2019, 09:00:00 AM »
Another local institution closing to become another future redevelopment site, according to Bruce.........

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack University Medical Center
« on: March 28, 2019, 03:30:00 PM »
Well, that's quite a stretch, especially since YOU started this thread only a week ago for the purpose of complaining about the hospital's parking and lack of chargers and NOW you're complaining that the membership ("everyone") isn't complaining about every other HUMC beef you have that you've already complained about in other threads, so that automatically means that everyone's disagreeing with you?

If people want to post about something, they will. Meanwhile, give it a rest, will ya?

Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack's dancing Lady Liberty
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:42:15 PM »
In today's Record (front page!):

If you just want to see the video and not be "charged" for one of your 10 free visits:

I walked by there two weeks ago and all I got was a Lady Liberty who did what (s)he was supposed to do: wave (see below).

The years-ago Dancing Man at Anderson and River was way better, but that's just my opinion.

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