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Hackensack History / Re: Oritani Theater
« Last post by Editor on July 21, 2017, 01:21:25 PM »

Vintage photos of N.J. movie theaters

Caption for first picture below:
The Oritani Theatre in Hackensack is shown in a photo from the late 1920s. It opened in 1926, directly across the street from the Fox Theatre. Named for a local Native American chief, it closed in 1983 after first having been divided into a multiplex cinema. Courtesy of Vintage Bergen County

Caption for second picture below:
The Oritani Theater sign comes down in 1983 after 57 years in Hackensack. Courtesy of Bobby Cole

(Thanks Homer!)
Hackensack Discussion / Re: Sears Future
« Last post by Editor on July 20, 2017, 04:28:27 PM »

"The market may be fearing that this is a first step in a growing partnership between Amazon and Sears as the e-commerce giant could potentially use Sears cavernous stores as staging areas for fast delivery, for example."
I just launched - a photoblog I've been working on for the last year-and-a-half to compile, but was actually almost 60 years in the making.

The title pretty much says it all and the main page explains the rest. I could just as well have called it "The Kitchen Sink".

I've posted a couple of the shots on this site before. Some others weren't allowed, but (don't tell the boss)..........I allow them.

If you can make it through this blogstrosity, great, but it's a lot to ask because I've created it as sort of a book (it's sequential, going back as far as 1957).

The blog's comments sections are open (he says, hesitantly).
This was from Monday night, July 10.

It lasted about a minute - just long enough to do a 3-photo stitch.

A full rainbow from McDonald's to the Sears shoe department (is that where they get what they put in hamburger buns?).

For the last 3 years of the 70s, I lived DIRECTLY across the street from Luigi's (and right next to the firehouse).

I think it's been there since 1948. I don't think I ever took a picture of the neon at night, however.

On Mt Vernon there's a place called Luigi's that has that cool old neon sign. Looks like an old place, anyone ever been there?
Hackensack Discussion / State St repairs begin
« Last post by BLeafe on July 12, 2017, 06:34:05 PM »
I'm not going to follow this job down to Essex St, but I can at least post what I've seen in the last week or so from home. If anyone else takes some shots that they happen to see elsewhere on State St, please post them.

(1-4) Although State between Ward and Passaic will remain one-way, they started chopping up part of the sidewalk and road right next to 40 Passaic on July 5.

(5) By July 8, someone had moved one of the large arrow signs over one lane - the lane where traffic was supposed to go - so it now became an obstacle course that was mostly an inconvenience for buses.

On Sunday the 9th, I walked over to 40 Passaic to see what they did to a street that I thought didn't have to change. The sidewalk's been halved and a good chunk of the right lane now has a curb in it (6). I don't know what that's for. The work continued around the corner onto Passaic St (7).

(8,9,10). There's not much left of the State/Passaic island.

On the 10th, the State sidewalk got new concrete and the adjoining new curb area got pounded (11). By evening, the sign confusion returned (12), but only to people in my building whose apartments faced State St.

On the 11th, the new curbed-in area got concrete (13), while on the 12th (today), the island only got the washings of a dirty cement chute (14). The truck left without pouring any cement. Odd.

Click 'em.

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