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Due to a temporary (I hope) problem with opening my roof storm door, I shot these through its glass from inside a bedroom. They're decent, but could have been better.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on July 02, 2019, 11:15:01 AM »
Today's edition of Fives & Flubs features only one Five and 17 Flubs, which are rated DG (Doozies Galore!).

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'Tis the season.........

Hasbrouck Heights clearly won the night as Hackensack's high-rises blocked most of Lodi's from view:

Hackensack History / Re: Kiddie Wonderlands (River Edge)
« Last post by semafore on June 28, 2019, 04:22:43 PM »
In the summer of 1954, the year before I turned 14 (and would be legally allowed to work), I learned that Kiddie Wonderland would "hire" underage boys to work the pony track. My mother insisted I find some work and it was she who learned about the jobs. In addition to walking the ponies around a dirt track when Kiddie Wonderland was open, we were responsible for grooming and feeding the ponies and mucking out the stables. It was hard work, but we had a lot of down time to screw around. On one rainy day, when KW was closed, all us boys went to the movie together and discovered that no-one would sit near us because we smelled like horses! We were NOT paid an hourly wage but paid according to what the owner thought was fair (???), based on how crowded KW was over the week. . It was a fun summer. The owner liked having young boys around (?) and even took a bunch of us to a pony farm when he was purchasing ponies. Since there were usually 5 or 6 of us, with a lot of down time, it was like working on a farm in the middle of Hackensack.
This is a 4-photo stitch taken from home. Besides showing Sears, parts of two churches, the Hackensack River, the YMCA and the Middle School, it also shows six numbered projects. After you click to enlarge, you'll have to scroll all the way to the left to begin (it's almost 3,400px long). The projects are:

1. 435 Main (The Holman/Waypoint project)

2. 389 Main (The Riverblocker, as far as I'm concerned)

3. Current on River

4,4. 240 Main (Meridia Metro - Main St and Moore St sections)

5. 210 Main (The old bank with the new rusty toupée)

6. 170 Main (formerly The Hole)

Photography...........the way I see it (Moderated by BLeafe) / Re: Projects update
« Last post by BLeafe on June 27, 2019, 11:25:39 AM »
I haven't had a chance to shoot all the Main St-area projects on a regular basis lately, so here's what I haven't posted yet, mostly from 5-30-19 and mostly working my way north:

1. A stitch of The Record site (5-30-19)

2. 153 Main - where the furniture store fire was last October - was FINALLY cleared out sometime in May (5-30-19)

3. The Hole (170 Main): 4 shots from various angles, including a stitch (5-30-19)

4. 210 Main - Two shots of the road closure in front and one of a delivery in the back on 5-30-19

5. Current on River - Nine shots from 4-17-19 to 6-12-19:

   a.  C on R under NYC on 4-17-19

   b, c, d, e. - The NW corner, the closed lane on River St, the SE corner, worker on River St side (all on 5-17-19)

   f, g. - The SW corner, the view down Berry St from Main (both from 5-30-19)

   h. - The view of 3 projects - including C on R - from the Hackensack Walkway at FDU on 6-3-19. Since it also includes the Anderson St Bridge, it's really 4 projects.

   i. - The SE corner on 6-12-19

I'm working on a 6-project stitch that I'll post later.

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JUNE 2019

These images and stitches were taken during three walkarounds this month from :

- My roof (a leftover from April 30)

- the site's western border next to/behind garden apartments on Anderson St

- Maple Ave

- Main St

- a flipped mirror-image taken while playing in traffic on Anderson St

Check out the dapper dude in the last picture - his control box is remotely working the arm of the cement crane.

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Currently, the sidewalk activity is confined to the east side of Main St in NOPASS (NOrth of PASSaic St) - specifically, between Passaic and Anderson).


Late that Friday afternoon, I noticed something unusual: some kind on monster saw vehicle being unloaded in front of 22 Ward, backed into the E municipal parking lot and parked across two spaces. Why was THAT thing there? I remembered meeting some surveyors in that lot a month or so prior. They told me they thought that the city planned on doing a major overhaul of the lot - something it really needs.


The next day, I took some pictures before the lot overhaul started.


By Monday, the vehicle was gone and no lot overhaul was begun.


A whole series of metered spaces closest to State St on the southern side of the lot was commandeered by a crew who dumped piles of crushed stone and left lots of construction equipment in those spaces. All this was right across the street from the entrance to the 389 Main site, but there didn't appear to be any connection between the two.

That was confirmed whenever any trucks came into that area of the lot, picked up or dropped off something and then headed south on State St.

I was walking up Passaic St from River St when I came upon the dug-up sidewalk in front of the YMCA and other businesses on that block - a project I hadn't heard about. I showed workers a picture of the saw vehicle and asked if that had dug up the sidewalks. It had.

It all started to make sense now. There really was no other place nearby to store piles of stone and needed vehicles other than the E lot - they just had to go around the block every time they needed something.


I went to Main & Ward to shoot some 389 Main images and saw that the sidewalk work had gotten started as far north as Ward. Back home, I took a couple of shots of the storage area and also made a video showing a truckload of stone being dumped.


This is a video of a small track vehicle clattering its way slowly down State St to go around the block to the sidewalks site.


At the storage area, a delivery of 15 space creatures was made. I have no idea what they are, but I'll bet somebody here does.............


We wrap up today's post the same way we started it (what's with this "we" stuff?): with the saw vehicle - this time, heading home. Had I known it was working that day, I would have headed right over to Main St. I'd like to see what this thing looks like in action.

More to follow.........

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The five floors are finished on the State St side, but Main St has three more floors to go.


I started taking pictures of people framed by red window tape. This is two shots of what I think this is the same guy.


1. The first windows on the State St side

2. While glass is what's happening on State, wood still rules on Main. ARBEC makes OSB (oriented strand board) panels. OSB and plywood are competitors.

3. View from the Passaic St side

4. The back ends of some trucks make interesting pictures.

5. The super-tall crane is done for the day and is shrinking down to size. A minute later, it was not visible.

6. Free ad for Ply Gem windows


1. Between the 3rd and 4th floors

2. It's hard to get TWO of them hanging outside of the windows at the same time, let alone 3..............

3. At the corner of Main and Ward


1. I took this from the NE corner of Main and Anderson (by Sears). It's kind of nice-looking..........

2. This is 2 stories of retail space at the corner of Main and Ward. Maybe I should lease it and sell my "before" pictures to the tenants.  ;-)

3. I saw this looking up on the Ward St side. Other than that, I have no comment.

4-8. Fun with color and composition as I walked around the corner from Ward to State. #8 shows what's going on where from the inside: wood in the front and glass in back.

9. The bucket rests its head on a wooden pillow.

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