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Hackensack Discussion / Re: July 1, 1988 (Hackensack Ford Fire)
« Last post by johnny g on July 10, 2018, 07:13:19 AM »
I remember it well...working at Guy Ross Chevrolet, and River St was chaos..traffic, fire trucks, police trucks..everyone trying to see what was going on..horrible
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Well, it only took about 9 hours, but it's done. QuickTime's seamstress apparently doesn't like my new OS and other upgrades and took FOREVER to sew various combinations of a dozen video pieces together.

What else can I gripe about? Oh yeah - as I mentioned in the stills post, Hackensack started the show early, so I missed the opening barrage while still setting up. The finale was VERY short............I'm not even sure I got it on video, so I feel gypped on both ends.

Usually after a great finale, I can hear the Foschini Park crowd - from my living room (a good distance away) - immediately and enthusiastically cheering. After this abbreviated finale, I listened for it and barely heard a thing. Maybe the crowd was as stunned as I was.

As I wrote on the YouTube page, here are some of the other goodies in this video:

- a not-nearby baby yelling
- the autofocus bouncing in and out
- cheap fireworks that were going off downstairs
- car alarms
- an ice cream truck that was too dark to make out and that I failed to verbally identify (it had been playing ice cream truck music)
- Hackensack after-show traffic honking horns during a Macy's segment

Other than all that, everything was peachy.

Be sure to hit the full-screen option. Viewing it on this too-brightly-backgrounded page makes everything way too dark.





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HACKENSACK

Finally, some GOOD fireworks (although they didn't wait until the advertised 9:15pm to start, so I missed a few while setting up).

I wish the second burst was the one that went off when I took the first shot, which - by the way - will look quite different next year when a 5-story building fills the 389 Main hole. BTW - I noticed that all bursts were above the horizon from my perspective, so I should still be able to see all of the Hackensack display.

The last shot is the offspring of the two that precede it.


MACY'S

Given the hazy sky, this was an unexpected surprise.............for a while. As you can see, it started off nicely, but then it appeared that so much smoke accumulated that only the tops of the huge barge bursts could be seen from this angle.


LEONIA

I thought I had missed them when I was concentrating on Hackensack's, but it turns out that they didn't even start until around 10pm - well after Hackensack's were over. They almost lined up with Fort Lee's The Modern 1 & 2 towers. I like the last one because it looks like the towers are about to be rolled over by a giant ball of fireflies (instead of fireworks).


MEADOWLANDS FAIR

The last shot shows a new ride at the Fair this year that flies you over the fireworks for around 600 bucks a pop.


All images are ęBob Leafe and were photographed from my living room except for the Meadowlands Fair, which I shot from my roof.

I DID make a video, but that'll take a day or two to put together.


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The pix:

Maywood (7) - 7-2-18

Saddle Brook? (1) - 7-3-18

No idea where [8] - 7-3-18

Meadowlands Fair (1) - 7-3-18

First shot includes 29 Linden. Eighth shot (which I think is Saddle Brook) shows Hackensack apartment buildings in the vicinity of Passaic and Prospect. The "No idea" shots were not nearby and were north of me. Many show a thin cloud at or below their level - probably non-dispersed smoke from previous exploding fireworks. They looked more interesting than Saddle Brook's (or whatever town it was), so I stuck with them. The fifth from the last image looks like a comet with exploding sprinkles on it.

All were done by 9:45 - 10:00pm, except for the ones from the Fair, which started at around 11pm (as they probably will tonight).

Overall, the various towns' displays have been somewhat disappointing, compared with previous years, so I'm expecting big things from the hometown tonight. I think Leonia might be in the frame simultaneously. It'll probably be too cloudy to shoot the Macy's fireworks from here tonight.

This will be my last year of having unobstructed views of the Hackensack fireworks from home. The 5-story 389 Main St project will be completed before next July 4. I'll still be able to see most of the good parts. Hopefully, the building's exterior won't be all lit up.

I think I'll try to make a flick tonight in addition to stills since it won't look the same  - or as good - next year.


All shot from my roof.



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Lodi (3) - 6-29-18

? (2) - 6-30-18

Paramus (9) 7-1-18

All shot from my roof.


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Hackensack Discussion / Re: North Hackensack Pathmark to close
« Last post by vsasson on July 01, 2018, 02:19:55 PM »
DUCK TONGUE, PIG SNOUT, LIVE CRAWFISH AND OTHER EXOTICA

Here's my full report on shopping at the new 99 Ranch Market, the big Chinese supermarket that opened on Wednesday in the space once occupied by Pathmark:

https://thesassonreport.blogspot.com/2018/07/big-new-99-ranch-market-in-hackensack.html

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Hackensack Videos / Re: Flooded Hackensack NJ 4/16/18
« Last post by ericmartindale on July 01, 2018, 09:59:44 AM »
This is why we need a Coles Brook Flood Control Commission, composed of Hackensack, Maywood, Paramus and River Edge residents.  We need flood detention improvements along both Coles Brook and Van Saun Creek.  There's room behind Lowes, in Staib Park where the abandoned basketball area is, and in select parts of Borg's Woods overrun with invasives.  Even just south of Beech Street. And additional areas in Paramus. If water can be held upstream, there will be less water in the creek downstream.  The brook can be widened in some areas as well
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Hackensack Discussion / Re: How to shop at the 99 Ranch supermarket
« Last post by vsasson on June 30, 2018, 03:21:35 PM »
99 Ranch Market, a big California-based Chinese supermarket, opened on Wednesday in the Home Depot Shopping Center on Hackensack Avenue (in what was once a Pathmark). The dim sum, roasted ducks and other prepared food make the store the closest you can get to Chinatown without leaving New Jersey. There were free samples, but they were nothing special compared to what is available at any Korean supermarket on the weekends. There is a fresh fish department, and live crawfish were $4.99 a pound. See videos I posted on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkqPcufAFn7/?hl=en&taken-by=victoresasson
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