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Hackensack Discussion / Re: "THE SACK"
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on December 05, 2020, 11:17:16 AM »
After I posted this, I continued reading The Record story on "The Sack" as reprinted in the Hackensack Chronicle and was surprised the owner of an eatery called BSO Wings on Main Street claimed "development is squeezing out small businesses and making room for chain stores like Starbucks."

Is there a Starbucks downtown? The only Starbucks in Hackensack, as far as I know, is on Essex Street, near the hospital, despite the wish of residents like me for one downtown.

And The Record story also claims "some residents" fear "gentrification will push out struggling businesses and homeowners."

Am I wrong that Main Street businesses have been struggling for many years, even before the apartment building boom started, especially after the Borgs closed The Record's landmark building in 2009 and decamped to Woodland Park?
Hackensack Discussion / Re: "THE SACK"
« Last post by Victor E Sasson on December 05, 2020, 11:00:40 AM »

I worked at The Record of Hackensack for nearly 30 years, starting in 1979, and moved here in 2007, and I have NEVER heard the city referred to as "The Sack."

I first saw that ridiculous name on a mural that was painted in a passageway off Main Street, what, a couple of years ago.

Now, The Record, which has been turned into a laughing stock by Gannett, claims "longtime residents have always known the city as 'The Sack'" and attributes that to "several Main Street business owners." The paper claims this inspired the Main Street Business Alliance to officially adopt the nickname and pay for a billboard plastered with the name on Route 17.

I guess Hackensack residents can only be thankful they don't live in Fort Lee, where residents are urged by business interests to "Be Fort Lee" by a large sculpture of those letters downtown.

Last week, I tried to drive on Main Street, and found a couple of blocks were closed or undergoing reconstruction and conversion to 2-way traffic. That brought to mind "the sacking of Hackensack."

I will never in a million years refer to Hackensack as "The Sack," despite all the exhortations of a business alliance that has profited mightily from downtown redevelopment -- a story The Record has ignored.

I took a photo of the Demarest Place mural with "THE SACK" in September 2019. Artist Damien Mitchell shows jazz tenor saxophone legend John Coltrane in the letter "S." Presumably, Coltrane played in a jazz recording studio in a home on Prospect Avenue that was later demolished to make way for expansion of Hackensack University Medical Center.


Hackensack History / Calling All Hackensack Police/Crime Historians
« Last post by Keoni-21230 on December 04, 2020, 04:50:14 PM »

I'm hoping someone among you might be able to help me find a police record, coroner's report, death certificate, and ultimately the grave of my Great Grandmother, Alfrieda Johanna Schuller.  But given the circumstances surrounding her death, she was probably interred in a pauper's grave and hopes of finding a marker are just a pipe dream.

In July of 1905, my Grandfather, Frederick "Fritz" Schuller (about 2 years old at the time) was found with his three siblings in an abandoned in Hackensack, NJ along with his dead mother Alfrieda. My Great Grandfather, John Schuller was nowhere to be found.  John eventually surfaced in Woodcliff Lake (Near Kinderkamack Road) many years later with a new family.

This account is part of a deposition made by Fritz to the U.S. Consulate in Naples, Italy as part of his petition for repatriation and a passport for travel back to the U.S. in 1924.  That is another story for another time.  But since he was born in the U.S. and living in Italy (for 13 years) with no papers, it points to how inconsistent records of all types were back in those times. 

So, any suggestions as where I could start looking for the types of records mentioned in the first paragraph of this post would be greatly appreciated.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on December 04, 2020, 09:03:02 AM »
How is it that the HACKENSACK Chronicle can't distinguish between a Main St view and a River St view? And why are the last two sentences in the caption not even sentences?

I guess we're fortunate that the picture isn't upside-down.

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Hackensack History / Here's something you've never seen before
« Last post by BLeafe on December 02, 2020, 06:45:01 PM »
I sure haven't.

I just found this and I don't recall EVER seeing it before. This is a scan of a 3" x 3" print.

This is the Holy Trinity School Bus on September 17, 1953: I just turned 6, so this must have been at the beginning of first grade for me in the old HTS building where the parking lot is now.........and Mom - of course - got a shot of me exiting the bus after school.

To me, this is like finding the old Aerosmith van on American Pickers.

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1. By November 22,  the island was gone but southbound traffic on Main St was still being diverted to Ward St............

2,3............but not any longer. By December 1, we're back to two-way between Ward and Passaic. It was unusual to see a northbound car on Main making a left onto Ward (not shown).

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: Found something interesting on eBay today
« Last post by BLeafe on November 29, 2020, 12:41:43 PM »
Check this out: some guy in Colorado is selling a Guido's matchbook cover on Australian eBay.

Does that make any sense?

Hackensack Discussion / Found something interesting on eBay today
« Last post by johnny g on November 29, 2020, 08:44:06 AM »
Unused book of matches from Guido's. I don't remember exactly when it became the Stony Hill but it must have been late 80's/early 90's I'm guessing?
Events & Calendar / Free COVID-19 testing in Hackensack 12-2-20
« Last post by BLeafe on November 27, 2020, 02:25:30 PM »
Next Wednesday at the Rec Center (116 Holt St) from 8:30am to 2:30pm

Git'er done!

Hackensack Discussion / Re: "THE SACK"
« Last post by johnny g on November 27, 2020, 07:53:17 AM »
I've heard that nickname before, it didn't really bother me although in the 80's when people would say "Crackensack" I would get annoyed. I've been hearing some radio commercials lately reporting the recent business growth in the downtown area and I believe the website is
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