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It was slow driving on Main St in the Salem-Camden area on Thursday (and no driving on E. Salem or Moore St in the same area). I was there to photograph the two giant cranes that were dancing about the construction sites.

Part 1 concerns the HUGE crane that could be seen from all over town and seemed to tower over Manhattan in the view from my apartment, appearing to be ready to pick up the Empire State Building in the first picture.

In the next four pictures, it's preening in front of the well-lit city just after sunset.

The next morning, it's kind of middle-fingering the ESB. That's when I headed over to the Current on River construction site (can't they get a better name?) to shoot this colossus. It's quite impressive fully extended.

The last picture was taken Friday morning when it was in its sleeping position. It hasn't budged since.

Part 2's (next post) crane was two blocks away and caused some of the traffic problems.

This is THE video still of this morning's event. I have about 3 dozen small videos to edit down to one and a few hundred machine-gunned photos to wade through plus a couple of other things I shot this week, so it may be a while before I get to post it all.

Finished: See separate posts for demolition photos (,3662) and demolition video (,3663).

Click to enlarge:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Masonic Temple (State and Warren)
« Last post by Editor on January 24, 2018, 05:29:14 PM »
For more on this, see: Hackensack Performing Arts Center (Post Completion) thread.,3658.msg12447.html#msg12447
Well, if you had today in the pool, you won.

The Hanson Real Estate building came down just before 10am. Fortunately, I just happened to notice when they started and shot this sequence from my living room.

The Don Alfonso Restaurant appears to be next. More later and click to enlarge:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Maywood no longer sending to HHS
« Last post by ericmartindale on January 23, 2018, 12:28:57 PM »
I relocated to Maywood on January 1st, and I have a step-daughter who just enrolled in Hackensack High. If you polled Maywood folks, I'm sure most would prefer Paramus over Hackensack, even if the entire town (not just 1/2 of Maywood, as now) would need to be bused. And that's a big cost. However, I think the chance of Paramus taking Maywood is ZERO. Paramus looks at Maywood as being a lower-income town, and they in Paramus want to preserve their own snootiness. Paramus is already a large school, and they would additionally feel that adding more students will increase enrollment. They would prefer a more close-knit school, and already feel the enrollment is too high. It's just not going to happen. Lodi has nothing to offer, as Hackensack is clearly better. Bogota, where Maywood used to attend, is packed to the rafters with students. Saddle Brook?  Also a tad snootier than Maywood, they won't want Maywood. There's literally nowhere to go. Maywood is going to continue it's sending relationship with Hackensack.
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