Author Topic: Main St, Hackensack, officially re-opens to 2-way traffic 5-7-21  (Read 326 times)

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A couple of hours before the 1pm ribbon-cutting ceremony, I shot a shaky, hand-held video of the northbound Main St ride from the Courthouse to Sears. Southbound was not yet fully-open, so I shot that the following morning. It's a crappy video, but it's among the first:


And this is the official City video of the ribbon-cutting ceremony:


The stills from the ribbon-cutting ceremony:

1. What gave us the room to hold the ceremony

2. The setup

3. The 'Vette and the Impala that signified both directions

4. The mayor - John LaBrosse (r.) - with 2 board members of the Main Street Business Alliance: Gary Banoun (l.), Jose Valencia (c.)

5. View of the whole scene

6. GOTTA get a shot of the beautiful police choppers

7. As the ceremony begins, MC Tom Freeman - fire chief and interim city manager - addresses the crowd as I slip around behind him to get the Chevys' view.

8. Former chairman of the Main Street Business Alliance, Jerry Lombardo

9. Current chairman of the MSBA, Bryan Hekemian

10. Mayor John LaBrosse

11. The moment (1:27pm) the ribbon got cut (someone referred to it as "the money shot")

12. It's something to clap about.

13,14,15. The mayor sends the cars in 2-way directions.

16. As far as I'm concerned - and being the son of a former Chevrolet dealership executive -  this is my favorite shot of the day.

Click to enlarge............ESPECIALLY the last one.

« Last Edit: May 10, 2021, 12:20:06 AM by BLeafe »


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Re: Main St, Hackensack, officially re-opens to 2-way traffic 5-7-21
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2021, 10:41:54 AM »
Great to see Hackensack coming back.  Looking forward to visiting again soon. Wish I didnt have to leave the area.  I miss my 59 Impala. Go Comets!

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Re: Main St, Hackensack, officially re-opens to 2-way traffic 5-7-21
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2021, 03:50:55 PM »
I remember driving up and down Main St every night back when it was originally 2-way in the mid-late 60s. It's where we showed off our hot cars and met girls. A big chunk of my social life was a result of "cruisin' the drag". It sounds sad when I hear myself saying that, but it was a LOT of fun.

About two-and-a-half years ago, I decided to try and see if I could find one of those "girls". I wasn't having much success until one day when I got home and found a message on my voice mail from someone who had moved away and thought the switch to 2-way had already happened:

Click below "12-4-18 call.mp3" link.

That was a 70-year-old woman who sounded exactly like she did when she was 19!

Last week, I invited her to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, but she no-showed.

Her '64 Chevy must have been in the repair shop.

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