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.............has created a new company:

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This torch run benefited Special Olympics New Jersey.

I happened to see it going by on State St while I was shooting today's E Lot work. These were taken on both sides of Passaic St and the whole procession was a lot longer than I show here.

From what I could tell from their site's map, we're on the blue line and it headed south from here before crossing the river and ending in Ridgefield Park.

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Hackensack History / Unique source of local 1920s ads
« on: June 03, 2021, 02:41:10 PM »
Included are the following:

The Record (Bergen Evening Record)

1925 classified ads:

- 115 and a 1/2  Main St

- 50 Passaic St

- 238 Main St

- Cedar Ave

- Sussex Rd

- Oritani Theater

- 258(?) Main St

- 681(?) Main St

- Comfort Coal & Lumber

- Buy a new Ford at 25 Banta PLace!

And they're all right here:

Hackensack Discussion / You got that?
« on: June 01, 2021, 08:35:00 AM »
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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.

It was about 10:45am when I heard a helicopter over my apartment. I first saw it as it headed southeast, before it then headed north, seemingly along the Hudson River (first pic). Suddenly, it swung back and headed west. It came closest when it went by the steeple of the First Presbyterian church (second pic). I zoomed in as much as I could to get the third pic.

I can't remember ever seeing a red helicopter before, so I looked it up (fourth and fifth pix).

Apparently, I photographed a US Coast Guard helicopter in a large figure 8 that I saw half of. Anyone know why a Coast Guard chopper was flying over Hackensack yesterday?

Click to enlarge a couple of them.

1-3. I must have caught them on a break on the 27th.

4-6. On the 30th, I was told that they had to connect a drain (I think.............the man was a little hard to understand) to the main line.

All better now.

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NOTE: Title has been changed.

1-16. Last Thursday, I saw someone in the E lot behind my building surveying the entire lot and spray-marking everywhere, including Ward and State streets. It looked serious. "Oh no - they're gonna put up a twin 389 Main right behind the original in the E lot (and 20' from my living room window)!"

The next day, a couple of Bobcats were parked in the lot, ready to start digging it up.

Time to check in with The Editor: "What's going on?"

The reply: "Refresh: New curbs, paving, drainage, pay station. (No more meters)."


By the end of the day, 3 Bobcats and one police electronic sign were tucked into the SW corner of the lot.

17, 18. Yesterday, another piece of equipment was added.

19,20. I decided to go outside and see if the sign was functioning yet. It was, telling everyone that the lot will be closed on the 20th and that all cars must be removed. I think a lot of people will either not see that sign or read it incorrectly, so their defense might be, "But your Honor - the sign said 'TUSDAY'.........I thought it was missing two letters and meant to say 'THURSDAY'."

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Last week from my apartment, I could see Rt. 80 under the World Trade Center. Under Rt. 80, there was some construction going on. Is that the near-Bowler City project or the one that's replacing The Record? More importantly, is it going to go any higher and block my view of Rt. 80?. I DID see a tall crane in the vicinity on most days, so that would be the clue.

Time for a photowalk. There's lots of construction going on in that area, so this would be worthwhile.

Pic info:

1. The aforementioned view from home

2. From River St, here's what the across-the-street-from-Bowler-City project looks like.

3. This is a photo stitch looking down the Midtown Bridge Approach on the left and River St on the right, where you can see the project on the former property of The Record................and a tall crane.

4. This is the crane I had seen on many days from home.

5. From River and Mercer streets, here's the whole project and the crane - PLUS an artist's rendering of the finished project. This is the construction I saw from home, it will not have more floors added and - for whatever it's worth - Rt. 80 should appear to be carrying traffic on the roof of this new building for years to come.

6,7. Two more project images from south of the building ("A New Record in Hackensack Living"? Oy!)

8. Geez - you'd think they could come up with their own sign instead of glomming onto the old Heritage Diner sign. Consolation: they appear to be open 24 hours a day for cocktails. That should make the residents' kids happy.

9. Meanwhile, two blocks to the west, 150-170 Main seems to be nearing completion (and looming very large over the Print House).

10. At the bottom of the previous shot, you saw buses. Here's why. And you may want to make sure you wear a watch if you need to catch a bus there. I shot these two pix at 1:55pm and 2:07pm. Not only is the bus terminal's clock not working, but time went backwards by one minute during that 12-minute gap.

11. Just south of the bus terminal is new construction on the NW corner of River and Bridge streets.

12. This is an artist's rendering of what's being built there - a rock-climbing facility!

13,14,15. A couple hundred feet directly east of that place is our old friend - the USS Ling............still there, but who knows for how long.

16. That last shot was taken from the Court St bridge. Court St becomes W. Fort Lee Rd in Bogota. On the other side of the street and a few more hundred feet east is the project that replaced the famous Hess oil tanks - the River Club. This is a 6-photo stitch that looks south and came out surprisingly well............except for one minor detail. Somehow, I managed to cut off a bit of the very first building I shot (far left). The first shot - by definition - is supposed to be the easiest.

17. Here's some of the natural beauty awaiting those River Club tenants with a northerly view.

18,19. Swinging over to Costco on the Hackensack side of the river, I shot these two River Club images. Strangely enough, the second image shows the first building that I mysteriously cut off in the previous photo stitch. Too bad it's the wrong side.

20. What better way to end this photo journey than with a seagull happily walking in shallow mud. Wished I could have done the same.

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As you may know, Comfort Coal & Lumber Co occupied the block where Walgreen's is currently located on Anderson St and burned to the ground in a spectacular fire in 1958. Hiram Blauvelt - owner of the famous Blauvelt Mansion on Kinderkamack Rd in Oradell - was the president of Comfort Coal.

I recently found a letter in my parents' possessions that I never knew existed. It's from (and signed by) Hiram Blauvelt and expresses condolences to my father about the recent death of his father. My grandfather died on August 20, 1947, and the letter was written on the 24th.

I'm not aware that anyone in our family personally knew Mr Blauvelt, but we were Comfort Coal customers, getting regular coal deliveries to our basement to heat our house. How did someone of Mr Blauvelt's stature find out so quickly about and react to the death of a customer? Did secretaries scour death notices in newspapers and cross-reference them with customer lists?

Whatever the situation, I have new-found respect for Hiram Blauvelt, whose Coal kept me Comfort-able throughout my childhood.

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Hackensack Discussion / How does this work?
« on: March 31, 2021, 09:35:01 AM »

Events & Calendar / Wave to the Easter Bunny this Sunday
« on: March 29, 2021, 11:53:19 AM »
9-11am and 1-3pm:

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