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1,2. A little after 2:30 yesterday afternoon, I get on the Nordic Track in my back room because it's next to a window A/C, happen to look out the window and I see this.

3-6. So they strap it to a small crane on the back of a truck and get it upright ............in a crosswalk?

7. It looks like it's standing on something the size of a pencil.

8. Three men appear to pick it up.

9-11. One man seems to be carrying it to its corner (with a little help from the crane).

12. Man carries new lights as officer watches.

13-15. Men put new lights together. (what is that figure in the top middle of 14 and 15? It looks like a hand.)

16. Bike rider eyes where replacement light will hang from.

17,18. Man and crane bring up light fixture to hang.

19. Lights are up, but not on.

20. Back to normal sometime around 5:30pm.

I didn't know what originally caused this all to happen, so I called the HPD and was told that there was a "motor vehicle accident at around 1pm". The light pole didn't appear to be damaged, so maybe it was one of those taps that was a little too strong.

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Hackensack Discussion / Two musical minuses
« on: July 10, 2021, 11:00:40 AM »
1. The Hackensack Record King is closing after 56 years for redevelopment!  :(


2. "Fillet of the Soul"? Egad!

FILLET OF SOUL has been a local institution for over half a century...........and they originated in Hackensack, no less. How could a Hackensack newsletter not get the band's name right?

The name has nothing to do with "the soul".............from their site: "They wanted the name to symbolize the best of soul music, hence the name Fillet of Soul."

Yeah - I know: minor stuff - but not if you're in the band and have given your all to Hackensack many times. Details matter.






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Well, I don't know if they're the best photos, but they're the best I could come up with.

https://iaintjustmusic.bobleafe.com/?p=13592



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As you know, the city did not have a fireworks display again this year (and I LOVE to photograph fireworks), so I figured I'd settle for the Macy's fireworks on the East River (yes, I've shot them from my apartment before). At dusk, clouds and haze rolled in and that was the end of that...........until I heard a couple of tiny explosions nearby.

It looked like firecrackers were going off in the new municipal lot outside my window (first pic) and then bigger things were going off from almost the same spot (second pic). Suddenly, even bigger displays were going off from the northern corner of the credit union parking lot off Passaic and State (third pic).

They had continued in the municipal lot and it was pretty smoky when that stopped. You can see some of that in the fourth pic.

On a different part of the lot (SW corner) smaller stuff was going off (firecrackers and bottle rockets) and I actually got a shot of one taking off from Cape Cone-averal (fifth pic).

So the evening wasn't a total loss, thanks to the locals.

Let's hope the city brings its big Foschini displays back next year.



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Hackensack Discussion / The Hackensack phone screamer
« on: June 29, 2021, 04:10:17 PM »
Remember the Hackensack dancing guy at Anderson and River (http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php/topic,969)? I just found the Hackensack screaming phone caller in the E lot behind the First Presbyterian Church. I think her hat says "FBI Jesus" (which means "Firm Believer In Jesus").

I can't understand a word she's saying except for the very last word - something you might hear in a church.

Turn your volume ALL the way up.






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The Isleys have lived in Teaneck and Englewood, so they got streets named for them in both towns on June 24. Teaneck's distinction is that the band named their record label "T-NECK Records". Englewood's? Jimi Hendrix lived with the Isleys there for a short time.

Having been born and raised in Teaneck, I attended that ceremony with about 500 other people. We saw the Teaneck Twirlers and a group performing "Oh, Happy Day" and then heard from every politician, county official, relative, friend and neighbor before we got a glimpse of Ron and Ernie Isley.

After that, a covered sign atop the street signs at the corner of Van Arsdale Place (where they lived) and Van Cortlandt Terrace was uncovered to reveal "Isley Brothers Way".

Wouldn't it be nice if Hackensack finally acknowledged that Jimi Hendrix once played in Hackensack and that an (unofficially released) album called "Hackensack Blues" exists. If you're not aware, Jimi ("Jimmy James" then) was part of the King Curtis Review, which played at George's Club 20 at 20 Bridge St before he rose to superstardom. The club (and the building that housed it) are no longer there, but I think the small municipal lot that IS there would look a bit spiffier with some sort of sign or historical marker commemorating the man who once parked himself on that spot.

Back to the Isleys.........the pix:

1. The setup at the intersection

2. Ron & Ernie Isley

3. The family picture

4. The moment the cover finally came off the new sign (it had to be pulled off by hand when the string didn't work)

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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:
https://iaintjustmusic.bobleafe.com/?p=13356



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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.


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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.


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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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