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April 27

1-3. Various scenes around the periphery

4. Breaking up all the old curbing pieces from the lot's southern end

5. Creating new curbing between the wooden boards on the Ward St side

6. The little monster that digs into the lot's surface to make grooves for electrical lines and islands

7. Smoothing out the top of the new curbing

8. Future light fixture has to wear a hard hat.

9,10. Cement activity by State St

11,12. Cement activity nearer to my building

13. Cement work by Ward St as Officer Squillace walks past a car that appears to have been ticketed. I think it was parked there most of the day, but I don't know if it belongs to someone who works in the E lot.

14. It appears that the wheelbarrow died from carrying all that old curbing.

15. I would almost consider this to be an artistic scene. It looks like one of the big toilet paper cardboards contains some wooden stick matches (says the laughing mouth in the upper left corner).

16. Almost every day, I try to create a two-photo stitch that shows what the whole lot looked like at the end of the work day. They almost always fail because the near part won't line up the same way the distant part does (or tries to) and I wind up just using a single photo that covers most of the lot. One day the near end looked OK, but the far end had 389 Main collapsing in the middle as if a bomb went off. In this one, 389 survived, but the near islands - which should be a straight line - aren't...............but not disastrously the image is passable.


Since this project started, I've been woken every morning between 6-6:30am - if not by actual heavy machinery, then by the incessant beeping of various vehicles in the lot as they hit reverse..............over and over....................but not this morning!

I looked out my window. No one was around. Was it a holiday? No. So I just enjoyed my good fortune of a little extra sleep.

17. Later on, I saw two workers just off the lot on the property of the business on the corner of State and Ward. Their lot borders the E lot. I think these guys work on the E lot, but I'm not certain..............and I could see no activity on the business' lot.

I did see Officer Squillace and a couple of lot workers having a discussion on Ward St, but I have no idea what that was about. In any event, no work appeared to be done on this day..............EXCEPT for:

18. Whoever got there early in the morning and removed the city's movable electronic "No Parking" sign, whose usefulness I questioned in this thread on the day before: April 27.

Click to enlarge (especially the stitch).

TOMORROW (April 29, 2021) - WALK-IN (no appointment necessary) to the Hackensack Civic Center (215 State St) from 9am to 12:30pm!

Hackensack Health Department will be providing a walk in Covid-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday, April 29th from 9am to 12:30 pm at the Civic Center, 215 State St. The J&J one dose vaccine will be offered on a first come first serve basis. You must be at least 18 years old to receive this vaccine.

There's no excuse to not be fully-protected.............git 'er done!

1,2,3,4. New lot curbing along Ward St

5,6. Wooden boards come off newly-hardened concrete curbing between the lot and the business on the corner of State & Ward.

7. I don't know its formal name, but it looks like a giant nail.

8. Setting up the wooden boards before the concrete pour

9, 10. I don't know what these rolls are, but they're obviously very light.

11, 12, 13. Digging around and under the new curbing that's between the lot and my building, where it appears a light fixture will be placed.

14. Dead sign and meter pole

15. Picking up old curbing on the lot's southern border

16. End of the day shot

17. Is this REALLY the place where this portable sign is needed the most? ("Oh, darn - I had my heart set on parking on that pile of concrete chunks!")

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1-3. Scraping cement off the wooden boards so they can be used again

4. Measuring/leveling the curbing

5. The digging never ends.............

6. .............until the pizzas are delivered.

7. Updated near view

8. Guard doody

9. The new curbing on the Ward St side

10. Cement in the SW corner of the lot

11. Clean cement meets old cement

12. Smoke break on what looks like a very large Dr Seuss hat

13,14. Removing and scraping wooden boards

15. Old concrete appears to have a weak bladder.

16. Where one of the many lot lights will go - I'm told the lighting units will be flat and parallel-to-the-ground, so none of the surrounding apartment tenants will be affected. Yay!

17. The catch-the-board-in-mid-air shot

18. The end-of-Week-1 shot

19,20. Two after-the-rain-on Sunday-morning shots (4-25-21)

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1,2,3. Lubing, connecting, dumping

4,5. Overview + new cuts by the main entrance (stitch)

6. Wider near shot

7. Trucks in the day (vs. ships in the night)

8. CLEAN cement

9. Former island

10-13. Creating new cement curbing between wooden boards

14. Dust-dumping (looks that way, right?)

15. Leveling

16. Healthy lunch(?) from White Castle

17,18. Removing the wooden boards from the hardening curb

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I'm posting these in the order I shot them.

1. Not sure what these co-workers are doing at 7:03am.

2. Truck took a perfect dump at 7:10am.

3,4. The carve-outs get deeper.

5,6. The corners are becoming rounded.

7. Balancing act

8. The center island pole and lights came crashing down. I didn't see it nor did I hear it, but the smashed pieces tell the story.

9. Double dump

10,11. The center island pipes that I think contain the electrical wiring get covered up.

12. The Ward-side island - getting dug out - awaits the to-be-connected electrical pipe pieces near the top of the pic. The pipes will only reach as far as the back end of that white car and then take a sharp left in front of that small curb you see by the car. That curb is the dividing line between the parking spaces of the business that's on the corner of State and Ward and the Ward Street side of the E lot. Various flavors of rock and dirt take up most of the rest of the image.

13. This is a closeup of the pipes being put together next to the dividing curb of that business's parking spaces.

14. Pipes are covered by red tape, but I can't read what it says.

15. Between my building and the western edge of the lot were curbs for the spaces located there. They've been dug out and are now being pushed across the lot to an area where they'll be loaded into a truck and carted away.

16. Busy guy..........

17. The end-of Day-2 shot. You can see where that business on State and Ward is, their spaces and even that white car in the upper left corner,

18. I had to go outside for a minute and later walked over to the E lot to see what that red tape said on it.

19. Here is where that curb between the lot and my building was.

20. I had no idea how long a project this might be.................maybe a week or two? As I was leaving the lot, I saw this sign (I was a little off).

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1. Two days before TUSDAY, I thought I should take a couple of "before " shots. so I walked across State St, turned around and took the E lot's final portrait stitch, just in case this turned into a photo project.

2. I also took one last shot of the main part of the lot from my apartment.

3. As I started taking a LOT of pictures of the actual work two days later, I realized that I DO have another start-to-finish project right in front of me, so I changed the post's title to make it more accurate. The rest of the pictures in this post are from Day 1 (4-20-21). The first thing they started on at 7am was the western end of the center island, nearest to me (there will be no sleeping late on weekdays for a while).

4. Save for the parking lot light pole, the takedown of Center Island progressed to State St.

5. More blueprints and white spray

6. Some of the supplies from a D. S. Meyer Enterprises truck (DSM is doing the makeover)

7. The center island has become a broken concrete hill.

8. All the island pieces are pushed together to be carted away later.

9. The larger pieces of the island closest to Ward St get broken up. Not a bad shot for 7 floors up (he says modestly, as he hurts his arm from patting himself on the back).

10. First look at the demolished islands

11. Looks like fun in the playground

12. The Ward-side island is cleared of concrete pieces.

13. This is how these items were trucked and rather unceremoniously dumped.

14. More added dirt piles from the Ward-side island

15. Start with a stitch and finish with a stitch. Minus my, uh......adjustments, this is how things looked at the end of Day 1. Late additions: some unusual carve-outs at the near ends of the two former islands and breakup of part of the third island (on the far right).

Click to enlarge - especially the stitches.

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'."

Click horizontals and 3-photo sign stitch to enlarge.

40's only taken 11 years, but I've finally found some more information AND a photo of a classmate of mine getting the shot. And once again, the provider of all this bonus material is none other than Detective Mom.

In a box that contains my Baby Book, I found a whole slew of newspaper articles, pictures, papers, notices, and polio vaccine information etc., under that book, including one that mentions - in the vaguest terms - how Holy Trinity managed to get its hands on a vaccine supply before anyone else. The ephemera also mentions an HTS bomb scare in 1954, a Cub Scout Blue and Gold dinner in 1957 and other Brownson HS/Holy Trinity School (all in one building where the parking lot is now) goings-on in 1954 and 1955 that I'll post later.

1,2. This is a 4-page brochure that was sent out a month before we were vaccinated:
    a). Back and front
    b). inside

3. The photo of classmate Elizabeth Cunningham being inoculated and the incomplete story of how the vaccination supply was obtained. This was in the same-day paper, "The Bergen EVENING Record" of 4-20-55.

4,5. Two notices for parents from June and July 1955

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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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It was a little different setup when I returned to the Civic Center today for my second shot. The 15-minute waiting area had expanded and was right up front, facing me as I walked in. There were more people in the room because there was now an added line for the 1-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine and all vaccination stations were now against the back wall.

After dittoing the first visit's paperwork, I was told to go to the back right corner. Somebody else put me in the back left corner where I shot:

1. Stitch #1

2. I then noticed I was next on the J&J line, whose station was closest to me and that the Moderna-labled stations were furthest from me. I brought this to the attention of someone, who told me to go across the room to the Moderna line - in the same back right corner I was told to go to in the first place. This was the only - and very minor - misstep in my two visits there.

3, 4. I was greeted by a very nice healthcare worker and explained to her that I needed someone to photograph my vaccination. "No problem", as she went to get someone. While she was gone, I photographed some vaccine bottles and loaded syringes. I assume that the bottom (closest) syringe was for me.

5. The shot of the shot. The young lady who took the photo said she made sure to include the shirt. The woman administering the shot jokingly said she'd keep injecting me with vaccine until we got the right photo. Fortunately, it only took one shot by each of them.

6. On to the 15-minute waiting area. While I was waiting, one of the healthcare workers asked me where I got the shirt because she HAD to get one for her husband. Before I left, I took a 4-image photo stitch of the room. The people standing by the far left wall are on the Moderna line. The man on the far right is on the 1-shot J&J line.

7. Speaking of the 1-shot J&J vaccine, the Health Department has just posted a notice that they have appointments open for that vaccine next Tuesday, April 13. If you haven't gotten your shot(s) yet, jump on this one-and-done opportunity quickly!

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Events & Calendar / Re: Wave to the Easter Bunny this Sunday
« on: April 04, 2021, 05:30:03 PM »
So I went over to the Foschini Park exit this afternoon to see what was going on. It was kind of slow, but then picked up a bit.

I thought it was just a waving event. I didn't know they were giving out toys to the kids, so that was nice of the HFD and HPD (and the Bunny and Sparky) to do. In the first picture, you can see empty toy boxes. In addition to the kids in cars who waved and got gifts, there were some mothers with children who were utilizing the park who came by and were warmly-greeted, with the kids high-fiving Bunny and Sparky, getting gifts and having their moms take pictures with them.

On my way out of the park, I took the last two shots from my car.

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Funny you should mention shooting behind that Shop-Rite. That's what I was doing 2 hours before you posted, bothering the geese (I caught a drop of water falling off its beak), shooting the colorful cart shelves and the AOK truck by the Shop-Rite loading dock and admiring the stunningly-beautiful Ridgefield Park shoreline (yuck!).

No bald eagles, unfortunately.

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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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