New Jersey Test Drive
I took the day off from my grueling work schedule & hit the road with the “kids”. I wanted to make sure the new computer is indeed wi-fi friendly, Sparkle’s running right, Dee’s up for shooting, and all that before embarking on the upcoming five-week trip. All good except for the crappy inverter for charging the computer via cigarette lighter. The piece of junk just falls out the hole every few seconds — glad to find that out now so I can get a replacement.
The weather was pretty cooperative. Some clouds rolled in at mid-day. We were also stuck in traffic for at least an hour in Paterson. It seems the rain earlier this week really hit NJ hard & all the rivers are overflowing. Bridges barely passable (scary!) and giant puddle lakes. Police cars stationed everywhere like barricades. This photo shows what would normally be an intersection. I don’t know how these folks are getting to their apartments — I guess they aren’t:
The dogs were happy to be running in new territory. Found some big grassy spots here & there (even in urban Northern NJ). However, it was pretty soggy everywhere & I got my shoes & socks wet early on and was stuck that way without spares since we were doing just a daytrip.
On with the signs & buildings…
From Jersey City — the Court House Pharmacy (yes, just across the street from the court house):
another sign from Jersey City — love the matching fire escape:
A former Woolworth in Hackensack:
with terrazzo floor at the doorways:
Another five & dime store — a local one in Closter from 1960:
Some nice mid-century features at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church in Westwood — dedicated 1964. An electrician went in that side door and I had to stop myself from running in behind him to check out the stained glass & interior:
Glassman Drugs in Paterson is a real gem. This photo not nearly so nice as it looked in person. Neon over porcelain enamel tiles:
and the nicely weathered sign — with some remaining opal glass at the top. Followers of my blog and fellow sign junkies already know — these translucent letters would have been lit from behind by bulbs:
A really nice skeleton sign (window sign) in Prospect Park at the King Garden Chinese restaurant:
And, lastly, a nice little Hess gas station office in Rockaway. It seems these are really rare now — having been replaced with the big c-store buildings. Guess this lot was too small for that. Surely, the place was neat as a pin when the station first opened with no crap taped to the windows, etc.:
Exhausted from today’s sprint across NJ. But the dogs & I are more than eager for the Next Big Trip. Come on back y’all in a couple weeks!
Notes to newcomers: All my blog photos are “clickable” (clicking on them leads to bigger photos). Also, I simultaneously post different photos each night to the “agilitynut” Flickr account while on these trips: