Monday, May 23, 2011

Hackensack, c. 1961

Something about this view reminds me of an early scene in Psycho, when Janet Leigh is absconding with bank funds, driving down a busy street and running into her boss who thought she went home sick.

A lot of main streets looked like this, chock full of interesting stores and movie theatres--I'm impressed there are two here, the Oritani and the Fox. Franklin Simon and Arnold Constable used to anchor this street. All gone, as people moved to suburbs and shopped at malls. A lot of these low-rise buildings are still there, repurposed for other businesses, Mexican and Central American restaurants, a beauty school, state offices. I think Cowan's lasted until a few years ago.

1 comment:

  1. It looks a little eery - I think because there's not a human in sight.