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Old 11-20-2013, 03:54 AM   #1321
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So I picked up my friends Kawasaki Concours the night before the big ride.



I loaded everything I could the night before and then finished loading it up the next morning.

Of course I could have used a little more sleep!
But with the excitement of the day I knew that would not be a problem.

So at 4:40AM we roll out of the garage.



After I put my camera back in the bag and strap it to the back of the bike of course !

We took the same route we took the year before for Bruce Run III.
Up Rotues 206 to 130 to 1 to 21.

We arrived at our first stop, which of course was a gas station.



One of the other riders pulled in at the same time to get gas also.

Then another good friend of mine pulls in to say hi.

It had taken us a little bit longer to get here than I had planned.
The traffic around the Newark Airport was heavier than expected at 6:00 in the morning on a weekend !

After getting our gas we headed to our meeting spot just two blocks away.
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Our first stop was this nice neon palace.



The Tick Tock Diner on Route 3 in Clifton, NJ.



Note the sign that says "EAT HEAVY" !



It is on their website too !

When we pulled up to the diner I could not believe the amount of bikes that showed up.

We started out with 8 riders.







I needed to make a necessary stop after our long ride.
...........................................
And before starting our next one!

So I went inside for that and to see the other riders who were in
there getting their nutrition for the morning section of our ride.





Sorry guys, not the most flattering picture !

This is a very diverse group, one of the guys in these pictures is from England, one from
Scotland, one from I am pretty sure Germany, and one is from Scotch Plains, NJ !



And wow, look at the time!



Time to head out on our long day of adventure in Bergen and Passaic Counties.

The Tick Tock Diner was built in 1948 and has been a stop on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

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Old 11-20-2013, 01:39 PM   #1323
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Love NJ Diners...down here they are few and far between...definitely another thing i miss about the northeast
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:24 AM   #1324
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Love NJ Diners...down here they are few and far between...definitely another thing i miss about the northeast
Yes, for sure Diners are a part of NJ.
They are everywhere.
And they serve just about everything.
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Our next stop was pretty much just across the street.



This is a Bronze Traffic Tower that stood in the intersection of Broad and Market Streets in Newark, NJ.
It was there from 1923 to 1938, and at that time it was the busiest intersection in the United States.

An officer would climb into the top, somehow, and direct traffic.

One of our guys decided he wanted to give it a try !



The ornamentation on this tower is amazing.









I am assuming the louvers were added later to keep the weather out of the inside
because every description says there were glass panes on all four sides originally.





Today the tower is in Crest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery in Clifton, NJ.



This is the entrance we took to get in.
We went out the other side when we left.



From the cemetery entrance you could see the Tick Tock Diner where we started.



It is the red neon in the center, not the nice red shiny thing on the left!

The weather for this fine fall day was amazing.





And the group getting ready to leave for our next stop.



Information on flickriver about this Traffic Tower.

Here is a link to a painting by Cathleen Engelsen which shows the tower at the intersection.

The only old pictures I could find are for similar towers built for New York City by Joseph H. Freelander.

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The ones in NYC had lights on them.
The one from Newark looks like it was of similar design, but no lights were put in this one, and it is more ornate than the five built for NYC.

..............

I got some time to look up some more info on the tower.

It appears there was some inscriptions on the corners that I did not see when I was there !
Zooming in I kind of figured out that this tower was designed by Nathan Harris, an architect from Newark.

I also found a nice description of the tower on "Old Newark Memories"

Believe it or not, when this thing was built it cost them $25,000!

Chachinggggg!!!!

And there were apparently lights on the top.
Of course they were Green, Red and Yellow !

I also ran through a gaggle of pictures from Newark, but no luck finding the tower in its Natural Habitat !
Here is the link, coppermine gallery, if you are interesting in at least seeing Newark during that time.
All of the pictures tell the location they were taken from, and most have dates with them.

Very interesting picture collection.

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Our next stop was also in Clifton.



Rutts Hutt is listed in the book 1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die.



OK, we visited it !



It's not really much to look at !

And for some reason the interesting sign is on the back side.



I am guessing because that faces Route 21.

Founded in 1929 as a roadside stand they have become a little more permanent.

I saw a couple of the guys standing next to an interesting sign on the fence that overlooks Route 21.



I had to take a picture of course !!!

This is the exit I took getting onto Route 3 to start this ride.
However, I did come from the other direction.



This is the other side where the entrances are.



I was amazed at how they protected their beautiful trash cans !!!





The left side faces the road we came in on.



I could not resist this picture of our group in the early morning sun.



The one thing Rutts Hutt is known for is the "RIPPER"



From what I read they deep fry their hotdogs.
And they rip open.
Hence the name!

I was thinking of something else myself !!!!





Looks like they are motorcycle friendly.



I wonder what a Ripper Run looks like !





Open for Breakfast HUH !?



Who wants one of these for breakfast? (YouTube video)

Rutts Hut facebook page

Rutts Hutt on Wikipedia

It appears their drive-thru is also closed !



Oh well, perhaps my creative wife can RIP me up a hot dog some time !

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Next stop is for you Soprano fans.

We pulled up next to the place because it was the only place to park.



I then walked up to the front, of course !



This place is pretty small !





Good thing they didn't pick a longer name !



Looking up the street I see a Papa John's Pizza place on the corner !



I thought we were parked in their parking lot, but you can see the
one guy in the background leaning on the jeep keeping an eye on us !





Probably wondered all day why a group of bikes pull up get off and chat an then get back on their bikes and leave,
while one guy takes pictures!!!!

Here is a youTube video of The Sopranos introduction with Pizzaland at 1:16.

This Pizza Land is located on Belleville Turnpike in North Arlington, NJ.
Interesting they use two words instead of one for their name.

A nice article with a chat from the owner on NorthJersey.com

Some interesting facts about this place showing up in other TV programs on Wikipedia.

And, funny, I don't remember seeing that while I was there !





Looking East down the street I see this nice view of the New York City skyline.



I think the trash truck adds to the mood of the picture somehow !!!!!

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Leading us was a friend of mine who did a lot of recon for me before this ride.



As you can see he is a prolific rider !

I do have a GPS now, but with the borrowed bike I did not have a convenient location to place it.
So I follow.

Our next stop is historic from World War I.



At this location there was an munitions plant.
I don't know if you ever heard of the Black Tom Explosion in Jersey City where on July 30, 1916 German
Agents sabotaged the munitions plant on Black Tom Island. There was a massive explosion there.

Well, the same thing was suspected here in Lyndhurst, NJ.

500,000 pieces of 76mm (3 inch) shells went off before it was all over.

This little park and memorial are here to remember the event.





The heroine of this event on January 11, 1917 was Theresa Louise McNamara.
Tessie, as she was called, was a switchboard operator, and stayed at here post to warn as
many people on the grounds as possible about the situation and to GET OUTTA THERE !

Or as she put it "Get out or go up!"



Behind the memorial there remains only one piece of the whole factory complex.



A single smoke stack.



No one seems to know if the explosion caused the depression in the ground that is now a marsh.
Needless to say however, there us to be buildings where there is now water.

They are not actually sure if this was an act of sabotage or not.

Here are links for you to make up your own mind.

Wikipedia

Lyndhurst Historical Society

Interesting America.com which includes pictures of the aftermath and tells how people miles away were seeing a brilliant fireworks display.

And that is the Kingsland Explosion site.



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On our way to our next stop we passed another previous Tag that I did not think we had time to stop at.

Fortunately my wife was able to get a picture as we flew by.



I still have no idea what ""Real Milk!, Only Better!" means !

Our next stop was to commemorate some of the heroines of WWII.



Rosie The Riveter statue in Wood Ridge, NJ



Ain't she cute?

Looks like she is holding these guys at gun point.



Well, it is North Jersey !!!



Nope, that don't fit !



Someone put a lot of detail into this nice statue.







The stone pretty much tells the whole story.



And the sculptors name: John Giannotti.







This memorial commemorates the Rosie The Riveters who worked at the Curtis Wright Airplane Factory here in Wood Ridge, NJ.



Gotta get a Coka-Cola advertisement in there!

And a PC too of course !!!

The statue stands on a platform in front of a new apartment with retail stores complex.
The name Rosie Square is also used in this area but not sure if it is the development or this specific spot.



Rosie-the-riveter info on Wikipedia

Information on History Chanel on-line



We thank all you Rosies out there.

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Off we go, into the wild blue yonder.





Next stop was another diner.



The Bendix Diner in Hasbrouck Heights.





More people looking out wondering what is going on with this motorcycle gang!





The Bendix Diner is jammed between the lanes of Route 17 where Route 46 crosses.
There are also exit ramps and a local street running behind the diner.



But they seem pretty popular.



I walked back to where Route 17 split to take a perspective shot.



That is as far as I got because the traffic light behind me just turned green!!!

In front of me were two tractor trailers, some cars and a bunch of motorcycles !

And I think I found the BEND part of the diner!





I had thought this diner had something to do with Bruce Springsteen of NJ fame and heritage.
It has been in at least two movies: "Boys on the Side" & "Jersey Girl"
From NorthJersey.com Jersey diner lore

Unfortunately I can not find any more history on this diner.

There is a short writeup on tripadvisor

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I used to routinely pass the Bendix Diner on my way to either work or to visit friends in Hasbrouck Hts itself...that place is ancient...amazing its still open...never been in there to eat...
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I used to routinely pass the Bendix Diner on my way to either work or to visit friends in Hasbrouck Hts itself...that place is ancient...amazing its still open...never been in there to eat...
I am surprised there is no more information on it's history.

I will probably look some more when I get time.

You can't miss the place heading North on 17.
I am not sure how you would get to it heading south though!
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I was looking forward to the next stop.

Of course I was wishing I had my PC.

But the irony of the billboard next to the Incredible Hulk kind of made up for it!





I did try the PC shot with my friends bike.



Not the greatest.

So !





Yes, this is the Incredible Hulk.



But only half of him.



Or is that more like 2/3rds?

This Bail Bonds place is right across the street from the Bergen County Jail.

The Hulk of course if for the Bust Out With A.S.A.P. Bail Bonds slogan.







I thought the other side of the billboard was interesting because I had never seen a billboard in Spanish in America before !





This is about the only link for this one specific place.
But hopefully none of you will ever need it !!!!!!!!!!

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I was shy about taking pictures of the jail across the street.



I can not remember if it was this one or the one in Rahway where several guys got all of
their information taken and then verbally reprimanded for taking pictures of the prison.

So, caution was my best option.



But next to the Bail Bonds place was this interesting Mexican Restaurant.



La Frontera



I guess I should say that all of this is in Hackensack, NJ.





And the front.



Which for some reason has not been tagged yet !

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Our next stop was also another place I was really looking forward to seeing.

I will post my pictures in the order I took them, ...... just to keep you in suspense !



Also in Hackensack, NJ.

The thing we were here to see could best be seen from a nearby bridge.

So I walked over there to get some pictures and found some other stuff along the way.



Hackensack, NJ established 1693 !

Wow, I did not know that.

It was apparently originally called New Barbados Township until 1921
even though it was informally known as Hackensack.

Here is some history:
"The first inhabitants of the area were the Lenni Lenape, an Algonquian
people (later known as the Delaware Indians) who lived along the valley
of what they called the Achinigeu-hach, or "Ackingsah-sack", meaning
stony ground
(today the Hackensack River).[105] A representation of
Chief Oratam of the Achkinhenhcky appears on the Hackensack municipal
seal." From Wikipedia. (see link for more history)



In the background I see a large building which looked like a government courthouse.
Which I was pretty sure was a Tag at some point also.





So there was my destination.



Over the Hackensack River.



Before getting onto the bridge I see this small park squeezed in between the river and some buildings.



Seems they name every bridge and road now for some one.



Look, a bunch of Loons !





Now, after all of that, this is what I actually came to see.



Yes, a submarine, in a river in New Jersey.





This is the USS Ling.
A World War II Submarine.



The USS Ling had gone through several upgrades and retrofits over the years.
It's designation was SS-297.

Here is some information on Historic Naval Ships

It was built, of all places, in Philadelphia, PA by Cramp Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: November 2, 1942
Launched: August 15, 1943
Commissioned: June 8, 1945 from the Boston Navy Yard
Decommissioned: October 26,1946 and became a training vessel.
Reclassified: AGSS-297 in 1962 as an Auxiliary Submarine.
Reclassified: IXSS-297 in 1971 as a Miscellaneous Unclassified Submarine.
She arrived here in 1973.

I actually have been inside this thing when I was a Boy Scout up here in Northern NJ.
And you can still tour the inside of this piece of history.

It is pretty small inside.

Some great information and pictures, inside and out, from NavSource Online. You need to look at those pictures!

And here, of course, is Wikipedia.

This submarine is named for the ling fish, also known as a cobia, among other names.

There is so much here at The New Jersey Naval Museum that I took a lot of pictures,
so I will make several posts so you can see all of them !!!

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