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The Searls family home at 2063 Hoyt Avenue in Fort Lee, NJ. It was exactly where it says "Bruce Reynolds Boulevard" in this aerial view. If you look at larger sizes of this shot, you can see a woman on the front porch and two kids peeking out the front door. Guessing at the year. My grandfather, George William Searls, built the house. My father and sisters grew up there. My parents lived nearby in North Bergen when I was born, but moved here shortly afterwards. So I think of this as my first house. I have clear memories of it going back to before I was one year old. Grandma and Pop's older sister, Ethel M. Searls, lived there until 1955, when they sold it and moved for a year to Maywood, not far from where my family moved when I was about 1 year old. This scene is now paved over by Bruce Reynolds Boulevard, in front of a high-rise called The Modern. This is also exactly where "Bridgegate" happened, since behind the family garage is exactly where an eastbound entry to the George Washington Bridge was blocked. I believe the tree on the right, behind the other house, is still there, in a lot where equipment is stored. A short hunk of Hoyt is still in front of it too.


History: after Maywood, Grandma and Aunt Ethel moved to Brick Town, in Ocean County, where we all had small summer places in the woods near the edge of the pine barrens. All those houses are now gone too. The one that survived longest was The Shack, featured in many other shots in collections here.

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Taken on November 27, 2010