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Portal of the day

January 1st, 2013


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Wet Weather Discharge Point

January 1st, 2013



As we learned last January:

Most of New York's sewers are combined sewers, meaning that stormwater runoff and sanitary sewage are collected together in a single pipe. When there is a heavy rain, the volume in the combined sewers can exceed the capacity of the wastewater treatment plants. To prevent a backup of sewage into the system, the excess overflows directly into various waterways around the city at these discharge points.
This outfall is located, appropriately enough, on Flushing Bay. You can see a boom placed on the water to capture discharged floatables, which primarily consist of street litter that has washed into the sewer system.

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New Year’s Eve leftovers

January 1st, 2013



Perhaps these are the remnants of a dinner eaten in haste by the staff of the World's Fair Marina banquet hall, which, judging by the New Year's Eve paraphernalia strewn about, must have hosted a rather well-attended party last night. The marina was built as a boat basin for the 1939 World's Fair and was expanded to accommodate 800 vessels for the 1964 fair. It has since been scaled back, with a current capacity somewhere around 250.

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An out-of-season fountain

January 1st, 2013



at the World's Fair Marina banquet hall

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G is for Giraffe

January 1st, 2013



The Flushing Bay Promenade at the northern end of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is lined with black granite panels depicting one animal and one plant for each letter of the alphabet. (It's a pretty safe bet that ol' Henry Stern had something to do with this.) The artist didn't shy away from extinct or mythological beasts, including both "Dinosaur" and "Unicorn" in the collection. As I approached the end of the alphabet, I tried in vain to come up with an "X" animal or plant. The official selections were cop-outs: "Oxen" and "Oxalis".

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Public Health Advisory

January 1st, 2013



The black sign offers a seemingly obvious warning that is often found posted around New York City's waterfront:

Pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and children under 15 years old should not eat fish or eels caught in these waters.

Others should limit their consumption of these fish and eels.

Some fish caught in New York City waters may be harmful to eat.

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Perpetual Nature

January 1st, 2013



Part of the city DOT's Barrier Beautification Program (and located just outside the DOT's Harper Street asphalt plant)

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Now that’s more like it!

January 1st, 2013



Our friend gets a holiday makeover.

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The Iron Triangle

January 1st, 2013



Welcome to beautiful Willets Point, a sewerless, sidewalkless, 60-some-acre preserve of puddles and potholes that is home to more than 200 auto parts and body shops, as well as one lone resident.

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This project is part of Mayor Bloomberg's controversial, obstacle-laden plan to develop Willets Point into New York's "next great neighborhood".

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It sure is

January 1st, 2013


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Hey neighbor!

January 1st, 2013



The $800 million corporate logo-clad home of the Mets stands, hilariously, just across the street from the bombed-out wasteland of Willets Point.

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Automotive irony

January 1st, 2013



Willets Point, a neighborhood devoted almost entirely to fixing cars, is home to what must be the worst streets in the whole city.

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A National Historical Trail?

January 1st, 2013



This sign must be referring to the 7 train's selection as a National Millennium Trail in 2000 (about six months after John Rocker famously badmouthed the line).

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Wheel rack

January 1st, 2013



Outside a tire shop

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An optimistic portal

January 1st, 2013


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The body (shop) of Jesus

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And now I know

January 1st, 2013



what a muster point is.

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An old Huber roller

January 1st, 2013



Some age better than others.

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That’ll buff right out

January 1st, 2013


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Derelict vehicle?

January 1st, 2013



Now, this is a derelict vehicle.

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Best concrete plant

January 1st, 2013



(That's not an endorsement.)

This is just one of many industrial enterprises lining the scenic banks of the Flushing River. (Here's a close-up of the plant.)

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Former bar entrance

January 1st, 2013



These guys apparently did not think very highly of this building's old ornamental flourishes.

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Peter Haff Huis

January 1st, 2013



Named after an early Dutch settler of Flushing, this building houses several little businesses, including the defunct bar from the previous photo, as well as this Full Gospel Korean church.

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Back at the Scrap King

January 1st, 2013



Let's see how prices have changed since last January.

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Good advice

January 1st, 2013


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A Flushing landmark

January 1st, 2013



The old Serval Zipper factory




by my arch-enemy, Algerian

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Flushing Mall

January 1st, 2013



Home to one of Flushing's beloved Asian mall food courts