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A tight fit

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Martin House

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The Eagle has landed

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Adding some Apollonian flair to a classic gatepost guardian

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DELICATESSEN

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NO PARKING ON SIDE-WALK

CIVILIZATION BEGAN IN AFRICA

STEP IN AT YOUR OWN RISK

(Zoom in.)

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A business card mishap

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What kind of business card is this, anyway? No first name? No email or website?

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The old Valencia Theater

June 14th, 2015





Standing here on Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, is the former Valencia Theater, the first of the five spectacular "Wonder Theaters" opened by Loew's in the New York City area in 1929-30. (We've previously seen the other three Wonder Theaters in NYC: the Paradise in the Bronx, the Kings in Brooklyn, and the 175th Street in Manhattan. The fifth theater, the Jersey, is located in Jersey City.)

According to David Dunlap of the NY Times:

A "Spanish patio garden in gay regalia for a moonlit festival," as early publicity releases described it, the Valencia was an atmospheric theater, designed by John Eberson, in which 3,500 moviegoers at a time found themselves seated under a blue night sky filled with twinkling stars and drifting clouds. [The clouds were projected onto the ceiling.]

Rising to the sky was a Spanish village, or rather a Spanish village as envisioned by an Austrian-born architect working in the Baroque Churrigueresque style from an office in Chicago to satisfy Hollywood tastes. Around the auditorium a half-dozen diminutive structures -- a gazebo here, a loggia there -- were arrayed in cascading tiers as if set on a hillside.

That was the payoff, but the experience of the Valencia began in the gleaming lobby, where moviegoers lined up between a long colonnade and a row of scalloped balconies. From there it was into the two-story grand foyer, with a vaulted ceiling and a fish pond with tinkling fountain.
When the Valencia closed in 1977, Loew's donated the building to the Tabernacle of Prayer for All People, a Pentecostal church, which has done an outstanding job of maintaining the place over the years, as evidenced by these breathtaking photos of the interior. The Tabernacle has made a few notable alterations, however, turning the figures of nude goddesses atop the proscenium arch into robed angels, installing a massive chandelier in the auditorium, changing some of the paint colors, and displaying a collection of discarded crutches from people said to have been miraculously healed at the church.

(In case you're wondering, I took the video above during what appeared to be a bible study being held in the auditorium before the Sunday morning service.)

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Sounds familiar…

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The building on the corner is a former control tower that stood beside the 168th Street terminal station on the now-demolished eastern portion of the elevated Jamaica Line. In addition to its ground-level storefronts, the building also contained an entrance to the station.

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Retail noise pollution

June 14th, 2015



A relentless robo-barker hawks various goods ("Any two [pairs of?] shoes for $35") and services ("Tattoo, body piercing in the back") at the 165th Street Mall in Jamaica. It's kind of mesmerizing if you just focus your attention on the short, gasping breaths tucked in between the verbal barrages.

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SUBWAY et al.

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169th Street on the F train

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Cars Magazine

June 14th, 2015



That's an apple core resting on the hood.

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GGGGGG’S

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According to the barber inside, the G stands for George.

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ALL NEW

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These candles, photos, flowers, and mementos were placed here in memory of Dillon Charles and Glenn Wade, two 23-year-olds who died in early April when their car crashed into this sidewalk shed outside Thomas Edison High School.

By the end of today, the first day of this year's Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, all the runners will have already passed this memorial more than 100 times each.

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Shade and shelter

June 14th, 2015



Because of work being done on Thomas Edison High School*, about a quarter of the Self-Transcendence 3100 racecourse is covered by sidewalk sheds this year. I assumed the runners would see these dreary, constricting structures as an ugly pain in the butt, but then one of the runners pointed out to me that the sheds will provide respite from the sun and the rain all summer long.

* Edison's website features an inadvertent tribute to the race. At the top of the home page is a picture of the school pulled from Google Street View. Taken in July 2012, the image shows two competitors in that year's race making their way around the block. (I believe the two runners are Pushkar and Baladev; Baladev is also taking part in this year's race.)

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The runners’ garden

June 14th, 2015



The chicory is in bloom across the street from the Self-Transcendence 3100 racecourse, in a narrow, unkempt strip of greenery that runs alongside the Grand Central Parkway.