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High security

June 22nd, 2015



Good luck getting past the padlocked gate, you dastardly garden vandals!

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A survivor

June 22nd, 2015



This house at 455 Beach 37th Street was already standing in 1924, with no other structures in the immediate vicinity. By 1951, ten new residences had sprouted up around it, but by 2006 it was all alone again.

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Stained-glass flame

June 22nd, 2015



at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Gertrude the Great

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Take a seat

June 22nd, 2015


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Good times by the bay

June 22nd, 2015





Just east of the Beach 41st Street Houses, a couple of barrel grills and a roughly fashioned waterside shelter with ample seating can be found on the shore of Norton Basin.

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Located behind the Beach 41st Street Houses, this garden consists of 30 plots running along the shoreline of Jamaica Bay's Norton Basin.

Visible in the background of the top three photos, to varying degrees, are the old Edgemere Landfill (at left) and JFK Airport's control tower (center; zoom in).

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Farming the Rockaways

June 22nd, 2015



Edgemere Farm and The Healing Garden @ Far Rock Farm share about an acre of land here.

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Thawing Unit

June 22nd, 2015



The FDNY has five Thawing Unit trucks, one per borough. The trucks generate high-pressure steam that is used in the winter to thaw frozen hydrants and to keep important equipment free of ice during firefighting operations.

The fence beside the truck, enclosing a patio area outside the Engine 265/Ladder 121/Battalion 47/EMS 47 firehouse, is Jane Greengold's Best on the Beach. This work

consists of six sections depicting large waves, which represent the Atlantic Ocean to the South, and smaller, gentler waves symbolizing Jamaica Bay to the North. Inspired by the innovative decision by Engine 265 and Ladder 121 to equip their facility with surfboards for water rescues, Greengold chose to represent a surfboard and also incorporate the motto of the local firefighters, "Best on the beach," into the fence design. Greengold integrated yet another aspect of the surrounding environment into this permanent public piece by attaching steel seagulls to the top of the fence.
(We've previously taken a look at the old bell from 1897 on display in front of this firehouse.)

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Summer in Rockaway

June 22nd, 2015



Winter in Central Park

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Jaguar and friends

June 22nd, 2015


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These gravel roads in northern Edgemere were once paved, and were more populated as well. Compare aerial images from 1924 and 2012 to see how many houses have disappeared over the years.

The green hill in the background of the image above (zoom in) is the old Edgemere Landfill.

UPDATE: The streets have been paved again! Check out these before-and-after aerial views: April 2015 and June 2016.

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Catching some rays

June 22nd, 2015



A young Cookie Monster soaks up the sun on the shore of Conch Basin (a.k.a. Little Bay) by the old Edgemere Landfill.

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Wayne County Produce Co.

June 22nd, 2015



"The Aristocrat of Vinegars" — another presumed escapee from the Edgemere Landfill

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Wreckage on the shore

June 22nd, 2015



This looks like the ruins of a homemade pontoon or floating dock.

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Another beached vessel

June 22nd, 2015



beside the old Edgemere Landfill