This farmhouse, the original part of which dates back to 1772, now stands on the grounds of the Queens County Farm Museum, which is said to be the oldest continuously farmed site in the state. The land was purchased by the Adriance family in 1697 and, through a succession of owners, served as a family farm until 1926. In the latter decades of that period it became a prominent commercial farm, producing more crops for market than any other farm in Queens. The state purchased the property in 1926 for Creedmoor State Hospital (today's Creedmoor Psychiatric Center), whose patients worked the farm as a form of therapy, growing food and ornamental plants for the hospital. In 1975, the property opened as the Queens County Farm Museum, which in recent years has become more of a serious working farm.
This little park was built by the Glen Oaks Village co-op. It was apparently intended to honor both members of the armed forces and victims of 9/11, but the plaque on the rock in the background, while dedicated on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, features only "A Tribute to the Men and Women Who Have Served Our Country", so I'm not going to count this in the official 9/11 memorial tally.
The plaques on the left side of the building commemorate fallen firefighters from this company. The largest plaque memorializes the six firemen who died in 1920 after an oil tank exploded while they were putting out a small fire on a barge at a Brooklyn Union Gas plant. (Engine Company 251 was located in Brooklyn at the time.)
As far as I can recall, three days ago was the first time I ever encountered sorghum growing in NYC. And now here's some more!
This is one of four stretch limos I passed within a span of maybe ten minutes today. In this bird's-eye view, you can see this limo and two others parked just a few houses away from each other.