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Leonhard Eppig

November 3rd, 2014



One of Brooklyn's most successful beer brewers and the man behind the spectacular St. Barbara's Church in Bushwick

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Robert Mapplethorpe

November 3rd, 2014



From his 1989 NY Times obituary:

Mr. Mapplethorpe first gained widespread notice in the late 1970's for his elegantly composed, beautifully printed black-and-white photographs of the male figure, many of which were explicitly homoerotic. But he photographed the female nude with equal stylishness. Throughout his career he made portraits and still lifes of an almost sublime simplicity and intensity.

His photographs show a remarkable ability to give even the most common photographic subjects the status of icons.

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The Last Supper

November 3rd, 2014



in St. John's Cloister




Angelo Siciliano was a "97-pound weakling" who transformed himself into Charles Atlas, the millionaire muscleman with the famously advertised mail-order fitness course.

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A modest resting place

November 3rd, 2014



for the flamboyant Dapper Don

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St. John’s Cloister

November 3rd, 2014



A massive community mausoleum at St. John Cemetery

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Salvatore Lucania

November 3rd, 2014



a.k.a. Lucky Luciano, one of a staggering number of prominent mobsters buried here in St. John Cemetery

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Future gravesite markers

November 3rd, 2014



They're running out of places to bury people here at St. John Cemetery. In the photo above, we can see the former route of a path that has been removed (before and after) to make room for more graves.

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at St. John Cemetery

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Today’s route — 14.8 miles

November 3rd, 2014

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Flushing Post Office

October 19th, 2014



This structure, officially known as the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Post Office Building (it was renamed for a former congressman whose district office was located in the building), looks like it's in better shape than it was a year ago.

According to its listing on the National Register of Historic Places:

The building is the most distinguished of the Colonial Revival post offices erected in New York City during the 1930s, one of the most prolific periods of post office construction in the nation’s history. . . .

In addition to its architectural significance, the Flushing Post Office contains an artistically significant mural which runs around the entire lobby. This mural was commissioned by the Public Works of Art [Project] from Vincent Aderente and executed in 1933-4.

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Stained glass in the lobby

October 19th, 2014



of The Glen, a circa-1963 apartment building

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This is one of two blue Atlas cedars flanking the Queens Botanical Garden's tree sculpture entrance on Main Street. The trees have been part of the garden since its first incarnation as the Gardens on Parade exhibit at the 1939-40 World's Fair. When the garden moved to its current site to make way for the 1964-65 World's Fair, the trees moved with it.

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Backlit veins

October 19th, 2014


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Late-day roses

October 19th, 2014



at the Queens Botanical Garden