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.
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.
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.