This monument, entitled Postcards, honors the 270-some Staten Islanders who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, as well as another who died in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. The two oversized "postcards" frame the skyline of Lower Manhattan, where the twin towers stood; on the inner sides of the postcards, each victim is memorialized with a granite plaque and a carved profile of his or her head in silhouette.
Looking down Miller Avenue from the heights of the Ronkonkoma moraine. If you zoom in, you can even see Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway Peninsula way off in the distance.
As you can see in this terrain map, Highland Boulevard runs along the edge of the Ronkonkoma moraine; the ground drops off sharply behind me down to the outwash plain of southeastern Brooklyn.
An enclave of massive houses at the northern edge of greater East New York
As if this wall in front of Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St. Joseph, a Discalced Carmelite monastery, weren't high enough, they've also gone to the trouble of embedding shards of broken glass along the top of it.
(Here's a bird's-eye view of the monastery.)
You probably don't recognize his name, but Mr. Brenner is the creator of one of the world's most reproduced works of art, with nearly half a trillion copies made since 1909. If you live in the US, you're extremely familiar with this work, and your eyes have likely passed over his initials countless times without ever seeing them.
We're now in Mount Judah Cemetery, yet another burial ground in the Brooklyn-Queens cemetery belt.