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Day 1066

An aged guardian

November 30th, 2014



One of a pair of Foo dogs standing watch over the...

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Majestic beasts, wild and free

November 30th, 2014


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Looking across the LIE

November 30th, 2014



at LeFrak City

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Outside a parking garage

November 30th, 2014


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The Journey Church

November 30th, 2014



The Queens branch of this church meets every Sunday here at Forest Hills High School, alma mater of such cultural icons as Simon and Garfunkel, Burt Bacharach, the Ramones, Art Buchwald, and Jerry Springer.

NYC is said to be the only major school district in the country that has banned religious organizations from holding services in public school buildings, but dozens of religious groups, like the Journey Church, have been allowed to worship in city schools for years while the prohibition has been challenged (unsuccessfully) in court, and Mayor de Blasio's administration has said it will develop new rules to allow these groups to continue using school property for their services.

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Today’s route — 12.8 miles

November 30th, 2014

Day 1065

AirTrain to JFK Airport

November 29th, 2014



The AirTrain terminal in Jamaica boasts of the "jazz legends . . . who have had an historical association with the Borough of Queens", although its list of musicians leaves out some pretty big names, including Earl Bostic, Wild Bill Davis, Lena Horne, Rose Murphy, Slam Stewart, and Cootie Williams.

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This is the old Van Siclen (or Sicklen) house (bird's-eye view) located around the corner from the granite markers we saw earlier today. The only information I can find about the structure comes from a few old photos of it added to the collections of the New York Public Library in the 1930s. Each of the photos has a description that was filed with it. According to one of these notes, the house was "said to be about two hundred years old" in 1931, but that sounds a little questionable to me. The other two notes indicate that a Disbrow and a Greenwood owned the house before it came into the possession of Van Sicklen.

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DUMP NO WASTE

November 29th, 2014



Most of NYC's sewers are combined sewers, meaning they collect both sewage from buildings and stormwater runoff from the streets in a single pipe and carry it all to a wastewater treatment plant. During times of significant rainfall or snowmelt, however, the increased volume of runoff entering the sewer can exceed the capacity of the system. In order to prevent a backup, the excess (including untreated sewage) is dumped directly into area waterways.

Some areas of the city, however, like almost all of southeastern Queens, have two separate sewer systems: one that carries sewage from buildings to a treatment plant and one that channels stormwater runoff directly to a local waterway. This prevents heavy volumes of runoff from overloading the treatment system and causing sewage overflows, but it also means that any pollutants in the runoff will be discharged into the city's waterways without treatment. Hence the warning on the storm drain above, which I assume was painted pink to call further attention to its message. (Other nearby storm drains were painted bright colors as well. Also, if you're wondering what the green and white dots are, here's your answer.)

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The AirTrain rides again

November 29th, 2014



Heading to JFK Airport

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Portal of the day

November 29th, 2014



Peacocks (close-up), security cameras, and the Great Seal of the United States (close-up; the seal can be found at least three other times on the property). This is the third bootlegged version of the seal we've seen so far; here are the other two.

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Substance over style

November 29th, 2014


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R.I.P. Jay Drama 131

November 29th, 2014



At the corner of 131 and 131

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Bush honeysuckle berries

November 29th, 2014


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Welcome to the Warriors Dojo

November 29th, 2014



Clockwise from left: Sojourner Truth (I think), James Brown, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln.