On the brick wall in the background, you can see the remnants of an old painted ad: the words "Meet me at". And below that is the rounded top of something red, which looks to me like it was part of the original ad, but could also belong to the motley collection of graffiti and graffiti-covering paint that now obscures the rest of the ad (zoom in).
Here's one theory suggested by a simple internet search: The wall was painted by a department store to advertise its in-store Santa Claus. As was the case with these examples, "Meet me at" would have been followed by the name of the store, and the rounded red thing would have been the top of Santa's hat. But would a store really have paid to paint a wall with an ad for a short-lived seasonal attraction? All of the examples I linked to above were little buttons; that seems like a more sensible medium for advertising your Santa Claus.
In case you're wondering, it seems likely that the ad was once fully visible to people here on Liberty Avenue: I'm not sure what year the ad was painted, but a 1951 aerial image shows that the supermarket building in the foreground had not yet been built at that point. The ad would also have been seen by people passing by on the elevated rail line overhead (today's A train), as well as those waiting for the train at the eastern end of the 88th Street station.
Another garden right beside the elevated tracks of the A train
in the shadow of the A train.
I took today's pictures on an unofficial walk in Queens from Ozone Park to Howard Beach for the filming of this video.
The San Lorenzo Ruiz and Scalabrini Center has apparently replaced (or perhaps recovered — I called the center multiple times to find out but couldn't get anyone on the phone) the statue of San Lorenzo Ruiz that, as we learned, was cut down at the ankles and stolen back in 2008. The feet of the old statue are still on display in the front yard, but a figure of San Lorenzo now looks out over the street from a much less accessible perch up on the building's balcony. (A statue of Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, whose full-length robe must serve as a significant deterrent to ankle-snapping bandits, continues to stand in the front yard.)
Just a block away from GGGGGG's.
Shri Surya Narayan Mandir, another Guyanese Hindu Temple, stands just down the block from Prem Bhakti Mandir.
Here are a few photos from inside this Guyanese Hindu temple.
As seen through a bus stop
This boulder can be found at Proctor-Hopson Circle, a tiny piece of parkland in Jamaica named for John Proctor and Arthur Hopson, the first two area soldiers to die fighting for the 369th Infantry — the famed African-American regiment known as the Harlem Hellfighters — in World War I. A bronze tablet was mounted on the boulder prior to the park's dedication in 1932, but it has been removed (stolen?) in the years since.