Just east of the Beach 41st Street Houses, a couple of barrel grills and a roughly fashioned waterside shelter with ample seating can be found on the shore of Norton Basin.
The FDNY has five Thawing Unit trucks, one per borough. The trucks generate high-pressure steam that is used in the winter to thaw frozen hydrants and to keep important equipment free of ice during firefighting operations.
The fence beside the truck, enclosing a patio area outside the Engine 265/Ladder 121/Battalion 47/EMS 47 firehouse, is Jane Greengold's Best on the Beach. This work
consists of six sections depicting large waves, which represent the Atlantic Ocean to the South, and smaller, gentler waves symbolizing Jamaica Bay to the North. Inspired by the innovative decision by Engine 265 and Ladder 121 to equip their facility with surfboards for water rescues, Greengold chose to represent a surfboard and also incorporate the motto of the local firefighters, "Best on the beach," into the fence design. Greengold integrated yet another aspect of the surrounding environment into this permanent public piece by attaching steel seagulls to the top of the fence.(We've previously taken a look at the old bell from 1897 on display in front of this firehouse.)
These gravel roads in northern Edgemere were once paved, and were more populated as well. Compare aerial images from 1924 and 2012 to see how many houses have disappeared over the years.
The green hill in the background of the image above (zoom in) is the old Edgemere Landfill.
UPDATE: The streets have been paved again! Check out these before-and-after aerial views: April 2015 and June 2016.