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Day 1060

Lounging in the autumn sun

November 24th, 2014



at Gantry Plaza State Park

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BUY MORE SODA

November 24th, 2014



The old Pepsi bottling plant on the Long Island City waterfront is gone, replaced by a swarm of glassy high-rise apartment towers, but its classic sign remains as a charming reminder (and example) of PepsiCo's tireless efforts in furthering our nation's obesity epidemic.

Day 1060

The Midtown skyline

November 24th, 2014



as seen from Anable Basin. Just to the right of the slant-roofed Citigroup Center is 432 Park Avenue, which was topped out in October and is now the world's tallest residential building (though not for long). It also has the highest roof of any building in NYC and is considered the city's second-tallest building altogether (though, again, not for long). You can see spectacular photos from the roof and from one of the apartments here.

Day 1060

Prudence Ferry

November 24th, 2014



Now moored in Anable Basin, this boat once served as a Prudence Island ferry in Rhode Island. Plaxall purchased the vessel a couple of years ago with the idea of turning it into a floating beer garden, but that plan has yet to come to fruition.

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PLAXALL

November 24th, 2014



A Long Island City institution founded on thermoforming

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Today’s route — 4.3 miles

November 24th, 2014

Day 1058

Late-day sun on Liberty Avenue

November 22nd, 2014



At right, although it's hard to see in this photo, is a pair of dueling Queens chrome dealers. A look at their storefronts reveals an impressive array of ornamentation options on display.

Day 1058

THIS MONTH ONLY!!

November 22nd, 2014



B&S Lighting & Furniture

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1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe

November 22nd, 2014


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Formerly the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. You can see a couple of dirt-road-era photos of the church here and here.

Day 1058

9/11 memorial #218

November 22nd, 2014


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Hilton Holiday Gardens

November 22nd, 2014



How did this little park near JFK Airport get its name? Well, if an NYC park has a strange name, there's a good chance that Henry Stern is the man who thought it up. For some time during Mr. Stern's reign as city parks commissioner (which ended in early 2002), the hotel in the background of this photo was a Holiday Inn, and there was a Hilton two blocks away. I'd guess that Mr. Stern just combined the names of the two nearby hotels and tacked on "Gardens" at the end for good measure.

It so happens that the former Holiday Inn (after first being rebranded as the International JFK Airport Hotel) became a Hilton in February 2012, but I doubt that had anything to do with how the park got its name, as Mr. Stern was no longer commissioner at that point. (It's hard to tell for sure in this Street View image, but it looks like the park already had a "Hilton Holiday Gardens" sign in 2007, when the hotel was still a Holiday Inn.) There's also now a Hilton Garden Inn located about half a mile away, but I think that's just a coincidence as well: the building was constructed between 2003 and 2005, after Mr. Stern's tenure.

Day 1058

R.I.P. Asia

November 22nd, 2014



What appears to have been a little-used bulletin board for the Teens At Parks program here at Baisley Pond Park has been transformed into a memorial for D'aja (Asia) Robinson, a 14-year-old girl who was killed in 2013 when the bus she was riding was fired upon and she was struck in the head by a bullet apparently intended for someone else.

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Heading south toward JFK

November 22nd, 2014



The Van Wyck Expressway and, above it, the AirTrain

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XGDF Association of New York

November 22nd, 2014



An organization for former members of the Guyana Defence Force