into its native dust
the remains of
a native of Scotland
I feel like this name is due for a comeback soon.
In fact, it's already started. After having last been one of the top 1000 male baby names in the US in 1923, it re-emerged on the list in 2004, and was ranked No. 823 in 2012.
Opened in 1893, Mt. Zion Cemetery contains within its bounds the tiny, and much older, Betts family cemetery, easily distinguished from Mt. Zion, as you can see, by its relative roominess. This area was once part of the estate of Captain Richard Betts, who is said to have dug his own (unmarked) grave here in 1713 at the age of 100. The stone in the foreground belongs to Daniel Betts Jr., Captain Richard's great-grandson, whose wife supposedly outlived him by 76 years, dying at the age of 109!
As we've seen, New York's emergency call boxes come in many different forms. This is the shell of an old Gamewell (check out the awesome logo) telegraphic fire alarm box with a more modern fire/police button system installed inside it. Gamewell was the dominant manufacturer of fire call boxes in the US, but this is the first Gamewell box I've noticed in NYC — within the city, they're apparently only found in a few neighborhoods in Queens. The cylindrical thing mounted on top of the box is a mechanical Arrestolarm, which would have blasted a "loud and distinctive warning shriek" whenever the box was triggered. This was intended to discourage pranksters from setting off false alarms by drawing immediate attention to anyone reporting a fire.
The bike rack in the foreground used to be a parking meter. Coin-fed meters (a.k.a. unofficial bike racks) have disappeared from the sidewalks of the city, replaced by multispace Muni-Meters, but some of the decapitated meter posts have been left in place and converted into official bike racks with the addition of a ring that riders can lock their bikes to.
Built around 1911, this is "thought to be the oldest synagogue in Queens". The congregation was originally Ashkenazi, but "in the late 1990s, a charismatic kosher butcher and rabbi from Central Asia moved to the area and slowly transformed the synagogue into the spiritual home of a community of impoverished Bukharan Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union." Here's an NY Times profile of that butcher-rabbi and his community (and here's a brief follow-up piece).