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Beneath the J train

April 30th, 2015



Looks like there's been a rotating cast of babes here over the years: 2009, 2011.

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This building opened in 1937 as the new home of Franklin K. Lane High School. The vast majority of the school sits in Brooklyn, but the easternmost part of the building (at right, above) lies in Queens. According to the city Department of Education, it's the only two-borough high school site in NYC. If you zoom in on the scoreboard at left, you can see that the athletic field is apparently called "The Graveyard", undoubtedly a reference to the cemeteries that abut more than half of the school's perimeter (aerial view).

Notable Lane alumni include Red Holzman and Alfred Kazin (author of A Walker in the City), as well as drop-outs Richie Havens and John Gotti. Lane graduated its final class of seniors in 2012; like some other large, struggling high schools in the city, it has been phased out and replaced with a number of smaller schools that now occupy its former building.

But let's get to the important stuff. Here's a picture of one of the building's urinals. I found this photo at urinal.net, which is 1) a real site, and 2) even more wonderful than it sounds. Check it out if you're interested in perusing the "largest collection of urinal photographs ever assembled".

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Woodhaven Rifle & Pistol Range

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Dexter Park

April 30th, 2015



Dexter Park (more photos) was located on the north side of Jamaica Avenue here in Woodhaven, Queens, just east of the Brooklyn-Queens border. Many different sporting events took place at the park over the years, dating back to the 19th century, but it's best remembered as the home of the Bushwicks, a prominent semipro baseball team that played here from 1918 to 1951.

As the sign above indicates, many all-time greats from the major leagues and Negro leagues competed in exhibition games here against (and occasionally for) the Bushwicks. Dexter Park was among the first baseball stadiums in the country (though not the first, as is sometimes claimed) to install a permanent lighting system, allowing for night games to be played starting in 1930, five years before night baseball reached the major leagues.

The commemorative sign pictured above stands in the parking lot of a C-Town grocery store, but most of the park's former property is now occupied by modest brick row houses (aerial images: 1951, 2012). While no physical trace of the stadium remains, its name lives on in Dexter Court, the street that runs along what was once the western edge of the property.

The subway station over Jamaica Avenue in the photo above is the 75th Street–Elderts Lane stop on the Jamaica Line, served by the J and Z trains. The station's platforms, at their westernmost extent, reach just over the Brooklyn-Queens border, which runs along Eldert (without an "s") Lane at this point, making this one of only three stations in the system that span two boroughs. The others are Myrtle–Wyckoff Avenues and Halsey Street on the Canarsie Line (L train).

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Still Life with Toilet Seat

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Front-yard Hindu shrine

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Dogwood in bloom

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The 48 Laws of Power

April 30th, 2015



Wikipedia's opening paragraph about the book: "The 48 Laws of Power (1998) is the first book by American author Robert Greene. The book is a bestseller, selling over 1.2 million copies in the United States, and is popular with prison inmates and celebrities."

This particular copy looks like it was checked out from the Queens Library. The front cover notes that the book is "from the author of The Art of Seduction".

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Churchagogue of the day

April 30th, 2015



Iglesia Bautista El Mesias, the former Temple Sons of Jacob

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at An-Noor Pharmacy. Here's a closer look.

(The quote in the middle was not said by Muhammad, but was rather part of a description of him.)

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Hookin’ up the cable

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Leanin' on the lines

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Dedicated in 1925, this building was originally, and until fairly recently, Euclid Baptist Church. The line of text atop the columns reads: "THE HOPE OF ALL WHO SEEK HIM – THE HELP OF ALL WHO FIND – OUR GOD LIVES".

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Portals of the day

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Barberz #112

April 30th, 2015



You can see some samplez of their work on Instagram.

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