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Day 2178

Still at it!

December 16th, 2017


I'm still walking and regularly posting — I'm just working through a big backlog of photos right now. See below for the latest posts. (The dates on the posts are the dates I took the pictures.)

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Custom fountain attachment

August 22nd, 2015



A great technological leap forward for those who prefer their drinking water straight from the hydrant.

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St. Stan’s grotto

August 22nd, 2015


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This church (not to be confused with the church of the same name in Brooklyn that I mentioned a few posts back) was built in the 1920s on the site of an old Quaker burial ground.

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Excellent signage

August 22nd, 2015





This is the backside of the city DOT's Maspeth Central Shop, where most of the city's traffic and street signs are made.

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Imposing gourds

August 22nd, 2015



They're growing in the same tiny, paved front yard as the cinder-block peppers in the previous photo. Not a bad harvest for a couple dozen square feet of concrete!



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Maspeth Central Shop

August 22nd, 2015



Maspeth Central is home to the city DOT's sign shop, which makes traffic and street signs for all five boroughs — some 9,000 to 12,000 signs per month, according to this video. (There was a much cooler sign out front here during the Bloomberg administration.)

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Our Lady of Lourdes grotto

August 22nd, 2015



Located behind Holy Cross Church. A plaque, dated 1961, reads:

THIS GROTTO IS DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE WHOSE LOVE FOR THE BLESSED MOTHER PROMPTS THEM TO SPEND A MOMENT HERE IN PRAYER AND MEDITATION

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Pope John Paul II Way

August 22nd, 2015





Commemorating the future pope's overnight visit to Holy Cross Church in 1969, the block of 56th Road where the church is located was co-named Pope John Paul II Way in 2014. You can find about a dozen replicas of the street sign on display outside different houses on the block — a show of pride unique among the hundreds of co-named streets I've walked so far.

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Pope John Paul II

August 22nd, 2015



In 1969, nine years before he became the first Polish pope (and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years), the future John Paul II spent the night here at Holy Cross Church during a trip around Canada and the US. (As we previously learned, he also visited St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Brooklyn while he was in town.)

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Built for the Polish community of Maspeth, this church was dedicated in 1913 and still maintains its Polish identity today.

Here's what the AIA Guide to New York City has to say about the building: "The voluptuous curvilinear verdigris copper steeple makes this church extraordinary. Disney must be jealous."

UPDATE (Oct. 11, 2017): Holy Cross is in the NY Times today: "23 Women Accuse Former Queens Priest of Abusing Them as Children".

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Don’t be a fool!

August 22nd, 2015



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Laundry line rainbow

August 22nd, 2015



Looking out through the fence of Mount Olivet Cemetery

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City Folk

August 22nd, 2015