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Today’s route — 14.1 miles

February 6th, 2013

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The Black Cat Game

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Out on the walkway in front of Citi Field, amid a swarm of thousands of personalized bricks, sit a dozen or so granite plaques (hopefully all correct by this point) memorializing notable events in Mets history. The one pictured recalls a game between the Mets and the Cubs that took place during the heat of the 1969 pennant race. The first-place Cubs had faltered late in the season, and had watched their mid-August nine-game division lead dwindle to a mere game-and-a-half advantage over the red-hot Mets by September 9. As an editor at The Week magazine remembers it:

On the afternoon of Sept. 9, 1969, during a crucial game between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets, a black cat appeared on the field at Shea Stadium. From my seat in the upper deck, I watched the mysterious cat circle Cubs third baseman Ron Santo, awaiting his turn at bat. As 56,000 people began to point and cheer, the cat padded directly up to the Cubs' dugout steps. There it stopped, and seemed to fix its gaze on manager Leo Durocher. A roar of exultation filled the stadium. The game stopped, as the players all stopped to look at the black cat looking at Leo. It was just a cat, of course, but after that none of us doubted that the first-place Cubs were doomed. The Mets beat the poor cursed Cubbies that day, and the next. The Cubs fell out of first place for good, as the Mets, with fairy dust on their spikes, went on to win the World Series.

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Casey Stengel

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The Old Perfessor

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A sneakered muffler man!

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The new Willets Point sewer

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This spacious trunk line is being installed beneath 126th Street, the dividing line between Willets Point and Citi Field. According to one of the workers, the rest of the Iron Triangle will remain sewerless, presumably until the auto repair shops are leveled to make way for New York's "next great neighborhood", when and if that ever happens.

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Local union office

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A good place to take care of business

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"I told you Palden Thondup Namgyal, Chogyal of Sikkim, visited the '64 World's Fair!"

(This column is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, at the former New Amsterdam Gate entrance to the World's Fairs.)

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A cryptic message?

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Nope, just some things this store sells.

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You Are Not Forgotten

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Fire Extinguisher Inside.

(Yankees.)

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Shelly ‘n’ Al

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The Dentist Brothers

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Merci KUNG FU

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Portal of the day

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The parish house

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of St. John's Episcopal Church on old Sanford Avenue

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Lofty playground rhetoric

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Choongsyn Reformed Church

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Barberz: Honorable mention

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For a haircutting establishment to earn membership in the Mozt Auguzt Fellowzhip of Barberz, it must substitute a Z for an S, at least once, somewhere in its name. This shop doesn't meet that requirement — "zzang" is simply a Korean slang term meaning "best" — but I still think it dezerves some attention.

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Times to Dine

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An open-ended conflict

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Layers

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Bottoms up

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This sign, dating back to a public awareness campaign from the waning days of the Giuliani administration, offers a reminder of the controversial policy the mayor instituted in 1999, allowing police to seize the car of anyone arrested for DWI. In those days, the NYPD would often retain an impounded vehicle without due process for months or years (if not permanently) before legal proceedings were held to determine the validity of the seizure. This practice was eventually ruled unconstitutional, and a process was put in place to remedy the situation, offering owners a prompt opportunity (known as a Krimstock hearing) to argue for the return of their vehicle. The police are required to inform drivers of confiscated cars about their right to a Krimstock hearing, but apparently that doesn't always happen.

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Pier 25A Restaurant

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A nautical-themed eatery on Northern Boulevard, a.k.a. State Route 25A

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A Spanish restaurant

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in an increasingly Korean part of town

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A suburban feel in Bayside

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Oakland Lake

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A "15,000-year-old spring-fed glacial kettle pond" once thought to be 600 feet deep

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Climbing back up

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from Oakland Lake

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Silhouettes

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The sign above me reads "CHRISTOPHER'S CROSSING".

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Nice lawn!

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Portal of gold

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The Abbot of Glendalough

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Saint Kevin

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A not-so-awesome mailbox

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Pea shooter

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