Day 1011


October 6th, 2014

Something about this fire truck caught my eye from down the block. As I veered off course to inspect it, I noticed some odd features: an antiquated bell, a wooden ladder, and "GOLDBERG FIRE DEPT." painted on the door. It turns out it's owned by a man named Harris Goldberg who runs the auto repair shop it's parked beside. Also on display today from the extensive Goldberg Collection were an '80s-era NYPD patrol car, a classic Checker cab, and a Good Humor ice cream truck.



  1. Andrew says:

    Matt, I know it’s a bit of a stretch but shouldn’t this be in the 9/11 memorial pantheon?

    • Matt Green says:

      It was a tough decision, but this doesn’t really strike me as a 9/11 memorial, even though 9/11 is mentioned on the truck. (I should point out that the “911” in the emblem on the door is the engine number [you can’t see it in this photo, but “ENGINE No. 911” is painted on the front of the truck], which I interpreted as a reference to the phone number 911, not 9/11.) That being said, I have a collection of photos of several maybe-they-are-maybe-they-aren’t memorials that I will eventually have to go through and make decisions about, and it’s possible I’ll arrive at a more precise definition that will include this one in the official count. There have been a lot more judgment calls involved in this tally than I anticipated.

Leave a Reply