Day 1217

Passing over an overpass

April 30th, 2015

From top to bottom: the Jamaica Line, the defunct Rockaway Beach Branch, and Jamaica Avenue. That's the cryptic "LET'S NOT LOSE IT!" mural at right.


  1. David says:

    “LET’S NOT LOSE IT!” is a reference to the firehouse seen in the background flying the American flag. Engine 294 / Ladder 143 was once on the list of houses subject to closure. The mural illustrates the fierce opposition from the community to any reduction in service. There is a sign of gratitude to the community for its support on the front of the firehouse.

    • Matt Green says:

      Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the info! I posted a photo of that firehouse, and wrote a little bit about it, here. Engine Company 294 was in fact disbanded because of budget cuts in 1991, but a strong push by the community led to its resurrection in 1994. It had also previously been closed for budgetary reasons between 1975 and 1981.

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