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– photo by Mitch Waxman

A recent walk took me up Vernon Avenue… why is it that walking towards Hells Gate always feels like “up” and towards Long Island City “down”? There is an actual change in grade, as Astoria is actually built on ground physically higher in altitude than the eluvial plain that LIC stands on- yes- but that’s not it.

Anyway, Vernon at Broadway, where once the 96th street and 86th street ferries from Manhattan met the Broadway trolleys at Hallets Cove. Right by Costco and Socrates Sculpture Garden, if you require modern landmarks.

Here’s a post from February of 2010 that described the area in some detail.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There is a large amount of construction going on here, and fairly large scale buildings are hurtling up and out of the mud. It’s been a few months since my path has brought me in this direction, and it was startling to see how fast these structures are forming up.

Not too long ago, there was a massive fire at the little factory that used to exist at the bottom left of the shot above, the round sign that says “Alpine” is all that’s left.

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The cool thing about the very large building which is going up on the corner of 12th street, other than the enormous footprint of a structure which will feature 199 apartments…

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…is that the whole thing is being built by just one guy.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

As you may have heard, American worker productivity is at an all time high, and no where more so than in Queens.

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It seems hard to believe, but this fellow holds every possible license and certification that the building code demands of its employees, rumor has it that he’s also the principal financier.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It can’t be easy building things by yourself, there no one to take a coffee break with, and car pooling is out of the question entirely.

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I look forward to the day when the 199 new families unpack, and join with the rest of us. Enjoying our comfortable and never crowded mass transportation, learning that they can rely on the presence of modern and top notch hospitals, and that their children can look forward to a rewarding and full scholastic life in local schools.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Always a selling point for Queens, multicultural experiences will abound. The nearby Queensboro, Ravenswood, and Astoria projects will satisfy anyone’s desires to learn about new and interesting cultures that have their roots in exotic foreign lands.

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Welcome to Queens.

Written by Mitch Waxman

March 9, 2012 at 12:15 am

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  1. Actually going towards Hells Gate is more like an elated feeling “away from” rather than “up” and going to LIC is more like feeling”towards” rather than “down”. Id est: “away from” Manhattan and “towards” Manhattan. I get a similar feeling of elation on Manhattan’s E.57th and E. 58th Streets driving onto the upper level of the venerable QUEENSBORO [F-you Ed Koch!] Bridge. (A feeling of depression overcomes me driving that same stretch into Manhattan.)

    I am Queens.

    georgethe atheist

    March 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

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