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Woodside into Sunnyside, in today’s post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Wandering around one recent afternoon, a humble narrator found himself on the always fascinating Roosevelt Avenue. As mentioned in the past, the entire length of Roosevelt Avenue is a challenging spot to gather photographs due to the presence of the elevated tracks of the 7 subway line and the shadows which fall away from it and paint the streets. Combine this with the presence of bright afternoon light, and you’ve got a real pickle in terms of exposure.

One likes a challenge, and the shot above was captured at the spot in Woodside where the 7 meets the Long Island Railroad.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I was meant to meet up with some folks in Sunnyside, at a pub on Skillman Avenue, at the end of my perambulation. That’s why one found himself staring at this bodega at the top of Skillman’s sloping hill, and a bit of graffiti caught my eye, so I crossed over to the north side of the street to get a better view.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Just as I got into position, two Latino kids also appeared with their cameras (smartphones, natch) and we started to chat about the whole Trump thing. Personally, I’ve been enjoying watching “The Donald” use the National Republican Party’s well oiled “hate machine” against itself, but let me tell you – these kids were PISSED OFF, and they have every right to be. It’s been a long time since a Presidential candidate ran for office using race baiting as part of his platform – I think the last one might have been Strom Thurmond. We laughed a bit, and made a couple of “You’re Fired” jokes.

One of the kids then asked me how much I paid for my camera, so that’s when I decided it was time to get back on Skillman and go meet up with my chums.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

September 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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  1. Happy Labor Day weekend!

    I start part-time work next Wednesday–too overwhelmed with motherhood to continue on a full-time gig. Will devote my energies to our LIC Core zoning study. And wandering in my spare time.


    September 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm

  2. That deli has been there since Skillman Avenue was built out  My father grew up across the street from that corner in the 1940s. He told me his mother would send him across the street with change wrapped in a handkerchief to buy the paper and a few rolls. He had to bring back the paper folded but not creased, the rolls in a paper bag and the handkerchief folded into quarters, not balled up. In the 70’s that deli was called “Caruso’s.”  If you passed by you would often find a crew of local boys who had let their substance experimentation temporarily get the better of them. And now it is a grand political billboard. Evolution. 

    Mary Caulfield

    September 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

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