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Long Island City, all right!

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A late evening walk recently found me scuttling down Skillman Avenue in the direction of “proper” Long Island City, with the intention of gathering a few night shots. That’s the bike lane which the Bicycle Fanatics have designated as being the only possible way to vouchsafe entry to the Queensboro Bridge, and eliminate the lakes of cyclist blood which they describe as flowing freely in the streets due to the presence of automobiles. Their fix for this is to put as many bicycles in the path of as many automobiles as you can find, which in the case of Queens is Queens Plaza.

I found out why the Bicycle Fanatics don’t like the Northern Blvd. route that I’ve suggested a few times… turns out Northern is a NYS controlled road and their lapdog Mayor can’t grandstand there.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The red light district of LIC isn’t so called for the usual reasons – involving ladies of the evening and the flesh trade. Instead… well… there’s a bunch of red lights installed on the construction sheds.

I’m sure that the red lights indicate something, as there’s regular white lights installed as well. If you’re in the subway, whenever you see a blue light, that means you’ve found a stairway leading to an exit of one kind or another installed along the tunnels. Always remember, a way out is also a way in, which is something that can come in handy in case of an illegal Space Alien invasion.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Unpredictability seems to have been the watchword of late here in Queens when the subject turns to the weather. It had been a fairly lovely evening when I started out, but a storm was going to herald the arrival of another temperature inversion and the first “spritz” of rain was beginning to appear in the air. One last tripod setup on Jackson Avenue, focused in on the Court Square station and the Sapphire Megalith of Long Island City was made serendipitous by the sudden passage of a NYCTA Bus through the frame.

Luckily, it got stuck at the light during one of the long exposure images which I was collecting all evening.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

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  1. An observation and a question:

    The red lights generally indicate to the FDNY the presence of a fire alarm or standpipe in the vicinity.

    You mention illegal alien invasion. Is there a legal variety? (sorry, just had to….)

    Lawrence Lambert

    June 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    • The Space Aliens of X-Files fame seem to have been a phenomenological invention of the same population whom, twenty years later, are being driven mad by the presence of more terrestrial sourced invaders of the national sovereignty. I find this a curious concurrence. The whole notion of “deep state” conspiracies, whether it’s driven by the Smoking Man from X-Files or Hillary Clinton is fascinating. They seem to ebb and flow with the changing tides of politics, a pop cultural manifestation of some deeper current.

      Mitch Waxman

      June 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm

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