nyc -- developments around queens plaza, lic
let’s take a hike around scruffy, but rapidly redeveloping northern long island city. it’s quite a mix of a beautiful old bridge, old elevated metal transit, warehouses, taxi businesses, neighborhoody stuff and now new office buildings, cheap new hotels, new apt buildings, the east side access mega transit project and even some of that moneyed, artsy hipster stuff. it’s also chock full of striking visual juxapositions, even for ny. have a look…
elevated metal mania
hmm, i remember this used to be nicer looking & a club...anyway, save the deco bldg!
taxiland -- you can hack it here
the massive east side access transit project
nothing much for the public to see at ground level --
so here are a couple other views:
the new queens plaza now known as dutch kills green
(qp is also aka queensboro plaza, bridge plaza and jfk commuter plaza & it gets a mention in the great gatsby novel)
words cannot describe these fantastic before/after queens plaza>dutch kills green aerials!!!
old & new
a deco era fire station (b.1932)
i know, i know, would it hurt me to look east at manhattan?
ok, this is a good spot, but sorry for the crummy iphone pic
who would have thought lic would have these kind of scenes? at least so far off the waterfront
queensboro plaza subway station
as you can see its an el train, so no beneath the planet of the apes station
although hmm, the new midtown access project tunnels as seen here do look familiar…
let’s just hope they aren’t hiding the mutant doomsday bomb down in midtown access!
alrighty then, back to the present qp + rawkin more of the meh-tahl
silvercup movie studios (1983) fka silvercup bakery (b.1920s)
actor christopher walken tells his silvercup story:
“In my younger days, I lived near Silvercup Bakery, and I can still recall sitting on my fire escape, inhaling the intoxicating aroma of bread baking. Of course, at that time, I could never have guessed that I’d one day be inside the Silvercup building—not sampling a loaf of bread, mind you, but as a zombie.”
hunters point, lic developments to the south...worthy of it’s own thread
feelin groovy? queensboro aka 59th st aka ed koch bridge (b.1909)
saving iconic old powerhouse offices - i couldn’t find any info on this
the foundry complex (redeveloped 2001)
historic look the foundry (b. unk1800s)
nearing the hunter’s point, lic, queens neighborhood -- so time to stop
*** i hope you enjoyed the tour around northern long island city queens