Smile, You Are in Greenpoint

Friday, October 31, 2014

Orange is the New Black Coffee

Pumpkin Spice Latte Season is almost over. But this orange beauty at a car lot across from Starbucks on Victory Boulevard caught my eye. A steal at $5000. But what is it? The tank and hoses suggest some kind of portable refueling station (and the inflammable sign on the back that it's not coffee).

The sign Israeli Flying Society on the side puzzled me at first. Then I recalled that the IFS was one of the organizations that donated time and manpower after Sandy (which struck just two years ago).

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Unlawful at Any Speed

The signs read, "Unlawful to cross solid line on your side." But who would choose to cross the line here, the eastbound passing lane between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges? One of the trickiest segments of the BQE, with multiple on- and off-ramps causing all manner of lane confusion. Not to mention the westbound lanes just beyond and below those guardrails. If you cross the line here, you have more than the law to worry about.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Go East, Young Man

For a few weeks, there has been a crane tower off the eastbound side of the Kosciuszko Bridge. Could the long-awaited replacement project be underway? Seems possible. In May, Governor Cuomo announced that the design-build team had been selected for the $555M project and that work would begin this (past) summer. The DOT's website provides this somewhat terrifying projection of what travel across the new span will look like:
(Courtesy NYS DOT)
According to a DOT newsletter, Phase I, which includes construction of the eastbound span and removal of the existing bridge, is due to wrap up in the last quarter of 2017. Phase II, construction of the new westbound structure, is not due to be completed until 2018. Which begs the question, if only the eastbound lanes are constructed and the old bridge is gone, how will anybody travel west?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Parallel Lines

Looking across the eastbound travel lane of the BQE on the Queens side of the Kosciuszko Bridge.

Tocanao, Chile. The sky is better here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

O, Rego Park, O, America

Up from the underground, between signs for a pawn shop and a barber shop. Welcome to Rego Park, Queens.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ghost Busters?

I followed this van across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and through the toll gate. Fascinated not so much by the apparently unstable load above but by the ghostly shapes on the rear panels. Cookware? Art? Symbols? I caught a glimpse of the passenger side: More of same, with no English explanation. I prefer it that way. (But, hey, if you read Korean, feel free to clue me in.)