Greenpoint, October, 2015

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


You might think this is another shuttered Staten Island garage. But no, the seemingly nameless but colorful micro-garage on Van Duzer near Broad Street is in fact very active. Just not when I drove by on Sunday. A Google Map search identifies it as L&M Exclusive Auto. I'll say.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Foreign Auto Service

A faded sign on the side of the building reads Foreign Auto Service, but no clues to the name of this tiny gated one-bay gem on Cebra Avenue, just off Victory Boulevard, in Tompkinsville.
Much brighter neighbor across the street. And just across Victory, check out New Asha for the best, friendliest, cheapest Sri Lankan food on the Island.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Esso-teric Westerly

A short holiday detour from the tour of Staten Island garages, living and defunct, to Westerly, Rhode Island...
Not designed as a garage per se, but rather part of the Smith Quarry operation, this handsome building from 1884 has not been used for many years.
Most recently, part of the former Ray Hoxsie Buick dealership on Granite Street, earlier markings suggest it was once an Esso station. According the Westerly Sun, the building may get a new life as a restaurant.
Please don't call it Le Garage.

Friday, December 23, 2016


Festive streamers beckon you to Kirk's, whose full name is Kirk's Staten Island Tire & Auto Servicenter.
Kirk's is located on Forest Avenue near Broadway, squeezed in between McDonalds and the McDonald playground. The playground, closed for renovations, is named for Austin J. McDonald, a Staten Islander killed in the war, rather than Ronald McDonald, veteran of the Burger Wars.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


The first in a (very) occasional series on garages on Staten Island. Nick's on Richmond Terrace and Elizabeth Street, on the stretch of faded but still active marine glory between Port Richmond and Snug Harbor.
Check out the red, white, and blue color scheme. Even the fuel tank!

Friday, December 16, 2016


I took this back in late November. A brave soul on Staten Island (North Shore). Recent revelations from the CIA just make him or her appear more prescient.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Wishing You an EZ Christmas

Santa takes the EZPass lane.
Goethals Bridge, S.I. (Photos: F. Someki)