Greenpoint, October, 2015

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Take the Tank?!

For years, I have been fruitlessly trying to introduce into the language the expressions "Take the Hat"and "Jump on the Hat" for driving on the Mass Pike. This is, of course, based on the Pike's longstanding symbol, the Pilgrim's Hat. I well remember being lost in the backstreets of Boston looking for that oddly small sign to point me towards "The Hat." Sometimes it was just an image--no words necessary.

Why doesn't the BQE have a symbol of its own? And if it did, what would it be? If this were 20 years ago, a burned out or burning car might have been appropriate. What about the iconic rooftop NYC water tank? But is that specific enough to the BQE? Nominations, please.


  1. As we drove on The Hat, Finn came up with a good name for the BQE, which by the way, is already a nickname. His name: the Jam.

  2. Excellent suggestion, Finn. I will gladly post any artwork for this you'd like to submit. Also, the name of a band you should check out.