The Research Bureau finally had a chance to check out the pair of lions o'erlooking the BQE-LIE split (first reported in Maspeth Pride). Getting a good shot proved elusive from ground level. (Best would be from a travel lane on the BQE but there are limits to what the Bureau will do.) The lions belong to Cranes, Inc. That's the company flag in orange. When did they appear? That mystery is yet to be solved. Photos on Google Satellite reveal an unadorned flat roof at 54-01 43rd St.
Speaking as a BQE commuter, I like them. They class up the joint.