Looking east down Death Boulevard
from 50th Street. The proposed school site is unseen to our right.
Temporary lulls in traffic in either direction come to sudden
ends with a fury, depending on the cycles of the preceding traffic
lights. Veritable flash floods of vehicles can quickly inundate
the five traffic lanes in each direction, and then there are
turn lanes to consider. All this is what any student forced to
attend a school here will face daily.
The green on the right is the periphery
of Calvary Cemetery, an historic Queens burial ground. Every
here and there, as on the SLECO twinlamp "Bigloop"
pole on the right, a first generation HPS Unidor fixture will
still be seen. The Sunnyside section of Queens Boulevard got
them relatively early in the HPS revolution, around 1971.
One business probably hoping for
a school is Boston Market on the northeast corner of 50th, whose
parent company is bankrupt. Then again, kids aren't exactly a
Boston Market stronghold. Look for a quick conversion to one
of the more popular burger joints if the schoo, is built.
On the northwest corner, a troop
of aging 7-train Redbirds flies towards Flushing over Roosevelt
Avenue. The Mobil station is looking very patriotic these days,
peraps hpoing the flags will take motorists' minds off the June
2001 gas prices.
©2001, Jeff Saltzman. All