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Queens Blvd. at 65th Road
Looking West
Photo Gallery: Queens Blvd

Death Blvd
west 1
Manhattan is never far out of view when you're on high ground. The grade leading up from the Long Island Expressway is so subtle at times, you're hardly aware that you're going up hill heading east. Yet looking back westward from 65th Road, you can see clearly just how low down you've been. Forest Hills, the next neighborhood to the east, was named for hills, but Rego Park's topography can dish out hills with the best of them. Queens' very own "Black Rock", the brown glassed Queens Tower, looms just beyond the Sears shopping mall. It was the last pure office tower built in this area.
west 2
One of the pioneer boulevard office towers is the LeFrak Center with it's curious combination of Look Building brick and Colgate Building steel-glass type design. I won't even mention the curved front; that was a LeFrak Center original. CompUSA has the claim on newest building in town. It was built over what used to be a car rental agency.
98th st
The third member of the Rego Park tower triumvirate, hard by the convergence point of 98th Street-65th Avenue, is the LeFrak Tower, a somewhat cleaner, if more boring looking younger brother to the jolly green and yellow monster a block away. 98th Street traffic comes one way into Queens Blvd, from the environs of Park City, whose towers loom in the background. 65th Avenue cuts rightward, unseen behind the apartment house in the foreground. That building, part of a barely prewar development called somewhat deceptively the Queens Gardens, was my second home, after we left Blair Hall a block to the east.

© 2001, Jeff Saltzman.