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Queens Blvd. at 68th Drive
Photo Gallery: Queens Blvd

Death Blvd
From the east, this is the first clear glimpse you get of the deathtrap corner of 67th Avenue, in the far distant background past the last highrise apartment house in the center. Between here and there are 68th Road, 68th Avenue, 67th Drive and 67th Road, where the white terraced building sits. Queens Boulevard is not the straightest highway on earth. Though fairly direct west of the Long Island Expressway, east of it it twists, turns and writhes its way towards Jamaica like a junkie in withdrawal.
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Looking east past two Avenue series roads, unseen to the right that get stopped in their tracks by the unyielding Queens Boulevard medians. Both have their own place in the sun further east. One, 69th Road, as the southbound partner of northbound Jewel Avenue, both of whom cross over the Grand Central Pkwy on two of the grandest stonefaced viaducts constructed on the city's parkway system. 69th Road also shares in the glory of that Parkway's 69th-Jewel exit. By the time it reaches Queens Blvd., however, it is not even deemed worthy of a traffic light, let alone a through intersection. The other 69 chopped off at the pass is 69th Avenue, or one of the many such 69th Avenues anyway. Of course, its claim to fame is that in one of its eastern incarnations, it is the avenue I live on. Lucky number 69! We can see pretty far here. The very last building all the way in the background is at the corner of Union Tpke, roughly a mile and a half off.
Shifting the focus a little, we see a paratransit van scooting up the hill past 69th Avenue. Haha, 69th Road; all you get is a stop sign, but at least MY 69th Avenue gets traffic lights. The row of stores on the left lies betwixt the two eunuched 69s. Not far behind the para van is an ambulance.
On the late Friday afternoon of February 22nd, 2001, I was battling the clock, working my way east in hopes of shooting 67th Avenue, but getting sidetracked along the way shooting these. That ambulance on the left is an all too familiar sight on Death Blvd, especially around the morbid multi-angled corners of Yellowstone.

© 2001, Jeff Saltzman.