Digressing a moment from death and
destruction, we turn to the cultural amenities of 71st Road.
This tiled mural adorning the facade
over the local Greenpoint Savings Bank depicts a rather idealistic
image of nearby Forest Hills Gardens, conveniently ignoring the
very part of Forest Hills upon which the bank itself sits. It's
patently clear what segment of the local populace the bank kowtows
to. The mural presents a real us and them scenario, with the
lush and lovely Gardens set far apart from the rest of civilization.
Of course, all of the Gardens was done up Tudor style.
Across on the boulevard's north
side, a far more pedestrian (no pun intended) sight; the local
Key Food supermarket. No matter where you turn in this part of
Queens, there's a Key Food. There usual logo is not present,
however. It is located in a distinctive art deco era row of stores
and I guess in keeping with the spirit of the architecture, they
agreed to blend their company name more subtly into the facade.
No injunction, though, on their usual red and blue specials posters.
What will chuck roast be worth once Mad Cow Disease finally takes
© 2001, Jeff Saltzman.