corner of 78th Avenue is where anyone wishing to travel down
Union Turnpike waits for the eastbound Q46 bus, but those buses,
one of whom has just turned the corner from westbound Union Turnpike,
like to tease the eastbounders a little before letting them board.
It is common practice for some buse routes to disgourge their
final passengers a half block or so behind the turnaround stop.
The more abrasive drivers will then just sit there, while you
stare, glare and curse at them from the boarding bus stop. Think
they give a damn what kind of weather it is? Let me make it clear
that this doesn't go for all of them, but that any of them do
this is that many too many.
Thankfully there is an all night donut shop right by the spot,
so late at night, when the Q46 runs only once an hour, there's
some guaranteed human presence and a dry place to wait out storms.
Though the subway has an exit right by this stop, it closes late
at night, forcing riders transfering to emerge onto the boulevard
way back across Union Turnpike. There, transferees must make
a snap decision on whether any bus sitting by 78th Avenue will
still be there when they run the two blocks to catch it, or whether
they should assume it won't and start sprinting the block and
a half down Union Turnpike where the bus stops first after leaving
78th Avenue and turning around. Either way, it's a horse race.
The view from across the boulevard
at above mentioned bus stop. This was one of Queens Boulevard's
pioneer office towers, although calling a six story building
a tower might be overdoing it. As do the similarly constructed
LeFrak towers in Rego Park, the Pickman building employs the
Look Building type brickwork and Colgate type steel and glass
On the south side of 78th
Avenue sit a 1920s vintage Tudor style commercial building hosting
both a decidely un-Tudor-like wireless equipment merchant, and
a shoe repair business that might very well have also existed
in Henry VIII's days. Anybody remember cobblers?.
The city run Q46 owns the
northeast corner of 78th Avenue, but the Green Line Q60 owns
the west. The Q60 is Death Boulevard's very own bus line, and
runs all the way into Manhattan. The other buslines stopping
here are express routes. Of those, it appears that the X68 has
a bit of a complex, and feels the need to trump the others by
insinuating its marker above the Q60, even though it is already
on the list below, albeit dead last.
©2001, Jeff Saltzman. All