The tracks in the background
veer off for 31st Street and Astoria while those in the foreground
head for the boulevard and Flushing, along with most of the traffic.
For those who rely on billboards for clues to dates, this Fugitive
is the TV show of the new millenium, not the movie of the early
1990's. These were shot in late March 2001.
Just north of the track split
on the northside of the intersection, looking towards 31st Street.
It appears that some wiseguys have taken it upon themselves to
decorate the el. Just how the hell graffiti artists can get up
on such a perch, and stay there long enough to do such elaberate
vandalism, especially when any passing train would cause those
girders to vibrate, is totally beyond me. I suppose, vandal or
not, you have to have a little admiration for their guts in going
up there, literally out on a limb. Whoever did it almost certainly
did so on a dare. That's not the only spot on the Queens Plaza
gridwork to be defaced either.
Almost lost in the gridwork
of the exciting el structure above, is the IND Queens Plaza station.
The green globes show that this entrance is always open. The
green G is set to disappear this summer in favor of an orange
V. The R train has been kicked around like a soccer ball between
these lines and the Astoria over the years. Just beyond the rise
in the background are the vast Sunnyside rail yards, used by
Metro North, Conrail, Amtrak and the Long Island Railroad. Actually,
does Conrail even exist anymore? Who bought them? CSX?