Looking west towards the Queensboro
(59th Street) Bridge, immortalized by Simon & Garfunkel.
We are just west of Jackson Avenue/Northern Blvd/31st Street.
Queens Plaza extended about four blocks west and the double decker
elevated station serving the BMT Astoria N and IRT Flushing 7
lines, covers most of that. It is the only station in which an
IRT line shares platforms with another division. The Block The
Box sign warns motorists that this is a No-Gridlock zone, where
fines are doubled for anyone caught in the intersection after
a light changes against them.
Heading west for the bridge
is an endless chore of veering to the right. Traffic patterns
leading on and off the 1909 vintage crossing are pretty much
determined by the whims of the elevated structure's supports.
Looking northeast towards
Northern Blvd. at the Astoria line in the setting sun. The cars
approaching the Queensboro Plaza station are R32 Brightliners,
presently the oldest surviving cars in the system, but also among
the classiest pieces of rolling stock ever put into service,
distinguished by their corrugated stainless steel siding.
©2001, Jeff Saltzman. All