Set in a gully just off the corner
of Cross Bay Blvd and South Conduit Avenue are the haunted remains
of long shuttered Jaegers Lane, identification courtesy of Kevin
Walsh, webmaster at Forgotten-NY.com.
This dutch colonial was the last address before Jaegers hit dead
end, done in by South Conduit's insatiable need to play superhighway
as it sent ramps off to meet Cross Bay.
Jaegers appeared to begin where
this equally neglected pathway broke through onto Cross Bay.
Jaegers goes off to the right, while this totally unnamed route
snaked eastward past the backyards of all the visible structures,
themselves addressed on still living Albert Road.
Just as the Dead Tracks not more
than a mile to the north show, nature can gobble up our civilization
with nary the blink of an eye. In the months since I shot these
in October 1999, the egress point from Cross Bay has been completely
fenced in. Somebody in the area must have complained after I
wandered in there. Believe it or not, this IS New York City you
are looking at.
Whether officially a street or not
over recent decades, the city still felt a need to maintain a
relatively modern streetlight here, although I have not seen
it working since I discovered its existance. I'm sure the folks
in the white house at Jaeger's northern terminus would prefer
better neighbors than an overgrown haunted hulk, but then again,
this part of Queens has a strange penchant for preferring to
keep the abandoned just as they are, rather than risk the unknown
invasion of strange outlanders into their midst. As I've stated
before, there is something about the Woodhaven/Cross Bay corridor
that just cannot be explained in present day English.