Wyck Expwy at Liberty Avenue - May-June 2001
Gallery: Van Wyck Expwy.
Two shots facing south from Liberty
Avenue. Airtrain construction has given old Wyckie a center median
worthy of holding a park. Would have been far better had it held
subway tracks. For the most part it holds the heavy equipment
that drives the surrounding homeowners batty and cracks their
walls. The actual Airtrain trackbed works its way south from
Atlantic and north, at this point, from 109th Avenue. They will
probably meet at Liberty for the big connection celebration before
Heard of This Old House? How about
this old church. At times I walk by it and do a double take,
thinking it abandoned, but it is still very much in use, although
I imagine by a shoestring and threadbare congregation. Nonetheless,
the message given within doesn't need fancy finery to get where
it has to go. It was probably considered spartan and modernistically
functional in its design way back when, but as we cruise through
the Zeroes of a new century and millenium, it sure looks ancient
now. You have to really cruise the back streets of this city
to find wooden churches like this now. I doubt there are many.
Motorists headed for Aqueduct Racetrack are encouraged already
to get the @#$% off the Van Wyck and leave everyone else alone.
The directional dunning them 3 exits in advance of their natural
destination, the Belt Pkwy, suggests each of those three as possible
egress points. Why doesn't the Van Wyck like gamblers?
Taking a peek at the northbound
lanes from their service road. Traffic was heavy in both directions,
but moving at a reasonable clip on May 28th, 2001, when all the
above were shot digitally.
Below, the same scene in reverse from below, facing south towards
the Liberty overpass a couple of weeks into June.
© 2001, Jeff Saltzman. All