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Queens Blvd. at 66th Ave
Looking South & East
Photo Gallery: Queens Blvd

Death Blvd
a pedestrian was killed crossing heretrylonLooking east across the boulevard, where stands a 1939-1940 vintage row of stores, topped by offices. The great anchor of that row was the Trylon Theater, now shuttered. At its closing a couple of years ago, I believe it was the only single-screen theater left in the city. I saw many movies there, including Saturday Night Fever. The earliest one I remember catching there was either I Never Sang for My Father, which I believe starred Gene Hackman, or Bullitt, with Steve McQueen. That Bullitt car chase scene is still the best of that genre ever made. The former bank turned Tower Diner follows at the corner of 99th Street. One of the greatest plagues along Death Boulevard are the incessant interruptions by avenues and streets alike hitting it from odd angles. Many times, such intersections involve both an avenue and a street, either converging or diverging together at the same point, making crossings already complicated by the width of the boulevard all the more confusing and hazardous.
To the south, we find a truncated 66th Avenue, formerly White Pot Road going all the way back to pre-colonial days. It crosses 4 local streets before getting dead ended by the Long Island Railroad's main line. The apartment house that appears to sit smack in the middle of it is actually on the other side of the tracks, facing Burns Street. A few blocks past that is another 66th Avenue segment, which takes over from the Fleet Street made famous by its little league fields, after said Fleet Street passes beneath the Dead Tracks. Ironic, given 66th Avenue's relationship to the name Fleet, only a block east at the corner of 99th Street is a branch of Fleet Bank, no relation itself to Fleet Street.

© 2001, Jeff Saltzman.