Wyck Expwy at 101st Avenue - May-June 2001
Gallery: Van Wyck Expwy.
Two views above facing north on
a hot Memorial Day 2001 weekend, the first overlooking the northbound
side; the second southbound. The Airtrain has marked its territory,
finally leaving the Van Wyck alone at Atlantic Avenue, where
it swings eastward along 94th Avenue heading for its eventual
Jamaica terminal, as yet unbuilt.
The corner shadows are thanks to the 101st Avenue overpass cyclone
101st Avenue presents quite a contrast
looking east or west. East, the top shot, representing South
Jamaica, seems alot more commercial and somewhat threadbare.
West, representing Richmond Hill, appears a good deal leafier
and residential, despite the gas station. Both neighborhoods
have a high concentration of small industrial businesses between
101st and the railroad to the north, mostly gathered around Atlantic
Avenue on the west and 94th Avenue on the east, although the
east side of 101st has its share, interspersed with homes.
The two shots surrounding this text
face the Van Wyck down south as it steams towards 101st Avenue.
The entrance ramp on the right, showing the ill effects of Airtrain
related construction, serves motorists comnig from Atlantic and
94th Avenues. Is anyone going to take a van called Taco seriously
as an emergency vehicle? Then again, who would take a Krasdale
seriously as a major canned food pusher? Krasdale is the muscle
behind a number of otherwise independent supermarket cooperative
chains, who depend on the Big Kraz for their "store brand"
cheapy alternatives, and have to answer to the Kraz when accused
by local news reporters of operating unsanitary groceries, as
happened on a wide scale this past month. We, of course, are
just starting the summer of 2001 as I write. Krasdale's arch
enemy White Rose got some ink on one of the 1999 vintage pages.
© 2001, Jeff Saltzman. All