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Van Wyck Expwy South at 133rd Avenue - June 2001
Photo Gallery: Van Wyck Expwy.

Once the newest star of the Van Wyck saga, the 1980's vintage 133rd Street overpass is now old hat and yesteryear's news, as it is literally overshadowed and eclipsed by the Airtrain zooming over it.

Though we were already on the erstwhile Belt exit, the moment we pass under 133rd, we have to take another exit off the exit. The hapless 133rd Avenue bridge is bedeviled by huge directional signs. The grassy area between the service road and the retaining wall edge would probably make a nice overlook park for the surrounding neighborhood, but the city keeps it fenced off and untended. Why, after all, should it pay any attention to the quality of life for mostly minority neighborhoods?

© 2001, Jeff Saltzman. All rights reserved.