Scenes Of Queens: And Now A Word From Our Slumlord Mercenary Sponsor…

This heinous predatory advertisement is hanging, or more appropriately and ironically squatting rent free on the railing of the abandoned Rockaway Rail Line on Atlantic Avenue in Ozone Park. This enterprise probably and presumably illegally hung this up here assuming that the eviction moratorium will expire on schedule on the new year.

What kind of person would call an eviction hotline during a pandemic and while another outbreak is happening? The kind that would get the number from a scuzzy billboard on an dilapidated and long dead transit line.

This scene was captured over a week ago, December 2020.

OBVIOUSLY KNOWN And SCENES FROM QUEENS: Two New Photo Series On People, Places And Things In New York City


Your intrepid photographer

In the last four years keeping this blog afloat and building a modest social media following while having been the proud owner of about 5 or 6 cellphones, I’ve amassed a sizeable collection of photos of places, people and things that caught my eye and captured an indelible moment worthy of immortality and a massive collection of photos that were horribly shot and or immediately forgotten. But for the former, I’m going to place them in archival prosperity or immediate newsworthiness in a post series called “Obviously Known”. I came up with this because I don’t care much for subtlety and also there are a lot of things I see that I feel are quite common but hardly gets acknowledged, whether upsetting, surreal, transcendent, or oddball.

Because of the convenience of the camera app, I’ve been able to capture these moments with total ease that I never had the opportunity or spare time to do before, and also because I never owned a camera before (at least a quality one).

Like the millions of other blogs that’s on the internets, these photo posts will be summarily titled (prefaced by the theme title) with a brief description and the date when they were taken, just like on those plaques in those fancy art galleries. These photos will also be seen on the Obviously Known and Scenes From Queens on Tumblr website tooas hastags my Twitter account, just to be doubly sure they get the attention I hope they get.

Let’s get it started:

To my readers who caught this blog earlier on, I used a similar photo like this for my header (which is now graced by City Hall at night). This was taken in 2016 when the luxury monolith was a just a toddler.

This is back of Gracie Mansion taken around 2017 in winter. It’s the only way you can get into the Mayor’s house.

This is a good one. It’s from September 2016 when Banksy came to town. This is the truck full of stuffed animals that drove around Manhattan. I believe this signified the cruelty of animals and was a criticism for the consumption of meat.  It emitted audio of bellowing cows and pigs as if they were going to slaughter but it sounded like a bunch of see and say toys set on those animals were set on a loop. I have other pictures of the world renown guerilla artist from a piece of shit Vivitar camera I got at a Walgreens, but they are grossly blurred. When Banksy came, I overcame my reluctance to buy and own a celly. Unfortunately, I’ve become a much a slave to it as everyone else is. Which was Big Tech’s and Big Telecom’s master plan right?

Pigeon buffet in Midtown Manhattan, April 2017.

Imaginative transit infrastructure repair job. Upper East Side, Manhattan 2016

Homeless person, breakfast on the concrete, pretty certain this is around February 2016. The city’s homeless population at this time is estimated to be around 80,000 people, with about 4,000 still sleeping on the streets even during a pandemic. In homage to Jacob Riis who wrote a whole book about the less and unfortunate living conditions of the city’s poorest people almost 2 centuries ago, Obviously Known pictures like this will be subtitled “How the other 80,000 live” or whatever number is current.

Picture of Downtown Manhattan From Downtown Brooklyn, November 2020 from the promenade. A week later, some drunk asshole decided to take a joyride on here in his luxury car.

Now for some Scenes From Queens

Overcast skies over a row of homes in Richmond Hill, Queens. November 2019

Fucking Big Rig in the bike lane. Elmhurst, Queens, September 2019. I recall this pile of crap obstructing me having license plates from two different states on the back and the front.

These carcasses wound up on the Queens Blvd. bike lane in Woodside right after it was freshly painted only a week earlier back in 2016. The businesses and the community board was dead set against this being implemented and Mayor de Blasio told them tough shit after they officially voted no.

Dusk in Ozone Park, July 2018.

I’m going to end this post with a capture from Summer 2019 of the Ed Koch Memorial Queensboro Bridge. Which is marred by that tower under construction at the time on Roosevelt Island.

That’s it for now. Now that another outbreak has hit the five boroughs, this will give me free time to go into my archives and post some more worthy still life moments and finally free tons of GB space of thousands of crappy pics from my home p.c..

I hope these pics will not only garner interest but also inform people. Let’s see what develops.