Sunday, December 10, 2006
Flushing Avenue - an appropriate name!
Ladies and gentlemen, it's our Sunday special. And we do have quite a doozy for ya...
Flushing Avenue was an old colonial road that linked Maspeth to the piers in Brooklyn. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it became a 4-mile industrial strip. Most of the properties along it were one story high. However, all along it today, especially in Bushwick, ridiculously monstrous multi-unit buildings are sprouting up like stinkweeds. And speaking of stink - this must be one of the most polluted roadways in the whole city. Truck traffic is extremely heavy along its entire length. At the eastern terminus of the street, in Maspeth, are these. Not only are these things ugly, but they mushroomed out of something that wasn't even residential previously. These were manufacturing or auto repair properties along Flushing Avenue. Replaced with 30 units of Friedrich-inspired barracks (not counting the basements that are sure to be converted into illegal apartments that the city will ignore). A road named Flushing Avenue seems an appropriate venue for this type of crap. It would be nice if the city protected manufacturing interests the way they protect developers' rights. But, preparing for the expected influx of 1 million people by 2020 seems more of a priority for the Bloomberg administration. Hey Beantown boy: How many people are we going to lose because they have nowhere to work?