Well, those historic millstones are now installed in a new park at Queens Plaza. You may not have heard, but that's not a surprise. The photo below shows the placement of the millstones.
Of course, a hoped-for restoration of the artifacts didn't happen. If these were in Manhattan, millions of dollars would have been spent on study, care, restoration and celebration with grants being provided to museums and cultural institutions for said purposes. Since they are on the other side of the Queensboro Bridge, they were tossed without much thought into a library that most people don't even know exists, and now they are on top of concrete and metal pedestals left open to vandalism and getting crashed into by cars. When DSNY decides to clear the streets during the next snowstorm by dumping the snow in this plaza, I shudder to think what will become of the millstones. One of them is definitely subject to rock salt, being buried in a mound of snow, and rammed into by plows in its current location next to the road.
The stone above has a chunk of concrete hanging off the right side of it.
The other one has asphalt spackled into the middle of it.
[The Newtown Pentacle's photos show the decay in much more detail than mine do.]
Can't wait for the inevitable lawsuits that will result from people tripping off the path into the plant bed about 2 feet below.
Across the street, a clue to this building's history appears. The missing letters said "Corn Exchange Bank Trust Co."
Amidst all this urban grit that's supposed to be "cool", there is nothing that explains what the millstones are, or their role in the area's history. One of the park supporters' biggest criticisms of the once-sidewalk-embedded millstones were that "thousands of people walked by the millstones every day without knowing what they were." Nothing has changed.
"...hopefully, the site will include a sign or a stone explaining their history." - Gerald Walsh, President, Dutch Kills Civic Association, 2010
Fat chance, pal. As the previously linked-to Pentacle article from April 2012 states: "The Long Island City Millstones are back as well, although due to a lack of signage indicating their historical meaning or context, they appear to be just another accoutrement."
As an aside, if you like broken concrete that collects trash, plants that look like weeds (which are supposed to represent a faux wetland but were more likely selected to mask the unplanted weeds that will spring up) and bikers straying from their dedicated lanes and speeding at you in the middle of a cacophony, then this place is great. If not, then this was a total waste of $59M of taxpayer money.