@cafedumonde Discovering the adorable quirks in the heart of Jackson Heights, Queens. Nestled within a grassy patch at the bustling intersection of 37th Road and 74th Street, a charming penguin statue guards the Elmjack Mall. Far from being just a delightful sight, this small figure plays a crucial role in traffic safety, poised to take on any potential impact. Located near the busy Roosevelt Avenue IRT elevated station, this hidden gem adds a touch of whimsy to the urban scene. • • • #JacksonHeights #Queens #PenguinStatue #ElmjackMall #UrbanExploration #QuirkyCitySights ♬ original sound - A.G. Millington
Griffins & Mythological Creatures: Architectural Motifs in the Jackson Heights Neighborhood of Queens
|While some of the statues in Jackson Heights may resemble guarding lions more than take-flight griffins, there is undoubtedly a family resemblance. However, I must confess that I am not a pedant when it comes to classifying mythological creatures, and their presence in the neighborhood adds to their unique character and charm.|
- 72nd Street and 35th Avenue - Griffin
- 75th Street and 35th Avenue - Griffin
- 81st Street and 37th Avenue - Griffin
- 81st Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue
- 34-48 81st Street (between 35th and 34th Avenues) - Stone carving of two Griffins above the doorway
- 80th Street between 37th and 35th Avenue
Why Wednesday Is the Day of the Week to Send Messages (Because of Woden, or, as the Greeks Call Him, Hermes)
Wednesday is named for Woden — the Norse parallel for the Greek and Roman messenger god Hermes.
I’m obsessed with messages, epistolary novels, and journeys and undertakings. I never 👎 skip by a note or love letter. Even a torn letter I see on the sidewalk. I'll pick it up. And save it. And I love to eat tears and swallow joy.
My friends say I’m constantly flexing. My students want the school year to end. I’m listening to lots of books on tape and cooking lots of sausages and egg salad.
I’m proud of my student @jukycheng, who got accepted into a Summer engineering program at NYU Tandon in Brooklyn. Congrats, Juky!
And I’m also excited for the Summer—those dog days. But I’m into May. With its warm afternoons and occasional showers.
How are you holding up? Need a hug? Here’s one. Need a nudge? Here’s one? Need a ride on a white swan? I don’t have that, but drop me a message if you want to chat about YA novels and the best place to walk in New York City.
What was supposed to be a walk to increase my daily steps turned into a journey. People pop out. Restaurants offer outside seating. The night is crisp. Saturn and Jupiter are still visible in the sky — on the way to convergence. I wanted to get more faces in my photographs. But the moments passed by too quickly. I saw a masked guy in a cab. He was balefully looking out a window. The Q49 bus runs along 74th Street. Wear your mask.
Today in class an adolescent pupil couldn’t answer a question — so she said to me, “This question makes me feel unsafe.” I was taken aback by her statement. It’s the Covid. I imagined her shrieking out of class. By an unsafe question. I’m teaching a course on mythology. And one characteristic of myth is the unknown. So I get it, girl. Stuff gets real. From chaos to calm. From the womb to the tomb.
In Jackson Heights, every year on Halloween, the local "Beautification Society" hosts a parade on 37th Avenue. My school participates, so I have, for the last several years, marched in the parade. I love seeing the kids and adults who have lined the street, mostly dressed up and in a spirit of "being costumed." I feel like when kids, especially, wear costumes, it can be a moment to channel creative energy and to pretend to be someone you're not.
Third Grader Channels Pennywise the Clown
One kid I met on the route was dressed up as Pennywise the Clown — there were several permutations of this character, a malevolent force in Stephen King's novel-made-movie IT. I was struck by this Third-grader wild abandon into the role, like the video, posted below, demonstrates. Happy Halloween!
|A guy with a rainbow flag in front of the United States Post Office in Jackson Heights for the Gay Pride Parade.|