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I found a greaser, and a clock with no hands.
Where am I?
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Cross Bay Blvd
cross bay blvd?
Definitely Cross Bay Blvd. I pass it everyday.
WE ALWAYS REFER TO THIS FIGURE AS ELVIS. IT’S ON WOODHAVEN BLVD IN QUEENS.
OOPS!! I MEANT CROSS BAY BLVD.
Cross Bay Blvd in Ozone Park. This was by Audrey Pheffer’s old office. And, there’s a real estate office as well. There used to be a cigarette in the statue’s mouth too. Why is this there? It seems out of place.
I used to drive by it all the time, the first time I saw it I thought someone was getting ready to jump.
Looks more The Fonz to me.
I don’t know about this particular statue, but isn’t there a building with similar statues in the Bronx, off the 2/5 trains in Morrisania?
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This is the place in the Bronx that I’m thinking about:
It’s on Cross Bay, but I don’t think it’s Elvis or the Fonz. I could be wrong about this, but I think it’s an odd tribute to Jack Kerouac, who lived in a house not far away (across the Blvd.?) with his parents while he started writing “On the Road.” The building now houses a floral shop called “A Little Shoppe of Flowers.”
The real question should be “What has no hands yet has hands?”
He used to have a cigarette in his mouth. Back then, I figured he was supposed to be James Dean.
Pass this all the time, his name is Jack.
Is this statue still there? Jack Kerouac wrote The Town and the City and parts of On the Road while living at 133-01 Crossbay a few blocks away, so he seems a candidate. Though he doesn’t really resemble this depiction that strongly, there is a well-known photo of him in a similar pose, with a cigarette dangling. As a big fan, I’ve been meaning to visit the neighborhood. Anyone know the real history on this? There’s not much online…
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