DELIBERATE AMBIGUITY, Flushing Meadows

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In March, while scouting the upcoming July 13th ForgottenTour in Flushing Meadows, it might as well have been Kadath in the Cold Waste, as we tracked the vast windswept wilderness with nary a soul around. (The scene in summer is much different.)

Attached to the guardrail on the boadwalk between the elevated and the park (which crosses the Corona Subway Yards) is this sign, which seems to be deliberately misleading regarding where the park is and where the train is. For example, the arrow next to the 7 bullet leads, not to the train, but to the park. Only the arrow on the right will take you to the park and to Citifield.

Of course, the ramp going down to Roosevelt Avenue might be closed for whatever reason, in which case the other arrow would apply, as you’d have to go to the eastbound subway platform and then down to the street.

I suspect this sign tries to touch all the bases, which is something the Mets would like to do.

7/3/13





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9 Responses to DELIBERATE AMBIGUITY, Flushing Meadows

  1. Pocono Chuck says:

    Please…. as a former resident (born and raised) who lived 1 mile from Shea Stadium, use the park’s proper name: Flushing Meadows Corona Park. With so much of the park in Corona, it’s a wonder why it took second billing.

    And yes … I still can not understand the constant reference (back in the day) to ‘Shea Stadium, Flushing NY, 11368′, when that ZipCode was and remains Corona.

    • Gary Dunaier says:

      While we’re at it, I’d like to know why Citi Field’s address is either 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, which is the same as Shea Stadium’s was, or 120-01 Roosevelt Avenue… when, being situated east of where Shea stood, the number should be higher than 123.

  2. KG2V says:

    Well, TECHNICALLY, Corona is in Flushing (all 113XX zip codes are Flushing), and in fact, until oh, 20-30 years ago, the Post Office official database listed it that way

    basically Queens was the towns/cities of: Flushing, Jamaica, Newtown, Long Island City and I forget the 1-2 others.

    Bayside, Astoria, Corona, Elmont, Sunnyside etc (basically all the smaller neighborhoods) were all VILLAGES inside the towns/cities – So, Corona, Bayside, Auburndale etc all all villages in the town of Flushing

    • Kevin says:

      Yep – grew up in Bellerose – 11426. For year the Post Office insisted we were Jamaica (114xx) and that just infuriated my mother. The post office was always called Bellerose. It wasn’t until fairly recently that they finally started calling 11426 Bellerose again.

    • andy says:

      The fifth Queens neighborhood group pre 1898 was the Rockaway Peninsula, which was part of the Town of Hempstead. Hempstead became part of Nassau County in 1899 but Rockaway remained with Queens. That’s why its postal codes are all in the 116XX series.

    • Joel Frid says:

      Almost all the towns that are listed as 113xx are in Flushing. Forest Hills (or parts of it ie. Metropolitan and 71st Avenue) is also 113xx, but Forest Hills is not part of Flushing and it also has its own main post office. The Post Office named the zip codes for whatever was convenient for the Post Office. Therefore, as we can see, the town zip codes, while mostly correct, is not guaranteed!

  3. jerry says:

    Is that a “forgotten” original “Worlds Fair Guardrail” that the sign is attached to? (Not the mesh part, which was added later to comply with current safety codes, but the “tri-rail” part.)

    • therealguyfaux says:

      You’d think so, as this sort of infrastructure has no moving parts and does not get corroded. Why replace something that is still fit for purpose? It would seem a waste of money and effort.

      On the other hand, waste of money and effort has never been a reason for not doing something, as long as there was someone who stood to gain somehow. If a company who made, serviced and replaced guard rails was a big-enough employer or a big-enough contributor to political campaigns, I’m sure the rails would be being changed every five years or so. This, while other projects would be delayed or shelved due to lack of anyone championing them, however sensible, inexpensive and feasible those projects might be.

      End of rant about city boondoggles. The practical way to find out might just be to ask the Parks Dept., if you can get a hold of someone either who can, or who can be bothered to, tell you.

  4. roger_the_shrubber says:

    This is what happens when people who barely managed to get a GED are hired to make signs.

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