Saturday, December 26, 2009

STL DPB In The Air: Home

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Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays, Perry Como sang years ago when the family gathered around the black and white television. I got some of it on Christmas Day, flying from St. Louis to New York's La Guardia Airport to join my family for the weekend. My youngest sister, the only one left in the area, still lives in the New Jersey suburb we emigrated to when the family left Queens in 1966. The plane descended right over Sunnyside, my old neighborhood. Click the link for a picture of PS 150, where I went to school through third grade, when Queen of Angels parish opened a Catholic school. Times change: the church is still there but the school closed two years ago.

The picture above looks toward Manhattan over Newtown Creek, which forms the western part of the border between Brooklyn and Queens.

Below:
- Midtown Manhattan, from the Empire State Building on the left to the United Nations on the right.

- Sunnyside. Note the location of Queen of Angels and my family's apartment building. CDBP veteran Ming the Merciless lived in the same block until he relocated to Bangor, Maine.

- Sunnyside, looking at the graceful concrete arches of the Number 7 line that runs down Queens Boulevard. The station at the lower right is where this picture was taken a year ago.

It feels good to be home.

BY THE WAY: Gateway is back - finally!



11 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Bob, all of these images are great. Have a nice time with the family.

Virginia said...

Great trip around the Big Apple and I didn't even have to get out of my pj's and robe! Love seeing your old stomping grounds and that nice dusting of snow makes it even better!

Have fun with the fam!
V

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Wow. What a great series of aerial NYC photos, and what a treat to get an aerial tour of the old neighborhood.

Your photo of midtown across the river with the gray skies looks like an old photo from the 1930's - 1950's, except back then the river would be lined with working piers and would be filled with cargo ships, from an era when the port of New York was far busier than it is today.

cieldequimper said...

Now that is what I call cool. Those fabulous views from above that DO NOT point to the Empire State and Chrysler. Excellent post!

Louis la Vache said...

It's too bad the parish school closed. No doubt the education given there was superior to that given in the public schools.

brattcat said...

What a fun tour of NY with you as our great guide.

Fernando Lipina said...

Excellent and impresive views... Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Regards.

Steffe said...

Some great aerial photos here.

scar said...
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Scar said...

awesome robert. I'll be home back in queens/Manhattan/staten island too by end of this week. can't wait.

Term Paper said...

I wish could be there for a while. Next year i will take a tour with my family. And let you know soon.