Neil’s Mother:Â Why are you taking your camera with you just to walk down the block?
Neil:Â Maybe I’ll take photos of Valentino’s.
Neil’s Mother:Â Who wants to see photos of Valentino’s?
Neil:Â You’d be surprised at what crazy stuff people find interesting.Â Besides, it’s my blog.Â I can do what I want.
Neil’s Mother:Â Wouldn’t you rather wait and take photos at the museum tomorrow?
Neil:Â The museum?!Â Boring!Â EVERYBODY takes photos at the museum!
1)Â Here is Valentino’s, the best pizza in Queens —
2)Â Sophia likes to make fun of Flushing as a big nothing, but look at this —Â
— the crappy little local liquor store next toÂ Valentino’s has Le Beaulolais Nouveau 2006!Â Hah, Sophia!Â I don’t see that sign in REDONDO BEACH, home of the ubiquitous fish taco.
3)Â At the famous “National Wholesale Liquidators” —Â Â
— I saw this perfect Christmas toy for a neighborhood where 3/4 of the residents speak another language.
This is the local police precinct —Â
— the 107th Precinct of the NYPD, which moved to this location when I was younger.Â
I remember there being a big uproar over the structure on the roof, because local residents thought it was a huge satellite antenna.Â Residents stormed a community council meeting because some crackpots thought the police were spying on them or the government was doing some top-secret experiment in Flushing.Â Others worried about getting cancer from the high voltage of the electricity.Â
Eventually, it turned out that the structure was none of the above — but anÂ incredibly ugly SCULPTUREÂ foistedÂ on the precinct because the City had begunÂ forcing new municipal buildings to includeÂ shitty pieces of art by out-of-work New York artists.Â Â After it was learned thatÂ this was justÂ an awful piece of modern art, there were protests to get rid of the eyesore, but like the old adage goes — you can’t fight City Hall.Â
Today, most current residentsÂ take aÂ weird pride in the monstrosity, like it isÂ their Eiffel Tower.