Daily photographs by HANS VON RITTERN, with humorous, artistic and social commentary on life in the big city.

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Photo of the day: 97th ANNUAL AMERICAN FLAG DAY

Flag at Willets Point, Queens

Flag at Willets Point, Queens

“…Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: ‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave…”
Photo of the day: FLAG DAY – Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
In 1916, president Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an act of congress.
The scenic way to come Friday is by “7” train. At the time you will be traveling there are local and express “7” trains. Express have red circle lights and locals have green light circles. You want the green. When the train exits the tunnel into Queens, stay… on the left side of the car for a fantastic phenomenal view of the Manhattan skyline, the 5 Pointz Graffiti Museum and the Queensboro Bridge! Get off at 46th street. Cross Queens Blvd. to the “T Mobile side” and walk down 46th street, my home block, 2 avenues to Skillman Avenue. (When you are on the block btwn 43rd Ave/Skillman, the first apt. building on the left with the white Roman columns, 41-30 46th Street = is my home!) On Skillman Avenue turn right and walk uphill to 49th Street, The Brogue is located between 49/50th Streets, #4910 Skillman Avenue – see you all there !
The non scenic way is to take N or Q train to Queensboro Plaza, stay towards back for the view from the platform of NYC, switch to 7 GREEN LOCAL to 52nd street, walk north to Skillman, turn left 2 block to 50th street.


THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER STORE: Forget about your local Container Store! This is it! Cheapy Auto parts/chop shop has cleverly created a building from stacked shipping containers. About ten of them – five on top, five on the bottom. Need a little ventilation – open a door!
In their junk yard they have got it all – Acura alternators, Audi axles, Bentley bumpers, Cadillac clinometers, Dodge doors, Fiat fenders, Ford fans, Honda hubs, Hummer headlights, Mazda mountings, Peugeot pumps, Rolls Royce racks, Saturn spoilers, Suzuki speedometers,  Toyota tires and Volkswagen visors…if you don’t mind a little dust.
Cheapy Auto Parts – 12761 Willets Point, Flushing, NY 11368.

Photo of the day: BARBEQUE!

BARBEQUE!: Some of the hardest workers, in some of the poorest and worst conditions of the auto parts district of Willets Point, Queens, New York, enjoy a well deserved Labor Day weekend barbeque! A steak isn’t something they can usually afford, so there is just one steak on the grill amongst the hot dogs, they’ll share the steak.
Notice the “Willets Point Playground” sign on the upper right – Willets Point currently has no sidewalks or sewers. In times of heavy rain, flooding is common. The area is very industrial and is filled with auto repair shops, scrap yards, waste processing sites. (More photos and stories to follow by Hans Von Rittern).