Closing Bell: A Walking Tour of the BQE


Late last month David Kennedy Cutler and Robert Hult made an intrepid voyage by foot underneath and alongside the entire length of the BQE, documenting the trip in photos. Here’s their statement of purpose:

“On February 17th and 20th, we walked the length of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway—from its origin at St. Michael’s cemetery above Woodside in Queens, to its terminus at the Battery Tunnel in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Stemming from recent debates over public space and its use, our goal was to analyze the experiential surrounds of the highway on foot by recording our observations as we
walked alongside and underneath the highway.”

Most of the photos are as picturesque as one would expect, but the two came across some unexpected treasures, like the trailer home shown above that’s been living under the expressway for a bunch of years now.
Walking the BQE [Tumblr]

8 Comment

  • Photos of trailer on page 19: http://walkingthebqe.tumblr.com/page/19

    The trailer is disgusting and the car is full of pigeons that they raise. I think a family of 3 live there, all appear to be over 30, one in a wheelchair. They drive from one side of the BQE to the other each night depending on the street cleaning days. Usually can find them on Park Ave somewhere between Vanderbilt and Clinton Ave.

    • Dude you are so out of date with your information regarding Clinton Hill’s trailer dwellers.

      That trailer has not moved for at least two years. Down where it’s currently parked there are no alternate side street parking signs so they’re set.

      There’s also only two of them, a mother and her son and yes, the mother is in a wheelchair.

      They don’t cause anyone in the neighborhood any harm so who cares how disgusting you think their trailer is or whether they’re raising pigeons in their van or not.

    • Dude you are so out of date with your information regarding Clinton Hill’s trailer dwellers.

      That trailer has not moved for at least two years. Down where it’s currently parked there are no alternate side street parking signs so they’re set.

      There’s also only two of them, a mother and her son and yes, the mother is in a wheelchair.

      They don’t cause anyone in the neighborhood any harm so who cares how disgusting you think their trailer is or whether they’re raising pigeons in their van or not.

  • Photos of trailer on page 19: http://walkingthebqe.tumblr.com/page/19

    The trailer is disgusting and the car is full of pigeons that they raise. I think a family of 3 live there, all appear to be over 30, one in a wheelchair. They drive from one side of the BQE to the other each night depending on the street cleaning days. Usually can find them on Park Ave somewhere between Vanderbilt and Clinton Ave.

  • Hey, NYC is expensive. In England people living this way are called gypsies, except thats rude so then it was Romanies, which is also a problem, so now they’re called travellers I think.

    At least the photographers didn’t use the words “hoping to initiate a dialogue on x”.. The most worn and soporific phrase in these sort of circles right now.

  • I can confirm that the trailer has not moved for years. It’s a guy in his 20s and his mother living there. She has a wheelchair but is able to walk. He goes through trash cans in the neighborhood for recyclables and I occasionally tell him when my building is scheduled to put theirs out. I agree it’s an eye sore if you live here but the city seems to have no problem with it. Just another weird situation in my eclectic neighborhood.

  • How do you people know it’s mother and son? I’ve heard from someone that they’re actually a couple.