Yesterday I spent a long day in Queens, NY. I walked the "341" level line, surveyed in 1952 from "A 341" in Bayside to "K 341" at the Whitestone Expressway, with a side trip around Fort Totten and a little extra jaunt in Flushing. It was about 12 miles on foot and I was exhausted by the end. But I found 8 marks out of 14 (with about 8 others I couldn't get to) which is pretty good.
The second half of the "341" series was not good. I found just one out of the 5 (and one other mark not in the series). The problem was that these were set on piers in the middle of the parkway, which is virtually inaccessible, and along which there is now a 3 foot high concrete median barrier which has covered the marks which were set just 2 feet above the ground.
This mark was the one exception, as it was originally mounted 4 feet above the roadway, rather than 2 feet as the rest were. You can see from the photo it is just a foot or so above the concrete median.
To get to the mark, I hopped over the fence at the northwest corner of the Utopia Parkway overpass and scrambled down the embankment to the side of the north lanes of the Cross Island Parkway. But I was not about to run across these busy lanes, so I was satisfied with a distance shot. I looked at the mark with my binoculars and I am satisfied that it is the proper mark.
Although this is technically a first find, I'll put a sad face instead of my usual smiley face because of the lack of a closeup.
First to Find.
[This entry was edited by Papa-Bear-NYC on Saturday, May 06, 2006 at 5:21:31 PM.]
[Photos:]KU1121 F 341, Whitestone, Queens NY
View of the north face of the center pier of the Utopia parkway overpass, seen from the side of the north lanes.
KU1121 F 341, Whitestone, Queens NY
Sorry, this is the best you're going to get, unless you have a long lens on your camera and a tripod..