Strictly speaking, the adjective “metropolitan” simply means having the characteristics or features of a city and its surrounding areas. But it has also carried a connotation of sophistication and perhaps even glamour.

Well, this scene from Metropolitan Avenue just on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn/Queens border lives up to the strict definition, but not my gloss. Metropolitan Avenue run the length of Brooklyn from the waterfront to Queens, and covers maybe 2/3 of Queens before merging into Jamaica Avenue. It covers a broad range – industrial, commercial, and residential, upscale, downscale, hip and timeless.

This is in an industrial section. In my experience, it is somewhat uncommon to see so much home-made signage in New York, especially so ornate and colorful.

I will probably resume the national park images with a new photo from Utah tomorrow.

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