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The Train Is In The Grass

 

Queens Blvd, as a street, has been around since 1873. It's gone through several transitions through the ages, but in essence it has always been around for as long as anyone could remember. Originally a two Lane Road, it has been expanded into six Lanes and can almost take you from one end of the borough to the other. My favorite part of Queens Blvd. (besides the shopping and food, of course) is The #7 Train In The Grass by the Queens County Borough Hall. If you have kids who are car and train crazy like mine, nothing beats hitting a tasty restaurant across the street, then letting your kids play on the 7 Train.

 

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Comment balloon 30 commentsC Tann-Starr • July 07 2008 06:42PM

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How cool, C!  Is it a museum?

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) over 10 years ago

C - my kids loved that kind of stuff (shhhh, I still do, but don't let that out). I loved going to the original diners. Still do. Great fun for all!

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 10 years ago

Hey Lisa, that is the Queen County Borough Hall for the Borough President and a host of government offices.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hey Mike, I know what you mean. Sometimes I think that's why I use them "as an excuse" to do the things I really like to do. (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Very nice.  The boys must have a blast on the train to nowhere.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey Paddy, yes they do. It is so cool to see Stephen and Noah get into their imaginary playland mode. Stephen has a thing for Thomas the Train and lights up with a Cool Aid smile to be anywhere near this thing. Noah always wants to drive. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

My son loved Thomas in his day.  You are making me cry and smile at the same time. How is that possible.  Have a good night. 

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 10 years ago

Good night, sweetie...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, this train reminds me of one I used to play in out in Long Island when I was eight years old. I agree it is fun for the kids because it is "life size." You always imagine yourself as the engineer or the conductor and you are on some big journey.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Your pictures of the train are great!  Almost looks like a postcard.  A great summer destination for the locals, and tourists alike.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 10 years ago

Hey Gary, that's exactly what Noah does!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hey Chris Ann, thank you for the compliment. The area does get a lot of visitors. It's close to a lot of really neat landmarks and interesting things to do.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

The train looks like a lot of fun.  When my kids were younger, they loved watching the show "Thomas the Train" on TV.  Do you have to pay to get in?

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi Lola, it's free. It's also under 24 hour video surveillance by the NYPD. Being nestled between Borough Hall, the Courts, and a straight walk across the street to the District Attorney's Office makes this play stop a very safe spot, indeed.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

I always like visiting different areas and when I see a train I have got to go and visit it.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Hey Don, you and me both! Trains are eye candy for the mechanical soul. (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

C - Are you anywhere near the High Line?  A little off-topic (sorry) but I am a "friend" of the organization and I am dying to get up there and see it!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 10 years ago

Hey Leesa, it's approximately 47 minutes from where I live in the borough of Manhattan. If you'd like, I'll try and make arrangements to spend some time up there in a week or two and take a lot of pictures so you can "see" what's going on. I'm adding it to my "things to blog about list." Thank you for including the link. If you have other NYC views you'd like me to explore, give me a holler (or provide a link) and I'll see what me and the minions can do about a neighborhood road trip. I'm always looking for something interesting to do with the little people.  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, I loved the shots of the train, I must have been there when I was younger but I don't remember it :(  Oh well, I'm in Queens often enough, looks like I would have fun there as well.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Tann, nice shot! Show them the park behind QBH around the corner next to the parking lot.

Posted by Audrey H. Lipford, Esq. (Lipford Associates) over 10 years ago

Hey Carole, if you are ever in the neighborhood may I suggest Pasta Lovers or the Corina Latina restaurants across the street? Excellent dining. If you need to park, Pasta Lovers has a free parking lot in the rear. Rigatoni Country Style is a hands down fav when ever we eat there.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hey Audrey, I will blog about the QBH park and the monument later on today. I have pictures from my turtle run yesterday. I'm thinking I need to take a slow run around the lake at Flushing Meadows. They are building a new stadium and may provide some neat historical pictures if they tear down Shea Stadium. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hi C ... the good old #7!  Very cool.  The one thing that I think of when I hear Queens Blvd:  How you can just about make it across all those lanes on the green light ... lol 

Posted by Marie Meyer, Orange County New York Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Carolyn, Here in Missoula we have a retired steam engine in front of the old train depot.  Giant thing...my son LOVES it.

Posted by Clint Miller (Real Estate Pipeline, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hey Marie, that is something else, isn't it? A street so wide you can barely make it to the other side without the "Don't Walk" red hand starting to flash! (LOL)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hey Clint, please post a picture when you get a chance -- I would love to see it! Just plop it right into the comments section with the "insert/edit" image icon. Way cool!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

We have a railroad museum in Sacramento, in Old Sacramento. There's even a tourist train one can take along the river, rattling along the original train tracks. The next time you're down at the train, why don't you shoot some interior shots for us? I'd love to see them.

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Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Will do, Elizabeth, will do. Enjoy your day. Regards, C. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the great pictures.  We have an indoor model train attraction in Flemington, NJ,  called Northlandz.  I'll try to post some pictures of it soon.  Veronica

Posted by Veronica DeCarolis (Weidel Realtors) over 10 years ago

Hey Veronica -- excellent! Looking forward to seeing your pics! Thank you.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 10 years ago

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