People seeing me with a camera asked what I was taking pictures of. At first I told them about wanting to record the look of a place threatened by an Eminent Domain ruling. Their eyes glazed over - too many words. Then I said, "I'm an artist, blah, blah, blah...". Glazed eyes. So I edited my explanation to the essentials. "This place - the colors, the people..." A guy in his station wagon considered this and took a bite on his cigar, "It's a junkya'd". I shrugged, "It's beautiful." He made the slightest head tilting gesture that said, "You're nuts, but if you like it, knock yourself out".
The ‘junkyard’ is a few square acres across the street from the new home of the Mets on Willet's point in Queens.