Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Last Station and the Garden



There are fewer and fewer gas stations in Manhattan. 


I can only think of two within walking distance when there used to be at least four.
The Russian one is on 10th Avenue  at 24th Street. 


Therefore there are always crowds of cab drivers
 jockeying for position and a babel of languages. 


I'm happy to report that I have never pumped gas in my life.


Leaves are  beginning to fall from the cherry tree in the local community garden.






20 comments:

  1. Never in your life???? Wow! I suppose, though, if one considers the entire population of our humble globe, more people can say that than not. And that's probably a good thing!

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  2. Soooo...how do all those vehicles come up with fuel if there are no gas stations??? LOVE the leaf photos.

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  3. awwwwwwwwwwww....
    If I lived in a huge city with great transit, I guess I wouldn't pump any gas either. When you live where I do you drive. I pump my own gas, wash my car, have change tires, and fixed a broken window but now as I get older not so much.
    What a fun photo with nothing but bright yellow cabs at the gas station.

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  4. yes, gas & parking are rare as bathrooms in NYC!

    Lovely garden. . . .


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  5. Palms in a gas station? They may be rare but they have class.

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  6. Elizabeth, I've also got no gas pumping in my history.

    Some friends of mine claim to have seen V. Putin at the official opening of that Russian gas station. I think that they are telling the truth. Not sure if he pumped any gas at the opening.

    xo

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  7. Such interesting photos today. I can just hear that babel of languages. But really? You have never pumped gas? For someone from the car-centric South, that's an amazing indicator of regional lifestyle differences.

    Hope to see you soon...

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  8. Since the age of 16 I estimate I've pumped gas into my car(s) about 1500 times ... but never at a station with a potted palm tree.

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  9. Beautiful yellows. Happy weekend. :)

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  10. I learned to drive in LA where they had gas station attendants...then Long Island.
    No need for a car in Manhattan.
    Frances: Yes, I think Putin did open this one!

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  11. Pumping your own gas is overrated. When we travel to NYC from our home in Indianapolis we can't wait until we get to New Jersey, where, yes, it is illegal to pump your own gas!!

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  12. i always love browsing through your blog! feel like you tell the 'new yorker story' very well! :)

    nora

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  13. Love the bright yellow cabs, but more so your gentle portrayal of the coming autumn.

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  14. Wow that is pretty amazing never to have pumped gas! You're not missing anything. I too grew up in a time when there were gas stations attendants to pump gas, check the oil and wash the windows. I wish they still did!

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  15. Wow! I've pumped enough gas for both of us.

    Love all the cabs in the gas station.

    xo

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  16. What a charming autumn garden. Like a fairy Tale :-)

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  17. You even make the leaves falling in the community garden look good Elizabeth.

    Can't believe only 2 petrol stations in your area. Where do all the motorists go?

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  18. Full serve is the law in Oregon, can't pump your own up there. But Vegas? I've never seen anything but self, usually in a station with someone locked in a little glass booth.

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