Survey Marker: Queens Edition

A Marker at Elder Avenue and Colden Street in Flushing, not far from the Queens Botanical Graden. Pretty much identical to the Manhattan Borough President, Topographical Bureau markers I’ve posted, except for it being Queens rather than Manhattan. The off-center crosshairs are interesting: the brass disk is not mounted at exactly the right location, so …

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Not Actually A Survey Marker

Looks just like a survey marker, doesn’t it? It’s not. It’s related to surveying but it serves a very different role. Starting with the 1960 revision of the New York Zoning Resolution (the law that governs how big buildings can be in the city and puts limits on their shapes, as well as defining what …

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