A handbill, passed to me blindly and wordlessly by the seated fellow with the earphones, elaborated that the folks at East America are "agencias de empleo." It sported a smattering of English and Korean, too, apparently intended to steer hopefuls to the office. The jobs board itself included very little explication — if you have to ask, you can't handle the "teriyaki" — but enough to tempt some busperson-to-be with the promise of "all you can eat." The best-paying position, posted on a golden slip at bottom right, offered $3,400 (per month?) to someone expert in the ways of stir-frying vegetables, Sichuan style.
Also shown, from within eyeshot of the jobs board: a detail, from a badly deteriorated mural, of the former RKO Keith's Theater several blocks to the north.
East America Services Jobs board, Main St. (west side, beneath the LIRR overpass), Flushing, Queens
Several works from this exhibition, the third in a two-year series of ten under the collective title Food Systems, Surroundings & Sensibilities. Shown: "59 cents" (Project 59, 2015), which name-checks a frequently recurring price for food and farm produce; "Electrolux" (Lisa Hein and Bob Seng, 1993), a vacuum-bag cornucopia whose "fruit" has been shaped from dirt; "Reflections in Tea" (Michele Brody, 2007-current), stained filters annotated by the patrons of the artist's mobile teahouse.
Though eye-catching, much more so than the scrawny mulberries on the impossibly gnarled tree halfway down the block, even up close these cherries offered little fragrance to lead me on. The tentative nibbling of a single bird high above corroborated my street-level verdict: not quite ripe.
This German-style brewery operated in Brooklyn from 1878 until 1920, the first year of Prohibition. Perhaps its heartiest product was Fallert's alt-Bayerisch (old Bavarian) beer, described in an 1897 advertisement (at center bottom) as "a dark beer especially brewed and bottled for family use where a strengthening and healthy beverage is necessary. It's a food." That same vigor is suggested by the classic dress, and many strong vertical elements, in a calendar for that year, which also offers a contemporary view of the facilities from a wooded, impossibly elevated vantage.
The Joseph Fallert Brewing Co. Surviving structures, 52-66 Meserole St. (at Lorimer St., brewery building, to the left of the first photo) and 346 Lorimer St. (offices, to the right), Brooklyn "Telephone 900, Williamsburgh."
Corner 28 is no longer on the corner. The restaurant best-known for one-dollar Peking duck buns, sold from a streetside window, has moved a few doors away to a midblock location. The fellow shown here, standing beside the old, plywooded address, was steering customers to the new location with a placard and with an electronic assist: a small loudspeaker that played the restaurant's sales pitch in Mandarin. It may be lo-fi, but it saves a lot of lung power.
For a similar sales pitch delivered in both English and Spanish, see Merry Land.
Signboard man, audio man At the corner of Main St. and 40th Rd., Flushing, Queens