Weird cats of Queens

Perhaps you have found yourself walking near the corner of 69th Street along Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Queens, or were stuck in slow moving traffic there; glanced over to the West away from the cemeteries, and found yourself looking at a series of Tim-Burtonish carved cats atop a stone faced car repair shop. Well congratulations - you have just remarked the Frank T. Lang Building. Built in 1904 by the eponymous Mr. Lang a German immigrant stone mason as a show-piece and house his mausoleum and monument fabrication work shops and business offices right in the heart of the cemetery belt, it operated as such until 1946. Subsequently it housed a number of knitting mills and auto-repair shops. I encourage you to take a trip to the Middle Village end (AKA the cool end !) of the M train, a very nice ride on an elevated track, step out of the Metropolitan Avenue Station, turn right and stroll on a few blocks. (There’s an Arby’s at a strip mall across the way if you get hungry and a taxidermy shop on the next block if you need a last minute present too).


This handsome building is faced with what appears seam faced granite AKA Plymouth Granite, quarried in South Weymouth Massachusetts; also the birth place, quarry if you will, of CTA Partner Mr. Dan Allen. Small world.

by Frank Scanlon