Queens Street – Long Island City

Factory on Queens Street in Long Island City. Photograph by Ellen Brenna Dougherty

In the moments before a Long Island Railroad train pulls into the tunnel to Manhattan you can get a glimpse of this building. It stands out from the other nearby factory buildings with its peeling blue paint and odd geometric projections where a pilaster or a cornice would usually be. It is the former home of the Lewyt Manufacturing Corporation, maker of canister vacuum cleaners (and the occasional air defense system terminal.)

Factory on Queens Street in Long Island City. Photograph by Ellen Brenna Dougherty

Factory on Queens Street in Long Island City. Photograph by Ellen Brenna Dougherty.

Grafitti on the side of the factory on Queens Street in Long Island City. Photograph by Ellen Brenna Dougherty.

Detail of a doorway at the factory on Queens Street in Long Island City. Photograph by Ellen Brenna Dougherty.

Detail of projections on the factory on Queens Street in Long Island City. Photograph by Ellen Brenna Dougherty.

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