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For some, Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights might be evoked when looking at the rather awkward, yet delightful structures and houses of Queens. At times, there is a similar level of imagination and lack of inhibition that would recall the Dutch master and progenitor of surrealism. Daring trellis structures soar over garages creating shady outdoor roof patios. Flowery bouquets burst towards the sidewalks from large, built-in planters. Even miniaturization occurs with small pockets of vegetation in whatever left-over space exists. In the neighborhoods with a heavy Mediterranean immigrant population (Astoria, Ditmars-Steinway, etc.) these gardens are even more prevalent.



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