Another nice thing about Shea stems from its otherwise unfortunate location
. It's not very far from the (I can't remember if it's JFK
, I'm not that big on NYC
geography) airport, but far enough so you don't get too much noise.
It's very cool to watch the planes take off in a flurry of light or come to land slowly, like huge blinking ospreys. Against a purple sunset or an indigo twilight, the sight possesses a measure of urban, industrial beauty which is elegant enough as to almost conform to classical pastoral guidelines.