Exploring the border between Brooklyn and Queens one night, I discovered a strange transitional zone behind the large neon Pepsi Cola sign on the East River. For years, I had seen that sign from the Manhattan side as a kind of commercial icon. Now, I was suddenly on a construction site, with bulldozers and backhoes parked for the night. The earth was beautifully plowed, dark brown and scored with tracks, as if on a farm. I was startled into a vision of the city’s rural past, ensconced and hidden behind the great red sign.

Via Lynn Saville’s “Scenes From the Night Shift” at the Opinionator where more of her exquisite work can be found.