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Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2009 12:00 am

The second Queens Chronicle photo contest in the last six months is over and the winner has been selected. The theme this time around was the potholes of Queens, and we had several entries documenting ugly and potentially dangerous ones.

The winner is Marvin Schwartz, who took the top picture. The pothole that caught Schwartz’s attention is at the corner of 84th Street and 155th Avenue in Lindenwood.

While it doesn’t look like the absolute deepest our readers found for the contest, it’s among the worst, and we agreed with Schwartz that in this case, location is everything.

“This one is dangerous because it is right in the crosswalk, right across from a school,” our winning lensman told us. “It is easy to step into or drive over.”

If the city hasn’t fixed it already, the Queens Chronicle will notify officials to get the job done soon.

Either way, Schwartz and his guests will be going to see “9 to 5: The Musical” on Broadway, courtesy of the Chronicle. And he’ll get a free yearlong subscription to the paper, whose nine editions and wide circulation make it the largest community newspaper group in Queens.

Two other entries deserve mention.

In the center is a sinkhole photographed by Steve Fisher, winner of our recent holiday photo contest. It was on 70th Street between 53rd Avenue and 52nd Drive, Maspeth, and was notable because it was wider than it looked from the surface, with dangerous voids below the pavement. The city quickly filled it in, and Fisher noted that for the most part, the streets in his community are very well maintained these days.

Above is an oddly circular hole found at the corner of Burling Street and 45th Avenue in Flushing, right next to Flushing Hospital.

“I’m afraid someone’s feet will get stuck in this hole,” contest entrant Carlos Vidal said. “And it has the potential to get larger.”

We’ll have another photo contest in early summer, that one likely a return to the artistic focus of the winter competition, rather than the infrastructure angle of this one. Expect an announcement in about two months in the pages of the Queens Chronicle, your community newspaper.

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