Late Boomers

O ccupied by buildings low and sprawling, with paved, power-lined lots and too few trees to temper them, the Annex side of Forbes Avenue isn’t known for its scenic views.

What the vicinity may lack in scenery, it makes up for with industry. Here there are homes for roofing contractor F.J. Dahill; used car-seller Wilson-Maturo Motors; HVAC/refrigeration/plumbing supply wholesaler Bell/Simons; and white-label food business Onofrio’s, plus gas stations and auto mechanics and what looks like a power substation.

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But at least one of Forbes’s businesses, NES Rentals, can be a vision to behold, particularly when the towering boom lifts it rents aren’t rented at all. Parked in the lot to take up as little ground space as possible, their short bodies, long necks and pronounced heads huddle together like a family of brontosauruses dining from the same tree.

There’s no actual tree in NES’s lot, but there is a tall street lamp just to the side, making it possible to photograph these blue and orange behemoths late at night, when the air is very quiet, and the streets are as still as the machines.

NES Rentals
161-163 Forbes Ave, New Haven (map)
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm
(203) 466-3519

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories.

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