The Newtown Pentacle

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vapour soaked

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- photo from “The Newtown Creek industrial district of New York City By Merchants’ Association of New York. Industrial Bureau, 1921″, courtesy Google Books

My weird obsession with recreating very old photographs once again turns toward Dutch Kills, this time it’s looking to the end of the Degnon Terminal barge turning basin toward LaGuardia Community College’s building C- which was the former Sunshine Biscuits or Loose Wiles Bakery.

The shot above was captured in 1921 or thereabouts, and the ones below from 2011.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

An interesting parallell to this shot is the one presented at the end of the “Hunters Point Avenue Bridge Centennial, Dec. 11” posting from December 3rd in 2009, which presents the inverse viewpoint of today’s.

That shot was obtained from a 7th floor window of the building, on the wall with the red detailing, 3rd window from the left some four score and ten years or approximately 24,855 days later than the original and focused on the spot where these were shot.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

This is the uncropped version, showing Dutch Kills just around sunset, on February 17th, 2011 from the deck of the Hunters Point Avenue Bridge.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

February 20, 2011 at 12:15 am

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  1. The Nov 9, 1913 edition of the Tribune identified the building as the largest factory building under one roof in the United States.

    T.J. Connick

    February 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm

  2. [...] the LIRR moving along the ancient rail tracks which have blessed the industries and cursed the residents of this area since the early 19th century. The general area that the [...]

  3. [...] February of 2011, “Vapour Soaked” presented a startling concurrence of comparitive detail for the discerning viewer, when the [...]


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