The Newtown Pentacle

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solid stones

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Notice: the November 9th Magic Lantern Show with Atlas Obscura is cancelled for now. We hope to reschedule for sometime during the winter. Observatory, where the event is scheduled to take place, has been damaged by Hurricane Sandy and flooding. 

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Continuing our survey of the Creeklands in the immediate wake of Hurricane Sandy, Hank the Elevator Guy and I entered venerable Calvary Cemetery in Blissville. Truly, I did not expect to see what was evident there, which was virtually zero impact from the storm.

Not a downed headstone nor anything larger than a fallen tree limb betrayed the tumult.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Not sure of how this was possible, given the exposure and high elevations of the place. Wherever you are along the Newtown Creek, the highest natural elevations visible are Calvary (Laurel Hill) and the hill next to it (Berlin). It is certainly the highest point between Flushing Avenue in Ridgewood and the East River, and is an unstructured hill well planted with trees.

The majority of the monuments merely sit upon the ground and have no foundation other than a stripe of poured concrete.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

One truly expected to find the place laid low, with grounds crews attempting to right the stones and clear away fallen trees. How strange. It is almost as if someone was looking out for the cemetery and steering the destruction away from it. Sunnyside, which is at a slightly lower declination than Calvary, suffered massive losses of trees. So did Maspeth proper which is at an even higher elevation.

I guess Dagger John knew how to pick a piece of land…

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  1. I have many family members buried there. The angels protect the place.

    John Brandt

    November 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

  2. ”Dagger John” certainly did know how to pick a piece of land!

    Jim Garrity

    November 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm

  3. [...] Borden Avenue Bridge in open place, The Dutch Kills turning basin in dark moor, Calvary Cemetery in solid stones, The Maspeth Plank Road in sinister swamp, The Grand Street Bridge in shallow mud, English Kills in [...]


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