The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

rhythmical promise

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- photo by Mitch Waxman

Recently, occasion carried me down to Long Island City, where my stated goal was to catch the venerable East River Ferry and attend a meeting in Brooklyn Heights. It is somewhat ironic, to me at least, that the only mass transit pathway between two points on the western tip of Long Island that doesn’t involve transversing Manhattan is to use a ferry service set up to carry folks from the former to the latter. Unfortunately, just as I arrived at the dock, the boat was leaving, which in many ways is a metaphor for my entire life.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

It was no tragedy, as it offered an opportunity to linger and play around with some of that night photography I was talking about at the start of the week. Manhattan can be quite lovely when viewed from outside of itself, and some effort went into the endeavor. The Empire State Building, a shining beacon of hope erected during the deep despair of the Great Depression, never disappoints.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

For some reason, the Freedom Tower will always be the name I call the building at One World Trade Center. Future generations will just call it whatever name they inherit from us, and Freedom Tower reminds me of those early days of the Terror War when terms like “blowback”, “freedom fries”, and “new normal” were coined. I think it’s important to remember that time, and that some symbolism is valuable even for the jaded mindset of modernity.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Such ruminations came to end, when the East River Ferry showed up. Their service has really matured in the last year, although the dock at Long Island City is in dire condition. It is temporary, of course, as the Hunters Point South development project surrounds and engulfs all in a shroud of ongoing construction.

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  1. Hey Mitch, c’mon and give us the friendly Raccoon greeting.

    I can’t stand it any more. I can’t stand it. Can you? 4 more days for The Honeymooners Marathon. It seem like forever. I can’t stand it. Can you?

    georgetheatheist (har-har-hardee- har-har)

    December 28, 2012 at 1:03 am

    • You mean to tell me that I can take a ferry from Long Island City to Greenpoint/Williamsburg/Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, etc.!? That sounds like a lot of fun!!

      I’ve only lived in Queens all my life – why did I not already know this!?

      Jim Garrity

      December 29, 2012 at 3:06 am

  2. Really!?

    nyirishhistory

    December 29, 2012 at 3:11 am


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