The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

objectless writhing

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In today’s post, the tallest manmade thing in the western hemisphere is noticed.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s actually starting to grow on me. Third tallest thing on earth at 104 stories, One World Trade (aka the Freedom Tower) has been steadily dominating or demanding my attentions of late. Generally, I’m not a fan of this style of architecture, but the effect that the structure conveys is one of awe. A lot of it has to do with the mirror like surface, and some of it is associated with the way that the building seems to interact with the environment.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Its visible from pretty much everywhere around the archipelago now, and big enough to be masked, obscured, and offered perspective by atmosphere alone. The mirror surface pulses with light, which in turn makes altitudinal mist and ambient humidity in the air glow, imparting to the structure a sort of halo. The reflective surface offers the same luminosity enjoyed by the sky to the Freedom Tower, which is an interesting caprice.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

This shot was gathered a week or so ago during heavy weather whilst onboard one of the “Working Harbor: Beyond Sandy” boat tours, and depicts the lower Manhattan skyline at sunset as a thunderstorm moves north and east behind it. The scene looks photoshopped, but this is what it actually looked like. The sky was in a dynamic mood with the setting sun low on the horizon. It was dark and bright orange all at the same time.

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Want to see something cool? Summer 2013 Walking Tours-

Kill Van Kull- Saturday, June 22, 2013
Staten Island walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Working Harbor Committee, tickets now on sale.

The Insalubrious Valley- Saturday, June 29, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Newtown Creek Alliance, tickets now on sale.

Modern Corridor- Saturday, July 13, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Atlas Obscura, tickets on sale soon.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

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  1. The last picture is stunning !!
    Is it an illusion, or is the clock tower in the 1st picture leaning?

    jaye haviland

    June 20, 2013 at 7:40 am

    • You know, now that you mention it, it does look a little “leany” but its probably just a combo of perspective and some wide angle distortion. Didn’t even notice it, truth be told, before you mentioned it.

      Mitch Waxman

      June 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm


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