The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

inexplicably weaker

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Today’s posting comes direct to you from Astoria, Queens.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Just a short posting today, a couple of scenes recently recorded here amongst the blessed slopes of raven tressed Astoria. The couple shown in the shot above were observed on Steinway Street, taking an afternoon nap on one of the many new benches recently installed. Scenes reminiscent of the one above are the reason that the Koch administration removed this form of street furniture around the City in the first place, back in the 1980’s, as I recall.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Strongly contrasting with the first shot is this amazing hot rod Corvette parked just a few blocks away nearby Northern Blvd. Upon observation of this well appointed automobile, a humble narrator began to gibber and jump with acrimony over the fact that it is not his. It is high time that I have a midlife crisis, and this car would fit the bill for my last grasping attempts at youthful abandon. I would call it the Mitchmobile, and would be heard loudly and atonally singing “na na na Na Na, Wax-man” whilst touring the Newtown Creek at a thousand miles per hour.

Want to see something cool? Summer 2013 Walking Tours-

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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  1. Shades of Corvette Summer!
    A bit too much of an overstatement. A worked muscle car doesn’t need the bright colors and flames to prove a point which is: Don’t think you can keep up and don’t humiliate yourself by trying to race me. A weaker car need to put on a garish display to hide its lack of power. All talk, no action. As Sun Tzu said: “When weak, feign strength and when strong, feign weakness”.

    No need to feign strength or weakness here.
    I think I’d prefer to see that ‘Vette in a hardcore badass, cop-challenging flat primer black with a dull, brushed steel blower. Makes a statement more like “I’m gonna blow your car apart in the quarter then make you watch as I eat the pieces” while blasting Bathory’s ‘Equimanthorn’ than “I’m so pretty that I never leave the garage in case I get dirt or scratches on the paint job or spots on the chrome”.
    If you’re gonna drive a muscle car, then drive a goddam muscle car!
    But that’s just me.

    Cav

    June 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  2. […] a small population of inebriated gentlemen who frequent the Steinway and Broadway intersection. A small population of junkies also seem to be favoring the corner of late, with many encamping themselves at the Library. Anybody […]

    • Reminds me of when I was kid some 35+ years ago. I would see several “drunks” hanging out on the library steps often. Some of the kids knew their names. Lately there seems to be a lot and hanging out with the guys looking for work around the paint store. I don’t recall it being like that when I was younger. Some of them simply wait for work and do get picked up. Others (a lot) just hang out make a mess and drink. I understand some drink so much in hopes of getting picked by (ambulance) to get a clean bed and food at the hospital. I had a thought, would a police camera installed at the corner of 42nd and broadway help in anyway?

      sm

      August 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm


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