The Newtown Pentacle

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Your motive is loco, man.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

So few places to go, no one to see. The gray frigidity has me down, lords and ladies, and it is not impossible that over the last few weeks, I’ve watched everything on Netflix- including a couple of episodes of “Power Rangers Jungle Fury.” Playing with the cords on my hoodie, counting the floor tiles, bored. That’s me. Cabin Fever, I think they call it.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Been reading lots of good stuff, including a marathon exploration of the dissimilar topics of leprosy and the genetic consequences of multi generational incest- both of which led to the Hapsburgs. None of this relates one little bit to the history of Newtown Creek nor Queens, which actually has been my intention. Little projects like mine tend to drag you down a long drill hole, and you become so focused that you lose sight of the bigger picture… which somehow includes leprosy and incest.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Its cheerier reading than I normally do during this time of year, when my google searches have historically included “stages of putrefaction of cadaver” and “common practices of yeast distillation in 19th century america.” Hey, a guy gets curious about things. Its better to know something, well… some things… than to remain willfully ignorant about unpleasantries.

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  1. That 2nd photo of yours. If I’m not mistaken, that’s the lowest point of the elevated 31st Street “El”? Looks pretty low to me. Interesting how the topography is very hilly there. The venerable Max Finkelstein’s Tires is right behind you.

    georgetheatheist . . . omnisciently observant.

    January 6, 2014 at 10:13 am

    • And just down the block is the ever reliable Yaya’s bakery and that karate studio I’ve always wanted to check out. 31st avenue or Newtown at 31st- the transition happens somewhere around this spot. The corner of 30th and 31st is iconically “Astoria”, btw.

      Mitch Waxman

      January 6, 2014 at 10:25 pm


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