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A ritual observance observed.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Spotted this on Northern Blvd. at 35th avenue last Sunday. Similar to prior findings, this assemblage of ad hoc sculpture seemed to be composed of common kitchen items. The best peasant magicks usually are. Oddly enough, Queenscrap ran a piece today about a similar find from nearby in Woodside – check it out here.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

As to the “prior findings,” this looks eerily similar in technique and medium to the subject of the 2011 Newtown Pentacle post “little memories.” Incidentally, that find also happened during the month of March.

The Queenscrap post links out to a thread at Reddit which postulates that this is a Tibetan offering/arrangement, called a Torma. Ignorance is my watchword, and your humble narrator confesses to it. These things have stumped me whenever I’ve tried to figure them out, which is odd as obscure occult lore is one of my hobbies.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

I’m pals with a Tibetan guy that lives across the street from me – a combat hardened U.S. Marine (and immigrant) with multiple tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq under his belt who is trying to readjust to civilian life. Think I’ll show him these pics. Maybe he’ll be able to confirm or deny their Tibetan provence, or perhaps he’ll take one look at them and run screaming into the night knowing that these idols signal the presence in the neighborhood of an unspeakable cult that was old when the world was young.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

March 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

Project Firebox 103

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An ongoing catalog of New York’s endangered Fireboxes.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

The Naked City of Queens is home to many a firebox, and although there are not eight million of them here, each one has a story. Unfortunately, the stories are all tragic- house fires, auto accidents, heartaches of all descriptions. Fireboxes can’t talk, of course, except to summon a team of superheroes in a big red truck when crises emerge.

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January 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Project Firebox 99

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An ongoing catalog of New York’s endangered Fireboxes.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

This 99th portrait of a Firebox depicts that which stands proudly upon Northern Blvd at the eastern extant of the Carridor in Queens. Great expectation has been expressed by certain readers of this, your Newtown Pentacle, that some Götterdämmerung of a Firebox posting will arrive for the 100th iteration, but that misses the point of these ubiquitous columns of street furniture and will surely leave one disappointed. This scarlet sentinel survived 12 years of Michael Bloomberg’s best attempts at firebox genocide, like its brothers, and that alone is worthy of comment.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

recognized turnings

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Wandering and twirling, evermore.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

No direction home, that’s me. Found this scene on Northern Blvd. somewhere out in Jackson Heights or Woodside… who the hell knows where these neighborhood borders are anymore anyway? Can’t we just have the realtors paint some sort of yellow or orange line delineating the space? What about a sign, which vultures can sit on?

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Written by Mitch Waxman

November 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

no fantasy

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Mr. Waxman’s short break continues.

- photo by Mitch Waxman

Another shot from the archives today, this time depicting a fuel tanker discharging its load into the holding tanks of a Northern Blvd. filling station. Oh, the luxuries I enjoy during these intervals of archive shot presentation. Amenities abound here in Astoria, and one intends to enjoy them entirely.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

November 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

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