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Tremulous skies and clean underwear, in today’s post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

That crazy heat wave which we all suffered through last week produced a series of powerful afternoon and evening thunder storms here in Astoria. The skies were so interesting and dynamic that one felt compelled to record the scene.

Pictured above was a worrisome looking funnel cloud that formed up to the east, and on the right hand side of the shot you can see the wall of rain pushing in from the west.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Another day (or night actually), and another thunderstorm formed up. For this one I was at home on my porch. Psyched to actually capture the bolt of lightning seen above (it’s harder than you would think to photograph lightning without certain specialized trigger devices) one suddenly realized that I was standing next to a chain link fence during a lightning storm and was in a particularly exposed position.

Suddenly, my underwear didn’t feel so clean.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I found myself a slightly safer spot, under something, and continued to crack out shots of the approaching deluge. Likely, I was deluding myself as to being safer, but regardless I felt a bit less exposed to the elemental fury that was approaching.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On a completely different note, while in the financial district of lower Manhattan last week, the van pictured above was spotted.

Clean underwear on demand is its promise, which is something I think we should all aspire to, especially during stormy weather.

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Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. –
Port Newark Boat Tour,
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August 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

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so… I’m on the East River last Thursday…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A “travlin man,” your humble narrator had some business to attend to in Greenpoint last Thursday which was meant to be followed by helping out on a Working Harbor Committee excursion in the evening. The WHC trip was leaving from Lower Manhattan’s Pier 11, so the logical path was to catch the East River Ferry from Brooklyn to the City. While onboard, I spotted something fairly curious.

Is that the nose of a submarine being towed on a barge?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The tug doing the towing was the GT Lyman. As is usually the case, tugboatinformation.com has everything you’d want to know about the Lyman on display at their site. To sum up – she was built in 1968, is owned and operated by Delaware’s Gateway Towing, and can normally be found in the waters around Philadelphia.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

What Lyman was towing looks very much – to me at least – to be the front section of a submarine. Maybe I’m being crazy here, but there’s a conning tower and… that’s a submarine.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Now, I’ve taken lots of shots around NY Harbor but I’ve never taken a photo of a submarine before.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Actually, I probably have, but pictured above is what you’d normally get in a shot of a submarine.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One was kind of hoping that the Lyman was going to execute a turn into the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but it continued heading north along the East River.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

File this post under “You don’t see that every day.”

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Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. –
Port Newark Boat Tour,
with Working Harbor Committee. Click here for more details.

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August 22, 2016 at 11:00 am

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Single shots, the humans of Astoria.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I’m taking a break/week off, and will be offering a single shot that I like for one reason or another.

For a change, the shots offered this week will feature people in them. Normally, I go to some effort to have no humans of New York at all in my photos, but occasionally I do the opposite.

Pictured above is one of my neighbors in Astoria, a professional Greek musician who was playing a bouzouki.

Upcoming Events and Tours

Sunday, August 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. –
Poison Cauldron Walking Tour,
with Atlas Obscura. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. –
Port Newark Boat Tour,
with Working Harbor Committee. Click here for more details.

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August 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

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Single shots, the humans of Astoria.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I’m taking a break/week off, and will be offering a single shot that I like for one reason or another.

For a change, the shots offered this week will feature people in them. Normally, I go to some effort to have no humans of New York at all in my photos, but occasionally I do the opposite.

Pictured above is one of my neighbors in Astoria, who brought his La-Z-Boy with him to Astoria Park.

Upcoming Events and Tours

Sunday, August 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. –
Poison Cauldron Walking Tour,
with Atlas Obscura. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. –
Port Newark Boat Tour,
with Working Harbor Committee. Click here for more details.

“follow” me on Twitter- @newtownpentacle

Written by Mitch Waxman

August 18, 2016 at 11:00 am

Posted in Astoria

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Single shots, the humans of Astoria.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I’m taking a break/week off, and will be offering a single shot that I like for one reason or another.

For a change, the shots offered this week will feature people in them. Normally, I go to some effort to have no humans of New York at all in my photos, but occasionally I do the opposite.

Pictured above is one of my neighbors in Astoria, who really embraced Halloween.

Upcoming Events and Tours

Sunday, August 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. –
Poison Cauldron Walking Tour,
with Atlas Obscura. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. –
Port Newark Boat Tour,
with Working Harbor Committee. Click here for more details.

“follow” me on Twitter- @newtownpentacle

Written by Mitch Waxman

August 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

Posted in Astoria, Broadway

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Single shots, the humans of Astoria.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I’m taking a break/week off, and will be offering a single shot that I like for one reason or another.

For a change, the shots offered this week will feature people in them. Normally, I go to some effort to have no humans of New York at all in my photos, but occasionally I do the opposite.

Pictured above is one of my neighbors in Astoria, a seemingly homeless fellow known for his love of drink.

Upcoming Events and Tours

Sunday, August 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. –
Poison Cauldron Walking Tour,
with Atlas Obscura. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. –
Port Newark Boat Tour,
with Working Harbor Committee. Click here for more details.

“follow” me on Twitter- @newtownpentacle

Written by Mitch Waxman

August 16, 2016 at 11:00 am

Posted in Astoria, Broadway

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Single shots, the humans of Astoria.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I’m taking a break/week off, and will be offering a single shot that I like for one reason or another.

For a change, the shots offered this week will feature people in them. Normally, I go to some effort to have no humans of New York at all in my photos, but occasionally I do the opposite.

Pictured above is one of my neighbors in Astoria, a fellow known for his bellowing laughter.

Upcoming Events and Tours

Sunday, August 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. –
Poison Cauldron Walking Tour,
with Atlas Obscura. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, August 24, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. –
Port Newark Boat Tour,
with Working Harbor Committee. Click here for more details.

“follow” me on Twitter- @newtownpentacle

Written by Mitch Waxman

August 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Posted in Astoria, Broadway

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