The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

17 days to the Mayan Apocalypse, and for a preview of things to come- turn to the loathsome shoreline of the Newtown Creek at Hunters Point in Long Island City. These shots are from a few days after Hurricane Sandy. There isn’t normally garbage hanging from the trees here- one of the fellows I was with commented “check out the Sandy Christmas Tree”. Normally, there may be some wind blown detritus about, but this is incredible.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This piece of construction equipment, I was told, was wrecked by the flood water. It did seem pretty rusty, but heavily used machines often are. What distinguished it was the fact that it was just hanging open, and normally a mechanism like this is locked up tightly to guard against vandalism and theft. As a resident of Queens, you will often see heavy equipment just driving down the street- backhoes, earth movers, cranes. There is no absolute law in Queens, instead permutation and interpretation rule, and anything is probable at any given moment. It would not surprise me to see a space shuttle towed by a van going down a one way street, on its way to a scrap yard.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One of the working guys from a nearby property told me that the water was about four feet high around this spot. The real flood was down near the LIC Crab House which apparently suffered major damage from the surge tide.


Written by Mitch Waxman

December 4, 2012 at 12:15 am

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  1. Mitch, there’s that orange “patina” again. How are those railroad tracks faring with their patina which you blogged about awhile back? Doesn’t this “rust” somehow have to be cleaned off or does one just live with it?

    (Minus 28 to the Honeymooners’ marathon. I can’t wait. “Two g-l-o-r-i-o-u-s weeks at Fred’s Landing”)


    December 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

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