The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Skillman Avenue in Queens is one of the thoroughfares via which pedestrian transits are accomplished between the blessed hillocks of Astoria and the lamentable post industrial flats surrounding the Newtown Creek. It is all downhill from here, your humble narrator often tells people, but at least there is some spectacular scenery along the route. To wit, the Sunnyside Yards.

Mayan Apocalypse Countdown: just 9 days left until the 13th b’ak’tun ends, initiating the Mayan Apocalypse on December 21st. Tick, tock.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Illegal dumping is an art form here in Queens, with scatter dash arrangements of discarded goods lining both fence and wall. An odd thing I’ve noticed over the last few years is the presence of discarded single shoes. I’d be able to look over a pair of shoes, but everywhere I go these days, I’m seeing single shoes. That is weird, and there’s a story behind it, I am sure. It will likely involve a serial killer, I think.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This beautiful bit of detritus, arranged upon the old iron fence of the rail yard, has obviously been in place for a long time. Many questions occur to me, regarding it, but like many of the things which Queens wishes to have noticed- there will never be an answer. Queens is like that.


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  1. Shoes or no shoes. Why walk when you can take public transportation? (“I brive a dus..I mean I dus a brive.” -Ralph Kramden (It will occur – The Honeymooners Marathon, minus 20 days)


    December 12, 2012 at 3:48 am

  2. Always nice to see photos of Sunnyside.
    Lots of change going on there courtesy of the LIRR East Side Access and the Amtrak bypass.
    Some change even spilling out of the yard.


    December 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

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