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January 2012- High Doors

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Finally, the end of 2012, and the arrival of the Newtown Pentacle Greatest Hits of 2012 posting.

It was actually a pretty good year for your humble narrator, which started off when I stumbled across the fact that the Paragon Oil building in Long Island City used to be Queens Borough Hall- back in the day. check out “high doors

February 2012- mural history

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Steve Brodie said he jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge and lived, becoming one of the great celebrities of the 19th century in the process. Mr. Brodie was buried in Calvary Cemetery and in February, we paid him a visit in “mural history“.

March 2012- skillfully wafted

– photo by Mitch Waxman

In “skillfully wafted“, an opportunity to visit the titan Waste Management facility at Varick Street in Brooklyn was taken advantage of, and the LIRR Bushwick Branch received some attention as well.

April 2012- strange corridors

– photo by Mitch Waxman

An opportunity to witness the procedures followed at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in pursuit of “scientific odor control and engineering” came along, and your humble narrator leapt at the opportunity in “strange corridors“.

April was an interesting month for other reasons, especially since the news that I had discovered a missing piece of the Queensboro Bridge broke at several news sources.

Check out the dnainfo article here, and the cbs radio piece here.

May 2012- obscure world

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On the subject of odors and Newtown Creek, a great personal victory was announced when the definitive location of Conrad Wissel’s Night Soil and offal dock was revealed in “obscure world“.

June 2012- strange wanderers

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Johnston Brothers were the proprietors of the J. & C. Johnston company, located ultimately at the corner of Broadway and 22nd street in Manhattan. Their mausoleum in Calvary Cemetery was the subject of interest in “strange wanderers“.

There was also that whole NYtimes article and video about me in June- check out “Your Guide to a Tour of Decay” and “Newtown’s Champion“. To be seen, by so many, diminishes me.

July 2012- virgin aether

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The answer to the question- “what- exactly- would you have done if you suddenly had to get rid of a dead elephant in pre 1977 NYC?” was answered with “call Van Iderstine’s” in “virgin aether“.

August 2012- the last birthday of the Kosciuszko Bridge

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Kosciuszko Bridge was opened on August 23rd, 1939 by Mayor LaGuardia.

the last birthday of the Kosciuszko Bridge carries several historic shots recently made accessible via NYCMA’s Luna images.

September 2012- central chamber

– photo by Mitch Waxman

In September, the Tidewater building on the Queens bank of the Newtown Creek in Blissville received some scrutiny in the central chamber” posting.

October 2012- embowered banks

– photo by Mitch Waxman

In “embowered banks“, a little altar was discovered in Calvary Cemetery, alongside a certain “tree fed by a morbid nutrition”.

November 2012- open place

– photo by Mitch Waxman

November was defined first by Hurricane Sandy disabling New York City, and then by a back injury which disabled your humble narrator for a spell. An effort to document the post Sandy environment around Newtown Creek was detailed in several postings, the first of which was “open place“.

December 2012- palatial magnificence

– photo by Mitch Waxman

December of 2012 was dominated by the Mayan Apocalypse, and our extensive Newtown Pentacle bunker was described in palatial magnificence“.

Overall, its been a decent year.

I’ve done a plethora of walking and boat tours of the Newtown Creek- close to 900 people have attended one or another of these events.

The “Magic Lantern Show” has been presented at Universities, Colleges, and for community groups.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading and commenting here, and to everyone who came along on one of my crazy long walks around the Newtown Pentacle. Stick around, 2013 is shaping up to be a fun time.

Written by Mitch Waxman

December 31, 2012 at 12:15 am

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