The Newtown Pentacle

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Project Firebox 67

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

While visiting the Shining City of Manhattan recently, this decapitated Firebox was encountered along Broadway in the west 50’s. A policy of so called benign neglect and reduced maintenance budgets, which betray the anti Firebox prejudices of a certain Mayoral administration, have resulted in the startling condition of what appears to be an early 20th century Gamewell alarm box. Perhaps the stalk and husk of the sentinel can be used to display a touch screen, of some kind, which could be used to direct tourists towards designated shopping centers or the nearest Shake Shack.

Also- TOURS:

Glittering Realms April 20, 2013 Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Atlas Obscura, tickets now on sale.

13 Steps around Dutch Kills May 4, 2013 Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Atlas Obscura, tickets now on sale.

Hidden Harbor: Newtown Creek tour with Mitch Waxman presented by the Working Harbor Committee, departs Pier 17 in Manhattan May 26,2013 at ten a.m. Limited seating available, order advance tickets now. Group rates available.

Written by Mitch Waxman

April 13, 2013 at 1:18 am

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  1. My sister went on the Newtown Creek tour last summer in July. She told me all about it and I immediately know I wanted to go on the tour too. I live in Alexandria, VA and would like to go on the tour this year. Are you going to be giving the tour later in the summer or is May the only time for the tour this year?

    Lisa Raymer

    April 13, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    • As of right now, the May 26 WHC trip is the only boat tour I’ve got. Monday, I’ll be announcing a full schedule of walking tours which will play out over the next few months.

      Mitch Waxman

      April 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm


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