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Today’s post takes a walk around Long Island City.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Having a few minutes to kill, your humble narrator will often wind up wandering all about the neighborhoods, and Hunters Point in particular is a frequent destination these days. Pictured above, the Long Island Railroad at work. There is no rhyme or reason at work as to why I wind up at one spot or another. Rather, I’m due at some location or another later in the day or evening, and were I to not take the “scenic route,” my arrival would be suspiciously early.

Luckily, Queens gets me to where I need to be, and never disappoints.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Whimsy and intuition guide my steps, sometimes leading me into dimly lit subterranean ceramic corridors whose underground expanses honeycomb the human hive. Inevitably, access to the street will appear, but one fears whatever might lurk beyond the oddly alloyed gates which guard against casual access to that which might be beyond. Other times, one has found himself upon towers and bridges, in contrast.

You never know what Queens wants you to see, trust in her.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Eventually, of course, one must get back to the business at hand. A meeting or job somewhere has to get done, and the world will shatter and spin off of its access if your humble narrator doesn’t get it done. At least in those interludes between tasks, one can find a few minutes to walk the earth and listen to what Queens is trying to say.

It should be mentioned though, that Queens speaks something like a hundred languages all at the same time, a cacophony which sounds a bit like thunder.

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Want to see something cool? June 2013 Walking Tours

The Poison Cauldron Saturday, June 15, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Atlas Obscura, tickets now on sale.

Kill Van Kull– Saturday, June 22, 2013
Staten Island walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Working Harbor Committee, tickets now on sale.

The Insalubrious Valley Saturday, June 29, 2013
Newtown Creek walking tour with Mitch Waxman and Newtown Creek Alliance, tickets now on sale.

Written by Mitch Waxman

June 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

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