The Newtown Pentacle

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Today’s post straddles the currently undefended border of Brooklyn and Queens at Newtown Creek.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Standing astride Brooklyn and Queens, your humble narrator is endlessly fascinated by the machinery adorning a concrete plant. Passing through and upon the Grand Street Bridge, a pause for reflection of the East Branch of the Newtown Creek was enjoyed. I like to wander up to spots on the Creek these days and try to remember everything I know about it, as a sort of test. While there, I look for anomalous or malign indications of everything that there might be, which is buried down there.

I also try to figure out how many security cameras might be recording me.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Paranoid tendencies are just one of the many flaws which I have been accused of displaying, but as I am the terrible sort of person whom you would avoid if you could, they remain one of my better traits. Funny thing is that there are those who hope for my destruction, but they display an alarming lack of competency. “Judge a man by the company he keeps” isn’t my rubric, I judge you by your enemies.

My enemies are generally clowns, so what does that say about me?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

What is a man? What has he got? If not himself, then he has not? Thats what I think some song I once heard says.

In the case of this poor specimen, all I’ve got are a couple of spots on a superfund site in the middle of New York City where I can reliably expect to find and or produce Cormorants. Sometimes. Do you suppose that they’re the same Cormorants? Have they been following me around? I’m probably just being paranoid.

Its not like the government secretly records all my phone calls or anything.

“follow” me on Twitter- @newtownpentacle

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.

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  1. Just 201 days until the Honeymooners Marathon.

    georgetheatheist . . . Ralph, Salad!

    June 13, 2013 at 12:57 am

    • BTW, we already saw that comorant photo. It’s a repeat.

      georgetheatheist . . . Ralph, Salad!

      June 13, 2013 at 12:58 am

      • Had to happen sooner or later. Oops. I’ve repeated shots every now and then, not that often though. Look forward to Honeymooners, right now I’m binge watching Arrested Development

        Mitch Waxman

        June 13, 2013 at 1:00 am

  2. Hhmnn, “repeating shots” ? A validation of Nietzschean metaphysics?

    “…O Zarathustra, who you are and must become behold you are the teacher of the eternal recurrence – that is your destiny! That you as the first must teach this doctrine – how could this great destiny not be your greatest danger and sickness too?

    “Behold, we know what you teach: that all things recur eternally, and we ourselves too; and that we have already existed an eternal number of times, and all things with us. You teach that there is a great year of becoming, a monster of a great year; which must, like an hourglass, turn over again and again so that it may run down and run out again; and all these years are alike in what is greatest as in what is smallest; and we ourselves are alike in every great year, in what is greatest as in what is smallest.

    “Now I die and vanish… the soul is as immortal as the body. But the knot of causes in which I am entangled recurs and will create me again. I myself belong to the causes of eternal recurrence. I come again, with this sun, with this earth, with this eagle, with this serpent – not to a new life or a better life or a similar life: I come back eternally to this same, selfsame life, in what is greatest as in what is smallest, to teach again the eternal recurrence of all things…” Friedrich Nietzsche, Also Sprach Zarathusthra.

    Maybe that comorant photo means something?

    georgetheatheist . . . Ralph, Salad!

    June 13, 2013 at 11:06 am

  3. Mr. Waxman – Have you ever thought of collecting your articles into a book?

    Keep them coming. I love seeing through your pictures and commentary.

    Ellen Imbimbo



    June 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

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