The Newtown Pentacle

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In today’s post- the chiaroscuro of Queens.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Visual splendor makes Queens remarkable, with its open vistas and relicts of vainglory. Whenever the City of New York, since its consolidation, feels itself broken or in need of some experimental improvement- Queens is the place where it has tinkered with rail and expressway, bridge and tunnel, or with municipal zoning and tax abatement schemes. The old girl supports a lot of people these days, and all signs point to the Queens family growing larger.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There are things which we aren’t talking about in this election cycle, like what happened to the Bowery Bay Sewage Plant during Hurricane Sandy, or the alarming antiquity of the electrical grid. If you spend as much time as I do around Newtown Creek, specifically the Dutch Kills tributary of that infamous ribbon of urban malfeasance and political neglect, the future of Queens is very much reflected in its past.

How long, I wonder, how long before the tinkering begins anew?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

My predictions for the future are dire, as one is pessimistic both by nature and through experience. The growing modern corridors of western Queens will require new power plants and a modernized waste water control system before long which “somebody” will have to pay for. How long before stainless steel digester eggs reminiscent of the type found in Greenpoint tower over Astoria? How long will it be before red and white smokestacks rise over Dutch Kills here in Queens?

When will the tinkering begin?

Things to do!

Working Harbor Committee presents: Great North River Tugboat Races and Competition, September 1st, 2013
9:30-11:30 a.m. at West 42nd Street and the Hudson River. Spectator Boat tickets now on sale.

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  1. If you’re predicting the return of the manufacturing sector, its not going to happen. The only construction that will occur will be more glass condo tower habitats for the affluent consumers of Mayor Bloomberg’s “Luxury Product City”.

    The manufacturing sector needs a working/middle class and cheap and abundant energy. Proles are decidedly not welcome here and between byzantine regulations, high taxes and costly, unreliable energy, the factories can’t close fast enough to be converted to hipster lofts.

    What city can long survive that does not produce tangible wealth?

    Cav

    August 27, 2013 at 11:50 am


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