The Newtown Pentacle

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A thing, encountered, in Queens.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Innocently, one decided to take advantage of the recently favorable atmospherics and engage in a relaxed perambulation of the greater neighborhood here in Western Queens. Measured gait carried a humble narrator in a generally eastern direction, from almond eyed Astoria toward the spicy elevations of Jackson Heights, and soon one found himself on Northern Blvd. and the “carridor.”

That’s where I witnessed the unexpected, the unwelcome, the inconceivable.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Monstrous, this flapping giant was lurking observed on Northern Blvd. in front of one of the many used automobile dealers, for whom the name “Carridor” has been assigned to the section, found along the great road. It was at least two stories tall and animated by an unknown motive force. Malevolent in appearance, the entity filled me with some nameless dread.

Vast physical cowardice, coupled with an uneven constitution, caused ones blood to run icy cold at the mere sight of it.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Its movements were a staccato of jerking movements, a sort of rising and falling dance which betrayed a jellyfish like quality. Clearly – this creature bore no endoskeleton, nor external carapace, and it flopped about in the steady breeze – and would occasionally lunge toward pedestrians and passerby.

All reserve cracked, and I soon found myself descending into “one of my spells.”

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Worried that knowledge of this entity, this untrammeled and unknown thing, might consume my already fragile sanity – a hasty retreat back to Astoria was enacted. Why, oh why, must I leave the safety of my home so often? There are things… squamous, flopping, unnatural things… inhabiting the streets and alleys out there.

Who can guess, all there is, which there might be lurking out there?

There are two public Newtown Creek walking tours coming up, one in LIC, Queens and one in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Glittering Realms, with Atlas Obscura, on Saturday May 17th.
Click here for more info and ticketing.

Modern Corridor, with Brooklyn Brainery, on Sunday May 18th.
Click here for more info and ticketing.

“follow” me on Twitter- @newtownpentacle


Written by Mitch Waxman

May 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

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  1. Whoever invented this contraption was a genius. I could watch this for hours. Now, I’d pay good money to watch this floppy fop face off against the union rat one sees so often on picket sites. Or maybe get El Jerko to ride on the back of the rat cowboy style. C’mon. Wouldn’t that be fun? Ya gotta admit it would be fun. No?

    georgetheatheist . . . thinking aloud.

    May 8, 2014 at 1:55 am

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