The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

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I hate Mondays.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The short intervals of time when torrential rain was not falling in the last week have been quite productive for a humble narrator, as my post vacation energy levels have remained rather high. Unfortunately, the aforementioned inclement weather has been a bit of a drag. Saturday found me out and about, and by the time that a return to HQ was accomplished both my filthy black raincoat and camera bag had become thoroughly saturated with precipitants. A short visit to my beloved Newtown Creek confirmed that the CSO’s (combined sewer outfalls) had been barking into the waterway. E’au de Creek, indeed.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Another brief moment between the storms found me on Broadway, here in almond eyed Astoria. A fellow decided that he could beat a Skaggs Walsh oil truck to the corner, both were attempting to turn right, when he discovered that his calculations of velocity and mass were skewed. The oil truck was unscathed, as it is literally and figuratively a tank. The fellow in the car, however, required the services of a tow truck and body shop after the encounter. Another “accidental.”

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Over at my Brownstoner column, the latest attempt to deck over the Sunnyside Yards is discussed in a post called “NIMBY.” For all of us who live here in Queens, the renewed interest in decking over the yards by the elites of Manhattan is a shot across the bow. The development plans currently approved and underway – Hunters Point South, Flushing Common, Astoria Point, Hallets Cove – will be bringing us close to 40,000 new neighbors in the next decade. Decking over the Yards to allow Manhattan its long desired jettisoning of the Javitz Center from midtown, and exporting it to Queens just stinks. Another example of an ugly something that the City people don’t want which they want to stick Queens with, just like their garbage. If at all possible, please click through to the NIMBY post and share it to your twitter and or Facebook accounts, as we Queensicans need to get mobilized on this topic.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

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  1. Am I wrong to believe Manhattan sends its waste to the mainland NJ, not Long Island?

    b

    December 8, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    • Yes. More than half of all NYC’s trash comes to Brooklyn (waste management at Varick street) or Queens. A lot of these facilities are found adjacent to Newtown Creek or the Gowanus. There’s also a considerable waste transfer station industry in the South Bronx.

      Mitch Waxman

      December 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm

  2. Oh, I must be thinking of just residential garbage. (p26) http://pledge2protectnyc.org/P2P_report-talking_trash.pdf

    b

    December 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    • nyc architects’ bread & butter: corporate interiors probably produce a lot of waste. i hear these are now built out faster than ever before 😦

      b

      December 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    • This document is an advocacy piece arguing against the Marine Transfer Station at 91st street in Manhattan, b, and many of its assumptions are quite flawed as well as self serving. Please don’t prod me on this subject, its high time that the communities of Manhattan assume even 1.6% of their responsibility for NYC’s garbage.

      Mitch Waxman

      December 9, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      • I believe the name of your stomping grounds is Blissville.

        b

        December 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

      • Yep, that’s where a significant amount of the clear and blue bag recyclables are brought

        Mitch Waxman

        December 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm


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