The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Whilst wandering about the ruined flood plains of Ravenswood, here in Queens, one encountered this lot of out of service Taxi Cabs. As it was one of those rare days where the gloom had cleared away and allowed the warming emanations of the burning thermonuclear eye of god itself to shine down upon the concrete devastations, some effort was expelled in attempting to capture the scene in all of its chromatic splendor.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There is, soon to be was, a huge Taxi industry footprint in LIC.

This is just north of Queens Plaza, btw, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the area. These cabs all seemed to be missing “something.” Most of them had no roof lights, some were missing the “trade dress” stickers, and none of them were adorned with the valuable medallion indicating that they are licensed and ready for business. The area surrounding this lot is full of body shops, garages, and mechanic shops. There’s also a lot of taxi meter shops in the near vicinity.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Whilst shooting these, the question “hey, what are you taking pictures of” came floating by from across the street, offered in a heavily accented voice. Again and again, I get asked this question is alarmed and defensive tones. Nobody notices the millions of smartphone cameras which seem to be at work, but the DSLR always gains the notice of someone who is somehow threatened by the idea that a photo is being captured. Funny thing is, if I was really looking to screw someone over by capturing some sort of incriminating shot, I would do it “cop style” with a long lens from a couple of blocks away – not with a wide angle lens while hanging over a fence.

Dichotomy, this.

Big announcements coming on Monday, so enjoy your holiday, Lords and Ladies.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

April 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

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  1. Mitch, I showed up for jury duty months ago and I brought my DSLR along. The guards wouldn’t let me in the jury room until I signed a form and handed it over to them for storage. I said to them “Are you going to let all the iPhones in with their cameras?” They didn’t know how to respond. I guess making me sign the form gave them something to do that was out of their ordinary routine. Go figure. But with a big DSLR you look like a Real McCoy Fotog.

    georgetheatheist . . . Say "Cheese."

    April 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm

  2. Mitch, there are several explanations for this fleet of Crown Vics. The most important one is that the city has a limit on the number of years a car can stay in service as a Yellow cab. The time for Crown Vic’s is up! The second reason could be the tremendous havoc Uber has caused in the industry. They have enticed 14,000 black car drivers to switch to their bases and a much smaller number of yellow cab drivers to do the same. This is why (on average) the yellow garages have seen a drop of around 10-15% in their daily business. Last, if you would not mind, I’d like to repost these photos on the Crown Vic Facebook page. You will get full credit. Let me know if that’s OK. Thanks, George

    George Laszlo

    April 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm


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