The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

resting and brooding

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Contemplative perambulations, in today’s post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Mighty Triborough, as observed from the elevated Subway station on 31st street here in Astoria. One will admit that the depression era aesthethics of Robert Moses’s empire building span over the East River has always appealed to me. Currently, anything that causes me to forget about the various pedantic existential issues regularly offered up by the human infestation – which plague my days – is nepenthe, and a welcome relief from the coarse bleating of the swine.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Regular readers of this, your Newtown Pentacle, would be stunned to hear the things a humble narrator has been accused of. I’m “some sort of shill for the real estate industrial complex,” laying the ground for them to develop condos along Newtown Creek – that’s my favorite. Recently, someone accused me of distorting facts and propagating a right wing agenda, and compared me to Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Others have asked if I’m seeking some sort of political appointment or secretly working for some candidate for elective office. A representative of City Planning once uttered “Who do you think you are?.” Funnily enough, most of my accusers are in fact politcal operators and members of the “establishment.”

– photo by Mitch Waxman

What I can tell you is this – I’m some shmuck with a camera who wanders around and researches the history of Western Queens and North Brooklyn obsessively. Certain issues or topics force me to “get involved” such as Newtown Creek, or the disastrous plans which the Big Little Mayor have announced for the Sunnyside Yards. Unlike most of my critics, I actually live here. To them, I say go back to your apartments in Manhattan or move here and get some actual skin in the game.

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Upcoming Tours –

May 3, 2015 –
DUBPO, Down Under the Pulaski Bridge Onramp
with Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman, a free tour offered as part of Janeswalk 2015, click here for tickets.

May 16, 2015 –
13 Steps Around Dutch Kills with Atlas Obscura

with Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman, click here for details and tickets.

May 31, 2015 –
Newtown Creek Boat Tour
with Working Harbor Committee and Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman, click here for tickets.

Written by Mitch Waxman

April 29, 2015 at 11:00 am

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  1. You’re the Man, Mitch.

    georgetheatheist . . . fuck the assholes

    April 29, 2015 at 12:29 pm

  2. ” A representative of City Planning once uttered “Who do you think you are?.””

    An unfortunate attitude developed in bureaucrats and electeds over the last half century where they now see themselves as the masters rather than public servants hired by the citizens and the citizens as their rather imbecilic and child-like charges. Wielding the stick of the precautionary principle and dangling the carrots of the welfare state and the illusion of safety brought by the nanny state, the citizen fell to the status of slave/customer/client. What is most disheartening is that a large number of child-like people accept their servile station so long as they are taken care of. Is it not Vaal who cares for us, who puts the fruit on the trees and makes the rains to fall?

    Is it any wonder then that this City Planning bureaucrat was incensed at the insolence some mere prole laying his feeble opinions before or contradicting one of his Betters?

    Or perhaps on a more hopeful note the old saying that you take the heaviest flak when you’re over the target.


    April 29, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  3. […] will include a walking tour of English Kills led by historian Mitch Waxman, the blogger behind Newtown Pentacle and an active member of the Newtown Creek Alliance. His tour of the “insalubrious […]

  4. […] you find yourself on Borden Avenue in LIC, or Meeker Avenue in Greenpoint, in certain parts of Astoria, or even here along the East River coast of the Shining City itself. Wherever NYC’s master […]

  5. […] spent quite a bit of time and effort visiting the “House of Moses” in 2015, and “Resting and Brooding” spent a bit of time observing the heart of Robert Moses’s empire here in Astoria […]

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