The Newtown Pentacle

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Credos, declarations, statements on the street – in Today’s Post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Whilst wandering about, your humble narrator likes to take note of the various missives and graffitos encountered. Most of the graffiti you see are “tags” left behind by “writers” which indicate mainly that they have been there before you. There’s also the “art” types who do renderings and or complex paintings. You’ve also got the gang stuff, which is meant as either provocation or an announcement of territorial preeminence. My favorites are the credos, seeming attempts to liberate the minds of those who read them. Often, these credos are placed in highly visible locations, what the graffiti community would refer to as “a good wall.”

The shot above is from 48th street in Sunnyside, along the LIRR overhead tracks. This particular writer has been quite busy in the recent past.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A similar typographic style and brand of rhetoric has been appearing all over the study area which I call the Newtown Pentacle in recent months. The messaging above is found in Queens Plaza, and my presumption of its authorship is that it’s the same as the missive in the first shot.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Probably not the same graffiti enthusiast, but this less than monumental declaration was recently witnessed on Jackson Avenue nearby the Court Square subway station.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

In Astoria, nearby Steinway Street’s intersection with Broadway, this messaging appeared one morning in the late autumn. Again, I believe, it’s the work of the person(s) featured in shots 1&2.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Over at Socrates Sculpture Garden, this polemic was observed on a lamp post during the summer, but you’ll always find a whole lot of “artsy fartsy” graffiti near the institution.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Back in Sunnyside, on 48th street near Skillman, a more permanent sort of scrawl was observed which mirrors the sentiment of the block printed missives found along the LIRR tracks, in Astoria, and Queens Plaza.

It’s not quite as eloquent, but there you are.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

February 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

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  1. That vandal who wrote that credo in the 4th photo (taken above the Queens Library) ought to read this:

    georgetheatheist . . Who is John Galt?

    February 3, 2016 at 12:56 pm

  2. Why is it that the most droll and uninformed twits who really have nothing to say feel compelled to scrawl proof of this on walls in a vain pretension of sagacity?

    Of course, in full ironic awareness that the same can be said for bloggers and comments, and thus in defense offer that it is not indelible and unavoidably in the public’s view. The blogger may delete the post or comments, or the reader may avoid the blog or scroll past comments.

    Thus instead commend me bloggers and the peanut gallery of commentariat scrawl of electrons upon a virtual wall. And who can guess what lies hidden beyond?
    A more gentlemanly graffito for a better class of bookish and learned twits if you will.

    Don Cavaioli


    February 3, 2016 at 6:44 pm

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