The Newtown Pentacle

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No matter where I go, there I am.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One has been particularly verbose and vitriolic this week about subjects substantial, which indicates to those who know me that the proverbial process best described in “Brooklynese” as “gettin my shits togetha” has been underway for the last several weeks. The walking tours season has begun, and I’m planning a series of excursions for the year with Mai Armstrong and the various organizations we work with. Cross your fingers and thank the stars – as boat trips, walking tours, and all kinds of cool stuff are being planned. The Atlas Obscura tour listed below has already sold out, I’m afraid, but I’ve got a few pretty cool irons in the fire right now.

While we’re waiting to finalize things, Mai and I decided we might do a walk through Calvary Cemetery with a smaller than usual group, next weekend – probably Saturday. More on this one Monday, and I’ll have a link ready for those of you who might want to come along.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There’s a few iconic Queens spots which will be hitting centennial anniversaries pretty soon, and I’m trying to figure out a few ways to commemorate that. Again, these things are on the stove’s back burners and simmering right now. A bizarre part of my thought processes, one which always befuddled and confused those unlucky enough to know me, is that I can take a project and tuck it away in my subconscious for processing while my waking mind concentrates on and handles other stuff like walking and laundry. Sometimes these simmering bits are utterly forgotten until I look through one of my notebooks and then – boom – it boils over and unfolds into something conscious and actionable.

Unfortunately, this “unfolding” often happens at 2:30 in the morning, which finds me huddled over the computer scratching away at a project as the sun is coming up. Lack of sleep is why my eyes often look and feel like they’ve been boiled.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Photography wise, there’s a few new locations and opportunities I’m interested in pursuing this summer, and many ongoing spots that I need to exert some real effort into continuing to document. Within the next two weeks, one plans to roam through the predominance of the municipality of Long Island City’s former borders, and do so with camera in hand. There’s night shots I want, places I’ve never been that I intend on visiting, and nothing – NOTHING – is going to stop me from getting to Aquarium in Coney Island this year. I’ve got boats to catch, trains to find…

It should all be a lot of fun, but it’s all still kind of depressing at the same time.

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April 16th, Obscura Day 2016
“Creek to Creek Industrial Greenpoint Walking Tour” with Mitch Waxman and Geoff Cobb.
Join Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman and Greenpoint historian and author Geoff Cobb for a three-hour exploration of the coastline of Greenpoint. Click here for more info and ticketing.


Written by Mitch Waxman

April 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

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  1. Reminds me of a poem by Wilhelm Busch:

    Wirklich, er war unentbehrlich!
    Überall, wo was geschah
    Zu dem Wohle der Gemeinde,
    Er war tätig, er war da.

    Schützenfest, Kasinobälle,
    Pferderennen, Preisgericht,
    Liedertafel, Spritzenprobe,
    Ohne ihn da ging es nicht.

    Ohne ihn war nichts zu machen,
    Keine Stunde hatt’ er frei.
    Gestern, als sie ihn begruben,
    War er richtig auch dabei.


    Really, he was indispensable!
    Wherever what happened
    To the benefit of the community,
    He was active. He was there.

    Marksmen competition. Casino balls,
    Horse Racing, Jury duty.,
    Chorus singing. Syringe testing.
    Without him nothing worked..

    Without him nothing could be done,
    No hour had he free to tell.
    Yesterday, when they buried him,
    He was there as well.

    georgetheatheist . . . Busy Beaver

    April 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

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