The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

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uggggh, anywhere but here…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

In the infinite wisdom, and macabre sense of humor, which the employees of the City of New York are known for – a recent pass by an inspector from the Department of Buildings here in Astoria resulted in several square blocks of building owners being cited to replace their sidewalks. It is an election year, of course, but this edict has resulted in a non stop cacophony of masonry saws and jack hammers pounding the pavement for the last several months.

Even the sidewalks in front of HQ, which I will point out were in fine fettle, needed to be replaced.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Scalar waves of noise, which my little dog Zuzu has found most off putting, have been bouncing around between the brick walls of the ancient village. Clouds of concrete dust, a small army of day laborers stretching out the jobs, and a general disruption of the day to day has created a decided edge to things hereabouts.

I’m willing to go anywhere that’s even marginally quiet at the moment. Industrial Maspeth is actually more pleasant from a sonic POV than the old 11103 at the moment.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Noise is the one pollution vector which we all seem to just accept here in NYC. Car alarms and elevated subways are one thing, but the fact that some random inspector can just decide to order three square blocks of building owners to replace their sidewalks – at no small expense, incidentally – seems crazy to me. It’s also goofy that DEP noise cops keep showing up in the hood to write tickets for excess noise due to the demolition of the old pavement, which was ordered by DOB.

The funny part about the endeavor is that the City owned sidewalk sections found on the corners have received no such work orders, and you see brand new walks abutting the craphole Municpal section. The sewer catch basins and curb cuts are found there, as well as the traffic lights. This section of pavement is at least 30-40 years old, cracked, filthy, pockmarked. The curbs are broken, and let’s just say that the City does not feel the same need to ensure that the crosswalks in Queens are ADA compliant that they do in Manhattan.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

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  1. The second pic, is that the crossover down by the cemetary?

    Fiesta Cranberry

    June 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    • good eye, cranberry. It’s not long for this world, and will be replaced when the new bridge is finished

      Mitch Waxman

      June 30, 2016 at 9:32 pm

  2. Hm, I should walk it before it goes! As an aside, tremendously impressed with the sheer scale of work you’ve done cataloguing my little neck of the woods (I grew up and work a few blocks from the Creek, right where all the industry will hopefully remain) over the years. It’s good someone’s observing, witnessing, and recording. This site is like Vanishing New York, but less depressing 😛


    July 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm

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