The Newtown Pentacle

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It’s National Nutty Fudge Day, in these United States.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Everybody in the neighborhood here in Astoria mocks me for not being able to leave the house without a camera slung over my shoulder. I carry a DSLR with me while walking the dog, doing the laundry, or when going to get a sandwich from the local bagel shepherds. Despite the good natured jibes, my response is “you never know what you’re going to see, here in Astoria, Queens.” Recently, we’ve had a few mounted NYPD units operating in the neighborhood. 

Zuzu the dog will catch scent of the horse from a block away, and lose her mind in cacophony of barking. Then when the horse comes into sight, my dog gets all puzzled and a look comes over her face that seems to say “holy cow that’s a big dog.” This particular Copper was giving his partner a short break while electronically checking in on the larger picture, by all appearances. 

If I had joined up with NYPD as a kid, it would have been either the mounted or harbor units that I’d have wanted to been a member of, as a note.


Upcoming Tours and events

Newtown Creek Alliance Boat tour, May 21st.

Visit the new Newtown Creek on a two hour boat tour with NCA historian Mitch Waxman and NCA Project Manager Will Elkins, made possible with a grant from the Hudson River Foundation – details and tix here.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

May 12, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Posted in newtown creek

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  1. Funny, your cops ride English; out here, ours ride western. All cops are assholes, but our mounted po-lice are the assholes on steroids.

    Fiesta Cranberry

    May 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    • all cops aren’t assholes. The law is an ass, and some cops are indeed assholes, but there you go.

      Mitch Waxman

      May 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm

  2. A jackboot, pistola and billy club Nice visual combo

    georgetheatheist . . I surrender.

    May 15, 2017 at 5:38 pm


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