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People walk around like they’re safe or something…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One of the childhood aphorisms which one carries about with him is the use of the word “accidentals” to describe traffic collisions. It’s taken me nearly half a century to control the urge to call tree rodents “Skwerlows,” as a note. Pictured above is a rare sight, an NYPD cruiser – throughly demolished – on the streets of Astoria. The shot is from 2012, and the story as it was transmitted to me involved the coppers responding to a call at high speed. They encountered one of those sudden elevations in the street which caused them to lose control of the car in a shower of sparks, whereupon they took out two parked cars and a tree in addition to a few street signs. The commander of the 114th pct., at the time, assured me his cops recovered from injuries they sustained during the crash.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Jackson Avenue in LIC is a heavily travelled road, and accordingly has a higher than average statistical number of “accidentals” than other streets. The odd sight pictured above was noticed and recorded in 2014 whilst a humble narrator was scuttling to or from the noisome Newtown Creek on some sunny day. The physics of what occurred here mystify one such as myself.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The “Carridor” is what I call Northern Blvd. Tens of thousands of vehicle trips a day carry west and eastbound traffic through Western Queens on their way to and from Manhattan via the Queensborough Bridge. Sometimes I like to just stand there to watch and wonder, since unlike me, all these drivers have someplace to go.

A recent bout of Flu has left a humble narrator a bit worse for wear, and short on new content this week. Accordingly, shots from the archives have been pulled and will be presented thusly, as this – your Newtown Pentacle.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

February 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Posted in Photowalks, Pickman

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