The Newtown Pentacle

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Just another one of those days, man.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s the seventeenth of August, a Friday. The word Friday is derived from the Norse and Germanic traditions, indicating that the day is devoted to the Mother Earth type of Goddess named Frigga, whom amongst other notable traits, was married to the high father Odin himself and Queen of Asgard. On this day, in 1945, British author George Orwell saw his now seminal “Animal Farm” book published. Additionally, on August 17 in 1977, a Soviet Nuclear Icebreaker called the NS Artika became the first surface ship to successfully and purposely navigate it’s way to the North Pole.

Closer to home, Greenpoint girl Mae West was born on this day in 1893.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Where is a humble narrator as you’re reading this, you might wonder? I’m out stomping out a pathway for a walk I’m going to be conducting with my pal Gil Lopez from Flux Factory. This promises to be a fairly weird one, by my standards, which are normally governed by a fairly conservative recitation of historical and current condition facts about some section of Newtown Creek or NY Harbor. Admittedly, I’ll deep dive a bit more than most on tours, but this one’s going to include the Blissville Bashee and the Vampires of Queens Plaza. I did mention “Flux Factory,” yes? Suffice to say that this one promises to be a bit more avant garde than usual.

I’ll provide ticketing links next week in the usual spot at the bottom of the daily postings at this, your Newtown Pentacle. Additionally, I’m doing an interesting boat tour on the 30th, with an astounding ticket price of $5. Links, next week.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Flux walk will be following, as much as possible, the original diagonal to the modern street grid path that the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek followed through Sunnyside Yards and Queens Plaza. There’s also going to be a fantastic opportunity to see something I can’t normally show you at the end of the walk, so for you photographer types reading this, you’ll want to be there. 

Happy Frigga’s Day, and happy birthday Mae West, wherever you are.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

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  1. “…happy birthday Mae West, wherever you are.”

    Easy one, sir.
    Ms. West currently resides in Cypress Hills cemetery in a mausoleum called “the Abbey” and unfortunately, since her retirement there, not as vivacious as she had been previously.

    A note of interest and local pride to the townsfolk of Woodhaven and the surrounding townships is that Mae West started her career performing in taverns like Neir’s.
    I believe you are familiar with the place.

    However, Mrs. Calabash, Harley Warren, Judge Crater, Jimmy Hoffa and D.B. Cooper are still unaccounted for.

    Don Cavaioli


    August 17, 2018 at 11:52 am

    • And Car 54.

      georgetheatheist . . . Diogenes the Dutiful

      August 18, 2018 at 12:45 am

      • The most accurate TV show about NYC cops! Love it!
        But not to worry, Car-54 is 10-62A in regards to the previous job and will turn up by end of tour as usual.

        Don Cavaioli


        August 21, 2018 at 10:51 am

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