The Newtown Pentacle

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Freaking Tuesdays…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

That’s part of the Degnon Terminal industrial park in LIC seen in the shot above, a complex which is a smidge over a century old. It originally had companies like Ever Ready Battery, American Chicle Gum, Loose Wiles Bakery, and warehouse operations for Manhattan department stores like Bloomingdales and Sterns (my mom called the latter Stoynes). The Real Estate Industrial Complex has done a fantastic job of repopulating the area with smaller corporate entities in recent years, rebranding several of these behemoth structures as “The Factory LIC” or “The Falchi Building” and attracting startups and smaller companies to the cavernous spaces within. LaGuardia Community College occupies one or two of the historic buildings, and a third rate modern one as well. As you move west towards Skillman Avenue along 47th avenue (known 100 years ago as Nelson Avenue, and as Nott Avenue before that, and as the salt meadows or “boueries” of the Payntar Family prior to that), the artisinal and fancy pants face of modernity drops away and you encounter the remains of the real LIC.

Crummy, crumbling, crusty. Hey, unlike in North Brooklyn, at least the Real Estate people didn’t just burn everything down and endanger the lives of the Fire Department people to get to the future.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I checked in on that widening bulkhead collapse on 29th street, at the turning basin of Newtown Creek’s Dutch Kills tributary. Nothing has been done, whatsoever, to ameliorate it or the inevitable collapse of 29th street into the poison mud. It’s all kind of depressing, and presuming the thing doesn’t collapse over Thanksgiving weekend, I’m going to have to start annoying the Deputy Commissioners at the city DOT here in Queens about it as soon as the holiday is over. #Carnage gets you a bike lane? How about #MitchinvitesNY1toLIC really soon after the Amazon announcement to talk about literally crumbling road infrastructure and multiple bulkhead collapses along Newtown Creek’s LIC coastline?

Godalmighty, I hate everyone so much because of this kind of stuff. Why am I the only one…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One has a strange feeling that 2019 is the year when the bottom will break on this particular bucket of trouble called Long Island City. There’s so many individual problems and issues here – enviromental, municipal infrastructure, transit, the Sunnyside Yards Deck, ludicrous levels of traffic, hospital beds, police capability, FDNY resources… A strong wind blows through these parts and the whole house of cards will come falling down, I tell’s ya.

The Chinese Zodiac informs that 2019 is the year of the pig, but I’m feeling entirely like a different kind of critter will typify the action hereabouts in the coming year.

“Little pig, little pig, let me come in.”

“No, no, by the hair on my chiny chin chin.” 

“Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.”


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Written by Mitch Waxman

November 20, 2018 at 1:33 pm

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  1. “Godalmighty, I hate everyone so much because of this kind of stuff. Why am I the only one…”

    Because a prophet has no honor in his own country. The Cassandra thing, you know.

    Also look up the concept of the IQ gap. High IQ people cannot be understood by normies who simply think them lunatics. That and going 130 and over makes one somewhat dysfunctional or eccentric so maybe the lunatic thing is well deserved.

    You may fall far enough on the right side of the bell curve enough to qualify and you may need to learn how to speak normie, not Mitch to others.

    “There’s so many individual problems and issues here – enviromental, municipal infrastructure, transit, the Sunnyside Yards Deck, ludicrous levels of traffic, hospital beds, police capability, FDNY resources… A strong wind blows through these parts and the whole house of cards will come falling down, I tell’s ya.”

    Yeah, I think I have said much the same thing here in the past with an analysis as to why and you called me an eccentric lunatic, curmudgeon or words to that effect. Frustrating, isn’t it?

    Alas, our ruling class is so well isolated, physically and socially, from the citizenry that they simply do not care. As long as the normie masses repeat approved right think words and phrases, or have high level pokemon diversity points so that they either get their freestuff, or are accepted as member of the official progressive cult herd in good standing with a few trivial privileges doled out they neither know what the serious problems are or care. So normie will do nothing to rock the boat for fear of his freestuff or bike lanes.

    Or worse it’s Egads! There’s that annoying Poindexter McEgghead, Mitch fellow again! Let’s call sanitation and get his street plowed of snow or whatever simple things he’s banging on about so he goes away and leaves us the bloody hell alone with the big stuff.

    Donald Cavaioli

    Cav

    November 20, 2018 at 2:27 pm

  2. Have no fear. Alexandria Occasional_Cortex is here! (“Pie-in-the-sky for everybody!”)

    georgetheatheist . . . What? Me worry?

    November 20, 2018 at 2:42 pm

  3. What’s w/ the hate for AOC? Her duties don’t include minding the Creek or its adjacent lands…that’s 12, by the look of it….so why not fret about Carolyn Maloney instead? And wait until after she’s actually in office to kvetch about the lady. The youth are the future, and I’d certainly prefer someone fresh-minded and openly concerned about things like affordability than just another Crowley or little Jimmy VB.

    Tommy Efreeti

    November 21, 2018 at 10:56 am

  4. “Fresh-minded”???? Socialism, don’t you know, is not “fresh-minded.”

    georgetheatheist . . . What? Me worry?

    November 21, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    • BTW, while “AOC” was in new congress boot-camp in DC last week, one of her factota, addressed the JimmyVB / Mystery Mike Gianaris anti-Amazon rally. She was the hijab-wearing young lady who announced to one and all that “AOC” would have loved to be there at the rally.

      georgetheatheist . . . What? Me worry?

      November 21, 2018 at 6:31 pm


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