The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

youth’s madness

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East Elmhurst.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

As described yesterday, I uncharacteristically rode a bus from Astoria to East Elmhurst in order to get into the right spot for some “waving the camera around” action, which deposited me a few blocks away from my destination. A scuttling I went, heading eastwards on Astoria Blvd. I was heading for the zone I describe as “where Boulevards collide” or “just so Robert Moses.” It’s where Ditmars, Astoria, and Northern Blvd. all smash together with the Grand Central Parkway and Citifield at the edge of Flushing. You’ll be walking down the sidewalk in certain spots, and all of a sudden find yourself walking onto an off ramp to the highway.

One of the least pedestrian friendly spots in Queens, I tell you, although I’ve only been through here a few times.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On my way, I spotted this tiny domestic survivor from long ago on Astoria Blvd. Itty bitty and wood framed, it had advertisements in its windows advertising a “Cuarto en renta” (room for rent). Something about the propert caught my eye, and instinct told me that “something has happened here.” Can’t tell you what, didn’t do the research on the property, but usually if something catches my eye the way this place did…

I’ll look into it. 

– photo by Mitch Waxman

That’s one of the entranceways to the Flushing Bay Promenade pictured above, which is actually a pedestrian bridge overflying the Grand Central Parkway with Flushing Bay beyond. LaGuardia Airport is to the west, Flushing Meadows Corona Park to the east. Directly north is Flushing Bay, and as you can discern from the shot above, I arrived right on time just as the burning thermonuclear eye of God itself had ducked behind Manhattan. The night time, it’s the right time, I say.

More tomorrow. 


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Written by Mitch Waxman

January 22, 2019 at 11:00 am

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  1. I enjoy it when you picture old homes. Quite a while ago you featured several old homes but I can’t find the article again.

    Jaye Haviland

    January 23, 2019 at 3:30 pm

  2. Speaking of East Elm I’d be interested to know if you how the nabe got its highly inaccurate name, Mitch! And yes, more pictures of characterful old homes would be certainly be welcome!

    Tommy Efreeti

    January 30, 2019 at 1:18 pm


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