The Newtown Pentacle

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Flushing Bay Promenade.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

That’s part of the World’s Fair Marina at Flushing Bay, looking westwards towards LaGuardia Airport, in the shot above. Having attended a NYC Parks Dept. meeting discussing their plans to reinvest and upgrade the Marina (Parks runs it) a couple weeks back, a mental note to return and explore a bit was overturned last week before the weather got ugly. Off to East Elmhurst’s border with Corona and Flushing went a humble narrator, using the Q19 Bus as my conveyance.

I mean, come on, doesn’t everybody hang around the Queens waterfront at night in January?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It was medium cold, as a note, although as the night went on and the wind picked up it did become increasingly uncomfortable. During warmer months, I’m known to be out on one of my little night jaunts for six to seven hours, but this time of year, shorter intervals are required due to the climate. In all actuality, I was ok, but the camera gear was malfunctioning a bit. The camera itself was fine, but my remote release wire was “sticking.” I soon started sticking it into an interior pocket of my sweatshirt to warm it up, which made its malfunction predictable rather than sporadic.

I had longtime Newtown Pentacle curmudgeon and frequent comment offerer Don Cav with me for this one, who met me at the entrance to the park. Don is a World’s Fair(s) enthusiast and never misses an opportunity to visit the place, or to tell me in person that I’m wrong about absolutely everything.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Unfortunately, as Don and I were chatting, I missed wiping my lens down for the shot above. I’m sure that a certain other frequent commenter named George will soon ask why I included it in this post due to the many photographic imperfections created by the dusty lens, to which I will offer – I just kind of like it.

I also get to sayCandela Structures” when describing it, but it might be more accurate to describe this thingamabob as a “Schladermundt Structure.”

– photo by Mitch Waxman

As mentioned above, it wasn’t life threatening cold like it was at the beginning of this week, as we were walking around the promenade, but there was ice floating about in the salty waters of Flushing Bay so… it was cold enough.

The shot above looks eastwards towards the mouth of Flushing Creek.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Across the water “my kind of thing” was visible.

By that I mean large scale industrial properties with interesting utilitarian shapes. I’m not going to get all “granular” about what’s found in this area, as it would be entirely disingenuous for me to present freshly discovered details in a manner indicative of some long familiarity. I can tell you where colonial era farmhouses used to stand in Maspeth, but have no real knowledge of Flushing’s environs. That’s something I plan on addressing this year, another one of my little mental notes.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

More tomorrow, and Flushing Creek at night, at this – your Newtown Pentacle.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

January 23, 2019 at 11:00 am

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  1. I’ve never really wanted a country house, but I want that that cabin!!! I wonder if it could be moved to Brooklyn?

    Lawrence Lambert

    January 23, 2019 at 3:36 pm

  2. “…and never misses an opportunity to visit the place, or to tell me in person that I’m wrong about absolutely everything.

    Oh? Are we in some sort of competition, sibling rivalry or such? I hadn’t noticed.

    Of course, you may certainly come to tell me in person or writing where you were correct and I was wrong. And I’m still patiently waiting for an erudite rebuttal to any given thesis.
    Herewith I offer a blog in which comment section you may prove your elder brother wrong.

    Donald Cavaioli
    Curmudgeon Extraordinaire
    Evil Black Raven
    Friend of the Pentacle


    January 23, 2019 at 4:49 pm

  3. I’d just retouch those blotches with a cloning tool in the software. Not too much work that.

    georgetheatheist . . . neatness counts

    January 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm

  4. “or to tell me in person that I’m wrong about absolutely everything.”

    Those are the best kinds of friends!

    Tommy Efreeti

    January 31, 2019 at 1:50 pm

  5. Hi Mitch
    I love your photos of Candela Structures, dust and all. I’d like to get your permission to use the 2 photos in a proposal (Quantity: 2 photocopied documents). NYC Parks Department has put out a request for proposals to restore the surface of the Candela Structures and restore parts of the promenade. Our Landscape Architecture/Engineering firm is responding to that RFP. I will credit your photos. If you can supply medium resolution images that is even better. I can pay a small fee, $30, for each.

    Janice Hogan

    February 6, 2019 at 10:27 pm

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