The Newtown Pentacle

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Astoria odds and ends, in today’s post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I’m fascinated by illegal dumping, as you may have noticed over the years. The bucket above was abandoned in front of the post office on Broadway here in Astoria, where it persisted as street furniture for a good couple of weeks. Given my acquired obsession with trash and litter, which I acquired due to my obsession with Newtown Creek, noticing this sort of thing has become an obsession in itself. Saying that, we really have to start some sort of public service announcement campaign on the subject of litter. NYC is a mess these days, and on windy or stormy days there’s a tsunami wave of trash heading toward the sewers.

Is it so hard to just hang onto your waste products for the block or two it would take to encounter a bin? Sheesh.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The shot above is technically not Astoria, it’s actually Sunnsyide, but I just can’t resist peeling paint. It reminds me of my own physical dissolution and decay, I guess, and like is attracted to like.

You’d think that were you spending the money associated with the largest capital project in the United States, and had been involved with adding an additional trackway for a Federal railroad right of way over a decades long period, that you’d have figured in or budgeted for sprucing up the underpass with a paint job, huh?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Just like the MTA, one continues to struggle in the direction of getting back on and maintaining his schedule. I’m fairly nocturnal these days (or nights), and the daily post keep son sneaking up on me. I’m about to transition back to normal, as tour season and summertime obligation are nearly arrived.

I’m going to be conducting a free walk in LIC on the 30th of March, this Saturday afternoon. The Sunnyside Yards project has roared back to life in the aftermath of the Amazon debacle, and since the Manhattan people are going to all sorts of effort to get this thing done… Click here for details on the “Skillman Corridor” walk.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

March 26, 2019 at 3:08 pm

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  1. Kinda suspected you are a bit flakey.

    georgetheatheist . . . Flakey Foont lives!

    March 26, 2019 at 8:54 pm

  2. Illegal dumpers seem to love my dead-end street. Anywhere track-adjacent seems to just invite the practice like flies, well, to garbage. Fortunately, the trend’s eased up over the years, but I still expect it’ll crop up semi-annually like some sort of bizarre vernal or estival ritual.

    Tommy Efreeti

    March 27, 2019 at 1:15 pm

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