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Iron Triangle, in today’s post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One often remarks to himself how much Batman’s Gotham City and the Borough of Queens seem to have in common. Conventional comix fandom recognizes Gotham as being an admixture of Chicago and Newark, but neither of those places has a “Ravenswood” or an “Iron Triangle.” Logical supposition would place “Stately Wayne Manor” on the northern shore of Nassau or Suffolk County, but the whole “Queens County is Gotham City” preposition begins to fall apart when you consider that Superman’s base of operations – Metropolis – is widely considered to be an analogue for Manhattan. If you’re living in a place where you need both of those super duper guys around to keep the peace, it would be a good idea to just move away to someplace a bit more quiet.

Saying all that, last weekend I accompanied a group of folks on a tour of Flushing’s Iron Triangle and Flushing Creek which was organized by my pals at NYC H2O.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The last time I scuttled around the Iron Triangle in Willets Point was with another tour, that one organized by Queens Borough Historian Jack Eichenbaum several years ago. Jack’s tour occurred earlier in the season, and the endemic flooding of the broken streets in these parts – caused by the purposeful neglect and blighting of the area by a conspiratorial alliance of Real Estate Industrial Complex players and their political puppets in both Manhattan’s City Hall and Queens’ Borough Hall which has played out over five or six decades (Mario Cuomo, for instance, began his political career around this issue) – was completely frozen over.

Jack Eichenbaum walks like a mountain goat and managed the icy devastations with grace and style, but the rest of us were slipping and sliding all over the place, as a note.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Personally speaking, I was just glad to be amongst people for a few hours, and to observe an area which I’m not overly familiar with. The blasted heath which is the Iron Triangle, a light industrial zone adjoining CitiField and Flushing Creek, makes for nice photos IMHO. The usual forces – EDC, the politicians, REBNY and the whole crew of loathsome sentience from over in Manhattan – want to wipe away this area and replace it with the usual totemics – “affordable housing,” a “sports field,” and or a “shopping mall.” The fact that they’ll be wiping out hundreds of blue collar jobs isn’t part of their equation or narrative, which is to act as “Progressives.”

Remember – Robert Moses was a “Progressive,” as in “Progress” and “you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.” When the modern politicians and economic development people call themselves “Progressives” they’re telling you point blank what they are, but trying to give you the impression that “Progressive” means something other than what it does.

More tomorrow.


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TONGHT! Slideshow and book signing, April 23rd, 6-8 p.m.

Join Newtown Creek Alliance at 520 Kingsland Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for a slideshow, talk, and book signing and see what the incredible landscape of Newtown Creek looks like when the sun goes down with Mitch Waxman. The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP here. Light refreshments served.

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The Third Annual, All Day, 100% Toxic, Newtown Creekathon. April 28th.

The Creekathon will start at Hunter’s Point South in LIC, and end at the Kingsland Wildflowers rooftop in Greenpoint. It will swing through the neighborhoods of LIC, Blissville, Maspeth, Ridgewood, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint, visiting the numerous bridges that traverse the Creek. While we encourage folks to join us for the full adventure, attendees are welcome to join and depart as they wish. A full route map and logistics are forthcoming.This is an all day event. Your guides on this 12+ mile trek will be Mitch Waxman and Will Elkins of the Newtown Creek Alliance, and some of their amazing friends will likely show up along the way.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

April 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm

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  1. You’ve missed the point.

    “…caused by the purposeful neglect and blighting of the area by a conspiratorial alliance of Real Estate Industrial Complex players and their political puppets…”

    Correct on the former but wrong on the latter. There is a big difference between a model of influence (or persuasion) in the form of the Real Estate Industrial Complex and a model of power in the form of the political establishment. The man with the gun and power to take away your freedom, your wealth or your life rules in all situations. The man with the gold pays tribute to the man with the gun in order to keep his head. REBNY as all corporations and banks are the puppets of the political/managerial establishment.

    ” The fact that they’ll be wiping out hundreds of blue collar jobs isn’t part of their equation or narrative…”

    Understand something: We live in a society where our political/managerial rulers are socially and culturally isolated from we the proles over which they rule. To our rulers, their agenda is all important and absolutely necessary therefore the loss of blue collar jobs is mere collateral damage. Much like how a Lovecraftian monster kills humans while it lumbers about, not out of malice but because it simply does not notice them. Likewise to our betters, we plebs are reduced to mere abstractions in their plans, not real human beings so why should they care as they lumber about stomping on us?

    “…call themselves “Progressives” they’re telling you point blank what they are, but trying to give you the impression that “Progressive” means something other than what it does.”

    Whiles it’s true that leftist cargo cultists and statists have co-opted the term “progressive” and now wear it like a skin suit, it’s useless to hearken back to some antediluvian definition of the word if you’re the only person on earth who uses it. It’s over, they, the aforementioned, own the word and define to their liking which is now accepted by all normies. So stop sperging.

    Donald Cavaioli

    Cav

    April 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm


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