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Friday odds and ends.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Queens Cobbler knows no shame, as evinced by the baby booty pictured above, which the probable serial killer left behind as a ghastly trophy and taunt on Northern Blvd. Babies, Cobbler?

Today’s post carries a few images I captured while doing something else or heading towards a location where I was intending to do some shooting. “Catch as catch can” shots like these fall under my category of “snapshots” rather than the ones I consider “photographs.” What’s the difference? “Intentionality” would be my answer.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

To wit, that’s a fairly nice shot from the Celtic Park section of Sunnyside depicting the Empire State building rising on the horizon. I didn’t set out to get the shot, rather I was walking over to the Kosciuszcko Bridge to get some “photographs” and while crossing the street this image just jumped out at me. I’m not downplaying serendipity, and being ready for captures on the fly, but you could have just as easily gotten this shot with your phone as I did with the dslr I always have dangling off of me.

I’ve always got the camera ready to fire, as a note. Always.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Over in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay section, this butterfly suddenly appeared. How can the itinerant photographer not capture its splendor?

I’ll be conducting a tour on the NYC Ferry Soundview line tomorrow morning, link is below. Come with? Looks like it’s going to be a perfect summer day. Back Monday with something completely different at this, your Newtown Pentacle.

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Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m. 12.00 p.m.

Exploring the East River, From General Slocum Disaster to Abandoned Islands – with NY Adventure Club.

June 15th is one of those days in NYC history. In 1904, more than a thousand people boarded a boat in lower Manhattan, heading for a church picnic on Long Island — only 321 of them would return. This is the story of the General Slocum disaster, and how New York Harbor, the ferry industry, and a community were forever altered.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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  1. I had no idea that was named Celtic Park!

    Maureen Hunt

    August 9, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    • The properties in this zone used to be an Irish focused series of playing fields and a beer garden called Celtic Park. After ww2, I think, the modern day apartment houses were built as part of the attempt to create GI housing. The icon for the CP leagues was the “winged fist.” The experts on this particular tale and topic are at Greater Astoria Historic Society, if you’re interested in finding out more.

      Mitch Waxman

      August 9, 2019 at 1:37 pm

  2. Lovely butterfly. I’ve been lucky to see and photograph a few, not just out in my yard but also, of all places, in the place of a lonely and relatively barren stretch of my childhood home in Wmsburg’s Industrial Park.

    Tommy Efreeti

    August 9, 2019 at 2:23 pm

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