The Newtown Pentacle

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Ugghhh.. Manhattan.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

After the boat trip with the United States Army Corps of Engineers ended when we docked at a ferry terminal in Lower Manhattan, I suddenly found myself thrust into the middle of a dystopian nightmare. One had to get home to Astoria to allow Zuzu the dog an opportunity to relive herself of bodily waste, and prepare myself for what turned out to be a highly annoying Community Board 1 Transportation Committee meeting. We were discussing ferries and bike lanes, so of course it got to the boiling point pretty quickly. Passions run deep amongst the bicycle fanatics.

Busy day for a humble narrator, huh?

It was hot when we arrived back in Manhattan, which is appropriate for an urban hellscape, I guess. Check out that little visible bit of the sky which hasn’t been appropriated to glass towers visible in the shot above.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

At the site of National Tragedy, more and more reconstruction is going on. Eighteen years, I have to keep on reminding myself. Eighteen years.

I made my way into the rebuilt subway station at World Trade Center, which is now found under a shopping mall which is populated by shops where there’s naught an ordinary person such as myself could afford, and then boarded an E line train to get out of dodge and back to Western Queens where I belong.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A number of people have commented to me over the years that my demeanor actually alters for the better upon passing over or under the border between Manhattan and Queens. At Queens Plaza, with its rotting concrete and dripping masonry, one transferred to the M line which took me the rest of the way back to blessed Astoria. Zuzu the dog seemed quite amused when I opened the door to HQ, but then promptly fell asleep.

Tomorrow – the other really cool thing I got to do last week will be discussed. It was an actual adventure!


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Written by Mitch Waxman

October 3, 2019 at 11:00 am

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  1. Me too, Mitch. I always feel relieved leaving Manhattan and heading home to Queens. Why is that?

    georgetheatheist . . . gotta get outta here

    October 3, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    • You “have” to go the City, you “want” to go to Queens.

      Mitch Waxman

      October 3, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      • Bingo.

        georgetheatheist . . . gotta get outta here

        October 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm

  2. Take the M train on the weekend to 96 St and Second Avenue. It will make you feel better.

    Judy

    October 3, 2019 at 7:54 pm


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