The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

ultimate abomination

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Hullabaloos.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Last Sunday, whilst enjoying an autumnal afternoon with the neighbors at the local pub, a sudden explosion of noise and tumult occurred when the FDNY suddenly arrived at a call on 42nd street right off of Broadway here in Astoria. Given that – despite my advancing age – I still run down the street yelling “Firemen, Firemen” when the big red trucks are screaming past, one couldn’t help but get excited and start waving the camera at them.

Predictably enough, it was the engine and hook and ladder you’d normally associate with Astoria who answered the call – Engine 263 and Ladder 117 – who are based out of a house on Astoria Blvd.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Not sure what the emergency was, based on what I was seeing and what they were carrying with them, I’d guess that somebody had reported smelling gas or something. They didn’t stay too long, which usually indicates that the emergency conditions were overstated and that the talents of the FDNY weren’t required to ameliorate it. Not pictured was one of those red big jeep vehicles which the FDNY brass ride around in, but which was present. There were no ambulances either, so it must have been purely a structural call. We get a whole lot of FDNY personnel showing up whenever a drunk is being scooped up by EMS units for some reason.

A few people at the bar were grousing about overkill. I offered one of my little aphorisms about not questioning the appropriateness of what professionals think is correct, and especially so in the case of FDNY. If they think it’s right to show up with a small army…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Thankfully, the emergency – whatever it was – was resolved quickly. The normal pattern of life in Astoria resumed, and as the photo above can confirm, delivery bicycles began to flow freely about without impediment again.


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Written by Mitch Waxman

October 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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  1. In your last photo: what’s with that Sparr’s Militaria & Antiques? That place has been there seemingly forever. You know of any other establishment in NYC that vends “militaria”? Can you do an “item” on it? Who runs it? A family hand-me-down? I was in it decades ago. It hasn’t changed appearance at all.

    georgetheatheist . . . let's see

    October 17, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    • Great shop, been in there once to get something appraised

      Mitch Waxman

      October 17, 2019 at 11:19 pm

      • Plus where else do you still see an accordion-style rusty shop gate like this? That itself advertises the antiques for sale, IMHO.

        georgetheatheist . . . let's see

        October 18, 2019 at 12:03 pm


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