The Newtown Pentacle

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It’s Friday again!

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s the 125th of March, so that means tomorrow would have been referred to as the 4th of July during the before times. Recent debate about whether it was Wednesday or Thursday here at HQ has proven Our Lady of the Pentacle correct, as having to put this posting together kind of snuck up on me.

I’ve also spent a day dealing with some unpleasant chores, as my next door neighbor died and I needed to put his friends in contact with his family, which ended up being quite a time consuming chore. Not COVID, instead he had a heart attack.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Observing the response to my friend dying, City services wise, I can tell you that the presence of six uniformed Cops, a pair of Detectives, a Coroner, and two morgue truck workers seemed to be what the regulations call for when somebody dies alone in their apartment. The whole operation took about 7 hours, from the wellness check to the morgue truck. It was one of those ghastly tasks which the City handles, and a part of the Cops’ job that seldom gets mentioned.

Why Cops for this task, you may ask? They are officers of the Court in this role, and have a responsibility to ensure that the deceased is handed off to the Medical Examiners office with as much dignity and discretion as is organizationally possible.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Happy 4th of July, all. The North Remembers.

Note: I’m writing this and several of the posts you’re going to see for the next week at the beginning of the week of Monday, June 29th. My plan is to continue doing my solo photo walks around LIC and the Newtown Creek in the dead of night as long as that’s feasible. If you continue to see regular updates as we move into April and beyond, that means everything is kosher as far as health and well being. If the blog stops updating, it means that things have gone badly for a humble narrator.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

July 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm

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  1. HI Mitch-You did a good deed, a mitzvah for your neighbor.  It is a 0*(()*&T^T& year and the good people from NYC will prevail.

    Judith BerdyPresidentRoosevelt Island Historical Society531 Main St. #1704New York,  NY


    July 3, 2020 at 5:21 pm

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