The Newtown Pentacle

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Thursday

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The shot above was gathered from the Koscisuzcko Bridge pedestrian/bike path sometime in the last couple of weeks, and depicts the central section of the fabulous Newtown Creek at sunset. By “central,” I mean that the POV is 2.1 miles in on a 3.8 mile long network of industrial canals, so quite literally centered.

One is always seeking solitude, but this new pedestrian and bicycle path over Newtown Creek has proven quite popular with neighborhood folk from both sides of the Creek. Disappointing, seeing people in my happy place.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Pornhub, for those of you unaware of the megalithic entity that it is, is the YouTube or Amazon of pornography. They have been attempting to buy the naming rights to a football stadium in recent years, which should indicate how large their corporate structure has become. For some reason, a graffiti writer here in LIC decided to perform some ad hoc advertising for the corporate skin merchants.

The illegally dumped auto tires just seemed to compliment the graffiti.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Exploitation of a different sort, the new or recently discovered holes in the fence at the Sunnyside Yards which a humble narrator visits regularly continue to yield interesting views of a federally owned railroad yard here in Long Island City.

Those are idling Amtrak trains waiting for a call to duty.

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, September 14th. 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 here, 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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  1. It is really delightful to sit, plan, design and watch take shape the dramatic additions to our Infrastructure. The awesome light panorama…. continuously changing, the sleek concrete towers and the high strength Web work of steel stay cables ……supporting a graceful ribbon of welded steel and prefabricated concrete roadway panels configured into two separate bridges that when viewed together replicate the conventional two -tower Suspension (and now Cable Stayed) Bridges which define New York.
    Perhaps those individuals who have defiled and defaced this project should spend some more time downstream at the Newtown Creek W.P.C.P. where they’d be more in their own element.
    I recall during the construction of the Buckner Expressway in the Bronx that a novel design was used for a pedestrian overpass which garnered much acclaim in engineering circles.
    Sadly, it became a ‘hangout’ and a frequent crime scene to the extent that the community demanded it be demolished. And so it was.

    bobbybridgeman

    September 17, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    • You misunderstood me, it’s a good thing – the communities taking advantage of the walkway. There’s a bit of graffiti here and there, but nothing more than you’d expect in nyc.

      Mitch Waxman

      September 17, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      • Sure, Mitch….that’s what the walkways are for, and when you get the irresponsible types, they ruin it for everyone. Right now in Los Angeles, a beautiful replacement project is underway for the 6th Street Bridge (made famous in many of the movies throughout the decades). This project consists of a series s of Arch bridges crossing railroad spur lines, warehouses and the L.A. River. It is designed as a Public Park with access stairways on the structure for viewing, paths for walking and climbing and activities below so that the community can ‘interact’ with the work.
        I’d be pretty disappointed if some ‘artist’
        or disgruntled persons started defacing it. It belongs to Everyone Who I hope would feel ‘Civic Pride’ for it. I realize that the current times represent anger, resentment and frustration for many. This was planned before the current homeless crisis and political turmoil came to light.
        Yes, I realize that only a few miles from here people are living on the street.
        I have proposed Modular Housing and more public Toilets. Every street has water and Sewer pipes running below which could provide sanitary and clean water needs.
        Modular Kitchens and cafeterias could supplement the needs of the people living in tents on the street.
        But in all cases don’t you have to respect the hand which tries to make your life better?

        bobbybridgeman

        September 17, 2020 at 3:01 pm

  2. Sure, Mitch….that’s what the walkways are for, and when you get the irresponsible types, they ruin it for everyone. Right now in Los Angeles, a beautiful replacement projIect is underway for the 6th Street Bridge (made famous in many of the movies throughout the decades). This project consists of a series s of Arch bridges crossing railroad spur lines, warehouses and the L.A. River. It is designed as a Public Park with access stairways on the structure for viewing, paths for walking and climbing and activities below so that the community can ‘interact’ with the work.
    I’d be pretty disappointed if some ‘artist’
    or disgruntled persons started defacing it. It belongs to Everyone Who I hope would feel ‘Civic Pride’ for it. I realize that the current times represent anger, resentment and frustration for many. This was planned before the current homeless crisis and political turmoil came to light.
    Yes, I realize that only a few miles from here people are living on the street.
    I have proposed Modular Housing and more public Toilets. Every street has water and Sewer pipes running below which could provide sanitary and clean water needs.
    Modular Kitchens and cafeterias could supplement the needs of the people living in tents on the street.
    But in all cases don’t you have to respect the hand which tries to make your life better?

    bobbybridgeman

    September 17, 2020 at 3:03 pm


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