The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

writhing subsided

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Tuesday in Long Island City’s concrete devastations.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Recent endeavor found one up on the abandoned tracks of the Montauk Cutoff in Long Island City after dark. Given the isolation and a series of recent encounters with potential hooligans and a few wackadoodles in this area, I decided it was an atypically good idea to have some company with me for once, so my pals Gil Lopez and Don Cavaioli came along. The Montauk Cutoff has been described several times here at Newtown Pentacle – notably in this 2015 post, and more recently the streets surrounding it were detailed in a series of posts starting here.

Long story short, an abandoned set of elevated railroad tracks in LIC that stretch from Skillman Avenue at Sunnyside Yards all the way to the Dutch Kills tributary of the fabled Newtown Creek.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s actually quite beautiful up on the tracks, with lots of self seeded vegetation and all sorts of feral critters roaming about. I brought along my tripod and the new camera, and got busy up there. There’s a terrific amount of light to record, but that’s where the challenge comes in, from a photographer POV. It’s very bright, and very dark, all in the same frame.

My pal Gil was listening in to a Zoom meeting about some sort of extinction event, and Don C. seemed blown away by what he was looking at. Once your eyes adjust to the lighting, there’s all sorts of splendor to observe.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

We spent an hour, maybe two, up there. I was busy the whole time, doing whatever the hell it is I do when I’m shooting.

More shots from the Montauk Cutoff tomorrow.

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, December 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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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 15, 2020 at 11:00 am

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  1. Extinction event ?

    Jaye Haviland

    December 15, 2020 at 11:31 am

  2. Hey Mitch,
    The shots you’ve been getting lately are truly spectacular. I always liked your work, but you are outdoing yourself lately. I’ve never seen pictures like these anywhere else. You are the Da Vinci of the Dark!

    Lori Ziemba

    December 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm


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