The Newtown Pentacle

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Friday odds and ends.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One is convinced that within the next decade, if your automobile runs out of gas or blows a tire, you will just be forced to abandon the thing here in the City that never used to sleep. One is making some effort to catalog the tire shops, and mechanics, and gas stations before they are eradicated by the Real Estate Industrial Complex’s patriotic push to build more luxury condos in a shorter interval than any other City.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Arriving back in Astoria, one cracked out a few shots of the various things which caught my eye. This contractor’s van is owned by a guy I’ve met a few times, a “no bullshit” Greek guy who polices his corner with Russian efficiency. When you walk past his house, motion activated lights erupt, cameras swivel on posts, and the venetian blinds in his windows suddenly show a small aperture.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There’s a Con Ed project moving through the ancient village, one which is replacing 1950’s era cast iron gas lines leading to LaGuardia Airport with modern pvc pipes that can move greater volumes of fuel at higher pressure.

What could go wrong? Meantime, there’s lots of cool construction equipment parked all over the place.

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, January 18th. 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

January 22, 2021 at 11:00 am

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  1. Well, everyone can do what they did when I lived in Greenpert: push all the old cars off the end of the pier. It was quite the interesting colored reef.


    January 22, 2021 at 11:52 am

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