The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

You might have heard about the tragic death of 3 young fellows last weekend at Dutch Kills in Long Island City. I don’t know much more than what the news presented, but apparently they were speeding down Borden Avenue and didn’t realize that a dead end was in front of them. They punched through the street end and their car ended up in the water, more or less directly under the Long Island Expressway.

Despite a massive FDNY and NYPD response, including divers, the three occupants of the car died. This sort of thing happens more often than you think it does, and it’s the third such occurrence I’m aware of in just the last decade or so.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

About ten years ago, a kid died driving into Newtown Creek at Apollo Street in Greenpoint. Similarly, about six to seven years ago several teenagers died in this manner at Astoria’s Luyster Creek. Now there’s three more. Is it bad driving? Yes. Is it lousy road design, certainly.

We’ve all “tsk tsk’d” about the race cars and the backfiring fart cars. The ATV and Dirt Bike mobs. There’s regularly illegal drag racing on Review Avenue a few blocks away, where another fatality occurred after a racer lost control of his car and smashed into a utility pole nearby the cemetery. Also in Maspeth, where businesses like Restaurant Depot have been forced to place heavy chains across their parking lot entrances and hire overnight security. Ridgewood, Greenpoint, East Williamsburg are experiencing this phenomena as well. We’ve got a regional command issue at work here, not a precinct sized one.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On a happier note, I discovered that during the pandemic months somebody built a barber shop and beauty salon into a passenger van frame. The vehicle was sitting in front of a mechanic shop in Blissville, and I was captivated by the motto of “vibrant beauty.”

Back next week with more at this – your Newtown Pentacle.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

May 28, 2021 at 11:00 am

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  1. One of the 3 “young” fellows was 30. Makes you wonder, no?

    georgetheatheist . . . tempus fugit

    May 28, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    • Not really. Younger than me – young fellow. Older than me – old fellow. Like Caligula, I set the standard of sanity for the rest of the world.

      Mitch Waxman

      May 28, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      • Vidi, Vinci, Veni!

        georgetheatheist . . . tempus fugit

        May 28, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      • Chill out there, Diogenes.


        May 28, 2021 at 7:11 pm

  2. That would be the perfect place for any would-be builder of the occulus infernum to find the spectral candidate for the Torn Prince. That and 12 other ghosts. So old fellow it’s like Pokemon, gotta catch ’em all.

    Donald Cavaioli


    May 28, 2021 at 7:26 pm

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