The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Endeavor found me wandering around Long Island City again recently. For several reasons, mainly climatology related ones, I’ve been keeping the walks a bit shorter in recent weeks and staying a bit closer to HQ. Luckily, Queens never disappoints. HQ’s positioning on the southern border of Astoria allows strategic access to a number of visually interesting locations, like the Sunnyside Yards pictured above.

That’s one of Amtrak’s “high speed” Acela train sets heading towards its maintenance bay. Instinctually, I refer to the large blue building they service the trains at as a “barn,” but I’m sure that isn’t the correct etymology. Regardless, a Festivus greeting is offered to whomsoever it is at Amtrak that is responsible for all of the holes in the fences of the yards which allow me to get these shots.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Did you know that the cops have ambulances of their very own? The NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit operates their cop ambulances out of a former firehouse on Northern Blvd. nearby Steinway Street. Spotted this one just strobing its flashers into the night recently.

NYPD and FDNY have all the best municipal gear. They both have cool marine units, and every possible form of motor vehicle you can think of, but I don’t think that FDNY has helicopters or surveillance drones. They sure don’t have a tank whose main gun has been replaced with a battering ram, armored personnel carriers, or those cool ass K9 trucks that are full of excellent dogs.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On my way back to HQ, this puzzling scene was encountered. Not the Queens Cobbler, this, since there’s two shoes. The cobbler only leaves behind one. These children sized rain boots were just sitting there next to a parking meter. I have theories, with my primary one listed below.

Obviously – a condor or other large bird of prey snatched a toddler away so efficiently that the kid was yanked right out of their shoes.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

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  1. I love open air workshops – great photo.


    December 24, 2021 at 12:43 pm

  2. “Obviously – a condor or other large bird of prey snatched a toddler away so efficiently that the kid was yanked right out of their shoes.”

    This is one theory but there is the possibility that rather than a large condor it could be some kind of retro-mutant pterodactyl like creature. However, I prefer to ponder the possibility of an interdimensional rift. Ever wonder about the Mandela Effect? Ever consider that you yourself might not have originated in this specific universe and in your universe of origin, a pair of shoes and a missing person report are all that remains of one Humble narrator elsewhere? Food for thought…

    Donald Cavaioli


    December 28, 2021 at 10:47 pm

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