The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

A demolition crew has come in and eradicated the remains of Irving Subway Grate in LIC, along the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek. It’s been coming for a while, I guess. Apparently a concrete company is going to set itself up on the property, one whose operations have been based over in Ridgewood for a while.

Sigh. Another heavy truck based business from an industry notoriously noisome and noxious, water pollution wise. Whatever. Nothing matters and nobody cares.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

That’s some of Irving’s grate, embedded in the sidewalk of 27th street. Exciting, no?

The green plywood and chain link fences with green fabric coverings have gone up around the site, so something is likely to start happening there fairly soon.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

When I was shooting this image, a group of teenagers were noticed a few blocks away and noisily coming my way. Brr. Teenagers lack impulse control and a humble narrator would make for a great target, so I kept an eye on their roving and undirected pack. This group moved in a terrifically unorganized manner, loping and leaping while exclaiming loudly. You could hear them from blocks away.

The only thing scarier to me than a regular mixed up group of teenagers is a group of teenage girls. The latter might say something mean to me, something really cutting, which was designed to mock or make me feel bad about myself. It would be like junior high school all over again…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Despite the adolescent threat’s approach, one continued on with his tasks. I kept an eye on them, as they brandished their phones and exulted gutturally to each other.

Said tasks being the capture of photos, walking around, and generally side eyeing things I don’t like or don’t approve of.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The teenagers were getting closer, only a few blocks away, so I quickened my steps. Seriously, I treat other people that are walking around these areas at night in the manner of them being a horde of zombies. Best to avoid, lest something bitey might happen.

After shooting this one, I ducked down a side street and hid behind a dumpster for a while.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One truly detests the idea of “others” these days. Staying away from these others, with their bizarre ideations, display behaviors which connote societal rankings to each other – that’s my mantra.

That, and “nothing matters and nobody cares.”

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Written by Mitch Waxman

February 4, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Thanks for the link to the Irving Subway/Irving Iron Works post, Mitch! Better late than never, I guess, I’m up to speed on the subject.

    Kenneth Furie

    February 4, 2022 at 8:01 pm

  2. […] vague tradition […]

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