The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Christmas lights game in Astoria is always strong, and especially so on 43rd street between Broadway and 34th Avenue. Look at that tree, huh?

I got to chat briefly with a member of the family who lights up the block thusly, and she was pretty pleased to hear my appreciation for their effort. The house is also done up with all sorts of electrical holiday doodads that blink and shine.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Major Auto World over on Northern Blvd. has a bit of construction work underway. The skinny is that they’re building a new auto showroom on the expansive lot they occupy. Major just sold off a lot across the street which is currently being demolished and which will be turned into an 8 story residential building. 44th st. and Northern Blvd., for the curious.

It really never ends, the real estate thing.

– photo by Mitch WaxmAn

Whilst wandering one night, chance carried my decaying bulk past a nicely lit up food truck on Broadway. One is currently fascinated by these roving kitchens, but not for gastrointestinal reasons. Food trucks seem to be engaged in a war with each other in which the primary tactic revolves around “attention getting.” They’ve got all sorts of lights and LED sign boards flashing and broadcasting color into the darkness of the Western Queens night.

They’re also quite challenging to shoot, as a note, due to the bright and saturated nature of the colored light they spew.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

February 8, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Keep up the interesting work. Regarding Major World (presenter of the world’s most interesting Spanish infomercials), your post led me to the map whereupon I noticed their service department is on a little island amid Sunnyside yards, accessed by a bridge off 43rd Street. The bridge leads solely to them. What was this land used for before Major World? Who built the bridge? The Pennsylvania Railroad? Is the bridge MTA property? DOT? Major World’s? Wandering minds want to know.

    February 8, 2022 at 12:17 pm

  2. It’s owned by General Motors, and the northern Blvd side of the yards is why LIC was known as “Detroit east” at the start of the 20th. Ford, Packard, all the big guys had operations here. Ford was based in the building at northern and honeywell, for instance.

    Mitch Waxman

    February 8, 2022 at 12:22 pm

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