The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

expiring orb

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

One really hopes that this critter was playing possum, but given that this shot comes from the corner of Queens Blvd. – I don’t think it was pretending to be dead. Shame, it seemed nice.

Despite the blistering cold, one felt an obligation to migrate over to the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek in Long Island City’s Degnon Terminal section and check in on the collapsing shoreline situation along 29th street.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Yup, still collapsing. You probably wouldn’t be surprised at how difficult it is to build up a sense of urgency in officialdom regarding this dangerous situation. They have lots of budgetary options available to them once the street collapses and somebody gets hurt, but very few dollars to spend prior to that happening. Let’s hope that whomsoever gets mortally wounded here is a really sympathetic victim. Homeless mother of three? New immigrant supporting a family by working nights driving a truck? BIPOC Trans bicyclist recently recovered from Covid and interment in a North Korean death camp for distributing condoms and bibles? That Opossum from the first picture?

I really, really hate the world right now. Everyone is focused on what can happen rather than what is happening and that causes bad things to happen.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Dutch Kills canal has been more or less frozen over for the last few weeks of January and half of February, with a stout plate of inch thick ice croaking and creaking against the bulkheads and shorelines. When it warms up, and the frost heaves begging to melt away, I’m pretty sure something bad is going to occur on 29th street.

Thing is, nothing matters and nobody cares.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

March 4, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Lovely reflections!


    March 5, 2022 at 1:56 pm

  2. Awwww! Poor Opossum! I hope it was just playing itself.


    March 5, 2022 at 2:40 pm

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