The Newtown Pentacle

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ugly trifles

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Nothing matters. Nobody cares.

One has been keeping an eye on the collapsing bulkheads of Newtown Creek’s Dutch Kill tributary along 29th street in LIC for a while now. We’ve activated the politicians and officialdom. Right now, they’re arguing over which agency is at fault, and the land continues to crumble into the water and undermine the roadway.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I’ve been wondering, what if I was to buy a few cans of green paint and fake a bike lane here? That would get some action out of the powers that be, I imagine. Bike lane, after all…

Is there some way to spin a collapsing street as racist, or phobic about sexual orientations?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There was something alive in that hole, incidentally. It was hissing and growling at me while I was shooting these. No, really.

Probably a mama raccoon or something, or at least I hope that’s what it was.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s all so god damned depressing. This City has a budget larger than the GDP of most nation states, and NY State’s annual budget is competitive with those of countries with significant military footprints. With all that cash flying around, they can’t even swing putting out a few bollards and some caution tape of the road side of this.

Nothing. Matters. Nobody. Cares.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Bah. One continued one with his long walk along a short creek. I headed over to Hunters Point Avenue and its eponymous bridge.

I was operating the camera entirely handheld, incidentally, as I didn’t want to slow myself down while “futzing” about with gear.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

At least my beloved little tree of paradise still stands, and continues to stretch towards the sky from under a factory wall.

More tomorrow.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

May 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  2. […] and its collapsing bulkhead received one of what would end up being weekly inspections by me in “ugly trifles.” One did his fair share of riding the NYC Ferry, as in “ivied antique.” Long Island City’s […]

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