The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

After another depressing visit to the collapsing bulkheads of Long Island City’s 29th street, one continued his lonely scuttle along the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek.

My toes pointed towards Borden Avenue, so I followed them.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A strip club nearby Borden Avenue has reopened after its pandemic slumber, it seems. I’ve always been a Star Trek guy, and don’t enjoy this form of bawdy adult entertainment, but to each his own.

Life, as it were, finds a way.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One decided to continue westwards along Borden Avenue, heading towards the East River where I would hang a right and begin scuttling back towards Astoria.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Along the way, the enormous construction site which used to house the HQ of the online grocery “FreshDirect” was passed.

I just can’t pass up a view like this one.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Long Island Railroad was operating at street grade, and two of their engines were heading towards the Sunnyside Yards. An absolutely terrific amount of FDNY traffic had been passing me by and heading west towards Hunters Point for about a half hour, a deployment which included that ambulance pictured above.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

At the Vernon Jackson stop, a gaggle of fire chiefs and multiple engine and ladder companies were turned out. It seems that some sort of metal debris and reports of “people on the tracks” had drawn their attention.

I hung around for a while, waving the camera around. Anything the FDNY does is interesting.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

May 26, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Given your announced intention, Newtown Creek and its tributaries will lose a fine champion and admirer extraordinaire.

    I looked up the Borden Ave property, here is what I found. Likely you already know all this, plus more that I’m sure I missed in my brief search.


    May 26, 2022 at 9:48 pm

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