The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

June 15th found me taking a walk with an artist from Brooklyn, a fellow named Monte Antrim, who has been bitten by the Newtown Creek bug in recent years. I offered to take him on a “seeing tour” and introduce a few of the less obvious points of view for his consideration.

We started off in Long Island City, and ended our excursion at a bar in Bushwick – long after sunset.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Personally, it was kind of a “snap shot” day for me. I didn’t want to get busy with the camera in the normal sense, and was mainly in tour guide mode for most of the walk.

From LIC, we headed eastwards along the Queens side, through Blissville and then into Maspeth.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

When we got to Maspeth, the sound of FDNY sirens were echoing down from the Kosciuszcko Bridge, and there was a plume of smoke rising out of Greenpoint.

I speculated at the time that it was probably a truck or car fire, but as it turns out a furniture manufacturer on Van Dam had suffered a two alarm fire.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Over at Maspeth Creek, these feathered dicks were loitering on the sidewalk. Newtown Creek and its tributaries are overrun these days by Canada Geese. So much so that I’ve learned to speak a little goose.


– photo by Mitch Waxman

At the Maspeth Avenue Plank Road, even more of these dicks were encountered, including a bunch of youngsters.


– photo by Mitch Waxman

We crossed Newtown Creek into Brooklyn at the Grand Street Bridge, just as the burning thermonuclear eye of God itself descended behind New Jersey.

My trick left foot was singing opera for the second half of this walk, I must say. Ow.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

July 19, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Looking at the Borden Ave bridge in your first pic Ied me to read the entry at in which you are featured.


    July 19, 2022 at 8:18 pm

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