The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

June 19th saw Our Lady of the Pentacle and myself riding around on NYC Ferries for the afternoon and evening. I often espouse the virtues of this service, given its thrifty nature and the fact that you’re traveling around the City with a somewhat clean toilet nearby.

We were all over the East River.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

We boarded the Astoria Line, which carried us southwards down the East River towards Manhattan’s Pier 11 Wall Street stop. Along the way, I spotted the Roosevelt Island Tram coming in for a landing from the East Side of Manhattan.

Have to ride that thing again, soon.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Astoria line makes a stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which always offers you something interesting to point a camera at.

Next stop is Pier 11, where we transferred onto the South Brooklyn line and headed over to Red Hook. Our Lady wanted one of those Key Lime Pie thingamabobs.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There was a bit of schedule disruption at the South Brooklyn Line’s Atlantic Basin/Red Hook stop and we got hung up there for about an hour. That sucked, but what are you gonna do?

Finally, the boat which would take us to Manhattan arrived.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

In the financial district, there’s an imposture set up for tourists called “Stone Street” which goes out of its way to look “old timey,” but other than some barely utilized historic building stock – it’s the financial district. There’s a pub called “Ulysses” there which has pretty decent burgers and the beer is only $8 a pint. By the financial district’s standard, that’s as cheap as it gets.

We had a drink and a meal, and decided that we would splurge on a nice air conditioned cab ride back to Queens.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

When I’m paying for a ride, I like to at least get something out of it that I can keep, so my habit is to rig the camera up for high speed and low light shooting. Got this one just after we got onto the FDR Drive.

Tomorrow – something completely different.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

July 21, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. “Still waters run deep” indeed!


    July 21, 2022 at 1:30 pm

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