The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

breathing sleep

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

The plan for July 6th ultimately involved visiting some family whom I haven’t laid eyes on in at least a decade. This branch of the tree is found on the south shore of Long Island, at roughly the middle point of the land form. As is always the case when Our Lady of the Pentacle and I invest in renting a car and or traveling, we left far earlier than we needed to and tried to make “good use” of the vehicle.

We followed the north shore of Queens, and found ourselves in College Point and then Whitestone. I had pegged a few destinations in where there might be something worth taking a picture of.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This is a section of the Borough of Queens which I’m entirely unfamiliar with. It’s “car country” after all. Observationally, the further east we went, the wealthier the community seemed to get.

That’s the Throgs Neck Bridge, I’m told.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There were several cul de sacs and street ends which offered interesting points of view on this peninsular section of the World’s Borough.

Funnily enough, most of my experience – limited at best – with this area comes from observing it from the Bronx side.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The House of Moses, as in Robert Moses, is a term I often use to describe sights like the one above. During the era when Moses ruled the roost, they really seemed to make an effort to add in design flourishes and architectural nicety for inherently ugly infrastructure like highway on ramps.

We would drive for a bit, then I’d jump out of the car and grab a few shots, then move on. This is why I always describe Our Lady of the Pentacle as “long suffering.” In actuality, she was noodling around on her phone and dealing with work stuff.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

We made it all the way to Fort Totten’s parking lot before we needed to start motoring towards our familial destination.

Y’know, I’ve never been here before.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Wonder if I can fit in a day of “explore” at Fort Totten before my expiry in NYC comes up?

Tomorrow, something fairly different, at this – your Newtown Pentacle.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 9, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. I have been to Fort Totten many times. As a youth, I’d sneak in at low tide around the shore and clamber into the abandoned stone fort on the point. Very impressive. We were usually granted a free ride off the base (it was active then) by the MPs. Along with a lecture which we ignored. Now they conduct tours of the fort. It’s worth your while. Otherwise, Fort Totten is Governors Island without funding for maintenance.


    August 9, 2022 at 5:02 pm

  2. […] for a few days, first in “nervous overstrain” at Newtown Creek, then to College Point in “breathing sleep,” and even out to Nassau County in “desolate […]

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