The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

subdued sort

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

After returning from Pittsburgh, a humble narrator set about developing photos and chilling out for a couple of days before resuming the normal round. Some Newtown Creek Alliance business found me in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburgh section, alongside the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge, on September the 8th.

We were checking out a venue for our annual fundraiser – the Tidal Toast – and needed to do a walkthrough. NCA is awarding a humble narrator with the “Reveal” award in this – my last year on Newtown Creek – on October 20th. If you’d like to attend, and support a great organization which has been central to the last 15 years of my life, click here for more information.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

After a week of traveling in Pittsburgh, and all of those heavy breakfasts, the idea of a walk back to Astoria afterwards sounded fantastic to me. The weather was great, and my camera batteries full.

This is the view from the venue that the Tidal Toast will be held at, which is the Brooklyn studios of a hand painted advertising sign and billboard company called Colossal Media.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

My plan for the afternoon was simple. I walked down Grand Street, towards the Grand Street Bridge crossing on Newtown Creek’s tributary English Kills, where Grand Street transmogrifies into Grand Avenue when it enters the Maspeth section of Queens.

Along the way, there’s a lot of sights. Pictured above is a metals recycling operation.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

That’s the Grand Street Bridge, which is going to be replaced fairly soon. Something I’m going to miss out on.

Since I was in the neighborhood, one pointed his toes first at the Maspeth Avenue Plank Road, and then at the Maspeth Creek tributary.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There were a passel of Canadian Dicks Geese in the poison waters of Maspeth Creek, swimming around and dunking their heads into the slimy liquidity, to eat up whatever debased forms of life they subsist off of.

In recent years, Newtown Creek has become infested with noisome and quite aggressive Canada Geese.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A cast away automobile was visible on the shoreline when I was passing by. Visibility is related to where you are in the tidal cycle for this sort of thing.

The geese didn’t care, nothing matters to them either.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

October 11, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Colossal Media – very interesting!


    November 7, 2022 at 9:18 pm

  2. […] posts continue, as with “politely holding,” but we were soon back at Newtown Creek with “subdued sort.” I attended a performance at the Maspeth Avenue Plank Road in “falling on,” wandered around […]

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