The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

falling on

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

On September 10th, one found himself at the Maspeth Avenue Plank Road, here in NYC’s borough of Queens. The Tribute in Lights at the World Trade Center site in Manhattan, and this section of Newtown Creek has pretty good views, so there you are.

This shot was gravy, I was there for a musical performance.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

My pals at Newtown Creek Alliance helped out with this event, called the Newtown Odyssey. Kind of ethereal music, the high concept kind, was being performed. As part of the ensemble, they had rigged up these floating doohickeys with ukulele’s. A bow attached to a connected but separate float that rose and fell with the water differently the ukulele one did would play the ukuleles like violins.

There you go.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Back in Astoria, on September 13th, and I was at a bar drinking a beer when this “Smash My Trash” truck came by. Do yourself a favor and check out the site link for this outfit.

At last, lords and ladies, real anti-zombie equipment is in the field. Mobile, fuel efficient, smashing.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On the 14th, a humble narrator waited until about a half hour before sunset to sally forth for an evening constitutional. This was a relatively short walk, all in all. One of the type where I walk somewhere sort of far away from HQ and then take the train back to Astoria. On this particular night, my penultimate destination was the Hunters Point Avenue 7 train stop in Long Island City.

I stopped by “hole reliable” at Sunnyside Yards, and photographed trains for a little while.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It was a relatively busy interval at hole reliable, and commuter trains were zipping around down at the track level of the Sunnyside Yards. The one, on the left coming at you, is an Amtrak heading for the Hell Gate Bridge via the NY Connecting Railway, and the one on the right is a Long Island Railroad heading into the City.

I’ve literally taken this sort of shot, from this vantage point, thousands of times. Can’t get enough of it.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

One decided that since I hadn’t been to Dutch Kills in a couple of weeks, and inspected its collapsing bulkhead on 29th street, that it would be a good idea to do so.

South, headed a humble narrator. More tomorrow.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

October 13, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. The modest buildings behind the Smashtruck struck a chord with me. Queens is still full of these after all these years. These look to be in good shape. That in itself is very interesting to me, by which I mean these little buildings, deep in the great megalopolis of NYC, are still filling a need, are still useful. Cool.


    November 7, 2022 at 8:58 pm

  2. […] Creek with “subdued sort.” I attended a performance at the Maspeth Avenue Plank Road in “falling on,” wandered around Queens in “insistent pleas,” walked over the Kosciuszcko Bridge in “times […]

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