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– photo by Mitch Waxman

A few somewhat random shots from the end of a longish walk, depicting scenes familiar and loved.

Things I’m likely not going to be witnessing again.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The empty corridor in Long Island City, an industrial zone blighted by the presence of the Long Island Expressway, which has suddenly become incredibly busy due to the pandemic influenced explosion of activity by last mile shipping companies like FedEx and UPS.

15 years ago, this empty corridor hosted a series of homeless camps built around shacks and abandoned cars.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It was scary here, and particularly so at night. Not because of the homeless population, who are – generally speaking – not a threat to passerby. It was a deserted area, where young men from surrounding residential neighborhoods would gather to plan the nefarious part of their nights.

LIC is one of the photographic wonderlands which I’ve been absolutely honored to record.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The Montauk Cutoff, which are abandoned LIRR rail tracks. My friends and I have been trying for years to get MTA to officially open the space to the public, despite the fact that the public uses them regularly as it is.

I was heading for the 7 line stop a few blocks away.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Views like the ones found in LIC are just unique. Especially so when the ground is saturated with moisture after a week of rain.

NYC never looks as good as it does when it’s wet.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The 7 carried me to Queensboro Plaza, where a transfer to the Astoria line W train was enacted and soon I was at 31st street and Broadway.

One scuttled down Broadway towards HQ, lost in a fog of recollections and memories. All the people… all the times good and bad…

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Written by Mitch Waxman

November 11, 2022 at 11:00 am

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