The Newtown Pentacle

Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labi

vanished morning

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

What with the looming move to Pittsburgh coming up in just one week, and with Thanksgiving and everything else going on at the moment, a humble narrator is forced into taking a bit of a break this week. Single images will be greeting you, thereby.

Hopefully – next week, “normal” posts will return, but there’s a possibility that during the first week of December you very well might still be seeing single images here. As mentioned – a lot of balls are in the air and are being actively juggled at the moment. At any rate, I’ll definitely be posting about NYC and Newtown Creek through the end of the year, and possibly a couple of weeks into the new one. I’ve really been all over hill and dale, and the blasted heaths and concrete devastations, in the last month. Everybody is asking, so – yes, I plan on continuing to post here at Newtown Pentacle and no – I’m not changing the name. Things will transition over to Pittsburgh, and I’m hoping that y’all will stick with me as I learn about and experience my new home. It’s an extremely interesting place.

Pictured above is a Tugboat on the Hudson River – competing in the 2019 Great North River Tugboat Race and Competition. As it turns out, this was my last rodeo at the Tug Race. Covid, the death of Working Harbor Committee’s prime movers… dissolution and depression… The Working Harbor Committee is marshaling itself for next year to attempt to pull off this event again for 2023, but I won’t be a part of it.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

November 25, 2022 at 11:00 am

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  1. Mitch! You’re moving to Pittsburgh? Like “permanently”!? I’m shocked! Abandoning Newtown–Incredible!

    Jim Garrity

    November 25, 2022 at 4:09 pm

  2. While New York City will certainly miss a humble narrator, I can attest that Pittsburgh is a cool city and should endear itself to you. I think you’ll have a blast wondering around and soaking in the interesting and photogenic neighborhoods and vistas. Oh, and according to Zagat, Pittsburgh is the number one city for foodies in the US. Just saying.

    My family lived in Pittsburgh in the 1960’s – back when steel mills still roamed the city and the sky was often orange at night when the furnaces were running full blast. There were industrial neighborhoods that you would have loved. Alas, little of that Pittsburgh still exists and the steel mills are long gone. I spent summers there with my father in the late 70’s and early 80’s, before moving permanently to NYC.

    As an aside, I actually got a tour of a steel mill when I was about 12 or so. Apparently quite a coup because they were normally strictly off-limits, but it was arranged by a great-uncle who had been in the steel business. He thought I would enjoy it. I didn’t. It was like Dante’s inferno: huge, dark, loud, hot and scary

    Lawrence Lambert

    November 29, 2022 at 8:13 pm

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