The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

So… this post is the one which I have been dreading, since it means that it’s all really done now. The last Newtown Creek Alliance meeting I would be attending at 520 Kingsland Avenue, situated amongst the concrete devastations of Brooklyn’s Greenpoint section, is when I shot these photos. This is an area one such as myself refers to as “DUGABO.”

There’s the Sewer Plant in Greenpoint, pictured above.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

This was the evening of Tuesday the 22nd of November, the same day as the last NYC Ferry ride and photo session on the East River which has been discussed in prior posts this week. My Pal Val had dropped me off in Astoria after the boat, whereupon I then jumped into my own automobile, and zipped off to Greenpoint.

I’m really enjoying this whole mobility thing.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

NCA had a board meeting, and we talked about several items and points of NCA business and policy, and at the end I submitted my resignation.

And that’s how the whole Newtown Creek thing ends. For now.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

After the meeting ended, I dropped one friend off at the G train, and then took two others back with me to Queens and dropped them off. Upon returning to Astoria, I found a parking spot directly across the street from my house – which alternate side parking rules wouldn’t affect for two whole days – and the third day was Thanksgiving! I thereby exclaimed “ZaZa!”

Everything was coming up Mitchhouse.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Back at HQ, we packed and packed. We edited down our possessions and then discarded more. We were within a few days of our escape plan finally playing out.

But there was still so much to do…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

We made it, in the end, but this was a mountain that was moved.

Things wouldn’t be approaching “settled down” for a couple of weeks, though, and a humble narrator in particular still had a lot of “have-to’s” and “necessary’s” to handle. I’d be back and forth to Pittsburgh twice, for a start…

More next week.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

December 23, 2022 at 11:00 am

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