The Newtown Pentacle

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Mitch Waxman is an advertising retoucher, comic book writer/artist, and of late- photographer and amateur historian. He can often be found wandering the streets around Newtown Creek in a filthy black raincoat taking pictures of horrible things.
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Written by Mitch Waxman

May 29, 2009 at 10:06 am

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  1. Mitch,

    Bernie at the NCA told me about your site, and I’m glad he did. Your post on the NCWWTP was nothing short of EPIC (not unlike the plant itself).

    I thought you might appreciate my blog, Big Sky Brooklyn:

    Pls. let me know what you think.


    Adam E.

    October 21, 2009 at 10:55 pm

  2. Hi Mitch,
    I was researching the web about the English Kills channel and history of the area when I cam e across your website. I think it is great, and it is fun to find other people interested in the weird things I find fascinating.
    Since you know so much about LIC and Greenpoint area I was wondering if you could give me some advice about an environment project I am planning on doing around Bushwick. I couldn’t find your e-mail but I would love if you could contact me.
    Thank you for showing these inspiring pictures!

    Maya E

    November 22, 2009 at 8:30 pm

  3. Mitch,

    I stumbled upon your site and I really dig what you are doing. More individuals need to traverse America’s neighborhoods in search of obscure facts and visual impressions. You are inspiring. Keep it up!

    Barry Alfonso

    February 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm

  4. Mitch,

    You just keep getting BETTER! Inexhaustable, irrepressible, etc. . . . We should do a “DrunkWalk” sometime: A visionary trawl (send me your e-mail and I’ll send you some ideas, though I’m sure you have a lot of your own).


    Adam E.

    April 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm

  5. I love your blog. Nothing quite like it, and I hope I stumble across you one day on one of your wanderings.


    July 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

  6. Hey Mitch,

    You may remember me from SVA/Treaty Stone, etc. I stumbled upon this site while looking for pictures of neat stuff from my neighborhood (I’ve lived in LIC for a long time now). Small world! Very glad to see you’re still in it. Oh and great blog too!


    Melissa M

    December 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm

  7. Can I go to the walk Sunday and just give you $20 when I get there? P.S. hard to find an email address for you. marguerite I can’t buy a ticket over the internet.

    Marg Uerite

    August 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

  8. I can’t buy a ticket over the internet. Can I go to the walk Sunday and just give you $20 when I get there? P.S. hard to find an email address for you. marguerite


    August 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

  9. Hi Mitch. I’m Monica from Italy. Why this blog is called Newtown Pentacle? You see, I’m writing an essay on pentacle so I’m very curious about that. Thanks in advance and have a nice day 🙂

    Monica Jay

    September 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

    • Short answer- there were 5 Dutch colonial settlements in the area my blog covers, which (with the roads that connected them) formed a pentacle.

      Mitch Waxman

      September 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

  10. Have you heard of this?

    Nunzio Realo

    September 6, 2012 at 12:39 am

  11. Hi Mitch, I just wanted to write you and say how inspiring I have found your blog over the years. I first started reading when we moved to LIC five years ago. The place where we live overlooks the Sunnyside Yards and the Montauk cutoff, and I was interested in knowing more about the trains (which were one of the reasons I moved here actually…) Since then I have had more time to explore the neighborhood on foot and every time I have thought I discovered something new I would look back into the archive and see you had already photographed and researched it… it’s really an incredible resource. Just want to extend a virtual hand and say thanks. We haunt the same spaces and obviously love some of the same things. Hope your shoulder feels better soon. Take care. – Kelly

    Kelly Copper

    February 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm

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