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It’s National Coconut Torte Day, in these United States.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There’s about three thousand commercial air flights on any given day in the NYC area. This includes helicopters, all three airports, even the sort of goofy water plane you see in the shot above. One such as myself has no desire, or ability, to leave “home sweet hell.” NYC is where everybody else is working to get to, but if you’re born here, that’s already been all sorted out.

Personally speaking, I’d like to just get out of Astoria for a few days, but back to back colds in March and a pulled abdominal muscle at the end of February have kept me on the bench, and the injured list. Into each life a little rain must fall and all that, but jeez…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The good news is that my infirmaties have allowed for catching up on a lot of television shows which all my friends have been rattling on about. One can highly recommend the Marvel “Daredevil” show on Netflix, which purports to be set in Manhattan’s Hells Kitchen but which is shot in Greenpoint, Bushwick, and especially Long Island City. Long time readers of this – your Newtown Pentacle – will likely be thrilled seeing “The Man without Fear” duking it out with an army of Ninjas in LIC’s Degnon Terminal nearby LaGuardia Community College. 

In many ways, it confirms something I’ve always believed might be occurring on the rooftops of LIC, but you’d need some sort of aircraft (or maybe a drone) to witness it. The Marvel Netflix series are largely being produced at the Broadway Stages company based in Greenpoint, so it’s an easy reach to see why LIC looms so large in it. Also, Manhattan’s west side doesn’t really look like NYC anymore, due to the real estate craze. 

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Just because a humble narrator switched gears and stopped writing and drawing comics a few years back doesn’t mean that my childhood fascinations have abided. I can also recommend to you Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” film. What does all this have to do with a blog devoted to the history of Newtown Creek and the communities surrounding it? 

Nothing, but you’re going to need something to do when that blizzard hits us. 


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March 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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Really, how free are the birds, actually?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Air traffic is something we all notice, occasionally indulge in, and which we are surrounded by. Newtown Pentacle HQ is in Astoria, Queens and LaGuardia Airport is literally on the other side of the neighborhood so I guess that I see a bit more in the way of passing passenger jets than most do. Luckily, the flight path approaches seem to be rotated so that no one neighborhood, other than East Elmhurst, gets the honor of being a daily pathway for the airborne masses and the host of pathogens they carry in their skinvelopes.

Saying that though, one worries about zombies. If the undead contagion arrives in NYC, and NY1 is reporting that hordes of revenants have begun to tear into the local population, it will have likely arrived in the City at one of our three airports. I can only hope it would start at Newark or JFK, so I’d have some time to board up the windows and reinforce the doors with odd pieces of furniture. My bet is that the neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens would make short work of the revenants, as they seem to be very well armed out there.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Those of us who aren’t members of the Saudi Royal family, the Political Elites, or relative paupers like the Walls Street guys wouldn’t have the option of using private helicopters to escape the hordes of flesh eaters, and would need to shelter in place instead. It would be wise to blockade the bridges, of course, as the last thing we’d need in Western Queens would be for the Manhattan people to start trying to take shelter hereabouts. We get enough of that “let them eat cake” crap as it is from the population of that island.

Actually, the smart thing to do would be to lead the zombies out of Queens and towards Manhattan. Then, we blockade the bridges. Let the City people deal with it.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Of course, the fleeing masses of upper class folks would soon spread the zombie plague to Fire Island, Montauk, the Hamptons, and Martha’s Vineyard. Nobody ever really comes back from Suffolk County, so… not so much of problem for us in Western Queens. There’s no way that the hordes of undead assassins would be able to penetrate the crowded highways back into the City, they’d get stuck in a body jam on the LIE.

Additionally, nobody beats the Van Wyck, ever.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Personally, Our Lady of the Pentacle and I would be fine. We’ve got around three cans of tomato soup in the cupboard, and a few cans of Goya chick peas as well. That’s enough food to wait out the apocalypse, isn’t it?

On a non sarcastic note, today is National Dog Day, so go love your puppy.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

August 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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