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May 21st and I was out for a short/long walk which ended up being fairly productive. I was heading towards Newtown Creek’s Dutch Kills tributary, and along the way I stopped off at “Hole Reliable,” which is found along the fencelines of the Sunnyside Yards.

The reason this hole is so reliable is that it overlooks the Harold Interlocking, a rail junction used by both Long Island Railroad and Amtrak which is the busiest such bit of infrastructure in the entire country. You don’t have to hang around Long before something rolls by.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The powers that be have been busy spending your taxes on improving the Harold Interlocking, which is part of the larger “East Side Access” project that will be bringing LIRR service to Grand Central Station, and there’s a couple of new sidings which have recently been completed and brought into usage – like the one pictured above.

Y’know, I’ve spent something like 15 years watching them do all the construction on this, and it’s kind of cool to see it being used.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Nothing new to report from Dutch Kills. Nobody cares, nothing matters, and 29th street continues to subside and sag into the collapsing bulkhead at the water’s edge. Turns out that the reason there’s always a puddle there is that the undermined street has broken a water line pipe. That’s great, as now it’s also a DEP problem – in addition to being an EPA, DEC, DOT, and MTA problem. Eventually, the entire alphabet will be involved.

Sigh.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

My tree of paradise seems to be embracing the warmer weather, and at the time this photo was taken, had just become clothed in foliage.

I didn’t plan on walking directly home on this particular evening, as I was desirous of getting a few low light shots of the 7 train. Accordingly, over to the Hunters Point Avenue stop did I scuttle.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

My 7 line plan was to take advantage of how frequently the service arrives – usually in about ten minute intervals – to hop on and hop off at the various stations that I don’t frequent.

As a note, I’m a fan of that new OMNY fare control scheme of theirs. Here’s a tip – the OMNY system lets you use your phone to pay for your fare. The credit card you thereby designate for transit use (I’m on an iPhone, can’t speak to how Google Pay works on Android) should therefore be one where you receive some sort of benefit for using it. Some cards have cash back rewards, others have airline miles that accrue with use, others send a few cents to a charity you support – you get the idea. I’ve tied all of my transit charges into a single card account – LYFT/Uber, Amtrak, Subway and Bus, Ferry. This also makes talking to my accountant about transit spending rather simple.

I have a friend who has all his monthly bills flow through benefits/rewards cards. This way he’s never late with a payment, and manages to get some benefit out of his outlandishly high electric bills.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I traveled on the 7 for a bit, following my plan to hop on and hop off. The shot above is from the 33rd Rawson stop, and it’s a Manhattan bound train rounding the elevated curve nearby the former Swingline Stapler building on Queens Boulevard. One night soon I’m going to doing this sort of night time excursion on every stop of the 7 all the way out to Flushing and back.

Keeps me out of the bars. Back next week with more, at this – your Newtown Pentacle.


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Tuesday

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April 22nd was yet another moment in my life where an absolute hatred of the incompetence and “ass covering” which describes the governance and agencies of the City and State of New York blossomed within my chest. A red hot flower of rage.

Fill in the blanks, again, for your weekly “29th street in LIC is collapsing into Newtown Creek” post – Nothing XXXXXXX matters, and XXXXXX cares.

Want to know how Newtown Creek, and in fact all of NY Harbor, have ended up in the state they’re in, this is how.

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As it turned out, I had arrived here when a particularly low tide was in effect, and you can really see what’s going on with this bulkhead.

The roadway is being undermined by all of this. That chain link fence used to be about fifteen feet from the edge, about a year ago.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The abandoned oil barges have been here a lot longer, of course. When I first showed up on the Creek about fifteen years ago, I was told that these barges had been here since for twenty plus years. That makes 35 years, by the way, during which…

35 years ago, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States. There was a Soviet Union. Ed Koch was the Mayor.

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This crap might qualify as a historic ruin at this point.

As I’ve said many times in posts about this subject – Bah!

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Regardless of the comforting blanket of outrage, and disappointment at the government’s absolute inability to do anything at all without there being a luxury condominium involved, one continued on his scuttle.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The tree. It’s all and only about the tree.


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June 7, 2022 at 11:00 am

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Tuesday

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April 12th offered an extremely productive evening up to me. The weather was perfect – crisp and clear – and I had no obligations to hold me back from just wandering around the “study area.” A long walk was on the menu, so here we go…

First stop was at “hole reliable” along the fence lines of the Sunnyside Yards, where a Long Island Railroad train was hurtling through the Harold Interlocking on its way into Manhattan.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Next up was yet another visit to Long Island City’s 29th street to document the continuing collapse of a bulkhead into Newtown Creek’s Dutch Kills tributary.

Fill in the blanks: XXXXXXX matters, XXXXXX cares.

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Yup, getting worse, every time it rains.

Can’t wait to call out the elected officials and agency personnel at the funeral of whomsoever ends up dying here when the street collapses. I will happily testify at the court case too.

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One continued on his merry way, and decided that tonight would a good one to loop across the Newtown Creek at the Pulaski Bridge and then use the Newtown Creek Nature Walk to connect to the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge via Kingsland Avenue to get back to Queens.

As it turned out, this was a fortuitous idea, as you’ll see later on this week.

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Checked in on my beloved tree of Paradise, which was just beginning to bud with spring time foliage.

I continued up to Borden Avenue.

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Long Island Railroad 404 was crossing Borden Avenue, on its way to the Main Line tracks at Sunnyside Yards. There’s a bit of complicated rail infrastructure nearby.

I’ll attempt to talk about that in some detail tomorrow, at this – your Newtown Pentacle.


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Wednesday

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On April 3rd, I went to Dutch Kills in LIC to confirm that New York City and State remained incompetent and uncaring, which was unsurprisingly confirmed.

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29th street is now permanently sagging, and never drains.

You can still park on top of the collapsing section of the street, just like the moving truck I was standing alongside.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Shoreline dissection continues.

Bulkhead collapse underway.

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Just a block away, if you wanted to see it looks like when sewer solids pile up, you can. Go at low tide.

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Nothing matters, nobody cares.

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My little tree of paradise is all I have, an eidolon of hope.


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May 25, 2022 at 11:00 am

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Thursday

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It’s time for my weekly soliloquy about Newtown Creek’s Dutch Kills tributary in Long Island City, a collapsing bulkhead undermining a city street, and the municipal dysfunction which will continue until somebody gets hurt or dies.

Nothing matters, and nobody cares.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s hard not to be depressed about all of this. Especially given how much of our earnings are taxed away to support it. With sales tax, it’s something like thirty five to forty cents of every dollar earned by a New Yorker that goes into propping up an insane system of impotent agencies and authorities. They can’t do anything to fix the environs for budgetary reasons, but somehow multi decade long tax breaks to hand out to big real estate are always available.

What do you think “affordable housing” means? It means that the developer received significant multiple decades long tax suffrage in return for agreeing to cap prices on new units to “just” a few thousand dollars a month. It’s a con, a grift, a scam.

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At least nobody has cut down my favorite tree. Yet.

A humble narrator is at the end of his rope, lords and ladies. Something just has to give. It’ll likely be the pavement and foundations of LIC’s 29th street, I would offer.

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One continued on his scuttle, visiting all the familiar places and waving a camera at them. There’s serious talk right now about delisting Dutch Kills and several other Newtown Creek tributaries as “federally designated navigational channels.” What that means is that the United States Army Corps of Engineers would no longer be involved in the maintenance or oversight of maritime industrial access to these head waters.

What that further means is that if any dredging or bulkhead maintenance issues come up in the future, it will be either private capital or NYS or NY City which do the deed and paid for it. In other words – the tribs will predictably silt up due to the combined sewer system and fill with human excrement. This will attract biting insects. The City will spray malathion indiscriminately due to their fears of mosquito borne diseases. Malathion is watered down nerve gas.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Wandering off into the night, that’s me. Friendless, alone, the filthy black raincoat fluttering about in the sooty winds. Everything, and every effort, is ultimately useless and nothing matters at all…

Bah.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

It’s time for me to leave this place, I think.

Retreat into the west, just like one of Tolkien’s elves.


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May 19, 2022 at 11:00 am

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