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weary journey

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Friday

– photo by Mitch Waxman

A long walk continued, and the East River coastline in Long Island City was visited. One of the fervent arguments I have, all the time, with the “bicycle people” revolves around how there’s actually entire multi block streets in Western Queens that don’t even have sidewalks.

Two wheels good, four wheels bad, nobody cares about pedestrians.

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The sky had gotten dramatic while I was scuttling along and I couldn’t resist the saturated colors NYC had on offer.

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This one looks up 44th drive towards the Citigroup Megalith at Court Square. I think we should rename 44th Drive as “Eric Adams is Awesome Avenue,” and then he’ll send us all vegan candy and money in the mail.

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Don’t worry, there’s a bike lane under that puddle.

No sidewalk, but there’s a submerged bike lane. God almighty, does this City suck or what? The City DOT’s paving unit is literally based across the street.

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Really. The brick wall with the barbed wire and the graffiti is them.

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My shot of the night is presented above, depicting the Queensboro Bridge from under one of its onramps.


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May 27, 2022 at 11:00 am

no singers

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Thursday

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After another depressing visit to the collapsing bulkheads of Long Island City’s 29th street, one continued his lonely scuttle along the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek.

My toes pointed towards Borden Avenue, so I followed them.

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A strip club nearby Borden Avenue has reopened after its pandemic slumber, it seems. I’ve always been a Star Trek guy, and don’t enjoy this form of bawdy adult entertainment, but to each his own.

Life, as it were, finds a way.

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One decided to continue westwards along Borden Avenue, heading towards the East River where I would hang a right and begin scuttling back towards Astoria.

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Along the way, the enormous construction site which used to house the HQ of the online grocery “FreshDirect” was passed.

I just can’t pass up a view like this one.

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Long Island Railroad was operating at street grade, and two of their engines were heading towards the Sunnyside Yards. An absolutely terrific amount of FDNY traffic had been passing me by and heading west towards Hunters Point for about a half hour, a deployment which included that ambulance pictured above.

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At the Vernon Jackson stop, a gaggle of fire chiefs and multiple engine and ladder companies were turned out. It seems that some sort of metal debris and reports of “people on the tracks” had drawn their attention.

I hung around for a while, waving the camera around. Anything the FDNY does is interesting.


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May 26, 2022 at 11:00 am

verdant valleys

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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.

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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

happier than

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Friday

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Wandering home from a long walk, one pondered. I could have jumped onto a train several times, but chose to just keep on scuttling. Pondering and scuttling go together.

Filthy black raincoat fluttering about, camera in hand, friendless and alone. That’s me.

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I’m tired of tilting my lance at windmills. I’m exhausted by the ideological extremes I encounter. I’m tired of people who make personal statements using the pronoun “we.”

I’m at the end of my rope as far as enduring the malignancy and demands of the many narcissists whom I’m forced to interact with in my daily round. Vainglory makes me nauseous.

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Everybody wants, but nobody gives. All is frustration, hatred, and envy.

I’ve come to an impasse, lords and ladies. Something definitely needs to give, and you know what? It’s going to be me.

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Six months from now, and this is a plan that has been in the works for quite a while now, I will no longer be a New Yorker.

Ok, I’ll always be a New Yorker (I’m walking here), but I’m going to be doing that somewhere else where the volume is turned down a bit.

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What does that mean, though? I’m going to be leaving behind all that I ever was, all that I know, and starting over somewhere else in my mid 50’s – that’s what that means. Exciting, no? Terrifying, yes.

It also means that when I start announcing tours of Newtown Creek next month, if you’ve ever wanted to come on one – summer and fall of 2022 will your last chance. I’m not coming back.

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Where I’m going, and what I’m going to do next is still forming. I don’t think I want to be “involved” in anything anymore either, due to that sour taste in my mouth which has been developing in the last few years. The Community Board thing is just depressing, and since the primal lesson I’ve gleaned after 15 years on Newtown Creek is that “nothing matters and nobody cares”…

Go west, that’s what they used to say, yeah? Go west. I’m done, so stick a fork in me.


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May 20, 2022 at 11:00 am

torture of

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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.

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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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