Pegasus traveled with a few dozen stalwarts into one of the least known creeks of the sixth boro yesterday, a rainy late spring day.
I’d been there before, once on a sunny fall day. Then, as yesterday, the car shredders
well . . . shredded cars (See this slide show.) and loaded
remnants onto barges for a jaunt to the bulkers that’ll transport the scrap to China or wherever.
Ditto plastic bottles that delivered a one-time infusion of water–colored, sugared, or not.
Farther in begin the petroleum product tanks, the commodity that made Newtown Creek famous and infamous.
Still farther in, Robert Romano, a truckable tug, stands by a dock building project. By the way, the barge name is Plan D. I wonder what happened to Plans B and C. Notice the camel moored to starboard on the tug.
Still farther up the Creek is the lift bridge at Metropolitan Avenue. Overheard: “I hear they’re planning Newtown Canal between here and Jamaica Bay.” Facetious, but a couple-mile canal connecting to Fresh Creek (aka Fresh Kill) in Canarsie would have changed history.
By the time we backtracked the Creek, Brian Nicholas (ex-Banda Sea and other names, launched 1966)
was already on its way to the loading pile over in Bayonne.
More Brian Nicholas and Robert Romano soon. Up more creeks soon too.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp.
Less than a week until . . . Coney Island Mermaid Parade.