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Exploring the Poison Cauldron of the Newtown Creek with Mitch Waxman

Join Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman for an intense walking tour through the toxic hellscape of Newtown Creek.

We will be exploring the petroleum and waste transfer districts of the Newtown Creek watershed in North Brooklyn.

Heavily industrialized, the area we will be walking through is the heart of the Greenpoint Oil Spill and home to scores of waste transfer stations and other heavy industries. We will be heading for the thrice damned Kosciuszko Bridge, which is scheduled for a demolition and replacement project which will be starting in 2013. Photographers, in particular, will find this an interesting walk through a little known and quite obscure section of New York City.


Meetup at the corner of Kingsland and Norman Avenues in Greenpoint at 11.

Be prepared: We'll be encountering broken pavement, sometimes heavy truck traffic, and moving through a virtual urban desert as we move through the concrete devastations of North Brooklyn.

Dress and pack appropriately for hiking, closed toe shoes are highly recommended- as are a hat or parasol to shield you from the sun.

Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start of the walk, which will be around three hours long and cover approximately three miles of ground. Drivers, it would be wise to leave your cars in the vicinity of McGolrick Park in Greenpoint.


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