New York's Infrastructure Creek - Atlas Obscura

Brooklyn, New York

New York's Infrastructure Creek

A behind-the-scenes and under-the-bridges tour of Brooklyn and Queens.

Explore the city's largest sewer plants, tunnels, draw and truss bridges, rail yards, and more.

In this one-of-a-kind tour with expert guide and Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman., you'll get up close and personal with the underbelly that makes up New York City, like you never have before.

This fascinating tour spans 1.5 miles of Greenpoint and Long Island City's waterways and byways. Along the way, expect to see six bridges, a Superfund site, three rail yards with trains moving at street grade, a highway that carries 32 million vehicle trips a year, and your fair share of schmutz. Photography enthusiasts in particular may find this an interesting trek across an industrial and obscure section of New York City.

You may also have the chance to have a rare close encounter with MTA trains (note: train traffic and scheduling is entirely up to the MTA, so no promises on seeing a train rolling by. However, Mitch says it's fairly likely.)

After the walk, you'll be invited to grab a drink with the group as you enjoy watching the sunset on the East River, as it lowers behind the midtown Manhattan skyline.


  • Meetup is at the corner of Kingsland and Greenpoint Avenues in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
  • The tour concludes at LIC Landing.
  • Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and the weather.
  • Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.
  • This tour is rain or shine.
  • This tour involves traversing difficult terrain like broken concrete and heavy traffic. Thus, it is not advised for children under the age of 12.


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