New York's Long-Lost Industrial Revolution - Atlas Obscura

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New York's Long-Lost Industrial Revolution

Explore the forgotten skeletons of "Americas Workshop" surrounding Dutch Kills and the troubled Newtown Creek Watershed.

Join Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman for an intense exploration of one of Newtown Creek's least known tributaries—Dutch Kills. During the three-hour session around Long Island City (L.I.C.), you'll cover about three miles of Brooklyn and Queens and see where the Industrial Revolution in America was actually set.

Led by Mitch, you'll uncover the then-and-now of the Dutch Kills tributary, once known as the "workshop of the United States." A central maritime artery of Long Island City, Dutch Kills is surrounded by factories, rail yards, and is crossed by century old bridges—and all just a few blocks from the hustle-and-bustle of Queens Plaza.


  • Be prepared for rough terrain and heavy truck traffic.
  • Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and hot weather. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. 
  • Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start of the walk.
  • Attendees will be asked to sign a waiver at the start of the walk.
  • Drivers, leave your vehicle near the Pulaski Bridge in either Greenpoint or Long Island City.


We'll be meeting at the Albert E. Short Triangle park found at the corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street in Long Island City, Queens. This is the Court Square MTA station, and served by the 7, G, and M lines. Additionally, the Q39 and B62 buses have nearby stops. Check as ongoing construction at Queens Plaza can causes delays and interruptions.



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