Obscura Society NY: 13 Steps Around Dutch Kills - Atlas Obscura

Long Island City, Queens, New York

Obscura Society NY: 13 Steps Around Dutch Kills

Join us for an intense exploration of one of Newtown Creek's least known tributaries - Dutch Kills

In 13 steps, Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman will be showing us the then and now of 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 hundreds of factory buildings, titan rail yards, and crossed by century old bridges - and it's found just a few blocks away from Queens Plaza. During this three hour tour, we will cover three miles of Brooklyn and Queens to see where the industrial revolution actually happened. Bring your camera, as the tour will be revealing an incredible landscape along this section of the troubled Newtown Creek Watershed.

Be prepared for rough terrain and possible heavy truck traffic. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and for weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start of the walk.

Saturday, May 16th, 11am - 2:00pm. The tour will begin promptly at 11, please be on time.
Meetup will be 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 MTA.info as ongoing construction at Queens Plaza often causes delays and interruptions.
Drivers are encouraged to leave their vehicles near the Pulaski Bridge in either Greenpoint or Long Island City.