Obscura Society NY: Long Island City's Modern Corridor - Atlas Obscura

Long Island City, New York

Obscura Society NY: Long Island City's Modern Corridor

Explore the compelling past and modern-day luxury of Hunters Point, a former industrial empire

An independent city until 1898, Long Island City was once known as the workshop of America and was home to a vast array of industries. 

From the time-worn remains of Hunters Point's sugar factories, oil works and rail terminals to a brave new world of residential towers ever rising from the rust, join Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman on an exploration of Long Island City's modern corridor and its fascinating industrial past.

This two-hour walking tour will start at 5 Pointz and move though the modern incarnation of Long Island City, continuing to the fringes of Queens with a visit to the Newtown Creek waterfront and the 1870 era Long Island Railroad yard. 

Please dress and pack appropriately for hiking and hot weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start of the walk.

Drivers are advised to leave their vehicles near the Pulaski Bridge in either Greenpoint or Long Island City.


Saturday, July 13, 10:00am-12pm 
Tickets $20
Meetup 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.