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Obscura Society NY: The Poison Cauldron of the Newtown Creek

Explore the hellish waste transfer and petroleum districts of North Brooklyn on this daring walk along the Newtown Creek.

There's a reason that Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman calls this "The Poison Cauldron." DUKBO - Down Under the Kosciuszko Bridge Onramp - is the hellscape where the waste transfer and petroleum districts of North Brooklyn are found, along the bulkheads of the Federal Superfund site called Newtown Creek. This tour will take you through two miles of north Brooklyn, cross the heart of the Greenpoint Oil Spill, and explore the fascinating history of industrial Greenpoint.

We will be heading past the Kosciuszko Bridge reconstruction project so be forewarned that the tour will pass active industrial sites in close proximity to heavy machinery and vehicles. Photographers, in particular, will find this an interesting trek across a fascinatingly ugly industrial section of New York City.  Forty percent, by ton, of NYC's garbage is processed within a half mile of The Poison Cauldron, so this tour is recommended for the most adventurous of Obscura Society explorers. 


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

Be prepared for rough terrain and heavy truck traffic. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and hot weather. No sandals. No flip-flops. Closed-toe shoes are a must, and you'll be glad to have a bandana to tie around your mouth and nose. Antiseptic wet-wipes couldn't hurt.

Drivers, leave your cars in the vicinity of McGolrick Park in Greenpoint.


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