Obscura Society NYC: 13 steps around Dutch Kills - Atlas Obscura

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Obscura Society NYC: 13 steps around Dutch Kills

Join the Obscura Society and Mitch Waxman for an in-depth exploration of the infamous Dutch Kills tributary

Ringed with enormous factory buildings, titan railyards and historic bridges, the Newtown Creek's Dutch Kills tributary is considered the central artery of industrial Long Island City.

Join the Obscura Society and Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman as we explore in 13 steps the past and present of the infamous Dutch Kills.  We'll be covering three miles of Brooklyn and Queens as we trace the history of the actual site of the industrial revolution.

Bring your camera, this tour will be revealing the incredible and dramatic landscape of the troubled Newtown Creek Watershed.

Be prepared for rough terrain and possibly heavy truck traffic. 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.


  • Saturday, September 21st, 11am- 2:30pm.  The tour will begin promptly at 11, please be on time.
  • 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 is served by the 7, G, and M lines. Additionally, the Q39 and B62 buses have nearby stops.  Please 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.