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Obscura Society NYC: The Insalubrious Valley

Join Mitch Waxman to hear tales of the early chemical industry, "Dead Animal and Night Soil Wharfs", colonial era heretics, witches, and the coming of the railroad

Join Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman for walk through the industrial heartlands of New York City and along the fabled Newtown Creek. Following the currently undefended border of Brooklyn and Queens, we will be exploring:

-- a little known colonial era pathway
-- two movable bridges
-- the remains of an early 19th century highway
-- a lost tributary of the larger waterway

The tour ends at the famed Clinton Diner in Maspeth where scenes from the Martin Scorcese movie, "Goodfellas" were shot. Lunch at the former Clinton, now Goodfellas Diner, included in the tour.

Meet up at 11am on the corner of Grand street and Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn. The L train stops nearby at Bushwick Avenue and Grand Street, and the Q54 and Q59 bus lines stop nearby as well.

Be prepared for rough terrain and possible 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.

Ticket price includes lunch at the former Clinton, now Goodfellas Diner.