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Greenpoint, NY

Obscura Society NYC: The Poison Cauldron of the Newtown Creek

Join Newtown Creek Association historian Mitch Waxman as he explores the petroleum and waste transfer districts that make up the Poison Cauldron

Join us for a three hour exploration of the petroleum and waste transfer districts of the Newtown Creek watershed in North Brooklyn. 

This fascinating tour covers about three miles of the heart of the Greenpoint Oil Spill. We will be heading for the thrice damned Kosciuszko Bridge, which is scheduled for a demolition and replacement project which will be starting in 2013. Photographers, in particular, will find this an interesting walk through a little known and quite obscure section of New York City. 

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.

Drivers, leave your cars in the vicinity of McGolrick Park in Greenpoint. We will be meeting up at the corner of Kingsland and Norman Avenues in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at 10:30am.

DETAILS:

  • Saturday, June 15, 10:30am-1:30pm
  • Tickets: $25
  • Meetup at the corner of Kingsland and Norman Avenues in Greenpoint at 10.
  • Be prepared: We'll be encountering broken pavement, sometimes heavy truck traffic, and moving through a virtual urban desert as we move through the concrete devastations of North Brooklyn. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking, closed toe shoes are highly recommended- as are a hat or parasol to shield you from the sun.
  • Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start of the walk, which will be around three hours long and cover approximately three miles of ground. Drivers, it would be wise to leave your cars in the vicinity of McGolrick Park in Greenpoint.