Obscura Society NY: The Poison Cauldron of the Newtown Creek - Atlas Obscura

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Obscura Society NY: The Poison Cauldron of the Newtown Creek

Join us for our very last exploration of the petroleum and waste transfer districts that make up the Poison Cauldron

Join Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman for an exploration of an area we've come to call DUKBO- Down Under the Kosciuszko Bridge Onramp - where the waste transfer and petroleum districts of North Brooklyn are found along the bulkheads of Newtown Creek.

This fascinating tour will take you through three miles of Greenpoint, crossing the heart of the Greenpoint Oil Spill and heading for the thrice damned Kosciuszko Bridge, which is scheduled for demolition and replacement starting shortly. Photographers in particular will find this an interesting trek across an industrial and obscure section of New York City that is soon to be completely inaccessible.

Note: There's all kinds of "nasty" down in DUKBO. There's a reason Mitch calls this "The Poison Cauldron," so this tour is probably one you don't want to bring young kids on.


  • Saturday, November 8, 11am - 2pm
  • Tickets: $25
  • Meetup is at the corner of Kingsland and Norman Avenues in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
  • Be prepared: We'll be encountering broken pavement, sometimes heavy truck traffic, and moving through a virtual urban desert as we traverse the concrete devastations of North Brooklyn. Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and the 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 cars in the vicinity of McGolrick Park in Greenpoint.