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Up the Creek with Mitch Waxman: A Boat Tour of the Infamous Newtown Creek

Join us as we pleasure cruise the hidden waterways of the infamous Newtown Creek

Witness the incredible sights of Newtown Creek from the water as historian Mitch Waxman guides us through the volatile history and industrial legacy of New York's great hidden harbor.

Extending 3.8 miles from its junction with New York's East River, the Newtown Creek tributary was once the site of some of the darkest mills of the industrial revolution, including rendering plants, bone blackeners and acid factories. Plagued by a lengthy history of environmental degradation and neglect and now home to massive multinational corporations including ExxonMobil, BP, National Grid and Amoco, the Newtown Creek continues as a critical industrial zone for the city of New York. 

We'll be departing from Manhattan's glittering shores, enjoying stunning city views as we cross the East River before gradually making our way up the Newtown Creek watershed, moving through the neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Long Island City, Blissville, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Bushwick.  We'll pass four movable bridges, including the thrice-damned Kosciuscko and the beautiful century-old Grand Street swing bridge before reaching the toxic cesspool of English Kills, unveiling the heart of darkness that awaits us at the tributary's end. 

Photographers are encouraged to bring their cameras.  Much of the Newtown Creek's incredible landscape is obscured from sight when accessed by land and can only truly be appreciated from the rare vantage point offered on the water.


  • Saturday, September 28, 2:30pm- 5:30pm
  • Tickets: $45
  • We'll be boarding the Marco Polo Half Moon at FDR Drive and 23rd Street in Manhattan at 2:30pm.  Please be on time, the boat will be departing promptly at 3:00pm.
  • A cash bar will be available on board, please bring you I.D.