Tour NYC’s Industrial Waterway - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Tour NYC’s Industrial Waterway

$40 per person
Brooklyn, New York
About Your Host
Mitchell
Mitchell

Hi. I’m Mitch, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I am the Newtown Creek Alliance’s group historian, and a member of the Working Harbor Committee’s Steering Committee. I grew up in Brooklyn and now live in Astoria, Queens. From mysterious street names to the discovery of a forgotten part of the Queensborough Bridge, I document the curiosities I find around my community at newtownpentacle.com and share these stories during my tours.

For questions about this experience, please contact the host directly through Airbnb.

What We’ll Do

On this tour, we’ll walk along part of Newtown Creek, one of the most trafficked waterways in New York City, ending up at a picturesque spot along the East River. This fascinating tour spans 1.5 miles of Greenpoint and Long Island City's waterways and byways. Along the way, expect to see six bridges, a heavily polluted Superfund site, three active rail yards, a highway that carries 32 million vehicle trips a year, and your fair share of the gritty city. Photography enthusiasts, in particular, may find this an interesting trek across an industrial and obscure section of New York City. After the walk, you'll be invited to grab a drink with the group to enjoy watching the sunset on the East River, as it lowers behind the midtown Manhattan skyline.

What Else You Should Know

This tour is rain or shine.
This tour involves traversing difficult terrain like broken concrete and heavy traffic.
There will be no bathrooms until the end of the tour.

Where We’ll Be

The tour will begin in historic Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in the shadows of Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and the infamous Digester Eggs. We'll make our way from Brooklyn into Queens across the Greenpoint Avenue drawbridge, ending at Hunters Point Park at LIC Landing on the East River to watch the sun set behind an amazing view of the midtown Manhattan skyline.

Dates and Availability

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What to Bring

Closed-toe shoes
Water
Clothes appropriate for the weather
Camera (optional)

Additional Information
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Group Size

There are 12 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 12 and up can attend.

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