Tour NYC’s Industrial Waterway - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Tour NYC’s Industrial Waterway

2 hours
$40 per person
Up to 10 people
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$40 per person
Brooklyn, New York
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.

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.

About Your Host

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 and share these stories during my tours.

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

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.

Group Size

There are 10 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to Bring
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Water
  • Clothes appropriate for the weather
  • Camera (optional)
Cancellation Policy

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

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