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New York, New York

Infrastructure Creek Walking Tour

Presented in partnership with Infrastructure Week, join us for a tour of the bridges, tunnels, and train yards surrounding the Newtown Creek Superfund site in Brooklyn and Queens.

Infrastructure Week is the nation’s largest and most diverse infrastructure coalition. Through events, project/asset tours, press and social media, they tell the story of infrastructure (transportation, water, energy, and communications), its legacy in building modern America, and the role it continues to play in building thriving communities, powering the economy, and keeping citizens moving, healthy, safe, and connected. 

Presented in partnership with Infrastructure Week, Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman will lead an exploration of the city's largest sewer plants, tunnels, draw and truss bridges, rail yards, and a highway that carries 32 million vehicle-trips a year over flowing water. 

This fascinating tour spans one-and-a-half miles of Greenpoint and Long Island City. Photographers in particular will find this an interesting trek across an industrial and obscure section of New York City. 

After the walk, grab a drink and enjoy watching the sunset on the East River, as it lowers behind the midtown Manhattan skyline. 

Note: There's all kinds of "nasty" down in this part of town, so this tour is probably one you don't want to bring young kids on. Also, train traffic and scheduling is entirely up to the MTA, so no promises on seeing a train rolling by. However, Mitch says it's fairly likely. 

DETAILS:

  • Meetup is at the corner of Kingsland and Greenpoint 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.
  • Beer, wine, and sangria will be available for purchase at a discounted rate at Cofeed in LIC—the final stop of our tour. 
  • This tour is rain or shine.