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The Poison Cauldron of the Newtown Creek

July 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


This fascinating three-hour tour will take you around three miles of Greenpoint, crossing the heart of the massively tragic oil spill. We will be heading for the thrice damned Kosciuszko Bridge, which is in the process of being replaced piece-by-piece.

There’s a reason that Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman calls this “The Poison Cauldron.” DUKBO —Down Under the Kosciuszko Bridge Onramp—is the hellscape where the waste transfer and petroleum districts of North Brooklyn are found, along the bulkheads of the Federal Superfund site called Newtown Creek.

Those interested in New York City’s underground history will find themselves delighted. Photographers, in particular, will find this an interesting trek across an industrial section of New York City. At the start, you may think we’ve overstated the conditions—but by the end, you’ll be struck by the apocalyptic landscapes lurking in your own backyard.


  • Meet up at the corner of Kingsland and Norman Avenues in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 
  • Be prepared for rough terrain and heavy truck traffic.
  • Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and hot weather. Closed-toed shoes are a must; sandals/flip-flops prohibited.
  • While not required, we recommend that you bring a bandana to tie around your mouth and nose, as well as antiseptic wet wipes.
  • Drivers, leave your cars in the vicinity of McGolrick Park in Greenpoint.
  • This tour is not recommended for very young children.
  • Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start of the walk.
  • Attendees will be asked to sign a waiver at the start of the walk.


Email larissa.hayden@atlasobscura.com.


Kingsland and Norman Avenue
Kingsland and Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222 United States
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