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Tour NYC’s Industrial Waterway

Rated 4.67 out of 5 from 6 reviews.Brooklyn, United States

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Experience hosted by Mitchell

2 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'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.
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 gritt…

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Meet your host, Mitchell

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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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.
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Where you'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.

Rated 4.67 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Travis
October 2019
Loved it! So much interesting history in a seemingly boring and ignored part of town!
Karin
October 2019
Tour was extremely informative. Mitch provided many sources that would allow participants to keep on learning.
Samira
October 2019
very interesting tour, to places you couldn't get to or understand by yourself!
Marie Elise
October 2019
Excellent tour
David
October 2019
Great tour! Very knowledgeable and insightful!
Sam
October 2019
Great tour

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

More tips

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.

What to bring

Closed-toe shoes

Water