Posts Tagged ‘Newtown Creek’

Canoe Trip on Newtown Creek (VIDEO)

by Greenpointers on

“Thanks to Newtown Creek Alliance and North Brooklyn Boat Club for organizing this fun canoe trip on the Newtown Creek. While nature in the way of lush forests and crystal clear running streams is far from the scenery along this industrial waterway, “nature has returned to the creek,” our guides explained, which is a good… READ MORE

Newtown Creek Nature Walk

For the Kids: Newtown Creek Scavenger Hunt

by Heather Van De Mark on

If you have an afternoon free and are looking for ways to entertain some kids (in the 2nd – 6th grade age range), consider spending that free time exploring the Newtown Creek Nature Walk. As a special bonus for the kids, NYC DEP created a really cool scavenger hunt for the kids. It’s educational, but… READ MORE

Move Over Sludge: Dredging Newtown Creek Will Bring Playground Expansion

by Heather Van De Mark on

At last month’s Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting, NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) presented, “East River Sludge Storage Tank Removal.” The NYC DEP’s Project Plan Demolishing the current East River Sludge Storage Tank which sits at the end of Commercial & Dupont Streets in north Greenpoint. Sludge vessels would then take their… READ MORE


Newtown Creek: Reconstructing the Water’s Edge – A Student Project

by Daniel Horn on

Newtown Creek is a tributary of the East River and is part of the New York/New Jersey harbor estuary system. It forms the northern border of Brooklyn and the southern border of Queens. In the mid-1800s, the 3.5-mile creek became one of the busiest hubs of industrial activity in the country. More than fifty industries… READ MORE

Newtown Creek on the AP: A Brief Timeline

by GWAPP on

Over the weekend, the Associated Press put out an article on Newtown Creek’s dirty history and recent clean-up efforts. The article was published by Huffington Post, NPR and USA Today among other news outlets. About time our local creek got some national love and attention (and disgusted looks.) A Brief Timeline of Newtown Creek: (based… READ MORE

Greenpoint To Get A Jurassic Park!

by Ryan Watson on

That’s right! Well, not exactly Jurassic, but close enough. The designs for Phase 2 & 3 of the Newtown Creek Nature Walk were recently announced by the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC) and they include several 300 million Gilboa tree fossils dug up Schoharie reservoir in the Catskill Mountains. Phase 2 of the… READ MORE

When Polluted Waters Overflow Their Banks: The Challenges of Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal

by Ryan Watson on

Recent events around the city–from the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy bringing the polluted waters of Newtown Creek into homes and businesses in Greenpoint to the stranded dolphin in the Gowanus Canal–have begun to raise the issue of water-quality in the tributary waterways of the East River. Although the general public is somewhat familiar that… READ MORE

Researchers Investigating Soil Contamination Brought By Sandy

by GWAPP on

Scientists from Vasser and Marist Colleges have begun taking samples of flooded soils in Greenpoint to investigate whether heavy metals, PCBs and other contaminants from Newtown Creek and surrounding industrial sites caused soil contamination in homes and businesses in low-lying areas. During Hurricane Sandy, many basements, yards and low-lying areas along the East River and… READ MORE

Tour the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant With The Blue Man Group

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Take a tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant with the Blue Man Group to learn what happens to rainwater and wastewater once it hits the City’s sewage pipes and how you’re part of keeping the waters of Newtown Creek clean!!… READ MORE

Newtown Creek Access Points

by GWAPP on

Creek Access, Open Space & Tours The health of the communities surrounding the Creek is compromised by the lack of open space. On average in New York City 26% of the land is reserved as open space. Brooklyn Community District 1, ranks well below the city average with a meager 4.3% of the land dedicated… READ MORE

Toxic Brooklyn: The Story of Williamsburg & Greenpoint

by GWAPP on

Curious about the history of industrial pollution in North Brooklyn and its effect on the water quality of Newtown Creek? Check out this fascinating 2007 documentary from VBS called “Toxic Brooklyn: The Story of Williamsburg & Greenpoint” featuring long-time neighborhood activist Laura Hoffman:… READ MORE

NYT Poem on Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

by GWAPP on

We found an old poem published on the site, “For Goodness’ Sake,” and wanted to share it with you all. The end of it talks a lot about the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and even mentions GWAPP board member, Christine Holowacz. Go to poem…… READ MORE

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