Obscura Society NY: The Poison Cauldron of the Newtown Creek
Explore the hellish waste transfer and petroleum districts of North Brooklyn on this daring walk along the Newtown Creek.
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.