Time to tour the Newtown Creek…


Have you always wondered about that big old oil spill in Greenpoint? Curious what the Superfund status of the Newtown Creek means to you? Looking to learn more about the history environmental activism in the area? Want to understand the crazy important role that the Newtown Creek played in the industrial revolution in America? Well, in October you will have plenty of chances to bike, walk, and talk around the Creek with NAG!! Thanks to the generous support of the Hudson River Foundation, NAG will be leading a series of family-friendly walking tours of Newtown Creek every Wednesday in October and several bike tours on Sundays. Check it out…

The Gunk Under Greenpoint Bike Tour

Sun Sept 30th (Noon to 330pm) & Sun Oct 21st (2pm-530pm)

Industry, Pollution, & Oil Spills — Oh My! Did you know the largest land-based oil spill in US history happened in Greenpoint? Did you know that the creek was a dumping ground for sulphuric acid in the late 1800’s? Know what pollutes our neighborhood creek today? Ever thought environmental standards were a waste of governmental resources? Curious what Superfund status means for a modern working creek? Come and tour industrial North Brooklyn and learn about “black mayonnaise” and the other nastiness that lurks beneath the surface of Newtown Creek and discuss the future of this rapidly developing neighborhood.

On Sept 30th, our 2nd stop will be to check out the Newtown Creek Armada at the Nature Walk.

Fishing, Farming, & Factories –Wednesdays on Whale Creek Walkings

Wednesdays in October. 10am – 1230pm

In October, spend your Wednesday’s on Whale Creek! The Newtown Creek has been a core part of the Greenpoint neighborhood for all of its history. From Native American fishing grounds to colonial farms; from ship building mecca to oil refining hub; from manufacturing base to abandoned warehouses; from graffiti to galleries; from polluted wasteland to the promise of parks, our stroller-friendly tour cruise by important places in Greenpoint’s history and discuss the future of this rapidly developing neighborhood on the banks of the Newtown Creek.

Led by our organizer and Newtown Creek “expert”, Ryan Kuonen, the tour will be a casual and informative stroll through various parts of Greenpoint. Each tour will start from a different location, ending at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk for a picnic on Whale Creek. Bring lunches, water, and your little ones!!

#1 –Oct 3rd: Meet at 10am at the playground at Barge Park – intersection of Commercial & Dupont St.

#2 –Oct 10th: Meet at 10am at the Monitor Statue in McGolrick Park.

#3 –Oct 17th:  Meet at 10am on the steps of St Anthony at Manhattan Ave & Milton St.

#4 –Oct 24th: Meet at 10am on the corner of Jackson Ave & 47th Road. Outside the G train stop.

Newtown Creek Bike Tour — Cruising the Queens Side

Sunday Oct 7th & Oct 28th (2-530pm)

In the mid 1800s, the area adjacent to the 3.8 mile Newtown Creek was one of the busiest hubs of industrial activity in New York City. More than 50 refineries were located along its banks, including oil refineries, petrochemical plants, fertilizer and glue factories, sawmills, and lumber and coal yards. The creek was crowded with commercial vessels, including large boats bringing in raw materials and fuel and taking out oil, chemicals and metals. In addition to the industrial pollution that resulted from all of this activity, the city began dumping raw sewage directly into the water in 1856. During World War II, the creek was one of the busiest ports in the nation. Currently, factories and facilities still operate along the creek. Various contaminated sites along the creek have contributed to the contamination at Newtown Creek. Today, as a result of its industrial history, including countless spills, Newtown Creek is one of the nation’s most polluted waterways.  This tour will cruise around the creek, stopping at access and view points on the Queens-side.

The Newtown Creek is teeming with more than just pollution. It has a deep history of environmental activism and is an eco-system on the repair.  Come on the tour to learn more about the Creek and how you can plug into the process to clean it up!! RSVP on Facebook!! or email nag.bklyn@gmail.com


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  • Chris McNally

    It looks like the calendar events in the top right are displaying wrong. It says the Gunk tour is

    September 29, 2012 10:00 pm – September 30, 2012 10:00 pm

    But in the body of your post it says the Gunk Under Greenpoint tour is Sunday from noon til 3:30 which seems reasonable.