Newtown Creek Flows all the way to Utah — The Hook-up (2/8)

Newtown Creek: The Art of Toxic Tides via Slug Magazine

The mighty waters of Newtown Creek will be in fine form this weekend, as lovebirds and sewage nerds turn out for Saturday’s tours of The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, but this week, they’ve taken the spotlight as far away as Utah.

While Utah might have the Great Salt Lake, but artist Kelly Larsen found his muse in Greenpoint, affixing a 9-foot canvas to the wall of the creek to record the ebb and flow of toxic tides. 

As we’ve reported, Newtown Creek owes its toxicity to Greenpoint’s industrial past, and some of that industrial property has changed hands in a big way. Real estate giant Prologis has purchased a newly built Maspeth warehouse on Newtown Creek for $265 million, one of the largest industrial property sales in city history.

And, the real estate market might be moving, but the subway’s not. This weekend we’ll see wide rage service changes, but, shockingly enough, the L will be running as planned.

About Lucie Levine

Lucie Levine is the founder of Archive on Parade, a local tour and event company that aims to take New York’s fascinating history out of the archives and into the streets. She’s a Native New Yorker, licensed New York City tour guide, and freelance writer with a passion for the city’s social, political and cultural history.

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