Check out this handy map of toxic “hot spots” in Greenpoint and Williamsburg


Just in time for Halloween! Ugh:

The NAG Greenpoint-Williamsburg ToxiCity Map is an interactive map of toxic “hot spots” in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Data used to compile this map came from city, state and federal sources, guided by on-the-ground knowledge from local activists. Click through the data layers on the map to understand some neighborhood trends such as population density and asthma hospital visits, and locate some specific sites such as former NuHart Plastics factory and the Exxon oil spill. Sites that have already been remediated and sites that require future remediation are included on this map. [Read more…]

Greenpoint about to add “rotten egg” to its potpourri of joyous fragrances


And here we were enjoying its already-enticing blend of shit and oil spill. It’s about to get even better:

Between the problem child G train and the collapsed East River Ferry ramp, getting to Greenpoint has lately become an even more cumbersome chore than it was when all systems were go, if there ever was such a time. The good news, though, is that starting this week, you won’t even want to be in the neighborhood, because this is the week the city has finally decided to begin dredging.

According to the DEP, the dredging is being done in order to clear a path to a new sludge storage dock at Whale Creek, the old one near the East River having been slated for demolition to make way for affordable housing. The work will be done in 12-hour shifts from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then increase to 24-hours each day. This will go on for around six weeks. [Read more…]

A baby seal washed up in Greenpoint on Sunday (don’t worry, it’s fine).

credit: NY Daily News

credit: NY Daily News

A baby seal was spotted sunning itself beside the Newtown Creek at around 2 p.m. on Sunday, the Daily News reports. Unlike the dolphin that got stuck in the Gowanus Canal last year, the seal was totally fine. It was just chilling and catching some rays.

The seal was discovered by “a group of teens skating nearby.” According to one of the teens, the seal was “the size of a dog, a fat dog.” Despite fatshaming the seal, the teens did the responsible thing and called the NYPD, who called the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation in Long Island, who sent an expert, who said the seal looked OK.

The seal swam away when the tide came back in at around 4 o’clock.


[via NY Daily News]

Halloween Night: Newton Creek Haunted Canoe Ride


We’re not sure what’s more terrifying… the ‘fried troll skin treats’ or the toxic sludge in this Superfund site:

From the Facebook event page:

Experience Newtown CREEP! Bring Family & Fiends!



All are welcome to witness the horrors of the deep.
You won’t find anything this Halloween that’s more Superfund than this!

—- $15 per person —– Credit Cards Accepted
Includes Free Drink Ticket! (Usable post paddle only).
– Tickets Are Bought In Advance –

Scary Stories around the Bonfire, Drinks, & Fried Troll Skin Treats. . . for those too scared to ply the waters.

Petition to halt construction of towers on Superfund site in Greenpoint


Residents (including us) are worried that construction of the planned monstrosities in Greenpoint will have a grave environmental impact on the community:

Construction of the 12 towers slated for Greenpoint’s polluted waterfront could release harmful toxins into the air, local residents and leaders warn. Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and nearly 200 residents are demanding the city study the potential impacts of construction near Newtown Creek, and have signed a petition asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to require an environmental study before developers begin excavating at Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial St.

“What are consequences on public health when cumulative heavy construction in the area exposes residents to compromised indoor air quality from toxic vapor barriers?” asks the petition, referring to contaminants released by brownfield sites and the Superfund site of Newtown Creek. “Governor Cuomo: Protect Greenpoint and our children from toxins before it is too late!”…

“The old environmental impact statement was started well before the 2005 rezoning,” she said of the city’s evaluation. “Much has changed. Residents, elected officials and even city officials are aware of more than they were in 2005, including toxic plumes.”

What’s more, there’s already proof that construction will indeed contaminate Greenpoint’s air: [Read more…]

Explore The Contaminated Cesspool Known As Newton Creek, If You’re Into That Sort Of Thing

Actually, this sounds pretty cool:

From September 8th through the 30th, Brooklyn artists Laura Chipley, Nathan Kensinger, and Sarah Nelson Wright are organizing the Newtown Creek Armada in a “boat pond” in the creek for the public to enjoy weekly from 1-4 p.m. According to Kensinger, there will be nine boats total in the Aramada, each one made from materials found in the creek (scrap metal, floating trash, plants).
At the event, visitors will be invited to control the artist-made remote controlled boats around the basin as each boat records its journey with waterproof cameras and mics to give a better glimpse of what lies beneath the Superfund site’s surface.
Meanwhile, “portholes” located at the project site on the nature walk will give landlovers a chance to dive into the toxic waters without getting wet. Each will show video of the boats journeys past oil slicks, sewage overflows, and “returning nature.” That includes trips to parts of the creek that the public can’t normally access, like the Dutch Kills, Maspeth Creek and English Kills.

Opening Ceremony will be Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1pm at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. More information at

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