Long Island City never ceases to amaze. As its name suggests, it was formed as a city in 1870 before incorporating into the Big Apple 18 years later. For much of the early 1900s, the Western Queens neighborhood was a commercial hub with bakeries, factories and a Pepsi bottling plant. Fast-forward 100 years, and LIC is one of the city’s hottest real estate markets with high-rise luxury residential complexes competing for East River views. Mitch Waxman never ceases to amaze, either. The Newtown Creek Alliance historian can discuss everything from LIC’s derelict smokestacks to its great coffee shops. Waxman, who blogs at The Newtown Pentacle, will lead a two-hour tour of LIC’s Modern Corridor this Saturday. He will discuss the area’s industrial past, modern luxuries and extensive rail system and share the sordid story of its last and most infamous mayor, “Battle Ax” Gleason. Details: Modern Corridor Walking Tour, meet at Albert E. Short Triangle Park, corner of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street, LIC, July 13, 10 am, $20.


According to a presentation given recently by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection at a Newtown Creek Community Advisory Group meeting the phase out a 800,000-gallon sludge storage tank and dock in Greenpoint is moving forward. DEC will replace the dock and tank, which has been in place since 1967, with new infrastructure that is around the corner from the Greenpoint dock on the Newtown Creek and is much closer to the wastewater treatment plant that produces the sludge. This move makes room for an expanded Newtown Park and is a step in the the much larger Greenpoint Williamsburg Waterfront Access Plan.

Google has captured a good picture of a DEP boat docked at the storage tank in Greenpoint (GMAP).


You’ve seen the DEP sludge boats a million times going up and down the East River.

 Photo Courtesy Mitch Waxman


There are many walking tours to go on in NYC – food tours, ethnic history tours, neighborhood tours, Central Park tours, Wall Street tours, etc, etc. This past Saturday morning we took a walking tour in Greenpoint, which took place just on the other side of the Newtown Creek from Queens – and not in the part of Greenpoint that people generally want to visit. Part of the area sits under the Kosciuszko Bridge, which connects Queens and Brooklyn via the BQE, and the neighborhood is currently home to diverse companies, most of which focus on either transportation or recycling.

The focus of the tour was the environmental effects of Greenpoint’s industrial history.