Join Atlas Obscura Society New York
as we explore a rooftop of wildflowers in an industrial pocket of Greenpoint!
Created by Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) in partnership with NYC Audubon, Broadway Stages, and Alive Structures, the once-bare rooftop that overlooks the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s massive egg-like digester tanks is now home to 22,000 square feet of native plants, birds, bats, and insects.
Fertile meadows of bee balm, purple aster, meadow prairie dropseed, orange butterfly weed, and wild strawberry plants overlook the scrap yards and factories of one of Brooklyn’s most heavily industrialized areas. The idyllic array of local flora and fauna that fills the sky-high meadow was bankrolled by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, an environmental grant program created with money from the $25 million settlement with ExxonMobil over its Greenpoint oil spill.
After the tour, NCA historian Mitch Waxman will give a multi-media presentation on the history of the Superfund site and the ecological preservation work being done there.
The first tour will be at the green roof, which is wheelchair accessible, however the second portion at North Henry street is not.
Please dress and pack appropriately for the weather. The event will take place both indoors and outdoors.
Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.
Advance tickets highly recommended.
Please arrive on time, our tour will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Email Lenny Platt at [email protected]
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