11/08/16 11:13am
We all need an escape to nature right now and this hidden Greenpoint trail is the answer

Photos by Bridget McFadden.

It’s been a long 18 months. If the all-consuming and nauseating electoral coverage we’ve been marinating in has you world-weary and longing for an antidote, it might be time for a nature walk, immediately. In this city, you can pretty much get whatever you want, whenever you want it; with the exception of “peace and quiet,” of course. So it helps to have a couple quick-fix nature tricks up your sleeve. If you need a dose of tranquility pronto, start where you least expect it: the Wastewater Treatment Digester Eggs illuminating the horizon between Brooklyn and Queens. These monuments of industrialization will actually lead you to the covert wilderness salvation of the Newtown Creek Waterfront Nature Walk.

At first, this nature walk seems ironic. Newtown Creek is one of the most polluted waterways in the nation, and was designated a superfund site in 2010. In fact, on my first visit recently I was sort of expecting the trek to be a bit of a stunt – “look at me, I hang out in oil spills” – but I was mistaken. It is hands-down the most tranquil spot in the neighborhood, and it is exactly what you need to chill out and refresh your perspective. (more…)

05/20/15 4:20pm
Future site of a tourism hotspot. via Google Street View

Future site of a tourism hotspot. via Google Street View

Now that Brooklyn is the kind of place tourists carrying comically large bags of cash want to come and explore, developers are realizing they can make a mint by putting up hotels. Witness the successful Wythe Hotel, or Bklyn House, the Bushwick hotel constructed out of both concrete and nonsensical hip Brooklyn marketing-speak. Or forget those and look the future, where someday soon a hotel will rise on Flushing Avenue and Stewart Avenue. A hotel where tourists will be able to go to the rooftop deck and gaze longingly at the romantic sight that is the Newtown Creek. (more…)

05/04/15 9:57am
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Toxic Canal Swim 2: Swim Harder. Photo by David Colon

Did you miss the media event of the century, our generation’s moon landing, Christopher Swain jumping in the Gowanus Canal to swim two-thirds of a mile and then coming out alive? If you couldn’t make it in person or shirk work responsibilities to follow along on social media, you might be suffering from some serious FOMO. Don’t worry though, your salvation is at hand, because Swain has told DNA Info he’s jumping into Brooklyn’s other poop-filled waterway, the Newtown Creek. Why not? We did more than just one moon landing, after all. (more…)

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For the truly brave. via Facebook

Newtown Creek is full of, to put it mildly, doody. Even beyond that, it’s a waterway that’s our industrial forebears were nice enough to share all of their runoff waste with it too, so it’s also full of other various pollutants. That being said, you need to take your water activities where you can get them around here, so the brave souls at the North Brooklyn Boat Club are offering free kayaking and canoeing this Saturday, May 3 at noon. All you need to do is bring yourself and your sense of adventure, they provide the canoes and kayaks and lifejackets. (more…)

04/03/14 3:33pm
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Don’t make it (more) full of sewage. via Flickr user Doug Letterman

The Gowanus catches a lot of shit for being full of uh…pollution, but just because it hasn’t killed a dolphin lately doesn’t mean that the Newtown Creek is Brita filter clean. And just like the Gowanus Canal, not only does the Newtown Creek contain decades of heavy industrial pollution, it also catches all of the sewage runoff whenever the nearby wastewater treatment plant overflows. And now, if you don’t want to directly contribute to said runoff, the Newtown Creek Alliance will text you when your toilet water will end up in the creek instead of being treated. (more…)

10/14/13 10:02am
Police sketch of the suspects

Police sketch of the suspects

We know that rents are high around here, historically high even, and that people are looking for any and all ways to live cheap. But we guess a Dumpster is too cramped for some people, because a group of artists living illegally on a boat in Bushwick (of course) were just given the heave-ho from the boat. What the hell, we thought de Blasio’s New York was gonna be a free-for-all of do what you feel. (more…)

04/03/13 9:53am
"You think we're lost? I think we're lost." via Flickr user HudonNoodles

“You think we’re lost? I think we’re lost.” via Flickr user HudonNoodles

Man, one dolphin dies in your canal and everyone bends over backwards to prove it’s nota swirling mass of poison. Not that it we aren’t staunch defenders of people doing questionably safe things. “Safety last,” that’s one of our many mottos here and why we’re on OSHA’s “Most Wanted” list. Anyway, getting back on subject, there’s going to be a canoe race in the Gowanus Canal of all places, this summer. (more…)