Birthplace of Mobil Oil
12:00 pm
1:30 pm

Join the Newtown Creek Alliance's (NCA) project manager Willis Elkins and NCA historian Mitch Waxman for a guided walking tour through the birthplace of Mobil Oil, and the on-going efforts to help restore and revitalize areas near Newtown Creek, which was added to the Federal Superfund list in 2010. The short walk will cover the infamous Greenpoint Oil Spill, a 20 million gallon plume of crude oil which contaminated local groundwater, and a pass by the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest of 14 treatment plants in NYC. Participants will then visit the recently opened Kingsland Wildflowers green roof, a 21,000-sf bird-friendly green roof that offers panoramic views of the NYC Skyline, Newtown Creek waterway and surrounding industrial sites.

The project is a collaboration between NYC Audubon, Broadway Stages Alive Structures and Newtown Creek Alliance—funded by the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. The tour will end at the Newtown Creek showcasing a planning site, the North Henry Street project. The site has been used as an oil refinery, a municipal trash incinerator and as a marine waste transfer station during the era of ocean dumping. Today, it sits hidden behind a sewer plant, contaminated and forgotten. NCA has begun the "North Henry Street Project" to remake and reimagine the roughly 350 feet of shoreline at the unnamed canal.

Sunday Tour Info: Tours will last approximately 1.5 hrs.

Access Notes: The first half of the 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 hiking and the weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended. The tour will mostly take place outdoors, and will last about 1.5 hours. This is an M1 heavy industrial zone that the walk will explore, with heavy truck traffic and airborne contaminants, if you have mobility issues or asthma, please be advised that this walk might not be for you.


Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring Superfund sites? You may also enjoy the Gowanus Dredgers Boat House, which will feature SuperFUN Canoe Voyages on the canal and ongoing talks about that waterway's future and requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.


Image credit: Mitch Waxman