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Newtown Creek at The Greenpoint Avenue Bridge, originally uploaded by Mitch Waxman.

pictured- shot from the The Greenpoint Avenue Bridge, Greenpoint side
Before I say anything else, I must acknowledge the massive scholarship of a fellow named Bernard Ente on the subject of the creek. A photographer and historian, Bernie is a central cog in the community of environmentalists, activists, and bloggers who wander the 3.5 mile long industrial waterway which separates Brooklyn and Queens. Mr. Ente can be found via the Newtown Creek Alliance ( ) and is possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge of Newtown Creek’s long history.
I won’t bore you with the same accounting of dutchmen and pollution that everyone else does, instead, I’ll just direct you to:
instead, I will just say that the smell is cyan colored, with hints of yellow. More to come.

(this is a 3 exposure HDR image, taken in the late summer of 2008 by Mitch Waxman)

Written by Mitch Waxman

May 29, 2009 at 11:40 am

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