4. Hundreds of Mysterious Bags of Black Goo Were Found

Last month on September 14th, environmentalists patrolling Newtown Creek made a bizarre discovery – 216 small, tightly-wrapped, plastic bags, containing a mystery substance, floating together. Riverkeeper Patrol Boat Captain John Lipscomb came across the strange find just before 7:30 a.m. near Pulaski Bridge.

“They had a little bit of residue in them. That sort of black very fine material, like fine sand,” he said. While the Department of Environmental Conservation sent a spill response engineer, Lipscomb doesn’t believe the mystery of the bags will ever be solved. He stated, “It would be great fun if someone reading the Eagle’s story or our blog post had some kind of information to lead us to understand what happened here.”