6. Freshkills Park is Home to an Underground Network of Gas Pipes

Freshkills Park
Image courtesy The City of New York and Freshkills Park by Daniel Avila

One of the most interesting things about Freshkills Park is its current method of waste management, given its storied past as a landfill.

As we learned from NYC Parks, when organic waste decomposes at Freshkill Parks, it produces an invisible landfill gas, which is comprised of methane and carbon dioxide. To take care of this influx of gaseous fumes, a huge network of underground pipes act like a vacuum for the gas, which is treated on site and then used by National Grid to provide energy to homes and businesses on Staten Island.