3. Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant
A tour to the top of the Digester Eggs! Located in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint community, Newtown Creek is the largest of NYC’s 14 wastewater treatment plants. The NYC Department of Environmental Protection teamed up with world-class architects, designers, and engineers, along with the Newtown Creek community, to expand and redesign the plant while keeping it fully operational. Ennead Architects served as lead architect and master planner, working with lighting artiste Hervé Descottes of L’Observatoire International. The New York City Art Commissioner honored Newtown Creek with two Awards for Excellence in Design for addressing the challenge of locating and expanding a large-scale industrial project within a residential neighborhood.
The plant’s most dramatic element is its eight futuristic, stainless steel-clad digester eggs visible by day and night from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Expansion also included the Newtown Creek Waterfront Nature Walk, providing the first public access to the Newtown Creek waterfront in decades, and the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, an indoor destination where school groups and the public can learn how the city’s sewer system works and about the watershed that provides New York City’s celebrated drinking water.