9. Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility
The shining, silver egg-like structures that loom over Newtown Creek are part of the largest wastewater treatment plant in New York City. On this Open House New York Tour, visitors will get to go on top of the Digester Eggs. The site, which remained fully operational during its expansion and renovation led by Ennead architects, has been honored by the New York City Art Commissioner with for addressing the challenge of locating and expanding a large-scale industrial project within a residential neighborhood.
Expansion 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. 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. Tours will run on Saturday, October 19th at 11:00AM to 12:30PM, 1:00PM to 2:30PM and 3:00PM to 4:30PM. Book here when registration opens!