With over 200 sites participating in OHNY Weekend, OHNY staff does not get to visit each and every site.  We do, however, have occasional staff field trips to see some of these spaces, which is always a great opportunity for us! Every Friday we will post photos from a recent field trip to an OHNY site, such as the Newtown Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Located in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, the Newtown Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest of the 14 Plants throughout New York City. Apart from being an important part of the City’s water infrastructure, Newtown Creek also showcases some very unique public design elements, such as the eight digester “eggs,” the Nature Walk, and the Visitors Center. The digester eggs break down the sludge, which is removed from sewage, into more stable materials. The digested sludge is then formed into dry cakes and after additional processing, used as fertilizer.  Learn more about them here.

Connie Fitzgerald, Director of Communications & Marketing for the Department of Environmental Protection; Jim Pynn, Superintendent; and Cristina Carlson and Greg Clawson, of Polshek, led us on a tour of the plant.

Be sure to check it out during the 7th Annual openhousenewyork Weekend, when there will be special tours of the Visitors Center and eggs!

The Digester "Eggs"

The digester "eggs"

At the top of the Egg

At the top of an egg

View of Manhattan's skyline from the egg

View of Manhattan's skyline from the egg

Staff photo

Staff photo

Newtown Wastewater Treatment Plant
Greenpoint Avenue and Provost Street, Brooklyn, NY

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