This cement corridor is at the start of a “nature walk” advertised by a sign hanging on a chain link fence surrounding the sewage treatment plant on Provost Street in Greenpoint. The corridor rounds a parking lot, and opens up onto … a dump. And it doesn’t get better, Julia Wertz says.
Next, you walk along Newton Creek, home to one of the country’s biggest US oil spills back in the 1970s. Which means, you should be very cautious to not actually come into CONTACT with Nature along the way. At one point there is a sign posted: “Wash hands & clothing if contact with water of sediment occurs.”
The highlight of the final stretch of the walk is a view of the sewage treatment plant and its giant, poop-filled cisterns. “When we were leaving, we all concurred that the walk had given us all The Fear,” Julia says. “I don’t need to explain what that is, if you’ve had it, you know. If you haven’t, you’ll get it someday.”
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