Obscura Society NYC: “Up the Creek” with Mitch Waxman

February 15th: Join us at the Observatory for a photo slideshow and lecture presented by Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman.

A photographer and blogger, Mitch has been wandering around the currently undefended border of Brooklyn and Queens for several years. Mitch has visited its hidden corners and works to reveal its obscure story, documenting the rich history and environmental issues which plague a largely unknown 3.8 mile long waterway at the center of New York City and recently named to the Federal Superfund list

The presentation will photographically carry viewers from the Newtown Creek’s junction with the East River all the way back to the heart of darkness found at its end.

Mitch Waxman, described by the New York Times as a “Tour Guide to Decay” was raised in Brooklyn and started the Newtown Pentacle website in 2009 to document his adventures along the Newtown Creek (and in the greater harbor and city beyond). He has served the City of New York as a Parade Marshall three times, has been named the Newtown Creek Alliance’s group historian, is a Steering Committee member of the Working Harbor Committee, and offers regular walking, bus, and boat tours of the Newtown Creek Watershed. He resides in Astoria, Queens with his wife Catherine and their little dog Zuzu.

A book collecting his photos and discoveries- “Newtown Creek for the Vulgarly Curious”, is available for order at lulu.com, and a second book is in the process of being written.

This is part of the “Atlas Obscura Speakers” series of talks at Observatory.

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