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*HighWaterLine* - Williamsburg Bridge to Newtown Creek

For more information visit http://www.highwaterline.org
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Start Point 10/7
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Start Point 10/6
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10/7 end of the line
So this was it, the end of the line. Right up to the Queens boarder (and across from a very smelly end of the Newtown Creek). Truth be told it was a little anti-climatic. It's not like I stopped global warming or anything.

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Right through the firehouse
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Oh the beauty of Newtown Creek
Jay (the guy that was along with us for the day) and I took a look over into the Newtown here. Boy did it smell. It was covered with oily slime and filled with floating trash. I talked to Jay a little bit about how anything that is in the street would end up in the waterways - including Newtown. He was kind of surprised.

I have since learned more about our fickle sewage system in NYC. Most of the property that is on the coast is part of the outflow known as "direct flow" which means that none of the run off from the area surrounding Newtown Creek is getting treated. Take a look at some of these places on the perimeter. Imagine water flowing through these lots and right into the river.

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Jay watches
Jay took the afternoon to bike around with us and get to know his neighborhood from a different point of view.

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It smells around here
Here I am indicating the prevailing winds are blowing the waste transfer station smells directly my way.

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On the edge of disaster
This is the location where I started drawing on the last day of the project, Sunday, October 7th. It also happens to be the edge of the massive oil spill (US largest in history - and it hasn't been cleaned!) that has occurred underneath Greenpoint.


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biodigesters
The big eggs in the picture are some of the new sewage biodigesters, which allow NYC to process more sewage in a smaller amount of time, hopefully reducing the event of combined sewer overflow.

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Another recycling center
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Big red truck
(wow it is parked here in this old view too!)

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I think a little below the edge
New developments were sprouting up along all the waterfront all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. Its all well and good if you also promote sustainable living. This is almost a weird form of sprawl though.

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oops almost a memory
how poignant, and apt.

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Surf's up on the new coast
How appropriate, a surf shop on the new coastline.


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