NEWTOWN CREEK. A PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY OF NEW YORK S INDUSTRIAL WATERWAY

NEWTOWN CREEK. A PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY OF NEW YORK S INDUSTRIAL WATERWAY.

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Newtown Creek is a tributary of New York's East River that forms part of the border between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Before the mid-1800s, this three-and-a-half-mile-long meandering creek flowed through wetlands and marshes rich in herbs, grasses, fish, waterfowl, and oysters. During the Industrial Revolution, when its volume of commercial shipping traffic exceeded that of the Mississippi River, the creek was widened, deepened, and bulkheaded to accommodate bigger barges, destroying all its freshwater sources. Newtown Creek is the first extensive documentation of this forgotten landscape. Anthony Hamboussi's five-year photographic survey captures the creek at a critical moment when gentrification and revitalization are just starting to change the area. From the ruins of Morgan Oil Company and the Newtown Metal Corporation to the footprints of the former Maspeth gasholders, Newtown Creek is a lost chapter in the visual history of industrial New York framed at the moment of its disappearance and transformation. An insightful essay by urban planner Paul Parkhill puts Hamboussi's work into context.

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