Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant opens to lovebirds

January 31, 2018 Victoria Merlino
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People looking for a place to nest with their lovebird on Valentine’s Day have made the annual Newtown Creek Valentine’s Day tour a sell-out hit.

The February 10 tour — tickets for which were gone in four hours on the first day they were available this year — includes a trip to the top of the plant’s iconic digester eggs, the large, stainless steel pods that offer scenic views of New York City and serve as only one stop on the plant’s oddly romantic tour through how wastewater is processed.

The event has become a tradition. Since 2012, Newtown Creek has opened its doors around Valentine’s Day to lovers looking for a date night beyond the local movie theater. The tour operates as an inside look into New York City’s largest wastewater treatment facility, teaching participants along the way about New York City’s water supply and wastewater system. This year, a newly added evening tour will allow visitors the chance to see the digester eggs lit up.

Opened in 1967, Newtown Creek provides wastewater treatment to one million residents across parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. The plant is located in Greenpoint.

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While it’s too late for this year’s Valentine’s treat, tours of the plant are also held in April and October.

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