“At the time I started there were no public access points to the water,” he remembered. “I could come here to this place of peace and tranquility amid this chaos of New York City. You feel you’re losing something genuine. On the other hand, my images have taken on deeper meaning as historic documents.”
The book’s beautifully melancholy photographs include a blue, gravel-laden barge and its reflection in the waters at the confluence of the Newtown Creek main channel and English Kills; the listless remains of the Maspeth Plank Road Bridge; and the Midtown Tunnel Ventilation Building in all its unadorned charm. - From The Wall Street Journal
Once a tidal creek meandering through marshlands rich in herbs, grasses, fish, waterfowl, and oysters, Newtown Creek today is a toxic cesspool that brings up raw sewage every time it rains. A tributary of New York’s East River that forms part of the border between Brooklyn and Queens, Newtown Creek has long been at the heart of the city’s “industrial backyard,” serving as home to numerous industries, storage/warehouse facilities, waste transfer stations, and power plants, and as the dumping ground for unwanted byproducts and toxic waste.