Programs & Initiatives

Digester Egg Tours

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Tour Dates & Registration

We host tours of the Digester Eggs at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility three times a year: in February, April, and October. These tours are free to the public—ages 12 and above; however, advance registration is required. We hope to see you there!

These popular tours fill up quickly, so please mark your calendar so that you don't miss out on this opportunity!

What to Expect

The Digester Egg Tour starts with an overview of the wastewater treatment process—an essential part of protecting public health and New York City’s waterways. After, we treat guests to unobstructed views of the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens skylines from the observation deck, a glass-enclosed walkway built atop our state-of-the art digester eggs.

Location

The Digester Egg Tour starts at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, located in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. We are easy to spot—just look for the bright orange building. The entrance is near the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and Humboldt Street at 329 Greenpoint Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11222.

The Visitor’s Center at Newtown Creek: Special Note for School Groups

The Visitor Center at Newtown Creek offers education programs for pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students, undergraduate and graduate classes, and educators by appointment. Visit our Visitor Center at Newtown Creek webpage to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

We give public tours of the Digester Eggs three times a year: in February; April, and October. Registration opens for the February and April tours on our website approximately two weeks prior to the announced tour dates. All registration is on a first come first served basis. The October tour is hosted by Open House New York (OHNY). Information for this tour can be found on the OHNY website.

Are tours free?

All tours are free to the public, ages 12 and older.

How long is the tour?

The tour takes about an hour and a half. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the tour time.

Can I take photos or video during the tour?

Still photography is allowed, but taking video is prohibited.

What should I wear?

All attendees are required to wear closed-toe, flat-soled shoes. We reserve the right to deny participation in the tour if improper footwear is worn.

Can I get there via subway?

Take the G train to Greenpoint Ave and use the exit marked Greenpoint/Manhattan Ave. Walk east along Greenpoint Ave; McDonald’s will be on your left. Cross McGuinnes Blvd and continue on Greenpoint Ave one block past Provost St. You will see the bright orange two-story Visitor Center building ahead.

Will I need to sign a visitor release form?

Yes, all guests will be required to sign a visitor release form at the beginning of the tour. Children under the age of 18 must have a release form signed by a parent or guardian. Sorry, children under 12 are not allowed.