Is this not the best thing built in New York City in the last 5 years?
Even with all the starchitect-designed luxury condos that sprouted up along the Hudson and East River waterfronts before the crash, this sewage treatment plant on the shore of the (recently superfunded) toxic sludge pool - quaintly called Newtown Creek, is still the most exciting architectural surprise in the city. I have never been inside, but Open House New York weekend approaches, and plans have been made to tour the "digester eggs".
In anticipation, I dug up some photos I took during previous pilgrimages to this Polshek Partnership (now "Ennead") award winning stunner, New York City's largest waste water treatment plant.
From Long Island City looking across the Newtown Creek.
Lots more photos after the jump; Embiggen them all for full screen display and detail.
Angular, shiny glazed brick buildings in delicious hard-candy colors are peppered throughout the site, and provide bright contrast for all the swooping stainless steel.
The huge site is filled with giant delivery pipes on colored stilts. Big-boy industrial toys like cranes and tractors and engineered structures abound. Note the Chrysler Building, an earlier age's stainless steel symphony, in center background.
Part airplane hangar, part factory stacks...
Part sci-fi, part amusement park.
Open that window and let's sit on the balcony.
|Que up the theremin music.|
Bond. James Bond.
The open views across Greenpoint to Manhattan must be spectacular.
The old and new styles co-exist happily on Kingsland Ave.
From Provost Street looking across the crane cluttered site. Improvements are ongoing till at least 2013.
From the Pulaski Bridge.
From the air (thanks, google earth)