Newtown Creek: Linden Hill Tracks

September 25th, 2007 -

North of the freight lines in East New York is a fork in the tracks: Bushwick Junction. One section heads towards the north side of the Newton Creek while the other goes west on dead-end tracks through the streets of Linden Hill. These photos are from Linden Hill, where you can walk above the Newtown Creek. The creek divides Brooklyn and Queens and has the dubious distinction of being the largest urban oil spill in the world. Its polluted waters are a deep green. Weeds and wildflowers thrive along its banks. It is a quiet space where homeless camp and burnt out cars are turned into art.

For more photo essays from Brooklyn's freight train tracks, please visit Underneath Flatbush (2007), Underneath East New York (2007) and Underneath Bay Ridge (2007).

Homeless Camp

Art Car

The End of Newtown Creek

Wild in the Spill


  1. Growing up in Greenpoint/Williamsburg my friends and I spent LOTS of time hanging by the creek. The smell that came from it(especially on rainy days) can't be described. I recall when I moved upstate and a skunk had sprayed. My ex wife was gagging and I was like" Shit, that's nothing, you shoujld've smelled the creek on a rainy day" lol. Great photos, thank you.