The Digester Tank Lighting Ceremony Experience

June 4, 2008 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic, Long Island City 

Yesterday evening I received an email from my friend across the creek. Yes, I am talking about Queens Crap. The email was entitled “Eight Large Eggs, in a Hue of Blue”. Crappy writes:

You MUST get photos of this!

What is “this”, you ask? Very simple: as of 9:00 p.m. June 3, 2008 Greenpoint’s very own sewage treatment plant will take on an azure hue every evening. As you can imagine, I was already on the case. I replied:

You bet your ass I am going to this.

So at 8:00 p.m. sharp last night Mr. Heather and I headed to the Nature Walk where the “lighting ceremony” was to be conducted. Ma Heather (who was visiting at the time) elected to stay home. It’s a shame really. She missed an evening of Greenpoint hospitality at its very finest!

I could bore you with some dry recitation of what all I saw, heard and smelled— but that would be boring. You can go to the newspapers for that kind of thing. Rather, I have made this short film for your viewing pleasure*. Enjoy!

Rockefeller Center can keep its Christmas tree. Times Square can take that glorified bucky ball they roll out New Year’s Eve and shove it. People from the Empire State Building observation deck will be able to gaze upon our festively colored sewage treatment plant every night.**


We have, my fellow Greenpointers, finally arrived!

Miss Heather

*Or if you do not have 10 minutes to spare you can check out my Flickr set by clicking here.

**Emily Lloyd (the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection) really did point this out. Watch my YouTube video and see for yourself.


6 Comments on The Digester Tank Lighting Ceremony Experience

  1. nbenford on Wed, 4th Jun 2008 8:37 am
  2. Very impressive! We have some clients in from the UK this week, and I’ll alert them to NYC’s newest landmark. Good work, Miss Heather. We always trust you to get the scoop!

  3. jake_tuff on Wed, 4th Jun 2008 11:48 am
  4. Speaking of scoops, whaddya thinks in the cake?

  5. Rebecca11222 on Wed, 4th Jun 2008 12:29 pm
  6. “Let them eat cake?”


  7. rowan on Wed, 4th Jun 2008 4:42 pm
  8. that’s hilarious. i’m not sure i’d want to eat a cake with pictures of digester eggs on it.

  9. missheather on Wed, 4th Jun 2008 4:44 pm
  10. I stuck to the white cake.

    Who wouldn’t want to eat a cake with both Newtown Creek and digester eggs on it? Seriously.

  11. nobugs on Wed, 13th Aug 2008 1:58 pm
  12. Get a French artist in to make your poo treatment facility look pretty?
    Genius, DEP!
    Lucky Greenpointers.

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