February 3, 2009 - Newtown Creek, which separates Greenpoint, Brooklyn from Long Island City, Queens, is one of the most polluted bodies of water on the East Coast, the result of more than 150 years of heavy industry operating on its banks.
It is also the site of the 17-million-gallon underground Greenpoint Oil Spill, or “plume,” the result of several industrial accidents in the 1950s. Over the years, this plume has at times spilled into neighborhood basements, as well as into the creek itself.
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