Are Parks Along Newtown Creek a Pollution Solution, or Another Problem?

By Jozy Bentley

Newtown Creek is a 3.5-mile body of water that runs along the border between Brooklyn and Queens in New York City. For over 150 years this creek has been labeled one of the most polluted industrial sites within the United States. Because the creek contains harsh chemicals, toxins, sewage, and oil the surface is 14ft in depth of sludge which kill the ecosystem in and out of the water. Humans are not the only one’s environmental injustice affects. Over the past few years, area’s such as Greenpoint, NY have been developing greenspaces within the old industrial zones that brings life back to the surrounding communities. However, this solution is not one for the bigger picture. It is simple a small step taken to give hope. Environmental groups have fought for these spaces in order to cunt down the pollution of the areas surrounding the creek and the creek itself but it does not stop the ongoing contamination of the creek. With these greenspaces also come underlying gentrification. Even though, the green space is a great idea, it eventually displaces those who are of middle/ lower class because of property inflation.