Many New Yorkers recall the Fountain Avenue landfill as a crater-like pit where workmen deposited countless trucks-full of foul-smelling debris to the delight of clouds of gulls. Today, while it is not yet open to the public, the site along the Brooklyn-Queens border is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, and it is being reclaimed for future use as a park.

Open House New York has organized a tour of the former landfill site with the National Park Service and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Enjoy the view and the fresh air from the top of what is now one of the tallest points in Brooklyn and Queens. Learn about its creation, its management, its wildlife, closure, and future on this two hour tour!

Space is limited, so while tickets for this tour will be free of charge, they will be distributed via a public raffle. Registration for the raffle will be open from Friday, July 14th, until 9am on Wednesday, July 19th. Winners will be notified via email by Friday, July 21st. Winners will need to arrange their own transportation to and from the landfill; parking will be available on-site, and the entrance is a short walk from several MTA bus lines.

Tour Info
Saturday, July 29
Duration: 2 hours

IMPORTANT: If you are one of the raffle winners, please note that this tour has been postponed due to weather.


Photos: Steven Severinghaus