Focus on Architecture: Story Behind the Photo

Continuing our stories behind the winning photos from the 2010 Focus on Architecture competition, today’s photo was taken by Timothy Vogel at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and was selected as a winner in the Details category.  The judges liked unique view of the lighting on the digester eggs, which are illuminated by blue light in the evenings.

Having viewed the Newtown Creek plant’s digester eggs countless times from above, across the water, and just walking down the street, it was a real treat to finally see them up close. What was most amazing from the OHNY visit, however, was everything else on site. The DEP staff were friendly, chock full of knowledge, and happy to be showing the public where they spend their workhours. The visitors’ center (open to the public all through the year) was quite a surprise … the winding walkways, staircases, and fountains give it an Escher-esque look. They squeezed a LOT of people in during the Weekend, and have my thanks.


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