Greenpoint residents may have noticed an egg-cellent sight along Newtown Creek.
Earlier this week, the Newtown Creek Monitoring Committee and the city Department of Environmental Protection celebrated the lighting of the eight digester “eggs” at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (located near the corner of Provost Street and Paidge Avenue).
The bluish lighting was designed by Herve Descottes, the principal founder of L’Observatoire International, a New York City-based architectural lighting design firm that creates lighting for projects ranging from the diverse architecture of Steven Holl, Frank Gehry, and Arquitectonica to urban planning, landscape and fine art installations.
The lights will be on display indefinitely, and starting this fall, DEP will hold public tours of the digester eggs, which break down sludge from sewage into water, carbon dioxide, methane gas and digested sludge, which can be made into fertilizer. Four of the eggs began operating on May 23, with the rest to be in service by the end of this year.