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Digester Egg Tour Information & Registration

Tour Dates & Registration

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection hosts tours of the Digester Eggs at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Tours take place three times a year: February, April, and October. The next tour will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 as part of Open House New York Weekend. We hope to see you then.

These popular tours fill up quickly, so please be sure to check our website to make sure you do not miss out.

What to Expect

The Digester Egg Tour starts with an overview of the wastewater treatment process—an essential part of protecting public health and NYC’s waterways. After, guests are treated to unobstructed views of the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens skylines from the observation deck, a glass-enclosed walkway built atop DEP’s state-of-the art digester eggs. Learn more about them here.


The Digester Egg Tour starts at the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, located in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. We are easy to spot—just look for the bright orange building. The entrance is near the intersection of Greenpoint Avenue and Humboldt Street at 329 Greenpoint Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11222.

Special Note for School Groups
The Visitor Center at Newtown Creek offers education programs for students in grades K-12. If you are a school teacher, youth leader, or other educator and wish to request a custom program or tour for your class, please email the Education Office at

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I register?
    Public tours of the Digester Eggs are given three times a year; once in February; once in April and once in October. Registration opens for the February and April tours on the DEP website approximately two weeks prior to the announced tour dates. All registration is on a first come first served basis. The October tour is hosted by Open House New York (OHNY). Information for this tour can be found on the OHNY website.

  • Are tours free?
    All tours are free to the public, ages 12 and older.

  • Can I register for a guest?
    You may register for another spot on the tour on behalf of your guest. However, each registration is for one person only, and must use a unique address.

  • When I register, is my confirmation just for me, or me plus my guest?
    Each confirmation is for one person only. If you are going on the tour with a guest, that guest must have their own reservation confirmation.

  • What if I need to cancel my reservation?
    If you are confirmed for a tour but are no longer able to attend, please let us know via email at so that we can offer your spot to someone else.

  • How long is the tour?
    The tour takes about an hour and a half.

  • Can I take photos or video during the tour?
    Still photography is allowed, but taking video is prohibited.

  • What should I wear?
    All attendees are required to wear closed-toe, flat-soled shoes. We reserve the right to deny participation in the tour if improper footwear is worn.

  • Can I get there via subway?
    Take the G train to Greenpoint Ave and use the exit marked Greenpoint/Manhattan Ave. Walk east along Greenpoint Ave; McDonald’s will be on your left. Cross McGuinnes Blvd and continue on Greenpoint Ave one block past Provost St. You will see the bright orange two-story Visitor Center building ahead.

  • Will I need to sign a visitor release form?
    Yes, all guests will be required to sign a visitor release form at the beginning of the tour. Children under the age of 18 must have a release form signed by a parent or guardian. Please email prior to the tour if you would like to request a copy in advance. Sorry, no children under 12 are allowed.