Feb.1, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
It’s broken hearts all through the city as a much-coveted tour through a Greenpoint waste plant for Valentine’s Day sold out just hours after registration opened Tuesday.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced its annual Valentine’s Day tour through the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, most recognized by its iconic digester eggs that process millions of gallons of sludge a day, at 11 a.m. on Jan. 30.
By 4 p.m. that day, the agency announced that all slots on the free Feb. 10 tour were taken up.
Many took to social media to voice their dismay.
I missed my chance to sign up for the digester egg tour, today sucks.
— Ethan Chiel (@ethanchiel) January 30, 2018
One person, who referred to the digester eggs by another name, scored tickets after eight years of trying.
The lucky few who managed to beat out the competition will get an overview of the wastewater treatment process, and will visit the observation deck located on top of the 120-foot-high digester eggs for scenic views of the city.
The award-winning Newtown Creek plant, operating since 1967, is the city’s largest wastewater treatment facility out of 14. The plant processes sewage from approximately 1 million residents through north Brooklyn, western Queens, and parts of Manhattan, and converts the organic materials from the waste into a fertilizer.