July 18, 2004

Greenpoint Water Tower

POST #    1162

I've always loved water towers and how they look in New York. Looking up into the sky and seeing old looking structures that supply the apartments below. In Manhattan, it's usually difficult to see water towers for apartment buildings since they are so tall. But if you're in the outer boroughs, you tend to see them better, since buildings are lower. For the taller buildings in the city, the towers are required because they are too tall for they city's water pressure alone to supply the buildings. See How Stuff Works for more info about water towers.

In Greenpoint, there aren't too many water towers, since many of the buildings here are pretty low, but there is one huge tower in the area - the water tower for the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse. It's one of those things that you can see from almost any part of the neighborhood. On one side, a Polish flag is painted (barely visible from the third picture) and the other side says, "Save the Palestine".

The way the water tower is visible from all of Greenpoint makes reminds me of the Brooklyn Union Gas Tanks, which were visible off the BQE and from parts of East Williamsburg. Man, I wish those were still there, they were like a lighthouse for the area. If you were lost, you could just go towards the tower to find your way.

Update:
Because I wanted to show you the view from elsewhere in the Greenpoint, here is another shot of the water tower.

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Photos at 9:24 AM

 

 

You should seriously be a tour guide or write a kick-ass travel/guide book for NYC. I come to this site to see all of the cool stuff you discover "right in my neighborhood". You never fail to dissapoint!

Posted by: Heather at July 18, 2004 11:50 AM

Oops, I meant you never dissapoint. I like the site.

Posted by: Heather at July 18, 2004 11:51 AM

thanks heather. i'm no tour guide, but i'm happy you enjoy the stuff on the site.

Posted by: tien at July 18, 2004 3:57 PM

Cool photos!
Thought you should know that the water towers, along with the rest of the Greenpoint waterfront are in danger of a massive rezoning. The land will be rezoned to accomodate up to 35 story residential towers ... or more. The rezoning itself would be a good thing if developers weren't being so greedy.

Posted by: Laura at December 14, 2004 12:28 AM

I grew up on Oak Street, right off West, so the tower was a neighbor of mine.

Posted by: ken at March 24, 2011 11:42 AM

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