NYC’s Valentine’s Day sewage plant tour will be virtual this year


Even a pandemic can’t stop New York City’s annual Valentine’s Day sewage plant tour — but this year, it’s moving online. 

Every year, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection partners with Open House New York to offer a Valentine’s Day tour of the city’s largest sewage plant, the Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility in Brooklyn. 

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The tour is reportedly “wildly popular” and typically sells out quickly, according to the New York Post.

Department of Environmental Protection digester eggs stand at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility Brooklyn.

Department of Environmental Protection digester eggs stand at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility Brooklyn.
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But this year, the tour will be held over Zoom for just $5, according to the Eventbrite page. The hour-long event will start at 4:30 on Sunday, Feb. 14. The DEP also offers tours in April and October.

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Aside from a virtual tour of the facility, the event will also include a conversation with DEP Director of Public Design Outreach Alicia West and an audience Q&A. 

“Grab a date (or join solo) and take a peek inside the city’s largest sewage treatment plant, where wastewater—collected from storm drains and the toilets and sinks of more than one million New Yorkers—is cleaned each day in a complex system, including eight giant stainless steel digester eggs,” the tour’s Eventbrite page says.

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If virtually touring a sewage plant isn’t your jam, you can also celebrate Valentine’s Day by naming a cockroach after your ex.

Brookfield Zoo, just outside Chicago, allows you to name one of its Madagascar hissing cockroaches with a $15 donation to the zoo. 

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Those who choose to do so will receive a certificate of naming and a place on the zoo’s Cockroach Naming Board, which will be unveiled on Valentine’s Day.



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