It turns out that the scariest thing on Newtown Creek is Newtown Creek itself.
The North Brooklyn Boat Club hosted haunted canoe rides on Halloween night, but the starring attraction was not a ghost or ghoul — according to an organizer, it was the putrid waterway itself.
“The creek is spectacular and beautiful in a creepy way, and it has this crumbling New York City infrastructure that most people do not get to see,” said Jens Rasmussen, founding member of the nautical group. “It is like taking a tour in an abandoned subway tunnel.”
The club sold 180 tickets at $25 each and still had a wait list, Rasmussen said.
Masked and made-up boaters took groups of 12 down the fetid inlet and into the murky shoals of Dutch Kills, a cove surrounded by the forboding shores of Queens.
“There is an old railroad bridge and crumbling walls, broken down walkways and rotted pilings and more isolation,” said Rasmussen. “It is the perfect setting for Halloween night.”