September 30th, 2007 -
Coney Island Creek once divided Coney Island from mainland Brooklyn. It now houses a collection of ruined boats and one dead experimental submarine. This creek, like its Brooklyn siblings the Gowanus Canal and the Newtown Creek, was a once thriving waterway. It has now been left to decay and wildlife. Jellyfish, rats and fisherman line its banks. These photos document a tea party on the creek arranged by the creative group Ars Subterranea, which was founded by the artist Julia Solis.
For other photo essays from abandoned Coney Island, visit The Freak's Domain (2008), Under The Boardwalk (2009) and Abandoned Playland (2011).
September 25th, 2007 -
North of the freight lines in East New York is a fork in the tracks: Bushwick Junction. One section heads towards the north side of the Newton Creek while the other goes west on dead-end tracks through the streets of Linden Hill. These photos are from Linden Hill, where you can walk above the Newtown Creek. The creek divides Brooklyn and Queens and has the dubious distinction of being the largest urban oil spill in the world. Its polluted waters are a deep green. Weeds and wildflowers thrive along its banks. It is a quiet space where homeless camp and burnt out cars are turned into art.
For more photo essays from Brooklyn's freight train tracks, please visit Underneath Flatbush (2007), Underneath East New York (2007) and Underneath Bay Ridge (2007).