The Archives



This archive provides links to over 150 photo essays created as part of an ongoing bi-monthly series exploring New York City's abandoned and industrial edges. This series began on this website in 2007 and has continued since 2012 at the website Curbed.  

Photo essays from this website are highlighted in Blue, while photo essays from my Curbed column Camera Obscura are highlighted in GreenPhoto essays from this website can also be viewed by borough, year and subject in the right hand side bar. 

Complete List of Photo Essays
Recovering City Island Looks to Artists and Developers (August 2014)
Fort Tilden Beach Reopens to a Changing Neighborhood (July 2014)
A 24-Hour Stay on the Rapidly Changing Governors Island (July 2014)
Ridgewood's Radioactive Superfund Site Worries Neighbors (July 2014)
Inside a To-Be-Converted Long Island City Warehouse (June 2014)
Change Comes Once Again for Coney Island's Thunderbolt (June 2014)
Artist Kara Walker Says Farewell to the Domino Sugar Refinery (May 2014)
In Photos, Christopher Payne Uncovers Disappearing Places (May 2014)
Visiting the Gowanus Canal's Under-Transformation 'Wild West' (April 2014)
Staten Island's Farm Colony Faces Development After Decay (April 2014)
Exploring The Bronx Waterfront As Redevelopment Looms (March 2014)
Watching Condos Rise as Williamsburg's Desertification Ends (March 2014)
As Neighborhood Transforms, No Room for Red Hook Trolleys (February 2014)
Touring Williamsburg's Old Pfizer Building, Mid-Makeover (February 2014)
Once-Neglected Pier 57 Prepares for Its SuperPier Moment (January 2014)
Sunset Park Industrial Stronghold Spurs Neighborhood Change (December 2013)
Abandoned Rockaway Rail Line Waits for High Line Moment (December 2013)
Rockaway's Forgotten Arverne East Awaits New Development (November 2013)
Coney Island's Residents, Forgotten, Struggle to Recover (October 2013)
Abandoned Buildings, Red Tape Mark a Year on Staten Island (October 2013)
Tracing A Post-Storm Year of Change in the Rockaways (October 2013)
Change is Bittersweet for Lower East Side's SPURA Locals (October 2013)
Hudson Yards Tenants Await the Area's Redevelopment (September 2013)
Chronicling The South Street Seaport's Post-Sandy Decline (September 2013)
Staten Island Awaits Giant Ferris Wheel, Transformation (August 2013)
Saying Farewell to Long Island City Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz (August 2013)
Long Island City's Court Square Changes as Towers Rise (July 2013)
Northwest Greenpoint's Quiet Waterfront Awaits New Towers (July 2013)
Willets Point Business Owners Await City's $3B Redevelopment (June 2013)
Astoria Waterfront Braces for Influx of Luxury Apartments (June 2013)
Coney Island's Boardwalks and Beaches Prep for Memorial Day (May 2013)
Demolition and Recovery in the Post-Sandy Rockaways (May 2013)
Tracing The Scars of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island (April 2013)
Manhattan Pay Phones Now Doubling as Time Machines to 1993 (April 2013)
The Edges of Barcelona (March 2013)
Exploring an Active Amtrak Tunnel Under the Upper West Side (March 2013)
Looking At Brooklyn's Gentrification Through Two New Films (March 2013)
How the Newtown Creek Area is Faring After the Storm (February 2013)
How Dumbo's Arts Spaces Have Recovered From the Storm (February 2013)
The Andrew Freedman Home (January 2013)
Wondering What Hurricane Sandy Means for Red Hook's Future (January 2013)
After The Storm
(December 2012)
Exploring the Still-Developing 85-Acre Brooklyn Bridge Park (December 2012)
Exploring Roosevelt Island's New Four Freedoms Park (December 2012)
A Look at the Post-Sandy Cleanup in the Rockaways (November 2012)
Surveying Sandy's Damage to Staten Island One Week Later (November 2012)
Surveying Queens' Rockaway Peninsula After the Storm (Novermber 2012)
Surveying Sandy's Damage in Red Hook, Dumbo, and Gowanus (October 2012)
Exploring the Second Stage of Queens' Gantry Plaza State Park (October 2012)
Exploring Elmhurst Park, Six Acres And a $2.3 Million Bathroom (October 2012)
Exploring the Under-the-Radar Pier 44 Waterfront Garden (September 2012)
Exploring the Upper West Side's Riverside Park South (September 2012)
Exploring Red Hook's Ikea-Owned Erie Basin Park (August 2012)
Exploring the Nature Walk at the Polluted Newtown Creek (August 2012)
Camping at Floyd Bennett Field (July 2012)
Exploring the Bronx's Post-Industrial Concrete Plant Park (July 2012)
Camera Obscura Exploring Barretto Point Park, Home of the Floating Pool Lady (July 2012)
Exploring Manhattanville's West Harlem Piers Park (June 2012)
Exploring the Harlem River's Little-Known Swindler Cove Park (June 2012)
Exploring Queens Plaza's New Dutch Kills Green Park (May 2012)
Jose Gaytan: Love Letter to Brooklyn (March 2012)
The Newtown Creek Armada Update (February 2012)
Chemical Lane, Staten Island (January 2012)
Samuel R. Smith Infirmary (January 2012)
Bloomfield, Staten Island (December 2011)
Gowanus Canal: Toxic Playground (October 2011)
Governors Island: Manhattan's Ghost Town (September 2011)
The Demolition of Manhattanville (August 2011)
Richmond Parkway Interchange (August 2011)
Sleeping in the Sommerville Basin (July 2011)
Drawbridge, California (July 2011)
Urban Camping in Staten Island (June 2011)
Pouch Camp (April 2011)
New York City Farm Colony (April 2011)
New Dorp Bungalows (February 2011)
Newtown Creek: Brooklyn Shores (February 2011)
Coney Island: Abandoned Playland (January 2011)
Sunset Park: 68th Police Precinct (January 2011)
The Bloomberg Era: Part Two (December 2010)
Hammels Wye (December 2010)
The Greenpoint Terminal Market Revisited (November 2010)
The Edgemere Landfill (November 2010)
Greenpoint Hospital: Nurses Residence (October 2010)
The North Edgemere Shore (October 2010)
The South Edgemere Wasteland (September 2010)
The Desertification of Williamsburg (September 2010)
Sunset Park: S&S Machinery (August 2010)
The San Francisco Police Athletic Club (July 2010)
Brooklyn Navy Yard: The Paymaster Building (July 2010)
Life in the Navy Yard (June 2010)
This Building Has A Story (May 2010)
Exploring Grand Central (April 2010)
Brighton Beach Bungalows (March 2010)
Gowanus: The Batcave Revisited (February 2010)
Gowanus: The Whole Foods Lot (February 2010)
The Bloomberg Era, Part One (December 2009)
Sunset Park: Empire Electric (December 2009)
South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (November 2009)
Fresh Kills (November 2009)
Kingsbridge: Substation No. 3 (October 2009)
Secret Parties (September 2009)
The Bronx Swamp (August 2009)
The Hole (August 2009)
Gowanus: Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station (July 2009)
The Harlem River (July 2009)
Inwood: Substation No. 10 (June 2009)
Far Rockaway: Abandoned Bungalows (June 2009)
Williamsburgh Savings Bank - Part Two (May 2009)
Machpelah Cemetery: Houdini's Grave (April 2009)
Williamsburgh Savings Bank - Part One (April 2009)
Harlem - P.S. 186 (March 2009)
Coney Island - Under the Boardwalk (March 2009)
The Harlem Renaissance Ballroom and Casino (February 2009)
Port Morris - Iron, Steel and Rust (February 2009)
The San Francisco Naval Shipyard (January 2009)
Manhattanville: Phase 1 (December 2008)
The Iron Triangle (December 2008)
Coney Island: The Freak's Domain (November 2008)
Inside the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument (November 2008)
Victim Services - Stapleton, Staten Island (October 2008)
Newtown Creek: The Dutch Kills (October 2008)
Wrigley Building - Rosebank, Staten Island (September 2008)
Brooklyn North District 1 Sanitation Garage (August 2008)
G. Siegle Color Works - Rosebank, Staten Island (August 2008)
Colonna Marble - Astoria Queens (July 2008)
Kent Avenue Powerhouse (June 2008)
Floyd Bennett Airfield (May 2008)
Brooklyn Army Terminal (April 2008)
Bushwick Inlet (April 2008)
Long Island City: Hunter's Point South (March 2008)
Brooklyn Navy Yard: Admiral's Row (March 2008)
Bronx Kill (February 2008)
Dead Horse Bay (February 2008)
Staten Island: North Shore (January 2008)
Brooklyn Navy Yard: Building 128 (January 2008)
Brooklyn Navy Yard: Building 1 (December 2007)
The Freedom Tunnel: Covered Tracks (December 2007)
Brooklyn Navy Yard: GMD Shipyard (November 2007)
Bush Terminal Park: Industrial Apple Orchard (November 2007)
Ellis Island: South Side (October 2007)
The Encampment on Roosevelt Island (October 2007)
Coney Island Creek (September 2007)
Newtown Creek: Linden Hill Tracks (September 2007)
Underneath East New York (August 2007)
Worlds Oldest Subway Tunnel - Part Two (August 2007)
Worlds Oldest Subway Tunnel - Part One (July 2007)
Underneath Flatbush (July 2007)
Underneath Bay Ridge (June 2007)
The Domino Sugar Refinery (June 2007)
Atlantic Yards Part Three: The Electric Car Shop (May 2007)
Red Hook Container Terminal (May 2007)
The Atlantic Yards Part Two (April 2007)
The Atlantic Yards (April 2007)
Ikea Rising (March 2007)
Brooklyn's Industrial Waterfront (March 2007)