Ghost of sanitation infrastructure past
A quiet and handsome set of photographs by Nathan Kensinger showcases the decommissioned Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. The station was closed along with the Fresh Kills Landfill in 2001 and is currently unoccupied. Its rehabilitation has recently been put out to bid to private waste management companies for use in barge export of waste, in accordance with the city’s 2006 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan. All of New York City’s trash is now privately carted out of state–much of it via trucking. Barge export (and rail, which already happens in Staten Island and in North Brooklyn) would reduce the city’s sanitation costs significantly.
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