by photographer Arthur Tress, covers the waterways of Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens, with an emphasis on the area around Jamaica Bay. Many scenes look familiar. Broad Channel, in particular, retains much of its character.
just got sewers this year.
auto chassis, tires strewn around on the beach, rusty oil drums, construction debris, and the abandoned ice cream truck pictured below. The Spring Creek landfill was still in operation on part of the bay's marshes.
Two other sets in the Documerica collection cover parts of the New York City area. One, with photographs by Wil Blanche, covers Lower Manhattan and landfills. Another includes photographs by Danny Lyon from Brooklyn and Paterson, NJ, among other urban areas. Photos in this post link through to the original images.