11/24/2009:

Way Down in The Hole

Behind The Hole

Way Down in The Hole

Way Down in The Hole

Way Down in The Hole

Way Down in The Hole

Way Down in The Hole

Way Down in The Hole

Way Down in The Hole

A few months back, Nate told me about a strange little neighborhood he'd discovered out near Howard Beach. He said it was ten feet below the surrounding streets, and that the people who lived there called it "The Hole." They said it had been a dumping ground for the mob years before, and that there were still bodies buried in the empty lots. The day we went out for a visit it had been raining, and the entire area was flooded. Puddles were three feet deep in the middle of every street. We walked around for awhile, talked to a sausage vendor who knew the history of the area, and then wandered over to the Black Cowboy farm down the road. On the way back to the train, we passed this massive rail yard, which, together with the projects behind it and Linden and Conduit Avenues, cuts the Hole off from the rest of New York.

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thanks for sharing this essay about the hole. amazing it's in such a state and the photos, devoid of people, accent it even more.

its NY,cant belive.... thank you

thank you for photo and story,great

Like i my home town,after all mine are closed.

beautiful photos, as always. i really love the muted tones in the first one!

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