By now you’ve probably heard of the Brooklyn Trailer Park Commune. They were evicted from their warehouse space by the FDNY. Upon being pushed out, they took up residence in an abandoned lot which was an old RR siding lot off of the old Bushwick Freight Yard (currently leased by the NY&A RR to Kings Lumber, who receives rail cars of bricks and lumber).
This eviction seems to have been completely illegal. Kings lumber knew who was living on their land – that is – if it’s even their land. So far as i can see the trailers were on a plot that used to be an old railroad siding that has not been in use for decades. This siding was probably never formally abandoned, but if it was – the rights of ownership most likely go to adjacent property owners.
Of course, some idiots say ‘the commune people should follow the law’ – Ridiculous. it appears in this case they did, and that those who booted them off the property – Kings lumber and the NYPD – did not. But hey, why not beat up on the weirdos? It’s a sick sad NYC tradition. Then again, animal torture (?) isn’t something we like here, either.
The last press article merely stated the trailers were now on the street while the commune folk tried to find a place to store them. We just happened to come across these trailers one evening on the Greenpoint waterfront. Claims that the trailers were damaged when removed from the lumber yard seemed unfounded. All looked to be in good shape for their age.
What will become of these trailers, no one knows. With no residents and no private land to place them, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re sold off.