Staten Island Boat Graveyard and it’s newest abandoned neighbor

Published on: September 30th, 2015 | Last updated: December 3, 2015 Written by:

The Staten Island boat grave needs no introduction. What was once an obscure, unknown corner of NYC’s most neglected borough gained plenty of internet fame over the last 15 years.

As of this writing in 2015, the boat graveyard represents a rare breed of extremely long running NYC abandonments. With real estate values sky high across much of NYC, this part of staten island is far enough from the cities’ epicenter to have not significantly felt the ripple effects.

The graveyard contains everything from an old ferry to tugboats, barges, and a forner navy submarine hunting vessel. The often told story is that the graveyard grew immediately after WW2 when it’s owners were buying more vessels than the ship-breakers could take apart. Over the years and decades many of the vessels had decades and been battered by enough storms to be rendered salvageable. The old lead paints and toxic materials on board some of them didn’t help.

There have been numerous great articles about the boat grave, as well as a very well researched recent documentary.
According to a 1990 NY Times article, the boat grave once contained 400 vessels – a number that dwindled to 200 at the time. Today, I would estimate there are perhaps 50-100 vessels left, at best.

Say Hello To Your New Neighbor!


Directly across the street from the boat graveyard a new building was built in 2013. According to the NYC DOB, the H & E Tool rental company received a permit to build a new 3 story building here to serve as their office and storage/service facility for the equipment they rent out (large lawnmowers, bobcats, construction equipment). For whatever reason, the project stalled. I found the gate wide open, and no doors on the building. (Apparently the fences have been fixed according to a very recent DOB inspection).


The crapper – the only thing installed in this place.



I see staten island’s finest hilter youth neon spray toys rolled through…

A lot of explorers would pass up a building like this, since there’s not a whole lot of interest in or around the building – however – the view here. Tits. They may as well have built this building as one big viewing platform to look down on the boat graveyard across the street. The only thing missing is roof access and a BBQ grill. There’s a few power lines that get in the way of some shots but nothing that can’t be worked around.

Don’t take my word for it…










3 responses to “Staten Island Boat Graveyard and it’s newest abandoned neighbor”

  1. nailhed says:

    clearly this blg has a future as condos for boat lovers and the nautically inclined

  2. Paulwilly says:

    This building belongs to some people I am now estranged from. It’s a shame to see it sit here. The family dreamed of building this for 15 years, the expansion of a mom and pop shop that has been on the island for 50 years. I remember them talking about it when I was just a little boy. A dream so close to completion… shame really, after battling with the city for permits, just think they ran out of money.

    I remember standing up on third story when it was built… that was earlier than 2013.

  3. Control says:

    Thanks paul for the lowdown. I had a feeling something like that happened. Maybe someday it’ll get done. Though the city and their permit BS… I can imagine it might take some time. (there was a similar building near me in queens that sat for 6 years before work began on it again. Looks like it’ll be finished in a few weeks).

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