NYCHA Auto Graveyard: State Sponsored Blight

Published on: April 4th, 2016 | Last updated: April 1, 2016 Written by:

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For one NYC housing project, it’s the 1970 & 80s all over again.

Back in the day, it wasn’t all that uncommon to find abandoned cars even in ‘nice’ neighborhoods. Looted or junk cars would simply be dumped curbside, or ditched in the nearest ghetto or waterway. These days ended as a result of higher scrap values, anti-theft devices, and an overall drop in crime.

However, at the Queensbridge houses in Long Island City, there is currently an entire parking lot full of abandoned vehicles.

All of these vehicles belong to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), which runs NYC’s ‘Housing Projects’. Many are labeled for the NYCHA housing projects they were assigned, representing an all-city view of their automotive fleet. Most of these vehicles have clear and obvious signs of damage or older age, while others look relatively new. One can assume they are all going to be auctioned off eventually.

One can assume such an automotive dumping ground would never be found in the more affluent, gentrified parts of NYC. Yes, NYCHA owns this property, but it’s just steps away from apartment buildings full of people who probably don’t need a view of this blight right outside their windows.

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3 responses to “NYCHA Auto Graveyard: State Sponsored Blight”

  1. alt0id says:

    Great post.. Live around here in LIC, was actually roaming around here the other day.

    http://imgur.com/a/uVLSd

    ..now if I can only find the 21 van alst abandoned platform on the G

  2. Control says:

    Those are some nice shots. I should have stuck my face in some of them trucks more.

  3. altoid says:

    thanks man..Im always exploring Queens/LIC..if you ever want to join, shoot me a message on Instagram http://www.instagram.com/_exp0sure_

    Keep up the great work

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