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Bizarre borderline swamp


The swampy triangle bounded by Conduit Avenue, Linden Boulevard, and Drew Street, on the Brooklyn-Queens border. It's my nomination for the most obscure neighborhood in New York.

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The idea of even nominating for this category is a great idea. I continue to believe that the myth of the melting pot makes us think we don't need to explore beyond our comfort zones. (I'm also thinking about how you suggested one of my shots in the flickr nycguesswhere pool as being from Staten Island: is NYC so diverse that it's as if if it's different countries, or is it that 20% of the land accounts for 80% of what we see?)

There are all sorts of boat basins, greenery, and so on in this town, it's a wonder we're still a city together.

Posted by: Frank at June 14, 2005 01:03 AM

Awesome! I have been looking for some nice triangles.

Posted by: Atom at June 14, 2005 09:44 AM

i've driven by and through that neighborhood 1000 times and never seen that subway station. maybe because the font of the sing looks more like an old midwestern bus-stop.

nice find!

Posted by: zipzip at June 14, 2005 05:44 PM

It's great to see someone exploring NY beyond the postcard vistas. We miss it and can't wait to get back - D.Ployed

Posted by: p lil at June 14, 2005 06:33 PM

What subway station is that...Grant Ave?

Posted by: amg at June 16, 2005 12:09 PM

Alex DeRoeck

Posted by: Alex at June 19, 2005 12:42 AM

Try Flushing Avenue end to end, and Spring Creek Brooklyn south of Linden by the trash incinerator.

Posted by: Rudayday at June 20, 2005 11:12 AM

i dig this part of town, it's weird and creepy. in the dark this place is no joke, especially on 'a dark and stormy night'. lol.

Posted by: nkm at June 22, 2005 09:52 PM

You want obscure NYC neighborhood? Go to Hamilton Beach (Get off at Cohancy Stree exit on the belt, turn left, go over the bridge and follow all the backroads)...railroads, JFK airport, Jamaica Bay and a shell of a town.

But these pics are great, too.

Posted by: The Anchoress at June 28, 2005 09:12 PM

I didn't know there were mountains in New York.

Posted by: barron at June 29, 2005 09:29 AM

How is that area in terms of cost, crime etc? A friend is moving to NYC and looking for something affordable and on the subway

Posted by: EJD at July 2, 2005 01:57 PM

I was referring to Grant Avenue station area pictured in this series of photos.

Posted by: EJD at July 2, 2005 01:59 PM

This is pretty cool. I like how obscure this town is. This is noe of those places that desevres a closer look.

Posted by: DJ Grind at July 8, 2005 06:17 PM

I wonder if my neighborhood's obscure. It's dumpy looking and in NE Queens, plus I found cobblestones while walking around one time.

Posted by: The Mysterious J at July 12, 2005 06:04 PM

This site is a treasure chest. As someone from a small town in Australia, I am so glad to be able to see what I consider a real birds-eye view of mainsteam life. I grew up in areas very similar to those shown on this site, that was and is my experience of life as a working class kid. I feel as though contributors really touch the soul and life of the places they snap... thanks to everybody involved.

Posted by: Daryl at October 9, 2005 09:01 AM

I actually spent a good bit of time walking around this neighborhood in the mid 1990s. I was doing school outreach for Brooklyn Public Library and one of the schools I spent a week or so in was next to the big postal facility. I had plenty of time to explore, and was fascinated by this area. I remember that Euclid Avenue became a dirt road, and that it looked like some of the East Tennessee hollers where I grew up in places.

Posted by: Steve Webber at August 14, 2006 12:44 PM

I actually live in this neighborhood, within steps of where some of these photos were taken. It can definitely be described as 'obscure'. It may be a bit strange to an outsider, but you come to find your way once you've been here for a while.

Posted by: Dreby at September 16, 2006 07:17 PM

I don't think that's a mountain. I'm guessing it's a landfill.

Posted by: Faith at June 13, 2007 12:44 PM

I've lived in the neighborhood since 1971. the pictures taken are nice and show a "spooky" abandoned side to East New York, but thats probably only 15-20% of the area today. However,I agree it still is a very creepy area at night.

In the 70',80's you could surely find LOTS of marshland, fields and desolate looking "swamps" (not really swamps). By the way, that big mountain is a just a huge eyesore dirt hill that has been sitting there since the early - mid 90's. It was supposed to be a shopping center.

Posted by: ron art at December 26, 2007 11:29 AM

Just as a word of caution, for those who do venture to find the last of the remaining "hidden" gems, do so in the daytime.

Posted by: ron art at December 26, 2007 11:31 AM

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