Edgemere: NYC’s Eerie Abandoned Neighborhood

kensinger_edgemere_DSC_2035_smallIf you’re familiar with New York City, you know that space is at a premium. Dirty shoebox apartments command hefty rents, and shiny new condos have risen even in the far reaches of the city. Thus, it’s quite surprising to learn of a forgotten neighborhood within city limits. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Edgemere in Queens is a de-mapped community, devoid of buildings and (normal) people, overrun by plant life and vicious packs of wild dogs. Photographer Nathan Kensinger took pictures of the strangest place in NYC.

In a different era, Edgemere’s seaside was a thriving resort, with grand hotels, a bustling boardwalk, and thousands of residents. Today, it is devoid of buildings and permanent residents, and “has stood vacant, except for plant life and wild dogs, for more than 35 years, when thousands of summer bungalows and stores were plowed under as part of a massive building project that was put on hold and never revived.”

Over the decades nature has reclaimed southern Edgemere. Groves of trees, acres of bushes, wild flowers, rabbits, and flocks of birds all thrive within sight of the nearby elevated MTA line. However, few people can be seen walking through this no-mans-land, perhaps because of its history of wild dog attacks. In 2001, two Rockaway residents “were brutalized by a pack of wild dogs.”

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  • Earbudcontender

    The Wu tang clan would walk there without a problem. As the Wu tang clan is nothing to fuck with.

  • Earbudcontender

    The Wu tang clan would walk there without a problem. As the Wu tang clan is nothing to fuck with.

  • Simiantongue

    It is a happy and beautiful land of magic actually. I shouldn’t be telling you this really. But there has been an Elvin cloaking spell on that location to make it appear as an old abandoned neighborhood. In reality, just below a shimmering illusion is an Elvin city of wonders. Only the pure of heart can see it for what it really is.

  • Simiantongue

    It is a happy and beautiful land of magic actually. I shouldn’t be telling you this really. But there has been an Elvin cloaking spell on that location to make it appear as an old abandoned neighborhood. In reality, just below a shimmering illusion is an Elvin city of wonders. Only the pure of heart can see it for what it really is.

  • radiac

    This looks like the next Williamsburg. Did you hear that brokers?

  • radiac

    This looks like the next Williamsburg. Did you hear that brokers?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LZNJUGQUKQ5GBYR3FZ3D4FJF7I Donald

    Reminds me of an old rail yard near downtown Chicago that was abandoned many years ago. I actually walked through it, it had pretty much gone to prairie and woods although you could still see a couple of rail lines and some cement blocks which had been loading docks in the past.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LZNJUGQUKQ5GBYR3FZ3D4FJF7I Donald

    Reminds me of an old rail yard near downtown Chicago that was abandoned many years ago. I actually walked through it, it had pretty much gone to prairie and woods although you could still see a couple of rail lines and some cement blocks which had been loading docks in the past.

    • Huh?

      Huh? I’ve lived here all my life. There are no abandoned rail yards near downtown Chicago.

  • Huh?

    Huh? I’ve lived here all my life. There are no abandoned rail yards near downtown Chicago.

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