Mount Edgemere

“Mount Edgemere” used to be one of New York’s favorite garbage dumping spots. Over a period of 53 years, the City’s Sanitation Department stockpiled tons of trash and when the dumping stopped in 1991, the city accumulated a 70 feet high hazardous waste site. The former landfill located in front of JFK airport on the Rockaway Peninsula, is today a “park” with a shoreline covered with plastic bags, tires, old glass bottles, overlays of emerald green algae and forsaken boats.

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Mount Edgemere

Make sure to check Nathan Kesinger’s excellent three part series on Edgemere and my photo essay on another “bottle beach” in Brooklyn.

More images on my flickr
Words and Images by Charles le Brigand

All rights reserved. Une production de Brigand © 2011

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3 Responses to “Mount Edgemere”
  1. Hey, I lived the life in the Rockaways and just a little reminder, I am from one of the original tennants from Edgemere housing. I remember a great childhood including swinging on the monkeybars in the little parks. I saw some great potential for those bottles you phtographed, like for my seaglass collection. Beautiful sea glass in great colors.

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